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June 30, 2022

In this week's issue: 

Message from Councilwoman Ann O'Brien

Since Council approved our plan to provide officers with more money in their salaries, I’m excited to say, in the days following that vote, one of our recruiters received over 57 voicemails from officers across the Valley looking to make a lateral move to our City! Already, our recruitment numbers are rising, and we’re getting a lot of interest from existing officers and new recruits. While all of this is a promising sign, we’re still in a dire situation! I’ve already been working with Human Resources and PD this past year to rethink how we do recruitment and restructure our thought process on how we can attract the best of the best. I hope to have some updates by the end of the year.

20220625_GonzosHometownHeroesSoftballGame_kg037.JPGOver the weekend, I volunteered at Operations Blue Ribbon’s first annual Hometown Heroes softball game for our Phoenix PD. The event was orchestrated by Anne Ender with Operation Blue Ribbon and hosted by Luis Gonzalez and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. I had such a good time volunteering, and this game was such a morale booster for our officers! Officer Tyler Moldovan made a guest appearance and kicked off the game with the traditional “Play Ball”. Seeing some of our Commanders taking a dive on the field to catch flyballs is a memory I’m going to keep! In speaking with Gonzo, he’s hoping to make this an annual event and to expand it to include the Fire Department and other cities. His hope is to one day have a tournament of our first responders. I look forward to helping him however he needs.

This week marks the final week of Council Meetings for session, which means this week works a little differently. Rather than having our Council Meetings on Wednesday, this week’s meeting is tomorrow at 10 am. After tomorrow’s meeting, I’ll be heading on the road for a nice summer vacation with family up in the mountains. I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to spending some time with my family in the cooler weather! I love representing you all, but we all need a vacation from time to time. Rest assured, my staff will still be present and answering questions via phone or email. So, if you have any needs, still feel free to call my office.

FWXtFCsVEAAZVYU.jpegI want to give a big thank you to everyone who came out to our community meeting on Monday evening! I know our Northern meetings have had their hiccups, but hopefully when we get back from summer, we’ll have a much more consistent northern location. For those unable to attend on Monday, we had a presentation from Budget Director Amber Williamson about how you can participate in providing feedback for the General Obligation (GO) Bond that will be coming to the ballot in November 2023. Next year, you will be asked to approve a $500 million bond package to help fund necessary infrastructure needs. And, the best part is, it doesn’t increase your tax rate! We also had Street Transportation Director Kini Knudson provide us an update on the Roadway Safety Action Plan and how Vision Zero – which was approved by the Council this year – unlocks federal dollars and is being incorporated into the plan. Please make sure you participate in the survey regarding Vision Zero, the link is below.

As a reminder, we will not be meeting in the months of July or August. We’ll see you on September 30th!

Lastly, I wish everyone a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend!

All my best, 


Councilwoman, District 1

Weekly DOJ Investigation Update

Week of June 20

  • Nothing new to report.


See You In September: Community Meeting

Thank you for coming out to Monday's meeting. WE WILL NOT BE MEETING IN JULY OR AUGUST. See you in September!

COVID-19 Free Testing & Vaccine 

COVID-19 Testing & Vaccinations

As many of us begin the trek back to the workplace, some companies may require employees to get tested or vaccinated for COVID-19 before coming back. 

Testing and vaccinations are offered by the city at no out-of-pocket cost. Please check out the Phoenix COVID testing and vaccination page for a list of events scheduled.

News From the City of Phoenix

A Local Call To Action: Make Our Schools Safe

Children deserve to be safe at school... and Valley first responders have partnered to provide critical active shooter preparedness training to make sure of that.

This is a call to action to local school districts, officials, and employees to participate in this fully funded training. The national program we are using is called "ALICE" (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate). This training provides basic violent incident awareness that demonstrates different techniques on lockdown, classroom security, and how to actively distract the shooter, among other important safety tips.

This free two-day event will include effective active shooter training and preparedness solutions. The event is scheduled for July 28th and 29th. The first day will be focused on education and ALICE based curriculum. The second day will include a mock-shooter scenario.

To enroll, click here.


Road Safety Action Plan: We Value Your Feedback

Thank you for your involvement with helping the City of Phoenix develop its comprehensive Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan. Your continued participation is important to this process.

The next phase of community engagement is underway, and I encourage to you to visit to watch a short video presentation, read the draft plan and take a survey in response. The survey will take about 15 minutes of your time and be available through August 31, 2022.

if you're ready to take the survey now, please click the button below, and it will take you directly to the survey.


Literacy Tutors Needed at West Valley School

018.jpgAttention West Phoenix residents, we need your help! The City of Phoenix and the AARP Foundation Experience Corps are looking for volunteers ages 50 and up to help tutor Phoenix students, particularly in West Phoenix. During the pandemic, the literacy rate for Phoenix third-graders dropped to 25 percent, which is the lowest it has been in seven years.

Those interested in volunteering are invited to attend an upcoming information session. To register for an information session, visit


Calling All Community Volunteers!

THrive.jpgWe have a service project in our community coming up! Thrive Phoenix will be performing a cleanup along Bell Road from 7th Ave to the I-17. The cleanup will be on Saturday, July 2nd, and start at 7am. Show up to Lamar's Donuts with a can-do attitude and get ready to help keep our City and streets clean!




Star Spangled Splash

Annotation 2022-06-30 125934.pngThe Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce the Star Spangled Splash Event taking place this Sunday! In celebration of Independence Day, the City will be offering free open swim at City Pools on July 3.








Drought: Do Your Part

drought.pngAs the drought intensifies, the City must continue to innovate new, proactive actions to prepare for even deeper shortages on the Colorado River. We need you to be our partner in water conservation. Let’s all continue to do our part to be #PHXWaterSmart.

Learn more:






Eastbound Greenway Road Near I-17 to Close For Two Weeks Starting Friday, June 24

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers who use Interstate 17 in north Phoenix to plan for continued closures of Greenway Road between 25th and 29th avenues, as well as on- and off-ramp closures at Greenway Road as crews make progress on the regional drainage system project.

  • Eastbound Greenway Road is scheduled to be closed between 25th and 29th avenues, starting at 9 p.m. Friday, June 24. It will remain closed through July 8. The following ramps and frontage road also are closed during these times:
    • The northbound I-17 on- and off-ramps at Greenway Road, along with the northbound frontage road between Thunderbird and Greenway roads.
    • The southbound I-17 on-ramp is accessible from eastbound Greenway Road only.
  • Detours: Drivers can use 19th or 35th avenues to Cactus or Bell roads to access north- and southbound I-17. To access Greenway Road, drivers may exit I-17 at Bell or Thunderbird roads and use 19th or 35th avenues.

Drivers should slow down and use caution around construction workers and equipment.


Phoenix Public Library Summer Reading 2022 Game

SignUpToday-SummerReading-2022_810x810px-01.jpgAs of Sunday, May 1st, registration for Summer Reading 2022, themed, “Oceans of Possibilities” is open on and the game officially begins on June 1st.  From June 1st through August 1st, participants are encouraged to read (and log) at least 20 minutes a day…and all reading counts! Throughout the 2 months of the game, those playing and achieving 500-1750-1,000 minutes read are eligible to earn special badges and prizes such as: free books, AZ State Park Passes, Phoenix Mercury tickets; free Rubios, Raising Caine’s and Peter Piper Pizza meals. And those achieving 1,000 minutes or more read are entered into a drawing to win a Family 4 pack to the Superbowl Experience 2023 and more! Learn more by clicking here.




News From Deer Valley Unified School District

DVUSD Big Kid Book Club is Here!

DVUSD Big Kid Book Club Flyer.jpgDeer Valley Unified School District’s Big Kid Book Club sends FREE books to kids! Sign up your 3-5 year old to start receiving free books at

All children between the ages of 3-5, who are not yet attending kindergarten, are eligible to join the Big Kid Book Club.

We will periodically send your child a free book in the mail, along with fun work sheets, and helpful advice for parents of 3-5 year olds. You do not need to live within the Deer Valley Unified School District to participate. Let us help your child cultivate a love for reading – and get ready for kindergarten.




News From Washington Elementary School District

WESD Offers Rewarding Employment Opportunities

SupportStaff_post_July20-01-01.pngThe Washington Elementary School District (WESD) is hosting a Support Staff Job Fair Wednesday, July 20 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Arroyo School, 4535 W. Cholla St., Glendale, AZ 85304. The WESD is looking to fill a variety of full and part-time positions in the following areas: office technicians, instructional assistants, paraprofessionals, transportation (drivers and bus assistants), KidSpace (WESD’s before and after-school program), Nutrition Services, custodial and more!

The WESD offers employees extensive benefits including paid holidays and personal leave, employer-matched contributions to Arizona State Retirement, insurance benefits for employees working 30 hours a week, discounts on WESD-sponsored childcare, extensive training and opportunities for advancement.

Interested individuals can view all open positions at and are encouraged to complete an interest form at by clicking here. Walk-ins are welcome. To learn more about classified positions in the WESD, contact Jenny Champ, Classified Recruiter at or by calling 602-347-2611.


WESD Offers Engaging Learning for Preschoolers

HeadStart_Enrolling.pngDid you know that WESD offers a Head Start program to children ages 3-4 at 19 locations through a partnership with the city of Phoenix?

The WESD Head Start program emphasizes school readiness through early learning opportunities that emphasize social and emotional development, language, cognitive, early reading, science, math and physical development. Qualified students attend at no cost. To learn more about this program, visit or call 602-347-4806. 



Now Enrolling Families for the 2022 - 2023 School Year

NowEnrollingKinder2-01.pngWESD is enrolling kindergarteners for the 2022-2023 school year. Our free, full day program includes research-based curriculum that addresses reading, writing, math, science, social studies, physical education and art with plenty of time for exploration and play. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors who have children turning 5 before September 1. Online registration makes enrollment easy! Click the link for more info.!




News From Glendale Union High School District

World-class Education in Your Own Backyard: Enroll Today!

Glendale Union High School District offers nine nationally recognized high schools right in your own backyard. All schools are ranked among America’s best high schools by U.S. News & World Report. GUHSD is proud to provide championship athletics, extracurricular activities, cutting-edge STEM opportunities, career & technical education options, and so much more. The new school year begins on August 8. It is not too late for new students to enroll for the 2022-2023 school year.

To learn more GUHSD news, visit our Facebook page @GUHSDAZ.


2022 GUHSD Graduates Set All-Time High Record of Earning Over $114 million in Scholarships

Scholarship Posts 2022.pngThe 2021-2022 Glendale Union High School District school year ended with excellent measures of success. Over 2,000 students graduated from all nine of GUHSD’s high schools this year. The Class of 2022 set a new record by earning more than $114 million in scholarships, which was a $16 million increase from the previous year. GUHSD is incredibly proud of the Class of 2022’s achievements and wishes all of the graduates continued success in their future endeavors.

To learn more about GUHSD’s accomplishments, visit @GUHSDAZ on Facebook.


Become Part of the Glendale Union High School District at our Support Staff Job Fair

SS Job Fair.pngBecome part of the Glendale Union High School District at our Support Staff Job Fair! Visit us on Thursday, July 14, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Moon Valley High School for an opportunity to join the Metro-Phoenix area’s top-performing high school district!  Representatives will be on-site to hold open interviews for careers in transportation, clerical, food services and maintenance.

To learn more about GUHSD, visit @GUHSDAZ on Facebook.






Interested in serving on Phoenix's Boards and Commissions? 

Boards and Commissions.pngDistrict 1 is seeking community leaders interested in serving as the District's representative for various boards and commissions, such as the Village Planning Committee. 

To start the application process, please visit the Boards and Commissions webpage



Upcoming City Council Meetings

  • Next City Council Policy Meeting: Sept 13th
  • Next City Council Formal Meeting: July 1st

Councilwoman O'Brien has been appointed chairperson of the Public Safety and Justice Subcommittee, and is also a member of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee and the Economic Development and Equity Subcommittee. Visit the Council Subcommittee webpage for the schedule of public meetings.  

Learn more about Councilwoman O'Brien, her priorities and focus for District 1 on the district's webpage.

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