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New mayor, council ready to lead


by Miriam Van Scott


They may have just joined the Chandler City Council, but Chandler’s newly-inaugurated Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Councilman Kevin Hartke both bring experience to the jobs. Tibshraeny served as Chandler mayor from 1994 to 2002, and Hartke was appointed to the council on an interim basis from 2008 to 2009 when Councilmember Martin Sepulveda was deployed to Iraq.


Mayor Jay Tibshraeney


Councilmember Kevin Hartke


Both are eager to tackle a variety of challenges facing the city after formally taking the reins at a Jan. 13 swearing-in ceremony.


On the agenda are new projects like determining guidelines for local distribution of medical marijuana, as well as perennial issues of increasing revenue, trimming expenses and bringing jobs and economic opportunities to the SanTan Sun area. Hartke, who looks forward to getting started on the city’s business, takes his place on the council alongside sitting members Rick Heumann, Matt Orlando, Jack Sellers, Jeff Weninger and new Vice Mayor Trinity Donovan, unanimously chosen by Chandler’s new mayor and council during their fi rst meeting.


See New Council Page 6 Kitchen redos boom amid economic bust by Alison Stanton


Homeowners are staying put, but their countertops aren’t. Granite remains a hot item that people want, and they are willing to invest a few dollars to get the look.


“I think one reason it is so popular right now is because of the beauty of granite,” says Roy Anderson, owner of Granite Transformations in Tempe. “It’s a very stylish thing to do. Everybody is getting it, and so customers come in and say they want to get it, too.”


Anderson says he is working daily with customers ready to upgrade their kitchens to a fresh, modern look.


A franchise owner since 2003, Anderson says the languishing real estate market is actually helping business because people are staying in their homes longer and putting in the money and effort to remodel. “They say, ‘we are going to try to sell our home in a couple of years, but we want to enjoy it while we are in it.’”


Entrepreneur redevelops properties, lives by K. M. Lang


Southern Chandler resident and award-winning real estate entrepreneur Michael Pollack knew at a tender age which direction his life would take. The son of a California apartment builder, he began accompanying his father to jobsites when he was “just a bitty kid.”


“I think I was the only child who ever gave a report to his third-grade class on how to read and interpret working blueprints,” he recalls. “The minute I got out of high school I started building houses.” After his fi rst project in 1973, Pollack went on to develop and redevelop more than 10,000 single- and multi-family units in California. By 1986 he had accomplished his professional goals, and he “sold out of the apartment business and retired.”


See Entrepreneur Page 14 Ahwatukee Foothills Each Keller Williams® Offi ce is Independently Owned and Operated


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• Take advantage of this market


• Strategies on buying bank owned vs. short sale


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Community Page 4 Financial advice Business Page 16


Mayor Tibshraeny note Opinion Page 34


Eating at InPockets Neighbors Page 41


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At Granite Transformations, Anderson sells mostly engineered granite, which varies from the traditional granite slab.


“What we sell is 95 percent granite and 5 percent polymer,” he says. “We mine the granite, then make it into a quarter-inch slab with a diamond polish.” The benefi ts of engineered granite, Anderson says, are numerous.


See Kitchen Page 12


2011 taxes bring higher revenue, paychecks


by Ann N. Videan, APR Sales tax revenues in Chandler are running ahead of 2010 and 2011 projections, and individuals can expect to see lower taxes and a continuation of Bush-era deductions, translating to higher paychecks this year. “Chandler’s local economy is comparatively stronger than the rest of the state because of its strong jobs base and higher medium incomes,” says City of Chandler Management Services Director Dennis


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CHANDLER RECOVERY: The 2010 tax revenues compared to the previous year show Chandler leading neighboring cities.


Strachota. “Sales tax revenues have been higher than the prior year for the last nine months, and we’re running ahead of our 2010-11 budget projections, so we don’t expect any adverse impact on city services or property taxes this year,” he adds.


See Taxes Page 10


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REDO EXPERT: Michael Pollack’s real estate firm has redeveloped 15 properties in Chandler, where he received the Architectural Excellence Award.


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