Wishing Chandler good
things in 2006
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 11, 2006 12:00 AM
the holiday season I created a list of wishes for Chandler.
I wish for Martin Sepulveda to return safely from his assignment in the Navy.
While we may not always agree on everything, I think we could agree that the
best place for a husband and father is at home with his wife and family.
I wish for the campaigns for Chandler elections this year to be conducted in an
informative manner so that the people can be well educated and make the right
choices in March and May. Also, several of the candidates for City Council are
unknown to many residents, and I hope they will acquaint the voters with their
qualifications and reasons they think we should select them.
wish for our City Council to agree, at some point, on a real vision for
Chandler's downtown, rather than the current cornucopia of ideas from the past
and the present. From one end, where there will soon be a 21st-century, multiuse
project of condominiums, professional and retail space to the Wal-Mart at the
other end, the current apparition runs the gamut from historic residential, to
restaurants, to tall buildings providing rental housing for city offices, as
well as the main railroad line.
I hope that Doug Nintzel from the Arizona Department of Transportation is on the
money when he tells us to look for the completion of Loop 202 (Santan Freeway)
from Gilbert Road to Elliot in mid-2006. He says this 20-mile section will
complete the outer loop the East Valley has been waiting for for 20 years.
I wish the people of extremely south Phoenix would realize that the South
Mountain Freeway is not for their exclusive benefit. While it may not relieve
their local traffic problems, it will make it possible for all traffic coming
from Tucson and points east to avoid adding to the Interstate 10 congestion
through Phoenix's downtown with an equal reduction in traffic flowing the other
way. The South Mountain section of Loop 202 has been planned for 20 years and is
to be the final portion built. I hope it doesn't take another 20 years.
I wish the best year ever to Elaine Leanos, the director of the Chandler
Christian Community Center, and her staff. The center, shown in a recent
Chandler Republic article, is at 345 S. California St. and provides for the less
fortunate all year long. I hope it receives more donations than ever so that all
the children of Chandler will have a Happy New Year.
Happy 2006 to all.
Leigh Rivers is a native Arizonan and longtime Southeast Valley resident who has
been active in civil and political matters. He can be reached at email@example.com.