Daily Archives: June 27, 2009

RadiatePhx event at The Lost Leaf, June 30

radiatephx[Source: Catrina Knoebl, RadiatePHX] — Join RadiatePHX in celebration of National Independents Week, June 29 through July 5.  Celebrating with us will be Local First Arizona Director, Kimber Lanning. She’ll be our guide to the week and share how we can continue to support the cause by tapping into Local First’s directory, Golden Coupons, and more.

  • Date: Tuesday, June 30
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; panel discussion will start a little after 6 p.m.
  • Place: The Lost Leaf, 914 N. 5th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Radiators will also receive $1 off the 8 p.m. Tuesday evening showing of documentary film “Malls R Us” at Modified Arts, 407 E. Roosevelt St.

Then make a night of it!  We will be gathering at The Lost Leaf for beverage refreshment so everyone can head out afterward and visit nearby independent restaurants in our own downtown.  You will be invited to forward your own brief restaurant review (“We had a terrific burger and the best margaritas!”) by the end of Independents Week and they will be posted on the RadiatePhoenix site and on DowntownPhoenixJournal.com for all to see.

Click here to RSVP.  For more information about RadiatePHX, click here.

College planning center opens in downtown Phoenix library

[Source: Jonathan Rogers, National League of Cities] — Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, city council members, school board members and local funding partners recently celebrated the opening of a new, full-service college planning center at the Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix. Developed through a partnership between the city’s Youth and Education Programs Office and three higher education institutions, College Depot will provide access to a range of free services to help high school students prepare for postsecondary education.

These outreach, resource and referral services are aimed at improving access to information for college planning, financial aid and admission, and will include:

  • One-on-one assistance with the college application process;
  • Workshops for students and parents on college readiness, financial aid and scholarships, applications, personal statements and test preparation;
  • College planning software to match students with the right colleges, scholarships and internships; and
  • College fairs and appointments with bilingual university and community college counselors.

The library’s College Depot is expected to serve at least 2,500 students and parents within six months of opening.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Food businesses face increased federal regulation

[Source: Mike Sunnucks and Jolie McCullough, Phoenix Business Journal] — Owners of small food-related businesses in the Valley are concerned about a federal plan to expand the government’s power to police food-related businesses and production.  That includes the ability to issue recalls, quarantine food supplies in contamination cases, and impose larger penalties on companies that violate food safety rules.

One bill making its way through Congress, the Food Safety Enhancement Act, would create a $500 annual federal licensing fee for food sellers and producers to fund a wider food-policing role for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.  The federal fee would piggyback any local licensing requirements.

Local independent and small-business owners say new federal fees and regulations likely would squeeze their already tight operating margins.  They are concerned such rules will pressure smaller operators and micro-businesses, even though recent food contamination incidents have occurred at larger corporate farms and production plants…

Adding more federal fees and regulatory layers will add to their costs and eat away at their viability, said Joe Vanderhart, owner of Farmer Joe’s Veggies and a vendor at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market.   “A lot of them aren’t really that big, and they aren’t making a lot of money anyway, so any extra expense isn’t going to be good for them,” Vanderhart said…  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]