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SURVEY SAYS.. The results are in – are they what you expected?

Bob Jackson – Mayor of Casa Grande

The Interview: Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court the Hon. Scott Bales


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“The Voice of the Community”




SURVEY SAYS.. The results are in – are they what you expected?

The Interview: Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court the Hon. Scott Bales

Bob Jackson – Mayor of Casa Grande


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Contents Features:


The Living Interview with Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales


Brett Eisele sits down in Chambers and visits.

Small Town, Big Memories


2014 Leadership Survey


Leaders guide others, hopefully to greatness, and make individuals work to their full potential.

Many thanks to the 22 citizens who took the time to share their thoughts about area leadership.

Economy & Local Business

Health, Wealth & Education

Travel, Dining & Entertainment

We’re booming! . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Taste of Casa Grande . . . . . . 50

Former outlet. . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 to undergo facelift

We Will Never Forget. . . . . . . 56

Kyoto ROX! Sapporo SUX! . . . 80 Tokyo MEH? Prepare to stretch! . . . . . . . . 88

Inspire Greatness. . . . . . . . . 24

Targeting child literacy . . . . . 62 in the exam room

Wildman Phil. . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Rattlesnake Adventure!

‘Tis the season . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Financial Focus. . . . . . . . . . . 78

How do Kittens Grow up . . . . 98 6

Fall 2014


Letter from the Editor


E Bea Lueck

verything around us is changing – from the weather to our name! It’s been a wild ride since we began putting together our first publication back in 2011. Yes, it has been that long. What began as Casa Grande ROX! Magazine is now Golden Corridor LIVING Magazine. GC LIVING will continue to evolve and grow in the direction our readers want, adding content and features along the way. Feedback is always welcomed; good or bad, suggestions or comments – send it all our way to INFO@RAXXDIRECT.COM. Starting this edition, local writer Erica Herman joins us with her regular feature, small town BIG MEMORIES. Erica is both a local artist and long time contributor to publications and we are very glad to have her join us. If you have a flair for writing and would like to contribute, drop me a line and let’s chat. The First Annual LEADERSHIP SURVEY results are in. Read for yourself what key area business people and elected officials had to say. The results are what we expected. We’d like to hear from the general public now to see how your responses align. Take a moment and share with us your opinion at Select responses will be published in the next edition. Have you ever pondered what makes someone a Judge and how they become a Supreme Court Justice? This edition Brett Eisele had the opportunity to sit down with the Honorable Scott Bales, Chief Justice

of the Arizona Supreme Court. Brett weaves this fascinating story from growing up ice fishing to switching career directions in college to the current position of Chief Justice. I only wish we had a photo of the photographer, the Hon. William J. O’Neil, stretched out on the floor stretching out his back during the interview.

I have a suggestion for future candidates; tell us what you will do and make promises you can keep. We all want world peace but unless you are running for Miss America or a position where you can make that change – don’t use it in your campaign.

Election Day, November 4th is just around the corner. Personally I can’t wait for November 5th. Why? Because of the constant barrage of candidate messages! You’ve seen the road signs in every size, shape and color littering the landscape. You’ve received enough postcards to wallpaper a wall or two. You’ve seen and heard the TV and radio commercials promising the moon while bashing the opponent. I have a suggestion for future candidates; tell us what you will do and

make promises you can keep. We all want world peace but unless you are running for Miss America or a position where you can make that change – don’t use it in your campaign. Same goes for border security, education and health care – if you can’t fix it, don’t use it as your campaign platform. And the message for eligible voters – you don’t get to complain about the elected officials unless you go to the polls and cast a ballot. Our Forefathers fought and died to give us a voice at the ballot box. Use this Right wisely, your vote does count. The Holiday edition is well underway and before you know it 2015 will be here. What will it bring for Golden Corridor LIVING…plenty! Until then – enjoy life and be well.

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Bob Jackson – Mayor of Casa Grande




The Interview: Chief Justice of Arizona Supreme the Cour the Hon. Scott Bale t s




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EVERY TUES Casa Grande Kiwanis Club 7:00am @ Holiday Inn www.


EVERY TUES S.E.V.E.N Networking Chapter 9:00am @ Vantage West Credit Union (520) 233-6299 EVERY TUES Farmers Market 9:00am-3:00pm @ Florence St & 4th St (480) 818-3092 EVERY THURS Line Dancing 10:00am-12:00pm @ Len Colla Rec Center (520) 421-8655 EVERY THURS Volleyball Open Gym 6:30-8:30pm @ Len Colla Rec Center (520) 421-8655 $2


27th Annual Pinal County Town Hall @ Holiday Inn (480) 322-1626


Silent Witness Anti-Crime Night 6:00-9:00pm @ Carr McNatt Park (520) 421-8711 (1x6140)


Car Racing 5:00pm @ Central AZ Speedway


Downtown Street SceneOktoberfest 5:30-9:00pm @ 3rd & Florence St (520) 836-8744

Ghost Tours 7:00pm @ Museum of Casa Grande (520) 836-2223 Dia de los Muertos 2:00pm @ Museum of Casa Grande (520) 836-2223

Falltacular Jamboree 9:00am-5:00pm @ Casa Grande Union High School (507) 363-1521


Chat, Chew and Chocolate Morning Coffee Chat 9:00-10:00 am @ Mimi’s Café (559) 361-1221


Satin Slippers Ballroom Dance Club 7:00-9:30pm @ The Dorothy Powell Center (520) 421-8760 $5-$7


Arizona Rangers with Gunny Jackson 2:00pm @ Dorothy Powell Senior Center


CG Chamber Annual Business Showcase 5:00-7:30pm @ The Property (520) 836-2125 $5


Casa Grande Lions Club 6:00-7:00pm @ American Legion

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Food Drinks and Fun 6:00-8:00pm @ Evas Norte

Party in the Park Concert Series 6:00pm @ Peart Park (520) 421-8760




Arizona Storm Christian Music Festival 7:009:00pm @ Amphitheater at Curbside Coffee (520) 705-3366






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Casa Grande Valley Car Club 6:00-10:00pm @ Sonic Restaurant Exhibit Opening Event 12:006:00pm @ Museum of Casa Grande (520) 836-2223

Car Racing 5:00pm @ Central AZ Speedway Western Auction 10:30am @ Western Trading Post (520) 426-7702 Taste of Casa Grande 1:00-4:00pm @ Evas Fine Mexican Food (520) 836-1239 Copperstate Fly In & Aviation Expo 8:00am-5:00pm @ Casa Grande

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Halloween Carnival 6:009:00pm @ Carr McNatt Park (520) 421-8677 (7x4550)

November EVERY WED & FRI Pickleball Open Gym 9:30-11:30am @ Len Colla Rec Center (520) 421-8655 $2 EVERY TUES Casa Grande Kiwanis Club 7:00am @ Holiday Inn EVERY TUES S.E.V.E.N Networking Chapter 9:00am @ Vantage West Credit Union (520) 233-6299 EVERY TUES Farmers Market 9:00am-3:00pm @ Florence St & 4th St (480) 818-3092 EVERY THURS Line Dancing 10:00am-12:00pm @ Len Colla Rec Center (520) 421-8655 EVERY THURS Volleyball Open Gym 6:30-8:30pm @ Len Colla Rec Center (520) 421-8655 $2


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Downtown Street SceneHarvest Fair 5:30-9:00pm @ 3rd & Florence St (520) 836-8744

Craft Fair 9:00am-1:00pm @ Villas by Mary T (520) 836-5273 8th Annual Veterans Day Parade 9:00am @ Brown Ave & Florence Blvd (520) 431-3399 Hand-on Agriculture and Water Resource 1:00pm @ Museum of Casa Grande (520) 836-2223 Bluegrass Harvest Fest 7:00pm @ Museum of Casa Grande (520) 836-2223


Satin Slippers Ballroom Dance Club 7:00-9:30pm @ The Dorothy Powell Center (520) 421-8760 $5-$7


Western Auction 10:30am @ Western Trading Post (520) 426-7702


Boys & Girls Club Fall Harvest 6:30-9:30pm @ Dillards at The Promenade (520) 876-5437


Thanksgiving Boogie @ Skydive Arizona (520) 466-3753


Car Racing 5:00pm @ Central AZ Speedway


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uring my teenage years I attended prep school in the East and the big deal on weekends for our little group was to catch the MTA from downtown Boston out to Cambridge and walk around Harvard College in our coats and ties like we were somebody. Hallowed ground we thought and indeed it was. Our interview this issue is with a man who graduated Harvard with a Masters degree in economics and then proceeded to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School. He clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court; he clerked for Justice Joseph Sneed on the 9TH Circuit Appeals Court in San Francisco, he worked in the office of the Justice Department that argues cases before the United States Supreme Court and all this before he really began practicing law. It was a great pleasure to sit down in Chambers and visit with the Chief Justice of the State Of Arizona Supreme Court, Scott Bales. A learned man who, in his career, “has seen them come and go”! A post script here, all photographs were taken by our own Judge William J. O’Neil. — Brett Eisele



Scott Bales Chief Justice of the State of Arizona Supreme Court Interview by Brett Eisele GC LIVING: O.K., let’s go on the record! JUSTICE BALES: This is a little unusual; it makes me feel like I’m being deposed. (Laughs.) GC LIVING: You’ll find there are no loaded questions here Mr. Chief Justice. Everybody knows who you are and what you do, but they don’t know anything about you and with that I ask my first question, where did life start for you? JUSTICE BALES: I was born in Elkhart, Indiana and lived there until the summer after third grade. I then moved north into Michigan. Through high school I lived in a place

that was idyllic for a kid. My family lived in a rural area where there was a lake on one side of our house and a very large woods on the other. Our parents would tell us when we left the house, “Come back at dark.” In a way it was isolated and remote, but in another way we had a lot more autonomy and independence than kids do today. GC LIVING: You said “us”, you had siblings? JUSTICE BALES: I did. My mother, who had been a single parent, remarried to a man who had four children from a prior marriage. I had a younger half brother and then suddenly had four stepbrothers and stepsisTHE LEADERSHIP EDITION


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ters, so it was a large group.

GC LIVING: What do you remember most? JUSTICE BALES: Depending on the season, we spent a lot of time outdoors. In the summer, I had my own rowboat, then a rowboat with a tiny outboard motor, and before I had a driver’s license, I had a motorboat. We fished, we water-skied, and we hunted for things like squirrels and rabbits, but were rarely successful. In the winter, we ice skated and ice fished. I remember for Christmas one year I was really looking forward to getting a new “Spud”, which is a long metal pole with a chisel at the end that we used to chop out the hole in the ice. GC LIVING: Were you any good at ice fishing? JUSTICE BALES: It’s a past time that puzzles me because the amount of fish you catch relative to the time you have to spend doesn’t seem to justify sitting out in the cold. GC LIVING: You probably had a paper route? JUSTICE BALES: Yes and it was challenging given the seasons. Usually we would ride our bikes to deliver the papers, but in the winter sometimes the snow and the ice would make it impractical to do, so we would put the papers on sleds and we would walk the route. At the time, it seemed like a massive trek, but now when I go back it THE LEADERSHIP EDITION

seems like it’s not a huge distance. My deliveries were after school on weekdays and on Saturday mornings. GC LIVING: Speaking of which, what schools did you attend? JUSTICE BALES: The elementary school I attended was Baldwin Prairie Elementary, a small school that no longer exists. This is a place in Michigan where the population today is probably less than when I lived there. After graduating from Baldwin Prairie at the end of sixth grade, I attended White Pigeon High School. When I graduated I think there were between 80 and 90 students in my graduating class. GC LIVING: Do you have a specific teacher you remember? JUSTICE BALES: Oh yes! I was lucky at each stage in my education because I fortuitously met teachers who encouraged me and served as models in different ways. In high school it was Marion Thompson, an English and Humanities teacher. For part of high school, I was a somewhat indifferent student. GC LIVING: Because you were ice fishing? (Laughs.) JUSTICE BALES: Or something else! Ms. Thompson, for whatever reason, identified me as someone who was underachieving, and she encouraged me to do independent studies where she would give me a list of books and I would write reports about them. I think she recognized I was bored with my classes. Through her, I began focusing more on academics. GC LIVING: She changed your life, in a sense? JUSTICE BALES: She very much did. She helped pique my interest more in school and to develop my writing skills. It was an important and somewhat accidental part of my education. It was just one teacher taking an interest in a kid she thought ought to be doing better than he was. GC LIVING: Now that you had improved, were you beginning to think about college? JUSTICE BALES: I had always thought about college, partly as a result of my mother. She had grown up in a traditional farming family in northern Indiana and graduated as the valedictorian from her high school class, but her parents were adamant there was no point in her going to college, so she never did go. She always made it clear she really wanted me to go to college. I hadn’t focused on where I would go. Instead, I went where

both one of my high school friends and my then-girlfriend were going – Michigan State University. I went from a high school where there were 80 or 90 people in my class, to a freshman class of 10,000 people, but I liked the size of Michigan State. And once again, I met teachers who were very encouraging. They took an interest in me. Although I had gone to this huge university, I met some people early on who helped me find good teachers in the subjects I wanted to study. There was one professor in particular, Walter Adams, who was an economics professor and just an inspiring teacher. He was a crusty old guy from New York who would walk around with an unlit cigar. He was somewhat intimidating, because he was a little brusque and he didn’t tolerate sloppy thinking and he expected people to come prepared to class. One of the classes he taught was on the economics of antitrust law. And that was one of the things that really prompted my main interest in law school. GC LIVING: You obviously did well in the course? JUSTICE BALES: Yes. I hadn’t decided what I was ultimately going to do, and he said something like, “Bales, you ought to pick a real major like economics,” so I ended up doing just that. I majored in economics. At the end of college, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to graduate school with the thought of being a professor or instead to law school. I applied and was admitted to both, but I didn’t really have any money to go to law school and I had a fellowship to study economics which was very generous. GC LIVING: Where were you going to study economics? JUSTICE BALES: I began graduate school at Harvard and fairly quickly concluded that I should have gone to law school. Graduate-level economics was very specialized. As soon as you began the program, people were talking about, “what are you going to write your thesis on? Have you begun your preliminary research?” It also was very oriented towards applied statistics and econometrics, or very high-level economic theory, which is essentially very advanced mathematics. I had been more interested in economics in terms of how it actually affected businesses or public policy. I thought, “This is not as in-

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My Economic Development Manifesto


by Jim Dinkle, Executive Director, Access Arizona

have been in the field of economic development since 1987 when I worked in tax policy governing economic development in my native Kentucky. Over the years I have served in economic development positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. My work has been at the state, county and regional levels, so I feel that in 27 years I have gained adequate experience to talk authoritatively on the subject of economic development. This experience, supplemented

by growing up in a family of business people and attorneys, has molded my view of economic development. Economic development is competitive. The International Economic Development Council estimates that there are 13,000 practitioners just like me doing my job to promote their communities around the world. All 13,000 of these practitioners have a fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers who ultimately fund their work. Ethics are of paramount importance when uphold-

ing what is the highest and best use for developable land, granting public incentives to leverage investment and at the end of the day marrying one’s heart and brain to a good project. I am of the belief that not every business prospect that comes through the door is viable or a good match. To me, the best businesses that I can work to recruit or to expand are: 1) Stewards of the environment and not its conquerors 2) Give back to the community

The nation’s explosive region for growth.

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Economy • Local Business through a sense of social responsibility with participation in service clubs, chambers of commerce, scholarships, engagement and dialog 3) Who pay sustainable wages and provide access to such benefits as healthcare, education and training and savings for retirement 4) Who invest as owners with the intent of being here long term. Due diligence on the part of every local economic developer is imperative to there being no surprises, especially in the recruitment of start-ups or businesses who are not household names. Critical questions must be answered about access to capital, long-term growth strategy, management and even as elementary as the business plan. Due diligence is a two-way street between the economic developer and the business prospect. Know who you are talking to before you pass judgment. In other words, do

not judge a book by its cover. One of my biggest economic development projects turned out to be with one of the richest individuals in the US. On the day of his 2007 site visit to rural Indiana he was dressed in jeans, a t-shirt and scruffy shoes. He identified himself by name and as soon as I returned to my office I was researching him, his holdings, his foundations and arming myself with as many details about him as possible. This gentleman told the audience at the time of his company’s site announcement that I had impressed him more than the other seven communities he had visited, because they judged him by what he was wearing and I did not! Economic development is a sport and, as I said, it is very competitive. A mentor who has since passed away told me 20 years ago, “Economic development is a lot like baseball, except in this game you can bat .100 or less and still be successful.”




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Progress being made on city projects by Robert “Bob” Jackson, Mayor, Casa Grande

When finished it will be a little under two million square feet of space (about twice the size of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center) housing about 1800 vendors from around the world.



thought it would be a good time to update everyone about a couple of projects that are underway in Casa Grande; Phoenix Mart and the Tractor Supply Distribution Center. Phoenix Mart is the most misunderstood and most asked about project we have had in Casa Grande. The Tractor Supply Center is a new employer coming to town to serve a significant corporate expansion. Phoenix Mart has been on everybody’s mind since it was announced over two years ago. It will significantly change the future of our community. While I know many of you know what it is, I wanted to take a few minutes to once again explain it. It is a center to showcase products to retailers in the global market. When finished it will be a little under two million square feet of space (about twice the size of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center) housing about 1800 vendors from around the world. Initially one third of the space was allocated to US businesses but the most recent plan is to have a majority of the center dedicated to US products. Many of the projects we see come thru the City fail because of lack of funding for initial start up and construction. Phoenix Mart has their funding in place thru a federal immigration program called EB-5. The second reason projects have trouble starting is lack of infrastructure. Phoenix Mart is proposed on a site east of Overfield Road on Florence Blvd. Water, sewer, electric and gas need to be brought to the site and improvements to Florence Blvd. need to be completed and this has contributed to delays in starting. The owner is working hard to reach agreements


with the various utilities to provide service to the site. To date the City has agreed to the sewer extension and the cost sharing for the construction, the developer is close to agreements with water and electric and have a tentative agreement with ADOT regarding road improvements. All this being said Phoenix Mart’s current schedule is to start grading the site in October of this year. They have two contractors scheduled, one to do the building and one to do the site and off-site construction. They are planning to be complete late in 2015. I recognize that many of us have been anxious to see the project underway but hope you all understand how difficult these types of projects are and the difficulty in implementing them. Tractor Supply, TSC, is a Fortune 500 company that is undergoing a significant expansion throughout the US and more particularly in the southwest. The proposed distribution center will be used to supply many of these new stores. In fact Coolidge recently announced that TSC is opening a retail store in the old Safeway building. TSC will employ about 270 people and plan to start construction this fall with completion late in 2015. They will be located in the industrial park west of the WalMart DC. We are happy to have completed the agreements necessary to bring this new employer into our community. 2014 has been a very good year for Casa Grande I hope that 2015 will continue the successes we have seen from all of our hard work to show everyone this is a great place to live and work.




Article Casa Grande Chamber ofPage Commerce

We all have leadership abilities Tips for Becoming a Better Leader by Helen Neuharth, President/CEO Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” — Peter Drucker

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” — Henry A. Kissinger

“Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard” — Warren Bennis

“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them”. — Paul Hawken



he debate on whether “leaders are made” or “leaders are born” has been going on for centuries. Well, I believe that we all have ‘leadership’ abilities. It is just a matter of how each individual develops that leadership ability. I was just reading a book on leadership and there were instructions on how to become a better leader. Here are a few of the steps mentioned: first, is to be able to make a decision; taking risks is also a leadership trait, no matter how large or how small; motivating others around you; learn to communicate well; stand strong in your beliefs but be fair and learn how to take criticism well. It is a great leader that surrounds him or herself with individuals that know as much, if not more, than oneself. Above all, be fair to everyone you come in contact with. The Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce is a great organization for individuals to utilize to develop and/or strengthen their leadership. One of the first steps is to have your business be a member of the Chamber, secondly, attend monthly events or get involved in one of the Chamber’s committees. Don’t hesitate to contact the Chamber if you would like to get involved in the

business community and market your business at the same time! The Chamber’s annual recognition of leaders in our community is underway. I am sure that you know of one or more individuals that could be recognized for his or her service, leadership or

involvement in Casa Grande. A listing of the criteria for each of the three awards can be found on the Chamber’s website www. as well as a listing of past award recipients. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, October 10.

Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce

23rd Annual Business Showcase WEDNESDAY, October 15, 2014

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Property Conference Center 1251 W. Gila Bend Hwy. Casa Grande


Vacation Get-Away Tickets: $10 each or 3 for $20 Tickets SOLD at Business Showcase-drawing same evening

1st Place Prize - 2 roundtrip tickets anywhere Southwest Airlines flies (Sponsored by: Southwest Airlines, some restrictions apply)

2nd Place - $500 Shopping Spree

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We’re booming! by Rina Rien, Director, Casa Grande Main Street


Emily Sebring, Herbalicious of Arizona

f you’re just coming back to town or just emerging from the summer doldrums, you need to see all that is happening in our Historic Downtown. New business are sprouting up all over this fall, and here’s a peak at some of the new reasons for you to support local business by shopping, dining and playing downtown: Desert Décor and Mexican Pottery celebrated their grand opening early September, offering a wide range of art and accessories for home and garden. Austin and Peggy Franklin, longtime residents of Casa Grande with a love for Southwestern art are anxious to share their favorite finds with you. Hours

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Street Scene

The Museum of Casa Grande

5:30pm - 9:00pm Between 2nd and 4th Streets on Historic Florence Street

110 W. Florence Blvd. (520)836-2223

Live music, car show, guest exhibitors and merchants open late!

Museum exhibits open 12:00pm - 6:00pm


Speaker Series 2:00pm Evening event 7:00pm

Day Out Downtown 9:30am - 2:00pm

LIVE! In The Alley

Main Street Patio (Alley behind Cook E Jar at Florence Street) Historical Walking Tour Merchant Scavenger Hunt and Outdoor Market

7:00pm Main Street Patio (Alley behind Cook E Jar at Florence Street)

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are Monday-Saturday from 8-4 and they’re located between the Cook E Jar and Shawna’s Pet Grooming on Florence Street. Herbalicious of Arizona has been a popular stop at the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Emily Sebring, Clinical Herbalist and Holistic Nutritionist, recognized an ever increasing market for her herbal remedies and holistic healing. Now you’ll be able to find Emily at her Herbalicious shop located in the building adjacent to the weekly market at 4th and Florence Street, Emily plans to expand her services to include massage, therapeutic yoga and workshops for organic and sustainable living. The Cook E Jar Second Edition is now open in the newly renovated City of Casa Grande’s Main Library. Offerings of favorites from their popular menu can be enjoyed on the new outdoor patio as you delve into your newest book. They’ll be serving up cappuccinos, smoothies, wraps, salads and, of course, monster cookies! The ever popular Big House Café is about to get bigger with expansion plans including a bakery serving up fresh baked goods and a Mexican restaurant. The bakery will have its own storefront just around the corner from Big House Café on Florence Street. In addition, the old Picazzo’s Restaurant building at the corner of Florence Boulevard and Florence

Street is undergoing a conversion to a Mexican restaurant name Red Estilo/Mex. Coupled with Feli’s Cuban Kitchen, new evening dining options and entertainment are promising a healthy nightlife to compliment downtown’s business district. Timing could not be better as new businesses open in time for our new event season kicking off with Oktoberfest, Tuesday October 7th. Every week offers a different experience for all ages and interests. Whether you love the block party atmosphere of Street Scene or revel in the historic tales shared by our charming downtown docents, each week we have something planned to tempt you to explore all that is new and timeless in Casa Grande’s Historic Downtown.

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by Harold Kitching

DICK POWELL REMINISCES Now, at 50,000-plus and growing, it’s really a challenge because you’ve got such new demographics. You have a lot of people living here that don’t really have any roots or cultural knowledge of Casa Grande.



ears ago when Casa Grande was much, much smaller, a core group of people were the movers and shakers. Want an industrial park? Let’s do it. Want this, want that? Let’s do it. Today, there is no small core of goto people. Dick Powell, of Powell’s Feed and Western Wear, recalls back to the 1950s. “When the town was under 20,000 people,” he said, “it was a lot easier to get groups of people together to work on community issues and ideas than it is today. That’s just the definite fact.” “Donovan Kramer Sr. (then the owner and publisher of the Casa Grande Dispatch newspaper) was behind a lot of the economic push. The original O’odham Tash, when it started off was basically a Jack Johnson and Ed Hooper and Don Kramer involvement and several others, I’m probably missing names. They had a group that came together and the idea that was driving it was the fact that we had a large potential for Indian trade here but a lot of the Indians weren’t treated respectfully, or taken advantage of, and we needed to try to change that image.” “O’odham Tash Indian Days Celebration grew out of just a commonality and it went on very strongly for awhile with community support.” The core group people in those days were also willing to put up their own money when needed. “The industrial park (VIP) on the west side, they needed help when they were trying to get off the ground,” Powell continued. “A lot of the people, they passed the hat around at the last minute and got people to put enough money to make that viable. I know my father put


in money for it, to help get enough seed money up there to get it going.” “And it was kind of the only industrial park at the time it came, and it pretty well filled up. Some of the industry may not have been the kind that we would like to see today, but it filled up and it provided a lot of jobs. People like Hexel came in and they’ve been a blessing to the city, because we had a place for them available.” The same with the Giants baseball team, Powell said. “I know basically the town had to come up with some money or it wasn’t going to happen. And within a very short period of time and people ran around town gathering money and got the amount of money to anchor that and bring it here to Casa Grande.” “Those types of things sometimes run a course. It was real big for quite awhile and then it started to dwindle down and then it became basically not much of a draw, it was a spring training thing, and they were playing games at other places. And then, of course, Casa Grande wasn’t big enough to entertain those young people at night, so they were traveling back and forth to Tempe or Scottsdale and they moved it up into that area.” A push for greater economic development was also pushed by a few individuals, Powell recalls. “The Casa Grande Economic Development Foundation, that first started off over at the bank that Jerry Cook worked at, in a room in there,” he said. “They had Gary Cropper and John McEvoy, and I’m going to miss a whole bunch of names, I was there. They gathered around the table and they said we need to do something proac-

tive for the community to try to attract more business.” It also helped that Kramer Sr. was on the board of the Arizona Department of Transportation, representing this area, Powell added. “As far as people getting together,” he said, “you would go clear back to K.K. Henness and his wife, Louise, she was such an important part of the Democratic party.” And she had her own way of getting things done. “Mrs. Henness was head of the school board at that time,” Powell continued, “and they had a member named Jack that didn’t make all the meetings and she was telling me that they had a mouse that was around the office and they called it Jack so if they needed a quorum they would count the mouse and they could do business.” She was a mover and a shaker in her own right, Powell recalls. “The original high school football field was right behind the main building there (now City Hall), the grassy area, and when they got ready to do [the field] they didn’t go out for any architectural renderings and planners to come in and environmental things,” he said. “She called the farmers up, she said we need a grass field and we need it leveled and we need it ready to play on and here’s the dimension. And a number of them came into town and did it over a weekend or 10 days or so and all of a sudden, they had a new field there that grew grass and it served as a practice field later on.” “But that was when the town was smaller, that’s how a lot of things happened, you called up people that could help whatever project you were THE LEADERSHIP EDITION

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focused on.” There are still groups in Casa Grande that get together on community projects, Powell said, such as Cowboy and Indian Days, the chili cook-off, the fly-in at the city airport, Little League grounds, and the downtown street fair.

work on ideas that appeal to them and that they can get emotionally involved in and hopefully financially involved to get things done.” “I’m almost happy that there’s not

a small group of people that could control Casa Grande at our current population; that would have enough clout and go out and get things that they wanted.”

Why no stand out leaders today? “Now, at 50,000-plus and growing, it’s really a challenge,” Powell said, “because you’ve got such new demographics. You have a lot of people living here that don’t really have any roots or cultural knowledge of Casa Grande. And there’s difficulty trying to get things done in the perspectives of the different ones; some of them don’t care about entertainment because they’re going to go back to Maricopa County for it and shopping and taking kids to school and that kind of thing, and you have others that are trying to push it here.” “I think you still see a lot of people of getting together, although it’s not as pronounced, because when a small thing happens in a small town it becomes a big thing, because it’s something new and different. When you’re 50,000 it takes a pretty big deal to reach the whole community with excitement.”

Bottom line of story? “I think that we’re seeing community efforts a lot more than we’re seeing small group of movers and shakers efforts,” Powell said. “I don’t know that you could pick a core of six people or so and say these are the guys that are going to make everything happen, because I don’t think that’s viable any more. I think you work with smaller groups, you THE LEADERSHIP EDITION

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rian Russell was a great man that loved his family and supported his community. That is why this year the Western Pinal Association of Realtors partnered with the Cancer Support Center here in Casa Grande for the Russell’s Run 2014. The Cancer Support Center provides support and encouragement for mind, body, and spirit for patients and people of the community. You do not have to be a cancer patient to benefit from the programs they offer. It is their mission to provide support and education for all members of the community, regardless of whether or not they've been touched by cancer. Check out their Facebook page at

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Brian was a very likeable, amiable and hardworking man. Tall in stature and big of heart, he tried to support all the local businesses here in Casa Grande. He knew that was more important than always finding the “best” price. He would hire people he knew were in need as well, providing services for his businesses. He cared about people and let them know he was thinking of them and kept in touch. Brian supported many local youth in fundraising projects. Brian was President of the Western Pinal Association of Realtors prior to his illness. In fact, he went from the luncheon installing the new president to the hospital later that night not feeling well, and for the first time in his life finding out he was very ill. Brian Russell was a great influence on the Western Pinal Association of Realtors and in the community he loved.

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Page Article CityGate Introducing LOCAL BUSINESS

Former outlet to undergo facelift, now known as CityGate by Lorena Sage, Leasing Director for CityGate

Those of us who live here know what a busy, vibrant place this mall used to be. Our goal is to once again have it be a hub of activity in the community.


xciting things are happening at the former outlet mall in Casa Grande at I-10 and Jimmie Kerr Boulevard. In case you have not already heard, the property is in the process of undergoing a rebranding and facelift! Now officially known as CityGate, this property will soon be host to retail shops, restaurants, entertainment venues‌truly a new Casa Grande destination. And with our great location right on I-10, we hope to attract quite a few people traveling between Phoenix and Tucson. We have moved away from the outlet or factory direct stores concept, and are instead creating a great place where you can eat, shop and play locally as well as enjoy a variety of special events we are planning for year round entertainment.

CityGate will also be home to the new Marketing Center for PhoenixMart, where you will be able to see a model of the facility being built here as well as five actual size model tenant showrooms built out as they will appear in PhoenixMart‌much like visiting a model home in a new home community. In addition, plans are in the works for development of approximately 34 acres behind the Mall to include future commercial, retail, and possible office and residential space that will be nestled in tranquil surroundings complete with park areas and walking trails. Phase I of the project is underway now, with new signage being designed, improvements being made at the property and new tenant leases being negotiated. Those of us who live here

know what a busy, vibrant place this mall used to be, and over the years a lot has changed. Change is inevitable. Our goal is to once again have it be a hub of activity in the community, so watch for the changes over the coming months! We are also planning some special events on the property, some of which will be affiliated with the new Marketing Center and others will be larger venue outdoor events. Later phases are in concept development now and are proposed to include a new hotel, large multi-functional commercial building with parking structure, additional retail and gas station with convenience store. For information on CityGate and all of the great things happening here, please feel free to call the Management Office at 520-836-9663.

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Ensuring a healthy outlook A Three Step Financial Physical by Rene Almazan


t can be easy to allow your finances to run on auto-pilot. Pension checks are set on direct deposit, bills are paid electronically, and with a little luck and professional guidance, investments grow at a promising pace. Despite the regularity of it all, your financial life may need attention. It’s important to make time for a financial physical. Here are three areas where a little attention now could help ensure a healthy outlook for the future. Review your investment portfolio. Many financial institutions have financial advisors available to help you analyze your investments and look ahead at your financial goals. Participating in an annual review with a financial advisor will also ensure that you avoid some of the most com-

Many financial institutions have financial advisors available to help you analyze your investments and look ahead at your financial goals.

mon retirement-planning mistakes. Entertain a lower mortgage rate. Mortgage rates remain at historical lows and property values are slowly increasing, creating valuable opportunities for refinancing and home sales. Consult with a mortgage lender and a real estate agent to more appropriately determine how you can take advantage of these remarkable rates. You may find out that the move you had planned to make in another five years might be more advantageous now. If you decide to refinance, your financial institution can provide real numbers so you can understand true savings and any upfront costs. Investigate savings options. Financial institutions offer a number of savings options that provide more ac-

cessibility than stock market investments and higher yields than a simple savings account. Alternative savings vehicles, such as certificates of deposit, share certificates and money market accounts, have been used by generations of savers to help build a nest egg without the restrictions of a long-term commitment. Rene Almazan is a senior vice president for Vantage West Credit Union, a $1.3 billion credit union serving 130,000 members in Pima, Pinal, Cochise and Maricopa counties. To learn more about Vantage West Credit Union, visit Some products and services are subject to approval. Certain restrictions and fees may apply. Subject to change. Federally insured by NCUA. NMLS # 485751.

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Inspire Greatness

A good leader leads. A great leader inspires greatness. by Cindy Schaider, Executive Director, Casa Grande Alliance


he aim of a truly great leader must be to grow the leadership skills in others; to inspire others to be just a little better than they already are. For us, in the drug abuse prevention business, that includes inspiring others to live a healthy, drug free life. And when it comes to that topic, everyone can be a leader. I once had a teenager remark to me, “I am sick of adults saying we are the leaders of tomorrow. I am a leader today!” Teenagers are indeed good leaders, and often exemplify the leadership skills of both zest and heart. They have incredible passion for what they do, and put their whole heart into it. The image on the attached page is an excellent example of this. It was the winning image for an Arkansas coalition drug prevention poster contest. Interestingly the artist, Sara, was the victim of abduction just a year before she created this image. Yet she was able to keep a positive attitude, and continue to be a leader among her peers. She inspires me to greatness. The Casa Grande Alliance is privileged to be the community sponsor to three local SADD chapters – Students Against Destructive Decisions. These energetic middle- and highschool students share a motto: Making positive choices popular. Through their SADD chapter activities, youth discover that MOST youth do not use alcohol and other drugs. They find a peer group committed to fulfilling their dreams and helping others do the same.



Yet we cannot only depend upon teens to help their peers make good choices. National research shows us that parents and other caring adults have the greatest influence over a young person’s decision whether to use alcohol and other drugs. Our local research proves this to be true; teens consistently confirm this, although adults seldom believe it! As adults, the words we say and the choices we make can – and will – inspire greatness within young people. Three things adults can do to inspire greatness within youth: 1. Talk to them about their life goals. Ask them what they want to be when they grow up, and then really listen. 2. Help the young person brainstorm the steps needed to reach their goals. Your life experience is best applied by helping them strategize, rather than telling them what to do. This approach will teach them judgment and decision making skills. 3. Give them praise and compliments, not just for what they do but for who they are. This last one can be a challenge. Try writing down three things you appreciate about that person, or how you see greatness within them already. And so the circle is complete. As leaders, we inspire greatness in others. And then they inspire someone else, who inspires someone else…


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So you want to be a REALTOR®? Helpful Advice for Becoming a Licensed Agent by Gretchen Slaughter, Coldwell Banker ROX Realty Meet Gretchen Slaughter – 2013 Rookie of the Year at Coldwell Banker ROX Realty



hat made you decide to become a real estate agent? I had worked in escrow for almost 7 years at a local title company, so I was very familiar with all different types of real estate transactions; residential, commercial, land, seller carry-backs and so forth. I thought becoming a REALTOR® would be a wise career for me. My grandpa, John Fearn, became a real estate broker when his health no longer enabled him to do heavy ranch and farm work, and my mom, Georgia Schaeffer, is currently an associate broker, as well. I have been around the business all my adult life. Who are you? I am a wife, mother of four and the daughter of a REALTOR® and a doctor. My dad was a Navy doctor in California until 1980, when my parents opened a private practice here in Casa Grande and we moved into the house on the farm that my grandpa built in 1948. I grew up in that house, like my mom and then my kids. My childhood was spent playing in cotton fields, working cows and riding bikes. My faith, family and friends are all extremely important to me. I still live in Casa Grande with my husband and high school sweetheart. My husband suffered a traumatic brain injury 4 years ago, which changed our lives. We had just signed a contract to purchase our new home and spent the entire time we were in escrow, in St. Joseph’s Neurological Rehab. I understand a stressful home purchase transaction! Why did you choose Coldwell Banker ROX Realty? That was a no brainer! My mom has been an agent with Coldwell Banker since they opened their doors in Casa Grande in 2004. I have known many of the agents for many years, having worked on their transactions and know them personally. I know that they are professional, ethical, knowledgeable and hard working people; exactly the kind of REALTOR® I strive to be.


What did you do prior to working as a real estate agent? For several years I was a stay at home mom; my most important job, in my opinion. When my kids started school, I bought Elite Cleaners, one of the dry cleaners in town. When I sold the business, a friend asked me to teach water aerobics a few days a week. I loved it, but I needed something with more of a future. I got a job at Title Security Agency here in Casa Grande and worked in the escrow department until 2012. While at TSA I also did property research for clients, agents and other title companies. How did you start out and drum up your own sales and customers? I sent out cards to my close friends and family to start. I also use Trulia, Zillow and to make contact with buyers and sellers. Now I get business from referrals from past clients. I work very hard for my clients and believe in going the extra mile because I under-

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stand how stressful buying and selling property can be and I want to help make the experience as smooth as possible. Do you remember your first transaction? It was a wonderful cash transaction for a $20,000 house. The buyer was so excited to finally own his very first house which warmed my heart! In this business, our relationships with our clients are so important. This man’s purchase was just as important to him as a $200,000 purchase is to someone else, so he was just as important to me as any other person. What advice would you give to someone who is considering real estate as a career? This business is not for the faint of heart, you can expect to work hard. Many clients need to see property on weekends or in the evenings so you need to be flexible and available to them, answer the phone and respond quickly to emails. Be honest, and if you don’t know an answer, go to your Broker and ask for help. When you speak to a new person, always ask if they are currently working with another agent; if they say yes, then advise them to call that agent back…we all have access to the same listings through MLS. Loyalty, honesty and confidentiality are very important and our clients deserve the best service that we can provide.


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s we slowly put an end to summer and start seeing another season approaching have you ever asked yourself what does my home insurance cover? Insurance is essential in owning a home, but it does not cover everything. Here are a few things you probably do not have enough coverage for: 1. Jewelry – “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” How much coverage do you have for fine jewelry? 2. Guns – There are a lot of gun owners in Arizona. Do you have guns and if so, what are the limits on your home insurance policy? 3. Coins & Money – “A penny saved is a penny earned,” but your home insurance policy is limited on the amount of coverage they will pay out for a covered cause of loss. 4. Artwork & Antiques – We all have the one of a kind piece of art from our children, but whether you have artwork from a local artist or something much more valuable, or family heirloom antiques in your home - it will pay to ask how much coverage you have on that portion of your home insurance policy. 5. Floods from outside rising water – Even though we live in Arizona you never know when or where Mother Nature could strike. Flood damage is typically not covered under a home policy if water rises from the outside like a levee breaking or water running down your street from too much rain. 6. Sewer backup – It might not be as common as theft or fire, but this could cause major damage to your floors,



walls, furniture and electrical systems. The cost of cleaning up and repairing the damage caused by this “stinky dirty” loss could be a real drain on your wallet. 7. Mold – A breakout of mold not only looks disgusting but is a health risk. Most policies either limit the amount they will pay or totally eliminates it. Mold can be hidden away and you not even know you have it. 8. Trampoline Injuries – These fun bouncy creations are seen in a lot of yards. But in 2011 over 81,000 emergency room visits were due to trampolines, according to the US Product Safety Commission. 9. Aggressive Dog Breeds - Most insurance companies will not cover injuries by aggressive dog breeds, such as Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. Each company has their own guidelines on what type of dogs are unacceptable. Dog attacks have increased over the years with the average claim being paid out at over $24,000. Make it a priority to talk to your insurance agent about your coverage’s and causes of loss your policy will cover. Don’t hesitate to contact your agent today if you need help assessing your insurance needs. These are just a few examples of items you may want to check on. Keep in mind most policies have coverage limits on unscheduled property such as the items above, which is far below the retail cost of replacement. Let’s face it; most of us do not even read our policies. It is as simple as picking up the phone and calling your agent to ensure you have adequate coverage placed on the assets you have worked so hard to obtain. Do not wait for a claim to happen to find out if your policy is adequate.


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Fund raising event to be held to support museum restoration


n Toltec Road between Interstate 10 and Jimmie Kerr/Frontier Blvds, on the east side of the road just south of the railroad tracks sits a building with significant historical value to the community. Eligible for the National Historic Registry, the old Toltec Elementary School is currently being restored by the Santa Cruz Valley Historic Museum. The mission style building was completed in 1930 on lands donated by the Shedd family and it was used as a classroom in the Toltec school district until 1956. From 1958 to 1966 it was used by the LDS Church. In 1966 the building was renovated and was used as a school again for the next ten years. A jail cell was installed when the Pinal County sheriff’s office used the building as a substation from 1977 to 1984. The wooden building, just to the southeast and built in the late 1920’s, is believed to be one of the


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last standing Colored schools not restored in Arizona. In 1951 desegregation was instituted in Arizona and all the children were then taught together. Comprised entirely of rural farming areas south and west of Eloy, the school district was never part of any city until the 1960’s. From the beginning area farmers employed many multi-cultural workers from all over the valley, including the Tohono O’odham Nation. They employed only the best and most dependable of the migrant workers and Native-Americans. Children living on the farms attended the old school. The Museum acquired the school buildings in 2003 with the intent of restoring them so they can be used as a multi-purpose museum and visitor center where artifacts of the past can bring history to life for present and future generations. Successful fund raising efforts, material and financial support from the community and various grants have allowed the Museum to accomplish significant advances in this renovation process. The renovation of the “Colored school” was completed in time for the Arizona state centennial in 2012 and was selected as a Legacy Project. A great deal of restoration has been accomplished. However, much more needs to be done. The electrical and mechanical work need to be brought up to current codes. An ADA handicap restroom needs to be installed. The intention is also to build a replica of the original wooden school house. Of course there are many additional projects which still need to be addressed.


anta Cruz Valley Historic Museum’s annual fund raising event is a Dinner Dance held at The Property with a live band. Both sponsors and contributors are sought to aid in the success of the event. With good food, good music and good fun, guests are encouraged to purchase tickets and attend in order to join in on the door prizes, raffle and both silent and live auctions. The 2014 event is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th. For more information about the Museum, the renovation efforts and this year’s event, contact Dick Myers at 421-0696. The website is THE LEADERSHIP EDITION

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SCHOOL BUDGET OVERRIDES ARE NOT TAXES! EDITORIAL by Bea Lueck, General Manager and Managing Editor Golden Corridor LIVING Magazine


he headline is worth repeating - school budget overrides are NOT taxes! Passing the override will not increase your property taxes; failing to pass the override will not reduce your

property taxes. You are going to pay the same percentage for school property taxes either way. So why do we have school budget overrides on our ballots? Arizona Revised Statute, Title 15 sets the provisions regarding

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school governance; chapter 9 sets the budget allocations and limitations. Voter approved budget overrides allow districts to set their own allocation based on what the VOTERS feel best fits the needs of the students, families and community. Several school districts in Pinal County are seeking voter approval for overrides. The state budget system provides for the basics – barely. “Luxury” items such as highly qualified educators, academic achievement classes, electives, athletics and other extra-curricular activities are not covered by the basics. Education has moved far beyond reading, writing and arithmetic! A well rounded education system benefits both the student and the community. Students that participate in the ‘extras’ receive a greater percentage of scholarships, higher acceptance to military academies and top ranked colleges and uni-

versities and are more successful later in life. Quality education is one key criteria business and industry review when selecting communities for business expansion. Our community needs industry growth and high paying jobs. To attract business development, we need a quality education system. The current method of budget allocation is antiquated. Budget overrides put the decision into the hands of the voters – people in the community who best know local needs. Voting no does not reduce property taxes; it restricts the budget allocations to state mandated limits. Different communities have different education needs. Our students need every advantage available to them to compete on a national and global scale. Let’s continue to provide them the opportunity to excel by voting YES on all the district’s budget overrides.

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Esteemed Teachers, Staff and Administration, Just when you thought the challenges to allowing you to keep the STUDENTS FIRST couldn't Esteemed Teachers, Staff and Administration, get any worse, the loss of 10% of the CGUHSD budget is looming on the horizon. Should that happen, each of you will Just havewhen to bear a portion of that burden in some way because of limited you thought the challenges to allowing you to keep the STUDENTS FIRST couldn't resources and a myriad ofget other challenges, of that budget fundingisloss will have any worse, the but lossthe of largest 10% of portion the CGUHSD looming on the horizon. Should that to be borne by the students (andeach parents) thetoloss extra-curricular activities andway because of limited happen, of youthrough will have bearof a portion of that burden in some opportunities. resources and a myriad of other challenges, but the largest portion of that funding loss will have to be borne by the students (and parents) through the loss of extra-curricular activities and Molly Fitzgibbons and Megan McWherter graduated last year and they are both attending the opportunities. universities of their choice this year with multiple scholarships to assist in financing their degrees. They are both justMolly average Casa Grande youths McWherter who took advantage your Fitzgibbons and Megan graduated of last yearhard andwork they are both attending the and of all the academic and extracurricular activities CGUHSD. Their school universities of their choice available this yearfrom withthe multiple scholarships to assist in financing their day didn't end with the three o’clock dismissal continued earlyyouths evenings, degrees. They are bothbell, just it average Casainto Grande who sometimes took advantage of your hard work nights and weekends. They never missed class, studied hard, played hard from and they and of all the academic andthey extracurricular activities available the CGUHSD. Their school graduated with honors. However, Band, Athletics, Cheer, FFA,bell, DECA, SADD, and day didn'twithout end with the three o’clock dismissal it continued into the early evenings, sometimes Fine Arts activities after nights school,and their lives andThey highnever schoolmissed careers might turned out played hard and they weekends. class, theyhave studied hard, graduated with honors. However, without Band, Athletics, Cheer, FFA, DECA, SADD, and the differently. Fine Arts activities after school, their lives and high school careers might have turned out differently. The students coming up through high school today might have to face an education with limited extracurricular activities, however, and their choices for college opportunities could become students coming up today might have face an education with limited extremely limited. WhenTheMolly, daughter of through Denis high and school Lisa Fitzgibbons, andtoMegan, extracurricular activities, however, their choices college opportunities could become granddaughter of Bill and Marilyn Bridwell, applied for and scholarships, theirforextracurricular extremelyeducation limited. When Molly, as daughter and Lisa Fitzgibbons, and Megan, activities created a well-rounded that weighed heavilyofin Denis the awards as their granddaughter of Bill and Marilyn Bridwell, applied for scholarships, academic progress. Future graduates’ ability to participate in these same activities are in jeopardy their extracurricular activities created a well-rounded education that weighed as heavily in the awards as their RIGHT NOW. academic progress. Future graduates’ ability to participate in these same activities are in jeopardy RIGHT NOW. It's time to keep our STUDENTS FIRST with passage of the continuation of the CGUHSD

Budget override on Election Day, November 4, 2014. You see, it is truly about the students and It's time to keep our STUDENTS FIRST with passage of the continuation of the CGUHSD their high school opportunities. This is not a new tax, but rather the continuation of an existing Budget override on Election Day, November 4, 2014. You see, it is truly about the students and tax we've all had budgeted in our property taxes for years. If the budget override doesn't pass this their high school opportunities. This is not a new tax, but rather the continuation of an existing election cycle, there will be immediate consequences to the programming available at all three of tax we've all had budgeted in our property taxes for years. If the budget override doesn't pass this our high schools, but most dramatically affecting Casa Grande Union and Vista Grande. election cycle, there will be immediateIfconsequences the programming available three calls, of walki you want to to donate your time and talents at forallphone our high schools, but most dramaticallyIf affecting Casa Grande Union and Vista Grande. you want to donate your time and talents for phone calls, walki letters and mailers, etc., please email Todd Thomas at: studentsfi The path to passage is a simple "Get out the Yes Vote" in larger numbers than the perennial “No letters and mailers, etc., please email Todd Thomas at: studentsfi Vote.” As in all politicalThe campaigns, the hard work "Get of volunteers and money to mount a than the perennial “No path to passage is a simple out the Yes Vote" in larger numbers Ifand youhelp want to participate financially, please send in your contri campaign are the key factors. We're asking you to dig deep keep the STUDENTS Vote.” As in all political campaigns,signs hard work of volunteers and money tosend mount a your If the you wantaction. toand participate financially, please inSend your contri ordered start putting the mailers together. ca FIRST by contributing something today. Time is tight and we need quick Could you give campaign are the key factors. We're signs askingordered you toand digstart deepputting and help keep thetogether. STUDENTS the mailers Send your ca of your time or talents to the STUDENTS FIRSTsomething campaign? If not, could youand givewe$50 or quick $25? action. Could you give FIRST by contributing today. Time is tight need STUDENTS First Either your time and talentoforyour yourtime financial support will be equally FIRST appreciated. or talents to the STUDENTS campaign? If not, could giveFirst $50 or $25? STUDENTS 832 Shadow Lane Either your time and talent or your financial support will be equally appreciated. 832 E. Shadow Lane Casa Grande AZ 85122 If you want to donate your time and talents for phone calls, walking neighborhoods, helping with Casa Grande AZ 85122 letters and mailers, etc., please email Todd Thomas at: Thank for your help, for Casa Grande’s youth deserves the best w Thank fortoday your help, youth deserves the best w If you want to participate financially, please send in your contribution so wefor canCasa get Grande’s the signs ordered and start putting the mailers together. Send your campaign contribution to: STUDENTS First 832 E. Shadow Lane Casa Grande AZ 85122 Thank for your help, for Casa Grande’s youth deserves the best we all can give them.

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continued from page 13... teresting intellectually as what I was doing in college.” Unfortunately, though, I had given up all my law school admissions. So I went through the law school application process yet again and fortunately was admitted into Harvard so I didn’t have to move. After obtaining my Masters in economics I spent the next three years in law school and, as compared to graduate school, in all honesty, I thought law school was easy. GC LIVING: Really? JUSTICE BALES: I did. It might have just reflected, in terms of my skills and disposition, I was a better law student than an economics student. GC LIVING: Allow me to back up a second and ask who or what prompted you to choose Harvard coming out of Michigan? JUSTICE BALES: When I was deciding on graduate schools, there were some economists at Harvard doing work in areas that interested me. Also, when I visited different cities where I was thinking about possibly attending graduate school, including Chicago and New Haven, Boston seemed to be more interesting. GC LIVING: Did the Master’s in economics help you when you entered law school? JUSTICE BALES: I think it did. The work in the graduate program was so intense it left me better prepared for law school than I might have been if I had gone straight from college. The reading assignments, for example, in law school were much less than what I had to do as a graduate student. GC LIVING: I find that surprising. JUSTICE BALES: I was surprised at the time. I think some of the skills you learn in doing really rigorous economics, it’s thinking crit-



ically, it’s thinking analytically. I think they in some ways applied to legal studies too. GC LIVING: Because of the Masters in economics, were you thinking of pursuing business law? JUSTICE BALES: Yes. When I started law school, I thought I would end up in Washington D.C. doing some kind of law related to economic regulation or antitrust law. GC LIVING: What happened? JUSTICE BALES: I spent a summer working with a large Washington law firm where I enjoyed the people, had a good experience, but thought that the work was less interesting than I had expected. It’s interesting how sometimes things in the abstract seem to be something you really want to do and when you actually get there and do it, it’s not quite how you imagined it. I can remember a lawyer opening a closet stuffed full of files. He said, “This is the so and so versus FCC case. We have been working on it for seven or eight years. We might get it to an agency hearing in a couple of years.” And I thought, “That is a long time horizon.” GC LIVING: What else did you do? You had to have a social life, I would assume? Did you hang out with law students? JUSTICE BALES: Yes I did! We had a group of friends that played basketball and squash in the gym. We played this weird sport called razzle—dazzle football, sort of a combination of flag football and rugby. In the winter we skied. You could drive to Vermont or New Hampshire and ski for the day. I had learned to ski in Michigan, including skiing on a ski area built on top of a landfill near Detroit, and then I went out east and thought, “This is pretty nice. You have chairlifts instead of just rope tows or J—bars, and snow that actually stays on the slope for a little while.” I

didn’t appreciate until later when I had come out west what skiing really was. GC LIVING: Before we move on from Harvard, when you left Michigan and began your studies at Harvard, did the “Ivy League” thing intimidate you? JUSTICE BALES: That’s probably another way in which going to graduate school helped me in law school. When I first got out there I was probably a little intimidated, a little starry—eyed about “You are at Harvard!” By the time I got to law school, I was confident that I could do the work. I entered law school thinking, “I’m just going to take this as it comes.” I loved law school. I did very well my first year, and that in turn led to other opportunities because I was selected for the law review. GC LIVING: You worked on the law review? JUSTICE BALES: For two years. GC LIVING: Now that’s impressive! Did you graduate with honors? JUSTICE BALES: I did. Harvard, being Harvard, uses Latin, so I was magna cum laude. After graduating, I took a job clerking for a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Having shifted from thinking I was going to go to Washington D.C., I wanted to explore other places where I might practice. GC LIVING: Was this a result of your previous experience in Washington, where during the experience you said: “This is not really what I like”? JUSTICE BALES: Yes. San Francisco was as far geographically from D.C. as you get in the continental United States. As a law clerk, you work on criminal and civil cases. You do legal research and writing. The judge I worked for on the 9th circuit was a very gracious man named Joseph Sneed. I worked for him in 1983/’84 and I think he had been appointed in 1973 or ‘74 by President Nixon. He was an experienced judge and another person who had a big influence on me. I had a bit of a detour, though. The summer after I graduated, I unexpectedly had an opportunity to go to Washington D.C. and work for the United States Solicitor General. That’s the office of the Justice Department that argues cases before the Supreme Court. A Harvard professor had been appointed as Deputy Solicitor General, and the office told him, “We sometimes hire people for summer positions, if you know people that might be interested.” THE LEADERSHIP EDITION

The Justice Bales Interview (continued) GC LIVING: What a great experience. JUSTICE BALES: Oh, it was a wonderful experience. And here’s the thing, I think the fact I had that job helped me get the later job with Justice O’Connor [Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor] because there weren’t many people who did that. It also had another surprising connection to Arizona because the Solicitor General at that time was Rex Lee, who was born in St. Johns in northeastern Arizona. When he got out of law school he clerked for a justice on the Supreme Court, Justice White, and then came back to Arizona to begin practicing at a firm in Phoenix. And that had been his legal career until he left to go head the new law school at BYU. I met Rex Lee over that summer, a really admirable person, a very gracious, tremendous lawyer. I told him I was thinking of moving to the west and he was very encouraging about Arizona as a place to practice law. At Harvard, most people when they graduated went to New York, Washington D.C., or maybe Los Angeles. There were very few people thinking of smaller cities that weren’t on one of the coasts. But I was thinking about other cities that were smaller. And I somehow, just by happenstance, heard about this Phoenix firm interviewing at Harvard. The person they sent out to interview was a guy named David Victor, who had gone to Harvard College and then to the University of Virginia’s Law School, had clerked for a justice on the Supreme Court, and who had early in his career worked for one of the major New York law firms. I thought, “Well, this is kind of interesting. Here is this person with all these extraordinary credentials, deep eastern connections, and he’s out here interviewing for this relatively small Phoenix law firm. So I think, “What the heck.” I go talk to him and everything he’s saying is exactly what I was looking for in terms of starting practice. I wanted to go to a place where I could do challenging work as a younger lawyer, rather than waiting for a long time. GC LIVING: So you weren’t looking for a big law firm where you would get lost? JUSTICE BALES: No. I was more interested in the kinds of things I would do as a lawyer than the name or the size of the firm. So from this happenstance, I ultimately ended up in Phoenix. The firm that I joined THE LEADERSHIP EDITION

was called Meyer Hendricks Victor Osborn & Maledon, and I spent the first eight or nine years of my career there. GC LIVING: When did you clerk for Justice O’Connor? JUSTICE BALES: I worked for her from the summer of 1984 to the summer of 1985. GC LIVING: Was the nine years practicing law enjoyable? JUSTICE BALES: It was. I was lucky as a young lawyer because, as I hoped, I did get to work on a lot of different kinds of cases and had a lot more responsibility than my peers who were in other cities at bigger firms. GC LIVING: Now you’re finally practicing law!

But even though I had found the work interesting and had been successful and had become a partner at the firm, I was a little restless. JUSTICE BALES: I was practicing law. I did mostly business related litigation and it kind of evolved into defending lawyers or directors. After the collapse of the savings & loan industry, my firm represented lawyers or directors who had been affiliated with institutions like MeraBank or Pima Savings. At the same time, I was practicing Indian law. I represented the Hopi Tribe and the Gila River Indian Community and some private businesses on Indian law-related matters. But even though I had found the work interesting and had been successful and had become a partner at the firm, I was a little restless. I had only worked on a handful of trials, and it seemed as the cases got more complicated and significant, it was less and less frequent you would even get to court, much less actually go to trial. GC LIVING: Did you enjoy trial work? JUSTICE BALES: Yes, I wanted to do more trial work, so I left the firm at the end of 1994, and then from ‘95 until the summer of 1999, I was an Assistant United States Attorney in Arizona. That was a wonderful experience too. I worked on a lot of trials, including a trial that lasted for nearly four years. GC LIVING: Was this in federal court? JUSTICE BALES: Yes. GC LIVING: What did the four year case entail? JUSTICE BALES: If I had to identify the big-

gest case of my career, it would be that case. It was a prosecution of a group of telemarketers that operated out of Arizona and Atlanta. Over a year and a half they identified several hundred victims. They targeted people who were in their 70s or 80s, had participated in sweepstakes, and were living alone. It was a very sophisticated scam. They called people and said, “Mary Smith, we’re calling you because you’ve never been a winner and this is your lucky day. We’re going to give you your fair share of a half a million dollars in gold coins. Now, to qualify you have to order some business insignia items because this is a promotion for our company.” Mary Smith would of course say, “Well, I’m retired. I don’t have a business.” And the telemarketers would say something like, “That’s not a problem. What are your interests? Do you like to garden? We’ll just put you down as Mary’s Gardening, Inc., and it will be our little secret.” “Now, all you need to do to get your fair share of $500,000 in gold is send us $5,000 by Federal Express and your prize will be there shortly.” It was amazing how many people would succumb and once they were hooked, the telemarketers would also say, “Well, you know what? We’re going to ship you out today some of your fair share of “$500,000 in gold, but you have been advanced to another level, so if you send us another $15,000, you’re going to get an even greater reward.” There were people they would do that to, not just three or four times but a dozen times. It ranged from a retired auto worker in Tennessee who gave them her entire retirement savings, to a former State Department employee in San Francisco who gave them half a million dollars. Over18 months, the telemarketers amassed more than $10 million from their victims. We prosecuted six defendants. It was a very complicated trial. They were convicted in the fall of 1998. I was co-trying the case with a more experienced Assistant U.S. Attorney named Peter Sexton, who is still at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. We had an understanding he would work on the sentencing and I would handle the appeal. At the end of 1998, I was temporarily assigned to work at the Justice Department in Washington, and I felt we still

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merican Politician Adlai E. Stevenson once said, “Change is ine v itable. Change for the better is a full-time job.” Change at Banner Casa Grande Medical Center has been happening since its official transition from Casa Grande Regional Medical Center this past summer. The community of Casa Grande continues to see widespread growth every year, and more winter visitors continue to call this city their part-time home. It’s inevitable that Banner Casa Grande, the city’s second-largest employer, will continue to expand and improve services to meet the demands of an ever-evolving community. “June 9 of this year was a date we looked forward to for a long time,” said Rona Curphy, CEO of Banner Casa Grande Medical Center. “That day finally arrived when we officially became a part of the Banner Health family, and since then, we’ve been working hard to establish the Banner brand in our community. We want people to always associate that name withhigh-quality healthcare and service, just like we’ve always delivered.” The latest Banner Health statics show that the residents of Casa Grande and nearby communities rely heavily on the services Banner Casa Grande provides. Last fiscal year, more than 7,600 patients were admitted to the hospital for inpatient treatment, and more than 56,000 people came in to the hospital for outpatient services. The emergencyand urgent care departments treated nearly 59,000 patients, and 723 babies were welcomed into the world in the hospital’s maternity unit. Banner Casa Grande Medical Center has been a long-time fixture in the community. In 1984, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, Mary Lou Ret-



ton was winning gold medals in gymnastics during the 1984 Summer Olympics, and the hospital, then known as Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, opened to the public with less than 20,000 people living in the city. Now, 30 years later, there are nearly 50,000 people living in the city -more than double the population in 1984. Banner Casa Grande is planning

Change for us has been a great thing, and obviously we’re committed to the people in our communities who are coming to us for quality care and service.

for potential growth that could be happening in the near future. Emergency services may increase with additional space and more patient beds, and expansions are being planned in the surgical and maternity units. But one thing the community will get to experience real soon is the hospital’s new and improved main entrance, which will be unveiled to the public from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. Residents and visitors are invited tojoin the staff for refreshments in the newly renovated main lobby and registration area. The layout will include five new registration areas that will be more open and inviting to the public, as well as new flooring. New signs are being placed to reflect the Banner Casa Grande Medical Center name change, and on the exterior, the whole hospital is getting a fresh new coat of paint. Behind the scenes, improvements are currently underway as Banner

Casa Grande works to convert its Electronic Medical Record system to the Banner system. The merging of both products from Cerner, a global supplier of healthcare information technology, will allow physicians and medical staff to provide safer and more efficient patient care. New computers and a refresh of the existing computer equipment are expected to be out on the floors of the hospital by Nov. 1. Banner Casa Grande is also in the process of planning and implementing Banner’s iCare™ Intensive Care program. This form of telemedicine uses cutting-edge technology to provide an additional layer of critical care service, teaming on-site medical staff with intensive-care specialists who follow patient care from a remote monitoring center nearly 50 miles away at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa. Specialists at the center can monitor patients at Banner Casa Grande 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the help of audio-visual equipment such as cameras, microphones and monitors. This technology provides an extra set of eyes and ears that can pick up the slightest changes in a patient’s condition. The program is credited with saving lives and reducing the time patients stay in the intensive care unit. “Change for us has been a great thing, and obviously we’re committed to the people in our communities who are coming to us for quality care and service. It’s exciting to see the quick progression we’ve made in such a short time, and to continue making great plans for the future,” Curphy said. “Healthcare is like any other business – we must adapt with the times. Our neighbors deserve to have access to the best care possible no matter where they live, and we’re proud to be able to still deliver that care to them after all these years.” THE LEADERSHIP EDITION




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The 28th Annual Taste of Casa Grande is rapidly approaching! On October 19, from 1 PM to 4 PM, at Eva’s Fine Mexican Foods on Pinal Avenue, you will be able to sample scrumptious tidbits from 24 of Casa Grande’s finest restaurants! For tickets, please call 520-836-1239

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Taste of Casa Grande by Jo Anne Pinto, MS Children’s Counselor, Against Abuse, Inc.


ho will be there, you ask? Mi Amigo Ricardo, Central Arizona College, Eva’s (of course), Banner Casa Grande Regional Hospital (formerly known as Catering Today), Cook E Jar, Rico’s Donuts, The Big House, Olive Garden, Tommy’s Bistro, Tom BBQ, Robson Ranch, Cold Stone Creamery, Culver’s, Big O Cupcakes, Cupcakes n’ More, Native New Yorker, Golden Eagle, Dairy Queen, Feli’s Cuban Kitchen, IHOP, Rubio’s, Eegee’s Plus, there are innumerable raffle baskets put together by Against Abuse, Inc. staff from generous donations provided by the businesses and community of Casa Grande. And don’t forget the equally innumerable door prizes. This extravaganza of food, prizes and fun is the only major fundraiser sponsored by Against Abuse, Inc., aka AAI. At AAI, our mission is to provide services, support and education to all who experience the effects of family dysfunction and/or violence, past and present. We have been doing this for 31 years; the Taste of Casa Grande supports our work as all the money earned



from ticket sales and raffle prizes goes into our General Fund to help pay for the direct services we provide. Over the 31 years we have been in operation, we have had some exciting successes both with the women and children served by La Casa de Paz, by our community case workers who provide a wide range of services to people who cannot come into La Casa de Paz and prefer to remain in their homes, and at La Casita de Paz, our shelter for children who have been removed from their homes for cause. Our staff volunteer for many activities in the community and while participating in a training associated with a volunteer activity, one of our staff noticed that one of the participants was having a difficult time with the training material and in fact, had left the room in tears. The person accepted our staff’s suggestion of getting in touch with a community case worker, who guided her through the steps she needed to take to extricate herself from an abusive relationship. It took a lot of work, a few tears and two years for the woman to emerge victorious into a new phase of her life so that she now steps out in pride and security, free to accept success and move on. At La Casita, there are equally exciting stories of successful emergence from a life of abuse and violence into a life

of hope and success One of the most exhilarating involves a child and food. A family group of four children was admitted to La Casita. The youngest, a child of just over a year old, was so hugely overweight that he could not even roll himself over. He had to be propped up in order to sit upright, did not crawl or make any independent movements because of the bulk of his body. The infant and his siblings were at La Casita for almost a year and during that time, by receiving proper food, adequate exercise and more importantly, respect and acceptance, the little boy attained appropriate weight and began to interact with his world. The infant who could not move due to his own corpulence, slimmed down to a normal weight, began to crawl and learned to walk and run on his own, a sight that brought tears to staff’s eyes. When he and his siblings finally left La Casita, he was a laughing, running, normal toddler with a new lease on his life! The Taste of Casa Grande supports these and many other success stories. Please, join us on October 19, 2014 at Eva’s Fine Mexican Foods to enjoy samples of Casa Grande’s best food purveyors and to support our work in helping people find their way back to the light of their own lives after living in the darkness of abuse and neglect. It’s a win/win situation for all of us!


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n keeping with the theme of this issue of Living Magazine, I thought I would provide some of my own thoughts on Leadership. I have had the good fortune of knowing many great leaders throughout my lifetime. Several that come to mind include family members, friends, coaches, teachers, members of the military, co-workers and executives. I believe that some people make a mistake in thinking a great leader should have a dynamic personality, with a flashy style and the ability to work people into a frenzy of action that supports his/her motivations and goals. My experience has shown that there are all types of great leaders and that it really has more to do with one’s ability to rise up and align a certain vision against a set of challenges that defines great leadership. In particular, I believe this is most relevant in the area of community leadership. Good community leaders don’t need to be flashy, nor do they need to be able to persuade large groups of people to rise up in opposition to, or in support of, any cause. Good community leaders simply need the ability to recognize a need, problem, gap, etc. and decide they

will step up and do the work needed to solve the problem. This doesn’t mean everyone Shea Nieto, CCIM will agree, Regional nor does it President mean there NMLS #109357 will not be setbacks along the way. Good leaders have a way of intuitively finding answers, then making the case for action. The difference between “leading” and “leadership” is the former simply requires a cause and an affirmative plan of action. The latter requires insight, credibility, creativity, fortitude, flexibility and the ability to set the correct course, even when it’s not the most popular. My challenge to you is to seek out the leaders that affect your daily life and engage them. Ask them questions, assist them, or suggest alternative approaches to them. Look around; there are good leaders all over this community. It’s possible that you won’t have to look any further than in your own mirror.


The Justice Bales Interview (continued) continued from page 35... had all this post-trial stuff to do in terms of sentencing, and I was sort of leaving that in his lap, so our deal was, I will do the appeal. In the fall of 2001, I joined the firm of Lewis & Roca and the appeal had not yet been argued, so I went to the U.S. Attorney, and I said, “I made a commitment to follow this through, and if it’s possible I would like to be appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.” I was and I argued that case while I was at Lewis & Roca, and the Ninth Circuit ultimately affirmed all the convictions. It was a case I began working on in 1998 and continued working on for four or so years after that. I have an award I received from Attorney General Janet Reno for work I did in the 1990s at the Justice Department, but I got a different award from her successor John Ashcroft. And it was satisfying to me that across administrations, I had done some work that — GC LIVING: Mattered. JUSTICE BALES: —— that mattered, yes. GC LIVING: I would say you have had a pretty interesting career prior to your appointment on the Arizona Supreme Court? JUSTICE BALES: I was very lucky. I had opportunities that I never expected. Sometimes they unexpectedly turned into other opportunities. As I said, when I went to the United States Solicitor General’s Office after law school, I think that helped me get a job with Justice O’Connor. GC LIVING: Who appointed you to the Supreme Court? JUSTICE BALES: Governor Napolitano. She and I met in 1983. She had begun working as a law clerk for Ninth Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder in Phoenix when I was clerking for Judge Sneed in San Francisco. Our judges sat together on some cases and we met then. When we each had come to Phoenix and begun practicing law, our paths crossed sometimes in cases, so we knew each other. [Governor] Napolitano appointed me in 2005. I had the interesting experience of having represented Governor Hull and then representing Governor Napolitano. And then, as an odd coincidence, in the midst of all that I was representing a major bank in litigation in which former Governor Symington was a witness. I had the opportunity to cross—examine him. It seemed like I couldn’t get away from governors. GC LIVING: Who had retired from the Court THE LEADERSHIP EDITION

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JUSTICE BALES: The seat I took was occupied by Charles “Bud” Jones, who had to retire because in Arizona we have a mandatory retirement at age 70 for judges. It was just one more fortuity in my career history that he left and I applied and was appointed. GC LIVING: You have been on the court nine years? JUSTICE BALES: Nine years in September, yes. GC LIVING: Have any of the cases been of particular interest to you? JUSTICE BALES: I find the cases that involve Arizona’s history interesting. Our jurisdiction is largely discretionary. People petition the court asking us to review their case and we try to identify cases which involve important issues of state law, cases in which the Court of Appeals disagrees, or cases, perhaps, that require us to reconsider our own case law. Because we choose the cases which are most worthy of review, they’re almost all interesting. GC LIVING: To ask you two questions in closing, the first being, you were a Justice on the Arizona State Supreme Court and now you are the Chief Justice, what are the differences in your duties? JUSTICE BALES: With regard to our handling of the cases we decide on, the differences are relatively minor. The Chief Justice has one vote just like everyone else. The Chief Justice does assign opinions when he or she is in the majority. In other matters, the Chief Justice is the spokesperson for

the court. You have administrative responsibilities because our court has oversight over all the courts in the State, and we also oversee the regulation of the practice of law. The court system is also responsible for probation in Arizona. We regulate other occupations like court reporters or licensed document preparers, and the Chief Justice has a role in all of those activities. GC LIVING: Once the tenure as Chief Justice expires, does one go back to being a Justice or does one retire? JUSTICE BALES: That is the up to the individual Justice. Former Chief Justice Berch has continued to serve as Justice. GC LIVING: Do you have visions for the future? JUSTICE BALES: I’m focusing on my tenure as Chief, which is a position I’m very excited about occupying and haven’t really thought beyond that. GC LIVING: I’ve noticed a thread through the entire discussion you never really thought about it, it just evolved. It’s been a very interesting career, hasn’t it? JUSTICE BALES: It has. I’ve been lucky in my mentors, like the high school teacher I mentioned earlier, and I’ve been lucky in having had interesting opportunities in very different settings. It wasn’t planned on my part, but I have been lucky to have had the range of experiences that I did. GC LIVING: So the final answer is, you’re happy? JUSTICE BALES: It has been an amazing privilege to serve on the Supreme Court. GC LIVING: Thank you Mr. Chief Justice.  FA L L 20 14 GOLDEN CORRID OR LI V ING


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7 Years Ago Casa Grande Lost a Hero

We Will Never Sergeant Tate Lynch By Christie Lynch, Tate’s wife


gt. Tate Lynch left early in the morning for SWAT training on October 25, 2007. It was fall break for the schools so his family was not awake yet. He called his wife mid-morning to tell her that they would rent a movie and relax together that evening when he got home. That was the last time she would speak to him. That afternoon, the chief of police called her and said that there had been an accident and that Tate had been injured while rappelling at the detention center in Florence. He was pronounced dead that evening at the hospital in Scottsdale. His children were ages 6, 8, and 10. Tate had wanted to be a police officer from the time he was a small boy until he finally realized his dream in 1998. He had ridden


ate was the most positive, generous and Christ-like person I have ever known. His mental strength, which equaled his tremendous physical prowess, enabled him to shelter and protect his family, friends and the citizens he served from the evils of the world, ultimately giving his all and taking his fight for all of us to the spiritual realm.


I love and miss him dearly! — Chris Palmer Criminal Investigations Division Casa Grande Police Department


ate used to pick at me for responding shall we say, swiftly, to calls for service. So much so he took to calling me “Rocket” for about a year or so. One night I was in a pretty tough con-


frontation and was able to get out that I needed back-up over the radio. A short time later I heard an awful screeching of tires, followed by the sight of Tate’s face pale as a ghost. He later told me he was in such a hurry to get there to help me that he put his car sideways around the corner and thought he was going to go through a building. Needless to

along with his Tucson police officer father so many times growing up that he practically knew the job without even going to the academy. He excelled in his training and received Officer of the Year the very first year on the job. Police work was just in his blood. He transferred from Holbrook Police Department

say that was the last time I ever heard him call me Rocket. Miss you Tate. — Juan De Leon Casa Grande Police Dept., Patrol Sgt.


gt Tate Lynch was great person, friend, Sergeant and family man. Many know when you were feeling low and had an issue, and if Tate came across your path during this time,

to Casa Grande Police Department in 2001. Again, he was awarded Officer of the Year his very first year. Awards and commendations filled his walls. He promoted quickly to sergeant and became a leader who led by example. Tate was set apart by his exceptional skills and by his warm smile and caring attitude. Everyone knew they could count on Tate to catch the bad guys but also to listen to their personal struggles and to care about their families. One of Tate’s passions was teaching Sunday School at his church. He prepared lessons all week and used the animated stories from his job to illustrate spiritual truths. People were just drawn to him because he took a genuine interest in their lives. He not only talked about his faith in Jesus Christ, he lived it out. One time he made phone calls to Sunday School

he brought your spirits up because of his high spirits and positive attitude all the time! Tate converted bad words to his own G rated vocabulary having respect for others but mostly for himself and his beliefs. Sgt. Lynch was all about his faith, family and career. I know this because of our last words together. It was a Sunday morning,

he was getting off a graveyard shift and I was starting my day shift. We were on SWAT together at that time (October 2007). I was scheduled for vacation that upcoming week and we were also scheduled for SWAT training that week. I told Tate that I was taking the family up to the mountains and taking my boys fishing but that I that I would be back THE LEADERSHIP EDITION

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Whole Again


I received a phone call that you were injured in a fall But I do not worry for our God will make you whole again I sat in the waiting room with countless friends as we waited to hear some news But I do not worry for I know our God will make you whole again

EOW 10-25-2007

I sit and wait with brothers in blue and friends from all over that love you But I do not worry for I know our God will make you whole again Your dad walked in and told us the news and in disbelief I cried as I heard the truth For our God our God has taken you home and made you Whole Again I miss you friend, — J.R. Lawson Casa Grande Police Department Badge #183 members from the back of the armored SWAT vehicle to see if they were coming to the pool party that weekend! It has been seven years since this community has lost this hero. His family, friends, and co-workers miss his smile, his laugh, his practical jokes, his energy, and his passion. We will

for the training. Some of Tate’s last words to me were that I better not show up to training because family was more important, especially when I have schedule time with them. He also jokingly told me that if I showed up to he would make me pay, we laughed and separated our ways, and that was the last time we spoke. I forever

never forget how he lived or how he died. He has left an amazing legacy of faith, love, and justice. He is greatly missed, this much and more. Article compiled by Elaine Earle; on October 25, 2007, our family lost a brother-in-law, uncle and friend. We will never forget.

wear “S25” on my arm. I know many miss such a one of a kind great person but we also learned many things from him from the time we had with him. We will never forget, “RIPTL25” — Mike Bejarano Casa Grande Police Dept., Badge #183



ate was more than a mentor, he was a friend. His love for God, Family,

Job and Co-workers was a shining example of how a man can be compassionate towards those he knew and those he did not know. Tate was the kind of cop that even when he handed you a ticket for speeding you thanked him, mostly for treating you with respect. — J.R. Lawson Casa Grande Police Dept., Badge #183


ate was a team mate, a brother, a friend, and a mentor. As a team leader on SWAT, I had the chance to see Tate grow from a young operator on the team into a solid SWAT Cop. Tate was one of those guys that everyone respected, and that you could not help but to like. He was “that guy” whom many of us really looked up to

as a man more than anything. He lived a righteous life, was strong and proud of his faith and what he believed in, and he loved his family more than anything in the world. Tate affected so many people in his life, and that is why we look to honor him as often as we can, both as a great man and a warrior. Tate was one of the best cops around, and

had a balance in his demeanor and decision making that many of us could only hope for. I know that Tate has a special place in heaven because he was such a special person here on earth, and I am thankful that I had Tate as a brother in arms while I did. — Lt. Matthew Thomas Pinal County Sheriff’s Office



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small town, BIG MEMORIES Unexpected Leaders by Erica Herman

Mrs. Barb Roden was a petite woman with a soft and caring voice. She was always so patient and motherly to us all that we instantly loved her.



hen people speak of leadership, they often picture a president, CEO or even a boss. Leaders lead or guide others, hopefully to greatness, and know how to make individuals work to their full potential. When I think of leadership, I imagine all of the coaches and volunteers that guided me through my childhood here in Casa Grande and turned me into the adult I am today. My freshman year at CGUHS was exciting enough as it was, but made even more “totally awesome” by making the cheer team. Unfortunately, we didn’t have anyone at school willing to take on over thirty hormonal girls and supervise them every day after classes ended, not to mention travel with them to away games. With the first home football game quickly approaching, we were in a panic bigger than our hair. At the last moment, one of our team mates convinced her mom, who was a teacher in the elementary school district, to be our fearless


leader. I don’t think she knew what she was getting herself into and I’m quite sure she has no idea of the impact she had on all of us. Mrs. Barb Roden was a petite woman with a soft and caring voice. She was always so patient and motherly to us all that we instantly loved her. She left her classroom after school each afternoon to drive over to the practice field and watch us laugh, cry, scream and yell about the trivial drama known as high school. She was our quiet but firm surrogate mom and along the way we actually learned to work as a team. We also learned many things that were not taught at school such as being prepared to change plans and go with the flow when things don’t go as planned, such as the time that it poured during a home game and we made ponchos out of trash bags. Barb also enforced time management and being responsible – we were expected to be at practice on time, arrive at games early and have everything we needed to perform or we would

have to sit out. Most importantly, she enforced the concept that our actions outside of our cheer squad reflected on ALL of us, be it good or bad, and that we needed to keep that in mind when faced with those important high school decisions. Mr. Roden, whether he liked it or not, got roped into the deal too. He was our unofficial and unpaid bus driver, dad figure and rule enforcer. He and Barb endured hours long van rides to schools around the state while listening to 80’s pop blaring from the radio. They got to hear way too much about the states of our friendships, enemies and love interests. They fed us when we forgot our money after games and hugged us when someone broke our hearts. Many of us ended up staying the night with them when we rolled into town really late, and they cleaned up after us in the whirlwind of hairspray, perfume and massive amounts of makeup that we left behind. Now that I’m a parent myself, with a daughter who is now a Cougar cheerleader herself, I see the importance of this type of leadership. Recently, my daughter came home after a late practice and informed me that she needed to get forty Gatorades for the next day. Annoyed, I wanted to know why it was her responsibility and she told me, “I volunteered to do it because no one else would.” It was then I realized that a new generation of leaders is being formed in the very community we live in, and I couldn’t be prouder.



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Community can’t be spelled without “U” & “I” Cultivating Within the Organization by Terri Durham

I sat down with Seeds of Hope Executive Director, Mark Vanderheyden, to ask how Seeds of Hope cultivates “community” within the organization. Q. What does community leadership look like for Seeds of Hope?

Mark Vanderheyden


Community leadership involves equipping individuals and families educationally, socially, and spiritually so that they become positive and productive members of our community. Seeds of Hope does that by associating ourselves with other groups in our community who collectively offer opportunities for growth in specific areas that lead to success for the individual or family. It must be a collective effort from businesses, schools, and churches – each one bringing their expertise to the

table – to cultivate individuals that thrive, and in turn give back to their community.

in the planning process so much that by the time you need the help everyone is too tired.

Q. What hindrances to community leadership do you see?

Q. How is Seeds of Hope fostering community leadership?

Too many meetings. Planning is necessary, but at some point you have to roll up your sleeves and do something. For example, Kohl’s Associates in Action send 5 volunteers from their local store to our After-School Program to help with an event when we ask. We don’t sit down and plan out every single minute of that day. I have a plan; they show up and jump in. We need more of that. Willing people to show up and do the work, not get bogged down

Building the Mondo Anaya Community Center in Cruz Park was to reach our community. Besides the After-School Program, we’ve opened it to other groups, bridging the gap between those in need with those who give. Arizona Children’s Association hosts a foster care class, U of A Cooperative Extension holds Strengthening Families classes, ESL classes are available for adults, volunteers from Sun Life Family Medical Clinic do a wellness check clinic once a month, Cross Roads Church has a weekly youth event for teens. And that’s just a start.

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Q. Any final thoughts you’d like to share? Without you and me there is no community. As a community development organization, our desire is to be the conduit for organizations that have something to share and need a place to share it. Investing in the lives of others in our community, through whatever your experience or expertise is, is what elevates the culture around us.

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Trinity Southern Baptist Church…

MIGHTY MEN OF TRINITY Men’s Ministry Oct. 4, 2014 @ 8am Men’s Continental Breakfast & Devotion @ AEC Bldg.; then @ 9:30 Men’s Clay Shotgun Shoot & mesquite grilled Hamburgers at noon Nov. 8, 2014 @ 8am Men’s Breakfast & Devotion @ AEC Bldg., Trinity SBC Dec. 6, 2014 @ 8am Men’s Breakfast & Devotion @ AEC Bldg., Trinity SBC Discuss and prepare for upcoming conference in January. Jan. 16, 2015 @ 6:45-9:30pm - “MIGHTY MEN OF GOD” Regional Conference Jan. 17, 2015 @ 8am-Noon at Trinity Southern Baptist Church. Speaker: Dr. Paul David Freed, past VicePresident of “Promise Keepers”, minister, evangelist & author. Dinner on the 16th @ 5pm (donation); Free Breakfast on the 17th at 7am. Cost: $25 for Adults (all materials & certificates); 12-17 yrs.: $15 Feb. 14, 2015 @ 6pm VALENTINE DINNER: sponsored by Men’s Ministry, open to all. Mesquite grilled Steak Dinner for adults - $15 each; Youth Dept. will have a free Pizza party for the youth. Location, AEC Bldg. & Youth Department, Trinity SBC March 21, 2015 @ 6pm SPORTSMAN’S BANQUET Guest Speaker: Dr. Paige. Patterson, President of Southwestern Seminary, past President of Southern Baptist Convention; avid hunter, member of Safari Club International and NRA. He has hunted in THE LEADERSHIP EDITION

many Nations, especially in Africa where he has hunted in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and Botswana. He has Scuba dived in places like the Red Sea, Great Barrier Reef, the Andaman Sea, Belize and elsewhere. He has taken over 30 African species and comes to share his experiences in Africa. The dinner costs $15. The dinner ticket will be used for a drawing of donated sportsman’s gifts. Dinner will include Mesquite grilled chicken or choose various other wild game, Cowboy beans, potato salad or coleslaw, drink & Dessert. There will be exhibits and wildlife mounts. At Trinity Southern Baptist Church, 1100 E. Trinity Place, C.G. March 22, 2015 - Dr. Patterson will be bringing a special sermon to the church on Sunday @ 10:45am. A Brunch will be served at 9am for all.

Regular Sunday Schedule: First Morning Worship Service 8:00 am to 9:15 am Sunday School 9:30 am to 10:30 am Second Morning Worship Service 10:45 am to 12:00 pm Discipleship Training, Youth Ensemble for 6th grade to 12th grade 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday Night Seminary, Kids Choir for 4-year olds to 5th Grade, Youth Group 6th grade to 12th grade 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Regular Wednesday Schedule: Wednesday Prayer Warriors and Praise Band Rehearsal 6 pm to 7 pm Adult Choir Practice 7 pm to 8 pm


April 4, 2015 - Men’s Breakfast & Devotion @ AEC Bldg., Trinity SBC


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un Life Family Health CenSun Life. Abad has been involved Day She Sam in the program for 15 eyears. ter doctors are working ments oint App first heard of it while at her first hard to educate parents Based on pediatric group practice in New and children the imporAvailability Mexico. When she came to Sun tance of reading, because soberLife in 2009, she was happy to ing statistics say that 759 million discover she could continue her adults, or 16 percent of the world’s participation with the nonprofit population, have only basic or beorganization’s own Reach Out & low basic literacy levels. Read program. Over 21 million Americans can’t read at all, and 45 million are mar“Through this program, we On-site application assistance with AHCCCS, are able to provide books to our ginally illiterate (eighth-grade and Sun Life’s discount programs. pediatric patients who come for level, or lower). That’s nearly half their well-baby and of t h e A m e r i c a n well-child visits up adult pop­ulation who to 5 years of age. can’t perform simple Well-child 865 N. ARIZOLA RD, visits CASA GRANDE This is also a wontasks like balancing a are not just checkbook or filling derful opportunity associated with out a job application, to introduce to the or even reading maparents the imporgetting ‘shots.’ terials provided to But they also get tance of reading to them by their doctor. their children,” Dr. the gift of a book. Abad added. But p e d i at r iM a ny c h i ld ren cians with Sun Life don’t ever see books Family Health Cenin the home or are exposed to ter’s Center for Children in Casa reading, and that has long lastGrande and their Reach Out and Read Arizona Program partners ing negative effects on a child’s are working hard to turn those reading skills. Statistics provided numbers around at a local level. by www.readfaster. com explain that over $2 billion a year is spent And they’re doing it by starting on students repeating a grade with their youngest patients. due to reading issues. Since 1983, Reach Out and Read Arizona is over 10 million American teens a program (under the American reached their senior year unable Academy of Pediatrics Arizona to read even at a basic level. OneChapter) that supplies books to fifth of American high school area doctors, nurse practitioners, graduates can’t even read the and other medical professionals. words on their diplomas. Those books are then given to children between the ages of six In the same period, more than months to five years when they 6 million Americans dropped out come in for pediatric well-child of high school altogether. Chilcheckups. Reach Out and Read has dren who have not developed books for children in more than some basic literacy skills by the 14 languages, including Arabic, time they enter school are three to Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. four times more likely to drop out in later years. And approximately “It’s a very wonderful pro50 percent of the nation’s unemgram,” said Dr. Maria Abad with

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Dr. Elmira Pashayeva with Sun Life lets a young patient explore the bright colors and words in his new book at his recent well-child visit. Photo by Lindsey Gemme.

out books, which is the largest ployed youth aged 16-21 are funcamount of clinics in the history tional illiterate, with virtually no of the organization, and service prospects of obtaining good jobs. an estimated 119,000 children. In According to the 2003 NationPinal County alone, there are cural Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 37 percent of rently 13 active sites including Sun fourth-graders and 26 percent Life that participate in Reach Out of eighth-graders cannot read at and Read, with almost 19,000 chilthe basic level; results of the 2002 dren that are seen for well-child NAEP assessment revealed that visits each year. That equates to 26 percent of twelfth-graders $52,250 in books put in the hands cannot read at the basic level. In of area youth each year, said Proother words, they cannot undergram Manager Sharon Brady. But Pinal County lost its First stand what they have read. Things First funding in 2010 deBut statistics show that even just 15 minutes a day of reading spite the growing participation on their own outside of class can and need, added Brady, to bankroll expose a child to over a million the program. Even with the fiwords within a year. And a student nancial cutback, many of the area simply having resources available doctors have taken it upon themto them at home, including books, selves to keep the program going. magazines, newspapers and the “We have doctors buying their internet, have proven to elevate own books, and they’re struggling their test scores over their classto pay for it,” Brady explained. “And we do everything we can to mates who have fewer materials. help. So, we’ve got amazing docEven Reach Out & Read children have generally scored higher than tors participating in this program. their classmates onSam tests for voThey’re our biggest champions.” e Day ointments App cabulary and school readiness. Families served by Reach Out d on and Read Arizona sit down to read “For the children, Base I think ownAvailability together more often, and their ing their own brand new book children enter kindergarten with could help foster a love of reading,” larger vocabularies and stronger Dr. Abad commented. “An addlanguage skills, better prepared ed bonus of the program is that, to achieve their potential in hopefully in our children’s minds, school and beyond. well-child visits are not just associated with getting ‘shots.’ But For more information on Sun they also get the gift of a book.” Life’s Reach Out & Read proThe Reach Out & Read Arizona gram, contact Sun Life’s Director program serves more than 4 milof Community Outreach Renee Hablamos Español Louzon-Benn by phone at (520) lion children and their families 381-0366 and by email ReneeL@ across the nation, with a special On-site application assistance with AHCCCS,, contact Sharon on serving those in Life’s and Sun discountorprograms. Brady with Reach Out & Read at low-income communities. The (602) 532-0137 ext. 407 and at program has 197 active clinics in the state of Arizona that hand


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LEADERSHIP “I have no interest in being a leader, but am quite incapable of following, so I go my own direction and end up leading anyway.” – Wilson B. Dedman


little over a year ago Rock and I were having our normal Friday afternoon aperitif and discussing the affairs of the week when the subject of local leadership arose. With the fall in the economy these past few years a void has appeared because, quite frankly, everyone in business or in a leadership position is just trying to hold on. After some thought I decided I would call a few people I know who have been here for 20 years or so and pose the question: if you wanted to build a new hospital or start a new bank today, who would call? There was always an “uh” or a pause before an answer was given. Sometimes the answer was quite simply “I don’t really know, I can’t think of anyone”. Sadly the most common answer, if there was one, was the name of either an elected or governmental official. The name most mentioned from the private sector was the Fitzgibbons brothers from Fitzgibbons Law. The people I called are people I have



known and respected for some time and they were stumped. Then I asked who would you have called 15 or 20 years ago and without hesitation the answer was: John McEvoy, Tom McCarville, Harlyn Griffiths or John Hemmings among others. Rock and I shook our heads and proceeded to forget about the whole thing until a couple of months ago when Rock had this idea. ‘What if we sent a survey out and asked a few questions about local leadership?’ After much editing, brainstorming and creating the list to mail the questionnaire to, off we went. We felt many of the 250 invitations should be hand delivered which turned out to be a wonderful experience for the both of us. You should try it some time. Go and visit with your neighbor. I rekindled friendships from years ago and listened to some really good ideas! Again, sadly, the written responses were few which confirmed my thought of the presence of great apathy in our community. I hear quite frequently “how bad this is”

or “how could they do that” or “I’m disgusted with our government” and many of the complainers did not vote in the last election when asked if they did! “What does it matter” they say. Well, I say ‘let’s start changing that mindset.’ It’s as simple as writing a letter to your elected official. I don’t mean email, I mean write a letter. You would be surprised at the power a hand written letter wields. Please don’t write about the neighbor’s dog barking, but for example if you see government employees standing around a hole in the pavement doing nothing but talking, write the City Manager and state the place, time and date of the incident. He would appreciate it because in most cases he has no way of knowing. Or what about a rude store employee? Don’t get mad; write a letter to the manager. I guarantee you some action will be taken. Hey, it’s a start. Let’s get going with this and become a part of the leadership in our community. Oh, call us if you need some help! – Brett Eisele, Rox Group


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Survey SURVEY SAYS... Many thanks to the 22 citizens who took the time to share their thoughts about area leadership. Most of our responses came from those who regularly contribute to our community, and some were quite insightful. We have printed every single response here, in this issue. But ... TOLD YOU SO What if you gave a party and no one came? Say you invite 250 “influential” people, including dozens of elected officials in Arizona’s Golden Corridor, to opine about the state of the community, and you get 22 responses? Three responses from our elected officials?   Maybe we should all ask ourselves:  are our elected officials really looking after our interests, or theirs? IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE? This survey was notable only for the stark, shocking reality of lack of response.   So let us suggest an answer to our own question: Q:  What does community leadership mean to you? A:  We don’t know the definition of leadership, but we know it when we see it:  freeway ramps leading into town jammed with moving vans full of people eager to be a part of this community. No moving vans, no leadership.  Or, to put it another way:  Progress?  Leadership.  No Progress?  No leadership.  SIMPLE. IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME Yes, times are tough, but there are places growing like weeds.  Why?  Cuz people want to be there.  Why?  Cuz they got stuff.  Not just jobs - cool stuff.  Performing arts centers … Google fiber … trail systems … funky bars … night life.  Get stuff, people will come.  If people come, jobs will too, then stuff can be afforded.  More stuff, more people more stuff more people more stuff more people … chicken and egg?  Yup.  Vicious cycle?  Absolutely.

If you build it they will come? Maybe, maybe not;  but if you don’t, they won’t.

If you build it they will come? Maybe, maybe not;  but if you don’t, they won’t. WHO YOU GONNA CALL? So, if you wanted to build it, who would you call?  In the course of creating this survey, we sat around and asked ourselves who you would call if you wanted to build, say, a new spaceport in Arizona’s Golden Corridor.  Check out Brett’s brief piece for more, but there were surprisingly few strong answers, unlike ten, twenty and thirty years ago. Why are there no more big leaders?  Hard times?  Inward focus (narcissism) of our entire society?   Are we all so into our Tahiti cruises and our 60” screens and NFL and NASCAR and Sams Club that none of us care what happens out there? LEADERSHIP SURVEY 2.0 Since we are so disappointed with our survey we are going to give you, the citizenry, another shot at becoming involved with future community leadership by asking you the same questions. No printed invites, no personal visits, no jawboning or suasion, just one place online to enter your answers, anonymously or not.  Do you have fifteen minutes to give to your community?  We’ll see.   Thanks in advance for your participation; enter your responses at:


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2014 Leadership Survey ROBERT JACKSON


verybody has their own definition of a community leader. My definition is someone you can call when you want to start a new program or direction for the community. One of my concerns as Mayor is ‘how do we make sure Casa Grande can sustain itself and its identity into the future?’ With the pressures of growth from both Phoenix and Tucson, we need to work to establish our identity and future now. One of the cornerstones of a sustainable community is the creation of new jobs. This enables our residents to live and work in the same place. While we have been successful in the past few years creating

Janet Warren Growing up myself in this community allows me to have roots that have matured over the years; keeping me tied in to the amazing network that Casa Grande and the surrounding areas has to offer. Being in a small community like Casa Grande it is difficult and yet rewarding in the same breath. Small communities have great people that strive and want to better everyone within the community and they do it with a smile on their face. The fact is no one can replace a small active community. The power and abilities are endless due to that simple principal that “One person can change the world,” which is what I try to do every day. Serving as a community leader I pride myself on the honor of your word and working diligently to serve our families as if they were our own. Casa Grande is currently in my opinion at a very exciting and uplifting time. We are growing in numbers as well as passion. I see improvement in a couple of areas for this thriving small community. - Involving our two gaping generations, finding the community spirit within the youth and having it shine bright through our adult community. Getting more people involved in the town events and local small business support. Improving our town pride through more community give backs is another way



new jobs, we need to start looking to creating better paying jobs in town that will be available for our young people and help encourage them to stay here. This will only be accomplished through government, education and the business community working together. While we do have various groups such as Access Arizona and the Chamber working to help create jobs and make Casa Grande a good place to live, we need to develop the next generation of community leadership. We need to have our current leader group step up and mentor our younger residents to prepare them to become

of showing and appreciating the individual within a community. This will invest individuals in the town and its people - A larger focus on education and the value of the teacher- student relationship. We need to educate the youth at the highest standards and we will thus in turn replenish our community with bright, motivated and educated individuals. We instill the home town pride and spirit the youth will come back and continue our upward climb towards greatness. In closing I feel that as long as we are pulling together and showcasing all of our diverse talents we can make anything happen. Community is defined as, “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.” We can take it even further and define Casa Grande as, “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Steve Miller What does community leadership mean to you? Community leadership has a very broad meaning in my eyes. It can be any person from an elected official to the little league or soccer coach. The elected officials certainly seem to get the limelight. However I think that coach has the potential to influencing our future leaders. I also believe there

tomorrow’s leaders. Who are the current leaders? It is a question that I frequently ask and, for the most part, they are all over the age of 50. And while they have done a good job, have they identified who will take their place? If the community was a corporation, there would be a succession plan for leadership. We are at a crossroads in Casa Grande with the growing Sun Corridor Megapolitan area and need to start working on developing the next generation of leaders. Get involved, help make Casa Grande all it can be and help us improve our community.

are times when individuals are performing the role of a leader and are not aware of it. These individuals are found in volunteer organizations such as churches and clubs. They all play an important role, and are what make our community a desirable place to live. Described the state of current community leadership. It is somewhat difficult to describe the current state of our community leaders. History will determine whether their good decisions are bad decisions and do they benefit or burden the community. Let’s be honest - every decision made benefits one side and may burden the other. We hope as leaders that we benefit the majority. Nevertheless I believe our current leaders truly have our city and county and state’s best interest at heart. How would you improve our community leadership? How to improve your community leaders may not be the question. The real question is how you identify someone that may be a leader within your community. Really good leaders have some unique qualities. My personal opinion is the good leaders listen more than speak; they tend to apply common sense to the issues with the problems, and they are fair and consistent with their decisions. Also, good leaders do not put their personal ambitions or desires ahead of what is best for the group or organization. That being said, there are two other key ele-

ments; information and/or education, as much as a person can absorb about the current status of the organization they are leading. Other comments on community leadership: Good leaders have vision and will take advantage of the opportunities when brought before them.

Tim Smith What does community leadership mean to you? Community leadership is no different than any other leadership. A leader first leads by example, has no ego, and is able to compromise agendas for the betterment of the community. Most people’s ignorance denies them the ability to recognize they are wrong. Just thought I would throw that in. has nothing to do with the question.

Ramona Gonzales What does community leadership mean to you? I see community leadership as people who serve the community through volunteer groups and social groups, civic oriented groups, and other community based organizations. Our goal at Mission Heights is to work with the community to design and implement a plan to motivate our learners to improve their academic performance and their life prospects. Described the state of current comTHE LEADERSHIP EDITION

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munity leadership. Currently, I have developed a few relationships and personal contacts with community based organizations. Those organizations that have developed relationships with the Mission Heights Preparatory have established and maintained a relationship with the new principal. I need to reach out to establish more relationships for the benefits of our students and the school. How would you improve our community leadership? My focus for community leadership would be on the educational aspect. The focus in education is concentrated on accountability and testing, curriculum and instruction, and improving teaching. My experience and observations have led me to develop community partnerships to help promote literacy and achievement. Those partnerships with community groups are needed to develop resources to boost student achievement. The values and expectations of the family as well as the community affect student motivation. We need to use the whole child approach for each learner to experience success. Other comments of community leadership: I believe communities and educational leaders need to work together to provide family support and

involvement, business support and resources, volunteers and advocates, and other needed support structures to schools and educators. As educators, we need to reach out to our community as allies to foster a culture of achievement.

Shea Nieto What does Community Leadership mean to you? To me, Community Leadership means actively taking part in improving the general welfare of the community. From improving economic conditions, to helping enhance the quality of life for your neighbors, to coming up with ideas whose implementation will have a positive impact on generations to come. Describe the state of current Community Leadership Current Community Leadership is out there now, but I think it is fragmented. There are many different causes and special interests – each competing for finite resources, time and sometimes money. Most of these organizations have active, capable leadership. However, unifying and visionary leadership that drives what kind of community we want to be is hard to find. I attribute much of this to the fact that city and organizational leaders simply

have more complex issues to deal with than their predecessors. How would you improve our community leadership? I would improve community leadership by making it inclusive and transparent. For the most part it already is, but many times, we don’t find the best and most someone has to offer until we ask for it. Proactively seeking new leadership and narrowing the focus of what that means from a community perspective, i.e., defining the term ‘Community Leadership’ is key. Inviting proactive approaches and expansive ideas in a setting that promotes critical thinking, but does not hinder creativity through conflict, is important when trying to get the best from people. Other comments of community leadership: Specialization is something that can prevent good leadership from being able to thrive. As our communities have evolved and grown, special interests have garnered the talent and resources of very effective leaders. A side effect of this is that competing interests can cause gridlock, paralyzing effective progression of the larger community as a whole. A fragmenting of talent can cause a lack of cohesiveness and shared goals among different groups.

Steve Stahl What does Community Leadership mean to you? Community leadership means that one puts their needs secondary to that of the community. This type of leadership requires listening twice as much as you are talking and means listening for the “core” issues. This allows the core issues of the community to be addressed. Describe the state of current Community Leadership. The state of our current Community Leadership in the “Golden Corridor” is still very young but diverse. There is a wide diversity in long standing members of the community who don’t want things to change versus the new members who want change and want it now. Some of these changes include traffic plans, development planning of both residential communities and commercial, flood mitigation and many others. Community Leadership is finding itself in the middle with few answers to please both sides. How would you improve our community leadership? I recommend Comcontinued on page 68...



hat does community leadership mean to you? Community leaders identify shared values, community issues and goals; they offer the common perspective on important issues and bring people together to resolve our issues in line with our values. Community leaders listen and then, offer a thoughtful, creative vision. Community leaders give of their time, talents and treasure to build a better community. They understand our past, diligently work in the present, and keep the promise to posterity. Community leaders personify the Churchill axiom: “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Described the state of current community leadership: lacking. Between 2003 and 2009, the following occurred: Casa Grande


transitioned from a “town” to a bustling bedroom community of Phoenix, where people “drove to qualify” until the real estate bubble burst; the seemingly endless population growth that fueled our economy, dissipated, and the newspaper filled with foreclosure notices. The Great Recession blanketed this area, affecting not only our economy, but our thinking. Everything turned pretty dark. Fear set in. People lacked confidence in the future. Our focus narrowed from our community and enhancing it, to our own families, businesses, employees and trying to weather our personal storm. John McEvoy, John Hemmings and Donovan Kramer Sr. died. As a community, we hunkered down, lowered our heads, and weathered the storm. Although, in the last couple years, some of

us have raised our heads and see brighter days, no new leadership emerged. How would you improve our community leadership? First, we need to face, squarely, our past. We need to listen to our neighbors, get feedback, and understand. Next, we need to be creative and identify common ground and opportunities to collaborate between the private sector and government. Third, community leaders need to coalesce around a creative, shared vision. Finally, our actions must allow each member of our community fair access to economic opportunities for the basics: jobs, housing, education, transportation and health care. Each community member must know that if they work hard, they have a chance to make a better life for their family and their descendants.



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hat does community leadership mean to you? Community leaders are stewards of citizen trust. People lead by their actions. Community leadership means to get involved in organizations and causes that make our community a better place to live. Community leaders take on difficult tasks because they know it will make the community better, they will be here to witness the positive impacts on all who reside here, and they will leave this community better than they found it. Community leaders work for all segments of our community: elderly, youth, families and large and small businesses. Community leaders do not care who gets the credit, they just want to see the job get done.

continued from page 67... munity Leadership partnerships with the secondary educational facilities. The youth are the future and will be the ones “saddled” with the results of current Community Leadership. A partnership of the secondary educational facilities specifically addressing the diversity challenge mentioned above will get “buy-in” from both groups and our future leadership. Other comments of community leadership: I would also like to see Community Leadership become more active for available resources. It seems both Maricopa County and Pima County have received State and National resources for a number of years with Pinal County receiving very little. Community Leadership needs to rally together and demonstrate the disparity to our State leadership so they can no longer say they “didn’t know”.

Donna McBride What does Community Leadership mean to you? I feel strongly that CL means leading by example: guiding others to walk beside you to make your community better than the day before. Each day is a new day and we all have the opportunity, and responsibility, to



Described the state of current community leadership. I believe we have leaders who care about the community. With the economic downturn, many people turned inward to make sure that their families, jobs, and businesses could weather the financial crisis. Most were not generally concerned about the community because they had more immediate concerns. I thank those individuals that continued to be involved in community leadership positions during this difficult economic time. I know it has not been easy. With the easing of the recovery, if more people get involved in the community, this will work to strengthen our community leaders. We need to develop strong leaders, including young people, that will continue to

create the community we can be proud of. It isn’t about expecting the city leaders to do it for us, but for us each to guide them through our own voice. Describe the state of current Community Leadership. While we see economic struggles all around us, I truly believe current state of community leadership in our area is solid. Why? Because the leadership of Mayor Jackson, along with several supportive council members. They have created an open door policy for community members to get involved through boards and commissions. We have the option to be part of change with issues on policies, police, fire and budget decisions. People like Mayor Jackson and Councilman Matt Herman realize that our young people are leaders now and give them a platform to have their voices heard. We have one of the most active Youth Commissions in the state because our city took the lead to support their efforts. Some youth commissions from other cities have stated their city council doesn’t even know who they are. Our commissioners do routine round table discussions with our leaders. How would you improve our community leadership? Would of, could of, should old saying for those who sit on the sidelines. It is easy to throw out how others can do things better.

move our community forward. How would you improve our community leadership? Remove the political polarization. The current politics exhausts good people who want to be involved in our community. We are all part of this community and can agree on many things. First, to be a great community, you must be a safe community. Second, to attract good jobs, you need a strong educational system. Third, we need to provide good health care to all of our residents. Fourth, we need to provide services to our aging population and our youth. To improve our community leadership, we need to eliminate the political schisms and agree that together we can build a stronger community.

But I have the attitude that if you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem. I would like to see people get more involved. Do more...give more. Our community has so many ways to be leaders. It doesn’t cost anything to volunteer. Even families with small children can do things together to improve our community- and that is leadership. Clean a park, volunteer at a local event. Support the many activities we have. Other comments of community leadership: Community leadership is about building vision and direction. It is about standing up, being accountable and working together - whether you are an elected official or citizen. We are each one piece of a larger puzzle. Without each of us doing something, however small, the picture is not really ever complete.

Patty Messer What does community leadership mean? Community leadership is very important to me. My educational philosophy includes bringing the community into the school as much as possible. This may be in the form of a partnership for program support, donations, or volunteers. I strongly believe in the community-school relationship so students realize the impact they have on a

global society. Describe the state of current community leadership. Community Leadership is important in all aspects of our life, but in the eyes of students it’s critical. I am new to the Casa Grande community and have already seen an abundance of support from businesses, service clubs, and parents. It’s encouraging to move to a city where people are ready to help in various ways. I think that Casa Grande’s community leadership is strong and committed to the citizens. How would you improve our Community Leadership? I love when my staff brings solutions to the table and not just complaints. I think raising a community of problem solvers with a growth mindset is one way to teach students how to become a community of leaders in their schools, clubs, and sports teams. Positive role models, exposure to the arts and culture, and an open mind will increase community leadership in Casa Grande.

Jim Rhodes What does community leadership mean? • Community: Cooperation, convergence • Everyone on the same page, mobilize divergent interests and move them toward similar goals THE LEADERSHIP EDITION

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Leadership: Guidance, direction Have a vision of opportunity and possibility. It is most important to discover the areas of agreement and to pull together around those agreements. The more personal positions of political, corporate and community philosophies will become apparent in the larger discussion. Looking for the greater public good should be the exercise. Describe the state of current community leadership. Exceptional leaders work in many of our “interest” organizations such as service clubs, education, churches government and social services. However, we do not seem to have a consensus on the opportunities resident in agreement on broader goals. How would you improve our Community Leadership? Develop a set of broad goals or issues that characterize a well led community (what do we look like when we get to “well led”?) This is purely a discussion document. Ask members or representatives of the various organizations to name a small number of participants, as small groups, to address the issues (create a roadmap to “well lead”). This part of the exercise may well lead to modifications of the original set of goals or issues. Ask a group of individual representa-

tives of the community groups to take a look at the roadmap and come to a very broad consensus on what will work and what will not work. Publish the results of the above efforts and continuously seek comments on potential improvements. Other comments on Community Leadership: It will be important to ensure that consensus on a final statement leaves room for goals, objectives, bylaws and processes unique to each of the community organizations that participated. It will also be important that the direction be open-ended for future modifications.

groom them as future leaders. Other comments on Community Leadership: Whether a community leader is a Democrat, Republic, Tea Partier, Occupier, Independent or other, everybody is working for the common good of our community. Debate, differences of opinion and dialog are the foundations of a healthy democracy and we must respect these principles. A true leader’s mantra should be these words by Abraham Lincoln, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”

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Evelyn Casuga

What does Community Leadership mean to me? Daring to be different; embracing diversity; building consensus; listening; communicating; team playing; visionary; open to new ideas; and inclusive. Describe the state of current Community Leadership. Diverse; evolving; transitional this time of year due to the election season; and accessible. How would you improve our Community Leadership? Establish a countywide “Leadership Pinal County” program to engage young professionals and to

What does Community Leadership mean to you? Community Leadership begins with willing individuals/groups who respectfully and civilly engage in formal and informal activities that improve the quality of life and sense of place for all segments of a community. The process includes recognizing and identifying gaps and needs in a community, organizing for action, seeking/creating resources to meet goals, celebrating and sharing accomplishments by all. Describe the state of current Com-

munity Leadership. While many in the community are exemplary citizens and participants, including individuals, businesses, non-profits, governments, churches and educational institutions, there are clearly segments in the community who do not, choose not, or don’t know how to have their voices heard. An uneven sense of place prevails in the region with few champions to articulate a shared vision and direction. How would you improve our Community Leadership? Citizen engagement leading to community leadership is a worthy endeavor that would bear much fruit to the region. However, this continuum of activity does not necessarily come naturally or easily. Acknowledging current leaders, recognizing that leadership is multi-faceted, embracing and training potential new leaders and starting young people in the art of civil engagement are just thought starters. Other comments on Community Leadership: In 2012, Arizona’s Centennial, Arizona Town Hall held two events continued on page 70...



hat does Community Leadership mean to you? Community Leadership is a combination of imagination, foresight, innovative thinking, consensus building and delivered results in areas that make Casa Grande a better place for the citizens to live, work and play. It is NOT management of the status quo or oversight of routine City activities. Describe the state of current Community Leadership: There is currently a vacuum of leadership in Casa Grande at many levels. This City was built on innovative thinking followed by dogged pursuit of objectives that resulted in the institutional framework of industry, commerce and service organizations that helped make Casa Grande a viable City. That innovate thinking and dogged pursuit of action has disappeared and been replaced by maintenance


of existing infrastructure combined with poorly thought out additional amenities that are not providing the enhancements that they were hoped to do. The result of which has been a waste of valuable limited resources. How would you improve our community leadership? An initial Town Hall followed by a series of workshops and symposiums designed to determine and prioritize the next phase of commerce, industry, tourism and recreational amenities needed to drive Casa Grande to the next level of community growth and pride. From the symposiums shall emerge the community leaders pursuing the projects of their choice with the confidence that a broad base in the community will stand behind their efforts and help pave the way to the desired results. Other comments of community leader-

ship: The founding fathers and community leaders who came before us left a legacy of innovation, creative thinking, and performance results that will be difficult to re-create. Our central entry points lack imagination and a common theme. We lag far behind in social, civic, and recreational enhancement projects. The infrastructure for commerce, industry and residential growth is in place throughout the community. The basics that enhance Community Pride are here awaiting Community Leadership. Much can be said for maintaining status quo awaiting an improved economy but there are communities that are growing and flourishing across this nation who are operating under the same economic hardships. The difference between us and them is the very essence of community leadership.



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2014 Leadership Survey continued from page 69... on the topics of Civic Engagement and Civic Leadership that produced pre-reads and recommendations from participants throughout Arizona. Highly recommended if we are to pursue and hold Community Leadership as a shared value in the region.

Philip Calvert What does Community Leadership mean to you? Community leadership has three components: 1. Honoring the past: we must remember the contributions of those who came before us because their sacrifices have set the stage for the decisions we are able to make today. 2. Solving problems: leadership requires making decisions that allow community members to live safely, enjoy family, work hard, educate their children, and feel like they are part of something great. 3. Vision for the future: good leadership is always thinking about the future, and preparing the people for all that is yet to be. This includes preparing for hard times as well as preparing for good times. Describe the state of current Community Leadership. Casa Grande is a blessed city. We have an excellent mayor who is able to work well with people across a wide spectrum of interests. The faith community in Casa Grande is thankful to have him as our mayor. How would you improve our Community Leadership? In general, community leadership could be more cohesive and inclusive. We should strive to bring more unity among the various voices, thereby being intentional about building a broadbased leadership team among citizens and elected officials. To do this, effective multi-way communication among the various stakeholders of our community will be critical. It is also important to have community leadership forums periodically so that the community is united before a crisis hits. These events don’t always have to be just meetings: they could be enjoyable afternoons in a park where community leaders and their families get to spend time with



each other. Other comments on Community Leadership: In all that we do, the community of Casa Grande should acknowledge that all good things come from God. If we keep Christ in focus at all times we will honor Him from whom all blessings flow.

when they don’t have the information at hand. Strength: A strong leader never waivers on values, ethics or commitment. That’s a tall order, but its absolutely essential. Zest: Let your passion show, and see if it isn’t contagious!

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Rusty Riggs

What does Community Leadership mean to you? A community leader is someone who, to quote Captain Spock, knows the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few...or the one. It is a person who has a vision for the future of our community and then follows up by actively participating to make that dream come true. They have the characteristics of courage, knowledge, strength, and zest, and use them for the betterment of others. Describe the state of current Community Leadership. We are fortunate in Casa Grande to have community leaders in many arenas. A leader does not have to be an elected official, or a paid position. Some of our leaders are quietly working in the background to make Casa Grande a better place to live - these are servant leaders. Others are out front, engaging in the active battles that almost always accompany change - these are warrior leaders. And others lead by example, doing what needs to be done to move the process forward bit by bit. These are the unsung heroes. How would you improve our Community Leadership? I would like to see younger people in key management positions. Many of the ‘old guard’ are stepping down, or have stepped down. Each of us, as leaders, must intentionally build leadership skills in young people so they can keep our community moving forward. Other comments on Community Leadership: From Harvey Mackay: Courage: tough times and tough choices require courageous leaders. Doing the right thing instead of the easy thing is a mark of courage. Knowledge: No one expects leaders to know everything, but everyone expects leaders to know whom to ask

What does Community Leadership mean to you? A community leader would need to understand that a community is made up of individuals and families from diverse backgrounds. A good community leader would need to see these diverse backgrounds as the pieces that enrich a community and not divide it, understanding that we can only be a true community when we can stand united with common goals or purpose. This unity in purpose can only be accomplished by understanding the fundamental or core needs of individuals. There are several theories or ideas of what those needs may be. As an individual or piece of the community, I believe these common goals must be based on correct principles rooted in ethics and morality. These fundamentals are what a community can be built upon. A community leader may come from many walks of life and their circle of influence will vary in size. Community Leadership is a driving force for making a better tomorrow. That may mean making tough decisions for what is right. A good community leader would look to the future and make decisions based on what is right and not who is right. A community leader would not determine what is a good idea or insight based on ethnicity, education level, or status in the community. A good leader would hold themselves to a higher standard. Not to imply or impose that they are better than other people, but because their internal character won’t let them live any other way. They would make decisions based on what is best for the group without the intention of personal gain. They would be willing to give of their time by providing service to others. A good community leader, or any good leader, would demonstrate an

uncompromising character enriched by integrity and ethics.

Dick Powell What does community leadership mean to you? The short answer is community leaders are people who provide leadership within our community. That definition is intentionally inclusive to recognize the efforts of so many in Casa Grande. There are endless opportunities for leadership in our community: business, manufacturing, agriculture, faith community, non-profits, education, healthcare, elected officials, clubs, organizations and so on. These are leaders normally responsible for certain duties on a consistent basis. There is another level of community leadership which involves marshaling effective leaders to address: special issues, opportunities, or to move the community forward in a beneficial direction. Identifying this leadership pool becomes more challenging as our community grows in population, diversity, and expectation. Key leadership successfully addressing key issues is the cornerstone for Casa Grande’s future prosperity. Describe the state of current community leadership. Truthfully, I feel Casa Grande is blessed with good leadership, in most instances, across our community. Bringing to the table special personnel to address special issues becomes more problematic. Talents of new residents are often unrecognized. Community leadership should adopt a non-partisan approach regarding non-political community issues. Being willing to work together is important. How would you improve our community leadership? Communication has a big part to play. Many excellent prospects for various endeavors simply don’t know what is going on and how to volunteer their help. Current leaders need to step forward and help beneficial projects grow legs and follow through to fruition. A clearing house informing the community of impending efforts and helping to recruit the right folks for the job would be most helpful.


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Gerald Hahn What does Community Leadership mean to you? Community leadership to me is not just about elected officials and government. It is about the people of a community working to better their community by means of government, schools, volunteering and participation. I do not own a business or work within the boundaries of “The Golden Corridor”, but volunteer an exceptional amount of time to the community of Maricopa in which I live. Instead of people taking the easy way out and pointing fingers or blaming others about what is wrong in a community, if they were to go out and even just put in 1 hour a week to a charity, a sport, a church, a school, a food bank, whatever, the community would benefit immensely. Leadership is leading by example. If community members cannot be good examples for their community or even their own children, than they are not leading, they are following. Describe the state of current Community Leadership. I can only answer this question predominantly for the City of Maricopa where I live, and to some extent Casa Grande. I believe our community has some good leaders. We have some good leaders in our government and our schools. I personally am involved with the Boy Scouts of America in Maricopa, and I see that this and other positive community organizations, such as Kiwanis, the Rotary Club, Theatre groups, church groups, etc., in Maricopa have other strong leaders too. Their passion and commitment to the community is what helps Maricopa be a better place to live. Their leading by example will help the younger generation to step up in the future and also become good community leaders. What I personally would like to see more of is for parents, particularly stay-at-home parents, to participate and help more in the schools. The schools are overcrowded, and without parental support of their children, discipline and volunteers, the schools become a scapegoat for parents to blame for educational or behavioral problems. How would you improve our Community Leadership? As mentioned above, I would try to impress on the THE LEADERSHIP EDITION

adults in our community to become involved in something. If every parent or adult in the community gave 1 hour a week – we would eliminate so many of our educational, gang, and other problems. A busy parent could possibly do 1 hour of tutoring after work, help at church, the food bank, community programs like sports, scouts and FFA. 1 day, for 1 hour a week is nothing to ask from a parent for the betterment of their community. Other comments on Community Leadership: I really don’t have more to add than what has been written already, except that in the form of elected community leadership, I am always skeptical, yet supportive, of our elected officials. While they all seem to always have the best intentions, once in office, our “democratic” process seems to stall them. Unfortunately this is not just a community leadership problem; it goes all the way to the top here in the USA.

Anonymous What does Community Leadership mean to you? To me community leadership is a collaborative effort of likeminded individuals working towards a common goal of enriching the area. Describe the state of current Community Leadership. The current state of community leadership is severely lacking. We have a plethora of people that serve on committees, participate in discussions, roundtables, studies and whatnot. What we don’t have is someone to actually accomplish a goal in the shortest amount of time, at the least possible cost. How would you improve our Community Leadership? Our elected officials at the City, County, State and Federal levels have reached the extreme level to ‘protect’ us from ourselves. Rather than listen to what the constituents want, the elected officials know better than the rest of us what is good for us. EXAMPLE: The City of Casa Grande voters APPROVED a bond election to build a multigenerational facility how many years ago? And where is that building now? The citizens have spoken

by voting YES to tax themselves because this was important to the voters and our quality of life. And yet, we have sports fields by the Francisco Grande Hotel for the [defunct] United Football League. Hey City Council - where was THAT lease agreement to protect our investment? Why can’t anyone find out what it costs taxpayers annually to pay for that boondoggle? Other comments on Community Leadership: We don’t need elected officials and government staff to protect us from ourselves and growth. We don’t need government to pass onerous fees that restrict growth. Do you wonder why businesses look at Casa Grande and decide not to move here? All you need to do is look at the impact and permit fees and ask yourself “Would I pay that?” If the answer is no...Why do you expect others to pay? Why don’t we have Costco on Florence Blvd and Henness? Ask City Council what they demanded and why Costco pull out. You may not like what you hear. We need a group of citizens that will stand up to our elected and government staff and say - enough. We want industry. We want retail. We want growth. And we want the amenities we voted for and approved many years ago. It’s time for Casa Grande to lose the bedroom community and backward small town mentality. To be a viable contender for industry to move to this area, we need to have available not only location but infrastructure and amenities that successfully compete with other similar size communities. Why follow others when we can lead the way to prosperity and success!

Anonymous What does Community Leadership mean to you? A simple way to understand community leadership is to see it as leadership in, for and by the community. Community is frequently based in place and so is local. Some community leaders are elected, some elected officials are not community leaders, and some community leaders are never elected. To me a community leader understands and prioritizes issues of the

community and brings a group of citizens together to solve issues. Community leaders make decisions to improve the quality of life for those they serve regardless of their own circumstances. They have no stake in the game. They are “other centered”, a quality that few possess. A community leader dedicates their time for the betterment of the whole group. Describe the state of the current Community Leadership. Our current community has issues with leadership, apathy, and self-centeredness. The “old boy network” is alive and well. Newcomers have tried to make a difference, get involved, serve on commissions but are often ignored or their ideas are dismissed. There are people who serve in key community roles who try hard to prevent change. They lobby others to believe in their small minded notions or dismiss ideas saying ‘we tried that before and it doesn’t work”. Resistance to change cripples communities who want to grow and thrive and not just survive. How would you improve our Community Leadership? Improving community leadership requires leading change through dialogue, collective empowerment and connective leadership. It is a process that will not happen overnight. There must be a critical mass that wants to discuss change and empower others to join in the endeavor. To improve our community we must look to “grown our own”. We must convince our young people with potential to step up to the plate. They must be willing to serve on commissions and run for office. We must elect people to key positions who truly understand the community and are able to place their personal opinions aside for the good of the larger community. Our community sits between two giants, Tucson and Phoenix. Without community leadership, we will be swallowed whole by one of the giants! There isn’t much time left to create the community we want for tomorrow.




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Max_Chartrand/contributions (note: scroll for designated article, click for full text). not bullying and full of risks. It should address underlying Goldschmidt, V. (2014). Latest Osteoporosis News., not fluff over them by merely masking symptoms. admits-failure-shocking-new-osteoporosis-drug-conflict-of-interest-osteoporosis-drug The latter approach carries an unsustainably terrible price -pulled-from-market-and-more/. as evidenced by an American population that, with only 4% Hegadus, B. (2009). The Effect of Low Level Light Therapy in Knee Osteoarthritis. http:// of the world’s population, now consumes up to 80% of the Naik, G. (2014). Research Shows Zero-Calorie Sweeteners Can Raise Blood Sugar. world’s prescription drugs. Chronic disease continues to in every category, making Americans the sickest blood-sugar-1410973201?mobile=y. Neuropathy Association (2014). Neuropathy in the U.S. Skyrocketing. http:// people among advanced nations. Even more alarming, Americans consume up to 84% of Orenstein, B. (2014). Heart Disease on the Rise. Everyday Health. http:// the world’s supply of opium-based pain medicine, leading Sanchez, B.A. (2011). Unnecessary Procedures and Surgeries On the Rise in U.S. millions of individuals hopelessly addicted to both preHealthcare System. and black market opioids. Ditto needless surgeries that leave millions more debilitated afterwards than before Siang,procedures-and-surgeries-on-the-rise-in-us-health-care-system/. H. (2014). Spinal Stenosis; Clinical Presentation. they started. article/1913265-clinical. Tissue-destroying steroids bring degenerative disc, bone, U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services (2013). National Hematologic Diseases Information Service. and neural disease, and further debilitation. To make matters worse, pain comes back worse than ever. Underlying causes of all chronic conditions boil down to seven categories of life stressors:  Chronic dehydration  Untreated/under-treated infections Telomere  Unhealed injuries (mostly to the spine)  Mitochondria: The “doctor” in every cell  Long-term deficiencies of essential nutrients  Genetic makeup & Psychological stressors  RNA: DNA translator for Dr. Mitochondria  Lifestyle/Environmental/Medication Toxins  Sedentary lifestyle/Poor sleep  DNA Blueprint: Of a perfect you! It would seem that any effective wellness program would address all of these underlying causes  Telomeres: The “shoelace ends” of DNA before settling for short-lived symptomatic-based solutions. Individuals suffering with long term chronic conditions deserve gentle, long-term solu ADP/ATP: The “Repair Crew” tions. That is where SIRCLE® comes in. Current Research: Strengthening telomeres may Telomere Utilizing the extensive resources of the larger health community along with the proven, safe, and add as much as 10-15 years to one’s lifespan




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The Community Leade When Does It Emerge? What does it look like? by Jim Rhodes, Long time small business advocate


he concept of leadership has been coming at us from a number of directions lately. What are the characteristics? What does leadership look like as it takes place in a variety of organizations? What is situational leadership? That is, what about the leader who steps up when no one else does to take us through a situation that may occur only rarely and randomly? Does leadership demand a formal title? From where does that leader emerge? Even more importantly when the situation has been handled where do they go? Can we teach leadership? Can we teach the leadership persona? If we recognize a potential leader early can we mentor leadership? If we try, how do we define it so we will know when we have been successful? Leadership training typically exposes students to the characteristics and results of specific leadership activities. The characteristics and results of nonspecific or situational leadership activities are more difficult to analyze. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zero in on Community Leadership. Often it has as its results conditions such as cooperation; development of common goals; common or group understanding of community challenges and community resources; etc. The characteristics would include identifiers such as visionary; team builder; etc. Many times those whom others view as community leaders may not even see themselves as such. How do we recognize an emerging leader? A helpful identifier is what an individual can or will do with a leadership opportunity. Every City in Pinal County offers opportunities for interested citizens to exert influence over the development and vitality of the community. The opportunities in-



She will expose young women to information and resources about careers, college, community service and other issues that impact young women in our society.

clude elected office; appointed city boards and commissions; and, specific programs or activities. We recognize the wouldbe leaders by their nominating petitions; names on interest rosters for boards and commissions; and membership in groups supporting a variety of official and unofficial community activities. We may also find emerging leaders supporting or staffing interest groups addressing issues whose boundaries extend far beyond our local governmental units. A characteristic that is important to community leadership and that may not appear in connection with other types of leadership is sustained interest and involvement. Demonstrated sustained interest is the jumping off point between a random statement of opinion and a dedication to addressing a community issue. Here are two examples of emerging community leadership. The examples are important because they spring from modest initiatives that do not claim to be total solutions to community problems. Rather, among other things, they each seek to encourage individual and group interest in challenges that impact all of us. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s began with the Go Green Club. For decades communities around the world have discussed the virtues of safe and sustainable energy. Nine-year-old Audrey Muller with the help of her sister Kate and family friend Alison Baldi are doing something about it. The concept is to lend their efforts to the momentum behind international renewable energy initiatives. Their position is to do what they can while promoting discussion of what else needs to be done beyond their own efforts. The three, along with other friends and fellow students, have engaged in a number of visible activities.


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ership Persona Bushes and trees are being planted to assist in cleaning the air that we breathe. The girls sell lemonade to fund activities designed to protect wildlife. In a more specific activity revenues from a bake sale are earmarked to protect endangered whales. The public nature of the activities encourages further involvement of a broader representation of the community. In addition club members gain an identity of citizens concerned about their environment. Finally, they are all identified as community leaders for now and probably in the future as well. The second example led by Casa Grande Youth Commission officer Nadia Rivas is the Young Woman’s Leadership Club. The purpose of the club goes to the heart of many of the economic and social problems with which our communities wrestle every day. Nadia hopes to help to equip young women with career and leadership skills. She will do this by creating opportunities that facilitate young women to lead social change. Finally, she will expose young women to information and resources about careers, college, community service and other issues that impact young women in our society. The Leadership Club will build momentum for young fe-


The public nature of the activities encourages further involvement of a broader representation of the community.

male leaders through a leadership conference. Community service opportunities will be publicized and enrollment in these opportunities will be with Club assistance. Keynote speakers and discussion leaders will cover topics of importance to young women such as education, leadership, building confidence and communication. Teambuilding activities will give young women experience in relating to one another and cooperating with one another. Opportunities for college readiness will be promoted. Mentors to assist young women to make the most of their own opportunities will be available. The Leadership Club is open to all grades and will meet monthly. Details will be available on the Vista Grande High School webpage and through social media. Participation in community scholarships will be encouraged and application assistance will be available. There you have it. Community leaders have vision; energy; imagination; and, an appreciation of the need for cooperative effort to build effective and sustained life-changing organizations. Please note that at the entry to “leadership” there is not a yardstick that says “you must be this tall or you must be this old to participate”.



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Spanish/Territorial style custom home on 1/3 acre lot. This home has 4BR 3BA with a study. Guest suite with separate entrance to pool and private courtyard. All appliances stay. Nice pool, large patio and yard with tons of fruit trees and large storage/work shop. There is RV parking and No HOA.

Home is 2,434SF 4BD 2BA on 1.25ac fully fenced. Front entry has covered patio & sitting area. Spacious GR with bayed area for dining, large kitchen and huge pantry. Home is open and inviting. Garage is extra wide & deep. There is a covered patio in the back. 220 in pasture

3BD, 2BA, plus den, 1,743SF in Villago. Redesigned kitchen and living area give the home an open feel, SS appliances & granite countertops. All tile except bedrooms. Master suite has double sinks and lots of storage, large great room opens up to backyard with huge paver patio and desert landscaping. David Schlagel • 520-280-9049



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Lovely home at the Casa Grande Lakes with Pool. Two tone paint and new carpeting. The GR, baths and kitchen have tile. 3BD, 2BA, 1,468SF, all on a large corner lot. Master bath features a separate tub and shower and double sinks. Enjoy the club house and boating on the lakes.

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Financial focus What’s Smarter — Paying Off Debts or Investing? Collaborated by Jack Stonebraker and Fred Tucker If you tied up most of your money in home equity, you may well lose some flexibility and liquidity. Could you get money out of your home if your emergency savings fund fell short?


t probably doesn’t happen as much as you’d like, but from time to time, you have some extra disposable income. When this happens, how should you use the funds? Assuming you have adequate emergency savings — typically, three to six months’ worth of living expenses — should you pay off debts, or fund your IRA or another investment account? There’s no one “correct” answer — and the priority of these options may change, depending on your financial goals. However, your first step may be to consider what type of debt you’re thinking of paying down with your extra money. For example, if you have a consumer loan that charges a high rate of interest — and you can’t deduct the interest payments from your taxes — you might conclude that it’s a good idea to get rid of this loan as quickly as possible. Still, if the loan is relatively small, and the payments aren’t really impinging on your monthly cash flow PMSthat Black much, you might want to consider putting any extra money you have into an investment that has the potential to offer longer-term benefits. For instance, you might decide to PMSfully White fund your IRA for the year before tackling minor debts. (In 2014, you

can contribute up to $5,500 to a traditional or Roth IRA, or $6,500 if you’re 50 or older.) When it comes to making extra mortgage payments, however, the picture is more complicated. In the

first place, mortgage interest is typically tax deductible, which makes your loan less “expensive.” Even beyond the issue of deductibility, you may instinctively feel that it’s best to whittle away your mortgage and build as much equity as possible in your home. But is that always a smart move? Increasing your home equity is a goal of many homeowners — after all, the more equity you have in your home, the more cash you’ll get when you sell it. Yet, if your home’s value

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Kyoto ROX! Sapporo SUX! by Elaine Earle

O Above: Ginkaku-ji (Jisho-ji) temple in Kyoto, Japan Top-right: Streets of Kyoto, Japan Right: Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), Sapporo, Japan


n my first trip to Japan, I thought that I would mix it up a bit and spend time in 3 different places. I lived in London once for two years and can make my way around a big city easily through my own independent travel (no tours or tour groups!). I have navigated both first and third world countries on my own; Africa, Eastern Europe, Oceania, etc. Boy was I wrong about Japan and Foreign Independent Travel (FIT)! I loved seeing Japan; however the place really isn’t set up to be very ‘user-friendly’ to the Western tourist; or at least not outside of the well-known and documented top tourist spots. Amazing features about Japan are its cleanliness and precision and attention to detail. You will see 5 workers cleaning the steps to the park or the hotel staff wiping the base boards in the hall of the hotel. There are very few homeless people on the streets. There


didn’t appear to be really bad areas or crime. It appears to be a country where people are honest, honorable, polite, hard-working and willing to assist. They seem to have a good social system with full employment and health benefits. The biggest surprise was the lack of English even amongst hotel staff and in visitor centers. Independent travel is difficult in this way, especially as you leave the more popular tourist-visited areas. Traveling the Japanese countryside would not be a leisurely journey. There is little to no English and many things do not work including your cell phone and even your bank cards or credit cards. Make sure you have cash! We ran into spots where it was nearly impossible to mobilize ourselves anywhere due to the language barrier. For example, we had no idea that our flight from Sapporo to Tokyo was canceled because they announced it only in Japanese. We just stood there amusing ourselves for hours waiting to

board perhaps a delayed flight not even knowing that it was canceled!


The first stop on our trip was Tokyo. We slept well on the plane and adjusted immediately to the time difference. Who knew that it is just as easy to get to Japan as it is Europe? 10 hours over the ocean from Los Angeles - no big deal! Tokyo with a population of over 35 million (the most populous metropolitan area in the world), is just amazing. How do they get enough food and water for all the people? On our first taxi ride in, I couldn’t believe the little Cracker Jack boxes that people live in and if they had a car; it was often smaller than a Smart Car, parked like a bicycle in front of their residence. I was expecting extremely tall buildings like one would see in Hong Kong but due to the earthquake threat, the buildings are more moderately tall rather than skyscrapers. All the recently built


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Tokyo MEH? bridges have sliders on them to help with the earthquake risk. Upon arrival at the hotel, we took note of how polite people were. Service industry workers, among most people in general, bow and are very courteous to visitors. We immediately set our sights on the Hop On Hop Off bus, properly called the Sky Hop Bus, to get an initial lay of the land. We don’t normally favor these and would rather be totally independent but it is a good first day thing to do in a new city. They are serious about their time tables - do not be a minute late! We went through the business district and took note of the very, very well dressed business men and women (mostly men). This then led to a discussion and insightful thoughts that if you dress the part, you will be the part. That is its own topic that we need to ponder more! We saw all the top things in Tokyo that every good tourist should see; the continued on page 82...




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continued from page 81... Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, Yoyogi park, etc. On our second day, we thought we would try a little more independent travel. We arrived at a train station with the hopes to buy a day pass for the Metro and Japanese Rail (JR). This proved to be more difficult than it seems due to the language barrier. We did however get around and saw some great things at the street level. All in all, Tokyo is a fabulous city and a must-see. It is a city that is endless. If you are a city person, you will love it. If you aren’t, make a short stop and go to KYOTO!


Our second stop was Kyoto. Oh how we LOVED Kyoto! The city is called the City of 10,000 temples for a reason. Upon arrival from the bullet train from Tokyo, we wandered around for an hour or so before dinner and ran into Geishas, temples and



gardens. We easily took 100 pictures in that 60 minutes because of all the fine detail and shrines, roofs and plants; it was all simply amazing! Even the man-hole covers on the streets were worthy of pictures. This city of only a few million is very friendly and easy to navigate. Taxi drivers can take you where you want to go and our hotel was fairly English-friendly. There are wonderful maps to show you all the must-see sights and as good tourists, we saw those. Rolls and rolls of pictures later, we are filled with memories and images of Kyoto; a truly magical and delightful city. If you go anywhere in Japan, go to KYOTO!


We are the kind of travelers who like a bit of the “off the beaten path” kind of travel. We like seeing the top 10 list that everyone else sees but are always on the quest for the hidden gems. On our last trip to Hong Kong, we went to


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Macau and booked the worst reviewed Westin hotel far out on the beach and not anywhere near the casinos or city. This is now our standing comparison of finding a gem. We had the best experience of any recent trip there. The food was great, service staff exceptional and it was peaceful and quiet. We thought that Sapporo would be this experience for us so we booked our stay there with the hope to unwind and enjoy our last few days in Japan. We were wrong and this was a huge mistake! This is where the lack of mobility and difficulty of independent travel comes in. We struggled to get there, struggled to get around while we were there and struggled to leave the island. We took Peach airlines from Osaka (yes, Peach and we booked Vanilla airlines for the return!). It took a whole day to get there with bus transfers, the plane, rail and taxi. Nothing was easy about this part of the trip! Sapporo is a city of a few million on the northern island of Hokkaido. It is more spacious and is more rural. We had envisioned traveling the countryside and going so far north that you are a stone throw from Russia. We had a really difficult time getting around


Left: Stepping-stones called Garyu-kyo (lying dragon bridge) at Heian-jingu shrine, Kyoto, Japan Above: Japanese prayer tree at Heian-jingu shrine, Kyoto, Japan

just Sapporo let alone the whole island and our visions of rest and leisure did not happen. We did get a little R&R with a massage and some good hotel and street food. Finding our way off the island made us feel vulnerable to the language barrier. After having no idea that our flight was cancelled, because all the announcements were only in Japanese, we encountered a lot of difficulty in figuring out how to remedy the situation. We ended up missing our connecting international flight from Tokyo to Los Angeles. Our conclusion on Japan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; go see it! Go to Kyoto. Go to Himeji, Nara, Nagoya and many of the other well known areas. Try independent travel at your own risk in well known areas. Hire a private guide (ahead of time!) for the rural areas. And lastly, stay at a hotel at your departing international city (which was Tokyo for us) the night before your long flight back over the ocean. You will save yourself some grief of a missed connection!

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Our hotels were like castles and made us feel like royalty and the Scottish food was delicious. And then there’s haggis, neeps and tatties… a staple in Scotland… and something every tourist MUST try at least once!!!



e have just returned from our dream vacation to England and Scotland and would like to thank CIE Tours, Temptation Travel Rox and Peggye Eck for making this possible. CIE tours has so many almost all-inclusive itineraries to choose from that we were able to go exactly where we wanted to visit and see the tourist attractions most important to us and not have to worry about driving, hotels or dining. Peg at Temptation Travel Rox worked very hard to make sure every detail was planned.... which made for a worry free vacation. We chose to visit England for our first tour and were very pleased with everything. CIE Tours provided a bus and driver (Roger) that got us safely around with a very knowledgeable tour guide (Phil) who provided us a lot of history as we toured castles, countryside, museums and cities. Our hotels were wonderful and the breakfasts, dinners and special entertainments were typically British but with enough choices to please everyone. Next we flew from London to Glasgow where we rented a car for a week and stayed at a B&B in Motherwell Scotland to work on genealogy. Peg was again so helpful in making these arrangements. Although the driving was a challenge, Jim managed quite well on our travels. Ridgeland House B&B run


by Margaret and Jim was everything we could have wished for...from the country setting, a beautiful suite, cooked to order breakfasts, having our laundry done for us and their great company. We loved it there! After returning our rental car in Glasgow, we were transported to our hotel to begin our second CIE Tour, this time to Scotland. Again we had a bus and a great driver (Mervin) and a terrific tour guide (Liz), who managed to bring the history of Scotland to life as we traveled through cities, lochs, castles and highlands. Our hotels were like castles and made us feel like royalty and the Scottish food was delicious. And then there’s haggis, neeps and tatties...a staple in Scotland.....and something every tourist MUST try at least once!!! I did have a medical issue on this tour and our guide Liz was most helpful, along with the hotel staff at Nairn and Aberdeen in directing my husband on obtaining medication and then assisting me in getting medical attention at a hospital.....and we really appreciated that! It is comforting to know that every aspect of your vacation is important to CIE and their personnel. Would we do another CIE Tour? Of course!!! We met some great folks on these tours and a good time was had by all!





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va’s Fine Mexican Food has been serving families in this community for nearly 30 years. The original location on Sunland Gin Road was opened by Eva and Don Santos Cornejo in 1985. Hard work, great service and fantastic Mexican food is what Eva’s foundation was built on and a huge part of what makes the restau-

rant thrive today. After years of success at the original location, their son Fernando decided to expand the family business. It all started 7 years ago with a sketch on a napkin and a mind full of endless possibilities. After 9 months of construction, not much had changed from his sketch on that napkin. The gorgeous Casa Grande location became what some would consider one of the nicest buildings in our community. Many notice something new everytime they stop in for a meal. Tiles were imported, lights were made from customized blown glass, and even the beautiful statue that is present in the dining room has a story to it! Being sur-

rounded by nearly everything that has a story of its own is another reason why Eva’s is a special place. When the Casa Grande location was built, it was built to go above and beyond your normal restaurant. Complete with dining room, cantina, ballroom, conference center and patio, Eva’s can cater to just about any family or business event our community could want. Eva’s offers an unbelievable night life that takes place in the gorgeous Don Santos Cantina. Offering drink specials, music, dancing and even a VIP section helps keep the scene fresh and fun. Eva’s is also always up for

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new inventions. New drink combinations, new menu items and always making themselves available to participate in year round events in the community are just a few of the reasons Eva’s Fine Mexican Food will continue to be known as one of the most comfortable and unforgettable dining experiences one could hope to encounter! Here’s to our family serving yours for 30 years more!

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Page Article Tips for Yoga

Prepare to stretch! Tips for Yoga by Susan Conn-Hood/Certified Yoga/Fitness Instructor & Whole Food Educator

Yoga Equipment:

I strongly suggest that you purchase a Yoga mat (even 2) to use in your practice. It is fine to borrow one the first time-but your Yoga mat will serve as your OWN personal space on which to perform your own practice. Needless to say it will be your own sweat, etc . . . that will be on the mat. A Yoga strap or even a towel, an exercise band or a silk tie can be used as a gentle way to stretch tight shoulders, upper arms and hamstrings. Yoga blocks will assist you in getting into a variety of poses and provide gentle support for forearms, the head, hands, or even feet or hips as needed. A water bottle and a clean towel will complete the needed equipment. I recommend a Yoga bag to carry your equipment in. Most equipment is available to view and purchase at www. Retailers such as Target, Big 5, Sports Authority, WalMart, Ross and Marshalls often have Yoga equipment for purchase. Check your local stores for sales.



What to Wear:

Comfortable sweat pants, tights, or Yoga pants are recommended. I steer my students away from baggy t-shirts as they can flop over your head in some poses, and bind, or twist when moving on your mat. A comfortable yet snug fitting top is best. A gentle support bra is also recommended for the ladies.

Keeping it clean:

You can soak your Yoga mat in a bathtub and wash it gently-hang to air dry. I have had great success with washing mine in the washer on a low gentle cycle-then hang drying it. It can take one full day to dry out your mat so plan your schedule accordingly. I have even put it into the dryer on a super low setting for 10 minutes at the end of one day with no mishaps. You can also safely spray your Yoga mat and blocks with a combined solution of eucalyptus oil and water ( mix 3 parts water to 1 part oil) in a small spray bottle to sanitize.



Great Ideas for turkey leftovers

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How to use your leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!

Turkey Salad with a Twist INGREDIENTS: 3-4 cups shredded cooked turkey ¼ cup shredded carrots ¼ cup raisins or currents 1/3 cup mayonnaise 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

Mushroom Turkey Burger

1 tbsp. teriyaki ¼ tsp. white vinegar 1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded ½ cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

INGREDIENTS: 1 lbs ground turkey 1 cup button mushrooms, finely diced 1 cup onions, diced 1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper 2 tsp. dried parsley 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. dry mustard 1 egg

DIRECTIONS: • Combine the turkey, carrots and raisins in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, teriyaki and white vinegar. Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the turkey mixture. And combine. • Serve over iceberg lettuce with tomatoes scattered.

DIRECTIONS: • Line a 9x13 pan with parchments paper or spray with oil. Pre-heat over to 350. • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Shape palm size patties, place on pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown

Turkey Gumbo

Turkey Soup with Stuffing Dumplings

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/8 cups vegetable oil 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped 1 cup celery, chopped 1 cup bell pepper, chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices

3 bay leaves 6 cups turkey stock 3 1/2 cups leftover turkey, coarsely chopped 1 cup uncooked white rice 2 cups water 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped 1/2 cup green onions, chopped

DIRECTIONS: • Stir oil and flour together in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring to keep from burning, about 25 minutes. Add the onions, celery, and bell peppers and continue to stir until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and cayenne pepper. • Stir in the smoked sausage and bay leaves, and continue to stir for 3 to 4 minutes. Pour in the turkey stock and stir until mixture are well combined. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Stir in the turkey, simmer for 2 hours. • About 30 minutes before serving, bring the rice and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. • Skim off any fat; remove from heat. Stir in parsley and green onions. Remove the bay leaves, and serve with rice.

INGREDIENTS: For Soup: 1C onion, chopped 1C celery, chopped 1C carrot, chopped 1C button mushrooms, chopped 1C corn 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme For Dumplings: 3/4C broth or milk 2 eggs 4C stale bread or stuffing 1/2C onion, chopped 1/2C celery, chopped

1/2 tsp dried basil 1 1/2 - 2 tsp salt 1 - 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp celery seed 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, optional 4C turkey 5 - 5 1/2C turkey or chicken broth 1/4C dried cranberries 1/2 Tbsp dried sage 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS: • Add all soup ingredients to the bowl of a 5 1/2-6 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°F degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a large bowl combine broth or milk with 2 eggs. Add stale bread cubes. Toss and allow bread to soak up liquid. Add remaining dumpling ingredients. Toss to combine well. • Using a large cookie scoop, scoop and transfer stuffing balls to prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until browned. • Serve soup with stuffing dumplings. Store remaining soup in an airtight container for up to several days or freeze with a container well labeled.





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Rattlesnake Adventure

by Jeppe Leifelt and Shamus Leech, Junior Reporters

I Arizona native, Philip “Wildman Phil” Rakoci has a passion and exuberance for all things prickly, pointy, venomous, and desiccated. His forays into the wild are frequent and legendary because he enjoys getting up close and personal with some of the world’s most misunderstood creatures. Come along with Wildman Phil and enjoy this educational and entertaining experience as you explore the realm of one of the most exciting reptiles of this wild, wild world in this cutting edge INTERACTIVE e-book. You can read, listen, enjoy videos, and play games while learning all about these unique creatures. Isn’t that wild?! 90


t was early August … we were at the foothills of the Picacho Mountain, the moon was full and we were in a really awesome van. On the way to the snake sighting spots, Wildman Phil, who is definitely a “Wildman”, was telling us all about his wild life and how awesome his past adventures have been. As he was telling about the record for most sidewinder snakes seen we happened to spot one on the side of the road. The sidewinder (see picture at right) is a nocturnal rattle snake that moves its body sideways to travel hence the name. As we piled out of the van, Wildman was telling us about the basics of the rattlesnake; what they eat, where they live, how many different species of the rattlesnake and how dangerous they are. Phil being the Wildman he is, reached down and picked the snake up. He had this bar with him that gets the snake to open its mouth so you can see the fangs and inside of the mouth. He let us touch the snake, which was somewhat like a lizard, and

also let us touch the rattle. After we all got back into the van, we starting driving further towards the mountain, we sighted a few more sidewinders, and then we got out at a little place on the side of the mountain. On the rocks of the mountain there was ancient symbols written on the rocks called petroglyphs. Also at this stop, was where we spotted, and yes played with, the giant hairy scorpion. The giant hairy scorpion is the biggest scorpion in Arizona. Like other scorpions


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the giant hairy glows a bright yellow when a black light is shown on it. The crazy yet awesome Wildman Phil told of a challenge between him and his son, the challenge is to see who can put the scorpion the farthest into their mouth. His son usually wins but this time Wildman took home the prize. After another short ride in the van, we came to an abandoned stage coach stop from the 1800â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. There was a lot to see. We caught two bats and took pictures of it while we touched it. Furthermore we found a Tarantula which Wildman took home with him. We also found a small non-dangerous snake that was very friendly. Overall this trip was one of the best experiences ever. We definitely recommend this adventure to all reading this.




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The Prince of Leadership


By Miss Dee Dee Davis, Adult Services Librarian Casa Grande Public Library

or thousands of years leaders and CEOs have turned to Machiavelli’s most famous book, The Prince as a blueprint of ambition. “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both,” wrote Niccoló Machiavelli back in the 1500s. The quote was soon used by those in positions of power to justify horrendous atrocities in the name of ambition, while in reality it is a thinly-veiled excuse for ruthless living. What many people may not know is The Prince is based on true events during Rodrigo Borgia’s tenure as Pope Alexander VI. While the Italian Renaissance thrived on survival and revolt, Borgia struck fear in the hearts of the people unlike any leader before him. The citizens of his domain constantly wept for mercy that never came. Some claimed Borgia honed the secret of leadership and what it means to get things accomplished. Machiavelli knew all this when he aligned himself with this family and wrote his greatest work. The history may be captivating, but another terrible secret lies buried between the lines of the famous book; a secret the Literati Book Club intends to sleuth out alongside Da Vinci, Damiata, Machiavelli, and the remaining Borgias. For our next



meeting on November 5th we are reading The Malice of Fortune by the historian Michael Ennis. “A vivid, well-defined Renaissance thriller with an array of characters second to none . . .” Participants will solve their library’s own mystery in the form of a scavenger hunt! Cook-E Jar 2nd Edition will prepare the mini-Italian feast and the Casa Grande Valley Historical Society will be showcasing their Traveling Collection, exclusive to the Literati meeting. The moderator will lead the court of members into the mysteries in The Malice of Fortune.

Help us solve the riddle of The Prince by signing up now at the Vista Grande Library on 1556 N. Arizola Road, Casa Grande, for a copy of Michael Ennis’ book, Malice of Fortune. Supply is limited and going fast. The mystery unravels on Wednesday, November 5th at 11:45 am at the Vista Grande Library. For Adults 18+. For more information contact Miss Davis at


Page Article Be Prepared

Disaster Readiness for Pets by Gigi McWhirter


fter the recent flooding that hit Arizona, having your family prepared for disaster, whether natural or man-made has become more apparent than ever. But what about your pets; your pets cannot fend for themselves and are especially vulnerable in the event of a disaster. Here are ten items you should have on hand to help keep your pets safe in the event of a catastrophe. 1. WATER. In the event of a natural disaster, having enough water to survive becomes a priority. When buying water at the store for your emergency kit, do not forget your pets. The more you have on hand for the entire family, the better. Have at least a seven day supply available for each family member and for each pet. Do not forget to have vessels for the animals to drink out of. 2. FOOD. Canned food is recommended because it is easier to store, keeps fresher longer and provides extra moisture which helps to stretch out your water supply. You should have at least enough food for seven days, for each pet. Do not forget to include a manual can opener. 3. MEDICATIONS. Just like humans, pets can suffer from chronic ailments that require medications. Talk to your veterinarian about having extra medicines on hand should a natural disaster arise. 4. PROOF OF OWNERSHIP. In an airtight/waterproof container (a sealable plastic bag will work), you should have photographs of your pet and any other documentation that proves you are the owner. You can create a bag for each pet. Information on the pet should include the petâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name, breed, gender and microchip number. You must also have your name, address and cell phone number. Also include a secondary contact person and phone number in case you are unavailable. In the event of a disaster, you may have to board your pets. Having these documents will help to identify you as the owner. 5. PROOF OF RECENT VACCINATION. Proof of vaccine by a licensed vet-


erinarian is recommended. Discuss with your veterinarian which vaccines your pet should have should they need emergency boarding. By law, rabies vaccine is required for all dogs and depending on your city or county rules, it may be required for cats. To protect yourself, other humans, and animals it is highly recommended that you keep all of your pets and animals current on their rabies vaccine. When an animal gets scared, it is not uncommon for them to bite. An animal without proof of rabies vaccination may be forced into long-term quarantine or euthanized. Having proof of vaccine may be what insures your pet into an emergency shelter. 6. EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE LIST. Because everyone is in survival mode during an emergency, you should also include a list of neighbors, relatives and boarding facilities that may be able to take care of your pets. Knowing where to go ahead of time will ensure the safety of your pet for the duration of the emergency. 7. PET CARRIERS AND LEASHES. During severe weather your pet may break loose and try to find a place to hide. Because of this, many pets may be come injured or fatally injured. The aftermath of a disaster usually results in fallen debris, downed power lines and contaminated ground water. Because of this, it is best to keep your pets on leashes and or in their carriers to keep them from running out into unsafe conditions. 8. ID TAGS. Emergency or not, the best way to reunite with your animal should you get separated is to have ID tags on them. It also recommended that you have a second set of ID tags you can fit them with in a hurry, if needed. A current rabies tag will help authorities get you and your pet back together. A microchip

implanted in your pet is an excellent way for a successful reunion. Make sure to keep all of your contact information current with local animal control authorities, microchip companies and your veterinarian. 9. FIRST AID KIT. Your emergency kit should include the telephone number of the closest emergency veterinarian should your pet get injured. Your kit should include items such as an antiseptic and gauze to treat a wound and milk of magnesia to absorb poison during accident ingestion. Discuss with your veterinarians other essential items. 10. CREATURE COMFORTS. Just like you, animals become scared and nervous. During the course of the emergency, you animal may be confined to an area for an undetermined amount of time. Try to include a pet bed, extra litter, plastic bags for collecting feces, clean towels and blankets in their emergency kit. Toys, grooming supplies, paper towels, wet wipes and a flashlight with spare batteries are also suggested. As always, review these suggestions with your veterinarian.

Emergency or not, the best way to reunite with your animal should you get separated is to have ID tags on them.



Page Article Pinal Animal County Care & Animal Control Care & Control



he 2014 ASPCA - Rachael Ray 100K Shelter Challenge is over. While the official results are not yet tabulated, we know Pinal County Animal Care and Control did not win the top $100,000 prize. But in the end, through the efforts of everyone – staff, volunteers, rescues and the public, the shelter won beyond everyone’s wildest expectations. In the three month contest period ending August 31st, 1269* animals left the shelter, an increase of 120% over 2013 numbers. Another way to see this is the shelter REDUCED euthanasia by 215% in the same

I would have loved to win the $100,000, but we did win by raising the community awareness to the needs of the animals in Pinal County. — Kaye Dickson, Director, PCACC

What the shelter did right: Dramatically increased community awareness to the plight of shelter animals through the use of: • • • • • • •

SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook Twitter PRINT MEDIA ELECTRONIC MEDIA OFF-SITE ADOPTION EVENTS GREATER STAFF INTERACTION WITH THE PUBLIC THROUGH EVENTS AT THE SHELTER Temporarily reduced adoption fees to $50 for dogs and $15 for cats. Each animal adopted was spay/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. **

time period. This is a huge achievement. Congratulations to everyone involved and thank you for your hard work! I sat down with Director Kaye Dickson to recap the project, the successes and ways to improve as well as discuss the future goals and direction. One quote stands out from Director Dickson, “I would have loved to win the $100,000, but we did win by raising the community awareness to the needs of the animals in Pinal County.” In three years time, the shelter has reversed the numbers from 80% euthanasia to 80% live release. This is a significant accomplishment.

Areas to improve: •

Communication to reach out to owners of missing dogs to increase Return to Owner (RTO) ratios Availability of more community low cost spay/neuter events to reduce the number of animals intaked.

Ways you can help: • • • • •

Adopt a shelter pet Foster for a rescue Donate funds or supplies to the shelter or rescue Volunteer your time Share the message

Where to go from here: • • • • • •

Don’t Stop the Momentum! Find funding to permanently reduce the adoption fees. Increase the number of shelter volunteers Increase involvement of children Town Hall Meeting on Animal Issues Explore possible ordinances to restrict breeding by permit only

Pinal County Animal Care & Control 1150 S 11 Mile Corner Rd Casa Grande, AZ 520-509-3335

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Page Article Library Coloring Contest

by Holly Higgs

First it’s adopted and it’s a kitten.



Next it’s a kid. It’s lying down in the grass.

Then it is a grown up cat.



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Golden Corridor Living Magazine  

Fall 2014

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Fall 2014