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2024 Point-in-Time Count Results Show Significant Drop in Phoenix’s Unsheltered Population https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/3108Mayor's Office5/22/2024 8:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3108/5be61e8771952.image.jpg2024 Point-in-Time Count Results Show Significant Drop in Phoenix’s Unsheltered Population <div class="ExternalClass544EB67CCACB4F719C1C210D8F450008"><html> <p>​​The 2024 Point-in-Time (PIT) Homelessness Count, conducted by the Maricopa Association of Governments, shows a significant decrease in the number of individuals who are unsheltered in the City of Phoenix—the first of its kind drop in more than a decade.  <br></p><p>The PIT Count is an annual street and shelter count that determines the number of people experiencing homelessness throughout Maricopa County during a given point in time, as part of a national effort to identify the extent of homelessness across the country.  <br></p><p>Because of a series of investments by the City Council, Phoenix is funding more shelter beds than at any time in the city’s history. Despite an improvement in numbers, Mayor Kate Gallego said there’s still much to do to help those experiencing homelessness to get into permanent housing. The region experienced a significant increase in homelessness following the COVID-19 pandemic.  <br></p><p>“This year’s Point-in-Time count demonstrates that the work we’ve done to expand shelter options is making a measurable difference,” Gallego said. “Although the number of those living unsheltered in our community is still too high, and we certainly have more work to do to get people into permanent, stable housing, it’s reassuring to know that we are making steady progress getting residents off the streets and into safer situations.”  <br></p><p>Phoenix’s efforts to create shelter space accounted for the overwhelming majority of the drop in the region’s unsheltered population, and Gallego said the Valley’s larger homelessness challenges cannot be solved until other regional partners take more significant action. Phoenix has come to represent nearly 83 percent of all new shelter beds in Maricopa County in the last three years alone.  <br></p><p>This year’s PIT Count report revealed:  <br></p><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li><p>The number of unsheltered individuals in Phoenix decreased by 19 percent, from 3,333 people in 2023 to 2,701 in 2024.  </p></li><li><p>The number of people experiencing homelessness who are sheltered increased by 15 percent, from 3,569 in 2023 to 4,115 in 2024.  </p></li><li><p>The total population of people experiencing homelessness in Phoenix decreased by just over 1 percent, from 6,902 in 2023 to 6,816 in 2024.  </p></li></ul><p><a target="_blank" href="mailto:https://azmag.gov/Programs/Homelessness/Data/Point-In-Time-Homelessness-Count">Review the data</a>.<br></p><p>The City of Phoenix built nearly 500 beds in 2023 and is on track to deliver close to 800 more by the end of this year.  <br></p><p>The homelessness challenge across the U.S. is posing a public health, public safety, and economic threat. Phoenix has <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/homeless-solutions/2902">converted hotels</a> to temporary housing, used federal relief dollars to build homes made of<a target="_blank" href="https://www.cnn.com/videos/weather/2023/07/29/exp-phoenix-arizona-heat-shelters-containers-072904aseg2-cnni-weather.cnn"> shipping containers</a>, and expanded wraparound services in partnership with Phoenix non-profits.   <br></p><p>As the entire country faces a housing affordability crisis, Gallego’s 2019 “<a target="_blank" href="/housingsite/Documents/Final_Housing_Phx_Plan.pdf">Housing Phoenix Plan</a>” aims to increase housing options for residents at all income levels and family sizes. The plan, which outlined a goal of creating, building or preserving 50,000 homes by 2030 is already <a target="_blank" href="/housingsite/Documents/Final_Housing_Phx_Plan.pdf">80 percent complete. </a><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego Launches "Save Water Pledge" to Promote Water Conservationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/3085Mayor's Office5/1/2024 4:40:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3085/NewsRoom_SaveWaterPledge_New.pngPhoenix Mayor Kate Gallego Launches "Save Water Pledge" to Promote Water Conservation<div class="ExternalClass4BAF84C8B00444B3B81F583EA6AB91A5"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">M</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ayo</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">r Kat</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">e Gallego is excited to announce the launch of the "Save Water Pledge," a new initiative designed to bolster the City's water conservation efforts amidst a severe drought. Starting May 1, 2024, and continuing through April 30, 2025, the campaign, which is part of a broader initiative to ensure Phoenix remains a sustainable desert city, encourages participants to commit to practical water-saving actions.</span></p> <p>"Water is the lifeblood of our community here in Phoenix, and conserving this precious resource is more crucial now than ever," said Mayor Gallego. "The Save Water Pledge is not just a campaign; it's a commitment we make today for a sustainable tomorrow. I urge every Phoenix resident to join us in this vital effort."</p> <p>The "Save Water Pledge" includes simple yet effective measures that Phoenix residents can adopt to reduce water usage, such as fixing leaks, utilizing water-efficient appliances, and adopting smart watering practices that reflect seasonal weather conditions. Participants can sign up through the City's Save Water page, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.phoenix.gov/savewater">phoenix.gov/savewater</a>, where they can also find resources and tips for reducing water usage.</p> <p>The campaign is set to feature various educational resources and community events designed to raise awareness about water conservation techniques and the importance of water sustainability. Residents who sign up for the pledge will receive regular updates and tips on how to conserve water.</p> <p>For more information on the Save Water Pledge or to sign up, please visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.phoenix.gov/savewater">phoenix.gov/savewater</a>.</p> <p> <strong>About City of Phoenix Water Services Department</strong> </p> <p>The City of Phoenix Water Services Department is dedicated to providing high-quality, reliable, and sustainable water services to the residents, businesses, and visitors of Phoenix. With a commitment to water conservation, innovation, and long-term planning, the department ensures a secure and resilient water supply for future generations. For more information, visit phoenix.gov/water.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
Phoenix City Council Passes Large Water User Ordinance https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/3041Mayor's Office3/6/2024 10:12:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3041/pics.jpegPhoenix City Council Passes Large Water User Ordinance <div class="ExternalClassBBCD23BB63C34880A89084AD6A9F9385"><html> <p> ​Today, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and the City Council unanimously approved a water conservation ordinance geared towards large water users, another major component of the “Sustainable Desert Development Policy” that Gallego has led since early 2022. The new policies follow years of strategic planning to ensure Phoenix is managing its water resources responsibly. Last year, in her 2023 <a href="https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2023/04/12/transcript-phoenix-mayor-kate-gallego-2023-state-of-the-city/70106147007/" target="_blank">State of the City​</a> address, Gallego highlighted her efforts to create these new guidelines – and today, another aspect of the policy suite became law. <br> <br>"Passing our new large water user ordinance is another important milestone in our longstanding commitment to a comprehensive approach to protect our water resources,” said Mayor Gallego. “This new policy will ensure we are balancing our economic development priorities with the critical need to secure our water supply for generations to come. Phoenix will continue to lead the way both in policy and practice to ensure we sustain our most precious resource.” <br> <br>Other components of the Sustainable Desert Development guidelines passed last June come in the form of rezoning stipulations, which include regulations on non-functional turf, a mandate to meet <a href="https://www.epa.gov/watersense" target="_blank">EPA WaterSense</a> or similar certification, planting of drought-tolerant and native plants, outdoor irrigation standards, enhanced standards for swimming pools, and more.  <br> <br>The new ordinance places additional requirements on new projects estimated to use more than 250,000 gallons per day. Those new large water users must submit a water conservation plan that is approved by the Phoenix Water Services Department. Any new users projected to use more than 500,000 gallons per day must submit a conservation plan, meet at least 30 percent of their consumptive water demand with recycled or conserved water, and fit within the City's existing Water Resource Portfolio.  <br> <br>Today’s City Council vote builds upon decades of water-forward policies in Phoenix that benefit the region. The new policies go hand-in-hand with the City Council’s vote last year to leave up to 150,000 acre-feet of water in Lake Mead over the next three years, as well as with Gallego's 2023 announcement to create an <a href="https://www.azfamily.com/2023/04/14/phoenix-hopes-turn-wastewater-into-drinking-water-by-2030/" target="_blank">Advanced Water Purification</a> facility that will recycle nearly 60 million gallons of water per day.  <br> <br><a href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/3-6-24%20Formal%20Agenda%20-%20Final.pdf#page=148" target="_blank">See the text of the new large water user ordinance</a>.<br> <br><a href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/6-13-23%20Policy%20Agenda%20-%20Final.pdf" target="_blank">See the Sustainable Desert Development Resolution passed in 2023</a>.<br> <br><a href="/waterservices/resourcesconservation" target="_blank">Learn more about Phoenix’s water conservation programs​</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
​ Mayor Gallego Named to New Federal Advisory Panel on Transportation Innovation https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2967Mayor's Office1/2/2024 9:35:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2967/Newsroom_Default_01 (1).jpg​ Mayor Gallego Named to New Federal Advisory Panel on Transportation Innovation <div class="ExternalClass8D85F13678394630A62258424EB0D112"><html> <p></p> <p class="paragraph" align="center" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);text-align:left;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span class="normaltextrun" style="font-size:11pt;background-color:window;text-align:left;"> <strong> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">​PHOENIX—</span> </strong> </span> <span class="normaltextrun" style="font-size:11pt;background-color:window;text-align:left;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <span data-markjs="true" class="outlook-search-highlight"><span data-markjs="true" class="outlook-search-highlight">Mayor</span></span> Kate Gallego has been named to serve on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) new Transforming Transportation Advisory Committee (TTAC), a small group of national leaders who will provide advice to Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the department about plans and approaches for transportation innovation. </span> </span> <span class="eop" style="font-size:11pt;background-color:window;text-align:left;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <br> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <br> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Gallego is the only <span data-markjs="true" class="outlook-search-highlight"><span data-markjs="true" class="outlook-search-highlight">mayor</span></span> who will serve on the Committee, which is comprised of professionals, subject matter experts, academics, and leaders in the field of transportation technology. The first meeting will be held on January 18.</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <br> <br> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">“I am honored and excited to serve as Phoenix’s voice on the Transforming Transportation Advisory Committee,” <strong>Gallego said. </strong>“Cities like Phoenix are ground zero for innovation in transit and transportation, and as we continue benefitting and learning from major federal infrastructure investments, I am looking forward to how this group will use its exchange of expertise and knowledge to improve folks’ lives across the country.” </span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <br> <br> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"> <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-launches-new-advisory-committee-help-shape-federal-approach-transportation" target="_blank" title="https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-launches-new-advisory-committee-help-shape-federal-approach-transportation" style="color:rgb(0, 120, 215);text-decoration-line:underline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;">According to USDOT</span> </span> </a> </span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">, the Committee will explore and consider issues related to:</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <br> <br> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);text-indent:0in;margin-bottom:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:symbol;line-height:1.2;">·<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";font-feature-settings:normal;">         </span></span> <span dir="LTR"></span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Pathways to safe, secure, equitable, environmentally friendly and accessible deployments of emerging technologies</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);text-indent:0in;margin-bottom:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:symbol;line-height:1.2;">·<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";font-feature-settings:normal;">         </span></span> <span dir="LTR"></span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Integrated approaches to promote greater cross-modal integration of emerging technologies, in particular applications to deploy automation</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);text-indent:0in;margin-bottom:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:symbol;line-height:1.2;">·<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";font-feature-settings:normal;">         </span></span> <span dir="LTR"></span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Policies that encourage innovation to grow and support a safe and productive U.S. workforce, as well as foster economic competitiveness and job quality</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);text-indent:0in;margin-bottom:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:symbol;line-height:1.2;">·<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";font-feature-settings:normal;">         </span></span> <span dir="LTR"></span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Approaches and frameworks that encourage the secure exchange and sharing of transformative transportation data, including technologies and infrastructure, across the public and private sectors that can guide core policy decisions across DOT’s strategic goals</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);text-indent:0in;margin-bottom:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:symbol;line-height:1.2;">·<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";font-feature-settings:normal;">         </span></span> <span dir="LTR"></span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Ways the Department can identify and elevate cybersecurity solutions and protect privacy across transportation systems and infrastructure</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);text-indent:0in;margin-bottom:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:symbol;line-height:1.2;">·<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";font-feature-settings:normal;">         </span></span> <span dir="LTR"></span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Other emerging issues, topics, and technologies</span> </span> <span class="scxw242518485"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <br> <span class="eop"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Gallego, known nationally as a “</span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"> <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/phoenix-35-year-public-transit-expansion-plan-aims-city-less-car-dependent-2023-3" target="_blank" title="https://www.businessinsider.com/phoenix-35-year-public-transit-expansion-plan-aims-city-less-car-dependent-2023-3" style="color:rgb(0, 120, 215);text-decoration-line:underline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;">Transit <span data-markjs="true" class="outlook-search-highlight"><span data-markjs="true" class="outlook-search-highlight">Mayor</span></span></span> </span> </a> </span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">,” has been advocating for </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"> <a href="https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2019/06/13/phoenix-mayor-kate-gallego-delivers-first-state-city-speech-where-to-watch/1437956001/" target="_blank" title="https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2019/06/13/phoenix-mayor-kate-gallego-delivers-first-state-city-speech-where-to-watch/1437956001/" style="color:rgb(0, 120, 215);text-decoration-line:underline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;">improved public transit</span> </span> </a> </span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> and cleaner transportation options since she was elected to Phoenix City Council in 2013. After experiencing a seizure that same year and temporarily losing her ability to operate a vehicle, Gallego found herself relying on public transportation to get around, which was easy to do in downtown Phoenix, but difficult in many other parts of the city. </span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <br> <br> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">That’s what led Gallego to spearhead </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"> <a href="/t2050" target="_blank" title="https://www.phoenix.gov/t2050" style="color:rgb(0, 120, 215);text-decoration-line:underline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;">Phoenix's Transportation 2050</span> </span> </a> </span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> plan, a bipartisan, voter-approved project that is providing residents with expanded bus service, additional </span> </span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;">light rail corridors<span style="color:rgb(52, 63, 78);">, a mobile fare-collection system, and roadway and mobility improvements, with an emphasis on bringing service to historically underserved areas. </span></span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <br> <br> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">In 2023, Gallego played a key role in negotiations to extend the region’s half-cent sales tax for transportation investments (Proposition 400). As Chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), Gallego </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"> <a href="https://kjzz.org/content/1853786/republicans-took-shot-light-rail-prop-400-deal-train-chugs-along" target="_blank" title="https://kjzz.org/content/1853786/republicans-took-shot-light-rail-prop-400-deal-train-chugs-along" style="color:rgb(0, 120, 215);text-decoration-line:underline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;">pushed for more light rail</span> </span> </a> </span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> funding and investments in sustainable transportation options. The compromise will be on the ballot for voters to approve in November 2024.</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"> </span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <strong> <em> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">For more information on TTAC and a full list of appointees, click </span> </em> </strong> </span> <strong> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"> <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-launches-new-advisory-committee-help-shape-federal-approach-transportation" target="_blank" title="https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-launches-new-advisory-committee-help-shape-federal-approach-transportation" style="color:rgb(0, 120, 215);text-decoration-line:underline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <em> <span style="font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;">HERE</span> </em> </span> </a> </span> </strong> <span class="normaltextrun"> <strong> <em> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">.</span> </em> </strong> </span> <span class="eop"> <strong> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </strong> </span> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
Former Mayor Thelda Williams, Steadfast Champion of City’s Transit and Water Infrastructure, Dies at 82 https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2925Mayor's Office11/15/2023 5:30:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/uQ5jHSSCv3c?si=794STNpMWWbWFs4kFormer Mayor Thelda Williams, Steadfast Champion of City’s Transit and Water Infrastructure, Dies at 82 <div class="ExternalClass126C9B43AF95496280B2B38F2129705C"><html> <p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;"> <em>Flags Ordered to Fly at Half-Staff at City of Phoenix Sites</em> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;"> <strong style="">PHOENIX </strong>— Former Mayor Thelda Williams, the only person to ever serve as the city's top official on three separate occasions who served on the City Council for more than 20 years, died Tuesday night after a brief battle with cancer. She was 82. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">“Thelda Williams's service to our city has touched and improved the lives of everyone who lives here—from improving Sky Harbor International Airport to strengthening our transit system to making sure that we use our water wisely," Mayor Kate Gallego said. “She cared deeply about Phoenix's people and its future, and her legacy will endure far beyond our lifetimes. We mourn her loss, and her large City family extends our heartfelt condolences to her family who she treasured so much." </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">The city will lower flags at its facilities in honor of Williams through Tuesday at sunset. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">To honor Williams, the City Council recently voted to </span> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-transit/2739"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">name the new transit</span> </a> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;"> center at Metrocenter after her. In 2019, the city, along with the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and PetSmart Charities, built the “</span> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2019/03/19/phoenix-opens-first-downtown-dog-park-thelda-williams-paw-pup-park/3168137002/"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Thelda Williams Paw-Pup Dog Park</span> </a> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">," downtown Phoenix's first dog park. Williams was a devout animal lover and spearheaded multiple City policies to protect dogs. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">“Thelda Williams was a dear friend and colleague," Councilwoman Debra Stark, who served with Williams, said. “I am deeply saddened about her passing, as she impacted so many lives, as well as my own. She was an ally on the Council, but also a force to be reckoned with. I take solace in knowing she lived a full and accomplished life. We owe a debt of gratitude to Thelda for her many years of public service and contributions to the City of Phoenix. Thelda will be so missed." </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">“Thelda Williams leaves behind a legacy for all of Phoenix that cannot be outshined," Councilwoman Ann O'Brien, who succeeded Williams on the City Council, said. “She was a role model, a mentor, a Jeopardy question, the only person to have served as the mayor three separate times, and a friend. She will be deeply missed and leaves behind a pair of shoes that will be impossible to fill. District 1 and all of Phoenix saw exponential growth under Thelda's leadership. We would not be where we are today as a city if it weren't for Thelda's service." </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Williams first began serving on the City Council in 1989, and unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 1995. After departing the Council, she ran again in 2007 and served through 2021 after her third consecutive term expired. After the resignations of Mayors Paul Johnson, Terry Goddard and Greg Stanton, who each ran for a different office, she was selected by her City Council colleagues to serve as interim mayor. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Williams also served as the City's vice mayor, chair of the City Council's Transportation Infrastructure and Planning Subcommittee, and as chair of the Valley Metro Rail board. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Williams is survived by her son Murry and daughter Cyndi, as well as three grandsons: Matt Smith, a Phoenix police officer, and Ben and John Williams. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mel, a former Phoenix police officer, and her daughter Chris.  </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">View photos of Thelda Williams over the years from the </span> <em style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Arizona Republic </em> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azcentral.com/picture-gallery/news/local/phoenix/2018/07/20/phoenix-thelda-williams-interim-mayor-after-greg-stanton-resigns/806842002/"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">HERE</span> </a> <em style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">.</em> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;"> </span> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;"># # # </span> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">For Immediate Release: November 15, 2023</span>​<br style=""></span> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorVideomayors-officeMayor's Office
Mayor Gallego Launches Ethics Commission Appointment Processhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2801Mayor's Office6/29/2023 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2801/Newsroom_Default_01.jpgMayor Gallego Launches Ethics Commission Appointment Process<div class="ExternalClassFB5888512D5447368125313FFD11D732"><html> <p>Today, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced she is launching the application and appointment process for the City of Phoenix Ethics Commission.<br><br>The Phoenix City Council approved the establishment of a City of Phoenix Ethics Commission in 2017 with the purpose of investigating allegations of ethical violations and enforcing the City’s ethics policies. The charge of the Ethics Commission is to initiate proceedings, conduct an initial evaluation, and if necessary, investigate, proceed with a formal hearing, and recommend action to the Mayor and City Council related to alleged ethics or gift policy violations by a Council member or a City of Phoenix board, commission, committee, or task force member.<br><br>“Governments function best with oversight and public input, which is why I’ve long been in favor of standing up our city’s Ethics Commission,” <strong>said Gallego.</strong> “Our constituents elected us to serve them, and the Ethics Commission is an important accountability tool that will make our city more transparent to its citizens."<br><br>Per ordinance, the Ethics Commission shall consist of five members: two who are registered members of the Democratic Party, two who are registered members of the Republican Party, and one who is registered with no party affiliation. Each will serve no more than one five-year term, except one Democratic member and one Republican member who will serve an initial term of three years.  <br><br><strong>The <a target="_blank" href="https://boards.phoenix.gov/Home/BoardsDetail/24">application</a> ​​is now open and accepting candidates through July 31, 2023.</strong><br><br>New candidates will be reviewed by the Judicial Selection Advisory Board, which will then recommend candidates for consideration by the Phoenix City Council. The five Ethics Commission nominees must be approved by the affirmative vote of seven members of the City Council.​</p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
Phoenix City Council Approves Sustainable Development Water Policies https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2782Mayor's Office6/13/2023 11:00:00 PMPhoenix City Council Approves Sustainable Development Water Policies <div class="ExternalClass5C2F9FF2653845448D22D4B3B60BF0BC"><html> <p></p> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Today, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved the “Sustainable Desert Development Policy” that Mayor Kate Gallego has been leading on since early in 2022. These new policies come after years of ongoing work to ensure Phoenix is growing responsibly amidst the West’s ongoing drought. Earlier this year, in her <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?51803e18c6a9b6913d86017c79050542f04b492ef30b8e78b4169fd44d2cdb05" target="_blank">State of the City address</a>, Gallego highlighted her efforts to create these new guidelines. Today’s vote reflects the City’s commitment to facilitate and support much needed housing while also advancing drought management and water conservation goals.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"Our vote today has been years in the making and reflects Phoenix’s intentional, comprehensive approach to protect our water resources,” <b>said Mayor Gallego</b>. “Our Sustainable Desert Development policy demonstrates that in the face of concerns about water security in the West, we are not resting – we are working, and we are innovating. Together with our suite of conservation programs, these strategies will safeguard our precious water supply for decades to come.” </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Today’s new conservation guidelines come in the form of rezoning stipulations, which include regulations on non-functional turf, a mandate to meet <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?92401bce58af28fb83a79915acbd06359eb42d5638b122ec7f8edd3dfa73b275" target="_blank">EPA WaterSense</a> or similar certification, planting of drought-tolerant and native plants, outdoor irrigation standards, enhanced standards for swimming pools, and more. After this week’s vote, the City’s Planning and Development Department will roll out these draft stipulations and collaborate with applicants about how, when, and where they should be utilized.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The stipulations were based on a framework derived from the city’s work with the <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?d7d215a061545ce6a2c510dbd5c9e1b3cc404ed17ad8aaa43073f1cee8a48ba7" target="_blank">Verdin</a> <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?c7fb39094c21fd461788ac4452bd3439aeb10e95e7610dffe0cbe5eb784a8d27" target="_blank">development</a>, a residential neighborhood in North Phoenix that embraced water conservation measures. Collectively, the homes in Verdin will use 55 million fewer gallons of water every single year than a standard subdivision. Even more significantly, their preservation of natural desert landscaping will save nearly 80 million gallons of water per year. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The City Council’s vote builds upon decades of water-forward policies in Phoenix that benefit the region. The new stipulations go hand-in-hand with the City Council’s recent <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?67221bfce0d6dbf6cabd8f83f8719cfcc8b1b649f57d3987c918733fbc1e4a99" target="_blank">vote</a> to leave up to 150,000 acre-feet of water in Lake Mead over the next three years, as well as with Gallego's recent announcement of the creation of an<a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?6e6b0704b11a25e530154fb4885d085e95844b831877e6b7c9282ea25b1120f8" target="_blank"> Advanced Water Purification</a> facility that will recycle nearly 60 million gallons of water per day.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">To see the Sustainable Desert Development Resolution passed today, click <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?ff3aeb89cd00fc04fecdbe7959e2a9f2f8179453e394a56a3b556ca01c79b608" target="_blank">HERE</a>. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">For more information on Phoenix’s water conservation programs, click <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?a4cf2aab81cd2c6968aad85deb5b8193539207b958cd7f25559884726215ab30" target="_blank">HERE</a>. ​</span> </div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
Mayor Gallego Announces Successful Appeal of Phoenix Census Counthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2757Mayor's Office5/26/2023 4:45:00 PMMayor Gallego Announces Successful Appeal of Phoenix Census Count<div class="ExternalClass6B9B5B3DE8BE4F1DB42EF92EF0656D43"><html> <p></p> <div>Today, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced the City of Phoenix’s successful appeal to correct the 2020 Census Count. Earlier this year, Gallego wrote a letter to initiate the appeal process, in which she indicated that over 3,500 people in 192 “Group Quarter” facilities were missed during the 2020 census count that took place during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“Counting every person matters, and I am incredibly thankful to the Census Bureau for offering this avenue to address omissions in the 2020 Census,” <b>said Mayor Gallego.</b> “This successful outcome will not only mean that we will be able to receive our fair share in federal funding for the remainder of the decade, but also set us up for success for the 2030 Census. As the fastest-growing big city in the country, that will be critical to our future.” </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“We will send the updated group quarters population to the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program where they will be included in the baseline data used to produce upcoming annual population estimates,” <b>the letter from the Census Bureau read.  </b></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>While Phoenix and the Valley area continue to grow faster than any other place in our country, the Census Bureau acknowledged they likely undercounted group facilities known as “Group Quarters” throughout Phoenix. As such, in May 2022, the Census Bureau announced the 2020 Post-Census Group Quarters Review program, a mechanism for local governments to request that the Bureau review the 2020 Census Group Quarters population count. The City of Phoenix worked with Bloomberg Associates to find that approximately 192 Group Quarter facilities were not counted in the 2020 Census Group Quarters Operation, with a total corresponding population of approximately 3,550 people residing in them.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>This successful adjustment to the count will benefit Phoenix for the next eight years by rendering additional dollars to the city via state and federal allocations, which go to programs such as Medicaid, Head Start, nutritional assistance, public safety grants, and federal housing initiatives. Estimates done reveal that for every individual counted, the city could earn thousands of dollars, thereby amounting to millions of dollars per year in federal funding for Phoenix.  ​<br></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office

 

 

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