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All the latest news from the City of Surprise District 2

District 2 Update – July 2020

I hope that this update finds you safe and healthy. I am looking forward to meeting with everyone again when it is safe to do so! Please keep an eye on the City of Surprise website,, for information on when I am able to resume my monthly community meetings!

With an increase in COVID-19 cases recently, face coverings are now required in all public settings where it is difficult to maintain six feet physical distancing, and City Hall has been reclosed to the public. The city’s outdoor parks and recreation facilities and amenities that have reopened will remain open. To get more information on what is open / closed in the city, please visit For details on the face covering requirement, along with Frequently Asked Questions, please visit

At this time, City Council and board and commissions meetings will remain closed to the public until August, and will reopen if federal and state guidance allows for increased gathering numbers at that time. Please tune in to watch City Council Meetings on Surprise TV,, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page,, Cox channel 11 or Century Link channel 8513. For information on how to comment by phone or email during a meeting, please visit

The City Council approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 City Budget on June 2. The adopted budget is a flat budget compared to the prior year, with minor increases, such as funding for the 2020 General Election, personnel, and contractual and service related increases for a total budget of $415.5 million. The FY 2021 budget is focused on providing flexibility for the fiscal year, as we work to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. To learn more, please visit

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments you may have for me. The easiest way to reach me is through my email at

Lastly, I would like to express that the last couple of months have been challenging, but it has given us time to pause, to process, reflect and listen regarding the current climate within our city and country. I have been proud to watch businesses innovate their processes, and persevere in the midst of so many challenges. I am also proud to be a part of this great community where we uphold the values of inclusiveness, diversity, equality and accountability. My thoughts and prayers have been with all of you during this time of uncertainty. I wish you all a happy and blessed month!

District 2 Update – April 2020

What a month it has been! Governor Doug Ducey’s latest Executive Order (2020-18), “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” went into effect on March 31 at 5 pm. This order reinforces the state’s efforts to protect public health by reminding Arizonans to maintain healthy habits and find alternative ways to stay connected while spending time at home. Under the Executive Order, Arizonans shall limit their time away from their place of residence except to conduct or participate in essential activities, for employment or to utilize any services or products provided by essential business services. For more information on this particular order, please visit

Mayor Skip Hall, in consultation with City Council and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced a State of Emergency for the city in an effort to preserve public health last month. With that declaration, many city facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Please know that city business will continue to be conducted and core services will not be impacted. Those core services include fire-medical, police, trash, water and other essential city services.

The following city facilities are closed to the public for walk-in services. Select services may be available by appointment:

  • City Hall (including service counters for: City Clerk, Cashier, Development Services)
  • Fire Administration
  • AZ TechCelerator
  • Senior Center (meal delivery and pick-up will continue)
  • Parks & Recreation Offices
  • Aquatic Center
  • Tennis & Racquet Complex
  • Countryside Recreation Center
  • Sierra Montana Recreation Center
  • Villanueva Recreation Center

Doors will remain open at the following facilities, but with suspended or limited services so as to reduce public walk-in traffic:

  • Police Department
  • Fire Stations (non-emergency visits are prohibited)
  • City Court
  • Surprise Resource Center (open for drop off and pick-up only)

The city has also closed the following facilities within its parks to curb gatherings: playgrounds, water fountains, basketball courts, pickle ball courts, dog parks, skate park, splash pads, restrooms, and volleyball courts. Ramada and field reservations are not being accepted at this time.

Please continue to practice social distancing while utilizing walking paths or open space and wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Do not use the parks if you are exhibiting symptoms of illness.

Additionally, the following parks and recreation facilities remained closed: Countryside Recreation Center, Sierra Montana Recreation Center, Villanueva Recreation Center, Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool.

City libraries are managed by Maricopa County Library District and are also closed to the public.

Please contact the city by phone or email for assistance:

  • City Clerk – / 623.222.1200 (Passport services have been suspended until further notice)
  • City Court – / 623.222.4800
  • City Manager – 623.222.1100
  • Community Development / Development Center – 623.222.3000
  • Economic Development – 623.222.3300
  • Fire-Medical – Emergency 9-1-1, Non-Emergency 623.222.5000
  • Human Resources – / 623.222.3500
  • Human Service & Community Vitality – 623.222.1500
  • Marketing & Communications – 623.222.1431
  • Mayor & City Council – 623.222.1300
  • Parks & Recreation – / 623.222.2000
  • Police – Emergency 9-1-1, Non-Emergency 623.222.4000
  • Public Works – 623.222.1900
  • Utility Payment – / 623.222.1900, Option 1
  • Water Resource Management – 623.222.1900

For general questions, please call 623.222.1900. The city’s website at is also a great resource for connecting with staff.

During this overwhelming time for all of our communities, it is important for our residents to know how to access the resources they may need. The city offers a webpage that provides community support resources and volunteer opportunities amid COVID-19. These resources include free meal services, stress and anxiety resources and a community resource guide to name a few. For more information, please visit

As I am sure you are aware, Census 2020 is underway. We need your help for a complete count. It only takes a few minutes to complete the census. Its importance for the city is critical so that we can get the proper funding based on an accurate population count, amongst several other reasons, including critical funding for things like schools and transportation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our website at

Lastly, please stay safe and practice the guidelines we have all been given by the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Governor’s office. Wishing you nothing but the best during this difficult time. Please remember City Council is here for you.

District 2 Update – March 2020

The City of Surprise will be hosting several activities and events over the next couple of months to allow us the opportunity to enjoy the weather before the summer heat. It is my goal to provide you with monthly updates on these events. I would also like to thank the residents of District 2 for your continued support. I am always available via email if you have any questions, concerns or would just like to chat about something that is important to you.

Spring Training continues through March 21. If you have not yet made it to our beautiful stadium, I encourage you to do so and enjoy the outdoor atmosphere. The entire schedule is available at Tickets may be purchased online or in person at the box office.

The City of Surprise Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event begins on March 9. The city helps protect the environment by properly disposing of items which may contain harmful chemicals. These items are conveniently picked up from your own driveway. Scheduling will be held from March 9-27 by calling 623-222-1920 and pick-ups will occur from March 30-April 17. Please remember an appointment is required. Additional information, as well as a list of acceptable items, may be found online at

The city is also hosting the Residential Waste Cleanup Event on March 14 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Road. Residents are provided the opportunity to dispose of a single load of residential waste, up to 2,000 pounds, at no cost. Please remember to bring your driver’s license and a utility bill to show proof of Surprise residency. For more information, please visit

The Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission is hosting a Public Art Bus Tour on Wednesday, March 25. This free tour will depart Benevilla, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, at 9 a.m. and return at noon. Spend the morning discovering various art exhibits and experiences in the city. Participants will get the opportunity to explore murals, art displays, sculptures and more. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today by calling 623-214-7537.

Mayor Skip Hall will host his State of the City address on Thursday, March 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Surprise City Hall. This is your opportunity to hear updates on the city’s accomplishments and his vision for the future. Following his speech, you are invited to stay to see the city’s 60th anniversary art wall unveiling as well as enjoy live music, entertainment and more in the beautifully decorated courtyard.

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. 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. I hope to see you there!

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