Mesa News Today – Week of Jan. 31

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A Look Back


Wrights Market 1954 Grand Opening at Mesa Drive and Broadway Road. It was THE grocery store in Mesa for many years!


Enjoy MACFest this Saturday in downtown Mesa!


Mayor John Giles highlights past successes, future goals in annual State of the City speech

While Mayor John Giles gave his annual State of the City speech Tuesday morning, his office was tweeting the highlights of past successes and future goals for the city of Mesa. Those tweets are posted below.

You can also watch the entire speech when it is posted on:


UPDATE: Greenfield Park Urban Fishing Lake and Playground Renovation

Mesa News Today EXCLUSIVE:

The Greenfield Park Urban Fishing Lake and Playground Renovation project began November 2016 and city workers are busy transforming the park at 4105 E. Diamond Ave. in Mesa.

West end of Greenfield Park (photo by Jill Adair)

Phase 1 is underway at the west end of the park, which has been fenced off since the beginning of the construction (shown above). The fishing lake is being greatly expanded (see site plan below) and other improvements are being made to the park.


Phase 2 is beginning with the rest of the park fenced off. This will include a new playground, shade structure, parking lot improvements and a restroom building.  (See how the park is fenced off below in two phases.)


The new playground will look similar to this, with the same color scheme:


The entire project is slated for completion in fall 2017.

This park renovation, along with 17 other park projects, is paid for through a $70 million Bond Program Mesa votes approved Nov. 6, 2012. These projects will cost the average homeowner (based on average assessed property value) about $24.84 (annually) or $2.07 (monthly).

These 18 projects, plus infrastructure improvements in existing parks, include a variety of recreational assets such as youth and adult sports fields, open turf areas, playgrounds and trails.

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Mesa News Today – Week of Jan. 17

Thanks for “liking” our Facebook page Mesa News Today! This week we topped 500 followers and growing every day!

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Featured news:

Two suspects being sought in connection with separate crimes:

1. Suspect wanted in connection of killing of a Mesa High School teacher


2. Help identify this child sex assault suspect from Mesa



Mesa News Today – Week of Jan. 9

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Mesa City Council Swearing-In Ceremony Jan. 12

The swearing-in of Mayor John Giles and three new Mesa City Councilmembers will be Thursday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. in the Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Theater. Mark Freeman will be sworn in to represent District 1 in northwest Mesa, Jeremy Whittaker will represent District 2 in central Mesa and Ryan Winkle will represent District 3 in southwest Mesa.  The event is free and open to the public. Doors to the theater open at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony is followed by reception at the outdoor Alliance Pavilion.




Mesa News Today – Week of Jan. 2

Here’s to a great 2017!

From the editor:

It’s been seven months since I started Mesa News Today. So why am I doing this?

First, I moved to Mesa with my family in 1970 and have lived here ever since. I love Mesa!

And not only did I grow up here, get married and raise my three children here, but I’ve got other ties to this city.

I started my journalism career at the daily newspaper, The Mesa Tribune, in 1985. I also worked at Independent Newspapers, covering Mesa as a reporter, photographer and News Services Editor. I’m now in my seventh year teaching journalism as a part-time associate faculty member at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Last year I attended the Mesa Leadership Program offered through the city and documented my journey on a blog and through a series of articles in The Arizona Republic. After that experience was over I understood even better how much is going on in this city of ours and how much Mesa has to offer. But I was frustrated by the LACK of local news coverage. The Arizona Republic has a great reporter covering Mesa government, but only one for a city with a population of nearly a half a million people! ABC15 covers some crime news and a few other stories. Others, like the East Valley Tribune and Mesa Independent, offer a little weekly coverage. But in Arizona’s third largest city (and 38th in the nation) I thought we could do better. I think we all want MORE news about what’s going on in our community. It’s important to be informed and we can enjoy living here more when we know what’s going on.

So I started MESA NEWS TODAY. It is designed to curate Mesa news from any and all sources. I also provide original content. It is released as an email newsletter once a week.


My blog is now called You can find the weekly newsletter there as well as other posts concerning Mesa news and events.

There is also a Facebook page with daily updates at Mesa News Today. This week we now have 400 followers! This is a good place to learn about breaking news and current events.

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Thanks for being here and being a part of our great community!

Jill Bishop Adair


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