Phoenix Arizona

City of Tempe announcement: case settled by quotes
July 14, 2006, 5:09 pm
Filed under: City of Tempe News, Tempe, Workforce, Workforce News

City of Tempe announcement: case settled



We are pleased to announce that the City of Tempe, its insurance
company, and the nine Public Works employees who were found by a federal
jury to have suffered past discrimination in the City have reached a
settlement. The settlement finalizes all claims existing between the
individuals and the City. The City regrets the improper treatment that
these members of our community received in the past and apologizes for
those past acts. The plaintiffs are very appreciative that the the
entire City Council recognized and took responsibility for the problems
in the past, but also recognize and appreciate that the Council  took
steps to and did correct those problems, and continues to work hard to
ensure that city workers are given opportunities to do their jobs in a
positive, constructive and respectful work environment. We all look
forward to continuing to work together to build upon this foundation for
the benefit of all City employees.

High water users now have an Action Plan by quotes
July 13, 2006, 6:26 am
Filed under: Mesa

High water users now have an Action Plan

If a recent water bill has caused you to ask, “Where does all that water
go?” then it’s time to take action. City of Mesa customers now have one
more tool to combat high water bills. The High Water Use Action Plan, a new
publication developed by the Utilities Department, offers a step-by-step
guide to figuring out if your water usage is higher than it should be.

The Action Plan will help customers understand their water bill, read their
water meter, look for hidden water loss and identify savings opportunities,
compare their water use to other customers, and develop a high water use
action plan specific to their needs.

“We estimate that customers in Mesa use an average of 150 gallons per
person each day,” says Mary Beth McMichael, Utilities Conservation
Specialist. “But if you ask a customer how much they use, very few actually
know. And knowing how much water is used and where it’s going is the best
way to put together a plan to reduce overall consumption.”

A special section in the publication provides a graphic illustration of how
water is used in a typical household, and provides an easy formula for
customers to calculate their daily usage to see how they compare.

The publication was developed, in part, to meet a need expressed by
Customer Service Representatives and Utility Services Specialists, who
regularly interact over the phone or face-to-face with the customers, and
respond to utility-related service requests.

“We find that customers ask many questions about reading their meter, water
leaks, and generally wonder how they could be using so much water,” said
Dennis Martin, Utility Services Specialist. “The Action Plan is like a
one-stop-shop for finding answers to the most basic questions about water

Copies of the Action Plan are available at the City’s customer service
centers and also can be printed from the City’s Web site. To obtain a copy
or get more information on Mesa’s many water conservation programs,
residents are encouraged to visit, or call 480-644-3306.

Councilman Simplot Announces New District 4 Council Aide by quotes
July 13, 2006, 6:26 am
Filed under: City of Phoenix News, Phoenix

 Councilman Simplot Announces New District 4 Council Aide

District 4 Councilman Tom Simplot announced that Megan Schmitz has joined his staff as a council aide.

Schmitz, a native of Cleveland, previously worked as a public policy intern with Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland and recently moved to Phoenix. She is a graduate of Ohio State University, where she developed a passion for politics and activism. As a double major in women’s studies and political science, her university studies focused on the politics of gender, race and sexual orientation. At OSU, she received the Women’s Studies Undergraduate Writing Award in 2002 and also made the dean’s list twice.

Simplot praised Schmitz’s enthusiasm and interest in working closely with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.

“Megan will be a great addition to my staff,” Simplot said. “She brings a new perspective to the office and a passion for GLBT issues.”

Schmitz will work on a variety of neighborhood issues, staff the Crystal Meth Task Force and assist with Web site management. She replaces Matthew Heil, who is the Phoenix Symphony’s new public relations and marketing manager.

Phoenix Selects Management Interns by quotes
July 13, 2006, 6:24 am
Filed under: City of Phoenix News, Phoenix

 Phoenix Selects Management Interns

Kimmerly Applewhite, Felipe Moreno and Jesus Sapien have been selected to participate in the city of Phoenix’s 57th annual Management Intern Program.

The Management Intern Program is designed to attract, develop and retain innovative people in local government. The three participants, who were selected from a competitive group of applicants from across the country, began their internships July 3 and will rotate through the City Manager’s Office, Budget and Research Department and other departments providing direct public services in order to experience the spectrum of municipal government.

The Management Intern Program allows individuals who have earned or completed course work toward a master’s degree to work for the city for one year. Upon completion of the internship, candidates may apply for permanent positions with the city.

Applewhite earned her master’s in public administration degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. She previously worked for the Office of Admissions at Wayne State University, the state of Michigan Department of Human Services and the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs. She also interned with L.I.F.T. Women’s Resource Center and Oakland County Friend of the Court. She received her undergraduate degree in public administration and public policy from Oakland University.

Moreno earned his master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University. He joined the city of Phoenix in 2000 as a Head Start mental health counselor in the Human Services Department. Since then, Moreno was promoted to youth services coordinator. Outside of work, he serves as a Head Start federal reviewer. He also teaches classes in the Child and Family Studies Department at Paradise Valley Community College. Prior to joining the city, Moreno was a family and adolescent therapist for CI, Inc. He received his undergraduate degree in family studies from University of Arizona.

Sapien earned his master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University. He previously served as the administrative coordinator for City Councilman Claude Mattox’s office and interned in the Housing Department director’s office. For nearly 15 years, Sapien was a store manager for Cowtown Boot Company, Inc. He received his undergraduate degree in English from Arizona State University.

During the history of Phoenix’s internship program, many participants have continued employment with the city after their internship year. Others have gone on to hold positions in federal, state, county and other city governments, including many who are city managers or assistant city managers throughout the nation.

Among the alumni of the Management Intern Program currently employed by the city are Ruth Osuna, deputy city manager; Rick Naimark, deputy city manager; David Cavazos, deputy city manager; Lisa Takata, executive assistant to the city manager; Lionel Lyons, development services director; Tammy Perkins, acting water services director; Kim Dorney, housing director; Carolyn Bristo, assistant public works director, and Gina Ramos Montes, deputy human services director.

For more information, visit or call 602-262-4812.

Youth Ambassadors Return and Host Sister City Counterparts by quotes
July 13, 2006, 6:24 am
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 Youth Ambassadors Return and Host Sister City Counterparts

After spending three weeks in Phoenix’s sister cities, 30 Phoenix youth ambassadors will return to Phoenix this week and host their counterparts through a summer student exchange program.

The Youth Ambassador Exchange Program, sponsored by Phoenix Sister Cities, allows young people from around the world to learn about and experience each other’s cultures.

High school juniors were selected on the basis of their communication skills, maturity, flexibility, leadership and self-confidence. The students departed between June 17 and 29 and have been living with their host family in their designated sister cities for three weeks.

Upon their return, they will reciprocate and house their host family’s son or daughter when they arrive in Phoenix beginning July 15 and stay through August.

Some of the activities planned for the ambassadors include meeting Mayor Phil Gordon and members of the City Council, community service, traveling to the Grand Canyon and Disneyland, attending a Diamondbacks game, as well as a variety of individual family activities.

Below are this year’s Phoenix youth ambassadors and their destinations:

    Calgary, Canada
    Destiny Huynh, Phoenix Country Day School
    Stephanie Bacher, Shadow Mountain High School

    Chengdu, China
    Ashley Susan, Moon Valley High School
    Carlos Hernandez, Washington High School
    Elizabeth MacDonnell, Xavier College Preparatory
    Emma Frick, Notre Dame Preparatory
    Manuel Gomez, North High School

    Ennis, Ireland
    Adam Bloch, Chaparral High School

    Alana Caron, North High School
    Alyssa Hitt, 91st Psalm Christian High School
    Meagan Hawk, Phoenix Christian High School

    Grenoble, France
    Lauren Frome, Sunnyslope High School
    Mathew Cowlin, Phoenix Country Day School

    Hermosillo, Mexico
    Alex Rose-Quillard, North Canyon High School
    Christina Olsen, Arizona School for the Arts

    Himeji, Japan
    Amanda Martiny, Xavier College Preparatory
    Celeste Irvin, Cesar Chavez High School
    James Edmunds, Desert Vista High School
    John Sours, Brophy College Preparatory
    Nicole Sowby, Central High School
    Nina Ulloa, North High School
    Ryne Barry, Thunderbird High School

    Prague, Czech Republic
    Kimberly Delnoce, Arcadia High School
    Mark Fletcher, Desert Vista High School

    Ramat-Gan, Israel
    Amyann Freberg, Arizona School for the Arts
    Heather Price-Wright, North High School

    Taipei, Taiwan
    Catherine Kessler, Arcadia High School
    Christina Dugan, Xavier College Preparatory
    Katherine Moodey, North High School
    Stacey Wilkinson, Veritas Preparatory

Approximately 400 Phoenix students have participated in the Youth Ambassador Exchange Program since it began in 1988. For more information, call the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission at 602-534-3751 or visit

Sky Harbor Recognized by FAA for Safety, Receives Perfect Inspection by quotes

 Sky Harbor Recognized by FAA for Safety, Receives Perfect Inspection

Phoenix, Arizona – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has received the 2006 “Air Carrier Airport Safety Award” from the Federal Aviation Administration Western Pacific Airports District Office. The Phoenix airport received the honor for its innovative solutions and partnerships that have resulted in enhanced airport safety.

“Sky Harbor’s Operations, Facilities and Design and Construction divisions have worked hard to partner with all stakeholders here at the Phoenix airport to ensure good communication and consistent methods of operation,” said Phoenix Aviation Director, Carl Newman. Mr. Newman is also past Chair of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Operations, Safety and Planning Committee.

One of the Phoenix Aviation Department’s most important safety advancements has been the development of an Airfield Standards Committee. In past, it was possible for contractors working at the airport to interpret FAA guidelines for airfield markings, lighting and signs in different ways. The Airfield Standards Committee is producing one set of standards for all contractors at Sky Harbor to follow to ensure consistency for pilots taking off and landing at the airport.

This award comes the same year that Sky Harbor achieved a perfect FAA safety inspection. The annual inspection of all commercial airports evaluates records on training, airfield safety inspections, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) equipment, and aircraft fueler safety training. The inspection also looks at the relationship between Air Traffic Control and the airport, airfield markings, lighting, emergency response and the safety of construction activity. In its most recent inspection, the FAA did not recommend a single improvement. The inspector stated simply, “everything looks great.”

“This could not have been accomplished without the efforts of the entire Aviation Department as well as our Phoenix Fire Department and Phoenix Police Airport Bureau,” said Mr. Newman. Everybody played a significant role in the achievement of this zero discrepancy inspection, and we all should be proud of our individual contributions to the team.”

Tempe seeks comments on judicial reappointment by quotes
July 7, 2006, 11:01 pm
Filed under: City of Tempe News, Tempe

Tempe seeks comments on judicial reappointment



TEMPE, AZ – The City of Tempe Judicial Advisory Board will conduct a
public hearing to receive community comments on the job performance of
Judge MaryAnne Majestic. The hearing is from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, July
10, in Courtroom 4 on the first floor of the Tempe Police/Court
Building, 140 E. Fifth Street.


Written comments also will be accepted by the board, but must be
received no later than noon on Monday, July 10. Comments can be sent by
e-mail to, by fax at 480-350-8581 or mailed


Judicial Advisory Board

Tempe Municipal Court

140 E. Fifth Street, Suite 200

Tempe, AZ 85281


The panel will consider these comments when deciding whether to
recommend Majestic for a two-year reappointment. The Tempe City Council
makes the official appointment.

Majestic was appointed to her first two-year term in September 1994 and
was reappointed by the Council in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004.


For more information, call Municipal Court Presiding Judge Louraine
Arkfeld at 480-350-8454.

Free “Concert Under The Stars” Presents Carlos Rivas & MexSal Band by quotes
July 7, 2006, 10:54 pm
Filed under: Arts and Entertainment, City of Phoenix News, Phoenix

 Free “Concert Under The Stars” Presents Carlos Rivas & MexSal Band

The hottest ticket in town is free when the Carlos Rivas & MexSal Band perform at Steele Indian School Park on Saturday, July 15 at 8 p.m.

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s “Concert Under the Stars” series presents the distinctive style of Latin, Jazz and Salsa from a band that is sure to heats things up at the city’s popular outdoor amphitheater at Third Street and Indian School Road.

The community is encouraged to bring a picnic basket, blanket and lawn chairs, and enjoy a music-filled evening with family and friends. Refreshments can be purchased at the park.

The “2006 Concert Under the Stars” series is sponsored by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc., the Latino Institute and Gayle Starr. For additional information call 602-495-0739.

Remaining concert schedule: Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m.

  • July 15
    Carlos Rivas & MexSal Band

    Latin, jazz and salsa

  • August 12
    Sistah Blue

    Female blues band

  • September 9

    Country & Contemporary Band

Arizona’s official state historian to appear at Mesa Southwest Museum by quotes
July 7, 2006, 10:39 pm
Filed under: Arts and Entertainment, Mesa

Arizona’s official state historian to appear at Mesa Southwest Museum

Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official State Historian will be at the Mesa Southwest Museum this Saturday, July 8 at 2:00 p.m. talking about Mesa’s History, Part of the State and National History. 

Discover some little known facts about  Mesa’s formative years while listening to Marshall Trimble, a fascinating and knowledgeable speaker.  If you haven’t seen him before, now is your chance.  You won’t be disappointed!

Trimble is often referred to as “Arizona’s Official State Historian”. He is a sought after speaker and a colorful historian and musician.

Trimble has an M.A. in Westerns and Arizona History from Arizona State University, and has been head of Southwest Studies at Scottsdale Community College for the past 25 years.

This event is on a first come first served basis and is free for museum members.  For all others, this program is free with paid museum admission.

Parking is available in the parking structure behind the museum (parking enforcement not in effect after 5 p.m. and on weekends).

For more information, call 480-644-2230 or visit

City of Phoenix Jobs by quotes
July 7, 2006, 10:32 pm
Filed under: City of Phoenix News, Jobs, Phoenix, Workforce News

City of Phoenix Jobs

Job opportunity highlights this week:

Assistant Chief Counsel
$79,144 – $124,696 annualized – Apply until selection is made

Electronic Systems Specialist
$49,941 – $60,216 annualized – Apply until selection is made

Internal Auditor I
$38,251 – $56,971 annualized – Apply on a continuous basis

Recreation Coordinator II
$38,251 – $56,971 annualized – Apply by July 21, 2006

Customer Service Supervisor
$36,275 – $54,163 annualized – Apply by July 14, 2006

Equipment Operator IV – Motor Grader and Backhoe
$35,235 – $43,514 annualized – Apply until selection is made

Facilities Systems Maintenance Mechanic
$35,235 – $44,366 annualized – Apply until selection is made

Senior Drafting Technician
$34,819 – $51,085 annualized – Apply by July 14, 2006

Caseworker I
$30,347 – $44,221 annualized – Apply by July 14, 2006

Gangmower Operator
$29,494 – $38,147 annualized – Apply by July 14, 2006

Meal Delivery Aide – Part Time – Without Benefits
$11.55 – $16.74 hourly – Apply July 28, 2006

Administrative Support Clerk Cluster
$20,030 – $40,248 annualized – Apply by July 14, 2006

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