Phoenix City Council members this week amended labor agreements with two unions to comply with a court ruling that found the city's long-standing practice of including "release time" in its contracts violated the state's gift clause. That clause prohibits gifts of public money to people or business ... More >>
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
You may have noticed the above-pictured signs around Phoenix, and it turns out that they're actually not advertisements for erotic services.The "I (heart) Head" signs are campaign signs for Phoenix City Council candidate Austin Head, a local DJ and LGBT advocate.
Can someone get Councilman Sal DiCiccio a towel? The District 6 representative is dripping in irony after his latest call for "significant reforms" at Phoenix City Hall, including "ending lobbyist nepotism and implementing policies to end personal ties between elected officials and their staffs."
The Phoenix City Council adopted on Tuesday what officials are saying is one of the "toughest ethics policies in the nation," a set of rules that guide how elected representatives conduct themselves in office. Although some of the details are still being worked out, policy provisions will require ... More >>
Republican Representative John Kavanagh apparently thinks people are incapable of selecting which bathroom they should do their business in.Kavanagh's proposing making it a crime to intentionally enter a public restroom if that restroom has a designated sex, and the person "is not legally classified ... More >>
The race for the Phoenix City Council seat in District 8 -- a seat that has been held by African-Americans for the past 46 years -- has been further complicated for those who are determined to keep that streak alive.Phoenix School of Law professor and Roosevelt school district board member Lawrence ... More >>
Although the election for the Phoenix City Council seat in District 8 -- a seat that has been held by African-Americans for the past 46 years -- is still months away, race is definitely going to be an issue.Several people, including leaders in Phoenix's African-American community, already have publi ... More >>
African-Americans have held the Phoenix City Council seat in District 8 -- which is currently held by Vice Mayor Michael Johnson -- for the last 46 years.That streak could be in jeopardy later this year, since Johnson is term-limited, and the district doesn't have the same demographic makeup as it d ... More >>
Capitol Times' readers picked Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton as Best Democratic Elected Official and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith as the Best Republican Elected Official. Great news for those guys, but even better for us is this video cooked up by the Cap Times and this bi-partisan duo -- complete with what ... More >>
The Phoenix City Council has yet again postponed making a decision on whether to give Veolia Transportation, a company that operates city buses, a pass on fines assessed for poor performance. Vice Mayor Michael Johnson made a motion to withdraw the item, and the council agreed 8 to 1. Councilman Ji ... More >>
The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix is applying for a full, annual liquor license. Hopes to begin hosting weddings.
The city of Phoenix is spending $6.8 million to add flashing beacons and alter signs to its reverse lane program -- even though stats show the so-called "suicide lanes" aren't really dangerous.True, we usually avoid the darned things out of fear of using them incorrectly. The program, begun 30 ye ... More >>
Gary Whalen is running for Phoenix City Council's District 1.Just four days after Gary Whalen signed up to run for the Phoenix City Council in January, police report that they arrested him at his North Phoenix home for getting into a fight with his ex-boyfriend.We left a mess ... More >>
Phoenix workers protest of SB1322Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a Senate Bill 1322, a measure that would have required large cities, namely Phoenix and Tucson, to open up certain city services to competitive bids from private companies. Brewer said it was "riddled with shortcomings""It's a good victo ... More >>
Four candidates vying for the Mayor's Office in Phoenix City Hall. It's way early in the Phoenix mayor's race, but for political junkies to want a glimpse of what might be, here are the results of a poll conducted by the Motola Group, a Phoenix based-public advocacy firm. While some 40 percent of ... More >>
The City of Phoenix sold slain Sergeant Sean Drenth's gun to his wife for $1. The widow of slain Phoenix police Sergeant Sean Drenth has purchased her husband's department-issued gun from the city of Phoenix, according to minute entries from the Phoenix City Council's December 8 meeting.The ... More >>
Responding to serious problems and mismanagement first investigated by New Times and subsequently confirmed in a blistering audit by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is poised to again take over the Housing Authority of Maricopa County ... More >>
Peggy Neely takes oath of office in JanuaryPhoenix Councilwoman Peggy Neely is expected to officially announce her bid for mayor of Phoenix this morning at the Westin Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale. (It's really in Phoenix, but they like to use the Scottsdale address. Adds a little panach ... More >>
www.phoenix.gov Phoenix City Councilman Michael JohnsonAn unnamed Phoenix police officer may have messed with the wrong bull. The Phoenix City Council will hold an executive session on Monday to try to get to the bottom of an incident this morning, where one of its members was handcuffed a ... More >>
It's kind of creepy: There's a sudden knock at the door. You check to see who it is -- and it turns out to be someone trying to save your soul. Or maybe they just want to sell you something. Either way, you wonder if they would have tried the door and maybe burglarized the place, had you not answ ... More >>
By a vote of 5-3, the Phoenix City Council today chose former councilman Sal DiCiccio to finish the term of Greg Stanton, who resigned last week to take a job with Attorney General Terry Goddard. DiCiccio was nominated only after the council deadlocked on the nomination of Sal Rivera, an atto ... More >>
Old and new under the sun
Too bad it stands a snowball's chance in the Sonoran Desert of passing, because a bill banning armed Minutemen makes sense
A cover-up in Scottsdale? Plus: What's on Michael Crow's mind, and a Phoenix city councilman's sudden interest in art
Homeless for the holidays
The Phoenix City Council can't sanction the $350 million, city-owned convention center hotel. By law, a referendum must be held.
Letters from the week of September 11, 2003
Local chef takes off, and political hopeful is just off
Unions and developers battle over proposed building regs
An effort to pretty up Rio Salado has some business owners turning ugly
Hooters restaurant not welcome in Ahwatukee, some residents say
Transit-plan backers say they see a bus in your future--so how come they've been working on the railroad?
Creator Kate Millett puts a lid on the art controversy that won't die
WAIT 'TIL SQUARE ONE BECOMES A PARKING LOT
WHAT'S UNDER THE ANGER AFTER LAST WEEK'S GAY RIGHTS "VOTE"? HURT, CONTEMPT, GLEE, BEWILDERMENT--AND MORE ANGER.