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					      MIDTOWN MUSEUM DISTRICT NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
NOTES OF THE FIFTEENTH MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY 2010
      AT THE HOLIDAY INN 212 W. OSBORN FROM 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM


1.     INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME
Margaret Dietrich welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked Darrell Surhigh and staff at
the Holiday Inn for their generosity in hosting the meeting.

2.      KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CAROL JOHNSON AICP, Planning Manager, Phoenix
        Planning Department
Carol is the Planning Manager responsible for coordinating the production of the updated
General Plan for the City of Phoenix. The Phoenix General Plan is the long-range guide for the
city, and addresses issues such as energy, housing, neighborhoods, public facilities, natural
resources, transportation and land use. Arizona State Statutes require that this plan be updated
and/or readopted every ten years by a public vote. The current General Plan (see the Executive
summary at http://phoenix.gov/PLANNING/gpsum.pdf) was last presented to the voters in 2002,
making 2012 the deadline for the current update. The update process will be broken into two
phases - Part I is visioning, and Part II is drafting the goals, policies and implementation actions.
The Visioning process (Part 1) has been conducted at special public events using the Village
Planning Committee workshops. Phoenix city planners identified four major categories in order
to organize input received during the visioning process. In creating these categories, they were
influenced by the three E's of sustainability - Economy, Environment and Equity - as well as the
need to be specific about the infrastructure needs of the City of Phoenix as it continues to grow
and mature.
The four categories and the “Big Questions” to be answered were as follows:
Community
Phoenix has been known to be a city where almost as many people moved away as moved here.
Now that the current condition of the economy has made Phoenix residents less transient, how
does the City engage people to create a true sense of community?
Economy
Cities like Pittsburgh that have endured the loss of a major employer and responded by
reinventing themselves with a diverse mix of jobs, are doing much better in this current
economic downturn. How does Phoenix diversify its employment base in order to withstand
future economic uncertainties and how will better employment opportunities be created?
Environment
Nighttime lows are creeping upwards and Phoenix has just experienced the hottest July on
record. Energy consumption is increasing as people struggle to keep their homes and businesses
cool. Concerns are also growing over our long-term supply of potable water. How does the City
create a new way of growing that is in harmony with the environment and how can it improve
the quality of the environment?
Infrastructure
The infrastructure in older parts of Phoenix is approaching the age at which it needs replacing.
At the same time un-served areas require new infrastructure. How can the City make the most
strategic use of limited infrastructure dollars and balance infrastructure needs?

During the visioning process in October, people were asked what they value most about Phoenix.
The initial results showed that most people valued the services provided by the government and
local services were well regarded. Phoenix was considered to have a unique and diverse culture.
It was a city that provided a variety of opportunities for businesses and residents. It was also
thought to be an affordable place to live. There had been a significant amount of growth in the
city but this meant that there were problems, as the infrastructure has struggled to keep pace with
the developments. During the past ten years there had been a substantial increase in the number
of younger, single people moving to Phoenix. Access to transit had been highlighted as having
an impact on the number of cars in the City. Carol highlighted the financial implications of
having fewer cars in family households. Reducing the number of cars greatly increased the
amount of money available to pay for (e.g.) housing costs.
The results of the Visioning exercise will be reported at a special event on 6th March 2010 and
details of the venue and time will be circulated to MMDNA members.
Carol Johnson can be contacted at carol.johnson@phoenix.gov or 602-261-8289
More information about the Phoenix General Plan and how people can take part in its
development can be found at:
http://phoenix.gov/citygovernment/planres/cityplan/planphx/index.html
Carol also spoke about the work of the Phoenix Urban Forum Project. This Project is a
collaborative process to shape future growth and to help realize the Downtown Strategic vision
for a livelier, more integrated and sustainable downtown. The city has embarked on this project
due to heightened development interest: a variety of residential, retail, and office projects are
being proposed on vacant sites throughout downtown. The existing zoning does not ensure that
projects built will create an attractive downtown with shade, pedestrian-oriented streets and
quality design. The zoning needs to be revised in order to achieve a great downtown that can be
an exciting destination for the residents of Phoenix and the region. The Urban Form Project is
intended to establish the rules that will guide downtown as it continues to develop and transform.
The actual transformation of downtown depends primarily on the initiative of the private sector
and will be driven by market demand for housing, office, hotel, and retail. The city plays a key
role by investing in streets, parks, art, and other improvements and by assisting critical “catalyst”
projects such as the ASU Downtown Campus and the biomedical center.
The New Zoning laws have been developed, and these will go before the City on 3rd February
2010 for adoption. These changes affect “Downtown” from 7th Street to 7th Avenue. They will
have an impact on the Midtown Museum Neighborhood at McDowell Road. The proposed
zoning laws should have a positive impact on residents. They include:
     Provision of more structured shade to create a more comfortable environment for
        pedestrians
     Building materials to reduce heat gain
     More landscaping with native plants that are heat and drought resistant
     Reduce water requirements
There are no plans about to be implemented in the neighborhood, due to the current economic
difficulties, but the new laws will be very helpful for future developments.
There are also proposals for new building design guidelines, and these will be presented in a
much more user-friendly format. There will be opportunities for buildings in the future to
modify some of the zoning requirements with “Sustainability Bonuses”. These “bonuses” can be
used to provide extra flexibility for building designs if these provide more benefits for the
neighborhood.
The proposed new code replaces the current zoning map (see current map at
http://phoenix.gov/urbanformproject/aerial2.pdf). A resident asked about the building height
requirements on developments at the corner of McDowell and Central Avenue. Carol explained
that the heights of buildings in this area had been set in response to the safety requirements for
aircraft landing at Sky Harbor. The height requirement for this site expires in November 2010,
and the site owners will have to make a new application. The new city infrastructure plan should
stop developers applying for changes to building height requirements and then selling the land on
at a higher price. The size of a building is also regulated. The City needs to provide water and
sewer services. The size of the building cannot exceed the City’s ability to provide these
services. .
A resident drew attention to the large number of vacant lots along Central Avenue to Camelback
and asked whether there were plans to develop them? She also asked whether there were
incentives to encourage developers to build on these lots, as they had been vacant for some time
and were unsightly. Carol replied that there was not a lot the city could do at present, but said
that ASU was undertaking some research on actions taken by other cities in the USA to explore
what could be done. It was noted that developers pay minimal taxes on vacant land, and this did
not provide any incentives to change.
Carol noted that the MMDNA was very interested in developments across the neighborhood, and
proposed changes in neighboring districts, and should be a part of discussions. Julia thanked
Carol on behalf of the MMDNA for her interesting presentation.
Carol can be contacted at carol.johnson@phoenix.gov or 602-261-8289

3.     BLOCKWATCH AND COMMUNITY SAFETY
3.1    Update from the Police Department on community safety issues
       Officers Knecht and Naranjo were welcomed to the meeting. There were no significant
       crime figures to report to the meeting. Crime in and around the neighborhood was down
       overall, due to a number of arrests of burglars, who had been active in the Willo
       neighborhood. However, all residents were asked to keep their eyes open and to report
       any suspicious activity to Crime Stop (602) 262 5161. In response to a recent incident,
       Officer Knecht advised residents not to confront transients. If there was a problem,
       residents should call the police, as some transients have a variety of criminal problems.
       He said that one transient recently arrested close to the neighborhood for burglary, had a
       warrant for homicide in another state. The reconfiguration of police precincts was
       uncertain at present, due to funding shortages, but a decision would be made in February.
       Residents expressed concern about proposed reductions in front line police and fire
       officers.
       The Officers were thanked for coming to the meeting and were asked to pass residents
       thanks to Patrol Officers for their actions.

3.2    Guest Speaker Ann Malone from RequirethePrior.org
       The Citywide Coalition, “Require the Prior” began on the Indian School Corridor in the
       summer of 2007. The aim of the coalition is to try to solve the systemic problems that
       enable repeat career street criminals to live in alleys, harassing the customers in parking
       lots, jeopardizing the safety of customers, employees, neighborhoods, and children.
       Their current membership consists of 694 businesses, 18 Neighborhood Associations
       representing over 19,410 households, and N.A.I.L.E.M. an anti-crime lobbying group
       with 45,000 members statewide. The “Require the Prior” policing and prosecution goals
       have been endorsed by the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA), the union for
       rank and file police officers.
       Their White Paper, published in 2008 illustrates who these people really are and how
       their crimes are negatively affecting economic prosperity, personal safety, and the quality
       of life of everyone on the neighborhood.
       Excerpts from the White Paper:
       “Career Street Criminals choose to sustain themselves by committing crime. These
       crimes can be misdemeanor in nature such as shoplifting, trespassing, urinating and
       defecating in public, aggressive panhandling, drinking in public, etc. Unlike truly
       homeless people, more often than not, they have multiple prior convictions, not only for
       misdemeanors but often times for violent crimes and burglaries as well. And yet, they are
       repeatedly arrested and returned to our doorsteps because of a breakdown in the system.
       If a person is arrested in the city of Phoenix, we want them to know that our laws have
       teeth; that the police will discover their criminal history; the prosecutors will take this
       history seriously and prosecute vigorously; and the judges will sentence accordingly with
       the maximum penalty”
       “Require the Prior” had also been successful in promoting the use of a policing technique
       called “Observational Arrest”. This is an approach to proactive policing that had proved
       extremely effective in catching criminals in major cities across the country. It was being
       used very successfully in a number of police precincts in the city. Ann was thanked for
       her determination and dedication to improving public safety and it was agreed that the
       MMDNA would sign up to support “Require the Prior”.
       Ann also informed residents about the potential impact of the proposed severe budget
       cuts to Police and Fire services across the city. At present, due to funding problems,
       there are 450 vacant posts for frontline police officers. The additional funding from
       Proposition 1 in 2007 has been used to maintain current services and despite this, police
       staffing in the city has reduced to 2004 levels. These staffing reductions have also
       affected the Crime Detection services such as robbery detectives and the Crime
       Laboratory. She urged everyone in the neighborhood to attend at least one of the Budget
       meetings to emphasize support for the Police Service and to let elected officials know
       how important it is to preserve frontline police services.
       Dates and times for the budget meetings are as follows:
       Wednesday 10 February 6:00 pm at Carl Hayden High School 3333 W. Roosevelt St
       Tuesday 16 February 6:00pm at Burton Barr Library, Central Avenue
       Wednesday 24 February 7:00 am at Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall 300 E.
       Indian School
       Ann can be contacted at malone@requiretheprior.org or 602-410-1449

3.3    Community Safety Seminar
       The next seminar would be held on Wednesday 17 March at the Central United
       Methodist Church at 6:30 pm. The topic will be “Home security and burglary
       prevention”


4.      FINANCIAL REPORT
Margaret reported that $4,591.85 of the Block Watch Grant has been spent on the GAIN event,
two safety seminars, “MMDNA Event” signs and a mailing to all residents and businesses within
our boundaries. There is $362.15 left. The expenses we expect between now and June 30th are
for our last two safety seminars. There is a $75 fee for the use of the Central United Methodist
Church facilities on March 17th, which includes the room and audio/visual equipment. There
will also be printing expenses to promote that seminar and the Auto VIN Number Etching event,
which will be held in late April or early May at the Firestone store, 3rd Avenue and Osborn –
hopefully in conjunction with other nearby neighborhoods.
The MMDNA general fund has $1,007.78. Expenses from this account have been website
hosting, Local First Arizona membership and small expenses for our GAIN event and safety
seminars that the Block Watch Grant cannot cover. Copies of all the financial reports are
available on request from Margaret at info@midtownmuseumdistrict.org

5.     ANY OTHER BUSINESS
5.1    Liquor License Application, Walgreens 3402 North Central Avenue
       Julia reported that the above application had been sent to the MMDNA for comment. A
       letter had been sent back to the city within the required timescale to request that the
       Liquor License should prohibit the sale of single serve alcohol products. The MMDNA
       had received the personal assurance of the store Manager that they did not want to sell
       single serve alcohol. This was also supported in an extensive email from by the
       Walgreens Head Office (copy of email available on request to
       info@midtownmuseumdistrict.org). A representative from the MMDNA would attend
       the Council meeting (probably on the 3rd February) to comment on the application. It
       was noted that if Walgreens moved from the site, a new company may have a different
       view about the sale of single serve alcohol products and could start selling these if there
       was no restriction. The outcome of the application would be reported at the next
       MMDNA meeting
5.2    National Register of Historic Places
       Ron Dickson and Ken Wysocki reported that Villa Del Coronado and Palm Lane Villas
       had been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Residents passed on their
       congratulations to both communities. More information about the Register can be found
       on http://www.nps.gov/nr/listings/20091231.htm
5.3    Heard Museum Guild Library Book Sale
       Saturday 30 January, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 31 January 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
       (Special deep discounts!)
       Silent Auction of rare books and art, Friday 29 January, 4:00 pm
       More details at www.heard.org
5.4    Khalsa Montessori School Carnival, 3rd Street and Virginia
       Saturday 6 March
       The school would appreciate a donation of goods and/or services for a raffle or silent
       auction. Please see their letter attached to these notes.
5.4    Willo Home Tour
       Sunday 14 February 2010. Advance purchase tickets available on line. For more
       information go to http://willohistoricdistrict.com/hometour.html
6.     DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
       WEDNESDAY 17 FEBRUARY AT 6:30 PM WITH NEIGHBORHOOD SOCIAL
       AT 5:30 PM AT CLUB CENTRAL, 3110 N. CENTRAL AVENUE.
       Plenty of parking available and a map would be circulated with the February agenda.
       Keynote Speaker: Kimber Lanning from Local First Arizona
                                                                                               ATTACHMENT ONE

KHALSA MONTESSORI SCHOOL PTO
2536 N 3rd St; / Phoenix, AZ 85004 / 602-252-3759 / Fax: 602-252-9244 / www.khalsapto.org / kmspto@gmail.com


September 4, 2011


Dear Sir or Madam,

Khalsa Montessori School, a charter School located in downtown Phoenix, is holding a School Carnival on Saturday, March 6,
2010. We are writing to ask your organization for a donation of goods and/or services that would be suited for a raffle or silent
auction to be held at the Carnival. Help support a school that is making a difference in the lives of young students in central
Phoenix.

The Khalsa School provides excellent educational opportunities for children from toddler age through the 6 th grade. In addition
to a fine Montessori education, Khalsa School teaches the students to respect one another, to be self-disciplined, and to care for
themselves, the people around them and the environment.

Here are some of the schools recent accomplishments:

         In 2008, Khalsa Montessori was named one of the top three charter schools in Arizona in a study of student
          achievement: Success Measured, Four Foundational Elements of Student Level Growth. The full report is available at
          www.azcharters.org/successmeasured. Since publication of this study, the Arizona Charter School Association has
          developed a program to assist other schools in achieving success through the school model based on Khalsa. The
          developers of this program have shared the model with charter schools nationally and now sit on a federal committee
          looking at ways to improve education in America.

         In 2009, Khalsa Montessori again received an "Excelling" Achievement Profile, the highest rank given, from the
          Arizona Department of Education. Khalsa has received this ranking for every year that it has received a profile.

         Khalsa student artistic expression is encouraged with art displays, poetry publications, and class and individual
          performances. Students are regularly published in A Celebration of Young Poets, a multiple state publication of student
          poetry. The “Khalsa Hallway Gallery” displayes student art all year long.

         On the 2009 AIMS test, 100% of Khalsa students met or exceeded the Arizona state standards in all areas. The mean
          scores for Khalsa Montessori students on the AIMS averaged over 63 points higher than the Arizona state mean.

The School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), a 501(c)(3) organization, coordinates the Khalsa School Carnival, and it is
organized and staffed entirely by teachers and parent volunteers. The Carnival is the PTO’s largest annual fundraiser and all of
the monies raised are disbursed directly to the teachers in each classroom. Historically, teachers have purchased items such as
Montessori materials, books, musical instruments, and art supplies. This is an excellent way to support your community and the
community of the Khalsa School.

In accordance with the internal revenue code, your generous contribution may be tax-deductible. In addition, as a donor, we will
recognize your organization as a supporter in the literature promoting our event.

Should your organization choose to participate, your donation may be sent directly to the school address below or we can arrange
to have it picked up by one of our PTO members. If you have any questions or would like to arrange a pick-up, please feel free
to call me at the number below, or email us at kmspto@gmail.com.

Thank you in advance for your generous support of Khalsa Montessori School students!

Janet Wilson
Janet Wilson
Khalsa Montessori School Carnival Facilitator
602-432-7796
Tax ID 73-1646715

				
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