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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

The election of Story Preservation Association board members will be held at our annual picnic on April 3rd.  Board members help the neighborhood in many ways, as well as interacting with officials on city, state and local levels.  Add your name to the ballot and lend a hand in making decisions about what projects will take priority for the neighborhood.  Take this opportunity to lend a hand and have your voice heard.

Email Cheryl at: tismeinaz@me.com if you’re interested in adding your name to the ballot.  Or, nominate neighbors, with their permission, who you think would be strong advocates for F Q Story.

With the picnic being held right in the neighborhood this year, it will be easier for everyone to get out and vote.  If, however, you cannot vote in person, absentee ballots will be available 14 days before the picnic by contacting Cheryl.  (See contact info above.)






Section 3. Election. Election to the Steering Committee shall be by secret written ballot cast at the annual meeting or absentee ballot submitted in advance to the nominating committee. Write-in votes shall be accepted. Each Association member shall be permitted to cast one vote for persons running for each of the following offices: president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.  With respect to the election of the at-large Steering Committee members, each member of the Story Preservation Association may vote for up to 17 candidates, except a member can vote for any given candidate only once. The top 17 vote getters will be deemed elected.  Any officer candidate receiving a plurality of the votes for any of the offices - president, vice president, secretary and treasurer - will be deemed elected. The nominating committee will conduct the election and announce the results in a public forum.

STORY ELECTION DAY IS COMING!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

The election of Story Preservation Association board members will be held at our annual picnic on April 3rd.  Board members help the neighborhood in many ways, as well as interacting with officials on city, state and local levels.  Add your name to the ballot and lend a hand in making decisions about what projects will take priority for the neighborhood.  Take this opportunity to lend a hand and have your voice heard.

Email Cheryl (see your StoryTime for email address) if you’re interested in adding your name to the ballot.  Or, nominate neighbors, with their permission, who you think would be strong advocates for F Q Story.

With the picnic being held right in the neighborhood this year, it will be easier for everyone to get out and vote.  If, however, you cannot vote in person, absentee ballots will be available 14 days before the picnic by contacting Cheryl.

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This was posted by Rep Ruben Gallego yesterday…
"The FAA has an obligation under the recent omnibus spending legislation to take action to mitigate the impact of unacceptable levels of aircraft noise on Phoenix residents.
Unfortunately, the FAA has frequently been unresponsive to concerns raised by members of our communities.
Rep David Schweikert, Representative Ann Kirkpatrick,Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema and I sent a letter yesterday to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta expressing our frustration and making it clear that we expect the FAA to comply and finally take action to address this problem."
Read the letter here: http://www.scribd.com/…/Letter-to-FAA-Administrator-Michael…

UPDATES:
• You can get updates via the Sky Harbor website here… https://skyharbor.com/FlightPaths
• Make your noise complaints by phone (Call toll-free (844) 244-7430) or online (including flight tracking!) here… https://skyharbor.com/FlightPaths/FileAConcernContactUs
• You also can follow local and national updates on various social media outlets including "Let's make Some Noise" on Facebook… https://www.facebook.com/Lets-Make-Some-Noise-792081077500…/

Letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta
Lettter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, urging the FAA to comply with its obligation to mitigate the impact of flight path changes on residents of the Phoenix region. Signed by Reps. Ruben Gallego, David Schweikert, Kyrsten Sinema, and…
SCRIBD.COM

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Via PHX Sky Harbor Airport: https://skyharbor.com/FlightPaths/legislative
January 29 - Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake sent a letter to the heads of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation urging them to address Phoenix flight-path changes in the FAA Reauthorization Bill.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, January 29, 2016
SENATORS JOHN McCAIN & JEFF FLAKE URGE SENATE & HOUSE COMMITTEES TO ADDRESS PHOENIX FLIGHT PATH CHANGES IN FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) this week sent a letter to Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, requesting that they include language in the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill that would address concerns raised by residents of Phoenix, Arizona about recent flight path changes at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
“As your committees continue drafting legislation in the coming weeks to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before the current authorization expires on March 31, 2016, we request that you include language in that bill to address serious concerns in Arizona caused by flight path changes around Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,” write Senators McCain and Flake. “These changes were made without formal notification to the airport and without adequate opportunity for community engagement in the process. As a result, the new flight paths have had major, negative impacts on residents around the airport and the greater Phoenix area. While we continue to support the aims of NextGen to improve passenger safety and travel efficiency, it is imperative that the implementation process include the airports and communities ultimately affected by these flight path changes.”
The Senate recently unanimously agreed to this proposal filed by Senators McCain and Flake as an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill. Specifically, the amendment would ensure that communities and airports have the opportunity to fully engage with the FAA before future flight path changes are made. In addition, for communities that have been negatively impacted by recent flight path changes that have already been implemented, the amendment would create a process to review those changes and require the FAA to consult with airports to determine steps to mitigate the negative effects.
The recently enacted omnibus spending bill also includes a provision directing the FAA to take steps to address community concerns stemming from NextGen flight path changes like those at Phoenix Sky Harbor. Senator McCain sent a letter to FAA Administrator Huerta to underscore that the language is intended “to improve outreach to the community and airport, providing an opportunity for notification and consultation with the operator of an affected airport and the community before making future flight path decisions.”
Release PDF: https://skyharbor.com/…/mccain_flake_press_release_012916.p…

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Neighborhood Yard Sale - March 5th 7 am - 2pm
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Your chance to thank the Franklin High students! Please chip in!!
Franklin Police and Fire High School Scholarship Funding
As many know, the students at the Franklin Police and Fire High School played a huge part of the alley and home tour clean up last year. Over 150 students gave their time to clear up tons of trash and debris for our community. Many people expressed a desire to show our appreciation for the work, and several great ideas have been discussed.
After much discussion, the Story Preservation Association (SPA) decided a scholarship fund for was best for the student volunteers who helped clean up our district over the holidays. Phoenix Union High School District has a process in place for donations that needs to be followed. SPA representatives will be meeting with Principle Cabrera to set up the fund for the students.
We have set up an online donation page site for all of those neighbors who’ve wanted to show the students how much we value their service to the community*. The SPA has already voted to donate $1,000 to the fund, as we know that there was no way the work could not have been completed without the students. 
Please do your part to help us thank these hard working students!
* Donations are made to the Story Preservation Association for the benefit of the Franklin Police and Fire High School Scholarship Fund. The SPA is a nonprofit, 501c organization. Your donation to the fund may be tax deductible. Please check with your tax advisor for additional information.

Link to click and pledge -
https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=115942

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Phoenix, AZ)  January 9, 2016

FAA Legal Update: Court Refers City and Neighborhoods' 
Petitions for Review to Mediation

The DC Circuit Court has a mediation program for cases where the Court thinks the parties could resolve their differences outside the courtroom. The Court has referred the cases to mediation and the parties have agreed to participate.

The mediator has been appointed and has held preliminary discussions with Dentons, the neighborhoods' legal representation, about procedures. No date has been set for the mediation.

A joint comment from the Historic Neighborhoods:

"This appears to be a very positive development. In a mediation, our lawyers can finally sit down and talk directly to the FAA about how much the Historic Neighborhoods have been harmed. That's the kind of discussion we have been trying to hold since September 18, 2014. The Court's action will require them to respond!"

“It looks like the Court recognizes that we have legitimate issues, issues which the parties may be able to resolve in mediation."

Background

Several historic Phoenix neighborhoods filed of a Petition for Review against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its Administrator Michael Huerta in the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit, on July 31, 2015. This action was in addition to a Petition also filed by the City of Phoenix earlier.

The legal action was filed on behalf of residents adversely affected by the Grand Avenue flight path implemented by the FAA on September 18, 2014, without public notice and without an environmental study.

Petitioners included the Story Preservation Association, Willo Neighborhood Association, Encanto-Palmcroft Historic Preservation Association, and Roosevelt Action Association, together with residents of Woodland Historic District.

The Petitions by the City and Historic Neighborhoods were consolidated by the Court for efficiency but remain as individual actions.

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