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Phoenix Selected to Host NCAA Women's Final Four in 2026https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/phoenix-convention-center/1569Phoenix Convention Center10/15/2020 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1569/NCAA Amazing Bball Photo.jpegPhoenix Selected to Host NCAA Women's Final Four in 2026<div class="ExternalClassDF433B905C71401F9B04F1C6F56F9511"><html>​Oct. 14, 2020, (PHOENIX) —Today, the NCAA announced that Phoenix is the host city for the 2026 Women's Final Four. The national semifinals will begin on Friday, April 3, 2026 at Talking Stick Resort Arena with the national championship final game taking place on Sunday, April 5. <br><br>This marks the first time that Phoenix has hosted the nation's top collegiate women's basketball championship, which has not been held in the west since 2012. <br><br>“Phoenix has earned its reputation as a top pick for the biggest championships in the nation – and we are always happy for the repeat business," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “But I am especially proud to welcome the NCAA Women's Final Four to Phoenix for the very first time.  I know this is the beginning of another great sports relationship for our city."<br><br>The Valley's bid was a collaborative effort, with the city of Phoenix, Visit Phoenix, the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury and Talking Stick Resort Arena teaming up with the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee and Arizona State University, which will serve as the collegiate host institution.<br><br>The 2026 Women's Final Four completes Arizona's resume as the nation's leading destination for major championships. The Valley will be the site of the 2023 Super Bowl and the 2024 NCAA Men's Final Four. <br><br>"The Phoenix Convention Center is proud to host the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Convention and official fan activities for the Women's 2026 Final Four," said Phoenix Convention Center Director John Chan. “With over one million square feet of meeting and event space, convenient access to light rail and walking distance to Talking Stick Resort Arena and major convention hotels, and surrounded by numerous dining, retail, cultural and entertainment options, the Phoenix Convention Center is the perfect backdrop to create an inspiring event experience for more than 20,000 expected attendees." <br><br><p><strong>Final Four events at the Phoenix Convention Center:</strong><br></p><ul><li><strong>Women's Coaches Convention </strong>– the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Annual National Convention held in conjunction with the Women's Final Four will attract more than 2,000 coaches.</li><li><strong>Fan Festival</strong> – is an interactive and educational fan event including competitions, basketball clinics, prizes, autograph sessions, special guest appearances, trivia contests, and entertainment.</li><li><strong>Super Saturday Concert</strong> – is a free outdoor concert event held on the Saturday between the national semifinals and the national championship games.</li><li><strong>Youth</strong><strong> Bounce</strong> – is a family-friendly community event where children take to the streets in the downtown area, bouncing basketballs from a designated starting location and ending at the NCAA Fan Festival. <br></li></ul><p>Downtown Phoenix is the premier event destination for all of the official 2026 NCAA Women's Final Four fan-related events, lodging and meeting activities associated with the tournament. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>####</strong></p><em><strong>About the Phoenix Convention Center</strong></em><br><em>The award-winning Phoenix Convention Center is one of the largest convention venues in the United States. It offers nearly 1,000,000 square feet of rentable meeting and event space. Established in 1969 as a department of the city of Phoenix, the Phoenix Convention Center is a vital economic enterprise for the state and local economy. The Phoenix Convention Center & Venues include the Phoenix Convention Center, Symphony Hall, Orpheum Theatre and five parking garages.​</em><br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/conventioncenterNewsphoenix-convention-centerNCAA BasketballPCCCynthia Weaver602-568-8126602-534-7633cynthia.weaver@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/50/Cynthia_Weaver.jpgPhoenixConvCtr

 

 

Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Eventshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399Emergency Management & Homeland Security5/20/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<div class="ExternalClass3F398D456D83479B8D51D36D43258E2E"><html> <div class="ExternalClassFA4EFB964BD142158CA446F5807F9C77"> <br> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2">General Inform​​ation</h2><h3>Face Mask Requirements After CDC Eases Guidelines</h3><p>In Feb. 2022, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new set of measures that will allow people who are healthy and living in counties where the coronavirus poses a low or medium community risk level, to stop wearing a face mask in public settings.<a href="/newsroom/city-manager/2253" target="_blank"> As of Feb. 28, 2022, Maricopa County is at a medium risk level, so effective immediately, a face mask will not be required for most City employees</a>.<br></p><h3>Downtown Phoenix Buildings Are “By Appointment Only”​<br></h3><p>​<a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1084">Public access to the following downtown city of Phoenix buildings is currently by appointment only ​</a><br>Phoenix City Hall – 200 W. Washington St.<br>Calvin C. Goode Building – 251 W. Washington St.<br>Phoenix Public Transit Building – 302 N. First Ave​</p><p></p><h3>City of Phoenix Impacted City Services Update</h3><p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a><br> </p><h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3><p> <a href="/resources" target="_blank">Additional resources for Phoenix businesses, the workforce, and residents relating to COVID-19. Learn more.</a><br> </p><h3>Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan</h3><p> <a href="/COVIDrelief" target="_blank">Information and updates on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn more.</a> ​​​<br> </p> ​ <h2>​COVID-19 T​​esting<br></h2><p>We're all in this together. <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash">#COVID19</a> testing with no out-of-pocket cost. The city of #PHX now has two #COVID19 mobile testing vans out in the community. A limited number of free at-home COVID-19 test kits and masks will be available at mobile testing events on a first-come, first-served basis. Note: The FDA has extended the shelf-life of iHealth COVID-19 antigen rapid tests. <a target="_blank" href="https://ihealthlabs.com/pages/news">Learn more and check the expiration date of your test.</a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #1: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">Vincere Cancer Center</a><br><strong>Mobile Van #2: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">Premier Lab Solutions</a><br><strong>Blitz Vendor #1: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/">Equality Health​</a><br><strong>Blitz Vendor #2: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.onecommunityaz.com/">Family Tree Health Care​</a><br> </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are also available at all <a target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations">17 Phoenix Library Locations​</a>. The tests will be available in limited quantities on a first-come, first-served basis.<br></p><h2> Vaccinations<br></h2><p>Select events marked with <strong> <span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> offer COVID-19 tests and vaccines! For other vaccine locations see <a href="https://www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations" target="_blank">Maricopa County Vaccine Finder</a> and <a href="https://www.vaccines.gov/search/" target="_blank">Vaccines.gov seach</a>.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</span></p> ​ ​ <h3>Friday, May 20, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Falcon Park<br> 3420 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85009<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Blitz Vendor #1.</strong> Raul H. Castro Fine Arts Academy<br> 2730 N. 79th Ave., Phoenix AZ 85035<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.onecommunityaz.com/">https://www.onecommunityaz.com</a></p><h3>Satuday, May 21, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Western Star Park<br> 4425 E. Western Star Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85044<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Solano Park<br> 5625 N. 17th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><p><strong>Blitz Vendor #2.</strong> Trevor Browne High School<br> 7402 W. Catalina Drive, Phoenix, AZ<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/">https://www.familytreehealthcare.com</a></p><h3>Monday, May 23, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Santa Maria Park<br> 3425 S. 71st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85043<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, May 24, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Chicanos Por La Causa<br> 6850 W Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, May 25, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Paseo Highlands Park<br> 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Phoenix, AZ 85027<br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><p><strong>Blitz Vendor #2.</strong> Zion Institute<br> 1522 E. Southern Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85042<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/">https://www.familytreehealthcare.com</a></p><h3>Friday, May 27, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Shadow Mountain Senior Center<br> 3546 E. Sweetwater Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, May 28, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Paradise Valley Park<br> 17642 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Falcon Park<br> 3420 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85009<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><p><strong>Blitz Vendor #2.</strong> United Nations Church <br> 5437 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85040<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/">https://www.familytreehealthcare.com</a></p><h3>Monday, May 30, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> El Reposo Park<br> 502 E. Alta Vista Road, Phoenix, AZ 85042<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, May 31, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cesar Chavez Park<br> 7858 S. 35th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85339<br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p> ​<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
New Shelter Opens in Phoenix Offering Heat Relief and Services for 200 People Experiencing Homelessnesshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2353Human Services5/19/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/DghnsnD-KvcNew Shelter Opens in Phoenix Offering Heat Relief and Services for 200 People Experiencing Homelessness<div class="ExternalClassB249F91E0EFE42B882B508A50F4E2C27"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The City of Phoenix and Maricopa County partnered to open a facility in central Phoenix that will provide day and nighttime relief from the summer heat for 200 people experiencing homelessness.<br><br>“Arizona's summer heat can be deadly. We need to ensure that everyone, especially our most vulnerable residents, has a safe place to stay cool during our hottest months," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This shelter is just one part of the City of Phoenix's strong commitment to leading with services and connecting those who are unsheltered with the appropriate resources."<br><br>The facility, owned by the City of Phoenix, is located near 28th and Washington Streets. The shelter is a closed campus, meaning there are no walk-up services and clients need to be referred to the facility by a caseworker. One unique aspect of this project is it prioritizes serving people experiencing homelessness in the surrounding neighborhood.<br><br>“It's really tough to have a conversation of bringing a shelter to a community, but I understood the need in our city and in my district and the importance of it," District 8 Councilmember Carlos Garcia said. “There had to be a process to talk to the folks around here and make sure that this became an asset for the community around this shelter. This shelter is not only adding bed space, but it is also making sure that it has the resources wrapped around people sleeping here. The services provided will hopefully set them on a path to be permanently housed. I'm grateful for our partnership with the neighborhood, City staff, St. Vincent de Paul, and Maricopa County. I know that we are all invested in this being a successful model that can be replicated." <br><br>People staying at the facility will have dedicated beds to sleep in, access to three meals each day, showers, and a secure place to store their belongings. Pets are also welcome. St. Vincent de Paul will operate the center and provide comprehensive case management services to each resident. Staff will be able to assist individuals with obtaining identification, accessing medical and financial services and connecting to employment and housing opportunities.<br><br>“It's a great privilege and responsibility to be one of the lead partners on this pilot program," said Jessica Berg, Saint Vincent de Paul Chief Program Officer. “We like to think that City and County chose SVdP for not only our proven track record of running a successful shelter, but also for our culture of dignified service, kindness and working collaboratively with our neighbors. Together, we will save lives this summer, get more people into housing, and build a better community for all of us."<br><br>The City and the County divided funding for the project through American Rescue Plan Act funds. The City of Phoenix contributed $2.6 million, and the County contributed more than $2 million.<br><br>“With homelessness increasing across the region, we need to address both the immediate and long-term needs of individuals and communities. This partnership achieves that," said Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates, Supervisor for District 3. “First, it provides shelter that will literally save lives during the intense summer heat. Second, it connects people experiencing homelessness to resources that can help them find jobs and permanent housing." <br><br>The heat relief location will be open and operating through this joint funding model through October 31, 2022, with the goal of the City continuing year-round operations through 2024.<br><br>Learn more about how to manage the extreme heat of summer visit <a target="_blank" href="/heatsite">Phoenix.gov/HeatSite</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.heataz.org/">HeatAZ.org</a>. <br><br>Find cooling stations and water through the Heat Relief Network: <a target="_blank" href="https://hrn.azmag.gov/">https://hrn.azmag.gov</a>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesVideo
Critical Incident Briefing: May 1, 2022 – 19th Avenue and Southernhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2351Police5/13/2022 9:49:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/HC2wOINZOnMCritical Incident Briefing: May 1, 2022 – 19th Avenue and Southern<div class="ExternalClass66119E6225964D719E64467797E4FE36"><html>​The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on May 1, 2022.<br><br>This incident occurred in the area of 19th Avenue and Southern Avenue. An officer was at a gas station in the area, working through an unrelated call for service, when he was notified by a community member about a man nearby who was waiving a machete. The officer saw the adult male suspect walk south along 19th Avenue on the sidewalk waving the machete around, before eventually walking into a vacant dirt lot. The officer called for backup and tried to keep the suspect contained to the dirt lot, away from any other community members.<br><br>The second officer arrived on scene and positioned herself and her vehicle between the suspect and 19th Avenue in an attempt to keep him away from the roadway, which was busy with vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The suspect ignored the officer and continued walking southbound along 19th Avenue, and eventually into the roadway.<br><br>The third officer to arrive on scene retrieved a less lethal stunbag shotgun from his patrol vehicle before approaching the suspect. He gave multiple commands for the suspect to drop the weapon, and then used the stunbag shotgun when the suspect approached him. The stunbag rounds had minimal effect on the suspect, causing him only to pause for a moment before advancing toward the officer again. At this point, the officer dropped the stunbag and fired his duty weapon, striking the suspect and causing him to fall to the ground.  <br><br>When the suspect fell to the ground, he dropped the machete. Officers were able to move it away as they approached him to take him into custody and begin first-aid. The officers continued to provide aid until the Phoenix Fire Department arrived and assumed care before transporting the suspect to a local hospital for treatment.<br><br>The suspect remains hospitalized, and upon release, will be booked into jail for aggravated assault on a police officer.<br><br>The officer involved in this shooting has been with the department for 2 years and is assigned to the South Mountain Precinct.<br><br>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.<br> <br>Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.<br><br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo

 

 

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