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Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II Opens for Service Jan. 27https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2971Public Transit1/9/2024 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2971/Newsroom_PublicTransit_003.jpgNorthwest Light Rail Extension Phase II Opens for Service Jan. 27<div class="ExternalClass723C4CE1F6E542188B3FC6C1158785EB"><html> <p>​The region will soon have a new connection from Mesa, Tempe and downtown Phoenix to northwest Phoenix. The <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/northwest-extension-phase-ii" target="_blank">Northwest Extension Phase II</a> light rail project will officially open for service Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. A ribbon cutting and community celebration from 9 a.m. to ​12 p.m.​ is being planned on that day to commemorate the occasion.</p> <p>“As Phoenix continues growing, so does the need for reliable, affordable transportation options that can connect Phoenicians to opportunities all over town,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. “Whether it’s going to work, to the doctor’s office, or to visit loved ones, I believe every person should be able to get where they need to go without relying on a car. The Northwest Extension II -- by way of the newly named Thelda Williams Transit Center -- is going to deliver on that vision, while at the same time helping us reduce carbon emissions in the long-term. Three years in the making, the extension is going to breathe life into neighborhoods around the Metrocenter development, accelerate private and public investment in the area, and improve quality of life for Phoenix residents.”<br></p> <p>The 1.6-mile extension expands light rail service farther into northwest Phoenix running west from 19th and Dunlap avenues, going north on 25th Avenue, then west on Mountain View Road crossing the I-17 freeway to the redeveloping Metrocenter area.</p> <p>This extension introduces unique features including the first elevated rail station, a rail-only bridge over the I-17 freeway and seven community-driven public art installations. The project also includes a transit center named in honor of former Phoenix Mayor and Councilmember Thelda Williams, who also served as Chair of Valley Metro Rail.</p> <p>Other project features include:</p> <p> </p><ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li>3 new light rail stations</li> <li>Four-story parking garage<br></li> <li>200 new trees along with enhanced landscaping</li> </ul> <p></p> <p>In addition to federal grants, funding of the extension comes from Phoenix Transportation 2050 and regional Proposition 400. This project builds upon the success of the <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/northwest-extension-phase-i" target="_blank">Northwest Extension Phase I</a>, which opened in 2016.</p> <p>In 2016, the Phoenix City Council approved accelerating segments of the future high-capacity transit system under the <a href="/T2050" target="_blank">Transportation 2050 plan</a>. As a result, construction on the project began in 2020 and is opening two years ahead of the original 2026 projected opening date.</p> <p>“The opening of the Northwest Extension Phase II is a remarkable milestone in Valley Metro Rail’s vision to provide multi-modal connectivity across our region,” said Phoenix Councilmember and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Laura Pastor. “Extensions like this demonstrate our ongoing commitment to deliver high-quality public transit that our region both needs and deserves.”</p> <p>Since light rail service began in metro Phoenix in 2008, the system has attracted more than <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/about/transit-oriented-community" target="_blank">$17 billion in public and private investment development </a>with another $2.1 billion in planned commercial and residential development. This extension is expected to spur continued community investment and economic growth in northwest Phoenix and serve thousands of new riders each day.</p> <p>For more information about the project visit <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/project/northwest-extension-phase-ii/opening" target="_blank">valleymetro.org/northwest2opening</a>​<br></p> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitNorthwest Light Rail Extension Phase 2Public Transit#Transportation2050 #T2050 #MovingPhoenixForward #NorthwestLighRailExtensionPhaseII #ValleyMetroRail #PhoenixPublicTransit #InauguralRideTransportation 2050, T2050, Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II, Valley Metro Rail, Phoenix Light Rail Opening Celebration Brenda Yanez602-571-5895602-261-8254brenda.yanez@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/28/Brenda_Yanez.jpgCarmen DeAlba602-478-1166carmen.dealba@phoenix.govPhoenixMetroBus

 

 

OAT Releases First Monitoring Reports of Phoenix PD Investigationshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/3027City Manager2/22/2024 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3027/Newsroom_CityHall.jpgOAT Releases First Monitoring Reports of Phoenix PD Investigations<div class="ExternalClass32C51E1E643E4DB1A44B03BD1132FF40"><html> <div> <p> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The City of Phoenix Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT) has released its first two monitoring reports, highlighting areas where investigations into two high-profile incidents were incomplete or could have been conducted in a more thorough way. The reports are shared with the Phoenix Police Department as part of the City’s ongoing efforts to improve accountability and community trust.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span></span><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Both incidents are from late 2022. The first involved a Wall Street Journal reporter accused of trespassing outside a Phoenix bank, while the second involved a physical altercation between a Phoenix Police officer and a man suspected of stealing a vehicle at a gas station. OAT's review of these incidents identified areas where improvements can be made in the police department's investigative processes.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Recommendations range from improved information gathering, such as asking more thorough questions to a more thorough review of all evidence available as well as referring cases to the Critical Incident Review Board. You can read the full list of findings from the </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="/accountabilitysite/Documents/Incident-OAT22-007.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">trespassing</span> </span> </a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> and </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="/accountabilitysite/Documents/Incident-OAT22-010.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">gas station incident</span> </span> </a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> monitoring reports.</span></p><p><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">“The release of these monitoring reports marks an important step towards transparency and accountability within the Phoenix Police Department,” said interim OAT Director Shannon Johanni. “OAT’s diligent work is one tool to identify issues within the department, which when addressed will ultimately contribute to improved relationships between law enforcement and the community they serve.”</span></p><p><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Findings have been given directly to interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan. He and his staff are reviewing OAT’s analysis and will respond publicly in writing. The findings will guide future changes to improve policies and processes within the department.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;" data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">OAT will continue to monitor investigations within the Phoenix Police Department and provide recommendations for improvement as needed. As additional monitoring reports are released, they will be posted to the </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="/accountability" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US" style="font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Office of Accountability and Transparency</span> </span> </a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:17.3333px;font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> website, where you can also learn more about OAT and its mission.</span></p></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNews
Feedback Needed for Proposed West Phoenix Transit Routehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3028Public Transit2/22/2024 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3028/Newsroom_PublicTransit_005.jpgFeedback Needed for Proposed West Phoenix Transit Route<div class="ExternalClass2A2C5DAAC35B486C985E3347039287E3"><html> <p>​Valley Metro and the City of Phoenix are seeking input on the recommended route for the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/west-phoenix-high-capacity-transit-alternatives-analysis">West Phoenix High-Capacity Transit Alternatives Analysis</a>. Based on community feedback and significant technical analysis, a route beginning at Central Avenue/Indian School Road to 75th Avenue/Thomas Road will be shared with the community and recommended for approval. </p> <p>Additionally, two starting points, off the current light rail line at either Central or 19th avenues, were further evaluated based on community feedback. This additional analysis will also be presented to the community. </p> <p>The recommended route is proposed to travel west on Indian School Road from Central Avenue, south on 75th Avenue and west on Thomas Road, ultimately connecting central Phoenix and Maryvale neighborhoods. This route is being advanced based on several factors including highest ridership potential and ability to serve the highest number of transit-reliant customers of the more than 10 potential routes evaluated. </p> <p>The project team will host three public meetings, as well as open up a public comment period to garner input. </p> <p>Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 (in person)</p> <p>6 – 8 p.m.</p> <p>Westwood Elementary School</p> <p>4711 N. 23rd Ave., <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Phoenix, AZ 85015</span></p> <p> <br> </p> <p>Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024 (in person)</p> <p>6 – 8 p.m. </p> <p>Desert West Community Center</p> <p>6501 W. Virginia Ave., <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Phoenix, AZ 85035</span></p> <p><br></p><p>Wednesday, March 6, 2024 (virtual)</p> <p>6 p.m.<br></p> <p>Join online at <a target="_blank" href="https://valley-metro.webex.com/valley-metro/j.php?MTID=mb9d193a9f676a9a3b80630eba935f288">valley-metro.webex.com</a></p> <p>Join by phone: 1-408-418-9388</p> <p>Webinar number: 2483 146 4471</p> <p>Webinar password: WestPhoenix (93787463 from phones) </p> <p> </p> <p>Spanish Audio Channel: </p> <p>Join by phone: 1-408-418-9388</p> <p>Webinar number: 2484 040 1581</p> <p>Webinar password: 93787463</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>All meetings will provide identical presentations and will be available in English and Spanish. View the digital flyer with .<a target="_blank" href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/h6j7tg/5stcedxe/h2khj4">more information here​</a>. Presentation materials along with a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/webforms/wphx-comment-form-feb-2024">public comment form</a> to submit feedback will be available on the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/west-phoenix-high-capacity-transit-alternatives-analysis">project website​</a> between Feb. 23 and March 15, 2024. Following this round of public feedback, route approval will move forward to the Phoenix City Council, associated subcommittees, and the Valley Metro Rail Board across the months of March – May 2024. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNews
Arrest in Baby Skylar Cold Casehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3029Police2/22/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/lZhieJgfNC0Arrest in Baby Skylar Cold Case<div class="ExternalClass4C8302AB4C4C428E9D3EFFF6D5E581F6"><html> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">On the morning of October 10, 2005, a newborn baby girl was found deceased and wrapped in a bag in a women’s restroom at Sky Harbor International Airport.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">Over 18 years later</span> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:inherit;">,<span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;"> an arrest has been made in the case of Baby Skylar, the name investigators affectionally named the child.</span></span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">The investigation went cold after all leads were exhausted</span> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:inherit;">. A<span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">fter years of no new leads, the case was ultimately identified as a case to be worked by the FBI Phoenix Violent Crime Task Force, which includes detectives from the Phoenix Police Homicide Unit.</span></span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">“The FBI Violent Crime Task Force is a force multiplier that allows the police departments to partner with the federal law enforcement to combine resources and expertise to bring justice to our victims,” said Homicide Lieutenant James Hester.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">In November of 2021, the FBI and Phoenix Police cold case detectives reviewed existing evidence and utilized Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG) to help identify a potential maternal match for the newborn victim.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">“IGG combines unknown crime scene DNA with traditional genealogy research to generate leads for law enforcement to follow,” shared Supervisory Special Agent Dan Horan. “The goal of this approach is to bring people to justice, identify unknown victims and to provide closure for families and the communities in which they live.”</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">Investigators cross-referenced the potential match with evidence originally collected at the scene and identified the probable mother of Baby Skylar.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">In January 2022, investigators traveled to Washington state to execute a search warrant and interview the suspect identified as 51-year-old Annie Anderson. During the interview, investigators confirmed Anderson was the mother of Baby Skylar.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">Anderson had been in the Valley in 2005 on business and admitted to investigators her involvement.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">After a long and extensive investigation that involved numerous members of the Phoenix Police Department and the FBI Phoenix Violent Crime Task Force, a Maricopa County Grand Jury issued an arrest warrant for Anderson for the 1<sup>st</sup> Degree murder of Baby Skylar.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">On December 21, 2023, Anderson was arrested in Washington and is currently in custody, awaiting extradition to Phoenix.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">“Cold case homicides are challenging, and time is often not kind to investigations as our leads dry up leaving detectives few options to move the case forward,” said Homicide Lieutenant James Hester. “The community the we serve rightfully expects that all victims are never forgotten, and cold case homicide detectives carry that responsibility on their shoulders.”</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">The original detectives carried this case with them until they retired. The case had made such an impact on them, that those detectives purchased a headstone for the newborn.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">Once Anderson is extradited, she will be formally charged. This case is not over, it is just the beginning of the judicial process to bring justice for Baby Skylar.</span> </p> <p style="color:rgb(36, 36, 36);font-size:15px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:8pt;margin-left:0px;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-feature-settings:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:black !important;">If you are interested in hearing more about this case, tune into the 5-0 Info show on KTAR on Sunday, February 25, at 5:30 a.m. or watch it after it airs on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/phxpd" target="_blank">youtube.com/phxpd​</a>.</span> </p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo

 

 

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