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Phoenix Launches Second Mobile Testing Vanhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/1739Public Works (Trash and Recycling)2/2/2021 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1739/Newsroom_PublicWorks_016.jpgPhoenix Launches Second Mobile Testing Van<div class="ExternalClass93564EBA1A9E4D8BBDBEA79F7ABD3BFB"><html> ​The city of Phoenix launched its second COVID-19 mobile testing van (Van #2) Tuesday with an announcement from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, and the city's medical partner in this new endeavor, <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/">Premier Labs Solutions</a>. The announcement of Van #2 was held at Cielito Park, on North 35th and West Campbell avenues, the location of Van #2's first official day of operations.<br><br> Like Van #1, this new unit will offer COVID-19 antigen testing with rapid results, as well as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing with results emailed to the individual in 1-2 days for added assurance. There are no out-of-pocket-costs for individuals, with or without medical insurance. Van #2 will operate three days a week—Monday OR Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday—from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.<br><br> While Van #1's goal is to make COVID-19 testing accessible to Phoenix's underserved communities, Van #2 will focus on bringing accessible testing to areas in the city considered to be “hot spots,” or areas that are showing a higher incidence of reported COVID-19 cases. <br><br> “People throughout the city need to be able to access convenient testing, especially those people who rely on public transportation. Van #2, with its focus on area hot spots, will help us deliver on that promise,” said Mayor Gallego. “These free tests will make it easier for residents to keep their families healthy and safe.”<br><br> <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/">Premier Lab Solutions,</a> a local Phoenix company that delivers convenient lab testing services to various businesses and organizations nationwide, will manage the daily operations of Van #2, administer COVID-19 tests to the community, as well as disseminate results to individuals. In determining locations for Van #2, Premier Lab Solutions will work closely with city of Phoenix staff and Mayor and Council Offices to determine where the “hot spots" are in the city. <br><br> “I am proud of the partnership we have built with Premier Lab Solutions, a local company who has the expertise, knowledgeable and trained staff, and resources to provide efficient and reliable COVID-19 testing to our community,” said District 2 Councilman Jim Waring. “I am grateful for this collaboration and thank them for their service to our residents.”<br><br>Van #2 is a slightly larger van – a 2020 Ford T-350 Transit, customized by the Phoenix Public Works Department's Fleet Management division with an externally mounted generator, A/C unit, refrigerator, USB ports, a foldable work desk and service windows. <br><br> <strong>Other City-supported Accessible COVID19 Tests </strong> <br><br> During today's event, Mayor Gallego also mentioned the launch of a new, city-supported COVID-19 testing service at a fixed site beginning the week of Feb. 8. The static site will be at Maryvale Park, 4420 N. 51st Ave. and will operate three days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tests will be administered by the city's existing medical partner, <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">Vincere Cancer Center</a>, and will offer rapid PCR tests to community members at no out-of-pocket-cost. <br><br> Other testing services supported by the city include:<br> <ul dir="" style=""> <li> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.xprescheck.com/">ExpresCheck</a> at Sky Harbor International Airport, which offers three types of COVID-19 tests to travelers-- a PCR test, a blood antibody test and a Rapid Abbott ID test with results while you wait. </li> <li>Drive-thru testing services, implemented in late May 2020, which are offered on the weekends at various locations in Phoenix. Testing is administered by city partners, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/covid19/">Equality Health Foundation ​</a>and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/">Family Tree Healthcare</a><br></li> <li>Mobile Testing Van #1, launched in mid-August 2020, which offers antigen and antibody tests with rapid results. Testing is admiistered by Vincere Cancer Center. <br></li> </ul> <div>Testing services are available to members of the community at no out-of-pocket-cost. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> The best way to find a complete and updated list of COVID-19 testing services, locations and times is to visit <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix.gov/COVIDtesting">phoenix.gov/COVIDtesting</a><br><br> <p>All testing services offered by the city are supplemented by the CARES Act Relief Funds. <br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksMayor announces second mobile testing vanPublic Works#COVID19test #pandemic #stopthespread #MaskUpAZ #MaskupPHXCOVID19 testing, Coronavirus testingYvette Roeder602-501-0620602-262-5099yvette.roeder@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/24/Yvette_Roeder.jpgTalkingTrashPHX

 

 

Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant recipients named https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2398Environment & Sustainability6/24/2022 10:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2398/Newsroom _OEP_1.jpgAgri-Food Tech Innovation Grant recipients named <div class="ExternalClass2447CD2BC23645AD976DE7A7028DC810"><html> <p>​The Phoenix City Council <a href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/6-15-22%20Formal%20Agenda-FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">approved</a> seven recipients of the <a href="/oep/food-grants" target="_blank">Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant</a> to help them adopt agri-food technologies and innovations into their operations.</p> <p>The grant is part of the ARPA-funded <a href="/oep/food-overview" target="_blank">Phoenix Resilient Food System Initiative</a>, which provides for increased local food production and access to healthy foods; support for food banks, food pantries and community agencies; and business and employment opportunities throughout the food system spectrum.</p> <p>The Office of Environmental Programs selected five recipients that are committed to advancing food equity through their modern methods and processes:</p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <strong> <a href="https://freshkube.com/?msclkid=a088bbb4d0b011ec89a257f28f5a93cf" target="_blank">FreshKube Inc.</a> </strong>will put the grant funding toward sensors, refrigeration, and solar panels as they help small growers and distributors. The money will allow them to build six mini containers and a portable micro-solar farm, giving growers cost-effective, transportable, temperature-controlled containers that can be powered by renewable energy.<br></li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://sites.google.com/asu.edu/indoorfarminglab" target="_blank">Arizona State University (ASU) Indoor Farming Lab</a> </strong> is focusing on Indoor Vertical Farming (IVF). The Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant will help the research lab conduct two, three-day workshops about the benefits of IVF within the food system. Funds will pay for personnel, publication, and training expenses. ASU is also providing a 100% cost share match.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://lehrgarden.com/" target="_blank">Lehr Innovations LLC</a> </strong>, with its existing Linking Ecosystem and Hardware for Regeneration (LEHR) Gardens, is no stranger to agricultural technology. With this grant, Lehr Innovations will be able to improve growing efficiency by building a testing site to measure the differences in water usage, soil carbon sequestration, costs, and productivity between its LEHR gardens and traditional, in-ground farming methods.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="http://www.nxthorizon.com/Home.html" target="_blank">NxT Horizon LLC</a> </strong> uses aquaponics to help urban farmers maximize food yield without toxic wastes or chemical runoffs. Funds awarded to NxT Horizon will go toward developing a pilot program to demonstrate methods using the giant freshwater prawn within the Phoenix Backyard Garden Program's aquaponics garden system.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/yobroaz/" target="_blank">YoBro Farms</a> </strong> will expand its vertical microgreen growing business by implementing an outdoor, solar-powered farming system that will enhance resiliency and expand sustainable food production practices. The farm will use funds to buy photovoltaic supplies, a shed, and other materials.</li> </ul> <p>The Office of Mayor Kate Gallego is awarding funds to the following:<br></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <strong> <a href="https://phxfood.coop/" target="_blank">Phoenix Food Cooperative</a> </strong> will create the “Phoenix Cooperative Food Hub," a tech-enabled online directory and marketplace for producers, consumers, and distributors in the Phoenix food system. Grant funds will be used primarily for labor costs as Phoenix Food Cooperative establishes Phoenix's first cooperative grocery store that aggregates local food sources from Phoenix growers and producers and connects residents, retailers, and other consumers.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://homerfarms.com/" target="_blank">Homer Farms Inc.​</a> </strong>, a vertical farm startup, will locate in Phoenix to build the first vertical farm in the City of Phoenix. The facility will use LED lights and deep-water hydroponic cultivation technologies, which will produce a minimum of 500,000 pounds of produce per year while using 95 percent less water than traditional agriculture. Grant funds will be used for equipment such as growing racks and lighting. </li> </ul> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews
Critical Incident Briefing: June 10, 2022 – 91st Avenue and McDowell Roadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2397Police6/24/2022 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dyrzqgg5X4Critical Incident Briefing: June 10, 2022 – 91st Avenue and McDowell Road<div class="ExternalClass981DB1335D1C4D3EB02FFF2DDD533B68"><html> <p>​</p> <p> <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 in-custody death which occurred on June 10, 2022.</p> <p>This incident occurred in the area of 91st Avenue and McDowell Road when Phoenix police received several calls about a man believed to be under the influence, banging his head against a vehicle, and acting erratic.</p> <p>Officers were dispatched to the scene and learned the subject of the call may also be bleeding. Tolleson fire personnel were also dispatched. </p> <p>The first officer to arrive at the business saw the subject of the call, later identified as Caleb Blair, and attempted to give him commands via a public announcement system. The officer saw Blair nude, and acting erratically. Additional officers arrived and Blair was detained for his safety and taken to a shady section of the parking lot. Officers also requested fire personnel, who were staging nearby, to respond to the scene.</p> <p>Minutes later, the Tolleson Fire Department arrived on the scene and began treating Blair. After a short time, his handcuffs were removed to better provide medical care.</p> <p>While being treated, Blair lost consciousness. Life saving measures were rendered, and he was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.</p> <p>The officers involved in this incident are assigned to the Maryvale-Estrella Precinct and have 5, 6, and 7 years of service respectively, with the department.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Public records law requires 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></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
Celebrate Waste and Recycling Workers Week – Consider a Career in Public Works!https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/2394Public Works (Trash and Recycling)6/23/2022 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2394/Newsroom_PublicWorks_WRWW2022.pngCelebrate Waste and Recycling Workers Week – Consider a Career in Public Works!<div class="ExternalClassF9D5E09EC1064C1E8B842915CE40FB35"><html> <p>With more than 600 employees under its Solid Waste arm, the City of Phoenix Public Works Department provides trash, recycling and other waste diversion services to more than 400,000 households within Phoenix's 500+ square miles. Last year, this team collected nearly 700,000 tons of refuse, recycling and green organics. Join us in thanking these public servants during <a href="https://www.wasterecyclingworkersweek.org/" target="_blank">Waste and Recycling Workers Week</a>, and every week, for their dedication to making Phoenix a clean and sustainable place to live.</p> <p>Solid Waste Equipment Operators (SWEO), or garbage truck drivers, are at the heart of this massive operation. These professionals are reliable yet flexible – they always get the job done, but still make time to high-five excited toddlers along their routes.</p> <p>As Phoenix rapidly grows, so does the need for these essential workers. The Public Works Department is actively recruiting to fill more than 40 SWEO vacancies. </p> <p>A career as a SWEO is rewarding and has many opportunities for advancement and on-the-job training. There are opportunities for current CDL drivers and apprenticeships for those seeking their CDL. Learn more and apply at <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/jobs" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Jobs</a>.​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNews

 

 

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