Welcome to Chandler, Arizona, the Innovation Community. Come and meet Mayor Kevin Hartke and the members of the City Council. A brief history of the community founded by Dr. Alexander John Chandler, the first veterinary surgeon in the Arizona Territory, who bought 80 acres of land from the federal government south of Mesa, in the Salt River Valley.
He studied the relatively new science of irrigation engineering and played a decisive role in building a primitive canal system in what was then an arid desert. At the turn of the century, Dr. Chandler had an ambitious plan that was well ahead of its time. He imagined a landscaped central park that would be surrounded by businesses, with walkways in front of the buildings covered by a roof in the form of a trellis, supported by colonnades.
Deed restrictions required landlords to build on their land within one year. A year after the first land sale, Chandler was starting to look like an established city. Businesses had been built along the west and south sides of the park, including the Bank of Chandler and the Eastern Railroad depot. Level dirt roads surrounded the park, and there were wagons, cars and Model T Fords moving around the city.
The park was covered with grass, with newly planted trees, and was divided on a north side and a south side by the Commonwealth Canal. Over the years, cotton became the most common and profitable crop in Chandler. When World War I began, long-fiber cotton was in demand for the production of rubber tires and aircraft fabrics. During the war, the Goodyear Tire Company leased 8,000 acres south of the city to the Chandler Improvement Company and built the city of Goodyear.
By 1920, Chandler had more than 1,000 residents. Cars had become the main means of transportation, so it was necessary to pave the city's roads. Water and sewer systems were also outdated and public services were unreliable. Arthur Price, the local justice of the peace, drafted the city's first statute, and in May 1920, citizens voted to join and become the city of Chandler.
Soon after they elected a mayor and a council. The Great Depression wasn't a devastating experience for most Chandler residents. The cotton crisis of 1920 had a much greater impact on the agro-based economy. However, Chandler didn't do very well during those years of depression; The Bank of Chandler collapsed and lost San Marcos to its creditors.
However, he was able to retire comfortably and lived in a cabin on the hotel grounds. In 1940, The Army Air Corps announced plans to build a fighter pilot training base east of Chandler. The base began operating in October and two months later Japanese bombers attacked Pearl Harbor; it soon became common to see men in uniform in the city. During World War II, population doubled and reached 3,800 in 1950; this year Dr.
Chandler passed away at age 91. In recent years Chandler's borders have expanded and population has skyrocketed from 30,000 in 1980 to more than 240,000 today; its economic base has diversified while agriculture remains a vital element; now enjoys strong manufacturing and electronics sector too. The shop windows in center have been restored with modern version of their original appearance from beginning of century; square has been redesigned and bears name of founder; Arts Center new parks restaurants shopping centers mark exciting future for city; family festivals such as Ostrich Festival number annual events make Chandler popular attraction for travelers from across country; citizens enjoy quality life unparalleled in Valley. The City Council serves residents as elected representatives ensuring orderly government; they are responsible for setting goals adopting public policies that meet needs community; also for adopting annual budget that maintains City's fiscal stability; main objective is ensure orderly quality services for citizens while maintaining fiscal responsibility with taxpayer money. Now let's focus on how does City handle political contributions from corporations or other entities outside their jurisdiction or state boundaries? According to statutes City must issue annual report on its financial situation; additional details can be found Note 1; also City must comply with state laws regarding political contributions from outside entities; these laws are designed protect integrity political process prevent corruption influence peddling; any contribution must be reported publicly available records; any violation can result fines penalties even criminal charges depending on severity case; City also has internal policies procedures regarding political contributions from outside entities which must be followed ensure compliance with state laws protect integrity political process prevent corruption influence peddling.