City budget proposal threatens to close Verde Park recreation center

As a consequence of the City of Phoenix’s efforts to balance its budget, several recreational and community hubs are on the chopping block. One such place is the recreational center in Verde Park, which offers services to underprivileged youth in the Garfield neighborhood. Read story

City of Phoenix discusses proposed Roosevelt Street improvements with business owners

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The first phase of a street improvement project along Roosevelt Street between Central Avenue and Fourth Street is inching closer to its tentative start date of June 9. The city of Phoenix held an informal gathering Thursday night to inform the public about the upcoming construction. Read story

Central City Village Planning Committee discusses plans for Hance Park, street projects

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The Central City Village Planning Committee discussed active projects in City Council District Seven, including the Hance Park master plan, street improvement projects and other development proposals at their meeting Monday. Read story

New city budget could cut funding for many programs, services and employees

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As the city of Phoenix attempts to combat the $38-million deficit it faces, the new budget could take $29 million in funding cuts to city programs and services, eliciting mixed feedback from council members. Read story

City council subcomittee discusses bike safety; considers reducing transit fares for veterans

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The city council heard how the street transportation department is educating the public about bike safety. Also, veterans could see free or reduced public transportation fare in the next few years. Read story

Frank Smith III reelected as USGD president by large margin

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Frank Smith III was reelected as the president of Undergraduate Student Government Downtown for the 2014-2015 school year, soundly defeating Walter Cronkite School Sen. Alexis Kramer. Read story

USGD candidates optimistic about upcoming election results after voting ends

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After voting closed for the Undergraduate Student Government Downtown elections, candidates on both sides said they felt positive about the results, which will be released Friday at noon. Read story

USGD candidates’ social media campaigns; election week in review

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It’s USGD election season, and the tweets were flying. The Downtown Devil has collected some tweets from this past election season that show the use of social media on both sides. Read story

Maricopa county Board unanimously elects Munoz to fill legislative seat in District 27

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Norma Munoz, a board member for the Roosevelt School District, has recently been appointed to fill the vacant seat in District 27 in the Arizona House of Representatives. Munoz was a unanimous choice by the Maricopa Board of Supervisors. Read story

USGD vice president of services attempts to flip Smith campaign, candidate said

In an effort to convert a political power-play, the current vice president of services for student government Downtown met with both vice presidential candidates for Frank Smith III’s campaign during the past couple weeks, trying to get them to leave his ticket, one of the candidates said. Read story