The Phoenix City Council rejected a citizen petition to declare Phoenix a sanctuary city. But the council did vote to study legal options relating to SB 1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law.
Grand Canyon University has invested hundreds of millions of dollars into its campus in west Phoenix. The school and local officials celebrated a new office center and hotel Wednesday.
While GCU continues to buy and develop more land in west Phoenix, some local businesses are feeling left behind and unsupported.
The seed and chemical giant Monsanto bought land in Pima County last year to build a greenhouse for new corn-variety testing. KJZZ reported on the development plans last month, and now reports Wednesday the company dropped a plan seeking lower property taxes.
On Feb. 13, the Salt River Project, a Phoenix-based power company, announced that it would shut down a coal-fired power plant in three years. That’s 25 years earlier than the Navajo Nation anticipated. While environmentalists celebrate the closure, hundreds of Navajo people who rely on those jobs are devastated.
An immigrant rights group has concerns following the arrest of a so-called Dreamer in Seattle. Korina Iribe with the Arizona Dream Act Coalition says federal agents should respect the protection given to immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
School assemblies don’t typically come with a $25,000 cash prize. In the West Valley, however, that’s exactly what happened Wednesday when Rogers Ranch Elementary School Principal Timothy Thomas was presented with the Milken Educator Award.
When the Arizona Department of Transportation decided to let the public submit a clever slogan for one of its many electronic signs, the agency had no idea the ideas would pour in. ADOT has already received more than 7,000 submissions since the contest launched earlier this month, and there are still a few more days to go before the contest ends.
As student enrollment continues to decline at the University of Phoenix, the school has resorted to layoffs and reduced the number of full-time faculty positions. Around 170 of the university’s full-time faculty members were switched to associate positions or lost their jobs in the latest round of layoffs.
ASU recently announced plans to create an Olympic Village in Tempe. It’s part of their 2020 fundraising plan — a $1.5 billion dollar campaign for the university. We spoke with Ray Anderson about this. He’s the vice president of University Athletics and the athletic director for Arizona State University.
Research shows that if people do official planning of a vacation, they’re more likely to use their paid time off. Christine Vogt, who is director of ASU’s Center for Sustainable Tourism, has looked into that and other travel and tech-related topics. She’ll be talking about those tonight at 6:00 as part of ASU’s Public Service Impact Talks.
Some Arizona start-ups are turning to crowdfunding sites like kickstarter to get their seed money, rather than relying on traditional venture capital. But that’s not the only option for small businesses here.