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Councilman David Sanders District 5

Councilmember David Sanders

Sanders was born and raised in Northern California. He moved to Glendale 10 years ago and then to Surprise after about a year.

He and his wife Steffany Sanders have three children: Jayden, 12, Grayson, 9, and Emma, 8.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University San Marcos and a master’s in international business and finance from Arizona State University.

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Councilman David Sanders District 5

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His close, personal friends read like a list of Who’s Who in the American horse racing industry.

The Surprise Citizen Patrol was created in 1997 to help ensure a safe environment by providing quality customer service to the people who live and work in the City of Surprise. This volunteer based program is currently comprised of 62 highly-trained men and women who donate their time and skills in the furtherance of the Police Department Mission. Members of the Surprise Citizen Patrol wear uniforms and operate patrol vehicles while performing a wide variety of valuable services.

Neighborhood Watch: Neighborhood Watch programs empower communities to take a proactive roll in crime prevention. Many neighborhoods already have neighborhood watch programs, which are vibrant and effective. For those that do not, neighborhood watch programs provide an effective means to make their families, businesses, communities and their nation a safer place to live.

An effective neighborhood watch program is the cornerstone of all crime prevention programs. It enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce burglaries and other neighborhood crimes. Its primary purpose is the protection of property, yours and your neighbors. Neighborhood watch participants practice operation identification, key holder, vacation watch and neighbor-to-neighbor security survey programs. The goal of the program is to have neighborhoods take personal responsibility, report suspicious activity and practice sound risk management.

Citizens Patrol: The greatest asset a community has in fighting crime is a mobilized, active group of citizens that work together to reduce conditions that are likely to bring on crime. Our Citizen’s Patrol (CP) forms a working partnership between the citizens of Surprise and the Police Department. In addition to assisting police officers and patrolling the streets of Surprise, the CP’s assist with traffic control at accidents, crime scenes and special events. Additional duties include radar deployment and speed compliance programs,

The White Tank Mountain Regional Park entered the Maricopa County park system in 1961 and its master plan was written in 1964. Many components of the master plan have never come into fruition while at the same time public use has often dictated when and where development has occurred. This update to the master plan is to bring those disparities back into alignment and to steer future development of the park. This plan is based on a 20-year outlook and should be referred to on a regular basis and updated if needed. This plan is meant to be flexible while also providing long-term direction to the Park Supervisor, senior management, the public, and other interested parties while continuing to protect the park’s resources both natural and built.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park is a component of the Maricopa County regional park system and is to date the largest at 29,572 acres and features rugged mountain terrain, gentle foothills, and open valley views. The system includes ten parks or conservation areas that comprise over 120,000 acres and encircle the Phoenix metropolitan area. The park system provides recreational and educational opportunities for residents and visitors alike.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park offers approximately 30 miles of excellent shared-use trails, ranging in length from 0.9 mile to 7.9 miles, and difficulty from …

Vision and Mission This plan aligns with the vision and mission set forth by the Department. The vision and mission are:

“Our vision is to connect people with nature through regional parks, trails and programs, inspire an appreciation for the Sonoran Desert and natural open spaces, and create life-long positive memories.”

“Our mission, through responsible stewardship, is to provide the highest quality parks, trails, programs, services and experiences that energize visitors and create life-long users and advocates.”

Kartchner Caverns

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Kartchner Caverns State Park is a state park of Arizona, United States, featuring a show cave with 2.4 miles of passages. The park is located 9 miles south of the town of Benson and west of the north-flowing San Pedro River. Wikipedia


Benson is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States, 45 miles east-southeast of Tucson. It was founded as a rail terminal for the area, and still serves as such. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 5,105. WikipediaElevation: 3,586′Zip code: 85602Population: 4,837 (2017)Mayor: Tony King

About Kartchner Caverns State Park

In November 1974, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts were exploring the limestone hills at the eastern base of the Whetstone Mountains. They were looking “for a cave no one had ever found” and found it. The two kept the cave a secret until February 1978 when they told the property owners, James and Lois Kartchner, about their awesome discovery. Since unprotected caves can be seriously damaged by unregulated use, they knew the cave had to be protected. Tenen and Tufts spent several years looking into the possibility of developing the cave themselves. Some members of the Kartchner family lived in Tucson and were very impressed with the development and operation of Catalina State Park by Arizona State Parks. They decided to approach State Parks to see if the agency was interested in acquiring this outstanding resource.

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City of Surprise Mayor

Surprise operates under a council-manager form of government. Under this system the city council determines city policy, passes ordinances, and approves a balanced budget each year.

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 also responsible for drafting a balanced budget for council review and approval each year.

Maricopa County’s rental-car tax to support sports facilities is legal, the Arizona Supreme Court said in an opinion Monday.

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Posted on: February 25, 2019

Cleanup Event March 9; free waste drop-off for Surprise residents

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Surprise residents- it’s the perfect time to prune your landscape, clean out your garage and take advantage of the Spring Cleanup Event on Saturday, March 9. 

Surprise residents are permitted to drop off up to 2,000 pounds of non-hazardous residential waste free-of-charge at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Road, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a limit of one load per household.

Acceptable items include lawn waste and other household refuse. 

Participants will be required to show proof of Surprise residency, via a driver’s license and electric bill showing the same home address. 

NOTE: Hazardous waste items will not be accepted during this event. Items such as paint, batteries, pesticides, automotive fluids and pool chemicals will be collected during the city’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Residents will be able to schedule a hazardous waste pickup appointment beginning April 1-12. Learn more at

Surprise City Academy

Monday, February 25, 2019

The goals of the City Academy are to introduce students to the organization of the City of Surprise and its staff and to encourage informed and interested residents to volunteer for the various boards and commissions or to run for office. registration is required

Date: February 25, 2019 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location: Surprise Public Safety Building Address: 14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374 Contact: 623.222.3242 Email: Ruby Sitea Cost: FREE – registration is required Link: Registration information…

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Mayor Surprise, AZ

There is a procedure for requesting public city records, other then public records how do we ask and receive answers? I assumed that when we emailed questions to you or other council members that it was a question to the city and would be and should be answered, this has not been the case in the City of Surprise. I asked you if we were reimbursed 100% for all of the citys expenditures given to our 2 CFD’s? never received an answer, other cities have said they are.

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BACKGROUND As part of the approved FY2017 Annual Audit Plan, in June 2017 the Internal Auditor commenced with an audit of the City Clerk’s Public Records Request Process. The City Clerk serves as the City’s official records custodian. Records request can be submitted directly to the City Clerk’s Office, City Court, the Fire-Emergency Department and the Police Department. This report focuses on records requests processed by the City Clerk’s Office. The City Clerk’s Office consists of one appointed staff member (City Clerk) and four fulltime employees. FY2017 daily operations were supported by a City Council amended approved budget of $389,000. A key departmental goal is to provide timely public access to City information. The City Clerk’s Office averages approximately 488 requests for public records annually, as summarized in the following chart: Performance Measure FY2017 Target FY2016 Target FY2015 Actual FY2014 Actual Number of Request for Public Records 500 500 400 550 % of Public Records Requests Completed in 3-5 days 95% 95% 95% 92% (Data in table obtained from FY2017 Final Budget Book.) Records requests are received by the City Clerk’s Office through online submission of the City’s request for a public records form, via email, fax, walk-ins, and subpoena. A manual process is in place for tracking and monitoring the status of requests. Access to records is governed by Arizona Public Records Law, which is a series of laws that are designed to guarantee public access to public records of government bodies at all levels in Arizona. Arizona Revised Statues (A.R.S.) §39-121 guides municipalities related to public records requests. Additional guidance for managing the City’s records request process includes the City Municipal Code, the Public Records Request Handbook (Handbook) created by the City Attorney’s Office in August 2009, internal City Clerk’s Office policy manual, and other applicable citywide daily operational policies and procedural manuals. OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE
The objective of the audit was to determine whether City public records requests policies and procedures were being complied with and to examine current practices for opportunities for improvements.