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city beat A City of Casa Grande Community Magazine | Winter 2020

WILL POWER! Defeating COVID-19 in Casa Grande and Beyond

The Latest on Car Manufacturing and More


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Mayor & Council



City Beat is a free City of Casa Grande publication distributed the first week of each annual quarter.

A time to celebrate, reflect and prioritize the gift of life.

City Beat is now a digital publication with a few hundred hard copies available at the City Hall news


Will Power

For comments, please contact the City Public How the community can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


Lucid Has Arrived Update from the company on the completion of Phase I and more.


display stand, located in the lobby after the 15th.

Electric Lights! Sharing holiday events, a tour of

Information Office at PIO@CasaGrandeAZ.gov or (520) 421-8600, ext 2530. Enjoy your read!

City Calendar Visit: CasaGrandeAZ.gov/Calendar

12/3 12/7 12/7 12/8

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting Public Hearing of 2019 CAPER Approval of Amended 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan & PY-20 Annual Action Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting

displays and other season cheer.

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Recently, I presided over a local education and workforce expert roundtable focused on finding actionable ways to support our trades-based talent. (Video: https://youtu.be/k6VW6SSIatU) Holidays are a time for celebrating the gift of life

Our online Covid-19 and Small Business Resource

and its many blessings. It is a time for reflection,

pages continue to help provide avenues for families

sharing goodwill and for prioritizing what matters

seeking assistance with food, virus testing, rent,

most, now and in the year to come.

mortgage, utilities, the homeless and seniors. (Resources: https://casagrandeaz.gov/covid19/)

Lots of curve balls have been thrown our way... from massive wildfires to COVID-19, an economic

There is still much work to be done. Together, we

shutdown and more. Yet, the good people of Casa

can beat this virus and help each other to better

Grande remain steadfast, poised with grit and

withstand the many challenges it throws our way.

determination to not just endure, but thrive. Through a united effort, we can get our schools and To bolster our local economy, the City offered up

economy back fully open. This holiday season, let's

to $500K in financial support to qualifying

prioritize life, health and community by making a

businesses and non-profits through its Casa

real commitment to shared responsibility, shared

Grande Cares and Personal Protective Equipment

sacrifice and shared success.

(PPE) Reimbursement Programs.

Happy Holidays!

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Craig McFarland

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WILL POWER! According to Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, the majority of COVID-19 spread has been largely driven by household gatherings and infected people that show no symptoms (CNN, Nov. 24, 2020). This doesn't have to be the case. The age-old adage, "Where there's a will, there's a way," still holds true today. Through Casa Grande community will, we can help reduce the virus to nominal spread. We can help reduce caseload and hospitalization. We can help get our businesses, churches and schools back fully open. And we can get our neighbors, friends and family back to work. Through our grit and determination, where there's a WILL, we can CREATE a way! Today, commit to avoiding crowds and those not part of your household. Maintain a physical distance of 6 to 12 feet or more.

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THERE'S A WAY! FACT: The prolonged use of masks when properly worn, DOES NOT cause CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency. (World Health Organization, Jun 5, 2020)

Clean your space, wash your hands

While wearing a mask, make sure

frequently and avoid touching your

it fits properly, is tight and still

nose, mouth and eyes . Properly

allows you to breathe normally.

wear a mask (or face covering)

Do not re-use a disposable mask

made of at least 2 (preferably 3)

and always change it as soon as it

layers of material that resist

gets damp.

moisture. Prolonged use of masks can be uncomfortable. However, it

Together, there's a way to defeat

does not lead to CO2 intoxication

COVID, reclaim our lives and save

nor oxygen deficiency.

the lives of others. Join the fight! citybeat | 7



According to a Lucid Motors press release (Dec 1, 2020), the electric vehicle company has just finished construction on its first AMP-1 (Advanced Manufacturing Plant) for North America, located in Casa Grande, AZ. Video | Youtu.be/bXusI5uAX-M citybeat | 8

The factory was designed with a “Future Ready� focus that allows for additional phases of expansion, beginning early 2021, enabling future production of its first SUV called Project Gravity in 2023. According to Brian Murray of Summit Consulting Group, Inc., Lucid has more than 400 employees on site today. In the next 12 months, the company will hire hundreds of new employees for highly-skilled positions: LucidMotors.com/Careers.

Casa Grande Public Library Online Classes

Explore the new Craftastic virtual learning center for kids and adults. There's science experiments, puppet shows, LEGO building challenges, storytime, kindergarten prep classes, flannel rhymes, songs and so much more! Visit: CasaGrandeAZ.gov/Library/Online-Programs

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This season, make new heartfelt memories


Tree Lighting, December 5 at 10 a.m. Watch

with family and friends. Jump into holiday cheer starting with the traditional Christmas on Cox-Channel 11, YouTube.com/CGAZGOV and Facebook (@CityofCG). Check out Holiday Events and December 5th Lights on the following pages. Download the Electric Lights Tour Map to cruise by and vote for more than 60 featured beautiful displays throughout the City at ELTVote.com. Single night displays can only be viewed from 6 to 9 p.m. on the 5th. All other holiday lights may be viewed through the 20th. There is tons of fun in store all month long! Visit CasaGrandeAZ.gov/ELT for more.

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Holiday Events

Full Details: CasaGrandeAZ.gov/ELT

12/5 | Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony Performances by Union High Dance Team and Vista Grande Band, 10am. Video: YouTube.com/CGAZGOV

12/5-20 | Electric Light Tour Over 60 holiday light displays from 6-9pm! Get Tour Map and Vote at: ELTVote.com. Sponsored by: Kramer Media, APS & Lowe’s

12/5 | Winter Wonderland FREE Drive-thru photo with Santa plus goody bag, craft and candy! 1-4pm at Community Rec Center.

12/5 | Santa’s Community Cruise Be on the lookout! Santa is touring neighborhoods with jolly firefighters from 6-8pm.

Special thanks to: Casa Grande, Eloy, Coolidge, and Arizona City Fire Departments

12/5-20 | Santa’s Scavenger Hunt Hunt begins 12/5 (5pm). Ends 12/20 (6pm). Winning Prize: $100 gift card Raffle Prize: $50 gift card (teams w/1,000+ points)

12/1-17 | Virtual Ugly Sweater Contest Winners announced Dec 23. Open to adults 18yrs+ and/or couples 18yrs+ w/ or w/o kids (0-17). Submit Pics: https://forms.gle/SdbJC6tXfUKnEb4T9

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Dec 5th Lights

Vote: ELTvote.com

671 W. Viola St Keller Williams | 475 E. Cottonwood Ln 10709 W. Shetland Ln 6433 N. Bel Air road US Army Recruiting | 1609 E. Florence Blvd, Ste 6 Apostolic Tabernacle Church | 432 W. Saguaro St 221 N. Roosevelt Ave 3542 N. Arthur Ln 1129 E. Gabrilla Dr 10639 N. Geronimo Dr 80 N. Pottebaum Rd 13 Deadlift Coffee Shop | 305 N. Florence St 1137 E. Brenda Dr 2201 N. Magdelena Pl 1938 N. Wildflower Ln 1728 N. Logan Ln 1105 E. 3rd St 308 E. Wiley Way 1747 E. Birch St Chick-fil-A | 893 N. Promenade Pkwy 3173 N. Desert Horizons Ln New Life Medical Aesthetics, | 318 E. Markley Dr 327 E. Markley Dr Tierra Pointe Apartments | 700 E. Rodeo Rd 406 E. Paseo De Paula 348 W. Settlers Trail 266 W. Auburn Sky Ct 10147 N. Tuzigoot United Methodist Church | 1515 N. Trekell Rd 1776 E. San Xavier Dr Bow Wow Meow Thrift | 112 W. 2nd St Casa Grande Fire Dept | 119 E. Florence Blvd 1328 E. Racine Dr 201 E. Ocotillo St 519 E. Tropical Dr APS | 408 N. Sacaton St 15160 W. Earley Rd Banner Medical Center | 1800 .Florence Blvd 658 W. Rambler Ct Frito Lay | 1450 W. Maricopa Hwy 1737 E. Cardinal Dr 1426 E. 12th Pl 686 E. Rancho Viejo Loop Franklin Foods, Inc. | 1221 W. Gila Bend Hwy 1566 E. Bowman Dr Strategies for Success | 1170 E. Cottonwood Ln, Ste 7 Casa Grande Jewelry & Pawn | 1326 N. Pinal Ave

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City crews and contractor Cactus Asphalt are working on arterial and collector streets throughout Casa Grande. This work is required ahead of resurfacing in the Spring. This process applies hot rubber crack sealant to fill voids caused by cracking to citybeat | 14

prevent water from settling in the base which causes further deterioration to the roadway surface. All streets will remain open while the work is taking place. Motorists may encounter minor lane restrictions, now through late January 2021.

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City Beat (Winter 2020)  

A City of Casa Grande Magazine.

City Beat (Winter 2020)  

A City of Casa Grande Magazine.