Daily Archives: December 24, 2008

Grinch economy wrecking havoc with Phoenix city budget

[Source: Scott Wong, Arizona Republic] — Phoenix leaders received an unwelcome gift just before Christmas: Word that the city’s budget shortfall could be as much as $20 million worse than previously expected.  And with tax-collection figures for the bleak holiday shopping season still unknown, the record budget gap could grow even wider than this week’s $260 million to $270 million projection.

In September, Phoenix officials had pegged the estimated deficit at $250 million, or about 20% of Phoenix’s $1.2 billion general fund, which pays for police, parks and other basic services.  “Clearly since September, the economy has continued to deteriorate,” said Deputy City Manager Ed Zuercher, who oversees the budget department.  City sales-tax revenue from January through October was about $330 million, $20 million less than was collected during the same period in 2007.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

One of the most important structures in Phoenix…

frontsundramaWhy does Desert Living Magazine call this building “one of the most important structures in Phoenix?”  Click here to find out.

Arizonans encouraged to participate in Inauguration 2009 Sermons and Orations Project

[Source: American Folklife Center, Library of Congress] — On January 20, 2009, the United States will inaugurate Barack Obama, the country’s first African American president.  In anticipation of citizens’ efforts to mark this historic time around the country, the American Folklife Center will be collecting audio and video recordings of sermons and orations that comment on the significance of the inauguration of 2009.  It is expected that such sermons and orations will be delivered at churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship, as well as before humanist congregations and other secular gatherings.  The American Folklife Center is seeking as wide a representation of orations as possible.

Individuals and groups interested in contributing to the Inauguration 2009 Sermons and Orations Project are asked to submit audio and video recordings made in digital or other approved formats.  To be accepted into the collection, the recordings must be of sermons and orations that were delivered to congregations and other audiences between Friday, January 16 and Sunday, January 25, 2009.

In addition to audio and video recordings, the American Folklife Center is collecting written texts of sermons and orations (submitted in the form of print or electronic media), as well as printed programs from the events during which the sermons and orations were delivered.  All submissions must be postmarked by February 27, 2009, and must be accompanied by signed release forms and a completed information form, found on this website.  For additional information about the Inauguration 2009 Sermons and Orations Project, call the American Folklife Center at 202-707-5510 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, Eastern Standard Time.

Melrose on 7th merchants planning March 7 street fair

[Source: Seventh Avenue Merchants Association] — The Seventh Avenue Merchants Association is now accepting vendor applications for the 8th annual Melrose on 7th Street Fair, March 7, 2009 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

Come and indulge in a unique and distinctive shopping experience highlighting local craftsmen and artists, eclectic food, children’s activities, a collectible car show, street performers, and live music.  The fair will take place on 7th Avenue between Indian School and Campbell.  For more information, visit the M7 Street Fair website, send an e-mail, or call 602-926-2758.

Police forces gird for opening of metro Phoenix light rail

[Source: Lisa Halverstadt, Arizona Republic] — Anyone who plans to ride the light rail for the first time Saturday will be hard-pressed to avoid police officers, security guards, and volunteers, no matter which stops they visit.  For months, the Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa police departments have been working with Metro light rail to plan for at least 150,000 people and the security concerns that inevitably follow.

Police say they expect the light-rail kickoff to be a fun day with few problems but just in case something does happen, they must expect the worst.  They’ve spent months planning for it.  So before the event ever begins, bomb dogs will sniff around the light-rail cars and planned party locations.  Teams from the Transportation Security Administration, some of them armed, will arrive to assist officials in Phoenix.  Arizona’s Department of Liquor License and Control will prepare to be on the prowl.  Police in Mesa, Phoenix, and Tempe will be prepared to communicate with one another throughout the entire event.  An estimated 700 to 800 volunteers will ready themselves to spend hours answering questions about the light-rail system.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]