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Avondale businesses receive ‘green’ certification BY OCTAVIO SERRANO

West Valley View Staff Writer

Six Avondale businesses have been acknowledged by the city’s Green Business Program for their eco-friendly practices. The businesses are Farmers Insurance, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, King Koil, Stotz Equipment and We Olive & Wine Bar. “The city of Avondale values sustainability,” said Hether Krause, the program manager. “We want to encourage businesses to share our enthusiasm and join the green business program.” The program focuses on four criteria: water conservation, energy, pollution prevention and air quality, and waste reduction and recycling. Krause said most applicants meet one conservation criteria before they apply. After the applications are accepted, the businesses are greeted by a framed certificate. In addition, the business’ logo is posted on the program’s website and they are acknowledged through social media. They are recognized at the yearly State of the City speech, too. The program started with Krause knocking on doors six months ago, trying to accommodate the busy schedule of the business owners. After six months, she had her seventh applicant, ISM Raceway. “We’re really excited about the people

Vaughn and Karen Watson, owners of We Olive & Wine Bar in Avondale, were recognized by the city for their eco-friendly practices. (West Valley View photo by Tim Sealy)

who joined and all the people who are yet to come,” Krause said. “A lot of people are already taking steps to conserve resources.” She helps those businesses that are already eco-friendly improve on other areas.

“We’ve had a lot of people interested in learning more about the city’s recycling program and composting,” Krause said.

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Goodyear residents to vote on critical issues BY TAYLOR O’CONNOR West Valley View Staff Writer

Goodyear residents will vote on critical issues involving the city, but when it comes to the city council election, there are familiar faces.

Three seats are up for grabs, but, after two candidates dropped out, it leaves three incumbents on the ballot. According to Goodyear communications director Tammy Vo, the election continues because state statute doesn’t give cities or

towns the ability to cancel elections. Other items on the ballot: • Proposition 421 is a proposed charter amendment that would change the regular

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