West Valley Cities Reach Pre-recession Revenues

Via azcentral.com Some West Valley cities are reaching revenue levels they hadn’t seen since the Great Recession, and financial plans call for spending on projects from a new bus route in Avondale to a parking garage in Peoria. Avondale, Goodyear and Peoria are on target to surpass pre-recession levels of operating revenue. Peoria’s general fund, a city’s biggest bucket of operating funds that is largely fed by sales-tax collections, peaked

Meet Arizona’s Cold-blooded Cop

  Via nypost.com The newest officer to be sworn into the Avondale, Ariz., police force is neither human nor dog — he’s a bearded dragon. For a year, the reptile named Iroh has been the department’s mascot while he was being tried out as a bomb-sniffing lizard. The cold-blooded cop was officially sworn in Thursday by Chief Dale Nannenga. “Iroh has turned out to be a valuable member of the