Mesa residents will vote next month on a measure to fund more public safety officers and bring ASU to its downtown.Where's the money? In a .4 percent sales tax increase. That's 4 cents of every $10 dollars. The boost would take the city's sales tax from 1.75 percent to 2.15 percent.
Tempe is piloting a program to pick up tree trimmings, lawn clippings and livestock manure from select neighborhoods weekly. The material will be turned into compost and available to residents, parks and local businesses.
Voters in the West Valley will be seeing another issue on their ballot on Nov. 8, asking them to vote "Yes" or "No" for a $141 million bond to fund West-MEC, or the Western Maricopa Education Center District.
An independent expenditure committee called the Arizona Coalition for Reliable Electricity recently formed and plans to spend $1 million in the final run up to the election to support the three Republicans in the race: Andy Tobin, Bob Burns and Boyd Dunn.
Phoenix has overtaken Chicago to claim the top spot in new office space so far this year. Commercial real estate firm JLL says the Valley has absorbed more than 2.6 million square feet of space through September and one company gets a lot of credit.