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By January, Mesa Community College plans to begin transforming a former Harkins Theater and Fuddruckers into a $14.9 million performing arts center.
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IT'S .........90%..........HARDWORKING MESA TAX-PAYER'S MONEY THAT'S CREATING THIS SO-CALLED........."FLURRY OF PROJECTS".
$14.9 MILLION TAX-PAYER DOLLARS FOR THE MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE...PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (DIDN'T THE MESA HARDWORKING TAX-PAYERS GET SOAKED.....MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS FOR THE .........MESA ARTS CENTER.....AND NOW THEY ARE GETTING SOAKED AN ADDITIONAL........$14.9 MILLION DOLLARS TO.......COMPETE WITH THE MESA ARTS CENTER PROGRAMMING ???
$2 MILLION TAX-PAYER DOLLARS FOR A.......MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE ARTS CENTER. WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DISPLAY.......CLAY BOWLS AND WATER COLORS FROM THE MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE........POTTERY 101 ...OR ....WATERCOLORS 101 CLASSES........$2MILLION TAX-PAYER DOLLARS FOR THIS ????
AS FOR THE ....SPRUCING UP...OF THE POCA FIESTA SHOPPING CENTER....ARE WE TALKING ABOUT A ..........COAT OF PAINT.....A NEW SIGN.....THE WEEDS BEING PULLED.....EXACTLY WHAT WILL THE NEW OWNERS DO TO MAKE THIS EMPTY MALL A..........CUSTOMER ..."MAGNET"....THAT THE OLD OWNER DIDN'T DO ????
INSTEAD OF ........"POOF REPORTING".........HOW ABOUT SOME..."IN-DEPTH REPORTING"......LIKE THE OLD DAYS ????
Wow thank goodness. I know I for one never go to that area because Southern isnt reduced in lane size. Yeah, thats a genius move, reducing one of the busiest streets by 2 lanes to make way for foot traffic. Yeah genius, its what, 110 today, Im sure lots of people will enjoy the walk from MCC to? To what? Fiesta Mall? Home of the discount stores and teenage punks? Nope not happening. Yeah this is smart. Im sure new tenants will be crowding the area to get to all those wealthy section 8 apartments in the area. I mean just go 1/2 mile north on Alma School , its pure beauty. Fiesta Village is attractive too, so very. The only thing opening in this part of town is pawn shops, massage parlors, Fillibertos and thrift stores. There is NOTHING to attract anyone to this part of town. Bars, live music, dancing, exciting venues, those arent allowed in Mesa, they might create noise or chaos like dancing !
Wow! I think any negative comments to this great news has to come from short sightedness. The city plans for downtown and redoing the Fiesta are are going to pay off in the long run. Is it a magic bullet to revitalizing the area maybe not, but it is definitly going to start the ball rolling in the positive direction. The reason why fiesta area has become so run down is because the more well off members of our community have moved out to the surrounding areas like Chandler, Gilbert, Queen creek. Taking with them their purchasing power and with it the resulting revenue from sales tax. By revitalizing the area, bringing in colleges, and creating places to act as a destination point they can draw back in some of the consumers that they lost years ago. In fact it is there only hope for having it completely become the slum of the valley. Which it pretty much is anymore. By doing nothing all we are going to get is what has been happening. Further demiss of the Mesa economy.
By the way Leon Ceniceros MMC is the wave of the future. With sky rocketing student loan debt, incredibly high college tutition, and the ever growing need of a college degree to get a good job. Community colleges are going to do nothing but grow. I don't think it will be long before they are all offering 4 year degrees. So for all your bashing of Pottery 101 there is new focuses on math, science, and trade classes. I would love to see the City pump millions into the school so maybe the teenage punks that hang out at Fiesta Mall can get an education, get a job, start paying taxes, etc...
Speaking of Mesa Community College. I was watching the Local Community TV Channel and there was a Commencement being shown. I was surprised because I had seen where the Commencement wasn't going to take place of a couple of days later. Watching this Commencement I noticed that there were only Blacks on the Stage and being given their Diplomas. Then I noticed that the graduates were all wearing "Kinte cloth" shawls from Kenya or Nigeria, I can't remember exactly where it came from but it was what Africans made their clothes from. Where was the diversity in this "Black Commencement" ???Then the next day I am "channel surfing" and guess what.....yup....here is a "La Raza" Commencement for the Chicanos, Latinos, Hispanics, etc. The have "serape" patterned shawls on and Hispanic on the Stage giving out the Diplomas this time.
IS THIS AMERICA....IS THIS A "MELTING POT"...OR HAVE THE LIBERALS, THE PROGRESSIVES, THE DEMOCRATS, THE SOCIALISTS AND MARXISTS TAKEN OVER OUR ..........COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO SUCH A EXTENT THAT .........SEPARATISM ......IS THE NEW REALITY ???
I graduated from John C. Fremont High School located in the heart of the South-Central Los Angeles "ghetto" in 1961. At the time, the Student Body was 67% Black, 30% Hispanic and the rest were Whites and Orientals. We walked to school or took the bus "together". We ate lunch "together". We shared our lunches and milk or juice "together". We studied in the Library "together". We went to the Football, Basketball and Baseball games "together". We had PT "together", showered "together". We went on School Bus Trips "together". We signed each other's yearbooks "together". There was no......SEPARATISM....back then. We only had one "identity" .......we were.....PATHFINDERS....from J.C. Fremont High School and proud of it.
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