On Tuesday, Aug. 27, the city of Phoenix will hold the regularly scheduled City Council Election for voters in Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 to elect a council member. There is no election for council member in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 this year because the terms of the council members are staggered. The Council Election is open to Phoenix residents who are registered voters and reside within Districts 2, 4, 6 or 8 at least 29 days prior to the election.
At a May 21 public hearing, the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board will consider raising property taxes within the limit permitted in the state constitution and statute (A.R.S §15-1461.01).
Cox Communications, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, is seeking nominations for Arizona’s second Cox Conserves Heroes awards program. Nominations are being accepted at www.cox7.com/cox-conserves for volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 20 at the Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. On the agenda is a City Council update from District 6 and an update on the South Mountain Freeway Citizens Advisory Team. For more information, visit phoenix.gov.
The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will ban open fires in city mountain and desert preserves effective Monday, May 13. 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, increasing temperatures and frequent high winds creates each spring. Additional information on the ban is available online at phoenix.gov/parks.
On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Phoenix Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
The Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program is updated each year and serves as a blueprint that details where, when and how funding will be spent over the next five years to improve our state’s transportation infrastructure. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to gather public comments on the tentative 2014-2018 program. There are three scenarios that are being considered for implementation, and all three scenarios are available for public comment.
As temperatures begin rising, so do concerns for children around pools with no fences. To help alleviate the worries of families and assure children’s safety, Fulton Homes is kicking off its annual Fence Patrol program this month.
Registration opens April 27 at 10:30 a.m. for Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department summer programs including full-day supervised recreation programs at 13 sites to keep kids engaged, active and safe over the summer break. The full-day programs will start June 3 and run through the end of July. In addition to the full-day programs, centers also are offering a large selection of general interest classes and sports programs. Many smaller centers also are offering free, drop-in programs during the summer.
The city of Phoenix is celebrating Valley Bike Month throughout April with a variety of activities intended to get residents out on their bikes to share in the experience of cycling throughout the city. In partnership with Valley Metro, the city is encouraging seasoned cyclists and those new to biking to give it a try at one of these events:
Procrastinators can get free last-minute help filing their taxes at four Phoenix Public Library locations from 6 p.m. to midnight on Monday, April 15.
National Library Week is April 14-20 and Phoenix Public Libraries is celebrating at any of its 15 library locations April 13-27 with canned or non-perishable food items for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.
House Bill 2204 helps to continue health care benefits to families that have lost a police officer, firefighter, or corrections officer in the line of duty. The bill was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jan Brewer.
Those 19 or older who have a disability and live in the Phoenix area or one of Phoenix’s nine sister cities are eligible for the fourth annual Phoenix Sister Cities International Competition for Writers with Disabilities. The deadline for submitting entries is May 3.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Aviation Director Danny Murphy announced that the PHX Sky Train will open to the public April 8 at noon.
The Alliance for Innovation has selected the city of Phoenix to receive an Award of Excellence for a sweeping organizational review that led to a leaner work force and more efficient delivery of services.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department wants to remind all boaters, anglers, and personal watercraft users that this year’s boating season has arrived and to exercise safe, responsible practices when on the water.
A five-year bus service contract awarded by Phoenix City Council on March 20 will have a minimal increase to Phoenix’s public transit budget.
Phoenix Public Library has expanded its successful Project NOOK to all library locations.
Sunshine Review, a nonprofit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency, recognized phoenix.gov with a 2013 Sunny Award for the content it provides to residents. Phoenix has won this award four years in a row, and is one of only 247 jurisdictions to be recognized out of 1,000 qualifying websites reviewed.
In a survey released by the city of Phoenix, more than nine out of 10 residents, or 93 percent, said Phoenix is a good place to live, the highest rating level in the history of the survey.
The Phoenix Public Transit Department is asking the public for feedback on proposed bus service changes to several Valley Metro bus routes operated by the city of Phoenix. If adopted by the Phoenix City Council, the proposed bus service changes would go into effect July 22.
Councilman Sal DiCiccio announced recently that his campaign for re-election has raised close to $50,000 in the last 30 days and has $201,450 cash on hand.
St. John Bosco in Ahwatukee will be hosting the Phoenix Guide Dog Raisers this Saturday, March 23 for a state-wide training event.
A man has been taken into custody after he barricaded himself in a room at Sun Devil Stadium on the Arizona State University campus Thursday morning.
Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema joined local leaders, veterans administration officials and volunteer organizations at the opening of a transitional facility for homeless women veterans on Monday.
The Seventh Annual Ahwatukee Dog Show will take place on Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ahwatukee Swim and Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road. Organizers are looking for rescue groups, breed clubs, or other dog-related vendors to join the fun. There is no cost to set up a booth for the event.
The deadline to march in the 37th Annual Kiwanis Ahwatukee Easter Parade is Thursday, March 21. Participants are asked to fill out an entry form online or by mail. The form can be found at ahwatukeekiwanis.org. Residents can mail the form to: Kiwanis Ahwatukee Easter Parade and Spring Fling, P.O. Box 50713, Phoenix, 85076.
The deadline to march in the 37th Annual Kiwanis Ahwatukee Easter Parade is Thursday, March 21.
A bipartisan group of city elected officials gathered at Phoenix Fire Station No. 12 recently to send Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema back to Washington with an urgent message from local communities.
Residents 18 years and older are invited to attend an orientation session on the city’s Blight Buster Volunteer Program from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Neighborhood Services Department’s west facility, 3325 W. Flower St.
Phoenix Public Library invites you to take the pledge to participate in the National Day of Unplugging, from sundown on March 1 to sundown on March 2.
Mayor Greg Stanton, chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Defense Transition Task Force, sent a letter to Arizona’s Congressional delegation reminding them of the crushing fiscal effects of sequestration on the Phoenix region, the hub of Arizona’s economy.
The Phoenix City Council awarded a domestic violence services contract to the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence (AZCADV), effective March 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.
Home Depot is hosting a customer appreciation event on March 2, March into Spring, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Home Depot on Interstate 10 and Ray Road. There will be free food and drink, games and a do-it-yourself workshop. They will also be handing out prizes for the coloring contest they have been conducting for the past month.
Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed into law the first bill of the 2013 legislative session — an emergency appropriation measure that will allow the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) to immediately hire 50 new full-time employees within Child Protective Services (CPS).
Part fundraiser, part celebration, Bleachers Sports Grill, 15410 E. Mountain Parkway Plaza, is offering discounts to attendees visiting a fundraiser for a local Ahwatukee Foothills boy with kidney cancer beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Early voting for the city of Phoenix Special Election began on Feb. 14.
The Public Works Department will host a household hazardous waste (HHW) collection event for Phoenix customers from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 21, Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, at Desert West Park, 6602 W. Encanto Blvd.
Local artist Kathie Kelly has many of her paintings on display and for sale at Ahwatukee’s newest clothing boutique, Clothes Minded, 4810 E. Ray Road, Suite 13, in the Foothills Park Place shopping center.
The Phoenix City Council has given approval for the Phoenix Public Transit Department to buy buses that use compressed natural gas: a big change for Phoenix, which now has the country’s largest liquefied natural gas bus fleet. The new 120 Valley Metro buses will use CNG, which will save the city a net $4 million.
A voter initiative that could move the Loop 202 freeway onto tribal land will go before the tribal council on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Once the initiative goes before the council it has 60 days to either accept it as is or put it to a vote.
Bashas’ stores were recently targeted by highly sophisticated criminals who gained access to parts of the store’s system to gain payment information. Card information for customers who have shopped at Bashas’, Food City or AJ’s Fine Foods could be at risk.
The Phoenix City Council elected District 3 Councilman Bill Gates as vice mayor last week. He will serve in the position until the end of 2013.
The mayor and City Council approved implementation of the Five Day Development Site Plan Review process, reducing the time it takes to begin construction. This recommendation resulted from the work of the Development Process Ad Hoc Task Force, co-chaired by Councilmen Tom Simplot and Sal DiCiccio. The new process will begin July 1, 2013.
The city of Phoenix is converting 545 coin-operated parking meters to new single-space parking meters that accept credit/debit cards and coins. The new credit/debit meters will be concentrated in the downtown core area, but also in the uptown area and Phoenix College.
SB 1241 aims to eliminate most common teen driver distractions
Phoenix Public Library and Changing Hands Bookstore present Pitchapalooza from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.
Robert Pizorno, a Phoenix attorney who has worked for elected officials from the local to federal level, will be the new chief of staff for Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio.
Republican Presidential candidates Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich square off in the GOP debate inside the Mesa Arts Center, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.
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