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District 2 Update – December 2019

As we embrace the holiday season by decorating, baking and shopping, I hope you are able to attend one of the many activities that the city offers this time of year.

The 18th Annual Surprise Party will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7. The event will be held at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. The festivities on Friday evening run from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. and will offer musical performances, a visit from Santa and the tree lighting ceremony. On Saturday, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., there will be a car show, live music, arts festival, petting zoo, food and much more. Admission is free with a canned food or toy donation. There will also be a Gingerbread House contest. Entrants must deliver their creations to the Surprise Party Gingerbread Tent located at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue between 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. Judging will take place on Saturday, December 7. Winners will be notified prior and must be present to accept the award at Saturday’s Surprise Party event at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced at the main stage. Interested contestants must complete the entry form and submit it no later than December 5. For more information, please call 623-222-2000.

On Tuesday, December 10, the Surprise Senior Center will be hosting Deck the Hock from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This is a family friendly event that features Christmas tree decorations, choir performances, treats and more. The Surprise Senior Center is located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. I hope to see you there!

The 4th Annual Tech the Halls will be held on December 12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road. Please join us for tech exhibits, entertainment, games, refreshments and much more!

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival continues this month on Sunday, December 15, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. The event will feature live rock music by Blaine Long & Rosas del Rey, delicious food trucks, yard games and much more. Please don’t forget to bring your blanket or chairs and enjoy the evening. You are welcome to bring your dogs as long as they are on leashes.

Please mark your calendars for December 22 at 3:00 p.m. for the West Valley Symphony’s next performance at the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place. They will play a collection from the Nutcracker Suite, Festive Lights of Hanukkah and holiday selections with the West Valley Youth Orchestra. For tickets, call 623.707.8844.

As our city continues to grow, we will encounter road work and traffic issues. The City of Surprise is constantly working with utility companies and construction crews to keep traffic inconveniences to a minimum. We appreciate your patience and remind everyone to Drive Wise, Surprise.

Please note that all city offices will be closed on December 25 in observance of Christmas Day.

Lastly, I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Ceramics Room. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Due to the holiday, there will be no Sun City Grand Meeting in December.

Meet the new Commander of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB

I had the honor of meeting Brigadier General Todd Canterbury, who will serve as Commander of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base. General Canterbury assumes command from Brigadier General Brook Leonard. Under Gen. Leonard’s leadership over the last two years, the base has received many accolades, including the Air Education and Training Command Weapons Excellence Award and Outstanding Unit Award, the Gen. Larry O. Spencer Innovation Award, and the Gen. Mark A. Welsh III One Air Force Award in 2018. Although he will be greatly missed, I wish Gen. Leonard the best of luck in his future endeavors, and look forward to Gen. Canterbury’s leadership.

Arizona is home to Gen. Canterbury, who grew up in the West Valley and is a graduate of ASU. Gen. Canterbury’s childhood was largely spent on Luke Air Force Base, with his father serving as the commander of Tactical Air Command’s 832nd Air Division from 1982 to 1984. Gen. Canterbury has previously served as a wing commander in Florida, and now comes to Luke from the Pentagon, where he was Director of the F-35 integration Office. As part of the Luke West Valley Council and as a resident of Luke’s neighboring community, I am excited to work with General Canterbury in leading Luke’s continued growth.

May 2018 Interfaith Breakfast

Yesterday I joined community interfaith leaders, non-profit organizations, city staff and members of the Peoria City Council as we celebrated the City of Surprise’s designation as a Golden Rule Community.  The 2018 Community Resource Guide, a partnership with the city of Peoria, featuring social services and programs designed to assist Northwest Valley residents in need, was introduced and distributed at the event. We should all feel so fortunate as to have wonderful community leaders here in Surprise and in our neighboring cities.

Jim Hayden Firecracker Award

I recently had the honor of presenting the Jim Hayden Firecracker Award to a few deserving individuals. Recipients of the award were young fire academy graduates who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. A few of the honorees were former students of Jim! It is such an honor for me to keep his legacy alive through these individuals. Congratulations to all of the award winners!

Voters ok city water election

Thank you all for your support in approving the Circle City Water Company (CCWC) purchase. Voters have approved the May 15th Water Election, authorizing City Council to complete negotiations with the CCWC for the possible acquisition of the utility. According to preliminary results released by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office yesterday, 80% (14,676) of registered voters voted yes; 20% (3,615) voted no. Official final results are expected from the county by Friday, May 18. The City Council will meet to canvass the votes at a Special City Council Meeting, on Tuesday, May 22. This meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m., and will be held in the Community Room of City Hall, as Council Chambers will be closed for pre-scheduled equipment upgrade work.

See press release…

Trimaco breaks ground in Surprise

With the growing success of their business nationwide, Trimaco has outgrown their current west valley location and will be building a NEW 275,000 SF facility and employ over 110 people in Surprise!

Trimaco manufactures paint accessories and professional floor protection products for paint retail, auto body and construction industries worldwide.

This project represents more than just the current ground-up development, as the President of Trimaco is a long-term investor in Surprise. Mr. Vito Ancona developed Ancona Professional Plaza off Grand Avenue – and now we’re thrilled to welcome him into our industrial park as well!

Police investigating trespassing at Ottawa University campus in Surprise; investigation continues

Surprise Police have identified the suspect in this morning’s trespassing incident at Ottawa University, as 31-year old Steven Ziya.

Ziya, a resident of Sun City, is being booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail on charges of trespassing, disruption of educational institution, and forgery for possessing an altered driver’s license.

At approximately 7 a.m., February 27, the Surprise Police Department responded to a report of a trespasser at the Ottawa University Campus (15950 N. Civic Center Plaza) who was behaving suspiciously. Officers made contact with the alleged trespasser, now identified as Steven Ziya, and detained him without incident. During the subsequent investigation it was discovered that Ziya had at least two handguns in his car.

Out of an abundance of caution, the students and staff were evacuated from the campus and a security sweep was conducted. There were no items of concern discovered during the security sweep and the campus reopened to students at 11 a.m.

The investigation continues as to why Ziya was on the Ottawa campus.

suspect Steven Ziya
Suspect Steven Ziya

City begins FY19 budget discussions

The City of Surprise Fiscal Year 2019 budget-building process kicked off at the City Council’s Work Session, 4 p.m., Tuesday, February 6.

This was the first in a series of presentations regarding the overall development of the budget. The first presentation provided a general overview of the city’s budget, including revenue sources, city funds and expenditures.

The presentation also highlighted outside issues that influence the outcomes of the budget process. View presentation.

Future Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will include additional presentations related to budget development, including topics on Capital Improvement Projects and continued operating budget discussions. The Recommended Budget is scheduled for release in April, followed by months of Council and public review that will result in the adoption of a balanced FY2019 budget in June. FY2019 begins July 1, 2018.

Council agendas are posted online at at least two business days before the meeting. City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Work Sessions are at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. All meetings are carried live on Surprise TV for cable customers and streamed online at

Council appoints Nancy Hayden to serve District 2

The Surprise City Council appointed Nancy Hayden to serve as the councilmember for District 2 (D2), at their Tuesday Regular Meeting.

Hayden immediately took the Oath of Office and joined the council for the remainder of the meeting.

The seat was vacated following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden December 20, 2017.

In all, six applicants were interviewed by the council in a January 23rd Special Meeting. You can watch the applicant interviews here.

Nancy Hayden has lived in Sun City Grand for 15 years and is the wife of the late Councilmember Jim Hayden. She cited wanting to develop a strong relationship between the city and residents and be part of the community’s development among her reasons for wanting to serve.

You can read the complete candidate applications here, listed in order in which they were received by the City Clerk.

Hayden’s appointment term will end December 31, 2018. The candidate that wins the August 28 Primary Election will then serve out the remaining two years of the four-year term, beginning January 1, 2019.

D2 includes the following neighborhoods: Sun City Grand, Bell West Ranch and portions of Arizona Traditions.

For more information about the August election visit

D2 Councilmember signing