Daily Archives: April 11, 2010

Phoenix residents urged to provide feedback on proposed public transit cuts

[Source: City of Phoenix] — The Phoenix Public Transit Department is soliciting public feedback on new budget cuts required because of actions taken to balance the state of Arizona budget.  The department will hold community outreach events in each of Phoenix’s eight council districts to get residents’ opinions of possible service reductions.  The public can also provide input online through an online survey or by sending an e-mail with the subject line “Budget Cuts Feedback.”

In the budget passed by the legislature in March, a sweep of the Local Transportation Assistance Funds (LTAF) cost the city of Phoenix approximately $11 million over the remainder of this fiscal year and next year, 2010-11.  These new reductions are in addition to service changes approved in the city budget adopted in March by the Phoenix City Council.  These new reductions could affect all city transit services, including local bus routes and RAPID routes, as well as Dial-a-Ride service.

Options for changes to service include elimination or service reduction of certain bus routes; reduction of Dial-a-Ride service to federally-mandated minimums; and partial reduction or complete elimination of the Phoenix Neighborhood Circulator program, a free transit service that travels through communities, and connects residents to schools, shops and other public services.  Public Transit Department staff will be asking for feedback from the public at the following events, and will also be available to answer questions.

  • Monday, April 12, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., Paradise Valley Mall Transit Center, 4623 E. Paradise Village Parkway North
  • Monday, April 12, 4 – 6 p.m., Hope VI CTEC, 1150 S. Seventh Ave.
  • Monday, April 12, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Paradise Valley Community Center, 17402 N. 40th St.
  • Tuesday, April 13, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Cowden Center – John C. Lincoln Hospital, 9202 N. Second St.
  • Tuesday, April 13, 6 – 8 p.m., Desert Sky Mall (meeting room near Cinema Latina), 761 W. Thomas Road
  • Wednesday, April 14, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., Central Station, Central Avenue and Van Buren Street

For more information, call Phoenix Public Transit at 602-262-7242, visit the city’s website, or send an e-mail.

Phoenix residents urged to complete U.S. Census form

[Source: City of Phoenix] — If you have not mailed back your census form, it’s not too late — just fill it out and mail it back.  If you didn’t receive a form, here’s the number to call: 1-866-872-6868.

Why?  The U.S. Constitution requires that the census — a count of everyone living in the United States — takes place every 10 years.  So it’s the law.  What’s more, filling out the brief, 10-question census form will guarantee the services you need.  For Phoenix residents, each person counted means $400 in federal and state funds for community services we all depend on:

  • Safe and clean parks
  • Neighborhood fire stations
  • Libraries with bilingual materials
  • Senior services
  • Head Start programs
  • Local bus service
  • And more

On average, every person counted in Arizona equals about $1,550 every year in funding.  Getting an accurate count in the census also:

  • Determines boundaries of Phoenix City Council districts
  • Draws state legislative districts
  • Allocates the number of Congressional seats for each state
  • Fairly distributes more than $400 billion annually in federal, state, city, and tribal funds to Phoenix residents based on an accurate population count

Couple take chance on 1928 warehouse in downtown Phoenix

R&R Surplus interior, Phoenix Warehouse District

[Source: Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic] — Steve and Andi Rosenstein have a photograph they like to keep close at hand.  The young couple in the photo, taken 23 years ago on a vacation in Jamaica, are standing atop a 30-foot-high bridge, about to leap into the chilly waters below.  The twosome seem to be equal parts excitement and nerves.  “We had no money, no kids, no marriage, but we knew we were a good team,” Andi says now, examining the snapshot.  “It was symbolic because we were jumping off at that point in our lives,” Steve says.  “It was symbolic of a change that we were making in our lives.”

That “change” was the couple’s decision to open a business.  The result: The clothing line Fitigues, a popular casual line of clothing that earned coverage on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and eventually grew into a national chain that the couple sold to Chico’s for just less than $10 million in 2006.

But the symbolism holds for the couple today.  The Rosensteins are in their 40s, the parents of two healthy boys, ages 12 and 16.  They live in Scottsdale’s posh D.C. Ranch neighborhood and spend summers at a waterfront home in Michigan.  But the couple are not content to sit back and reap the rewards of a job well done.  Instead, they’re embarking on an adventure that could change the face of downtown Phoenix.  And although some people may think they’re crazy, the two are firmly committed to making this leap.  “We believe in this project,” Andi says.  “This is not a hunger driven by a financial motivation.  This is driven by the passion to create something special.”  [Note: To read the full article, visit Couple take chance on 1928 warehouse in downtown Phoenix.]