County Coffee: An Elections Update, Stay Safe During A Power Outage, Upcoming Events, Highlights

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August 2019 Newsletter

A Message From Chairman Gates

Dear Friends,

I hope you have been staying cool over the summer.  While the monsoon season has gotten a late start this year, it’s not too late to prepare for the next big storm. Take a moment to read through some helpful storm safety tips in this month’s newsletter.

At the July 31st Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board unanimously approved a proclamation making August 2019 Child Support Awareness Month, following the lead of Governor Ducey and the State of Arizona.  The Board also unanimously adopted a resolution encouraging collaboration between Maricopa County and various East Valley cities and towns in their efforts to address the crisis of homelessness.  Adoption of this resolution is an important step in address this complex issue that impacts many people throughout Maricopa County.

As this school year gets under way, I wish all your children a safe and successful school year and remember to drive safe around school zones.

All my best,


District 3 Community Events

County Coffee with Chairman Gates: An Elections Update

Date:  Thursday, September 5, 2019
Time:  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location:  Deer Valley Airport Restaurant
702 W. Deer Valley Rd # B
Phoenix, AZ 85027

Next Meeting: November 7

Open Conversation with Chairman Gates

New River / Desert Hills / Anthem Area
Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time:  Noon - 1:00 PM
Location: Daisy Mountain Fire Department
1120 W. Desert Hills Dr.
New River, AZ 85086

Next Meetings: October 15, November 19

KJZZ Interview On Elections Changes

KJZZ radio interview

Chairman Gates was at KJZZ's studios in July to talk about elections changes that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and County Recorder are implementing.  Chairman Gates touched on the importance of outlining roles and responsibilities, getting a new tabulation system online, and hiring key staff ahead of the November 2020 election.  Listen to the full interview here.

Library News

Chairman Gates' Summer Reading Challenge Badge

Chairman Gates' Summer Reading Challenge

A big thank you to the 1,000+ kids who participated in Chairman Gates' Summer Reading Challenge!  Participants completed multiple fun tasks over the summer to earn badges.  Tasks included taking a morning hike in a Maricopa County Park, cleaning up trash in a park, listening to the mystery audio book Missing on the Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach, and reading The Night Flower by Lara Hawthorne.

Upcoming Event: Resume Writing

Event Type: Adult
Age Group(s): Adults
Date: September 7, 2019
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Library: North Valley Regional Library                                                                   

Description: Learn to use the library's Career Transitions service to craft a great resume. This session will include advice on the dos and don'ts of resume writing and time for Q&A.  Register online

Back to School: Online Homework Help & Test Prep

School is back in session and the Maricopa County Library District's online resources can help students get off to a great start! Visit the Maricopa County Library District website for a full list of online homework and test help resources.

Arizona Game & Fish Hatcheries


Did you know that almost all trout harvested in Arizona are stocked from one of the six hatcheries owned and operated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department?  Each year, the Department produces an average of 385,000 pounds of fish that are stocked in 118 locations throughout the state, including urban waters in 21 communities.  Although that may seem like enough fish, the Arizona Game and Fish Department explains that the increase in demand for fishing, decrease in hatchery water supplies, and the current state of hatchery infrastructure have resulted in an annual shortfall of approximately 110,000 pounds of trout and 230,000 pounds of warm water sport fish.

Game & Fish has been updating its hatchery infrastructure to meet this challenge.  These updates will help meet the demand for fish, eliminate production shortfalls, enhance the preservation of Arizona's fish population, and continue to provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. Learn more about the great work and service provided by the Arizona Game & Fish Department by visiting their website.

Arizona Horizon: Help For The Homelessness

PBS Horizon

Chairman Gates and Maricopa County Human Services Department Director Bruce Liggett sat down with Arizona Horizon to discuss homelessness in Maricopa County.  Chairman Gates and Director Liggett discussed collaborations and coordination with municipalities, strategies for diverting people from homelessness, coordinating community services, and implementing diversion strategies.  Chairman Gates points to partners and partnerships as the key to addressing the problem creatively. Watch the full interview here.

Staying Safe During A Power Outage

Thunder Strike

Monsoon season has officially started! Keep yourself safe by following SRP’s storm safety tips and staying informed of power outages near you.  If an outage does occur, stay calm and follow these safety tips:

  • Stay at least 100 ft away from a downed power line.
  • Do not touch or try to move downed power lines.
  • Call 911 to report the location of downed power lines.

SRP customers can stay informed of outages in their area by signing up for free outage alerts or using the SRP power mobile app.  Customers should call SRP at (602) 236-8888 if they lose power or if they have power outage related questions.

SRP Giving Away Energy Saving Prizes

SRP customers, don't forget to sign up for SRP's Summer of Savings campaign.  Those who enter are eligible to win LED light bulbs, smart thermostats, and the grand prize - an ENERGY STAR® appliance package valued at $5,000.  Customers can enter online or in-person through September 23, 2019.  The grand prize winner will be selected on September 30, 2019.

Visit the SRP website for more deals or to get energy efficiency tips.

2019 Environmental & Sustainability Summit

Chairman Gates sits on a panel at the 2019 Environmental & Sustainability Summit

In July, Chairman Gates attended the 2019 Environmental and Sustainability Summit. The event covered topics that included sustainability, Arizona's water future, and Arizona's new occupational licensing law.  Chairman Gates participated in the event by serving on a panel that discussed Arizona's air quality challenges and how economic development and better air quality are not competing interests.

Maricopa County is Hiring!

Maricopa County is always looking for motivated individuals to join our team. Click HERE to see what jobs are currently open.

With great benefits, fun health challenges, and amazing people, the Human Resources department at Maricopa County continues to do an amazing job of finding, attracting, and keeping great talent.

Is your next career waiting for you at Maricopa County?

Looking For A Maricopa County Contact?

Below is a contact list for Maricopa County constituent services.  Underlined services are available to all Maricopa County residents.  Services that are not underlined are specific to the residents of unincorporated Maricopa County. Those who live in cities or towns should contact their local jurisdiction for assistance with those services that are not underlined.

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