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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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.More »
With contentious political races behind them, Kate Gallego and Laura Pastor are ready to take office on Thursday.
Phoenix elected officials Jim Waring, Laura Pastor, Sal DiCiccio, and Kate Gallego
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.
Phoenix employees are a generous people.
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As has become their annual tradition, city workers have raised more than $1 million for the city's annual Community Service Fund Drive through payroll pledges and fund-raisers -- money that will benefit various Valley charities, including Valley of the Sun United Way.
In addition to the money, they also donated 2,710 pounds of food and collected several hundred blankets, coats and other items.More »
We shouldn't be surprised that former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon appears to be exploring a possible run for mayor.
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This is the same elected official who tried a few times, albeit futilely, to extend the city's two-term limit for mayor.
During a recent television appearance on 12 News "Sunday Square Off," Gordon said that he'd "love to be mayor again," and disclosed there were "legal issues" that might prevent him from doing so.More »
Say hello to "GRID" bikes.
This morning, city of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton helped unveil the logo and name of the bicycle-renting program expected to launch by early next year. The bikes are bright green, sport a girly-basket on the handlebars, and come with a high-tech locking system to prevent theft.
The best part of the program, as far as we're concerned, is that officials say taxpayers won't spend a dime on it -- and that the city will share in expected profits in years to come.
Phoenix officials this week wrapped up the last in a series of four public meetings to gather input on how to fairly eliminate the bank-breaking practice of pension spiking.
The City Council Pension Fairness and Spiking Elimination Ad Hoc Subcommittee unanimously recommended preventing employees from using the following streams of revenue to bolster pension payouts: communication and transportation allowances, retirement contribution reimbursement, Public Safety Enhanced Regular Compensation payments (which includes money for uniform allowances), and future payouts for unused sick time and vacation leave.More »
Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilman Bill Gates released a statement -- just before the Phoenix City Council considered the appointment of an Interim City Manager -- pledging not to approve a contract that would permit the next city manager to engage in pension spiking.
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That is, the two said they would not support a contract that allows for unused sick and vacation time to be a part of the calculation for long-term pension payouts.