Thursday, July 22, 2010

Possible Bus Strike as Early as July 25th

The City of Phoenix Public Transit Department provides local bus, RAPID, Express, Neighborhood Circulator, and Dial-A-Ride service to the public. Each of these services is provided by the city through contracts with private companies, which are responsible for hiring employees, scheduling and staffing routes, and negotiating employee benefits and compensation as part of their agreements.

Currently one of the city's contractors for local bus and circulator service, Veolia Transportation Services, is in negotiations with three unions representing its employees. Contracts with each union ended in June, and negotiations are ongoing. It is possible that if negotiations should reach an impasse, transit service in Phoenix could be disrupted as early as July 25.

In light of that possibility, Phoenix Public Transit is recommending passengers begin researching alternate transportation plans to get to work, or other regular destinations of travel. Below are additional resources about possible service interruptions, and alternate methods of transportation. 

list of routes below operated by Veolia Transportation.

Bus Routes Operated by Veolia Transportation Services (Phoenix)
which may be impacted by a possible transit union strike 
Veolia Transportation is a private company contracted to the city of Phoenix Public Transit Department to operate transit services on 33 of the 99 Valley Metro bus routes. If there is a transit union strike by VTS employees these are anticipated to run on a Sunday bus schedule. These are a list of routes operate by Veolia as of July 26, 2010.

For more information on routes and schedules, visit, or call 602-253-5000.

Rt. 0 – Central
Rt. 1 – Washington / Jefferson
Rt. 7 – 7th St.
Rt. 8 – 7th Ave.
Rt. 10 – Roosevelt / Grant
Rt. 12 – 12th St.
Rt. 15 – 15th Ave.
Rt. 16 – 16th St.
Rt. 19 – 19th Ave.
Rt. 27 – 27th Ave.
Rt. 35 – 35th Ave.
Rt. 39 – 39th Ave.
Rt. 44 – 44th St. / Tatum
Rt. 50 – Camelback
Rt. 52 - Roeser
Rt. 60 – Bethany Home
Rt. 70 – Glendale / 24th St.
Rt. 80 – Northern
Rt. 90 – Dunlap / Cave Creek
Rt. 106 – Peoria / Shea
Rt. 122 – Cactus / 39th Ave
Rt. 138 – Thunderbird
Rt. 154 - Greenway
Rt. 170 – Bell
Rt. 186 – Union Hills
DASH – Government Loop – Business Circulator (Downtown Phoenix)
SMART (Sunnyslope) – Neighborhood Circulator

Schedule to be announced
Rt. 581 – N. Mountain Express
Rt. 582 – N. Mountain Express
Rt. 590 – Deer Valley Express
RAPID I-10 East

list of routes below not operated by Veolia Transportation; service not anticipated to be interrupted.

Bus Routes Not Operated by Veolia Transportation Services (Phoenix)
Of the 99 Valley Metro Bus Routes, 66 of them are not operated by Veolia Transportation Services (Phoenix) but by other contractors.  If there is a transit union strike by VTS employees these are anticipated to run on a regular schedule.  These routes are as of July 26, 2010.
For more information on routes and schedules, visit, or call 602-253-5000.
Local Bus
Rt. 3 – Van Buren
Rt. 13 – Buckeye
Rt. 17 – McDowell
Rt. 17A – McDowell (Avondale)
Rt. 29 – Thomas Rd.
Rt. 30 – University
Rt. 40 – Apache / Main St.
Rt. 41 – Indian School
Rt. 43 – 43rd Ave.
Rt. 45 – Broadway
Rt. 48 – 48th St/Rio Salado
Rt. 51 – 51st Ave.
Rt. 56 – Priest Dr.
Rt. 59 – 59th Ave.
Rt. 61 – Southern
Rt. 62 – Hardy/Guadalupe
Rt. 65 – Mill / Kyrene
Rt. 66 – Mill / 68th St. / Kyrene
Rt. 67 – 67th Ave.
Rt. 72 – Scottsdale / Rural
Rt. 76 – Miller
Rt. 77 – Baseline
Rt. 81 – Hayden / McClintock
Rt. 96 – Dobson
Rt. 104 – Alma School
Rt. 108 – Elliot Rd.
Rt. 112 – Country Club / Arizona Ave.
Rt. 120 – Mesa Dr.
Rt. 128 – Stapley
Rt. 131 – START (southwest Valley)
Rt. 136 – Gilbert Road
Rt. 156 – Chandler Blvd / Williams Field Road
LINK – Main St.
Limited Service Bus
Grand Avenue Limited
I-10 West RAPID
Express Bus
Rt. 510 – Scottsdale Express
Rt. 511 – Chandler / Scottsdale Airpark Express
Rt. 512 – Scottsdale Express
Rt. 520 – Tempe Express
Rt. 521 – Tempe Express
Rt. 531 – Mesa / Gilbert Express
Rt. 532 – Mesa Express
Rt. 533 – Mesa Express
Rt. 535 – Northeast Mesa / Downtown Express
Rt. 540 – Chandler Express
Rt. 541 – Chandler Express
Rt. 542 – Chandler / Downtown Express
Rt. 560 – Avondale Express
Rt. 562 – Goodyear / Downtown Express
Rt. 570 – Glendale Express
Rt. 571 – Surprise Express
Rt. 573 – Northwest Valley / Downtown Express
Rt. 575 - Northwest Valley / Downtown Express
Glendale - Gus 1 & 2, Gus 3
Mesa - Buzz
Scottsdale - Downtown Trolley, Neighborhood Circulator
Tempe – Flash, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter

Other Information

Press Release on Possible Transit Strike
This press release provides information the possible strike, as well as travel alternatives for passengers

Background Information
Background information about Phoenix Public Transit services and contractors.

Phoenix Public Transit and Its Contractors
An organizational chart that shows the relationship between The City of Phoenix and its transit contractors.

Passenger Information

Use the Trip Planner on for bus and METRO schedules           
Go to to check the schedules of non-affected bus routes and for the METRO schedule - passengers may be able to use an alternative route.  Also check a map of unaffected bus routes below.

You can also call Valley Metro Customer Service at 602-253-5000, TTY 602-261-8208.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Job Opening - Lowe's

The Lowe’s located at 2929 W. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix AZ 85053 is looking to hire a Cashier. You can contact them at (602) 564-7811 but you must apply online

You will be responsible for
Checking out of customers, operating cash register, processing customer payments, bagging customer goods, etc. Greet and acknowledge all customers in a friendly and professional manner.

Requires morning, afternoon and evening availability any day of the week. Generally scheduled 39 to 40, 10 to 30, or 10 to 39 hours per week respectively; more hours may be required based on the needs of the store. Math skills. Read, write and communicate using English language. Physically able to stand, bend, stoop, kneel, reach, twist, lift, push, pull, climb, balance, crouch, handle and move items weighing up to 50 pounds without assistance. Visual acuity corrected to perform job functions.

Job Opening - Marriott Hotels

Marriott Hotels, Resorts, And Suites in Desert Ridge located at 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix, AZ is looking to hire a Grounds keeper. You must setup an account and apply online at

You will be responsible for
Monitoring grounds to ensure a pleasant appearance. Maintain lawns by mowing, edging, raking leaves, and performing other lawn maintenance functions. Wash, clean, and re-fuel all equipment after use. Maintain flower beds, baskets, and boxes by watering, removing weeds, trimming, and performing other maintenance. Remove and bag trash from all exterior trash cans.

Reach overhead and below the knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping. Stand, sit, or walk for an extended period of time. Move up and down ladders, stairs and/or service ramps. Move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 50 pounds without assistance.

Job Opening - Chandler Christian Community Center

The Chandler Christian Community Center located at 345 South California Street, Chandler, AZ 85225 is seeking a full-time Bilingual Receptionist to support the overall agency operations and programs, including the Chandler Food Bank and Family Resource Center. The Receptionist supplies information regarding the organization and services to the general public, program participants, and volunteers. The Receptionist attends to Center visitors and handles inquiries on the phone and face-to-face. Other functions include scheduling participants and appointments, ensuring program areas are prepared for daily activities, maintaining activity calendar, logging visitors and participants, preparing letters and documents, and providing general administrative and clerical support.

Qualifications: A high school diploma or equivalency. Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures. Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to interface with internal and external customers. Strong computer skills, including internet and Microsoft Office applications. Bilingual Spanish/English.

How to Apply: Full job description may be found at Candidates should e-mail a resume and cover letter to Trinity Donovan at

Job Opening - South West Human Development

South West Human Development is an early childhood services provider located at 2850 North 24th St in Phoenix 85008.

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Their crossroads are South of Thomas and West of 24th St. or you can reach them at (602) 266-5976. They currently have 2 job openings;

You would essentially get paid to play with preschoolers while you plan and carry out activities for the kids, you’d also be asked to encourage parent involvement and support to other Head Start services areas and community partnerships

High School or GED, some experience with young children. 
Bilingual English/Spanish proficiency required.
Must qualify for a Class 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card.

Paid holidays, health insurance and opportunities for training and advancement.
Pay is $10.53 per hour

The second opening for a PARENT AIDE ASSISTANT
The ideal candidate would be a committed, caring individual to transport infants and toddlers. Their Parent Aide program works to provide in-home and community services, parenting and home management education, and facilitation of access to health and social services for families in Maricopa County referred by Child Protective Services (CPS).
Position is offered full time with an excellent benefits package and mileage reimbursement.
High school diploma or GED and reliable transportation required.
Must be able to provide a clean motor vehicle record, proof of valid vehicle registration and insurance, and must qualify for a Class 1 Fingerprint Clearance.

To apply you can download an application at

Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs

I found a website that helps people take advantage of Prescription Drug Assistance programs. If you've heard drug commercials say "if you can't afford our medicine write to us to see if you qualify for assistance" well RxAssist will let you search a database of applications to receive assistance.

You can search by Drug Name or by Drug Company find what you're looking for and print out the application. You'll need to include what ever extra documentation they need and then you can mail away for a couple of months worth of most prescription drugs.

Monday, July 12, 2010

One Day Economic Stability Workshop

Arizona Center for Responsible Fatherhood will be providing an Economic Stability Workshop hosted by Maricopa Workforce Connections located at 1840 N 95th Ave, Suite 160 in West Phoenix 85037 from 8AM to 5PM this Friday July 17th - Lunch will be provided.

Seating is limited to the first 10 participants

For reservations and more information please call 602.234.3941 ext 12

To participate you must be a father or and expectant father

For completing the one day class participants will receive $15 cash and $25 Clothing Voucher to any Goodwill Store

Workshop Topics Include:
Adapting to Change
Customer Service Skills
Money Management
Job Retention
Job Searching
Filling Out Applications
Resume Writing
Assistance with Child Support

Customer Service Job Posting

Chubb a group of Insurance Companies who deal in property insurance is looking to hire a Customer Service Representative for its Western Processing Center in Phoenix located at 2155 West Pinnacle Peak Road, Phoenix, AZ 85027 East off the I-17 on the south side of Pinnacle Peak Rd

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Position Responsibilities:

As a Western Processing
Center (WPC) Customer Service Representative, you will be part of a diverse team accountable for processing customer accounts and contributing to the achievement of team, branch and corporate goals related to profit, growth, renewal, retention, rate, exposure, service and producer/client relations. The CSR receives account and policy-specific information from the Branch Underwriting Associate and prepares and performs rating, pricing, booking and issuance of new lines, renewals and endorsements according to workflow and procedures.

The CSR will review booking and issuance instructions prepared by the
Underwriting Associate for required information such as commission percentage, payment plan, countersignature requirements and reimbursable deductible, will book and issue the policy and complete tracking information. Will be responsible for maintaining electronic documentation and achieve service and quality goals within the department. The position will interact with underwriting and operations departments in various locations.


The ideal candidate should have the application of
knowledge to lines of property and casualty business. You must also have exceptional customer service, interpersonal, communication, teamwork, organizational and time management skills. Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects while maintaining workload. Self-motivated, confident in decision making and judgment abilities. The individual must demonstrate the following competencies:

* Mathematical aptitude
* Strong PC skills including
proficiency in Word and Excel
* Strong knowledge of rating systems
Proficiency in on-line reference
* Familiarity with ISO workers compensation
bureaus and other regulatory agencies
* Demonstrated track record of success
in current and prior positions.
* Minimum high school
diploma or equivalent.

You must have exceptional customer service, communication, teamwork, organizational and time management skills. You must also be able to demonstrate math skills, computer skills,

You must have High School Diploma or GED

There are multiple positions available, hiring will begin August 9th; as of right now only 2 people have applied.

For more information about Chubb you can visit their website at

All interested applicants must make an account and apply online Reference Requisition number 7915.

Back to School & Health Fair

Saturday July 17th at ASU West Campus in the University Center Building in the La Sala Ballroom tons of information about back to school resources. Free backpacks for the 1st 1000 grade-school age kids, health checks, free immunizations, entertainment, light lunch and fun activities. The event is from 9AM to 2PM. For more information contact Carmela Ramirez at 602.495.3791 or you can visit ASU West's Website

ASU West Campus is located at 47th Ave and Thunderbird

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July Project Homeless Connect Event

This Friday July 16th in Tempe at the Grace Community Church 1200 E Southern Ave (East of Rural on the North side)

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The Connect Event take place from 7AM to 4PM.

The Homeless Connect Event will have health, financial, and housing resources, along with goods likes food and clothing, and services like counseling and job placement.

For more information you can visit Vally of the Sun United Way

Friday, July 9, 2010

Hiring for Case Aide

Native American Connections is looking to hire a Case Aide. The position will be responsible for the safety of all clients and the facility, janitorial work, documentation of reports, monitor daily house keeping and report required maintenance of the facility.

• Observe client self-administration of medications.
• Document in the Bed Check Log, and Daily Log, incident reports when necessary
• Janitorial duties as assigned.
• Assign and Monitor daily house keeping, and report repairs to maintenance department.
• Preparation of beds and rooms for admitting clients.
• Distribution of personal items, maintain inventory and order required program supplies.
• Facilitate scheduled time for house meetings to distribute house duties, announce mail/messages.
• Assist in inventory control and secure all NACI property.
• Filing

• High School Diploma or GED required.

• Must be able to perform general janitorial duties to include bending, moving furniture, heavy and light cleaning, negotiate stairs and carry up to 40 lbs
• Must understand the recovery process of the chemically dependent individual
• Excellent communication skills – written and oral
• Experience in working with the Native American population preferred
• Possess and maintain a valid Arizona drivers license
• Work independently and make responsible decisions in crisis situations.
• Valid CPR, First Aid, Fingerprint Certificates after hire
• MS Office skills

Native American Connections offers: a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life, accidental death and dismemberment, 401K, training programs and time off programs for all regular, full-time employees.

Preference is given to qualified Native American Applicants in accordance with the Indian Preference Act. If claiming a preference, a copy of valid documentation must accompany the employment application.

TO APPLY: Send resume or complete application: NAC, 4520 N. Central, Suite 600, Phoenix, Az 85012; fax to 602-256-7356 or email to

Sales Representative - Job Opening

Cox Communications is hiring for a full time Outbound Sales Representative for their North Phoenix location their address is 1550 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix, AZ.

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This is 19th Ave and Deer Valley Road North of the 101. The position officially closes this Thursday July 8th (but they will keep taking applications until it the position is filled.

If hired you will be responsible for selling and scheduling all Cox related products and services to new and existing customers via outbound and/or inbound calls within a quota system. You will also be responsible for answering billing and general questions.

You will be expected to meet and exceed adjustable sales quotas on a consistent bi-weekly and/or monthly basis for all products and services

You’ll need a High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent work experience.
If you’re relying on your experience they are looking for 2-5 years of relevant sales experience and data entry.
Knowledge of telecommunications, video and data industry or equivalent experiences a plus.
English/Spanish Bi-lingual fluency a plus.

Must be willing to work in a high pressure, fast paced, quota environment and be open to flexible work schedule including evenings and weekends.

You must set up an account and apply online go to

Good luck!

Call Center & Collections Openings

GC Services is hiring for multiple openings for their Account Representatives and Collections positions to work with customers over the phone.

With the Account Representative position you will answering incoming calls from an automated system dealing with Sprint cell phone customers helping them find solutions to their account questions.

High School Diploma or GED
Minimum 6 months of customer service experience
Possess excellent customer service
Computer literate

You have to apply in person, applications are being accepted between 8am -2pm Monday-Friday. They are offering 3 weeks paid training starting at $9.50 - Training starts Monday July 19th - so you have 10 days to apply. Benefits includes Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance.

GC Services is located at 7307 E. Hampton Ave. #101 Mesa, 85208

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Their number is 480.615.3040

For the Collections position you will be dealing with BMW customers with Inbound Soft Collection calls assisting customers with past due accounts. For this position they have immediate openings and you can apply in person now. You will be negotiating arrangements with customer to pay debt in full, or sets up the best possible arrangements. There will be 2 week training program that will teach you the basics followed by on-the-job training that will prepare you to be successful. For this position you must have 6 months experience in collections. The applications process is the same.

Good Luck

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Free Mobile Pantry

St. Mary's Food Bank in partnership with South Phoenix Healthy Start will be giving away FREE fruits, vegetables, bread, and if available limited supplies of meat.

They will doing this every first Saturday of the month starting at 7:30AM till they run out of food - which usually lasts till 11:30. Expect there to be a line. Bring boxes or bags to fill up with your choice of food.

This Free Mobile Pantry is open to the general public, no identification is required, and you don't need to qualify to get any of the food.

This takes place at the South Phoenix Healthy Start office located on the South East corner of 48th St. & Southern in Tempe behind the Arby's. Their address is 2737 W. Southern Ave

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But because last weekend was a holiday they will be opening the pantry this Saturday. So you can go this Saturday the 10th of July and get food, remember show up at 7:30AM. After this month it will go back to being the first Saturday of the month.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Location of 4th of July celebrations!

I will highlight the major locations but for a complete list of the fireworks locations please visit

The first is in Phoenix, this Sudnay July 4th from 6pm-10pm with Fireworks starting at 930PM at the Steele Indian School Park, located at 3rd st and Indian School rd

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There will be a Kids area with inflatable rides and water spray zone. Entrance is free, for more information visit their website

The 2nd one is in Tempe this Sunday July 4th the park opens at 4pm with Fireworks starting after 9pm located at the Tempe Beach Park on 1st and Mill

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There will be a food court, live music, inflatable slides, rock wall, splash playground. The price is $8 at gate $6 if you buy tickets at Fry’s Marketplace
Military and children 12 and under free
For more information visit their website is

The 3rd one is in Peoria this Sunday July 4th 5pm-10pm. Located at the Peoria Sports Complex 16101 N 83rd Ave

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$5 at gate 12 and under free, Free Parking
For more information visit

Again for a complete list of the fireworks locations please visit