Meeting Time: October 12, 2022 at 2:30pm MST
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Agenda Item

*96 ***REQUEST TO ADD-ON (SEE ATTACHED MEMO)*** Phoenix Park Ranger Program

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    George Barnes over 1 year ago

    The City of Phoenix has the interesting task of supporting all of its residents. This opportunity to engage those in life transition residing in the park will aid in connecting the individuals to appropriate supports offered by the City of Phoenix. Furthermore, our city also offers opportunities for mental health counseling and substance abuse interventions. The increased patrol is a step in the larger journey of support for those who made need assistance as well as keep the parks safe for all.

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    Nadine Alauria over 1 year ago

    I support this to add overnight security to parks. While is it not a crime to be homeless, it IS A CRIME TO SELL DRUGS AND DO DRUGS (and leave needles on playgrounds)!!! Has anyone been to a park at night recently? Too many are NOT SAFE for adults OR children! If there wasn't a drug and safety issue in the parks, this would NOT be a discussion at all! Ideally ALL parks should eventually have overnight security & MORE PARK RANGERS. DRUGS ARE ILLEGAL and ruining this country!! WAKE UP!

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    Tim Grubbs over 1 year ago

    The same type of consciousness that got us into this crisis is not going to get us out of it. The root of the problem is a deeply wounded society. The people experiencing homelessness are the most traumatized by the brutalities of modern-day life. If you have an injury on your body, you don't apply force to it, try to beat it into submission or cut it off so you can't see the wounding. You apply HEALING. That should be the starting point for a discussion that extends beyond Phoenix's borders.

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    Kelly Kwok over 1 year ago

    Council members Jim, Ann, Sal, and Debra should be ashamed to want to spend hundreds of thousands for private security to further harm our unsheltered neighbors. It’s truly appalling that after years of Black and directly impacted leadership demanding LESS police and real solutions to community health that. It’s up to you, Carlos, Betty, Laura, Yass, and Kate to vote NO and make sure that being unsheltered isn't further criminalized. Spend the money on solving the issue NOT criminalizing people.

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    Chelsea Winkel over 1 year ago

    We will not support the election of officials that choose to use tax dollars to harm unhoused people. We do not need a private security firm to patrol parks during the night. We need essential services to help them.

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    Christine McGaugh over 1 year ago

    I live across from a city park (Francisco Highland) that's been problematic since we moved in. After years of calling police, the parks dept agreed to install gates. But people are parking outside the gates. There's open drug use, camping, people showering in the splash pad, and parties. We've had violent crimes and petty ones. We're back to calling the police. It's exhausting dealing with this issue and the rising crime. Security would be a HUGE help. I'm begging you to pass this and expand it.

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    Ramona Ferrara over 1 year ago

    'It is truly appalling that after years of Black and directly impacted leadership demanding LESS police and real solutions to community health that Council members Jim, Ann, Sal, and Debra actually put this on the agenda. It is up to you, Carlos, Betty, Laura, Yass, and Kate to vote NO and make sure that being unsheltered isn't further criminalized. Spend the money on solving the issue NOT criminalizing people."

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    Julianne Mate over 1 year ago

    Nearly half a million on private security only punishes neighbors beating the brunt of our city's crisis of housing security. This is a waste of city resources that should be spent on housing assistance, mental health, social work, and community support.

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    Andrew Terris over 1 year ago

    This is part of the solution. Need to also address the underlying homeless problem in the city

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    Chrisal Valencia over 1 year ago

    No on Agenda item 96. These funds should be funneled into better services and support to those without shelter, not more policing. The hiring of a private security is dangerous, reckless and harmful to our community.

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    Hannah Smith over 1 year ago

    Being unsheltered should not be criminalized! Instead of spending money on patrolling the parks, we should spend the money on helping people experiencing homelessness, providing shelter and resources. This is a backwards and cruel response to rising homelessness in our city. Vote NO on this proposal!

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    Gail Knight over 1 year ago

    I wholeheartedly support implementation of a pilot program to expand security services in eight parks that include Pierce and Perry Park. Providing security to ensure the safety of surrounding neighborhoods near these two parks is not a waste of money. As Governing Board President of the Balsz Elementary School District, we need support to deter crime, drugs and loitering at a park that is directly across the street from a K-5 school in our District. Mayor and City Council, please vote yes!

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    Connor Callan over 1 year ago

    Simply put, this is a waste of funds and time. Privatized security funded by the city are supposed to do something that the actual police officers that patrol these areas can’t? And for almost half a million dollars?

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    Sonali Madahar over 1 year ago

    I oppose item 96. This is a misuse of taxpayer dollars as we know cops/increased oversight only exacerbates the issues. It would be much more beneficial to allocate these funds to helping unhoused folks find affordable housing, medical and mental care, etc.

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    Haley Maurice over 1 year ago

    We do not need to spend nearly a half million dollars of tax money to pay private security companies with little oversight to monitor our parks. Please use this money in a better way.

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    Espinoza Araiza Olga over 1 year ago

    Please use this money instead to fund public housing and mental health services to those in need. Or local schools! Where it counts ! Where it will have an impact on our youth and community. Our problem is not going to be solved with extra security. We need to get to the main issue which is helping those who are in need.

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    Michelle Meyer over 1 year ago

    These funds should be used for solutions to reduce the numbers of those forced onto the street. Sneaking this agenda item in is a dirty play. The people of PHX see this human crisis growing and you council people doing nothing about it except for hire more muscle to harass people, or completely ignore it. This money needs to go towards avenues that will truly help the unsheltered people, not to those that will criminalize them.

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    Diana Camacho over 1 year ago

    I support the addition of after-hours security at the most negatively impacted parks in D8. There are currently services and organizations out there offering help to the unhoused community that WANTS the help. THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT AGAINST THEM.
    Those who are choosing to pass on those services are the problem, they are openly using and selling drugs at all hours of the day.

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    pam fitzgerald over 1 year ago

    I support the the recommendation to add on overnight security to the parks like Washington Park that are highly impacted by people camping,using,buying,& selling drugs in our park.This park has children from two schools who have to walk by there and be offered drugs on a daily basis. A code of conduct was written a few years ago.Unfortunately, our rangers educate the same people over & over.they have not written one ticket.uphold the laws you wrote Security in these parks is a safety necessity

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    Caroline Lobo over 1 year ago

    With increased drug usage & crime, many of our parks are underutilized. Parents are reluctant to take kids to the park. Parks are integral to the notion of community. These parks need to be fully utilized by residents. Security services would enhance safety within parks, inherently increasing usage. Security could also enforce code of conduct in parks and assist in outreach services for people experiencing homelessness. This is a win-win scenario, we’ll thought out & has my full support!