14 biggest events in Phoenix this year

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New year, new dates to lock into the calendar now.

Here's what to look forward to in Phoenix in 2023.

Jessica Boehm
2 hours ago - Politics

Phoenix considers adding council districts next year

Illustration of the city of Phoenix with shifting green and purple districts inside it.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The Phoenix City Council might need a bigger dais soon.

What's happening: The council voted Wednesday to start the formal council redistricting process. During their discussion, four council members — Deb Stark, Jim Waring, Carlos Garcia and Sal DiCiccio — asked staff to look at adding more districts.

Jeremy Duda
Feb 2, 2023 - Sports

Phoenix Rising invites three players from tryouts to preseason camp

A soccer player prepares to kick the ball.

Forward Munachi Offor (52) tries out for Phoenix Rising on Jan. 22. Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

Phoenix Rising opened its preseason camp Sunday with three players who made the cut during open tryouts a week earlier:

Gabby Giffords maintains hope in gun safety battle

Gabby Giffords in December 2022. Photo: Presley Ann/The Hollywood Reporter via Getty Images

Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords displayed her inextinguishable optimism in a New York Times interview published earlier this week about her continued fight for gun safety legislation.

Flashback: On Jan. 8, 2011, a gunman shot Giffords at point-blank range as she greeted constituents at a "Congress on your Corner" event at a Safeway outside Tucson.

Critical race theory debate may have "chilling effect" on Arizona teachers

Illustration of a Black teacher's hand erasing the word "history."

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Arizona enters Black History Month with no official critical race theory ban but with a political landscape that could still restrict how teachers build curriculum around race.

Why it matters: Pushes for so-called CRT bans in states with conservative legislatures, including Arizona, have led some educators to scrap once-noncontroversial Black history lessons over fears of firing and social media shaming, Axios' Russell Contreras reports from a new RAND Corporation survey.

Jeremy Duda
Feb 1, 2023 - Politics

Feds could take cues on water cuts from proposal

A water line shows how much water levels in Lake Mead have dropped.

Lake Mead's water level in June 2021. Photo: Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg via Getty Images

California was the lone holdout on a proposed framework that six of the seven Colorado River basin states submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Monday; but the plan could still be influential as the feds determines how to apportion water cutbacks that everyone will take.

Driving the news: Tuesday was the deadline for the seven basin states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming — to reach an agreement.

Jessica Boehm
Jan 31, 2023 - Sports

Watch out Phoenix: Eagles fans love to climb light poles

A man climbing on a street pole.

An Eagles fan climbs a Philly light pole in 2018. Photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Thousands of Philadelphia Eagles fans will flock to the Valley next week, likely bringing some of their unique antics with them.

State of play: Eagles fans like to climb light poles to celebrate significant sports victories.

Jessica Boehm
Jan 31, 2023 - Sports

How Phoenix and Glendale are preparing for Super Bowl safety

A man sitting in front of a wall of TV screens showing roadways.

Traffic engineer Tony Abbo at the Glendale Traffic Management Center. Photo: Jessica Boehm/Axios

All eyes will be on the Valley next weekend as it hosts the Super Bowl for the fourth time.

  • But that attention comes with an increased likelihood of public safety threats.

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