Bob Vukanovich

Bob Vukanovich
When it comes to predicting the winner of a horse race, few can do it as well as Surprise’s own “Arizona Bob.” Arizona Bob, also known as District 5 City Councilman Bob Vukanovich, has been handicapping race horses, rubbing elbows with owners, trainers and jockeys for more than 50 years. There are few people across the western United States that have as much time in the Winner’s Circle as Arizona Bob. “Horse racing is known as the ‘Sport of Kings,’ and I’ve always felt like a king,” Vukanovich said with a wide grin and a twinkle in his eye. “Of course, horse racing is about money for most people, but for me, it’s about the atmosphere around a race track. There is nothing like it.” Vukanovich, who lives in Kingswood Parke, was born in Los Angeles and moved to Phoenix when he was 1-week-old. He recently returned from the summer racing season at Del Mar Racetrack outside San Diego. Now in his 80s, he’s been handicapping thoroughbreds since the late 1940s. “It all began with a couple of classes I took after the war at Golden Gate Field, north of Oakland.” At some of the nation’s most prestigious race tracks, like Santa Anita and Hollywood Park, Vukanovich has cleaned stalls, groomed horses and made friendships with top jockeys, trainers and owners. He’s even owned racehorses. His close, personal friends read like a list of Who’s Who in the American horse racing industry … Willy Shoemaker, Bill Hartack, Eddie Arcaro, Pat Day, Laffit Pincay and Johnny Longden. All are inductees in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame. Vukanovich, a long-time friend of the Longden family, gave the euology for Longden’s oldest son Vance, a leading trainer who died earlier this year. The elder Longden, who died one month earlier, was the first rider to win 6,000 races and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1958. He retired as the world’s winningest rider. “People began calling me “Arizona Bob” more than 30 years ago,” Vukanovich said. “They had a hard time remembering my name. I took the nickname so people could remember me. And it’s worked.” Tracks across California, and Turf Paradise in Phoenix, still roll out the red carpet when Arizona Bob arrives for a race. A private viewing box, complimentary refreshments and usually an invitation to the Winner’s Circle are the normal courtesies extended to Vukanovich. “It is the ‘Sport of Kings,’ and they treat me like a king.” So after playing the horses for more than 50 years, has Arizona Bob made any money? “You know, I’ve made thousands and lost thousands. I’m probably about even. But as I said, for me it’s not about money, it’s about the atmosphere.” Archives: February 2016

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Register for Winter 2019 City of Surprise Adult Sports Leagues
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City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services will be accepting registrations for winter adult sports leagues Dec. 3 – 19.

Winter leagues include: Coed and Men’s Softball; Coed Kickball; 4 on 4 Flag Football; Coed Indoor Volleyball; and Coed and Men’s Soccer leagues.

Registration is for teams only. Returning Fall 2018 teams can register beginning December 3. New teams / non-returning teams can register beginning December 6.

Registration forms are available online at or in person at the Community & Recreation Services office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Surprise, AZ 85374.

For more information, please see the league descriptions below or contact Ian Wallace at 623.222.2271 or

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Nov 15, 2018 – Ottawa University in Surprise is growing like mad. … Residence hall breaks ground at Ottawa University in Surprise. … Ottawa University, a private Christian university that opened its Surprise campus last year, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for its $19.9 million residence ..

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Nov 14, 2018 – Ottawa University celebrated the groundbreaking of its residence hall in Surprise.
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Mar 24, 2018 – Ottawa University will pay Surprise $100000 annually for 14 acres, with the option to lease another 23 acres. … Want more news like this?

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Gov. Janet Napolitano signed into law a measure that fines cities that put taxes in developers’ pockets in exchange for their business. She deserves commendation.

Napolitano said. “The use of tax incentives to pit Maricopa County towns and cities against each other is not in the interest of Arizona or its taxpayers.”
Cities could keep offering incentives, but their state-shared revenues would be reduced, dollar-for-dollar.
Unfortunately, the new law can’t unravel the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of deals in Phoenix, Glendale, Surprise and other cities. That money is lost.
Even still, some city leaders are bemoaning the new law, saying it will derail economic development in their communities. They also claim the law will devalue state trust land because cities no longer will be able to offset costly land improvements . The money saved might be sufficient to buttress public safety budgets. Make no mistake, flaws exist in the current law, which takes effect Jan. 1.
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Board of Trustees Meeting Date:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Surprise City Hall – Council Overflow Room

The Board of Trustees oversee the City’s self-insured medical program and to make recommendations to the City Council regarding trust fund programs, including reserve levels to assure stability and security of the trust fund. Meetings are held at least once per quarter.

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City of Surprise, Mayor Skip Hall

City accepting applications for vacated D5 council seat
Surprise, AZ (November 21, 2018) The city of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the position of Councilmember District 5 (Palm) due to the selection of the incumbent, Skip Hall, as Mayor at the November 20th City Council Meeting.
Mayor Hall will serve in the mayoral capacity until December 31, 2020, fulfilling the remaining mayoral term vacated by Sharon Wolcott on November 16, 2018.
All District 5 applicants must reside within District 5 boundaries.
The term expiration for the appointment will be December 31, 2020, and the remainder of the four-year term will be placed on the next scheduled Council election in August 20, 2020 per ARS 9-235 (The council shall fill a vacancy that may occur by appointment until the next regularly scheduled council election if the vacancy occurs more than thirty days before the nomination petition deadline. This subsection does not apply to a charter city). The Interview/Selection process is as follows:
Section 2-22 of the Surprise City Code – Council/District Vacancy:
(1) Vacancies in district office will be advertised beginning no later than 14 days from the date the vacancy is created when caused by death, and seven days from the date the vacancy is created in all other cases. The city clerk will advertise all vacancies in at least one newspaper with local circulation, on the city website, and in all designated posting locations during the application acceptance period. (Date of Advertisement – Monday, November 26, 2018).
(2) All eligible persons interested in filling the district vacancy must submit an application to the city clerk’s office prior to the close of the acceptance period. The application acceptance period will end at 5:00 p.m. on the 14th day following the placement of the advertisement as required by subsection (1) of this section. (Monday, December 10th, 2018).
(3) No later than the end of the business day following the close of the application acceptance period, the city clerk will forward to the mayor and council and post on the city website a copy of all applications submitted during the application acceptance period (Tuesday, December 11, 2018).
(4) The council will interview each applicant at a public hearing held no later than ten days following the close of the application acceptance period, followed by a seven-day period during which public comment may be submitted to the city clerk’s office (Interview/Public Hearing – Thursday, December 20, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. & Close of Comments (Thursday, December 27, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.).
(5) No later than the end of the business day following the close of the public comment period, the city clerk will forward to the mayor and council and post on the city website a copy of all comments submitted during the comment period (Friday, December 28, 2018).
(6) A district candidate must be selected no later than the second regularly scheduled council meeting following the public hearing (Thursday, January 3, 2019 or Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.).
Applications are available for pick up the City Clerk’s Office, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, starting on Monday, November 26, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and the closing date will be Monday, December 10, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Interviews will be scheduled for Thursday, December 20, 2018 at a Special Council Meeting (4:00 p.m.).
Selection of the applicant will take place on Thursday, January 3, 2019 or Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m. Regular Council Meeting. Applications are also available online @, under City Clerk section.
Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office.

City of Surprise, Councilman Todd Tande

The below was taken off of the council-mans web-site

Todd Tande, City Council Member – District 6, City of Surprise, Arizona
November 13 at 3:09 PM ·
The City now has its own app!
Developing this App was one of my recommendations to staff so that residents can directly report concerns and get status and news updates directly.
The My Surprise app is now available for download in the Apple Store and Google Play for Android devices! Why should you download My Surprise?
How about for city trash pick-up reminders (you know Surprise-observed holidays always throw you off) and to report city-maintained service issues like flooded roadways, downed trees or broken street lights.
Plus, you can link to your Surprise water bill and view city news – all in the app!
Download it today!

It appears that the web site is owned by the councilman.