Education has always been a major part of my life. My father, Dr. George N. Smith, was a highly respected teacher and school superintendent here in Arizona for over 35 years. As the superintendent of one of the largest school districts, my father lived education – at the dinner table, at church, even at the grocery store. During his tenure, Mesa’s schools were considered to be among the finest in the nation.Read More »
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A library and archives honoring the legacy of late Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater will be housed in downtown Mesa.Read More »
Press releases and ribbon-cutting ceremonies often herald cities’ sustainability initiatives, but Mesa Mayor Scott Smith would prefer that these become so routine that no fanfare is required.Read More »
A well-funded independent expenditure group launched what is likely to be the first of numerous attacks targeting three Democratic candidates in hotly-contested state Senate races.Read More »
Rep. Ed Ableser, a Democrat from Tempe, last night pressed Republican Sen. Jerry Lewis, R-Mesa, over his support for a state budget that kept money for schools relatively flat and didn’t restore funding for an insurance program for low-income children.Read More »
Sen. Jerry Lewis, the Mesa Republican who ran on a platform of transparency and lobbying reform during the recall election last year, today unveiled a proposal to tighten the reporting requirements for legislators and lobbyists and make it easier for the public to find out how the two groups interact.
Lewis said the proposal has the backing of Senate President Steve Pierce and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who has investigated the Fiesta Bowl scandal, where public officials received free tickets and took free trips without properly disclosing them.
Mesa police officers will soon start using tiny cameras that are mounted on eyeglasses, hats or shirts and make audio and video recordings of everything from routine calls to life-or-death situations.Read More »
Those depending on Arizona’s defense contractors and subcontractors, as well as its military installations, are looking warily toward year’s end, when automatic spending cuts will occur unless the White House and Congress agree on an alternative plan for reducing the federal deficit.Read More »
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith was up for re-election Tuesday, but instead of campaigning back home he was in Tampa talking about public art.Read More »
Former Apache Junction Mayor Doug Coleman and Tea Party candidate Kelly Townsend of Mesa took the lead in a four-way House Republican primary Tuesday in House Legislative District 16.Read More »