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Within a typical 30 minute commute, Surprise is connected to the entire West Valley. The West Valley is comprised of six communities: Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfi eld Park, Peoria and Surprise. More than 800,000 people call the West Valley home. With over 325,000 skilled individuals in the labor force, the area is primed for economic growth.
*US Census (2015)
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Texas Rangers

Texas Rangers Spring Training Ticket Information

Before the Texas Rangers begin a busy regular-season slate, watch them go head-to-head against teams in the Cactus League this spring inside Surprise Stadium in Arizona. Take a look at the schedule above for matchups with Texas Rangers spring training tickets currently available in the Vivid Seats marketplace.  Spring training opponents typically making way to Surprise, Ariz., include the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, and Los Angeles Dodgers as well as  AL West rivals like the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. If you’re looking for a particular game, use the “Filter Results” to streamline the search for preferred Texas Rangers spring training tickets. You also can get in touch with Vivid Seats customer service representatives and sales agents by calling 866.848.8499 or using Live Chat for assistance while shopping.

Once you’ve found the Rangers spring training contest you want to see live, click “Tickets” to proceed to the next page where you’ll be able to view all available listings. If you’re looking for a seat in a certain section like the Lawn or Lower Dugout, click inside the Surprise Stadium seating chart to display the Rangers spring training tickets for sale in respective areas of the ballpark. To place an order online, simply press “Buy” on your chosen listing and then log in to complete the final steps for checkout. Make sure to review all transaction details prior to submitting the request, including ticket quantity and delivery information. After your order has been confirmed by the seller, your tickets will be covered by our 100% Buyer Guarantee

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The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Rangers franchise currently competes in Major League Baseball as a member of the American League West division. Since 1994, the Rangers have played in Globe Life Park in Arlingt

Surprise Stadium

Surprise Stadium is the Spring Training home for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, and has been rated as the “best place to watch a Spring Training game.” (Best of Phoenix)

Surprise Stadium was officially opened in December 2002 and since then has hosted not only Spring Training games, but plenty of little league, high school and college sports tournaments, too.

This award-winning facility is used for more than sports. Surprise families have stretched out on the fields to enjoy kid- friendly Movie Nights with their neighbors for years and thousands gather every Fourth of July for a dynamic fireworks show and entertainment festival. Visit the Special Events page for a full list of activities.

For information about Surprise Spring Training visit

Councilman Roland Winters

City Council names Winters as Vice Mayor

Vice Mayor Roland F. Winters Jr. Opens in new window

The Surprise City Council selected District 1 Councilmember Roland F. Winters Jr. to serve as Vice Mayor at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Per city code, City Council must select a new Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30. The Vice Mayor acts on behalf of the Mayor in the event of absence.

Winters was first elected to City Council in 2013 to serve a four-year term beginning January 2014. He was re-elected in 2018 and began his new four-year term this month.  

He worked thirty five years at Hughes Air Craft Company in Fullerton, California and also owned and operated a photo studio in Fullerton and Placentia, California. He served on the State Board of Directors for Californians for Disability Rights.

Born and educated through high school in New Jersey, Winters earned a degree in Business Administration and Pre Law at Fullerton College in Fullerton, California. He also earned a BA degree in Marketing Management from the University of California.

  1. Mon, Jan 21 City Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day

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You do not have to travel to be a council man.

Do employers have to provide personal attendant care for work-related travel? 

According to informal guidance from the EEOC, the ADA does not require employers to provide personal attendant care on the job because reasonable accommodation does not require employers to provide personal need items or services. However, when an employee travels for work and incurs personal attendant care expenses beyond his/her usual expenses when not traveling for work, there is a good argument that the employer must pay the added costs. 

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Surprise names new Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commissioners

Surprise, AZ (January 16, 2019) Surprise City Council approved the addition of five new members to represent veteran-interests on the new Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission during last night’s Regular City Council Meeting. 

The new members, with term expirations through June 30, 2023, are: Karissa Perry; Shawna Daigle; Steffen Hanzel; and Tom Short.

These members will join the former Disability Advisory Commission (DAC) members who have transitioned to the expanded Commission: George Van de Langeryt; Bruce Hertzog; Kathryn Chandler; Dan Moore; Jacob Thomas; and Krista Watson.

Andrew Witzel was selected to fill the recently vacated seat on the former DAC; his term expiration on the new Commission is June 30, 2021.

Council formed the Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission to assist in the development and/or expansion of city programming related to veterans; people with special needs; and those in need of general human services and workforce development, during the December 4 Regular City Council Meeting. 

The first Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of the month in the City Hall Council Chambers at 6 p.m. All meetings, are open to the public, and will be televised on Surprise TV and online at

Councilman Roland Winters

This is to officially let you know that Sam and Diana Johnson, 30304 N 164th Ave. Surprise, AZ are totally against the annexation, first of the public land south of the canal and secondly, the area being considered north of the canal. Please do not annex these areas. We purchased our home out here so that we could ride our horse and 4 wheelers on the State Land and enjoy the view of the beautiful mountains. We understand there will be a petition to sign and we definitely want to sign it!

Bob Vukanovich

Happened to find the ship I served on, when I was on the internet.

USS Shackle (ARS-9) was an Diver-class rescue and salvage ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. She was responsible for coming to the aid of stricken vessels.

Shackle (ARS-9) was laid down on 26 October 1942 by the Basalt Rock Company in Napa, California; launched on 1 April 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Walker Cochran; and commissioned on 5 February 1944, Lt. Charles G. Jenkins, Jr., in command.

Councilman David Sanders

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Jan 16, 2009 – ARS § 38-231 LOYALTY OATH. State of … (type or print name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will … (name of office) according to the best.

City of Surprise Councilman Winters

This is in regards to the aid that travels with Councilman Winters, I have been unable to receive all of the details that I have ask for, by request from the city clerks office.
I have a concern that we might get in legal trouble paying (probably in cash) to an aid that is not a city employee, and am told that the aid is required under the American Disabilities Act. Which I believe is debatable. My suggestion is, if you want the city to pay for Winter’s care when he travels, hire an aid from Personal Assistance Services (PAS). Who are defined as person-to-person services to assist people with disabilities with tasks they would perform if they did not have a disability. Traditionally, these services have focused on health care and activities of daily living.

Being able to travel out of state on your own is not a requirement to become a councilman of the City of Surprise.

Improvement project along US 60 (Grand Avenue) frontage road in El Mirage will require lane restrictions

Work scheduled to resume first week of 2019

City of Surprise

Title 9 – Arizona Revised Statutes 

9-304. Compensation of alderman or councilman; failure to comply; classification

A. No mayor, alderman or councilman of any city or town shall, during the term for which he has been elected, knowingly accept, take or receive for his own use from the city or town, any money or other thing of value other than that which is provided to be paid him for his services as such.

B. A person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a petty offense, and his office shall be forfeited.

Skip Hall, mayor

I asked C.M. Skip Hall this in 2014 never got an answer. Also asked City Clerk  Sherry Aguilar, no reply.

By taking out the Constitution of the State of Arizona and foreign and domestic  in our oath, are we in violation of the Statutes governing our city?

Councilman Patrick Duffy – Bob Vukanovich city of surprise

Councilmember District 3 (Mesquite) Term starts 01/01/2019
Candidate Number of Votes Vote Percentage
Patrick Duffy 1,578 50% Gisele Norberg 1,567 50%

2014 is the only time you will see this phenomenon in your life!!
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August 2016, this year, will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens only once every 823 years. The Chinese call it ‘Silver pockets full.

“Rose” and the Surprise Police provide update to MedReturn Program
Rose and the rest of the Surprise Police Department would like to thank the public for the continued success of the MedReturn program. Read more…

Newly Elected Officials Training
Thursday, December 6
Established in 1998, the purpose of the program is to assist newly elected officials to be more effective in their new policy-making role. The program will be similar to that offered in past years and provide participants with an opportunity to: Learn the basics of municipal government in Arizona Review Arizona government and Constitutional structure Learn about general issues of municipal budgeting Discuss ethical and legal issues facing elected officials Review the public policy process The information is presented in a practical format with time for questions. In addition, all participants will receive materials that will serve as a useful reference when they return to their communities.

December 6, 2018 - December 7, 2018 Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Mesa Convention Center  Address: 263 N Center Street Mesa, AZ 85201
Contact: (602) 258-5786 Newly Elected Officials Training

Mayor Skip Hall city of surprise

Fiscal Sustainability Preservation of shared revenues. The City’s budget includes revenue from a number of State sources; most importantly, shared revenues from state income, sales, and vehicle license taxes. Shared revenues make up approximately 30% of the City’s general fund. A diverse and sustainable revenue stream with predictable sources is critical for the City’s financial well-being. Surprise supports the protection and full disbursement of shared revenues and a diverse revenue portfolio based on sustainable, predictable revenue sources. Unfunded mandates. The City opposes unfunded state mandates placed on local jurisdictions and encourages the Legislature to evaluate the fiscal impact such mandates will have on communities prior to considering the issue.

Mayor Skip Hall – Bob Vukanovich city of surprise

There’s still time to register for youth winter sports camps & skills classes
Surprise, AZ (December 5, 2018) The City of Surprise is registering for 2019 youth winter sports camps and skills classes!

We are offering a number of sports camps and skills classes, including: basketball, baseball, softball and tennis. Softball, baseball and basketball camps will be held January 2-4 and will focus on the fundamentals of each sport through games, competitions and drills. Tennis camps are being offered December 26-28 and January 2-4 and are open to all levels to improve technical and tactical skills.

Skills classes will be held for pitching/catching and hitting/base running for both softball and baseball. These classes will focus on refining mechanics through various skill specific drills. Classes start early January and run through mid-February.

For more details, please visit

Registration is available until full. Register in-person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Avenue, or online at

For more information, please contact the city’s Sports Division at 623.222.2000 or visit

Mayor Skip Hall – City of Surprise

“The City of Surprise: A History in Progress,” is a 104-page book and accompanying DVD documentary that tells the story of Surprise. Meet the earliest Surprise residents, from the prehistoric Hohokam Indians to the people who built Surprise into the city of connection and opportunity it is today. Relive the days when cotton was king in Surprise, and how a road called Grand Avenue and a new railroad connected a small farming community to the rest of the world. Enjoy a wonderful video documentary with interviews and rare photos of early Surprise. Discover newly revealed documents that show the real story of what (and who!) is behind the founding of one of Arizona’s premiere cities!

It’s amazing that they say nothing about the swap meet that I had,  that drew thousands every Sat, Sun. and Thursday night. At one time it was the second largest swap meet in Arizona.

Mayor Skip Hall – Bob Vukanovich

Today in Surprise, AZ
Tuesday 4:00 PM
Mostly Cloudy 64

Sunday in the Park – Food Truck Festival Sunday, December 16, 2018
Fun family event with live music by Dirt Road Kings and amazing food

Date: December 16, 201 Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Location: Mark Coronado Park
Address: 15960 N Bullard Ave Surprise, AZ 85374
Contact: 623.222.2000 Cost: Free admission

Mayor Skip Hall and

The below are the City of Surprise’s number

If this is an emergency, dial 911. For all other police services please contact our dispatch center at 623.222.4000. Online service requests are monitored by administrative staff that do not work nights or weekends; as such our response will be delayed.

Mayor Skip Hall

Free Class: Tax Review
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
The city is hosting a free, one-day Tax Review Class that will touch on various aspects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that passed at the end of 2017. The class, presented by Bernie Dobrin and Ramon Vasquez with Block Advisors Tax and Business Services, will cover: • Withholding/Exemption amounts and their impact for 2018 filing • Education Credit changes • Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) changes • Saver’s Credit • Employee Business Expenses • State and Local Taxes (SALT) deduction

Address: 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374
Contact: 623.222.3242
December 5, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Mayor Skip Hall & Roland Winters

Signature Events, Activities and Programs
Signature activities are unique events or services that are recognized throughout the community and associated with the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Golf Class B2B Expo Shop Surprise Text Deals Economic Outlook Breakfast Interns for Business

Legacy Awards Meet Elected Officials Breakfast Even Sponsorship State Legislative Day

State of the City Internet Optimizer Services Women in Business

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce has several promotional programs, activities and events that are unique to the Chamber. They are listed on the left side of this page.

We have special events, can assist in getting you interns for your business and even have tools to help your business get found on the internet!

Our signature program educate the community, provide members with valuable insights to help grow their businesses and allow guests an opportunity to connect with other business leaders and elected officials.

Our programs provide valuable opportunities to build your network, promote you business, and learn from business leaders, elected officials, and industry experts about the key issues impacting the business community.

Skip Hall & Councilman Kem Remley

Ken Remley is a believer in strong leadership, partnership and fiscal responsibility.
His vision is to support initiatives that attract quality employers and good-paying jobs to Surprise, while maintaining cost-effective city services.
He was elected to District 4 in the August 2016 Primary Election and began his term in January 2017.
Ken is a licensed mortgage loan officer and income tax preparer.
He served as the treasurer for the Litchfield Manor Homeowners’ Association for 10 years. He also served on the HOA’s Budget, Landscaping, Architectural and Social Committees.
He is a Vietnam War Veteran, having served in the United States Navy.
Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Accounting from Cal State Fullerton.
Ken and his wife Beverley have lived in Surprise since 2004. They have four children, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.