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NEWS ............................. 8 Bribery charges against a former Mesa legislator were dropped.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Mesa rekindles hopes to revive long-dormant downtown site BY JIM WALSH Tribune News Staff


he so-called Site 17 redevelopment area near downtown Mesa started with prospects for a gleaming new resort with a water slide, but it quickly slid into oblivion as a symbol of how eminent domain can backfire. Now, 30 years later, Mayor John Giles said Site 17 is on the brink of paying off handsomely with a high-quality residential development that will promote a healthier downtown.

“I feel lucky that we have it, and it’s something we will be very proud of,’’ Giles said. “It’s gone from being a red-headed stepchild to being a beauty queen.’’ Site 17 is a 30-acre piece of land located just north of Main Street near the Phoenix Marriott Mesa, which the city acquired in 1992 through eminent domain, leveling 63 homes at a taxpayer cost of $6 million. Back then, a group of Canadian developers planned to build Mesa Verde, an entertainment village featuring a timeshare resort, water park and ice-skating rink, but the deal

went south. Since then, it has sat idle as a series of plans to do something with it ended in failure. Beyond the lavish resort planned by the Canadian developers, the ideas for Site 17 have included a new Mesa Community College campus and a residential development that drew a lukewarm response from the Mesa City Council. Yet another idea floated was putting the new Chicago Cubs spring training complex, which See

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After years in public life, veteran EV leader runs for office BY GARY NELSON Tribune Contributor

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is friendly baritone has echoed through vast meeting halls packed with virtually every mover and shaker who calls the East Valley home. It has led those same leaders to embrace visions of a regional future far grander than any civic booster had previously imagined. And it has wheedled countless dollars out of some very deep pockets for the sake of bringing those visions to life. Now, if Roc Arnett has his way, his will become one of seven voices on the Maricopa County Community College District governing board. While the board may toil in the shadows of public awareness, few match its direct annual impact on literally hundreds of thousands of lives. Arnett is one of two candidates for an at-large seat on the sev-

en-member board. The other is Kathleen Winn of Mesa, an activist who fights human trafficking and who ran unsuccessfully for a City Council seat in 2016. The incumbent, Tracy Livingston of Peoria, is a Republican candidate for state superintendent of public instruction. Although this – at age 76, no less – is Arnett’s first run at elected public office, he’s no political neophyte. For one thing, there was his tenure, in 1963, as the first student body president of what’s now called Mesa Community College. Since Arnett would be overseeing that school if he wins the November election, his current campaign represents a return, if you will, to his political roots. Far more significantly for the history of the region, Arnett made his mark as president of the East Valley Partnership for 13 years. See


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East Valley civic and business leader Roc Arnett last week filed petitions to run on page 4 for the county community college district governing board.



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Hundreds of EV kids expected at food-packing event BY COTY DOLORES MIRANDA Tribune Contributor


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

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About 1,200 children and teens have been brought together by three nonproits and the state Department of Child Safety for a food-packing marathon at Mesa Convention Center sponsored by Feed My Starving Children.

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

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

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The nonprofit coalition of governments, businesses, schools and individuals is a prominent nonpartisan voice for an area whose population rivals that of Phoenix proper. The job put Arnett on a first-name basis with governors, legislators, mayors and city officials from across the political spectrum. This is not something that happens to the typical insurance salesman – and it wasn’t exactly planned. Arnett’s salesman father moved his family to Mesa in 1950 from Franklin, Arizona (2010 population: 92). Arnett notes proudly that it’s the same eastern Arizona neighborhood that produced former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. “She and I have talked about it,” he said. Arnett followed the well-traveled path from Mesa High School to Brigham Young University, but he didn’t thrive there. “I did graduate ‘Magnum Ukulele,’” he said. “I learned to play the ukulele well, but that’s about all I learned.” After leaving BYU, Arnett served a twoyear church mission to New York City. Returning to Mesa, he figured he needed more schooling and enrolled in the first class at Mesa Junior College. The little school operated then out of the former church building at Main Street and Extension Road that later became the Landmark restaurant. During his freshman year there, Arnett was hired by an insurance agent. “I started selling and I didn’t need to go to college for that,” Arnett said. “I was making money left and right.” But his big break came at age 22 when the guy who hired him got busted for fraud. Arnett had the first right to buy the agency. After a few years, the chance to write policies for the White Mountain Apache Tribe put him on solid financial ground. It was a 38-year insurance career during which Arnett and his wife, Sydney, welcomed five children and Arnett stayed busy with such family-oriented activities as scouting. His involvement with the East Valley Partnership dates back to 1996, and that led to his appointment by Gov. Fife Symington to the State Transportation Board in the same year. After his six-year term on the transportation board, the Partnership asked him to become its first full-time, paid president. “I said, ‘You guys can’t pay me enough. I’ve done quite well, thank you very much.’ Then I realized I had been in the insurance business 38 years. I had turned 60, and


be a method whereby collective problem-solving is moved forward.” Arnett also is concerned about rumblings by some board members about possibly closing the Red Mountain campus of Mesa Community College. Staff at that campus are working hard to ensure its viability, he said, and Mesa has touted it as the northern leg of a “Power Road Knowledge Corridor” that includes several other post-secondary institutions. (Gary Nelson/Tribune Contributor) Arnett hopes to use his Roc Arnett shows the yearbook from 1963 when he was student body president (right) at what is now Mesa Community College. That formidable cheerleading was the last elective post the East Valley leader held and now he is running for a seat on the county community college district board. skills to boost a district that faces growing competition from Arizona State University, maybe it was time to do something differ- cern of mine.” ent and give back to the community.” In addition to educating some 200,000 Grand Canyon University and even from Besides, Arnett said, Partnership reps people a year, the district, by Arnett’s esti- church-sponsored college placement protold him they had plenty of money. mate, produces an economic impact of $6 grams that may pull students out of the “Well, when I showed up, they were billion to $7 billion annually across the county. “I applaud (ASU President) Michael overdrawn by 10 grand. So I had to start county. singing for my supper, which I did for “It’s a phenomenal asset to our commu- Crow for all the things he has done and almost 14 years.” nity,” Arnett said. “One of the things that is doing and will continue to do,” Arnett Arnett was the Partnership’s public has motivated me is that education is the said. “With that, then, comes the fact that he’s eating the community colleges’ lunch.” face during any number of well-attended strongest driver in our entire economy.” In aiming to join the board, Arnett community economic forums and other Arnett is not happy with some of the programs designed to boost the region. direction he sees coming from the cur- hopes to follow the lead of such past civic giants as Ross Farnsworth and Dwight But he lists three major initiatives that he rent board. believes will leave a lasting mark: A faculty group filed an $850,000 Patterson, who were early community A landmark study that explored options claim against the district this year after college advocates. Plus, it’s personal. for 275 square miles of state trust land in the board terminated the district’s “meet “I’ve got 20 grandkids,” Arnett said, and Pinal County called Superstition Vistas. and confer” process for negotiating salahe wants to ensure for them a full range of The study led to master-planning efforts ries and benefits. now in place designed to ensure orderly The process had been in place for 40 opportunities. “The other thing is, I need something to growth in the region should it ever be years. developed. Arnett, noting his endorsement by the do. If I sat here all day, I’d die. And I don’t A study by the Urban Land Institute in MCCCD faculty, said, “There needs to want to die.” 2006 that helped open eyes to the potential of the Gateway area in Mesa, Gilbert and Queen Creek. A “rebranding” program under which the Partnership began referring to the East lthough the region’s first four-year universities and provide certifValley as “PHX East Valley,” a bow to the “junior college” was founded icates in numerous career fields. Enrollreality that few outside Arizona recognize in Phoenix in 1920, it wasn’t ment in the 2016-17 academic year the names of the region’s individual cities. until 1960 that the Arizona Legislature totaled nearly 202,000. All along, despite his own spotty colThe district is governed by a sevenpaved the way for the creation of comlege career, Arnett has advocated for edumunity college districts. member elected board serving stagcation, recognizing that the days when Voters approved formation of the gered four-year terms. Five members lucrative insurance agencies could land in Maricopa County Junior College Disrepresent geographic districts and two a 22-year-old’s lap are long gone. trict in 1962, and campuses – Mesa’s are elected at large. That passion for education fuels Arnett’s Four seats are up for election this year. being one of the first – began opening ambition to join the community college One is an at-large seat and three reprein 1963. district board. The responsibility, he said, The district ditched its “junior colsent districts in Phoenix and the West is awesome. lege” moniker and adopted its present Valley. “When you add up the physical plant name in 1971. Current board members from the East of all the buildings, I figure it’s about a $9 The system operates 10 community Valley are Laurin Hendrix of Gilbert, billion or $10 billion physical plant,” he colleges, some with satellite campuses. representing District 1, and Dana Saar said. “That’s bigger than ASU. … What’s The schools can serve as pathways to of Fountain Hills, District 2. the return on investment? That’s a con-

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frame,’’ he said. Despite all the disappointment, McVay said he views Site 17 as an asset, with very few cities the size of Mesa having such a large, vacant tract so close to downtown. Rather than dwelling on the past, the city has to put the property’s history behind it and focus on how it can improve

nature, that would complement downtown rather than compete with it. Although the details of such a master plan are a long way from fruition, the concept probably would include a variety of different housing options, including condominiums, single-family homes and some apartments, he said.

The new residents would be able to walk downtown, patronizing a restaurant or attending a concert at Mesa Performing Arts Center. They also could use the light rail to commute to work, or even work at the new Mesa Arizona State University campus, a highly controversial project that is now in the design phase. “It’s 30 years of egg on our faces,’’ McVay said. “It needs to be an amazing neighborhood.’’ Mike Hutchinson, executive vice president of the East Valley Partnership and a former Mesa city manager, said large projects like the resort originally envisioned are difficult to complete because of the financing. He said there were concerns at the time about rundown properties detracting from potential downtown development. Enticements such as light rail and the ASU campus were inconceivable in the early 1990s, and Arizona and the entire nation suffered through at least two major recessions since that time period, Hutchinson said. “It’s a valuable piece of property and it is well-situated,’’ he said. “I think over time, more people will want to be in the downtown area. To me, it would be an attractive place to live. I think residential is a plus.’’ Hutchinson said it’s always difficult to anticipate the future, not knowing when the next economic downtown will inevitably occur. “You can talk about them all you want,’’ he said, referring to large, ambitious projects, “but the market has to accept them.’’ Looking back at the original resort plan, for instance, Hutchinson said it probably wasn’t overly realistic. But with the impetus for change downtown, such as the Mormon church redevelopment near the Mesa Temple, the ASU campus and The Grid, a large multi-use project with a four-story residential tower, “we might look back five years from now and say we’re glad we waited for the right project,’’ Hutchinson said.

separate packing sessions. Tatum McMillan, 15, is in charge of the carnival project, which includes 10 activity booths for bean bag and ring tossing, “go fish” games, a Wheel of Fortune and a Plinko game. The Hamilton High School sophomore has also arranged for a photo booth for the children and their adult guardians. “I’ve always enjoyed working with people in my community, volunteering at different events and being involved with school clubs and activities,” said Tatum, a member of the Hamilton High Student Coun-

cil and track and cross country teams. “The Chandler Education Foundation and Dr. Matsumoto personally asked me to be a part of this event because they know my love for working with others and being able to make a difference in our community,” Tatum explained, adding: “This is a great opportunity for families to have fun and play games together and I truly feel the event will build lasting memories for everyone involved.” The Chandler Educational Foundation is also providing other volunteers for the Extraordinary People Event mobile pack.

A free lunch for all participants is provided by Honey Bear’s BBQ. Even as this packing event is exponentially larger than previous ones involving young people, it is only a beginning if Matsumoto reaches the goal she envisions. “Diane would like to see it keep growing with perhaps including at-risk teens,” said Shepherd. Event planner Jeanette Relf said Feed My Starving Children expects to pack 108,864 meals, providing 298 children one meal a day for a year Information:

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eventually turned into Sloan Park at Rio Salado Parkway and Dobson Road, on Site 17. All of these ideas failed to take root. But Giles said Site 17 could not be more attractive to developers than it is today. The 27-acre site is a barren collection of dirt lots intersected by roads. “Back before light rail, we had trouble getting people interested in Site 17. Nothing could be further from the truth right now,’’ Giles said, describing Site 17 as a “long-term play’’ for Mesa. Forget the resort, he said. “I think for the long-term health of downtown, what we end up with would be preferable over an entertainment destination,’’ Giles said. Giles said he envisions a mixture of housing that will bring everyone from young families to seniors looking for a more convenient life to downtown, bringing more energy and life with them. He said the advent of light rail, higher education opportunities and the trend toward more urban living has combined to make downtown Mesa “a hot item,’’ in stark contrast to the 1990s – when Site 17 seemed like a white elephant. “I think you are looking at a sustainable downtown, something that is more 24-7,’’ rather than people coming downtown for a show or for work and leaving, Giles said. “I’ve talked to homebuilders. I have them in my office. They say, I have my checkbook, how much do you want for the place.’’ In April, Mesa officials quietly put out a request for proposals seeking to hire a consultant who would develop a master plan for the site. Last week, candidates were interviewed for the job, which actually entails developing three different mostly residential plans with a varying level of density, said Jeff McVay, manager of downtown transformation. The winning consultant could be hired and under contract by sometime this fall,


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alike as they are enjoying each other’s company and packing meals together.” Volunteers are essential to an event of this size, said Nate Shepherd, a Queen Creek resident who was a dedicated volunteer for years before joining the staff at Feed My Starving Children two months ago. Of the expected 250 Extraordinary People Event volunteers, one of the youngest is undertaking a huge task: organizing and overseeing carnival activities for the three

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Site 17 in Mesa, a 27-acre piece of land located just north of Main Street across from the Marriott hotel complex, has been barren since 1992, when the city exercised eminent domain and spent $6 million clearing several dozen homes for a proposed water slide resort that never materialized.

followed by maybe another year in the design phase. “This could have a major impact on our downtown,’’ McVay said. During a presentation to the Mesa Historic Preservation Board, McVay joked that a question about when something might actually get built was a potential setup for a perjury charge. “Five years would be a reasonable time

downtown, he said. He said one mistake made years ago was to expect a “silver bullet’’ project, one so remarkable and beautiful that it would justify Mesa’s taking homes in the area through eminent domain. But 30 years later, McVay said he views the property much differently. He said what the city needs is a very nice, special neighborhood, mostly residential in

Back before light rail, “ we had trouble getting people interested in Site 17. Nothing could be further from the truth right now.




THE WEEK IN REVIEW Growing Eastmark gets a name for high school

Six years ago, Eastmark in Mesa was a developer’s dream. Last week, it got a name for its new high school – the third school setting up shop in the rapidly growing 7,400-home community. Queen Creek Unified School District’s board voted to name it Eastmark High. A committee made up of district staff, students, parents, and community members provided names to the governing board, which made the final selection. Eastmark already has a Queen Creek district elementary school and a Basis charter school. Eastmark High has a 60-acre campus with space to grow with the community. The school will feature “technology-rich, collaborative learning spaces” as well as comprehensive academics, athletics and arts programs, the district said and the first phase will include 154,000 square feet with a capacity for 1,350 students. There will be spaces dedicated to STEM, fine arts, health and human services, business and leadership as well as athletic fields. Future phases will increase capacity to about 2,800 students and include additional collaborative learning spaces and a full performing arts center. Eastmark High, near Ellsworth and Ray roads, is scheduled to open for the 2019-20. The initial opening of Eastmark High School will be for grades nine and 10. The addition of Eastmark High brings the total number of schools in the Queen Creek School District to 10.

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East Valley Veterans Parade launches sponsorship drive

The East Valley Veterans Parade is downtown Mesa has opened its annual sponsorship campaign. Sponsorships are available from $1,000 to $5,000. Those interested may call 480-685-2324, extension 710, or email This year, the parade is Monday, Nov. 12, starting with a presentation at 10:30 a.m. A flyover is 11 a.m. just before the parade steps off from University Drive and Center Street. Last year, 50,000 spectators watched more than 2,000 participants from Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale, Apache Junction, Queen Creek and Higley in the parade. This year’s theme is “Kilroy was Here,” a reference to the iconic graffiti character and phrase that became popular during World War II. It quickly became synonymous with the service, dedication and commitment of U.S. armed forces. The East Valley Veterans Parade Association is all-volunteer and relies on the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals. The parade is supported by: Grand Canyon University, the East Valley Tribune, 960 The Patriot, Signarama Chandler, Mesa HoHokams, Mesa Community College, Visit Mesa, Berge Ford, SRP, Downtown Mesa Association, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Albertsons-Safeway, Boeing, Gateway Bank, Mesa Secure Storage, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Virginia Berg and Marc Community Resources. Donations are tax-deductible. Ed

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The Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum at Falcon Field in Mesa received Blue Star designation, indicating support of military families who have faced multiple deployments. The museum will show its support by offering active-duty personnel and their families free admission through Labor Day. This includes activated National Guard and Reserve. Additionally, the museum, at 2017 N. Greenfield Road, has rolled out a new activity for kids 6-12: an edu-venture scavenger hunt. Blue Star Museums, which offer these families a chance to visit museums during summer when many will have limited resources and limited time together, is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the U.S. Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across the country. A $4,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s Community Grant Program helped make the Commemorative Air Force Museum’s participation possible.



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


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

iom Public Affairs, the firm he was running. Mathew said, though, his client “of course’’ has a future in lobbying despite the indictment and criminal trial. Axiom no longer exists, with the remaining partners having renamed the operation Compass Rose Public Affairs. There was no immediate response from attorneys representing Johnson or Sherry Pierce, Gary’s wife. Tuesday’s decision means more than the end of this case. It also likely hampers efforts by the FBI in what prosecutors have admitted is an even larger investigation. That other case was considered so important that they offered no-prison plea deals to Pierce and Norton in exchange for their testimony. Both rejected the offer, as did Johnson and Sherry Pierce, who were given the same option to plead guilty to a single felony, but with no obligation to testify in any other matter, though Johnson would have had to pay a maximum $100,000 fine. The 2017 indictment charged that Johnson funneled $31,500 through Norton and the lobbyist’s now ex-wife, Kelly, to Sherry Pierce for what the government argued was really a no-work contract.

That money eventually wound up in the couple’s joint bank account. It also says there was a plan to have Johnson purchase property for Gary Pierce in Mesa but have the paperwork recorded so it appeared the transaction was actually paid for by Norton. That deal never went thorough. What made all that relevant, according to prosecutors, was their contention that the money and the land offer were in exchange for Pierce’s votes on two issues at the commission. One is a change in policy that allows the owners of small utility companies like Johnson Utilities to pass along the cost of their personal income taxes to customers. The other increased the book value of the utility, a move that, in turn, increased the amount the company can charge ratepayers. Part of the burden for the government was proving a link. This was particularly true over the claim that Pierce pushed the policy on tax treatment in exchange for the alleged bribe, as there was evidence he had been in favor of that change for years before. There also was the fact that much of the case was built on the testimony and credibility of Kelly Norton who was listed as an “unindicted co-conspirator.’’

According to prosecutors, the money that went to Sherry Pierce came from Johnson through Norton’s consulting firm. She told jurors she approached prosecutors to avoid being charged criminally herself; she got immunity in exchange for her testimony. But during the trial, defense attorneys presented evidence they said showed that Sherry Pierce actually did work for Kelly Norton. That is crucial, as federal bribery laws do not apply if some service actually is performed, no matter the source of the cash. Pierce, a former state lawmaker, was first elected to the commission in 2006 and reelected four years later. He left at the end of 2014 because he had served the full two terms allowed by law. Prosecutors never said what led federal investigators to look at Pierce or the votes. Both the Corporation Commission and Pinnacle West Capital Corp., parent of Arizona Public Service, have disclosed they had contact with the FBI. And Gary Pierce told Capitol Media Services after he was initially interviewed by FBI agents in 2016 that agents were questioning him about the 2014 election. His son, Justin, was running that year for secretary of state.

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he makeup of most East Valley school boards will be changing next January after current members decided not to seek another term and newcomers threw their hat in the ring. Last Wednesday, Aug. 8, was the last day for candidates to file petitions to get on the Nov. 6 ballot, setting up election contests in virtually every district except Higley and Queen Creek, where just enough candidates filed for the number of board vacancies. In those districts where there are contests, the elections involve two seats on each board for four-year terms. In Mesa Public Schools, the state’s largest district, incumbents Ben Smith and Jenny Richardson, both filed for re-election to a second term. Also filing were Marcie Hutchinson, wife of former Mesa City Manager and East Valley Partnership Vice President Mike Hutchison and a teacher for 28 years and director of K-12 initiatives at ASU after that; and Realtor Rhonda Levenda. Chandler Unified has the biggest field

of candidates with six battling it out for two seats. Incumbent Bob Rice is seeking his fourth term but board President Annette Auxier, who has been on the district governing board since 1998, is not seeking reelection. Chandler candidates are Joshua Askey, a controller for a local business and father of three; Lara Bruner, a 26-year veteran teacher who currently teaches in the Tempe Union High School District; Noemy Esparza-Isaacson, a Spanish teacher and IT professional; Lindsay Love, a licensed clinical social worker and 2003 Hamilton High School graduate; and Jim Robinson, owner of a residential investment company. In the Queen Creek Unified School District, only board president Ken Brague and newcomer Samantha Davis are running to fill two vacancies. Just enough candidates filed in Higley Unified to fill two four-year vacancies and one two-year opening. incumbents Amy Kaylor and Greg Wojtovich and newcomer Jill Wilson. Rick Thornock, who was appointed to the board in 2017, did not file.

Kaylor, who was appointed to the board in 2016 and has four children in Higley schools, and Wilson filed for the two fouryear seats. Incumbent Wojtovich, who was elected in 2015 to a four-year term and works at Chandler-Gilbert Community College as a career adviser, has opted to seek only another two years. The race for the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board promises to be more interesting with incumbents Jill Humpherys and Joseph Santa Cruz and challenger Shana Murray battling for two open spots. Mesa resident Murray is a second-grade teacher and is in her eighth year of teaching, her past six years at Guerrero Elementary in Mesa Public Schools. She lives in a part of Mesa that’s within GPS boundaries. Humpherys is seeking her third term. She is a co-director of Maricopa County for the Arizona School Boards Association and all five of her children went through the Gilbert Public Schools system. In the Kyrene School District, two longtime board members have opted not to seek another term though the father of one of them is running to succeed his daughter. Board President Kristin Middleton,

who was elected in 2014 and who was Arizona’s youngest delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention, has opted not to seek a second term. Also bowing out is Bernadette Coggins, who decided against a third term. Among the four candidates vying for those two vacancies is Middleton’s Realtor father, Mike Middleton; David Hoye, a journalist and 10-year veteran grade school teacher who also holds an Arizona principal’s certificate; Kevin Walsh, an attorney; and Margaret Pratt, a former speech therapist and small business owner. Tempe Union also will see changes on its governing board in January after incumbents Brandon Schmoll and DeeAnn McClenahan are bowing out. Schmoll, who also is an elected constable and is seeking reelection to that post, is finishing his first term while McClenahan is nearing the end of her third. Two of the three candidates seeking to replace them unsuccessfully ran for board posts two years ago. They are Andres Barraza and attorney Don E. Fletcher. Also running is Brian Garcia, an ASU law school student.


UofA to offer courses in East Valley starting this fall

The University of Arizona will offer four undergraduate courses in the East Valley at its Chandler campus, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., beginning this month. Another six courses are planned for spring 2019 with start dates in January and March. Courses offered in Chandler are requirements for four UofA undergraduate degrees in cyber operations, human services, informatics, and network operations. In addition, the university will offer an undergraduate certificate in Cybersecurity. The UofA is seeking applications for adjunct instructors to teach courses in the various Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs. The university is also looking for area businesses interested in student intern and corporate partnership opportunities. UofA will continue to host boot camps in Chandler to teach job-ready skills for the digital economy. Information:

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The eight-week early-learning program ArtVille Academy, designed to prepare youngster for a smooth transition into school, returns on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon beginning Aug. 16 at the i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place in Mesa. Enrollment is now closed for classes through Oct. 4 but is open for sessions Oct. 18-Dec. 13. The curriculum combines literacy, art, science and math for children 3-5. Each week, children are introduced to new themes and activities to inspire a curiosity for learning and developing skills needed for school. The program, launched in 2017, was developed from the pilot program Skill Builders, which featured activities such as counting and color sorting. Feedback from participants and educators continues to help shape ArtVille Academy’s lessons. Information: Chelsea Marsh at


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Ducey touts record in address to Chandler business leaders BY PAUL MARYNIAK Tribune Executive Editor


ast Valley Republic legislative candidates who are in primary fights shouldn’t expect any help from Gov. Doug Ducey. “I stay out of them. They are for the people to decide,” said Ducey in a brief interview Aug. 9 after addressing the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and spending nearly an hour going around a room and exchanging pleasantries with about 100 businesspeople and politicians. Ducey said in the interview he was in Chandler “getting out and promoting the state and talking about economic development – which, of course, is part of the day job,” though he added, “I imagine everything between now and the election will be considered a campaign stop.” But an upbeat message to the supportive crowd, he indicated he wouldn’t mind their votes. “I want you to know that I know that I worked for you and I’m asking for your help and support going forward and keep this agenda and a secure Arizona’s future,” he said, later adding: “Thanks for having me and please communicate with your friends and neighbors about the importance of this upcoming election cycle. We’re 89 days away.” Ducey himself faces an opponent in the primary, former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett – whom he has dismissed as a “fringe candidate.” Numerous people snapped photos of Ducey and one legislative hopeful – former Chandler Councilwoman Nora Ellen, running in a three-way Republican primary for two House nominations in Chandler Legislative District 16 – shot a selfie of herself and the governor.

While taking note of the numerous state and local officials in the audience – including three school superintendents with whom he “got to work with very closely” as he pushed through his 20 percent raise for teachers – Ducey said: “I’m grateful for all of the leaders that are in the room, but most of all, I’m thankful for the CEOS, the business owners, the employees and the entrepreneurs in Chandler who are making things happen in this economy.” That led him to the heart of his message. He harkened back to his first few months in office in early 2015, when “this state had a $1 billion deficit and a sluggish economy and here we are just a few years later with a balanced budget with a record amount of dollars in our General Fund and an economy that is absolutely booming.” He touted his administration’s accomplishments in bringing more than 240,000 new private sector jobs and 300 new out-of-state companies to Arizona and asserted that the last time the state’s unemployment rate was as low as it is now, “you were renting movies from Blockbuster.” He also praised Chandler civic and business leaders, calling it “a city that has embraced innovation” and said it had lured companies that have created “10,000 new jobs for this city and more than $7.4 billion in new investments for the City of Chandler. “ Touting his administration’s restoration of millions in public school funding, Ducey also touted his administration’s investment in public education and increased border security and said he was as concerned about maintaining Arizona’s quality of life as he is about assuring its economy stays strong.







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Former Hamilton football star runs a play for sustainability BY JORGE RAMOS Cronkite News


ike many accomplished football players, Glenn Love Jr. never worried much about life after the game. When he started playing professionally, however, the uncertainty set in. That changed after a visit to the Turtle Rescue conservation program at OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale. “They were, like, missing some limbs. And I was like, ‘What happened? Why are they missing limbs?’” said Love, a former Hamilton standout who plays linebacker for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Love learned that the turtles had been injured by plastic debris, including water bottles in the ocean. The aquarium had to remove their limbs to prevent them from dying. About that same time, May 2017, Love launched IInner Vision Apparel company, a sustainable clothing line. He wanted to start a business that could make a social impact. Inspired in part by the turtles, the apparel is made from 95 percent recycled material, and shirts specifically are constructed from five to 10 plastic bottles, recycled cotton and eco-friendly water-based ink. Plastic that is not recycled often ends up in a landfill or in the ocean. According

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Glenn Love Jr. wears items from his clothing line. Recycled plastic bottles are used to make his shirts.

to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, plastic takes about 450 years to decompose into the earth. If it lands in the ocean, it can potentially add to an island of trash debris in the Pacific that has grown to 600,000 square miles, twice the size of the Texas. The fashion industry has a significant impact on the environment, experts say. Whether it is the practices used overseas to grow cotton or the transportation used, the apparel industry leaves a substantial carbon footprint. That motivated Love to focus on recycled cotton.

“The carbon footprint is seen in transportation and where it’s grown and how it’s grown. Most fibers are being grown with pesticides,” said Nicole Darnall, a professor of management and public policy at Arizona State’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. “They are chemically grown. And most synthetics fibers are derived from petroleum.” Before Love had a passion for sustainable fashion, he was a football standout at Hamilton. He lettered in four sports and holds the school record for interceptions in a season (10). He

also secured a 5A MVP title and a state championship. After graduating from Hamilton, he played four seasons at UCLA, where he was converted from defensive back to linebacker. He is playing in his seventh season in the Canadian Football League. Once Love started his professional career, he said he felt it was his duty to show that athletes can make a positive impact on society. “I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t just me that (my future) was affecting, but it was affecting other people, too, in a positive way,” Love said. A visit to an aquarium gave him direction. “Seeing those things swim sideways because it had one arm – that’s because of us, not because of them. They didn’t do anything wrong,” Love said. “It is because of us. Millions of sea creatures and sea life die because of us. That really changed things.” Love was looking for a manufacturer to produce his clothing line and found Brett Matheson, owner of Yoganastix in Arizona, which produces clothing material from recycled plastic bottles. “He (Matheson) really showed me some materials … polyester, cotton, the blends and all that kind of stuff. The last one he showed me was like recycled See


Mesa woman plans reunion of ‘kids’ from Alma Estates Tribune News Staff


s youngsters, they played together in one of Mesa’s oldest neighborhoods, a quiet community named Alma Estates, and went together to the same grade school, Adams Elementary, at a time when most everything residents see today wasn’t there. No Mesa Community College, no Banner Desert Medical Center – let alone Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Not even Fiesta Mall. “All there were were cotton fields,” recalled Karen Nareau, who has organized a reunion of the people who, as kids, lived

in the area bordered by Broadway Road and Southern Avenue, Dobson and Alma School roads. She’s hoping people whom she hasn’t tracked down via Facebook will join her and a few dozen others at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Macayo’s Restaurant, 1920 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, to talk about times long gone. Though many of the kids who grew up in Alma Estates more than half a century ago were fairly close, many drifted apart as time went on, starting with the fact that some went to Mesa High when others went to Westwood High. But before then, she said, it was an

almost idyllic life as they rode bikes, played ball and scooted around on the water on cardboard boxes when Adams’ grassy areas were being irrigated. One of Nareau’s most vivid memories is that of an old woman “who literally lived in a shack” around 8th Avenue and who would get so peeved when kids came near her property that “she would come out with a shotgun filled with rock salt and fire at them.” “Almost everyone has a rock salt story from those days,” she said. Though some of the group stayed in touch, most drifted. And then Facebook came along.

Or, it should be said, Nareau came to Facebook. About “five or 10 years ago,” she said, she got on Facebook, then started looking around for old pals. She discovered some from the old neighborhood, learning that a number of them stayed in Mesa but had settled outside Alma Estates. Nareau decided to schedule a reunion dinner last year to see how many would show up. To her delight, a couple dozen did. Now, she’s hoping a few more kids from the old neighborhood will join her. They should contact her at 480-584-9695.



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bottles, so I am like, ‘What?’” Love said. In that moment, Love knew what he was going to do. “When you see those turtles and me seeing this material, it was meant to be,” he said. Although it is a good start to becoming more sustainable, it does have unintended consequences, said George Basile, a senior sustainability scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Microfiber pollution, which is the shedding of microplastics from synthetic fabrics used to make clothing, can occur. “It’s not a bad step. You’re building a business on the idea of cycling, and cycles and surfaces and recycling. … That may position you better for using other materials that need to be recycled that are OK that leak into nature,” Basile said. “I think overall it’s a good step toward where you want to go but it’s incomplete. We want businesses that are interested in heading toward completeness but also are not trapped by having to be perfect.” More than a year has passed since Love launched IInner Vision Apparel. The company has expanded from online only

to being in Kalloni’s Closet Boutique in Gilbert. “Immediately, he reminds me so much of myself just from his personality. Just like out how he operates,” owner Keller Ziegler said. “This is absolutely going to work out.” The lack of a business background and fashion acumen created a few setbacks for Love, who has struggled to adjust to unexpected obstacles. “Now, I’ve got to learn how to deal with people overseas, that when I was going to bed they were getting up,” he said. “So I was getting up at 3 in the morning. You cannot speak the same language and you might say one thing to someone from here and they might interpret it as something else.” This has not deterred Love, who hopes to one day have his own brickand-mortar storefront for IInner Vision, and to be a distributor for other apparel companies looking to use sustainable materials for their clothing. He is looking to develop a business relationship with fitness brand SoulCycle and to expand into Canada. “Maybe have a store where it’s all ecofriendly brands. Might be local. Might be from Zimbabwe,” Love said. “It doesn’t matter.


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


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

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

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with dementia doesn’t necessarily understand what all those sounds are,” she said. In addition to simulating the confusion dementia can cause, the demonstration tries to replicate symptoms of other diseases common among seniors. Participants wear altered sunglasses to simulate macular degeneration, bumpy insoles to mimic peripheral neuropathy and thick gloves to simulate loss of motor skills, adding layers of challenge. “A lot of times you’ll find that someone with dementia also has one of these other things,” Elder said. Participants have to complete a number of tasks made more difficult because of the sensory confusion they’re experiencing. The combination of obstructed vision, background noise, foot pain and loss of hearing means many people aren’t able to complete all the tasks. When the demonstration ends, participants fill out a brief survey asking what they experienced, what See

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Free shuttles to take riders around downtown BY COLLEEN SPARKS GSN Staff Writer


eople who go to downtown Chandler to sample restaurants, shops or other offerings soon will be able to get back and forth without their vehicles. The Chandler City Council last month approved an agreement with Electric Cab North America for free downtown circulator and ride services, including parking garage shuttle services. The agreement, which runs through next June 14, is not to cost more than $120,000 and could be extended for up to two years. Visitors and residents will be able to catch an electric cab at any downtown parking garage, according to Kim Moyers, city downtown redevelopment manager. They also will be able to shuttle between downtown businesses by either calling for a shuttle or hailing one that passes by. The city wants to help people get around downtown because the empty property known as Site 6 – where people have been parking for free across from City Hall – no longer will be available. Construction of the New Square Development is beginning on Site 6. One parcel west of Oregon Street will be closed this month, costing 200 public parking spaces. The parking area west of Oregon will be closed in October. The first phase of New Square is expected to be done in the late fall of 2019.


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they learned and how well they feel they understand the challenges faced by sufferers of dementia, which is an umbrella term for a variety of symptoms associated with declines in memory and cognitive abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Of course, the simulation is far from comprehensive – there are many aspects of dementia that can’t be simulated, Elder said. “People will talk about the fear … of being afraid, of not knowing where they

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An example of one of the electric shuttles that will be running in Chandler starting Sept. 6 is pictured here.

Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said, “There are several nearby garages offering hundreds of free covered public parking spaces in downtown Chandler. Our new shuttle service will help make those parking areas attractive, convenient options for visitors.” Moyers said the electric shuttles seat up to five passengers and one driver. “They’re larger, bigger and a little faster are, of not recognizing their caregivers,” she said. “We can’t simulate that.” Kaerie Carrigan, director of the memory-care program at Savanna House in Gilbert, also participated in the simulation. Although it wasn’t her first time in such a demonstration, she said, she still had difficulties with some of the challenges. Although truly simulating a disease as complex and individual as dementia is next to impossible, Carrigan says, experiences such as the simulation can still be valuable. “You can always say what they’re going through, but it’s different when you experience it,” she said. “I think this experience kind of brings a light to that.”

than what you would think of as a golf cart, but (have) sort of that feel to it,” she said. “Drivers will be knowledgeable about the downtown and able to help people with food choices.” Uber and Lyft typically want to provide longer rides, while Electric Cab North America specializes in the shorter journeys, Perkinson said. Moyers said Chandler will be the first

city in Arizona to sign a contract with Electric Cab North America. The free shuttle service will be available 4-9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays starting Sept. 6. with the option of expanding the hours if needed. “I think that what has happened over the years is people have gotten very accustomed to parking in Site 6,” Moyers said. “That’s become habit for them. “As we’ve continued to grow our downtown, we’re attracting more into the downtown. This is a way to educate people, moving them to the parking garages like they do in other cities. We want to give people an option during this transition. There’s a perception that some of the walking is too long,” Moyers added. Downtown Chandler has several parking garages downtown now and plans are underway for more. One garage is on the southeast corner of Chicago Street and Arizona Avenue. Others are at the northeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Boston Street and southeast corner of Buffalo Street and Arizona Avenue. They provide a total 1,500 parking spots. A fourth downtown parking garage with 350 spots as part of the Overstreet development is expected to open at the end of this month at the northwest corner of Oregon and Buffalo streets. New Square will provide a 930-stall parking garage at Chicago and Oregon streets by the fall of 2019.

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East Valley business riding the digital game tsunami BY CECILIA CHAN Tribune Staff Writer


ach Riding sits before a computer screen with earphones on, his eyes fixated on his character’s avatar in the latest popular shoot-’em-up survival game. It was grand-opening day at Pure Esports near Cooper and Baseline roads, the first esport center in Gilbert, and Riding couldn’t be happier. “I play ‘Fortnite’ at home on my Xbox and TV, a 55-inch Samsung, but the quality is not as good,” the 28-year-old Gilbert resident said. “Playing on a PC monitor is the best way to play a game. Basically, this is how the professionals play.” Pure Esports is Daniel Artt’s flagship store – one he hopes to replicate with franchises Valleywide. The 2,200-square-foot building, sandwiched between a wig shop and a Chinese restaurant in a strip mall, houses 50 gaming stations. Each station is outfitted with the latest and best equipment, such as an $1,800 computer monitor and a $300 chair to give a professional playing experience, according to Artt. “They have the newest Xbox,” said Riding, who spent five to 10 hours on his day off to game. “And this monitor is probably one of the best, top-of-theline equipment. These guys know what people want.” After working a decade in a corporate environment, Artt said, he sat down one day to figure out what he wanted to do for the rest of his life and decided to do something he loved. And Pure Esports was born. “I still play video games and I am 32,” Artt said. His sister, Lucy Artt-Mulligan, also is a Gilbert business owner, operating IDance Studio and Performing Arts the last four years. Esports, or competitive electronic sports, is projected to grow globally to a more than $1.1 billion industry by 2019, according to Goldman Sachs’ Global Investment Research. “We’re riding that wave,” said Artt, a Gilbert native who now lives in Mesa.

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As 9-year-old Victor Valenzuela tries his hand at a video game on one of Pure Esports’ 50 stations, owners Daniel and Jessica Artt are hoping to franchise their business across the Valley, taking advantage of the soaring popularity in gaming on devices that often are too expensive to buy and far more affordable to rent at a place designed for maximum performance by a gamer.

“This is video gaming, but instead of it being a lonely activity in a house or basement, it’s a way for kids to have a safe area to socialize with friends and either do casual play or do some competitive play, hone skills and participate in events and tournaments and win something at the end of the day.” And, he said, because gaming equipment is expensive, his business offers a low-cost way for people to enjoy the activity. Esports, well-established in Asia with gaming centers as ubiquitous as Starbucks, is making its way to Europe and the United States, Artt said. In South Korea, esports is a major pastime, with top gamers achieving celebrity status. “We haven’t seen the peak (here),” Artt said. “I am hoping to pioneer that effort.” He plans to hold Pure Esports’ first two tournaments at the end of August, featuring “Fortnite” and “League of Legends.” Esports is male-dominated but in the last couple of years, as it’s become more mainstream, females are taking to it,

Artt said, adding he expected to see mostly young adults and high school-age students among his clientele. Esports’ market share is still mostly millennial males, according to Nielsen, a global measurement and data analytics company. A recent Nielsen report found twothirds of the U.S. general population 13 and older are considered gamers, an increase to 66 percent in 2018 from 58 percent in 2013. Gamers are spending 11 percent of their leisure time either playing video games or engaging in esports, according to Nielsen. Worldwide, there are over 2.6 billion casual gamers today, up from 100 million in 1995, according to Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs attributed the explosive growth to a number of factors, including the ubiquity of mobile devices and the evolution of the gaming business model. Additionally, viewers are helping fuel esports’ surging growth with a global audience expected to reach 380 million this year, according to Esports Charts,

which monitors the industry’s trends. A Nielsen fan study showed the Western esports audience is 71 percent male, with an average age of 26. Esports also is gaining a foothold on college and high school campuses. Arizona State University’s Real Dream Team of gamers won the Heroes of the Dorm championship in 2016, taking home prizes and scholarship money. Teams from 390 colleges nationwide and Canada competed that year in online matches before a sold-out arena in California and broadcast on ESPN. As esports gains popularity, more than 30 U.S. colleges and universities such as University Utah and University of California, Irvine now offer scholarships for gamers, according to High School Esports League also is creating esports teams on secondaryschool campuses throughout the counSee

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

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

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Fining stupidity could drive many people broke BY DAVID LEIBOWITZ Tribune Columnist


very year come deep summertime we get a spate of headlines involving unprepared hikers being rescued from one the Valley’s mountain trails. You’ve seen the footage on the news recently: Firefighters and paramedics dangling from a helicopter over Camelback or wheeling some pallid, prone nitwit off a rocky trail using an all-terrain gurney. Equally predictable this time of year: calls for local elected leaders to pass a “Stupid Hiker Law” that mirrors Arizona Revised Statute 28-910, also known as the state’s “Stupid Motorist Law.” Under that statute, drivers who weave around a barricade into a flooded roadway and get stranded can be billed for the cost of their rescue up to $2,000. In theory, a Stupid Hiker Law would create the same liability: Hike on a day when the heat is searing as all Hades and require a rescue and – boom – you get billed. Given that a police helicopter costs a thousand bucks an hour to put in the air, such rescues carry quite the price tag.

Even so, I think charging Arizonans money for being stupid sets a bad precedent. I mean, given the amount of stupidity we experience in this state on a daily basis, where would we draw the line? For example, it’s perfectly legal to drive a motorcycle in Arizona without wearing safety gear of any kind, including a helmet. During my days as a full-time

clist’s Law, to invoice Harley-riding geniuses who crash without a helmet – and without insurance – for the cost of intensive care, brain surgery and years of physical therapy. Just as I shouldn’t have to pay for your dumb decision to play Christopher Columbus across a flooded wash or stagger up Piestewa Peak on a 117-degree afternoon, why should my car insurance

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when the heat is searing as all Hades and require a rescue, boom, you get billed.” newspaperman, I saw firsthand what happens to a human head when it hits the surface of a freeway at a high rate of speed. Having witnessed that, it seems surpassingly stupid to me to drive a motorcycle without a helmet. Thus, if we’re going to legislate against stupidity, we might as well pass a Stupid Motorcy-

and health insurance go up to pay for your motorcycle-induced roadside lobotomy? I’m not saying riding without a helmet should be illegal. I’m simply saying that if you truly believe in personal responsibility and personal freedom, go all in and pay for your own stupid decisions in their entirety.

In the same vein, I could make a solid argument for a Stupid Student Law. Last year, Arizona’s K-12 schools spent about $9,600 per child on education. Say your kid doesn’t take advantage of this amazing educational opportunity and instead merely shows up and takes up space. If your child gets nothing but Ds and Fs, why should we taxpayers foot the bill for such poor performance? Why not pass a law requiring parents to reimburse us for such a tragic waste of resources? Hey, isn’t it better to have them pay us back now, when the cost of stupidity is less than 10 grand a year, than to force them to pay when Junior the F-Student grows up to be a Stupid Criminal who goes off to prison for a decade – at a cost to taxpayers of more than $23,000 annually, according to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Education. I could go on all day, creating revenue opportunities out of human foibles. Here’s the thing, though: One man’s smart choice is another man’s incredible stupidity. As a guy who does dumb stuff pretty much every day, I worry I wouldn’t be able to make enough money to pay my fines should stupidity start costing Arizonans serious coin.

A great business environment and the case for responsibility BY AL FUNDERBURK Tribune Guest Writer


mall-business optimism is soaring. Recent indications from the National Federation of Independent Businesses reveal the second highest optimism level in the index’s 45-year history. This optimism is fueled by recent taxcut legislation. Tax cuts not yet fully realized. As a small-business owner, I attribute current optimism to the overall business environment: less regulation, burgeoning economy and, for my company, increased spending on infrastructure and defense. The tax-cut legislation is so nascent that we have yet to factor in all advan-

tageous tax outcomes and improved depreciation schedules. Consequently, I think there will be another round of growth and associated optimism coming in 2019, when small-business owners like me fully realize the benefits and begin to plow resultant available capital back into our organizations. However, it is critical that we continue the momentum. Even as we see the business tide rising in Arizona and throughout the country, it is important to consider the burdening tax policies and associated negative impacts in nearby states with less-lucrative business environments. To reverse course on tax legislation or to dampen the business environment now certainly would find our small busi-

nesses returned to the doldrums of 2015 and 2016, or worse. Just four years ago, our company was faced with minimized or halted production lines, Defense Department sequestration and, at the macro, reverberation of projected marginal domestic growth. To counter a dreadful external environment, we crafted a strategy based on two primary tenets: • Increase product channels through 2019 to be in position for DOD recapitalization, regardless of political administration. • Diversify to expand business volume with estimations that economic improvement in 2019 would benefit our broader offerings. Today, with domestic growth projec-

tions nearing 4 percent, the largest defense budget in U.S. history and a successful diversification campaign, our company is positioned well to exploit tax-cut legislation. In keeping with the NFIB report’s trend lines, we are optimistic. In the first half of 2018, we added 20 percent to our employee population. During the second half of 2018, we will continue hiring to nearly double our current head count. Capital to support this growth is critical and anyone who has experienced growth in a small company knows that available working capital is its lifeblood. Increased cost of capital (as occurring and projected to continue) further amSee

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plifies the impact. A tightening labor market and increased wage rates further draw on cash. At a time when many small businesses are seeing a substantial and positive turnaround, any major changes to economic policy or reversals to tax incentives would be devastating. Rather, we need to continue the path toward smaller government, an open business environment that thrives on competition and efficiency, and tax incentives that further stoke an already vibrant economy. At our company, it is not just business owners who benefit from this vibrancy. Our employees thrive and grow in skill base (training), career-growth opportunities and compensation. In 2018, our company’s bonus pool is doubled from last year. Wage rates in 2018 and planned rates for 2019 represent an overall average increase of 5 percent (well above averages in recent years). All of our employees are benefiting. We also plan substantial personnel and capital investments in late 2018 (employee training, IT infrastructure, manufacturing tooling and lease-hold improvements). In 2019, after tax-cut impacts are fully realized, we anticipate additional growth momentum. We intend to continue to incentivize our employees for retention and in support of their livelihoods. We also plan to share with our community as we have in past years, but even more so. I believe we have a unique opportunity over the coming years to impact our businesses, the lives of our employees, communities and customers in a positive way not seen since the 1950s. The tax cuts and other elements of an unencumbered business environment are enabling factors. So let us stay the course on tax-cut legislation, reduction of regulations and

improvement of the overall business environment. If we work together and act responsibly toward our employees and communities the possibilities over the coming years are incredible. The off-setting risks, to include increased cost of capital, escalating wage rates and material costs and a tightening labor market are real, but manageable. We business owners have a tremendous opportunity to positively impact so many lives. No one should be left out as this rising economic tide lifts all boats. I am thankful for the environment we are in and I am hopeful that we will all show leadership by ensuring that everyone in the value chain prospers according to their input. No reversing course. Let us push forward with continued growth and greater prosperity. -Al Funderburk is president, CEO and partowner of Phoenix Logistics Inc. in Mesa, a Fortune 5000 fastest-growing company in 2017, that supports the aerospace and defense markets through design and manufacturing of aerospace components and IT logistics and modeling, and simulation engineering services.

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Desert Ridge opens at Red Mtn. in east Mesa football clash BY ZACH ALVIRA Tribune Sports Editor


wo high school football powers in far east Mesa kick off the season against each other on Friday when Desert Ridge travels to Red Mountain. Red Mountain is coming off consecutive trips to the 6A semifinals, where it fell to eventual champion Chandler last season. The Mountain Lions are poised to continue their success among the state’s largest schools, but coach Mike Peterson is making sure his players take it one practice at a time. “Every day, we gather and ask ourselves, ‘Did we win today?’” Peterson said. “We had one the other day where we didn’t, and we were honest with ourselves. And then we came out and had a great one.” Red Mountain’s defense was among the best in the state last season, and

that is expected With a talented to continue on a front seven supportunit led by senior ing Daniels, the Red safety Shaq DanMountain defense iels. The 6-foot, hopes to stonewall 160-pounder had the high-powered 26 tackles playDesert Ridge offense. ing opposite GerJaguars quarterback ald Wilbon. With Cooper Schmidt reWilbon graduated, turns for his junior Daniels now is the season, and 1,000leader of the secyard rusher Lucas ondary. Wright, a senior, car“I’m going to be ries the load rushing. taking on one of “I’m ready to take the biggest roles on control of the ofdefense this year in fense, along with stopping the best Cooper,” Wright receiver each week,” said. “We want to go Alvira/Tribune Staff) Daniels said. “We Senior safety Shaq Daniels leads(Zach all the way. It would the Red Mountain are trying to come High defense into its season opener against Desert be a good way to finout and show that Ridge. ish my senior year.” our defense will be Wright and the one of the best in the state.” Jaguars’ offense are aware of Red Moun-

tain’s history of stout defense. “Our kids understand that Desert Ridge football is about tough practices. It’s mentally draining,” said Desert Ridge coach Jeremy Hathcock. “But it’s Red Mountain. They’ve been in the semifinals twice in a row. “This is some of the best football you will get in the far East Valley.” Desert Ridge is a Gilbert district school located in Mesa.

Perry at Pinnacle

Perry is the first to try its luck against five-star quarterback Spencer Rattler when it travels to north Phoenix to play Pinnacle. The Pioneers may be among the most talented teams in the state, but Perry retains enough talent from last year’s 6A state finalist to challenge. Junior quarterback Chubba Purdy and receiver Colby Dicky lead the Pumas ofSee

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Gilbert-based club hoops team inspires players to lift their game BY ERIC NEWMAN AFN Staff Writer


he final buzzer sounds, the close group that has played together for nearly six years walks off the court high-fiving and posing for the traditional picture with a trophy. It’s yet another quality finish in a local club basketball tournament. The players of the Inspire Courts varsity team, based in Gilbert, take a moment to enjoy the victory, but they cannot celebrate too long knowing another challenge waits in a tournament the next weekend. Inspire competes well with the state’s top clubs on a regular basis during the summer, when most basketball players who are hoping to be scouted and receive offers from college teams are making the tournament rounds. They’re trying to gain as much exposure as possible. Coach Albert Ramirez, who has coached several of Inspire’s age and skill levels for nearly five years (and is the coach of NFL YET Academy’s boys’ varsity team that finished 17-10 and reached

the AIA 1A playoff semifinals last season) said exposure and ability to continue playing basketball is exactly what he is aiming to give the kids who come through his program. “We want to get our kids placed in a college setting. It doesn’t matter what level – from junior colleges to Division I – or whatever opportunity, we just want to help them succeed however we can and continue their education through sports,” Ramirez said. Often, kids looking to pad their statistics to impress coaches and scouts tend to focus on offense, specifically scoring and assists. Inspire takes a different approach. “All the guys just work really hard on defense, full-court, man-to-man, and we try to trap everything,” Ramirez said. “It’s kind of unique in a way because there’s so many games that some teams don’t do it. They’re worried about getting tired. I have guys in good shape and a bunch of kids on the bench, so I can continue to do that. Some teams only go with seven or eight, but I like having 10 or 11 so I can continue to have them hustling when they’re

on the floor.” That all-out defensive style works because, as shooting and scoring can be inconsistent, especially at the high school level, players understand they control their hustle and defensive effort. Dre’Quan Bryant, a recent graduate of NFL YET, who played under Ramirez, is using the opportunity with Inspire to get summer workouts in before he moves on in September. He said the team’s defensive style allows the group to succeed, even when the top players are struggling on offense, by getting steals that lead to easy baskets in transition. “For us, our team is just used to pressure. It breaks other teams down mentally, and when it breaks them down, that’s how we get our game back up,” Bryant said. Another advantage Inspire has, especially in June when many of Arizona’s top teams play grueling high school summer basketball schedules, is that its roster consists of many multi-sport athletes, specifically football players, who may not compete during the summer in a second sport with their high school teams.

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Dre’Quan Bryant, a recent graduate of NFL YET, is using his time with Inspire club basketball to get summer workouts in before he moves on in September. He said the team’s defensive style allows it to succeed by getting steals that lead to easy baskets in transition.




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fense. Seniors Travis Beckman and Travis Calloway anchor their defense, hoping to throttle Rattler, who has committed to play at Oklahoma next year.

Chandler at Corona (Calif.) Centennial

Two-time defending 6A state champion Chandler is No. 10 in the country in MaxPreps’ Xcellent 25 preseason rankings, but its opening trip to California is no joyride: Centennial is No. 17. Having played national powers Las Vegas Bishop Gorman and Bradenton, (Florida) IMG Academy in recent years, Chandler is accustomed to performing in the national spotlight.

Chaparral at Hamilton

The Mike Zdebski era begins at Hamilton, where the new coach will attempt not only to shed turmoil created by hazing allegations that brought down the previous staff but also to restore the Huskies among the state’s elite. It’s a tough opening assignment. Chaparral, moving up to 6A, is led by senior quarterback Jack Miller, who has

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Casteel made headlines when it won the 3A state title in its second season of varsity competition. Now in 5A with its first senior class, the Colts will be challenged immediately by West Valley powerhouse Centennial.

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he East Valley Tribune/Gilbert Sun News VarsityXtra brand, a staple in the prep sports community, returns for the 2018-19 sports season. Home to game stories, previews and features on teams and athletes across the East Valley, the brand is the go-to source for prep sports fans at Keep an eye out for new content hitting the site soon, and follow us @varsityxtra on Twitter. Stories will be shared via social media, along with live coverage of games across the East Valley from our reporters using #EVTLive and #AFNLive.

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Amber Tamblyn to sign books at Changing Hands BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI GET OUT Editor


ctress, activist and author Amber Tamblyn said she believes the #MeToo movement has changed the face of entertainment. “I think it has forced a lot of artists and writers to think outside of their creative boxes and find new ways to approach difficult subjects,” Tamblyn said. In June, she released her debut novel, “Any Man,” which tells the story of Maude, a serial female rapist who preys on men. She blends poetry, prose and suspense to map the ways in which society perpetuates rape culture. Tamblyn calls the book a tribute to those who have lived through the nightmare of sexual assault. She will sign copies of her book at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. “I don’t think it’s that far-fetched that I could have conceived of something like this in the world that we live in, where people have a hard time emphasizing with the stories of others and the experiences of others who are not like them,” said Tamblyn, who originated the role of Emily Quartermaine

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Miss Krystle has best of both worlds as lawyer, singer BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI GET OUT Editor


ith her flame-red hair and confident stroll, Miss Krystle is a force to be reckoned with. Lawyer Krystle Delgado by day and pop

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star Miss Krystle at night, she is dedicated to her craft and her fans. Her latest release, “Inevitable EP,” has had nearly a half-million streams on Spotify alone. “As an independent artist, I am very proud of this,” she said enthusiastically. Delgado said she’s been singing since she opened her eyes, ears and mouth. She grew up in the Sierra Nevada area of California. She and her family moved to Scottsdale when she was 10. Music is in her family, including her mother who is a classically educated musician. “I learned piano, cello and violin from a classical standpoint,” Delgado said. “When I was in my teens, I realized I was a performer. I was doing shows at 15, thinking See

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including “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” She is the author of three books of poetry, including the bestseller “Dark Sparkler.” Acting, she added, doesn’t do much for

her any longer. However, she will appear in the upcoming TV series “Y,” based on the DC graphic novel “Y The Last Man.” “I don’t think it’s as joyful as it used to be for me, only because it’s not new,” she said. “It’s something I’ve done for over two decades. I don’t want to say it’s boring, but I just feel unenthused by a lot of it. I pretty much told myself I didn’t want to act unless it was really special or different. I also just don’t need to. But ‘Y: The Last Man’ was so interesting. It’s interesting to step back into the acting world.” The daughter of actor Russ Tamblyn and wife of “Arrested Development” star David Cross, Tamblyn wrote and directed the feature film “Paint It Black,” based on the novel by Janet Fitch, starring Alia Shawkat, Janet McTeer and Alfred Molina, which is available on Netflix. She reviews books of poetry by women for Bust Magazine, is a poet in residence at Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and is a contributing writer for The New York Times. She is a founding signatory of the Time’s Up Movement. “Any Man” took about two years to write See

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– two years before the #MeToo movement. She tweeted in September 2017: “James Woods tried to pick me and my friend up at a restaurant once. He wanted to take us to Vegas. ‘I’m 16,’ I said. ‘Even better,’ he said.” “I wrote it in chunks over the course of three years up until about the middle of


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I was the next Britney Spears. Then I realized I had to work really hard to be Britney Spears.” Hard work defines Delgado. She was homeschooled and then attended ASU, studying political science, and graduated cum laude from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Since wrapping up school, Delgado has been representing entertainment industry clients. She did the “rock thing” for a very short time. Inevitable, she adds, is the culmination of an easy songwriting process – for the most part. “We get to the sixth song and there was one issue after another,” she said. “We felt it was a sign that we were almost done with


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

the EP. We just had to stick with it. It’s my strongest songwriting to date. I was so excited about the music production.” “For me, it’s about the moment. At the end of the day, I want to put out good music for my fans. It’s much more difficult to win over people in the pop genre. I want to appeal to the masses, but my music feels original. That’s a hard task. I’ve been true to my art, though, and transparent about who I am.” “Inevitable” is Delgado’s missive about personal empowerment. “There’s so much trouble in the world right now,” she said. “What we need right now is an anthem about personal empowerment.” This year, she brought her music to South by Southwest music conference in Austin. She also started the Facebook and YouTube

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Naked watermelon cake Woven Hot Dog Rug will have makes a refreshing masterpiece you running for a plate BY JAN D’ATRI GET OUT Contributor


first wrote about watermelon cakes back in 2015. They weren’t just cakes colored red. The watermelon is the actual cake, liberally coated with cake frosting. With this version, the only icing you’ll use is in between the layers of watermelon to keep the tiered fruit in place. If you’re wondering if icing really sticks to watermelon, it does, indeed – with an important tip that I’ve included in the directions. So head to the produce section and grab a nice seedless watermelon and go make a refreshing masterpiece.



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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received until Thursday, September 6, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. All sealed bids will be received at Mesa City Plaza Building, Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, 5th Floor, Mesa, Arizona; except for bids delivered 30 minutes prior to opening which will be received at the information desk, 1st floor, Main Lobby of the Mesa City Plaza Building. Any bid received after the time specified will be returned without any consideration. This contract shall be for furnishing all labor, materials, transportation and services for the construction and/or installation of the following work: Furnish and install water pipe, pumps, motors, valves, chlorination equipment, electrical improvements, site improvements, and miscellaneous appurtenances to equip drilled wells at City of Mesa City Well 7 site at 212 North Mesa Drive and at City Well 8 site 604 N Pasadena. The Engineer’s Estimate range is between $2,800,000 and $3,500,000. For all technical, contract, bid-related, or other questions, please contact Donna Horn at Contractors desiring to submit proposals may purchase sets of the Bid Documents from Thomas Reprographics, Inc. dba Thomas Printworks, Click on “Register Today” and follow the prompts to create your account. Please be sure to click finish at the end. NOTE: In order to receive notifications and updates regarding this bid (such as addenda) during the bidding period, REGISTRATION ON THE WEBSITE IS REQUIRED. For a list of locations nearest you, go to, and click on Phoenix. The cost of each Bid Set will be no more than $154, which is non-refundable regardless of whether or not the Contractor Documents are returned. Partial bid packages are not sold. You can view documents online (at no cost), order Bid Sets, and access the Plan Holders List on the Thomas Reprographics website at the “Public Construction Vaults” address listed above. Please verify print lead time prior to arriving for pick-up. One set of the Contract Documents is also available for viewing at the City of Mesa’s Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ. Please call 480-644-2251 prior to arriving to ensure that the documents are available for viewing. In order for the City to consider alternate products in the bidding process, please follow Arizona Revised Statutes §34.104c. If a pre-bid review of the site has been scheduled, details can be referenced in Project Specific Provision Section #3, titled “Pre-Bid Review of Site.” Work shall be completed within 300 consecutive calendar days, beginning with the day following the starting date specified in the Notice to Proceed. Bids must be submitted on the Proposal Form provided and be accompanied by the Bid Bond for not less than ten percent (10%) of the total bid, payable to the City of Mesa, Arizona, or a certified or cashier's check. PERSONAL OR INDIVIDUAL SURETY BONDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. The successful bidder will be required to execute the standard form of contract for construction within ten (10) days after formal award of contract. In addition, the successful bidder must be registered in the City of Mesa Vendor Self-Service (VSS) System ( The successful bidder, simultaneously with the execution of the Contract, will be required to furnish a Payment Bond in the amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, a Performance Bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, and the most recent ACORD® Certificate of Liability Insurance form with additional insured endorsements. The right is hereby reserved to accept or reject any or all bids or parts thereto, to waive any informalities in any proposal and reject the bids of any persons who have been delinquent or unfaithful to any contract with the City of Mesa. BETH HUNING City Engineer ATTEST: DeeAnn Mickelsen City Clerk PUBLISHED: East Valley Tribune/Business Aug. 5, 12, 2018 / 14637

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BETH HUNING City Engineer

BETH HUNING City Engineer

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

ATTEST: DeeAnn Mickelsen City Clerk

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



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