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Free Workshops on Understanding Your State Legislature

While this is not directly related to (or occurring in) downtown Phoenix, it is a great opportunity to get a handle on how things work at the Capitol. Also, what happens at the Capitol can have a direct impact on downtown’s vitality, so it is important for all residents to understand how it works.

[Source: City of Phoenix]

Two free workshops on Understanding Your State Legislature will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Goelet A.C. Beuf Senior Center, 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road (map), and from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Devonshire Senior Center, 2802 E. Devonshire Ave (map).

The workshops, presented by the city of Phoenix Office of Government Relations, will offer an overview of the state legislative process and how to become involved in decisions made at the state legislature. Tips also will be presented on effective lobbying techniques and information on how to use technology to track legislation.

Two state lawmakers will be invited to attend the sessions to offer their advice on how to effectively communicate with legislators and how the decisions they make impact your neighborhood.

The free workshops are offered to help demystify the legislative process and encourage public involvement from neighborhood groups and residents to create public policy. Seating is limited. To register for one of the workshops, call 602-256-4257 or visit phoenix.gov/intergov/workshop.html.

Media Contact:

Marcie Colpas 602-262-6164
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Phoenix City Council approved a new strategy for a transparent and consistent user fees

[Source: Toni Maccarone, City of Phoenix News Release]

On Tuesday, the Phoenix City Council approved a new strategy designed to give the public a more transparent and consistent process when the city is proposing new user fees or recommending changes to existing fees.

“Any new fee proposals from city staff now will be considered only once a year, during the city’s annual public budget hearing process,” said Councilman Bill Gates, chairman of the City Council Finance, Efficiency and Innovation Subcommittee.

“This new strategy will help us move forward in a more open and transparent way, and I am pleased that the process was developed in partnership with city staff and our private sector members of the Innovation and Efficiency Task Force,” he said.

As part of the new strategy, city staff will work with the Parks and Recreation Board to defer consideration of mountain preserve parking fees so they can be examined as part of the comprehensive budget process in Spring 2011.  The fees had been scheduled to be discussed at the Oct. 6 City Council meeting.

“I support the city’s new fee strategy and am pleased that the Parks Board can participate in this new process,” said Laura Bell, chairwoman of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board.

As approved by the City Council, city staff will compile a comprehensive list of all user fee services, along with an analysis of their cost recovery, and present the information to the City Council by March 2011, in time for the city’s annual public budget hearings.  There will be no new user fees or increases to existing fees considered by the City Council until March 2011.

The strategy adopted by the City Council also fully supports the new state law that requires governments to post any recommended fee changes on their websites.  The city’s fee area is located on the phoenix.gov homepage.

For more information contact Toni Maccarone at 602-495-5901

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Arizona voter registration deadline at Midnight

[Via About.com]

If you want to vote in the primary election on August 24, 2010 today is the last day to register. You have until midnight to do it. If you have an Arizona driver license or official ID, you can register online. Otherwise, you can download the registration form and hand-deliver it to the County Recorder’s Office in downtown Phoenix at 111 S. 3rd St (map).

If you aren’t sure if you are registered to vote or not, you can check that here.

How To Register to Vote in Arizona:

  1. In order to register to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States and 18 years of age or older preceding the next general election.
  2. To register to vote in Arizona, you must be a resident of Arizona 29 days preceding the next general election.
  3. You must not have been convicted of a felony or treason, or if so, your civil rights must have been restored. You must not have been declared incompetent by a court.
  4. Proposition 200, passed by the voters of Arizona at the 2004 General Election requires that proof of citizenship must be submitted with all new voter registration forms. One of the items listed here is all you need to fulfill this requirement.
  5. If you meet the requirements in steps 1-4, there are four ways you can register to vote: print a form, request a form, pick up a form, or register online.
  6. You can print a voter registration form from your computer.
  7. Mail the completed form to: Maricopa County Recorder, 111 S. 3rd Avenue, STE 102, Phoenix, AZ 85003-2294.
  8. You can have a voter registration form mailed to you by calling 602-506-1511, T.D.D. 602-506-2348.
  9. You can obtain voter registration forms from any Elections office in Maricopa County, or from a City or Town Clerk’s office.
  10. You can also obtain voter registration forms from libraries throughout Maricopa County, at some banks, at some grocery stores and at U. S. Post Offices.
  11. If you have an Arizona driver license or official non-operating identification license, you can register to vote online at this web site.
  12. If you are registered to vote in Arizona, you must register again if you moved from one residence to another, if you have changed your name or if you want to change political parties.

Tips:

  1. If you are a registered voter you will receive voter information packets well before any election.
  2. If you don’t receive voter information, your address on file might not be correct and you should contact the County Election Department.
  3. You should receive a voter registration card in the mail after your application has been processed.
  4. Prior to an election, you will receive information in the mail directing you where to go to vote in that upcoming election.
  5. Make sure you have the proper identification with you when you go to the polls to vote.
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