Warnings First for People Lingering on Road Medians in Phoenix, Then Fine or Jail

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Ray Stern
A Phoenix panhandler says he was told recently about a new city ordinance making it illegal to stay in a road median.
Lingering on a road median in Phoenix can now mean a possible fine or jail time, but police are required to give first-time warnings to offenders.

In an apparent effort to limit a dangerous form of panhandling, the Phoenix City Council last week passed an ordinance that bans pedestrians from hanging out in the middle of a street. Designated as an "emergency," it took effect immediately, and enforcement begins this week.

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Phoenix Parking Meters to Be Enforced on Nights, Weekends

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Dave Winer


The Phoenix City Council approved changes to the parking-meter enforcement to help cover the city's budget deficit.

Parking meters will be active on nights and weekends in the near future and could cost up to $4 an hour if there's an event going on nearby.

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Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio Releases Info on City's 50 Highest-Paid Retirees

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Azwatchdog


Citing a desire for pension reform, Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio released details of the 50 biggest pension payouts the city is making to retired employees.

DiCiccio's report estimates these 50 employees will get combined pension payouts of around $173 million, leading DiCiccio to compare the Phoenix government to that of Detroit.

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Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego Proposing Equal-Pay-for-Equal-Work Policy

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Azwatchdog


Yesterday was "Equal Pay Day," the day that symbolizes how far into 2014 women have to work to earn the same amount as men did in 2013, as far as the gender pay gap is concerned.

To mark the occasion, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Kate Gallego announced an effort to make an equal-pay-for-equal-work policy for city contractors.

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Phoenix's New City Manager Set to Make $50,000 Less Per Year Than Predecessor

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Azwatchdog


A proposed contract with new Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher shows his annual compensation package is worth about $50,000 less than his predecessor's.

The contract is scheduled to be considered by the city council at Wednesday's meeting.

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Ed Zuercher Selected as Phoenix's New City Manager

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Ed Zuercher, a longtime city of Phoenix employee, has been selected as new city manager.

Zuercher had been acting city manager since David Cavazos left the post to take the city manager's position in Santa Ana, California, in October.

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Phoenix's Search for New City Manager Down to Four Finalists

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The city of Phoenix announced the names of the four finalists for the job of city manager.

Two of them are veterans of Phoenix City Hall, while the other two are out-of-towners.

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Phoenix Recycling Numbers in the Dumps: Planning Smaller Cans, "Zero Waste" Event

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Phoenix recycles garbage at less than half of the national average rate, mostly because of a lack of awareness by residents, a city official says.

To reduce the amount of waste the country's sixth-largest city sends to landfills, officials have planned a diet of smaller trash cans and educational campaigns, including a "Zero-Waste Spring Training Event" in March.


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Phoenix Resident Wants Public Speakers Heard Before City Council Meetings Are Adjourned

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A Phoenix resident is petitioning the City Council to allow members of the public to speak during the council's formal meetings instead of making them wait until the sometimes lengthy public sessions are over.

Dianne Barker, who first raised the issue in November, also would like to see the current two-minute talk time per person extended to three minutes.

"Phoenix is living in bygone years with an old ordinance that dismisses the public," Barker wrote in her petition to the city.

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Phoenix Council Inauguration Ceremony on Thursday for Two Incumbents, Two Newcomers

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Phoenix elected officials Jim Waring, Laura Pastor, Sal DiCiccio, and Kate Gallego
With contentious political races behind them, Kate Gallego and Laura Pastor are ready to take office on Thursday.

Gallego beat out Pastor Warren Stewart to win the seat in District 8, and Laura Pastor bested Justin Johnson, son of former Mayor Paul Johnson, to win the District 4 race.

Incumbents Jim Waring and Sal DiCiccio, who handily won their races in districts 2 and 6, respectively, also will be sworn in to their new terms.

The inauguration ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams Street.

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