Gilbert Home-Building Surge Continues

New-home permits double in fiscal year

By Parker Leavitt – Jul. 14, 2012 07:31 AM
The Arizona Republic |

Gilbert issued twice as many new-home construction permits in fiscal 2012 than in the previous year, providing more evidence that strong residential growth has returned to the town after a lull during the recession.

For more than a year, Gilbert has outpaced any other Valley community in new-home building, and the trend grew stronger as the town entered a new fiscal year July 1.

Gilbert issued 2,323 single-family permits during fiscal 2012 after issuing 1,138 the year before, according to statistics provided by Development Services Director Greg Tilque.

The town also issued 19 multifamily permits in May, the first time that’s happened in a few years.

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Southeast Valley Reports Little Weekend Storm Damage

By Patrick Ryan
Monday, July 16, 2012 04:52 P.M.
The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team

Maintenance crews across the East Valley battled minor flooding and fallen trees this past weekend in the aftermath of the monsoon storm that struck the region, officials said.

Rainwater runoff along the US 60 at Val Vista Drive in Mesa was more than a foot deep along the right shoulder’s barrier wall in each direction on Saturday afternoon, Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Doug Nintzel said.

Pumps were used to drain the runoff water, which limited drivers to the HOV lanes for about an hour, Nintzel said.

Ten ADOT crews scooped two to three inches of mud off the Santan Freeway in the Gilbert area, Nintzel said. Department of Public Safety officers used rolling lane closures throughout the evening but the freeway was never entirely closed.

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Gilbert Gay Couple See Plight Go Viral

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Roy Messerschmidt (right) joins supporters of him and his partner, Felix Bermea, at a protest Saturday at Warner and Gilbert roads in Gilbert. The gay couple want police to prosecute as a hate crime the harassment they’ve faced.

Police, stung by e-mails,
seek hate-crime proof

By Jim Walsh and Parker Leavitt
Monday, July 16, 2012 09:45 P.M.
The Arizona Republic |

Angered by the harassment of a gay Gilbert couple and disappointed by the police response, friends of the men turned to a powerful ally: the Internet.

Bloggers have picked up on the Facebook page “Help Protect a Gay Couple in Arizona.”

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Soon after, Gilbert Police Chief Tim Dorn found himself and his department under attack worldwide as they were flooded with e-mails sent from Denmark, Germany, Northern Ireland and Australia.

“We find it absolutely unacceptable and unbelievable that you are not able to solve and prevent these horrible crimes,” wrote a couple from Copenhagen, Denmark. “We want you to know that this case (has) reverberated all around the world and also to our country.”

On Saturday, an unprecedented protest occurred in the shadow of Gilbert Town Hall: About 50 people rallied near the campaign signs of conservative Gilbert politicians at Warner and Gilbert roads in support of Felix Bermea and Roy Messerschmidt, carrying American flags and rainbow flags symbolic of gay rights.

Suns Get Assist @ Top of the Rim

 By Derek Evans

Recently the Phoenix Suns singed free agent power forward Luis Scola from the Houston Rockets. This move in no way shape or form makes up for losing Steve Nash, but this is still a good pickup for the Suns. Scola gives the Suns an above average Power Forward, something NBA teams can’t have enough of. ESPN reports that this contract is for three years worth about 12 million dollars. The Suns were able to get him from a new NBA deal called the amnesty clause. Created in the new NBA CBA less than a year ago the amnesty clause lets teams put players on wavier and then teams are allowed to bid on them. I am surprised that no team bid higher for Scola , granted he is not a superstar but he is still a valuable player that can make impacts on teams. showed that last year he averaged 15.5 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game. This is especially good news for the Suns because not only have they lost Steve Nash , but it is also certain they will lose free agent Grant Hill. The reports are Hill will choice among the Lakers, Heat or Knicks. In a overall very disappointing offseason for the Suns , at least there is a bright spot.