Dolphinaris has been controversial since it opened near Scottsdale last year. The Animal Defense League of Arizona and anti-captivity group Plea for the Sea recently took out ads at three Valley malls hoping to discourage people from visiting the attraction. Dolphinaris says they love animals just as much as those who protest them; they just disagree about how to go about doing that.
The voter-initiative process has been a part of Arizona’s DNA since statehood. But a series of bills in the current legislative session was aimed at curbing those efforts. Voters of Arizona is going to try to get their own counter-referendum on the November 2018 ballot. Grant Woods is co-chairing that committee with former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson.
They’re easy to spot as you drive around the Valley: people holding signs asking for handouts. Many people asked us why there are so many panhandlers and what police and government entities are doing about it. Here’s what we found.
Construction is underway on First Place – Phoenix, a unique project for adults with autism. The $15 million project near Third Street and Thomas Road is designed to encourage independent living, connecting residents with autism and other neuro-diversities to their community.
We see them every day. The man standing along the freeway ramp asking for money. The woman, dressed in layers, pushing a shopping cart. People walking into libraries carrying bags stuffed with personal belongings.