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Data �irms �locking to Mesa’s tech corridor BY JIM WALSH Tribune Staff Writer


esa’s Elliot Road Technology Corridor, once an isolated swath of open desert on the city’s eastern fringe, is now booming as proposed data centers multiply and years of planning pay off. Five companies bought land and several are pursuing construction plans. Raging Wire won planning and zoning approvals from Mesa in the past two weeks – a green light for constructing a 1.5-millionsquare-foot campus with seven buildings. “We’re the little guys,’’ said Paul Martin, senior design project manager for Raging Wire, after Mesa’s Design Review Board praised the company’s architectural plans.

But everything is relative and is especially true in the highly competitive digital tech world. Martin compares his company to such powerhouses like Apple, which already operates a data center in the corridor, and Google, which secured tax incentives to its own massive data center. Martin said Raging Wire’s business is different. It builds data centers and attracts smaller companies and Google to rent space to eventually accommodate rows of servers to process all kinds of data. “It’s a great project. It’s great for the city of Mesa,’’ said Randy Carter, chairman of the Design Review Board, which reviews the architectural quality and landscaping of proposed buildings. While Raging Wire might not be a famous

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name, it is far from an insignificant company. It is a subsidiary of NTT, a global Japanese communications company operating data centers in California, Texas, Chicago and Virginia. Bill Jabjiniak, Mesa’s economic development director, said the boom is no coincidence and represents eight years of planning to lure the high-tech companies and their high-paying jobs to Mesa. “I would tell you this is a vision that started eight years ago,’’ Jabjiniak said, saying it was back then that he and his colleagues started assembling the infrastructure vital to data centers. Jabjiniak listed the three critical elements that laid the groundwork for what is happen-

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Chandler teacher �ired for religious, anti-gay actions BY KEVIN REAGAN Tribune Staff Writer

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handler Unified School District fired an art teacher for allegedly discriminating against a transgender student and bringing a box of Bibles to her classroom. Annella Krom’s conduct at Arizona College Preparatory-Erie was described as “objectionable, disrespectful, and unprofessional” in a report by district staff to the governing board. Students accused Krom of freely discussing her Christian beliefs in class and expressing anti-gay viewpoints, including she thought homosexuals were “just confused.” The allegations led to her termination earlier this month.

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AzMerit scores produce a mixed bag of results in EV BY JORDAN HOUSTON Tribune Staff Writer


ewer than half of all students in three of the East Valley’s eight public school districts passed math and English in the state’s annual assessment of student performance under Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. Results from the 2018-19 AzMerit tests put the district-wide passing rates in both areas below 50 percent for Mesa Public Schools, Tempe Elementary and Tempe Union High School districts. With a statewide passing rate of 42 percent in both English and math, Mesa’s passing rate was 41 percent for English and 43 percent for math; Tempe Union came in at 37 and 35 percent, respectively; and Tempe Elementary registered 38 and 43 percent, respectively. District-wide passing rates for English in the other districts in the region were: Higley Unified, 63 percent; Kyrene, 60; Chandler Unified, 59; Queen Creek Unified, 56; and Gilbert Public Schools, 53. District-wide passing rates in math for those districts were: Higley, 63 percent; Queen Creek, 62; Chandler, 58; Kyrene, 57; and Gilbert, 52. The Chandler Unified School District performed well above the state’s average in math and English assessments, yet individual schools showed little improvement from the previous year. In Chandler, individual schools showed little change between the 2018 and 2019 passing rates, The Knox Gifted Academy had some of

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The East Valley Tribune reached out to Krom, who had been teaching in Chandler for the last three years and she referred any questions to her attorney but he did not reply. The district report said a transgender student told administrators Krom wouldn’t allow an art project about the personal journey through transgenderism because the subject was inappropriate for a classroom environment. “Teacher subsequently acknowledged that she rejected the topic because it conflicted with teacher’s religious beliefs,” the report states. The student went to a counselor, who informed the school’s principal. The principal advised Krom there was nothing objectionable with the student’s project topic. In an email, Krom told the principal she does not condone the LGBTQ lifestyle and won’t assist in creating artwork that glori-

the highest scores for CUSD – registering a 95-percent passing rate in both English and math. Frye Elementary School had some of the district’s lowest scores with 26 percent passing English and 17 percent passing math. Frye’s school-wide passing rates were lower than the previous year. Andersen Elementary, Bogle Junior High, Conley Elementary, San Marcos Elementary and Ann Marie Jacobson Elementary all had slightly smaller passing rates in English and math compared to 2018.  Some schools, like Humphrey Elementary and Sanborn Elementary, had a greater percentage of students passing English, but a small percentage passing math.  By contrast, Willis Junior High had a higher rate of students passing math and a lower rate passing English. In Mesa, 31 of the district’s 55 elementary schools had passing rates below 50 percent in English. Only 29 of those schools had passing rates in math.  Students in public district and charter schools in 3rd grade through high school take the test each spring. For high school students, the test is given at the end of their courses, similar to a final exam and passing the test does not affect their graduation – one reason some experts say scores often are low in high schools. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said in a statement said that statewide, there were improved scores in 13 of the 22 grade-level and test categories. AzMerit scores are included in the formula that the state uses to give each


fies it, the report said. “Either this topic is the priority or the word of God is,” the teacher allegedly wrote.


school a letter grade each year. Besides helping boost a school’s state letter grade, districts that do well in AZMerit receive bonus money, mostly for teachers. Last year, East Valley school districts received over $8.2 million from the state education department for their performance on AZMerit. Among the lowest Mesa elementary school scores in English were Roosevelt and Hughes, both with 25 percent; Kerr, 23 percent and Guerrero, 21 percent. In the 2018 results, Roosevelt had a passing rate of 24 percent, followed by Kerr with 21 and Guerrero, 17. Guerrero was at the bottom for math in the 2019 results as well with 22 percent passing, followed by Holmes Elementary at 20 percent, Webster with 20 percent and Kerr at 18 percent. In 2014, the Arizona Department of Education awarded a $19 million contract to American Institutes for Research to develop a new test to measure student mastery of the Arizona College and Ready Standards. The AzMERIT measures different skills and knowledge against standards for students in each grade level should be able to know and do in both English and math. Test results for grades 3-8 are at azed. gov/assessment. Parents must contact their school district for their child’s results.

Krom gave the student zero out of a possible 50 points for the project, telling the principal that a higher grade would violate her conscience. “I understand that you are probably unwilling to change your topic at this point,” the teacher reportedly wrote to the student, “but I cannot be forced to compromise convictions.” The transgender student asked to be taken out of Krom’s class, according to the report. CUSD charged Krom with violating a provision of her contract that prohibits a teacher from discriminating against any coworker, student or parent based on gender or sexual orientation. On Sept. 11, the Chandler Unified Governing Board determined there was good cause to dismiss Krom and placed her on administrative leave. She was given until Sept. 26 to request

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ing today: The relatively cheap power from the Salt River Project, because electricity is the biggest cost to data centers is a big draw. A data center representative said SRP power is 50 percent less expensive than power in California. Alos citing availability of redundant fiber for Internet access as a desireable criteria. Mesa invested in an “e-streets program years ago,’’ Jabjiniak said, installing empty underground conduits so companies could lay fiber optic cables when necessary. With streamlined zoning approval, it eliminats months of delays. Mesa created a tech corridor zoning overlay, allowing tech companies to “opt in’’ to the special zoning available and to have plans approved administratively. Public oversight is assured because the City Council must approve a development agreement with the companies before construction begins. “I think it’s starting to blossom. It’s growing before our eyes,’’ Jabjiniak said. “I think there is more to come.’’ He said the streamlined process “makes it easy for businesses to continue to invest.’’ Arizona’s climate and geography, free of hurricanes, significant earthquakes and other natural disasters, also make the state appealing for data centers, Jabjiniak said. “You think, ‘why Arizona?’ It’s because of its stable environment,’’ Jabjiniak said. He said the need for lightning-fast data is burgeoning in a society revolving around cell phones and computers. The data centers, typical emploing fewer people working for a host of companies, are anticipated to rent space in The Union, a large office complex planned for west Mesa.


Mesa officials planned out the technology corridor for eight years and it’s paying off handsomely for the city’s economy. (Special to the Tribune)

Evan Balmer, a Mesa city planner, wrote told the city’s Board of Adjustment that Raging Wire anticipates employing a maximum of 747 employees at build-out, a justification for reducing the number of parking spaces required from more than 2,000 to 796. The Board of Adjustment approved Raging Wire’s request on Oct. 2. “According to the applicant, the number of employees needed to run the data center facility is significantly less than a traditional office or warehouse use and will require only parking spaces for those employees. Additionally, any visitors to the site are required to schedule an appointment in advance of arriving at the site,’’ Balmer wrote. Jabjiniak acknowledged that data centers create fewer jobs than other industries, but said the tech corridor growth will still contribute to a significant increase in high-paying jobs in Mesa. He noted that the other proposals are similar to Raging Wire, for the most part,

in that they typically feature a campus of six to eight buildings. Eventually, if all the data centers are built, they would create thousands of good jobs, he said “They are well-paid jobs. I’ll take 700 jobs any day,’’ Jabjiniak said. He listed the other communications companies that have bought land in Mesa as CyrusOne, EdgeCore, Edgeconnex and Digital Reality. EdgeCore has built a 1.2 million square-foot building in the corridor and touts tax incentives it received to pick Arizona on its website. Edgeconnex lists a data center in Tempe, near Interstate 10, on its web site. Cyrus One’s web site says that a Phoenix area data center is “coming soon,’’ although most of their facilities are clustered in Texas and Virginia. Martin praised Mesa for having the foresight to create the right mix of infrastructure to attract data companies. He said the location near Apple and the planned Google data center is not as im-

But Richard Stavneak, the agency’s director, warned lawmakers against spending it all, particularly in creating new and expanded programs. He figures that perhaps just $170 million of that is likely to be what legislators should be able to count on it year after year. Stavneak said it would be prudent to hold back $50 million in reserve. The remaining $475 million? Stavneak said he and his team of economists are unwilling to predict that is any more than a one-time bubble. And that, he said, means the most prudent way to spend those dollars would be on one-time expenses.

Budget staffers told lawmakers the numbers have some uncertainty built in. Stavneak also said some of the predicted revenues are based on assumptions of how much Arizona will be able to collect from out-of-state retailers. A law requiring some larger retailers to collect the state tax kicked two weeks ago. Stavneak also pointed out that a survey of economists by the Wall Street Journal found 77 percent were predicting a recession by 2021. And all that could make the predictions go out the window. Economist Elliott Pollack, a member of the state’s Finance Advisory Committee, said Arizona population growth is running above the national average.

portant as power from SRP. “We are all there because of the infrastructure in place. All data centers need to be built where there is reliable and inexpensive power,’’ Martin said. He said the 102-acre site, which was quietly re-zoned in April and May, also appeals to him because it is off the road and should be conducive to a high level of security – another requirement for data centers. Martin declined to discuss his financing for the facility or to name potential tenants, but he said he hopes to begin construction by the end of 2019. Martin said the buildings may have space leased by more than one company and that his customers generally are not large enough to build their own data centers. Peter Norris, a Boston architect who designed the Raging Wire facility, said he designed the buildings with the corridor’s surroundings in mind. “I was really inspired by the mountains,’’ Norris said, noting that the only thing that will be visible behind the Raging Wire campus will be a fairly distant view of the Superstition Mountains. His color scheme included shades of red with blue accents, although he agreed with a suggestion from the board to mix up the colors on other buildings to avoid monotony. But he also said the buildings are designed for speedy construction to be responsive to market forces. “Buildings like this go for hundreds of millions of dollars,’’ Norris said. “What we have developed so far is a prototype. The quicker you can build a building, when there is a need, there is an advantage. It’s very competitive.’’ He added that conceptually, “we would like this to be a family of buildings that can be viewed as a campus.’’

State forecasts huge budget surplus for �iscal year HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


tate government is likely to have lots of extra money to spend in future years if the national economy doesn’t collapse. New reports last week from the staff of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee show that revenues in the fiscal year that ended June 30 were 10 percent above predictions. All that should mean the state will have $694 million unspent when this budget year ends next June 30 on top of the current $11.8 billion budget – money that could be allocated for the next fiscal year.

But he said that, unlike the pre-recession increases of 3.5 percent a year, the state should instead look to year-overyear changes of less than 2 percent. One factor? Changing demographics, including a sharp decline in birth rates. “While baby boomers are doing the job of dying, millennials aren’t doing their job of creating new population,’’ Pollack said. There are other issues complicating the economy. One of those, he said, is student loans. “Many young people have been lured into large amounts of student loan debt that their qualifications have not

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District studying impact of canines on kids’ learning BY KEVIN REAGAN Trinune Staff Writer


here’s a girl at Weinberg Elementary who hardly spoken to anyone since the start of this school year. Staff described her as possibly suffering from selective mutism, an anxiety disorder inhibiting kids from socializing. One day, a therapy dog was brought to the girl’s classroom. At the end of a lesson, the girl walked up to her teacher and casually described the dog she has at home. “It was like jaw-dropping,” said Sam Basso, a professional dog trainer. He and his partner, Barb Farmer, like to tell this story when discussing their new program in the Chandler Unified School District. They think the nonverbal girl demonstrates the power dogs can have in a school setting. That’s why they’ve agreed to bring certified therapy dogs to Weinberg’s classrooms for the whole school year. “We’re getting blown away by some of the stuff that’s happening,” Basso added. Their program, Dogs in Grade Schools, is not intended to be just a fun activity. Basso considers it an experiment to see whether dogs can scientifically improve academic performance. They will be collecting data on student attendance, discipline, and surveying staff on school climate. They’re also in talks with an Arizona State University professor to analyze all their data for an official study. “We’re thinking on a much higher level in

Weinberg Elementary student Charlotte Cameron welcomes Scooter Pie. (Kimberly Carrillo/Staff Photographer)

Weinberg Principal gives Scooter Pie a warm welcome. She said the dog makes kids eager to get to school. (Kimberly Carrillo/Staff Photographer)

kindergartners on the first day of school, accompanied students on the playground, and served as models for art projects. They’re also motivating students to finish their assignments quicker, as some teachers allow students to pet the dog once they’ve turned in their work. The volunteers have enough trained dogs to bring at least one on-campus each day. The school’s counselor advises them which classrooms would benefit most from having a dog and the animal will typically interact with students for up to an hour. Farmer said she’s come home in tears after witnessing some of the canine interactions at Weinberg. She remembered one student who was so comforted by a dog’s presence; he found the confidence to read aloud in front of the class. “With all this negativity in the world, it’s kind of nice to feel like you’re making a difference in a positive way,” Farmer said. Basso and Farmer have agreed to conduct their project for the whole school year. Once they’ve collected their data, they will decide whether to bring dogs to other CUSD schools. Some academic studies already have found possible evidence that therapy dogs can boost student literacy and psychological well-being. Basso believes their dogs will have a lasting impact on Weinberg’s students and he’s curious to see how they’ll perform in high school. “We think there’s going to be longer-term effects here,” he added. “We don’t think it’s just going to be a short-term effect.”

finding a place to do it. terms of what could be done,” Basso said. School dogs are not a new concept, as Farmer said it took her two years to find canines have been brought into class- a school willing to let them bring dogs into rooms all over Arizona for years. the classroom. There were a lot of quesB a s s o tions and said their concerns, program is she said, aiming to be about how more sysa program tematized, like theirs with set would work. - Shirley Mathew, Weinberg Principal rules and T h e y procedures, eventually so it can be easily replicated in other found an administrator open to the idea schools. at Weinberg Elementary and the district’s In addition, he said dogs are often only governing board officially approved of the brought in to help a specific type of stu- partnership in August. “We want kids to dent. They want their dogs to serve everylook forward to coming one at Weinberg. “This is not for just kids with maybe a to school,” said Weinreading disability or a behavioral prob- berg Principal Shirley lem,” Basso said. “This is for the whole Mathew. “School needs to be a happy place.” school.” The pilot project originated with the The dogs have brought volunteers wanting to spread some joy in a great level of excitelocal schools. ment to the school, she Farmer said she and Basso were talking added, and teachers are about the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook finding ways to incorpoElementary School that left 20 children rate them into curricudead, and wondered how they could use lum. their skills to prevent another tragedy. For example, the prin“All of these school shootings have really cipal recalled a teacher impacted our hearts,” Farmer said. who recently taught a Farmer had supervised a dog-therapy lesson on circles and had program at Dignity Health and Basso’s a therapy dog walk in cirbeen training dogs in the Valley for sev- cles in front of the class. eral years. “We’ve made the dog So, they knew they had the resources part of the learning proand ability to introduce a dog-therapy cess,” Mathew said. Nathan Raccuglia gives some loves to the dog (Kimberly Carrillo/Staff Photographer) program. But then came the challenge of The dogs have greeted

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2 Mesa school students attacked in separate incidents BY JIM WALSH Tribune Staff Writer


handler and Mesa Police last week released separate and unrelated reminders of the perils children can face just going or returning from school. In Mesa, police accused an angry, nowex school bus driver of suddenly slamming on the brakes in the middle of a street, causing an 11-year-old boy to fly forward and hit his head on the windshield. And Chandler police issued a sketch of a man who tried to grab a fourth-grade girl on her way to Sirrine Elementary School, a Mesa school located in Chandler. In the bus incident, driver Jamie Danielle Tellez sought no medical assistance for the 11-year-old, who suffered a head injury and left the bus holding his head after cracking the windshield, according to a Mesa police report. Tellez’ actions, which included an obscene rant directed at several boys, were recorded by a video camera on the bus. Mesa Public Schools fired Tellez and reported him to Mesa police. The police report said that Tellez, 51, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse, threatening and intimidating, endangerment and reckless driving. Tellez admitted to police that he lost

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a hearing to contest the district’s allegations before termination was considered, but she never sought one. It appears to be relatively rare for CUSD to fire a teacher in the middle of a school year. District records appear to show the Governing Board has not tried to terminate a teacher since 2014 and that case ended with the employee resigning. The district’s report outlined other allegations of students feeling uncomfortable in Krom’s class. One student told administrators Krom questioned their pro-choice beliefs regarding abortion, gave the student a Bible, and encouraged the student to rethink their morals. The same student alleged that shortly after telling Krom they were agnostic or an atheist, the teacher lowered their grade on an assignment without explanation. “Student reasonably believes the change in her grading was the result of discrimination by teacher,” the district’s report states. The classroom environment Krom de-

While former Mesa Public Schools bus driver Jamie Danielle Tellez was arrested on child abuse injuries for causing injuries to a young passenger, Chandler police released the sketch on the right of a man who tried to grab a fourth grade girl on her way to a Mesa school in their city. (Special to the Tribune)

his cool when a 10-year-old boy threw a piece of paper toward the garbage can and missed. “Jaime admitted to stopping the bus abruptly in the middle of the street because he was upset that Victim 1 threw the trash. Jaime admitted to knowing the child struck his head against the window and not offering him medical attention, nor notifying anyone. Jaime admitted to using foul language and admitted he should not have reacted the way he did,’’ the court document said.

scribed on the Arizona College Prep’s website sounds starkly different from the one depicted in the district’s report. She presented herself as an instructor who welcomed students to be creative and expressive. “If you have artistic ideas that you would like to create other than the project that we are doing, we can discuss it,” Krom wrote on the school’s website. “I encourage conversation and respectful discussion.” The constitutional rights guaranteed under the First Amendment can often come into conflict in a public school setting. It instructs the government not to establish one religion, yet the First Amendment still entitles citizens to freely express themselves. CUSD argues Krom’s free-speech rights were not violated because case law has established that a public school’s aim to not favor one religion should override a teacher’s religious beliefs. In 1992, the federal courts ruled a California teacher’s rights were not hindered when their school compelled them to teach evolution, which conflicted with their religious beliefs. Arizona law offers an exception for in-

The 11-year-old boy’s parents took him to a hospital, where he was treated for a head injury. Police said it was Tellez’s last bus run before he went on vacation because school was not in session this week. The incident occurred on Oct. 4 and Tellez was arrested on Oct. 8. Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista praised MPS for taking action against Tellez and notifying police. “The irresponsible behavior by this bus driver put several students in harm’s way

cluding the Bible in school curriculum if it is part of a voluntary elective course that maintains religious neutrality. But CUSD argues Krom’s conduct did not meet this exception, particularly when she brought a box of Bibles into her classroom. Students claimed Krom told them the Bibles had been donated to the school and they were free to take one. A parent later notified the district after their child came home with one. A teacher’s certification is subject to revocation if the instructor “teaches any sectarian doctrine or conducts any religious exercises in school,” according to Arizona law. Another allegation involving Krom included transgender students not being addressed by their preferred name or pronoun. According to the district’s report, a transgender student felt disrespected when Krom refused to call them by their preferred names. Not acknowledging a student’s preferred pronoun can impact their emotional well-being, according to Madelaine Adelman, an Arizona State University professor and board member for the Phoenix

and (Tellez) is facing multiple charges. We are thankful that our school district quickly reported this incident to our officers,’’ Batista said. Meanwhile, Chandler Police Sgt. Jason McClimans said police are looking for a man who tried to grab the Surrine Elementary student around 7:15 a.m. Oct. 3 near the school, located at 591 W. Mesquite Road. A white male in his 20s approached the girl and grabbed her arm as she was walking in the area of 99 W. Palomino Drive near Arizona Avenue north of Warner Road. “The suspect did not speak or say anything to the fourth-grade student,” McClimans said. “The student was able to run to the school and reported the incident.” The suspect was described as tall and wearing a black Adidas long-sleeved shirt, black pants, and possibly gray shoes. The Adidas logo was white and located on the front of the shirt. It was reported the suspect had an odor of alcohol emitting from his person. The intended victim not injured. “The suspect’s direction of travel or method of travel is unknown,” McClimans said, and because there were witnesses, detectives encourage anyone with information to call the Chandler Police at 480782-4130.

chapter of GLSEN, an organization that aims to make schools more accepting of LGBTQ students. “If someone is not calling you by your name, it means they don’t see you, they don’t acknowledge you, they don’t accept you. That you don’t belong,” Adelman said. Other teachers across the country have been dismissed under similar circumstances as Krom’s. A French teacher in Virginia was fired last year because his Christian faith prevented him from referring to a transgender student by their preferred pronoun. In 2015, a Texas woman claimed she was terminated for not referring to a 6-yearold student by their preferred gender. Asked whether Krom’s case has spurred CUSD to review how it trains staff, district spokesman Terry Locke said Chandler focuses on ensuring educational opportunities for all students. “We have embarked on a multi-year effort to identify students who may be experiencing barriers to their academic success and then removing the barriers,” Locke wrote in a statement.

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“This effort involves establishing a comprehensive and ongoing program to increase awareness, knowledge and understanding,” he said. Chandler Unified has been grappling with issues of equity and inclusion for minority groups after a couple scandals projected CUSD in a negative light. CUSD has responded by hiring a new administrator to oversee equity initiatives, which have had mixed responses from the community. Some individuals have told the Governing Board these equity initiatives don’t do enough to protect LGBTQ students. On the other hand, some parents have expressed outright opposition to equity, calling it a type of political indoctrination. A school’s receptiveness to adopting inclusive policies for LGBTQ students vary across the Phoenix area, according to Madelaine, who said some are eager to better accommodate them while others adamantly won’t do anything until the courts tell them otherwise. It’s important schools make these students feel like they belong, Adelman added, or else it can have detrimental effects on their academic and emotional development.

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equipped them to repay,’’ Pollack said. “In other words, they didn’t receive the commensurate increase in skills to justify the debt,’’ he continued. “It was a bad investment.’’ And if people are still paying off student debt, they’re less likely to be able to buy a home. Pollack also worried openly about the effect of politics and the election next year. “If that gets too crazy, that could destroy confidence,’’ he said. Still, Pollack said, he thinks that even if there is a financial slowdown, Arizona is in a relatively good position to weather it. “I’d rather be here than almost any place else,’’ he said. Stavneak said there are plenty of ways the state can allocate that $475 million in one-time dollars, those that he does not believe are likely to keep coming in future years. One big priority, he said, could be giving cash to public schools to pay for needed repairs.

The state at one time had a formula that provided regular amounts to schools. That, however, was scrapped during the recession. Lawmakers did agree to provide $63 million this fiscal year to be divided up in grants. Stavneak said legislators may want to provide an identical amount for the coming budget year. The current-year budget did not increase base aid to universities, with lawmakers instead giving the schools $35 million to divide up. Stavneak said repeating that next year also is an option. But there’s something else looming on the horizon: the needs of the state prison system. The Department of Corrections is asking for more than $385 million for projects, including $31.7 million to fix locks and fire systems at the Lewis and Yuma prisons. Corrections officials also want another $35.2 million for other locking projects throughout the rest of the system and $115.6 million to upgrade the evaporative cooling systems at nine prisons.

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esa artist Allen Garns has won a prestigious honor from the Pastel Society of America. Garns, who also is a Mesa Community College art instructor, won the Kenneth Wellner Memorial Award at the society’s exhibit at the National Arts Club in New York City. His portrait, “Aware,” was chosen from 176 artists’ works selected from over 1,600 worldwide applicants. “This was a small and rather quiet piece. Each year, many of the paintings in this show are often large and much more intense color – a common quality in pastel painting. So, I was especially surprised and honored to be chosen for this award,” said Garns.

The artist said, “Finding that miracle is why I paint, no matter if it’s a figure, a landscape or an illustration for a children’s Mesa artist Allen Garnes, who also teaches art at Mesa Community College, is known for his work book.” in pastels and recently the Pastel Society of America honored his work. (Special to the Tribune) He said Garns on his website quotes the Ameri- his work over 30 years “covers a range of can poet Walt Whitman, who said, “To me, experiences from illustrating movie postevery hour of the light and dark is a mira- ers and children’s books to painting en cle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.” plein aire in the hill towns of Europe.

Gingher Leyendecker, chair of the MCC Art Department, applauded the honor Garns received, stating, “We are proud that he has been recognized for his talents and look forward to celebrating more successes in the future.” Mesa Mayor John Giles invited Garns to display nine new paintings in his City Hall office for the next few months. They include iconic Mesa landscapes and can be viewed on Instagram. Garns graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. The Pastel Society of America was founded in 1972 and is the oldest of its kind in America. It is largely responsible for the current renaissance of pastels in American art.

EV couple fighting cystic fibrosis with fun event BY HALEY LORENZEN Tribune Staff Writer


hen he was just a week old, Knox Bowyer of Gilbert was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis; three days later, he began treatment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Now almost 3 years old, Knox is continuing to fight cystic fibrosis, while his mom is fighting for more awareness of the disease. Last year, Kylie Bowyer, Knox’s mom and a longtime Gilbert resident, founded The Bowyer Battle and now the nonprofit has organized a Party for the Cause to spread awareness of – and raise money for – cystic fibrosis research. The Party for the Cause will be 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Big Surf parking lot 1500 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Admission is free and there will be plenty of fun for young and old alike. But the cause is a serious one. Bowyer was born and raised in Gilbert and attended Highland High School, where she met her high school sweetheart and now husband Jake. The couple also has a 5-year-old daughter. “As a parent, you dream of this life you want to have with your family, and all the things you want your child to be able to accomplish,” Bowyer said.

Kylie and Jake Bowyer have two children, Reington, 5, and Knox, 3. Knox has battled cystic fibrosis and his mom has started a nonprofit to provide support to families with children who have the disease. (Kimberly Carrillo/

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“I don’t think you expect for that to be shattered at such a quick rate,” she explained. “But for us, with Knox only being 7 days old, it felt as though all of those dreams just came tumbling down. And we didn’t really know what the next day, or the day after that, was going to look like.” The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation defines the disease as, “a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.” It also affects the pancreas through a

“buildup of mucus that prevents the release of digestive enzymes to help the body absorb food and key nutrients. As a result, malnutrition and poor growth” can develop. Knox has to take almost 40 pills just to be able to eat and has at least two hours of treatments every day. Yet, his mother said, “You’d never know he was sick. He’s like the happiest, most active child.” The family spends an average of $1,000 every month on Knox’s medical care,

which Bowyer said will continue to rise as he requires more medications and changes to his daily routine. “Cystic fibrosis is known to be one of the most expensive diseases to care for, because there’s never a reprieve, there’s never a cure,” she said. After her son’s diagnosis, Bowyer and her family got involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and helped raise money to support research. Eventually, Bowyer explained, as they began to meet and connect with more families in the cystic fibrosis community in Arizona, they realized there was a gap in the resources which were needed. The Bowyer Battle was officially founded in 2018. Since its founding, Bowyer has organized several events to raise money and awareness for the disease. Another goal of The Bowyer Battle is to “adopt” a family in the Arizona cystic fibrosis community who is in need during the holiday season Last year, Bowyer said they were able to take care of around $6,000 worth of medical expenses for a family, and helped them celebrate the holidays. “We took Santa to see their daughter, it was amazing,” Bowyer said.

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“So that is something that we plan to be a part of in the community, is every Christmas adopt a family that is in need due to medical hardship; whether that be children being admitted into the hospital, parents being out of work because their taking care of their children, whatever that may be,” she added. Last year’s big fundraising event was a little bit smaller than this year’s event, described as “just a cornhole tournament.” That cornhole tournament ended up raising $17,000 for cystic fibrosis research in just one day.

This year’s Party for the Cause will again have a cornhole tournament, but Bowyer said there will be lots of other kinds of fun for the family. Admission is free. A majority of the fundraised money comes from the silent auction. The cornhole tournament costs $85 a person and the top three teams will win a cash prize. Guests can also enjoy two food trucks, a soda truck, and a tap beer truck. “As of right now, with us being so new, that’s really the only way for us to get our name out, and try and get people to know who we are, and come out and support us, and fall in love with our cause,” she said.

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or most people, pets aren’t just animals – they’re the excited “hello” when we get home from a long day of work, our jogging partners, our best friends and part of the family. Although we might view our pets as family members, the law doesn’t. In Arizona, pets are considered property. That means Uncle Bill can’t deed his house to his 50-pound French bulldog and Great Aunt Suzy can’t open up a bank account for her two Siamese cats. Still, there are a couple different ways to make sure your pets are taken care of after you pass away. The simplest way is to make arrangements to leave your animals with a friend or trusted family member along with a gift recognizing the sacrifice they’ll be making to care of the animal. It’s a “gift” because your friend or family member could theoretically take the money and not the pet. Another way to make sure that your pet is taken care of is to leave her to a no-kill animal shelter, such as Friends for Life. However, the shelter can be a stressful experience for many animals and there’s no guarantee the home your pet is adopted into will be a good fit. There’s also no guarantee the shelter will have space for the animal, The best way to ensure your pet lives comfortably is to create a pet trust. Arizona statute expressly allows the creation of trusts intended to care for an animal after its owner’s death.

First, it’s important to designate a guardian for your pets, including whether to keep all pets together or split up multiple animals. If you are unclear whether a guardian would be able to take an animal, create alternative potential guardians to create options. But finding the right person to care for your pets is just the start. You must then determine how much, if any, money you will leave to the person taking care of your pet. Any money specifically allocated for the care and health of animal must be used only for the pet. In figuring out how much money to leave for the care of a pet, consider the age of any pet and how many animals need care. The money in a pet trust can be directed for specific use. If a pet is used to a specific kind of food, money can be earmarked for that brand. Money can also be allotted for medical care and the trust can specify whether expensive surgeries would be required or whether a pet should be kept comfortable at a minimal cost. The pet trust dictates the care of your animals when you cannot continue the care. Finally, designate someone as trustee you believe will look out for the pets the way you would want. The trustee makes payments to the guardian and can check on a pet’s wellness. A pet trust settles how the animals who have given you so much joy during your life will be cared for the rest of their lives. Mesa resident Sarah Clifford is an estate-planning and transactional lawyer at Davis Miles McGuire Gardner in Tempe.







Mesa jeweler warns not all diamonds are your friend using a DiaTrue CS, a machine that detects the origin of almost all types of diamonds. “It’s the responsibility of an ethical, quality jeweler to make sure their clients are getting what they pay for,” said Nelson.

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n the last five years, the quality of labmade diamonds has skyrocketed to the point where they are now commonplace in rings, necklaces and earrings – sometimes unbeknownst to their buyers. In the name of transparency, a Mesa jeweler is doing his part to ensure his clients know exactly what they are paying for.  David Nelson, who has been in the industry since he was 15, opened Nelson Estate Jewelers with his wife several years ago.  The company is a full-service jewelry store that buys, sells and repairs “valuables” – including estate jewelry.  Now, the store is setting itself apart by

David Nelson and his wife Aubrey inspect diamonds at his Mesa shop. (Kimberly Carrillo/Tribune Staff Photographer)

“I think that it has to be something that is on the forefront of every reputable jeweler’s mind,” he continued. To use the OGI Systems device, Nelson places a ring setting or parcel of a stone onto a plate that is then inserted into the machine. The $6,000 device will detect which diamonds are natural and which are not, depending on how the light interacts with the properties of the stone.  “It takes a bunch of pictures and reads how the optical properties work,” said Nelson.  “When dealing with lab-made diamonds, they are grown differently than a natural diamond,” he added. “So, they

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These entrepreneurs have services, will travel This bus is loaded with exhibits that give kids a hands-on field trip experience without having to be piled into a bus of their own and driven to a museum or other place of interest.

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ield trips typically involve students getting out of school and going to a museum, planetarium, or historical

site. But Christine Cohen of Chandler has found a way to reverse this concept by bringing the field trip to schools. She and her husband, Steve, bought a school bus a couple years ago and revamped it to serve as a mobile learning center.

Inside their bus are several work stations that provide hands-on activities related to Arizona history. There’s a station involving lemons to represent the state’s citrus industry. Another one has cow figurines to symbolize Arizona’s abundance of cattle ranchers. In the early years of statehood, Arizona’s economy was dominated by cotton, copper, cattle, citrus, and the climate – otherwise known as the five C’s.

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un intended, but Michael Garcia knows a business need when he sees one. The Chandler optician has launched a business that helps busy people get glasses without going out of their way or interrupting their busy schedule at work. He brings everything to them – including the optometrists, the equipment and a vast array of frames. A licensed optician since 2001, Garcia

teamed up with optometrists Dr. Kerri Luce and Dr. John Riley and optician Joy Perluisi to form Sight on Site Mobile Eye Care. Garcia said he has been an optician for too long to not bring a little bit of mobility to his profession. “I have realized the convenience Mobile Eye Care offers is much needed because people delay getting eye exams. Even when they know they need to get an updated prescription, they put it off un-

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Cohen said she wanted to find a way to bring an activity to students that not only taught them a civics lesson, but would engage them through games and objects. “I just felt like the elementary school students needed more hands-on learning,” Cohen said, “because it was just becoming impossible for teachers to coordinate and provide these types of hands-on learning activities.” Cohen worked as a substitute teacher in Valley schools and noticed some struggled to provide field trips for students.

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til it is too late and they either can’t see anymore or they broke their only pair of glasses,” he explained. While the business has been in its formative stages for two years, it was only in the last month that the partners began making appointments to bring their service to businesses. Depending on the size of the business and their own availability, he and his staff can typically set up appointments in less than six weeks. “We can see up to 20 people in a day and need to see at least 12 in one day in order

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have different trace elements and it gives a different kind of reading on the machine.” Nelson said the device can determine the origin of 98 percent of all diamonds that come into his store.  The other two percent are called “Type II,” which have no measurable nitrogen impurities, and have to be referred to a gemological lab, he explained.  Last year, the Federal Trade Commission declared that lab-grown diamonds are in fact real diamonds, but that their value is not equal to their natural counterparts.  All diamonds are priced using a global system created by the International Integrated Reporting Council. Prices are generated first based on the “Four C’s” of diamonds: carat, cut, clarity, and color.  Whether they are lab-grown or mined is then taken into consideration. Nelson expressed that while he believes the controversy surrounding synthetic diamonds is still in its “infancy stage,” it will become increasingly problematic over time.  His concerns stem from the possibility of shady retailers ripping off their clients.  “Most of the manufacturers are trying to be responsible by putting an indication on the side point of a diamond that says

The cost to transport students to a location can be thousands of dollars, she said, which can be a major hindrance for some school districts. The Cohens launched Arizona Mobile Education last year and has already visited more than a dozen schools across the East Valley. Cohen said some schools don’t have time to fit Arizona history into elementary curriculum, so their bus can fill an important gap. The students get to touch cotton seeds, squish copper pennies, learn about solar panels, and even pet a bearded dragon.

to visit a business,” Garcia said. “We do serve small businesses and let them know that if they cannot get 12 people to sign up, they can also invite friends, family and neighboring businesses. Another option is having an office building host us to serve all businesses in the building.” While they make their appointments mainly Monday-Friday, he expects Sight on Site will also be rolling over to community events eventually. “The employer has to allow us to come visit, but we recommend employees that would like us to visit let their HR know or contact us and we can reach out to their employer,” he said.

“Which has nothing to do with Arizona, but he’s super cool and the kids love him,” Cohen added about the reptile. The bus offers about two hours of programming for elementary students and can visit any school in Maricopa County. The field trips start at $9 per student and the Cohens are trying to obtain corporate sponsorships for schools unable to afford the cost. Teachers get to customize their field trip by picking from a selection of learning modules that emphasize one particular subject of Arizona history. The most popular module teaches stu-

A comprehensive Eye Exam is $69 and contact lens evaluations are an additional $59. In addition to more than 350 frame styles to choose from, Sight on Site also is the only optical business in the state offering 3DNA Eyewear, which allows customers to design your own style. While the business accepts some insurance, Garcia said he encourages businesses to work out special group rates with him. Garcia said the biggest challenge he has faced with his new business is people to try it. “Employees love this benefit, but being such a new concept, the employees do not

On the flip side, the rarity factor for natural-mined diamonds is on the incline, he said. “Fine-quality stones will likely continue to increase in rarity because less are coming out of the ground,” he said. “The peak production of diamonds has already come and gone – we are not producing more than we have been in the past.”  A majority of the diamond mines today are located in David Nelson uses this device to determine the origin of the vast majority of Russia, South Africa, China, diamonds that come into his store. (Kimberly Carrillo/ Tribune Staff Photographer) Brazil, Australia and Cana‘lab-made,’” said Nelson, adding: da, according to  “But the problem is that there is not a Another factor that complicates the dewhole lot stopping someone from remov- bate is climate. ing that inscription and then trying to Nelson expressed dismay that certain pass it off as natural.”  companies are advertising non-natural “I had a guy in here last week who stones as “greener” solutions for the envibought a pair of what was advertised ronment – when that may not necessarily online as lab-manufactured studded ear- be the case.  rings,” he continued. “Then I found out The FTC, which investigates allegations they weren’t even diamonds at all with of deceptive advertising, sent warning letmy machine.”  ters to eight lab-grown diamond compaThe jeweler added that the synthetic nies this past spring.  stones have almost “zero second-sale Among its concerns was the use of “ecovalue” and that he believes they will only friendly” or similar terms to describe continue to plummet in worth.  diamonds that were made in a laboratory

dents about Arizona’s state flag, Cohen said, because they get to create their own flag out of pre-cut materials and take it home. Cohen continues to tweak curriculum and hopes the business can expand enough to be able to service schools outside the Valley. “You never know where an idea’s gonna strike you,” Cohen said, “and so I’m constantly on the lookout and thinking about how I can change or add activities into the program.” Information:


know they love it until they experience it for the first time,” he said. He estimates that an average visit to a bricks-and-mortar optician takes about four hours, including the time to get there and back. “When we are on-site, the employee gets their eye care done in 25 percent of the time. Imagine if we saw 40 employees: that’s 120 saved hours right there alone,” he said, adding: “Once a business understands what we are doing, they are excited to have us.” Information: 480-331-6360, info@ or

– which uses high temperatures throughout the process. The commission stated more transparency is needed surrounding how the gases used to extract the carbon are sourced and managed. While mined diamonds also have a high environmental impact, the carbon intensity is lower, according to an analysis carried out by Trucost for the Diamond Producers Association. “The thing that drives me insane is that some companies out there are selling these lab-made diamonds and disclosing that they are greener or more ethical,” he said. “The misinformation is out there and it is spreading like wildfire when it may not really be true.” As far as advice to potential consumers goes, Nelson recommends checking with the jeweler to see if they can confirm their stones’ origins.  “The biggest thing for any consumer, I would say is to ask your jeweler or whoever you’re dealing with, ‘What are you doing to ensure what I am buying is natural?’” he said. He also advises clients to look for Gemological Institute of America certifications for anything that is over a half carat.  Information: 480-459-9867,







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Endless bickering is wearing American down BY DAVID LEIBOWITZ Tribune Columnist


n the first Sunday in October, the Dallas Cowboys played the Green Bay Packers. The Packers won in a rout, 34-24, but that wasn’t the story. The real news: TV cameras caught talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, an LGBT icon, watching the game beside former President George W. Bush, a conservative Republican icon, in Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ luxury suite. Americans quickly jumped in to opine and everyone’s favorite pastime – having a national argument – occupied the ensuing days. On Tuesday, DeGeneres defended her choice of suitemate on her TV talk show. She called Bush a friend and argued for kindness. “I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have,” Degeneres explained, citing people who

wear fur as an example. Her conclusion: “Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them. When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean, ‘Be kind to everyone, it doesn’t matter.’” This won Ellen lots of applause from the “can’t we all just get along crowd.” However, some of her fellow Hollywood elites weren’t buying it. Mark Ruffalo, he of Incredible Hulk fame, tweeted: “Sorry, until George W. Bush is brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq War, (including American-lead torture, Iraqi deaths & displacement, and the deep scars – emotional & otherwise – inflicted on our military that served his folly), we can’t even begin to talk about kindness.” Me, I disagree with Ruffalo – just as I also disagree with DeGeneres. The way the two of them frame the situation, it’s about kindness versus its

opposite, nastiness. Ellen’s sunny take holds friendship and civility above all. Ruffalo clearly would have preferred a duel – but not with guns! – at the 50yard line, or DeGeneres having made a citizen’s arrest of Bush for war crimes. Not only are they both wrong, but their wrongness underscores why so many Americans are absolutely insufferable these days. We have as a society lost our sense of timing – that there is a time and a place for everything, including important things like kindness, political debate and nasty confrontation. Rather than the politically correct “be kind to all,” I wish DeGeneres would have said: “Sure, I’m friends with W. We argue over gay marriage all the time – in private, over a beer. But then on Sundays, we kick back and watch a little football. Because that reminds us that we still have some things in common, like hating the new NFL rules about pass interference. You know, not everything in this

country has to be about choosing sides.” The endless Twitter wars, the gaseous bickering over every social issue, the sanctimonious Facebook diatribes about politics, the “you’re a moron” arguments at the water cooler seven days a week – those moments aren’t the solution to our current cultural divide, they are the problem made manifest. When everything is conflict, humans follow their instinct for peace and tune out the fight. I’m not arguing against arguing; I’m arguing that we argue, protest, fight and confront those with whom we disagree when the moment is right. And then, at other times, we find common ground, moments that recall us to our shared values and shared loves. I hear it all the time, how in 2019 “we have to choose sides.” Maybe we do, but trust me on this: No one else wants to hear which side you’re on 24-7-365. Sometimes, the right answer is to just shut the hell up and watch some football.

Elementary School Districts are all depending on the outcome of November’s vote. There are great things happening in our schools already. The East Valley Institute of Technology is using hands-on learning to prepare students for in-demand careers. A partnership between the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce  and local manufacturers is giving area students an inside look at the career possibilities available in the industry.  Specialty early learning programs are helping young students in Higley build a strong pathway from preschool to high school. Unfortunately, many of these programs will not continue or expand to reach more youth without the dollars that come from bonds and overrides. For instance, Higley Unified has slated override funds to maintain small class sizes and continue offering art programs,

along with continuing competitive teacher and staff pay, among other things. Because its override was originally approved in 2015, a yes vote will mean a continuation of the override and no new taxes for homeowners and businesses. In Chandler Unified, proposed bond dollars would help offset $127 million in lost state funding. If passed, the bond would fund the building of two new schools, as well as security improvements at existing locations and other classroom and technology improvements. The Gilbert Public Schools override will be used in part to improve social and emotional student support, in addition to attracting and retaining high-quality educators. Tempe Elementary School District is asking voters to continue both of their existing overrides. In part, the funds raised will continue the district’s strong Pre-K through 8th grade music program, provide counselors for every school, and help

maintain smaller class sizes in the early grades. A yes vote is a vote for our community. After all, it’s to everyone’s benefit to establish a strong educational continuum. Intel, Boeing and other firms will need a stream of qualified employees. If we want to continue attracting good-paying jobs, we will need the people to staff them. Voters today were students once upon a time and the voters of the past funded our education. Now it’s our turn to ensure funding for the youth in our community.

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f you earned a master’s degree and had decades of experience in your chosen field, what would you expect to earn? Certainly, you’d expect more than the $50,000 salary of the teacher we spoke with recently. It should come as no surprise to learn that educators in our state are woefully underpaid, earning about $45,000 per year, which is far below the national median. But teachers aren’t all that are lacking in our school systems. That’s why six school districts in our community have bonds or overrides on the ballot this fall. Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, Mesa and Queen Creek Unified, along with Tempe

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s a sophomore, Zandra Wade was a standout left-handed right-side hitter for the Red Mountain varsity volleyball team. Until January of this year, Wade’s life was centered around volleyball. But then, her world was flipped upside down. Wade was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called desmoplastic small roundcell tumor (DMSRT), a form of sarcoma. According to the St. Jude Research Hospital, fewer than 200 cases have been reported. Wade has been undergoing treatment since January, putting a halt on her volleyball career. Wade was not able to eat or drink anything for a month right after her diagnosis. She also lost her hair in the early process of chemotherapy and has undergone multiple surgeries throughout her journey. Her hair has started growing back and is now in a pixie style haircut. On the outside,

Zandra Wade (black shirt, middle) lived life to the fullest on the volleyball court until she was diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma. She continues to fight everyday while inspiring her teammates at Red Mountain. (Photo courtesy Red Mountain volleyball)

Wade looks healthy and energetic, making it hard for strangers to realize she is sick. Before her diagnosis, Wade played high school and club volleyball. She often spent multiple days a week either practicing, playing or conditioning. She had

no offseason. Red Mountain coach Kristy Simmons described Wade as the kind of athlete every coach wants on their team. “She was fantastic,” she said, “always just wanting to get better.”

Despite her inability to play, Wade remains a big part of the Mountain Lions. She travels to tournaments and attends any game she can. She is even introduced by the public address announcer as “the special assistant coach” before home games. “Zandra is such a hard worker and a strong support system for this whole program that I want her here anytime she can be here,” Simmons said. During games Wade can attend, she can be seen on the sideline cheering on her teammates, giving high fives, talking to the other girls on the bench and participating in chants. Her passion for the game shines through while she stays locked into the action despite not being able to step on the court. Attending games is a bittersweet feeling. “Being able to be at the games is nice and I feel like I am still a part of the team,” Wade said. “But it is so different. It does make me really sad seeing the season

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New coach brings old-school spirit to Dobson BY MARCO SALAS Tribune Contributor


hen Bill Godsil was hired to be the new varsity football coach at Dobson High School, he was the third head coach in less than five years. Godsil is putting history behind him and looking to move the Mustangs in a new direction. Five years ago, then-coach George De La Torre led the Mustangs to a 5-5 record, the most wins for the program since 2007. Since then, Dobson has only eclipsed five wins once. With the program in disarray, Dobson principal Gabrielle Buckley knew Godsil was the best fit to fix the program. “His dedication to the kids who haven’t always been winners and bringing kids in and building the program the right

way,” said Buckley. “Wahlheim was good for the boys we had at the time but when we looked at what we wanted after he decided to leave, we both agreed Dobson needed somebody who could come in and build a legacy.” During the hiring process, Godsil wanted to make sure he had support from administration. “The first thing was making administration was on the same page and that it was going to take time to build the program,” Godsil said. Buckley found that Godsil had already set a foundation for progress. According to Godsil, he wanted to instill accountability, making his players stay on top of their academics and trust with their teachers. “They wanted to change the perception around school,” Godsil said. “They were

When Bill Godsil was hired as the third coach in less than five years at Dobson High School, he knew he wanted to change the culture. (Zach Alvira/Tribune Staff)

tired of being known as the screw-ups and the kids who messed around all the time.” Before coming to Dobson, Godsil was at Coolidge High School, where he was hired in a similar situation he’s now in with Dobson. He was the coach there for two years, during which he compiled a 9-12 overall record. He led the program to a 7-4 record last

season and to the 3A playoffs. At Dobson, Godsil faces a program with a troubled past. Dobson has had a history of undisciplined players who struggle in the classroom. With no coach around them, players tend to slack off and individualize. Godsil knew the task at hand when he took the job at Dobson and took the challenge head-on. The first thing he did as a coach - instill accountability in his players. He did that by making them their way to camp instead of prior years where the boosters would subsidize the kids who didn’t raise enough money. “We gave them avenues to pay and earn money for camp,” said Godsil. To connect with the kids, he tries to tie a lesson into every practice.

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move on and me not be able to play.” Wade’s love for her team and the sport helps her get through sad thoughts of not being able to play. She said the girls on the team mean everything to her because of the way they have grown together on and off the court in the last year. “I think it is great for us that she is still such a large part of the team because we can play for her because we love her,” Red Mountain libero Makalie Palma said. “She

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“We focus on their everyday cultural needs, home life and relationship life and try to tie that into what we’re trying to accomplish,” Godsil said. Godsil expresses excitement with the entire football program, especially the freshman class. “There’s going to be some ballers in that class, I’m excited to work with them in the offseason,” Godsil said. “When the season ends, we won’t do that much footballrelated drills until we come back for the second semester.” While the freshmen will have three more years to play, the seniors are running out of time. Senior quarterback Michael Gunders-

inspires us everyday.” Even without being able to suit up, Wade remains a contributing factor to the team’s success. “Showing that she can fight means that we can fight, too,” Simmons said, “which is everything.” Wade is no longer enrolled at Red Mountain. She takes online classes because of her treatment schedule. However, she hopes to be back in school and in volleyball as soon as she can. Wade had goals of one day playing in

dorf is excited to see what happens to the program. Gundersdorf, who’s been a part of all three coaching regimes, has seen the perspective of football players change around school. “In recent years I have noticed that the football players have almost been looked at as a source of trouble, or bad influences to other students,” Gundersdorf said. “Now I feel that the teachers look at the football players and are glad to have them in their classes and know that they will do everything they can to be respectful.” Godsil still sees Dobson as long-term process that’ll take many years before he gets the program to where he wants it. But he’s happy with the progress that has been made. The new era of Dobson football has

college, but now her only goal is to just get back on the court even if it is just for fun. “No one will ever understand how much I miss it,” Wade said. Wade was named an honorary member of the Benedictine University Redhawk women’s volleyball team on Sept. 29 as part of the program’s Hero Night. She hopes to attend college and become a veterinarian when she beats cancer. She has undergone 12 rounds of chemotherapy, which she says have all gone well as she is experiencing minimal side effects. brought excitement to the rest of the school. There’s a certain buzz that hasn’t been felt at Dobson since the Mustangs won their only state title in 1987. Though 2-5 on the season, the Mustangs have already matched their win total from last season. They also won their first region game in three years. Godsil believes the future is bright for the Dobson football program. It will take time, but he believes it will happen. “It’s going to take three-four years before we build something where we want it to be,” Godsil said. “It’s going to take time to build that continuity that we want.”

Dobson senior Michael Gundersdorf, who has played under of all three coaching staffs, is excited to see the football program grow under Godsil. (Zach Alvira/Tribune Staff)



Wade created a Facebook page called “Zandra’s Journey,” which has over 600 members and countless comments from those she has inspired. She also posted a video on YouTube video called “a day in my life: chemotherapy,” documenting what a full day of treatment looks like. Despite all she has experienced, Wade continues to have a positive outlook on life. “The most important thing I’ve learned from this journey is to stop taking things for granted and realize the beauty in everything,” Wade said.




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ore than 130 films from 30 countries will be shown this coming weekend at the first Mesa Internal Film Festival. There are six venues including Benedictine University; Artspace Lofts; Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea & Gallery and three screens at the Mesa Convention Center. The festival begins with a welcoming party on Oct. 17 followed by two days of films on Oct. 18 and 19. It closes with an awards brunch on Oct. 20. Prices range from $10 to $45 and a full VIP pass for all films and events is $125. Tickets can be purchased for two-hour blocks, full day passes, full weekend passes, welcome party and awards brunch. Tickets are available at The films range in genre and length. For example, a horror-comedy from Spain ti-

would lead them, they filmed it all, capturing the joys of playing to packed houses and the soul-crushing defeats of disinterested audiences, all against the picturesque backdrop of the cities and byways from the 14 different countries they visited along the way,” said noted director Michael Moore, who praised the film. “After So Many Days” documents a performing duo’s determination to “On the Cusp” is a 10-minute give a concert every day in some new city. (Special to GetOut) look at a renowned New Jersey skateboarder while “The tled “Miss Me Malibu” is only a 4-minute Buffalo Hunt” is a 90-minute “intimate and music video about how male-female rela- visceral portrait of one of the most extreme tionships are impacted by cultural forces. places in the Western Hemisphere,” an InOn the other hand, the 90-minute docu- dian reservation in South Dakota. mentary “After So Many Days” looks at a Other documentaries look at muralists, pair of newlywed musicians who spend a soccer stars and even a snake charmer year on the road doing a concert every day. and a Middle Eastern hangman. “Not knowing where their adventures There also are fictional works about

Beer N Bones a tasty intro to science LAURA LATZKO GetOut Contributor


date night or outing with friends doesn’t have to consist of a conventional dinner at a restaurant or drinks at a neighborhood bar. At the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Downtown Mesa, adults can learn about and interact with different science disciplines while also having a night out with their significant others or friends. As part of Beer N Bones on Friday, Oct. 18, the museum will have Speed Date a Scientist, Q&A sessions, a beerology panel, animal encounters, science stations, artists selling dinosaur-themed work, chances to try different craft beers and cuisine


What: Beer N Bones Where: Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa.

When: 6 to 7 p.m. early VIP entry, 7 to 11 p.m. general public entry, Friday, Oct. 18.

Tickets: Tickets start at $20 for general

admission, $45 VIP. Food and beverage tickets are $4 each or three for $10. Info: 480-644-2230,

from local food trucks. Alison Stoltman, the museum’s curator of education, said guests come to the museum when they are children or have young kids of their own. This event helps to attract new audiences of adults to the museum. “This is an opportunity for us to get a new demographic into the museum of young adults that don’t often come to the museum but are interested in science,” Stoltman said. Beer N Bones is the museum’s primary fundraiser. This year proceeds from ticket and alcohol sales and a raffle will help the museum to fund a new gallery focused on Arizona 75 million years ago and the renovation of one centered around inquirybased learning opportunities. As part of the raffle, the museum will give away a gift basket, a dinosaur quilt and a one-of-a-kind stamp set. In the past, the event has helped to raise money for Dinosaur Mountain and educational programs. Stoltman said Beer N Bones helps the museum expand. Stoltman said the event was designed for young professionals who are looking for more creative, interactive experiences. Besides the museum’s lecture series, Beer N Bones is the only event geared toward adults only.

During the Speed Date a Scientist activity, scientists from different disciplines are introduced in a game show-style manner and attendees have a chance to ask them about what they do. When a gong is rung, the participants move to a different table with another scientist. Each year, the museum brings in scientists from different specialties, such as paleontology, archeology, zoology, chemistry, planetary geology and biomedical engineering. Stoltman said this activity is fun for the guests and the scientists. “They are looking for these opportunities to get their information out into the public. This is a really great medium to do that,” Stoltman said. As part of the beerology panel, scientists will discuss beer from different angles, including the evolution of the hop plant, microbial action during the fermentation process, the effects of alcohol on brain receptors, modern-day brewing techniques and alcohol use throughout history. Throughout the evening, guests can also interact with birds, tarantulas, snakes and lizards. Partnering organizations will offer hands-on activities such as an escape room, a forensic table or a maker space.

aliens, serial killers and a brother and sister who reunited on the troubled family farm. Many of the fictional works have run times of 15 minutes or less. Festival organizers warn that the films are unrated, so there may be objectionable scenes or language, so viewer discretion is advised. But they also said in a release that the festival “aims to create a one-of-a-kind experience for filmmakers by giving them a platform to learn about the industry, watch great independent films, network and make lifelong memories and friends. Film festivals have become a viable alternative to finding a distributor for independent films that don’t expect to be picked up by theaters. The festival circuit can lead to screenings in museums, special events and larger venues along with paid speaking engagements for the filmmakers.

Attendees at the Beer N Bones event can pet unusual critters. (Arizona Museum of Natural History)

But it comes down to the beer. Attendees can try a variety of craft beers from local breweries, as well as specialty items such as alcoholic kombucha and craft cider. The alcoholic beverages are donated by local companies. General admission tickets come with two food and drink tickets. VIP tickets have added perks such as early access from 6 to 7 p.m., four food and drink tickets, a commemorative glass and a behind-the-scenes paleo lab tour. “People tend to think of museums as being heavily funded or supported,” Stoltman said. “It takes public support to fund a museum. Events like that this are really important to supporting our goals.”



Judas Priest’s Rob Halford at Arizona Mills the more connected we feel.” The 12-track “Celestial” is a complete story, one that cannot be grasped until every track is heard. “The 12 in sequence tell a beautiful season story,” he said. “The way it opens with the reindeer and Santa, you can feel the Christmas excitement. The album goes into lots of different places, in terms of tempo, emotion and adventure. “As you get older, everything changes, but the magic of Christmas is in all of us, I think. That’s the beauty of it. It crosses time. Kids get excited on Christmas Eve and they can’t sleep. ‘What was that noise outside?’ It’s the most exciting time ever for kids. A lot of those beautiful feelings went into making this record.” Halford is also going to share this music at this year’s Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, at the Celebrity Theatre with the likes of Paul Rodgers, Joe Bonamassa and Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme. Whether he’s at his in-store or at Christmas Pudding, Halford wants his fans to understand one thing. “Music is about making sure the conviction of the emotion of the message is getting across,” he said. “Whether it’s ‘O

Little Town of Bethlehem’ or ‘Away in the Manger,’ the words are incredibly powerful and important. You really have to get in the zone to work on those tracks.” “ We were doing a Christmas song in the Valley in July. I remember being in the studio and it was full on. We barely had time to take a breath. I love that type of experience. It keeps you on your toes. You can’t afford to be lazy. You really have to go for it.” Next year, Halford will hit a milestone with Judas Priest – 50 years. The band will begin the year on the road with Ozzy Osbourne in the United Kingdom and England. Then he readies a “gigantic 50th anniversary presentation” that will take the band through Christmas 2020. “I’m busier now than I’ve ever been,” he said with a laugh. “I thought I’d be slowing down, but I just whizzed past 68 years of age. I’m having the time of my life.”

our lives. We are incredibly fortunate. Marshmello and Bastille’s hit “Happier” is in the setlist, too, after 2 billion cumulative streams. “It was pretty quick and mad,” he said about the process. “We were tapping into that whole EDM/DJ world we had not peered into before. We’re obviously really pleased at how the song Bastille will present their music with JoyWave this Tuesday at Comerica turned out, but we didn’t Theatre in Phoenix. (Special to GetOut) expect for it to blow up. constantly reminded, We’re their escape.” We’re very, very happy for that.” Fans can escape when Bastille comes to The success can be partially chalked up the Comerica Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 15, to the tearjerker video about a girl and her with Joywave. dog, without spoiling it. “We’re bringing the European festival “A lot of people were very upset about tour to the States,” Wood said. “It’s trying that,” he said. “We didn’t realize it would to tell a little bit of a story. We’re doing new have such an effect. We had the song writsongs, the older stuff and the collabora- ten a long time before, but we weren’t tions, which is a broad sort of mix.” quite sure if we wanted to use it ourselves Included in the set is Bastille’s break- because it wasn’t very Bastille. We were through, six-times-platinum hit “Pompeii.” looking for someone to do it. We kept it “People often ask, ‘Do you get bored of and recorded it with Marshmello.” playing ‘Pompeii’? No. That song changed Bastille hopes to encourage real hu-

man connections through its music. For example, the single, “Joy,” sees a hangover turned around by a simple phone call from someone special. “Doom Days” was interesting—yet stressful—for Bastille to create. Its first album, “Bad Blood,” was made while the musicians had regular day jobs. “Now, we have a studio in south London,” Wood said. “It took us six months to write and record every day. Our singer, Dan Smith, is a perfectionist. He’s never satisfied, and he continually improves things in his work. He would rarely bring a song to us unless it was halfway done—or more— in his mind. It’s worked pretty well so far. If it ain’t broke… “He’s very hard on himself, though. He needs that for his work. He’s a workaholic.” The pressure is mostly within Smith, with the band members letting very few outside pressures get to them. “We have some from the label,” Wood said, “We’ve had a certain amount of commercial success. As cliché as that may sound, we just want to make music we’re proud of. Whether the song is the next single or an album track, we just try to do the best we can.”



udas Priest’s Rob Halford sat with his family during Christmas dinner a few years ago and had an epiphany: They should record a Christmas album. Due Oct. 18, “Celestial” is credited to Rob Halford with Family and Friends – his brother, Nigel, on drums; his nephew, Alex (son of Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill), on bass; his sister, Sue, on bells; and twin guitar tandem of Robert Jones and Jon Blakey. “This is a dream come true for me,” the Paradise Valley resident said. “Over the years, I’ve watched my brother play drums really well and Alex on the bass guitar. We thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to manage a song or two? That’s how it started.’ “These things we do in music start with a simple idea and grow into something special. It turned out just celestial. It’s a genuine family and friends experience at the heart of the music.” The “metal god” takes on traditional tracks like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Joy to the World,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” and originals such as the opening title track, “Donner and Blitzen” and “Protected by the Light.”


Rob Halford will crank out his new Christmas album in a special free appearance at Arizona Mills Mall. (Special to GetOut)

Halford will sign copies of his new album during an in-store appearance at FYE Arizona Mills in Tempe at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 19. “I don’t think I’ve ever done an in-store in Arizona,” Halford said. “Oh wait, I just told a lie. I did do one many, many years ago at Zia Records. Outside of what we do as musicians, the physical side of vinyl and CDs are still really valuable. We all love the clouds, don’t we? But there’s nothing better than having vinyl, or a Phoenix Suns or Coyotes T-shirt. The more tangible it is,


What: Rob Halford. Where: FYE Arizona Mills, 5000 Arizona Mills Circle, Suite 612, Tempe.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Tickets: Free. Info: 480-491-114.

Bastille allows escapism during its shows CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI GetOut Editor


astille drummer Chris Wood said fans have learned the breadth of the English band’s tastes, thanks to its latest album “Doom Days.” Telling the story of a colorful night at a party that is emotionally chaotic yet euphoric, “Doom Days” blends gospel, house music, R&B, pop and rock. But just like the mélange of genres, there are numerous meanings for the tunes. “A lot of those songs are open to interpretation,” Wood said, “We’re really conscious of telling a story. On the previous album, we addressed the state of the world head on and it occurred to us that people will go to a show and want to escape all of that. They don’t want to be


What: Bastille w/Joywave. Where: Comerica Theatre,

400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix.

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Tickets: tickets start at $39.50. Info:



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(FEDERALLY-FUNDED PROJECT – DAVIS BACON WAGES APPLY) ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received until Thursday, October 31, 2019, at 1:30 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. Bids will be publicly read in Conference Room 170, at 20 E. Main Street, Mesa, Arizona, at 1:30 pm on October 31, 2019. This contract shall be for furnishing all labor, materials, transportation and services for the construction and/or installation of the following work: Contractor shall furnish and install new playground equipment, site amenities, playground surfacing and concrete ADA ramps to the playground at Jefferson Park in Mesa, Arizona. This project is federally funded through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Federal labor standards, Davis-Bacon prevailing wages, and Equal Employment Opportunity regulations apply under the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 for Employment and Contracting Opportunities. Small, minority and/ or women owned businesses are encouraged to submit bids. The Engineer’s Estimate range is 200,000.00 – 220,000.00. For all technical, contr act, bid-related, or other questions, please contact Stephanie Gishey at Contact with City 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, to 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 above. Contractors desiring to submit proposals may purchase sets of the Bid Documents from ARC Document Solutions, LLC, at Click on “Go” for the Public Planroom to access plans. NOTE: In order to be placed on the Plan Holders List and to receive notifications and updates regarding this bid (such as addenda) during the bidding period, an order must be placed. The cost of each Bid Set will be no more than $17.00, which is non-refundable. Partial bid packages are not sold. You can view documents on-line (at no cost), order Bid Sets, and access the Plan Holders List on the website at the address listed above. Please verify print lead time prior to arriving for pick-up. For a list of locations nearest you, go to 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 130 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.

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BETH HUNING City Engineer

Published: East Valley Tribune Oct. 6, 13, 20, 2019 / 24562



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CITY OF MESA PUBLIC NOTICE The Mesa City Council will hold a public hearing concerning the following ordinance at the October 21, 2019 City Council meeting beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the Mesa City Council Chambers, 57 East First Street.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Mesa is seeking a qualified firm or team to act as the Construction Manager at Risk for the following: LEWIS EAST SUBSTATION REBUILD 54 E. UNIVERSITY DR., MESA, ARIZONA 85201 PROJECT NO. CP0461-0018 The City of Mesa is seeking a qualified Construction Manager at Risk (CM@Risk) to provide Pre-Construction Services assistance and complete Construction Services as the CM@Risk for the Lewis East Substation Rebuild 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 Lewis East Substation rebuild project scope includes the installation of (1) new 12.47kV Switchgear, (1) new 69/12kV 28 MVA transformer, replacement of all 69kV substation disconnects, new 15kV substation getaway switches, new feeder conduits and cables installed within the substation, and installation of new feeder cable installed from the getaway switches to the 1st distribution termination points outside the substation. In addition, the project scope also includes RTU and associated substation 69kV line relaying upgrades. In order to facilitate installation of the new equipment, major portions of the existing equipment, structures, foundations conduit and sub-portions of grounding will need to be removed. The existing transformer and switchgear foundations will need to be demolished, and new substation transformer and switchgear foundations will be required to be installed to support placement of the new equipment on the east side of the substation. The anticipated construction window is October 2020 to March 2021, with construction occurring under a substation outage. A critical milestone associated with this project is to ensure the Transformer and Substation foundation pads are ready to accept the new Transformer and Switchgear no later than December 15, 2020. The city anticipates completing construction on or before March 31, 2021. The estimated construction cost is $2,213,470.00. The total estimated project cost is $2,942,909.00.

1. ZON19-00365 (District 6) Within the 9600 through 9700 blocks of East Hampton Avenue (north side). Located south of Southern Avenue on the west side of Crismon Road (3.8± acres). Rezone from RS-43 to RM-2-PAD; and Site Plan Review. This request will allow for a multiple-residence development. Brennan Ray, Burch & Cracchiolo, applicant; Off Crismon Properties, LLC, owner. 2. ZON19-00440 (District 2) 1728 South Greenfield Road. Located south of the US 60-Superstition Freeway and west of Greenfield Road (7.2± acres). Rezone from Light Industrial (LI) with a Council Use Permit (CUP) to Limited Commercial (LC) with a Council Use Permit for a pawn shop; and Site Plan Review. This request will allow a pawn shop within an existing group commercial center. RKAA Architects, applicant; HH-Greenfield Gateway LLC, owner. DATED at Mesa, Arizona, this 13th day of October 2019. DEE ANN MICKELSEN, City Clerk Published: East Valley Tribune, Oct. 13, 2019 / 24754

A Pre-Submittal Conference will be held on October 23, 2019 at 9:00 am at the City of Mesa (Mesa City Plaza, Room 501, 20 E. Main Street Mesa, AZ). At this meeting, City 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 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, to 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. The 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 10pt. Please provide eight (8) hard copies and one (1) electronic copy (CD or USB drive) of the Statement of Qualifications by November 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM. 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.

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A hearing will be held at 1:00 PM on the 21st day of October 2019. If you do not appear; a judgment may be given to the person suing you. A copy of the Summons and Complaint has been attempted to be served to you at your last known address listed above. Dated this the 9th day of October 2019 CoVantage Credit Union, Plaintiff Brian Millar, Plaintiffs Agent

Public Notices CIVIL COMPLAINT AND SUMMONS CASE NUMBER CC2019101273RC Maricopa County Justice Courts, Arizona San Tan Justice Court, 201 E. Chicago St. #102, Chandler, AZ 85225. 602-372-3400 BURNETTA L COTTO PO BOX 7206 MESA, AZ 85216 (480)416-1956 Plaintiff(s) Dianna Lindenfelser 9739 E Empress Ave. Mesa, AZ 85208. 480-984-9414 Defendant(s) NOTICE AND SUMMONS TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANT(S): You are directed to answer this complaint within TWENTY (20) DAYS by filing a written ANSWER in the court named above. If you do not answer or defend, you run the risk of having a judgment entered against you for the amount of plaintiff's claim, plus court costs. A filing fee must be paid at the time your answer is filed. If you cannot afford to pay the required fee, you may request that the Court either waive or defer the fee. Date: 5/20/19 Clerk: JB (SEAL) PLAINTIFF'S CLAIM This Justice Court has venue because -The debt, or cause of action, or the incident that resulted in this claim, occurred in this precinct at the following location: n/a $3500 is the total amount owed me by defendant because: Defendant(s) Dianna Lindenfelser neglected to return my deposit within the 14 days per landlord/tenant Act Article 2 33-1321 (item D & E or 33-1341.) Nor has she given me a written explanation on why she didn't do so. Security deposit of $1050.00 I gave Dianna a written notice to vacate premises at 7932 E. Milagro on June 3, 2016. The written noice was given to her with the rent the 3rd of May 2016. I requested her to send the deposit refund to my P.O. Box 7206 Mesa, AZ 85216. I even thanks her for giving me the opportunity to reside in their home for the last 1 1/2 years. (see further items on file) Date: May 20, 2019 /s/ Burnetta L Cotto, Plaintiff Published: East Valley Tribune, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019 / 24440

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State of Wisconsin, SHAWANO County Circuit Court CASE # 19SC681 To: Maderia Lottie Dee Raymond (last known address: 455 S Recker Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296) You are hereby notified that you are being sued by CoVantage Credit Union in Small Claims Court, Shawano County Courthouse, 311 North Main Street, Shawano, WI 54166, for a Replevin Judgment of the following collateral: 1998 Harley Davidson, VIN: 1HD1CHP13WK116586

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