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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.
David Luna, pictured above, was selected by the Mesa City Council to serve the remainder of Dina Higgins term on the council. Luna teaches at Maricopa Community College and has volunteered with several organizations in Mesa. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
After cutting the original list by 17, the Mesa City Council interviewed the four finalists to replace departed councilmember Dina Higgins as the city’s District 5 representative during a special meeting on Sept. 5.
From left, David Luna, Debra Duvall, Kevin Ruegg and Kathleen Rahn are the four finalists vying to serve the last 16 months of District 5 councilmember Dina Higgins' term on the Mesa City Council. A final decision is expected on Sept. 12. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
The City of Mesa is currently accepting applications from District 5 residents interested in completing the final 16 months of Dina Higgins term.
Due in large part to the large amount of travel required for her full-time position, Mesa City Council member Dina Higgins said she’ll resign from her seat as the District 5 representative.
The City of Mesa announced on July 9 that city council member Dina Higgins will resign from her position effective Aug. 15.
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.
Falcon Field Airport will host its fifth annual Open House 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can get close to aircraft, unique cars, military vehicles and more. Admission and parking are free.
After a number of scheduled performances — including by the Territorial Brass Band and state historian Marshall Trimble — Mesa’s recently re-elected mayor and city council members were designated to be sworn in Tuesday night at Mesa Arts Centers’ Virginia G. Piper Theater during a celebration hosted by local radio newsman Ned Foster.
Mesa District 5 Councilwoman Dina Higgins has been appointed as vice chair of the National League of Cities’ Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) Committee for 2013, according to a news release.
It has been 14 years since the Mesa mayor and City Council have received pay raises.
“Today is day of celebration as City of Mesa is ‘getting green by going green,’” said City Manager Chris Brady at news conference Monday, quoting District 5 Councilwoman Dina Higgins from an earlier city statement.
Mesa City Councilwoman Dina Higgins is auctioning off the “shovelbat” she used to help break ground for the Chicago Cubs spring training facility, with proceeds benefiting Sunshine Acres Children’s Home.
A look at key Mesa facts and figures
The crumbling Escobedo Neighborhood in Mesa generated 780 police calls last year — a number that’s even more stunning when one considers the area hasn’t been home to a single resident since 2007.
Two Mesa City Council members are criticizing what they call a rush job on a planned senior housing project in downtown, saying it’s bad policy for the city and the public to have just 24 hours to review a development proposal.
The mayor and three council members of Arizona’s third-largest city will run unopposed in their fall re-election bids, as no challengers met Mesa’s Wednesday deadline to qualify for the ballot.
A change in Arizona election law has triggered Mesa to consider making it a little easier — or a lot harder — for its residents to run for mayor in the future.
The Metro light rail extension into downtown Mesa has helped spur several proposals for new urban housing developments on or near Main Street, involving several hundred apartments.
For Mesa's elected leaders, it's been a no-brainer to offer incentives for a Chicago Cubs stadium, a First Solar manufacturing plant and other employers if that's what it takes to keep them from leaving the state.
A vacant building in downtown Mesa will become the East Valley's hub for state services that have been scattered across many locations for years.
The highly-touted Wrigleyville West development at the Chicago Cubs spring training complex will likely start out small, Mesa officials said as they released the project’s first site plan.
Fresh Start Women's Foundation East Valley executive council recently announced the 2011 honorees for the East Valley Man and Woman of the Year.