34 September 3 - 16, 2011 Publisher’sNote
Beat ‘em, join ‘em, make ‘em better
OK, you’ve all seen the myriad of online “deals” from companies big and small, offering 50 percent or more discounts for their services or products.
But most the time, especially with the price of gas, I have no desire to be driving all over the Valley, just to “save” a few bucks.
So not only are we joining the online coupon craze, but we’re
wanting to beat some of the competition and make even better offers to our neighbors in the SanTan Sun area from businesses who are right here as well. The same SanTan Sun News that you know and trust to bring you “relentlessly local” coverage of our local news with information about businesses right in your backyard is bringing you now! relentlessly local “new offers weekly,” discounts from companies right in your own Chandler and Gilbert area backyards.
We are now in the process of setting up now!, and are ready to start registering your email addresses and zip codes at either www.NewOffersWeekly.com
. Our goal is to have everything in place by Nov. 1 to roll out now! so you can save some money, but still support area businesses who need you and your friends. There will be a place to “share” deals you like with your friends, and we’re already on Facebook and Twitter.
Businesses, if you would like more information about how you can be a part of now! call 480-732-0250 or email info@SanTanSun.com
and we’ll send you details. Meanwhile, I know some of you have had many challenges with scorpions. For us, however, even though we’ve been in the Valley for more than 30 years, we just saw our first two scorpions ever in the past month! Between the heat and who knows what else, the creepy critters are finding ways to get into the house. Ann Videan tells us more about the hot new antivenom soon to be available at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers.
We’ve had mixed reactions from parents with the knowledge that cameras are going into elementary schools next year. Miriam Van Scott talks to the publicist at Chandler Unified School District who gave us their view. We’d like to hear from you, so either email an opinion letter to Letters@SanTanSun.com
or make a comment on our SanTanSunNews Facebook page.
And with all this heat, it’s tough to keep your plants green, but Blooming Vista Landscape Design and Installation can help. Miriam gives us an update on some of the landscaping ideas out there today.
Most of us take our hearing quite for granted, but a group of young hearing impaired people, including Chandler’s Jacob Gonzales, recently spent time in the Grand Canyon studying sound. He tells our Kelli Lang about his experience as a Hear the World ambassador.
Kevin Rolfe is back with a Youth story about the Badminton program at Perry High, and David Brown visited American Metals to find out about their recycling scrap program and how it can mean cash for you. Joan Westlake got the rough assignment to find out about the food at the new BLD restaurant in Southern Chandler, and in SanTan Family Fun, Alison Stanton has the low-down on increasingly common allergies for children and resources to combat them.
Of course, we appreciate you reading the SanTan Sun News and supporting our advertisers.
Opinion Community Commentary
Labor Day offers chance to reflect by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny
Returning to office in January of this year, I knew our city faced some tough challenges. The economy, of course, was the umbrella issue that was affecting all corners of the community. My preparations included discussions with a lot of people in the community, from business leaders to residents to educators. It was readily apparent that jobs – or the lack of them – weighed heavily on most everyone I spoke with. As Labor Day approaches, I have been thinking quite a bit about where we stand today as a community in terms of employment and job creation. We have made some great strides in the last seven months, but we are still not immune to the global fiscal crisis that lingers.
One of my first initiatives was Career Connect. The job fair was a real eye opener on a couple of levels. First, I was pleasantly surprised how many companies were hiring. Sixty organizational representatives came to the event with job information. What a positive sign for the area. Then, as we opened the doors to a line of people, we witnessed 1,000 job seekers participate. About 150 of those even attended a pre-session we hosted to help them develop a stronger resume.
Since that March event, several new employers have opted to call Chandler home. Phoenix Packaging is locating in north Chandler with more than 100 jobs. Ports America is coming to our downtown with 200 jobs. And most recently, Triumph Group, a global aerospace operation, is relocating a portion of its operations to west Chandler with 110 jobs – and room for 90 more future openings.
The other positive in this story is the vacant space that is being filled in Chandler. Like most cities in the region, we faced a glut of vacant industrial and office space. While that is never a good thing, it does allow companies many options when seeking to move or expand. And like Ports America, many choose Chandler because of the great amenities we offer as a community – like a thriving downtown.
A couple of existing companies, PayPal and Safelight Auto Glass continue to fill hundreds of openings and Intel’s expansion will create many future jobs as well. We will continue to aggressively pursue other business opportunities, while working with entities like the Chamber of Commerce to make sure existing businesses are working in a favorable climate.
I understand that some people reading this may be experiencing difficulties in either finding a job, or find themselves under-employed. That is understandable in a recession like the one we have experienced. But this is also a good time to assess where you are at and explore some options.
We partnered with Maricopa Workforce Connections on Career Connect. It is a terrific organization that works with companies and individuals on job training programs and hiring opportunities. Learn more at www.maricopaworkforceconnection.com
. Our library system also offers a lot of resources to find work, discover new career choices or pursue new educational prospects through our local colleges and universities. You can also follow me on Twitter @jaytibshraeny to read about future employment opportunities in the City of Chandler.
Laurie Fagen, Publisher
Finally, as Labor Day approaches, I want to give special thanks to our own municipal team of employees who continue to provide tremendous service to the community despite the recent cutback in positions. The employees are among the City’s greatest assets. We are asking them to do more with less these days and I sincerely appreciate their public service. They have been essential to our successful emergence from the Great Recession.
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