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As many of you gentle readers know, I’m a recovering librarian – so I’m beginning this month’s column with a tip of the hat to all of the unsung heroines (and heroes) who labor so hard and well in America’s libraries. These institutions and their staff keep us informed, educated, entertained and assisted in the art of resumes and job searches (especially in these times of economic stress and high unemployment). Even though they’re frequently the first to be cut back when budgets are tight, they keep on smiling and asking if we’ve found what we’re looking for. Hug a librarian, clerk, page and/or aide when you see them during National Library Week, April 11-17.
 
I must say that I, for one, have really enjoyed the rainy weather of the past 45 or so days. The desert is really green, and the wildflowers are spectacular. Farmers have had lots of free water for their crops, and most of the state’s reservoirs (unlike their coffers) are so full that water’s traveling down the Salt, Gila, Santa Cruz and San Pedro Rivers. However, the flip side of this very wet winter is that when it all inevitably dries up, the fire danger will be very high indeed. This is why the Pinal County Air Quality folks are issuing three-day open burn permits, effective April 1st.  All burn permits will expire on or by May 1. The “No Burn” ban will continue thereafter until the summer monsoons show up to abate the fire danger.
 
Returning to a water-related topic for a moment, Pinal County’s Local Drought Impact Group (LDIG) was formed to help prepare mitigation measures we might be forced to take in case of extreme drought.  Rick Gibson, agricultural agent for Pinal courtesy of the UofA, and Art Carlton, staff for the county’s Emergency Management Services, co-chair the group which consists of volunteers from various water connected agencies.
 
Late last year, LDIG was the fortunate recipient of a grant from the Abbott Laboratories
Foundation (thanks to Roger Hill and the local Abbott-Ross plant), which allowed them to become a part of Project Wet: a curriculum-based program that works with local schools to increase awareness and understanding of this precious natural resource. Last month, Project Wet held a very successful water festival for area fourth graders.
 
On April 14, from 6-8 p.m. in Room T116 at the Signal Peak Campus of CAC, the U of A in conjunction with the Cooperative Extension Service, LDIG and various local communities will be holding a Listening Session to identify, discuss and define central and western Pinal County’s current and future water issues. Specifically, the results of the session will facilitate the development of informed water education programs and future water planning efforts. For more information, contact Tasha at 520-836-5221 (x 210) or tasha@cals.arizona.edu – I hope to see you there.
 
The Arizona Trail Association, the Arizona Office of Tourism and REI stores partnered to create a map of the 800+ mile long Arizona Trail, which stretches from Utah to Mexico. The new map highlights communities that lie in close proximity to the trail and indicates which of those communities has specific services and supply outlets of interest to those traveling along the trail. Several Pinal County communities are featured as well. Copies of the map can be found at your local Chamber of Commerce or by contacting me at david.snider@pinalcountyaz.gov or 520-836-0003.
 
I would be very remiss if I didn’t ask you all to join me in wishing my predecessor Jimmie Kerr a very happy birthday – he’ll turn 76 this month and is still going strong.
 
David Snider, Supervisor Pinal County District 3

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The March MLS report for the city of Maricopa shows 228 homes sold compared to 212 sales in February.

This figure is down 12 percent from the 259 sales listed for March 2009.

March’s median sales price for Maricopa was $102,400, compared to $101,000 in February. The March median sales price was down 9 percent from March 2009’s figure of 113,000.

The low sales price for March was $19,800 while February’s low sales price was $17,000.

However, in March the highest sales price was $320,000 compared to a high sales price of $202,000 in February.

List price, sale price, address and subdivision, plus square footage and number of bedrooms and bathrooms for homes sold in March:

List: $80000; Sold: N/A; 44969 W Miramar Rd; Acacia Crossing; 2012SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $19800; Sold: $19800; 1269 N Ruby Rd; Hidden Valley; 1072SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $22500; Sold: $21500; 1830 S Amanda Dr; Rural Near Hiway 84; 1232SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $29900; Sold: $26000; 19051 N Dallas Smith Ln; Estrella Park Lot 2  .31Ac; 1196SF; 3BR; 1BA
List: $65000; Sold: $44900; 46165 W Windmill Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 1350SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $48000; Sold: $49750; 46164 W Windmill Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 1040SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $75000; Sold: $50000; 572 S Deer Trl; Hidden Valley; 800SF; 1BR; 1BA
List: $53000; Sold: $53000; 40053 W Tamara Ln; Smith Farms; 1430SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $55000; Sold: $57000; 53689 W Wileyson Cir; Palo Verde Hills; 1431SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $130000; Sold: $60000; 36605 W Nina St; Tortosa; 1533SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $55000; Sold: $60100; 18338 N Celis St; Smith Farms; 1320SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $61000; Sold: $61000; 43781 W Sagebrush Trl; Rancho El Dorado; 1317SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $60750; Sold: $62000; 40412 W Helen Ct; Smith Farms; 1113SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $63000; Sold: $63000; 45630 W Guilder Ave; Maricopa Meadows; 1547SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $67000; Sold: $63000; 42551 W Sunland Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1435SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $62900; Sold: $63000; 45512 W Sky Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 1295SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $65000; Sold: $63500; 20787 N Ancon Rd; Acacia Crossing; 1256SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $75000; Sold: $63750; 45415 W Woody Rd; Alterra South; 1882SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $77000; Sold: $65000; 45539 W Sky Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 1864SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $79000; Sold: $65000; 17812 N Carmen Ave; Alterra South; 1311SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $76000; Sold: $65000; 42623 W Michaels Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1561SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $66500; Sold: $65000; 45155 W Mescal St; Alterra; 1324SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $54900; Sold: $65000; 18338 N Daisy Dr; Desert Cedars Inaugurals; 1588SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $45000; Sold: $65500; 12235 N Pinto Dr; Thunderbird Farms; 1692SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $59900; Sold: $65900; 45778 W Guilder Ave; Maricopa Meadows; 1215SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $67000; Sold: $67000; 45984 W Sheridan Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 1447SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $69000; Sold: $67000; 43231 W Chisolm Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1608SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $58000; Sold: $68000; 35816 W Velazquez Dr; Tortosa Savanno; 1300SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $75000; Sold: $68000; 43849 W Cowpath Rd; Senita; 1816SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $69000; Sold: $69000; 43266 W Kristal Ln; Senita; 1533SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $69000; Sold: $69000; 44028 W Juniper Ave; Desert Cedars; 1814SF; 3BR; 1.5BA
List: $69900; Sold: $69500; 42772 W Kimberly St; Senita Unit 3 Lot 1270; 1533SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $69900; Sold: $69900; 18978 N Smith Dr; Maricopa Meadows Parcel 1; 1910SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $69900; Sold: $69900; 43752 W Wild Horse Trl; Senita; 1370SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $80000; Sold: $70000; 19448 N San Marin St; Tortosa; 2236SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $65000; Sold: $70000; 46137 W Tucker Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 1466SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $69900; Sold: $70000; 18917 N Toya St; Senita; 1370SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $69000; Sold: $70000; 45751 W Sheridan Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 1603SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $65999; Sold: $70000; 41265 W Thornberry Ln; Homestead North; 1676SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $69900; Sold: $71900; 17467 N Avelino Dr; Sorrento; 1204SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $74800; Sold: $72000; 42682 W Hillman Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1435SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $69900; Sold: $72000; 22632 N Kennedy Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1480SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $71000; Sold: $73000; 45635 W Windmill Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 1218SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $72000; Sold: $74000; 42816 W Sunland Dr; Laredo; 1435SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $75000; Sold: $75000; 45028 W Cypress Ln; Alterra North; 1514SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $75000; Sold: $75000; 43811 W Elizabeth Ave; Senita; 1508SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $75000; Sold: $75000; 43850 W Elm Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1686SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $79900; Sold: $75000; 45460 W Starlight Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 2068SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $80000; Sold: $76000; 37180 W Mondragone Ln; Sorrento/Maricopa; 1800SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $79900; Sold: $76500; 42052 W Sunland Dr; Rancho El Dorado,Phase Ii,Parcel 23,Lot 136.; 1857SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $76500; Sold: $76500; 42506 W Mira Ct; Santa Rosa Springs; 1694SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $76500; Sold: $77000; 45599 W Dirk St; Maricopa Meadows Parcel 4; 1930SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $83000; Sold: $77000; 41350 W Granada Dr; Elm Tree At Glennwilde; 1574SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $88000; Sold: $77000; 43878 W Wade Dr; Rancho Eldorado; 1684SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $79900; Sold: $78000; 45131 W Balboa Dr; Acacia Crossings; 1324SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $75000; Sold: $78000; 44771 W Paraiso Ln; Acacia Crossing Parcel 3; 1412SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $79500; Sold: $78000; 45070 W Yucca Ln; Alterra Norht Lot 292 Sec 28-4S-3E 4950 Sq Ft .11 Ac; 1412SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $84900; Sold: $78500; 45112 W Miraflores St; Acacia Crossings; 1264SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $88666; Sold: $78900; 49799 W Julie Ln; Papago Butte Ranchos; 1440SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $79000; Sold: $79000; 45673 W Mountain View Rd; Maricopa Meadows Parcels; 2058SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $89000; Sold: $79400; 45001 W Alamendras St; Acacia Crossings; 1461SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $75900; Sold: $79900; 46054 W Starlight Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 1671SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $84100; Sold: $79900; 44855 W Bahia Dr; Acacia Crossing; 2012SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $79900; Sold: $79900; 10436 N Reggae Rd; N1/2 Ne Sw Se Of Sec 20-5S-2E 5.00 Ac; 1524SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $89900; Sold: $80000; 17493 N Costa Brava Ave; Alterra South; 2066SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $78000; Sold: $80000; 36953 W Maddaloni Ave; Alterra North Lot 317 Sec; 1408SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $85000; Sold: $80000; 42606 W Somerset Dr; Glennwilde-Magnolia; 1916SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $79900; Sold: $81000; 36408 W El Greco St; Tortosa; 1600SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $74900; Sold: $81250; 45077 W Cypress Ln; Alterra North; 1753SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $78900; Sold: $81900; 19284 N Costa Verdez Ave; Tortosa; 1219SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $85000; Sold: $82000; 36336 W Alhambra St; Tortosa; 1600SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $83900; Sold: $82000; 21078 N Leona Blvd; Parcel 2 Of The Village At Rancho El Dorado Lot 132 Sec 22-4S-3E 5681 Sq Ft; 1419SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $77900; Sold: $83000; 44782 W Applegate Rd; Alterra South; 1707SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $95000; Sold: $83500; 18822 N Toledo Ave; Tortosa; 2214SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $85900; Sold: $85000; 35800 W Velazquez Dr; Tortosa; 2723SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $85000; Sold: $85000; 18831 N Wilson St; Senita; 2221SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $85000; Sold: $85000; 43854 W Cahill Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1657SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $87000; Sold: $86000; 43994 W Cowpath Rd; Senita; 1594SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $75000; Sold: $86000; 44221 W Buckhorn Trl; Desert Cedars; 2372SF; 3BR; 3BA
List: $84000; Sold: $87000; 20767 N Carmen Ave; Acacia Crossing; SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $96000; Sold: $87000; 17962 N Carmen Ave; Alterra South Lot 12; 2057SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $87000; Sold: $87000; 44856 W Miraflores St; Acacia Crossing; 2038SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $85000; Sold: $87500; 41752 W Sunland Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1480SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $89900; Sold: $89900; 41550 W Cheyenne Ct; Acacia Parcel 1 At Glennwilde; 1464SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $89900; Sold: $89900; 17350 N Marina Ave; Alterra South; 2122SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $89999; Sold: $89999; 43655 W Arizona Ave; Senita; 1816SF; 3BR; 175BA
List: $92330; Sold: $90000; 41550 W Warren Ln; Rancho El Dorado; 2518SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $79900; Sold: $90000; 43917 W Bedford Dr; Rancho Eldorado; 1535SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $86900; Sold: $90000; 44376 W Mcclelland Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2645SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $86900; Sold: $91000; 43666 W Bedford Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1449SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $94900; Sold: $91499; 42611 W Anne Ln; Rancho El Dorado; 1526SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $90000; Sold: $92000; 18741 N Vemto St; Tortosa; 2233SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $99900; Sold: $92000; 44189 W Roth Rd; The Villages @Rancho El Dorado,Parcel 3,Lot 8.; 2300SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $87500; Sold: $92500; 41619 W Cheyenne Ct; Unknown; 2531SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $94900; Sold: $92500; 42447 W Anne Ln; Rancho El Dorado; 1526SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $99900; Sold: $93000; 35773 W Marin Ave; Tortosa; 2310SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $92500; Sold: $93000; 41585 W Chimayo Ct; Acacia Parcel 1 At Glennwilde; 1835SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $95900; Sold: $95000; 43938 W Lindgren Dr; Parcel 2 Of The Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2308SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $95000; Sold: $95000; 19720 N Pepka Ct; The Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2465SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $89900; Sold: $95000; 45007 W Miramar Rd; Acacia Crossing; 1652SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $90000; Sold: $96000; 19705 N Ortman Cir; The Villages At Rancho El; 1974SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $95900; Sold: $96000; 36510 W El Greco St; Tortosa; 2362SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $89900; Sold: $96007; 42598 W Sunland Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1819SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $99000; Sold: $97000; 43553 W Wallner Dr; Villages At Rancho Eldorado; 1907SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $99900; Sold: $98000; 41293 W Cahill Dr; Lot 163 Rancho El Dorado Phase Iii Parcel 33; 2194SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $99000; Sold: $99000; 44023 W Maricopa Ave; Senita; 3332SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $99900; Sold: $99900; 43964 W Juniper Ave; Desert Cedars; 1936SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $99900; Sold: $99900; 42603 W Venture Rd; Rancho El Dorado; 1823SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $99900; Sold: $99900; 43284 W Sunland Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2141SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $97500; Sold: $100260; 17903 N Madison Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 2129SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $100000; Sold: $101000; 41228 W Cahill Dr; The Lakes At Rancho El Dorado; 2415SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $102500; Sold: $102000; 45789 W Guilder Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 2738SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $114990; Sold: $102300; 43539 W Maricopa Ave; Cactus At Senita; 1251SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $99999; Sold: $102400; 19031 N Vemto St; Tortosa; 2233SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $104900; Sold: $102500; 45808 W Sheridan Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 1852SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $102900; Sold: $102900; 45402 W Woody Rd; Alterra South; 2132SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $109900; Sold: $104900; 35970 W Cartegna Ln; Tortosa; 2310SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $99500; Sold: $104999; 46114 W Kristina Way; Maricopa Meadows; 1910SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $110000; Sold: $105000; 43918 W Kramer Ln; The Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 1614SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $130000; Sold: $105000; 42467 W Corvalis Ln; Glennwilde-Hickory Parcel 4; 2340SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $99900; Sold: $105000; 43822 W Baker Dr; Ranch El Dorado; 2344SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $119000; Sold: $105000; 46023 W Tulip Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 3165SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $114800; Sold: $106000; 18885 N Leland Rd; Senita Unit 2; 2424SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $112900; Sold: $106000; 44099 W Granite Dr; Cobblestone Farms; 1828SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $105925; Sold: $106100; 21318 N Sunset Dr; Cobblestone Farms; 1691SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $109900; Sold: $107000; 35845 W Cartegna Ln; Tortosa Nw,Parcel 11,Lot 44.; 3332SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $104900; Sold: $110000; 45707 W Guilder Ave; Maricopa Meadows Parcel 5; 3272SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $120000; Sold: $110000; 43880 W Maricopa Ave; Senita; 3900SF; 6BR; 4BA
List: $137000; Sold: $110000; 43924 W Snow Dr; Villages Rancho El Dorado; 1636SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $117000; Sold: $110000; 22683 N Aaron Rd; Rancho El Dorado; 1659SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $109900; Sold: $110000; 37104 W Giallo Ln; Sorrento; 2290SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $110000; Sold: $110000; 41320 W Walker Way; Homestead; 2528SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $103000; Sold: $110000; 36315 W Alhambra St; Tortosa-Nw Parcel 6; 2844SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $124900; Sold: $111000; 22487 N Dietz Dr; Rancho El Dorado Phase Ii; 1843SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $110000; Sold: $112000; 40908 W Thornberry Ln; Homestead North; 2276SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $115000; Sold: $112110; 44158 W Cypress Ln; Desert Cedars; 2200SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $114900; Sold: $112900; 41580 W Cheyenne Ct; Glennwilde Sec 26-04-03E Lot 36 8866 Sq Ft .20 Ac; 2521SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $110000; Sold: $114000; 43269 W Wallner Dr; The Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2199SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $114000; Sold: $114000; 43258 W Palmen Dr; The Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 1910SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $124900; Sold: $115000; 45448 W Rainbow Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 2642SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $122000; Sold: $115000; 36497 W Bilbao St; Tortosa; 3420SF; 5BR; 3.5BA
List: $117000; Sold: $116000; 45532 W Morning View Ln; Maricoopa Meadows Parcel 6; 2966SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $109900; Sold: $116100; 21494 N Sunset Dr; Cobblestone Farms; 2236SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $116821; Sold: $116821; 40534 W Sanders Way; Homestead; 1445SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $114900; Sold: $117000; 21050 N Sansom Dr; The Village At Rancho El Dorado; 2277SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $119900; Sold: $118000; 43685 W Oster Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado Parcel 7; 2835SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $125000; Sold: $118500; 45306 W Miramar Rd; Acacia Crossings; 2448SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $119490; Sold: $119000; 41329 W Granada Dr; Glennwilde; 2462SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $109900; Sold: $120000; 45185 W Juniper Ave; Alterra North; 2272SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $114900; Sold: $120000; 22706 N Barlow Ct; Rancho El Dorado; 2997SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $109900; Sold: $120000; 43606 W Bailey Dr; The Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2835SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $120000; Sold: $120000; 19134 N Lousandra Dr; Senita; 3900SF; 7BR; 4BA
List: $121000; Sold: $121000; 44618 W Palo Nuez St; Palo Brea; 2568SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $110000; Sold: $121750; 45089 W Horse Mesa Rd; Alterra South; 2568SF; 4BR; 2.75BA
List: $122695; Sold: $122695; 21159 N Danielle Ave; Homestead; 1527SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $129800; Sold: $123000; 20052 N Donithan Way; The Villages Of Rancho El Dorado; 2144SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $129000; Sold: $123000; 43585 W Kramer Ln; The Villages; 3299SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $123000; Sold: $123000; 43287 W Alexandra Ct; Rancho El Dorado; 1932SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $135000; Sold: $125000; 21774 N Sunset Dr; Cobblestone Farms; 2264SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $125000; Sold: $125000; 18993 N Shelby Dr; Senita Unit 1; 3128SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $139990; Sold: $125000; 43549 W Maricopa Ave; Cactus At Senita; 1506SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $121500; Sold: $125000; 43930 W Maricopa Ave; Senita Unit 1 Sec 27-04S-03E Lot 12 6600 Sqft 0.15 Ac; 3552SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $135000; Sold: $126000; 41865 W Sparks Ct; Rancho El Dorado; 1918SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $126900; Sold: $126900; 44370 W Yucca Ln; Desert Cedars; 3527SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $129900; Sold: $127000; 43524 W Bailey Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2542SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $121900; Sold: $127000; 45385 W Zion Rd; Alterra South; 2952SF; 5BR; 2.5BA
List: $134900; Sold: $127000; 45305 W Miramar Rd; Acacia Crossings Parcel 6 Lot 78 Sec 21-4S-3E 6250Sq Ft .14 Ac; 2612SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $155000; Sold: $128000; 21877 N Celtic Ave; Cobblestone Farms; 3191SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $127500; Sold: $128000; 43469 W Caven Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2622SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $134900; Sold: $128500; 45957 W Meadows Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 3508SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $129900; Sold: $129000; 35965 W Cartegna Ln; Tortosa; 3900SF; 7BR; 4BA
List: $159900; Sold: $130000; 43257 W Estrada St; Senita; 3900SF; 5BR; 4BA
List: $130000; Sold: $130000; 44451 W Desert Plant Trl; Cobblestone Farms; 2580SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $100000; Sold: $130000; 50219 W Julie Ln; Papago Butte Ranchos; 2280SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $129999; Sold: $133500; 43491 W Kimberly St; Senita; 3240SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $134900; Sold: $133900; 43473 W Askew Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2144SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $137900; Sold: $134900; 42408 W Desert Fairways Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1682SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $129000; Sold: $135000; 43797 W Roth Rd; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2642SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $144999; Sold: $135000; 22603 N Gibson Dr; Cobblestone Farms; 2160SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $127500; Sold: $135000; 45385 W Balboa Dr; Acacia Crossing; 2571SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $139900; Sold: $139900; 43408 W Wallner Dr; The Villages At Rancho Eldorado; 2199SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $129900; Sold: $140000; 45369 W Miraflores St; Acacia Crossings; 2612SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $140000; Sold: $140000; 43537 W Caven Dr; Parcel 7 Of The Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 3217SF; 5BR; 2.5BA
List: $134900; Sold: $142000; 45192 W Desert Garden Rd; Alterra South; 2568SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $150000; Sold: $142000; 40324 W Art Pl; Smith Farms; 2919SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $142196; Sold: $142196; 21900 N Liles Ln; Lakes At Rancho El Dorado; 2229SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $144900; Sold: $144900; 19950 N Jones Dr; The Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2794SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $146000; Sold: $145000; 44206 W Sedona Trl; Cobblestone Farms; 2160SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $140000; Sold: $145000; 44072 W Bailey Dr; Sub Pcl 6 Of The Villages @ Rancho El Dorado; 3182SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $147464; Sold: $147464; 40888 W Colby Dr; The Lakes At Rancho El Dorado; 1810SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $157900; Sold: $150000; 21416 N Liles Ln; Rancho El Dorado; 2987SF; 5BR; 4BA
List: $158900; Sold: $150000; 21754 N Bradford Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2005SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $153900; Sold: $150000; 43510 W Caven Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 3508SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $150000; Sold: $150000; 20750 N Donithan Way; Parcel 5 Of The Villages At Rancho El Dorado.; 3182SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $151000; Sold: $151000; 43284 W Hillman Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2330SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $153448; Sold: $153448; 40950 W Bedford Dr; Lakes At Rancho El Dorado; SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $175000; Sold: $155000; 17710 N Kari Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 2737SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $157500; Sold: $157000; 37490 W Frascati Ave; Sorrento; 3432SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $179900; Sold: $157500; 42389 W Sea Eagle Dr; Province; 2213SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $159089; Sold: $159089; 42766 W Whispering Wind Ln; Province; 1364SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $159900; Sold: $159900; 44344 W Adobe Cir; Cobblestone Farms; 2301SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $174454; Sold: $160000; 20980 N Sweet Dreams Dr; Province; 2181SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $159900; Sold: $163500; 42464 W North Star Dr; Province; 1531SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $164800; Sold: $164000; 43971 W Mescal St; Desert Cedars; 3115SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $174900; Sold: $165900; 42313 W North Star Dr; Province; 1691SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $165900; Sold: $166000; 21125 N Bustos Way; Rancho El Dorado; 3400SF; 5BR; 2.5BA
List: $169900; Sold: $166000; 43615 W Askew Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 3299SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $165000; Sold: $167500; 22337 N Van Loo Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 3016SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $170000; Sold: $168000; 22335 N Celtic Ave; Cobblestone Farms; 3720SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $169900; Sold: $169900; 44240 W Mescal St; Desert Cedars; 3115SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $170000; Sold: $170000; 44560 W Granite Dr; Cobblestone Farms Parcel Ii; 3720SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $165000; Sold: $170000; 44428 W Rhinestone Rd; Cobblestone Farms; 3929SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $174900; Sold: $171500; 20193 N Riverbank Rd; Province; 1700SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $171000; Sold: $174000; 22580 N Reinbold Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2733SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $179000; Sold: $179000; 42565 W King Fisher Dr; Province; 1826SF; 3BR; 3BA
List: $175000; Sold: $180000; 44571 W Garden Ln; Cobblestone Farms; 3988SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $199900; Sold: $190000; 18523 N Stonegate Rd; Sterling At Glennwilde; 3536SF; 5BR; 2.5BA
List: $195000; Sold: $199000; 18339 N Stonegate Rd; Sycamore At Glennwilde; 4304SF; 5BR; 3.5BA
List: $209900; Sold: $203500; 42410 W Fountainhead St; Province; 1761SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $222000; Sold: $220000; 41836 W Monteverde Ct; Sycamore Parcel 11 At Glennwilde Lot 117 Sec 26-4S-3E 9955 Sq Ft 0.23 Ac; 4282SF; 6BR; 4.5BA
List: $229900; Sold: $220000; 42842 W Morning Dove Ln; Province; 2105SF; 3BR; 3BA
List: $240000; Sold: $228000; 43245 W Knauss Dr; Rancho El Dorado; SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $242000; Sold: $230000; 42584 W Sandpiper Dr; Province; 2296SF; 2BR; 2.5BA
List: $239000; Sold: $234000; 42138 W Baccarat Dr; Province; 2636SF; 2BR; 2.5BA
List: $239000; Sold: $237000; 41961 W Lucera Ln; Glennwilde; 4282SF; 4BR; 3.5BA
List: $268000; Sold: $255118; 22077 N Cline Ct; Rancho El Dorado; 4044SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $284900; Sold: $260000; 42988 W Misty Morning Ln; Province; 2225SF; 2BR; 2.5BA
List: $329900; Sold: $320000; 20871 N Enchantment Pass; Province; 2312SF; 3BR; 2.5BA

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Wow. What an emotional time for hundreds of our neighbors who are Maricopa Unified School District employees, and thousands more who are parents and students.

Our public schools are faced with having to cut at least $5 million — and maybe millions more — from a $36 million budget, 85 percent of which comprises employee salaries and benefits. This is an incredibly painful process that tears at the fabric of our community.

Though it’s understandably hard for those whose jobs are on the line to focus on anything positive, I do think there is some sunshine hidden in those dark clouds.

First, the “every vote counts” mantra has never been more apparent. MUSD is losing $1 million in funding this year, and is set to lose $2 million next year (relative to this year’s budget) and $3 million in subsequent years because a March ballot measure to continue a maintenance and operations budget override failed by 20 votes, 1,408 against to 1,388 in favor.

There undoubtedly are many a district employee and parent who regret not getting off their duff and going to the polls or encouraging a neighbor or 10 to do the same. But the reality of the result of such apathy has knocked the MUSD community upside its proverbial head, and it surely will lead to an increase in voter turnout in May for the statewide sales tax initiative, which will also have a dramatic impact on MUSD’s budget, and in November assuming the governing board puts a new override on the ballot.

Second, I’m of the opinion that one would be hard-pressed not to find waste in any government agency, public schools included. Forcing folks to “sharpen their pencils” and look at ways to be leaner is a good thing, and hopefully the emphasis on efficiency and fiscal conservation will continue even during better financial times.

Third, I witnessed an incredible amount of solidarity among the staff at last night’s board meeting (I guess proposing to close a school and fire the entire staff will do that). One staffer specifically addressed the “back-biting and rumors” perpetuated by adults and challenged his coworkers to set a better example for the kids. The word “unity” was heard many times in the context of unified teachers, a unified school (Maricopa Wells Middle School, which was on the chopping block), a unified district and a unified vision. That’s a good thing.

Fourth, there seems to be a real commitment — from students , teachers, staff and parents alike — to improve Maricopa Wells Middle School, currently designated as Underperforming, and change its culture for the long-haul. One of the students who addressed the governing board summed it up when she said, “Don’t give up on us yet.”

So even in the ominous $5 million cloud that is the MUSD budget crisis, there is silver lining, and hope for a better future.

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Over the past year and a half, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has implemented many reforms in an effort to provide improved service to the community while saving money.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit has been the focus of recent change and reform. For the first time in several years, the unit has been assigned a working supervisor and the unit re-assigned to the Narcotics Task Force where they are able to focus on drug interdiction, removing drugs from our streets. 

Recent additions to the unit have been geared toward improving productivity and saving money. Since January two new canines have been added to the unit, and the investment is already proving beneficial. With support from Pinal County Risk Management and the Pinal County Adult Detention Facility, K-9 Ares (pronounced Are-ees) and K-9 Solo were purchased and have been getting to know their new partners Deputies Eric Berner and Daniel Lopez.

Ares is a three-year-old Belgian Malinois from the Czech Republic. Ares is a dual-purpose dog. A dual-purpose K-9 is used for both narcotics detection and patrol functions such as handler protection and suspect apprehension. Deputy Berner and his K-9 partner Ares are currently in the K-9 academy at COTA in Tucson.

Solo is a three-year-old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix. Solo is a large dog, weighing nearly 95 pounds. Solo was born in the Czech Republic and brought to the United States when he was two years old. Solo was trained at the World Wide Canine facility in Spring Branch, Texas. Deputy Lopez and Solo have been partners since January 2010 and since then have collectively seized over 1,300 pounds of marijuana.

The PCSO K-9 unit was created nearly 15 years ago as a proactive unit using the K-9 as a drug interdiction tool. The K-9 Unit is tasked with conducting selective traffic enforcement in drug trafficking areas. The K-9 Unit provides a much needed officer safety tool by providing back up and assistance for the district deputies. The K-9 Team can search an area/building/vehicle for suspects or narcotics in a faster, safer, more effective manner that its human counterpart. The K-9 unit assists district deputies on the road, minimizing downtime while maximizing effectiveness.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit consists of five K-9 handler teams. Four of the teams are dual-purpose K-9 teams that perform narcotic searches, as well as patrol functions such as suspect searches and apprehensions. The sixth K-9 team is a single purpose K-9 team that is assigned to the adult detention center to help prevent narcotic contraband from entering the facility. Each PCSO K-9 team is certified by two national organizations and must maintain their certification in order to work the road.

The K-9 Unit additionally provides the sheriff’s office with a positive public relations tool. Each K-9 Team conducts public demonstrations and public education throughout the county for many different groups and organizations. In an effort to help Pinal County schools provide students with a safe learning environment, the Pinal County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit conducts school drug searches and has been extremely successful.

“There is no doubt K-9s are the most effective and cost efficient tools a law enforcement agency has when searching for suspects, victims or narcotics,” said Sheriff Paul Babeu. “Our new K-9s join our aggressive law enforcement team, helping us clear buildings quickly and safely and alerting their handlers to drugs and other illegal activity. Cops are loyal, yet our K-9 partners never let us down.”

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Attorney General Terry Goddard recently announced that Arizona would provide a substantial increase in assistance for Arizona homeowners facing foreclosure as a result of a consumer fraud settlement with the Attorney General’s Office. 
 
CAHRA is one of 12 nonprofit housing counseling entities in Arizona to receive a combined $1.3 million from a multi-state consumer fraud settlement last year with Bank of America (which acquired the defendant Countrywide). CAHRA will hire additional counselors to work with homeowners on foreclosure alternatives, as well as provide counseling help for consumers at risk of losing their homes.
 
The settlement resolved allegations that Countrywide, prior to 2008, used unfair and deceptive tactics in its loan origination and servicing activities and placed borrowers in structurally unfair and unaffordable loans.
 
“It is our hope that these settlement funds will have a positive impact on families throughout the state who are in great need of counseling assistance to help them stay in their homes,” Goddard said. “The problem is so acute that additional staff can make a big difference. Homeowners should exercise great caution before paying for any foreclosure “rescue” services. More helpful services are being provided for free by these HUD-approved housing counseling agencies.” 
 
Arizona continues to be at the center of the housing crisis, along with Florida, California and Nevada. About 6 percent of all housing units in Arizona received a foreclosure filing in 2009. National data released today show a record 2.8 million households were threatened with foreclosure notices last year – a 21 percent increase over 2008.About 20 percent of all mortgages nationally are “under water” with negative equity; in Arizona, the estimate is 68 percent.  

“Until the housing crisis is resolved, the Arizona economy cannot fully recover,” Goddard noted. 

“We are pleased that we have been awarded this funding to help more Pinal County families who are threatened with imminent foreclosure,” said Mary Lou Rosales, CAHRA Executive Director. “It is very difficult for a homeowner to know how to get through all the barriers placed by lenders,” she added. CAHRA’s Foreclosure Mitigation Counselors can help. “We have trained counselors that will provide the services free of charge,” she said.  
 
“Since different situations require different needs and programs, we have learned to specialize in more than just loan modifications. We have successfully helped home-owners who were current, 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days past due,” she said. Trained counselors provide one on one counseling sessions to discuss options and strategies with the delinquent or impending defaulted borrower. 
 
Free help is available to homeowners who have questions or need help working through their housing situation by calling CAHRA at 520-466-1112.   
 
Arizonans who believe they have encountered fraudulent activity through so-called “rescue” scams can file a complaint with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Information & Complaints, www.azag.gov or 800-352-8431.

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Neither the blazing sun, blowing dirt nor heavy winds deterred an estimated 875 Maricopans from joining Bishop Gerald Kicanas on Sunday in celebrating the first Mass on the site that will eventually house a new church and school for Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

Bishop Kicanas also blessed the ground, a 34-acre parcel just east of the Glennwilde Groves community, and encouraged continued support for the $2.5 million capital campaign underway to fund the church’s construction.

It was an emotional day for many in the standing-room-only crowd. “It brought tears to my eyes when I saw how many people were here,” said Pat Cásarez, chairman of the capital campaign. “(The Bishop) is backing us 200 percent. We brought the people, now we need the steeple, and he saw it first-hand.” Cásarez hopes to break ground in a few months assuming “people will open their hearts and their pocketbooks.”

“We thought it could not be filled up,” Jose Tirador said as he gazed at the 500 chairs he helped set up in the middle of the dirt lot. “Hopefully this will lead more parishioners to join the capital campaign.”

Our Lady of Grace’s pastor, Fr. Marcos Velasquez, referred to the event as “a great turnout and a great blessing.” The Bishop echoed that sentiment, saying “It was a fabulous celebration.”

Kicanas summed up the celebration when, after his silk skullcap blew off, he quipped “the Holy Spirit is blowing strong.”

Click below to view two video packages from the event.

 

Videos by Jack Jackson (top) and Scott Bartle; Aerial photo by Bob Newsom

 

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The February MLS report for the city of Maricopa shows 212 homes sold compared to 170 sales in January. This is up 21 percent from the 175 sales listed for February 2009.

February’s median sales price for Maricopa was $101,000, compared to $95,000 in January. The February median sales price was down 8 percent from February 2009’s figure of 110,000.

The low sales price for February was $17,000 while January’s low sales price was $13,900.

In February the highest sales price was $202,000 compared to a high sales price of $265,000 in January.

List price, sale price, address and subdivision, plus square footage and number of bedrooms and bathrooms for homes sold in February:

List: $117000;Sold: $N/A; 45694 W Amsterdam Rd; M.- Meadows; 1636SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $79500; Sold:  $N/A; 44801 W Miraflores St; Acacia Crossings; 1670SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $17000; Sold: $17000; 53975 W Camino Real Rd; Hidden Valley; 1618SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $24900; Sold: $26000; 717 N Abbey Rd; Hidden Valley; 1736SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $59900; Sold: $43000; 9024 N Johnson Rd; Thunderbird Farms; 1152SF; 2BR; 1.75BA
List: $50000; Sold: $45000; 50461 W Mockingbird Ln; Thunderbird Farms; 1512SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $55000; Sold: $55000; 45998 W Sheridan Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 1196SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $59900; Sold: $55000; 40935 W Thornberry Ln; Homestead North; 1309SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $55500; Sold: $55500; 36570 W Montserrat St; Tortosa; 1219SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $54000; Sold: $56000; 36567 W San Clemente St; Tortosa; 2012SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $57000; Sold: $57000; 45484 W Windmill Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 1510SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $70000; Sold: $60000; 44913 W Portabello Rd; Acacia Crossing; 1412SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $55000; Sold: $60500;  6660 N Poplar St; Hacienda Acres; 2120SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $69900; Sold: $61500; 35873 W Velazquez Dr; Tortosa; 1760SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $62800; Sold: $62000; 35735 W Costa Blanca Dr; Tortosa; 1301SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $65000; Sold: $62000; 40202 W Mary Lou Dr; Smith Farms; 1320SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $62500; Sold: $62500; 19311 N Toledo Ave; Tortosa; 1219SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $63900; Sold: $63900; 35770 W Velazquez Dr; Tortosa; 1301SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $63000; Sold: $65000; 43384 W Cowpath Rd; Senita Unit 2; 2030SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $67500; Sold: $65000; 21216 N Duncan Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1981SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $70000; Sold: $65000; 40068 W Hayden Dr; Homestead; 1465SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $78000; Sold: $66420; 42886 W Anne Ln; Rancho El Dorado; 1609SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $67500; Sold: $67500; 46192 W Windmill Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 1447SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $70900; Sold: $67500; 40376 W Peggy Ct; Smith Farms; 1803SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $76000; Sold: $68000; 43897 W Bedford Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1645SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $68600; Sold: $68600; 45154 W Cypress Ln; Alterra North; 1324SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $69900; Sold: $69000; 18331 N Toya St; Senita; 1508SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $77900; Sold: $70000; 41628 W Sunland Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1480SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $70000; Sold: $70000; 44695 W Gavilan Dr; Acacia Crossing; 1670SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $69500; Sold: $70000; 43452 W Colby Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1669SF; 3BR; 1.75BA
List: $75000; Sold: $70000; 46158 W Sky Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 1916SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $73900; Sold: $70000; 45183 W Yucca Ln; Alterra; 1753SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $68000; Sold: $70000; 19277 N Gabriel Path Rd; Senita; 1506SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $69900; Sold: $70000; 44080 W Palo Cedro Rd; Palo Brea; 1415SF; 3BR; 1.75BA
List: $75000; Sold: $70000; 19508 N Smith Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 1447SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $72000; Sold: $71500; 40332 W Peggy Ct; Smith Farms; 1652SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $79000; Sold: $73000; 43826 W Wild Horse Trl; Senita; 2221SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $73000; Sold: $73000; 20503 N Ancon Ave; Acacia Crossings; 1535SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $73900; Sold: $73900; 43658 W Rio Grande Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1682SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $73900; Sold: $74000; 44849 W Miraflores St; Acacia Crossing; 1670SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $69000; Sold: $74000; 45064 W Miraflores St; Acacia Crossings; 1670SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $79000; Sold: $74000; 20852 N Carmen Ave; Acacia Crossings; 1598SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $79680; Sold: $74500; 45570 W Dirk St; Maricopa Meadows; 1930SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $85000; Sold: $75000; 45498 W Morning View Ln; M.- Meadows; 2237SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $80000; Sold: $75000; 19507 N Miller Way; Maricopa Meadows; 1447SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $71600; Sold: $75000; 43921 W Sagebrush Trl; Rancho El Dorado; 1264SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $75000; Sold: $75000; 17439 N Avelino Dr; Sorrento; 1398SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $90577; Sold: $75000; 42483 W Bunker Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1684SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $64900; Sold: $75000; 40401 W Peggy Ct; Smith Farms; 1652SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $71500; Sold: $75887; 44513 W Windrose Dr; Desert Cedars; 1572SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $73000; Sold: $77000; 43427 W Chisolm Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1340SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $80500; Sold: $78000; 45543 W Barbara Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 2280SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $78500; Sold: $78500; 42543 W Hall Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1684SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $79900; Sold: $79000; 44280 W Caven Dr; The Villages; 1445SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $92000; Sold: $79500; 42193 W Venture Rd; Rancho El Dorado; 1681SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $79900; Sold: $80000; 40867 W Sanders Way; Homestead North; 1309SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $70000; Sold: $80000; 45790 W Dirk St; Maricopa Meadows; 1612SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $60000; Sold: $80000; 42961 W Camino De Janos –; Senita ; 1533SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $84999; Sold: $80000; 42454 W Sunland Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1435SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $84900; Sold: $80000; 46102 W Kristina Way; Maricopa Meadows; 1910SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $79900; Sold: $80000; 43871 W Cowpath Rd; Senita; 1508SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $80900; Sold: $80000; 18992 N Smith Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 1910SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $95000; Sold: $80750; 17430 N Carmen Ave; Alterra South; 2428SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $80000; Sold: $81000; 18082 N Smith Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 1670SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $81500; Sold: $81500; 44824 W Woody Rd; Alterra South; 1802SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $82500; Sold: $82500; 40032 W Mary Lou Dr; Smith Farms; 1718SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $74900; Sold: $83000; 45508 W Barbara Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 1807SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $78900; Sold: $83500; 42444 W Colby Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1526SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $84900; Sold: $83900; 43361 W Blazen Trl; Senita; 1816SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $84500; Sold: $84500; 20961 N Jocelyn Ln; The Villages; 1628SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $75000; Sold: $85000; 36626 W Padilla St; Tortosa; 2233SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $88500; Sold: $85000; 43308 W Elizabeth Ave; Senita; 1518SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $85000; Sold: $85000; 42281 W Oakland Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1673SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $82500; Sold: $85000; 45684 W Starlight Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 2237SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $85000; Sold: $85000; 46024 W Dutchman Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 2410SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $78000; Sold: $87000; 17308 N Gatun Ave; Alterra South; 1707SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $86000; Sold: $88000; 45006 W Alamendras St; Acacia Crossing ; 1586SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $89900; Sold: $88000; 42786 W Kimberly St; Senita; 1533SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $86500; Sold: $88500; 43685 W Rio Grande Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1912SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $101000; Sold: $88500; 19386 N Lariat Rd; Glennwilde; 2289SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $95000; Sold: $89000; 43909 W Carey Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1420SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $94900; Sold: $89900; 42116 W Miller Ln; Province; 1173SF; 1BR; 2BA
List: $90000; Sold: $90000; 44154 W Juniper Ave; Desert Cedars; 1936SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $99900; Sold: $90000; 36196 W Vera Cruz Dr; Tortosa; 1527SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $125000; Sold: $90000; 42447 W Colby Dr; Rancho El Dorado ; 1526SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $94890; Sold: $90000; 45120 W Gavilan Dr; Acacia Crossings; 1412SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $91500; Sold: $91500; 39975 W Catherine Dr; Smith Farms; 1878SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $94900; Sold: $91500; 20052 N Toledo Ave; Tortosa; 2608SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $88500; Sold: $91700; 45722 W Windmill Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 2211SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $104900; Sold: $93000; 43954 W Cowpath Rd; Senita; 2424SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $99900; Sold: $94900; 44148 W Griffis Dr; The Villages; 1630SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $95500; Sold: $95500; 45341 W Alamendras St; Acacia Crossing; 2075SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $95900; Sold: $95900; 42548 W Hall Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1684SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $94900; Sold: $96000; 21828 N Greenland Park Dr; Cobblestone; 1529SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $105000; Sold: $98000; 21792 N Greenland Park Dr; Cobblestone; 1529SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $94999; Sold: $99000; 43996 W Garden Ln; Cobblestone; 1689SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $97500; Sold: $99437; 40952 W Hayden Dr; Homestead; 2276SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $99900; Sold: $99500; 18641 N Madison Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 1605SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $94900; Sold: $99900; 36626 W Velazquez Dr; Tortosa; 2418SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $100000; Sold: $100000; 42828 W Oakland Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2149SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $96500; Sold: $100000; 36555 W Costa Blanca Dr; Tortosa; 2026SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $100000; Sold: $100000; 18897 N Leland Rd; Senita; 2424SF; 5BR; 2.5BA
List: $100000; Sold: $100000; 19402 N Falcon Ln; Glennwilde Acacia; 1916SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $100000; Sold: $100000; 46073 W Dutchman Dr; M.-Meadows; 3884SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $99000; Sold: $100000; 43800 W Maricopa Ave; Senita; 2839SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $104000; Sold: $101000; 19589 N Portarosa Ct; Glennwilde; 1815SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $94900; Sold: $101500; 18861 N Roosevelt Ave; Alterra North; 2268SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $105000; Sold: $103000; 36598 W El Greco St; Tortosa; 2744SF; 5BR; 2.5BA
List: $102900; Sold: $103000; 46024 W Sonny Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 3884SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $110000; Sold: $105000; 22118 N Lakeside Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2130SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $105000; Sold: $105000; 44165 W Lindgren Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2181SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $119000; Sold: $105000; 19231 N Miller Way; M.- Meadows; 3740SF; 5BR; 2.75BA
List: $89900; Sold: $105000; 44807 W Juniper Ave; Alterra; 2264SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $105000; Sold: $105000; 43737 W Cahill Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1673SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $89900; Sold: $105800; 45790 W Starlight Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 2454SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $99900; Sold: $105900; 22735 N Ware Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2044SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $109900; Sold: $107000; 45806 W Windmill Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 2191SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $104900; Sold: $107000; 45995 W Starlight Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 1671SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $105000; Sold: $107000; 43321 W Courtney Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1970SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $108000; Sold: $108000; 20834 N Jones Ct; The Villages; 1892SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $115000; Sold: $109000; 18843 N Marina Ave; Alterra North; 1965SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $109900; Sold: $109900; 44420 W Bailey Dr; The Villages; 2232SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $109900; Sold: $109900; 45570 W Dutchman Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 1862SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $110000; Sold: $110000; 45147 W Balboa Dr; Acacia Crossings; 1753SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $110000; Sold: $110000; 22247 N Dietz Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1863SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $110000; Sold: $110000; 22536 N Haley Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2343SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $110372; Sold: $110372; 40241 W Lococo St; Desert Passage; 1250SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $109900; Sold: $112000; 41662 W Corvalis Ln; Glennwilde; 2513SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $109900; Sold: $112000; 18759 N Madison Rd; M- Meadows; 2619SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $124900; Sold: $112500; 41034 W Coltin Way; Homestead North; 2248SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $107000; Sold: $113000; 41078 W Novak Ln; Homestead North; 2248SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $102900; Sold: $113300; 41248 W Sanders Way; Homestead; 2150SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $114900; Sold: $113500; 44401 W Eddie Way; The Villages; 1698SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $109000; Sold: $114000; 43654 W Knauss Dr; The Villages; 2622SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $119900; Sold: $117000; 43205 W Wallner Dr; The Villages; 2199SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $119750; Sold: $117500; 42659 W Anne Ln; Rancho El Dorado; 2276SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $122500; Sold: $118000; 44014 W Granite Dr; Cobblestone ; 2236SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $99900; Sold: $118000; 41206 W Brandt Dr; Homestead North; 2107SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $118000; Sold: $118500; 42360 W Hall Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1912SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $119900; Sold: $119400; 20364 N Pepka Dr; The Villages; 2292SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $117500; Sold: $120000; 43393 W Neely Dr; The Villages; 2138SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $116900; Sold: $120000; 43560 W Blazen Trl; Senita; 2310SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $125000; Sold: $120000; 42345 W Sparks Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1956SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $123552; Sold: $120500; 40241 W Lococo St; Smith Farms; 2237SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $121389; Sold: $121389; 40507 W Thornberry Ln; Homestead; 1445SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $127564; Sold: $121463; 42516 W Lucera Ct; Glennwilde; 1668SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $120000; Sold: $123600; 45355 W Gavilan Dr; Acacia Crossing; 2632SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $124000; Sold: $124000; 43303 W Lindgren Dr; The Villages; 2199SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $125000; Sold: $124900; 46074 W Tulip Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 2400SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $129000; Sold: $125000; 21313 N Karsten Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1892SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $119900; Sold: $125000; 21776 N Backus Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1918SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $125000; Sold: $125000; 45680 W Amsterdam Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 2570SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $109900; Sold: $125000; 19689 N Marquez Cir; The Villages; 1664SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $129564; Sold: $126135; 42530 W Lucera Ct; Glennwilde; 1668SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $128900; Sold: $127000; 43848 W Maricopa Ave; Senita; 3900SF; 6BR; 4BA
List: $139000; Sold: $128000; 42510 W Palmyra Ln; Glennwilde; 2992SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $129900; Sold: $128500; 42556 W Anne Ln; Rancho El Dorado; 2308SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $129000; Sold: $129000; 19674 N Madison Cir; The Villages; 2168SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $147000; Sold: $130000; 2004 N Redfield Rd; None; 2298SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $124900; Sold: $130000; 46107 W Amsterdam Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 3428SF; 5BR; 3.5BA
List: $127000; Sold: $130000; 43410 W Lindgren Dr; The Villages; 1907SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $145000; Sold: $130000; 1780 N Smart Rd; Hidden Valley Estates; 2082SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $120500; Sold: $130500; 45347 W Juniper Ave; Alterra ; 1965SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $130000; Sold: $130500; 45000 W Juniper Ave; Alterra; 3039SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $139999; Sold: $131500; 21742 N Bradford Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1650SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $132660; Sold: $132660; 43549 W Kramer Ln; The Villages; 3317SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $133736; Sold: $133736; 4037 W Lococo St; Desert Passage; 2081SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $139800; Sold: $134500; 44218 W Adobe Cir; Cobblestone Farms; 1938SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $134900; Sold: $134900; 21703 N Gibson Dr; Cobblestone; 2236SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $133500; Sold: $135000; 43267 W Wild Horse Trl; Senita; 3900SF; 6BR; 4BA
List: $149900; Sold: $135000; 22565 N Gibson Dr; Cobblestone Farms; 2121SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $125000; Sold: $135000; 22168 N Reis Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2160SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $135000; Sold: $135000; 22121 N Greenland Pk Dr; Cobblestone; 2112SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $135000; Sold: $135000; 44481 W Knauss Dr; The Villages; 2454SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $139144; Sold: $136638; 38033 W Merced St; Rancho Mirage; 1825SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $141000; Sold: $137000; 1614 N Bronco Rd; Hidden Valley Hills; 2298SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $135000; Sold: $137200; 43561 W Snow Dr; The Villages; 3182SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $142900; Sold: $139000; 21676 N Backus Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 3014SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $139135; Sold: $139135; 41268 W Colby Dr; The Lakes; 1843SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $142420; Sold: $139190; 38042 W Merced St; Rancho Mirage ; 1825SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $136500; Sold: $140000; 43615 W Oster Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2996SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $134900; Sold: $141000; 20468 N Big Dipper Dr; Province ; 1538SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $144500; Sold: $141750; 42447 W Chambers Dr; Rancho Eldorado; 2109SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $145900; Sold: $142000; 45505 W Long Way; Maricopa Meadows; 2895SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $125000; Sold: $144000; 36172 W Madrid Ave; Tortosa; 3277SF; 5BR; 3.5BA
List: $149900; Sold: $149000; 35906 W Catalan St; Tortosa; 3900SF; 5BR; 4BA
List: $150000; Sold: $150000; 44497 W Copper Trl; Cobblestone Farms; 3833SF; 6BR; 3BA
List: $150000; Sold: $150000; 21875 N Gibson Dr; Cobblestone Farms; 3929SF; 6BR; 3BA
List: $175000; Sold: $150000; 2751 N Ralston Rd; Hidden Valley Estates; 2350SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $149900; Sold: $152700; 21759 N Van Loo Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1918SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $159900; Sold: $153000; 18522 N Carmen Ave; Alterra North; 3432SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $150000; Sold: $154000; 43594 W Bravo Ct; Rancho El Dorado; 2745SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $160000; Sold: $155000; 21923 N Van Loo Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 3016SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $160000; Sold: $155000; 45662 W Mountain View Rd; Maricopa Mead.; 3597SF; 5BR; 3.5BA
List: $164800; Sold: $155000; 44571 W High Desert Trl; Cobblestone; 2214SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $161900; Sold: $157500; 21388 N Liles Ln; Rancho El Dorado; 2655SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $146000; Sold: $162000; 36072 W Madrid Ave; Tortosa; 3277SF; 4BR; 3.5BA
List: $179900; Sold: $163750; 43955 W Mescal St; Desert Cedars; 3527SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $165000; Sold: $165000; 21841 N Reis Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2160SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $169900; Sold: $166000; 45385 W Sandhill Rd; Alterra; 3300SF; 4BR; 3.5BA
List: $170000; Sold: $170000; 20207 N Riverbank Rd; Province; 1719SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $171316; Sold: $171316; 42030 W Carlisle Ln; Glenwilde Silver Oak; 2487SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $199000; Sold: $172000; 22202 N Dietz Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2854SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $172900; Sold: $173000; 43650 W Snow Dr; The Villages; 3182SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $194900; Sold: $175000; 40847 W Rio Grande Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2005SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $159000; Sold: $180000; 41141 W Coltin Way; Homestead North; 3526SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $180000; Sold: $180000; 44567 W High Desert Trl; Cobblestone; 3929SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $109900; Sold: $190000; 44520 W Windrose Dr; Desert Cedars; 1572SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $209900; Sold: $197000; 41820 W Granada Dr; Glennwilde; 4282SF; 5BR; 4.5BA
List: $217500; Sold: $200000; 19316 N Lariat Rd; Glennwilde; 3663SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $225000; Sold: $201000; 20489 N Wishing Well Ln; Province; 2411SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $202000; Sold: $202000; 43222 W Bailey Dr; The Villages; 3951SF; 5BR; 3BA

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Our highest priority

“Surely no tax can be called that which we give to our children in the most valuable of all forms, that of instruction…an addition to our contributions almost insensible…in fact, will not be felt as a burden, because applied immediately and visibly to the good of our children.”

These words, written by Thomas Jefferson in 1817, are just as true today as when they were jotted down as notes while crafting the Elementary School Act.  I reflect on this concept when asked to consider the MUSD Override on March 9th.

Reductions in funding will not fix perceived mismanagement issues.  Reductions in funding will not “force” the state to send more money to our community.  Reductions in funding will not make more parents consider our local education options over other more established districts.  The bottom line is a reduction in funding is not a solution to any problem that MUSD faces today.  Not only will programs be cut, administration will be forced to do more with less.  I know I don’t want any of our children’s educational experiences to be compromised.  We must demand more from our schools, but we must also provide the resources necessary to excel.

What a continuation of the override will do is give our children a chance to continue receiving a better education through lower student to instructor ratios, increased extra-curricular support and the continuation of all-day kindergarten.  It will be “applied immediately and visibly to the good of our children.”  There is no greater gift we can give to our kids than the knowledge that their community supports their education.

MUSD has made strides in both administration and quality of education.  Our district is poised for a continued evolution of improvement.  Now is not the time to force the district into staffing and program cuts because of past performance.  What message would that send?  At a point in history where Arizona’s education spending is at the bottom in America, we must act locally to support education in Maricopa. Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “The school is the last expenditure on which America should be willing to economize.”  I agree.

Join me in supporting the MUSD Override on March 9th.  Make education our highest priority by voting YES!

Carl Diedrich, City of Maricopa Councilman, can be contacted by phone at 520-251-6671 or via email at Carl.Diedrich@maricopa-az.gov.

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We Maricopans tend to complain, and oftentimes rightly so, about our high taxes, skyrocketing utility rates, the quality of our schools and the city’s lack of jobs. Next month, we can do something to positively impact these issues.

On March 9, Maricopans will vote for a mayor and three people to join, or rejoin, the city council. Voters will also decide on whether to allow Maricopa Unified School District to continue receiving about $3 million a year to help fund its maintenance and operations, or about 10 percent of its total M&O budget.

If the override fails, teachers, possibly 70 or more of them, will lose their jobs over the next three years — naturally increasing class sizes as a result — and programs such as full-day kindergarten and physical education, music and art classes will likely be dropped. Gifted programs, classroom materials, and sports and extracurricular activities will also be reduced.

The same measure was on the November ballot and defeated with 1,618 people voting against it. There was no formal opposition to the override, so I can only assume these folks thought it would increase their taxes. Or maybe they thought this money would go to facilities instead of teachers and programs. (Does anyone think our teachers are overpaid?) Or maybe they’re retired or don’t have school aged kids, or send their kids to charter schools and don’t care about our public schools. Or maybe they’re not pleased with the district’s fiscal responsibility (I, too, am concerned about how our government entities spend our money, but this is not the time to ‘teach MUSD a lesson’). Regardless, the result of this election will affect every single Maricopan.

There is nothing more important to economic development than the quality of education. If our schools are great, people—and their employers—will want to locate in Maricopa; and if our schools stink, Maricopa will have little chance of recruiting new employers to help shoulder the tax burden. And until some industry comes to Maricopa, the (increasing) costs of running our community—from schools to streets to staff—will continue to be borne primarily by its residents.

The $65 or so each homeowner will pay annually—that’s about one venti latte each month—to continue this levy is a great investment and will ultimately save us many times that.

Do what’s right for our schools and this community on March 9:  Vote ‘yes’ in support of the Maricopa Unified School District Override Continuation.

Scott Bartle is publisher of InMaricopa.com.

(A version of this previously appeared in InMaricopa News.)

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The January MLS report for the city of Maricopa shows 170 homes sold, compared to 239 sales in December. This is up 15 percent from the 148 sales listed for January 2009.
In addition, February started off with 361 pending home sales.

January’s median sales price for Maricopa was $95,000, compared to $100,000 in December 2009. The January median sales price was down 15 percent from January 2009’s figure of $112,000.

The low sales price for January was $13,900 while December’s low sales price was $17,900. 

In January the highest sales price was $265,000 compared to a high sales price of $335,000 in December.

List price, sale price, address and subdivision, plus square footage and number of bedrooms and bathrooms for homes sold in December:

List: $25000; Sold: $N/A; 1085 S Ortega Rd; Hidden Valley Estates; 1024SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $13900; Sold: $13900; 2457 S Oak Rd; Maricopa; N/ASF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $34400; Sold: $29399; 574 N Smart Rd; Hidden Valley Estates; 2052SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $49900; Sold: $36000; 50375 W Jean Dr; Thunderbird Farms; 1428SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $39900; Sold: $37900; 6557 N La Burma Rd; Hidden Valley Farmettes; 1944SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $49900; Sold: $47000; 53974 W Badger Rd; Hidden Valley; 1478SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $51900; Sold: $49000; 50513 W Esch Trl; Thunderbird Farms; 1536SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $54900; Sold: $50000; 1302 N Ralston Rd; N/A; 1512SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $54900; Sold: $55000; 45447 W Amsterdam Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 1103SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $54900; Sold: $57000; 17570 N Stonebluff Rd; Metes & Bounds; 2052SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $57900; Sold: $57900; 1698 N Kelly Ln; Hidden Valley Estates; 2280SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $55000; Sold: $59700; 36886 W Mondragone Ln; Sorrento; 1328SF; 3BR; 1.75BA
List: $59900; Sold: $59900; 19337 N Ibiza Ln; Tortosa; 1219SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $69900; Sold: $60000; 44010 W Wade Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1420SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $60000; Sold: $60000; 51620 W Fresno Rd; Hidden Valley Estates; 962SF; 3BR; 1.75BA
List: $73000; Sold: $60000; 18344 N Soft Wind Dr; Desert Cedars; 1455SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $59900; Sold: $60000; 8786 N Thunderbird Rd; Thunderbird Farms; 2432SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $62500; Sold: $62000; 36481 W Mallorca Ave; Tortosa; 1219SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $75000; Sold: $63200; 35845 W Velazquez Dr; Tortosa; 1896SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $69900; Sold: $65000; 19171 N Meghan Dr; Senita; 1508SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $65000; Sold: $65000; 18306 N Calacera St; Glennwilde; 1378SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $67000; Sold: $67000; 36336 W Alhambra St; Tortosa; 1600SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $62000; Sold: $67500; 44321 W Cypress Ln; Desert Cedars; 1220SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $70000; Sold: $69000; 45152 W Portabello Rd; Acacia Crossing; 1636SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $69000; Sold: $69900; 44174 W Granite Dr; Cobblestone Farms; 1689SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $68900; Sold: $70000; 36525 W San Clemente St; Tortosa; 1533SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $65000; Sold: $70000; 43426 W Chisolm Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1340SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $80000; Sold: $70000; 36483 W Alhambra St; Tortosa; 1926SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $64900; Sold: $70000; 42610 W Bunker Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1266SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $77900; Sold: $70000; 44711 W Gavilan Dr; Acacia Crossing; 1638SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $77500; Sold: $70001; 45475 W Guilder Ave; Maricopa Meadows; 1641SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $67000; Sold: $72000; 45055 W Balboa Dr; Acacia Crossing; 1514SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $85000; Sold: $72250; 43810 W Elizabeth Ave; Senita; 1840SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $75900; Sold: $72500; 49656 W Mayer Blvd; Rarago Butte Ranchos; 960SF; 3BR; 1BA
List: $69900; Sold: $73000; 13325 N Palo Verde Dr; Saddleback Farms; 1481SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $62000; Sold: $73500; 45556 W Amsterdam Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 1103SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $74900; Sold: $74900; 19746 N Pepka Ct; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 1604SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $77500; Sold: $75000; 21424 N Howell Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1526SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $75000; Sold: $75000; 36029 W Velazquez Dr; Tortosa; 1301SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $70000; Sold: $75300; 37007 W Mondragone Ln; Sorrento; 1762SF; 3BR; 1.5BA
List: $70000; Sold: $76000; 19240 N Ventana Ln; Glennwilde; 1459SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $77000; Sold: $77000; 45317 W Desert Garden Rd; Alterra South; 1752SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $68900; Sold: $77500; 43890 W Carey Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1322SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $84900; Sold: $78100; 42775 W Blazen Trl; Senita Iii; 2221SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $74000; Sold: $79000; 44071 W Cypress Ln; Desert Cedars; 1455SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $79888; Sold: $80000; 43535 W Arizona Ave; Senita; 1508SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $80900; Sold: $80900; 44479 W Cypress Ln; Desert Cedars; 1572SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $74900; Sold: $81000; 44732 W Balboa Dr; Acacia Crossings; 1633SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $80000; Sold: $81500; 44808 W Paitilla Ln; Acacia Crossings; 1679SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $81600; Sold: $81600; 45808 W Sheridan Rd; Alterra; 1852SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $82000; Sold: $82000; 45367 W Rhea Rd; Alterra South; 1862SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $89000; Sold: $82000; 42554 W Somerset Dr; Glennwilde; 1630SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $82500; Sold: $82500; 42920 W Blazen Trl; Senita; 1544SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $61500; Sold: $83000; 42841 W Jeremy St; Senita; 1533SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $66000; Sold: $83000; 46023 W Morning View Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 1896SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $83000; Sold: $84000; 36137 W Olivo St; Tortosa; 1717SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $79900; Sold: $84500; 42043 W Anne Ln; Rancho El Dorado; 1739SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $84900; Sold: $84900; 43719 W Carey Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1684SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $80000; Sold: $85000; 20815 N Mac Neil St; Homestead North; 1655SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $76800; Sold: $85000; 46199 W Barbara Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 1910SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $80900; Sold: $85000; 17416 N Rosa Dr; Santa Rosa Springs; 1724SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $85000; Sold: $85000; 42575 W Palmyra Ln; Glenwilde; 2300SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $85000; Sold: $85000; 45753 W Meadows Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 2058SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $85000; Sold: $85000; 45255 W Rhea Rd; Alterra; 1907SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $85000; Sold: $85000; 43325 W Arizona Ave; Senita; 2221SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $86810; Sold: $86000; 40400 W Helen Ct; Desert Passage; 2321SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $87000; Sold: $87000; 43713 W Rio Grande Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1892SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $83000; Sold: $87900; 42620 W Somerset Dr; Glennwilde; 1630SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $99900; Sold: $88000; 44240 W Pioneer Rd; Cobblestone Farms; 1529SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $84900; Sold: $88250; 45097 W Desert Garden Rd; Alterra; 1854SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $77900; Sold: $89000; 18186 N Alicia Ct; Smith Farms; 1702SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $90000; Sold: $90000; 18874 N Ibis Way; Senita; 2221SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $114900; Sold: $90000; 19166 N Smith Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 2963SF; 4BR; 3.5BA
List: $107000; Sold: $90000; 45747 W Guilder Ave; Maricopa Meadows; 3272SF; 5BR; 2.5BA
List: $94900; Sold: $90000; 43834 W Magnolia Rd; Senita; 2012SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $90000; Sold: $90000; 46142 W Sky Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 2216SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $110000; Sold: $90000; 21266 N Van Loo Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2155SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $89000; Sold: $91000; 45242 W Miramar Rd; Arcadia Crossing; 2054SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $99900; Sold: $92000; 44052 W Pioneer Rd; Cobblestone Farms; 1529SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $104500; Sold: $92000; 22395 N Gibson Dr; Cobblestone Farms; 1689SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $89900; Sold: $94200; 35885 W Merced St; Tortosa; 2348SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $109900; Sold: $95000; 43303 W Kimberly St; Senita; 3251SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $95000; Sold: $95000; 19684 N Locke Ct; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 1413SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $182000; Sold: $95000; 9361 N Warren Rd; Thunderbird Farms; 2376SF; 2BR; 2.75BA
List: $94900; Sold: $96000; 45674 W Keller Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 2154SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $93400; Sold: $97000; 20537 N Ancon Ave; Acacia Crossings; 1650SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $99000; Sold: $99000; 43974 W Cowpath Rd; Senita; 2424SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $99900; Sold: $99900; 18740 N Toledo Ave; Tortosa; 2012SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $99900; Sold: $99900; 43931 W Cypress Ln; Desert Cedars; 2200SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $84000; Sold: $100000; 19275 N Tara Ln; Glennwilde; 1912SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $119500; Sold: $100000; 42801 S 83Rd Ave; Unknown; 2200SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $94900; Sold: $100000; 45682 W Morning View Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 2068SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $100900; Sold: $100900; 42301 W Venture Rd; Rancho El Dorado; 1912SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $101200; Sold: $102000; 45311 W Woody Rd; Alterra South; 2426SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $108400; Sold: $103000; 46123 W Rainbow Dr; Maricopa Meadows; 1879SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $100000; Sold: $105000; 44193 W Knauss Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2242SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $103000; Sold: $106090; 45776 W Amsterdam Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 2489SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $107000; Sold: $107000; 21780 N Greenland Park Dr; Cobblestone Farms; 1689SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $105000; Sold: $107500; 44425 W Oster Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2502SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $94900; Sold: $108000; 45128 W Miraflores St; Acacia Crossings; 2012SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $106000; Sold: $108000; 44865 W Desert Garden Rd; Alterra South; 2614SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $107500; Sold: $109000; 41725 W Corvalis Ln; Glennwilde; 2524SF; 3BR; 3BA
List: $109900; Sold: $109000; 44361 W Palmen Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2681SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $109900; Sold: $109900; 45338 W Zion Rd; Alterra South; 3300SF; 4BR; 3.5BA
List: $87900; Sold: $110000; 44276 W Neely Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 1978SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $99900; Sold: $110000; 43246 W Alexandra Ct; Rancho El Dorado; 2412SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $115000; Sold: $110000; 44049 W Venture Ln; Cobblestone Farms; 1828SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $110000; Sold: $110000; 45147 W Balboa Dr; Acacia Crossings; 1753SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $105000; Sold: $110000; 44375 W Caven Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2454SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $112000; Sold: $112000; 37185 W Oliveto Ave; Sorrento; 2817SF; 3BR; 3BA
List: $109900; Sold: $112000; 18819 N Madison Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 2570SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $112500; Sold: $113000; 42393 W Sparks Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1723SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $129900; Sold: $114000; 21950 N Dietz Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2130SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $98000; Sold: $115000; 41836 W Sunland Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2518SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $115000; Sold: $116000; 46064 W Meadows Ln; Maricopa Meadows; 2506SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $97500; Sold: $116200; 44304 W Neely Dr; Village At Rancho El Dorado; 2465SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $117900; Sold: $117000; 42670 W Venture Rd; Rancho El Dorado; 2150SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $125000; Sold: $117000; 43927 W Knauss Dr; Stonegate At The Villages; 2212SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $119900; Sold: $117000; 43690 W Oster Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2144SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $125000; Sold: $118000; 45347 W Windrose Dr; Alterra North; 2272SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $120900; Sold: $118900; 21090 N Jocelyn Ln; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2264SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $118000; Sold: $119000; 21777 N Scott Ct; Rancho El Dorado; 1918SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $119900; Sold: $119900; 45638 W Tucker Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 3272SF; 5BR; 2.5BA
List: $124750; Sold: $120000; 21031 N Leona Blvd; The Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2317SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $120000; Sold: $120000; 22763 N Aaron Rd; Rancho El Dorado; 2326SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $118900; Sold: $120000; 42469 W Avella Dr; Glennwilde; 2471SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $120000; Sold: $120000; 19675 N Madison Cir; Villages At Rncho El Dorado; 2314SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $109900; Sold: $121500; 21357 N Liles Ln; Rancho El Dorado; 2635SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $134999; Sold: $125000; 20273 N Marquez Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1886SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $121900; Sold: $125000; 45219 W Rhea Rd; Alterra South; 2568SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $99900; Sold: $125900; 42068 W Hillman Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1857SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $119900; Sold: $127500; 44168 W Palmen Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2604SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $127500; Sold: $127500; 22345 N Gibson Dr; Cobblestone Farms; 2560SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $125000; Sold: $128000; 43947 W Palo Abeto Dr; Palo Brea; 2767SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List: $149900; Sold: $129000; 42372 W Falling Star Dr; Province; 1744SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $129900; Sold: $129900; 21547 N Van Loo Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 1918SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $140000; Sold: $130000; 45693 W Mountain View Rd; Maricopa Meadows; 3000SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $130000; Sold: $130000; 43450 W Maricopa Ave; Senita; 3690SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $127000; Sold: $132080; 41209 W Hayden Dr; Homestead; 2836SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $139000; Sold: $133000; 43541 W Cydnee Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2148SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $129999; Sold: $133500; 43491 W Kimberly St; Senita; 3240SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $134900; Sold: $134900; 44327 W Yucca Ln; Desert Cedars; 2815SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $134900; Sold: $135147; 36086 W Cartegna Ln; Tortosa; 2900SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $125000; Sold: $136000; 22240 N Reis Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2292SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $145000; Sold: $137500; 20809 N Bustos Way; Villages At Rancho Rl Dorado; 2452SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $134900; Sold: $138000; 22298 N Reis Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2160SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $139900; Sold: $139900; 21353 N Sally Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2864SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $149500; Sold: $144000; 43377 W Palmen Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2200SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $140000; Sold: $150000; 18381 N Falcon Ln; Glennwilde; 2876SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $149900; Sold: $152000; 43604 W Cowpath Rd; Senita; 4156SF; 5BR; 2.5BA
List: $159900; Sold: $154900; 42193 W Basie Ln; Province; 1318SF; 2BR; 2BA
List: $155000; Sold: $155000; 43301 W Knauss Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2859SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List: $150000; Sold: $155000; 44547 W High Desert Trl; Cobblestone Farms; 2207SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $147500; Sold: $155000; 43956 W Adobe Cir; Cobblestone Farms; 2579SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $159800; Sold: $156000; 44191 W Sedona Trl; Cobblestone Farms; 2160SF; 3BR; 2BA
List: $156925; Sold: $156925; 38070 W Merced St; Rancho Mirage Estates; 2286SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $160000; Sold: $160000; 20601 N Ryans Trl; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 3249SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $162900; Sold: $162900; 21838 N Bradford Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2013SF; 4BR; 2BA
List: $169000; Sold: $165000; 44477 W Copper Trl; Cobblestone Farms; 3929SF; 6BR; 3BA
List: $164000; Sold: $168500; 43522 W Harris Dr; Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 2398SF; 5BR; 3.5BA
List: $170000; Sold: $170000; 43462 W Rio Bravo Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2622SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $180000; Sold: $170000; 43395 W Maricopa Ave; Senita; 4146SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $180000; Sold: $180000; 22197 N Kingston Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 2306SF; 4BR; 3.5BA
List: $175000; Sold: $180000; 44571 W Garden Ln; Cobblestone Farms; 3988SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $206438; Sold: $190000; 40799 W Bravo Dr; Lakes At Rancho El Dorado; 3174SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $292000; Sold: $202000; 42644 W Mallard Ln; Province; 2533SF; 2BR; 2.5BA
List: $210000; Sold: $210000; 44558 W Sedona Trl; Cobblestone Farms; 3720SF; 5BR; 3BA
List: $224900; Sold: $224900; 42931 W Misty Morning Ln; Province; 2425SF; 3BR; 3.5BA
List: $269000; Sold: $247500; 22304 N Reinbold Dr; Rancho El Dorado; 4030SF; 4BR; 3BA
List: $279000; Sold: $265000; 43015 W Morning Dove Ln; Province; 2216SF; 3B

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If you’re looking to buy a house within the next 12 months, why not make your resolution one that will improve your financial situation and position you as an ideal home buyer? That’s right – we’re talking about your credit score.

The lending world has changed considerably since the boom days and so has the credit score required to qualify for a loan, not to mention a low interest rate. “About two years ago, you could have had a score of about 620 or so to get a lender’s best rate on something. Now, lenders are really looking at a rate of 760 at the least,” said Kelli Grant with SmartMoney.com. First-time homebuyers fare much better, needing a credit score of at least 660 unless they try for an FHA loan. The truth is, to be a “good” buyer in the eyes of lenders you need to keep a close watch on the state of your credit score. Here are several tips to maintain and improve upon your current number.

Get copies of your credit report–then make sure the information is correct. Go to
www.annualcreditreport.com. This is the only authorized online source for a free credit report. Under federal law, you can get a free report from each of the three national credit-reporting companies every 12 months.

Pay your bills on time. One of the most important and easiest things you can do to improve your credit score is pay your bills by the due date. You can set up automatic payments from your bank account to help you pay on time, but be sure you have enough
money in your account to avoid overdraft fees.

Understand how your credit score is determined. Do you pay your bills on time? The answer to this question is very important. If you have paid bills late, have had an account referred to a collection agency, or have ever declared bankruptcy, this history will show up in your credit report.

What is your outstanding debt? Many scoring models compare the amount of debt you have and your credit limits. If the amount you owe is close to your credit limit, it is likely to have a negative effect on your score.

How long is your credit history? A short credit history may have a negative effect on your score, but a short history can be offset by other factors, such as timely payments and low balances.

Have you applied for new credit recently? If you have applied for too many new accounts recently that may negatively affect your score. However, if you request a copy of your own credit report, or if creditors are monitoring your account or looking at credit reports to make prescreened credit offers, these inquiries about your credit history are not counted as applications for credit.

How many and what types of credit accounts do you have? Many credit-scoring models consider the number and type of credit accounts you have. A mix of installment loans and credit cards may improve your score. However, too many finance company accounts or credit cards might hurt your score. To learn more about credit scoring, see the Federal Trade Commission’s website, Facts for Consumers.

Beware of credit-repair scams. Sometimes doing it yourself is the best way to repair your credit. The Federal Trade Commission’s “Credit Repair: How to Help Yourself” explains how you can improve your creditworthiness and lists legitimate resources for low-cost or no-cost help.

Source: www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/creditscore/default.

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Eight city council candidates. Three mayoral candidates. That’s awesome in and of itself. It’s great to have so much interest in serving our community and so many options from which to choose.

I was very impressed with everyone’s performance at the candidate forum Saturday night. (Click here for story.) It was clear that the candidates’ interest in serving Maricopa was sincere, and their intentions honorable.

They ranged from extremely comfortable to extremely nervous in front of the television camera, media and crowd of about 100 citizens. I know I would have been shaking in my boots in that situation, and I appreciate their willingness to step out of their comfort zone for something they believe in, the betterment of our community.

In an era – and city – that is marked by Election Day apathy, I am proud of the activism these 11 neighbors of ours are displaying, and I hope their commitment is contagious and that we all respond in kind by showing up March 9 and casting a ballot. It’s our right. It’s our obligation.

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Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizonans to be cautious of unsolicited contractors coming to your door and offering help with repairs or clean-up related to the recent storms that have pounded the state.

Scam artists often try to capitalize on severe storms by taking advantage of homeowners coping with damage. Some unsolicited contractors will claim to have extra materials because they are doing work in the neighborhood. The pitch to the homeowner includes a “discounted” price for materials so the contractor won’t have to throw materials away.

The homeowner is typically given a verbal quote, but never a written estimate for the job. The unsolicited contractor will do the work and, in some cases without the homeowner’s consent, will do additional work.  After the job is complete, the homeowner may be presented with a bill that is hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than what was originally quoted. The person will often demand immediate payment and in some cases refuse to leave in an attempt to pressure the homeowner into paying in full.

Goddard cautions Arizona residents to think twice before allowing anyone who shows up after a severe storm to work on your home. Instead, he offers the following tips when choosing a contractor:

  • Check with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (www.azroc.gov) to make sure the contractor you are considering has a license.
  • Ask for written estimates from at least three contractors.
  • Request a list of references and check them before agreeing to hire anyone.
  • Make sure the scope of the project, the price and any other relevant terms are spelled out in a written contract.
  • Never allow yourself to be hurried into making a decision. No reputable contractor will pressure you into a quick hiring decision.   

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at 602-542-5763; in Tucson at 520-628-6504; or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at 1-800-35-8431. 

To file a complaint in person, the Attorney General’s Office has satellite offices throughout the state with volunteers available to help. Locations and hours of operation are posted on the Attorney General’s Web site.  Consumers can also file complaints on line by visiting the Attorney General’s Web site at www.azag.gov.

For additional information, contact Molly Edwards at 602-542-8019.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” Each year, the Corporation for National and Community Service honors Dr. King’s legacy by asking Americans to make the King holiday a national day of service.

On Jan., 18, 2010, people of all ages and backgrounds will come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers and to move our nation closer to the “Beloved Community” that Dr. King envisioned. Dr. Martin Luther King devoted his life’s work to causes of equality and social justice. He taught that through nonviolence and service to one another, problems such as hunger and homelessness, prejudice and discrimination can be overcome. Dr. King’s teachings can continue to guide us in addressing our nation’s most pressing needs—poverty, economic insecurity, job loss and education.

Legacy Traditional School will be answering the call by discussing ways to service our community. Rather than having a day off of school where all too often students are indirectly taught to ignore the importance of the day, Legacy students will have a half day to learn about civil rights and answer Dr. King’s questions.

The day will consist of activities ranging from reading stories to creating community service projects the school may adopt. Students will spend time away from their normal instruction and spend the entire morning learning about various contributors to the Civil Rights Movement. Additionally, students from third through ninth grade will create ideas for a community service project that Legacy’s student council will vote to adopt. The younger students in kindergarten through second grade will also learn about community service by completing their own community service project on campus Jan. 18.

In researching Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Legacy administrators discovered that Disney also offered a Give-a-Day, Get-a-Day promotion, facilitating community service throughout our nation. Legacy jumped on the idea and created service projects for anyone to sign up. One project involves working in the school library on a Saturday to barcode new books and organize materials. A second project, creating a garden box for students to plant seeds later in the year, will allow students to grow and harvest fruits and vegetables to be donated to the local food bank.  The interest in volunteering was overwhelming, and all 200 available volunteer spots were filled within three hours of being posted!

As the day nears, take a moment to decide how you will answer Dr. King’s question?

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In 2009 there were 2,824 homes sold in the city, a 76 percent increase since 2008 when 1,616 homes were sold.

The December MLS report for the city of Maricopa shows 239 homes sold compared to 235 sales in November. This is up 42 percent from the 168 sales listed for December 2008.

December’s median sales price for Maricopa was $100,000, compared to $110,000 in November 2009. The December median sales price was down 23 percent from December 2008’s figure of $130,000. The median sales price for all of 2009 was $100,000, down 29 percent from the median sales price of $141,000 for 2008.

The low sales price for December was $17,900 while November’s low sales price was $17,000. 

In December the highest sales price was $335,000 compared to a high sales price of $360,000 in November.

On Jan. 2, 2010, there were 897 active listings in the city of Maricopa, with an average inventory time of 3.8 months.

In Metro Phoenix, 92,427 homes sold at a median price of $125,000 in 2009; that figure was up 56 percent from the 59,224 homes sold in 2008 at a median price of $190,000 (the median price dropped 34 percent from 2008 to 2009).

List price, sale price, address and subdivision, plus square footage and number of bedrooms and bathrooms for homes sold in December:

List Price: $92000; Sold Price: $ N/A; 19291 N Duncan DR; SENITA; 2286SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $17900; Sold Price: $17900; 2475 S OAK RD; Maricopa; N/ASF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $32000; Sold Price: $32000; 55865 W MILLER RD; Hacienda Acres; 1464SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $39600; Sold Price: $34100; 20229 W Jullians WAY; Not Available; 1512SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $42500; Sold Price: $42600; 41317 W PRYOR LN; HOMESTEAD NORTH; 1065SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $59000; Sold Price: $45000; 12278 N BOYLE LN; Hidden Valley; 1323SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $58000; Sold Price: $49300; 46150 W Long WAY; Maricopa Meadows; 1061SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $53000; Sold Price: $54051; 35996 W VELAZQUEZ DR; TORTOSA; 1283SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $53000; Sold Price: $57300; 19284 N COSTA VERDEZ AVE; Tortosa; 1219SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $64000; Sold Price: $59600; 44840 W MIRAFLORES ST; Acacia Crossing; 1401SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $60000; Sold Price: $60000; 43219 W ARIZONA AVE; Senita; 1370SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $49900; Sold Price: $60200; 45121 W ALAMENDRAS ST; ACACIA CROSSING; 2480SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $60000; Sold Price: $62000; 36308 W El Greco ST; Milano @ Tortosa; 1428SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $59900; Sold Price: $62000; 19480 N SMITH DR; MARICOPA MEADOWS ; 1447SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $65000; Sold Price: $62000; 36490 W La Paz ST; Tortosa; 1219SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $72000; Sold Price: $65000; 42606 W Rosalia DR; Magnolia/Maricopa; 1453SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $62000; Sold Price: $65000; 46108 W WINDMILL DR; Maricopa Meadows; 1447SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $64900; Sold Price: $65000; 42646 W ANNE LN; Rancho El Dorado; 1116SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $65000; Sold Price: $65000; 18811 N Vemto ST; Tortosa; 1538SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $66000; Sold Price: $66000; 19332 N TOLEDO AVE; TORTOSA; 1369SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $78000; Sold Price: $66300; 42634 W Michaels DR; Rancho El Dorado; 1486SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $63900; Sold Price: $66500; 44903 W GAVILAN DR; ACACIA CROSSINGS; 1276SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $65000; Sold Price: $67000; 41144 W Cahill DR; Rancho El Dorado; 1215SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $65900; Sold Price: $68000; 35656 W COSTA BLANCA DR; Tortosa; 2074SF; 2BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $74900; Sold Price: $68500; 19042 N TOLEDO AVE; Tortosa; 1370SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $66900; Sold Price: $69000; 46040 W SHERIDAN RD; Maricopa Meadows; 1350SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $65999; Sold Price: $69000; 35987 W VELAZQUEZ DR; Tortosa; 2074SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $69900; Sold Price: $69900; 46067 W TUCKER RD; Maricopa Meadows; 1671SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $69900; Sold Price: $70000; 45485 W SHERIDAN RD; Maricopa Meadows; 1510SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $70000; Sold Price: $70000; 45612 W TUCKER RD; MARICOPA MEADOWS; N/ASF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $55900; Sold Price: $70000; 45638 W BARBARA LN; Maricopa Meadows; 1123SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $70000; Sold Price: $70000; 41392 W GRANADA DR; Glenwilde Inaugurals; 2300SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $68000; Sold Price: $70100; 36099 W Velazquez DR; Tortosa; 1415SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $69900; Sold Price: $70300; 21671 N DAVIS WAY; RANCHO EL DORADO; 1206SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $71000; Sold Price: $71000; 44796 W SANDHILL RD; ALTERRA SOUTH; 1542SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $69900; Sold Price: $72000; 45126 W WINDROSE DR; Alterra North; 1518SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $72000; Sold Price: $72000; 40316 W Helen CT; Smith Farms; 1635SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $72500; Sold Price: $73000; 46163 W GUILDER AVE; MARICOPA MEADOWS; 1892SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $62000; Sold Price: $73500; 45556 W AMSTERDAM RD; Maricopa Meadows; 1103SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $74300; Sold Price: $73911; 36522 W NINA ST; Tortosa; 2233SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $77500; Sold Price: $74000; 36872 W Mondragone LN; Sorrento; 1515SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $64900; Sold Price: $74101; 43904 W BEDFORD DR; Rancho El Dorado; 1220SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $75000; Sold Price: $75000; 43600 W SAGEBRUSH TRL; RANCHO EL DORADO; 1670SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $68900; Sold Price: $75000; 19351 N IBIZA LN; Tortosa; 1447SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $60000; Sold Price: $75000; 35863 W Catalan ST; Tortosa; 2871SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $77500; Sold Price: $75000; 43710 W Magnolia RD; Senita Villages; 2221SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $83900; Sold Price: $76000; 43524 W BAILEY DR; VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO; 2542SF; 5BR; 3BA
List Price: $81900; Sold Price: $76000; 43787 W ELIZABETH AVE; Senita; 2010SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $90000; Sold Price: $77000; 44181 W Askew DR; The Villages at Rancho El Dorado; 2300SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $73500; Sold Price: $77000; 44797 W ALAMENDRAS ST; ACACIA CROSSING ; 1412SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $78000; Sold Price: $78000; 19655 N ORTMAN CIR; The Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 1782SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $75000; Sold Price: $78000; 44297 W Cypress LN; Desert Cedars Inaugural; 1572SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $66900; Sold Price: $78500; 46086 W HOLLY DR; Maricopa Meadows; 1673SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $69900; Sold Price: $78500; 43367 W RIO BRAVO DR; Rancho El Dorado; 1340SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $78900; Sold Price: $78900; 44541 W MESCAL ST; DESERT CEDARS; 1572SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $79900; Sold Price: $79900; 44101 W LINDGREN DR; The Village At Rancho El Dorado; 1565SF; 3BR; 1.75BA
List Price: $69500; Sold Price: $80000; 21914 N BRADEN RD; Rancho El Dorado; 1322SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $79500; Sold Price: $80000; 19513 N MADISON RD; Maricopa Meadows; 1510SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $74900; Sold Price: $80000; 42586 W MICHAELS DR; Rancho El Dorado; 1490SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $64900; Sold Price: $80000; 41272 W Walker WAY; Homestead North; 1727SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $80000; Sold Price: $80000; 45057 W Miraflores ST; Acacia Crossings; 1676SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $79900; Sold Price: $80000; 22345 N Caven DR; Rancho El Dorado; 1682SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $80000; Sold Price: $80000; 42314 W SPARKS DR; RANCHO EL DORADO; 1455SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $64900; Sold Price: $80000; 45120 W PARAISO LN; ACACIA CROSSING; 1586SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $84900; Sold Price: $80000; 43234 W COWPATH RD; SENITA; 1816SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $90000; Sold Price: $80000; 44782 W SAGE BRUSH DR; Alterra South; 2614SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $84900; Sold Price: $81000; 21403 N KEYSTONE DR; RANCHO EL DORADO; 1876SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $74800; Sold Price: $82000; 44838 W SAGE BRUSH DR; Alterra South; 2115SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $82000; Sold Price: $82000; 40381 W ROBBINS DR; Homestead North; 1676SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $78400; Sold Price: $82900; 36826 W MEDITERRANEAN WAY; Sorrento; 1204SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $79900; Sold Price: $83000; 45113 W WINDROSE DR; Alterra North; 1412SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $84000; Sold Price: $84000; 36625 W EL GRECO ST; Tortosa; 1926SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $84500; Sold Price: $84000; 41725 W WARREN LN; Rancho El Dorado; 1480SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $79800; Sold Price: $85000; 36380 W ALHAMBRA ST; Tortosa; 2362SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $78000; Sold Price: $85000; 44159 W CYPRESS LN; Desert Cedars; 1572SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $79900; Sold Price: $85000; 43736 W BEDFORD DR; Rancho El Dorado; 1912SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $74200; Sold Price: $85000; 36591 W ALHAMBRA ST; Tortosa; 1590SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $80900; Sold Price: $85000; 36296 W BILBAO ST; Tortosa NW ; 1926SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $75300; Sold Price: $85000; 40853 W SANDERS WAY; Homestead North; 1526SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $85000; Sold Price: $85000; 45255 W Rhea RD; Alterra; 1907SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $82500; Sold Price: $85100; 21372 N Klock CT; Rancho El Dorado; 1578SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $83800; Sold Price: $86000; 45003 W Woody RD; Alterra South ; 2028SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $84900; Sold Price: $86000; 45680 W BARBARA LN; Maricopa Meadows; 2680SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $85000; Sold Price: $86400; 44867 W ALAMENDRAS ST; ACACIA CROSSING; 1753SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $80000; Sold Price: $88000; 41970 W HILLMAN DR; Rancho el Dorado; 1480SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $89000; Sold Price: $90000; 44024 W NEELY DR; THE VILLAGE AT RANCHO EL DORADO; 1604SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $90000; Sold Price: $90000; 43982 W GARDEN LN; COBBLESTONE FARMS; 1529SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $94800; Sold Price: $90000; 49749 W PAMPAS GRASS RD; Hidden Valley; 2792SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $90000; Sold Price: $90000; 43963 W BUCKHORN TRL; Desert Cedars; 1936SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $80000; Sold Price: $90000; 56180 W BARNES RD; Hidden Valley area; 2466SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $95000; Sold Price: $90126; 44824 W SANDHILL RD; Alterra South; 2344SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $90500; Sold Price: $90500; 44115 W CYPRESS LN; Desert Cedars; 2200SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $85000; Sold Price: $93000; 46014 W GUILDER AVE; Maricopa Meadows; 1671SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $94900; Sold Price: $93000; 41151 W THORNBERRY LN; Homstead North; 1676SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $88000; Sold Price: $93000; 41403 W Hopper DR; Homestead North; 2191SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $92500; Sold Price: $93050; 18720 N Smith DR; Maricopa Meadows; 2074SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $96000; Sold Price: $94000; 43783 W CAREY DR; Rancho El Dorado; 1989SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $80900; Sold Price: $94500; 37249 W MERCED ST; RANCHO MIRAGE; 1956SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $94900; Sold Price: $94900; 43702 W ARIZONA AVE; Senita; 2221SF; 5BR; 3BA
List Price: $88000; Sold Price: $95000; 36291 W BILBAO ST; Tortosa; 2744SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $80000; Sold Price: $95000; 20647 N MARQUEZ DR; The Villages at Rancho El Dorado; 1928SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $89900; Sold Price: $95000; 45653 W Meadows LN; Maricopa Meadows; 2058SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $94500; Sold Price: $95000; 42293 W BUNKER DR; Rancho El Dorado; 1666SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $95000; Sold Price: $95000; 44991 W MIRAMAR RD; Acacia Crossings; 2051SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $85000; Sold Price: $95000; 43568 W BEDFORD DR; Rancho El Dorado; 1912SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $94999; Sold Price: $95000; 42065 W HILLMAN DR; Rancho El Dorado; 2518SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $93000; Sold Price: $95000; 41580 W CHEYENNE CT; Glennwilde; 2521SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $94900; Sold Price: $95000; 45607 W WINDMILL DR; MARICOPA MEADOWS; 1527SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $96000; Sold Price: $96000; 44065 W Pioneer RD; Cobblestone Farm; 1768SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $94900; Sold Price: $96000; 45156 W NORRIS RD; ALTERRA SOUTH; 2047SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $85000; Sold Price: $96769; 44185 W VENTURE LN; Cobblestone Farms; 1521SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $92000; Sold Price: $97100; 43319 W HILLMAN DR; Rancho El Dorado; 1983SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $125000; Sold Price: $97500; 44183 W NEELY DR; Villages at Rancho El Dorado; 2465SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $97500; Sold Price: $97500; 41192 W BRANDT DR; Homestead; 1762SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $99900; Sold Price: $97900; 21703 N Gibson DR; Cobblestone Farms; 2236SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $98900; Sold Price: $98000; 45527 W SHERIDAN RD; Maricopa Meadows; 2191SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $99000; Sold Price: $99000; 40759 W SANDERS WAY; HOMESTEAD; 1309SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $94900; Sold Price: $99000; 44351 W Desert Plant TRL; Cobblestone Farms; 1529SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $99000; Sold Price: $99000; 22287 N BISHOP DR; RANCHO EL DORADO; 1655SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $99900; Sold Price: $99900; 44148 W ASKEW DR; The Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 1630SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $99999; Sold Price: $99900; 44025 W LINDGREN DR; The Villages at Rancho El Dorado; 1760SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $95000; Sold Price: $100000; 44227 W ASKEW DR; The Villages at Rancho El Dorado; 1928SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $98600; Sold Price: $100000; 44127 W PALO TECA RD; Palo Brea; 1971SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $115500; Sold Price: $100000; 45449 W PARAISO LN; ACACIA CROSSING; 1828SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $90000; Sold Price: $100000; 18253 N COOK DR; Redwood at Glennwilde; 2301SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $84900; Sold Price: $100000; 36540 W PICASSO ST; Tortosa; 1673SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $95500; Sold Price: $101230; 44959 W ZION RD; Alterra South; 2344SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $91900; Sold Price: $103000; 45451 W PORTABELLO RD; Acacia Crossings; 2400SF; 5BR; 3BA
List Price: $109900; Sold Price: $104000; 43877 W SNOW DR; THE VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO; 1636SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $113990; Sold Price: $105000; 41758 W MANO PL; Santa Rosa Springs; 1357SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $106900; Sold Price: $106900; 46058 W Rainbow DR; Maricopa Meadows; 2307SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $115500; Sold Price: $107000; 42581 W LUCERA CT; Willow Parcel 7 at Glennwilde; 1544SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $114999; Sold Price: $108000; 43330 W KIMBERLY ST; SENITA; 2348SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $109900; Sold Price: $108000; 35970 W MERCED ST; Tortosa; 2839SF; 5BR; 3BA
List Price: $104900; Sold Price: $108000; 45129 W WOODY RD; Alterra South; 2050SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $100000; Sold Price: $108900; 21385 N GREENLAND PARK DR; Cobblestone Farms; 1828SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $109900; Sold Price: $109900; 21061 N LEONA BLVD; The Villages At Rancho El Dorado; 1810SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $94900; Sold Price: $110000; 43220 W WILD HORSE TRL; SENITA; 2348SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $89900; Sold Price: $110000; 45502 W TUCKER RD; MARICOPA MEADOWS; 2500SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $101800; Sold Price: $110000; 44133 W JUNIPER AVE; Desert Cedars; 2372SF; 3BR; 3BA
List Price: $140000; Sold Price: $110000; 44033 W PALO ABETO DR; PALO BREA; N/ASF; 4BR; 3.5BA
List Price: $106990; Sold Price: $110140; 42164 W NOREEN RD; Santa Rosa Springs; 1578SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $112239; Sold Price: $112239; 44998 W ZION RD; ALTERRA SOUTH; 1444SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $109900; Sold Price: $112900; 21116 N ALMA DR; Villages; 2317SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $111900; Sold Price: $113000; 44302 W JUNIPER AVE; DESERT CEDARS; 1936SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $120000; Sold Price: $113500; 21087 N LEONA BLVD; Villages at Rancho El Dorado; 2264SF; 5BR; 3BA
List Price: $116900; Sold Price: $114000; 46175 W AMSTERDAM RD; Maricopa Meadows; 2175SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $114999; Sold Price: $115000; 41824 W SUNLAND DR; RANCHO EL DORADO; 1546SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $102800; Sold Price: $115000; 43781 W ASKEW DR; Villages at Rancho El Dorado; 1868SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $119800; Sold Price: $115000; 46089 W MORNING VIEW LN; MARICOPA MEADOWS; 1786SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $120000; Sold Price: $115000; 43273 W ESTRADA ST; SENITA; 3251SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $106000; Sold Price: $115000; 18542 N Jameson DR; ELM TREE AT GLENNWILDE ; 2193SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $114900; Sold Price: $115000; 42600 W CORVALIS LN; Glennwilde; 2300SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $101900; Sold Price: $115000; 36472 W BILBAO ST; TORTOSA; 2665SF; 5BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $115000; Sold Price: $115000; 44188 W EDDIE WAY; Rancho El Dorado; 1886SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $119000; Sold Price: $115430; 43243 W KIMBERLY ST; Senita; 3251SF; 5BR; 3BA
List Price: $124900; Sold Price: $116000; 46008 W BELLE AVE; MARICOPA MEADOWS; 4052SF; 5BR; 3BA
List Price: $130000; Sold Price: $117000; 52547 W VAL VISTA RD; Thunderbird farms; 1736SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $125000; Sold Price: $117000; 43847 W MARICOPA AVE; Senita; 3900SF; 7BR; 4BA
List Price: $117901; Sold Price: $117901; 40314 W SANDERS WAY; HOMESTEAD; 1527SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $114000; Sold Price: $118000; 41119 W THORNBERRY LN; Homestead; 2150SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $114900; Sold Price: $118000; 43181 W COWPATH RD; Rancho El Dorado; 2221SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $108900; Sold Price: $118000; 20282 N PEPKA DR; VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO; 1886SF; 2BR; 2BA
List Price: $115000; Sold Price: $118450; 43829 W MARICOPA AVE; Senita; 3332SF; 5BR; 3BA
List Price: $119900; Sold Price: $119900; 42329 W SPARKS DR; RANCHO EL DORADO; 2002SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $119999; Sold Price: $119999; 43720 W RIO LOBO DR; RANCHO EL DORADO; 2076SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $120000; Sold Price: $120000; 19675 N MADISON CIR; THE VILLAGES AT RNCHO EL DORADO; 2314SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $106000; Sold Price: $120000; 18243 N MILLER WAY; Maricopa Meadows; 2216SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $119950; Sold Price: $120000; 45555 W MOUNTAIN VIEW RD; MARICOPA MEADOWS; 2999SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $120000; Sold Price: $120000; 43283 W WILDHORSE TRL; Senita Reserves; 3111SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $113000; Sold Price: $120000; 35845 W MARIN AVE; Tortosa; 2839SF; 5BR; 3.5BA
List Price: $115000; Sold Price: $120000; 44795 W ZION RD; ALTERRA; 2344SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $124999; Sold Price: $121000; 45097 W RHEA RD; ALTERRA; 2030SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $120000; Sold Price: $123600; 45355 W Gavilan DR; Acacia Crossing Lot 114; 2632SF; 5BR; 3BA
List Price: $115900; Sold Price: $124000; 21467 N SCOTT DR; Rancho El Dorado; 2276SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $123900; Sold Price: $125000; 36338 W CARTEGNA LN; TORTOSA; 2123SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $140000; Sold Price: $125000; 2718 N Mallee TRL; Custom; 2133SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $132500; Sold Price: $125000; 44157 W HIGH DESERT TRL; Cobblestone Farms; 2168SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $129000; Sold Price: $125000; 43811 W ASKEW DR; THE VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO; 1884SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $127900; Sold Price: $125000; 19719 N ORTMAN CIR; Villages at Rancho El Dorado; 1664SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $134900; Sold Price: $125000; 44192 W OSTER DR; Villages; 2604SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $129900; Sold Price: $125900; 22743 N Aaron RD; Rancho El Dorado; 1937SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $100000; Sold Price: $126000; 19025 N VENTANA LN; Glennwilde; 2694SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $119900; Sold Price: $126000; 42622 W COLBY DR; RANCHO EL DORADO; 1608SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $125000; Sold Price: $127000; 43193 W HILLMAN DR; Rancho El Dorado; 1918SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $129900; Sold Price: $127000; 43820 W Bedford DR; Rancho El Dorado; 1682SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $127500; Sold Price: $127500; 42468 W PALMYRA LN; MAGNOLIA AT GLENWILDE; 3300SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $127000; Sold Price: $128000; 45186 W Desert Cedars LN; Alterra North; 2272SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $140000; Sold Price: $130000; 45693 W MOUNTAIN VIEW RD; Maricopa Meadows; 3000SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $117500; Sold Price: $130000; 45717 W RANCH RD; Maricopa Meadows; 3317SF; 5BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $129900; Sold Price: $130000; 22148 N GREENLAND PARK DR; COBBLESTONE FARMS PARCEL VII; 2112SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $130000; Sold Price: $130000; 19226 N Salerno DR; Rancho Mirage Estates; 3468SF; 5BR; 3.5BA
List Price: $119900; Sold Price: $130000; 22784 N KENNEDY DR; Rancho El Dorado; 2457SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $130500; Sold Price: $130500; 43394 W LINDGREN DR; VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO; 2199SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $132500; Sold Price: $131000; 22200 N VARGAS DR; RANCHO EL DORADO ; 2311SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $124900; Sold Price: $131000; 36153 W SEVILLE DR; Tortosa; 2737SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $129000; Sold Price: $131100; 21071 N LEONA BLVD; Villages at Rancho El Dorado; 2308SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $137500; Sold Price: $137500; 44791 W JUNIPER AVE; ALTERRA; 3039SF; 5BR; 3BA
List Price: $142500; Sold Price: $138000; 19150 N LOUSANDRA DR; SENITA; 3251SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $139000; Sold Price: $139002; 21651 N VAN LOO DR; RANCHO EL DORADO; 2311SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $134900; Sold Price: $139500; 43902 W GRIFFIS DR; RANCHO EL DORADO; 2831SF; 5BR; 3BA
List Price: $139900; Sold Price: $139900; 36379 W CARTEGNA LN; TORTOSA; 3402SF; 5BR; 3BA
List Price: $129900; Sold Price: $140000; 43282 W LINDGREN DR; THE VILLAGES OF RANCHO EL DORADO; 1907SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $140000; Sold Price: $141000; 19675 N CANDACE CIR; Villages at Rancho El Dorado; 2334SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $141900; Sold Price: $141900; 44558 W BELLA TRL; Cobblestone Farms; 2560SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $145999; Sold Price: $141900; 44328 W MESCAL ST; Desert Cedars Signatures; 3527SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $149000; Sold Price: $142000; 42519 W CHEYENNE DR; Glennwilde; 2471SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $144900; Sold Price: $144000; 43504 N KRISTAL LN; Senita; 3900SF; 6BR; 3.5BA
List Price: $149999; Sold Price: $145000; 43501 W BLAZEN TRL; SENITA; 3930SF; 6BR; 3.5BA
List Price: $144900; Sold Price: $145000; 43331 W KIMBERLY ST; Senita; 4131SF; 5BR; 4BA
List Price: $149900; Sold Price: $145000; 21948 N GREENLAND PARK DR; Cobblestone Farms; 2232SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $140000; Sold Price: $145000; 36287 W VELAZQUEZ DR; Tortosa; 3428SF; 5BR; 3.5BA
List Price: $149900; Sold Price: $146000; 43298 W DESERT FAIRWAYS DR; Rancho El Dorado; 2861SF; 4BR; 2.25BA
List Price: $147724; Sold Price: $147724; 19259 N VENTANA LN; Glennwilde groves; 2113SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $143100; Sold Price: $148000; 42760 W ARIZONA AVE; SENITA; 3240SF; 5BR; 3.5BA
List Price: $148400; Sold Price: $148400; 22252 N VANDERVEEN WAY; Rancho El Dorado; 2170SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $149900; Sold Price: $149000; 45988 W Morning View LN; Maricopa Meadows; 2216SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $149900; Sold Price: $149900; 45126 W JUNIPER AVE; ALTERRA NORTH; 3039SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $139900; Sold Price: $150000; 43561 W SNOW DR; Villages at Rancho El Dorado; 3182SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $159800; Sold Price: $154000; 19170 N SAN JUAN ST; Tortosa; 3332SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $158000; Sold Price: $155000; 21923 N VAN LOO DR; Rancho El Dorado; 3016SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $149900; Sold Price: $157000; 1613 N Ruby RD; HIDDEN VALLEY; 2050SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $164900; Sold Price: $158000; 22230 N DIETZ DR; Rancho El Dorado; 2170SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $125000; Sold Price: $160000; 21273 N Sally DR; Rancho El Dorado; 1972SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $169900; Sold Price: $168900; 6654 N BARBERRY RD; Hidden Valley; 2477SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $184999; Sold Price: $170000; 43521 W ROTH RD; VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO; 3317SF; 7BR; 3BA
List Price: $183900; Sold Price: $172000; 21581 N ANNE LN; RANCHO EL DORADO; 1864SF; 4BR; 2BA
List Price: $184900; Sold Price: $173000; 20118 N BROOK LN; Province; 1513SF; 2BR; 2BA
List Price: $187900; Sold Price: $180000; 21765 N Bradford DR; Rancho el Dorado; 1977SF; 4BR; 3BA
List Price: $197000; Sold Price: $186000; 43281 W BUNKER DR; RANCHO EL DORADO; 2219SF; 3BR; 2BA
List Price: $199900; Sold Price: $199900; 9484 N BOTTLEBRUSH RD; Hidden Valley; 3820SF; 5BR; 3BA
List Price: $245000; Sold Price: $200000; 42368 W JAILHOUSE ROCK CT; PROVINCE; 2611SF; 2BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $200000; Sold Price: $202555; 21836 N OLSON CT; RANCHO EL DORADO; 3868SF; 5BR; 3BA
List Price: $250000; Sold Price: $210000; 44579 W Granite DR; Cobblestone Farms; 4019SF; 5BR; 3.5BA
List Price: $217449; Sold Price: $217449; 40781 W Robbins DR; HOMESTEAD; 3523SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $234900; Sold Price: $229000; 42484 W SANDPIPER DR; PROVINCE; 2533SF; 2BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $264900; Sold Price: $230000; 40795 W RIO GRANDE DR; Rancho El Dorado; 3076SF; 4BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $259900; Sold Price: $230000; 40817 W RIO GRANDE DR; RANCHO EL DORADO; 2899SF; 3BR; 2.5BA
List Price: $339885; Sold Price: $335000; 12339 N HIDDEN VALLEY RD; HIDDEN VALLEY; 3334SF; 4BR; 3.5BA

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Do you dream of becoming the next publishing sensation like James Patterson or Nora Roberts? The Friends of the Maricopa Public Library are offering an opportunity to let your literary voice shine. 

The Friends are sponsoring their first ever Short Story Contest. To help you get started, they are providing a portion of the opening sentence so you can let your imagination take over.

Word count begins when you fill in the blanks of this first sentence:  “As the sun rose above the Sierra Estrella mountains on a chilly winter morning, they rode into Maricopa, five horsemen dressed in black with…………..”

All Maricopa residents ages 16 years or older are welcome to enter the contest. Stories must be 750 words in length and take place in the city of Maricopa. Entries will be judged by the following criteria:  originality, creativity, entertainment value and the “wow” factor.

The winning authors of the top three stories will win gift cards from Barnes and Noble bookstore in the amounts of $50 for first place, $25 for second place and $15 for third place.

The deadline for all entries is Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. Short story submissions must be double-spaced and include contact information. Winning stories will be published by InMaricopa, either online or in print.

Entries can be submitted via email at maricopafriends@aol.com or by mail to Short Story Contest, c/o Friends of Maricopa Public Library, P.O. Box 663, Maricopa, Ariz. 85139. 

Winners will be announced at the Friends of the Maricopa Public Library’s Feb. 8 general meeting. 

Let your imaginations soar – and start writing.

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The ever-popular April 15 wouldn’t mean a thing if it wasn’t for Dec. 31. So while we might be more focused on having a few more shopping days before Christmas, it’s important to keep in mind we have just 10 planning days before year-end.

And for every single Arizona taxpayer, that year-end planning should include two donations – one to a public school and another to a private one. Paying taxes is inevitable (think “death and taxes”), but thanks to our representatives at the state legislature, we have the ability to have a direct say in where some of our tax dollars go (click here to read applicable statute). While we cannot dictate which roads get paved or how many case managers Child Protective Services hires, we can give our taxes directly to the Maricopa High School band, to character and citizenship programs at Santa Rosa Elementary School, to the tuition of a special needs child at Graysmark Academy, etc.

Participating in this tax credit program is as much of a “no-brainer” as they come, yet an amazingly few Maricopans do. Maricopa Unified School District, to which taxpayers (that’s us) can contribute up to $400 for joint filers and $200 for single filers, received $48,000 last year, a huge 78 percent jump from the $27,000 received in 2007, which was an increase of 47 percent from 2006’s $18,000 and change. (see Maricopa Unified School District tax credit information here)

This a great trend, for sure, but one that can still be significantly improved. Would you believe that the revenue received in 2008 came from just 196 donors? That’s barely 1 percent of Maricopa households. Heck, it’s less than 20 percent of MUSD’s 1,000-plus employees.

If you’re paying state taxes this year, please make a contribution to MUSD and to an applicable private school before midnight Dec. 31. Make a difference in our kids; make a difference in our community. And if you’re a parent or employee, there is no excuse for not.

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On Nov. 3, 1,618 Maricopans went to the polls specifically to vote against allowing our public schools to retain their right to exceed their maintenance and operations budget by up to 10 percent annually. They soundly won as only 510 voted for the measure.

The landslide victory didn’t surprise me given (a) it’s a perceived tax increase, (b) Maricopans are having a tough time with falling home values, rising utility costs and under/unemployment, (c) the benefits of a ‘yes’ vote were poorly promoted and (d) it was the lone item on the ballot. What did surprise me was the number of people who voted for it: a whopping 510.

This equates to just over 1 percent of Maricopa’s population. More alarmingly, it’s barely 60% of the 830-plus MUSD employees who live and are eligible to vote in Maricopa. Given that there was at least one non-district employee to vote in favor, the number of MUSD employees who turned out to support the district was embarrassingly low. Ironically, some of the folks who opted not to engage in the democratic process – or maybe they voted ‘no’ – could lose their jobs or get their pay frozen or cut as a result.

When it comes to elections, you typically have to wait two or four years for a “second chance.” But Maricopa voters will have another opportunity to approve – or deny – MUSD’s funding request after the school board adopted a resolution at a special meeting on Dec. 9 putting it back on the ballot. I’m eager to see if the hundreds of MUSD employees and thousands of parents who didn’t vote in November let the opportunity pass them by again March 9.


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The MLS report for November shows 235 home sales in Maricopa. That number compares to 246 in July, 247 in August, 225 in September and 226 in October.

The low sales price for November was $17,000, compared to $48,000 in July, $58,000 in August, $48,800 in September and $51,577 in October.

In November the highest priced home sold for $360,000, compared to October’s top price of $285,000. July’s highest priced sale was $299,900; August’s was $249,000, and September’s top price was $218,750.

November’s mean price for home sales was $110,000. Mean prices for home sales were $105,000 in July while August’s mean-priced home sold for $95,000. The September mean price was $105,000, and October’s was $100,000.

Address and subdivision, sale price, list price plus number of bedrooms and bathrooms and square footage for homes sold in November:

1 $49,000 List Price: $ 49,900
49151 W WILDWOOD RD
Hidden Valley Estates 3 3 1,700

2 $52,000 List Price: $ 84,900
10436 N REGGAE RD
3 2 1,524

3 $57,105 List Price: $ 67,000
41373 W COLTIN WAY
HOMESTEAD 3 2 1,453

4 $59,000 List Price: $ 57,500
36545 W MALLORCA AVE
Tortosa 3 2 1,219

5 $60,000 List Price: $ 70,000
45049 W PAITILLA LN
Acacia Crossings 3 2 1,324

6 $60,000 List Price: $ 60,000
36521 W Nina ST
Tortosa 4 3 2,256

7 $60,000 List Price: $ 59,000
20236 N TOLEDO AVE
Tortosa 3 2 1,468

8 $61,000 List Price: $ 54,000
18946 N TOLEDO AVE
TORTOSA 4 2 1,533

9 $65,000 List Price: $ 65,000
36523 W ALHAMBRA ST
Tortosa 3 2 1,600

10 $66,000 List Price: $ 64,900
42797 W ESTRADA ST
SENITA 3 2 1,370

11 $70,000 List Price: $ 70,000
46156 W KRISTINA WAY
Maricopa Meadows 4 2 1,674

12 $70,000 List Price: $ 64,900
45590 W SKY LN
Maricopa Meadows 3 2 1,521

13 $70,000 List Price: $ 77,500
45607 W WINDMILL DR
MARICOPA MEADOWS 3 2 1,527

14 $70,000 List Price: $ 69,900
19489 N SAN PABLO ST
TORTOSA 3 2 1,527

15 $70,200 List Price: $ 70,000
43654 W Colby DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2.5 1,980

16 $72,000 List Price: $ 65,000
43613 W Wild Horse TRL
Senita 4 2.5 2,012

17 $72,000 List Price: $ 72,000
18444 N COMET TRL
SENITA 3 2 1,508

18 $73,800 List Price: $ 69,000
44797 W PARAISO LN
Acacia Crossing 3 2 1,412

19 $75,000 List Price: $ 79,500
45183 W Windrose DR
Alterra 3 2 1,412

20 $75,000 List Price: $ 56,900
45740 W Sheridan RD
Maricopa Meadows 2 2 1,218

21 $75,000 List Price: $ 77,500
19912 N Cordoba ST
Tortosa 4 2 1,927

22 $76,000 List Price: $ 82,500
44444 W OSTER DR
The Villages at Rancho El Dorado 4 2 1,630

23 $77,000 List Price: $ 81,990
36533 W MALLORCA AVE
Marbella 3 2 1,351

24 $78,000 List Price: $ 64,000
45023 W BALBOA DR
Acacia Crossings 3 1.75 1,324

25 $78,000 List Price: $ 76,500
42503 W SUNLAND DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 3 2 1,435

26 $80,000 List Price: $ 80,000
44770 W Paraiso LN
Acacia Crossing 3 2 1,514

27 $80,000 List Price: $ 80,000
44811 W Alamendras ST
Acacia Crossings 4 2 1,743

28 $80,000 List Price: $ 72,900
43342 W CHISOLM DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,340

29 $80,000 List Price: $ 79,500
20495 N MARQUEZ DR
The Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,630

30 $80,000 List Price: $ 67,600
36536 W SAN CLEMENTE ST
Tortosa 3 2 1,370

31 $80,100 List Price: $ 76,500
44400 W CAVEN DR
Village @ Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,445

32 $80,900 List Price: $ 73,000
45055 W Portabello RD
Acacia Crossings 3 2 1,586

33 $81,000 List Price: $ 84,000
22335 N BISHOP DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,666

34 $84,000 List Price: $ 84,900
45018 W SAGE BRUSH DR
Alterra 3 2.5 2,112

35 $85,000 List Price: $ 74,900
41612 W CORVALIS LN
Glennwilde 3 2 1,715

36 $85,000 List Price: $ 80,000
45986 W GUILDER AVE
Maricopa Meadows 3 2 1,449

37 $86,000 List Price: $ 76,900
46040 W STARLIGHT DR
Maricopa Meadows 4 3 1,892

38 $87,000 List Price: $ 84,999
42251 W MICHAELS DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 3 2 1,526

39 $87,000 List Price: $ 78,000
43780 W Arizona AVE
Senita 3 2 1,533

40 $89,000 List Price: $ 92,000
21079 N ALMA DR
The Village at Rancho El Dorado 3 2.5 2,317

41 $89,900 List Price: $ 68,000
44629 W BELLA TRL
COBBLESTONE FARMS 3 2 1,529

42 $89,900 List Price: $ 89,900
18893 N VEMTO ST
Tortosa 4 3 2,233

43 $90,000 List Price: $ 84,900
44825 W Paraiso LN
Acacia Crossings 4 2 1,753

44 $90,000 List Price: $ 78,000
44886 W DESERT GARDEN RD
ALTERRA 4 3 2,115

45 $90,000 List Price: $ 85,000
45473 W LONG WAY
MARICOPA MEADOWS 3 2 1,820

46 $90,000 List Price: $ 84,900
43826 W COWPATH DR
Senita 2005 3 2 1,508

47 $90,000 List Price: $ 90,500
42758 W Kimberly ST
Senita 4 2 1,537

48 $90,000 List Price: $ 90,000
36414 W BARCELONA LN
Tortosa 4 2 1,699

49 $91,900 List Price: $ 89,900
20591 N MARQUEZ DR
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,928

50 $91,900 List Price: $ 89,900
44401 W EDDIE WAY
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,698

51 $92,101 List Price: $ 92,000
46058 W TULIP LN
Maricopa Meadows 4 2 2,026

52 $92,500 List Price: $ 92,500
42658 W HILLMAN DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2.25 1,819

53 $93,000 List Price: $ 85,000
44984 W MIRAFLORES ST
Acacia Crossings 3 2 1,710

54 $93,400 List Price: $ 90,000
45311 W WOODY RD
ALTERRA 4 3 2,426

55 $94,444 List Price: $ 89,999
45800 W TULIP LN
MARICOPA MEADOWS 3 2 1,888

56 $96,100 List Price: $ 92,000
45338 W Miramar RD
Acaci Crossing 3 2 2,103

57 $98,000 List Price: $ 102,000
45383 W Rhea RD
Alterra 4 3.5 3,300

58 $100,000 List Price: $ 100,000
44740 W GAVILAN DR
Acacia Crossing 3 2 1,652

59 $100,000 List Price: $ 91,500
45023 W Miramar RD
Acacia Crossings 4 2 1,652

60 $100,000 List Price: $ 94,900
45713 W MEADOWS LN
MARICOPA MEADOWS 4 2 2,154

61 $100,000 List Price: $ 100,000
43948 W Palo Teca RD
Palo Brea 4 2 2,000

62 $102,000 List Price: $ 129,900
22338 N VAN LOO DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,620

63 $102,900 List Price: $ 102,900
44214 W MESCAL ST
DESERT CEDARS 3 2 2,220

64 $105,000 List Price: $ 89,900
45012 W Zion RD
Alterra 4 2.5 2,344

65 $106,000 List Price: $ 99,900
43863 W MARICOPA AVE
SENITA 4 3

66 $106,500 List Price: $ 120,000
45505 W LONG WAY
Maricopa Meadows 4 3 2,700

67 $108,000 List Price: $ 110,000
44227 W DESERT PLANT TRL
Cobblestone farms 4 2.5 2,236

68 $110,000 List Price: $ 97,713
41989 W Kennedy CT
Rancho El Dorado 4 2 2,330

69 $110,000 List Price: $ 116,000
42815 W SUNLAND CT
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,435

70 $110,000 List Price: $ 109,000
20947 N Samson DR
The Villages At Rancho El Dorado 4 3 1,760

71 $110,000 List Price: $ 110,000
43503 W CAVEN DR
THE VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO 4 2.75 2,622

72 $110,000 List Price: $ 110,000
20212 N VALENCIA DR
Tortosa 4 2 2,154

73 $111,000 List Price: $ 99,000
20601 N BUSTOS WAY
RANCHO EL DORADO 3 2 1,854

74 $112,000 List Price: $ 109,900
18759 N Madison RD
Maricopa Meadows 4 2.5 2,619

75 $112,000 List Price: $ 111,570
43505 W Neely DR
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 4 2 2,118

76 $115,000 List Price: $ 109,900
40938 W HAYDEN DR
Homestead North 4 2.5 2,276

77 $115,000 List Price: $ 115,000
41605 W HILLMAN DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2.5 2,457

78 $117,500 List Price: $ 119,900
37514 W FRASCATI AVE mar
Sorento 5 3.5 2,907

79 $118,000 List Price: $ 119,800
44087 W Venture LN
Cobblestone Farms 3 2 1,521

80 $119,500 List Price: $ 119,000
45294 W WINDROSE DR
Alterra North 3 2 2,272

81 $120,000 List Price: $ 120,000
22456 N GREENLAND PARK DR
Cobblestone Farms 3 2 1,689

82 $120,000 List Price: $ 107,900
22121 N Dietz DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 2,130

83 $120,000 List Price: $ 116,000
19435 N LELAND RD
Senita 4 2.5 3,240

84 $121,000 List Price: $ 119,950
45096 W JACK RABBIT TRL
ALTERRA NORTH 5 3 3,039

85 $122,000 List Price: $ 121,900
44917 W JACK RABBIT TRL
ALTERRA NORTH 5 3 3,039

86 $123,500 List Price: $ 129,800
22479 N BISHOP DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 3 2 1,666

87 $124,900 List Price: $ 124,900
19115 N MILLER WAY
MARICOPA MEADOWS 4 2.5 3,900

88 $124,900 List Price: $ 124,900
22300 N DIETZ DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 2,130

89 $125,000 List Price: $ 125,000
44621 W RHINESTONE RD
Cobblestone Farms 3 2 2,265

90 $125,000 List Price: $ 130,000
21841 N REIS DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 2 2,160

91 $125,000 List Price: $ 129,900
43671 W MARICOPA AVE
Senita 3 3 2,221

92 $126,000 List Price: $ 125,000
43449 W NEELY DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 2,138

93 $128,000 List Price: $ 124,900
45611 W BARBARA LN
Maricopa Meadows 4 2.5 2,757

94 $129,000 List Price: $ 114,900
41389 W CIELO LN
Glennwilde 4 2.5 2,753

95 $130,000 List Price: $ 109,900
44600 W SANTA FE AVE
Cobblestone Farms 3 2 1,828

96 $130,000 List Price: $ 130,000
44583 W SANDSTONE DR
Cobblestone Farms 3 2.5 1,985

97 $130,000 List Price: $ 115,000
43259 W KIMBERLY ST
Senita 6 4 3,900

98 $132,000 List Price: $ 130,000
43535 W ASKEW DR
The Villages @ Rancho El Dorado 4 3 3,182

99 $134,000 List Price: $ 133,999
43323 W VENTURE RD
Rancho El Dorado 5 3 3,199

100 $135,000 List Price: $ 99,900
20492 N CARMEN AVE
Acacia Crossing 5 3 2,612

101 $135,000 List Price: $ 150,000
44987 W SANDHILL RD
Alterra South 3 2.5 2,344

102 $135,100 List Price: $ 129,900
45452 W ZION RD
ALTERRA SOUTH 5 3 3,042

103 $136,900 List Price: $ 136,900
22157 N GREENLAND PARK DR
Cobblestone Farms 3 2 2,301

104 $139,000 List Price: $ 139,000
42319 W Colby DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2.5 2,278

105 $139,000 List Price: $ 139,000
19159 N San Pablo ST
Tortosa 5 3.5 3,900

106 $140,000 List Price: $ 150,000
52555 W Huisatch RD
None 4 2.5 2,350

107 $140,000 List Price: $ 150,000
42518 W FALLING STAR CT
Province 2 2 1,730

108 $140,000 List Price: $ 149,900
43892 W ROTH RD
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 3 2,642

109 $149,900 List Price: $ 149,900
21328 N DENTON DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 5 3 3,434

110 $154,000 List Price: $ 154,800
44069 W Yucca LN
Desert Cedars 4 2.5 3,115

111 $156,000 List Price: $ 175,000
44107 W STONECREEK RD
Cobblestone Farms 5 2.5 3,146

112 $157,552 List Price: $ 157,552
36187 W CATALAN ST
TORTOSA 3 2 2,491

113 $163,000 List Price: $ 163,000
21789 N CELTIC AVE
Cobblestone Farms 3 2 1,958

114 $165,000 List Price: $ 164,500
19997 N Cordoba ST
Tortosa 4 2.5 3,165

115 $173,600 List Price: $ 143,500
44558 W High Desert TRL
COBBLESTONE fARMS 5 2.5 3,319

116 $179,000 List Price: $ 199,900
41015 W Novak LN
Homestead North 5 2.5 3,526

117 $179,000 List Price: $ 189,490
19441 N PRATT RD
Rancho Mirage 3 2.5 2,904

118 $179,900 List Price: $ 179,900
44570 W COPPER TRL
Cobblestone Farms 5 3 3,929

119 $180,000 List Price: $ 175,000
22746 N SUNSET DR
COBBLESTONE FARMS 5 3 3,720

120 $180,000 List Price: $ 200,000
42450 W Abbey RD
Province 2 2 2,098

121 $189,800 List Price: $ 189,800
44172 W Copper TRL
Cobblestone Farms 4 2.5 2,870

122 $190,000 List Price: $ 179,000
18443 N Falcon LN
Glennwilde 5 3 3,650

123 $195,275 List Price: $ 182,500
42422 W BRAVO DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 2.5 2,861

124 $199,900 List Price: $ 199,900
42652 W KING FISHER DR
Province 2 2 2,276

125 $199,900 List Price: $ 204,900
40748 W CHAMBERS DR
THE LAKES AT RANCHO EL DORADO 5 3 2,744

126 $245,000 List Price: $ 279,900
19782 N SWAN CT
Province 3 3 2,100

127 $265,000 List Price: $ 279,900
43198 W KNAUSS DR
VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO 5 3 3,954

128 $360,000 List Price: $ 407,500
1511 S DEER TRL
4 5 4,354

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HoHoHo to you all, gentle readers! As the minutes, hours, and shopping days dwindle to a precious few, I share your humorous distrust of those who already have their shopping done (and wrapped), the lights (inside and out) installed and the seasonal greeting cards already in the mail. I don’t mean to sound like a Scrooge, but some things are really meant to be done closer to a deadline.

So here we are at the end of another year full of accomplishments, disappointments, losses, gains, births, deaths, hopes and fears. In short, a year much like others but leavened with an economic recession unlike any in recent memory. Pinal County, like many governmental agencies, scrutinized its operations and budgets and implemented reductions in force and expenditures. Programs and services have suffered somewhat and, regrettably, some employees were let go; however, aggressively conservative budget planning for FY 2010 has put us in the position of not having to consider any additional budget reductions thus far. But that last statement is a cautious one inasmuch as the State of Arizona’s FY 2010 budget deficit continues to grow, and the shape and extent of any proposed solution(s) is unknown. Time and special session will tell.

In terms of accomplishments, the county can count a number of high points during 2009. Although successfully navigating the shoals of the economic downturn is one of those accomplishments, certainly the vaccination of more than 10,000 county residents against both the seasonal and H1N1 strains of flu is laudable. The two separate days of mass vaccination (Nov. 14 in Casa Grande and San Tan Valley and Nov. 21 in Mammoth) were smooth, efficient, uneventful and a model of interagency cooperation as nearly 6,000 residents were protected against the pandemic H1N1 flu without incident.

The other monumental attainment was the completion of a three-year-long process to revise the county’s Comprehensive Plan. Much has been said about the hundreds of public meetings and focus group meetings and the thousands of residents that gave of their time and vision to reshape this critical planning document that will help drive growth and development patterns in our county for the next decade. I am proud to be a member of the Board of Supervisors that finally adopted this landmark plan on Nov. 18 – and prouder still of being a member of the Board that initiated the revision process three years prior to the state mandated deadline for doing so. Congratulations to Pinal County for its vision, dedication, perseverance, and accomplishment. And a special kudo goes to the indomitable staff of the county’s Planning Department for their efforts in support of the process as well.

Can we rest on our laurels? The answer is, of course, – absolutely not! After a brief holiday respite, the board and county staff are ready to take up the revision of the Zoning Ordinance which hasn’t been significantly modified since its adoption in 1962. We have a census to help implement and oversee in April of 2010. There’s a great deal of work to be done in conjunction with stakeholder groups on developing mitigation measures to help abate PM10 dust violations as promulgated by the EPA’s letter of non-attainment for Pinal County.

Attention will continue to be paid to implementing the county’s strategic agenda throughout the current budget year and as we very carefully create a conservative budget for FY 2011. Please note: if there’s a thought that next year’s budget will be “easier” than this year’s – think again.

I would like to close by urging all of us still financially solvent to consider those who haven’t weathered the economic storm of 2009. Any and all contributions to any or all of our local not-for-profit charitable organizations that provide assistance to the less fortunate desperately need our help. Whether it’s the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign, the Marines’ Toys for Tots program, the Food Banks of Casa Grande, Maricopa and/or Eloy, the Against Abuse and/or St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores or your local church effort – please give if you can.

May the blessings of the holiday season be yours. Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Feliz Navidad to all, and to all the very best of a New Year.

David Snider, Pinal County District 3 Supervisor

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(This is a continuing series in which educators at Legacy Traditional School answer reader’s questions about various educational topics.)

Question: Why does my child have homework? Why is homework important? What role should parents play in the homework process?

Answer: At Legacy, homework is a vital part of our curricular program. It is a necessary component to reinforce the material that the student learned and reviewed that day. Homework is not a time for learning new material, but rather for reviewing the material already learned, and helping to move that concept from short-term, to long-term memory.

Legacy only gives homework four days a week, Monday-Thursday, with a set maximum time, 10 to 15 minutes for kindergartners, and increasing yearly from there. At Legacy, we do not assign the standard homework assignments on Fridays, so as to free up families to spend more time together.

Homework should generally not take longer than the allotted time to complete. If the homework is consistently taking longer than is specified, parents should work with the teacher to determine the cause. It is possible that tutoring or other supports may need to be put in place to ensure that the student understands the material, prior to the homework time.

This year we have instituted a new practice to ensure that the average student can complete the homework in the time allotted, and that homework loads are properly balanced.

Periodically throughout the year, the teacher takes the final portion of the school day to allow the students to complete their homework in class. This allows us to track how long homework is taking, and helps our teachers to adjust the homework loads accordingly. It also gives the parents and students a night off from homework!

The daily homework slip is signed by a parent each night. This helps to ensure that parents are reviewing their child’s homework with them, and checking to make sure that they understand it. It helps the parent gauge the progress of their student and be more aware of what is being taught in class. The homework slip also contains a comment sheet for parents to write notes to the teachers, encouraging communication, and allowing the parent to give immediate feedback to the teacher.

Homework becomes the gateway to increase retention. It is the reinforcement that students need to ensure that they can retain the new content that was learned that day. It also helps parents to be engaged in their student’s education and have the opportunity to participate in the learning process. So the next time your children complain about their homework, simply extol its virtues and sing its praises. I’m sure they will understand how valuable it is and why they should gladly do it. And, if not, at least you understand its importance, and can feel good about standing firm.

To submit an education related question to be addressed in a future edition, send your questions to Info@LegacyTraditional.org.

Aaron Hale, MBA, MSIM, is the executive director of Legacy Traditional School.

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In April 2009 the Maricopa Police Department was awarded a grant for $3,857 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to cover overtime and equipment for law enforcement personnel to conduct additional underage drinking enforcement details and youth education to discourage underage drinking throughout the city of Maricopa.

Mr. and Mrs. Jackson were disturbed from their sleep by a very loud door knock and several door bell rings during an early fall morning in south Texas. Outside of the faded, stained glass door stood a blurred image of two people dressed in what appeared to be uniforms; this from the vantage point of Mrs. Jackson, as she hurried toward the loud knocking.

While Mrs. Jackson creases her hair to the side of her head and quickly wipes last night’s sleep from her eyes, she opens the door. She hesitates just before her first word when Officer Roberts and his partner with the Texas Department of Public Safety greet her with a soft “good morning ma’am.” Mrs. Jackson with a surprised yet concerned facial expression responds, “How I can help you officers?”

As Officer Roberts verifies the residence of the Jacksons, he is cut short from further words when Mr. Jackson says in a stern, yet adamant tone of voice, “What is this about, officers?” Officer Roberts conveys to the Jacksons that there was an incident at a teen party two blocks down the street in the neighborhood last night, and they were needed at the county hospital as soon as possible to identify a teen.

Mr. Jackson embraces his wife at the door as she lowers to her knees in fear of the terrible news to follow when suddenly Officer Roberts assists to raise her back up and quickly says, “We believe things are fine ma’am; we have a several teens who were taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons due to a binge drinking party we closed down a couple of hours ago.” Officer Roberts continues, explaining that “the reason we are here is your daughter lost her cell phone at the party and couldn’t remember the home phone number. Not to mention she was one of few out of many teens who provided information while waiting in a long line to be examined by an ER doctor before release.”

Not exactly a welcoming visit from the police. Many parents across our great nation have experienced this numbing, yet death-defying scene when a law enforcement official rings the door bell at three a.m., not to mention that feeling after a deep swallow when your heart began to submerge into your stomach and you can barely speak for lack of air in your lungs.

Who can tolerate underage drinking? This question would spike anxiety in any parent, schoolteacher, school official, law enforcement official, politician, pastor, priest or even President Obama. The immediate response is no one. A good analogy of tolerance according to the National Institute of Alcoholism Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is a person who loses all sensations of pain. While at first this might appear to be a blessing, in fact, it is a curse; you can be severely injured without feeling it. A further example is that the first sign that your hand is on a hot stove is the smell of smoke. Similarly, for tolerant drinkers the signs of intoxication are felt at rather high blood alcohol content levels (BAC).

Several American households lose sensation by not recognizing the peer pressures and emotional pain teens are exposed to on a daily basis for lack of family time. Our teens lose sensation and pain when they neglect family rules as a result of parents who must extend work hours to finance basic household needs and healthcare or juggle time management with two jobs, just to name a few.

The American parent must find and seek ways to get back to the dinner table of talking and spending quality time with their teen(s); I’m reminded of a commercial back in 2003 that commences with a caption across the TV screen that reads “how to save a child from drugs.” A picture of a dinner table appears, followed by a family of four eating and talking about their day.

Family time enhances relationships. The more a teen spends with peers and other strangers, the more they tend to carry on their character trait(s), and should a break down in communication or an argument occur between the teen and the parent(s), the child isn’t recognized as a member of the family based on strange and aberrant behavior. So the child is, in essence, severely injured from lack of family time, and the stranger and/or peer becomes the: drug, alcohol, escape, etc.. With the smell of smoke being the first sign that a hand is on the stove is analogous to missing curfew, running late or missing appointments, poor memory and grades in school, honesty issues, exhaustion and frequent outbursts of anger.

Could it be the Jacksons missed such signs with their teen binge drinking at an undisclosed neighborhood party? Not to mention the obvious binge drinking that occurred since a medical release was required from the county hospital. Think for a moment as I pose this question again for you to ponder: “Who can tolerate underage drinking?” Moreover, who can afford to tolerate underage drinking?

A few tips and terms common with underage drinking according to NIAAA:

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC): The amount of alcohol present in the bloodstream when consuming alcohol. It is measured in percentages. For example, BAC of .10 percent means a person has 1 drop of alcohol per 1000 drops of blood in the body.

Binge Drinking: A pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration to .08-gram percent or above. For the typical adult, this pattern corresponds to consuming 5 or more drinks (male), or 4 or more drinks (female), in about two hours. Binge drinking is clearly dangerous for the drinker and for society.

Blackout: An amnesia-like period that is often associated with heavy drinking. A person may be functioning normally but later has no memory of what happened.

Alcohol Poisoning: An overdose of alcohol. The body is overwhelmed by the amount of alcohol in the system and cannot metabolize it quickly enough.

Tolerance: Your peak BAC is a good reflection of your tolerance level; if you are reaching BAC levels beyond the normal social drinking range and not feeling some of the normal effects of a lower BAC, your body may have already developed a tolerance to alcohol.

Tolerance:
* Is partially inherited and partially learned
* For the most part does not mean being able to get rid of alcohol at a faster rate (although this occurs to a small extent). Rather it means reaching high levels of alcohol in the body without feeling or showing the usual effects.
* Results in a higher likelihood of taking in large quantities of alcohol–enough to damage the brain and other organs of the body over time without realizing it.

Instances when high risk drinking may occur: 21st birthday celebrations, hazing, sport team and group initiations, any type of celebration, athletic event, holidays, Homecoming, formals, graduations, family reunions and weddings.

Teens drink for a reason and more often than not they want to avoid the negative consequences of alcohol use such as throwing up, hangovers, unwanted sexual contact and getting arrested. Most students drink because they have found that alcohol is one of the most effective icebreakers around. When educating your teen(s) about the risks of alcohol use, it is helpful to engage them from the perspective of “How can you get what you want from alcohol while avoiding what you don’t?”

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The MLS report for October shows 226 home sales in Maricopa. That number compares to 246 in July, 247 in August and 225 in September.

The low sales price for October was $51,577, compared to $48,000 in July, $58,000 in August and $48,800 in September.

In October the highest priced home sold for $285,000, compared to September’s top price of $218,750. July’s highest priced sale was $299,900 while August’s was $249,000.

October’s mean price for home sales was $100,000. Mean prices for home sales were $105,000 in July while August’s mean-priced home sold for $95,000. The September mean price was $105,000.

Address and subdivision, sale price, list price plus number of bedrooms and bathrooms and square footage for homes sold in October:

1 $51,577 List Price: $ 35,000
19166 N Meghan DR
Senita 3 2.5 2,339

2 $57,700 List Price: $ 54,000
43270 W Arizona AVE
Senita 4 2 1,535

3 $60,000 List Price: $ 63,000
35645 W Costa Blanca DR
Tortosa 3 2 1,337

4 $60,000 List Price: $ 54,000
43869 W WILD HORSE TRL
Senita 3 2 1,370

5 $60,050 List Price: $ 54,200
42987 W SAMUEL DR
SENITA 3 2 1,370

6 $63,000 List Price: $ 58,900
42359 W HILLMAN DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 3 2 1,065

7 $65,000 List Price: $ 65,000
46045 W LONG WAY
Maricopa Meadows 4 2 1,447

8 $65,000 List Price: $ 65,000
44991 W MIRAMAR RD
Acacia Crossings 4 3 2,051

9 $65,200 List Price: $ 69,000
46044 W Barbara LN
Maricopa Meadows 3 2 1,936

10 $66,900 List Price: $ 65,500
35676 W COSTA BLANCA DR
Tortosa 3 2 1,301

11 $67,000 List Price: $ 60,900
46193 W Windmill DR
Maricopa Meadows 4 2 1,447

12 $67,100 List Price: $ 67,000
43877 W SNOW DR
VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO 3 2 1,636

13 $68,000 List Price: $ 72,000
35677 W Velazquez DR
Tortosa

14 $70,000 List Price: $ 69,900
44080 W MCCORD DR
Villages at Rancho el Dorado 3 2 1,272

15 $70,000 List Price: $ 59,000
46178 W LONG WAY
Maricopa Meadows 3 2 1,350

16 $70,000 List Price: $ 60,000
36582 W PICASSO ST
Tortosa 3 2 1,936

17 $73,000 $ 65,000
46178 W WINDMILL DR
MARICOPA MEADOWS 4 2 1,447

18 $73,000 List Price: $ 75,000
50530 W MOCKINGBIRD LN
Thunderbird Farms 4 2 1,812

19 $73,000 List Price: $ 65,000
46178 W WINDMILL DR
MARICOPA MEADOWS 4 2 1,447

20 $73,900 List Price: $ 68,999
42634 W HILLMAN DR
Rancho el dorado 4 2 1,469

21 $75,000 List Price: $ 70,000
41284 W CAHILL DR
THE LAKES R.E.D 3 2 1,307

22 $75,000 List Price: $ 70,000
45025 W Sage Brush DR
Alterra 3 2.5 1,638

23 $75,000 List Price: $ 75,000
42575 W PALMYRA LN
Glenwilde 4 2.5 2,300

24 $75,000 List Price: $ 64,900
42623 W SUNLAND DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 2.5 1,546

25 $75,400 List Price: $ 75,000
45284 W SAGE BRUSH DR
ALTERRA 3 2.5 2,025

26 $77,000 List Price: $ 72,000
36322 W ALHAMBRA ST
Tortosa 3 2 1,390

27 $77,300 List Price: $ 74,900
45165 W SAGE BRUSH DR
ALTERRA 3 2.5 1,630

$77,500 List Price: $ 69,900
36604 W SAN CLEMENTE ST
Tortosa 4 2 1,533

29 $78,000 List Price: $ 69,900
20653 N HERBERT AVE
HOMESTEAD 3 2 1,453

30 $78,000 List Price: $ 73,000
45318 W Woody RD
ALTERRA 4 2 1,599

31 $79,000 List Price: $ 78,000
42473 W SPARKS DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,455

32 $80,000 List Price: $ 80,000
20622 N ALMA DR
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,440

33 $80,000 List Price: $ 75,000
44248 W LINDGREN DR
Villages At Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,628

34 $80,000 List Price: $ 73,000
41243 W Bravo DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,328

35 $80,000 List Price: $ 74,900
44583 W Mescal ST
Desert Cedars 3 2 1,572

36 $80,000 List Price: $ 69,900
45057 W YUCCA LN
ALTERRA 3 2 1,412

37 $82,000 List Price: $ 76,000
45070 W DESERT CEDARS LN
Alterra 3 2 1,412

38 $82,000 List Price: $ 82,000
35920 W Velazquez DR
Tortosa 3 2.5 1,894

39 $82,000 List Price: $ 82,000
45762 W DIRK ST
Maricopa Meadows 4 2 1,888

40 $82,000 List Price: $ 75,000
46028 W TUCKER RD
MARICOPA MEADOWS 4 3 1,819

41 $82,000 List Price: $ 75,000
42587 W COLBY DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 4 3 2,308

42 $83,000 List Price: $ 83,000
46108 W Amsterdam RD
Maricopa Meadows 4 2 2,095

43 $83,000 List Price: $ 67,900
45650 W RAINBOW DR
Maricopa Meadows 3 2 1,668

44 $83,000 List Price: $ 85,000
45975 W KRISTINA WAY
Maricopa Meadows 3 2 1,936

45 $85,000 List Price: $ 79,900
43341 W ELIZABETH AVE
Senita 3 2 1,508

46 $85,000 List Price: $ 82,900
43934 W ARIZONA AVE
Senita 5 3 2,221

47 $85,000 List Price: $ 98,000
42550 W Palmyra LN
Glennwilde 3 2.5 2,285

48 $85,000 List Price: $ 86,500
44103 W OSTER DR
VILLAGES OF RANCHO ELDORADO 3 2 1,633

49 $87,000 List Price: $ 90,100
43795 W ASKEW DR
VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO 4 2 1,884

50 $88,000 List Price: $ 88,000
45794 W MORNING VIEW LN
Maricopa Meadows 3 2 2,237

51 $89,000 List Price: $ 89,000
40060 W Mary lou DR
Smith Farms 3 2 1,900

52 $89,000 List Price: $ 89,000
36150 W Madrid AVE
Tortosa 4 2 2,114

53 $89,000 List Price: $ 90,500
40133 W MARY LOU DR
Smith Farms 4 2 1,900

54 $89,900 List Price: $ 89,900
20056 N Flamenco ST
Tortosa 4 2.5 1,893

55 $90,000 List Price: $ 84,999
42214 W OAKLAND DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 3 2 1,448

56 $90,000 List Price: $ 89,900
45197 W ALAMENDRAS ST
ACACIA CROSSING 3 2.5 2,216

57 $90,000 List Price: $ 94,900
43350 W ARIZONA AVE
Senita 3 2 1,533

58 $92,000 List Price: $ 87,700
45461 W AMSTERDAM RD
Maricopa Meadows 3 2.5 1,992

59 $92,000 List Price: $ 79,000
18910 N SMITH DR
MARICOPA MEADOWS 3 2 1,910

60 $95,000 List Price: $ 84,900
46107 W Tulip LN
MARICOPA MEADOWS 4 2 2,418

61 $95,000 List Price: $ 100,000
46176 W SKY LN
Maricopa Meadows 4 2 2,307

62 $97,500 List Price: $ 97,500
19406 N Portarosa DR
Glennwilde 3 2 1,325

63 $98,000 List Price: $ 80,000
42427 W VENTURE RD
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,681

64 $98,000 List Price: $ 83,900
18189 N CALACERA ST
Glennwilde-Aspen 3 2 1,602

65 $98,100 List Price: $ 93,000
45295 W Gavilan DR
Acacia Crossing 3 2.5 2,412

66 $98,500 List Price: $ 94,700
45563 W AMSTERDAM RD
Maricopa Meadows 3 2.5 2,260

67 $98,975 List Price: $ 98,975
42188 W NOREEN RD
Santa Rosa Springs 3 2 1,152

68 $99,000 List Price: $ 109,500
44417 W EDDIE WAY
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 4 2 2,052

69 $99,500 List Price: $ 105,000
36509 W EL Greco ST
Tortosa 5 2.5 2,744

70 $99,900 List Price: $ 105,000
44453 W CAVEN DR
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,574

71 $99,990 List Price: $ 99,990
43812 W RIO GRANDE DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 4 2 1,701

72 $100,000 List Price: $ 109,999
18397 N LARKSPUR DR
DESERT CEDARS 4 2 1,936

73 $100,000 List Price: $ 86,500
43685 W RIO GRANDE DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 3 1,912

74 $100,000 List Price: $ 89,900
45997 W SKY LN
Maricopa Meadows 4 2 2,064

75 $100,000 List Price: $ 93,500
19260 N Austin CT
Senita 4 3 2,424

76 $100,000 List Price: $ 107,900
43731 W Colby DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2.5 1,950

77 $100,000 List Price: $ 100,000
35803 W VELAZQUEZ DR
TORTOSA 4 2.5 1,836

78 $100,888 List Price: $ 91,900
44034 W WINDROSE DR
DESERT CEDARS 3 2 2,019

79 $101,300 List Price: $ 94,300
45681 W AMSTERDAM RD
Maricopa Meadows 3 2.5 1,786

80 $102,500 List Price: $ 104,800
44336 W JUNIPER AVE
Desert Ceders 3 2 1,936

81 $105,000 List Price: $ 99,900
36215 W CARTEGNA LN
Tortosa 4 2 2,115

82 $106,450 List Price: $ 109,900
44389 W PALMEN DR
Villages At Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,565

83 $107,280 List Price: $ 107,280
21103 N Mac Neil ST
HOMESTEAD 3 2 1,313

84 $110,000 List Price: $ 114,800
35782 W COSTA BLANCA DR
tortosa 4 2.5 2,438

85 $110,000 List Price: $ 112,900
36541 W COSTA BLANCA DR
TORTOSA 5 2 2,608

86 $110,000 List Price: $ 102,500
45679 W Barbara LN
Maricopa Meadows 4 2.5 2,429

87 $110,550 List Price: $ 66,900
43209 W ELIZABETH AVE
SENITA 4 2.5 2,274

88 $113,000 List Price: $ 109,900
45829 W Morning View LN
Maricopa Meadows 3 2.5 2,577

89 $114,000 List Price: $ 114,900
43341 W PALMEN DR
VILLAGE AT RANCHO EL DORADO 3 2 2,050

90 $115,000 List Price: $ 105,000
45976 W DUTCHMAN DR
Maricopa Meadows 4 2.5 2,963

91 $115,000 List Price: $ 115,000
43321 W PALMEN DR
VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO 4 2 2,138

92 $115,000 List Price: $ 115,000
45201 W Rhea RD
ALTERRA 3 2 1,854

93 $115,000 List Price: $ 104,900
45827 W AMSTERDAM RD
MARICOPA MEADOWS 3 3 1,992

94 $115,000 List Price: $ 104,900
41263 W SANDERS WAY
Homestead 4 2 2,150

95 $115,000 List Price: $ 106,500
22376 N MULLIGAN DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,938

96 $118,000 List Price: $ 117,900
44869 W JACK RABBIT TRL
Alterra 4 2 1,997

97 $120,000 List Price: $ 139,900
45232 W BUCKHORN TRL
ALTERRA 4 3 2,869

98 $120,000 List Price: $ 115,000
45039 W MIRAMAR RD
Acacia Crossings 3 2.5 2,012

99 $120,000 List Price: $ 119,999
43278 W MCCORD DR
VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO 4 2 2,138

100 $120,000 List Price: $ 104,500
46105 W DUTCHMAN DR
Maricopa Meadows 4 2.5 3,884

101 $121,000 List Price: $ 108,000
43454 W VENTURE RD
RANCHO EL DORADO 3 2 2,217

102 $125,000 List Price: $ 112,000
43601 W BLAZEN TRL
Senita 4 2.5 3,332

103 $125,000 List Price: $ 124,900
45806 W STARLIGHT DR
Maricopa Meadows 3 2.5 2,646

104 $125,000 List Price: $ 124,900
21958 N SUNSET DR
Cobblestone Farms 3 2 1,958

105 $127,000 List Price: $ 128,000
46073 W RAINBOW DR
Maricopa Meadows 5 3 3,024

106 $127,500 List Price: $ 127,000
44190 W HIGH DESERT TRL
Cobblestone Farms 3 2 2,112

107 $127,500 List Price: $ 129,900
35918 W COSTA BLANCA DR
Tortosa 4 2.5 2,074

108 $128,000 List Price: $ 122,500
42577 W SOMERSET DR
Glennwilde 4 3 3,300

109 $128,000 List Price: $ 124,900
45611 W BARBARA LN
Maricopa Meadows 4 2.5 2,757

110 $128,000 List Price: $ 140,000
42558 W VENTURE RD
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 2,130

111 $128,760 List Price: $ 124,900
45686 W DUTCHMAN DR
Maricopa Meadows 5 2.5 2,761

112 $128,800 List Price: $ 128,800
22146 N VAN LOO DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,926

113 $129,000 List Price: $ 129,000
19674 N MADISON CIR
RANCHO EL DORADO – THE VILLAGES 4 2.5 2,168

114 $130,000 List Price: $ 111,375
46025 W BELLE AVE
MARICOPA MEADOWS 5 3 4,052

115 $134,500 List Price: $ 109,900
45842 W STARLIGHT DR
Maricopa Meadows 4 2.5 2,966

116 $139,583 List Price: $ 139,583
40116 W Hayden DR
HOMESTEAD 3 2.5 2,422

117 $140,000 List Price: $ 125,000
43363 W WILD HORSE TER
SENITA 6 4 3,900

118 $140,000 List Price: $ 159,900
43996 W STONECREEK RD
Sunrise at Cobblestone Farms 4 2 2,125

119 $141,000 List Price: $ 149,000
44039 W MARICOPA AVE
Senita 4 3 3,332

120 $145,000 List Price: $ 99,000
12754 N Lavern LN
Thunderbird Farms Central 3 2 1,913

121 $145,000 List Price: $ 99,000
42018 W ANNE LN
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,739

122 $145,000 List Price: $ 149,900
44416 W NEELY DR
VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO 4 3 2,465

123 $148,600 List Price: $ 143,600
18225 N MILLER WAY
Maricopa Meadows 4 3 2,926

124 $149,642 List Price: $ 149,642
41152 W Thornberry LN
HOMESTEAD 3 2.5 2,235

125 $150,000 List Price: $ 157,000
42764 W VENTURE RD
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 2,150

126 $150,000 List Price: $ 149,900
21732 N SUNSET DR
COBBLESTONE FARMS 5 3 3,165

127 $150,000 List Price: $ 159,900
21998 N Desert Park CT
Rancho El Dorado 5 3 3,174

128 $150,000 List Price: $ 169,500
43913 W MARICOPA AVE
SENITA 6 4 3,900

129 $150,000 List Price: $ 160,000
42512 W North Star DR
PROVINCE 2 2 1,541

130 $151,000 List Price: $ 160,000
42436 W CHISOLM DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,926

131 $158,440 List Price: $ 159,440
20760 N DRIES RD
HOMESTEAD 3 2.5 2,503

132 $160,000 List Price: $ 164,900
43900 W SCENIC DR
COBBLESTONE FARMS 5 2.5 3,208

133 $165,000 List Price: $ 173,679
21373 N DIAMOND DR
THE LAKES AT RANCHO EL DORADO 4 3 2,431

134 $167,000 List Price: $ 150,000
22139 N Greenland Park DR
Cobblestone Farms 3 2 2,427

135 $170,000 List Price: $ 175,000
18549 N STONEGATE RD
GLENNWILDE 5 3 3,650

136 $180,000 List Price: $ 180,000
42230 W BRAVO DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 2.5 2,783

137 $182,900 List Price: $ 177,500
20148 N DONITHAN WAY
THE VILLAGES AT RANCHO EL DORADO 5 3 3,508

138 $185,000 List Price: $ 189,900
42634 W ABBEY RD
PROVINCE 2 2 1,971

139 $190,839 List Price: $ 200,839
41952 W CARLISLE LN
Glenwilde 4 2.5 2,744

140 $230,000 List Price: $ 230,000
22724 N SUNSET DR
Cobblestone Farm 5 3 3,720

141 $232,000 List Price: $ 268,000
42683 W BRAVO DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 2,861

142 $235,000 List Price: $ 239,900
42470 W BRAVO DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 5 3 3,888

143 $285,000 List Price: $ 279,800
43402 W DESERT FAIRWAYS DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 3 3,874

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From the beginning of the Maricopa Police Department (MPD), the motto of Progressive, Proactive and Professional has been the overriding theme as Director (Patrick) Melvin and I set out to form a police department from the ground up. With this in mind, I would like to respond to several misconceptions or inaccuracies, which have played out in the local media.

The current MPD command staff has over 100 years of collective law enforcement experience and well over 50 years of supervisory experience. This is an important point to make, since one of the lead critics of the department has less than three years of supervisory experience (as a patrol supervisor with the MPD). MPD command staff has senior leadership with master’s degrees, executive training from a nationally recognized command school (Northwestern University) and continues to develop its first line managers (sergeants) and command staff (lieutenants) with advanced supervisory training (i.e., Leadership in Police Organizations, LPO).

While the city’s negotiation with the officers’ association has not been completed, our officers continue to be the best paid in the county, have the best benefits in the state and enjoy extras such as take-home vehicles for those who live in or near the city (a rare benefit for city police departments). Policies and procedures, meant to protect employees, have been instituted from the very beginning, and continue to be the driving force behind the department becoming a Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA) certified agency.

A few individuals in our department have made statements indicating that there is disparate treatment of employees, yet the facts would indicate quite the opposite is true. Members of our department, both within the command rank (lieutenant) and those within the ranks of sergeant or officer, have received discipline based on the theory of progressive discipline. Any member of the public, who conducted a public records request, would clearly see the types of investigations and the amount of discipline is appropriate and equal, regardless of rank. As for any statements indicating inequity in promotional processes or assignment to specialty details, in every instance, outside evaluators were used to determine the candidate ranking on the lists used.

While some members of our organization have criticized the fact the department has now included specialized enforcement units, those units created by the department have been instrumental in solving major crimes that occurred in our city over the past year. The reason these units have been successful is due to the members in those units and the excellent support staff this agency has employed. I have personally resisted creating specialty units since the department’s formation until the time was right to dedicate and direct officers to solve crimes based on their training and experience. We hired officers at the start who had police motorcycle experience because we knew there was a tremendous issue with traffic enforcement within the city of Maricopa.

As some gang problems and property crimes came to the forefront, the need was there to create a special squad (Street Crimes Unit). This unit has been extremely successful in its mission to solve property crime, which includes graffiti. Since Maricopa has been identified by numerous federal and state agencies as a pipeline for drugs and undocumented aliens, formation of a K-9 unit was a natural and logical development. This unit was made affordable when the department received a grant, which covered the costs of both the K-9 dog and vehicle conversion.

It is interesting to note, that one member of the department who is particularly critical of department specialty units, tested for one of the positions he now says the department should not have created. Our department continues to seek out new opportunities to fight crime and address issues that affect all our citizens. The department recently took delivery of a car, donated by the Federal Signal Corporation, which has an automated license plate reading system installed. The use of this car will help identify many suspect vehicles, including those wanted by various, local, state and federal agencies.

As our department continues to move forward, we will continue to reach out to those in our department. Soon the department will begin a process called Relationships by Objectives or RBO. The RBO process seeks to include both management and line level officers in the development of objectives for the department. Once objectives are established, then the team examines participative ways to achieve those objectives.

The citizens of Maricopa have come to expect Progressive, Proactive and Professional law enforcement from its police department. While a few individuals within our agency concentrate on individual attacks on members of management, our agency will move forward with nationally accepted procedures and policies, seek state-of-the-art equipment and train our staff to high levels of management theory and officer readiness.

Kirk M. Fitch, Chief of Police

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InMaricopa.com runs, on a regular basis, opinion pieces submitted by community members. The following article is the opinion of the author, and does not necessarily reflect the views of InMaricopa.com.

Marty Hermanson, chairman of the Pinal County Republican Party, states that elected officials are playing games with the taxpayers’ money (click here to read Hermanson opinion piece).

Let’s set the record straight. The Republican Legislature passed without a single Democrat vote, a law that most high school civics classes would have found to be in violation of the Arizona Constitution in several areas. That is the reason former Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed it when it was sent to her in 2002.

The Arizona Constitution is clear that the legislature cannot pass a law specific to only one county. The Arizona Constitution also clearly states that County Supervisors are to be elected to four-year terms.

Arizona is under a continuing order by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) that all of our Legislative Districts including County Supervisor Districts must conform to certain standards relating to population distribution and ethnic representation. There is no question that the “new” districts spelled out in the legislation currently do not meet the DOJ standards. In order to draw new district lines that would conform to the DOJ, Pinal County would have to (using taxpayer dollars) complete a new census. The county would then have to draw new lines and submit those lines to the DOJ for their approval.

With the requirement that the Federal Government must complete a census at their expense next year, it makes absolutely no fiscal sense for Pinal County to squander our tax dollars for something that must be done all over again in 2010.

The Pinal County Board hired a qualified person to ensure that our Supervisor Districts meet the requirements of the DOJ. That makes perfect sense. That decision more than likely saved the county thousands and maybe millions of dollars from law suits from disenfranchised groups if the county were to go ahead with the law and face the consequences later.

Hermanson and the Pinal County Republicans could better serve the citizens of Pinal County by urging their friends in the legislature to work on the many problems facing Arizona rather than getting them to pass “power grabbing” laws that by design will spend more of our tax dollars.

Joe Robison is the chairman of the Pinal County Democrats and was a plaintiff in the case that overturned the law creating the new districts.

Have an opinion you’d like to share with Maricopa? Please email it and any applicable photos to news@InMaricopa.com for consideration.

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In this market – and possibly this very moment – sellers across the country are asking themselves one question: why isn’t my home selling? While each client’s situation is unique, and we all think our homes are special, there is one underlying factor that makes or breaks a buyer’s decision to settle on your home: PRICE.

Pricing your home correctly in this market is one of the most critical actions you can take to sell your home faster; it’s also one of the most difficult decisions you’ll have to make as a seller – which is why so many people won’t do it.

What sellers have to realize is that by making the decision to price correctly from the beginning they may be staving off further financial damage. For some that means getting creative about finances, for others, it can sometimes translate to taking a small loss. In some cases, taking a small loss may be the best scenario.

Let’s look at it another way:

John Seller paid $300,000 on his home that is now worth $250,000. Many realtors would tell him to come down on his price at the beginning, by say $20,000. Now his asking price is $280,000.

Scenario One: A buyer comes along after one month of the home being on the market. They know, based on the CMA, that Mr. Seller’s house is worth $250,000, so they put in an offer for $245,000. Mr. Seller decides to counter with $255,000, and sold! Now Mr. Seller can move on, knowing that he is lucky not to have lost any more on his home.

Now Scenario Two: Mr. Seller actually decides not to come down on his price at all. As a result, his home sits on the market for the first month with only a few bites from buyers but no official offers. An experienced realtor would recommend that Mr. Seller come down 10 percent each month that his home doesn’t sell. He does it. Two months later Mr. Seller’s home is now at $243,000. Finally, in the third month, a buyer comes along and offers $237,000. At this point Mr. Seller is considering, but feels it’s too low, so his home sits another month. Frustrated, Mr. Seller decides not to come down on his price any more.

At this point Mr. Seller is in trouble. He is underwater on his mortgage, and every additional dollar he loses on the home sale must come out of his pocket to pay off the loan. By starting at a higher value than the market will support, he stands to lose more than if he had factored in a small loss up front.

These two scenarios demonstrate the increasingly critical point of pricing your home correctly from the moment you decide to sell. While it may seem exaggerated, there truly are sellers experiencing situations similar to the ones described above. The good news is that by teaming up with an experienced real estate agent, who knows your market well, you have a far greater chance of making informed decisions about the price of your home.

Your realtor wants you to get the most money possible out of the sale of your home – and these days – that means reducing from the start.

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The MLS report for September shows 225 home sales in the 85139 and 85138 zip code areas. That number compares to 269 in June, 246 in July and 247 in August.

The low sales price for September was $48,800, compared to $47,500 in June, $48,000 in July and $58,000 in August.

In September the highest priced home sold for $218,750, compared to August’s top price of $249,000. June’s highest priced sale was $360,000 while July’s was $299,900.

September’s mean price for home sales was $105,000. Mean prices for home sales were $114,000 in June while July’s mean-priced home sold for $105,000. The August mean price was $95,000

Address and subdivision, sale price, list price and square footage plus number of bedrooms and bathrooms for homes sold in September:

$48,800 List Price 44,900
43410 W ELIZABETH AVE
SENITA 3 2 1,508

$54,500 List Price 38,000
19408 N BRADEN RD
SENITA 5 3 2,221

$57,000 List Price 60,000
45983 W SHERIDAN RD
Maricopa Meadows 3 2 1,219

$58,000 List Price 57,500
35906 W VELAZQUEZ DR
Tortosa 3 2 1,301

$61,000 List Price 56,000
46024 W LONG WAY
MARICOPA MEADOWS 3 2 1,350

$61,500 List Price 59,900
43350 W ARIZONA AVE
Senita 4 2 1,533

$63,000 List Price 69,000
18223 N TOYA ST
SENITA 3 2 1,276

$63,300 List Price 60,000
46059 W LONG WAY
Maricopa Meadows 3 2 1,350

$64,000 List Price 64,000
42502 W HILLMAN DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 2 1,435

$64,000 List Price 60,000
DESERT PASSAGE 3 2 1,604

$65,000 List Price 65,000
46193 W SHERIDAN RD
Maricopa Meadows 3 2 1,196

$65,000 List Price 65,000
36355 W Bilbao ST
Tortosa 4 2 1,912

$67,000 List Price 67,000
45098 W WINDROSE DR
Alterra North 4 2 1,753

$67,000 List Price 65,000
44953 W Miramar RD
Acacia Crossing 3 2 1,264

$67,400 List Price 63,000
45793 W Sheridan RD
Maricopa Meadows 4 2 1,531

$69,500 List Price 69,500
19220 N Toledo AVE
Marbella 3 2 1,047

$69,900 List Price 69,900
18184 N ARBOR DR
GLENNWILDE 3 2 1,378

$70,000 List Price 64,900
44843 W PAITILLA LN
Acacia Crossings 3 2 1,281

$70,000 List Price 66,900
45402 W Applegate RD
Alterra South 4 2 1,730

$70,000 List Price 65,000
45112 W WINDROSE DR
Alterra North 3 2 1,324

$70,000 List Price 64,900
44917 W SANDHILL RD
Alterra South 3 2 1,248

$70,375 List Price 69,900
43899 W COLBY DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,264

$72,000 List Price 72,000
18444 N COMET TRL
SENITA 3 2 1,508

$73,000 List Price 70,900
44262 W Neely DR
VILLAGE AT RANCHO EL DORADO 4 2 1,604

$74,000 List Price 76,200
20695 N ANCON AVE
Acacia Crossings 4 3 1,896

$75,000 List Price 99,900
10502 N CANDIDO RD
Hidden Valley 3 2.5 2,117

$75,500 List Price 75,500
36584 W MONTSERRAT ST
Marbella 3 2 1,203

$75,500 List Price 74,900
43826 W RIO GRANDE DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 3 2 1,472

$76,000 List Price 76,000
45488 W TUCKER RD
Maricopa Meadows 3 2 1,684

33 $77,000 List Price 79,900
19765 N Castille DR
Tortosa 4 2 1,600

$77,000 List Price 73,900
44768 W WOODY RD
Alterra South 4 3 2,115

$78,000 List Price 72,500
36336 W El Greco ST
TORTOSA 4 2 1,596

$78,000 List Price 72,975
44798 W ALAMENDRAS ST
Acacia Crossing 3 2 1,412

$78,505 List Price 78,505
53546 W MOONDUST RD
PALO VERDE FOOTHILLS 3 2 1,408

$78,800 68,900
18282 N KARI LN
Maricopa Meadows 3 2.5 2,646

$79,000 List Price 85,000
44374 W Neely DR
The Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,263

$80,000 List Price 74,900
45552 W Barbara LN
Maricopa Meadows 4 2.5 2,510

$80,000 List Price 79,000
35845 W COSTA BLANCA DR
tortosa 3 2 1,301

$80,000 List Price 73,755
43373 W COWPATH RD
Senita 4 2.5 2,221

$80,000 List Price 77,900
45613 W MEADOWS LN
MARICOPA MEADOWS 4 2 2,154

$80,000 List Price 78,500
45695 W TUCKER RD
MARICOPA MEADOWS 4 2.5 2,508

$80,000 List Price 79,900
40004 W MARY LOU DR
Smith Farms Parcel 5 3 2 1,756

$80,000 List Price 79,900
43879 W Wade DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,580

$80,000 List Price 80,000
41714 W HILLMAN DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 3 3 2,518

$80,000 List Price 84,500
43254 W COWPATH DR
Senita 4 2.5 2,274

$80,000 List Price 80,000
45126 W YUCCA LN
Alterra North 3 2 1,412

50 $80,150 List Price 69,900
36366 W ALHAMBRA ST
Tortosa 4 2 1,930

$80,502 List Price 79,900
45255 W HORSE MESA RD
Alterra South 3 2 1,608

$80,900 List Price 77,900
43243 W ARIZONA AVE
Senita 4 3 2,221

$81,000 List Price 73,900
45360 W WOODY RD
Alterra 4 2 1,875

$81,500 List Price 89,000
42815 W SUNLAND DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,435

$81,500 List Price 59,400
43962 W COWPATH RD
Senita 4 3 2,424

$81,600 List Price 81,600
45112 W BUCKHORN TRL
Alterra North 4 2 1,671

$82,000 List Price 84,999
42479 W HILLMAN DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 3 2 1,435

$82,000 List Price 84,000
41417 W Walker WAY
Homestead North 3 2 1,676

$82,000 List Price 81,500
17412 N GATUN AVE
ALTERRA SOUTH 4 2 1,802

$83,000 List Price 74,900
20712 N ALMA DR
The Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,630

$83,600 List Price 81,000
19166 N Lariat RD
Magnolia 4 2 1,911

$84,000 List Price 84,000
44826 W PARAISO LN
Acacia Crossings 3 2 1,412

$84,150 List Price 84,150
44271 W CYDNEE DR
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,928

$85,000 List Price 75,000
41666 W HILLMAN DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 3 2 1,480

$85,000 List Price 85,000
43411 W ELIZABETH AVE
SENITA 3 2 1,816

$85,000 List Price 78,000
43654 W ELM DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,701

$85,000 List Price 86,500
45105 W Miraflores ST
Acacia Crossing 3 3 2,057

$85,200 List Price 69,900
45693 W BARBARA LN
Maricopa Meadows 4 2.5 2,570

$85,258 List Price 79,900
17540 N GATUN AVE
Alterra South 4 2.5 2,115

$85,900 List Price 85,900
20483 N MARQUEZ DR
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 5 2 1,928

$86,000 List Price 78,900
45451 W Dirk ST
MARICOPA MEADOWS 4 2.5 2,744

$86,000 List Price 79,000
45655 W LONG WAY
Maricopa Meadows 4 2 2,026

$86,100 List Price 77,500
22233 N Gibson DR
Cobblestone Farms 3 2 1,689

$87,000 List Price 85,000
19459 N MADISON RD
Maricopa Meadows 3 2 1,510

$87,000 List Price 94,900
43212 W ELIZABETH AVE
SENITA 4 3 2,424

$87,000 List Price 82,500
45384 W BALBOA DR
Acacia Crossing 3 2 1,690

$89,000 List Price 89,000
45059 W GAVILAN DR
Acacia Crossing 4 2 1,753

$89,900 List Price 79,900
44879 W DESERT GARDEN RD
Alterra 3 2 1,758

$90,000 List Price 89,900
35661 W COSTA BLANCA DR
Tortosa 4 2.5 1,893

$90,000 List Price 86,000
21369 N GOLES DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,526

$90,000 List Price 89,000
45404 W ALAMENDRAS ST
Acacia Crossings 4 2 2,026

$90,000 List Price 81,500
44983 W GAVILAN DR
Maricopa, AZ 85239
ACACIA CROSSINGS 3 2 1,412

$90,100 List Price 84,900
21353 N Robins DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,684

$92,500 List Price 92,500
42646 W HILLMAN DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2.25 1,819

$92,900 List Price 89,900
45720 W STARLIGHT DR
Maricopa Meadows 4 2 2,068

$93,000 List Price 91,900
45111 W NORRIS RD
Alterra South 4 2 2,030

$95,000 List Price 109,900
42609 W LUCERA CT
Glennwilde 3 2 1,389

$95,000 List Price 93,500
18316 N SOFT WIND DR
Desert Cedars 4 2.5 2,504

$95,000 List Price 95,000
41738 W HILLMAN DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2.5 1,857

$95,000 List Price 89,900
18563 N LARKSPUR DR
Desert Cedars 3 2 1,936

$95,000 List Price 97,900
43415 W Sunland DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 2 1,937

$95,000 List Price 81,900
43981 W PALO CEDRO RD
Palo Brea 4 2.5 2,001

$95,000 List Price 94,000
45708 W BARBARA LN
MARICOPA MEADOWS 4 2.5 2,280

$95,000 List Price 95,000
44913 W MIRAFLORES ST
Acacia Crossings 3 2 1,670

$96,000 List Price 89,900
46121 W DIRK ST
Maricopa Meadows 4 2 2,026

$97,000 List Price 84,888
42414 W Hall DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 3 1,912

$97,000 List Price 94,900
19329 N LELAND RD
SENITA 4 2 1,533

$98,500 List Price 81,500
46172 W BARBARA LN
Maricopa Meadows 4 2 1,910

$98,900 List Price 94,900
19749 N PEPKA CT
The Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 2.5 1,978

$99,000 List Price 99,000
22154 N KINGSTON DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 4 3 2,873

$109,800 List Price 109,800
35648 W COSTA BLANCA DR
Tortosa 5 3 2,675

$110,000 List Price 109,900
35905 W Costa Blanca DR
Tortosa 4 2.5 2,723

$110,000 List Price 108,000
44137 W GARDEN LN
Cobblestone Farms 4 2 1,828

$110,000 List Price 94,000
46063 W DIRK ST
MARICOPA MEADOWS 4 2 2,175

$110,000 List Price 140,000
44033 W PALO ABETO DR
PALO BREA 4 3.5

$110,000 List Price 119,000
44001 W GRIFFIS DR
The Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,914

$110,605 List Price
41864 W CHEYENNE DR
Maricopa, AZ 85239
Glennwilde-Hawthorne 4 2.5 2,322 99,000

$111,000 List Price 99,899
45768 W DUTCHMAN DR
MARICOPA MEADOWS 4 2 1,862

$112,000 List Price 94,500
41879 W ANNE LN
RANCHO EL DORADO 4 2.5 2,155

$112,000 List Price 95,900
43299 W Neely DR
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 4 2 2,168

$112,000 List Price 114,900
36319 W Velazquez DR
Tortosa 4 2.5 2,739

$112,000 List Price 90,000
44521 W YUCCA LN
DESERT CEDARS 4 2.5 2,504

$112,200 List Price 112,200
44161 W ROTH RD
The Villages at Rancho El Dorado 4 2.5 2,300

$113,000 List Price 94,900
44967 W JUNIPER AVE
ALTERRA NORTH 3 2 1,909

$115,000 List Price 99,000
46159 W TULIP LN
MARICOPA MEADOWS 4 2 2,418

$115,000 List Price
45308 W Buckhorn TRL
Alterra North 3 2 2,272 140,000

$115,000 List Price 115,000
36537 W ALHAMBRA ST
Tortosa 5 2.5 2,744

$115,000 List Price 109,900
45098 W ALAMENDRAS ST
Acacia Crossings 4 2.5 2,500

$115,215 List Price 115,215
41355 W PARK HILL DR
The Lakes at Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,232

$116,500 List Price
41561 W CHEYENNE CT
Glennwilde 4 3 2,521 96,900

$117,000 List Price 108,000
41636 W CHEYENNE CT
Glennwilde 4 2.5 2,521

$117,500 List Price 124,900
44094 W BUCKHORN TRL
Desert Cedars 3 3 2,348

$117,650 List Price 115,900
20037 N Cordoba ST
Tortosa 4 2 2,608

$117,900 List Price 105,900
18118 N Smith DR
Maricopa Meadows Parcel 10 5 2.5 2,964

$119,500 List Price
42760 W WILD HORSE TRL
Senita 4 2 2,348 113,400

$119,500 List Price 99,000
44965 W BUCKHORN TRL
ALTERRA NORTH 3 2 2,268

$120,000 List Price 109,000
36367 W COSTA BLANCA DR
Tortosa 5 2.5 3,165

$120,000 List Price 114,500
46152 W SONNY RD
Maricopa Meadows 6 3 3,884

$120,000 List Price 111,500
43613 W WALLNER DR
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,880

$120,500 List Price 119,999
41912 W ANNE LN
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 1,684

$120,500 List Price 105,000
44170 W MCINTOSH CIR
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 4 2.5 2,317

$120,645 List Price 114,900
19483 N LELAND RD
Senita 2 4 3 3,128

$123,000 List Price 112,000
44186 W MESCAL ST
Desert Cedars 3 2 2,220

$124,900 List Price 124,900
22300 N DIETZ DR
Rancho El Dorado 3 2 2,130

$125,000 List Price 108,100
41884 W LUCERA LN
Glennwilde 4 2 2,208

$125,000 List Price 125,000
44907 W SAGE BRUSH DR
Alterra South 4 2.5 2,115

$125,000 List Price 139,900
46136 W BELLE AVE
Maricopa Meadows 4 2.5 2,963

$126,000 List Price 133,000
44355 W WINDROSE DR
Desert Cedars 4 2 3,115

$127,000 List Price 125,000
43865 W KRAMER LN
Villages At Rancho El Dorado 5 3 2,864

$129,305 List Price 129,305
20736 N DRIES RD
Homestead 4 2 1,771

$129,540 List Price 119,500
20605 N SANTA CRUZ DR
The Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 3 2,622

167 $130,000 List Price 125,000
45448 W MIRAMAR RD
Acacia Crossings 4 3 2,400

$130,000 List Price 117,900
43386 W MAGNOLIA RD
Senita 5 3 4,146

$130,000 List Price 120,000
22456 N GREENLAND PARK DR
Cobblestone Farms 3 2 1,689

$131,000 List Price 140,000
42318 W CHAMBERS DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 2.5 2,137

$131,000 List Price 131,000
21602 N GREENWAY RD
Rancho El Dorado 4 2.5 2,340

$132,000 List Price136,800
43202 W LINDGREN DR
The Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 2 2,199

$132,000 List Price 129,800
22479 N BISHOP DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 3 2 1,666

$133,500 List Price 134,900
44468 W EDDIE WAY
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 2 2 1,886

$135,000 List Price 125,000
36449 W BILBAO ST
Tortosa 5 3.5 3,203

$135,000 List Price 129,900
21859 N DIETZ DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 4 2.5 2,854

$135,000 List Price 125,000
41829 W Sparks CT
Rancho El Dorado 4 2 2,148

$135,000 List Price 158,000
56804 W MAYER BLVD
Hidden Valley 4 2 2,087

$135,000 List Price 139,900
41831 W HILLMAN DR
RANCHO EL DORADO 3 2.5 2,457

$135,500 List Price 130,000
43674 W CAVEN DR
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 4 2.5 2,996

$138,000 List Price 138,000
21971 N DIETZ DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 3 2,824

$139,500 List Price 139,900
21796 N DIETZ DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 3 2,854

$140,000 List Price 157,900
1852 N AMANDA DR
CUSTOM 4 2.5 2,298

$140,100 List Price 118,000
20036 N PEPKA DR
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 4 2.5 2,645

$141,000 List Price 136,900
22217 N CAVEN DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 3 2,931

$142,000 List Price 144,439
36805 W LEONESSA AVE
Sorrento 4 2 2,310

$142,000 List Price 149,000
35761 W CARTEGNA LN
TORTOSA 5 3 3,332

$143,500 List Price 149,000
45503 W TUCKER RD
Maricopa Meadows 5 2.5 3,272

$144,900 List Price 145,900
19522 N Crestview LN
Villages at Glennwilde 3 3 2,420

$147,000 List Price 149,000
44039 W MARICOPA AVE
Senita 4 3 3,332

$147,000 List Price 114,900
41200 W ROBBINS DR
HOMESTEAD NORTH 5 2.5 2,972

$149,900 List Price 149,900
6048 N NOLINA PL
Hidden Valley 4 2.5 2,298

$150,000 List Price 154,900
22211 N Van Loo DR
Rancho El Dorado 5 3 3,016

$150,300 List Price 123,500
20427 N SANTA CRUZ DR
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 3 3 2,622

$153,000 List Price 133,000
43298 W MAGNOLIA RD
Senita 5 3 3,735

$155,000 List Price 149,900
22103 N VAN LOO DR
Rancho El Dorado 5 3 3,016

$155,000 List Price 149,000
43614 W CYDNEE DR
The Villages at Rancho El Dorado 4 3 2,794

$159,438 List Price 159,438
21052 N Wilford AVE
HOMESTEAD 4 3 2,422

$159,900 List Price 159,900
43386 W MARICOPA AVE
SENITA UNIT 2 5 3 3,735

$160,607 List Price 159,597
41266 W Thornberry LN
HOMESTEAD 3 2.5 2,784

$162,500 List Price 162,500
44526 W HIGH DESERT TRL
COBBLESTONE FARMS 5 3 3,165

$164,900 List Price 164,900
19112 N KRISTAL LN
Senita 4 2.5 3,735

$165,000 List Price 162,000
44207 W HIGH DESERT TRL
COBBLESTONE FARMS 5 2.5 3,929

$165,000 List Price 175,900
20250 N Riverbank RD
PROVINCE 2 1.75 1,691

$165,000 List Price 169,900
44589 W RHINESTONE RD
Cobblestone Farms 5 3 3,165

$165,000 List Price 159,900
45276 W WINDROSE DR
Alterra North 5 3.5 3,432

$165,000 List Price 169,000
22218 N VARGAS DR
Rancho El Dorado 5 3 3,016

$165,000 List Price 190,224
40662 W Hopper DR
HOMESTEAD 4 2 2,292

$165,563 List Price 188,719
41262 W Hayden DR
Homestead 5 2.5 3,168

$166,062 List Price 169,247
36787 W LEONESSA AVE
Sorrento 5 3 3,332

$168,159 List Price 168,954
41208 W Thornberry LN
Homestead 4 3 2,784

$168,500 List Price 148,750
20767 N ALEXIS AVE
CACTUS COVE 4 2.5 3,526

$169,305 List Price 169,305
41150 W Sanders WAY
HOMESTEAD 4 3 2,784

$169,800 List Price 164,800
20174 N RYANS TRL
Villages at Rancho El Dorado 5 3 3,508

$170,000 List Price 160,000
44570 W GRANITE DR
Cobblestone Farms 4 2 2,796

$170,000 List Price 174,900
22182 N VARGAS DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 2.5 3,016

$172,900 List Price 192,900
42809 W OCEAN BREEZE DR
Maricopa, AZ 85238
Closed / 4184026 PROVINCE 2 2 1,836

$175,000 List Price 179,000
44006 W PALO AMARILLO RD
Palo Brea 4 3.5 4,512

20 $177,000 List Price 184,900
54620 W ADELE RD
4 3 2,436

$179,900 List Price 179,900
22080 N Greenland Park DR
Cobblestone Farms 6 3 3,929

$180,000 List Price 180,000
42912 W MORNING DOVE LN
Province 3 2 1,682

$180,000 List Price 184,900
44550 W SEDONA TRL
Cobblestone Farms Parcel II 5 3 2,570

$183,000 List Price 187,656
36059 W CATALAN ST
TORTOSA 3 2 2,491

$185,000 List Price 159,900
22423 N MULLIGAN DR
Rancho El Dorado 4 3 3,133

$186,900 List Price 184,900
41114 W NOVAK LN
Homestead North 5 3 3,554

$194,900 List Price 194,900
44115 W PALO AMARILLO RD
Palo Brea 4 3.5 4,547

$200,000 List Price 199,800
42403 W CHEYENNE DR
GLENNWILDE 5 3 3,663

$218,750 List Price 240,000
42359 W Abbey RD
Maricopa, AZ 85238
PROVINCE 2 2 2,038

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InMaricopa.com is pleased to be bringing you, on a regular basis, timely, useful and informative articles by a wide variety of local experts. This is the second in a series on preschool education.

Many of us know there are several positive effects associated with preschool attendance. Many parents hope for better social interaction, increased vocabulary skills, pre-reading ability and an increase in math understanding. Many of us are not aware of the super lasting effects of early childhood education on our society and the enormous impact preschool has on our youngsters as they grow!

Research shows that there are immeasurable benefits to multiple years in a highly qualified preschool program. Two highly acclaimed studies, conducted by the Educational Research Foundation (Schweinhart, L. 1976) and the Chicago Parent Centers (Stanfield, R., 1998), indicate that students should spend more than one year in preschool (preferably two to three years in a comprehensive program). Both also indicate that the preschool program needs to be educationally based with qualified teachers, and they MUST focus on literacy skills (getting students ready to read).

Results of these long-term studies show the following:

Preschool students are more likely to graduate
Preschool students are less likely to be placed in special education
Preschool students are more likely to be/stay employed
Preschool students are more likely to earn a higher income
Preschool students are less likely to need public assistance
Preschool students are more likely to lead healthy lives
Preschool students are less likely to get involved in crime
Preschool students are more likely to seek higher education

These are astounding statistics. Parents should consider these facts during their children’s early childhood years. Both of these studies show that reading with your child is invaluable. Getting involved in early childhood education is extremely beneficial. A highly qualified preschool program is an invaluable tool that fosters excitement and anticipation for learning and can help parents become a lifelong partner in their child’s education.

I encourage you to look into an early childhood program that meets your child’s needs and your expectations. Remember the focus of the program should be on literacy!

Tanya Graysmark, MAed

Tanya Graysmark, M.A., is the founder and director of Graysmark Academy, which offers preschool and K-3 classes and is located at 44400 Honeycutt Rd., 520-568-5750.

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Last month the Pinal County Board of Supervisors completed its multi-month review and modification of the draft Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

The road that led to those six board sessions (complete with a public hearing each time as a part of the process) took over two and a half years. By the time the final draft document returns to the board for final adoption (hopefully by the end of this calendar year), after a final review by the Planning Commission as required by state law, the complete journey will have consumed nearly three years, hundreds of public meetings and countless hours of smaller group meetings with various stakeholder representatives. Much of the general public and residents’ input came in the earlier phases, although it was primarily the development community’s voices being heard in the concluding stages.

One of the more contentious elements in the draft Comprehensive Plan concerned water resources: “Issues relevant to water use and available supplies for future growth in the County … [and] sections describing practices for managing future water supplies with goals and policies relevant to water resources.” (Draft Comp Plan, Chapter 7, page 253). As with so many other parts of the draft plan, the water element evolved during the long public process; however, the one point of contention continuously raised by the development community was language suggesting that the county “Explore making policy that will require a demonstration of physical availability of water supplies prior to approving an application for zoning or rezoning ….” (Policy 7.2.6.1, page 263)

After a lengthy debate on Wednesday, Sept. 2, on Chapter 7 – a discussion that included testimony from the public (all but two of whom specifically represented developers or developer interests) – the board voted to delete all of the draft language addressing the water element and let stand the water element language in the current Comprehensive Plan (created in 2001). The vote was not unanimous.

I, and many of those in our county who have been active in debating and recommending water resource policies to local, state and federal authorities over the last 20-30 years, felt that there was a great deal of merit in having the policy proposal (7.2.6.1) in our Comprehensive Plan. I think it entirely appropriate and prudent that our county should acknowledge the connection between water resources (particularly groundwater supplies) and development activities … doing so is long overdue. And inasmuch as the Pinal Active Management Area, in particular, has limited access to CAP water and other so-called renewable (non-groundwater) supplies, I felt especially supportive of the proposed concept.

The County’s Planning Commission has been vocal during the past five or more years in expressing its keen interest in having developers tell them about their plans for water supplies. This is especially true when developments are proposed in areas far from either known water providers or in close proximity to foothills where current residents have to haul water. For the most part, the response was either “we have a ‘will serve’ letter from a local water provider saying they’ll provide our water” or “issues of water supplies and Certificates of Assured Water Supply are the responsibility of the Arizona Department of Water Resources and not due to be addressed until time of final plat and building permit.”

During the course of the debate during the board meeting on Sept. 2, there were several arguments advanced by Supervisor Martyn and the development community’s representatives (as embodied in presentations from the Pinal Partnership and other developer interests such as the Arizona State Land Department, El Dorado Holdings, Walton International, etc.).

Argument A was that the county has no authority to ask for proof of groundwater and/or other water sources since that’s the responsibility of the state, – and it’s not legally required until time of final plat and issuance of building permit.

Argument B assured us all that there are other sources of water available to future generations and their residential developments. The logic seemed to be that there will be new “buckets” of water when we need them, and technologies like desalinization will be the answer. This despite the fact that this technology’s been around since the 1970s and uses so much power to produce a gallon of potable water that the economics still don’t pencil out.

Argument C advocated a continued delay of any consideration of the issues and urged the county to embark on more discussions, studies and meetings.

My response to those arguments was and still is: in a time when this county already has hundreds of thousands of lots already well along the path toward final plats (if not already arrived) and building permits, and the groundwater supplies in our county are finite, it’s only prudent public policy for county planners and their citizen commissioners to have a sense of reassurance about the prospects for water supplies to support sustainable growth and development.

Certainly desalinization is one tool for augmenting current water supplies, but the energy costs are mostly prohibitive (which is why we don’t have a desal plant on every corner), and the nagging question of how to dispose of the toxic brine that is the by-product of the process has yet to be resolved.

And, finally, I can assure you that the issues raised in this draft document were the subjects of intense discussions by representatives of these sectors during the last two and a half years as part of the Comprehensive Plan process. The specific language for the objectives and policy recommendations in the draft Comp Plan was debated in front of and by the Citizens Advisory Committee and again in front of and by the Planning Commission in sessions that covered months of consideration, dialog and discussion. Both the committee and the commission unanimously recommended that the language as drafted be retained.

Why am I so passionate about this issue? I became involved in water resource policy issues in the mid-1980s, shortly after the City of Mesa purchased 11,000 acres of Pinal County farmland for the purpose of extinguishing the water rights on that land and moving the resultant groundwater to Mesa to satisfy their need to augment their water portfolio with an assured water supply that would support their future growth and development. Since then I’ve served on the Groundwater Users Advisory Council for the Pinal Active Management Area for more than two decades, served on the Governor’s Groundwater Management Commission (2000-2001), the ADWR’s Statewide Water Advisory Group since 2006, helped establish the Pinal County Water Augmentation Authority (chairing it since 2001) and work with the Pinal County Local Drought Impact Group.

Do we have enough water to meet the needs and demands of our current populations, businesses and industries? Absolutely. Will we have enough water in the short-term future to meet the needs and demands of the developments that are currently “in the pipeline” of zoning and development? Yes, if we’re prudent in the management of our current water supplies (both groundwater and renewable) and seek to supplement those supplies by encouraging the use of treated wastewater on turf areas, traffic medians, etc. We also need to support and encourage reasonable conservation measures so we do not squander these critical, finite resources.

Do we have unlimited supplies of water and/or is there going to be “another bucket of new water” somewhere over the horizon? I don’t know anyone who’ll say “yes” with certainty, based on empirical evidence.

So it’s up to us today to do the best we can to manage these precious natural resources so that our children’s grandchildren’s great-grandchildren still have choices, options and resources. Today we need to be the kind of visionaries that conceived of, financed and constructed the elaborate network of canals that bring surface water into Arizona via the Central Arizona Project and then distribute it to our farms, tribal lands and cities.

That is why I think it is prudent public policy for this county’s Board of Supervisors to at least acknowledge that water resources will play an increasingly critical role in determining land uses – and the sooner we know about the availability of those finite supplies, the better.

David Snider, Supervisor, Pinal County District 3

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On Aug.18 the city council was asked to vote on the approval of an intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation to receive funding for the operation of Maricopa’s current transit program, the MaricopaXpress.

As with every issue I must vote on, I had to measure the community needs vs. the costs of the program and make sure the agreement as presented to council was in the best interest of the citizens of our city. The information received from our city staff regarding the program did not paint a very advantageous financial picture for the transit program. In fact, the cost/benefit ratio was much higher than we should ever consider when establishing or continuing programs that are publicly funded.

Because of the significant cost versus the very low number of actual riders utilizing the service, I voted against the agreement along with three of my fellow council members, effectively ending the MaricopaXpress service. Since the vote, there have been erroneous statements and conflicting pieces of data regarding the actual numbers associated with the program. I asked for and was given an entire breakdown of the transit program since its inception and would like to report some of those numbers here.

All the following numbers are taken directly from the reports submitted to ADOT for the period January through July 2009:

The average daily ridership of the MAX is 48 persons
The city is projected to spend $210,000 in match funds or $4,378 per average rider
The cost per passenger trip is $20
The fare charged per passenger trip is $3
The total number of miles driven by our busses is approximately 111,000
The number of miles driven with passengers on the bus is approximately 47,000
The busses operate empty (deadhead) over 62,000 miles

The numbers alone are problematic to the program. While those in transit circles have found them to be acceptable, they are not the people who have to make financial decisions for our community. My objections to the program were based on these results and the belief that the program, as operated, was simply not a viable transportation method for our city to subsidize. I never once made any statement or comment that we should eliminate transit altogether, nor do I believe that transit, as a concept, should be removed from our strategic plan.

I appreciate all the calls and emails I have received regarding this decision and the support that the MAX program has. I know it is not easy to confront those you disagree with, and I applaud all who exercised their civic responsibility by engaging their elected officials. I wish more would do the same.

Following the meeting on the 18th, the mayor made a decision to ignore the direction the city council had mandated and place the item back on the Sept.15 council agenda for discussion and action. It is no secret that this council is not a consensus council, and I have voted against the majority of our council on occasion. I have not, however, ever asked for something to be placed back on an agenda because I didn’t like the way the vote went. While disheartening to see the lack of support from our mayor on a council decision, I was open to the discussion about options. I couldn’t see me changing my vote unless there was a better program to vote on.

I met with the city manager and asked him about the possibility of discussing with ADOT our options regarding transit and the ability of the city to alter the program so that we would be able to serve a greater number of residents. The problem was never the money we were spending, but the few people we were actually serving with the expense. If there were a way to improve our overall resident reach, the cost would be palatable, especially considering the federal grant monies we had available to us.

At the Sept. 8 council work session, council restated the desire to speak with ADOT regarding this issue and on Sept.11, I was able to meet with ADOT, along with council members Marvin Brown and Marquisha Griffin. The meeting was very good and gave all of us information that probably should have been shared prior to these discussions, but was beneficial nonetheless. The meeting included preliminary discussions about an altered program that would serve more residents, and how we could accomplish that.

ADOT representatives were very candid about our ability to maintain the grant monies if we chose to get out of the program we are currently taking part in. While compelling, I have made it a firm ideal to never allow the threat of removal from a program the reason for staying in something that is detrimental to the city, financially or otherwise. What I am open to are solutions. For me the solution was clear – serve more people with transit.

I am in contact with members of our senior population, our handicapped and disabled residents, our youth, and our low-income residents. They have all indicated to me that a localized, inner city transit program would benefit them and make their quality of life improve in Maricopa. When seeking solutions to the current transit problem, I tried to identify ways we could do that. While meeting with ADOT, it came out of the discussion that we may be able to use the current federal stimulus grant we received to purchase a cutaway bus that could start inner city transit within the city limits of Maricopa. Our grant monies already pay for administration of the programs, and so those costs are set. Our transit staff is excited about having other options and would work as diligently as they have to serve the residents with MAX.

A vision for transit in Maricopa already includes both the interconnectivity to the Valley, (although it must be modified to become more financially viable) and the introduction of an inner city route that could service our senior, disabled, handicapped, youth and low-income residents. This would also allow us to get people to the Park and Ride lot, where we could see an increase in MAX ridership because of the ease of accessibility. I also would love to see individual, modified routes that could take people once a week to the Chandler Regional Hospital area.

These were discussed at the meeting with ADOT, and I am hopeful that by Tuesday evening we will have a modified plan moving forward that will ultimately service a greater number of residents and secure Maricopa’s vision for transit within the framework of our strategic plan.

Page 2 of the information packet on the Federal 5311 grant program states that “Congress has found that significant public transportation improvements are necessary to achieve national goals for improved air quality, energy conservation, international competitiveness, and mobility for elderly individuals, individuals with disabilities and economically disadvantaged individuals in urban and rural areas of the United States.”

Our current program generally allows professionals and government workers access to motor coach service into the Phoenix Metro area. The modified plan Council members Brown, Griffin and I discussed with ADOT would start to achieve those goals stated by the grant itself and begin to enfranchise residents who are otherwise limited in their access to essential services such as shopping, basic health care, employment and connectivity with others in their community.

I am not against transit and never have been. I am against wasteful spending, and the MAX program as it is today is simply not providing a large enough cost/benefit to a large enough population to be justified in our current economy. I look forward to the discussion on Tuesday regarding transit and our ability to come together with a better plan to serve a greater number of residents and further enhance our quality of life in the great city of Maricopa.

Sincerely,
Carl Diedrich, Maricopa City Council member

Diedrich can be contacted by phone at either 520-568-3631 or 520-251-6671 or via email at Carl.Diedrich@maricopa-az.gov.

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