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District 5 Newsletter • August 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.com/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Due to COVID-19, I have not been able to hold my Facebook LIVE events with local businesses for the last few months. However, with the reopening of Surprise and its businesses I will begin to do those soon. Be on the lookout! 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.


If you have not yet responded to the Census, there is still time! It is critical that the city has an accurate Census count. The Census helps in planning for critical infrastructure, like roads and hospitals. It determines our Congressional representation and local political boundaries, and guides the distribution of state shared revenues that our city receives. To respond to the Census, you can go online to my2020census.gov, or respond by phone at 844-330-2020 for English, or 844-468-2020 for Spanish, or mail back a paper questionnaire, if you received one in the mail.

Between August 11 and October 31, U.S. Census Bureau workers will begin visiting homes to interview households that have not responded to the 2020 Census. All Census workers are provided with personal protective equipment, and have been trained to practice physical distancing. They will also have official ID badges that will include their name, photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Please note that Census Bureau workers will never ask you for social security numbers, bank information, donations, or credit card information. If fraud is suspected, call 1-800-923-8282 to speak to a local Census Bureau representative.

Kansas City Royals Groundbreaking

Councilmember Sanders holds a golden shovel in front of a Kansas City Royals backdrop.

I am very pleased to announce that the KC Royals have broken ground on their player housing facility, located across the street from the Surprise Stadium in the Surprise City Center. When complete, this four story housing complex will have 47 apartment units, meeting space, a classroom, and dining and lounging areas. Outside amenities will include a swimming pool, covered seating areas and BBQ stations. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2021.

Restaurant Survey

Surprise Retail Survey Banner

Thank you to everyone that responded to the Surprise Annual Retail Survey. There were 4,300 responses to this year’s survey! These results are used to identify the city’s retail strengths, and opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. The results for Top 10 Desired Restaurants, and Top 10 Desired Retailers are:

Top 10 Desired Restaurants

  1. Cracker Barrel
  2. Cheesecake Factory
  3. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
  4. El Pollo Loco
  5. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
  6. Portillo’s
  7. Claim Jumper
  8. Dillon’s Kansas City BBQ
  9. Pita Jungle
  10. Bobby-Q BBQ

Top 10 Desired Retailers

  1. Whole Foods Market
  2. Hobby Lobby
  3. Aldi
  4. JoAnn’s Fabrics
  5. AJ’s Fine Foods
  6. TJ Maxx
  7. Home Goods
  8. Total Wine & More
  9. Old Navy
  10. Bath & Body Works

Additionally, the survey asks participants to recognize current favorite local businesses. Congratulations to the Top 10 Local Favorite Restaurants and Retailers, listed below!

Top 10 Local Favorites – Restaurants

  1. Oregano’s Pizza Bistro
  2. Babbo Italian Eatery
  3. Vogue Bistro
  4. Saigon Kitchen
  5. Rio Mirage Cafe
  6. State 48 Brewery
  7. Angry Crab Shack
  8. Nick’s Diner II
  9. Big Buddha Restaurant
  10. Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House

Top 10 Local Favorites – Retailers

  1. Son Glow Boutique
  2. PinkaBella Cupcakes (Note: PinkaBella Cupcakes has closed their retail location)
  3. Joe Streckfuss Plumbing
  4. Kimbur Pet Wash & Suites
  5. Surprise Comics
  6. Musical Surprise
  7. Gifts to Go
  8. Rocket Fizz
  9. Spencer’s Place
  10. Dale’s Town and Country

For the complete results of the survey, please visit surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Small Business Resources

For the most up-to-date information on resources available to small business, please don’t forget that the City of Surprise has a COVID-19 Business & Workforce Resources page! This page is managed by the Economic Development team, and is designed to help all of our local businesses. The webpage, www.surpriseaz.gov/businesshelp is full of updated information for customers, businesses and job seekers. There are also video resources aimed to help small businesses with topics such as the CARES Act, Small Business Marketing Tools during COVID-19, the Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act and much more. If you’ve visited this page in the past, please check it out again, as it is updated frequently.

Grand Openings/Ribbon Cuttings

Lucky House Chinese Cuisine, located at 14291 W. Grand Avenue, on the corner of Grand Avenue and Parkview Place in District 5 opened just last month. Welcome to Surprise, Jerry Li!

City Council Meeting Schedule

Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, August 18 at 6 pm. While our meetings are still not open to the public you can always watch them live on Surprise TV at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.

As always, I am available via david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Please feel free to reach out. I always want to hear from my constituents.

Virtual Meet and Greets

Until CDC guidelines change, I will be using Facebook LIVE to host my monthly meetings. My next monthly meeting is scheduled for August 29 at 9 am. Please check the City of Surprise website, at www.surpriseaz.gov for updates to this meeting schedule.

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.