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This page is for general Casa Grande city government reporting by Harold Kitching, continuing what he did at the Casa Grande Dispatch for 11 years before he resigned.

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Casa Grande opposes move to take away sales tax, audits authority

Posted by haroldkitching on March 5, 2013 at 1:10 AM

You’ll find the complete City Council resolution at http://www.casagrandeaz.gov/web/guest/agendacouncil. It is the final agenda item. Clicking on the blue type brings up the resolution and other documents.


You’ll find the final state task force report at

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Consideration of police chief candidates continues

Posted by haroldkitching on March 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Casa Grande is still going over the merits of both finalists to replace Police Chief Bob Huddleston.

“Both finalists are still being considered and we are having backgrounds done on each,” Administrative Services Director Dawn Jett said today. “We have been advised that this process will take approximately 14 days.”

The candidates are Andre Anderson, now a commander with the Glendale, Ariz., Pol...

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Glendale, Scottsdale candidates are chief finalists

Posted by haroldkitching on February 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Candidates from Glendale and Scottsdale were selected to return today for further interviews to replace Casa Grande Police Chief Bob Huddleston, who retires March 31. That winnows finalists from four to two.

The two are Andre Anderson, now a commander with the Glendale Police Department, and Johnny Cervantes, a commander with the department in Scottsdale.

“We anticipate a final decision to be made early next week,&...

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Here's what the police chief candidates told the public

Posted by haroldkitching on February 26, 2013 at 4:05 AM

Casa Grande residents got a look Monday night at the four finalists to replace Police Chief Bob Huddleston, who retires March 31 after 32 years with the Police Department, starting as a patrol officer.

The four were culled from 77 applications received from across the country, City Manager Jim Thompson said.

They are Andre Anderson, a commander with the Glendale, Ariz., Police Department; Johnny Cervantes, a commander ...

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The city tries to squeeze more miles out of vehicles

Posted by haroldkitching on February 22, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Much as do many city residents when cash is short, Casa Grande government tries to squeeze a few more miles out of vehicles.

That was shown both Tuesday night and last month as the City Council heard requests to purchase new trucks and cars.

Appearing before the council Tuesday night, Public Works Director Kevin Louis asked to purchase three light-duty trucks at a total of $82,109 and one pickup for $30,313. All are 20...

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A look at CG burglaries since 2004

Posted by haroldkitching on February 21, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Reading daily reports of burglaries in Casa Grande doesn’t give the larger picture.

The city has shown a steady decline in the numbers since 2005’s 1,208, although there was a minor increase during 2011 at 625 and a larger one for 2012 at 775.

Speaking of the 2012 increase, Police Chief Bob Huddleston told the City Council during Tuesday’s study session, “that is pretty consistent across the Uni...

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Crime up 6 percent, but not in violent categories

Posted by haroldkitching on February 21, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Overall, crime rose 6 percent in Casa Grande during the 2012 calendar year – but you have to look closely at the statistics to get the whole picture.

Violent crimes such as homicide, robbery and aggravated assaults were down, but property crimes such as burglary, theft and auto theft had increases, skewing the overall totals.

“We had a decrease in violent crimes and an increase in property ...

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Passport Day on March 9 at City Hall

Posted by haroldkitching on February 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM

The City Clerk’s Office is hosting Passport Day on Saturday, March 9, to provide passport information and accept passport applications.

The event runs from 8:00 a.m.-noon at City Hall, 510 E. Florence Blvd.

In addition to calling the City Clerk’s Office, information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at www.travel.state.g...

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That's a lot of concrete

Posted by haroldkitching on February 20, 2013 at 2:45 AM

Any way you look at it, it took a lot of concrete, rebar, piping and wiring to double the capacity of Casa Grande’s wastewater treatment plant to 12 million gallons a day.

Speaking Tuesday night to the City Council during a brief update to mark the commissioning of the upgraded plant at 1194 W. Kortsen Road, Public Works Director Kevin Louis said construction began in April 2009 and was completed last June.

Louis...

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Other Tuesday night actions by the City Council

Posted by haroldkitching on February 20, 2013 at 2:40 AM

You will find the full agenda at: http://www.casagrandeaz.gov/web/guest/agendacouncil

(clicking on items in blue will bring up reports and other documents, if available)


Other actions Tuesday night by the City Council:

✦ Gave initial approval to annexing 95.6 acres...

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