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July 22, 2021

In this week's issue: 

Message from Councilwoman Ann O'Brien

Well Phoenix, we may have lost the finals, but we're still so proud of our Phoenix Suns! In two years time, we went from being the worst team in the league to being the Western Conference Champions! I'm excited to see what we're able to accomplish next season. Go Suns!

As many of you know, my top two priorities while in office are public safety and economic development and revitalization of our communities. This week was spent entirely devoted to those two priorities.

Early in the week, I sat down with Shannon McBride of the 19North non-profit and neighborhood organization. Although Shannon's organization and neighborhood are not within my district boundaries, Shannon has had success in rallying her community and revitalizing the neighborhood and the businesses within her community after the lightrail expanded along 19th Avenue. I wanted to understand her best practices and what she did to be successful as we prepare for the lightrail to extend into the MetroCenter region.

Shannon & Wade.jpgShannon also brought with her Wade Tinant who is the Construction Manager for Kewit-McCarthy Joint Venture (KMJV). KMJV is working on the construction of the new lightrail extension and Wade is overseeing the progress. Having a close relationship with people like Wade and Shannon is critical to the future economic impact coming to our community with the redevelopment of MetroCenter and the importance of revitalizing our surrounding small businesses.

Station.jpgThis lightrail expansion will bring many firsts to our City. This will be the first time we have a raised rail-line as the lightrail will go up and over the I-17 to reach MetroCenter. Located at MetroCenter will be the first raised lightrail station in the City. The top floor will be the lightrail and on the ground floor will be a transit station for buses. Construction for the new station is already underway, and we're excited to present a first look!

Community Meeting.jpgOn top of the wonderful work Shannon McBride has done for her 19North community, she is also working to put together coalitions for the continued efforts in MetroCenter. These collaborations combine public, private and non-profit organizations and companies to brainstorm ideas in how we can turn the region into a walkable destination that people from all over the city will want to come to via the lightrail. I'm pleased to be working closely with Council Districts 3 and 5 in these collaborative efforts.

My staff and I also took the opportunity to tour the Cactus Park Police Precinct to see first hand the environment our officers work in every day and to meet with them to discuss strategies in continued recruitment and retention efforts.

police.jpgI sat down to speak with Chief Collins, Commander Wickers, Lieutenant Cain, and many other officers at the precinct. They showed me the different areas where detectives, beat cops, administrative officials and various other departments are housed within their building. I toured their car lot and viewed the holding cells as they explained the intake process.

Our police officers are the first line of safety for our communities. Our officers are in long-sleeve pants and wearing 10 pounds or more of gear in the 110 degree sun. They sacrifice time with their families and put their lives on the line in dangerous situations all so we can feel safe in our homes and neighborhoods. I cannot express my support and admiration enough for our bothers and sisters in blue. I look forward to being a strong advocate for them so long as I remain a Councilwoman.

All my best, 


Councilwoman, District 1

July Back to School Drive

Want to get some discounted tickets to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor? Help us collect as many school supplies as we can throughout the month of July!

All throughout the month of July, our office will be collecting school supplies at 4 locally owned restaurants spread throughout District 1. We're asking for people to donate at least one item from the below list of needed school supplies. In return, you'll receive a coupon good for up to six (6) discounted tickets to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor to escape the heat!

The school items we're asking for are:

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  • Backpacks
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Printer Paper
  • Crayons
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Notepads
  • 3-Ring Binders

Items can be dropped off at any one of the four restaurants listed below:


 Save The Date: Community Breakfast

District 1 Community Breakfast.pngDid you miss us? We sure missed you!

We are excited to announce that the District 1 breakfasts are coming back! It's been over a year since previous Councilwoman Williams held her last breakfast and this will mark the first breakfast held by Councilwoman O'Brien.

It will be held on Friday, August 27th at 8:30AM, located at the DoubleTree Hilton in MetroCenter (10220 N Metro Pkwy E, Phoenix, AZ 85051). More details are to come, and we hope to see you there!




 Do You Want To Own A Food Truck?

"Do You Want to Own a…?” is a new series of programs for people interested in starting a business being offered by Phoenix Public Library. Each month will highlight leaders in specific industries and areas of interest.

On Wednesday, August 11th from 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. the focus will be: Do You Want to Own a Food Truck?

Food Truck Image.jpgCustomers can join a virtual facilitated, panel discussion with local entrepreneurs. The goal of the program is to connect entrepreneurs with industry leaders from the Valley to provide guidance and networking opportunities.  For more information and to register for the program please visit the Phoenix Public Library website.




Congresswoman Lesko's 2021 Congressional App Challenge

Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, this nationwide effort allows students to compete against their peers by creating an application. The Challenge is designed to promote innovation and engagement in computer science.

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all middle and high school students in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. Apps must be submitted on the Congressional App Challenge Website no later than November 1st. Students can officially begin to register on June 24th using the online Registration Portal.

The winning app from each district will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building and winning students will be invited to the #HouseofCode Reception in Washington D.C. in the Spring of 2022. For the official rules and helpful coding resources, please visit the Congressional App Challenge Students Page.

Feel free to visit Congresswoman Lesko’s Congressional App Challenge Page for any additional details.

COVID-19 Free Mobile Testing in District 1

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

On Monday, July 26th, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the mobile testing van, managed by Premiere - Hot Spot, will be at Cortez Park, 3434 W. Dunlap, Phoenix, AZ 85051, to offer free antigen (viral test) and antibodies tests to individuals. Walk-ups are welcome. No out-of-pocket cost for anyone.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Childhood Immunizations

DVUSD COVID19.pngIn partnership with Maricopa County Public Health, the Deer Valley Unified School District is offering childhood immunizations for pre-school-12 and COVID-19 vaccines for youth ages 12-17 years (Pfizer), as well as adults 18 years and up (Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson). 

  • Thursday, July 29, 12 noon- 6 p.m. Constitution Elementary School (lower lot, cafeteria and gym), 18440 N. 15th Ave.





News From Deer Valley Unified School District

DVUSD Open Enrollment.pngOpen Enrollment:

Open enrollment has now begun at DVUSD for the 2021-2022 School Year. And this year, it's never been easier!  

Parents can register online by clicking the button below:  





Aspire: Deer Valley's Online Academy:

DVUSD Aspire.jpgDeer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) now offers online courses for K-12 students in Arizona who seek a robust online school option. Read more at

DVUSD previously had a robust online program for high school students. With Aspire, we will have Advanced Placement offerings and are working to expand our offerings to Dual Enrollment options, CTE Internships, eSports, honor societies, and more in the near future.

With this past school year's parent interest in online schooling for their child, DVUSD determined there continues to be a need to provide an online option for parents. DVUSD believes providing this choice for parents who want an online education.

What makes DVUSD different and better than other online options?

Students enrolled in Aspire in K-6 will engage in synchronous (real-time, teacher-led) instruction. This gives younger students the structure needed to be successful.

Middle grade students will have a hybrid of asynchronous (prepared resources) and synchronous instruction and 9-12 grade students will be an asynchronous campus with open lab access to teachers with both virtual and in-person office hours.

Aspire teachers are Highly Qualified and Properly Certified educators, which sets us apart from some other online schools.

DVUSD students can still participate extracurricular activities at their home boundary school. Music, art and PE, Technology are offered at elementary. Electives/exploratory classes offered at middle school.

For full time K-12 Aspire students, there is no fee. Families electing to enroll in Aspire, Deer Valley's K-12 Online Academy need to complete the open enrollment process and follow the same procedures aligned to the brick and mortar campuses, detailed at:

News From Washington Elementary School District

Now Enrolling Families for the 2021 – 2022 School Year

Kinder2021_latestnews_01.27.21-01.pngWESD is enrolling kindergartners for the 2021-2022 school year. We offer some of the lowest teacher to student ratios in the area to ensure that your child receives personalized attention. 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. You can learn more about our program, meet our teachers and take virtual tours by visiting Please share this information with your friends and neighbors who have children turning 5 before September 1.


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 9. It is not too late for new students to enroll for the 2021-2022 school year. Enrollment information can be located here.

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

First Day of School: August 9th

In less than one month, Glendale Union High School District will be starting the 2021-2022 school year. The first day of school is on August 9. Administrators, teachers, and support staff look forward to welcoming everyone back. More information regarding the school year will be forthcoming from the schools.

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

Cortez High School Boys Basketball Team Volunteer at Local Park

Cortez High School.pngCortez High School Boys Basketball players are stepping out into their community during summer break. The basketball team prepared meals and handed out water to the less fortunate at a local park in their community.

To learn more about Cortez High School’s news, visit @CortezHighSchoolAZ 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 and the Arts and Culture Commission. 

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



Upcoming City Council Meetings

There are no upcoming meetings through the month of July. Council Meetings will return in August.

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

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