Monthly Archives: September 2011

P. David Adelson, M.D. to Discuss Pediatric Brain Injury

Please join the University of Arizona for an informative discussion with Dr. P. David Adelson, Director of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Neuroscience Institute. He has been the recipient of multiple awards, including The Best Doctors in America, Surgeon of the Year (Phoenix), Young Investigator Award (Brain Injury Association), and Congress of Neurological Surgeons Clinical Investigation Award, to name but a few. Dr. Adelson’s research has resulted in his authoring more than 140 publications in refereed journals, 36 book chapters and he has edited eight books including the well regarded, “Principles and Practice of Pediatric Neurosurgery,” the authoritative textbook in the field of pediatric neurosurgery . Please take advantage of this rare opportunity to speak with Dr. Adelson directly.

Court verdict rejects activist’s appeal citing negative effects of parking lot

The City of Phoenix has won its case to keep its parking lot on the same block formerly occupied by the Sahara/Ramada Inn.

A court verdict on Monday reaffirmed the city’s decision to build a temporary parking lot adjacent to Taylor Place, rejecting an appeal filed by a downtown Phoenix resident and community activist.

Judge John Rea’s verdict said the decision at the November Board of Adjustment Hearing, at which a five-year permit for the parking lot was issued, was not “arbitrary, capricious, or an abuse of discretion.”

The verdict came over two months after the plaintiff, Sean Sweat, a capital supply engineer for Intel, had his appeal heard before Rea in July. Some downtown Phoenix community members had attempted to stop the construction of the parking lot, which opened in June at the site of the former Ramada Inn, by proposing a dog park.

Read more at The Downtown Devil.

Update on Possible Bus Strike

The Friends of Transit share this update on the continuing possibility of a bus strike affecting some of Valley Metro’s bus routes:

As you may be aware, the bus operators who work for Veolia Transportation Services (VTS) and are represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 have been negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement. VTS has a contract with the city of Phoenix to operate 31 of the region’s 100 Valley Metro bus routes.

This week, the Public Transit Department was informed by VTS that the negotiation situation had not changed and that a strike is very possible in the near future. Due to the uncertain nature of this situation, transit users should be aware that a service interruption could occur at any time until a new labor agreement is signed.

Until that time, those who use public transit should check the status of transit service during commutes.

Information and updates will be posted to phoenix.gov. Passengers also can get updates at www.valleymetro.org or by calling 602-253-5000 to talk with a customer service representative from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. or for recorded messages after hours. During bus service hours, the city will broadcast live announcements on Phoenix buses to keep passengers informed about any possibility of a service disruption.

Please pass along this information to anyone you know who uses public transit. The situation is ongoing until a new labor agreement is signed between the parties, and transit users are strongly encouraged to check in periodically.

To our knowledge, this does not affect METRO light rail.

As we get new information, we’ll update this page as well as our Twitter feed, @downtownvoices.

UA Start Smart: Kimber Lanning

The University of Arizona’s Start Smart lecture series continues at The Good Egg on Camelback with a presentation by Kimber Lanning, the director of Local First Arizona, on “The Upside of a Down Economy: Buying Locally.”