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Cactus League brings windfall to East Valley BY WAYNE SCHUTSKY Tribune Staff Writer


he 2018 Cactus League season is beginning this week, bringing a cash cow to East Valley businesses and municipal coffers. The Cactus League long has had a significant economic impact on the East Valley – home to three spring training stadiums in Mesa and Tempe.

Even Chandler and Gilbert see significant tax revenue spikes during the spring baseball season, an indicator of the magnitude of economic benefits flowing from their neighbors’ facilities. Mesa long has reigned as the king of the Cactus League due in large part to the Chicago Cubs, who have called the city their spring home for over 50 years. The Cubs led all teams in attendance in 2017, drawing a total of 251,899 fans. The

San Francisco Giants, who play at Scottsdale Stadium, ranked second with 182,518. “Every year, it seems impossible that the next year is going to break attendance records because every game is a sellout,” Mesa Mayor John Giles said. “Being the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs has always been a safe bet.” Mesa also benefits to a lesser extent from the See

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Spring ball looks for jolt from Japanese star BY JIM WALSH Tribune Staff Writer


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apanese sensation Shohei Ohtani has never thrown a pitch or hit a baseball in a major league game, but he’s already created an international buzz by merely arriving in the East Valley and taking a few swings in batting practice at Tempe Diablo Stadium. And Cactus League officials hope Ohtani can give a jolt to the spring training season since fans may be caught off guard by its earliest start ever. Ohtani is not even on the roster of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim yet, but his arrival for spring training catapulted the Angels into the Cactus League spotlight after years of standing in the shadow of traditional attendance powerhouses like the Chicago Cubs in Mesa and the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale. Cactus League President Jeff Meyer said he is hoping the excitement created by Ohtani – a potential new star because of his promise as both a hitter and a pitcher – will create interest in spring training to help compensate for the fact that games are starting Friday, Feb. 23, instead of closer to March.


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Cactus League officials hope that fan curiosity to see Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani display his unique talent as a batter and a pitcher will help drive up attendance at spring training games.

“We need a little boost with the games starting a little earlier,” Meyer said. “They refer to him as the Babe Ruth of Japan.” Most fans traditionally don’t think about the Cactus League until March. Attendance is usually light in February, gradually build-

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Ex-coach Arians’ Ocotillo home on the market for $1.5 million BY PAUL MARYNIAK Executive Editor


f you’re looking for a house in Ocotillo, boy, has Bruce Arians got a deal for you. The retired Arizona Cardinals head coach has put his fivebedroom, 5,000-square-foot home in the Vistas at Ocotillo on the market, asking a cool $1.5 million. Buyers will get a lot for their money, judging by the description of the palatial digs on real estate site Multilist. The 18,000-square-foot lakefront property not only offers great views of the Ocotillo Golf Course, but it is built to impress from the time a visitor rolls up on the cobblestone circular driveway to the front door. There, a privately gated courtyard with a gas fire pit and water feature welcomes visitors. Once you get through the front door, you’ll find a wall of glass overlooking a vanishing-edge infinity pool that appears to be flowing. Then there's the kitchen: From the hand-painted ceilings to the custom cabinetry and built-in Miele espresso and coffee bar, your inner gourmet is bound to be delighted. High-end appliances with names like Sub-Zero and Wolf and a custom island are complimented by two wine refrigerators. Don’t worry about noise: The kitchen walls – like those of the adjacent fireplace-equipped family room – are soundproofed. And if you don’t need to chill your wine in the fridge, rest assured: A spacious 500-plus bottle wine cellar – temperaturecontrolled, of course – can take care of that bottle of Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru you brought home after your last visit to France. And you can take that bottle of pinot noir to a nearby private sunken outdoor lounge, “complete with an awe-inspiring copper waterfall feature that is also visible from your wall of glass in the upstairs entrance,” the Realtor’s Multilist description notes. That’s located, by the way, in a fully decked-out basement that also includes a great room with kitchenette, two bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom and a third bedroom with its own entrance to a full bathroom. Elegance marks every inch of the house, including the hand-

somely decorated office and the private guest room – complete with en suite bathroom and private entrance. The master suite is complete with a stone fireplace, exposed wood rafters and a private exit to the backyard – if you can leave the stunning master bathroom with its separate vanities, walk-in custom shower, custom walk-in closet with washer and dryer and soaker tub. If you feel the need to step outside, you’re in luck. A sunken outdoor lounge leads to a multi-tiered backyard with the pool, outdoor fireplace, grass side yard and a covered patio with built-in barbecue and restaurant-grade ceiling-mounted gas heaters. Small wonder the Multilist description calls it “truly your own personal resort.”



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Former Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has put his 5,000-square-foot Ocotillo home on the market with a $1.5 million price tag. The home includes: 1) a privately gated front courtyard off a cobblestone circular driveway; 2) a lavish master bathroom with separate vanities; 3) lake frontage as well as stunning views of the Ocotillo Golf Course and 4) a beautifully decorated office with a stained glass window.







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Oakland Athletics, which plays at Hohokam Stadium and drew 102,212 fans in 2017, a number that ranked 10 out of 15 teams in the Valley. A study commissioned by the Cactus League and conducted by Tucson-based FMR Associates from 2015 found that out-of-state spring training attendees contributed over $297 million to Arizona in direct expenditures with a total economic impact of $544 million. A second study from FMR Associates estimated that the 12-month non-tourist economic impact of the Valley’s spring training facilities in 2014 was nearly $266 million. Transaction privilege tax is the tax paid by businesses to operate in the city. It is often passed on to consumers as a sales tax. From 2013 to 2016, Mesa averaged transaction privilege tax revenue of just over $13 million every March. That monthly number is only surpassed by December’s holiday-shopping average of over $14.4 million. Tax revenues collected by Mesa during spring training have risen steadily since Sloan Park’s debut in 2014. Mesa sales tax revenues of $14.6 million in March 2017 were 20 percent higher than revenues in March 2013. Mesa sees an even more significant spike in revenue from the bed tax levied on hotels during Cactus League play. In 2017, Mesa’s bed tax revenue in March of $729,307 was more than the total bed tax collected in June, July and August combined. Bed tax revenues have grown in March every year since 2014, and the total bed tax revenue in March 2017 is roughly 38 percent higher than it was in March 2013, an increase that outpaces inflation. Much like Mesa, Tempe – the spring

home of the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium –­ has earned a significant amount of its bed tax revenue in March for many years. From 2013 to 2017, it is the secondhighest grossing month for bed tax revenue in Tempe, bringing in an average of $724,000 during that time. Tempe saw an immediate and significant increase in transient lodging tax revenue during Sloan Park’s first year of operation, an indication that the city is benefiting from its close proximity to the facility. The city collected $901,000 in transient lodging tax in Sloan Park’s first year of operation in April 2014, a 35.3 percent increase over the year prior. That’s a staggering increase considering the city’s bed (Tribune file photo) Mesa's Sloan Park has driven staggering increases in the city's bed tax revenue tax revenues fell by 1.1 percent since opening in 2014.

annually in April 2012. The Angels, ranked seventh in the Cactus League with attendance of 114,780 in 2017, are expected to be an even more popular draw this year since the team signed Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani in the offseason. With Ohtani on board, Tempe could see its hotel occupancy rate rise from 88 percent last year to 89 or 90 percent this year, said Michael Martin, Tempe Tourism Office executive vice president. Tempe is poised to take advantage of the additional guests as it added a Fairfield Inn, a Hilton Garden Inn and a Home2 Suites over the past year. The addition of those 450 new rooms brings the city’s total to 50 hotels with a total of 6,374 rooms. And, like its three East Valley neighbors, Tempe has aggressively courted spring baseball fans outside Arizona to consider the city as their base of operations during the season Tempe’s ad buys focused on Californians and people living in cold-weather cities like Denver, Seattle and Chicago. One campaign with Weather.com flashed a message encouraging viewers to visit Tempe whenever the temperature in their home city dropped below 55 de-

grees, said Martin. Gilbert also has courted out-of-state fans. “March has consistently been our best month for occupancy and overall demand, while having the highest average-daily-rate of any month,” Gilbert tourism administrator Glenn Schlottman said. Gilbert’s ad campaigns included online pitches targeting fans planning to attend games at Wrigley Field in Chicago or Oakland Coliseum. Following the baseball season, Gilbert, too, engaged in weatherfocused ad campaigns in Oakland and Chicago. Gilbert will continue to invest in advertising after spring training begins, to encourage them to explore Gilbert, Schlottman said. “We started by promoting Gilbert as a home base for spring training to Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics fans,” he said. “We also have plans to attract spring training visitors, whether staying in Gilbert or not, to our restaurants and attractions while they are in town.” Chandler, on the other hand, does not invest in ad campaigns. “We provide some (spring training) information on the VisitChandler.com website and mention it in our visitors’ guide – but that is the extent at this time,” Chandler Tourism Development Coordinator Kimberly Janes said. Regardless, both Chandler and Gilbert reap some Cactus League benefits. March is the second most prosperous month each year for Chandler in bed tax collections behind April. Revenues averaged $421,604 in March between 2015 and 2017. Gilbert brings in an average of just over $69,000 in bed taxes in March, according to numbers provided by the town. That average ranks second behind April’s average of $72,644. – Reach Wayne Schutsky at 480-898-6533 or wschutsky@timespublications.com.

NEWS 5 That left Hall with limited options for accommodating so many reporters, so he put up a tent in the parking lot behind the scoreboard in centerfield. About 30 reporters were already staking out the players parking lot on Tuesday morning, when pitchers and catchers were due to report, hoping to photos of Ohtani’s arrival. Hall is curious about whether Ohtani will be as strong a draw for baseball fans. So far, the Angels have informed Hall that ticket sales are up about 8,000 from this time last year, even (Kimberly Carrillo/Tribune Staff Photographer) Shohei Ohtani patiently answered questions from a throng of more than 150 reporters and photographers – most of them though there are 15 Japanese – during a Marriott at the Buttes press conference on Wednesday. games this years compared to 17 last year, of so many athletes who talk big, pound “He’s obviously a very versatile player. when there was a longer Cactus League their own chests and crave attention. He can throw 100 mph and slug 500- season to prepare players for the World “Honestly, since my days in Japan, I foot homers,” Meyer said. “It’s good for Baseball Classic. never felt the pressure that everyone is them (the Angels) to have some excite“I’m wondering what the reaction the talking about,” he said through inter- ment. They have a lot of talent.” fans will have to him or is this a mepreter Ippei Mizuhara. “I just want to Tempe Diablo Stadium manager Jer- dia thing,” Hall said. “It’s different than do my job and help my team win.” ry Hall is anticipating an exciting and having an American star.” Ohtani said his teammates have been maybe even an unprecedented season. The Cactus League drew a record introducing themselves to him, helping He said the much-anticipated Shohei 1,941,347 fans in 2017, buoyed by him make the transition from Japanese spectacle is expected to be chronicled even a stronger-than-usual turnout for professional baseball to the majors. by about 120 to 130 Japanese media the world champion Cubs. Attendance He’s been playing some golf and bas- members a day at Diablo, pushing the per game dropped slightly because of ketball with his teammates and enjoyed stadium beyond its capability to handle the longer schedule. a surprise visit from a former Japanese the press. The Angels typically finish in the manager who was a mentor. “This is worldwide. This puts Tempe middle of the pack in Cactus League at“Everyone has been very welcoming. in the spotlight, definitely,” Hall said. tendance, ranking eighth in 2016 and I have been communicating through “It’s going to be really exciting to see 2015. With a much smaller ballpark my interpreter. We’re going to have a what happens.” and a less-rabid following, the Angels great time,” he said. “Baseball-wise on He said Diablo, with a seating ca- drew 114,780 fans during a 17-game the field, I will not be doing anything pacity of about 9,000, is the “smallest schedule in 2017, an average of 6,752 differently than I did in Japan.” and oldest” stadium in the league; the per game. He said he’s willing to eat any sort of original structure was built in 1969 to In contrast, the Cubs, coming off healthy food, but admitted he feels a bit accommodate the former Seattle Pilots. their first world championship in over lonely living in a large, three-bedroom The park, nestled near the Tempe 100 years, drew 251,800 fans for 17 apartment by himself, as opposed to a Buttes and Interstate 10, has undergone games, an average of 14,818 per game. dormitory full of ballplayers in Japan. Despite numerous stories about extensive renovations at least twice. Ohtani, 23, is not only attempting to “We are the most intimate,” Hall said, Ohtani’s attempted feat, two represenestablish himself in baseball’s toughest referring to a selling point for fans who tatives of Asian-American organizations level of competition, but to make his- crave a traditional spring training expe- in Phoenix clearly had never heard of tory as an unusual two-way player. rience where it is still possible to watch Ohtani, but one said she would like to A left-handed hitter and a right-hand- players walk from the practice fields to assist him as he adapts to Arizona. ed pitcher, Ohtani is expected to serve the ballpark and to collect autographs. “We would like to pursue it if we have as a designated hitter for the Angels in While the practice fields and club- an opportunity” to contact Ohtani, said games when he is not pitching. house were improved extensively, such Charmel de la Cruz, a spokeswoman for Whether he will excel at one or both intense media attention as the kind Arizona Asian American Association. aspects of the game remains to be seen Ohtani is generating was not envi- “We would like to welcome him and during the regular season. make him feel like family in Arizona.” sioned.



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themselves to an earlier Cactus League season, with play starting a week earlier in February to compensate for the earliest start ever to the Major League Baseball regular season, on March 29. MLB moved up the schedule to accommodate three or four additional off-days for players, as required by the collective bargaining agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association. The playoffs also are likely to end in October rather than dragging into November. “This is going to be a new start for us moving forward. This is going to be the time frame,” he said. On Wednesday, Ohtani smiled a lot, bowed to a prominent Japanese businessman and patiently answered questions from a throng of more than 150 reporters and photographers – most of them Japanese – during a Marriott at the Buttes press conference. The press conference was streamed and shown live on MLB.com, Fox Sports West and on Tokyo television network. Questions ranged from his adjustment to spring training in the United States to how he was getting along with his new teammates to what it was like to live alone for the first time to the quality of Japanese food in the U.S. Ohtani seemed confident, but also polite and unassuming – the opposite

Cubs host youth games to mark start of season The City of Mesa Youth Sports and the Chicago Cubs will host Pitch, Hit & Run and the Junior Home Run Derby on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway. The event is free and open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14. Chicago Cubs players will be at the event. Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. Participants can advance through four levels of competition. The Junior Home Run Derby includes three levels of competition. The top performers nationally from both events will advance to the National Finals During MLB All-Star Week in July. Visit pitchhitrun.com and jrhrd. com for rules and to pre-register.



Development hasn’t sprung up around Cubs’ Mesa stadium BY WAYNE SCHUTSKY Tribune Staff Writer


hile the Cubs’ spring presence has had a positive economic impact on Mesa, Sloan Park did not produce the development in the surrounding area that Mesa officials envisioned eight years ago. At the time, the Cubs and city leadership pitched a Wrigleyville West commercial area adjacent to the stadium that was to be developed by the Cubs and private development partners. Crane Kenney, then-president of the Cubs, said the team planned to fill out the district with Chicago-themed elements similar to the attractions surrounding Wrigley Field in Chicago, according to an East Valley Tribune report from 2010. At the time, then-Mayor Scott Smith said the Cubs and their partners likely would spend more than $99 million to develop the district, according to the same story. In the intervening years, Sloan Park has succeeded in attracting a hotel – Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West, which

opened in 2015. “The city is very pleased with the performance of the Sheraton,” Giles said. That hotel was the product of a development agreement organized by the city, not the Cubs. The initial agreement between the city and the team, via an entity called Mesa Development Holdings, required the team to construct 10,000 square feet of retail/commercial space adjacent to the park by Feb. 27, 2014, or pay a $250,000 penalty. BCY Development eventually approached the city with the hotel project, and Mesa released the Cubs from its obligations in exchange for the team giving up its development rights to the land. Despite the hotel, those Chicago-style retailers have been noticeably absent. In the meantime, Chicago staples like Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Gino’s East and Portillo’s have bypassed Mesa, breaking into the Arizona market in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe instead. The city’s agreement with BCY Development included provisions requiring BCY to construct a minimum of 20,000

square feet of retail space with construction beginning by the end of 2016. The city council extended that deadline to begin construction to Dec. 31, 2017, the project’s status is unclear. Giles said the city has been pleased with the hotel’s performance and is interested in continuing to work with BCY to develop the land. He also said that the business community has shown interest in pursuing highend commercial development similar to those near Tempe Town Lake in the area east of the ballpark on Rio Salado Parkway, though discussions are in the early phases. No city has invested more in attracting Cubs fans to the East Valley than Mesa. The city committed more than $100 million in 2010 to construct Sloan Park and keep the Cubs from bolting for Naples, Florida. Facing the loss of the tax revenue and the baseball franchise that is inextricably linked to the identity of the city, Mesa officials backed a plan to publicly finance the construction of a new spring training facility for the Cubs in 2010. In 2010, Mesa voters overwhelmingly

approved Proposition 420, which authorized the city to spend over $1.5 million constructing the facility and necessary parking lots and infrastructure improvements. Voters also approved a measure increasing the city’s bed tax from 3.5 percent to 5 percent. The agreement between the Cubs and the city called for Mesa to spend $99 million to construct the facility and on-site work such as parking lots and infrastructure improvements. Ultimately, the city spent $116.5 million on the Sloan Park project, according to a 2015 audit. Still, it is highly likely the city would have seen a significant dip in tax revenue had the Cubs left for Florida and taken away what is one of the city’s most dependable revenue-generating relationships. “It is a safe bet that (the Cubs) will sell out every game that on the (Cactus League) schedule every year,” Giles said. “That is something you can take to the bank every year, literally. (Sloan Park) has certainly lived up to everyone’s wildest expectations.”

nesses and victims, “there is nothing more we can do at this time.” Because players on the Hamilton football team are juveniles, Montgomery said, he needs the permission of their parents to interview them. Parents have not made their teenagers available for questioning, making it difficult to establish that additional crimes occurred and that the men failed to report any suspicions of sex crimes occurring, as required by state law, he said. Montgomery said he does not know the reasons behind the lack of cooperation, but he suspects it might be misplaced loyalty to the Hamilton football program, or fears that cooperation might cost players football scholarships. He said the focus of parents, instead, should be on making sure traumatized teens receive counseling so that the experience doesn’t haunt them the rest of their lives. “I can’t get into their head. I can’t get to the point where they think it’s in their best interest not to cooperate with law enforcement,” Montgomery said. “The way these kids were assaulted is not normal. It just ain’t right.” He said he is still holding out hope that additional victims and witnesses

will come forward eventually, perhaps after they graduate from Hamilton, and that the statute of limitations would allow him to file charges up to seven years after a crime occurred. A May affidavit for a search warrant, written by Chandler police, alludes to a potential cover-up attempt. “After the investigation received media attention, three current Hamilton High staff members provided statements expressing their lack of trust in the administration holding anyone related to the football program accountable,” the affidavit said. “After the arrests of several players was reported by the media and head coach Steve Belles was reassigned, the remaining coaches had a team meeting advising the students to come to coaches first with any concerns and stated that if the victim players had done this, the program would not be receiving the negative attention,” the affidavit said. “They cautioned against providing interviews, specifically toward the media, but alluding to the police investigation as well,” it said. Montgomery said his decision has no relationship to the pending criminal charges against Nathaniel William

Thomas, 17, who is accused of sexual assault, child molestation and other charges. Two other juveniles, who have not been named, had their cases adjudicated in the juvenile division of Maricopa County Superior Court, in August 2017 and in January, said Amanda Jacinto, a spokeswoman for Montgomery. She said she is not allowed to make further comment on the juveniles because their cases have been sealed. Police named six victims in the scandal. They said the victims were freshman football players and that as an act of initiation, they had been held down in the locker room and sexually violated. In a letter sent to parents in the wake of Montgomery’s announcement, Superintendent Camille Casteel, of the Chandler Unified School District, said Belles, James and Rustad were reassigned to avoid distraction. She said Belles has announced that he will not return to the district. Casteel outlined a series of policies undertaken to protect students, including a redesign of Hamilton’s locker room to make it easier for staff to supervise the behavior of students. An increased level of staff supervision is required to “prevent improper student conduct.”

County attorney declines to charge Hamilton High officials BY JIM WALSH Tribune Staff Writer


or now, a former coach, athletic director and school principal at Hamilton High School will not face criminal charges in an unsavory sexual assault scandal that escalated from hazing into sex crimes. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery announced that he has inadequate evidence to file charges against Steve Belles, Ken James and Shawn Rustad. Montgomery said he has second- and third-hand reports of the three officials’ failing to report sex crimes, but he needs actual witnesses and victims to come forward and cooperate before it is possible to file charges and pursue prosecution. He described information in a Chandler police report that recommended charges against Belles, James and Rustad as “hearsay” that is often ruled inadmissible in court. Montgomery said the Chandler police investigation “leaves me fully convinced that these incidents happened,” but without more first-hand statements from players and other potential wit-






Uber, Waymo settle battle over self-driving tech Uber Technologies and Alphabet’s Waymo

have agreed to settle their legal battle over alleged theft of self-driving technology trade secrets. Under the settlement, Waymo will own a 0.34 percent stake in Uber, which would be worth around $245 million. Waymo reportedly had asked for $2.6 billion at one point. Both companies are a common sight in the East Valley as self-driving testing continues – Uber around Tempe and Waymo around Chandler. – TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT

Tempe squatter given 30 days toSteve leave longtime homestead Sussex, whose family has been living in a plot of land adjacent to Tempe Town

transaction that of netted his parents a hefty profit. James Thornton, formerly with Desert Sunrise Realty, is facing three to more than 12 years in prison for defrauding two banks in a short-sale home deal, according to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. in 2012, Thornton sold a Mesa home that was facing foreclosure to his parents for $580,000, much less than other offers he had fielded, including one for $870,000. After selling to his parents, he then relisted the home and resold it two months later for $1.05 million. Thornton’s real estate license became inactive on Feb. 9. – TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT

ASU announces expansion of Arizona Twin Project Arizona State University is conducting studies with twins to better understand how

families can help children thrive, according to professors. The Arizona Twin Project is working with twins 6 to 12 years old and is looking for more families to join the study, being led by three ASU professors of psychology: Mary Davis, Leah Doane and Kathryn Lemery-Chalfant. Twins are especially important for research because twin studies are one of the few ways that researchers can study how genetics and environments work together to influence development. Families who are interested in learning more can join the Arizona Twin Project registry to get newsletter updates, and may be invited to participate in several different research studies when their twins become eligible. Information: 480-727-8230, arizonatwinproject@gmail.com or facebook.com/ ArizonaTwinProject. – TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT

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Tempe hotel-center deal criticized for large tax rebates BY WAYNE SCHUTSKY Tribune Staff Writer


he City of Tempe has finally attracted a long-coveted hotel and conference center to the city, though the tax incentives offered to the project’s developer have some local residents crying foul. The City Council approved a development deal with Omni Tempe LLC in a special meeting on Jan. 11 that paved the way for construction of a 330-room Omni hotel and 30,000-square foot conference center on ASU property at the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive. “This is a game changer for the tourism industry,” Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said at the meeting. During the first 10 years of the agreement, the city will rebate 100 percent of the unrestricted portion of the combined transaction privilege tax, or sales tax and transient lodging tax, or bed tax, collected by the city in relation to the project. Over the following 20 years, the agreement has the city rebating 90 percent of the unrestricted portion of the combined transaction privilege tax and transient lodging tax paid by Omni. The development agreement, along with Omni’s lease agreement with ASU, spans 60 years, though no tax rebates will be given by the city after 30 years. The total rebate for the project over the course of the agreement will not exceed $21 million in “net present value,” according to the agreement. Overall, the total value of the rebate could exceed $52 million, according to city estimates. The agreement also requires Omni to contribute funds to offset the city’s investment in the Tempe Streetcar Project and create 300 jobs in the construction or hospitality industry over the next three years. The city is also entitled to use the conference center for no cost for seven days each year, according to the agreement. Sixty percent of the managerial jobs created must pay “in excess of the city’s average median income” of $49,012. Omni will fund the construction of the $110 million hotel and cover all operating and maintenance costs. ASU will cover the costs to build the $19.5-million conference center. The development is also exempt from property tax because it is on ASU property, though Omni’s agreement with ASU calls for the hotelier to pay $1.1 million annually to the university in lieu of property tax.

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Tempe Tourism Office President and CEO Brian McCartin says the project would bolster the tourism industry.

Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell says an economic impact study commissioned by the city proves that the project will provide a net benefit to the city.

Council members and Tempe officials argued that the conference center will be a boon for the city by giving it an additional tool to attract businesses and conferences to the city. Mitchell noted that Tempe currently has no meeting space that can hold over 1,000 attendees. “This new hotel conference center will open Tempe to a new tier of conference activity, generating new revenue for the whole city,” he said via email. “This will sustain our downtown into the future.” He added, “But that’s not all we get. We also will see an average economic impact of $32 million on Tempe’s economy, and the state of Arizona will be receiving their portion of the tax generated from the site, so they hopefully invest in things like K-12 education and university funding.” Tempe Tourism Office President and CEO Brian McCartin said the project would bolster the tourism industry, which sustains 1 in 13 jobs in the city and generated $730 million in direct spending and $70 million in local and state taxes in 2015. “This additional space will help in efforts to attract new business to our community and allow larger groups and conferences to select Tempe – those that we miss today,” McCartin said at the city council meeting. Mitchell also cited an economic impact study commissioned by the city as proof that the project will provide a net benefit to the city. That analysis, conducted by Gruen Gruen + Associates LLC, found that the net present value the project will provide for the city is $36.6 million over the life of the agreement. Overall, the total value of the project to the city is estimated at $188.6 million.

Those figures are based on the transaction privilege tax, transient lodging tax, and transit and arts tax revenues the city would collect on the property over the 60-year duration of the agreement along with advertising and promotional benefits guaranteed by the development agreement. The agreement requires Omni to include “Tempe” in the name of the hotel and conference center – those naming rights are valued at $500,000 in city documents – and spend $400,000 each year promoting tourism in Tempe. That economic impact statement was also a source of contention for residents at the meeting. Arizona Rep. Athena Salman, a Tempe resident, spoke at the special council meeting and said that the development agreement should not have been put before the council, because the city had not yet made the economic impact report available to the public. A.R.S. § 9-500.11 stipulates that before entering into a tax incentive agreement, local governments must determine that the incentive will raise more money than the amount of the incentive and that the project would not locate in the city without the benefit of the tax incentive. The local government must also have its conclusions verified by a third party. “The public does not even know who the third party is or what the relationship to the developer is,” Salman said. “Without the third-party verification documents publicly available, today’s agenda item is improperly before you.” Later in the meeting, Mitchell stated that the report was made available to the media and on the city’s website. However, a representative for the mayor’s office confirmed that Mitchell mis-

spoke at the meeting and that the report was only made available to the press prior to the meeting. It had not been released to the public prior to that date because it was considered part of ongoing negotiations and historically the studies have not been part of publicly-available council meeting agenda packets, according to the mayor’s office. The report since has been posted to Tempe’s website at tempe.gov/Home/ ShowDocument?id=60837. “Tempe has been transparent about the economic benefits of a hotel/conference center and about the tax rebates that would be needed to make the project happen,” Mitchell said via email. He pointed out that a Notice of Intent was posted on the council’s agenda for its Nov. 9 meeting that stated that the city intended to offer the current rebates to Omni. The Jan. 11 agenda also included some figures from the economic impact statement. Other residents asked how, with much of the project’s sales and bed tax impact rebated over the first 30 years of the agreement, the deal still benefits the city. “I am not against development (and) I am not against building or anything like that, but when I read the facts of this case and why we would give away … 30 years of rebates, I don’t really understand it,” Tempe resident Cindy Burkhart said at the meeting. She added, “How is (this deal) going to help the residents, the police, the social services when we give away (tax revenue) for 30 years?” The project will generate arts and transit taxes from day one, which accounts for one-third of the tax generated by the property, Mitchell said. Tempe resident Denise Johnson suggested that tax breaks like the ones given to Omni should be reserved for projects that clearly benefit the Tempe community. “Projects that truly invest in our city are what Tempe citizens deserve and is what Tempe’s legacy deserves,” Johnson said at the meeting. “This project falls far short of this.” Johnson also requested that councilmembers Randy Keating and Lauren Kuby should recuse themselves from the vote because they are employed by ASU, the landowner in the development. Later in the meeting, Keating and Kuby consulted with Tempe City Attorney Judi Baumann and were told state law did not require a recusal in this situation.


THE WEEK AHEAD Tempe Empty Bowls event raises money for programs Almost 400 hand-painted bowls will be on sale at the Tempe Empty Bowls event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. Friday’s sale is at the 6th Street Park, south of City Hall, and Saturday’s is at the Community Center Courtyard, 3500 S. Rural Road. Each $10 bowl comes with soup and bread. The sale will raise money for Tempe Community Action Agency and United Food Bank to fund their programs that help feed the hungry in Tempe. Information: www.facebook.com/tempeemptybowls. – TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT

Arizona Railway Day celebrated at Chandler Tumbleweed Park

The Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park will host exhibits for Arizona Railway Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. The museum will show new items in its collection, including a General Electric 35-ton locomotive. The museum also owns the last remaining “Rider Ore Car” in America, the Magma #184. The event and admission are free for Railway Day at the park, 330 E. Ryan Road, Chandler. Information: azrymuseum.org, 480-821-1108. – TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT

Gilbert Outdoors Expo features fishing, hunting Spring activities are on tap at the Gilbert Outdoors Expo, presented by Banner Health Centers, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, 2757 E. Guadalupe Road. Fishing, camping, hiking, birding, hunting and more activities will be featured. Kids will have dinosaur activities. Admission is free. Information: gilbertaz.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/special-events/ gilbert-outdoors-expo. – TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT

Star Party offered for families at Veterans Oasis Park

Chandler’s Environmental Education Center will host a free Star Party from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road. The East Valley Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes for visitors to explore Arizona’s night sky. Attendees also are invited to visit the center between 7 and 9 p.m., where representatives from Mesa Community College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College will have information about their astronomy programs. The Chandler Public Library will have a booth and recreation staff will offer a children’s activity. Visitors are also invited to take a self-guided tour of the Chandler Solar System Walk around the park’s lake. Information: 480-782-2890, EEC@chandleraz.gov, or chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis. – TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT





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Artist’s Gilbert studio on the map for ceramics tour BY RALPH ZUBIATE Tribune Managing Editor


or a ceramic artist, Beth Shook’s studio is surprisingly filled with paper. That’s because of her unusual style of art, a mixture of drawing and clay. “I use clay as a canvas,” said the artist, who is hosting the Gilbert stop in the 2018 ASU Ceramic Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24-25. Her unusual style starts off with sketches – she’s a talented drawer, too – and progresses to drawings on clay. She has submitted to exhibitions of various types. Some ceramics exhibitions reject her, saying her art is more about drawing, and some art exhibitions won’t take her because they say she’s more ceramics. “Is it craft, is it fine art?” she asks. “They don’t know what to do with me.” But the public knows what to do: Enjoy her unique style. That style, along those of artists Sarah Brodie, Sam Hodges and Genie Swanstrom, will be featured at her studio, 1410 W. Guadalupe Road, Building 1, Suite 103, Gilbert, behind Hope Medical Center. Of the tour’s 15 stops, three are in Tempe (including at Arizona State University), one is in Gilbert, and the rest in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Details are at asuartmuseum.asu.edu/studiotour. “We are not always the only stop in the East Valley,” Shook said, adding that a Mesa gallery is taking a break from showing this year. “But for a long time, I’ve been a mainstay on the tour. This studio has been in the tour since inception.” This event showcases professional ceramic artists in the Valley. The public will get the opportunity to view working spaces of 42 participating artists and view demonstrations of wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing techniques. The artists have a wide range of both functional and sculptural artwork on exhibit and for sale. “We’ll have some demonstrations, very much hands-on,” Shook said. “I’ll show you what I’m doing now, and the public will ask a thousand questions.

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“Why Do You Make So Much of Me?” began as a sketch and ended up as a drawing on ceramic tiles flanked by recycled wood.

“People are encouraged to take notes, take pictures. We’re open to that.” Shook said high schools and colleges

are invited to the tour. Students and hobbyists usually outnumber the general public. “High schools will come in groups. Dobson High in Mesa in particular is great,” she said. “We get a lot of hobbyists, some more serious than others. And some people that just love ceramics.” Shook was born in Pennsylvania but grew up in El Paso, Texas, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso. She earned an MFA from ASU. She taught at Mesa Community College for 18 years and ChandlerGilbert CC for nine years, and she did “a (Kimberly Carrillo/Tribune Staff Photographer) little stint” at Mesa Art Beth Shook participated in the first Ceramics Studio Tour in 2002 and has been featured ever since. On the wall behind her are some Center. Her earliest work of the drawings that she translates into ceramics pieces.

grew out of her early training as a production potter. She paid for a lot of her undergraduate tuition designing and producing dinnerware and other functional art. She still makes plates, dishes and tableware. “I have a love of dinnerware,” she said. Shook said another artist told her in a class that the best place to start with dinnerware is to design the salt and pepper shakers. If a design works there, it can translate to all the other pieces. “We just thought she was nuts,” Shook said. “And she was right.” She then transitioned to her current drawn pieces. “I dedicated myself to drawing. I just started building and drawing on slabs, drawing bigger and bigger,” she said. Shook’s sketches, studies for her wall pieces, are drawn on leftover circuit paper – her husband, Steve, is an engineer. The papers themselves make up a display in the center of her studio. “I can’t just throw these away,” she said. “But they’re not archival-quality paper, so I have to do something to save them.” She’s also running out of paper. Shook says even her husband doesn’t really use paper in his work anymore, relying more on computers. “I’m down to a few papers now,” she said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do!” The papers are key for her pieces. “I spent so much time in studies,” Shook said, “because I can’t erase on clay. A few of the sketches have been exhibited next to the pieces.” Shook’s drawn clay pieces are framed in recycled wood claimed from discarded furniture. Those pieces along with her practical art, such as dishes and mugs, are on sale at Bergie’s Coffee Roast House in Gilbert. Shook said she draws on her Christian faith for her art. “My drawings are all about telling a story. The motivation for that story is my faith and where it intersects life,” she said. She and her husband attend Foothills Baptist Church in Ahwatukee. “It has always been about how I see the world through my faith, through my eyes. I can defend that.” Information: bethshookart.com.





Half marathon expecting about 10,000 runners in Mesa

The 2018 Sprouts Mesa-PHX Half Marathon is Saturday, Feb. 24, beginning at 6 a.m. in East Mesa. Gilbert-based OfferPad is sponsoring the half marathon. Approximately 10,000 runners are expected. Last year, 20.7 percent of the running field qualified for the Boston Marathon. Information: thephoenixmarathon.com/ plan-your-race/half-marathon.


Residents can ask questions about city’s budget, policies

Budget Connect, an annual online forum where Chandler residents may ask questions and learn about the city’s budget and fiscal policies, will be held 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and council members will be available at chandleraz. gov/budgetconnect. The online forum will be streamed in real time on the city’s website at chandleraz.gov, on the city’s YouTube chan-

nel at youtube.com/cityofchandler and the city’s Facebook page, facebook.com/cityofchandleraz. Budget Connect also will be broadcast on Chandler’s cable station, Channel 11. Information: chandleraz.gov/budget. 

African American Banquet held by Chandler Men of Action

The Chandler Men of Action are hosting their Sixth Annual African American Banquet 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. The banquet recognizes distinguished men in Chandler for their achievements. This year’s honoree is Bruce Cooper of Channel 12. Tickets can be purchased online for $40 at chandler-moa.org/annual_banquet.htm.

Young people invited to Chandler Teen Town Hall

Chandler and the Mayor’s Youth Commission are encouraging teens to spend the school day at the Teen Town Hall at Chandler’s City Hall and Community Center on Thursday, Feb. 22. Teens will be encouraged to voice their opinions, connect with their peers and propose solutions to important teen issues.

Students will receive an excused absence from school as long as they have registered to participate in the town hall. Registrations are being accepted through local schools’ guidance offices. The daylong gathering will begin with comments from Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, followed by team-building exercises and breakout sessions on topics and issues of concern to Chandler teens, including religious tolerance and addiction.

Basis Chandler students finish 1-2 in Brain Bee competition

Students from Basis Chandler came in first and second at the Arizona Regional Brain Bee at Midwestern University in late January. Grace Xu took first place, while Latavya Chintada finished second. The Brain Bee is an educational competition similar to a spelling bee but focused on neuroscience. It was presented in partnership with the BHHS Legacy Foundation. Grace won a $2,000 scholarship toward tuition in any Midwestern University program at either the university’s Glendale Campus or the campus in Downers Grove, Illinois, as well as travel expenses to help her as she competes at the upcoming USA Regional Brain Bee Championship in Baltimore.


Dental clinic marks anniversary of helping kids in need for free

The Chandler Children’s Dental Clinic, supported in part by Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center, recently received a gift from Thunderbird Charities which will be used to help buy additional equipment. The clinic, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is expected to serve 10,000 children in the next 10 years. The staff provides free preventative and restorative dental services for children who face barriers to traditional dental care. The clinic also receives assistance from Chandler CARE Center, a program supported by the Chandler Unified School District.  Information: 602-406-4734.


Mesa Sign Code update presented at public meeting

The city is asking for public comment on an update to the Mesa Sign Code in a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Fire Station 201 Community Room, 360 E. First St. The proposed sign ordinance is being presented to various review boards for comment. The goal is to present the final ordinance to See

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Mesa Police Department given 6 highway safety grants

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Mesa Police Department has been awarded six grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to support DUI enforcement. The grants will support the department’s commitment to DUI enforcement and promoting safe roadways. The department received $100,000 for DUI abatement, $170,000 for DUI enforcement overtime $86,500 for traffic enforcement overtime, $8,678 for accident investigation training and $10,687 for accident investigation-related materials and supplies. The department also received $142,500 to go toward a liquid chromatograph mass spectrometer. Information: azgohs.gov.

City seeks contractors to teach about outdoors, conservation

Mesa is looking for experienced teachers for introductory enrichment activities at facilities and parks. Programs will focus on the outdoors, nature and conservation programs. Programs offered can drive customers to instructors’ businesses. Information: alyson.johnson@mesaaz.gov, 480-644-3938.


Gilbert finalizes plans for huge $100 million park

The plans for a massive park spanning 272 acres along the southwest corner of Higley and Queen Creek roads have been finalized by Gilbert. The park, which will cost nearly $100 million when finished, will include the city’s largest playground, splash pads, eight pickleball courts, six volleyball and tennis courts, a lake, a ropes course and a zipline. Construction of phase one will start this fall and will take a year. Phase two will include mountain bike and skate parks, a disc golf course and running trails. Phase three will include an amphitheater, a great lawn, sports fields and an aquatic center.

The first phase will be paid for through capital improvement funds, park development fees and land sales already approved by voters.

Gilbert launches ‘Alex,’ assistance with navigating public records

Gilbert has launched a new Open Data Portal complete with “Alex,” which guides users through the town’s system of data. The portal, part of Michael Bloomberg’s What Works Cities initiative, hosts data sets on community safety, growth and development, recreation and culture, finance, operations, transportation and facilities. As one of the 100 cities participating in the Bloomberg program, the portal is designed to be an online resource of public records and to promote government transparency. Alex takes users step by step through the portal, guiding them on how to find specific data.  The new portal can be found at alex.gilbertaz.gov.


Traffic delays accompany sewer rehabilitation project

Tempe has begun work on a sewer rehabilitation project that will impact traffic along Guadalupe Road between Kyrene Road and Maple Avenue. The work continues until March 2. For details on this project and upcoming road restrictions and closures, go to tempe. gov/streetclosures, or call 480-350-4311.

Mobile laundry trailer debuts for low-income families

The Tempe Community Action Agency has launched a mobile laundry trailer to help lowincome families and people in the East Valley. The 20-foot laundry trailer is the first of its kind in Arizona and houses four washing machines, four dryers, laundry detergent and an area for folding. The trailer will provide free access to washing and drying machines to homeless individuals who participate in the Tempe Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging (I-HELP) Program. TCAA also offers a mobile shower service, which provides access to regular showers for men and women in the I-HELP program. For more information about TCAA’s mobile laundry trailer, and its many other community programs, go to tempeaction.org. Submit your releases to rzubiate@ timespublications.com


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Gilbert business builds secret doors, passageways for homes BY SRIANTHI PERERA Tribune Staff Writer


thriving Gilbert business credits its inspiration to Hollywood spy movies. Creative Home Engineering founder Steve Humble creates customized secret doors disguised as bookcases, armoires, mirrors and stairs that disguise rooms, allow hiding for safes or to create a grand entrance, among other uses. The mechanical engineer found a niche market for his intriguing products and ships them worldwide. To date, his most expensive customized door cost $200,000. On the other end of the scale, he offers standardized products that are priced at $1,500. Think Pierce Brosnan as James Bond scanning his iris to rotate a secret fireplace, Val Kilmer as The Saint demonstrating special powers at a moment of danger or J.K. Rowling’s famous wand-waving fictional protagonist, Harry Potter. These maneuverings are made possible by a secret switch. “A secret switch in any movie, I guarantee I’ve made that for a client before,” said Humble, who moved into a commodious 10,400-square-feet building in northwest Gilbert recently to accommodate his booming business. Humble’s clients have included a Middle Eastern king (secrecy was paramount here), a few in the entertainment industry and some commercial establishments, but 95 percent consists of homeowners. Out of those, about 75 percent are highsecurity applications: “They want a secret BUSINESS BRIEFS

Women in Leadership event features former news anchor

Lin Sue Cooney, former 12 News anchor and current director of community engagement for Hospice of the Valley, is the keynote speaker for the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Women in Leadership Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at SoHo 63, 63 E. Boston St., Chandler, Cooney will talk about her experiences in television and about what it takes to

something totally normal.” Play the James Bond theme song on the family piano and it opens a secret door to a playroom, but it works only if the notes are correct. So, it doubles as an incentive to learn the piano. “My 6-year-old daughter has learned how to play the introduction to James Bond,” Humble (Srianthi Perera/Tribune Staff) said. “My kids are Steve Humble, founder of Creative Home Engineering, shows that this always in there.” bookcase has a switch hidden in a Harry Potter book. In 2004, the door for a panic room or a vault room, a Mountain View High School and Arizona place to go if someone breaks into their State University graduate began his career house,” he said. designing robotic parts for medical equip“Even an expensive safe attracts atten- ment. tion from a burglar; they’re not that tough “I was working in a cubicle, as most to break into and you can use a tool to get people do, and I just wasn’t cut out for it. into it,” he added. I was stir crazy,” he said. The balance percentage of orders is At the time, he was renting a large home leisure- or fun-oriented, such as movie with a few others. One day, he watched a rooms, smoking rooms and kids’ play movie that featured a secret door and was rooms. inspired to build one in one of the unoc“A lot of people want it for fun, and cupied rooms. Online research revealed that’s reason enough for them,” Humble that there weren’t many businesses offersaid. They also add to the resale value of a ing secret doors. He floated the idea with home, he noted. architects and builders and got positive Humble’s Gilbert home, which he lives feedback. with his wife, Krystal, and three kids ages “Maybe there’s a niche for me,” he 6, 4 and 1, features a secret play area. thought at the time. It had to have one, he said, because his Humble gave notice to his company, children think that secret passageways “are moved in with his parents and began con-

structing secret doors in the garage. “It just naturally grew. Once I got a website, there were people who were looking for doors, and they found me,” he said. Nowadays, Creative Home Engineering employs 10 and averages 50 customized doors and six times as many standardized doors annually. The founder said it had its best year in 2017. “We are doing so much business that we had to buy this building,” he said. The new office has an extensive, high-ceilinged workshop. The new space also enables him to purchase high-end equipment such as a plasma torch to cut material precisely. Most high-precision jobs had been outsourced until then for lack of space and insufficient volume to justify the expense of buying the equipment. Humble introduced a standardized line of secret doors to reduce the pricing and attract more customers. With a standard design, a machine can cut pieces more economically. For custom orders, he has to spend hours on the phone with the builder, architect, interior designer and customer and exchange multiple revisions of drawings. “It’s a very, very time-consuming process to make one secret door for somebody. But if it’s a standard design, they go on to our website, click, click, click and hit buy,” he said. “We never have to talk to them, and by doing that, we can offer them big savings.” Creative Home Engineering is at hiddendoorstore.com for standard doors and hiddenpassageways.com for custom work.

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to break ground Feb. 13 at 35747 N. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek for its first dealership in the area. Rodeo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will open on a 6.65-acre site owned by Earnhardt. According to Rodeo Dealer Principal, Derby Earnhardt, “We are very excited to finally have a dealership in Queen Creek. Our entire family grew up in the Queen Creek area and we have watched this town expand into one of the best com-

Tempe Chamber of Commerce endorses council candidates

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has endorsed what it considers the most business-friendly candidates for the upcoming City Council election. The chamber endorses Robin Arredondo-Savage, Genevieve Vega and Jennifer Adams. Incumbent Arredondo-Savage “has

deep roots in the community and has served the citizens and businesses of Tempe well,” Tempe Chamber President/CEO Anne Gill said. “The Tempe Chamber believes she has earned a second term.” Tempe’s March 13 election will be held by mail. Ballots were sent Feb. 14. Information: tempe.gov/city-hall/cityclerk-s-office/election-information.

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Chandler entrepreneur program Pest control retailer seeks offers free classes for start-ups entries for its ‘Bug Zoo’ Chandler Innovations, the city’s business incubation and entrepreneurial development program, is offering a series of free lectures and workshops for start-ups. This month’s events focus on business operations, with sessions on how to successfully use interns in a new business, what makes a winning website and how to create a culture of accountability. The sessions, while primarily intended for Chandler Innovations clients, are open to the public, specifically those who might be considering starting their own business. This month’s classes began with “How to Successfully Use Interns in Your Business” on Feb. 15. Future sessions will focus on business strategy and leadership, marketing, research and development and sales. Information: innovationsincubator. com.

Insys faces new lawsuit from NY for $75 million

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics, seeking at least $75 million over what he says were deceptive promotions of a fentanylbased cancer pain medicine for unsafe uses. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleged that the Chandlerbased drugmaker recklessly marketed its product Subsys for wider uses than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved and bribed doctors to prescribe it. Insys said it sought to address the challenge related to the misuse and abuse of


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Gilbert Chamber of Commerce hosts Good Government session

District 12 legislators will be available to meet with the public at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 101. The event is part of SRP’s Good Government series. State Sen. Warren Petersen and state Reps. Eddie Farnsworth and Travis Grantham will update the public on bills and budget talks at the Capitol. The event is free for Chamber of Commerce members, and $50 for non-members. Information: business.gilbertaz.com/ events/details/good-government-buzzsession-with-legislative-district-12-3906. Submit your releases to rzubiate@timespublications.com

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A few questions that arise while watching the Winter Olympics BY DAVID LEIBOWITZ Tribune Columnist


an we talk for a moment about these Winter Olympics? Because, frankly, I have questions and maybe you fine people of the Valley can help me out. For example: Why does it feel like figure skating commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are auditioning for “Real Housewives of PyeongChang”? And Holy Jim McKay, is it true that Johnny’s incubating baby hummingbirds in that nest-like apparatus atop his head? Speaking of figure skating, must we be told that a pairs team is married approximately 37 times during each appearance on the ice? Wouldn’t it be more interesting if they were perfect strangers doing salchows, as opposed to a couple who bickers at home over who left the Bedazzler plugged in?

Then there’s curling, which appears to me not to be a sport, given that it fails my four-question “Is it a sport?” test. One, can you drink a beer while doing it? Two, are you better at it three beers in? Three, does the event in any way involve a broom, Swiffer or other household cleaning item? And four, if the alleged sport involves massive rocks, are you forbidden from hitting the Russians with them? If you answered yes to all four questions, you’re not playing a sport. You’re curling. Don’t get me wrong about the nature of these questions. I still enjoy watching the Winter Olympics every four years, even if I can find them baffling at times. Snowboarding is pretty cool, for example, because you get to hear announcers literally make up names for the tricks on the spot. Like there’s a “chicken salad” and a “roast beef ” and a “Double McTwist” and a “stalefish.” Either Todd the Announcer Guy is messing with us or the entire event was invented by stoners with a severe case

of the munchies. I’m also a sucker for anything involving a sled, mostly because my brother Matt and I could have won a gold medal at doubles luge back in the day. Not to slight those two dudes named Tobias who took home gold for Germany, but they “luged” using a 60-pound sled capable of speeds near 90 miles an hour. Matt and I used to do the same thing on a hunk of cardboard or the lid of a metal garbage can, hurtling down Whitestone’s “Suicide Hill” toward speeding traffic on the Cross Island Parkway. No one wore Lycra spacesuits or a helmet either. That memory gives rise to Winter Olympic events I’d like to see, like Speed Shoveling. Back when I lived in Trenton, old ladies could shovel their snowed-in Plymouth Valiant out of a parking space in under two minutes, including the time it took to block the empty space with folding chairs and pylons, to claim it for posterity. You think these biathlon people can shoot? Try stealing 86-year-old Ida

Lugozzi’s parking space while she’s out picking up a quart of gravy at the Acme supermarket. And what about the Senior Supine Slalom and Senior Supine Super Giant Slalom? First invented by an uncoordinated 50-year-old man taking his first ski lesson (let’s leave names out of this, please), these Alpine ski events feature older competitors negotiating the same runs as Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn – while lying flat on their backs or bouncing along face first. Competitors receive time bonuses for completing the run with both skis attached or for any falls that top the “agony of defeat” guy on Wide World of Sports. I looked forward to these Games. Just like I’m looking forward to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and trying to understand why trampolining and horseback riding are somehow considered sports. – David Leibowitz has called the Valley home since 1995. Contact david@leibowitzsolo.com.


Kudos to Leibowitz

I’d like to thank David Leibowitz for his column last Sunday, Feb. 11 (“Memory of heroic slain firefighter will outlive any bullet”). He wrote an excellent tribute for Kyle Brayer, a firefighter gunned down in Scottsdale one week prior. It was thoughtful and inspiring. A heartbreaking story. Why do we have to lose the good ones? I don’t always agree with David but like to give credit when it is due. Thank you!

– Linda Roujon – Mesa

Go Thunderbirds

I received my AA degree from Mesa Community College 35 years ago. I went on to get my BA in education at ASU and have been teaching and coaching in Mesa for the past 27 years. I came to Arizona from California after graduating high school to play football and run track for MCC. I had no scholarship offers in California to play sports. Some friends of mine told me to come out to Arizona and try out at MCC. After two years and my AA degrees completed, I received a full athletic scholarship to play football for ASU (1987 Rose Bowl champs). I can honestly say that MCC bettered – no, saved – my life. It gave me a chance to compete in the sports I loved and complete my education. Without the opportunity to go there and play football, I know my life would have taken a turn for the worst. I think about those 149 foot-

ball players in the past five years who went on to get a scholarship to a four-year institution and where they might be if it hadn’t been for MCC football. My daughter recently graduated with her AA from MCC, I would gladly pay an extra $1,000 a year (multiplied by 20,000 students) to raise the $20 million to keep the program going. Just tell me where to send the check. Go T-Birds!

– Joe Sullivan

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Endorsement for Tempe

I highly recommend Robin Arredondo-Savage for Tempe City Council. I have had the honor of knowing Robin since her days on the Tempe Union High School Governing Board, more than a decade ago. It’s there that I began to appreciate her honesty in addressing questions and concerns as well as her ability to unify stakeholders for a common goal. Since then, she has served two terms on the City Council and carried those leadership skills with her along the way. She bridges gaps and puts people over partisanship. She understands the importance of considering different perspectives as well as the impact on our tax dollars when finding pragmatic solutions. Furthermore, she understands what her role is as a city council member and stays focused on these responsibilities. Robin has remained true to her roots in education. Being raised in a family of educational professionals,

she has a deep understanding of our public school system and the needs of our students. With higher education becoming more and more of a necessity, she created and expanded the College Connect Program. This much-needed program hosts workshops and trainings for high school students to navigate through the college application process. Robin loves Tempe and she wants only the best for this city. Please join me in voting for Robin ArredondoSavage in our upcoming March election so she can continue to be our voice on the Tempe City Council!

– Sandy Lowe – Tempe

Sustainable goals

In a few days, my city will have an opportunity to make history and set us on a path toward a more resilient future. Our Tempe City Council will decide whether to adopt a 100 percent renewable energy goal for city operations by 2035; this aspirational goal will replace the city’s modest goal of 20 percent by 2025. This is huge. Approving this measure will signal that the City of Tempe is a statewide leader in sustainable development and set an example for all municipalities to follow. Investing in renewable energy is a no-brainer. The sooner we can put these policies in place, the better. It’s encouraging that our local government is taking serious action to create a better future for our community, and I feel fortunate to have progressive and

visionary leaders such as Lauren Kuby, who is leading us to a solar future, representing our values on the City Council. I’ve lived in Tempe for over seven years, and I’m so proud to call Tempe home because of innovative initiatives like the new Renewable Energy goal. As a business sustainability professional working in environmental nonprofit development, I believe it is imperative that we take immediate and decisive action on policy relating to energy production, water use, waste, and so much more. At the end of the day, we all want to live happy and healthy lives, and Tempe is working to make that a reality. The future will be bright, if we choose to make it so!

– Ryan Mores

– Tempe

A real solution

Thanks for publishing Kathy Inman’s outstanding letter (“The Marijuana Solution,” Feb. 11). I’d like to add that about seven years ago before and after my hip-replacement surgery, I was taking about six Vicodin tablets every day. Now, thanks to medical marijuana, I take no pain pills. Vicodin can and does kill thousands of people every year. Cannabis, on the other hand, has never killed anyone. For those who oppose cannabis, don’t buy it. Don’t grow it and don’t use it. Period.

– Kirk Muse – Mesa


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Creativity comes full circle as grandparents step up BY JANELLE TAPPHORN Tribune Guest Columnist


ast Valley resident Dawn McDonald never thought her artistic talents would be as impactful as when she put them to the test with her grandson’s recent school project. As a former wardrobe mistress for several musical and theatrical companies, the East Mesa resident traveled the world and was in charge of the construction and organization of costumes. “I was very proud of my work as a wardrobe person, but I look back now and feel like my life has come full circle as I now see how my creativity was prepping me for this, and I just had no idea,” she says. That same creativity continues to serve her well as she helps her five grandsons find their place in the world. She adds, “Most of my creativity comes through helping the boys. I recently helped my grandson, Hunter, with his school project to authentically build a model house out of mud and sticks and MOUNDS of glue!” What makes this story so remarkable is that Dawn helps her grandsons not just as their grandma, but as their permanent guardian. Fourteen years ago, Dawn’s life took a creative twist when her son unexpectedly became a teenage father, not once, but twice. Unfit to parent at such a young age, Dawn stepped up to care for her two grandsons, Julius and Tobyus. After gaining custody of the two boys, she began a new round of parenting once again. However, it didn’t stop there. Her son continued to have a series of broken relationships and fathered three more boys for which Dawn ultimately gained custody: Hunter, O’Ryan and Leonidas. As a wardrobe person Dawn was accustomed to caring for the actors’ needs – a skill that easily transferred to her new role as caretaker for her grandsons. However, finding herself in her early 40s working full time and parenting again

with little resources or help was difficult. Dawn had to quit the job that she loved to care fulltime for her grandsons. “I was devoted to music and theater. I miss that a lot. I cried a lot,” she says. “I was so lost when I first started. Kinship services were never even heard of back then, and I had given up my whole life.” She went looking for help and discovered Duet’s free-of-charge services for grandparents raising grandchildren. At a Duet grandfamily support group, she made new connections with others who were going through the same situation to find workable solutions to the challenges ahead. She attends the monthly support group that meets in Mesa on the first Thursday of every month at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Dawn says, “We share and help one another. Even when the support group doesn’t understand an issue, we listen as someone who ‘gets it.’ We’ve even helped each other move!” Dawn has been a member of Duet’s monthly support group for more than 10 years now. She says, “We (support group members) are in a different age range. I am 57 years old raising a 5-yearold. How many people in ‘Mommy and Me’ playgroups really want to hang out with people my age? My family is different.” With Duet’s support group, Dawn is creatively navigating the ins and outs of parenting a second time around. She adds, “We’re there for each other and it is a blessing.” Grandparent support groups meet monthly in the East Valley and across the Valley. To learn more about Duet’s supportive resources for grandparents raising grandchildren, or to find a support group near you, call Patricia Dominguez at 602-274-5022, email info@duetaz. org or visit duetaz.org/index.php/services/grandparents-raising-grandchildren. – Janelle Tapphorn is an intern at Duet.

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Mesa basketballer proves them wrong from Dobson to ASU BY RYAN CLARKE Tribune Contributor


t’s Thanksgiving in Las Vegas. ASU men’s basketball trails Kansas State by two with 14 minutes remaining in the first game of the Continental Tire Invitational. Shannon Evans pounds the ball up the court for the Sun Devils and tosses the ball to a trailing Kodi Justice, who squares his shoulders to the basket and pulls up from 27 feet as two Wildcats scramble to close out. They were too late. He buried it. On ASU’s next offensive possession, Justice catches the ball at the same spot. Rather than testing his range once more, he switches the ball to his left hand and furiously dribbles toward the basket, taking two powerful steps before casually lofting the ball above his defender’s outstretched fingers. Of course, it went in. Justice thought it would, even if everyone in the building didn’t. That sequence in Las Vegas, along with many others in the senior guard’s electrifying college career, finds its roots in Mesa. Pickup games at the park, training in the garage and 1-on-1 bouts with his brother molded Justice into the player he is today. Justice might claim that he doesn’t listen to naysayers, but he wouldn’t be here if he didn’t. “When I got to ASU, there were people saying, ‘Oh, he’ll be lucky if he’s a role player or even gets spot minutes,’” Justice said. “My whole life has just been proving people wrong. When people tell me I can’t do something, I end up doing it.” Justice was told he couldn’t play with the adults in pickup games, so he’d stand in the corner and work on his moves. He was a scrawny seventh-grader with a big head who hadn’t proved anything. That was, until they finally let him play. “I was playing against grown men that were like 25 years old,” Justice said. “They were trash talking, like, ‘This little kid can’t do this’ or ‘I don’t want to hurt him’ and I’d go out there and dominate everybody.” In one ear and out the other, right? Nope. Justice thrives on doubt. He doesn’t shut it out, get upset or quit – he fills a

time, Justice Sophomore year at Dobson rolled dropped 40 around and Justice was on the varsity points on the squad full-time, committed to play No. 1 team in Division I basketball and confident as the country. ever. Nobody knew it at the time, but That night, beneath that boisterous exterior was a kid he said, he struggling with dyslexia. Like every other challenge put in received an offer from front of him, Justice faced his disorder every school without fear, overcoming it thanks to a in the Pac-12. lot of hours behind the scenes. It wasn’t He also got until his junior year at Dobson that he a call to play started talking about dyslexia with people for Compton outside his own family. “There are other little kids who are in Magic, an elite AAU team that the same shoes I was in,” Justice said. has produced “There are parents that don’t know how over 100 to deal with it – my parents were the p r o f e s s i o n a l same way. (Marie Bernadette Obsuna/Special to the Tribune) “It’s not an easy thing, and there are players in the Kodi Justice says he’s had to battle through dyslexia as well as the doubts of NBA and kids that are going to struggle with it and people around him. won’t know what it means to be dyslexic overseas. canister with it and pours it on the fire. All the attention Justice received and how to deal with it.” His greatest catalyst came in the summer seemed like validation – a sign that all Dyslexia, frustrating and challenging as before his freshman year of high school. the hours spent in the garage and at the it was, proved to be just another obstacle While training with his dad, Justice park were worth it. His decision ended that Justice broke through. A fractured heard the words that set off his journey to up being a no-brainer: Stay close to your foot during his freshman year at ASU ASU: “I don’t think you’re good enough family and go to the school 15 minutes didn’t hold him back, either. When he to play at Mesa Community College.” was forced to play center at times for down the road. That’s harsh coming from a parent. Justice said his commitment to ASU the undersized Sun Devils last season, he Oddly enough, it’s exactly what Justice was cemented when McConnell talked embraced it and held his own as best he needed to fuel his relentless work ethic. about how hard it was when his son, could. He’s not 100 percent sure that his dad Mickey, left home to play for Saint Mary’s The trials always pay dividends for was just trying to motivate him, but after starring at Dobson. Justice. He continues to defy doubters Justice laughed and said he’d “like to “Just to be able to look up in the stands as his college career approaches its end, think so.” every game and see my family and friends, making the improbable plays that define In his first year at Dobson, Justice that was enough for me to commit here,” his role as a leader. was the star of the junior varsity team Justice said. “I wanted to be here with the But the thing is, he’s been achieving the while varsity coach Rick McConnell ones I love.” improbable his whole life. maintained his strict philosophy of not playing freshmen at the highest level. ANSWERS TO PUZZLES AND SUDOKU from Page 21 It was about development first and foremost. “They just kind of let me run the show,” Justice said. “I think I scored like 25 points and averaged like 10 assists my freshman year (on JV).” While Justice was technically on the varsity roster and made an appearance in a Christmas tournament, that summer’s AAU circuit was where he’d finally break through. He’d already had Division I offers despite his lack of varsity experience, but one performance etched his place in the recruiting landscape. Playing for a local AAU team at the



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Look for grace even when you’re surrounded by thorns BY LYNNE HARTKE Tribune Guest Writer


aul reminds us that there is sufficient grace for the thorn. The day of hiking in the Superstitions was not going as planned. On a tight blind corner, on a set of switchbacks, our dog, Mollie, picked up a section of cholla cactus on her nose, a clump the size of a child’s fist. The cholla, of all desert plants, lives up to words by Edward Abbey, “It has been said, and truly, that everything in the desert either stings, stabs, stinks, or sticks. You will find the flora here as venomous, hooked, barbed, thorny, prickly, needled, saw-toothed, hairy, stickered, mean, bitter, sharp, wiry, and fierce as the animals. Something about the desert inclines all livFAITH CALENDAR


Mar Yosip Parish of the Assyrian Church of the East in Gilbert is celebrating the beginning of construction of its own building with a Laying of the Foundation Stone Ceremony. DETAILS>> 11:30 a.m., 1287 N. Recker Road, Gilbert. Information: 480-570-3918.


Love of Christ Lutheran Church is conducting a churchwide rummage sale. Furniture, toys, clothing, household goods and more will be available. DETAILS>> 1-7 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 1525 N. Power Road, Mesa.

ing things to harshness and acerbity.” Kevin grabbed Mollie’s scruff, as he attempted to keep her from licking the barbed hitchhiker. A quick flick with an old comb removed most of the offender, but six or seven thorns remained. One by one, I pulled them out with a tweezers, leaving drops of blood. Surgery complete, Mollie squirmed and bolted, circling wide around all other cacti. She ignored an offer of a treat from me, the holder of the tweezers, and would accept solace only from Kevin, who as the holder of her head, should have been treated as an accessory to her pain, but Mollie, in her dog wisdom, did not see it that way. On the loop back to the car, I took a wicked tumble. My feet flew out from under me, so I had no time to catch myself. I landed in a pile of sharp-edged rocks, my breath leaving me in a whoosh. Than fully,

besides a small gash, I seemed none the worse for wear. My relief was short-lived. I could feel bruises forming as I took a steep descent and my left knee tweaked with each step. Mollie – usually the first to come back to check on me – pranced ahead, apparently still in a snit as she displayed no concern about my slower gait. After some experimentation, I realized if I positioned my knee so it faced forward, I felt no pain. This task proved difficult on the rough trail as I shifted much of my weight to my trekking poles. It was a slow finish to the car. Can I just go on record as saying something? I prefer cactus-thorn-extraction pain to flat-on-your-back, tweak-the-knee pain. A pair of tweezers or an old comb and the irritation was gone. The other was a reminder of injury with every step.

I also prefer prayers answered immediately to relieve me of my misery. Irritations are borne so much easier when they are pulled free with a twist and a yank, even if a spot of blood is left behind. Yet, Paul writes that there is grace even for thorns that remain. Sufficient grace for the daily living (2 Corinthians 12:8-9). The step-by-step journey in the midst of pain. The grace in the falling. “But grace can be the experience of a second wind,” Anne Lamott writes, “when even though what you want is clarity and resolution, what you get is stamina and poignancy and the strength to hang on.”  I pray you discover that second wind. Strength to hold on. Sufficient grace.


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welcome to the event. DETAILS>> 6:30-8 p.m., 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler. RSVP at bit.ly/hamentasch. Information: 480410-1440 or rabbi.t@chabadcenter.com.


Holy Cross Catholic Church of Mesa is offering a free citizenship workshop and fee waiver assistance. Get a step-by-step review of the naturalization process, assessment of your ability to naturalize and more. DETAILS>> 1-5 p.m., 1244 S. Power Road, Mesa. Information and registration: 602-606-0977, catholiccharitiesaz.org.


The East Valley Jewish Community is hosting a Purim Carnival at Temple Emanuel of Tempe. The celebration will feature a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, carnival games, a klezmer band and other family fun. DETAILS>> 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. The carnival is free but tickets are needed for activities. Prices range from $1 per ticket to $25 for 30 tickets. Unlimited game wristbands are $12. Prices will go up


The Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center is hosting an Interfaith Forum Q&A about Ifa, the spiritual tradition of ancestor/Orisa worship with High Priest Babalawo A.S. Umar Sharif, MA. This indigenous spiritual tradition practiced worldwide has its roots among the Yoruba people in Nigeria. An offering of $10 is suggested. DETAILS>> 12:30-2 p.m., 952 E. Baseline Road, Suite 102. Information: 623-932-1385, 480-593-8798 or interfaithcommunity.org.



– Lynne Hartke is the author of “Under a Desert Sky” and the wife of pastor and Chandler City Councilmember Kevin Hartke. She blogs at lynnehartke.com.


Chabad of the East Valley hosts its 21st Annual Purim celebration, “Purim in India.” Featured are an Indian buffet dinner, candle lantern crafts for kids, dandiya sticks challenge, Js up-close magic, hennas and more. People are invited to masquerade in Indian attire. DETAILS>> 5:15 p.m., Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler. Cost is $25 per adults and $18 per child before Feb. 25, $30 and $22 after. RSVP: chabadcenter.com/purim. Information: 480855-4333, info@chabadcenter.com.

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Leah Pritchett returns for NHRA Arizona Nationals BY CONNOR DZIAWURA Get Out Contributor


op Fuel drag racer Leah Pritchett is dedicated to her sport – almost too much. “I feel like I’m probably one of the most competitive people that I’ve ever met, almost to a fault,” she said. “Obviously, that relates to the sport well.” Pritchett, who joined Don Schumacher Racing last year, will bring that spirit this month to the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. The event, which will feature drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock, will be Feb. 23-25. “It’s a competition to make sure that I leave and have the quickest reaction time possible to get that car off the line,” she said. “That’s my job, that’s my competitiveness: to do whatever it takes to get that.” Pritchett has been drag racing since she was 8. With a vastly different childhood from most people’s, Pritchett worked her way up the ranks, winning junior dragster championships, earning sponsorships and eventually becoming the NHRA Top Fuel dragster she is for Don Schumacher Racing. “I guess one of my favorite parts about drag racing is that there’s just one winner at each event,” she explains. “That’s it. There is no second-place trophy, participation, jumba wumba – none of that. You are the baddest mofo at that particular event, and that’s why we lose with conviction and we win with conviction, because it’s so difficult to do – to win a national event.” Among her extensive track record, the longtime car lover and racer is a two-time


What: NHRA Arizona Nationals When: 9:30 a.m. Feb. 23 and Feb. 24, 9 a.m. Feb. 25. Where: Where: Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S. Maricopa Road, Chandler. Tickets: $20-$86, kids 12 and under free with adult ticket purchase. Information: 520-796-5601, nhra.com.

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Top Fuel drag racer Leah Pritchett vows to bring her highly competitive spirit to the National Hot Rod Association Arizona Nationals at Wld Horse Pass Feb. 23-25

consecutive winner of the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. She earned her first career Top Fuel win in 2016, earning the title again last year. “Coming into this Phoenix race, just to be the two-time defending champion of it from two different teams, two different racecars, multiple different partners, that’s a dream,” she said. Pritchett also set the first of her two 2017 records at last February’s Arizona Nationals with a 3.658-second pass at 329.34 mph. The second came when she reset that record at the 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota last August with a 3.640-second pass at 330.63 mph. “It goes right back into the competition standpoint, where even though we set those two (national) records, it wasn’t a month and a half later that somebody broke our record,” she said. That somebody is Clay Millican, who earned a 3.631-second pass at 330.39 mph at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nation-

als at Gateway Motorsports Park in Illinois last September. “We hope to get our world record back just for ourselves,” Pritchett said. “There’s no room in this sport for noncompetitive people. You’ll get eaten alive.” To improve her chances, however, Pritchett trains extensively, focusing on strength, core and cardio training. “I think I’m one of the hardest-training drivers that I compete against, specifically in the off-season,” she said. “Now, in the on-season, I find it more difficult, because I spend a lot of time with my team, my crew members. “We do a lot of functions, we work together, we eat together, we do our nightly activities, going out together, because I have always prized that bonding and friendship, and that’s what it takes to create a team.” But winning won’t come easily at the Arizona Nationals, which serves as the second event of a 24-race schedule this year. Although she hopes for the best come

late February, competition will be stiff and stakes are high to get a third win and new elapsed time record at the track. “We’ve set our own expectations of being quicker than we were before, and because it was the quickest, it’s pretty high,” she said. “Expectation-wise, for a race win, I never underestimate anything. It would be a blessing, it would be a Godsend for us to be able to make it three in a row, but I don’t consider that an expectation, I consider that a goal.”



‘Cavalia Odysseo’ offers a dream-like journey BY LAURA STODDARD Get Out Contributor


ormand Latourelle’s mother used to call him and fellow Canadian entertainers “happiness merchants.” The group pooled its collective knowledge, skills and creative visions about 30 years ago to create Cirque du Soleil. Latourelle is the founder and creative genius behind Cavalia Inc., an entertainment company specializing in over-the-top touring shows that combine equestrian artistry, spellbinding acrobatics and cutting-edge technology. “We’re all from a small province called Quebec,” Latourelle said. “There were a bunch of street performers who started to get together at a small circus school in Montreal, and I was looking at what they were doing, and I said, ‘Well, maybe we can bring all this to another level.’ At that time, I would stage rock bands with lots of special effects (of course, they are not what they are today), and I thought maybe we could do that with those street performers. Take the traditional performers, and add more lights, more sound – a 365-degree experience with smoke machines and all that.”

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Onsite Tech Support Career Fair! Wednesday, February 28th 10am to 6pm New Mediacom Facility in Apache Junction 1435 E. Old West Highway Immediate Interviews will be held on this day. Stop by and explore the opportunities and ask about our $1,000 Sign On Bonus! Can’t attend? To view a full description and to apply, visit: www.mediacomcable.com/careers and search for job number 11620. Mediacom Communications EOE/AA; we consider applications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or vet status.

• Information Security Engineer 3 (Req.# 171378) Work w/ L1 & L3 Team to Support IAM Solutions. Monitor Health of the IAM Solution. Enhance Monitors for the IAM Solution. Resolve complex user access issues. Create programs to enhance efficiency of the solution. Req’s: MS(or equiv.)+3 yrs. exp. OR BS(or equiv.)+5 yrs. exp. • Information Security Engineer 2 (Req.# 171064) Implement security measures to ensure the protection of PayPal’s networks. Provide immediate impact to the security team through the collection of data from open source intelligence gathering. Req’s: MS(or equiv.)+6 mths. exp. OR BS(or equiv.)+5 yrs. exp. Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. Submit resume w/ ref. (please include the Req. No.) to: ATTN: HR, Cube 10.3.584, PayPal, Inc. HQ, 2211 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95131. EOE

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Employment General REAL ESTATE AGENTS: We are looking for new agents in our successful Chandler office! Sell us on why we should hire You in your cover letter. Include recent production results, your career goals, and what you are looking for in a brokerage. We will consider newly licensed realtors if the fit is right! Please fax your cover letter/resume to 866-740-3350.

Adult Care Private Home Care has 1 Opening for 1 Senior in Chandler - 24 Hour Care. 3 Meals / Day + Snacks Housekeeping & Laundry. Also Offering Senior Day Care by Hour or Day. Call 480-694-1029


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Merch andise Auto Auctions Marzocchi Imports Auctioning 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee VIN 1J8GW68J63C526027 previously owned by Chris Bender Call Marzocchi Imports 480-539-4086

Cemetery Lots East Resthaven Cemetery. Southern & 43rd St. 3 Lots Together Space 1, 2, 3. Block 24, Lot 2, Section Q. This is In Sold Out Section Of Cemetery. Buyer Pays Transfer Fees. $2500 Ea ot $7000 for All Three. Call Mark 602-463-2352

Garage Sales/ Bazaars

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE Sat. only Feb. 24 7am-1pm Sossaman/Baseline SunLand Village East Active Adult Comm

2145 S. Farnsworth Moving Sale Saturday 2/24 8am-3pm. 8210 E. Portobello Ave. Mesa 85212. Tools, Furniture, Lamps, Flat Screen TV's, Beds, Clothing, Lawn Mower, New Extension Ladder, and Many Misc Items.

Miscellaneous For Sale FURNITURE FOR SALE Gold Wing-Back Chair With Matching Ottoman - $100. Walnut Sofa Table With Glass Top $75. Glass/Iron Kitchen Dinette Set With 4 Chairs - $150 All Items in Excellent Condition. Call 480-278-1419

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Miscellaneous For Sale KILL BED BUGS Buy Harris Bed Bug Killers/KIT Complete Treatment System Available: The Home Depot, Homedepot.com, & Hardware Store

Pets/Services FOR SALE 3 Year Old Yorkshire Terrier Purebred with Papers. Very Loving & Caring. Gets Along With All Children & Animals. Needs Loving Home Due to Family Situation. $575 Call Michael 602-980-9648

Wanted to Buy $100-$500+ ABANDONED CARS all "as is" autos! Good condition more $$$$. Best Prices! Fast, free pickup. 602-391-3996 Diabetic Test Strips by the box, unused. Any type or brand. Will pay top dollar. Call Pat 480-323-8846

Real Estate

For Rent Apartments ALMA SCH & MAIN 1bd/1 ba Bad Credit ok No Deposit. Quiet $600/mo. Includes all util. (602) 339-1555

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Rooms For Rent CLEAN FURN'D ROOM FOR RENT! Free Utilities Mesa, quiet area, near bus., share kitchen. W/D avail. Priv entrance. Utilities, cable, phone, internet all for $550/mon + deposit. 1 person only 480-461-1342

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Mobilitie LLC is proposing to construct a new telecommunications tower facility located approximately 115 feet north of the intersection of Baseline Road & 51st Avenue in Phoenix, AZ. The new facility will consist of installing a new light pole with a top-mounted antenna for an overall height of 39 feet above grade. Any interested party wishing to submit comments regarding the potential effects the proposed facility may have on any historic property may do so by sending comments to: Project 6117005265 MRG c/o EBI Consulting, 6876 Susquehanna Trail South, York, PA 17403, or via telephone at (339) 234-3535. PUBLISHED: East Valley Tribune February




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Arizona Registrar of Contractors (ROC): The advertising requirements of the statute does not prevent anyone from placing an ad in the yellow pages, on business cards, or on flyers.

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District Court Pueblo, Co. Pueblo Combined Court 501 N Elizabeth St. Ste. 116, Pueblo Co 81003. In the Interests of Alexandra Jones. Dianna Jones, Frederick Jones, 941 E Blackstone Dr., Pueblo West, Co. 81007. CASE # 17PR275. NOTICE OF HEARING BY PUBLICATION PURSUANT TO 15-10-401, C.R.S. To Jessica Jones, Frederick Jones Sr. Last Known Address, if any: 561 E. Lehi Rd., Mesa, AZ 85201 for guardianship of Alexandra Jones (Granddaughter) will be held at the following time and location or at a later date to which the hearing may be continued: Date: March 26, 2018: Time: 10am Courtroom or Division: 404 Address: 501 N. Elizabeth St. Ste 116, Pueblo, Co 81003. Person Giving Notice: Diana Jones, 941 E. Blackstone Dr., Pueblo West, Co 81007.

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