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Join us for a lunchtime conversation at the intersection of geology, sustainability, and art—in the midst of the exhibition, Cu29: Mining for You.

Ongoing demands for mineral resources in the U.S., coupled with exploding economies in India and China, are straining energy and mineral resources in unprecedented and unnerving ways. Colorado’s former state geologist Vince Matthews will offer a chilling presentation about our dwindling mineral resources.

After the presentation, Phoenix artist Matthew Moore and ASU geologist Steve Semken will join Matthews in a free-wheeling discussion. Moore will showcase the Cu29 exhibition, a collaboration with London artist Clare Patey, ASU faculty, and students. The exhibition centers on the endangered elements in the periodic table, specifically copper, a mineral at the core of Arizona’s history, economy, environment, and cultural life.

Co-sponsored by the ASU Art Museum. Limited free parking available at the Ceramics Research Center on the northeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
ASU Art Museum
Mill Avenue and 10th Street
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(lunch will be provided)

Join Us For a Talk With Visiting Artist Eduardo Sarabia at the ASU Art Museum

Eduardo Sarabia, “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” (2005), installation detail at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center. Photo by Julio César Morales.

Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Join us at the ASU Art Museum for a talk by visiting artist Eduardo Sarabia, whose work is part of the exhibition Turn off the Sun: Selections from la Colección Jumex.

Born in Los Angeles in 1976, Eduardo Sarabia obtained a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and now lives and works in Los Angeles, Guadalajara and Berlin.

Sarabia is known for creating fake evidence for semi-fictional events, using performance, drawing, painting, ceramics, photographs and sculpture to document events and ideas. His Latino heritage is an influence in his work, with its cultural symbols appearing throughout. Recently, Sarabia has taken part in numerous international group shows including I Love New York, I-20 Gallery, New York, 2001; the 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2005; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France, 2006 and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, Calif., 2002; Museo Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2008; LA Louver, Los Angeles, 2008. Upcoming exhibitions include the Denver Contemporary Art Museum in 2013.

More information: http://asuevents.asu.edu/guest-artist-eduardo-sarabia

For holiday shopping (and discounts) visit the ASU Art Museum

Necklace and box by Phoenix artist Mimi Jardine. Ceramic tea pots by Tempe artist Tom Budzak. Photo by Sean Deckert.

“It’s the thought that counts,” goes the old saying. But it never hurts if the gift is nice, too.

This holiday season, the ASU Art Museum Store, in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, is the place in Tempe to find gifts that are thoughtful, beautiful and socially conscious.

When you shop at the museum store, you’re shopping local. According to Local First Arizona, of which the museum is a member, when shoppers choose to spend their money locally, 73 percent remains in the local economy, compared to just 43 percent from non-local stores.

And from Dec. 4 to Dec. 22, just in time for Christmas and Hanukkah, the museum store is offering 20 percent off all its merchandise. Museum members receive a whopping 30 percent discount.

Over the past year, the store has moved in a new direction, focusing on local artists and works by ASU alumni and faculty.

ASU School of Art alumna and faculty member Ann Morton is the creative force behind Street Gems, eco-friendly contemporary jewelry made from discarded items such as plastic bottles, bags and caution tape. This wearable art is made by homeless artisans affiliated with Lodestar Day Resource Center in Phoenix. The social initiative gives the jewelry makers the opportunity to learn a new skill and work as a team, helping them feel a sense of pride and connection to the community.

Jewelers Wendy Grace and Mimi Jardine are both Phoenicians, each with a distinctive style. Wendy Grace, who was trained as a sculptor, makes simple, elegant necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings using silver, gold and precious gems; her fans include celebrities like Meredith Vieira and Rachael Ray. And Mimi Jardine constructs one-of-a-kind necklaces that incorporate vintage beads, found objects and elements from her own jewelry collection, including baubles that belonged to her grandmother, each with its own hand-made box.

The store also carries ceramic pieces by highly acclaimed ASU School of Art faculty like Susan Beiner, Sam Chung and Kurt Weiser, as well as works from artists around the world, hand-made greeting cards, imaginative and challenging toys for children, Oaxacan wood carvings and other unusual items, all eligible for the holiday sale discount.

ASU Art Museum store hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m.,Tuesday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Tempe Chamber Releases Ballot & Candidate Endorsements

The Tempe Chamber is pleased to annouce its endorsements for the Nov. 6, 2012 elections. After diligent research, fact-finding and candidate interviews, the following endorsements have been made, each which the chamber believes will have the most positive impact on business.

“These candidates best understand the challenges of our member businesses,” said Mary Ann Miller, president and CEO of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. “We believe they will represent us well as we continue to strengthen the economy.”

To learn who and what we’ve endorsed, and why, please visit http://tempeaz.usachamber.com/blog/?p=1342

Tempe Events This Week – Tempe Marketplace Makes Great Music

Tempe is known as a hot spot for great live music. Between all the nightspots and restaurants, it’s possible to find your favorite kind of music being performed live somewhere in Tempe anytime. And don’t forget Tempe Marketplace. In addition to the terrific selection of retailers, restaurants and movie theaters, Tempe Marketplace also offers live music performed outside on the District Stage and the Barnes and Noble Fountain every Friday and Saturday evening. And it’s free!

The District Stage at Tempe Marketplace is usually occupied by larger rock, R&B or country-western bands. It’s fun to stop and watch the bands and the kids who aren’t at all shy about dancing. They’re also not hesitant about joining the good-natured musicians on stage. It’s always fun and entertaining.

If mellower, easy listening music is your preference, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at the Barnes and Noble Fountain. You can sit at one of the tables located close by and enjoy a cool frozen treat from Mojo Frozen Yogurt or a refreshing ice tea from Tea Infusion. Ahh, it’s a great way to chill after a long week at work.

So take a stroll through the Tempe Marketplace entertainment district and enjoy all the sights and sounds. Strategically placed misters, keep the outside air cool and comfortable, even in the middle of summer.

Here’s a sample of what’s going on in Tempe this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.


Multi-Mode Transportation

Land is a finite resource.  Every country and community in the world will run out of it given a long enough timeline.  Or, at the very least, the barriers to making the land habitable will rise to a point that is infinitely cost prohibitive.  One only need look at Manhattan, San Francisco, or Singapore to see the end game.  Or, look at the stretch of freeway between Los Angeles and San Diego to understand the middle view that leads to the end game.

The question is what do we do now so that when this future certain date comes, we have created the most habitable environment to work, live, and raise children?  In my opinion, the solution is taking active steps to preserve open space, to create false barriers that limit sprawl, and to create economic models that make upward growth the relatively less expensive alternative.

This density model, however, is in direct conflict with the car culture that currently exists.  Try driving in Los Angeles and you will immediately know what I mean.  As buildings go higher, freeways must become ever wider until, finally, no freeway is wide enough.  Los Angeles has 14 lane freeways that are parking lots, even on weekends.  The “Big Dig” in Boston proved to be a largely cost prohibitive and logistical nightmare of putting seven miles of freeway underground.

This leaves only one option, cities with robust public transportation, dedicated bike lanes, and walkable communities of mixed use (stores on the first floor, condos and office space above) buildings.  This also means the planning and subsidization of these projects, by government.  All transportation is subsidized.  The gas tax pays for road repairs and construction.  Government uses its power of eminent domain to buy land from individuals and build freeways.  The true cost of gas, through pollution, is cost shifted from the user to society as a whole.

Tempe, in large part, has embraced this model for the future.  Tempe recently ranked 18th in the nation on a list of most bike friendly cities in the world.  (Scottsdale was 15th, Tucson was 12th.)  Most of the development planned for north of Broadway Road are mixed use buildings of some height.  Tempe is a regional leader in promoting public transportation via the Orbit busses, bussing in general, and light rail.  I am not arguing desire, I am arguing scale.  Cleary, there is a sustained effort and understanding in Tempe among some for a bike-able, walk-able, community.  But, as a friend of mine is fond of saying, “Being the tallest jockey in the room isn’t saying much.”  We can do better.

Truthfully, I have not yet settled on the details of the best ways to help Tempe be a more livable city, both now and in the future.  I have ideas…some of which may be right, some of which may be wrong, and some of which may change over time as new information is gathered.  It is, frankly, too early on to discuss details, but I did want to at least set out the philosophy that informs my decisions.

And finally, while the purpose of this paper is not the interplay between urban growth and established suburban communities, I want to at least briefly address this, lest someone think I am advocating for density creep into single family home areas.  I am not.

There is a critical respect that must be given to the general plan and to those that have bought and paid for a suburban lifestyle with the expectation it will remain for the rest of their lives.  It is the height of disrespect to disrupt that existing choice; to breach that sacred promise of community continuity, and that is not something I would ever vote to do.

I invite you to email me your thoughts about multi-mode transportation, the balance between urban and suburban needs, and the best methods to “future proof” our community and the valley.

A New Election Pledge

In just a few days, early voting for the primary elections will begin. While we can see a blessed end to the incessant politicking, right now it’s just gearing up to hit a crescendo in the fall. Come November, I will no longer come home to nine voicemail messages from robodials (do people actually listen to those things?), I won’t have to wonder how I got on an e-mail list for someone running in Sierra Vista, and my mailbox will once again be blissfully empty.

And I’m a political junkie.

Trust me, there are few people who enjoy a political and philosophical discussion more than I do. Pick a side, and I’ll take the opposite side, and through the discussion we’ll be able to flesh out our respective opinions and identify holes in arguments. But this constant attack mode is exhausting and drags everyone down in the mud. Is it any wonder that voter turnout is pitifully low?

And then there are my FaceBook “friends.” Good Lord, folks, do you teach your kids to talk that way? If you want to attach something that you support, good for you, but nothing hateful, please.

A lot has been made of the “pledge” to not raise taxes driven by Grover Norquist. I propose a new pledge for both voters and candidates:

• I pledge to believe that those who disagree with me are good people.
• I pledge to understand that someone who disagrees with me is not out to get me.
• I pledge not to judge soundbites, but to determine the full context of a statement.
• I pledge to acknowledge that just because you don’t support one candidate (or congressman or president) it doesn’t mean you like his/her opponent/predecessor.
• I pledge to show respect to the office and whoever holds it, even though I may be working the other side of an issue.
• I pledge not to say anything about a candidate that I wouldn’t want said about my mother or child.
• I pledge not to use “the other candidate started it” as an excuse for my own behavior.
• I pledge not to do anything I berated another administration or candidate for doing.
• I pledge to recognize the difference between flip-flopping and having a reasoned change of opinion based on information and experience.
• I pledge to acknowledge that compromise does not mean having everyone agree with you, and that voting with another party takes courage and is not caving.
• I pledge to realize that legislation is often so complex that there are multiple understandable reasons to oppose it.
• I pledge to prove wrong the people who say that going negative works.

I’ll be the first to sign.

Mary Ann Miller
President/CEO, Tempe Chamber of Commerce

Tempe Chamber Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome the following five individuals to its 2012-13 Board of Directors. They will be honored at our July 13 Annual Luncheon. They are Joe Hughes, Kelly Lorenzen, Mary Palomino. Aqeel Shahid and Brian Wood. Please read more below to learn about these exciting new additions to our leadership.

Joe Hughes
Joe Hughes comes to US Airways with a strong background in lobbying at the federal, state and city levels of government and on a range of issues from construction to transportation. Before joining US Airways, Hughes held a number of positions in government affairs, the most recent being the State Director for GoRail, an organization created to support transportation solutions that include rail. His experience includes positions as Vice President of Public Affairs for the Associated General Contractors, Government Relations Coordinator for the Town of Gilbert and several years as a City Councilman and Vice-Mayor for the City of Safford. Hughes is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Kelly Lorenzen
Kelly Lorenzen is the Director of Business Development and Managing Editor of Social Media at Morrison Vein Institute, a world renowned medical practice specializing in vein disorders. She is the proud wife of a Phoenix firefighter and the mother of two children. Since joining Morrison Vein Institute in 2009, Lorenzen has implemented a flourishing marketing strategy, helping grow the practice by 10% per year. She also promotes public awareness about vein health to local, national and international communities. Lorenzen received her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, and prior to joining Morrison Vein Institute, she owned and operated a successful real estate practice. She has been an active member of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce for over five years and has served as chair of the Women in Business Council and Small Business Council. She is currently serving as Chair of the Business Owners Forum.

Mary Palomino
Mary Palomino is a Senior Key Account Manager at SRP, working with high energy usage customers in the telecom and warehouse/distribution segments. She graduated from Arizona State University with degrees in liberal arts and secondary education. Palomino, who has lived in Tempe for the last 35 years, has seen Tempe evolve from a small agricultural and college town to a thriving, vibrant city. As part of Tempe Leadership Class XXIV, she is aware of the city’s functions and the many organizations that work together to meet its diverse needs. Palomino volunteers for many SRP community projects and as a loan executive for the United Way. She is also a member of SRP’s Booster Club, which solicits donations from SRP employees, which are distributed to human and health services agencies in the Valley. She is married and has five children and four grandchildren.

Aqeel Shahid
Aqeel Shahid has resided in Arizona for 18 years. He attended Arizona State University where he earned his undergraduate degree in marketing and his MBA in technology management. During his time at ASU, he was the president of an international student association and also was the Vice President of Marketing for the Business College Council. He is still an active member of the ASU Alumni Association and an avid supporter of the Sun Devils. As a student, he also worked as an intern for Sprint selling telecommunications services to businesses in Tempe. Following graduation, he was offered a full-time position as an account executive for Sprint and was later promoted to Data Sales Manager where he managed and supported their business-to-business sales teams. Shahid then moved to Eschelon Telecom/Integra Telecom where he spent over six years as a Senior Sales Manager. In February of 2008, he joined Telesphere and is currently General Manager of the Arizona market. He has won numerous awards in sales including being a part of the “Presidents Club” for several years in his career. During his career, he has been very involved in the business community and has worked closely with business owners and executives in recommending communications solutions that have been critical to the success of their organizations. He has volunteered at several local charities, including the Habitat for Humanity and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Brian Wood
Brian Wood has been employed with Waste Management for nine years and is currently the director of operations for Arizona. Prior to joining Waste Management, Wood worked in various operational leadership positions with American Airlines for 14 years. He is a board member with The Partnership for a Drug Free America (Arizona affiliate), Mesa Arts Center Foundation and Valley Leadership. Additional community involvement includes working as a mentor with Phoenix At-Risk Youth. A graduate of William Paterson University, New Jersey, where he earned a bachelor’s in communications, he enjoys spending time with his wife Vivian and children Taylor and Isaiah.

Granville Gives Final Campaign Speech (Video Link)

Tempe Council Candidate Kolby Granville gave his final Tempe Channel 11 campaign speech.  In his speech he addresses special interest money, negative campaigning, his goals as a council member, and a special interaction with a Tempe resident.

Watch the complete video here.

Granville on Rental Housing in Tempe (Video)

Video Link:  http://youtu.be/_06Rko9_eMc

At a recent debate, Council Candidate Kolby Granville discussed rental housing and code enforcement in Tempe.  You can watch the video here.

Video Link:  http://youtu.be/_06Rko9_eMc