Phoenix Announces Denise Archibald as New City Clerk

Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher named Denise Archibald City Clerk in late October. She will oversee a $6.7 million budget and 54 staff members, providing access to information on matters of public interest throughout the organization.

Archibald joined the city in December 2004, where she has worked for the last several years in the City Clerk Department, including serving as Acting Deputy City Clerk over the License, Fiscal, and Print, Design and Mail Services sections.  In 2014, Archibald was nominated and received the 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Award for her work with the community and demonstrated excellence in leadership. She has extensive experience in regulatory environments and community-based problem solving.

“Denise’s knowledge of our council meeting process and her work with our elected officials make her an excellent choice to lead the City Clerk Department,” said Zuercher. “She has the deep knowledge of our organization to make this transition seamlessly.”

Archibald earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Arizona State University, a bachelor’s degree in business from University of Phoenix, and attended Central University in Chile, South America, where she earned a paralegal certification.

“The City Clerk Department has an important role in upholding the public trust and providing access to information and essential services for our residents,” said Archibald. “I look forward to being a part of this important role and furthering the City Clerk Department’s mission.”

Newest Phoenix Fry’s Food Store Features Mural By Local Artist

Fry's MuralThe Public Art Program of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, in partnership with Fry’s Food Stores, commissioned Valley-based artist Lauren Lee to create a mural in the newest Fry’s Marketplace. The store, located at 1311 East Bell Road, opened on Friday, July 15.

Lee was chosen from among 23 Phoenix area artists who applied for the $7,500 commission to paint the 12ft wide by 5ft high mural.

“Lauren was selected because she was able to convey the spirit of community and Arizona’s vibrant landscape with a bold and interesting graphic treatment.” says Bo Wachendorf, Fry’s Food Stores Art Project Manager.

The mural for the new Fry’s Marketplace in Phoenix draws upon iconographic imagery from the nearby community and celebrates the diverse landscape and wildlife of Arizona’s desert.

Lee is a full-time artist whose large-scale murals can be seen throughout the Valley. She divides her time between painting murals and smaller works for her frequent gallery exhibitions. She is a 2007 fine arts graduate of Arizona State University.

“Lauren’s mural underscores the unique value and sense of place art can add to our experiences in stores and other private developments,” says Edward Lebow, director of the Phoenix Public Art Program, which ran the process of selecting the artist. “We’re pleased that Fry’s is taking the lead in bolstering community connections between private development and the arts through mural commissions like this one.”

For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call 602.262.4637.

Plumbing Masters Hands Out Water Bottles To Phoenix Homeless

Plumbing Masters Water Giveaway

Plumbing Masters employees Franklin Crespo of Tempe (middle) and Richard Kott of Gilbert (right) spent the morning of July 14 handing out hundreds of cold water bottles to the homeless in Downtown Phoenix.

Scorching hot temperatures continue in the Valley this week, and residents are being urged to keep hydrated and stay indoors as much as possible. While most of us can run from our air conditioned cars to our homes or offices to escape the sizzling heat, that’s just not an option for the thousands of people dealing with homelessness in Maricopa County.

The homeless are one of the most at-risk populations for heat-related illnesses and even death. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, even people who stay indoors should drink 2 liters of water per day. People who spend time outdoors should be drinking 1 to 2 liters per hour.

Plumbing Masters wants to help bring awareness to the homeless who are living outside during the extreme hot summer months, and on July 14, a team filled up one of their big yellow trucks with hundreds of water bottles to give away to anyone who needed it.

“Our plumbers log so many hours driving from one end of the Valley to the other, and we’ve all seen firsthand just how many people are living on the streets and in need of immediate help here in our area,” says Plumbing Masters owner Brian McQuistion. “We know 500 water bottles will go quickly, but hopefully it helps keep people safe this week and our efforts raise awareness as we head into the hottest months of the year.”

For more information, call 602.331.0001 or visit http://plumbingmastersaz.com.

City of Phoenix Names New Police Chief

JeriWilliamsPhoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has chosen Jeri Williams as the new Phoenix Police Chief, effective October 2016.  Williams will take over the leadership role from current Police Chief Joseph Yahner, who will retire from the force after more than 30 years of service.

Williams was chosen from a national recruitment that included some of the nation’s most qualified law enforcement leaders.

“Phoenix was blessed with stellar candidates to step into the very large shoes of Chief Joe Yahner, but I could not be happier that Jeri Williams will be our next Chief of Police,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a statement. “I worked with Jeri for many years during her time as an Assistant Chief here in Phoenix, and I know her as a consummate professional whose commitment to good police work is unparalleled. She rose through the ranks of the Phoenix Police Department, and has earned the respect of her colleagues and the communities she has served in every role she’s had, from foot patrol to command. I know she will do an exceptional job leading the best police department in America.”

The selection is also a history-making one.

“With the appointment of Chief Williams, Phoenix is making history, making us the largest city in the country with women leading both our Police and Fire departments,” says Vice Mayor Kate Gallego. “This should be encouraging to all women looking to advance in non-traditional fields, especially public safety.”

Currently, Williams is the Chief of Police for Oxnard, CA. Previously she worked for the Phoenix Police Department from 1989 to 2011 where she rose to the rank of Assistant Chief.

For more information, visit www.phoenix.gov/police.

Law Enforcement Community Hosts Fundraiser To Support Phoenix Police Officer Ben Denham’s Fight Against Rare Autoimmune Diseases

Denham Family

The Denham Family

A community fundraiser will be held on Saturday, July 16, from 9am-1pm at Deer Valley Airport in the Phoenix Police Air Support Unit hangar to benefit Phoenix Police Officer and father of four, Ben Denham. Officer Denham was diagnosed with two rare autoimmune diseases, Systemic Sclerosis and Polymyositis. Currently there is no cure for either disease, but there are treatments available to manage his symptoms.

Officer Denham has been a member of the Phoenix Police Department for 15 years. His desire is to get the treatment necessary to slow the progress of his diseases so that he can rehabilitate and return to work in order to finish the 20-year career goal of public service he started. Due to Denham’s diagnosis and ongoing medical treatments, he needs financial support to make it through the tough road ahead. The treatments are expensive and his medical bills have exceeded $300,000 to date. Any funds raised from the event will be used towards Denham’s continuing treatment and rehabilitation so that he can return to serving the community.

Officer Denham and his son

Officer Denham and his son

The fundraising event is open to the public and will feature a pulled pork cooking competition, a magic show and a live band, among other attractions. To raise funds, lunch will be available for $5 a plate. In addition, there are raffle items, including Arizona Diamondbacks tickets, ASU tickets, Arizona Cardinals autographed sports memorabilia, stainless BBQ Grill, themed gift baskets, flat screen TV and much more. Vendors and food trucks will also be on site to support the cause.

“This is a cause that is near and dear to our heart and we support Officer Denham and his family,” says Keith Politte, Phoenix Police Sergeant. “Our job is to serve the community as well as fellow officers who are in need. We want Officer Denham to return to doing the job he loves.”

The fundraiser is a collaborative effort of community volunteers, local law enforcement and other first responders and is being organized by Sergeant Politte a Phoenix Police veteran who has coordinated multiple community fundraisers for law enforcement officers in need.

The Phoenix Police Air Unit, Deer Valley Airport is located at 102 East Deer Valley Drive in Phoenix.

For those wanting to make a donation directly, a GoFundMe page has been set up for Officer Denham (https://www.gofundme.com/officerdenham), or checks can be mailed to the Phoenix Police Foundation:
Phoenix Police Foundation c/o Sergeant Charmane Osborn
620 W. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

All donations made to the Phoenix Police Foundation will be accepted in accordance with 501(c)3 #861014450.

For more information on the community event and fundraiser, visit the ‘Support Officer Denham’ Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SupportOfficerDenham.

Arizona Jewish Historical Society Hosts Opening Reception For “The Art of Ira Moskowitz”

Ira-MoskowitzArizona Jewish Historical Society will hold an opening reception for The Art of Ira Moskowitz: The Torah Series and Story of David Lithographs, Sunday, April 17, at 2pm. The free reception will feature a discussion (“My Father’s Passion”) with Diana Gordon, the artist’s daughter.

Ira Moskowitz, descendant of a long rabbinical line, was born in Poland in 1912, went with his family to Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia, and then to New York City. There Moskowitz became the pupil of Henry Wickey at the Art Students League. Subsequently he traveled to Israel and Europe where he studied the works of the old masters.

After receiving the Guggenheim Fellowship, Moskowitz became a member of the Taos-Sante Fe artists group drawing Southwest subjects. Moskowitz divided his time between Paris and New York until his death in 2001. He was a superb draughtsman in the old tradition, drawing with an incisive line that is extremely lively and full of movement.

Ira Moskowitz collaborated with Isaac Bashevis Singer in The Hasidim, an aesthetic and spiritual interplay of drawings and text. He has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, National Academy of Design, Carnegie Institute, Los Angeles Museum of Art and elsewhere.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum of Congregation Beth Israel. Support for this exhibit is provided by the Benjamin Goldberg Charitable Trust, the Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum and Diana and Murray Gordon.

The exhibit ends August 18. General admission for exhibit is $5 (students, military, survivors and AZJHS Members, free).

Arizona Jewish Historical Society Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center is located at 122 East Culver Street in Downtown Phoenix. To R.S.V.P. for the opening reception, send an email to LBell@azjhs.org. For additional information, visit www.azjhs.org.

Phoenix Residents: Let Your Voice Be Heard On Proposed Budget

budget hearingsThe City of Phoenix is in the process of preparing its 2016-17 budget.  Last week, City Manager Ed Zuercher presented the proposed Trial Budget to the Mayor and City Council.

Residents are invited to attend community hearings to discuss the proposed budget and provide input and ideas and ask questions of council members and city staff.

Hearings began today and continue through Tuesday, April 19. The city will conduct 15 budget hearings at various times and locations throughout the city in English and Spanish. Accommodations can also be made for the hard of hearing.

These meetings provide a forum for public discussion. After the community’s review, the city manager will present a revised proposed budget to the City Council on May 3 with a Council decision on May 17. The approved budget will take effect July 1.

Visit phoenix.gov/budget to:

  • See the hearing schedule
  • Watch the City Manager’s Trial Budget Presentation
  • Read a summary of the City Manager’s Trial Budget
  • Read the City Manager’s Trial Budget

Boutique Air Begins Phoenix To Show Low Service

boutique-airBoutique Air announced that it will be initiating service between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and Show Low Regional Airport (SOW) beginning August 1. The airline was recently awarded the Essential Air Service contract to provide service between the two communities after receiving strong support from local leadership and the broader community.

“We are excited to bring Boutique Air service to Show Low and Phoenix,” says CEO Shawn Simpson. “Our focus on customer service and reliability has resulted in strong demand for our service in other markets, and we look forward to creating the same success story in the community of Show Low.”

Fares will start at $59 for the life of the contract. The initial schedule will feature 12 weekly roundtrip flights between Phoenix and Show Low during off-peak months (January – April), and 18 weekly roundtrip flights during peak months (May – December).

The schedule can be found online at www.boutiqueair.com.

Boutique Air operates a modern fleet of Swissmade Pilatus PC12 aircraft. With amenities designed to make the flying experience as comfortable as it gets, the PC12 features large leather seats in an executive configuration, power outlets, pressurized cabin, enclosed lavatory and a top speed of 270 mph.

Boutique Air is an FAA-certified air carrier providing both air charter and scheduled service. The airline currently services routes in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Nebraska, with scheduled service beginning in Arizona, California and Nevada. Reservations can be made online now by visiting www.boutiqueair.com or by phone at 855.268.8478.

Phoenix City Manager Names Joe Yahner As New Police Chief

Joe-YahnerCity Manager Ed Zuercher has appointed Acting Chief Joe Yahner as the permanent police chief. Yahner has been the acting chief since December of 2014 and served as the acting chief several years ago.

Upon hearing the city manager’s decision, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said, “Chief Yahner is an outstanding law enforcement professional who has done a tremendous job as interim police chief. I could not be more pleased that he has been appointed to the job permanently.”

Yahner began with the department 30 years ago and worked his way up until he was promoted to commander in 1999. He was assigned to the city manager’s office, the traffic bureau, property crimes bureau and the Maryvale precinct. In 2007, he was promoted to assistant chief and assigned to the Homeland Security Division where he oversaw the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game and opening of the Light Rail. In 2009 he was promoted to executive assistant chief and served as the acting police chief from March 2011 through May 2012.

During that time he revamped the Family Investigation Bureau, creating new protocols and obtaining greatly needed resources to address child crimes.

“Chief Yahner has a proven track record in the Team Phoenix approach for which the City is known – working with residents, community organizations and city departments – to find solutions and solve problems together,” said Councilman Michael Nowakowski, chair of the Phoenix City Council Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee.

Zuercher applauds Yahner’s success in leading the Phoenix Police Department through the Super Bowl, working closely with Phoenix Fire and Emergency Management as well as nearly every department in the city.

“This is one of the best police departments in the nation, made up of men and women who are committed to keeping our city safe. I take great pride in being a part of the Phoenix Police department and am honored to lead this hard-working team,” said Yahner this morning upon officially accepting the role as permanent chief.

Yahner was born and raised in Phoenix and received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and his Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

For more information, visit www.phoenix.gov/police.

Surf’s Up In Downtown Phoenix!

FlowRider 1_lowThis summer, CityScape Phoenix hosts Surfing on Central, a 13-week, family friendly event offering a wave simulator and a variety of free events every week. To kick things off, CityScape is hosting a flow jam from 7pm until 10pm Saturday, May 31, with professional flowboarders Sean Silveira, Adam Muller and Daniel Tarapchak showing off their shredding skills and signing autographs along with Red Bull DJs, games, prizes and plenty of beach-themed fun.

Open daily from 10am-10pm starting June 1 and running through Labor Day, September 1, CityScape’s Patriots Square Park will transform into a surfer’s paradise with the FlowRider Mobile from FlowRider, Inc., a wave simulator that creates never-ending waves with over 38,000 gallons of perfect surf, ideal for beginners and experts. With 400-square-feet of ripping ride space, surfers will hang 10 in a whole new way while learning to surf, do tricks and have fun. A wave Flowrider 2simulator session costs $25 person for 30 minutes with a maximum of eight guests per half hour. Riders can also test their skills on “The Mechanical Wave,” which is $5 for five attempts. Hours and pricing may vary throughout the summer. The most up-to-date information will be available online. Surfers must be at least 42” tall.

Flowboarding is a hybrid boardsport that has the look of surfing, the ride of snowboarding, the tricks of skateboarding and the boards derived from wakeboarding.
FlowRider 3In addition to the FlowRider, Surfing on Central will be home to lounge chairs, a tiki bar and more. Throughout the summer, there will be “Beach Blanket Movie Nights” where guests can enjoy surf movies under the stars and on Saturday nights catch “Airwaves” from 7pm until 10pm featuring a local DJ spinning the hottest summer hits and pro-flowboarders showing off their skills. Ladies Night is every Thursday from 6pm until 10pm where ladies buy one ticket, get one free.

For those looking for the ultimate summer staycation, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix is offering a “Toes on the Nose Surfs Up!” package from $119/night that includes deluxe accommodations, two tickets to FlowRider and a 20 percent discount at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden for guests with a FlowRider ticket. Reservations can be booked at www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or by calling 602.253.6633 (rate code: FLOW).

Reservations are required to purchase tickets for the FlowRider. For more, visit www.cityscapephoenix.com/flowrider. Easy, convenient and ample underground parking is available and validated by many retailers.

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