Qualified – unqualified report

Qualified Report: The auditor concludes that most matters have been dealt with adequately, except for a few issues.

Unqualified Report: The auditors conclude that the financial statements of your business presents fairly its affairs in all material aspects.

We have to balance our political, professional and personal life.

At the January 21, 1988 special meeting of the common council of the town of Surprise I was reappointed to serve on the planning and zoning commision.

I was recognized by The National League of Cities for achieving the Bronze level in its Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program

I was a first season ticket holder for our game between the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers in 2003.


AG says county breaking law by withholding election materials

Maricopa County is breaking the law by refusing to provide the materials demanded by the state Senate, Attorney General Mark Brnovich concluded August 26. 

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Sarah Rose Pirzada as the State of Arizona’s newest Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all state agency operations and managing the Governor’s cabinet.

Biden warns governors against prohibiting mask mandates

Governor Ducey Assesses Flood Damage In Gila Bend

Governor Ducey Calls For Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas Resignation Following Leaked Comments

Governor Ducey Appoints Megan A. McCoy To The Mohave County Superior Court.Governor Ducey Appoints Christina Spurlock As Mohave County Clerk Of The Superior Court

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced $5 million to launch the Back to Work Small Business Rehiring and Retention Program, with a special focus on helping Arizona businesses affected by wildfires and flooding. 

Border issues dominated the news as the second week of August comes to a close, with Gov. Ducey calling for the resignation of the Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. 

The Governor also named a new chief operating officer, touted a significant investment in broadband and honored the brave Navajo Code Talkers who are the very definition of the Greatest Generation

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Join us via Zoom – it’s free to attend! The Arizona Legislature expanded gaming and approved sports betting this year, and, for the first time in state history, residents can place their bets in September – just in time for the NFL season. How will sports betting work in Arizona? How is the new industry shaping up? What can residents expect in the coming weeks? What benefits will the state accrue? Tune in to the conversation – it’s free to attend!

Governor Ducey, Local Leaders Continue Work To Support Coconino County

Governor Requests FEMA For Additional Assistance In Gila Bend

AG says businesses can make workers get vaccination
Private businesses in Arizona are free to require that their workers be vaccinated against Covid, Attorney General Mark Brnovich has concluded.

Surprise, AZ (August 23, 2021) Surprise is currently seeking event exhibitors and sponsors for the 2021 SciTech event that will take place from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021, in the Surprise City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. 

What’s causing the delay in getting housing assistance? Do renters face eviction now? What should renters do if they received an eviction notice? Where can they turn to for help? What kinds of assistance are available? 

Recovery & Assistance For Gila Bend Residents 
Following the devastating flooding in Gila Bend over the weekend of August 13, Arizonans are asking how they can assist those affected. 

We are an independent public opinion research company that has been hired to conduct a voter survey to obtain feedback on some key issues facing Arizona.

Supreme Court to consider Senate public-records case

It’s going to be at least another three weeks before Arizonans have any chance of getting access to all of the documents in the hands of Cyber Ninjas that show how it has conducted its audit.

The Arizona Legislature expanded gaming and approved sports betting this year, and, for the first time in state history, residents can place their bets in September – just in time for the NFL season. How will sports betting work in Arizona? How is the new industry shaping up? What can residents expect in the coming weeks? What benefits will the state accrue? Tune in to the conversation – it’s free to attend!

Helpful Contacts:…..State Ombudsman’s Office, hhtp://www.azleg.gov/ombudsman/default.asp State A ttorney General – Public Records Publication https//www.azag.gov/sites/default/files/sites/docs/agency-handbook/ch06.pdf

General law vs. charter government

Most incorporated communities in Arizona are general law towns or cities. The term “general law” means that the town or city exists and operates under the general laws of the state. A general law municipality , the mayor and council must look to the state for authority to pass local laws. Cities that have adopted charters have done so through procedures established in the State Constituition and state statutes.

Helpful Contacts:…..State Ombudsman’s Office, hhtp://www.azleg.gov/ombudsman/default.asp State A ttorney General – Public Records Publication https//www.azag.gov/sites/default/files/sites/docs/agency-handbook/ch06.pdf

City of Surprise

City Manager Mike Frazier announced today that he has selected Holly Osborn to serve as the next Surprise Parks & Recreation Director.

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day, since July 4 falls on a Sunday.

There is NO CHANGE in the sanitation collection schedule for City of Surprise customers. Monday through Thursday trash pickup will not be affected.

Surprise AZ (June 28, 2021) Maintenance on the Surprise Aquatic Center is complete; the Center will reopen at 5:45 p.m. today. 

Surprise, AZ (June 25, 2021) Open Swim, events and programs at the Surprise Aquatic Center are canceled until further notice while the city repairs pool components.
The city anticipates the pool will reopen the week of June 28 at a time yet to be determined.
Open Swim and programs are still available at Hollyhock Pool, 15808 N Hollyhock Street.

Surprise, AZ (June 21, 2021)
 A Neighborhood Meeting scheduled for June 23, 2021 regarding a Major General Plan Amendment Request for the Northeast Corner of 163rd & Grand Avenues has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a date to be determined.

A former city attorney “David E. Ward” was asked if a councilmember could review executives sessions from an earlier council. The short answer is yes.

Be careful this heat is deadly

Surprise, AZ (June 15, 2021) Drivers should plan for overnight lane restrictions on Bell Road, Bullard Avenue to West Point Parkway, on Tuesday, June 15 and Wednesday, June 16, while APS is accessing manholes along the roadway. 

Two east bound lanes will be restricted from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. each night. Left turns will be permitted while the work is occurring. 

Excessive Heat WarningCentral Arizona7 hours ago – National Weather Service

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MST SUNDAY … Afternoon temperatures 110 to 120 degrees … Until 8 PM MST Sunday …

Great City Council Meetings Webinar
Thursday, June 17, 2021

This is a live event and no recording will be provided. We will open the webinar 30 minutes early to give an opportunity to talk informally, before the educational portion begins. It will be great to see you there!  One hour, $27.

ADOT may be illegally charging repealed fee

More than 166,000 Arizona motorists who are now renewing their vehicle registrations are being hit up for a $32 fee that the agency may not legally be entitled to collect.

Surprise, AZ (June 11, 2021) Work on the Greenway Road improvement project will require Northwest Ranch Parkway to be closed from Greenway Road to Carmen Drive beginning Monday, June 28 to Friday, July 2.

Surprise, AZ (June 11, 2021) City of Surprise is set to host one of the top amateur baseball events in the United States. USA Baseball will host its National Team Championships at the Surprise Stadium Complex from June 15-July 6.

Surprise, AZ (June 11, 2021) Work on the Greenway Road improvement project will require Northwest Ranch Parkway to be closed from Greenway Road to Carmen Drive beginning Monday, June 28 to Friday, July 2. 

Agendas for the June 15, 2021 Regular City Council Work Session and Regular City Council Meeting have been posted at:


Questions concerning the City of Surprise Council Agenda? Contact the City Clerk’s office at: 623.222.1200 or via email: clerk@surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise, AZ (June 10, 2021) The Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is excited to bring back Dive-In Movies as part of the Aquatics and Special Events programming! 

The first of two movies shown this summer will be the family-friendly movie, “Croods 2: A New Age”. The movie will be shown at the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N Bullard Ave., on Saturday, June 19. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m., and the movie will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Poolside concessions will be available for purchase

Surprise, AZ (June 4, 2021) Prepare to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge again!  The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department welcomes teens ages 12-17 to join the fun at the Teen Dodgeball Tournament!  

The tournament will be held at Countryside Recreation Center, 15038 N Parkview Place, on Friday, June 11 from 5-8 p.m. The cost for participating is $10 per player for residents and $20 per player for non-residents.

Surprise Police Dept shared “CBP Warns of Telephone Scam”

S‌urprise, A‌Z (June 2, 2021) Temperatures are forecast to be above 100 degrees every day this week. With temperatures increasing, the city of Surprise reminds residents that we are a Heat Relief Network partner. The city provides hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during Arizona’s hot summer months.  

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) coordinates mapping of the Heat Relief Network. 

Surprise, A‌Z (June 2, 2021) The Surprise City Council approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 City Budget in a Special Meeting Tuesday night. The budget is focused on maintaining our current level of service as the city continues to see steady growth. The budget continues to focus on Council’s commitment to maintain quality public services and infrastructure. The FY2022 Adopted Expenditure Budget is $437.8 million, including transfers of $48.1 million, for a total of $485.9 million.

Surprise, A‌Z (June 1, 2021) Surprise sanitation customers will see a change on their city utility statement beginning July 1, 2021, as a rate increase determined by a structured schedule is implemented. 

Beginning July 1, 2021, single-family solid waste (trash) customers will pay a monthly base rate of $23.50; an increase of $0.10 per month. 

Surprise, AZ (May 28, 2021) Looking for a way to serve your community? Surprise is seeking volunteers for a Day of Service event on Wednesday, June 23.

Volunteers will assist with sorting bulk food items, creating food baskets and loading food into vehicles; helping in the process of providing food for families in need.

S‌urprise, A‌Z (May 17, 2021) The 2021 National Community Survey (NCS) results reveal at least 9 in 10 residents gave excellent or good ratings to the overall quality of life in Surprise and the city as a place to live.

Surprise, A‌Z (May 14, 2021) The City of Surprise launched its annual Surprise Retail Survey on April 5 and more than 5,100 responses later, we have the results!  

The city uses the survey data to identify the city’s retail strengths, as well as opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. In the past, the survey has helped bring in establishments like In-N-Out Burger, Texas Roadhouse, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro and Costco! 

Surprise, AZ (May 13, 2021) The Surprise USA Swim Team, the Storm, has concluded its 2020-2021 short course season with numerous swimmers placing in the top eight in Arizona!

The Surprise Recreation Campus opened in December 2002 and was built to drive tourism and economic impact for the local economy while also delivering a state-of-the-art venue for the local community to enjoy. Over the years, the Surprise Stadium Sports Complex has attracted thousands of youth athletes and their families to the City of Surprise. The long-term economic benefits associated with these nationally recognized events continue to be fundamental to the tourism industry while contributing to Surprise’s local economy. 

Ducey signs protection measures for police
Gov. Doug Ducey has signed three pro-police bills that, supporters said, would help protect fairness in disciplinary actions, but opponents worry they will stack the deck too much in favor of law enforcement.

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Surprise, A‌Z (May 12, 2021) City Manager Mike Frazier announced today that he has selected Peoria Deputy Police Chief Benny Pina to serve as the next Chief of the Surprise Police Department.

Surprise, AZ (April 28, 2021) The Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex racquetball courts will be closed to public play from Wednesday, May 5 through Saturday, May 22,due to tournaments being held during this time. 

Surprise, A‌Z (May 3, 2021) The search for a new City of Surprise Police Chief is moving forward, with finalist interviews set to take place on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.  

The application period for the position closed on March 23 after receiving 62 applications.  

The six finalists for the position of Police Chief are: 

Supreme Court to hear lawmaker’s defamation case

The Arizona Supreme Court will hear the defamation case that stems from Arizona State Sen. Wendy Rogers’ attack ads during her failed 2018 Congressional run.

Surprise, AZ (May 5, 2021) The City of Surprise is reopening programs at the Senior Center in a phased approach, with limited front desk access and exercise classes available now. The center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St., is a hub for connection and activities for those age 50+ and adults with disabilities.

All Senior Center participants will be required to fill out a new enrollment packet when returning to in-person participation. Enrollment packets are available at the Senior Center during the hours listed below or online at surpriseaz.gov/seniorcenter. Completed packets should be dropped off at the Senior Center. Membership is $12 per year for Surprise residents and $15 for non-residents. Fees are due with membership forms.

Facemasks are encouraged, but not required. Dates, capacity requirements and times are subject to change without notice.

Passport services will return to Surprise City Hall beginning April 19, by appointment only.

Surprise, A‌Z (March 23, 2021) The Surprise City Council invites you to tune in for the premiere of the 2021 State of the City video presentation on Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. 

Surprise, A‌Z (April 5, 2021) Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would like to see open in Surprise? What about a unique shopping experience that you want added to your hometown? Tell us in the 2021 Surprise Retail Survey 

Surprise, AZ (April 6, 2021) Cactus Road will be closed between 175th Avenue and Magnolia Drive from 5 a.m. Saturday, April 10 until 5 a.m. Monday, April 12, for utility work.

Surprise, AZ (April 7, 2021) The City of Surprise is excited to offer Summer Break Camp for youth in first through fourth grades at Countryside Recreation Center,15038 N. Parkview Place; and Sierra Montana Recreation Center, 14861 N. Spring Lane, for participants in fifth through eighth grades.  

This is a fun-filled camp that includes afternoon snack, daily activities, arts and crafts, games, sports and field trips. Field trips may include, but are not limited to, bowling, laser tag, water park, movies, pools, Amazing Jakes and much more!  

Summer Break Camp 2021 will be held May 24 through July 30, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.  


For full detail of what occurred at these meetings, please refer to the minutes (synopsis)

Surprise, AZ (April 1, 2021) Surprise is joining cities across the country in asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation — and in return residents can win $3,000 towards home utility payments, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes. Plus, one lucky charity will receive a 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid to serve the community.

The annual challenge is a non-profit national community service campaign to see which cities can best inspire their residents to make an online pledge at mywaterpledge.com to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy. 

To participate, residents must make a series of online pledges to conserve water at mywaterpledge.com  through April 30.


For those of us who have spent our careers defending America’s borders, and those of us who live along them, there really is no denying the border crisis the country is facing today.

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State high court voids 2018 law on city elections

By: Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services April 14, 2021


The Arizona Supreme Court has once again nullified efforts by lawmakers to tell Tucson — and all the state’s charter cities — when they can have their elections. 

In a 5-1 ruling Wednesday, the justices rejected arguments by Attorney General Mark Brnovich that a 2018 law requiring cities to select their mayors and council members to coincide with statewide elections is constitutional. 

3/30/2021 House, Senate discard mask requirement

3/30/2021 House, Senate discard mask requirement

Calling it a matter of personal freedom, Republican state senators voted Monday to allow themselves to take off their masks. 

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is asking a federal judge to rule that Arizona can take billions from the federal government in the new virus aid package without having to comply with a provision barring the state from using the cash for tax breaks.

Brnovich: County’s political contributions ban violates 1st Amendment

Local governments cannot stop their employees from donating to candidates for local offices, Attorney General Mark Brnovich concluded.

Ducey accuses Biden of creating border crisis

Surrounded by Republican politicians, Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday insisted that everything that is now going wrong on the border is the fault of President Biden, his administration and the Democratic Congress.

Show your community pride by participating in the 4th Annual “Bean Bag Day” event on Saturday, April 24.

Surprise, A‌Z (March 26, 2021) On Monday, April 12, Surprise City Hall and other city administrative buildings will open to the public, following a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Additionally, meetings of the City Council and all boards and commissions will open to in-person attendance effective that date.

City’s summer job program for teens now accepting applications

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The City of Surprise is offering a summer job program for income-eligible Surprise teens between the ages of 15 – 19.

Through the City Council-approved Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), applicants must be available to work up to 25 hours a week for five weeks between 

June 14 through July 16. Chosen interns will earn $12.15 per hour.  

Surprise, A‌Z (March 23, 2021) The Surprise City Council invites you to tune in for the premiere of the 2021 State of the City video presentation on Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. 

Property rules up for discussion. If you have an opinion on this issue and want to get in on the conversation, send your letters to jstone@newszap.com

Surprise City Councilman Ken Remley sounds off on a new property maintenance ordinance city officials want the Surprise City Council to enact. (Courtesy of Surprise TV)

Sterling Grove opening up to rave reviews. Unique course drawing in golfers from across the state, By Jason Stone…………………………. Independent Newsmedia

S‌urprise, A‌Z (March 22, 2021) The Surprise City Council will hold a Budget Retreat on Friday, April 16 in City Council Chambers. In an effort to preserve public health, the retreat will be closed to public attendance, but will be televised for public viewing.

The televised retreat begins at 9 a.m. There will be a lunch break approximately between 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.