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District 5 Newsletter • March 2020

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. As always, it is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me at www.facebook/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! You can always reach me at david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at http://d5.surpriseaz.gov. As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

2020 Surprise Retail Survey

The 2020 Surprise Retail survey is now open until Sunday, March 15. I can assure you that participating in the survey truly makes a difference. Many of our Top 10 most requested restaurants have already opened in Surprise including Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, Texas Roadhouse and In-N-Out Burger. Café Rio, Raising Canes and Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken have all held grand openings since the survey first launched and each one appeared on surveys we received. Furthermore, Costco was consistently at the top of the most desired retailers list on every survey we conducted and thankfully, they are opening soon!

Surprise Retail Survey Banner

Please complete the survey at www.surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Heritage District Art Hour

Earlier last month, WHAM and Gorman USA hosted a tile painting hour with community leaders and guests. Each attendee painted one mosaic tile that will be utilized in the new art feature at Heritage at Surprise. I look forward to seeing the finished project!

2020 Spring Training Welcome Back Lunch

The City of Surprise hosted the 2020 Spring Training Welcome Back Lunch on Friday, February 14. Representatives from both the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers provided updates on their respective teams. I hope you are able to stop by the award winning Surprise Stadium to catch a game this spring training season!

Ottawa University Campus Ribbon Cutting & Dedication

Ottawa University-Arizona hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication for their three new campus buildings. The O’Dell Center for Athletics is a 97,000 square foot athletic complex adjacent to Spirit Field to the west, just north of Tierra Buena Lane. The complex includes a recreation center, four court gymnasium, locker rooms, an athletic training room, the Spirit Performance Center, five classrooms, and the faculty and athletic department offices. The OUAZ Student Union is a two story, 27,000 square foot building that houses the cafeteria, an outdoor and indoor dining space, the Spirit Fan Shop, campus mailroom, student lounge with an indoor/outdoor fireplace, conference center and designated quiet study spaces. Lastly, there’s Residence Hall, which is 76,000 square foot, four story residence hall to the east of Spirit Field. This 83 room, 332 bed dormitory features fully furnished, four person suites, four student lounges and the campus security office.

Congratulations to OUAZ on their expansion and continued success! I’m elated to have them in District 5!

Rangers Village Ribbon Cutting

City Council joined Texas Rangers owner Ray Davis and Texas Rangers staff to cut the ribbon on Rangers Village on Friday, February 21. Rangers Village is a three-story, 36 suite, 70,000 square foot team housing complex along Bullard Avenue, just north of Greenway Road. It also includes a 13,000 square foot sports-training lab next door for the players.

Surprise City Council, Rick Davis and Texas Rangers staff hold scissors in preparation of the ribbon cutting.

Congratulations to the Texas Rangers on their new housing and training facitilies!

Chamber of Commerce State of the Cities 2020

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual State of the Cities on Tuesday, February 25 at West-Mec Northwest Campus. Mayor Skip Hall joined Mayors Michael LeVault, Alexis Hermosillo and County Supervisor and Chair Clint Hickman as each presented their future goals, accomplishments and business updates for their respective cities.

Recent Openings in Surprise

Amigo’s Authentic Mexican Grill and Bar hosted a ribbon cutting on February 3. They are located at 13621 N. Litchfield Road, Suite 131.

De Boa Jiu Jitsu Academy hosted their ribbon cutting on February 26. They are located at 14763 W. Cactus Road.

Community Needs Forum

The City of Surprise’s Human Service and Community Vitality Department hosted another Community Needs Forum at Dysart Unified School District Administration Building on Friday, February 28. Local leaders and representatives from the business, education, non-profit, faith community and government sectors were invited to hear presentations regarding the human service needs assessment that was completed in December.

Economic Development VIP Spring Training Event

Our Economic Development Department hosted more than 200 businesses for our Annual Spring Training Home Run Legends Deck Event on Friday, February 28. Everyone was able to network and talk about Surprise amenities as we watched the San Francisco Giants play the Kansas City Royals.

Mountain Vista Ranch Block Party

Mountain Vista Ranch HOA hosted their annual block party on Saturday, February 29. Mayor Hall and I were able to talk to many residents and engage with the great community!

Homeowner Associations

I have enjoyed meeting so many of you at the community HOA meetings. If you would like me to attend your HOA meeting, please contact the Council Office at 623-222-1300. Representing you is very important to me and attending your meetings provides me with the opportunity to hear your voice and listen to your concerns.

Meet and Greet

My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W. Bell Road, from 9 – 10 a.m. on the last Saturday of each month. I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

Please make sure to mark your calendars for the State of the City address on March 26, 2020 at 6 p.m. at Surprise City Hall. This special event marks the city’s 60th Anniversary and will include a video presentation, art wall unveiling, live music and entertainment in the Courtyard. For more details, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC.

District 5 Newsletter • November 2019

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. As always, it is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me at www.facebook/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! You can always reach me at david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at http://d5.surpriseaz.gov. As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

Care and Share Expo

This collaborative effort between the Human Services & Community Vitality Department and the Surprise Veterans, Disability & Human Services Commission was an amazing success. This free community event provided information regarding numerous community programs at one, central location. I was humbled to see and meet so many of our community members.

Surprise Day of Service

Surprise Day of Service was held on Saturday, October 19. The Day of Service is a community clean-up and reinvestment event that is free to the neighborhoods served, and is organized with the intent to foster community pride. It includes painting, landscaping and removal of refuse.

It was impressive to see more than 300 volunteers assembled for this event! Thank you to all of our residents who participated! If you are interested in participating in future events, please register at 623-222-3241. Everyone is welcome!

Fiesta Grande

The 6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande event was nothing short of amazing. We were honored to welcome special guests Barry Wong, Executive Director from Governor Ducey’s Office of Equal Opportunity, as well as Deputy Consul General of Mexico Armando Esparza. This street-style celebration, held at the Original Town Site, celebrates our city’s cultural heritage. The event is always free, and it is a great way to spend time with your family. If you didn’t attend, I hope to see you next year!

Ottawa University

Ottawa University (OUAZ) has added two new buildings to their growing campus! The Student Union offers a cafeteria, indoor and outdoor dining spaces with a fireplace, Spirit Fan Shop, conference center, student lounge and designated quiet study spaces. The new Residence Hall has over 300 beds, four student lounges and a campus security office. Soon, the highly anticipated O’Dell Center will be open and will include five classrooms, recreation center, athletic center and much more.

Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Fest

GPEC Fest is an annual event that provides the opportunity to meet and network with hundreds of leaders across the valley. I was fortunate to attend this event along with our Economic Development team as we celebrated our successful and collaborative relationship with GPEC.

Dysart College and Career Expo

Over 1,000 students, parents, and various community members attended this event. A variety of programs were presented including Dysart’s Career and Technical Education programs, business, military, local colleges and West-MEC.

G.A.I.N. Night

This free, family-friendly public safety event not only brings the community together but also contributes to a good cause. Many families were in attendance and enjoyed such things as laser tag, face painting and public safety demonstrations. I would like to thank everyone for donating cans of food for the Salvation Army. This is a great way to give back to our community.

West Valley Council Mixer

I would like to thank the City of Peoria for hosting the West Valley Council to Council Mixer at Scorpion Bay and providing a scenic, sunset cruise. These events provide a valuable networking opportunity for West Valley councilmembers.

WHAM Art Association

I recently met with Connie Whitlock, WHAM Art Association Executive Director, to discuss her ongoing dedication to the arts. WHAM is a 501(c)3 non-profit art organization that was founded in 2006 by Mrs. Whitlock. The organization has grown to more than 150 artists that work in a variety of different mediums. In addition to helping to promote local artists through exhibits throughout the West Valley, WHAM is also involved in numerous projects such as public art murals, art festivals, art walks, veteran initiatives and community art classes.

Councilmember Sanders and WHAM Art Association Executive Director, Connie Whitlock.

I really appreciate how that continues to help the community and Surprise residents. Connie, we thank you for all you do!

Homeowner Associations

I continue to meet with HOAs to provide updates. If any HOA would like me to attend, please contact the Council office at 623-222-1331, and I would be happy to facilitate the request.

Meet and Greet

I enjoyed meeting a number of you at my October Meet and Greet. My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W Bell Road, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on the last Saturday of every month. Please feel free to stop by to introduce yourself and let me know if I can be of service to you!

Upcoming Events

  • November 11, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day
  • November 28-29, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving
  • December 6-7, 2019 – Annual Surprise Party celebration, Surprise Recreation Campus