Downtown Digest: Week of 9/4 – 9/10


“Downtown Digest” is your weekly preview from Downtown Devil. Here, we’ll share information about community meetings, arts and culture events, and more. If you have suggestions for upcoming Downtown Digests, please let us know by emailing

City Council Formal Meeting

  • Wednesday, Sept. 6
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.

Related to: Trump protest ends in tear gas, Protesters take center stage at council meeting

This week may see more dustups at City Council Chambers following last Wednesday’s meeting takeover by protesters. Their demonstration resulted in the withdrawal of City Manager Ed Zuercher’s motion to have independent firm OIR investigate the Phoenix Police Department. Under question is the department’s use of tear gas on protesters following President Trump’s Aug. 22 rally at the Phoenix Convention Center. A group called Rally for Law Enforcement has organized a Facebook event called Stand with Phoenix PD. The event description encourages participants they “mustn’t let the Soros paid protesters be the only voices heard.”

City Council Downtown, Aviation, Economy and Innovation Subcommittee

  • Wednesday, Sept. 6
  • 10 a.m.
  • City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.

Related to: Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors, Downtown Phoenix Inc.

This subcommittee will vote on whether to move forward a nearly 5 percent budget increase for the Enhanced Municipal Services District (EMSD), a portion of downtown from Third Avenue to Seventh Street and Fillmore Street to the railroad tracks by Lincoln Street. This includes services provided by the Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors of Downtown Phoenix Inc.

City Lights Movie Nights: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

  • Friday, Sept. 8
  • 7 p.m.
  • CityScape Phoenix, 1 E. Washington St.

Related to: CityScape, family fun

Sweet-toothed downtowners can savor a classic film “under the city lights” as part of a free monthly movie series presented by CityScape and Downtown Phoenix Inc. Viewers are invited to bring picnic blankets and chairs.

Latin Addiction at DeSoto Central Market

  • Saturday, Sept. 9
  • 9 p.m.
  • DeSoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave.

Related to: nightlife, Latin music

This monthly fiesta kicks off with $5 pitchers of Dos Equis and a Bachata dance lesson, followed by “the best Bachata, Salsa, Kizomba and Zouk beats” from DJ DLo from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The night will also include special performances by the Kizomba Magic Team and SambAZ. Cover charge is $10.

Trump dismantles DACA

Trump announced his decision to end the DACA program Sunday afternoon. The Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was created in 2012 and grants undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children protection from deportation and the opportunity to apply for work permits. In Arizona, DACA students have also received in-state tuition in recent years. The Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s decision to grant DACA students in-state tuition on June 13, but the Arizona Board of Regents is still offering these students in-state rates as the case continues to move through the court system. Before Trump released his decision both ASU President Michael Crow and Phoenix Union High School District superintendent Chad Gestson expressed support for DACA students. Crow said in a statement that ASU would “do everything we possibly can do to help young people move their lives forward –- regardless of the circumstances that brought them to this country.” Geston joined other public school superintendents from across Arizona in a letter praising the success of the DACA program and warning of the negative effects dismantling the program could have on the economy and students.