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Valley group reaches out to gang members to stop violence



PHOENIX – To some gang members, kids in south Phoenix are potential recruits. But to the people behind Project TRUCE, they are the future, and a catalyst for peace in a neighborhood riddled with gun violence.

“It’s probably one of the things that keeps me up at night, when you see a 4-year-old throw up a gang sign,” said Advisory Board Member Deborah Kidd Chapman, who teaches children from her neighborhood to follow a productive path.

“I learned a lot on those streets, and I learned a lot about what it means to make good choices in your life,” said Chapman. “When I was given a do-over, I said I would try to direct children to make positive choices in their lives.”

Valley group reaches out to gang members to stop violence



Rio Salado Audubon Center flying high with several awards

Phoenix Business Journal – by Jan Buchholz

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 7:40pm MST

The industrial area of South Phoenix hardly sounds like a great backdrop for an architectural jewel, but it is.

That’s where the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center was built alongside the Salt River bed.

The project, designed by Weddle Gil­more Black Rock Studio in Scottsdale, has won several recent awards, including the 2010 SRP Sustainability Award, which was conferred by the Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in conjunction with Salt River Project.

It also received the 2010 President’s Award for special achievement in environmental excellence given by the Valley Forward Association. The structure is certified platinum, the highest degree of sustainability as measured by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The center, which was completed in July 2009, is open to the public. It’s located at 3131 S. Central Ave.

For more: az.audubon.org/center_riosalado.html

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Sister Defends Officer’s Decision To Speak Out Against Partner

Virgillo arrived to back-up Christman. The two walked into the home after Fernandez gave the officers permission to inside.

“Not even a minute later, we heard the shots because they killed the dog and then they killed my son,” Fernandez said.

“He said a few times, ‘Gina, I was just a foot away. Gina, he was shot right through the chest,” Fast said.

Fast said she’s concerned with comments made against her brother claiming his motivation to speak up was racially motivated.

“My family is Italian, not Hispanic,” Fast said.

via Sister Defends Officer’s Decision To Speak Out Against Partner – Phoenix News Story – KPHO Phoenix.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport food deal delayed

by Emily Gersema – Oct. 10, 2010 10:00 PM

The Arizona Republic

Phoenix City Council members are questioning how the Aviation Department is handling its contract for food and beverages in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 4 after department officials failed to sign a council-approved agreement with the concessionaire.

Five months ago, the City Council approved a two-year agreement with HMS Host that included a $4 million increase in rental revenues. Aviation Department officials said they didn’t tell the City Council about their failure to sign the $30 million deal because of an oversight.

The contract could not take effect without the aviation director’s signature, triggering a default, month-to-month agreement.

Councilman Michael Johnson, who represents downtown, including the airport, and south Phoenix, is irritated with the Aviation Department.

“The only thing holding up the agreement is the aviation director has not signed the agreement,” said Johnson, adding that the council should support the original contract. “We are five months into that contract from when the council originally approved it. This is a serious problem, not so much with (HMS) Host as with the city staff.”

via Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport food deal delayed.