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Phoenix-area cities paying retention bonuses

Cities in metro Phoenix are paying millions of dollars in retention bonuses as they lay off employees, cut pay or raise taxes amid the recession. Compensation experts question the wisdom of retention bonuses as the state's 9.3 percent unemployment rate has drastically reduced turnover. Cities defend the bonuses as an incentive to retain employees and make up for stagnant wages.

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Cavazos named Phoenix’s new city manager

David Cavazos was named Oct. 26 as Phoenix's new city manager and will start the job on Nov. 6. The 49-year-old Cavazos was one of four finalists for the position and had been a deputy city manager. He will replace Frank Fairbanks, who is retiring Nov. 5 at age 63 after a 37-year career including 19 as city manager.

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Obama’s western vacation turns to business in Phoenix

President Barack Obama is hardly the consummate Western outdoorsman. The Marlboro Man he's not. He's spent his adult life in big cities - New York, Chicago and, now, Washington. Basketball, golf, and bodysurfing are how this jock rolls. Indoor daily gym workouts of cardio exercise and weight training are the norm. Hunting, climbing, rafting - not so much.

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