Filmmaker Michael Schiffer of “Lean on Me and “Crimson Tide” fame has made a documentary about what it took to pass the 1980 Arizona Groundwater Management Act, a law considered one of the most important water laws in America. The film will have its debut October 28 at the Phoenix Art Museum. Schiffer and Kathleen Ferris, the executive director of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, will discuss the film and the importance of the groundwater management act.
Arizona Municipal Water Users Association Executive Director Kathleen Ferris will discuss why groundwater cannot sustain Arizona’s growth. She will talk about why the state needs to limit new wells, curb groundwater use for new residential subdivisions, and promote smart growth on land with access to renewable water supplies.
The days of municipal libraries just offering books have changed. Libraries now offer iPads concierges, computers and even live chats with experts you can “check out.” Barbara Roberts, Tempe Deputy Community Services Director of Library & Cultural Services Division, will discuss how libraries have evolved.
The City of Phoenix’ municipal golf courses continue to lose money. During the 2011-12 fiscal year they operated at a deficit of $2.4 million. Hear from members of an ad hoc committee that has been appointed to search for solutions to the problem.
The Valley’s 65 and over population is expected to double in size by the end of this decade. Find out what “MAG”, the Maricopa Association of Governments, is doing to help local governments determine how to best serve this growing population. Guests include MAG Human Services and Special Projects Manager Amy St. Peter, Carol Kratz of Piper Trust, and Michelle Dinisio, the President and CEO of Benevilla, a nonprofit that provides services to seniors.
Arizona golf journalist Bill Huffman reports the state of Arizona’s golf industry and turmoil at the Papago Golf Course which has prompted city of Phoenix to consider looking for a new manager of that municipal course.
The $600 million expansion of the Phoenix Civic Plaza is expected to bring more conventions to the city, but a new report by a Washington think tank questions the public benefit of expanding municipal convention centers.