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At Gateway Airport, U.S. and Mexico are one BY JIM WALSH Tribune Staff Writer


simple chain link fence inside a vintage 1940s aircraft hangar in east Mesa marks a new boundary – and a vast opportunity – in trade and international relations. To get an idea of how significant it is, a new stationary exercise bicycle recently on one side of the fence was considered inside the United States. Had it been on the other side, it might as well have been in Hermosillo, Mexico, its actual destination, even though the hangar has been at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport since World War II. The difference is that the bicycle had been “pre-cleared’’ by U.S and Mexican customs officers working together at the first and only federal Uniform Cargo Processing Center in the interior U.S. The center marks a unique partnership that

opens up a burgeoning e-commerce market for both countries. “It’s one click to go anywhere in Mexico,’’ said Glenn Hamer, president/CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. “For Mesa to become the epicenter of ecommerce shipping with Mexico is a huge deal. Mexico is at the point the U.S was at in 1999 when it comes to e-commerce.’’

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Ricardo Peralta Saucedo, the customs commissioner of Mexico, peers over the shoulder of a Mexican customs agent at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport’s nationally unprecedented cargo processing center, which local and state officials call a boon to the regional as well as Mexican economy. (Kimberly Carrillo/Tribune Staff Photographer)

City transit move may strand elderly, disabled BY JIM WALSH Tribune Staff Writer

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ive visually-impaired women described their difficulties using the paratransit and ride choice program, with one asking the Mesa City Council to postpone confusing and expensive changes in how the Valley Metro system works. But the council, facing about $2 million in extra costs if it failed to act, voted unanimously last week to move forward with a transition period as new rules for the program are scheduled to take effect July 1 – giving several hundred elderly or disabled Mesa residents a significant challenge to getting around. At the same time, Mayor John Giles directed city staff to work individually with the system’s


elderly, disabled and sight impaired customers to find the best solution for their transportation needs. “I think we need to move forward with the transition. It’s going to require a lot of handholding,’’ Giles said. “The status quo has changed. Previously, we could err on the side of being generous. We can’t do that anymore. We’re talking about millions coming out of the general fund.’’ Vice Mayor Mark Freeman asked city staff members to focus on the needs of the visually impaired after listening for two hours about the present system’s shortcomings at a council study session. The sight impaired riders said they were unable to understand the changes listed on the Valley Metro website.

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ADOT seeks public input on massive I-10 improvement plan


BY PAUL MARYNIAK Tribune Executive Editor


ig changes – and construction projects – are in store for East Valley motorists who use the I-10 anywhere between the San Tan Loop 202 and downtown Phoenix, and the Arizona Department of Transportation plans to talk about them and get public input this week. ADOT for several years has been working on plans to upgrade I-10 as well as the Price Freeway and portions of the SanTan Loop 202, and on Tuesday, Feb. 26, it plans to share its plans for I-10 with a briefing session and a chance for face-toface meetings with some of the planners involved. The briefing is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Rio Salado College Conference Center, 2323 W. 14th St., Tempe. A presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. but before and after that, engineers and other ADOT personnel will have maps and talking points to share on a more one-on-one level. Though ADOT said it still needs to do an environmental study, it still hopes to begin construction in 2021 on improvements for Interstate 10 between the Interstate 17 “Split” interchange and the Loop 202 Santan Freeway. The I-10 Broadway Curve Study includes widening and upgrading 11 miles of I-10 between 24th Street and Ray Road, including the Broadway Curve – which handles more than 40 percent of freeway traffic in the region, resulting in heavy congestion. ADOT envisions an additional HOV lane in each direction between the Salt River bridges and just west of US 60; a new collector-distributor roadway system that would funnel traffic to local and express lanes to improve traffic flow; reconstruction of the I-10/State Route 143 interchange to improve access to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport; and improving US 60 near the junction with I-10. Both ADOT and Federal Highway Administration representatives will be at the briefing on the project, which will be funded through the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Transportation Plan approved by county voters in 2004. The reconfiguration of the I-10/SR 143 interchange and the I-10/US 60 ramps at the Broadway Curve would separate the ramp traffic from the I-10 mainline traffic, “thereby eliminating the current weaving maneuvers that contribute to severe congestion on the Broadway Curve corridor during peak travel periods,” according to ADOT.

Rush hour traffic jams on I-10, especially near the Broadway Curve, will only get worst as time goes on and more people come to the Valley, the Arizona Department of Transportation study says, and that’s why additional lanes and other improvements are needed now. (Special to the Tribune)

The agency last year sold a 21-acre parcel and three buildings near I-10 and State Route 143 to help pay for the freeway’s widening. The $28.7 million it garnered made it the largest sale of excess property in ADOT’s history. Revenue from previous excess property sales, along with the money from this latest sale, will be used for widening I-10 between the Loop 202 and the Interstate 17 “split” interchange near Sky Harbor International Airport, the department said. The Broadway Curve study is part of a more comprehensive examination ADOT, MAG and the FHA have been conducting for several years along a 31-mile corridor of I-10 and I-17 that’s been nicknamed “The Spine” because “it serves as the backbone for the regional freeway system in the metropolitan Phoenix area.” For the I-10 portion, the ADOT’s plan states: “Growing traffic demand has caused the I-10 corridor between SR 143 and Loop 202 Santan Freeway to become increasingly congested during the morning and evening peak travel periods, and traffic volume projections indicate the congestion will worsen in the future. This study is meant to develop and evaluate nearterm freeway improvement options to accommodate the growing traffic demand.” The complexity of the Spine Corridor is laid out in detail in ADOT’s study, which notes the entire stretch has a total 37 access points, 40 bridges, 26 pump stations and 25 arterial streets that become snarled as a result of traffic jams on the highways themselves. ADOT’s studies say there’s no time to be lost on the improvements because the future looks grim. “Existing daily traffic volumes ranges from 100,000 to 250,000 vehicles per day,” it states. “By 2040, the horizon year

for the Corridor Master Plan, traffic volumes will grow to 150,000 to 300,000 vehicles per day.” Planners say that what many motorists probably know already: “In most cases, travel times along the corridor are often double or triple the travel time as compared with making the trip without congestion.” Already the traffic crawls are creating a phenomenon called “peak spreading,” which basically means rush hours get longer. If nothing is done, the study warns, by 2040, “congestion will spread to other times of the day, and in some portions of the corridor will extend to more than 12 hours. The 2018 study estimates it will cost at least $2.5 billion to cover all the improvements it recommends along the entire 31 miles of the Spine Corridor. But that amount leaves several dozen other recommended projects on the table without funding. Other improvements that were recommended but so far have not been funded include: upgrading the I-10/Chandler Boulevard interchange for bicyclists and pedestrians; improving the Warner Road/I-10 interchange; and upgrading the I-10/Baseline Road intersection – which Tempe officials say is the most dangerous intersection in the city in terms of the number of crashes that regularly occur there. While tens of thousands of motorists use the Spine Corridor and will be affected by ADOT’s plans, only 496 people responded to a survey that ADOT conducted in early 2017. Part of the study is available at azdot. gov/I10BroadwayCurve. ADOT also is soliciting public comment on the plans that will be discussed Tuesday at Rio Salado College. Comments must be submitted by April 1 to projects@azdot.gov.


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Mexico has all the pieces to build a booming e-commerce market: a growing middle class, disposable income to match, ready access to the internet and thousands of cell phones. “We think e-commerce in Mexico is about to take off like a rocket ship, ’’ Hamer said. Mesa, the state of Arizona and Mexico all want this new arrangement to pay off handsomely – so much so that Mexico last month sent its new customs commissioner, Ricardo Peralta Saucedo, to tour the facility. Peralta was accompanied by Ariel Picker, president of Skybridge Arizona, which is developing the nation’s first international air cargo hub to house both Mexican and United States customs at Gateway Airport, and Marco Lopez, founder and president of Intermestic Partners. The two companies are working on opposite sides of the border to maintain the unique Mesa trade arrangement – which allows cargo shipments into any Mexican airport rather than only the few with customs inspectors. The arrangement eliminates weeks of delays – boosting efficiency by getting goods to the places where they are needed most and eliminating the possibility of corruption. “I think it will be the jewel of Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport,’’ Lopez said. “It’s the only one inland. This is it. There’s no other game in town. … That’s the economic part of it that makes us so excited.’’ While there have been operations previously as part of a pilot program, the recent shipment marked the beginning of regular operations. “Now, we are open for business,’’ Lopez said. Lopez, former chief of staff at U.S Customs and Border Protection during the Obama Administration, said there are two parts of SkyBridge that eventually will

A batch of bicycles bound for Mexico is unloaded at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport for processing in the nation’s first and only such operation in the interior U.S. (Kimberly Carrillo/Tribune Staff Photographer)

dovetail – a real estate component and the cargo component. He said SkyBridge is still working on submitting its master development plan to the Federal Aviation Administration. The plan’s approval will allow for the construction of buildings in close proximity to runways that will form a 360-acre logistics hub. The buildings would include warehouses and other facilities required for shipping cargo. “I think it’s going to be very smooth,’’ Lopez said. “Everybody understands the importance of that 360-acre project.’’ Although the government shutdown delayed the project’s review, “we are hoping to get it back on track. We haven’t had any problems with the FAA,’’ Lopez said. He said SkyBridge and Intermestic are negotiating with a developer to build 70,000 square feet of space near the airport, but not adjacent to the runway – that would not be subject to the FAA approval. Picker, who also heads a Mexican security firm, demonstrated how the customs process works to Peralta and his delegation, which included Felipe Munroy and Natalia Briseno Campillo. The Peloton exercise bikes were the first cargo cleared by customs agents from both countries and loaded onto an awaiting Lear jet, along with some computer equipment. Mesa Mayor John Giles, Vice Mayor Mark Freeman and Councilman David Luna, who has been a key contact with SkyBridge, all welcomed the Mexican delegation to the airport. Officials from both sides of the border formed a semi-circle Mesa Vice Mayor Mark Freeman, left, listens as Mexican businessman Ariel Picker, the CEO of Skybridge Arizona, discusses the cargo while addressing each other in processing center at Gateway Airport. (Kimberly Carrillo/Tribune Staff English and Spanish, the flags of Photographer) both countries standing nearby.

airport is about to move forward, saying during this state of the city address that the FAA had approved funding for a new $20-million control tower. The antiquated, 1970s U.S. Air Force tower, where controllers had to walk up a ladder to get to the top, was an obstacle to the airport’s realization of its full potential, he said. Giles also noted that the airport authority’s role is providing the air transport facilities for SkyBridge and nothing more. “We are not putting money at risk,’’ he said. “We are giving them the development rights. We are not their financial partners.’’ The Mesa City Council recently approved a foreign trade zone at the airport that offers tax advantages as an incentive to stimulate business. Bill Jabjiniak, the city’s economic development director, said the city has always viewed the airport as an “economic engine’’ and that the city’s patience with its development is starting to pay off. He said the airport generated 1.5 million passengers last year and the facility is maturing. He said SkyBridge could eventually account for 17,000 jobs, whether directly or indirectly. “I think you will continue to see it grow. This is just the tip of the iceberg,’’ Jabjiniak said. “Today, you have to go to Mexico City to clear customs. What we’re trying to do is to streamline it, so you clear customs in a few days and go anywhere in Mexico.’’ Lopez said that the businesses that sign leases first will benefit the most, with only so much space available eventually to rent. While the demonstration of concept was mainly to impress Peralta and his party, it also had sales ramifications. For example, Jerrod Steinke, of Ceva Logistics, a supply chain and freight management company, said it would appeal to his clients. “This could be a very good thing for our company,’’ Steinke said. “This is kind of the jumping off point. It’s great to see it come to fruition.’’

Peralta, who represents the Morena party, which took over Mexico’s government in December, is a big supporter of SkyBridge. Such reassurance is especially welcome because the Morena party’s electoral victory marked the first major shift in political power in Mexico in years. “For the first time we are working together, doing trade to the benefit of both countries,’’ Peralta said, with Jose Pablo Martinez Buentello of SkyBridge serving as an interpreter. “It’s very important to build bridges between both of our countries. It’s very important and that’s what we will continue to do,’’ Peralta said. Giles told the delegation how he had mentioned SkyBridge and its massive economic potential during his recent State of the City address. “For those who are visiting from Mexico, I want you to know how important this is to our city,’’ Giles said. “Instead of getting distracted, we want good things to happen for both of our countries.’’ Giles said the project has made steady progress, meeting all deadlines and lining up all the regulatory approvals required to make it a reality. The concept dates back to when Mesa became a major player in the government partnership that took over the closed Williams Air Force Base from the federal government and started turning it into a satellite airport and an economic hub. “It’s not just a concept,’’ Giles said, noting the assignment of the Mesa customs officer. “Everyone remains optimistic that this will be a real game-changer.’’ Natalia Briseno Campillo, an aide to the Mexican customs commissioner, He noted that another chats with Skybridge CEO Ariel Picker.(Kimberly Carrillo/Tribune Staff major improvement at the Photographer)






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Tribal firm may take over famed racing school BY PAUL MARYNIAK Executive Editor


n internationally known East Valley racing school may be heading for a final ride. Unless they come up with $245,402 by Friday, Valley motorsport legend Bob Bondurant and his wife will lose the cashstrapped Chandler racing school bearing his name to an economic development arm of the Gila River Indian Community – and lose nearly 80 cars with a total value of more than $9 million. The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving owes Sun Valley Marina Development Corp. four months in back rent – part of a massive $3.3 million in debt that has driven the operation into federal bankruptcy court since last summer, court records show. Earlier this month, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brenda K. Martin said that if the Bondurants don’t make that payment by next Friday, their “lease shall be deemed rejected, and the debtor shall surrender the premises.” In addition, she ruled that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles can repossess a fleet of Vipers, Challengers, Durangos and Chargers with racing, executive, law enforcement support and other packages. “Sun Valley and the debtor will cooperate with FCA in facilitating the immediate return of the FCA vehicles pursuant to an orderly process to be developed by and between Sun Valley and FCA and shall work together in returning or disposing of the other FCA items,” Martin wrote in her Feb. 15 order. The only potential lifeline for the school, which Bondurant moved to the Valley from California in 1990, is a special “debtor in possession” loan of $674,000, court records show. Some creditors are opposing Bondurant’s request for court permission to obtain the loan because that unidentified lender would have a higher priority than other creditors if the school is forced to close and sell any remaining assets to satisfy what debts it can. Timothy Shaffer, the Scottsdale bankruptcy expert who is the school’s courtappointed chief restructuring officer, told the court in a Feb. 8 petition that the Bondurants have “been engaged in discussions and negotiations with numerous parties and groups” about that


The principals in the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving are, from left, owners Patricia and Bob Bondurant, General Manager Tim Rose, and Vice President Jason Bondurant, the Bondurants’ son. (Facebook)

special loan, although he declined to give specifics because of confidentiality agreements. But while the petition states “the interest by many of these parties in ensuring the debtor’s continued operation has been significant,” it goes on to admit “however, despite our diligent efforts, the debtor has been unable to obtain DIP financing” under terms that some of the creditors said they would accept. Sun Valley objected to the loan on grounds that the Bondurants would pay $212,000 or the $242,000 in back rent if they get the loan. Sun Valley Marina Development Corp. owns the former Firebird Raceway next to

the school and has been working for several years to upgrade the 500-acre venue, now called Wild Horse Motorsports Park, located on the reservation just off Interstate 10 south of Chandler Boulevard. Right across the street from Wild Horse Pass Resort and Casino and a retail outlet complex, the school itself could become part of the Gila River Indian Community’s efforts to turn that part of the sprawling reservation into a tourism and entertainment destination. Patricia and Bob Bondurant, who live in Paradise Valley, founded the school in 1968 and turned it into an educational and recreational mecca. The school boasts of serving nearly

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could repossess most of the school’s fleet by the end of the week, court papers suggest. (Special to the Tribune)

500,000 go-kart and amateur racing enthusiasts, teens just learning to drive and military and law enforcement personnel developing chase and evasion skills. The school employs 31 full-time and two parttime people. “Both national and international students attend the Bondurant School on a regular basis and learn competition driving, police pursuit driving, evasive driving, and stunt driving, among other types of high-performance driving and racing,” the school said in bankruptcy filings, noting it also taught “recreational high-performance driving to individuals and corporate groups.” Before relocating to the East Valley, its students included the late actors and racing enthusiasts Jim Garner and Paul Newman, who, like others, were drawn partly by Bondurant’s own successful racing career. Billing itself as the “largest purposebuilt driving school in the world,” the school sports two training tracks – a 15turn, 1.6-mile road course and a nineturn, 1.2-mile road course – as well as an eight-acre asphalt skills pad. While it has been struggling to reorganize its finances since filing in October for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the school already has lost a lucrative military training contract and has contended with a blizzard of court motions from many of its creditors. Goodyear Tire has asked the judge to release it from a sponsorship agreement that gave Bondurant an apparently unlimited supply of tires in return for promoting the company exclusively. The Bondurants’ lawyers in court records have raised the possibility of selling the school, stating through their lawyers that a sale of the assets might yield more money for their creditors than a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In its Chapter 11 filing, the school lists $2.69 million in secured debts and $766,000 in unsecured debts against $619,000 in assets. The school leases the track and fixtures, which are valued at $2.7 million, according to the filings. When it filed for bankruptcy, the Bondurants posted an announcement on the school’s website, stating, “Our plan is to emerge from this process as a stronger company and continue to drive this company into the next 50 years.”

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ed in our city,’’ Thompson said. Riders face two significant changes on July 1. The RideChoice program, which previously was open to seniors, will be restricted to only those who qualify under the Americans With Disabilities Act. In addition, the service area for the para transit program, which currently stretches throughout the city, will be reduced in size to only what is required by federal regulations. Jodi Sorrell, Mesa’s transit services director, said there are important differences in the two programs. Para transit is a ride share program with multiple passengers on a van equipped to help riders with disabilities. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance and the fare is generally lower while the city subsidy is much higher. The RideChoice program has fewer restrictions and does not require an advance reservation, but the women who spoke to the council said it would increase the cost to some riders, especially those traveling long distances. Sorrell told the council that about 350 to 400 riders in Mesa who have been using Ride Choice will no longer be eligible in July. She said smaller service area for paratransit program will affect about 580 users. “We are encouraging everybody to get ADA certified,’’ she said. She said many people think they don’t qualify because they are not disabled, but it is also possible to qualify because of medical conditions. The intent of RideChoice is to provide service to Mesa residents who do not have ready access to more conventional forms of transportation such as public transit or a personal vehicle, Sorrell said. “People with disabilities and most seniors have some level of health condition or disability that will qualify them under ADA rules,’’ she said. Riders who want to qualify for ADA certification are transported to a Valley Metro testing center in Phoenix, Sorrell said, with anywhere from 100-200 Mesa residents obtaining the certification each month. Sorrell said the subsidy paid by the city is vastly different between the two programs, with para transit costing $46 per ride and RideChoice costing $18 per ride. Because of cost increases in the para transit program, the current service area “is not sustainable for us,’’ Sorrell said. “That’s why we’re kind of pushing the other program.’’ The women who addressed council described their difficulties getting to work,

medical appointments or other places. “Put away your car keys and see how far you can get around the city,’’ Danielle Jones, a visually-impaired woman in a wheelchair, said. “I’ve gotten lost. I’ve had to call people and say, ‘I need help.’’’ Marcia Schmit described how she had lost her peripheral vision and can no longer drive. She said it took her two years to get to the point that she can work. Her problem, though, is getting back and forth between her home in downtown Mesa and her job near State Route 143 in Phoenix. “Ride Choice has left me sitting for 1-3 hours,’’ she said, recalling one occasion where she was stranded at a Starbucks in Tempe for 2 ½ hours. She said she finally resorted to calling Uber to get home. “If you take away the transit, you can’t get to your job, you can’t support yourself,’’ Schmit said, noting that 80 percent of vision-impaired people are unemployed.’’ Mesa resident RG Shepard is one of those able-body seniors that’s being kicked off the RideChoice program. “It’s good for seniors to get around and it irks me because I can’t use it anymore,” said the 73-year-old who’s used the program for about four years. Shepard has a car, but he doesn’t drive too far from home. “I want to go downtown and see a Suns game, and I won’t drive down there at night and come back,” he said. “It’s too dangerous.” He used to take the program’s discounted taxi to the Sycamore Station, where he would catch the light rail to downtown Phoenix for a basketball game. Although seniors can catch a bus to the light rail, Shepard said not every senior lives within walking distance of a bus stop. “They kicked us off RideChoice,” he said. “The whole idea is how to get to the bus and how to get to the light rail from your house. Mesa is saying seniors are not as important and they don’t care about seniors.”

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said. “A resolution to that statement is

akin to a policy. It’s not suggestion. It’s telling the public this is what we are committed to.” Miner said she worried the wording March for Our Lives used in the resolution opens the district up to legal trouble if it doesn’t live up to the wording in it. “We’re seeing this more and more where parents are becoming more aggressive and placing the blame on the school system,” Miner said. “And they could use this as leverage against the district.” The district’s newest board member, Marcie Hutchinson, has met several times with the student group and is pushing the board to pass the resolution. “I think we need to make the commitment,” Hutchinson said. “I think we need written commitments to ensure the safety of our schools. And we make that commitment every day.” Specifically, Hutchinson said she wants wording in the resolution that asks for more resources for on-campus profes-

sionals. Mesa currently has a student to counselor ratio of 600 to 1. The American School Counselor Association recommends schools keep a ratio of 250 to 1, meaning Mesa would need more than double its current number of counselors to reach that standard. “We can’t do the things that we need to do as schools if kids and teachers don’t feel safe,” Hutchinson said. “That’s not only physical barriers. It’s also providing some social work help.” The board agreed to return to the matter because of the pressing need for counselors in light of the recent surge in teenage suicides in the East Valley. “I want to make this a priority as we are now looking at the whole child now,” Miner said, adding: “But is this (resolution) the way we are willing to do that? I have my doubts. I could be wrong. Maybe resolutions don’t mean that much.”

public health accomplishment of the past hundred years,’’ he said. And Steve Barclay of the Arizona Medical Association said that success is reflected in the medical record, noting it’s rare to talk about measles or people dying from that disease. In 1963, he said, before there were regular measles vaccines, Barclay said there were four million cases of the disease in this country, with 40,000 people hospitalized and 500 deaths. And in the rest of the world, where vaccines are not present, 89,000 people die each year. “Think about polio, think about these other diseases we’ve eradicated,’’ Barclay said. “We’re worried about these things coming back.’’ Rep. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix, the sponsor of all three, said, “These are not, in my view, anti-vaccine bills. They are discussions about fundamental individual rights.’’ But Thursday’s testimony was not evenly balanced, with Barto giving those who question the medical safety of vaccines two uninterrupted hours to make their case. “Along with the premise that vaccines save millions of lives, as a pharmaceutical product they also bring risk,’’ Irene Pi, Arizona director of the National Vaccine Information Center told lawmakers. “The risk is being negated, the risk is being ridiculed and ignored,’’ she said, saying that side of the story is not presented in the

media because “there is an echo chamber that’s part of a vortex of power’’ because “industry has captured the narrative.’’ Dr. Joseph Seelbaugh, a Phoenix family practitioner, told lawmakers: “We didn’t have a chance to hear from patients and families of those who may have suffered from diseases that could have been prevented. We don’t hear from people that have vulnerable children that may not be able to get vaccinated who may be at risk from lower vaccination rates, infants that aren’t old enough to be vaccinated that may be exposed to higher rates of diseases like measles.’’ The votes also came against the backdrop of the Centers for Disease Control confirming 101 cases of measles from 10 states so far this year – largely among people who either have not had the vaccine or did not have the second dose. A public health emergency was declared in the state of Washington in January where there have been 55 confirmed cases, virtually all of those in children whose parents had chosen not to vaccinate them. Much of the objection Thursday was to HB 2471 and the list of what information that parents would need to be provided. Liz McKenna, a physician who said she represents more than 900 members of the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said no one is trying to hide information. She said the materials now given to par-

ents are “made to be in understandable language’’ spelling out in brief forms the risks and cautions. McKenna said HB 2471 would require parents to be given more than 30 pages of information for each vaccine that would not lead to improved patient care. There already is a separate personal exemption that covers students through high school. But Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, said she believes the religious exemption is broader. But what HB 2470 also would do is eliminate the requirement that parents who want the religious exemption must review and sign a form prepared by the Arizona Department of Health Services. “Now somebody could just write on a napkin, ‘I’ve decided not to vaccinate my baby’ and put them in a child-care center,’’ said Rep. Kelli Butler, D-Paradise Valley. What that also means is parents would no longer have to review and sign a form acknowledging that refusing to vaccinate can subject their children to specific risks. The third measure, HB 2472, would require health professionals to notify someone seeking a vaccination they can instead request a test to determine if they’re already immune to the disease. Barto said the idea is ensuring that children don’t become “over vaccinated.’’ But McKenna warned lawmakers that the test is not only expensive but also “very unreliable,’’ particularly for infants.

BY JASON STONE Tribune Staff Writer


he Mesa Public Schools District is putting on hold a resolution that would ask the state for more school counselor funding to help keep campuses safe. The Governing Board decided to delay voting on a declaration a student-led advocacy group is pushing. March for Our Lives AZ, which is fighting for tougher gun control laws and more safety measures at schools nationwide, visited the board in January to urge it to pass the resolution. Despite expressing broad agreement that more counselors are indeed needed in schools and the safety of the campuses was a top priority, at least one member took issue with the language in the resolution. “There are some sweeping statements in here,” board President Elaine Miner

Elaine Miner, president of Mesa Public Schools’ governing board outlines her concerns about a resolution students want passed that asks the Legislature for more money for counselors. (Special to the Tribune)

House Republicans blow off doctors’ vaccine warnings BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


rizona lawmakers approved three measures that foes said could result in fewer children being vaccinated even amid outbreaks of measles in pockets across the nation. Members of the House Committee on Health and Human Services voted 5-4 along party lines to require parents to be given extensive information about the risks of vaccines, including the multi-page inserts that are prepared for doctors, a list of the ingredients and how to file a claim for damages; expand exemptions from state-mandated vaccines and eliminate a requirement they sign a form that informs them of the risks; and give parents the option of having their children tested to see if they already have immunity. The votes came over the objections from a string of doctors and other medical professionals who told lawmakers that the changes will undermine public health, at least in part by inundating parents with information that will only confuse them and cause them to have second thoughts. “Any message you send today indicating a skepticism of vaccines harms the health of our community,’’ said Dr. Steven Brown, stating that lawmakers should base decisions on science. “Childhood immunizations are the great




Mesa considering student reps on school board BY JASON STONE Tribune Staff Writer


esa Public Schools Governing Board members are toying with the idea of allowing a high school student to sit with them each month. Acting on an idea borne during a retreat last June, the board is considering adding a student representative for one meeting a month, or maybe even more. What power this student will have and how the representative will be chosen is still up for debate. But board members showed overall support for the idea in general. “Basically, it would be a student liaison to the Governing Board,” High Schools Superintendent Holly Williams said. “They could be here for the study session, and then they can stay for the main meeting so they can see how a meeting works.” Members at last summer’s retreat indicated a desire to have a student added to the board for the 2019-20 school year.

Williams and District Superintendent Ember Conley recently met with the district’s high school assistant principals to discuss the idea. Initial proposals call for each of the six high schools and EVA/Crossroads to select a representative to join a rotation to sit on the board. Whoever’s turn it is to sit on the board that month would meet with a designated cabinet member to discuss the issues of the schools. And they could possibly even suggest agenda items and vote on them. Those were among the possibilities the board discussed recently. “I kind of thought it would be organic,” Williams said. “Maybe an agenda item once a month. We can ask their opinion for more opportunity to interact.” The board also chatted about options for how to pick the representatives. Those included making the senior class or student body president the representative or letting the schools themselves choose the person. “I would like to allow the principal

and student council and the advisor some flexibility with who they send,” board member Jenny Richardson said. “I want somebody who wants to come here instead of somebody who’s coming because its attached to their job (duties).” Board Member Steven Peterson said he’s worried the representative will be too narrowly focused on one issue. “Whoever is selected needs to be in the position to represent all of the students, not just a specific topic or area,” Peterson said. “Similar to all of the board members here speak for all of Mesa and not just a particular area or interest.” He also said he wants the person who’s selected to be approved at the top. “I’d like to see on the first bullet point that the appointment would be under the approval of the principal as part of the criteria,” Peterson said. Williams said the initial idea is to require the school rep to be a senior or junior because she said those are the students most familiar with the school.

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Legislative panel OKs lower minimum wage for students BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


nsisting it will be good for young people, a House panel voted last week to let employers pay students who are part-time workers just two-thirds as much as they do anyone else. Rep. Travis Grantham, R-Gilbert, said he believes that if companies can pay some of their part-time workers less than the voter-mandated minimum, currently $11 an hour, they will hire more young people. He said the higher wage deters employers from bringing on people and training them. “Ultimately, if this passes, I believe this will actually increase the number of jobs that are available and get more people in the workforce and help lower that youth unemployment rate,’’ Grantham said. And Jon Riches of the Goldwater Institute told members of the House Committee on Regulatory Affairs that getting someone a first job is important for character development and work ethics. HB 2523 would say that employers could pay as little as the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 an hour, to those who are full-time students younger than 22 who are working fewer than 20 hours a week.

The 4-3 party-line vote by the Republicancontrolled committee came despite questions about whether lawmakers even have the power to Gilbert Rep. Travis Grantham said carve out the more young people will get jobs if the minimum wage is lower. exception. (Special to the Tribune) Brenda Munoz Furnish of the William E. Morris Institute for Justice pointed out that Arizona votes created the first minimum wage in 2006. A second public vote in 2016, approved by a nearly 2-1 margin, will boost that to $12 an hour by 2020. That, she said, means it is subject to the Voter Protection Act, a constitutional provision that bars lawmakers from tinkering with anything voters have approved. “The legislature cannot and should not undermine the will of the voters,’’ Munoz Furnish said. But Riches argued that, technically

speaking, nothing in the legislation affects what voters approved. He said both ballot measures simply spelled out how much employers have to pay to their employees. HB 2523 creates a new definition in statute of employment “on a casual basis.’’ Anyway, Riches said, the 2016 initiative was dubbed the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act. That, he said, meant it was being sold to voters as a way of supporting full-time workers. But Rep. Raquel Teran, D-Phoenix, who worked to get the 2016 initiative approved, said that ignores the fiscal realities of many families. “I come from a district of the median income being $29,000,’’ she said. And what that means, Teran told colleagues, is that a student who is working a part-time job while going to school is contributing to the total income of that household, just as much as are the adults. Rep. Amish Shah, D-Phoenix, also questioned why the measure was crafted to exempt part-time workers through age 21, given that the U.S. Constitution considers people to be adults at age 18. More to the point, Shah said he was not buying the argument by supporters that lower wages for some is actually good for them.

“If the minimum wage were not there, it is possible that perhaps more people would be employed,’’ he said. And Shah said even if it could be shown that the legislature could redefine who is and is not eligible to be paid the minimum wage, this measure violates the intent of what voters approved. But Rep. Walt Blackman, R-Snowflake, said he has no problem with the legislature tinkering with the minimum wage law in this way. “It’s government’s job to protect equal opportunity,’’ he said. “It’s not government’s job to provide equal things.’’ Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley, D-Tucson, said she sees it differently. “Forcing Arizonans to live in poverty doesn’t do our communities or our state any good,’’ she said. The legislation, which now needs approval of the full House, also is being supported by other business groups including the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the National Federation of Independent Business. Both groups opposed the 2006 and 2016 initiatives to pay anyone more than the federal minimum wage, with the chamber even trying to block the voter-approved change through litigation.



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Teen girl chasing sky high dreams of flying Apaches BY JASON STONE Tribune Staff Writer


any high school seniors dream of their careers taking off upon graduation. But Samantha Schneider is literally making it happen. The 17-year-old Mesa senior at Desert Ridge High School not only knows that she wants to fly helicopters for a career, but has her sights set specifically on piloting Apache helicopters for the U.S. Army. It’s the kind of drive – or in this case, flight – that is impressing adults who come into contact with her. “When Samantha first came in, she had so much determination,” said Tiffani Leigland, manager of the Canyon State Aero helicopter school where Schneider earned her pilot’s license last month. “She told us what she was going to do, not what we could do for her. I wish everybody was like that. She had her whole life already planned out.” It would be easy to say she was born to fly them. Her mother works for Boeing,

Seventeen-year-old Samantha Schneider has already earned her helicopter pilot’s license and hopes to one day fly Apache helicopters for the U.S. Army. The Desert Ridge High School senior is graduating in May. (Photo by Jason Stone)

where she manages the logistics service reps who service parts for the Apache;

Fundraiser slated for Mesa ‘foster kid Y’ BY JIM WALSH Tribune Staff Writer


indy McCain will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser that three Gilbert women are holding to help launch Jacob’s Mission Community Center, a new facility in east Mesa that would provide a much-needed place for foster kids to congregate. McCain, the widow of the late Sen. John McCain, R-AZ., will speak on March 8 at the ASA Now Inspirational Breakfast Fundraiser, at 8 a.m. at East Valley Institute of Technology Banquet Hall, 1601 W. Main St. ASA Now is a group of three Gilbert mothers and foster mothers who saw a need for a center, not unlike a YMCA for foster children with programs catered to their needs and the needs of foster families. The three women – Anika Robinson, the group’s president; and Susan Wood-

ruff and Angela Teachout – have been on a mission since 2016, when they collaborated on a law requiring the state to provide behavioral services faster to foster children. It was dubbed Jacob’s Law in honor of one of Woodruff’s foster children. ASA Now obtained a loan of $1 million from an undisclosed benefactor to buy a church building in the 7800 block of East University Drive, which they are converting into the center. Businessman Randy Hansen read about their efforts and donated $1 million to pay off the mortgage. But ASA Now, a nonprofit, is now raising funds that would pay for the center’s estimated $20,000-a-month operating cost, Robinson said. She said the programming and operating costs includes only one full-time

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she also has an uncle who’s a flight instructor for the company.

One day when she was 5, Schneider went to visit her mom at Boeing in Mesa, where she saw the attack helicopter up close for the first time. “I thought it was cool,” Schneider said. “I wanted to be a pilot from then, and I kept the interest going until now.” After taking an introductory flight two years ago, she officially enrolled in flight school last March. For around $22,000 – of which about $8,000 was paid for through a scholarship – Schneider was able to earn her pilot’s license in about 10 months. She’s now fighting to get into a specific program that’s designed to take future pilots from high school to flight school. The highly competitive Warrant Officer Flight Training program is an arduous process that requires the help of a U.S. Army recruiter to collect six letters of recommendation and submit other paperwork to show qualifications. That process included passing an Army flight

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Susan Woodruff, Angela Teachout and Anika Robinson, all of Gilbert, have been working tirelessly to turn an old east Mesa ciurch into a much-needed center for foster kids to gather and their parents to obtain services. (Tribune file photo)




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1,” Hale said. “She is a better pilot than a lot of guys I’ve flown with, so she’s going to go far.” Fortunately, Schneider said neither her age nor gender has been a problem so far. “But I’m not going to say it’s not an issue for everyone,” she said. “Nobody says anything to me personally, but I always keep it in the back of my head because you have to be cautious.” For instance, before a recent ride she gave her mother, a male crew member walked up behind her and started checking items on the helicopter. “I was thinking, ‘Is he doing it because I’m new or because I’m a female or is it because I’m so young?’” Schneider wondered at the time. “I know I can handle it, but I also don’t mind people who are more experienced coming behind me and double-checking things. What if I missed something?” Schneider said she’s yet to meet another girl with a helicopter pilot’s license, but “I would be excited if I did.” As for flying the Apache, Hale said he

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needs of foster children to teach classes and provide counseling for children and their families. Because of their special needs, the

has no doubt Schneider has the ability to learn how to pilot it. “Knowing people that actually do it and knowing people that fly other helicopters, and watching her grow and learn as a pilot, I don’t think (flying Apaches) would be a problem for her at all,” Hale said. “I would give her assignments, and every single day she would go home and study and would be one of the few people who would come in, and I would ask her what she read about, and she would tell me everything.” Schneider said the difference for a helicopter pilot would be like “driving a four-cylinder Honda Civic versus a semitruck.” “The whole concept of flying is not really any different,” Schneider said. “It’s just that the Apache is much larger, has more power, has different capabilities.” Schneider is banking on getting into the flight program to get her chance to fly them. But just in case she doesn’t, she has a Plan B ready. Possibilities include earning her commercial license or en-

rolling in EMT training to help beef up her resume. She also has non-flying talents she still nurtures. She has played the alto saxophone since sixth grade and currently performs with the school’s marching band and a jazz band, which takes up some of her free time now that she’s not working on her pilot’s license anymore. “It’s kind of a hobby at this point,” Schneider said. “I really enjoy it. I’ve put a lot of time into it. I’m dedicated to it because I have the time to do that.” She’s also a member of the Mesa Law Enforcement Cadet program. That’s a youth program through the Mesa Police Department that introduces high school students and young adults to law enforcement. “Ultimately, I would like to start teaching people,” Schneider said. “That’s something that kind of interests me. I think it would be awesome to one day come back and get a job at Boeing.” Likely she can rely on some inside connections there.

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etirement planning pros Voya Financial is joining the jobs parade in Chandler. The Chandler City Council has signed off a new deal that will bring 1,000 jobs to the Price Road Corridor with virtually no risk to the city. In a deal similar to a giant one with insurance giant Allstate a couple months ago, Voya has agreed to a series of incentive reimbursements to help make the agreement work. All of the incentives are performance-based, meaning there is no upfront cost for the city. “We put together a package that allowed us to close the competitive delta between Chandler and those other regions,” Chandler economic development director Micah Miranda said. “Not only are we getting a great employer, we’re getting a great community partner.” Chandler has committed $530,000 in incentives for job creation with the New York-based company. Voya will be

Voya Chairman/CEO Rodney J. Martin Jr. says the Chandler hub “will contribute to our continued growth and enable Voya to deliver greater value for our customers.” (Special to the Tribune)

required to apply for its reimbursement each year. And just like the Allstate deal, if Voya eventually decides to relocate

outside of Chandler, it will have to pay back all of the incentives it received. “We think there is an amazing busi-

invasive, radiation-free diagnostic tool, “its main utility is to detect abnormal physiology. As inflammation is commonly at the root of most disease processes, thermography easily identifies these areas of the body where inflammation is present,” Douglass says on her website. It also is a point of contention in the medical community, with some professionals deriding its claims and sometimes calling it “quackery” and others calling it a non-toxic approach to picking up early signs of cancer and other diseases long before they become a major problem. The federal Food and Drug Administration has weighed into the battle, particularly where breast cancer diagnosis is concerned. But Douglass is careful to underscore the fact that the FDA states thermography is no substitute for a mammogram.

What she does assert is that it can become an early-warning system in a way “because thermography provides a snapshot of the vascular, neurological and musculoskeletal systems, it has the ability to detect disease in its infancy and many years earlier than other forms of diagnostic imaging.”

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hen your overall health is an issue, there’s no such thing as too much information. Jennifer Douglass is bringing another conduit to such knowledge with her new business, East Valley Thermography. The Gilbert woman has forged partnerships with Healing Point Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Clinic in Ahwatukee and On Being Well Naturopathic Medicine in Chandler to make thermography more accessible to area residents. Those partners “offer a natural complement to one another, particularly for individuals seeking a more holistic or natural approach to their healthcare,” she said. Thermography also is known as digital infrared thermal imaging, or DITI. A non-

Dr. Maggie Garvin of On Being Well Naturopathic Medicine in Chandler, left, and Jennifer Douglass of Gilbert will be offering thermography services. (Special to the Tribune)

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ness-friendly environment in Chandler,” said Nan Ferrara, the executive vice president of operations and continuous improvement for Voya. “The talent pool is perfect for us. And the community is focused on giving back, which really aligns with Voya’s values.” The 151,359-square-foot facility at 1700 S. Price Road will be Voya’s permanent new home. The financial company plans to shut down its temporary quarters at the Tech Center in Tempe once the Chandler facility is operational. But its location in Scottsdale at 7337 E. Doubletree Ranch Road is expected to remain open for the 200 employees who work there. “We have an investment management presence in our Scottsdale location,” Ferrara said. “This hub would be supporting our retirement business and our employee benefits business, our call center operation and our back-office operations.” Miranda said the deal calls for Voya’s annual payroll to be around $27 million

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in the first year and $54 million by the sixth year. By Year 6, the company is also required to make a $34 million capital investment for lease payments, information technology infrastructure and tenant improvements that include a parking garage. Miranda said the project’s impact on revenue to Chandler would be $4.99 mil-

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And she’s passionate about thermography, noting “It is not a new diagnostic tool. It’s been around for about 30 years and very common in Europe. The U.S. is just very far behind other countries in terms of other alternative therapies.” Thermology focuses on the physiology of a body while all other diagnostic tests focus on anatomy – which explains why thermology proponents say it can detect a potential problem before it begins to affect a person’s anatomy. A volunteer coordinator for Hospice of the Valley, Douglass stumbled on thermography as a result of her own battle with breast cancer. When she was diagnosed in 2014, she said, she was stunned.



lion over the next six years. That impact is the result of direct revenues such as construction, equipment purchases and property taxes, as well as secondary revenues such as housing, shopping and dining. “Voya will be joining a number of leading-edge companies located on the Price Corridor that benefit from accessibility to a diverse and educated workforce and great amenities for employees,” Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke said. “Voya’s invest-

“For a healthy person, it was a shocking diagnosis,” she recalled. As she elaborates on her company’s website, “I don’t think most people ever really contemplate receiving that kind of news. What I can tell you is that it’s a very vulnerable place to be. With so much fear and uncertainty, I put my health in the hands of my healthcare professionals and followed their advice for surgery and X-rays followed by oral chemotherapy drugs.” But she was also aware that the effects of radiation stay in the body and develop a cumulative effect so that for every CAT scan, MRI and radiation treatment, the danger of damage to cells and the DNA in those cells can lead to new cancer. Because she needed to get annual screenings, she was concerned about

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those cumulative effects and began researching alternative methods of monitoring whether her cancer had returned. “I was looking for ways to get my body into good health and try to eliminate as much radiation as possible,” she said. “For the average 50-year old woman, cancer cells double in size every 90 days on average and thermography has the ability to detect pathology eight to 10 years before the same pathological change is seen through mammography,”” Douglass says on her website, adding: “Many women utilize breast thermography as an adjunctive or complementary tool to ultrasound and mammogram. Women with implants are also ideal candidates for thermography, as there is no compression of tissue involved.” Douglass, who was trained at the

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Rodney O. Martin, Jr., Voya’s chairman and CEO. “The City of Chandler provides us with everything that we need to build a successful operation – access to a skilled workforce and talent pipeline, a business-friendly environment, and many essential resources for future growth and success,” Martin added. Ferrara said the project is expected to be completed by around May 2020.

American College of Clinical Thermography in Florida, said thermography has uses beyond its potential to pick up early signs of breast cancer that might then motivate a woman to seek a more comprehensive diagnosis and, if necessary, treatment. “Diseases and conditions such as heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders, thyroid conditions, spinal injuries and DVT are just a handful of the conditions easily identified through thermographic imaging,” she said. That means both men and women could find a potential benefit in a thermographic screening, which Douglass does either for a half or all of a person’s body or for a more localized region, such as breasts, that might be of special concern to a person. Once she takes the thermographs, she sends them to a physician who is trained in reading them. “I am like the radiologist,” she explained. “I send the images to boardcertified physicians who have received additional training in reading thermograms. Only one in four doctors makes it through the testing in learning to read them.” The doctor then provides the client with a written report and the color images, and it’s then up to the client to decide what, if anything, he or she wants to do next. Though she is just getting her business off the ground, Douglass said she sees it as especially popular among millennials. “They’re not as trusting of the medical establishment,” she said. “They’re shifting to getting to the root of problems and recognize that thermography can help.” Information: evthermology.com or 602-730-1644


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aybe you’re shocked that the Jussie Smollett hate crime tale appears to have turned into a hoax, but I’m not. I wish I could say it’s because I’m some 21st century Sherlock Holmes. I’m not. But here’s what I am when it comes to everything I see and hear, especially in the news. Skeptical. Skepticism has been around since the old Greeks. Skeptics believe that absolute truth is tough to ascertain, so it’s best to apply a healthy sense of doubt to most stories and propositions. Having been around journalism for the past 25 years, I can say that skepticism has become increasingly helpful over time, because it has helped me avoid embarrassing public mistakes and heartbreak. When I first heard that Smollett, an actor and singer who is black and gay,

claimed to have been beaten by two white men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs, tied a noose around his neck, then doused him with bleach while screaming about “MAGA country,” my reaction was … skeptical. I didn’t shout, “Wow, that’s a hoax.” Rather, I thought, “Hmm, if that story is true, it’s awful. And if it’s not true, it’s equally awful. I’m going to wait for all the facts before I make up my mind.” In retrospect, that turned out to be wise, at least in contrast to Democratic presidential contenders Kamala Harris and Cory Booker – who both immediately labeled Smollett’s case a “modern-day lynching” – and director Rob Reiner, who laid the “attack” at the feet of President Trump. “Homophobia existed before Trump,” Reiner tweeted, “but there is no question that since he has injected his hatred into the American bloodstream, we are less decent, less human, & less loving.” My thought: When a Hollywood celebrity claims to be walking to Subway

alone at 2 a.m. in downtown Chicago on the coldest night of the year, take a deep breath before hitting send on that tweet. Point being, skeptics don’t assume everything is fake. Cynics do. Cynics believe everyone is inherently awful, everyone is out to screw everyone, and everyone is a self-interested liar. I only believe that about most politicians, lawyers and car salesmen. For the rest of mankind, I believe that the truth is slippery and complex, so I seek a high degree of proof before buying in to anyone’s claims. One of the great rewards of skepticism, besides avoiding looking silly? You’ll have lots of chances to say “I told you so,” which you can then pass up to much self-acclaim. Last Tuesday, a researcher friend emailed me a front-page story from the Phoenix newspaper claiming that “thousands of people may have been exposed to dangerous levels of radiation” emanating from three big buckets of uranium ore stored for almost 20 years in

a museum at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. His point: “This ‘scoop’ doesn’t quote a single scientist about the relative safety of uranium. It’s mostly premised on some email from a serial whistleblower who sounds like a nutjob.” Thursday morning, I emailed my friend the paper’s “skin back” – journalism slang for a follow-up story that basically says “whoops” about the original story. The funniest line? “It’s just a bucket of rocks,” said a health physicist who disputed the whistleblower’s allegations. “I wouldn’t line my baby’s crib with it but …” My buddy emailed back a “laughing so hard I’m crying” emoji and one line: “Score another victory for skepticism.” A much smarter fellow than most of us, the astronomer and author Carl Sagan used to say, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” That was true in Sagan’s time, but not so much nowadays. Today, sadly, saying, tweeting and emailing is believing.

planned for ASU’s Tempe campus, of which the attorney general disapproves, is a perfect example of how public universities can contribute to the local economy when given the freedom to do so.    The 330-room, four-star hotel will contribute over $32 million annually to the City of Tempe, according to estimates. Within the first three years of the agreement, the project will create some 300 construction and hospitality jobs. Omni will also enter into an agreement to help offset the capital cost of the Tempe Streetcar Project, an initiative important to the City of Tempe leadership and many taxpayers.  Similar university-hotel endeavors exist throughout the U.S. and here in Arizona. They provide universities, among other things, a place to do the work of convening capable and innovative people to work on and solve the problems facing our society. And in this case, they provide the university with much-needed revenue – revenue that has been cut from the university’s

budget. The plan is win-win-win: ASU gets desperately needed funding through the payments in lieu of taxes to support its educational mission as a public research university, nothing is taken away from K-12 education and the community gets job creation, tourism and convention dollars and economic development from having a beautiful hotel in the middle of Tempe. It’s a model that should be emulated. The Omni is not the only place where this kind of innovative thinking is taking place. Another remarkable project underway in Tempe and enabled by an ASU public-private partnership is the Novus Innovation Corridor.  Set to transform 330 acres of underutilized land into an energetic, mixed-use urban district, the project will extend from the northeast corner of ASU’s Tempe campus along Rio Salado Parkway toward Tempe Marketplace.  Novus brings renovated ASU athletic facilities, 4.2 million square feet of high-tech

office space, nearly 4,000 residential units, over 660 hotel rooms, and many retail and entertainment venues. During the buildup, economists predict the creation of 22,000 jobs and over $3 billion in economic impact for the Phoenix metropolitan area. Once complete, estimates indicate that Novus will generate $4.5 billion of ongoing, annual economic activity and more than 34,000 jobs. Public-private projects like Omni and Novus are good for two reasons.   First, they turn undeveloped land owned by universities into new streams of revenue. Revenue goes to fund the educational mission of our own world class public university founded in the East Valley of metropolitan Phoenix, but with a reach across the state of Arizona and country.  And second, the projects themselves build economic momentum for the region and produce the type of buzz that attracts businesses from out of state to

Lawsuit against regents, universities is bad for business BY DENNY BARNEY Tribune Guest Writer


ew would disagree with the notion that generating new business opportunities and supporting education is good for the people of Arizona. If we can agree that business and education are good, then it is no stretch to consider attempts to stifle these efforts as, well, bad.  I have spent much of my career in business and as a champion for economic development around Maricopa County. Because of my focus on creating jobs and opportunities in our community, I find the state attorney general’s lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents as a step in the wrong direction, and a position that stands against what the vast majority of Arizonans would view as the way our government should be operating.  The Omni Hotel and Conference Center

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Arizona. Universities add other attractive aspects for corporations that want to relocate here and need access to a skilled workforce.  A steady pipeline of talented college graduates close by also helps. This opens the door for internships, full-time jobs and other opportunities to collaborate across a wide spectrum of activities.  Gone are the days when public universities could depend on significant state funding. They now have to be creative and dynamic in finding sustainable funding solutions.  And let’s face it, universities have to

compete. Attracting the brightest faculty, having modern facilities and employing the professional staff to keep everything running smoothly adds to the cost of doing business.  A judge will decide whether this lawsuit has merit. But there is a bigger issue at stake. In the end, either the universities will continue to have the liberty to create new streams of revenue and provide business opportunities to the community that lead to positive outcomes, or they will not. In any case the vibrancy of our new age economy for generations to come depends on it. -Denny Barney is president and CEO of East Valley Partnership.


Voucher bills extend the school choice sham

A blatant attempt to disregard the will of voters has just had initial success with the passage of senate bills 1395 and 1320 in the Finance committee. SB1320 is a total sham while SB 1395 has a few good points but is utterly mired in transparent deception. If these bills become law, it will be an un-American end run around the defeat of Prop305, which is of course the goal. Even though public education in its current, battered state is not serving my child and many others like him, we must support it because it is necessary for a healthy society. I am here to support what it should be, and could be, if properly funded. These bills essentially throw the baby out with the bath water. SB1320 nonsensically wants to move ESA to the Treasury, but an education program should remain in the department of education, not the treasury. I know you understand this. Proponents of SB1395 often cite the myth of school choice, so let me tell you about the choices available to my child. He is 11. He was diagnosed with a usually fatal brain tumor at 9 months old and was treated for that in every possible way until kindergarten: 12 brain surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation. By the grace of God he survived, and as you can imagine, he needs a lot of support in school. He absolutely could and should be educated in a public school, but because of flaws in the system, by the time he reached fourth grade, he was getting left behind. I applied for ESA because I had heard that there were so many great private schools where he could receive an

education delivered in a way that he can access it. But I was in for a rude surprise. My son qualifies for the top tier of ESA funding. He receives enough to pay for almost any private school in the valley. Do you know how many of the private schools that I chose for my son would accept him? Precisely zero. Zero. That includes charters and parochial schools, by the way. So, who has the choice here? Not parents. My son is currently home schooled, and not by choice, because I cannot find an appropriate school that will accept him. There is a huge population of special education kids in this middle area, like my son, who need more support but who are fully capable of thriving in the same environments as their peers. And they are being denied entrance to these schools. Where is our choice? Of course, as a recipient family I support ESA. It provides vital education services to my son. But it should be reserved for children with special needs. Expanding ESA is not going to fix its problems, and it won’t help students like my son who already cannot get a fair education even with the best ESA funding, which I do appreciate. It will only increase competition for the already meager resources available to him. ESA is not the golden ticket to private school heaven that people think it is. The very definition of equitable distribution of quality education is public schools. Fund them! Allow people who are trained in education the authority to run them properly. And please – stop neglecting kids like mine. -Pam Lang

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New league hopes to boost adult tackle football in EV BY ZACH ALVIRA Tribune Sports Editor


ome guys just can’t give it up. Even into adulthood, when some are beyond college age, playing tackle football still gives them a thrill. That there are leagues for this is a wellkept secret, a function of many league owners being oblivious to the benefits of marketing. That there are enough people interested to warrant forming entire leagues, much less a team or two, is an equally well-kept secret. But there is demand, and the hundreds of men across the East Valley who are involved in adult amateur tackle football take it pretty seriously. With the recent cancellation of juniorcollege football programs across Arizona, the demand soon could grow still more. Matt Archer recognized a business opportunity when he saw one, and he strives for the new league that he has created to be an upgrade from others that essentially are adult Pop Warner football. The emphasis of his Cactus Football League is on player development and on creating rules that allow participants to retain eligibility to play college football as a next step if given the chance.

“I had tears in my eyes and I told the guys that I would fix everything that we didn’t have go well that season,” said Archer, who was 35 years old at the time. It wasn’t his play that disappointed him. As Owner of M.A. Designs in Grown men will slug it out in the Cactus Football League, which begins play in the East Valley, ArFebruary. Although this practice session is without pads, games are adult tackle cher always emfootball in full pads. (Zach Alvira/AFN Staff) phasized marketFor others, who might be older and for ing his business. He made that clear with whatever reason have no hope of play- the Spartans, especially for the few players ing at a higher level, it’s the place to go to who were looking to use the organization continue to knock the crap out of the guy as a steppingstone to the next level. across the line. “I didn’t even get from the stadium to The idea came to Archer two years ago, my house and I was already thinking of shortly after he and the Arizona Spartans ways to fix our team,” Archer said. “But – an adult tackle-football program in the everything we wanted to fix stopped at East Valley – lost in the semifinals of the the league. From a business standpoint, Gridiron Football League. it was tough to see.” Archer had joined the ownership of The Gridiron Football League was the Spartans a month before the season. among three amateur adult football Short on offensive lineman, he played, leagues in Arizona at the time. himself, to help his team. First, it was the Arizona Football

League, which began more than 20 years ago and still is in business. The AZFL once was the most competitive in the state but the balance of power shifted to the GFL. Then, Archer’s vision, along with that of his business partner, Rafiel Lee, came to reality. “Myself and Raf started putting our heads together and we came to the conclusion that we had to run a league in order to get things fixed to make it better,” Archer said. “We initially wanted to run the operations side of the GFL, but that didn’t end up working.” So the Cactus Football League was born. Archer, Lee and the rest of the CFL front office announced their plans last May after the GFL season ended. During their announcement ceremony they emphasized player development for those hoping to move on to the next level. Before August, more than 10 teams had agreed to join the inaugural season that opens in February. Now, 15 teams are locked in. “The whole mission is to help the players,” Archer said. “A lot of players get missed because there aren’t resources within leagues to market them, with stats being huge. That’s what schools look for.

group of “weekend warriors” as many of the men – and I mean grown men – often called themselves. Some were fresh out of college, looking for a place to gather more film before figuring out their next move. Others, surprisingly, were ex-professionals, looking to fulfill that itch at a less competitive level. Even though it was essentially adult Pop Warner football, it was extremely competitive. Well, for the most part. When I first saw it, it was like “The Longest Yard.” It’s not strict. Some players don’t prac-

tice because of work schedules. Some just show up for the games. It’s not uncommon to see someone go for a smoke before they play. And some arrived with less than their game face on after a night on the town. That’s the kind of stuff that owner Matt Archer is trying to clean up in his new Cactus Football League. When I lined up against someone for the first time who had played at an elite level, I admit I was intimidated, espe-

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I don’t have a screw loose but I have 8 in my leg from adult tackle football BY ZACH ALVIRA Tribune Sports Editor


never was the type of player who was going to be recruited and further my football career after high school. I knew that at a young age. Instead, I would pursue a career in sports media, hoping to stay close not only to football but also other sports I’d grown up playing.

A year after I graduated from Highland High, I still felt that itch. I had no desire to play at the collegiate level. I had already invested too much in my education. But after coming across a photo of an adult tackle-football league here in Arizona, I knew that was my chance to continue playing a sport I love at a recreational level. I joined the Arizona Football League, where I played for five seasons until this past year, when I made the jump to the new Cactus Football League. I quickly realized that it wasn’t just a

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I owed it to the players to fix everything they didn’t get before and try to give that the opportunity to get to the next level.” CFL teams are located across the Valley. The Spartans, Scottsdale Crusaders, East Valley Vipers and Ravens, and Tempe Owls encompass the East Valley. Eight other teams are near central Phoenix and the West Valley, and two are in Tucson. The league is home to players who have landed there for various reasons, whether to keep playing a game they love or for those who are fresh out of high school or college and looking for a steppingstone to the next level. Seniors in high school who have finished their football seasons are allowed to play in the CFL. Because players are not subsidized and must pay their own fees to the league and to the team they join, they maintain NCAA eligibility. In the future, Archer plans to regulate this even more but he said that coaches are aware that even giving a player a helmet can jeopardize his future eligibility. “Our focus is to at least give the kids an opportunity to play,” Archer said. “We are giving them the tools, whether it be Hudl for film and updated stats or just giving them a chance.”


there. Every Game of the Week will be live streamed on Facebook and other online platforms, providing an opportunity for family members in other parts of the country to tune in. “That was one of my big things, to give those family members the ability to watch these guys play,” Archer said. The league will play in high school stadiums during its inaugural season. Archer brainstormed Dwight Gilabert (left) and Deyon Erves practice for the inaugural season building his own facility. of the Runnin’ Rebels in the new Cactus Football League, an amateur After about a month, he readult tackle-football league. (Zach Alvira/AFN Staff) ceived a phone call to meet Archer plans to promote the league to with developers who potentially could high schools this spring and will even bring his plan to light. “Come to find out it’s a $250 million look into junior-college players whose careers may have hit a wall with the re- project,” Archer said. “I was skeptical at cent cancellation of all juco football pro- first but it turns out (another group is) already building it and they want people grams in Arizona. Part of that promotion comes with a to jump in on the project. What we are top-notch website, something into which working on now is to lease the three high the CFL has invested thousands of dol- school fields and to control the recrelars. It gives each player his own page for ational stuff that happens in the future.” statistics, which will be updated weekly. Because negotiations are ongoing, ArArcher’s upgrades of amateur devel- cher declined to comment on the locaopmental football in Arizona do not stop tion and name of the complex. But if all


goes well, the CFL will have its own dedicated field in the Valley with marketing and a synthetic playing surface showcasing the league’s logo. Archer is hoping for all of these plans to become reality in 2020 for the CFL’s second season. The league has seen exceptional growth in its short life. With everything appearing to be falling into place, the CFL could attain Archer’s goal of improving the landscape of amateur adult developmental football across not only the state but perhaps even the nation. “Until I really use our platform to go somewhere that is when it will hit me” Archer said. “I’m excited. I’m ready to go.”


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cially given that I had been out of the sport for more than a year. I had grown bigger, faster and stronger since high school, so I could hold my own as one of the youngest in the league. I was 19 in my first year, and some of these guys were in their 30s. The first time I was on the receiving end of a big hit, it was one that I felt the next day. But one aspect of these adult tacklefootball leagues that differs from high school is that we are all in the same boat in one way or the other. At the end of the day, we all have to go back to work on Monday. So even after a big hit that would generate a loud crowd and sideline reaction, everyone was there to pick you up. In five years in the AZFL, I started in every game, on two teams. My first team, which went 0-10 the year before I joined, reached the playoffs in four consecutive seasons. That includes two straight state-championship appearances, though a broken leg held me out of the first. That was the only major injury I had ever suffered in football. I never had an injury worse than a broken finger. Here I

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Tori Kelly goes intimate for new gospel tour BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI Get Out Editor


ori Kelly remembers Arizona as a child: the desert climate, the mountains and Easter. “I remember it being very hot, too,” Kelly said. “But I’m a SoCal girl, so I’m used to that.” Kelly will get another look at the Valley when she plays an acoustic show at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 26. On this jaunt, she will be joined by guitarist Mateus (Nogueira) Asato, whom


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Kelly called “amazing.” She is showcasing a stripped-down side of her. “I think my newer music has a more live element to it,” she said. “They’re really fun to play acoustically. My older stuff is more challenging – in a fun way.” The new music she’s referring to is her latest collection “Hiding Place,” which won Best Gospel Album at this year’s Grammy Awards. Kelly also took home Best Gospel Performance Song for the song “Never Alone.” “One of the things I want for this album is for people to feel uplifted and encouraged when they listen,” she said. “I want them to know that, no matter what they’re going through, there’s a God who loves them so much and so unconditionally, and there’s always a reason to feel hope. That’s what I really believe in, and I want everyone out there to hear my heart.” Produced by Kirk Franklin, “Hiding Place” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s

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A former “American Idol” contestant, Tori Kelly married German basketball player André Murillo last year. (Myriam Santos/Special for GetOut)

A Home Run: Baseball Project plays ball with Innings Fest BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

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cott McCaughey admits he was a little miffed when his band, The Baseball Project, was left out of last year’s Innings Festival. With a lineup that includes Peter Buck and Mike Mills, formerly of R.E.M., The Baseball Project has power hitters behind its music. “They didn’t know about us and I guess by the time they did it was too late,” the multi-instrumentalist McCaughey said of Innings Festival organizers. “I’m really glad they made room for us this time. We definitely belong there.” The Baseball Project – which also features vocalist/guitarist Steve Wynn and drummer Linda Pitmon – is joined by a Hall of Fame-worthy group of musicians like Eddie Vedder, Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, Liz Phair, G. Love and Special Sauce and Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers at the Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, celebration of music at

Miffed that it was not included in the 2018 Innings Festival lineup, The Baseball Project – featuring Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon – is in the starting lineup March 2 and 3 this year. (The Baseball Project)

Tempe Beach Park and Arts Park. “Innings sounds like an awesome festival,” G. Love said. “It’s a great lineup. It’s going to be so much fun.”

G. Love and Special Sauce is celebrating its 25th anniversary. “You just blink your eye and wake up and all of a sudden you’re old,” he said

with a laugh. “It’s a testament to the fans and how much support we’ve had over the years. If it wasn’t for you, there’d be no us. “We’ve achieved a sort of cult fan base. We achieved a certain level of success, but it’s never been massive commercial success. It’s very word of mouth.” He admits he’s a Phillies fan, considering he was born and raised in The City of Brotherly Love. “It’s really special to be there,” he said about games at Philly’s Citizens Bank Park. “My father took me to my first Phillies game and he caught a ball. He must still have it. “As a kid, I played basketball with a pitcher for the Diamondbacks, Mike Koplove. His father was my basketball coach for one year. His father was a really, really intense sports guy. Mike went on to win a World Series with the Diamondbacks.” He’s looking forward to meeting ball-

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Top Gospel Albums chart, earning more first-week streams than any gospel album. The collection features guest artists Lecrae, Jonathan McReynolds and The Hamiltones. Kelly’s latest single is the soulful “Change Your Mind,” a song she cowrote with Jimmy Napes, who has also collaborated with Sam Smith, Disclosure and Mary J. Blige. “Jimmy is so amazing. He’s one of my favorite writers I’ve ever worked with,” she said. The song was inspired by her engagement to German basketball player André Murillo. A week after he proposed, she traveled to London to write with Napes. “I poured out my heart,” said Kelly, who married last May. “It felt so good to let it all out.” Although she enjoys her time in the studio, she knows her home is on the road. “I’m realizing I’m the type of artist who has to be on the road as much as she can,” Kelly said. “I’m really just showing people a bunch of new music on this tour. I’ll play some old stuff, too, that fans will hopefully like.”

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players like Rollie Fingers, Eric Byrnes and Roger Clemens at Innings, but mostly G. Love wants to reconnect with fans. “Our fan base is like a community,” he said. “They’re very supportive. It’s a testament to our fans that we’ve been around for so long. Our touring is the thing that always sustains us. We love to play live. “When I think about my job, my job is to make people happy, to communicate and connect with people. That’s something I take really seriously.” The Baseball Project takes its shows – and its love of baseball – seriously, too. Mills and Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy have become fast friends. “He’s a really awesome guy,” McCaughey said. “He’s a big music fan. He even likes bands that we like, like Wilco. He has pretty good taste.” The band formed after Wynn and McCaughey had a conversation – after many drinks – about their love of baseball. They jokingly discussed having a baseball-theme band. “Peter joined, even though he’s not as much of a baseball fan,” McCaughey said. “We didn’t know we were going to be a band. We just got together and made


a record about baseball. It just snowballed.” McCaughey has lived in Tucson, while his family resided in Ajo and Glendale. He saw his first baseball game at Hi Corbett Field, a spring-training game between the Indians and the Giants. He moved to the San Francisco Bay area when he was 9. His teams are the San Francisco Giants, the Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners, in that order, he stresses. He’s pleased to carry on his love of baseball through music. “We’ll be playing nothing but songs about baseball,” said McCaughey, who recently had a stroke. “We’ll probably do songs about

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Obituaries Kathryn Delores Rita Ryan Keyes "Kay", 101, died Feb 13, 2019 in Mulberry, IN. Native of Rockford, IL. Loving daughter of the late James J. and Josephine Ryan. Loving wife of the late Walter H. Keyes, Sun Prairie WI. Loving mother of Geoffrey Keyes, PhD, Craig Keyes, MD, and the late William Ryan Keyes. Loving grandmother of Michael Ryan Keyes and Mark Andrew Keyes. Devoted sister of Mary Claire Fane and Veronica Pheney, and the late Sr. Ann Lucille Ryan SL, James Gerald Ryan OSA, Eugene Ryan, Margaret Corbin and Donald Ryan, SJ. Kay, a fashionable beauty in her day and a beautiful heart all her life, lived a full life in Rockford, IL, Los Angeles CA, Sturgeon Bay WI, Sun Prairie WI, Sun Lakes and finally Mulberry IN. Wife, mother, business woman, global traveler, golf champion, duplicate bridge champion (with husband Walter), League of Women Voters executive and officer in numerous Catholic Social groups. Mass 10 a.m. Friday February 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 207 N Washington St, Delphi, IN 46923, Fr. Clayton Thompson officiating. Burial immediately following at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Delphi. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Augustinians, 5401 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL 60615-5664 or online at www.MidwestAugustinians.org/donate to support care of elderly friars and seminary formation of young friars appreciated. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. www.abbottfuneralhome.com

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