City News to Know by Councilmember Kolby Granville
As you know, my commitment to city residents involves advocating for smart policies that aim to improve government responsiveness and neighborhood livability for all residents. To that point, it’s important for me to update you on the progress my City Council colleagues and I are making to achieve those outcomes. This newsletter will offer you my take on the city news to know.
It’s very rewarding to me to visit with residents throughout Tempe. I value the interaction with the community to listen and learn about the issues that affect you. That’s why I host Community Conversations. Recently, more than 100 residents attended my three forums to ask a variety of questions related to city services and future plans about things like pickleball courts, water rates and streetcar. I also heard feedback on the things that matter most to you. Letting me know your perspective on policies and those everyday city services makes a difference to me. It gives me insights into what you’re concerned with and what you’re satisfied with as a Tempe resident. Special thanks to Changing Hands Bookstore, The Lakes Clubhouse, and Boulders on Broadway for allowing me to invite you to their locations. I’m planning my next series of meetings for October.
I’m proud of my support for the new free preschool program that the City Council recently approved. We will allocate $3 million for the upcoming fiscal year to launch a two-year pilot program in partnership with the Tempe Elementary School District that will open 20 classrooms for free preschool education for children living in poverty. Councilmember David Schapira spearheaded the effort. According to a city-commissioned study, two-thirds of Tempe children do not meet kindergarten readiness benchmarks, with the highest percentage being those living in poverty. This is a significant step in creating opportunity for all children in our community. An investment in early learning is a building block for the future. You can learn more about the program as plans develop at www.tempe.gov/tempepre.
Finally, I’m happy to report that the city’s Little Free Libraries pilot program has been a success. We now have 30 little libraries throughout Tempe neighborhoods promoting the love of reading and literacy. A little library is a fun community project and it’s easy to build. Plus, City Council extended the $300 rebate offer to build one. You can find more details at www.tempe.gov/littlelibraries.
The personal scoop
I continue to stay busy attending community events. I was recently a guest speaker at Tempe Youth Leadership, and participated in the opening ceremonies for the Aloha Festival and Dragon Boat races at Tempe Beach Park. I also make an effort to attend neighborhood association meetings. Hopefully, we can meet and talk at one of those.
Things to do:
Visit the farmers market at Singh Meadows
Free family friendly movies in Kiwanis Park.
Bike Share has arrived
Tempe Center for the Arts also has an amazing and diverse upcoming schedule
If you are looking to volunteer in Tempe, there are many options available as well listed here
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