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Tempe City Council hosts affordable housing summit by azhttp

Nikki Ripley

Communication and Media Relations Director City of Tempe


Tempe City Council hosts affordable housing summit

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tempe community members will gather Saturday, Oct. 20, for a

half-day summit on affordable housing that is meant to spur discussion and

solutions for this pressing need.

City Councilmember Shana Ellis will lead the forum, which takes place from

8:30 a.m. to noon at the Tempe Public Library’s lower level Program Room,

3500 S. Rural Rd. Ellis is Chair of the City Council’s Transportation and

Affordable Housing Committee, which also includes Vice Mayor Hut Hutson as a


Councilmember Ellis will present a current picture of the city’s affordable

housing projects, policies and needs. The city’s non-profit and faith-based

partners also will present local affordable housing projects. A roundtable

discussion will solicit ideas for creating partnerships and pooling

resources to create a workable affordable housing solution in Tempe.

Pancake Breakfast for District 6 by azhttp

Mesa City Councilmember Scott Somers (District 6) will hold a pancake

breakfast for residents on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8:00am to 10:00am at Fire

Station 212, located at 2430 S. Ellsworth Rd.

In addition to great food, the Councilman will be available to discuss

topics that are not only pertinent to District 6 but to the City of Mesa.

“These events are important because it gives residents an opportunity to

connect with their City,” Somers said. “It offers citizens a chance to be

heard and to give them input on the issues that affect them directly.”

Interested residents can contact Council Assistant Marquisha Griffin by

calling her at (480) 644-5295

What: District 6 Pancake Breakfast with Councilman Scott Somers

When: Saturday, October 6, 2007

8:00am -10:00am

Where: Fire Station 212

2430 S. Ellsworth Rd.

City of Phoenix Mayor and Council Election by quotes

Your Vote is Your Voice

Mayor and Council Election
September 11, 2007

The following also is provided in Spanish. Lo siguiente también es provisto en español.

On Sept. 11, 2007 the city of Phoenix will conduct a Mayor and Council Election in which voters in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 will elect city council members and all voters will elect a mayor. In addition, ballot measures will be presented to voters for their consideration. A Runoff Election will be held on Nov. 6, 2007 if no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for an office in the September election.


Important Dates

For additional information about the Election please call the City Clerk Department at 602-261-VOTE (8683), TTY 602-534-2737.

Other City of Phoenix Election Information

Councilman Stanton Unveils New Bicycle Safety Signs by quotes

 Councilman Stanton Unveils New Bicycle Safety Signs

Councilman Greg Stanton will unveil new bicycle safety signs at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17. The event will be held at Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. The new safety signs will be posted at various locations within Ahwatukee Foothills. The new larger signs are 8 feet x 3 feet and feature information to provide drivers with a clear warning – to watch out for bicyclists and define what “share the road” means. The signs will alert motorists to the presence of bicyclists and encourage cooperative behavior.

For additional information, contact the District 6 office at 602-262-7491.

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.

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.

City of Mesa extends Dial-A-Ride service by quotes
October 18, 2006, 9:02 pm
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City of Mesa extends Dial-A-Ride service

At Monday night’s Council meeting, Mesa City Council approved the extension of Sunday and holiday Dial-a-Ride services for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) eligible citizens. The amendment was approved on Monday and will continue the service from Nov. 7, 2006 to June 30, 2007.

In July the senior Dial-A-Ride program was cut from the budget eliminating service for residents who are not ADA certified. The City continues to provide Dial-A-Ride service for ADA eligible citizens. After receiving public input, the Council decided to offer Sunday and holiday Dial-A-Ride service for those citizens who are eligible.

“It is important that we provide this service to our ADA population, and I am excited that we are now able to fund this essential program,” Councilmember Scott Somers said.

Mesa’s estimated cost to extend the service is projected to be slightly more than $100,000. The money will come from the Local Transit Assistance Fund II (LTAF II), which is generated from revenue from the state lottery’s Powerball.  LTAF II money can only be used for transit purposes, including operations and capital.

Tempe Councilmember honored by statewide appointment by quotes
September 11, 2006, 9:32 pm
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Tempe Councilmember honored by statewide appointment


Councilmember Mark Mitchell appointed to the Executive Committee

of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns



TEMPE, Ariz. – Tempe City Councilmember Mark Mitchell has been appointed
to serve a two-year term on the Executive Committee of the League of
Arizona Cities and Towns, from August 2006 to August 2007.


The 25-member committee is made up of mayors and councilmembers from
some of the 90 cities and towns represented by the league. The Executive
Committee acts as a board of directors for the League of Arizona Cities
and Towns, deciding on policy and direction for the organization.


Councilmember Mitchell was appointed in November 2005 to serve as Vice
Chair of the Community and Regional Development Panel of the National
League of Cities. A third-generation Arizonan, Councilmember Mitchell is
serving his second, four-year term on the Tempe City Council. Beyond his
activism in several community organizations in the Tempe area,
Councilmember Mitchell is chair of the National League of Cities
University Community Caucus.