Wednesday, January 16, 2013

January News From Councilman Bill Gates

A Few Spots Remaining for Wednesday's Tour

There are still a few more spots open for Wednesday's tour of the Fire Department Training Facility. This unique opportunity will provide an up close look at how our fire fighters train. If you would like to attend please call the office at 602-262-7441, or email us at

When: Wednesday, January 16

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Fire Department Training Facility, 2425 West Lower Buckeye Road
*Free parking is available on site

Sunday Road Closures for P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

Please remember that this Sunday, January 20, there will be a number of road closures and alternate routes as a result of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon taking place throughout the city. Closures begin at 4:00 a.m. in the downtown Phoenix area and end at Sky Harbor Airport around noon. Please make sure to plan accordingly. For more information go to or call 1-800-311-1255.

February Coffee Chat

Please save the date for my February Coffee Chat meeting. We are still working out the details on our guest speakers for that morning.

Date: Wednesday, February 13

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Where: Dunkin Donuts (northwest corner of 7th Street and Thunderbird)

Teach English in Japan

Are you looking for an exciting new career opportunity this year that takes you to another country? Phoenix Sister Cities is seeking college graduates who would like to live and work in Phoenix's sister city of Himeji, Japan, during the 2013-2014 school year. The assistant language teachers will work as assistants to Japanese instructors, teaching English at the junior high school level. Applicants must be a college graduate, resident of Maricopa county and speak fluent English. The deadline to apply is February 8. For more information visit or call 602-534-3751.

Military Family Appreciation Night

Linking Sports and Communities is offering a great opportunity to support current and veteran military families while enjoying a Phoenix Suns game and the chance to meet ASU icon Frank Kush and Phoenix Suns' legend Mark West. Tickets for this special night out are just $100 each. You can register online at, or call 602-763-9900 for more information.

Storytime at Phoenix Libraries

For parents and child care providers looking for a healthy activity for young children check out the different storytime's available at each of the Phoenix library branches. These interactive, educational events are fun for adults and kids and even offer the chance to meet some new friends. Acacia and Mesquite Library, both located in District 3, offer babytime, family storytime, toddler time, and more. Go to to learn more.

Washington Elementary School District Business Advisory Team

Last year, the Washington Elementary School District Business Advisory Team was formed in an effort to develop, enhance, and maintain mutually supportive, strategic relationships between the school district and its surrounding business community. These meetings have been very successful and their attendance proves how interested the community is in maintaining and growing this partnership. For the upcoming meeting they are pleased to have Lattie Coor as their guest speaker. Dr. Coor served as president of Arizona State University from 1990-2002. This meeting is open to the general public but your RSVP is requested.

When: Wednesday, January 30

Time: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Where: WESD Administration Center, 4650 W. Sweetwater Ave., Glendale
Contact: Jill Hicks,

If you have any questions or comments regarding today's newsletter please contact my office at 602-262-7441, or by email at I hope everyone's 2013 is off to a great start so far. I look forward to another busy and exciting year serving you on the Phoenix City Council.


Councilman Bill Gates
Councilman Gates represents District 3, which includes Sunnyslope, Moon Valley and the Paradise Valley Mall area.

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