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As we move our city into the future, I am often asked about important topics related to new construction, future development, public safety, transportation, schools, water and many others. One question I have been asked is how is Peoria addressing the growing issue of homelessness? more
For most living in the Mesquite District, Happy Valley Road is the main corridor we use to access our neighborhoods, shopping centers, parks, schools and more. more
The Mission of the Sun City Community Assistance Network is to, “Connect people with resources to enhance their standard of living.” more
If you haven’t seen 16-year-old Greta Thunberg fight for environmental justice over the last year, then you’ve probably been under a nice, cool rock. more
Local camping enthusiasts recommend some areas for camping during the cooler months. Just moved from Indiana in March and now we are settled in we’d like to get to some camping. Where are … more
This past weekend may have involved counting calories from the feast you indulged in on Thanksgiving. Nothing wrong with that. But one thing we should all give thanks for is a different kind of … more
For more than a decade, Northwest Valley legislators have done more to hurt school districts than help. more
The city of Peoria sent the Independent a response to those who are requesting their artifacts from the Peoria Arizona Historical Society be returned to them. Here is the text. more
We now know that the Peoria Unified maintenance and operations override failed by just 133 votes. To lose by such a slim margin was heartbreaking. I am beyond grateful for the dedicated parent and community volunteers who worked tirelessly to share information related to the override over the past few months. more
The Peoria Unified School District governing board recently approved a performance pay plan for certificated staff members, including teachers and administrators, that will be used to pay them at the … more
In 2012 my family experienced the loss of my brother Nathan due to suicide. After spending a full weekend with him at my parent’s house, none of us knew what was coming just two days later that Tuesday evening. more
I recently got a call from a resident asking if the Peoria mayor was Republican or Democrat. It was the first thing out of his mouth. Honestly, I didn’t know which party she is affiliated with. And maybe that is a good thing, which I will explain later. more
As a proud Peoria Unified School District parent, I will be voting yes on the upcoming override. Schools in Arizona are already operating on a shoestring budget, it’s embarrassing that as a … more
I read your article in the Peoria Independent with much interest (“Overriding the misinformation,” Sept. 25), and for the last two weeks or so have been doing tons of homework on both sides of this subject. more
Let me put my cards on the table upfront. I am a proud, unapologetic supporter of the Peoria Unified School District. I served as a governing board member for 12 years. I have fought for adequate funding for Arizona public schools for 30 years. more
Peoria certainly looks quite different than it did 20 years ago. Growth is leaving its stamp on the city with development dominating the northern part of town and population increases marching higher. more
Peoria has been home to my family since the late 1800s. Our grandfather, Natividad Lebario, was born on Dec. 25, 1885 and our grandmother, Aurelia, was born in 1895. Together they raised 10 … more
It is difficult for me to fully describe the impact Peoria Unified School District and the community it serves has had on me both personally and professionally. I began teaching at Peoria High … more
Iattended the Peoria school district and lived in Peoria from 1961 until 1968, and then I taught in the district and coached for over 38 years.During that time I have seen some of the high points in … more
When I was first elected to represent Peoria citizens nearly 15 years ago, the city of Peoria’s population was nearing 130,000 residents and our city was growing by the day. We were in the midst of … more
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