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We have a fantastic city, and it is the place my family calls home. As a city, we are facing big challenges in 2015. However, they are challenges we can easily handle if we complete the task of protecting the public first — you and your family. To be effective, I have always believed you should put your goals in writing. You were made many promises by the politicians and city leaders. This year we need to fulfill those promises to make 2015 the year of “Promises Made… Promises Kept.”
In an effort to proactively balance next year’s budget, the Phoenix City Council voted 8 to 1 on Dec. 9 to eliminate 181 civilian positions that are currently vacant.
Despite a 15-year drought, the city of Phoenix is prepared to handle any imbalance between water supply and user demand, according to a report from Moody’s Investor Service.
The city of Phoenix has passed an ordinance that makes it illegal to loiter or panhandle in the median on Phoenix streets.
The food tax was promised to go to police and fire, but instead $151 million went for new pay raises and bonuses. Now the public was told if pension reform happens it will take money away from police/fire death benefits. Both were never true, and city officials knew they were not true.
The city of Phoenix has officially kicked off the Paint Phoenix Purple Campaign to fight against domestic violence during the month of October.
The Phoenix Police Department is hiring and plans to add 300 officers by 2017.
The future of transportation in the city of Phoenix is up to the people.
The city’s credit rating has been affirmed at AA+ with a stable outlook, according to Standard & Poor (S&P) and Moody.
In the Valley’s hot climate it takes only moments for a car’s heat to become deadly for children and pets.
The city of Phoenix passed a somewhat controversial new ordinance Wednesday that bans all pet stores in the city of Phoenix from selling animals from inhumane sources.
City of Phoenix residents will see no water or sewer rate increases for the second year in a row in 2014.
The Phoenix City Council approved the recommendations from the committee to end pension spiking on Thursday morning by a slim margin, but several council members said the recommendations did not go far enough to actually end pension spiking.
Certain allowances and future unused sick and vacation time will not be included in pension calculations for city employees in the future if the City Council accepts the recommendations put forth by the City Council Pension Fairness and Spiking Elimination Subcommittee.
From escaping abusive parents to not knowing when their next meal will be, many children are in need of support. The Phoenix-based Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development has combined resources with Valley Metro, providing support 24 hours a day for children 17 and younger through the national outreach program called “Safe Place.”
The food tax remains a hot-button issue on the Phoenix City Council but the public appears to have lost interest, according to attendance at the city’s public hearings.
In 2011, 10 employees retired and received $700,000 in cash and THEN began receiving annual pensions of over $110,000. One fire official received a cash payment of $795,000 and that spiked his yearly pension from $90,000 to $130,000 by cashing in vacation and sick time along with other benefits.
The Phoenix City Council has assigned Assistant City Manager Ed Zuercher to take over as interim city manager when David Cavazos leaves the city in October.
This Tuesday, Aug. 27, will be the final day to vote in the Phoenix City Council election.
As we reach the end of the fiscal year in Phoenix, I wanted to keep you up to date on all we have accomplished for District 6.
The Phoenix City Council voted on Wednesday to begin phasing out a portion of the city’s food tax on Jan. 1, 2014.
The Phoenix City Council will discuss options for the city’s food tax during a public policy meeting on Wednesday, including an idea to phase out a portion of the tax beginning January of 2014.
City Councilman Sal DiCiccio says he believes he’s reached a compromise with other City Council members that will allow at least a portion of the city’s food tax to phase out before the 2015 deadline.
After five hours of heated and passionate public comment and discussion on Tuesday, the Phoenix City Council approved a change to the city’s human resources ordinance to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.
“I join (Councilwoman Thelda Williams) in advocating for a tax that will expire in April 2013, saving taxpayers $100 million.” — Mayoral candidate Greg Stanton on Phoenix food tax, Ahwatukee Foothills News, Sept. 17, 2011 (http://www.ahwatukee.com/arts_life/article_36ed8874-dfea-11e0-b9c8-001cc4c03286.html).