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Phoenix mayor pledges support for Super Bowl security

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is pledging that Phoenix will help Glendale provide security around University of Phoenix Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday next year.

"They need help from a security perspective on game day, and Phoenix is going to stand ready to help to provide that," Stanton said. "We do not want Glendale to go into a budget situation where they can't be the best hosts possible. We all have an interest in their success."

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said his city is going ahead with planning for the 2015 Super Bowl, even though the Arizona Senate has rejected a bill that would have created a way for the state to help Glendale pay the $3 million cost of security at the game.

Weiers is disappointed that the city's not getting the money, but it's time to move forward.

"I can't bring water back that's gone underneath the bridge," he said. "We're going to make this the best event possible."

But Weiers said Glendale has learned its lesson.

"In future events, we're going to make sure that when people want to have mega events here, and they come before my council and ask for approval, they just need to come and basically show how they're going to help us provide public safety," said Weiers. "We won't bear the burden ourselves."

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said Glendale shouldn't have to bear the burden by itself. He said that all Valley cities should share the responsibilities of hosting the Super Bowl.

"We don't want Glendale to be in a situation where they feel that they can't host major events," said Stanton. "We're a team. We can handle the hosting responsibilities and the security responsibilities as a team."

Weiers said that he has a great relationship with Stanton but that any decision on whether Phoenix police officers would assisting with security near University of Phoenix Stadium would be made by Glendale's police chief, due to the jurisdiction.

Weiers added that there is something that he could use Stanton's help on.

"If his city is willing to write a check (to the City of Glendale), I certainly have no problem with taking it," Weiers said.

Stanton has made no mention that Phoenix is willing to do that.

About the Author

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 live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

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: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

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 - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We 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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