Daily Archives: January 16, 2009
[Source: City of Phoenix] — On January 20, the City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department will begin phasing in new rates for all metered parking in the city. The phasing is scheduled to be complete by March 16. Under the rate increase approved by City Council in December, the city’s 2,600 meters will be recalibrated with hourly rates increasing from 60 cents per hour to $1.50 per hour and enforcement changes from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The increase is the first since 1992 when motorists paid 40 cents an hour.
[Source: Scott Wong, Arizona Republic] — Just hours after City Councilman Greg Stanton announced he was resigning to take a top post in the Attorney General’s Office, more than a dozen names surfaced as possible replacements. Among them include former state lawmaker and [John] McCain confidante Deb Gullett, Mayor Phil Gordon’s ex-chief of staff; former city police administrator and county attorney also-ran Gerald Richard; Don Keuth, president of the Phoenix Community Alliance; and Paulina Vasquez Morris, former chairwoman of the Maricopa Integrated Health System. Others said to be interested in the post: AFL-CIO spokeswoman Dana Kennedy, who heads a group that promotes women in politics; attorney and GOP activist Chris DeRose; Gordon campaign worker Joanna Peters, an Arcadia neighborhood leader; and ASU administrator Laurel Arndt, who sits on the Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee.
Jockeying for the vacant seat will likely continue through early February, after the council votes on the budget and Stanton steps down. Council members have 10 business days after the vacancy occurs to appoint someone to finish the remainder of his term, which ends Dec. 31. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]