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Federal Government Advances Full Funding for Northwest Light Rail Extensionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2116Public Transit10/22/2021 7:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2116/Public_Transit_Newsroom_43.jpgFederal Government Advances Full Funding for Northwest Light Rail Extension<div class="ExternalClass4E73465E279B4F8AB787EA241DF2A68C"><html> <p style="text-align:center;">USDOT (United States Department of Transportation) action greenlights the next step in connecting the West Valley to downtown Phoenix and the East Valley via light rail. </p> <p>Federal and local leaders are pleased to see the $158 million Capital Investment Grant (CIG) for Valley Metro’s Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II (NWE II) advance to Congress for review.  This highly competitive grant will complete the funding necessary for this project, with the final grant signing anticipated in early November.  <br></p> <p>The NWE II gives new communities greater access to major destinations along the existing light rail line. Those destinations include educational institutions, employment centers, entertainment amenities as well as the airport. The extension also will link the West Valley to high-capacity transit as a convenient and reliable travel option.  <br></p> <p>1.6-mile extension will connect the current end-of-line located at 19th Avenue and Dunlap to Metrocenter Mall at approximately 29th Avenue and Dunlap. The extension is unique: it will reach its destination via a bridge over the Interstate 17 highway and terminate at the region’s first elevated light rail station platform. The project also includes three transit stations, a multi-modal transit center, a parking garage and extensive public art. <br></p> <p>USDOT’s announcement means a $158 million Capital Investment Grant (CIG) will be dedicated to the project. Total cost of the NWE II is $401 million and includes $213 million in local Transportation 2050 (T2050) monies; $30 million from regional transportation sales tax funds; and the $158 million federal grant in the pipeline. <br></p> <p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said the project will now be able to meet its intended goal: to breathe new life into the neighborhoods around Metrocenter. “Projections tell us this new section of rail will serve 5,700 daily riders, and that the majority of riders will come from households without cars, opening up new options for good jobs and a good education,” said Mayor Gallego. “This will stand as a legacy project in Councilmember Ann O’Brien’s district, and for Councilmember Laura Pastor, who I recently appointed to represent Phoenix on the Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors.”<br></p> <p>“Today’s funding announcement represents a critical next step in the Northwest Light Rail Extension. Investing in Arizona’s public transit creates jobs, expands transportation options, and grows Arizona’s economy,” said Arizona’s senior U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema. “The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act I negotiated with Senate Republicans and the White House includes historic investments in public transit projects like this, and I’ll continue supporting crucial infrastructure investments in our state and creating opportunities for all Arizonans.”<br></p> <p>Funding of the Northwest Light Rail Extension project will expand Arizonans’ access to reliable public transportation and connect them to more economic opportunities,” said Arizona U.S. Senator Mark Kelly, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “Upgrading and modernizing our transportation infrastructure remains one of my top priorities which is why I worked to secure key investments in the bipartisan infrastructure bill. I will continue working to ensure that Arizonans see more critical investments into our state’s infrastructure.”<br></p> <p>“Years of work and advocacy have made this project possible. When it’s complete light rail will be a new connection to the Northwest Valley, opening it up to new economic opportunities—jobs, private and public investments, education, health care, social services and more,” said Rep. Greg Stanton. Stanton has been a fierce advocate for public transit since his time as mayor of Phoenix, leading the charge on T2050, one of the most ambitious transportation initiatives in the country—a bipartisan, voter-backed plan to extend Phoenix’s light rail system, expand bus service, and improve thousands of miles of roadways over the next 35 years. He has continued to fight for federal funds and increased resources for the CIG program as Vice Chair of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee.  <br></p> <p>“As America’s fifth-largest city, Phoenix requires robust infrastructure that brings better jobs and opportunities for our residents,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego. “The Biden Administration recognizes these needed investments, and I’m excited by the announcement of full funding for the Northwest Light Rail extension. Whether going to work, out to a restaurant, or to shop, this redevelopment will connect our city in a new, innovative way.”<br></p> <p>“Moving a million more people across the Valley in the next three to five years is our regional transportation challenge," said Valley Metro Rail Board Chair and Mesa Councilmember Francisco Heredia. “The Northwest Extension Phase II will be instrumental in increasing access, connecting neighborhoods, reducing future congestion and, ultimately, providing high-quality, affordable public transportation to generations. Thank you to our partners at DOT and FTA for sharing our vision, now and into the future."​<br></p> <p>Work on the Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II is expected to be complete in 2024. ​<br><br></p> <p>About Transportation 2050: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved <a href="/t2050" target="_blank">T2050, a 35-year citywide transportation plan​</a>. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan's overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion from federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitLight Rail ConstructionPublic Transit#T2050 #NWEII #PhoenixLightRail #ValleyMetroRail #FullFundingGrantAgreement #Grants #Mobility #PhoenixPublicTransit #FederalGrantsTransportation 2050, Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II, Valley Metro Rail, Full Funding Grant Agreement, Phoenix Public Transit, Moving Phoenix ForwardBrenda Yanez602-571-5895602-261-8254brenda.yanez@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/28/Brenda_Yanez.jpgPhoenixMetroBus

 

 

Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Eventshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399Emergency Management & Homeland Security5/23/2022 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="ExternalClass6E6A89FE59A043B79E03A06E780259C0"><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>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
Critical Incident Briefing - May 9, 2022 - 7th Street and Bell Roadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2354Police5/23/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/QrZMZaPwQBYCritical Incident Briefing - May 9, 2022 - 7th Street and Bell Road<div class="ExternalClass1D268148809A42FC856FB8103C2B3700"><html> <strong>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong> <br><br>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 9, 2022.<br><br>This incident occurred in the area of 7th Street and Bell Road, when residents in the neighborhood called 911. The initial caller told 911 operators that a man broke an apartment window and was last seen walking towards Bell Road. Additional 911 calls were received stating a man had broken a window of a business, thrown bottles at passing vehicles and was acting violently.<br><br>The first two responding officers were flagged down by a witness who told the them the man was still in the parking lot. One of the officers shared the information over the radio for other responding patrol units.<br><br>As the officers drove around the parking lot, they located a man matching the description given. The man was holding a river rock. The two officers discussed a plan for one of them to be ready to use a Taser.<br><br>The officers got out of the patrol car and began giving the man commands to drop the river rock and get on the ground. The man did not comply with the officer’s commands. The man was further than the effective distance of the Taser, so the same officer retrieved a stun bag – an alternative less-lethal option. The man responded by running from the area on foot.<br><br>The man ran across Bell Road and into another shopping area. Once in the second parking lot the man stopped with the river rock still in his hand. There were several patrons on foot and in vehicles as the officers attempted to negotiate with the man. The officer ordered the man to drop the rock, but the man again, did not comply. The officer called for a stun bag again, but the man ran away before the stun bag could be used.<br><br>The foot pursuit continued through the parking lot towards a restaurant. The officer continued to order the man to stop and drop the rock. The man did not. The officer again asked a backup officer for the stun bag. The man temporarily went out of view behind the restaurant but then reappeared in the restaurant’s outdoor patio. The man then lifted the rock in what appears to be a throwing motion and then continued to move toward the restaurant’s side door.<br><br>As the man approached the side door, the officer issued commands not to enter the restaurant. The man again did not comply which resulted in the officer-involved shooting. The man fell inside the restaurant, and officers moved in to detain him and render aid.<br><br>After the shooting, officers attempted to restrain the man as he continued to pull his arm away and kick the officers. The officers were able to secure the man and provide aid to include putting on a tourniquet. The river rock was found next to the man. No other citizens or officers were injured during this incident.<br><br>The man was taken to a local hospital where he received treatment for his injuries.<br><br>The officer involved in this shooting has been with the department for fifteen years and is assigned to the Black 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. 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> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
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

 

 

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