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Tempe receives award for clean air efforts by quotes
October 27, 2006, 5:42 pm
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Tempe receives award for clean air efforts
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TEMPE, Ariz.- The city of Tempe Transit Program, Tempe in Motion,
received the Outstanding Trip Reduction Program – Public Award from the
Clean Air Campaign on Oct. 18. The Clean Air Awards recognize the best
clean air and alternative transportation programs in Maricopa County.


The city received the award for implementing an outstanding alternative
modes program for its employees. The goal of the program is to encourage
city employees to ride the bus, bike, walk, carpool or telecommute in
order to reduce the Valley’s air pollution and traffic congestion


The city’s Trip Reduction Program provides employees with resources and
incentives to reduce single occupancy automobile trips.  Employees
receive free bus passes, preferential parking for carpoolers and a
guaranteed ride home for alternative mode users.  The city also has a
Bike Loan Program, which provides employees with a free bicycle and
accessories for bicycling to work. 


For information, call (480) 350-2775 or visit

Insight Bowl is the topic of next Let’s Talk Tempe by quotes

Insight Bowl is the topic of next Let’s Talk Tempe

Tempe, Ariz.- Mayor Hugh Hallman and guest speakers will talk about the
new Insight Bowl during Let’s Talk Tempe on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from
7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave.

Speakers this month will be John Junker, President and CEO of the Fiesta
Bowl, and  Richard Fennessy,  President and CEO of Insight Enterprises.

 Let’s Talk Tempe is a monthly issues talk show taped before a live
audience and replayed the following month on Tempe 11.



The League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA) will host the
first-ever SysAdmin Days training workshop, November 6 & 7, 2006 at the
Crowne Plaza Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. All system administrators are
invited to attend, regardless of skill and experience levels.


Due to the overwhelming interest in LOPSA’s inaugural SysAdmin Days
program, the early bird registration deadline has been extended until
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27! Register today and save!

Early Bird Registration (Until 10/27/06) LOPSA Members $474, Non-members

Regular Registration (After 10/27/06 and On-site) LOPSA Members $524
Non-members $549

Conference registration includes two days of classes, class materials,
lunch, morning and afternoon breaks, Monday evening reception, Monday
evening invited talks and break-out sessions. To register, log on to


LOPSA has secured a limited number of rooms at the Crowne Plaza Phoenix at
a discounted rate of $109/night. To make our reservation, please contact
the hotel directly by calling 1-877-2-CROWNE (877-227-6963). Be sure to
mention “League of Professional System Administrators” when making your
reservation to ensure you receive the discounted rate.


This two-day training workshop is designed to give you practical tools
and face-to-face advice from other professionals in the field. Industry
leaders will be on hand to present a variety of workshops, addressing both
specific platforms and technologies and general system administration
practices, including Mac OS X Administration, PHP, and Perl. Sessions will
cover topics such as drafting policy documents, communications skills,
time management, disaster recovery, and many more.


To maximize your workshop experience, invite your fellow system
administrators along! SysAdmin Days is the perfect opportunity to
reconnect with colleagues from across the country, and network with other
professionals in the field.

Help spread the word about Arizona SysAdmin Days by posting workshop
details to you LUGS, listservs, and anywhere else sysadmins may see it!

For more information on LOPSA or Arizona SysAdmin Days, visit, or contact the executive
office: Phone: 856-439-0500 or toll free at 800-285-2141;
Fax: 856-439-0525; E-mail:

Governor Janet Napolitano visits Tempe Points of Pride by quotes

Governor Napolitano to visit Tempe points of pride


Tempe to highlight affordable housing, multigenerational center and
Tempe Town Lake during Governor’s city tours



TEMPE, Ariz. – The City of Tempe will proudly showcase a few of its
latest achievements when Governor Janet Napolitano visits the city
Monday, Oct. 30.


Tempe will highlight its efforts to foster affordable housing, its
achievement of opening a new multigenerational center in north Tempe,
and its unprecedented economic growth at Tempe Town Lake.


At 3 p.m., Governor Napolitano will visit families who have moved into
affordable homes through the Newtown Community Land Trust. She also will
meet representatives from Chicanos por la Causa and other organizations,
and hear about Tempe’s plans to increase affordable housing in the city.


At 3:30 p.m., the Governor will tour the new North Tempe
Multigenerational Center, at 1555 N. Bridalwreath St., south of
McKellips Road and east of Scottsdale Road. She will meet
representatives from the many organizations that operate the
30,000-square-foot facility, such as the Boys & Girls Club, YMCA and
Maricopa County Head Start, and hear how the center will transform lives
in the community.


At 4 p.m., Governor Napolitano will take to the water and tour Tempe
Town Lake with Mayor Hugh Hallman, the Tempe City Council and key
business leaders. They will discuss the many development projects
underway at the lake and in the Mill Avenue District.


WHAT: Governor Janet Napolitano visits Tempe


WHEN: 3-5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30


WHERE: The tour begins at 1109 S. McKemy St., in Tempe, at 3 p.m.

Historic Phoenix Union High School Re-Opens as State-of-the-Art Biomedical Campus by quotes

Historic Phoenix Union High School Re-Opens as State-of-the-Art Biomedical Campus

The city of Phoenix in collaboration with the University of Arizona College of Medicine, the state of Arizona and Arizona State University opened the new Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

More here: Phoenix Biomedical Campus

Public Invited to Downtown Strategic Plan Community Meeting by quotes

 Public Invited to Downtown Strategic Plan Community Meeting

The city of Phoenix will hold a community meeting to provide residents with a status update on the city’s plan for downtown. A presentation on the “Downtown Strategic Vision and Blueprint for the Future” and Arizona State University’s “Vision for the Downtown Phoenix Campus” will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Phoenix Preparatory Academy, 735 E. Fillmore St.

In December 2004, the mayor and City Council adopted a comprehensive strategy for downtown and identified priorities, including making downtown an anchor for the knowledge economy; providing diverse quality housing; providing an eclectic mix of people, spaces and uses; expanding diversity of artistic and cultural opportunities; fostering retail establishments; creating well-defined and well-designed public spaces while protecting historic treasures; and supporting a sense of place that connects the existing urban fabric with infrastructure. The presentation will provide an update on the implementation of the goals as identified in the report.

The ASU “Vision for the Downtown Phoenix Campus” will include an update on the implementation of Phase One of campus development. The campus opened in August with more than 4,000 students and the future build-out of the campus is expected to serve up to 15,000 students by 2008.

For more information, visit or call 602-534-7143.

Phoenix Youth Commission has Grants Available for Youth Projects by quotes

Phoenix Youth Commission has Grants Available for Youth Projects

The Phoenix Youth and Education Commission has announced a second round of funding for the Focus on Results (FOR) Youth grants.

Applicants must represent a middle or high school (public, charter or private) that serves grades 7 – 12. The school must be located in Phoenix or have more than 50 percent of the school attendance within the Phoenix city limits.

FOR grants focus on priorities identified by youth at the Phoenix Youth Town Hall, which seeks to create new or support existing activities that promote teen involvement in the community.

Schools are eligible to apply for up to $12,000.

A panel of youth and adults from the Youth and Education Commission will review the grant applications and evaluate the proposals based on project quality; active involvement of students; staff qualifications, commitment and ability to execute the project; commitment to diversity; impact on the student body; and representation of all students on campus.

Applications may be downloaded at and submitted electronically or postmarked by Nov. 27 to be eligible for spring semester activities.

For more information, call the city of Phoenix Youth and Education Office at 602-495-0314.

New Chief of Staff Announced for Councilman Stanton’s Office by quotes

New Chief of Staff Announced for Councilman Stanton’s Office

City Councilman Greg Stanton has announced the hiring of Kelly Dalton to the council office’s chief of staff position.

Dalton is a fourth-generation Arizonan and a University of Arizona graduate. She has worked as a government affairs professional for the Washington, D.C. firm B&D Sagamore, where she served as assistant vice president on the firm’s communities practice, representing local governments and other public sector clients. Her duties also included communicating priorities to members of Congress. Dalton returned home to Arizona to work as the lead staff person for the city of Goodyear mayor and city council, where she focused on community outreach initiatives, strategic planning efforts and policy development.

“Kelly’s experience on the federal and local levels will benefit the people of District 6,” said Stanton. “I am excited to work with her on serving the community through hard work, policy planning and new initiatives.”

Dalton replaces Marc Thornton who moved to a position in the city’s Planning Department. District 6 includes Ahwatukee Foothills, Arcadia, the Biltmore area and north central Phoenix.

Rosson House Announces Fall Line-up of Events by quotes

 Rosson House Announces Fall Line-up of Events

The Rosson House, built in 1895 and the cornerstone of Historic Heritage Square, located at Sixth Street and Monroe in downtown Phoenix, has put together a great line-up of events for the fall season.

  • Through May, 2007 6 to 9 p.m.
      First Fridays – This is the first year, the Rosson House will participate in “First Fridays.” The First Friday Dash Bus will take visitors right to the door, making a stop at Fifth Street and Monroe.

  • Oct. 28 6 to 8 p.m.
      Ghost Stories and Hot Cider – Enjoy an evening of outdoor story telling and hot cider. $5/Adults, $3/Children.

  • Nov. 4 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Saturday in the Park (the first Saturday of each month) – will offer historic crafts and games for kids of all ages. Held in conjunction with Heritage Saturdays, where Barbara Gronemann of Southwest Learning Sources demonstrates how to make Victorian crafts.

  • Dec. 2 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
      Photos with Santa – Have your holiday photos taken with Santa at the Rosson House. Photos will be $15. This is a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Rosson House Museum.

  • Dec. 8 6 – 8 p.m.
      Cookies and Cocoa with Santa – Refreshments and Christmas stories. Call 602-261-8948 to make reservations. Adults – $5; Children – $3.

For additional information call 602-261-8948.

Film series complements Southeast Asian exhibit by quotes

Film series complements Southeast Asian exhibit

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Southeast Asian Refugee Film series returns at 6 p.m.
on consecutive Thursdays in the Historical Museum lobby, 809 E. Southern
Ave. (southwest corner of Rural Road and Southern Avenue).

The films are being presented as a companion piece to the exhibit, “A
Proud Journey Home: Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese Communities in
Arizona,” currently showing in the Tempe Historical Museum gallery.

A moderator will lead a discussion and regional refreshments will be
served. The series is being presented in partnership with Community
Outreach and Advocacy for Refugees (COAR), an organization whose mission
is to assist refugees in adjusting to their new life in Arizona.


Oct. 26 – “The Flute Player,” The chronicle of the return of Cambodian
refugee Arn Chorn Pond to his homeland where he begins a master musician
project to revive the traditional music lost under the Khmer Rouge.

Nov. 2 – “The Story of Vinh,” The tale of Vinh Dinh, the abandoned child
of a United States serviceman and a Vietnamese mother, who, speaking no
English, arrives in America to pursue the American Dream.

Nov. 9 – “A Refugee and Me,” The documentary of Twai Thongdee, a Burmese
refugee living in Thailand, who searches for a Thai identification card
so he can live and work freely without fear of imprisonment.

Nov. 16 – “Being Hmong Means Being Free,” The documentary of the culture
and traditions of a Hmong refugee community in Wisconsin and the
dramatic changes the community undergoes over the span of a decade.

Information: visit or call