Councilman Valenzuela Statement on City Acceptance of Homeland Security Funds

June 12, 2013

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Caption:Councilman Daniel Valenzuela

"Today, the Phoenix City Council Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee voted to accept $5.5 million in grant dollars for the region from the Department of Homeland Security’s Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).  This is an increase of as much as $1.5 million over last year’s funding – and it did not happen by accident.

The Homeland Security rankings were recently released and Phoenix moved from #18 to #15 on the risk-assessment list for our country’s metro areas.  While having a lower ranking may seem preferable, it is critically important that our ranking accurately reflects the security risk in our area.  This new ranking has made it possible to access additional public safety funds this year.   

This year, I traveled to Washington D.C. to fight for our fair share of federal funding, alongside Mayor Greg Stanton, our city’s Emergency Manager Scott Krushak, and our friends in other Valley cities, including Mayor of Tempe Mark Mitchell, and my fellow council member-firefighters Scott Somers, of Mesa, Sammy Chavira, of Glendale, and Joel Navarro, of Tempe.  

We met with the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FEMA, among others, to advocate for a change in our ranking and an increase in federal dollars – through UASI, among other programs – to raise our public safety system to a level that Phoenix-area residents deserve.  

Our efforts were strategic and consistent and will now pay off for the residents of Phoenix.  This $1.5 million will go a long way in protecting the residents of Phoenix and the region."

-- Councilman Daniel Valenzuela

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