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place to find work City has lower jobless rate, improving outlook
BY MARK J. SCARP For those seeking employment, Chandler is one of
the better places in the Valley, representatives of large employers in the area say. Chandler’s unemployment rate is 5.9% as of May,
the latest month figures are available. That compares favorably to 7.5% for metro Phoenix, 8.2% for Arizona and 8.2% for the nation, says Chandler Economic Development Director Christine Mackay. Furthermore, Chandler’s office vacancy rate is only 5% compared to a metro rate of 28%.
READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? Don’t wait until Monday night for a good game. Chandler Youth Football provides SanTan Sun area residents with all the excitement of the big games on a smaller scale. More than 18 football teams with players ranging in ages from 5- to 10-year-olds are playing around Chandler, with most games played at Tumbleweed Park. Here Razorbacks’ Nate Barksdale, No. 3; Justin Oyler, No. 75; Mark Alvarado, No. 11; and Hunter Meyer, No. 1, warm up prior to a recent scrimmage against East Valley Aztecs. For game schedules, visit www.chandleryouthfootball.com
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Ellen wins 1 Council seat Four likely to vie for 2 remaining spots Nov. 6
SCHOOL IN SESSION: With more than 3,000 employees serving a record 40,000 students, Chandler Unified School District ranks as the City’s third largest employer. Pictured left to right are the administrative staff at Ryan Elementary, hard at work with a new school year underway: Lori Terfansky, administrative assistant; Marissa Carson, health assistant; Patty Zipfel, registrar; Dawn Koberstein, dean of students; Diane Wells, principal; and Deb Terhark, school assistant. STSN photo
“Here along the 101, Tempe-Chandler corridor, it’s been a smashing success,” she adds. And the good news continues in the heart of the
SanTan Sun area, as Intel Corp., Chandler’s largest employer, will build a new $300 million research-and- development facility at its campus near Rural Road and Chandler Boulevard.
SEE Jobs PAGE 6
BY MARK J. SCARP Chandler council candidate and newcomer Nora Ellen wins one of three open seats on the Chandler City Council out of a field of seven candidates, including two incumbents, in Chandler’s Aug. 28 primary election. Ellen, who based much of her campaign on
her service on the 4-Corner Retail Committee, Neighborhood Advisory Committee as well as on the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, says she believes more voters supported her because of her varied experience in business and in City affairs. “I’m totally humbled and honored that so many people voted for me,” she says. Meanwhile, the incumbents and two challengers are
likely headed for a Nov. 6 runoff for a pair of remaining Council positions.
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny was unopposed for re-election. With 100% of precincts reporting,
incumbent Councilmembers Jack Sellers and Rick Heumann appear to have come up short in bids to receive new terms outright. They could go before voters again along with challengers Scott Taylor and Terry Roe in the general election. City Clerk Marla Paddock agrees that Election Night
results reflect a significant, but not complete, tally of the votes cast. Paddock says an unknown number of early ballots
were brought to polling places on Election Day whose votes aren’t reflected in that night’s results. Also still to be counted are provisional ballots of voters whose
From Council to bail bond agent
BY K. M. LANG City councilperson, school board member, dedicated
volunteer and Chandler resident Donna Wallace has an impressive record of giving back to her community. Now she’s helping those with a different kind of record at her family’s business, Dano’s Bail Bonds. It’s a career twist Donna couldn’t have predicted during her eight years on the Chandler City Council, and she has her son, Nathan, to thank for her new vocation. A former Maricopa County detention officer with 15
BOOK ‘EM, DANO: Long time Chandler resident Donna Wallace joins husband Oren and son Nathan in the family business, Dano’s Bail Bonds. STSN photo
years of bail bond experience, Nathan founded Dano’s Bail Bonds with his father, Oren, in 2010. The company operates out of Oren’s former automotive repair shop – a stone’s throw from Chandler Municipal Court – and Nathan ran the enterprise alone until earlier
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this year, when Oren joined him in the day-to-day operations. It wasn’t long before Donna, who’s worked for Macy’s since leaving politics in 2008, was drawn into the business. “I asked Nathan if he could use some help, and he
said, ‘Yeah!’” she recalls, “So I do this four days a week.” Donna and Oren’s involvement in the business has
given their son much-needed time away from the 24/7 operation. Dano’s – an acronym of the family’s first names – takes calls from all over the state, guiding people through the often unfamiliar process of posting bond after they or a family member are arrested. “I think Nathan describes it best when he says we’re about helping people who’ve had a bad day,” explains
SEE Bail bonds PAGE 9
F E AT U R E D S TO R I E S Chandler hosts 9/11 ceremony . . . COMMUNITY . . . . . . . . . Page 4 Crossroads saddles up. . . . . . . . . . . BUSINESS . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 15 CHS reloads for championship . . . YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 27 El Palacio’s small town feel . . . . . . NEIGHBORS . . . . . . . . . Page 45 Art sought for About Care . . . . . . . ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 59 Spanking debated. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SANTAN FAMILY FUN . . .Center
Community . . . . . . . . 4-13 Business . . . . . . . . . . 14-25 Youth. . . . . . . . . . . . .26-36 Opinion. . . . . . . . . . 43-44 Neighbors. . . . . . . . .45-54 Spirituality . . . . . . . . 55-57 Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58-61 Directory . . . . . . . . 62-64 Classifieds. . . . . . . . 65-66 Where to eat . . . . . .67-72
SEE Election results PAGE 8 Chandler: good
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