The Mesa Police Department and its community lost one it finest early Monday morning while heading home after just completing his shift. Officer Brandon Mendoza’s — 32 years old and a 13-year veteran of the Mesa Police Department — life was tragically taken by a person driving the wrong way on three separate valley freeways ending in the fatal crash at the I-10 and U.S. 60 loop. I along with my fellow park rangers acquired a great working relationship with Officer Mendoza for many years patrolling several high crime area Mesa parks.
After many years of curiosity and speculation as to what lies inside the confinements of a Mormon Temple, my guessing has ended. On Jan. 15, being a freelance community columnist, I was invited to participate in the pre-opening tour reserved for the media by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Christmas arrived on Dec. 2 for the Mesa Martin Luther King Jr. committee, as the Mesa City Council voted unanimously to rename 3rd Place — located off Center Street south of University Drive — to Martin Luther King Jr. Way in the downtown corridor.
As the Mesa Martin Luther King Jr. Committee prepares for the annual 2013 Celebration of Dr. King’s life, Legacy and dreams this weekend, my thoughts are not only on Dr. King but also on President Abraham Lincoln.
Last week I joined Arizona Democratic delegates and delegates from across America in Charlotte, N.C. at the DNC convention as we raised the roof off of the Time Warner Cable Arena with enthusiasm supporting President Barack Obama and officially nominating him as our candidate in November. What a 4-day ride filled with passion, excitement and energy! We’re anticipating and bracing for “The Thrill of Victory.”
We’re hastily approaching the countdown to both political parties’ National Conventions. The Republicans will meet in Tampa, Fla. on Aug. 27-30 and the Democrats gather on Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte, N.C. I’m thrilled, excited and honored to be attending the DNC in Charlotte as one of Arizona’s 76 Democratic Delegates as we join with delegates from across America to nominate current sitting President Barack Obama.
Hear ye, hear ye, for whom this bell tolls, it’s time to rise like the spirit of the mighty Phoenix and answer this call to action. Dust off the boxing gloves, put on the war paint and let’s get ready to rumble. This call is to all Arizona mules and donkeys of the mighty Democratic Party. If you’re old enough to remember the 60’s song “Time” by the Chambers Brothers, well, “Time has come today.”
As the Mesa MLK Celebration Committee prepares to unfold five
wonderful events this weekend for the East Valley to reflect on the
life, legacy and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., our hearts
are filled and plates aren't as full.
Football coaches and their players have a special bond that
lasts a lifetime and memories that go beyond that. The same could
be said about the men and women who are sworn to protect and serve
as police officers.
The Ahwatukee Foothills News hosts a forum with the 9th Congressional District US House of Representatives candidate Andrew Walter.For more from this forum, see our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ZTVzyUoWKlnx1J8_dcjjX94IwjMgeS5[Video: Vincent Cota/Ahwatukee Foothills News]