Meeting Time: April 12, 2021 at 5:30pm MST
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Agenda Item

PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE CITY MANAGER'S TRIAL BUDGET

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    Viridiana Hernandez at April 12, 2021 at 3:32pm MST

    District 5 has always been over-policed and under resourced. We need you to champion investment in our community and not more police. Funds for a mental health response team MUST come from the police budget, funds being placed in a crime supression squad must be reallocated and invested in community programs. Our communities in Maryvale are asking for free transportation and investment in rehabilitation services in West Phoenix.

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    Kathleen Strmic at April 12, 2021 at 3:07pm MST

    My name is Kathleen Strmic, I live in City Council District 5. Please add my name to those who support the full funding of our Phoenix Police Department. Watching many of the Cities burning who took away the authority of their police and threatened to defund them shows the danger it would put us in. Through Citizen’s Police Academy I having met many of our courageous men and women who put their lives on the line for us. There is no rational to remove their funding.

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    Lina GallegoOtero at April 12, 2021 at 2:59pm MST

    I support adding funds to the budget to build and maintain a park on 55th ave and Samantha. I am a tax payer with 4 homes in Laveen. My main residence is walking distance to the location designated for this park. We moved here 5 years ago with the understanding that we would have this park close to our home for our 3 young kids and our family to remain active. The communities around this park don't have sufficient green space and family amenities. Prioritize Laveen families.

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    Ben Laughlin at April 12, 2021 at 2:53pm MST

    Phoenix police arrest thousands of people every year for marijuana possession. Now that marijuana is legal, arrests by Phoenix police should decrease by thousands each year. We need to cut the number of officers employed by the department and reallocate that money to free public transportation and harm reduction resources.

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    amanda Morales at April 12, 2021 at 2:08pm MST

    No new money for the Phoenix PD. Utilize funds freed up from not hiring new cops to pay for the proposed crisis response program. Fund public transport and improve the quality of service provided. Increase the amount of bus & bike only lanes. Fund accessible mental health resources that reach the most vulnerable. Fund addiction and substance abuse resources, fund resources for youth in Black and Brown neighborhoods. Don't use COVID relief money to cover PhxPD bonuses.Stop over relying on PhxPD.

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    Tara LowmanRojas at April 12, 2021 at 1:55pm MST

    Divest from police now and invest in our communities health and safety by funding programs that accutally help our community. The voilent and white supremist poliice department needs to held accountable and increaseing their funding is not going to accomplish this task. Use funds taken from police to build more parks, create more after school youth programs, build more afforable housing, fund mental health services, and the list of under funded programs goes on and on and on.......

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    Cassi Valenzuela at April 12, 2021 at 1:19pm MST

    I am commenting in support of building the park on 55th ave and Samantha way. I am a mother of 3 active children and a Laveen resident for 7.5 years. We love spending time outside, and would love having a park we could safely walk to. The vacant lot has sat covered with weeds for too long, and continues to be an eye sore to all of us.

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    Jess Paul at April 12, 2021 at 1:00pm MST

    The land at 55th Avenue and Samantha in Laveen, has been designated as a city park but has sat undeveloped, covered in weeds, and fenced off for, 14 years. The families of Bridlewood and surrounding Laveen deserve more parks and green spaces! Please provide and approve the funding to build and maintain this park. Thank you!

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    Amanda Jones at April 12, 2021 at 12:30pm MST

    I would like to voice my support for the maintenance of the park on 55th Ave and Samantha way. Funds to build this park are already sitting in the bank, provided by the developers that have come to Laveen as part of their contract to build here. This money, if not used for community improvements will literally disappear in a short three years if the city does not fund the maintenance of the park. This surplus may be our last chance to get parks in the budget before this money disappears.

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    Linda Colino at April 12, 2021 at 12:05pm MST

    My name is Linda Colino, I live in Phoenix City Council District 5, and support this budget and our police. Not funding public safety is dangerous for our community and would lead to more crime as evidenced in recent articles indicating less policing has caused a significant increase of up to 36% in crime overall.

    I am happy to see the budget proposal has more resources for our officers, 911 operators and mental health services. Please support this budget.

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    Jeremiah Beltran at April 12, 2021 at 11:55am MST

    Please fund the Park at Samantha Way and 55th Ave in Laveen. Funding has been ignored for many years as our community and families have grown. Many families consisting of kids, grandparents, mother's, and father's live in and around the community. Kids cannot ride bikes around the neighborhood without flat tires due to the weeds and goat heads growing constantly in this space.
    Please add whatever funding required for construction and maintenance of this park. It is way overdue. Thank you!

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    Pamela Tracy at April 12, 2021 at 11:32am MST

    I am in support of the park at 55th Avenue and Samantha Way in this budget. I’ve lived facing this empty lot full of weeds for 14 years. It’s time to make it a beautiful park for residents of the Laveen community to enjoy. This park is an eye sore, bringing our property values down. Please include this park at 55th Avenue and Samantha Way in this budget for construction and maintenance. Thank you.

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    MK Zeeb at April 11, 2021 at 7:29pm MST

    divest from police. invest in the people. you know the truth. be brave. do the right thing.

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    charles allen at April 10, 2021 at 12:02pm MST

    I fully support the creation of an Office of Heat Response and Mitigation, the food systems program, the addition of funds conduct GHG inventories and provide modeling and analysis regarding air quality to assist with implementing the City's newly created Climate Action Plan, the additional Parks funding to add staff for a citywide tree inventory and database, the Cool Corridors Program, and the creation of the office of equity and inclusion.

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    Corin Puckett at April 09, 2021 at 4:54pm MST

    Unacceptable, PHX PD is one of the most violent and harmful in this country. NO pay raises for phx police! No COVID relief money to pay police bonuses! No bonuses to cops involved in the SAU! No to 75 new civilian positions for Phoenix police! Phoenix police should cut the number of officers employed by the department and reallocate that money to:
    Mental health resources in Black and Brown neighborhoods
    Resources for youth in Black and Brown neighborhoods
    Free public transportation

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    Rebekah Young at April 09, 2021 at 10:50am MST

    We need to be funding a crisis assistance program that is fully funded, will provide actual help for those experiencing a mental health crisis, WITHOUT sending the violent Phx PD to the scene. We have seen time and time again how situations become deadly when we involve police. Our community is begging you to stop funding Phx PD and fund programs for our brothers, sisters, neighbors who need mental help, housing assistance, and job training. Please, listen to our cries.

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    Karen Buchmann at April 09, 2021 at 9:13am MST

    Please fund the Park at Samantha Way and 55th Ave in Laveen so it can be completed. For 14 yrs this designated park has been dirt, weeds and barbed wire fencing. Families with infants and all ages including seniors live here and in nearby neighborhoods. The Bridlewood neighborhood is lacking green space and amenities since the park was supposed to fulfill the city requirements. Please add whatever funding required for construction and maintenance of this park. It is way overdue. Thank you!

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    Mike Abegg at April 07, 2021 at 10:19pm 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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    Lisa Cooper 15 days ago

    My name is Lisa lifelong property owner bordering Highline canal trail between 6th Ave/Central ave. District 8. I would like to request funding for improvements/maintenance for the 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

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    Margaret Shalley 16 days ago

    This is a balanced approach by allocating funding for critical needs (homeless, mental health, etc.) while still fully funding our PD. We as the fifth-largest city can accomplish both without sacrificing one or the other, and the majority of residents want a fully funded PD. Crime deterrence includes keeping our youth active, which is why the city needs to build out all planned small neighborhood parks, including in underserved Laveen - starting with the vacant lot at 55th Avenue and Samantha.