Phoenix and Valley Metro to Provide Free Rides to NCAA Final Four Attendees April 5-8https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3048Public Transit3/20/2024 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3048/Valley Metro NCAA Lightrail 2024 Web-13.jpgPhoenix and Valley Metro to Provide Free Rides to NCAA Final Four Attendees April 5-8<div class="ExternalClassB289268BAEF94780AF26CFA19AB42E1C"><html> <p><a href="/publictransitsite/Documents/FF_FreeRides_2024_SPA.pdf" target="_blank">​Leer en español​</a><br></p><p>Don’t drop the ball! Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix are making it easy to travel to your favorite NCAA Men’s Final Four® events April 5-8 by providing free rides through the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/how-to-ride/online-tools/app">Valley Metro app</a>.</p><div>“We’re excited to bring fans the full Phoenix experience with our investment in the sponsored rides program on our light rail system,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Now, it’ll be even easier for visitors and Phoenicians alike to reach all the Final Four activities and entertainment in downtown Phoenix.”</div><div><br></div><div>To take advantage of the sponsored rides program supported by the city of Phoenix, fans are encouraged to follow these simple steps:<br></div><div>1. Download the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/how-to-ride/online-tools/app">Valley Metro app</a> and create an account. The app and account are required to access the complimentary pass.</div><div>2. Visit the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncaa.com/mens-final-four/know-before-you-go">‘Know Before You Go’</a> section of the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncaa.com/mens-final-four">NCAA Men’s Final Four® website</a> or the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncaa.com/mens-final-four/mens-final-four-app">Official App​</a>. Under ‘Transportation,’ click the link to access the Final Four transit pass. This link will take you back to the Valley Metro app. </div><div>3. Complete the transaction for your complimentary Final Four transit pass.</div><div>4.Scan the QR code at the purple fare readers before each ride. This pass is valid April 5-8 for up to four people. </div><div><br></div><div>“We provided more than 250,000 safe rides on light rail during Super Bowl LVII in 2023 and we are looking forward to doing it again for the weekend of NCAA Men’s Final Four® events,” said Phoenix Councilwoman and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Laura Pastor. “Whether you are a resident or visitor to the Valley for the first time, let public transit be your <em>fast break</em> through traffic to connect you, your family and friends to all the action.”</div><div><br></div><div>Hop on board light rail from any one of the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/how-to-ride/park-and-ride">13 free park-and-rides</a> in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. Use the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/how-to-ride/online-tools/app">Valley Metro app</a> to plan your travel in advance. Riders can plan a trip, locate trains in real-time and check rider alerts. Learn more about how Valley Metro is welcoming basketball fans at <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/basketball">valleymetro.org/basketball</a>.<br></div><div><br></div><div>“We are excited to partner with Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix to offer free rides for our basketball fans traveling to the 2024 Men’s Final Four® events in Phoenix,” said Jay Parry, CEO of the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee. <br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>About Valley Metro:</strong> Located in the fastest-growing county in the U.S., Valley Metro connects people to their most important destinations each day. Riders travel across the metro-Phoenix area on eco-friendly public transit including bus, light rail, paratransit and streetcar. Progress continues on additional high-capacity transit extensions that are either in planning or under construction to create a 50-mile rail system by 2030. Valley Metro also offers alternative transportation programs including paratransit services for <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/accessibility">seniors and people with disabilities</a>, commuter vanpools, <a target="_blank" href="https://sharetheride.com/#/">online carpool matching</a>, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/about/boards-directors">Boards of Directors​</a> from 19 local cities and towns and the county set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system in Maricopa County. In addition to federal and local funds, Valley Metro receives critical capital and bus operations funds from Prop. 400, the 20-year, regional half-cent transportation sales tax that is set to expire in 2025. Stay up-to-date by following us on  <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/valleymetro">Facebook​</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.instagram.com/valleymetro/">Instagram​</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/use/ValleyMetro">YouTube</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro">X</a> or by visiting <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/">valleymetro.org</a> and downloading the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/how-to-ride/online-tools/app">Valley Metro app</a>.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>About City of Phoenix:</strong> As the fifth largest city in the country and the capital of Arizona, Phoenix is a vibrant community, home to 1.7 million residents. Phoenix has led the nation in new population growth over the decade. Ranked in the top 10 for the best city to start a business, companies thrive in Phoenix because of its friendly business environment. Within the 517 square miles of the city, renowned mountain trails, and three of the largest city parks in the country, Phoenix is not only a great place to live, it also attracts visitors worldwide. Downtown Phoenix continues to draw major events such as the 2023 Super Bowl, the 2024 NCAA Men’s Final Four, as well as a variety of music and food festivals. For more information, visit <a target="_blank" href="/">phoenix.gov</a>. <br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>About the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee:</strong> The Phoenix Local Organizing Committee (PLOC) is a non-profit organization that is hosting the 2024 NCAA Men’s Final Four. The committee is comprised of Arizona business, Native American, tourism and sports leaders and will collaborate with the NCAA to support the Men’s Final Four’s myriad ancillary events and to establish legacy projects that will ensure the lasting impact of the Men’s Final Four in Arizona. The PLOC will fundraise with local stakeholders to support the event and ensure that the 2024 Men’s Final Four sets a new standard of excellence. The PLOC will also work with Arizona State University, the host institution. The 2024 Men’s Final Four will be played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., with the national semifinals on Saturday, April 6 and the national final on Monday, April 8, 2024. For more information, visit <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenixfinalfour.com/">www.phoenixfinalfour.com​</a>.<br></div><div><br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitValley Metro light rail wrapped in NCAA Final Four advertisment passing by the Phoenix Covention Center.Public Transit#Phoenix #ValleyMetro #FreeRides #MFinalFourFinal Four, NCAA, Valley Metro, Free RidesBrenda 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



Fire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3078Parks and Recreation4/19/2024 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3078/Phoenix-Mountain-Preserve.jpgFire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1<div class="ExternalClass85336C54B5D449EFBC16497AFE21DD2B"><html> <p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will put into effect its annual ban of open fires in the City's desert parks and mountain preserves starting Wednesday, May 1, 2024. The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department's annual fire ban goes into effect the same day .</p><p>In consultation with the Phoenix Fire Department, smoking and charcoal fires are included in the ban due to the extreme fire danger that the combination of low humidity, increased temperatures, excessive dry vegetation, and frequent high winds create each spring.</p><p>The ban applies to <strong>Camelback Mountain, Deem Hills Recreation Area, Lookout Mountain, Papago Park, Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area, Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, North Mountain Park, Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, and South Mountain Park/Preserve.</strong></p><p>The ban does not apply to the City's flatland parks.</p><p>For those using the City's desert parks and preserve land, the fire ban stipulates the following:</p><p>·       Open wood and charcoal fires are prohibited</p><p>·       Propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The following activities continue to be prohibited year-round:</strong></span></p><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>Smoking outside enclosed vehicles </li><li>Fireworks</li></ul><p>Motorists traveling through or near Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves should use extreme care with smoking materials and dispose of those only in their vehicle's ash tray.</p><p>To protect their homes, residents whose property borders the City's preserve land may remove dry shrubs, brush and grasses, and trim dead branches from trees within the 10-foot strip of land that borders their property. By creating this 10-foot "buffer zone" residents can help to protect their homes from potential brush fires in the adjacent preserve land.</p><p>Preserve neighbors also should check irrigation lines and pool back-flush hoses to ensure that water is not seeping into the preserve. Outside water sources encourage unnaturally dense vegetation growth, which increases fire risk.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
​ City Exhibit Takes Aim at Sexual Assault Victim “Shaming" and “Blaming"https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/30794/19/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3079/library.jpg​ City Exhibit Takes Aim at Sexual Assault Victim “Shaming" and “Blaming"<div class="ExternalClass528E88C714FC416F97FA616B56521FCD"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The City of Phoenix's Strategic Initiatives team invites you to visit a powerful exhibit to raise awareness about sexual assault as part of April's “Let's Talk Teal Campaign." April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the city provides resources and awareness events all month.</span></p> <p>The exhibit titled “What were you wearing?" draws attention to the “rape culture," where questions and statements like these are common, and put the blame on the victim. Victim shaming and blaming discourages victims from coming forward to report the crime and seek help. The display features the stories of several survivors and a representation of the clothes they were wearing when they were assaulted. </p> <p>The exhibit is on display at Burton Barr Library on the 2nd floor through April 24th.</p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives">City of Phoenix's Strategic Initiatives</a> section collaborates with community partners to combat domestic violence, sexual assault, unhealthy youth relationships, human trafficking, and to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We achieve this mission through prevention, training, community awareness, and enhancing services for the overall well-being of those we serve .​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>News
Operation Makeup Breakuphttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3077Police4/19/2024 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_2RWf2kCisOperation Makeup Breakup<div class="ExternalClassD2BFF659F0AD40889598610F676EACBE"><html> <p>The Phoenix Police Department recently made multiple arrests and recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen property in an organized retail theft investigation, Operation Makeup Breakup.</p> <p> <br>On Thursday, April 18, 2024, the Department and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office provided statements to the public as well as video surveillance, body worn camera footage, and photographs highlighting the investigation and what was seized after executing multiple search warrants.<br><br>The six-month long investigation looked into an organized cosmetic retail fence; a fence being the individual or group who are purchasing stolen goods and reselling for a profit.<br><br>As a result of the investigation, three women were arrested and detectives were able to recover over 20,000 items, valued at over $560,000.<br><br>The fence was operating three “stores” out of homes in the Phoenix and Tonopah area. Rooms in these homes had been converted into the store fronts that people were invited in to purchase the cosmetics. These stores were not the only way the items were being sold, they were also being sold online and shipped, in some cases in bulk to other states and countries.<br><br>Over the course of the investigation, detectives learned that this fence had been operating for five years.<br><br>The fence purchased the stolen cosmetics from various boosters, individuals who steal or shoplift the goods to sell. Boosters are known to have a “shopping list” of items they know a fence will pay them for.<br><br>The suspects in this case are facing charges of Illegal Control of an Enterprise and Trafficking in Stolen Property.<br><br>“My hope is that this sends a strong message that we are committed to investigating and arresting individuals of all crimes, and theft of this magnitude will not be tolerated,” said Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan.<br><br>These crimes are taken seriously by the department and the County Attorney’s Office.<br><br>“We need to pay particular attention to this kind of crime – especially when it’s at this scale – because it affects everyone’s bottom line,” said County Attorney Rachel Mitchell. “Retailers have to offset their losses which can mean those of us who are law-abiding citizens pay higher prices.”  <br><br>This is still an open investigation and details available for release are limited.  <br><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo



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