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This Week

BUSINESS .................... 18

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OPINION ...................... 23 Candidates for Town Council explain why you should vote for them.

SPORTS..........................25 High school football starts Friday and a pair of Higley High defensive linemen have already been attracting attention.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

LD12 primary election: Winners take all BY CECILIA CHAN GSN Managing Editor


f the numbers and past history are any indication, the Republican candidates who win their party’s nomination in the Aug. 28 primary in Legislative District 12 likely will be taking their seats in the state Capitol come January. Republicans have a commanding registration lead in LD 12 among the district’s nearly 160,000 registered voters – 72,775 to 32,811 Democrats and 51,265 independents. But that doesn’t mean the GOP primary is without drama as early voting got underway last week. Voters have until Aug. 17 to request an early ballot. In the House race, four GOP candidates are battling for two nominations – incumbent Travis Grantham and challengers Nick Myers, Warren Petersen and Blake Sacha. Incumbent Sen. Eddie Farnsworth is facing a challenge

School board candidates file in GPS, Higley ....................... 6

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from Jimmy Lindblom. A three-way battled involves Democrats for the district, which encompasses most of Gilbert and Queen Creek. Joe Bisac(Kimberly Carrillo/GSN Staff Photographer) cia, D.J. Rothans and LynSigns of the times are all around Gilbert, one of many reasons candidates need sey Robinson are seek- to raise cash as they try to get name recognition among voters. ing the nomination while Elizabeth Brown is the only House race, Grantham and Petersen are the Democrat running for Senate in LD12. presumptive favorites with a money and “The winners of this district will likely be name ID advantage. determined in the primary,” said Paul Bentz, “Both survived a bigger challenge two years senior vice president of research and strategy for HighGround public affairs. “In the see LD12 page 14

Local business riding the digital game tide BY CECILIA CHAN GSN Managing Editor


ach Riding sits before a computer screen with earphones on, his eyes fixated on his character’s avatar in the latest popular shoot-’em-up survival game. It was grand-opening day at Pure Esports near Cooper and Baseline roads, the first esport center in Gilbert, and Riding couldn’t be happier. “I play ‘Fortnite’ at home on my Xbox and TV, a 55-inch Samsung, but the quality is not as good,” the 28-year-old Gilbert resident said. “Playing on a PC monitor is

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Victor Valenzuela, 9, tries his hand at one of the 50 gaming stations at Pure Esports in Gilbert recently.

the best way to play a game. Basically, this is how the professionals play.” Pure Esports is Daniel Artt’s flagship

store – one he hopes to replicate with franchises Valleywide. The 2,200-square-foot building, sandwiched between a wig shop and a Chinese restaurant in a strip mall, houses 50 gaming stations. Each station is outfitted with the latest and best equipment, such as an $1,800 computer monitor and a $300 chair to give a professional playing experience, according to Artt. “They have the newest Xbox,” said Riding, who spent five to 10 hours on his day off to game. “And this monitor is probably one of the best, top-of-the-line equipment. These

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ore than 1,200 foster and developmentally challenged children and teens served by four nonprofits will have their own chance to give back when they convene Saturday, Aug. 18, to lend their hands in helping feed the hungry throughout the world. Dubbed an “Extraordinary People Event” by Mesa-based Feed My Starving Children, will feature the assembly of “Manna Packs,” high-protein food distributed in impoverished countries around the world. The event builds on a smaller session last year, when foster children from the Arizona Department of Child Safety pitched in at Feed My Starving Children’s packing center at 1345 Alma School Road, joined by foster parents and DCS employees. This year, as a result of board member and Ahwatukee pediatrician Dr. Diane Matsumoto’s vision, three other groups are joining the foster kids at the Mesa Convention Center, for three separate two-hour packing sessions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Medically fragile children and young adults with developmental disabilities will work with the foster kids. A carnival organized by a 15-year-old Chandler girl will entertain the groups after each food-packing session. HopeKids Arizona, a nonprofit that helps families who have children with a life-threatening illness, is one of those groups. Executive Director Kimberly Trichel said HopeKids organizes nearly 500 events annually for the 7,300 family members it serves in Arizona. Approximately 45 percent of those families have children battling cancer while others have rare chromosome disorders, cystic fibrosis, mitochondrial disease or are organ transplant recipients. “​We’re excited to partner with Feed My Starving Children on this new project. We’ve volunteered with them in the past and they’ve always allowed our HopeKids in wheelchairs and HopeKids with other medical conditions to participate in any way possible,” she said, adding: “They came up with this wonderful event to allow extraordinary people to pack food and serve others. Our organization focuses on providing events that bring families together, and this is

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A massive effort to pack thousands of "Manna Packs" for starving children around the world will involve more than 1,200 teens this coming weekend at Mesa Convention Center as Feed My Starving Children and four nonprofits stage an "Extraordinary People Event."

a perfect event for our families to connect, while serving others in need.” That is who these “extraordinary people” are being invited to the food packing event, said Nate Shepherd, development advisor for Feed My Starving Children “We can offer a voluntary experience for special needs kids. A lot of organizations can’t do that,” he said. “All our food goes to projects out of the U.S., but we wanted something local so that these kids, who might not be able to give back, can know they’re helping others.” Raising Special Kids AZ, the Arizona chapter of Family Voices – a national network advocating for health care services for children and youth from birth to age 26 with special health care needs – is another newcomer to the packing event. The other group is the Tempebased nonprofit Pathway to Work. According to board member and organization spokeswoman Maureen Mills, Pathway to Work assists adults with developmental disabilities prepare for employment through practical education and participation in community activities. “Volunteering gives people, including those with disabilities, the opportunity to share their time, talents, and energy with people in their community. It’s an opportunity to help people in need, make new friends and social connections, participate more in the community, and learn job skills and social skills,” said Mills. “According to research, the odds of being very happy rose 7 percent among those who volunteer monthly, and 12 percent for people who volunteer every two to four weeks,” Mills said.

This is the third year the Arizona Department of Child Safety is bringing foster children and their foster families to Feed My Starving Children. DCS community liaison Rayetta Sanchez called it “an amazing opportunity for DCS staff to work side by side with our foster families.” “Because we’re all on the same team – helping to provide safe environments for children to thrive – it’s great to have a positive activity we can do together. The relationship building that takes place between DCS and the foster community is priceless,” said Sanchez. Sanchez said she is dedicated to developing partnerships in the community that support Arizona’s foster children. “Because state agencies like ours are limited in terms of resources and budget, it is extremely important for the community to get engaged in meeting some of the needs,” she said. “This event is a great example of a win-win for DCS, our community, foster families, and children around the world.” The food-packing experience leaves most foster kids with an indelible impression. “One of my passions is helping to make positive childhood memories for children in foster care who have often experienced very difficult life challenges,” she explained. “The FMSC event is a great way for these children to spend fun time with their foster families, while helping feed children in need,” she said. “There’s nothing like hearing the laughter of children and adults alik, as they are en-

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This is not something that happens to the typical insurance salesman – and it wasn’t exactly planned. Arnett’s salesman father moved his is friendly baritone has echoed through vast meeting halls family to Mesa in 1950 from Franklin, packed with virtually every mov- Arizona (2010 population: 92). Arnett er and shaker who calls the East Valley notes proudly that it’s the same eastern Arizona neighborhood that produced home. It has led those same leaders to em- former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sanbrace visions of a regional future far dra Day O’Connor. “She and I have talkgrander than any civic booster had pre- ed about it,” he said. Arnett followed the well-traveled viously imagined. And it has wheedled countless dollars path from Mesa High School to Brigham out of some very deep pockets for the Young University, but he didn’t thrive there. “I did graduate ‘Magnum Ukulesake of bringing those visions to life. le,’” he said. “I learned to Now, if Roc Arnett has play the ukulele well, but his way, his will become that’s about all I learned.” one of seven voices on the After leaving BYU, ArMaricopa County Comnett served a two-year munity College District church mission to New governing board. While York City. Returning to the board may toil in the Mesa, he figured he needshadows of public awareed more schooling and ness, few match its direct enrolled in the first class annual impact on literally at Mesa Junior College. hundreds of thousands of The little school operlives. ated then out of the forArnett is one of two mer church building at candidates for an at-large Main Street and Extenseat on the seven-mem(Special to GSN) ber board. The other is Roc Arnett was student body pres- sion Road that later beKathleen Winn of Mesa, ident in 1963 at what is now MCC. came the Landmark restaurant. an activist who fights huDuring his freshman year there, Arman trafficking and who ran unsuccessfully for a City Council seat in 2016. The nett was hired by an insurance agent. incumbent, Tracy Livingston of Peoria, “I started selling and I didn’t need to go is a Republican candidate for state su- to college for that,” Arnett said. “I was making money left and right.” perintendent of public instruction. But his big break came at age 22 when Although this – at age 76, no less – is Arnett’s first run at elected public office, the guy who hired him got busted for fraud. Arnett had the first right to buy he’s no political neophyte. For one thing, there was his tenure, the agency. After a few years, the chance in 1963, as the first student body presi- to write policies for the White Mountain dent of what’s now called Mesa Com- Apache Tribe put him on solid financial munity College. Since Arnett would be ground. It was a 38-year insurance career overseeing that school if he wins the November election, his current cam- during which Arnett and his wife, Sydpaign represents a return, if you will, to ney, welcomed five children and Arnett stayed busy with such family-oriented his political roots. Far more significantly for the history activities as scouting. His involvement with the East Valley of the region, Arnett made his mark as president of the East Valley Partnership Partnership dates back to 1996, and for 13 years. The nonprofit coalition of that led to his appointment by Gov. Fife governments, businesses, schools and Symington to the State Transportation individuals is a prominent nonpartisan Board in the same year. After his six-year term on the transvoice for an area whose population riportation board, the Partnership asked vals that of Phoenix proper. The job put Arnett on a first-name ba- him to become its first full-time paid sis with governors, legislators, mayors president. and city officials from across the political spectrum. see ROC page 5 BY GARY NELSON Tribune Contributor


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College district at a glance Although the region’s first “junior college” was founded in Phoenix in 1920, it wasn’t until 1960 that the Arizona Legislature paved the way for the creation of community college districts. Voters approved formation of the Maricopa County Junior College District in 1962, and campuses – Mesa’s being one of the first – began opening in 1963. The district ditched its “junior college” moniker and adopted its present name in 1971. The system operates 10 community colleges, some with satellite campuses. The schools can serve as pathways to four-year universities and provide cer-

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“I said, ‘You guys can’t pay me enough. I’ve done quite well, thank you very much.’ Then I realized I had been in the insurance business 38 years. I had turned 60, and maybe it was time to do something different and give back to the community.” Besides, Arnett said, Partnership reps told him they had plenty of money. “Well, when I showed up, they were

tificates in numerous career fields. Enrollment in the 2016-17 academic year totaled nearly 202,000. The district is governed by a sevenmember elected board serving staggered four-year terms. Five members represent geographic districts and two are elected at large. Four seats are up for election this year. One is an at-large seat and three represent districts in Phoenix and the West Valley. Current board members from the East Valley are Laurin Hendrix of Gilbert, representing District 1, and Dana Saar of Fountain Hills, District 2. overdrawn by 10 grand. So I had to start singing for my supper, which I did for almost 14 years.” Arnett was the Partnership’s public face during any number of well-attended community economic forums and other programs designed to boost the region. But he lists three major initiatives that he believes will leave a lasting mark: • A landmark study that explored options for 275 square miles of

state trust land in Pinal County called Superstition Vistas. The study led to master-planning efforts now in place designed to ensure orderly growth in the region should it ever be developed. • A study by the Urban Land Institute in 2006 that helped open eyes to the potential of the Gateway area in Mesa, Gilbert and Queen Creek. • A “rebranding” program under which the Partnership began referring to the East Valley as “PHX East Valley,” a bow to the reality that few outside Arizona recognize the names of the region’s individual cities. All along, despite his own spotty college career, Arnett has advocated for education, recognizing that the days when lucrative insurance agencies could land in a 22-year-old’s lap are long gone. That passion for education fuels Arnett’s ambition to join the community college district board. The responsibility, he said, is awesome. “When you add up the physical plant of all the buildings, I figure it’s about a $9 billion or $10 billion physical plant,”

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Roc Arnett files his petitions for his election shot at a seat on the community college board.


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GPS will see 3-way board contest, Higley none BY CECILIA CHAN GSN Managing Editor


wo newcomers are vying for seats on the Higley and the Gilbert school boards in the Nov. 6 general election. The race for the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board promises to be more interesting with incumbents Jill Humpherys and Joseph Santa Cruz and challenger Shana Murray battling for two open spots. Terms are for four years. In Higley, there are three candidates – incumbents Amy Kaylor and Greg Wojtovich and newcomer Jill Wilson – for three open seats. Rick Thornock, who was appointed to the board in 2017, did not file. Filing deadline was last week with a total of 177 candidates filing petitions to run for 140 available seats, according to the Maricopa County School Superintendent’s Office. Mesa resident Murray is a secondgrade teacher, who is running in her first-ever race. She is in her eighth year of teaching, her past six years at Guerrero Elementary in Mesa Public Schools.

Murray said she jumped into the race because as a mom to a 2-year-old son who will attend Gilbert schools in three years, she wanted to make the district better for teachers and students. “A main difficulty that I will address as a board member is that we are losing students to charter schools,” she said. “We need to thoroughly understand why these students are leaving. “We need to know our strengths and our weaknesses. We need to compete. In short we need to bridge the gap between charter and public schools and then leverage our size and reach to exceed the performance of charter schools.” Murray believes having good teachers and supporting them is the district’s solution. She said every aspect of the education system needs to be looked at to ensure all resources are 100-percent focused on producing successful students. “It begins with the board itself and proceeds through management, administration, curriculum, teachers, students and parents,” she said. Humpherys is seeking her third term. She is a co-director of Maricopa

County for the Arizona School Boards Association and all five of her children went through the Gilbert Public Schools system. “I am running to retain my seat on the Gilbert School Board because I am passionate about children receiving the high-quality education that helps them pursue their dreams, provide for their families, give back to their community, and participate in democracy,” she said. And if re-elected, Humpherys said she would like to focus on increasing student achievement by decreasing class sizes and addressing issues of equity, retaining and recruiting high-quality teachers and staff by increasing pay, providing good benefits, and providing the supports needed to be successful. She also wants to continue to focus on the arts, athletics and other co-curricular activities that engage students in their education. She said the district needs to share the accomplishments of its schools, create new programs that attracts students, address under- and over utilized campuses, and adjust boundaries regularly to deal with the declining student count.

Humpherys said because she has dealt with many challenges the district has faced in the last six years, she has the experience necessary to move Gilbert Public Schools forward. Santa Cruz said the district’s challenges continue to center around public school funding, enrollment, and designing and refining a curriculum structure that is compatible with 21st centuryskill sets for students. “We must also recruit and retain personnel who will assist us in our efforts to be the first choice for those who desire the very best education for their sons and daughters,” he said. Candidates for Higley school board did not respond to request for comments by deadline. Incumbent Kaylor was appointed to the board in 2016 and her four children all attend Higley schools, according to the biography on the district’s website. Incumbent Wojtovich, who was elected in 2015, works at Chandler-Gilbert Community College as a career adviser. He is running for a two-year seat. -GSN Managing Editor Wayne Schutsky contributed to the story.


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joying each other’s company and packing meals together.” Volunteers are essential to an event of this size, said Nate Shepherd, a Queen Creek resident who was a dedicated volunteer for years before joining the staff at Feed My Starving Children two months ago. Of the expected 250 Extraordinary People Event volunteers, one of the youngest is undertaking a huge task: organizing and overseeing carnival activities for the three separate packing sessions. Tatum McMillan, 15, is in charge of the carnival project, which includes 10 activity booths for bean bag and ring tossing, “go fish” games, a Wheel of Fortune and a Plinko game. The Hamilton High School sophomore has also arranged for a photo booth for the children and their adult guardians. “I’ve always enjoyed working with people in my community, volunteering at different events and being involved with school clubs and activities,” said Tatum, a member of the Hamilton High Student Council and track and cross

country teams. “The Chandler Education Foundation and Dr. Matsumoto personally asked me to be a part of this event because they know my love for working with others and being able to make a difference in our community,” Tatum explained, adding: “This is a great opportunity for families to have fun and play games together and I truly feel the event will build lasting memories for everyone involved.” The Chandler Educational Foundation is also providing other volunteers for the Extraordinary People Event mobile pack. A free lunch for all participants is provided by Honey Bear’s BBQ. Even as this packing event is exponentially larger than previous ones involving young people, it is only a beginning if Matsumoto reaches the goal she envisions. “Diane would like to see it keep growing with perhaps including at-risk teens,” said Shepherd. Event planner Jeanette Relf said Feed My Starving Children expects to pack 108,864 meals, providing 298 children one meal a day for a year Information:



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Average annual household cost for property tax, sales tax, water, wastewater and solid waste services is $1,440. This is less than all our adjacent cities.

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The eight-week early-learning program ArtVille Academy, designed to prepare youngster for a smooth transition into school, returns on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon beginning Aug. 16 at the i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place in Mesa. Enrollment is is open for sessions Oct. 18Dec. 13 with a curriculum that combines literacy, art, science and math for children 3-5. Each week, children are introduced to new themes and activities to inspire a curiosity for learning and developing skills needed for school. The program, launched in 2017, was developed from the pilot program Skill Builders, which featured activities such as counting and color sorting. Feedback from participants and educators continues to help shape ArtVille Academy’s lessons. The school-readiness series is another effort by the museum to support earlychildhood development and learning,. The i.d.e.a. Museum is a public-private partnership between Mesa and the i.d.e.a. Museum Board of Directors, Inc. Learn more about ArtVille at If interested in the late summer/fall ArtVille Academy: contact program coordinator Chelsea Marsh at




Feds throw in the towel in ex-lawmaker’s bribery case BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


ederal prosecutors gave up last week in their effort to convict a former utility regulator and others on charges on bribery and fraud. In a two-page filing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Frederick Battista moved to dismiss the indictment against Gary Pierce, who had been chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission, and three other people the government said were part of a scheme to funnel money to him from utility company owner George Johnson. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the move. But it comes less than a month after jurors in the first trial told U.S. District Court Judge John Tuchi they could not reach a verdict. And just five of the 12 jurors were in favor of conviction. Attorney Patricia Gitre, who represents Pierce, said she did not want to comment until the judge actually signs the order. But Ivan Mathew, attorney for lobbyist Jim Norton, said his client “is glad to have the matter behind him so that he

can get back to assisting his clients.’’ Norton stepped away last year from Axiom Public Affairs, the firm he was running. Mathew said, though, his client “of course’’ has a future in lobbying despite the indictment and criminal trial. Axiom no longer exists, with the remaining partners having renamed the operation Compass Rose Public Affairs. There was no immediate response from attorneys representing Johnson or Sherry Pierce, Gary’s wife. Tuesday’s decision means more than the end of this case. It also likely hampers efforts by the FBI in what prosecutors have admitted is an even larger investigation. That other case was considered so important that they offered no-prison plea deals to Pierce and Norton in exchange for their testimony. Both rejected the offer, as did Johnson and Sherry Pierce, who were given the same option to plead guilty to a single felony, but with no obligation to testify in any other matter, though Johnson would have had to pay a maximum $100,000 fine. The 2017 indictment charged that



Johnson funneled $31,500 through Norton and the lobbyist’s now ex-wife, Kelly, to Sherry Pierce for what the government argued was really a no-work contract. That money eventually wound up in the couple’s joint bank account. It also says there was a plan to have Johnson purchase property for Gary Pierce in Mesa but have the paperwork recorded so it appeared the transaction was actually paid for by Norton. That deal never went thorough. What made all that relevant, according to prosecutors, was their contention that the money and the land offer were in exchange for Pierce’s votes on two issues at the commission. One is a change in policy that allows the owners of small utility companies like Johnson Utilities to pass along the cost of their personal income taxes to customers. The other increased the book value of the utility, a move that, in turn, increased the amount the company can charge ratepayers. Part of the burden for the government was proving a link. This was particularly true over the claim that Pierce pushed the policy on tax treatment in

exchange for the alleged bribe, as there was evidence he had been in favor of that change for years before. There also was the fact that much of the case was built on the testimony and credibility of Kelly Norton who was listed as an “unindicted co-conspirator.’’ According to prosecutors, the money that went to Sherry Pierce came from Johnson through Norton’s consulting firm. She told jurors she approached prosecutors to avoid being charged criminally herself; she got immunity in exchange for her testimony. But during the trial, defense attorneys presented evidence they said showed that Sherry Pierce actually did work for Kelly Norton. That is crucial, as federal bribery laws do not apply if some service actually is performed, no matter the source of the cash. Pierce, a former state lawmaker, was first elected to the commission in 2006 and reelected four years later. He left at the end of 2014 because he had served the full two terms allowed by law. Prosecutors never said what led federal investigators to look at Pierce or the votes.


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Candidate’s allegation of sexist political attacks draws skepticism BY PAUL MARYNIAK GSN Executive Editor


llegations by a Gilbert Council candidate that local female office hopefuls are singled out for political dirty tricks are raising eyebrows among some of the women who already hold office in the town. First-time candidate Aimee Rigler posted a video on her Facebook page decrying the defacement of her political signs and a radio announcer’s sexist comment about her hairdo and said: “The truth is, running for this town election has been very hard, especially as young female. It would seem there are specially sharpened daggers reserved just for us.” Rigler also said a stalker against whom she obtained a court order 10 years ago “has surfaced once again.” And she said, “The numerous messages that I get on social media, claiming that I can earn a man’s vote if I go on a date with him. That’s pretty demeaning.” While decrying personal attacks and defacement of signs directed against any candidate, the town’s mayor and vice

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Town Council candidate Aimee Rigler said dirty tricks aimed at her campaign reflect sexism, but other Gilbert women running for office or in leadership positions aren't so sure.

mayor – both women – don’t think the attacks on Rigler are gender-driven. Both Mayor Jenn Daniels, who won a four-year term by reason of having no opposition, and Vice Mayor Brigette Peterson, who is seeking a second term on Council, said they’ve not seen any evidence of sexism in Gilbert’s current race or in past campaigns.

“We have a lot of female leadership in the town,” said Daniels, who has run in two Council campaigns and won. “We have a female mayor and vice mayor. The president/CEO of our Chamber of Commerce is a woman. Many female CEOs live in Gilbert. Half the executive leadership team for the town is made up of women.” Three of the seven candidates for

Council are women. The third, Barbara Guy, said: “Unfortunately, this is not a new problem to the town of Gilbert. Past elections have seen signs damaged and candidates, along with their families, attacked in an aggressive manner verbally, in writing and with slandering signage. As a resident of Gilbert for the past two decades, armed with this knowledge, I intentionally decided to do very limited sign placement and opted out of using the larger signs.” Saying she just learned last week of “negative tactics targeting a Town Council candidate,” she added, “Bullying is never OK – never. It occurs in our country all too often not only to women, but people of ‘other' religions, races, ethnicities and sexual orientations. Increasingly, voters have seen the use of negative campaigning in every election and at every level. Unfortunately, town politics has not and is not immune to this type of improper behavior.” Like Daniels and Guy, Peterson was distressed that Rigler or any candidate is

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Gilbert Classical Academy ranked 20th among 20,500 schools BY GSN STAFF


ilbert Classical Academy has nabbed a coveted gold medal in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best High Schools ranking after taking the 20th spot among 20,500 schools it analyzed. Tolleson’s University High School was the only other public school district high school in Arizona to make the top 100, though seven BASIS schools in the state made the top 20. The top five spots in the survey were BASIS schools, including the one in Chandler, which was ranked second behind BASIS Scottsdale. The rankings evaluate more than 20,500 public high schools nationwide to identify schools that best serve all of their students – including historically underserved populations – and assess the degree to which students are prepared for college-level coursework. Two other GPS schools, Campo Verde and Highland, made the top 10 list in rankings of Arizona high schools. Gilbert Classical Academy, founded in 2007, is ranked eighth in Arizona. The academy, which boasts a 100 per-

cent graduation rate, creates “a campus environment of learning and community where students are supported to thrive academically, socially and emotionally,” district spokeswoman Dawn Antestenis said. Advanced Placement classes include calculus, biology, physics and world history. Honors classes include philosophy, economics, Latin, chemistry and geometry. Sports include soccer, volleyball, swimming, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, and track and field. Campo Verde is ranked 26th in Arizona and was awarded a silver medal. “Campo Verde high school has an extremely strong commitment to school spirit and the education of each and every student,” Antestenis said. She notedthat the school has a 97 percent grad rate and that a third of its students are in AP classes. Highland High was ranked 36th in Arizona by U.S. News & World Report. Higley High was the highest ranked Higley Unified School District high school in the survey. It was listed as 28th among Arizona schools and 1,888 nationwide. To produce the 2018 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report

teamed with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm. RTI’s methodology is based on these key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are (Special to GSN) college bound, and Gilbert Classical Academy won high marks in an annual survey that it must be able cally underserved students – black, Histo produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is panic and low-income – performed at or successfully educating its student body better than the state average for historiacross a range of performance indicators. cally underserved students. The third required schools to meet or A four-step process determined the surpass a benchmark for their graduaranking. The first step determined whether each tion rate. Schools that made it through the school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for students in first three steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step – that state. U.S. News started by looking at reading college-readiness performance – using and math results for all students on each Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test data as the benchstate’s high school proficiency tests. Step 2 assessed whether their histori- mark for success.

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guys know what people want.” After working a decade in a corporate environment, Artt said, he sat down one day to figure out what he wanted to do for the rest of his life and decided to do something he loved. And Pure Esports was born. “I still play video games and I am 32,” Artt said. His sister Lucy Artt-Mulligan, also is a Gilbert business owner, operating IDance Studio and Performing Arts the last four years. Esports, or competitive electronic sports, is projected to grow globally to a more than $1.1 billion industry by 2019, according to Goldman Sachs’ Global Investment Research. “We’re riding that wave,” said Artt, a Gilbert native who now lives in Mesa. “This is video gaming, but instead of it being a lonely activity in a house or basement, it’s a way for kids to have a safe area to socialize with friends and either do casual play or do some competitive play, hone skills and participate in events and tournaments and win something at the end of the day.” And, he said, because gaming equipment is expensive, his business offers a

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Pure Esports owner Daniel Artt and wife Jessica hope to franchise their business across the state.

low-cost way for people to enjoy the activity. Esports, well-established in Asia with gaming centers as ubiquitous as Starbucks, is making its way to Europe and the United States, Artt said.

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In South Korea, esports is a major pastime, with top gamers achieving celebrity status. “We haven’t seen the peak (here),” Artt said. “I am hoping to pioneer that effort.” He plans to hold Pure Esports’ first two tournaments at the end of August, featuring “Fortnite” and “League of Legends.” Esports is male-dominated but in the last couple of years, as it’s become more mainstream, females are taking to it, Artt said, adding he expected to see mostly young adults and high school-age students among his clientele. Esports’s market share is still mostly millennial males, according to Nielsen, a global measurement and data analytics company. A recent Nielsen report found twothirds of the U.S. general population 13 and older are considered gamers, an increase to 66 percent in 2018 from 58 percent in 2013. Gamers are spending 11 percent of their leisure time either playing video games or engaging in esports, according to Nielsen. Worldwide, there are over 2.6 billion casual gamers today, up from 100 million in 1995, according to Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs attributed the explosive growth to a number of factors, in-

cluding the ubiquity of mobile devices and the evolution of the gaming business model. Additionally, viewers are helping fuel esports’ surging growth with a global audience expected to reach 380 million this year, according to Esports Charts, which monitors the industry’s trends. A Nielsen fan study showed the Western esports audience is 71 percent male, with an average age of 26. Esports also is gaining a foothold on college and high school campuses. Arizona State University’s Real Dream Team of gamers won the Heroes of the Dorm championship in 2016, taking home prizes and scholarship money. Teams from 390 colleges nationwide and Canada competed that year in online matches before a sold-out arena in California and broadcast on ESPN. As esports gains popularity, more than 30 U.S. colleges and universities such as University Utah and University of California, Irvine now offer scholarships for gamers, according to High School Esports League also is creating esports teams on secondaryschool campuses throughout the country to compete nationally.

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A further testimony to esports’ widespread acceptance is the announcement that it is to be an official medal sport in the 2022 Asian Games in China. Gilbert was a prime location for the business, according to Damian Artt, who was present at his son’s grand opening. “Gilbert has more PCs per household than any other medium-size city in the U.S.,” he said. “Gilbert’s high percentage of PC homes means they are very technical and they are more attractive to this type of entertainment than WhacA-Mole.” Daniel Artt said there is one similar business in the Valley and as others jump on the bandwagon, he has plans to stay competitive. He’s currently selling gaming peripherals such as keyboards, headsets and mouse pads and hopes to grow that inventory. He also plans to repair computers and offer custom-built gaming PCs. And, he plans for the ability to bring gaming equipment on-site to businesses for corporate team-building exercises. “I want to make this place magical through events and challenges,” Artt said.

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he said. “That’s bigger than ASU. … What’s the return on investment? That’s a concern of mine.” In addition to educating some 200,000 people a year, the district, by Arnett’s estimate, produces an economic impact of $6 billion to $7 billion annually across the county. “It’s a phenomenal asset to our community,” Arnett said. “One of the things that has motivated me is that education is the strongest driver in our entire economy.” Arnett is not happy with some of the direction he sees coming from the current board. A faculty group filed an $850,000 claim against the district this year after the board terminated the district’s “meet and confer” process for negotiating salaries and benefits. The process had been in place for 40 years. Arnett, noting his endorsement by the MCCCD faculty, said, “There needs to be a method whereby collective problemsolving is moved forward.” Arnett also is concerned about rumblings by some board members about possibly closing the Red Mountain cam-

The big secret to success, however, is for Pure Esports to be part of the community, and that means making it a friendly, inviting place where the staff knows customers by their first name, according to Damian Artt. Riding, who lives a half-mile from Pure Esports, said he’s planning on coming in once a week. Although he can communicate with other players while gaming at home, it’s not as fulfilling as coming to a center, he said. He explained he can go down the line of players next to him, asking others to play in a squad. “This gives you a place to be together than in a house, where it’s kind of lonely,” he said.


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pus of Mesa Community College. Staff at that campus are working hard to ensure its viability, he said, and Mesa has touted it as the northern leg of a “Power Road Knowledge Corridor” that includes several other post-secondary institutions. Arnett hopes to use his formidable cheerleading skills to boost a district that faces growing competition from Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University and even from church-sponsored college placement programs that may pull students out of the county. “I applaud (ASU President) Michael Crow for all the things he has done and is doing and will continue to do,” Arnett said. “With that, then, comes the fact that he’s eating the community colleges’ lunch.” In aiming to join the board, Arnett hopes to follow the lead of such past civic giants as Ross Farnsworth and Dwight Patterson, who were early community college advocates. Plus, it’s personal. “I’ve got 20 grandkids,” Arnett said, and he wants to ensure for them a full range of opportunities. “The other thing is, I need something to do. If I sat here all day, I’d die. And I don’t want to die.”






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ago when Lucinda Lewis, the wife of former Gilbert Mayor John Lewis, threw her hat in the ring. They were still able to win by over 3,000 votes – so, yes, I would say they are likely to emerge victorious.” The senate race at this point appears to be more competitive, Bentz said. “This is Lindblom’s second time around, and while he lost by nearly 2,800 votes, this race has the potential to be a lot closer,” he said. “While Farnsworth has the name advantage, Lindblom has the fundraising advantage. Ultimately, it may come down to what issues are being discussed.” He said Farnsworth opposed the continuation of pro-education Proposition 301, which was incredibly popular even among Republicans. Voters in 2000 passed the initiative, which hiked the state sales tax to fund education through 2021. Earlier this year, the governor, with bipartisan support, signed legislation extending the tax to 2041. The expansion of the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts or school vouchers also could be an issue in the race, Bentz said. Under the ESA program, parents are allowed to pull their children out of public school and enroll them in alternative education, such as private school or homebased education, which are paid for by state tax dollars. Gov. Doug Ducey last year signed a bill sponsored by then-state Sen. Debbie Lesko that opened the program up to more children. Proponents say this gives parents more choice while opponents say it takes money away from already under-funded public schools. The law is on hold until voters decide the fate of Proposition 305, a referendum on the November ballot repealing the expansion. Farnsworth, an attorney and charter school owner, voted in support of sending Lesko’s bill to the governor’s desk. “If this race becomes about education, Lindblom could gain some headway,” Bentz said. “At this point as early ballots are starting to hit, I think that race might just be starting to heat up.” Any Democrat running in this district is considered a long shot, given that the district holds a 26.2 percent registration advantage and a 33.6 percent participation advantage, Bentz said.

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Petersen is no stranger to the public. He is currently a state senator for LD 12

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and served as a state representative from 2012 to 2016. Along with name recognition, he has a hefty war chest, outraising his challengers with $56,000 to date, according to his latest campaign filing. Some of his more sizable donations from the latest reporting cycle included $5,100 from Scottsdale homemaker Leigh Biltis; $5,100 from her husband, Jack Biltis, a Scottsdale business owner; and $7,000 from retired attorney and Paradise Valley resident Randy Kendrick. Petersen also received $1,000 from Fulton Homes developer Douglas Fulton; $2,000 from self-employed investor Dan Brophy, who gave a total of $4,000 to date to the campaign; and $3,000 from general contractor Evelyn Petersen. Gilbert Town Councilman Jared Taylor donated $50. Petersen received $2,800 in donations from special interest groups, including $1,000 from electric utility holding company Pinnacle West’s political action committee; $500 from Cox Arizona PAC and $500 from CRNAs of Arizona PAC, which advocates for certified registered nurse anesthetists. Sacha, who is retired from Intel Corp. and is currently an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University, was the second highest fundraiser with $51,000, according to his filing. The latest report covers April 1 to June 30. The next filing lists donations and spending from July 1 to Aug. 11 and is due Aug. 12-20. Some of Sacha’s donors included $1,000 from Beth Coons, manager of Farnsworth Co.; $250 from Gilbert Deputy Town Man-

ager Laurie Buczek and $500 from Robert Amberson, who works for NXP Semiconductor. Special-interest money totaled $3,050 and included $1,500 from Intel PAC, $500 from Wells Fargo Bank NA Arizona PAC and $500 from the Arizona Chapter of NAIOP, a trade group that represents the commercial real estate industry. Incumbent Grantham came in third with $35,000 raised to date. His donations included $5,000 from Suzanne Grantham, a Scottsdale homemaker; $5,100 from retired attorney Kendrick; $5,100 from William Grantham, a Scottsdale retiree; $3,000 from general contractor Petersen and $1,000 from Developer Fulton. He received $ 2,750 in special interest money, including $1,000 from Pinnacle West, $1,000 from Cox Arizona and $500 from CRNA. Myers raised the least amount of money with approximately $9,000 to date. Donations included $200 from San Tan Valley retiree Mark Backes and $100 from bookkeeper Heather George. His expenditures included $1,812 to Petition Pros for signature gathering on his nomination petition and $1,484 to Signs on the Cheap for signs and $219 to Facebook for advertising. As Clean Elections candidates, all three Democratic candidates for the House seat received funding from the Citizens Clean Elections Fund for foregoing special interest and high-dollar donations. Candidates also are required to collect at least 200 $5 qualifying contributions from registered voters in the district to receive $16,995 in primary funding.

Bisaccia, to date, raised $21,000, including the $16,995 and spent about $8,000. None of his individual donors gave more than $160, with some giving as little as $5. Robinson raised about $19,000, which included the Clean Election money. Donors included opponent Rothans, who gave her $50. Rothans also received $16,995, according to the Citizens Clean Elections Commission but the candidate’s latest filing does not reflect that. Instead, his campaign reported $2,594 raised. Rothans also was late in his filing and was penalized $10 a day for a $90 fine. He explained his campaign finance forms were inadvertently left in the back of a rental car and it took him nine days to get them back. In the race for the upper house, Lindblom amassed $56,585, according to his filing. Donors included $5,000 from Mesa real estate attorney Michael Schern; $2,000 from Doug Lindblom; $1,000 each from Beth and Chad Coons and $250 from Gilbert Town Mayor Jenn Daniels. The campaign also included $10,000 in loans. Farnsworth raised $32,263 with $500 from Realtor Tyson Breinholt; $1,000 from the builder Fulton; $3,000 from contractor Evelyn Petersen and $100 from Gilbert Town Councilman Taylor. Pinnacle West PAC also gave $1,000. The sole Democrat Brown reported $18,440 raised for her campaign, the bulk of it in public funding.



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subjected to vandalism or other personal attacks. But Peterson also said she’s neither seen nor experienced anything to suggest that they’re gender-driven. In fact, she said, other than damage from storms, she can’t recall any of her signs ever being vandalized. “I’m very disappointed this is happening in Gilbert,” Peterson said. “I personally have not had issues like this. I find Gilbert has a number of very strong women leaders.” She recalled her first run for office four years ago, “when I was the only woman running against six men.” She said she never has sensed an anti-female bias in local politics. But that’s not to say that politics in Gilbert can’t get a bit dirty, according to Peterson and another Council candidate, incumbent Jordan Ray. Petersen said vandals have damaged signs for Republican legislative candidates Blake Sacha and Jimmy Lindblom. Ray said some of his signs have been damaged and that the fact most of those and those for Sacha and Lindblom have been along Power Road “suggests to me that it’s teenagers making bad choices.”

“No one wants their signs stolen or defaced,” said Ray, who is seeking his third term and has gone through two previous campaigns. “I have seen a number of my signs stolen or defaced. And I have seen an increase in this when school gets back in session, so that leads me to think it’s teens doing what teens sometimes do. I sincerely do not believe there is some group targeting any one candidate, man or woman.” At the same time, Ray and Peterson both suggested that Rigler’s work as a spokeswoman and lobbyist for the Enterprise Club may have triggered some of the vandalism directed at her signs. In her Opinion page column in today’s Gilbert Sun News (page 24), Rigler writes: “Am I a ‘Dark Money Lobbyist?’ That’s what the signs next to my street signs around town are claiming. Well, allow me to clear this up. “I work for a non-profit organization that does policy work at the state level. We are a principle-centered group that focuses on issues of private properties, regulatory reform, pro-growth tax reform, and economic liberty issues.” Gilbert Chamber President/CEO Kathy Tilque said, “I haven’t personally witnessed extraordinary gender-driven bias towards female candidates.”

Indeed, she added, “There was a time not long ago when it was considered a bonus to be a woman candidate as we were lacking in that representation on the Town Council and other elected positions. “It is so unfortunate that every election cycle brings out very unkind behavior in some form, which is not indicative of our Gilbert culture,” Tilque continued. “You can scan Gilbert’s horizon and find many strong, talented and impactful women leading organizations, public offices and businesses.” Noting Gilbert has had council members and a former mayor who are women, Tilque also said, “Based on our history, I feel it would be unfair for others to characterize Gilbert’s culture based on the negative actions of a few.” In her video, Rigler said, “The idea that someone is repeatedly walking around the town with a razor blade and cutting up pictures of my face, I find to be violent and unsettling.” Though the same thing has happened with Lindblom’s signs, Rigler said, “I’m a single young female. As a society, we claim we want to see more of us involved stepping out and stepping up. I completely understand like other young women just wouldn’t risk it. I haven’t attacked one person in this race. I stood up with

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Gilbert caregivers learn what dementia feels like BY NICK SERPA Cronkite News


ilma Bose places headphones over her ears and is greeted by the sounds of droning conversation, a fire engine and a door slamming. Next, she’s escorted to a dimly lit room and given a list of tasks to complete within five minutes. Find the white shirt, and put it on. Organize the pills by color. Pull all the threes out of a deck of cards. Bose has a hard time hearing the instructions, which aren’t repeated. It’s all part of a simulation for staff members at Savanna House Assisted Living and Memory Care that mimics the effects of dementia and other conditions common among older Americans. “I experienced difficulty understanding and finding things,” said Bose, a caregiver at Savanna House. “It’s hard to put it together.”

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Debi Elder, a community liason with Haven Behavioral Hospital of Phoenix (right), escorts Vilma Bose, a Savanna House caregiver, to a simulation. Headphones play confusing noises to simulate dementia, while modified sunglasses and gloves attempt to simulate other diseases common among seniors.

The simulation, conducted by representatives of Haven Behavioral Hospital of Phoenix, is designed to allow

caregivers and others who interact with dementia patients to better understand the confusion they can en-

counter in their day to day lives, hospital liaison Debi Elder said. “What that shows people is someone with dementia doesn’t necessarily understand what all those sounds are,” she said. In addition to simulating the confusion dementia can cause, the demonstration tries to replicate symptoms of other diseases common among seniors. Participants wear altered sunglasses to simulate macular degeneration, bumpy insoles to mimic peripheral neuropathy and thick gloves to simulate loss of motor skills, adding layers of challenge. “A lot of times you’ll find that someone with dementia also has one of these other things,” Elder said. Participants have to complete a number of tasks that are made more difficult because of the sensory confusion they’re experiencing. The com-

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Gilbert Classical Academy students compete in national Latin meet BY GSN NEWS STAFF


on’t tell students at Gilbert Classical Academy that Latin is a dead language. Matter of fact, it’s so alive that 12 of them competed with some 1,600 students from across the country recently in the National Latin Competition at Miami University in Ohio. Sarah Palumbo, state chair of the Arizona Junior Classical League, said the 12 students also belong to her organization, which strives to promote the study of Latin and Greek in public and private schools. “We believe an acquaintance with the civilization of Greece and Rome will help us understand and appraise this world of today, which is indebted to ancient civilization in its government and laws, literature, language and arts,” the league’s website states, adding that it “develops responsibility, fosters brotherhood, promotes enthusiasm, encourages competition, inspires dedication

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Gilbert Classical Academy students got into the look of old Rome during their participation in the National Latin Competition at Miami University in Ohio recently.

and enriches our total growth.” At the national competition, the 12 Gilbert Classical Academy students attended seminars about ancient culture

and history, participated in a national service project and competed in a number of contests that tested their mental and physical agility – there were con-

tests in activities such as long jumping and swimming. “The students recited Latin orations, wrote essays about ancient history, participated in many academic contests about every aspect of the ancients played certamen (Latin quiz bowl) and brought their Latin art projects created during the school year,” Palumbo added. There were also competitions in graphic arts, mythology, mottos and even greeting cards. Gilbert Classical Academy placed third overall as a school in the competition. Among individual students from the academy, Cathy Xiu placed second for publications; Ashlyn Robinette came in third in activities, Anika Kang and Carissa Corrigan placed fifth and sixth place, respectively, in website and traditional scrapbooking. Other academy students who competed included Alex Bumgarner, Joan Joshy, Vishnu Kotta, Kyla Robinette, Ainsley Snyder, Trevor Snyder, Amy Tran, Ethan Krueger and Catherine Xia.


DEMENTIA from page 15

memory-care program at Savanna House in Gilbert, also participated in the simulation. Although it wasn’t her first time in such a demonstration, she said, she still had difficulties with some of the challenges. Although truly simulating a disease as complex and individual as dementia is next to impossible, Carrigan says,

bination of obstructed vision, background noise, foot pain and loss of hearing means many people aren’t able to complete all the tasks. When the demonstration ends, participants fill out a brief survey asking what they experienced, what they learned and how well they feel they understand the challenges faced by sufferers of dementia, which is an umbrella term for a variety of symptoms associated with declines in memory and cognitive abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. (Cronkite News) Of course, the simula- Special glasses are worn by caregivers to see what people stricken tion is far from compre- by dementia see. hensive – there are many aspects of dementia that can’t be sim- experiences such as the simulation ulated, Elder said. can still be valuable. “People will talk about the fear … of “You can always say what they’re being afraid, of not knowing where they going through, but it’s different when are, of not recognizing their caregivers,” you experience it,” she said. “I think she said. “We can’t simulate that.” this experience kind of brings a light Kaerie Carrigan, director of the to that.


Preparation is key to making psychotherapy worthwhile BY DR. MONIKA PETERSON GSN Guest Writer


re you considering beginning psychotherapy? Has someone recently encouraged you to attend psychotherapy? Have you considered your expectations about the process? As a psychologist, I am often asked about what one can expect from psychotherapy. Here are four preliminary considerations to help guide your decision-making process: You will get out of it what you put into it. If you are hoping to primarily check a box or appease a loved one, you’ll get less out of the process than if you are genuinely and independently interested in change. On a related note, patients who do some form of consideration (including “homework”) between sessions typically fare better than patients who do not consider session content outside of session.


Clarifying expectations helps. As a trained professional, I will observe and hope to increase your awareness of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and patterns. As a partnership, we’ll explore if you want to change them, as well as options to change them. However, you ultimately make the changes. Change takes time. It took a period of time to develop your current thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and patterns. It will take time to explore and change them. The more open and honest you are, the more helpful I can be. It takes time to develop a trusting therapeutic relationship. As that process progresses, unshared reactions and agendas slow – and potentially hinder – success in therapy. Psychotherapy is a journey and the better prepared you are, the greater likelihood of achieving your desired outcome. Dr. Monika Peterson, Ph.D., CEDS, is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified eating disorders specialist at Spectrum Psychology and Wellness, 1772 E. Boston St, Gilbert. Reach her at or 480.621.7257.

Many new treatments helping to curb breast cancer BY DR. MARY CIANFROCCA GSN Guest Writer


he American Cancer Society has reported that breast cancer death rates declined almost 40 percent between 1989 and 2015. This means about 322,600 deaths were averted, which is very significant news. There are several potential reasons for this decline. Throughout that time pe-

riod, there were numerous advances in treatment options for women who have breast cancer. In the ’80s, doctors began to use chemotherapy after surgery. This practice was refined over the years, helping to prevent cancer from returning after surgery. Treatment options have also advanced to include a variety of hormonal and targeted therapies. Hormone therapy prevents female hormones (including estrogen) from

increasing the growth of breast cancers that have estrogen or progesterone receptors. This therapy can involve taking drugs by mouth or injection, or having surgery to remove the ovaries if a woman has not reached menopause. Another potential reason for lower death rates is that women are undergoing breast cancer screenings. Ongoing research plays a major role in advancements in treatment. At Banner

MD Anderson, patients who qualify can participate in numerous trials. Breast cancer still affects one in eight American women. For those facing the disease, there are many medical experts working hard to find a cure – as well as new ways to treat and prevent it. Dr. Mary Cianfrocca specializes in breast cancer oncology at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert. Information: 480-256-6444.

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Gilbert firm aims to keep employees fit BY CECILIA CHAN GSN Managing Editor


ith his wife going to school, a 5-year-old daughter and a job, Brennan Gerle had his hands full. “I ate a lot of McDonald’s, a lot of fast food, anything that was convenient,” said the Queen Creek resident. Earlier this year, the 34-year-old had a body mass index or BMI of 26.9 – considered overweight by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. BMI measures body fat based on weight. Today, he’s lost 21.7 pounds, reduced his BMI to 23.7 and dropped two pants sizes, thanks to a fitness challenge at his workplace, Isagenix International in Gilbert. A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy for an adult. The company, which sells dietary supplements and skin-care products, opened its world headquarters off Loop 202 in 2016 after operating in nearby Scottsdale. Gerle not only won the challenge but took home $3,500 in prize money. The challenge included other categories that employees could compete in, including a maintenance pool, in which previous winners at the end of the competition must weigh within

3 percent of their previous winning weight. A panel of five judges picked the employee who showed the most transformation of body and lifestyle, using before and after photos and essays. In this year’s IsaBody Challenge, 383 of the 750 employees at the site participated, losing a total of 1,375 pounds, according to company spokeswoman Megan Dean. Isagenix’s regional offices included another 250 employees, with each loca(Special to GSN) tion holding a challenge. Brennan Gerle, who won Isagenix’s fitness challenge and weight “Since health and wellness loss competition, is flanked by company employees Doug Jensen, is the focus of our business, left, and Pav Manchik. the health of our employees is extremely important,” Dean said. The a full-time wellness coach for Isagenix the last two years. annual challenge began in 2007. People dropped out for a number of reaEmployees who signed up for the 16week challenge in February, met one-on- sons, including they left the company or one with the company’s wellness coach, life got in the way, Manchik said. “I got one individual, he and his wife got who tailored a nutrition and exercise twins midway through the challenge,” he plans for each participant. Of the 383 who started out in the chal- said. Gerle also hit a bump early on in the lenge, 213 completed it, said Pav Manchik,

challenge, having to travel to Michigan for two weeks for the adoption of his newborn son. He had to rustle up the motivation to find a gym and healthy foods during the process. At the start of the challenge, Manchik took pictures and collected data from each participant – weight and measurements of body fat, shoulder, chest, hips and glutes. The data was checked about midway and then again at the end of the challenge. Manchik also held three 45-minute group exercise classes a day, totaling 17 hours a week for the participants. The company’s cafeteria serves healthy meals at all times, and participants were encouraged to use the company’s products, which they could buy at a discount. People considered for the grand prize had to have used the company’s products, Manchik said. Gerle said he’d drink at least two shakes a day, gave up fast food and introduced healthy eating to the family. “I would make dinner each night, cooking chicken breast and having vegetables,” he said. “It was a lot different from the chicken nuggets and French fries my

services to individuals and businesses in Chandler and neighboring East Valley communities. “With us, it’s, “What do you want to know?’” Mayor said. “We listen, listen, listen to what somebody wants to accomplish, what their needs are. Then we formulate a plan with them as to what we can do to help them out. We’ve built a methodology into our business: We don’t want them watching us take over their device, and then they walk out and didn’t learn anything.” Senior CompuCare has no brick-andmortar office. Mayor comes to East Valley clients to coach them in their environment. Or, she will arrange a meeting in which clients bring along their electronic devices for personalized coaching on them. “We got to our clients,” Mayor said. “We

Mayor will even counsel on ergonomic issues and lining up repairs of equipment. Often, senior clients do not know relatively simple things, such as how to communicate effectively with an internet service provider. “They’re so terribly frustrated,” Mayor said. “First, I make sure my understanding of the problem is correct from the client, then I get the provider on the phone. I speak in their language. Most of the time, we’re able to resolve the problem with me just being the liaison, that referee, helping the seniors understand that the provider can’t go farther until they are provided more information.” Pricing is established individually based on the job, but generally, Mayor said, fees

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Senior CompuCare’s individualized training technique computes BY LEE SHAPPELL Tribune Managing Editor


he first thing to know about Senior CompuCare, which opened recently in Chandler, is that its name is a misnomer. Yes, the company was founded in Florida eight years ago to assist senior citizens befuddled by modern digital technology. Since then, it has broadened scope to aid not only seniors but also veterans, small businesses and organizations bridge the technology divide by teaching day-to-day computing basics and electronic-device instruction. Licensed owner Shirley Mayor operates Senior CompuCare-Valley of the Sun, the first Arizona location, with the intention of providing digital-technology training

(Photo courtesy of Shirley Mayor)

Shirley Mayor operates Senior CompuCare with the intention of providing digital-technology training services to individuals and businesses in East Valley communities.

want them to be comfortable, learn on their own devices the things they want to know. That’s very important.”

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daughter was used to.” This is the third time Gerle has participated in the challenge. But this time, he took it seriously, he said. Manchik estimated that roughly 75 percent of the participants who completed the challenge will maintain their healthy lifestyle. Gerle said he still eats healthy and goes to the gym four days a week. “It’s weird,” he said. It’s to the point now that I really want to go to the gym. I feel lazy even if I don’t do it for a day.” Gerle said because of the challenge, he and his family have adopted a healthier lifestyle and he has gained con�idence. “I’m a lot less timid,” he said. “When you exercise and make a lot of progress, you kind of get to the point to push yourself to be outside of what you know you can do.” Manchik said the company is doing its part to encourage health and wellness in light of the rise in cases of type 2 diabetes, where one of the risk factors is being overweight. The CDC reported 30.3 million Americans in 2015 had diabetes, of which 90 to 95 percent of the cases were type 2 and that 7.2 million Americans didn’t even know they had the disease.

And with the growing obesity rate in the country, diabetes cases are expected to grow as well. In 2017, Arizona had the 29th highest adult obesity rate in the country, according to the State of Obesity, a collaborative project of the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The state’s adult obesity rate went up to 29 percent from 14.9 percent in 2000. Other health risks associated with carrying around extra weight include stroke, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The �itness challenge is just one of the many company offerings to keep employees healthy. Manchik said a massage therapist is brought in multiple times a year to give free massages and a chiropractor twice a year to do evaluations and adjustments. The company also offers gym reimbursements where employees can receive $3 for each time they hit the gym and recreational events such as on-site ping-pong tournaments and reimbursement for participating in Pat’s Run, a 4.2-mile race in Tempe. While other companies have various ways of encouraging employees to stay �it, Manchik said, “I think we do it better than others because we have so much structure in our program. They offer services, we offer solutions.”

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are $50 an hour with a two-hour minimum. Course offerings are customized to suit individual clients. Instruction is not limited to computers and laptops. Training is available for smartphones, iPhones, iPads, tablets and cameras. “Everything is customized. It’s not canned,” she said. “Clients have told us so many times that they’ve been to a training facility, sat there on a computer or device they had never been on before, gone through a whole hour and maybe there were a few moments of what they really wanted to know. You don’t get much out of that. I always ask a client, ‘What would you like to know?’ If they don’t tell us, we don’t know how to help them.” Senior CompuCare’s how-to training can consist of creating an understanding of computer/internet functionality, features, programs or apps. A client’s request might be as simple learning how to use a iPad, smartphone or digital camera. Mayor will teach clients how to make a doctor appointment and travel reservations or to create documents and forms on a computer. She’ll help set up a new printer. Training sessions for use of various software products and apps, such as Micro-

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Not Your Typical Deli

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Sweetz Cold Brew

835 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert 480-822-8315 Sweetz Brew is a literal homegrown local company that has figured out the perfect cup of cold brew, just the way you want it. Our custom craft cold brews are full of smooth coffee, amazing flavors and good vibes.

Blink Mattress Experts

2548 W. Broadway Road, Mesa 480-215-5161 At Blink Mattress Experts, we make it our mission to help you sleep better. We sell premium, exceptionally built and custom-designed mattresses to our clients at a wholesale price.

Mor Furniture for Less

3807 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert 866-466-7435 Whether you are changing your home or moving into a new one, you will find a huge selection of quality living room furniture, bedroom furniture, dining room furniture and name-brand mattresses offered at the best value at Mor Furniture for Less. We believe in providing quality merchandise, and excellent customer service, while exceeding your expectations.

Leila Adams Company: Founder of Muesliikon Contact: sales@muesliikon. com, About her: Lelia Adams is an attorney-turned-entrepreneur. She struggled with her weight before coming across Muesli while in a law school summer program in Oxford. When she got back to the U.S. and could not find Muesli, she made her own, perfected the recipe and started her company with her husband.

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Aug. 22

7:45 a.m.-noon. ‘State of the American Workplace’ presented by Gallup The Falls Event Center, 4635 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert. Join fellow business leaders for a morning of conversation and connections as share the latest workforce and business retention efforts on behalf of the Gilbert Chamber Foundation. Mayor Jenn Daniels will give an update of the recent economic development announcements, workforce projections, and industry needs.  Admission: $149/person, $199/ person.

Her business: Muesliikon Mix, which has unique ingredients like quinoa, chia seeds, flax, almonds, walnuts, raisins, rolled oats, etc. It can be eaten in various ways (cold cereal, on yogurt, in smoothie, in place of overnight oats, on salad). Muesliikon Green Cafe is where individuals and families can try the various ways of eating muesli, especially as a smoothie. What makes the business unique: The cafe is unique in that unlike most smoothie bars that offer just smoothies with lots of sugar, Muesliikon Green Cafe allows people drink healthy smoothies without sacrificing taste. Her motivation: My biggest motivation is eating healthy food that taste good.

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Janet Dailey of Pet Butler and Barb Dwyer of Gilbert Public Schools show some of the back-to-school items the Chamber and other community members collected for 225 homeless kids.


4-6 p.m. Chamber Chat- After Hours Presented by Quail Park at Morrison Ranch Union Grill and Tap, 1686 N. Higley Road, Gilbert. Socialize build new relationships in a relaxed setting. Admission: $10/person at the door. Bring a Door Prize! Donate a door prize of $25 or more and get a minute at the mic to introduce your business (members only).

Sept. 20

For reservations or tickets:

4-5:30 p.m. GEM Talk Event Location: TBD Designed for the entrepreneur, these events are patterned after “TED talks” and are called “GEM Talks” for “Gilbert, Entrepreneurial, Motivational.” Each interactive session features a successful and motivational entrepreneur. Admission: $15 pre- registration; $20 at the door; $5 students.

Sept. 27

6-9 p.m. 23rd annual Gilbert Community Excellence Awards 6-9 p.m. The Falls Event Center, 4635 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert. Sponsored by APS, this formal evening celebrates people who have excelled in the areas of business, education and community involvement. This event features Gilbert’s Culinary Showcase with samplings provided by some of your local, favorite restaurants. A cash bar will be available. Admission: $55 ($60 after Sept. 20)

Building employee trust crucial to keeping workers BY DIANA CREEL ELARDE GSN Guest Writer


oes poor employee retention create the merry-go-round of hire/ train/rehire/retrain in your organization? Perhaps seeds of mistrust, sown early, are the root of the issue. Building trust with employees is key to creating a successful business with long-term employees. Imagine the frustration of being tasked with a monthly quota for a sales team when it seems that just as the sales people complete training, they quit, creating the need to hire again. For some, this merry-go-round of hire/train/ rehire/retrain caused by poor employee retention never ends, leaving many managers victims of sleepless nights worrying over unattainable quotas or goals. In today’s market, it takes both time and money to find and properly train employees. This is particularly true in the technology sector, where it may take up to two years before an employee becomes productive. Organizations where work flow is dependent

on team interaction, with individuals relying on each other to bring a task to fruition, may feel this pain the most. The presence of inexperienced workers means the shortfall must be made up by seasoned ones. Couple this with the fact many employees are still feeling the strain of a decade of downsizing and you have the formula for low office morale and poor productivity. Why do so many American workers feel a high level of unrest? A look at the statistics regarding dissatisfied employees across the country is an eye opener. According to a June 2014 study by Career Builder, over 2 million Americans leave their jobs monthly. Other statistics find 31 percent of employees don’t like their boss and another 28 percent admit to hiding on the job. The problem may start as early as the interview process. Loosely made commitments regarding work conditions, income and advancement can set the stage for early employee dissatisfaction and quickly become the seeds of mistrust between employee and management. Take for example, Mark, a specialty chef hired by a prominent restaurant chain whose kitchen operation focuses on preparing original and

creative dishes. The menu items are created from scratch on site, and there is a good deal of training required for all new employees. During the interview, Mark is informed that while the initial pay is low, after 60 days a performance and pay review will be given. Verbal praise for Mark is excellent during his training period. So much so that upon the two-month date, Mark’s expectation is for the performance review to lead to a well-deserved pay increase. But the restaurant managers fail to schedule the review, refusing to even give a reason for their lack of response. In fact, all attempts from Mark for the promised review are stalled or ignored. By the end of the fourth month of employment, Mark has resigned. And management is confused as to how they lost a quality worker. Bottom line, trust was broken, and most likely it was not coming back. Diana Creel Elarde, of Emerging Insights, is a PSYCH-K® facilitator, speaker and author of the book, “A Star in My Hand.” This is an excerpt of an article she wrote on gilbertaz. com/blog. Reacher her at diana@insight11. com or 888-658-4627.









This is the third and final round of columns that the Gilbert Sun News invited candidates for Town Council to write prior to the Aug. 28 primary election. Candidate

James Candland did not submit a column. All candidate columns and their questionnaires can be found on the Gilbert Sun News tab on

Politics should be about bringing people together BY JASON CVANCARA


o just a few days ago, as I expected it would, the race for Gilbert Town Council started to get dirty. Someone created a social media account where negative comments were posted about me, one other Town Council candidate and several candidates for state offices. I’ve also noticed other candidates’ campaign signs being vandalized. I’ve heard false rumors, and of course, no one ever takes responsibility for any of it.

The negativity is honestly the part I absolutely hate about politics. I think political races should be about a person’s abilities to perform in the position they are seeking in addition to how they will vote on issues concerning our community. Every person has flaws or has made mistakes, but that’s life. As long as a poor choice is learned from and does not become a habitual one, a person is better because of it. Personally, I can deal with the negativity. As you can imagine, having served as a police officer for over 11 years, I’ve dealt with stuff like this, so it doesn’t bother me one

bit. My concern is for the good-hearted, wellintentioned people who want to serve their community but shy away from it because they don’t want to deal with the negativity. Politics should be about bringing the community together and not tearing it apart. During my time with the Department of Justice, the absolute most rewarding part of the job was getting people who didn’t see eye to eye to come together and have positive conversations about fixing their communities. I personally worked with many people who were polar opposites from me in re-

gards to political views, but we still were able to have positive and productive conversations. At the end of the day, this community will select four individuals to serve on the Gilbert Town Council. I hope to be one of them, but if not, I will continue to fight to make our community better. I truly appreciate everyone’s support for our campaign over the last several months and am blessed for the opportunity. Thank you, God bless, and now it’s time to get snack. Anyone want to grab some donuts and coffee?

Legacy for Gilbert” during my next term. I want to share some endorsements that I’ve received in support for my re-election to the Gilbert Town Council. I’m very humbled and grateful for these endorsements. It confirms that our Town is moving in the right direction: focused on Gilbert families and businesses. The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, which represents over 700-plus businesses, has endorsed my re-election. My dedication and commitment to the success of our current business owners and my efforts to secure and attract new businesses to Gilbert were some of the highlights for this endorsement. Jenn Daniels, Gilbert mayor: “Eddie Cook has contributed to the town by consistently looking for efficiencies, building partnerships and tirelessly advocating for our residents. I am proud to support Eddie

Cook for re-election to the Gilbert Town Council.” John Lewis, former Gilbert mayor: “It is with great joy that I announce my endorsement of Eddie Cook for Gilbert Town Council. Over the years, I have found Eddie to be one who leads with passion, integrity, vision and, most importantly, a servant’s heart. His commitment to transparency in government and common-sense decision making will allow Gilbert to continue to be a wonderful place to live and work.” Howard Morris, Morrison Ranch: “Eddie Cook has been a tireless servant for the town of Gilbert. These characteristics show up in his business, his commitment to his family, as well as to his community. Eddie is sincere, a good listener, and pays attention to detail. We need to re-elect Eddie to our Town’s leadership team.” Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County At-

torney: “Eddie Cook has been a consistent conservative voice on Gilbert’s Town Council and has been a principled man we can count on to keep Gilbert’s quality of life among the best in the nation. I also appreciate his support for public safety that has contributed to Gilbert’s status as among the safest communities in our nation. I encourage Gilbert residents to join me in supporting Eddie Cook for Gilbert Town Council.” Please join my supporters to help ensure Gilbert stays pro-family and probusiness, keeping Gilbert clean, safe and vibrant while together we “Build a Legacy for Gilbert.” I’ll promote a culture of service and uphold the values of caring, fairness, responsibility, respect, trustworthiness and citizenship, which have made Gilbert strong.

ous City,” “2nd Safest City in the U.S.,” “Best Place to Raise a Family in Arizona” plus many more. By using these great accolades, great parks and education along with a AAA Bond rating bring new businesses. How do we ensure a strong tax base for our future when the construction comes to an end? We invest in ourselves which makes businesses want to invest too. Over the next few years, significant investment of public funds to update infrastructure within the Heritage District. This

investment in infrastructure will be a boost to the booming downtown. There will be a focus on buildout and longrange planning. I won’t be looking at the first 100 days in office or even the four-year term, I’ll be looking at 10 to 20 years out. Every decision I make is with the future in mind. I’m also a strong believer in you need to know where you’ve been to know where you are going. I have a strong historical perspective in Gilbert over the heaviest growth years from 2000 to today.

The next General Plan update will be on the ballot for your vote in 2020. Let’s work on the plan together, be involved, follow along on the towns social media channels and website and be involved. Attend the open house events we will have, answer surveys and be part of the process! Vote for me to help plan the future of this great community. Vote Brigette Peterson on your early ballot or at your polling place on 8/28. Visit my website for more information:

I’ll promote a culture of service and uphold values BY EDDIE COOK


t’s been an honor and privilege to serve as a Councilmember and former vice mayor for the town of Gilbert. I ran for Council in 2011 after realizing that I could better serve my community by bringing business ideas to the town’s government. I could not be more excited to work with a team whose hearts are about service for our community. The transformation of the town into a higher-performance government guided by corporate best business practices and changing the culture to reflect a “One Team” spirit has been remarkable. I’m extremely pleased with the progress of the town during my two terms and am excited to continue our efforts to “Build a

‘Every decision I make is with the future in mind’ BY BRIGETTE PETERSON


hat’s next for Gilbert? We will be celebrating Gilbert’s centennial in 2020. We’ve come a long way from being the “hay capital of the world.” What does Gilbert want to be known for in the future? We earn so many accolades on a regular basis such as “Most Prosper-




General Plan changes need a more holistic consideration BY BARBARA GUY


lanning for Gilbert’s future is key; development and infrastructure are the backbone of our town and must keep pace with the needs of both our new and older neighborhoods. As the town continues to grow, water and its framework will be our most demanding issue. How we use this precious resource and evaluate the limitations and costs involved will be critical.

Our network of roadways and access to freeways is vital to the livability of our community. As a Town Council member, it will be essential to be proactive in finding creative solutions to these key issues. A significant issue with long term repercussions to homeowners in our town is the number of zoning changes the Council has allowed over the past years; these cumulative changes have increased the types of dwellings, specifically apartments, that have been allowed to our General Plan. I believe such changes should be

evaluated in a holistic way and a more proactive method of communication to receive input from the neighborhoods affected by any amendments should be implemented. As Gilbert grows, looking forward to buildout, it will be essential to attract and grow sustainable businesses with high-wage employment while ensuring priorities of revenue to include investments in infrastructure, public safety, parks and recreation and funding for the arts. The ballots have dropped and it’s time for Gilbert residents to make a choice. I

gratefully acknowledge all of the friends, family and community members who supported my race for Gilbert Town Council, I truly would not be here without you. I also appreciate those who ask the tough questions and challenge my run, your thoughtful comments motivate me to perform at a higher level. Gilbert is my passion, where I choose to live, raise my family, work, support public education and volunteer for over two decades. I look forward to representing you and hope you’ll consider checking the box by my name when you vote for Gilbert Town Council.

to serve Gilbert by making business growth, public safety and fiscal discipline my top priorities. Business growth is important for our town, and I have an ardent desire to help Gilbert remain a place that attracts and retains businesses. The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce endorsed me as a candidate for Town Council because of my track record of keeping a strong focus on growing Gilbert’s business climate. Mayor Jenn Daniels also has endorsed me in my campaign, saying I have “been a tireless advocate for businesses, especially small businesses” and that I have “constantly been willing to work with individuals and people to make Gilbert

a better place. I will always make business growth a top priority for our town. In addition to a focus on business, I have made public safety a top priority. During my tenure in the Town Council, I have been privileged of meeting the men and women that serve our community to keep us safe. I have been humbled to receive the endorsements of both Gilbert’s Fire and Rescue and the Gilbert Police during my campaign. I will assist these departments by making sure they have the needed resources to do their jobs well. Fiscal discipline is another top priority for me. To achieve long-term sustainability, we must use tax dollars

wisely, while always keeping an eye on long-term goals. I strongly believe that Gilbert’s future successes will be due to the actions we take today to be fiscally responsible as a town. I love living in Gilbert and I love serving the residents of our wonderful town. If re-elected, I will continue to make business growth, public safety and fiscal discipline my top priorities for Gilbert. I am sincerely thankful to all of the organizations and individuals who have pledged their support and have endorsed me in this campaign. It is by working together that we can make a stronger, safer, more stable Gilbert for our generation and the generations to come.

ours are the minority down at the Capitol, and they span from the left to the right. Some of my favorite issues I have had an opportunity to work on were reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws which successfully passed in 2017 and will go a long way to protecting citizens’ property from being wrongfully confiscated by the government. I also worked on a bill to protect “no impact” home-based businesses from local overregulation after meeting with many small businesses who were being harassed by their municipalities. Unfortunately, the latter did not pass, namely because so many cities lobbied

against it. You read that right – lobbied against it. And that brings me to a point of irony. Our organization has never taken A SINGLE CENT from the government. Private citizens got together and started our nonprofit because they had the same limited government beliefs. They wanted a presence at the Capitol to push back on all the special interests. However, the town of Gilbert does use your tax dollars to contribute to organizations that hire lobbyists (in-house and contract) to fight for or against bills that are “pro-local government” but not necessarily “pro-taxpayer.” And here is a big policy divergence between me and the incumbents running:

I believe the government’s using your money to hire professional lobbyists to advocate against your interests – or at the very least what many people and businesses would personally disagree with – is wrong. It is forced speech and a misuse of taxpayer money. In fact, in 2015, the town spent almost $340,000 on organizations that hire lobbyists. What if one of those organizations used that money to advance an idea or policy you seriously opposed? Would you want your money being spent that way? I sure don’t. I love fighting for taxpayers. It is a calling for me. And I hope to be able to do it for you as a member of Gilbert Town Council.

Business, safety and fiscal discipline are top priorities BY JORDAN RAY


s a member of the Town Council, I have always maintained my focus on what I consider to be the most important goals for our town: business growth, public safety and fiscal discipline. By focusing on these goals, Gilbert has grown and been recognized nationally by many individuals and organizations with awards like Best Place to Raise a Family in Arizona, 2nd Safest City in the US, 7th Best City to Be a Homeowner, and many more. Looking forward, I will continue

‘I love fighting for taxpayers. It is a calling for me’ BY AIMEE RIGLER


m I a “Dark Money Lobbyist?” That’s what the signs next to my street signs around town are claiming. Well, allow me

to clear this up. I work for a nonprofit organization that does policy work at the state level. We are a principle-centered group that focuses on issues of private properties, regulatory reform, pro-growth tax reform and economic liberty issues. My day job is fighting for taxpayers. Yes, I must register as a lobbyist to do my job. Ideological organizations like

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Crosstown rivalry spices up opening week BY ZACH ALVIRA GSN Sports Editor


“When you hit your senior year, the coaches expect more out of you,” Henderson said. “I’ve been up here (on varsity) for three years now, so they expect a lot out of me.” Henderson has 64 career tackles and

he high school football season opens with a bang in Gilbert on Friday when crosstown rival Gilbert High visits Mesquite. “We always look forward to Mesquite,” Gilbert coach Derek Zellner said. “Our kids always get excited, and we are going on the road this year.” Gilbert got the better of the Wildcats last season 49-34 at home. The year prior, Mesquite rolled the Tigers 37-3. Both move down a conference this season, Gilbert to 5A and Mesquite to 4A. Regardless of division, they are excited to start the season against (Zach Alvira/GSN Staff) a rival. Will Plummer, a junior in his second season on the “It’s exciting to me. It was a long, Gilbert High varsity football team, with coach Derek hot summer camp,” Mesquite coach Zellner, may open the season at quarterback when the Chad DeGrenier said. “The kids are Tigers visit rival Mesquite. excited about the opportunity to play Gilbert and to play on Friday nights.” an interception, playing a key role in Like most successful teams, the Wild- Mesquite’s previous two seasons, which included an appearance in the state quarcats are relying on senior leadership. That means players like defensive back terfinals his sophomore year. On offense, Barraza anchors the offenJacob Henderson and offensive lineman sive line. He played guard and center last Jaime Barraza take on expanded roles.

year. His aggressiveness and quick first step make him effective against defensive linemen. Barraza enjoys the friendly banter between the schools. “Ultimately, you have to talk on the field,” Barraza said. “It’s my last year and I want to make an impact here for this school and the underclassmen. I want to leave something behind.” Defeating Gilbert won’t be an easy task. Despite losing numerous seniors to (Zach Alvira/GSN Staff) graduation, includMesquite High defensive back Jacob Henderson, in his third season ing quarterback Jack on the varsity team, has 64 tackles and an interception. He leads the Plummer and receiver defense against rival Gilbert in the opener. Tyler LaGanke, the Tigers still have playmakers on both sides tight end to use his 6-foot-3 frame. “It’s a lot of fun, especially because we of the ball. Will Plummer, a junior in his second know a lot of guys over there,” Plummer season on the Tigers’ varsity, had to step said of the rivalry. “I will do whatever it into a leadership role earlier than most. takes to win. We don’t care if we only have Plummer likely will be under center for the Tigers initially but could transition to see RIVALRY page 27

Higley senior defensive duo a force up the front BY ERIC NEWMAN GSN Staff Writer


y Robinson and Logan Maxwell are acquaintances that opposing quarterbacks might not really want to

make. Robinson and Maxwell were among the 4A sack leaders last season at Higley High, both making 13. Now seniors, the defensive linemen lead the Knights into their first season in 5A after consecutive trips to the state semifinals at the lower level. Both players are receiving college scholarship offers. Maxwell posted his commitment to Utah State on his Twitter account in July. Robinson has received more than 20 NCAA Division I offers and still is considering options. “They’re both good players and good

people, and they bring the best out of other guys,” Higley coach Eddie Zubey said. “It’s not only on the field. It’s in the weight room, conditioning and even in class. They always are competing, and they’re 100 percent guys for the rest of the defense to look up to.” Both players understand how much they mean to the success of each other, and to that of the Knights’ defense. “Last year, it was really good because we knew that we had both speed and power coming from both sides,” Robinson said. “And then we can both rush, and I know I have my trust in (Maxwell). I don’t need to say much to him or give advice because he’s going to work as hard as I do.” Maxwell hopes for more of the same this season, especially as the Knights transition to their new classification.

“We both definitely have different sets of skills,” Maxwell said. “He weighs 285 pounds, and he uses his size and strength to help secure the rush a little bit, which allows me to rush off the outside, especially when he gets double-teamed. Having such a big body out there helps me make my plays, so we work really well together.” They maintain a rivalry in practice that keeps (Eric Newman/GSN Staff) them working to outHigley High senior defensive linemen Ty Robinson (left) and Logan do the other in drills, in Maxwell have received college scholarship offers. They give the Knights a formidable defensive front as they move up from 4A, where

see HIGLEY page 27 they reached the state semifinals the past two seasons, into 5A.




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Coach Mike Peterson led Red Mountain to the semifinals the past two seasons, a reversal of the two years before he took over, in which the Mountain Lions won just seven games combined. The Mountain Lions face a tough opener. Desert Ridge, under coach Jeremy Hathcock, has made the playoffs every season since he took over in 2006. With both teams boasting key returning players, this may not be their only meeting this season.

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conditioning and in the weight room. That competition even extends to games. “Every time we come over to the sidelines we’ll tell each other about how many tackles we’ve gotten or if one of us got a sack. And it goes from there and helps us keep competing,” Robinson said. The rivalry is always good-natured. They’re close friends off the field. Maxwell said their banter is only meant to motivate each other and their teammates to keep improving. “We’ve been playing together so long now, and we compete for stats and push each other. I definitely think it’s helped both of us get better and hold a higher standard for each other, and the defensive players around us.” Having Robinson and Maxwell anchoring the defensive front also impacts the Knights’ offense. Zubey runs a high-risk offense and often shuns punts or fieldgoal attempts on fourth down. Zubey

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said the Knights have scored more points than any team in Arizona the last two seasons as a result. He’s willing to take those risks because he is confident that his defense will hold if the offense is unsuccessful. Senior quarterback Spencer Brasch appreciates that safety net. “It definitely takes some stress off us, and we can do a little more. When we throw in the linemen, they can make stops and it’s a completely different game. I trust that they’ll get us the ball back,” he said. Zubey said he may never have the chance to coach such a talented defensive duo again at the high school level, and his biggest responsibility is to stay out of their way as much as possible, and let their talent and energy shine. “You just try to not overcoach them. Let them go out there and play,” Zubey said. “They’re big and strong and fast, and there’s not a lot that needs to be done with them. Just make sure they’re in the right spots to play up to their potential.”



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Mr. Thai Bistro strives for authentic Thai food BY MELODY BIRKETT GSN Contributor


estled in a strip shopping center on the Southeast corner of Cooper and Warner roads in Gilbert, Mr. Thai Bistro serves authentic, made-to-order recipes from the owners’ homeland. Paula and Radar Uphasri, named their 2-year-old restaurant after their 14-year-old son, whom they call “Mr. Thai.” The Uphasris moved to Gilbert from Thailand 30 years ago to be with Radar’s sister, Kathurin Clements, who also works at the restaurant as a backup bookkeeper and chef. Paula, who created the menu, has cooked at Thai restaurants around the Valley. “She didn’t like the way they did things,” explained Clements. “Paula thinks she can do better so she adjusted the ingredients and how she cooks dishes. I think in a lot of Thai restaurants the owner may not be the cook.

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Mr. Thai Bistro owners Radar and Paula Uphasri, left, and Radar’s sister, Kathurin Clements, stand near a photo of the Upshari’s son, after whom their Gilbert restaurant is named.

with various peppers and pretty much the same spices,” said Clements. “The yellow curry has the added turmeric and other added spices that are different from the red and green curry.” At Mr. Thai Bistro, each order is made individually. Pots of food are not made ahead of time. “That’s why we can custom-make each order as to how spicy a customer wants it, what kind of vegetables they want,” said Clements. “Not all people like the same vegetables so we give them the option of adding and subtracting including the level of spices, as well.” “Paula loves spicy foods,” Clements said. “Anytime she cooks she likes to make dishes hot. We have to say, ‘Not too hot.’” Soup is Paula’s favorite dish to cook. Popular in Thailand, the soup she makes has a sweet, salty and spicy hot sour broth with a coconut milk base. Numerous spices are used, such as tom

We are a little bit different because the owner is actually cooking the food.” The dishes are reminiscent of food found in Central Thailand, they said. “The food is not Americanized,” said Clements. “Most of the real popular dishes, the curries – the red, yellow, green – those belong to the central part

of Thailand. They’re traditional dishes.” She said curry dishes from Indonesia and India exert a great influence on Thai food. That’s especially true of yellow curry, which is laden with turmeric and is part of the many of the favorite dishes of Mr. Thai Bistro customers. “The red and green curry is made

“I don’t think it’s that far-fetched that I could have conceived of something like this in the world that we live in, where people have a hard time emphasizing with the stories of others and the experiences of others who are not like them,” said Tamblyn, who originated the role of Emily Quartermaine on “General Hospital.” Tamblyn has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit awards for her work in television and film, including “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” She is the author of three books of poetry, including the bestseller “Dark Sparkler.” Acting, she added, doesn’t do much for her any longer. However, she will appear in the upcoming TV series “Y,” based on the DC graphic novel “Y The Last Man.” “I don’t think it’s as joyful as it used to be for me, only because it’s not new,” she said.

“It’s something I’ve done for over two decades. I don’t want to say it’s boring, but I just feel unenthused by a lot of it. I pretty much told myself I didn’t want to act unless it was really special or different. I also just don’t need to. But ‘Y: The Last Man’ was so interesting. It’s interesting to step back into the acting world.” The daughter of actor Russ Tamblyn and wife of “Arrested Development” star David Cross, Tamblyn wrote and directed the feature (Special to GET OUT) film “Paint It Black,” based on the Amber Tamblyn is best known for her roles in “General novel by Janet Fitch, starring Alia Hospital” and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” Shawkat, Janet McTeer and Alfred Molina, which is available on NetTimes. She is a founding signatory of the flix. Time’s Up Movement. She reviews books of poetry by women “Any Man” took about two years to for Bust Magazine, is a poet in residence write – two years before the #MeToo at Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and is a contributing writer for The New York see AMBER page 32

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ctress, activist and author Amber Tamblyn said she believes the #MeToo movement has changed the face of entertainment. “I think it has forced a lot of artists and writers to think outside of their creative boxes and find new ways to approach difficult subjects,” Tamblyn said. In June, she released her debut novel, “Any Man,” which tells the story of Maude, a serial female rapist who preys on men. She blends poetry, prose and suspense to map the ways in which society perpetuates rape culture. Tamblyn calls the book a tribute to those who have lived through the nightmare of sexual assault. She will sign copies of her book at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe.




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Rick Springfield and Loverboy, who come to Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, plan to have fun while bringing back memories for the audience.

Rick Springfield and Loverboy ready to stir memories at Celebrity BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI Get Out Editor


ick Springfield is known for his energetic, collaborative shows. He acknowledges fans close to the stage. He strums his guitar with roses given to him by fans and encourages ticketholders to sing along with him. But off stage, Springfield is quiet and contemplative. He’s on the road with his “Best in Show” tour with Loverboy, Tommy Tutone and Greg Kihn, but he acknowledges that he wasn’t really friends with his tourmates previously. “I’ve never been real social,” Springfield said quietly. “I never sought out bands to hang with them. I’ve actually kind of avoided that. It’s nice, though, to be relaxed enough now, to be confident enough, and secure to hang with these people. They’re all good, good guys.” Loverboy singer Mike Reno recalls meeting Springfield on a music cruise in the Caribbean. “We’ve been playing together a lot lately and people seem to really like the mix,” Reno said. “Rick and our band really got along well. We liked their band. They liked our band. The camaraderie is great, and the music is from the same era. That’s good and it just seems to work, and the crowds seem to love it.” The goal of “Best in Show,” which comes to the Celebrity Theatre on Tuesday, Aug. 21, is to have fun while bringing back memories. “Fans remember where they were and who they were with when they hear these songs,” Reno said. “It makes them feel young and it makes them have fun.” Loverboy and Springfield have new material out. Springfield recently released the provocative blues album “The Snake King,” while Loverboy posts new songs regularly

on its website. Rest assured, “We always play all the hits and everything,” Springfield said. “But it makes it exciting when we have a challenge of a new song.” The multifaceted entertainer has been quoted as saying “The Snake King” was the album he’s always wanted to make. He corrects that. “I mean, they all are,” Springfield said. “I wanted to talk about things going on in the world, and I thought the blues media would fit. It seemed like an appropriate vehicle for that. My first bands were blues bands. Blues has been the basis of my guitar playing for forever.” “It’s me who’s writing,” he said. “There’s going to be some kind of through line.” At 68, Springfield is feeling more confident these days. Success and age have brought security. “I’ve never been particularly confident myself, but I’ve always had that belief that I could do what I want to do.” Performances help, as well. “It’s hard not to feel good when you’re playing in front of people who are there cheering and yelling and partying with you,” he said. “I’ve always loved that aspect of it – the live thing, the connection with the audience. There’s nothing else in my life that does that in that particular way. When I’m not onstage, I’m pretty quiet. I’m a bit of a loner.”


What: “Best in Show” with Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Tommy Tutone and Greg Kihn Where: Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 21 Tickets: $40-$184 Information: 602.267.1600,




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oung songbirds, kids with dancing feet and children who have caught the acting bug can learn new skills and hit the stage during a camp at Chandler Center for the Arts this fall. Parents already are signing up their young children and teens for the center’s Fall Mini-Musical Camp Oct. 8-12 at the center, 250 N. Arizona Ave. The camp is for youths ages 7-14 and goes from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students will deliver “informal showings” to their parents at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Participants will learn about the audition process, as well as singing, dancing and acting at the day camp. “Besides memorizing lines and learning song and dance routines, more importantly, campers experience the process involved in putting on a musical production, from auditioning, stage blocking and character analysis to the small and large group dynamics of being a cast member,” said Kristen Drathman, camp director. “CCA’s fall camp also encourages creativ-

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Students perform in a production as part of Chandler Center for the Arts’ Fall Mini-Musical Camp last year.

ity and helps develop the camper’s selfconfidence and other life skills that they can utilize in their day-to-day activities.” No experience is necessary to sign up for the camp. Students will get personal coaching as the camp has a student-tostaff ratio of 8 to 1. Drathman, a Phoenix-based actor, singer, concert performer and teacher, will oversee all aspects of the camp, while other

choreographers, directors and interns will also instruct students. “I love having a long fall break,” Drathman said. “I think our theater camp helps the kids decompress from school and introduces them to a different type of learning that they may not be exposed to during their normal school day. It also helps break up the break.” She said the lessons taught in the musi-

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cal theater camp will help children in other areas of their lives. “It helps in so many aspects of life,” Drathman said. “From being comfortable with public speaking to confidence.” She has sung in venues around the world, including at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and at the Brooklyn Conservatory Summer Opera Festival. Drathman has been teaching acting and voice for 13 years and has a studio with more than 50 students ages 7 to 40. Many have gone on to perform on “American Idol” tours, as well as on Broadway. Drathman has taught summer theater camps for 15 years and has performed with Childsplay and Greasepaint Youtheatre, Valley Youth Theatre and with her own Summer Music Camp through Chandler Center for the Arts. She has a bachelor’s degree in musical theater from ASU and a history of helping her students prepare for and audition for admittance and scholarships to elite colleges, universities and conservatories. The Chandler Center for the Arts’ Fall Mini-Musical Camp costs $205 for the week. Information:



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Radar works full time at Bashas’ but helps out when he can. “She wanted to have her own restaurant but she doesn’t know a lot of English so she asked me to help her with the paperwork,” said Radar. “She cooks like she does at home.” Added Clements: “She loves her customers. She wants to make sure they’re happy. When she cooks for them she always thinks it’s not going to be enough for them. So, she gives generous portions.” The restaurant does not serve alcohol but customers are welcome to bring their own. The couple doesn’t plan to expand since they want to keep it a family business. “Our customer base is growing,” said Clements. “We are happy about that.” Radar said they don’t advertise because they don’t feel they have to. “People try it and if they like it, they’ll come back,” he said. Information:

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her daughter. “It’s really a breath of fresh air when people’s intentions are so cruel,” Tamblyn said. “Our politicians’ intentions are so misguided and cruel. To have a child who’s just excited to go in the pool or discover flowers for the first time. “Those sorts of things are food for the soul. It’s been really nice to have her in my life – especially during these times.”

yum goong (lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, fresh Thai chiles and fresh lime juice) along with veggies and chicken. Other popular dishes include pad thai and Drunken Noodles. “Noodle dishes are a favorite of customers at night,” said Clements. “People out drinking who are hungry like the noodle dishes.” Since this type of cooking uses many Thai spices, it’s tough to cook these dishes at home, Clements said. In Thai cooking, presentation is as important as the flavor. “Sometimes I’m working in the kitchen and Paula doesn’t let me get away with not decorating the dish,” said Clements. “Back in the old days in Thailand, they did so much garnishing. It’s beautiful.” When it comes to desserts, the sticky rice with mango is popular with customers.

movement. She tweeted in September 2017: “James Woods tried to pick me and my friend up at a restaurant once. He wanted to take us to Vegas. ‘I’m 16,’ I said. ‘Even better,’ he said.” “I wrote it in chunks over the course of three years up until about the middle of 2017, which is pretty wild considering the #MeToo movement came right after that. “It was difficult to write because it required a lot of psychological and emotional energy. Because of that it’s never easy. I joked to myself that I needed to write a YA (young adult) book next. It didn’t feel like a hard job. It was just sort of emotionally difficult.” There’s one youngster in particular who keeps her motivated and inspired:


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id you ever think you could weave pizza dough and hot dogs together to make a tasty Hot Dog Rug? It’s actually so simple it’ll make you giggle. Even more fun, all you do is add two more ingredients to make it the deluxe version. Basically, all you need are your favorite hot dogs and some refrigerated pizza dough. Add bacon and cheese to make it “extreme.”

Woven Hot Dog Rug Ingredients: 1 canister (13.8oz) Pillsbury refrigerated Pizza Dough 1 package (8) Hotdogs, bun size 8 slices of cooked bacon 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 3 tablespoons melted butter Coarse salt

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into seven even lengthwise strips. Transfer the strips to a greased baking sheet. Starting at one end, fold back first, third and fifth strips. Place a hot dog on the flat strips then fold those same strips back over the hot

A little melted butter and coarse salt completes the rug. Then, you’re ready to cut it up, dip it into your favorite condiments and devour. Hot dog! What fun!

dog. Next, fold back the second and fourth strips over the hot dog and place a second hot dog down. Continue to weave all eight dogs into the bread in this fashion. For the Deluxe version: Fold back first third and fifth strips. Place bacon strip on dough. Sprinkle with cheddar and then add the hot dog. Continue to weave the dough as directed above. Brush melted butter over the finished weave and sprinkle with coarse salt. For the Deluxe version, sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake at 375°F for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let the weave cool for 5 minutes and then cut into pieces. Serve with ketchup, mustard, ranch dressing or any of your favorite condiments. Watch my how-to video:

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ASU AT MESA CITY CENTER / THE PLAZA AT MESA CITY CENTER PROJECT NO. CP0871ASU The City of Mesa is seeking a qualified Consultant to provide design services for the ASU at Mesa City Center / The Plaza at Mesa City Center Project. All qualified firms that are interested in providing these services are invited to submit their Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) in accordance with the requirements detailed in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The following is a summary of the project. The required tasks will be reviewed with the selected Design Consultant and defined to meet the needs of the project as part of the contract scoping. The project is comprised of a new 100,000 to 125,000 square-foot building, site improvements, and a 2- to 3-acre urban plaza space. The estimated construction cost is $61,400,000. The total estimated project cost is $72,300,000. A Pre-Submittal Conference will be held on August 23, 2018 at 1:30 PM at the City of Mesa Upper Council Chambers, 57 E. First Street, Mesa, AZ 85201. At this meeting, City and ASU staff will discuss the scope of work and general contract issues and respond to questions from the attendees. Attendance at the pre-submittal conference is not mandatory and all interested firms may submit a Statement of Qualifications whether or not they attend the conference. All interested firms are encouraged to attend the Pre-Submittal Conference since City staff will not be available for meetings or to respond to individual inquiries regarding the project scope outside of this conference. In addition, there will not be meeting minutes or any other information published from the Pre-Submittal Conference. Contact with City and ASU Employees. All firms interested in this project (including the firm’s employees, representatives, agents, lobbyists, attorneys, and subconsultants) will refrain, under penalty of disqualification, from direct or indirect contact for the purpose of influencing the selection or creating bias in the selection process with any person who may play a part in the selection process. This policy is intended to create a level playing field for all potential firms, assure that contract decisions are made in public and to protect the integrity of the selection process. All contact on this selection process should be addressed to the authorized representative identified below. RFQ Lists. This RFQ is available on the City’s website at Additionally, supporting information related to the RFQ is available online at the following FTP site: The Statement of Qualifications shall include a one-page cover letter, plus a maximum of 12 pages to address the SOQ evaluation criteria (excluding resumes but including an organization chart with key personnel and their affiliation). Resumes for each team member shall be limited to a maximum length of two pages and should be attached as an appendix to the SOQ. Minimum font size shall be 10pt. Please provide ten (10) hard copies and one (1) electronic copy CD or USB drive) of the Statement of Qualifications by September 13, 2018. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Qualifications. The City is an equal opportunity employer. Delivered or hand-carried submittals must be delivered to the Engineering Department reception area on the fifth floor of Mesa City Plaza Building in a sealed package. On the submittal package, please display: Firm name, project number, and/or project title. Firms who wish to do business with the City of Mesa must be registered and activated in the City of Mesa Vendor Self Service (VSS) System ( Questions. Questions pertaining to the Consultant selection process or contract issues should be directed to Donna Horn of the Engineering Department at

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The City of Mesa is seeking qualified Consultants to provide design services and/or construction administration services on an on-call basis in the following area/category: Construction Administration and Inspection Services. All qualified firms that are interested in providing these services are invited to submit their Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) in accordance with the requirements detailed in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ). From this solicitation, the Engineering Department will establish a list of on-call consultants for Construction Administration and Inspection Services. This category is further defined below: Construction Administration and Inspection Services will be divided into three (3) general types; horizontal roadway and utility projects, water/wastewater facility projects, and vertical construction projects. Typical projects for which consultants will be requested to provide services include but are not limited to: arterial or residential roadway projects, roadway maintenance and milling operations, waterline and sewer line projects, water and wastewater facility improvement projects, new building construction, tenant improvement projects, utilities (including, but not limited to fiber, conduit, gas, and electric), street lights, traffic signals, Non-City Utilities (NCUs), and permit projects. Consultants shall provide staff member(s) with all tools/equipment required to conduct day to day business including vehicle, laptop, cell phone, PPE, and any other tools required to complete the work. A Pre-Submittal Conference will not be held. Contact with City Employees. All firms interested in this RFQ (including the firm’s employees, representatives, agents, lobbyists, attorneys, and subconsultants) will refrain, under penalty of disqualification, from direct or indirect contact for the purpose of influencing the selection or creating bias in the selection process with any person who may play a part in the selection process. This policy is intended to create a level playing field for all potential firms, assure that contract decisions are made in public and to protect the integrity of the selection process. All contact on this selection process should be addressed to the authorized representative identified below. RFQ Lists. This RFQ is available on the City’s website at The Statement of Qualifications shall include a one-page cover letter, plus a maximum of 10 pages to address the SOQ evaluation criteria (excluding resumes but including an organization chart with key personnel and their affiliation). Resumes for each team member shall be limited to a maximum length of two pages and should be attached as an appendix to the SOQ. Minimum font size shall be 10-point. Please provide six (6) hard copies and one (1) electronic copy (CD or USB drive) of the Statement of Qualifications by 2:00pm on August 28, 2018. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Qualifications. The City is an equal opportunity employer.

The City of Mesa is seeking qualified Consultants to provide design services and/or construction administration services on an on-call basis in the following area/category: Water and Wastewater Plant Design Services. All qualified firms that are interested in providing these services are invited to submit their Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) in accordance with the requirements detailed in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ). From this solicitation, the Engineering Department will establish a list of on-call consultants for Water and Wastewater Plant Design Services. This category is further defined below: The Water and Wastewater Plant Design Services category includes plant type projects whose primary purpose is to provide, convey or otherwise directly support the provision of water and/or wastewater service to the City of Mesa’s utility customers. Projects might involve new construction, remodels, rehabilitation, studies, models or other modifications. Typical projects include (but are not limited to) water treatment facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, lift stations, odor control facilities, well sites, wastewater structures, water delivery structures, and water metering facilities with their associated utility lines, buildings, minor offsite improvements, etc. These projects may include any or all of the other discipline design areas and services included under other categories. A Pre-Submittal Conference will not be held. Contact with City Employees. All firms interested in this RFQ (including the firm’s employees, representatives, agents, lobbyists, attorneys, and subconsultants) will refrain, under penalty of disqualification, from direct or indirect contact for the purpose of influencing the selection or creating bias in the selection process with any person who may play a part in the selection process. This policy is intended to create a level playing field for all potential firms, assure that contract decisions are made in public and to protect the integrity of the selection process. All contact on this selection process should be addressed to the authorized representative identified below. RFQ Lists. This RFQ is available on the City’s website at The Statement of Qualifications shall include a one-page cover letter, plus a maximum of 10 pages to address the SOQ evaluation criteria (excluding resumes but including an organization chart with key personnel and their affiliation). Resumes for each team member shall be limited to a maximum length of two pages and should be attached as an appendix to the SOQ. Minimum font size shall be 10-point. Please provide six (6) hard copies and one (1) electronic copy (CD or USB drive) of the Statement of Qualifications by 2:00pm on August 15, 2018. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Qualifications. The City is an equal opportunity employer.

Delivered or hand-carried submittals must be delivered to the Engineering Department reception area on the fifth floor of Mesa City Plaza Building in a sealed package. On the submittal package, please display: Firm name and On-Call Construction Administration and Inspection.

Delivered or hand-carried submittals must be delivered to the Engineering Department reception area on the fifth floor of Mesa City Plaza Building in a sealed package. On the submittal package, please display: Firm name and On-Call Water and Wastewater Plant Design.

Firms who wish to do business with the City of Mesa must be registered and activated in the City of Mesa Vendor Self Service (VSS) System (

Firms who wish to do business with the City of Mesa must be registered and activated in the City of Mesa Vendor Self Service (VSS) System (

Questions. Questions pertaining to the Consultant selection process or contract issues should be directed to Heather Sneddon of the Engineering Department at

Questions. Questions pertaining to the Consultant selection process or contract issues should be directed to Heather Sneddon of the Engineering Department at

BETH HUNING City Engineer

BETH HUNING City Engineer

ATTEST: DeeAnn Mickelsen City Clerk Published: East Valley Tribune, Aug 12, 19, 2018 / 14731

ATTEST: DeeAnn Mickelsen City Clerk

PUBLISHED: East Valley Tribune Aug 5, 12, 2018 / 14651



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Sept 13, 1934 - August 7, 2018. Jack Earl Shell, son of George William and Elfreda Olive Limb Shell, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 7, 2018 in Salt Lake City. Jack is survived by his loving wife Jeanne Grotegut Shell of Centerville, Utah; Tracee Shell (Roger) Comstock of Mapleton, Utah; Leslie Shell (Brian) Benner of Phoenix, Arizona and Stephanie Shell (David) Lund of Mesa, Arizona. He is also survived by sisters Verla Richardson Johnson and Sylvia (Oren Vall) Petersen.

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