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Valley mayors share Christmas wish lists, plans

PHOENIX -- Some Valley mayors aren't bashful about sharing what gifts they want to find under the Christmas tree this year.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said he's hoping for a gift certificate from any of Phoenix's locally-owned coffee shops. That way he can grab a coffee every morning as he heads down to city hall.

Stanton is also looking forward to spending time with his family.

"We're super excited about what the Christmas tree has for our own 6-year-old and 3-year-old, my own two kids," he said. "I'm going to take my son Trevor to go ice skating down at CityScape."

Meanwhile, another Valley mayor wants something that he can use at a higher place.

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith is a pilot. He's hoping for a new iPad that he can take with him into the cockpit. He said it will do away with a lot of the paperwork, especially navigational charts.

"You used to have to fly and carry all of these paper charts with you, and now they're all electronic," he said. "I'll be able to look at weather and do things like that that I couldn't do before. And it's all through this incredible software that we have."

Smith said he'll also spend some much needed time with his family.

"We're just going to kick back and take a couple of weeks," he said. "I have a big decision to make."

That decision is whether to run for governor of Arizona. He said he'll announce his decision sometime after the first of the year.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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