13 July 2018

AZ Repub Reporter Lily Altavena Caught Up In The Crosshairs of Conflict

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THIS IS 'THE MESA WAY OF DOING BUSINESS' . . . Your MesaZona blogger is thrilled this story is getting some sunlight thrown at it >
" . . . Official complaints about the plant, run by Vulcan Materials, to the Maricopa County Air Quality Department jumped from two in 2016 to 16 in 2017 to 135 in 2018, with 60 complaints in May alone. Nearly 100 neighbors are now part of a Facebook group about community health, with frequent posts about how bad the asphalt smells on a given day.
Much of their ire is directed not just at the plant but at the city. On June 26, during a public city-held meeting about their issues, dozens of residents grilled the mayor and city councilman Mark Freeman about why their homes were approved there in the first place. 
Council's disclosure mentioned the plant, but barely, . . The disclosure, reviewed by The Republic, reads "hot mix plant" without the word "asphalt." . . . Officials from Vulcan and the county both pointed out that the mine may not be the only source of the residents' issues. Nearby are a water treatment plant, a city sewage lift station, Falcon Field Airport and the Loop 202. . .
Lehi Crossing sprouts up
Mayor John Giles was neither mayor nor a councilman when the city rezoned for Lehi Crossing. But now, he's entrenched in the fight, often copied in email complaints.
Members of the mayor's family live in Lehi Crossing. He said he understands the concerns raised by the community, but also said he believes people love living there, with houses "selling as fast as they can be built there." 
Problems foretold a decade ago
" . . . Before the housing development, before the mine and even before Loop 202, there were citrus groves. Groves so celebrated they were deemed historic, some dating back to 1915. 
In 2001, the New West Materials mine opened in the Lehi neighborhood. The mine and its then-owner, Pulice Construction Inc., came into Lehi with a $54-million contract to build a Mesa segment of the Loop 202 freeway. The mine would become Vulcan in a 2005 acquisition.
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110+ Days of Dangerous HIGH POLLUTION ...and Kiplinger's Says Mesa, Ariz.: A Great Place to Retire for Your Health???

Huh? . . . You can drive through Mesa and quickly find yourself in Phoenix or Scottsdale without noticing you’ve crossed city limits. Some locals say they like the ease with which they can get to other cities’ attractions,
Mesa, Ariz.: A Great Place to Retire for Your Health
This Arizona city has plenty of places to play golf (and more) and a range of health care options.
Major redevelopment of Mesa's downtown is planned around the Mesa Arizona Temple (pictured here), the seventh operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Via Wikipedia
Arizona is known for its sunshine and golf courses, and Mesa has plenty of both. But the city has much more to attract retirees, such as its proximity to top-rated hospitals, a cost of living that’s lower than the national average and a range of activities for lovers of nature, sports and the arts. It’s one of 10 small or midsize cities we found that offer first-class health care.

Here In Mesa AZ We Have URBIX RESOURCES |Why graphene hasn’t taken over the world...yet


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11 July 2018

Brexit is Dying

Who's going to stop this madness with Trump marching in next > sliming his way across the globe
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Brexit is officially a cluster f**k!

Mesa City Council Meetings MONSOON Mon 09 July 2018

Let's try a 2-for-1 post just to save some space. Notice once again how few seats for the public are filled and how few people have taken the time to view these public sessions of your city government at work.
Invocation starts off with some quotes from The Gospel of John, grateful thanks for the rain, and guidance in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen says the mayor.
Reading of Consent Agenda, with Item 5-c removed, by Kevin Christopher
ENTIRE AGENDA Can be found here:
Meeting Name: City Council Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 7/9/2018 5:45 PM Minutes status: Draft  
Meeting location: Council Chambers - Upper Level
Published agenda: Agenda Agenda
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HERE IS ITEM 5-c with two requests to speak and one more speaker added.
As it turns out, the City of Mesa "mimic-ked" what Prescott did, but did not use the same limit of 4 clients.
The mayor admits this is not a longer-term solution, waiting for the state statute to take effect
File #: 18-0803   
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/2/2018
Title: Adding Chapter 21 to Title 5, Business Regulations, of the Mesa City Code, regarding the licensing of structured sober living homes. (Citywide)
Attachments: 1. Council Report, 2. Ordinance 
 
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Finding Another Ancient Treasure in Modern Mesa

This is a rather involved and entertaining story about the many twists-and-turns in local efforts at Historic Preservation here in Mesa with roots going way back before the 1850's.
Your MesaZona blogger is a history phreak. No doubt about that even from an early age living in Narragansett, Rhode Island on a special place called Canonchet Farm where there was at that time an annual horse show. It was a fairly large piece of land with a lot of history on-site, including a colonial era early-1700's cemetery marked with tombstones, and the foundation of an old stable and house that Samuel P. Chase and his family inhabited.
Even earlier it was the last stronghold and sachem of The Narragansett Indians.
Flash-forward from 1960 to the year 2000 on a short adventure outside of New York City, an old friend wanted to show me where we used to live - the entire grounds had somehow been turned into The South County Colonial History Museum by re-locating onto the land colonial buildings that were not part of the historical origins of this site where indigenous native tribes had lived.
You may be wondering where this post is going ...Focus on the opening image of this post.
It's a section-survey map that Omar Turney named and described as "Prehistoric" - notice that all the names are in Spanish (including "Mesa and "Los Muertos") and the extensive man-made system of irrigation canals. Why is this important?
It's a brief story here in Mesa in the epoch of Manifest Destiny where First Peoples got displaced from their centuries-old homeland.
Fortunately - frequently by accident and frequently by certain people getting engaged - what we now call 'ancient treasures' are getting un-earthed when there are opportunities to dig into what may have been buried or covered-over by latter-day arrivals.
Here's one opportunity we might miss: ongoing right now excavations for an underground parking garage on the LDS Temple grounds in progress June 16, 2018 here on Main Street just east of Mesa Drive.
Hold on if you are startled at this prospect.
It many only be anecdotal evidence, but you can in yet another third map see distinct areas
that have been outlined for Mesa, Tempe and other areas with markings where different settlements have been marked.
On at least one recent occasion at a construction site in Tempe for a veterans housing development, there was a team of archeologists from the State Historic Preservation Office engaged in an archeological dig when some artifacts and remains from earlier cultures were accidentally uncovered on-site.  The point is that previously unknown and unmarked site find did receive some attention and research . . .
Here in Mesa we might never know what 'ancient treasures' might have been buried or covered-up perhaps inadvertently way back in the 1920's. Just a few weeks ago in talking to residents who live nearby they have said that remnants of earlier cultures were found in different locations in the neighborhood.
Let's flash back to here in Mesa to the 1920's when the drive to preserve Mesa Grande and open it to the public was Mesa's first historic preservation project. When this effort started is unknown but the first public event was a parade down Main Street organized by the chamber of commerce in 1927. This was the year that Pueblo Grande, the other great mound of the Hohokam, opened to the public.
What else happened here in Mesa in 1927? On October 23,1927 the LDS Temple was dedicated, although it had been planned on some twenty acres just east of the original town site. The construction of the LDS Temple achieved the realization of many generations of LDS pioneers. The earliest recorded donation for the Temple dated back to 1897, when a Graham County widow donated $5.00 to the construction fund when it was thought a temple would be erected in the town of Pima.
Mesa LDS official began actively promoting the idea in 1912. By the end of World War One over $200,000 had been collected for construction. Church officials visited Mesa after the war and on September 24, 1919 selected a twenty-acre tract at what is now the corner of Main and Hobson Streets just outside the original townsite. Preliminary planning took place from 1919 to 1921.  

Mesa Grande
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Mesa Grande by air from the northwest.
The ancient Hohokam, ancestors of today's O'odham people, built and used the Mesa Grande platform mound between AD 1100 and 1450. The mound was the public and ceremonial center for a one of the largest Hohokam villages in the Salt River Valley, a residential area that extended for over one mile along the terrace overlooking the river. 
Many such efforts followed and community support for a public facility has remained very strong through the years. In the early 1950s Frank and Grace Midvale organized the Mesa Grande Archaeological Society to promote the opening of the mound. This organization was transformed in 1955 into the Mesa Archaeological and Historical Society.
The new group held its first organizational event at Mesa Grande where over 200 members joined...  A major force in the community, the Mesa Archaeological and Historical Society attracted prominent speakers including governors and legislators, . . . Today, this is the Mesa Historical Society which operates the Mesa Historical Museum. Those with archaeological interests began what is now the Southwest Archaeology Team, which is affiliated with the Arizona Museum of Natural History and continues to work on the Mesa Grande platform mound. . .
 
What it takes is a line-up of different people with different interests, some of them are women in this section: Pioneers of Preservation
> Ann Madora Barker
Madora Barker and her husband purchased the land containing Mesa Grande in 1916. Following the untimely death of her husband, Widow Barker and her boys preserved the Mesa Grande.
Of her, Omar Turney wrote:
"Needing the revenue which she might have obtained from pot hunters, both the scientific and the unscientific, she has steadfastly refused to permit them to destroy the fine old ruin of Pueblo de Lehi (Turney's name for Mesa Grande taken from the Book of Mormon). Due to the self-sacrifice of this lone widow there remains just one ancient building on the south side of the river which has not been torn open and its broken remnants used as highway dirt. The people of her faith should honor this woman: her faith will remain permanent in the country as long as it embraces women as true as she."
To preserve the mound, Madora Barker sold it to archaeologist Frank Midvale in 1927.
> Frank J. Midvale
Frank Midvale's intense interest in archaeology began at a very young age and carried through his entire life. Funding his work through teaching and other jobs, Midvale roamed the Arizona desert recording Hohokam sites and mapping the prehistoric canal systems. His notes on file at ASU preserve valuable information on sites now long destroyed by modern construction.
Following his early experiences with archaeology in the 1920s, Midvale directed excavations of a platform mound at the site of La Ciudad covered today by Saint Luke's Hospital, for Dwight Heard, a wealthy Phoenix business man and founder of the Heard Museum
In 1927 Midvale purchased Mesa Grande from Ann Madora Barker to preserve the site. With his wife Grace, he founded a group that ultimately became the Mesa Historical and Archaeological Society, which originally was dedicated to the preservation of Mesa Grande. Unable to open Mesa Grande to the public, Midvale transferred the mound to Jack and Acquanetta Ross in 1962. Midvale hoped that they had the influence to accomplish his dream of opening an archaeological park.  The preservation of Mesa Grande and his irreplaceable notes on Hohokam sites stand as Frank Midvale's lasting legacies.
> Acquanetta Ross
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Acquanetta was one of the most colorful people in the history of Mesa Grande. Acquanetta was a well-known movie actress, billed in Hollywood as the "Venezuelan Volcano". She is perhaps best known for playing the title role in Tarzan and the Leopard Woman with Johnny Weissmuller, but she appeared in many other films.  Acquanetta married Jack Ross, a three time gubernatorial candidate and owner of a car dealership.  Acquanetta appeared in television ads for the dealership and became a beloved local celebrity.
Acquanetta's mother was Native American and Acquanetta grew up in the Arapaho community in Montana. She had strong feelings for Mesa Grande and worked for many years to preserve the mound and to open it to the public. In the 1970s, she worked tirelessly with the Mesa Historical and Archaeological Society and the City of Mesa to open the mound to the public. Having failed to get adequate support for the project, she played the key role in the 1980s in getting Mesa Grande into public ownership.
 
More fascinating details in this story >> http://arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org 
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One more excellent reference with more history >> Temple Historic District http://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/historic-preservation/temple-historic-district
 

10 July 2018

JUST RELEASED: City of Mesa Office For Economic Development Q3 2018 Economic Reporter Newsletter

Here's all the news that fit-to-print - over the top as usual "exceeding expectations" . . . There's a whole lot more, but due to space limitations on this blog you are more than encouraged to find out more by connecting to this link>> http://www.mesaaz.gov/business/economic-development/news-room/economic-reporter-newsletter/third-quarter-2018
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The Quick Jab
by Bill Jabjiniak
Strong successes encourage future growth and activity in Mesa 
The City of Mesa’s 2017/2018 Fiscal Year has closed as of June 30, 2018, and with it, another strong year of economic growth with significant wins for the Mesa Office of Economic Development (OED).
As a department, it is our mission to enhance Mesa’s economy, creating quality jobs to improve the overall quality of life for Mesa and its residents. We accomplish this mission by promoting Mesa as a premier location for business and targeting key industries that provide high wage jobs. We serve as the primary point of contact for companies, site selectors, and community stakeholders to obtain technical expertise and support services necessary to properly evaluate opportunities in Mesa.
There are four traditional standards on which most economic development organizations are measured:
  • number of jobs created and retained by the companies OED assists
  • the average annual wage of those jobs created or retained
  • total capital investment created
  • the total square footage of commercial space constructed or absorbed.
These metrics are direct outcomes of the OED’s efforts in business attraction, retention and expansion, entrepreneurship support, and redevelopment and revitalization programs. Through these lines of service we track the effectiveness of our department, and it is important to share and celebrate our performance in these areas.
 
EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS
This fiscal year marks the last year of our current Economic Development Strategic Plan, which aids to guide OED’s efforts in attracting new companies to the City and assisting existing Mesa companies in their expansions. We are pleased to report that Mesa OED significantly exceeded these fiscal year goals set in our strategic plan. The table below illustrates our performance and targets across four of our key department metrics:
Metrics for Quick Jab 
These achievements took diligent effort and work from our OED staff, as well as constant collaboration with numerous other city departments. We also could not have brought these jobs and investments to Mesa without close collaboration with our partners at the Arizona Commerce Authority, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the commercial brokerage and development communities, and many others. It takes a village to bring many of these major projects and developments to reality, and we are fortunate to have many great partners across the community, region, and state.
 
MAJOR SUCCESS STORIES
The aforementioned metrics were realized through some impactful business attraction efforts this year to help bring new investment and high-quality jobs into the community. Mesa OED successfully facilitated 38 projects in Mesa this fiscal year, ranging from multi-million dollar data center projects to assisting entrepreneurial ventures and startups in LaunchPoint, Mesa’s Business Accelerator.
Highlights include:
EdgeCore Break Grounds on $2 Billion Data Center Campus
In March 2018, EdgeCore Internet Real Estate broke ground on a $450 million, 200,000-square-foot Phase I Building of a major data center campus inside the Elliot Road Technology Corridor, which continues to garner national attention from the technology industry. EdgeCore’s full campus build-out at Eastmark will total 1.25 million square feet and reach an estimated $2 billion in investment.
Northrup Grumman Expansion
In March 2018, Northrup Grumman (formerly Orbital ATK) announced a 36,000-square-foot expansion of it's operation in Mesa’s Falcon District, creating 60 new, high-paying engineering and manufacturing jobs. This expansion will nearly double the company’s current production capacity in Mesa.
Urbix Resources Earns Accolades
Urbix Resources, a start-up company changing the way the world uses graphite, is one of LaunchPoint’s biggest tenants and success stories. It continues to grow rapidly, hire new employees, and garner national attention. Urbix CEO, Adam Small, was named to the prestigious Forbes magazine’s 2017 “30 Under 30” List, and the company  raised $3.5 million in it's Series A round of funding. Growing entrepreneurship in Mesa remains a key focus for OED, and Urbix serves as a premier example of innovative ventures growing in our community.
AQST Space Systems Relocates HQ from Puerto Rico to Mesa
AQST Space Systems has moved it's headquarters from Puerto Rico to Mesa, creating 125 new jobs for the city. The aerospace company will be manufacturing and assembling rockets and small satellites, expecting to begin production by the end of 2018.
 These successes and others have helped make this past year a remarkable one for Mesa.
In the last five years, Mesa OED has aided in the creation of over 11,100 new jobs and $4.6 billion in investment.
Despite our successes, we are always looking towards the future, and with major transformational projects underway like ASU’s Downtown Mesa Campus and the 1.3 million-square-foot UNION at Riverview office development, we are excited for what this next year will have in store for Mesa.
Thank you for your support. Please contact me with questions or comments.
I look forward to hearing from you at William.jabjiniak@mesaaz.gov.
For additional information, visit our website at www.mesaaz.gov/economic.
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Mesa Economic Development Advisory Board members recognized for service
 
 
 
At the June 2018 City of Mesa Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) meeting, Jeff Pitcher, Laura Snow, and Jeff Crocket were recognized for their years of distinguished service on the EDAB board.
Pitcher, Partner at Ballard Spahr, LLP, served on the board for nearly nine years, two as board chair. Snow, Senior Director of Strategy and Planning for Banner Health, served six years, one as chair, two as vice-chair. Crockett of Crockett Law Group, PLLC, served for 10 years, three as chair.
“We greatly appreciate the service Jeff Pitcher, Laura Snow, and Jeff Crockett have provided the EDAB board over the many years,” Mesa Economic Development Director Bill Jabjiniak said. “Their insights and experience have been tremendous assets to the Board and to the City of Mesa.”
The Economic Development Advisory Board acts as the advisory board to the Mesa City Council on matters pertaining to economic development, including goal setting, strategic planning, marketing and business recruitment, retention and expansion. www.mesaaz.gov/economic
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Mesa Assistant Economic Development Director awarded AAED Member of the Year
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The Arizona Association of Economic Developers (AAED) selected City of Mesa Assistant Economic Development Director, Jaye O’Donnell, the Member of the Year at the Annual Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence (EDDE) Awards dinner held May 2018 in Tucson, Arizona.
The prestigious EDDE Awards honor individuals and companies that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the organization and to economic growth within the state of Arizona. Recipients are selected from a pool of nominations made by members of AAED. Overall, 10 EDDEs were presented during an evening awards dinner at the AAED Spring Conference in Oro Valley.
“The winners of the EDDE Awards truly represent the best and brightest economic development practitioners and organizations in Arizona,” Joyce Grossman, AZED Pro, AAED’s executive director, said. “Their contributions throughout the state demonstrate not only a commitment to the communities they serve, but to the economic vitality across Arizona.”
AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy and collaboration. www.aaed.com
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City of Mesa announces approved Opportunity Zones
The City of Mesa has 11 census tracts now approved as Opportunity Zones by the U.S. Department of Treasury. This federal program is meant to spur investment in low-income areas by providing tax benefits to investors who reinvest capital gains into Opportunity Zones.
The Opportunity Zones program allows state governors to nominate 25% of their qualifying low-income census tracts as opportunity zones. Arizona was one of the first states in the nation to submit a package for designation, with nominations being sent to the Treasury Department on March 21.
"Mesa has so many great locations for investment in Opportunity Zones," City of Mesa Economic Development Director Bill Jabjiniak said. "We now anticipate this new program to move investors off the sidelines and into development deals that will offer strong returns."
There are two requirements to take advantage of the tax benefits central to Opportunity Zones. First, the investment must be made via an Opportunity Fund. Second, the investments must be derived from a gain in another investment and transferred into an Opportunity Fund within 180 days of realizing that gain.
The tax benefits associated with this investment are that the tax on the realized gain is deferred and reduced if the investment is held in an Opportunity Fund for five to seven years. Second, gains on the Opportunity Fund investment will not be taxed if the investment is held for ten years. Opportunity Funds in turn must have at least 90% of their assets in qualified Opportunity Zone property.
The Governor's Office and the Arizona Commerce Authority worked with local governments, tribal communities, and counties to decide which census tracts would be submitted. As of April 9, Arizona's 168 submitted tracts became officially designated as Opportunity Zones.
For more information about Mesa's Opportunity Zones, visit: www.mesaaz.gov/business/economic-development/incentives-programs/opportunity-zones

AZ Repub Reporter Lily Altavena Caught Up In The Crosshairs of Conflict

Cut to the Quick Take-Away > Disclose (and don't try to play stupid) THIS IS 'THE MESA WAY OF DOING BUSINESS' . . . You...