Meeting Time: April 08, 2021 at 5:30pm MST
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Agenda Item

PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE CITY MANAGER'S TRIAL BUDGET

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    Taylor J at April 08, 2021 at 4:29pm MST

    I support the budget and $$$ needs to go to Police so we can get more. District 8 isn't safe or clean. Drugs everywhere. Homeless drug addicts everywhere. Because we have no Police. It's Carlos fault and we're sick of this. Hire More Police now. Hire More staff. War on drugs. Lockemup! Jail time. Get streets paved potholes fixed. My grandma can't walk outside in the daytime. My girl friends get attacked if alone. It's not safe.

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    Billy Shivers at April 08, 2021 at 4:29pm MST

    Please build the park on the lot at 55th ave and Samantha. This lot has been a complete waste of space since my wife and I moved to Laveen over 10 years ago. There are no excuses to leave that lot empty for this long in a time where property values and taxes are sky rocketing. It has sat vacant for long enough.

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    Tara LowmanRojas at April 08, 2021 at 4:26pm MST

    The City is completely ignoring what the community wants our money spent on. They spend almost $1 billion every year on the most violent cops in the nation, without asking us for what we really want. We want our money spent on Housing and Community Care. We want our money spent on Food, Water, and the Environment. We want our money spent on Education and Child Care. We want our money spent on Reparations and Universal Basic Income!

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    Gabrielle Honda at April 08, 2021 at 4:23pm MST

    After a year of COVID-19, the unsheltered population has increased exponentially. The City programs for rent and housing assistance are understaffed and underfunded. The City is only suggesting $2.7 million out of their $153 million “surplus” go toward Affordable Housing and Homelessness. This is a disgrace. The City could spend millions more to actually help people get and keep housing, but instead they spend our money on “sweeps” to harass and harm the unsheltered community.

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    Kara Hyland at April 08, 2021 at 4:22pm MST

    Give money to safe housing and rental assistance, increased healthy foods in the food desert, school programs, job training, safe communith spaces with recreation and job training classes, and affordable childcare. Pull the funds from the bloated police budget.

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    Jamaar Williams at April 08, 2021 at 4:14pm MST

    Because District 8 encompasses some of the highest areas of police state focus (million dollar blocks) more attention should be placed on redistributing money away from "employee salary" which we know will go mostly to police. We want better access to healthy foods - food programs and com space. We want more affordable housing access and incentives for landlords to remove restrictions for those that have been incarcerated. We want housing vouchers for the displaced. We want rental assistance.

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    Hana Hehman at April 08, 2021 at 4:13pm MST

    After a year of Black and directly impacted communities demanding no more money to the violent Phoenix PD, the City is going to give millions more in funding to increase the staff and power of the most violent police force in the nation. Our elected officials will have abandoned us if they let this continue.

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    Maritza CortazarMegui at April 08, 2021 at 3:45pm MST

    I support the budget and request that the Park at Samantha Way and 55th Ave be completed this year. As a resident of laveen for over 12 year with 3 small children, this park would be a great addition to our community. Using allocated resources to turn this empty lot into something all families could benefit from. Let’s continue to build up our community for generations to come.

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    Abbie J at April 08, 2021 at 3:15pm MST

    I live in District 08 and have complained numerous times how we don't have enough Police and it's not safe to walk around my neighborhood without being robbed, attacked, etc.. My city council man doesn't care. Public safety needs to be #1. Rents are so overpriced and there's homeless drug addicts breaking into cars, stealing harassing. If we had Police presence, crime would go away. Myself and neighbors have called police but there's not enough of them to come out. Approve budget as is!

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    Daryl Handler at April 08, 2021 at 3:08pm MST

    Pass the budget as is. Give public safety as much as they need to keep District 08 safe. It's not safe. Crime is through the roof and we're short 2000 officers and staff! We need Police. Having 4 Detective's in Missing Children and Crimes against Children is criminal! We need safety for our children from human trafficking childporn, sex traffickers! We don't have the man power I'm Phoenix. The only ppl that Don't want Police are Pedofiles sex traffickers and criminals.

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    Adriann Shivers at April 08, 2021 at 2:37pm MST

    Please budget for the park at 55th ave & Samantha! This empty lot has been a part of our community for as long as I've lived here (12 years). My 3 kids would love to play at a neighborhood park that we don't have to drive to. Many families with children and adults alike would utilize the space and be beyond grateful to finally have the space not be an eye sore in our community. The weeds, wire fencing, and trash that is visible to all who drive down 55th ave is embarrassing and unnecessary.

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    Alissa Robinson at April 08, 2021 at 2:00pm MST

    I support the budget and again request that the Park at Samantha Way and 55th Ave be completed this year. For 14 yrs this community has waited while staring at an unkempt dirt lot right in the middle of our neighborhood. Children, and all ages, need safe and welcoming outdoor spaces to play, build skills, and experience nature - things critical to their development, physical health, and wellbeing. We are majorly lacking parks and youth recreation in this area of the Valley.

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    Ciara Lv at April 08, 2021 at 12:21pm MST

    This trial budget still lacks a focus on the people. If you merely look at the budget tabloid published by the City, you can see the bulk of expenditures is to be spent on police...to the tune of nearly $600 MILLION! The trial budget also proposes an additional $3.7 million as if half a billion dollars is not enough. Focus should be on affordable housing, cultural activities, community-led response teams, first time homeowner programming...something to lift us up. Not the bloated Phoenix PD.

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    Sarah Matchette at April 08, 2021 at 11:10am MST

    Hello! As the Visitor Services Manager at the Heritage Square Foundation, I fully support the budget initiatives for the Parks and Recreation department and the Office of Arts and Culture. Heritage Square is a vital piece of our city’s history, and this proposal will go a long-way in preserving it.

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    Perla Macias at April 08, 2021 at 10:19am MST

    Many families within our community are reluctant to call 911.These families not only fear for themselves, but for their loved ones too. I ask you to shift money and prioritize Crisis Assistance Programs and or such things like parks and not PHX Pd. Fund communities and prevent police encounters. Stop overfunding their racist rhetoric and start holding them accountable! Sincerely a concerned mother, wife and healthcare worker.

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    Lina GallegoOtero at April 08, 2021 at 8:57am MST

    I have lived in Laveen for 8 years. I am a home owner and have 3 small children. When I bought my home 5 years ago, I was told that the city of Phoenix would be building a park on Samantha and 55th Ave which was one of the reasons why we were excited to buy this house. 5 years later, even though new build communities pop up every minute this park has not been prioritized. We need you to prioritize Laveen families by adding $156k to the budget for the park at 55th Ave and Samantha.

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    Karen Buchmann at April 07, 2021 at 10:57pm MST

    I support the budget and again request that the Park at Samantha Way and 55th Ave be completed this year. For 14 yrs this designated park has been dirt, weeds and barbed wire fencing... but it has so much potential! Children and all ages need parks for recreation and exercise near their homes. We are lacking parks in this area of Laveen. Public safety and security will continue to be important as new developments in the Laveen area are built so I support the Phx PD which continues to be needed.

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    Mike Abegg at April 07, 2021 at 10:18pm MST

    I would like to provide my support for funding new parks in newly developing areas. I believe that the undeveloped park on Samantha would be a benefit to the community and request it be added to the city budget this year.

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    Kari Carlisle at April 07, 2021 at 2:51pm MST

    As Director of Heritage Square Foundation, I thank the Mayor and City Council for funding the Parks Dept and Office of Arts & Culture, important resources for the operation and preservation of Heritage Square. I support the increases proposed to both departments for trees and increased grant funding, and I support the Capital Improvement Plan, needed to address preservation issues in our historic buildings. Heritage Square represents Phoenix history – please help support this important place.

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    Lisa Cooper 15 days ago

    My name is Lisa a lifelong property owner bordering Highline canal trail between 6th Ave/Central ave. District 8. I would like to request funding for improvements/maintenance for bike trail 6th Ave/12th st. The inequity of maintenance along 6th Ave/12th st. Compared to 12th st/40th st is unfair to citizens. Clear brush, trash, replace asphalt which is cracked rendering it a liability. With new development in the area, this will encourage people to take better care of their properties. Thank you