Surprise: Vote for a strong mayor system

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Why is it then that the public seems to be generally unaware of the council-manager form, and sees the position of Mayor as the “boss of the city?” Perhaps because chief executives at the state and national level do have a higher profile management role, or because a colorful, flamboyant stereotypical Mayor makes a more appealing character for movies or novels, and that the strong mayor form still remains more common in the eastern part of the country and in many of the nation’s largest cities.


JDM Partners LLC, and its development partner, El Dorado Holdings, are close to breaking ground on a visionary model of a 21st century city. Douglas Ranch will be America’s most dynamic master-planned community, covering 37,000 acres in the West Valley that will include 119,000 homes and 59 million square feet of commercial and retail space. It is estimated the project will cost $8 billion to $10 billion to develop over the next 25 years and become home to 300,000 residents.

To create a safe and secure environment for our patients and our health care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, visitors will no longer be allowed in Banner locations in Arizona starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 22. These restrictions have already been implemented in Tucson locations.

We understand this will be challenging, but we’re committed to taking the necessary precautions to protect you, your family, our health care workers and the community. 

Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period
Ends December 7
With Banner Medicare Advantage, you’ll get both quality health care and comprehensive insurance coverage in a single plan – including prescription drug coverage –  making it easy and more convenient to stay healthy. 

Council minutes 11/02/2020

Because agenda I. Other Business and Future Agenda Items and agenda J. City Council Reports was blank, I asked the city if there was any discussion on these 2 agenda’s.

Sharpies, stolen ballots stir conspiracy theories in close election

With hundreds of thousands of votes left to count and high-profile races undecided, some Arizona leaders, national pundits and social media provocateurs have already started spreading conspiracies to undermine faith in election results.

Arizona secretary of state: “Of course, we’re going to count all the votes”

From CNN’s Austen Bundy

Arizona

PHOENIX⁠ — Governor Doug Ducey today released the following statement as Arizona continues to count the results of the 2020 election:

“Arizonans turned out in historic numbers for this election, and we owe it to them to count their votes. The results have shifted greatly hour by hour, and from last night until today. With hundreds of thousands of votes still outstanding, it’s important that we be patient before declaring any races up or down the ballot. Arizonans have cast their votes, and we need to make sure all their voices are heard fairly and accurately.”

Election

New York (CNN Business)Americans aren’t the only ones obsessed with next Tuesday’s vote.British bettors are wagering a record amount of money on the US presidential election, dwarfing the amount wagered on any sporting event or even their own nation’s politics.As of Wednesday morning, £220 million, or about $284 million, had already been wagered on the Betfair Exchange, said Darren Hughes, a spokesman for Betfair. The London-based company operates the world’s largest online betting exchange.Americans can now legally wager on sporting events in many states, but it’s illegal to wager on elections, either here or in the UK.

Surprise

Does Walmart have curbside pickup?

To help alleviate that stress that comes with holiday shipping delays, Walmart will offer contact-free curbside pickup for online orders on Cyber Monday and Black Friday. Going this route can save shoppers from any shipping-related headaches and get you your products in sooner. Plus, there’s little risk of your packages going missing.

City of Surprise

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Golf in Surprise

Courses close to Surprise

  • Arizona Traditions Golf Club
    Surprise
    623.584.4000
  • Cimarron Golf Course
    Sun City Grand
    623.975.5654
  • Coyote Lakes Golf Club
    Surprise
    623.566.2323
  • Desert Springs Golf Course
    Sun City Grand
    623.546.7401
  • Granite Falls Golf Course
    Sun City Grand
    623.546.7580
  • Great Eagle Golf Course
    Happy Trails Resort
    623.584.6000
  • Sun Village Golf Course
    Surprise
    623.584.5774

City of Surprise

The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the council-created policies, and directing the day-to-day operations of city government. The manager reports directly to the city council, and is subject to council performance reviews. The City Manager is responsible for drafting a balanced budget for council review and approval each year.

Staff
NameTitleEmailPhone
Frazier, MichaelCity Managermichael.frazier@surpriseaz.gov623.222.1022
Schott, MarkAssistant City Managermark.schott@surpriseaz.gov623.222.1023
Arthur, DianeDeputy City Managerdiane.arthur@surpriseaz.gov623.222.1422
Gent, MikeDeputy City Manager/Public Works Directormike.gent@surpriseaz.gov623.222.6223
Montgomery, TracyEmergency Managertracy.montgomery@surpriseaz.gov623.222.1019
Fax: 623.222.1021
Holley, CarolInternal Auditor – SRcarol.holley@surpriseaz.gov623.222.1027
Matthees, AlisonInternal Auditoralison.matthees@surpriseaz.gov623.222.1032
Bianco, GloriaManagement Analyst – SRgloria.bianco@surpriseaz.gov623.222.1335
Osborne, DanielleManagement Analystdanielle.osborne@surpriseaz.gov623.222.1034
Tas, JodiGovernment Relations Administratorjodi.tas@surpriseaz.gov623.222.1330

You can’t understand the world today if you don’t understand corruption. Every day, we see high-level government officials resigning, governments changing, hundreds of thousands of people standing in squares, holding up signs, and often risking their lives to protest the corruption in the world. It’s critically important to the health of our societies to understand what people are protesting against

City of Surprise

Surprise, A‌Z (August 6, 2020) Surprise City Manager Mike Frazier has announced that Lee Lambert will serve as the city’s new Water Resource Management Director.

Lee has served as Acting Director of the Water Resource Management (WRM) Department since February, stepping in from his role as Assistant WRM Director.

 

ARS 9-500.14. I am going to charge the City of Surprise used city or town resources or employees to influence the election held on August 4, 2020.

COMMENTS RECEIVED FOR JOHN HASTINGS – City of …

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PDFSurprise would benefit from Jack’s appointment. … I am reaching out today to show my support for John Hastings who is seeking the nomination for … John cares about Arizona and believes in making a positive difference by being an active …

Covid – 19

Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.

  • A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
  • An antibody test might tell you if you had a past infection. An antibody test might not show if you have a current infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies. Having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 might provide protection from getting infected with the virus again. If it does, we do not know how much protection the antibodies might provide or how long this protection might last.

City of Surprise

August 4 Primary Election results to be available on web, TV

City primary election results will be posted to www.surpriseaz.gov and featured on Surprise TV, the city’s cable TV channel, Tuesday evening, August 4. Read more…

Every one of us living within the boundaries of both Surprise & Dysart must have an understanding of what is going on around us…….and appreciate how complacency on any of our parts in allowing things to just happen around us…and our unwillingness to try to make things right…will only come to haunt in the years ahead…if we do nothing

CITY OF SURPRISE GOVERNMENT JULY 22, 2020 RVUKANOVICH EDITOR… Bob Vukanovich’s take on ” Whats Going On ? ”… This web site was constructed to provide the following:… 1. History and Background of issues and concerns… 2. Factual information 3. Means for individuals to exchange thoughts & ideas… 4. Voice to all who might listen…….. The City of Surprise and the Dysart Unified School District have been faced with so many challenges…with respect to “growth.” What once was a small township, community and school district have forever been changed into chaos…but hopefully manageable.

Surprise

Roland Winters Jr. was elected to District 1 ( Acacia ) on August 27, 2013 and is serving a 5 year term which began January 1 , 2014.

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.

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General Election 2016 official results, as posted by the Maricopa County Elections Department:

View the Maricopa County Recorder election results site

Surprise 2016 General Obligation Bond

Vote AnswerVote TotalVote Percentage
Bond Approval – Yes23,41149.53%
Bond Approval – No23,85850.47%
(20 of 20) precincts reporting

Councilmember District 1 (Acacia)

CandidateNumber of VotesVote Percentage
James Cunningham2,58644%
Roland F. Winters Jr.3,148

Smart City

Smart city Arizona

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Belmont, Arizona. … Belmont is a proposed planned city in the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona, United States. The development, a partnership between billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and local real estate investors, will be a “smart city” designed around emerging technologies.

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City of Surprise council passed a resign law.
Being a general law city, was this vote illegal because the Arizona constitution has a resign law?

I asked the city for an interpentation: Sec. 14-1. – Dates.

All city elections shall occur on the consolidated election days during the months of September and November of each election year, with the primary occurring in September and the general occurring in November.

Notice is hereby given that the City of Surprise, Arizona will hold elections as follows: Primary Election: Tuesday, August 4, 2020, and General Election: Tuesday, …

Surprise Municipal Code Sec. 14-2. – Conducted in accordance with state statute, provides that, “All city elections are conducted in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes relating to municipal elections and are subject to changes.

Because ARS 16-201 provides that, “A primary election shall be held on the first Tuesday in August in any year in which a general election or special election is held and at which candidates for public office are to be elected” and ARS 16-204 generally preempts local law due to the state legislature finding that consolidated election schedules are a matter of state-wide concern, the City follows state law on scheduling of elections, just as every other city in the state does.



Bill Gates

Through his investment company, Gates purchased the land for $80 million in 2017 and announced his plan to build a “smart city” called Belmont. Located on I-10 near Tonopah, the site is about 45 minutes west of downtown Phoenix (and about 30 minutes from the Goodyear airport).Sep 10, 2018.
A few years ago, Bill Gates has announced plans to build a smart city outside of Buckeye in Arizona. Through his subsidiary Mt. Lemmon Holdings, the billionaire spent $80 million to purchase more than 24,000 acres of land with plans to build a smart city, which will include housing, schools, offices and retail. Since the purchase, there has been limited information on the development of the project.
A few years ago, Bill Gates has announced plans to build a smart city outside of Buckeye in Arizona. Through his subsidiary Mt. Lemmon Holdings, the billionaire spent $80 million to purchase more than 24,000 acres of land with plans to build a smart city, which will include housing, schools, offices and retail. Since the purchase, there has been limited information on the development of the project.

City of Surprise

Surprise, AZ (June 26, 2020) Surprise City Court Presiding Judge, Judge Louis Frank Dominguez has been named the 2020 Justice Michael D. Ryan Award for Judicial Excellence recipient by the State Bar of Arizona Public Lawyers Section. Judge Dominguez received his B.A. in Psychology at Arizona State University and graduated from the Arizona State University College of Law. He was appointed as the Presiding Judge for the Surprise City Court in 2013.

The Public Lawyers Section annually honors a judicial officer who demonstrates dedication and commitment to improving the justice system. Recipients of the Justice Michael D. Ryan Award must demonstrate they have high ideals, personal character and judicial competence.

The Vacation Watch program is designed to provide you with the peace of mind that your house will be looked after while you are away. The Surprise Police Department offers Vacation Watches to Surprise residents who will be away for a minimum of two weeks.

The City Council voted 6-0 on May 5 to bring back the “resign to run” law that requires board and commission members to give up their seats once they submit nomination papers for City Council.

Welcome to the Surprise Election News and Results page. This site will be updated as needed to provide information on when and how to file to run as a candidate for Mayor and/or City Council, list polling locations and provide past and the most current election results

How to Request Vacation Watch Service
To request this service, please call (623) 222-4277 five days in advance of your departure

If you had been renting an apartment in Surprise for 1 year you can be a candidate to run to become a council member or mayor.

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The Surprise Nominations Committee will conduct interviews at 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 8 for the following board and commission vacancies:

  • Audit Committee
  • Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee
  • Personnel Appeals Board and Veterans
  • Disability and Human Services Commission

The five-person committee will make recommendations to the City Council at its Tuesday, June 16 regular council meeting.

It will also review reappointment list and applications filed prior for the Veterans, Disability and Human Services vacancy.

The Council Chambers will be closed to the public during the meeting because of COVID-19 conditions.