Daily Archives: February 21, 2011

DVC Minutes for February 12, 2011

Meeting held at Roosevelt Commons, 825 N. 6th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003

Attending: Kim Kasper, Tim Sprague, Louisa Stark, Elise Griffin, John Saccoman, Steve Weiss, Margaret Dietrich, Jim McPherson, Reid Butler, Susan Copeland, , John Maurin, Adrianna Gruber, Jim Gruber, Tim Eigo, Roger Brevort, Erick Baer, Carol Poore, Beatrice Moore, Paul Barnes, Bill Scheel.

9:50 AM
Introductions and approval of 1/8/11 minutes:

Motion to approve Tim Sprague, Second Louisa Stark, voice vote carried unanimously.

9:51 AM
MAYORAL DEBATE PROPOSAL

  • Couple of groups already working on it.
  • Paul Barnes-Citizens for Greater Phoenix wants to sponsor one. 4 major candidates will not want to go to small, poorly attended debates.
  • Erick Baer-Debates should be multiple debates, not just one-South Phoenix should have one.
  • Beatrice-Debate should be open, with complete citizen input, asking questions.
  • Reid-Like the idea of downtown-centric.
  • Susan-Half questions structured, half open forum?
  • Erick-Faced with questions, how do they perform?
  • Tim Sprague-Great opportunity to “market” DVC by staging downtown-centric debate.
  • Margaret Dietrich-Citizens for Greater PHX will have candidates voting records on their website.
  • Suggestions continued-Jon Talton as moderator? Venues discussed-Methodist Church, Central and Palm Lane, ASU Downtown, old Phoenix Prep Academy-look into inviting downtown neighborhood organizations.
  • Filing deadline June 1st, so best dates in May or June-
  • Possibilities-Go it alone w/neighborhood groups/Go w/Citizens for Greater PHX/Go with Downtown Phoenix Journal & Phoenix Community Alliance/some combination of these/combo of DVC + neighborhood groups+Citizens for Greater PHX.

Motion-Reid Butler-establish subcommittee to evaluate options for mayoral debate. 2nd Tim Sprague, motion carries unanimously on voice vote, subcommittee members-Margaret Dietrich, Susan Copeland, Tim Eigo, Tim Sprague, Reid Butler, Steve Weiss.

10:25AM
Treasurer’s Report-Beatrice Moore

  • Accountant looked into tax prep 2008, 2009 filed, 2010 still needs to be done-$150. for each.
  • Recommends we pay accountant and that we consolidate accounts. Discussion followed.

Motion-Reid Butler-Get compliance, spend $450. to get it done, 2nd Erick Baer, motion carries unanimously on voice vote.

10:30 AM
Park Survey

  • Reid-should there be a big discussion of all parks or just Deck Park? Reid is to invite Park Dept. Karen Williams to April meeting.

10:39 AM
After-effects of DVC response in Republic to DPP 20-year self-congratulatory editorial

  • Bill Scheel-City Hall saw it, and DVC got the totality-good to have beyond D.P.P. position.
  • Susan-was invited to D.P.P. conversation by Dan Klocke about 10 year plan.

10:45 AM
Metro West Light Rail Alignment

  • John Maurin has gotten 130 signatures of those opposed to the Jefferson alignment.
  • Bill Scheel-possible conflicts between General Plan and direction of current alignment.
  • Reid-If 19th Ave can’t work, can Van Buren work? Staff says no.
  • Discussion followed re: benefits of 19th Ave alignment, history of middle class white color African-African families who originally built houses-Victorian era.
  • John Maurin-MAG sys 56 properties need to be bought; he’s only counted 20. MAG would rather ruin whole block of houses versus 4 houses in University/Oakland area.

Motion Tim Sprague-For DVC to write letter of support for St.  Matthews Neighborhood, oppose Jefferson alignment and reconsider the 19th Avenue alignment proposal. Seconded by Louisa Stark, motion carried by voice vote.

Susan Copeland will write letter with help from Louisa.

11:15AM
Discussion of Building Community Cinema-Reid and Steve

  • Goal is to reenergize and reach out from DVC, discuss DVC issues in context of film series, films will be programmed around community building issues and in various local spaces, first show projected for last Thursday in March(going to happen now in April).

11:27 AM
Trash Cans in Historic Neighborhoods

  • City wants to close alleys and have folks take cans to front. At hearing for idea, 100 people showed up in opposition. Police say alleyway is crime issue, but abandoning alleys will create new issues, especially homeless issues.

Motion to adjourn-Kim Kasper, second Steve Weiss…voice vote, carried unanimously.

 

Phoenix City Council to Discuss Proposed Water Rate Increase on Wednesday

Main entrance, with fountain.

Flickr photo by sea turtle

Phoenix City Council is taking public comments on the water rates proposal (see below) and will be discussing the issue at 3 pm on Wednesday, February 23rd.

The meeting will be held at City Council Chambers, 200 W Jefferson St.

Proposed Water Rate Increase Overview

[Source: City of Phoenix]

Priority:

To provide safe and reliable drinking water to Phoenix businesses and 2.3 million residents – a critical public health issue.

Need for proposed 7 percent water rate increase:

  • Debt service to repay more than $1 billion in bonds issued in last five years for projects already completed
  • Maintain AAA credit rating, which saves taxpayers money on interest
  • New unfunded, federally mandated requirements

— $200 million – Safe Drinking Water Act
— $15 million per year in related operating expenses

  • Over the last 10 years, for every million gallons of water produced, chemical costs have increased by 493%; electricity costs by 68%; and raw water costs by 41%
  • Proposal increases average water bill by $2.21 per month
  • No increase in wastewater rates; 4.4 percent combined increase

Water Services has instituted significant cost cuts and generated millions in revenues:

  • Reduced water and wastewater capital budgets by $621 million – delaying, reducing and eliminating lower-priority projects
  • Cut operating budget by $10 million; eliminated 25 percent of management position
  • Raised $4.5 million per year by selling reclaimed water to Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station; $30 million region wide over four years
  • Collecting $5 million/year with new late payment fees; sold land assets for $2.1 million
  • Contracting with private sector for bill-payment processing, capital construction, and pipeline repair projects

Water Services employees:

  • 803 employees – just 17 percent of Water Services Department budget is personnel costs
  • Responsible for operating, maintaining and repairing 540-square-mile system, including six water treatment plants, 7,000 miles of pipeline, 50,000 fire hydrants, and customer service needs for 403,000 water accounts
  • Lowest number of employees per capita in 10 years
  • Funding rate increase solely through personnel costs requires cutting approximately one-third of Water’s employees

Comparison to other water providers:

  • Phoenix’s water and  wastewater average family costs are sixth-lowest of 20 largest U.S. cities
  • Phoenix’s rates are third-lowest of 11 large, southwestern cities and lower than most Valley water providers

Costs of not implementing water rate increase:

  • Risk of losing AAA bond rating; leading to higher borrowing costs and larger shortfalls
  • Capital funds for rehabilitation and replacement programs would need to be reduced, which may lead to decreased levels of service, increasing risk of system failures
  • Significantly higher rate increases will be needed in future years to maintain system

Additional information:

The Phoenix City Council will consider the water rates proposal at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.

View a video on water rates

Meet and Greet Phoenix Mayoral Candidate Greg Stanton TOMORROW

NOTE: The Downtown Voices Coalition (DVC) does not endorse any candidates, and invites all candidates to submit information on any event in which they participate.

What is important is that voters be informed, AND VOTE.

For information on other candidates, please visit:

[Source: Stanton for Mayor]

The PHOENIX HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS COALITION cordially invites you to meet and chat with GREG STANTON:

Greg Stanton served nine years on the Phoenix City Council.

He was a leader in protecting neighborhoods and building a more diverse, sustainable economy.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 5:30-7:30pm
Home of Craig Crane – 917 W. Palm Lane

Come listen to Greg share his vision for our city and speak to him about yours.  Enjoy refreshments and learn why he is capable of creating the city we all want for our hometown.

This is not a fundraiser.

In order to have adequate refreshments, please let the organizers know if you will be able to be with us by contacting to James Zorn by email at James.Zorn@cox.net –  Event paid for by Stanton for Mayor


Sam Fox’s Arrogant Butcher opens in Phoenix

[Source: Howard Seftel, azcentral.com]

Sam Fox, whose Valley restaurant empire started in Scottsdale in 2001 and expanded to other high-rent districts like Kierland Commons and Biltmore Fashion Park, is moving into uncharted territory. His latest venture, the Arrogant Butcher, debuts in downtown Phoenix, on Monday, Feb. 21.

Mark Henle/ The Arizona Republic

It’s the first full-service restaurant to open in CityScape, downtown’s ambitious $900 million commercial/retail/hotel development.

Fox says he’s committed to downtown Phoenix for “the long term.” He was one of the project’s first tenants, signing a 15-year lease back in 2007, when the economy looked a lot brighter.

Still, he’s not daunted by the challenging times.

“We will be busy right out of the gate,” he predicts, especially at lunch, pointing to an “untapped audience” drawn from nearby law firms, businesses, government offices and conventioneers. In the evening, he expects to attract neighborhood residents and folks attending shows, concerts and sporting events in the area.

Fox calls the restaurant an “urban grill,” and it will showcase what he says is “boldly flavored, down-to-earth” fare.

At lunch, that means sandwiches like turkey pastrami ($12) and Italian grinder ($11), and salads like Chinese chicken ($12) and chopped salmon salad with kale, cauliflower, currants and almonds ($13). Heartier midday appetites can opt for hot entrees like fish and chips ($16), beef short rib stew ($14) and ricotta dumplings Bolognese ($13).

At dinner, you’ll find appetizers like smoked salmon rillettes ($11) and homemade soft pretzels with provolone fondue ($9). Main dishes range through skirt steak ($24), grilled swordfish ($23), crab-stuffed chicken ($22) and Fox’s favorite, jambalaya fashioned with shrimp, chicken and sausage ($18).

At any time of day, you can also put together a seafood or charcuterie platter.

Fox also believes in his Saturday brunch, which spotlights egg sandwiches teamed with Italian sausage ($10), smoked salmon ($12) and bacon and cheese ($10). Other items include French toast ($10) and a Cajun breakfast burrito with sausage, peppers and cheese ($10). If you prefer your brunch in liquid form, there are five kinds of Bloody Marys.

The kitchen is headed by Clint Woods, who has worked on several Fox restaurant projects.

Why call the restaurant the Arrogant Butcher? Fox says the name has dual connotations.

One is to gently tweak the deal-makers and power-brokers he expects to be dining there. But the other is meant to summon up the image of the proud, old-time butcher who would never sell customers anything less than the best.

Details:

Arrogant Butcher
2 East Jefferson St. (CityScape), Phoenix,
602-324-8502.
foxrc.com

Hours

Lunch and dinner, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday;
Brunch, lunch and dinner, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday.

 

ASU Downtown Phoenix Hosting “Have a HeArt” Benefit on Feb 25

[Source: Downtown Phoenix Journal]

Have a HeArt for NP Healthcare Clinics

ASU’s College of Nursing & Health Innovation will host the inaugural “Have a HeArt” benefit on Friday, February 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. to help fund the university’s four nonprofit clinics around the Valley, collectively known as NP Healthcare.

The benefit, featuring heart-healthy food and drink, live entertainment and silent auction prizes, also aims to educate guests about the clinics and how they can be utilized as part of a healthy lifestyle.

ASU's College of Nursing & Health Innovation. Photograph by Yuri Artibise.

“Most people think of our health clinics are just for students but our services are available to the entire community,” said Debra Vincent, community liaison for ASU’s Clinical Practice and Community Partnerships. “We offer accessible and affordable healthcare in a professional setting.”

On-site nutritional analysis and advice on what food to keep your heart healthy and to fight specific diseases will be offered as well as tours of the 4,000-square-foot health center at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

Attendees will discover that “heart-healthy food” doesn’t mean “boring” or “carrots and celery sticks.” Quite the contrary, as evidenced by the menu below, provided by Tiffany Skall A-List Corporate Events & Catering:

  • Chicken, beef and shrimp satay
  • Smoked salmon bruschetta
  • Mashed potatoes with lobster butter, blue cheese butter, truffle butter, prosciutto, sour cream, cheddar feta and chives
  • Tarragon-braised beef tips with root vegetables, whipped cauliflower and onion straws
  • Domestic and imported cheese spread with fruits, vegetables, nuts, dips, artisinal breads, lavosh and crostini
  • Build-your-own lettuce wraps with spicy chicken, roasted root vegetables and beef
  • Assortment of low-calorie cakes, pies and tarts

Silent auction prizes feature exceptional works from local artists, including photography by Marilyn Szabo and jewelry by Heidi Abrahamson. Goods and services from noted local businesses, from the Clarendon Hotel, to the Phoenix Art Museum and many others, are also up for grabs.

The NP Healthcare provider staff includes practitioners who specialize in family practice and behavioral/mental healthcare. Services include men and women’s health exams, counseling and mental healthcare, minor illness care, prescriptions for medications, chronic disease management, family planning, healthy lifestyles education, stress management, tobacco cessation, nutrition advice, on-site EKG, sexually transmitted infection testing/treatment and referrals to other medical and health services.

Patients can use their health insurance to pay for services as well as cash, credit card, Sun Card or have their student account charged for the cost of the services. For employers, the NP Care members enjoy access to quality and accessible basic health services for a fixed office visit fee and discounts on tests performed at outside labs.

Tickets for the event start at just $25. Purchase online here.

The ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation is located at 500 N. 3rd St. on the ASU Downtown campus (light rail at Central Station).