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Wondering about the latest updates in the 32nd St Revitalization project?

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Beginner Hiking Group

Would you like to hike but have limited time or are just getting started? Have you started hiking already but would prefer company?

This group is perfect for the beginner hiker, or family hikers that are looking for a group that is not in a rush when hiking!

We are planning To hike every Tuesday morning at 7AM leaving from 32nd St. south of Shea at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.

We are also looking for volunteers to lead groups other days/times.  Maybe start an evening or Saturday hike.
What a great way to meet your neighbors!
Even if you are advanced, come out and enjoy spending some time with your neighbors.

Contact Louisa Ward, your Mountain Preserve Block Watch Leader for more details: 602-769-6699.

What should Phoenix do with its $2.9 million budget surplus?

A year ago, Phoenix faced a grim financial future: The budget office predicted the city would face a $40-60 million budget shortfall.

But Tuesday, when Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher presented his proposed budget for the fiscal year that will begin in July, he painted a much cheerier picture.

Because of increases in tax revenue, department efficiencies and a controversial decision to increase the term of Phoenix’s pension debt, the city was able to get its budget back to into balance — and even managed to make out with a small surplus.

The city’s total budget will be about $4 billion. It anticipates the general fund budget — the part of the city’s budget that funds things like public safety, parks and libraries — will reach $1.3 billion.

That’s about $2.9 million more than the city needs to keep city programs operating at their current pace.

In his draft budget, Zuercher proposed that the additional money be used to fund new positions in the police and fire departments, homelessness programs, a sober-living home licensing process and a few other modest additions. 

But the city is hosting 15 public meetings to hear from the public about what they’d like to see in the budget.

Here are Zuercher’s recommendations:

Fire Department: $342,000

  • Reallocating five vacant captain positions and one vacant battalion chief position into six firefighter positions. 
  • Two new fire protection engineers, three fire prevention supervisors and three fire prevention specialists. 
  • Partially fund new Fire Station 55, located at Interstate 17 and Jomax Road.

Police Department: $510,000

  • Five civilian employees to assist with the department’s Crime Gun Intelligence Center.
  • 13 new employees to assist with public records requests (these positions will be funded through reallocation of existing department resources).

Homelessness: $728,000

Chris Spahle of Downtown Phoenix Inc. talks about working with the homeless in downtown Phoenix on Jan. 6, 2017. Mark Henle/azcentral.com

Sober Living Home licensing: $235,000

  • Two business license clerk positions to assist with licensing of sober living homes and owners (the city expects to recover these costs through the fees charged to sober living homes).
  • Two citywide inspection teams to investigate complaints and violations by sober living homes.

Trees and shade: $450,000

  • Installation and maintenance of 750 more trees per year. 

Arts and culture: $189,000

  • New project management position to oversee development of the proposed Latino Cultural Center.
  • $30,000 in additional funding for the Arts Grant Program.

Library: $295,000

  • After Burton Barr Library closed in summer of 2017 because of massive flooding, the Yucca, Century, Harmon and Ocotillo branches of the library added four additional hours on Sundays. The city manager’s budget suggested those hours remain even after Burton Barr re-opens.

Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher talks about restoring the water-damaged Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, which won’t reopen until June 2018. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral

Census 2020: $151,000

  • Temporary staff to help with census counting. 

Public budget meetings

The Phoenix City Council will make final decisions about the budget in May. But before then, Phoenix residents are invited to share their thoughts on the proposed budget at one of 15 community meetings.

  • 6 p.m. on April 2, North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 N. 7th St.
  • 8:30 a.m. on  April 3, Helen Drake Senior Center, 7600 N. 27th Ave.
  • 6 p.m. on April 3, Paradise Valley Community Center Multi-Purpose Room, 17402 N. 40th St.
  • 6 p.m. on April 3, Pendergast Community Center, 10550 W. Mariposa St.
  • 6 p.m. on April 3, Arizona School for the Arts Band Room, 1410 N. 3rd St.
  • 8 a.m. on April 4, Shadow Mountain Senior Center, 3546 E. Sweetwater Ave.
  • 6 p.m. on April 5, Sunnyslope Community Center Multi-Purpose Room, 802 E. Vogel Ave.
  • 6 p.m. on April 9, Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, 300 E. Indian School Road.
  • 8:30 a.m. on April 11, Senior Opportunities West Senior Center, 1220 S. 7th Ave.
  • 6 p.m. on April 11, (Spanish/ English) Maryvale Community Center Auditorium, 4420 N. 51st Ave.
  • 8:30 a.m. on April 16, Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St.
  • 10:30 a.m. on April 16, Devonshire Community Center Auditorium, 2802 E Devonshire Ave.
  • 6 p.m. on April 17, Goelet A. C. Beuf Community Center Multi Purpose Room, 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road.
  • 6 p.m. on April 17, Cesar Chavez High School Cafeteria, 3921 W. Baseline Road.
  • 6 p.m. on April 17, Citywide Youth Metro Tech High School Banquet Hall, 1900 W. Thomas Road.

 

 

Boehm, Jessica. “Trees? Police? Extra library hours? Phoenix debates what to do with extra $2.9 million” The Republic, March 21, 2018. https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2018/03/21/phoenix-debates-2-9-million-budget-surplus-trees-police-library-homeless/442832002/

Empower Wellness Studio

This business is owned and operated by one of our very own neighbors.  Many of you may have met her at the Community Party as a sponsor.

Stop by the studio and meet Sarah O’Conner and her team!

New month!
New Specials!
New Instructors!
New Classes!
New Pricing!….
looks like it is time to try something NEW!
Come check us out!
Empower Wellness Studio
www.empowerwellnessaz.com

HB 2333 Home-Based Business Fairness Act

The HB 2333 bill is very specific:

https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/2R/bills/HB2333H.htm

The article above expressly addresses the traffic and noise issues raised by the city in very specific terms that give the City total control to regulate regarding those issues.

Some of the talking points from the City are very misleading, please consider this: https://indefenseofliberty.blog/2018/01/30/home-based-businesses-are-good-for-entrepreneurs-and-local-economies/

The below fact sheet also addresses some of the errors int the City’s argument. https://goldwaterinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/HBB-Fact-Sheet-1-30-18.pdf

Please feel free to share this with your fellow community members.

ACTION MUST BE TAKEN! CITY OF PHOENIX LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT

ACTION MUST BE TAKEN! CITY OF PHOENIX LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT

 

Prevent a bill from passing the Arizona Legislature that could have a devastating impact on Phoenix neighborhoods.

House Bill 2333, sponsored by State Representative Jeff Weninger of Chandler, would allow residential homes to be used as a place of business, creating an increase in commercial/retail use in neighborhoods. The measure purports to give cities the right to regulate these home-based businesses, but it actually weakens the city’s ability to address complaints. With vague language and undefined rules, HB 2333 will create challenges for residents to preserve the integrity of their neighborhoods.

ACTION MUST BE TAKEN

HB 2333 threatens two of the City of Phoenix’s top priorities:

  • Preserving your neighborhood’s character
  • Preserving the property values of your neighborhood

What this could mean for your neighborhood:

  • Excess traffic
  • Increased noise levels
  • Work trucks and delivery vans in your streets

What can you do?

  • Directly call and email AZ State Senators to prevent HB 2333 from being passed.
  • Share your concerns and ask them to VOTE NO on HB 2333.
  • Use the links below:

 

Sen. Sylvia Allen: sallen@azleg.gov (602) 926-5409
Sen. Nancy Barto: nbarto@azleg.gov (602) 926-5766
Sen. Sonny Borrelli: sborrelli@azleg.gov (602) 926-5051
Sen. Sean Bowie: sbowie@azleg.gov (602) 926-3004
Sen. David Bradley: dbradley@azleg.gov (602) 926-5262
Sen. Kate Brophy McGee kbrophymcgee@azleg.gov (602) 926-4486
Sen. Judy Burges jburges@azleg.gov (602) 926-5186
Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford ocajerobedford@azleg.gov (602) 926-5835
Sen. Lupe Contreras lcontreras@azleg.gov (602) 926-5284
Sen. Andrea Dalessandro adalessandro@azleg.gov (602) 926-5342
Sen. Karen Fann kfann@azleg.gov (602) 926-5874
Sen. Steve Farley sfarley@azleg.gov (602) 926-3022
Sen. David Farnsworth dfarnsworth@azleg.gov (602) 926-3020
Sen. Rick Gray rgray@azleg.gov (602) 926-5413
Sen. Gail Griffin ggriffin@azleg.gov (602) 926-5895
Sen. Katie Hobbs khobbs@azleg.gov (602) 926-5325
Sen. John Kavanagh jkavanagh@azleg.gov (602) 926-5170
Sen. Sine Kerr skerr@azleg.gov (602) 926-5955
Sen. Juan Mendez jmendez@azleg.gov (602) 926-4124
Sen. Robert Meza rmeza@azleg.gov (602) 926-3425
Sen. Catherine Miranda cmiranda@azleg.gov (602) 926-4893
Sen. Lisa Otondo lotondo@azleg.gov (602) 926-3002
Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai jpeshlakai@azleg.gov (602) 926-5160
Sen. Warren Peterson wpeterson@azleg.gov (602) 926-4136
Sen. Frank Pratt fpratt@azleg.gov (602) 926-5761
Sen. Martin Quezada mquezada@azleg.gov (602) 926-5911
Sen. Steve Smith ssmith@azleg.gov (602) 926-5685
Sen. Bob Worsley bworsley@azleg.gov (602) 926-5760
Sen. Steve Yarbrough syarbrough@azleg.gov (602) 926-5863
Sen. Kimberly Yee kyee@azleg.gov (602) 926-3024

Please feel free to share with your fellow community members.