Hi to all the residents in District 1 and to the residents of this great city we are fortunate to live in.
To start off with, let me say this month you can exercise one of the most important rights as Americans, and that is the right to vote. So get out there and vote whether by mail or on November 6th election day. Your vote does make a difference.
On Tuesday, September 4th, we started off with our regular workshop and then at 6pm we held our Council meeting where we take action. As most of you know, the Council voted that mobile devices must be operated in hands-free mode when driving in Surprise.
Friday September 7th you found me at the Central Arizona Project (CAP) celebration at their office in Phoenix; just imagine if the leaders that came before us did not start that canal back in the 70’s to carry water from the Colorado River to Phoenix and beyond. Our commercial and housing development would not be what it is today. The CAP was started by visionaries like Carl Hayden. It is really an engineering marvel how it pumps water out of the river and all the way to Tucson by a series of pumps.
That same evening was a night to honor our military, both current and past service members at Willow Canyon High School. One of our very own was honored. Councilman Skip Hall walked across the football field, along with many other heroes who were honored to wear our country’s uniform. Thank you Willow Canyon for doing that for our veterans.
On Monday, September 11th, the Council had a special meeting in the Chambers to canvas the primary vote. Following that vote, there was new information discovered about the District 1 election. You can learn more here: http://bit.ly/2xQ825H.
On Friday, September 14th, I had my regular meeting at the Community Center at Arizona Traditions, and I will have my October meeting on Friday, October 12th. The address is 18250 W. Weatherby Drive. We usually go from 7 pm-8:30 pm and everyone is welcome. I must thank Arizona Traditions for the use of that space.
Monday morning, September 17th, I attended Constitution Day at Canyon Ridge Elementary School on Surprise Farms Loop N. The seventh graders got all dressed up as important Revolutionary characters. Thanks to Christopher Raso for such a great job and all the learners who did so well being all the great leaders of the time. A big thanks to Jill Hoppe, the principal, for the photos.
Tuesday morning, September 18th, I was at the Senior Center in the Original Town Site hearing about our new RideChoice program. The early rollout of the program for Surprise residents began October 1, with the option of staying on the old program until November 30th. The full program launch is December 1st. Some of the changes include: no more Ride Choice cards are needed; call one number and ask for the carrier you want to use; Lyft will also be one of the choices. Another change will be the use of a credit card to book your ride. I am hopeful that this system will run better than our last. Then, of course, that same night was our workshop and the council meeting that followed.
I joined the celebration of the Desert Diamond Casino in the West Valley. Noting the finishing of the steel structure of that magnificent building. It will be a beautiful casino when finished.
On September 20th, I was invited to talk to the residents of the New Fellowship Square on Sarival Avenue, just off of Bell Rd. Fellowship square is a new independent living, assisted living, and memory care residence here in Surprise near Sam’s Club. Some of the residents lived in Sun City Grand, but sold their homes and are now living there. I met many nice people. After our meeting, I was invited to stay for dinner, and it was very good food. Right after that meeting, I attended the Northwest Ranch HOA meeting and had a great meeting answering questions, mostly about the improvements to Greenway Road. They have a new property manager, named Brad, and the Board President is Kelly Hall.
Sunday, September 23rd, we went to Mark Coronado Park for the Second Sundays in the Park event. There was a good crowd and good music. I talked to many people there. There is something big going to happen in the northwest part of my district, but I cannot talk about the details yet. Well I will close for now. Be good to yourself and be good to each other.