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An approximately five-year process that included Mesa nearly losing its spring training team and a major bond election concluded on Feb. 12 with the official ribbon cutting for the new Cubs Park.
Mesa District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh speaks during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Cubs park on Feb. 12. [Courtesy City of Mesa]
Whomever wins the next election cycle to represent Mesa on the City Council and as mayor will receive a higher salary than their predecessors due to a recent decision by the current council.
An annual crime report issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) shows Mesa’s continued decline in crime rate has made it one of the safest cities of its size in regards to certain crimes.
Christmas for the Van Horn family wasn’t supposed to turn out the way it did. The plan was for presents opened at home and the newborn, Logan, to make his first visit with Santa Claus. Breathing apparatuses and a prolonged hospital stay had no place on the family’s list of expectations.
District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh wrapped up his annual toy donation drive for Cardon Children’s Medical Center by delivering more than 1,000 toys on Dec. 11.
Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead, District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh and Mesa Fire Chief Harry Beck are pictured before delivering toys to Cardon Children's Medical Center. [Courtesy City of Mesa]
A smile — one of those tiny side smirks that causes a cheek to abut against the bottom of the eye — creeps onto your face when remembering all of the gadgets and gizmos held within the toy closet at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. This would be the moment when you’d try to blame the delightful giddiness on the inner child emerging from its shell, but it’d be a lie to say the outer man didn’t have a blast absorbing the sight of all the trinkets within the treasure trove.
From left, HoHoKams members Ron Duranti, Mike Whalen, Dennis Kavanaugh and Neil Barna present a check during a charity event held in October. [Brian Bossert/EVIT]
A bond package approved by voters will help the City of Mesa improve its service to the public and make it a more attractive location for potential businesses, says one member of the Mesa City Council.
Mesa City Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh will have his fifth-annual holiday toy drive to collect toys to donate to Cardon Children’s Medical Center throughout much of November.
The City of Mesa held a grand opening ceremony on Oct. 10 to open up its new police station in the Fiesta District.
After chopping the list from 21 to four, the Mesa City Council completed what Mayor Scott Smith called a “rewarding and very, very frustrating process” by selecting David Luna as District 5’s new representative.
The City of Mesa has recruited several volunteers to paint the veterans’ homes as part of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.
Dobson athletic director Dr. Ray Perkins has been sweating most of this week (literally in the case of Thursday afternoon), and he’s fine with it.
A few years of planning and searching for just the right place in Arizona came to fruition for Upper Iowa University when it opened up its 19th center in Mesa on Aug. 5.
Mesa City Council members Scott Somers and Dennis Kavanaugh were each named to a separate Valley Metro board of directors.
A recent Mesa City Council subcommittee vote could be a harbinger on the fate of the city’s red-light traffic program, which city data indicates has led to a decrease in accidents since its inception.
Historic preservation is often challenging, but protecting Arizona’s historic buildings and neighborhoods is critical to economic growth, strengthening home values and maintaining Arizona’s identity.
Town of Florence Vice Mayor Tom Smith, City of Mesa Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh, City of Phoenix senior policy advisor Brendan Mahoney and former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard participate in a panel discussion Friday during the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference. [Katie Mayer/Special to Tribune]
It is with a heavy heart that the City of Mesa announces the passing of Mayor Wayne Brown on Tuesday, May 14. Brown served as Mayor from 1996 to 2000. He also served as a Councilmember from 1968 to 1976.
With only a partial City Council on hand, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith ultimately pulled an agenda item on a proposed Marriott Springhill Suites Hotel — slated for the “Wrigleyville” area between the news Cubs’ baseball stadium and park at Riverview — from the council’s meeting during its study session Monday night.
Empire Southwest, LLC recently broke ground on a major new service facility on its Mesa, Arizona campus. The new building will house the Component Rebuild Center (CRC) shop and a significant portion of Empire’s product support operation. More than 50 new service and support employees will be added when the facility opens in 2014, and the company projects that up to 175 additional employees may be needed within six years.
Peter Sterling’s ascent to the pinnacle of the Mesa business community was relatively fast.
As it has for years, the Mesa Fire Department invested Thursday in the training of fire science students at the East Valley Institute of Technology by donating an item the school could not otherwise afford: a 1997 Pierce Quantum 4-door cab fire truck.