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May 5, 2014

Host: Ted Simons

AZ Giving and Leading: Harp Foundation

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  • Patients across the Phoenix metro area experience the healing power of music, thanks to this non-profit. Harpists bring comfort to patients, families and healthcare workers. We’ll introduce you to a woman who was so moved by music that she quit her job to become a full-time harpist and play at hospitals across the Valley.
Category: Giving/Leading   |   Keywords: giving, leading, harp foundation, harpist, hospitals, healthcare, music,

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Ted Simons: Tonight's edition of giving and leading looks at the power of music. Producer Christina Estes and photographer Juan Magana show us how the harp foundation is helping hospital patients in the city of Phoenix.

Jocelyn Obermeyer: There's just something about harp music that's ethereal. People instantly relate to it.

Christina Estes: Even the tiny patients inside St. Joseph's neonatal intensive care unit.

Jocelyn Obermeyer: The sound is air being pushed through her nose. It's just a reminder that she needs to breathe.

Christina Estes: It may look like Joselyn Obermeyer is just playing music for Mary.

Jocelyn Obermeyer: She likes this one right here.

Christina Estes: But she's also tuning in --

Jocelyn Obermeyer: I tailor the music to what I hear coming out of them. The first thing I listened for is can I hear their pitch. It's very subtle. That's part of the training, how to hear the sounds coming out of people.

Christina Estes: Joselyn first learned of the harp's power six years ago when she was a school principal faced with a parent volunteer losing her fight against cancer.

Jocelyn Obermeyer: she just went on and on about how relaxing it was. How it calmed her down. How she was able to breathe better and it healed her in her soul knowing she was going to pass but hearing this beautiful music. It kept knocking at my heart. I'm a musician, so I play other instruments, but it kept knocking, play the harp, play the harp. I felt so called to that work that I learned how to play the harp, stopped being a principal and jumped right into it.

Christina Estes: today Joselyn is among musicians with the harp foundation. They play in lobbies and rooms across five valley hospitals.
Lew Young: what we found through evidence-based research is that if we bring therapeutic harp music into a situation where there's a lot of pain it just immediately relaxes the situation. Patients can heal faster. Their medications work faster and better and they are able to leave earlier.

Christina Estes: Patients are not only ones touched by the strings.
Sister Margaret McBride: the demands of watching patients, demands of all the technology. You see beeps and alarms going on. What we found is the harp music even for just a few minutes to staff members actually calms them down and relaxed them as if they had taken a -minute break.

Patty Peterson: I have been a nurse here for ten years.

Christina Estes: Patti Peterson has witnessed the change. As her daughter struggling during childbirth something caught Patti's ear.

Patty Peterson: right outside her room there's a woman siting there playing the harp. I got very emotional because my mother played the harp. So I thanked her and I said, I really appreciate this. It means a lot for to us do this. So I went back inside and I said to my daughter, eden, gramma is here. She can't stay very long. I want you -- I get so emotional when I talk about it. I want you to get that baby out right now. Within a few minutes she delivered a beautiful, healthy baby girl, my fired grand -- first grandchild.

Juliann Kernagis: The more that she rests and is comfortable, the more energy she will store up. So it gives her that amount to be able to eat, to interact.

Christina Estes: Juliann Kernagis knows it helped.

Juliann Kernagis: she opened her eyes and closed and she was moving her mouth. So I can tell that she had heard her playing and when she stopped, she opened her eyes and noticed that she had stopped. So I think that she really enjoyed that. It helped calm you. Put things into perspective. To realize that this is what we're here for.

Ted Simons: For more information on the harp foundation, how you can get involved or learn where the harpists play, visit the website

Ted Simons: Tomorrow on "Arizona Horizon," we'll learn about the variety of ways the valley summer heat can be deadly. And we'll talk to participants from Arizona's latest town hall which focused on solutions for those living paycheck to paycheck. That's Tuesday evening at and here on "Arizona Horizon."

Ted Simons: That is it for now. I'm Ted Simons. Thank you so much for joining us. You have a great evening.

Industrial Real Estate Market

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  • We’ll get an update on the industrial real estate market in the Phoenix area. Anthony Lydon of Jones Lang LaSalle, a financial services firm, will talk about the state of the warehouse and manufacturing real estate market in the Valley.
  • Anthony Lydon - Jones Lang LaSalle
Category: Business/Economy   |   Keywords: business, economy, industrial, real estate, market, valley,

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Ted Simons: Reports are mixed but most studies seem to show the local economy is in the upswing. We check on industrial real estate market in Phoenix and see how the world of warehouses and manufacturing plants is shaping up. Here to talk about his company's new report on the valley's industrial real estate market is Anthony Lydon of Jones-Lang-Lasalle, a financial services firm. Good to have you here.

Anthony Lydon: thanks, Ted. Great to be here.

Ted Simons: this is the kind of stuff people think they know about real estate but that's usually homes and such. This is industrial real estate. What is the state of the valley's market?

Anthony Lydon: The state of the valley's market somewhat of a mixed bag. The parts of the valley are starting recovery but clearly we have been challenged as it relates to the sequestration cuts, lack of new housing, housing is a direct link to GDP for our area, other issues of that nature. We have had a robust amount of design-build, corporate design-build projects so we're turning the corner.

Ted Simons: before we get further on this, define industrial market.

Anthony Lydon: Sure. Phoenix has about million square feet of industrial space. Our industrial market really came about as a defensive strategy by our country in World War II where they wanted to move some of the manufacturing plants inland away from the coast lean. So it's been rather remarkable the amount of industrial real estate over the last years it's roughly a million square foot annual creation of space. We're basically the same size as many Midwest and east coast markets that are to years old and we're or years old.

Ted Simons: sounds like the warehouse and distribution space, that aspect, doing the best?

Anthony Lydon: Actually not.

Ted Simons: Not doing the best.

Anthony Lydon: that's challenged right now. The large warehouse. The big box warehouse is on the demand side. That's for a few of the reasons we mentioned. Where we're seeing increased activity, our scalable specialized facilities that corporations chose Arizona for versus any other state in the country.

Ted Simons: When we see the apple plant, stories behind that, is that expected to boost numbers?

Anthony Lydon: Absolutely. Apple is a big deal. It's the only United States manufacturing plant they have. That's going to generate ancillary companies into the valley that's going to create more jobs.

Ted Simons: So if warehouse and distribution space not doing that well does that mean manufacturing might be doing a little bit better of?

Anthony Lydon: Starting to come around but based on sequestration cuts, housing -- corporate America for better or for worse has a lack of confidence from a regulatory standpoint with respect to the government decisions and so forth. Those sorts of things are putting a damper on it, but I would say compared to other markets in the country, Phoenix is very well positioned.

Ted Simons: As far as vacancy rates, what are you seeing?

Anthony Lydon: Over all vacancy now is just shy of %. The national rate is eight. We're % higher than the national. Don't fret. When Phoenix comes back we come back fairly strong. We average a little less than million square feet annual absorption. We missed that slightly last year, but again we're averaging two to . million square feet of corporate employer build.

Ted Simons: Intel is vacant. Does that affect the rates?

Anthony Lydon: Not directly. That affects jobs. I think Intel, I'm not going to speak for them but they have some of the smartest people in the planet that work for that company.

Ted Simons: my point is once that facility they figure out what to do with it, vacancy rates should improve.

Anthony Lydon: correct. That is a sizable -- Yes. when you have million feet vacant --

Ted Simons: Are we seeing more, smaller projects?

Antony Lydon: When I use scalable I'm referring to larger employees,, feet or larger. On the smaller to mid size general industrial marketplace, which is really our backbone of our economy, it's not on the front page but very important, we are seeing improvement in the southeast valley, deer valley, the Sky Harbor sub markets. There all seeing increase in activity. We're seeing early signs of increased demand in corporate occupiers in the west valley.

Ted Simons: in temperatures of the space are we different than other markets?

Anthony Lydon: No. Every market will cater to their larger users. I will say, though, Phoenix now has relatively large facilities that many other markets in the country would die for. So on a larger size we truly have some scalable , square foot regional food user, building right now marshal's just completed a distribution center. These are larger buildings. Tier cities like Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago have. It's unusual to find buildings of that size in our market.

Ted Simons: you mentioned southwest valley, deer valley. Where is most of the development going and is therein full or -- infill or --

Anthony Lydon: Our markets matured there are infill opportunities specifically in the Sky Harbor and central Phoenix marketplace. Very difficult to source them. So get to get appropriate zoning you may have environmental damage on the property.

Ted Simons: pricing demands, demand trends, the whole nine yards. Where are we going? Are we going this way or are we static?

Anthony Lydon: We're in a very good position. Geographically, Phoenix sits within the triangle of California, the world's eighth largest economy, Mexico, which is soon to become the world's number one manufacturer, and the th largest economy of the world, and Texas, the th largest economy. Within that we're the fourth largest trade partner with Mexico. We need to be as competitive as we can be because the corporate employers are typically having states compete against one another for their business.

Ted Simons: I was going to ask about that. What are they looking for when they look at an industrial real estate market?
Anthony Lydon: Total cost of operation. That includes real estate taxes. Our taxes tends to be higher than many other markets in the country. That's an area where we can improve. They are also looking for a deep qualified work force. We need to continue to invest in high-tech knowledge industrial education system through our universities as well as the low tech manufacturing technology entities like our community colleges and other schools in the area.

Ted Simons: At the state legislature there's much effort to try to entice from California and elsewhere businesses to come to Arizona. That a promise as yet waiting to see fulfilled?

Anthony Lydon: It's actually happening. We work closely with the Arizona commerce authority and greater Phoenix economic area as well as local development teams. We're tracking larger corporate requirements on the industrial side and a third to % are California companies that may not be closing their California operation but any expansion outside of California we want that business.

Ted Simons: the state of the valley's industrial real estate market, give us an overview.
Anthony Lydon: The state right now is a mixed bag. We think that we're probably to months away from a stabilized residential marketplace which is going to bootstrap all of the markets and different product types. We remain a very attractive location for many industrial corporate employers.

Ted Simons: sounds like optimism.

Anthony Lydon: great place to be.

Ted Simons: thanks for joining us.

Anthony Lydon: Thank you, Ted.

State of the Air 2014 Report

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  • A new report by the American Lung Association shows the Phoenix area ranks high among the list of most polluted cities. Christian Stumpf, regional director of government relations for the American Lung Association of the Southwest, will discuss the report.
  • Christian Stumpf - Regional Director, Government Relations for the American Lung Association
Category: Environment   |   Keywords: environment, phoenix, pollution, report, air, cities,

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Ted Simons: A new report by the American lung association shows that the Phoenix area is among the most polluted regions in the nation. For more we welcome Christian Stumpf, regional director. Thanks for joining us.

Ted Simons: Let's talk about what this report actually looked at. What kind of data was used.

Christian Stumpf: Well, I like to tell people at the start that this report takes hard to interpret data and puts it into language that everyday people can interpret. We look at ozone. We look at two types of particle pollution, annual, which shows you the average over the year of that pollution in the air, then short term particle pollution, which shows spikes.

Ted Simons: indeed. This is from two thousand ten to two thousand twelve

Christian Stumpf: Correct. We used EPA certified data. There's a delay in that data getting certified, so this year was ten,eleven,twelve next year eleven,twelve,thirteen then the year following.

Ted Simons: we have had some bad summers here. The impact of hotter than average summers, I want to get to the particulars in a second, but the impact of these hotter than average summers, that has to make a difference.

Christian Stumpf: it does. That's where bad ozone comes from is heat and the sunlight. As we can see, between 10,11, and 12 then 13 continuing on, it's been hotter than normal. I think last year was a record for heat in the valley.

Ted Simons: So let's start with particle year round particle pollution. Phoenix was ranked eighth in that. We were th last year. What happened?

Christian Stumpf: That could be a number of things. The economy has improved, construction has picked up. The back and forth digging and such. Lots of dirt moving. That could be a portion of it. Dust storms. That's another particular thing that's become more prevalent and greater intensity. Couple things that we're looking at.

Ted Simons: For short term particle pollution we were th. Which isn't quite so bad. What's going on?

Christian Stumpf: Again, dust storms, particularly, vehicle emissions, and construction again.

Ted Simons: so the difference between the short term pollution and year round, what do we take from those differences?

Christian Stumpf: We really for the long term want to look in solving the annual pollution. There's a lot of things that can be done over a period of time, which is educating the developers, construction sites, letting people know how they can cut back on a daily basis.

Ted Simons: then we get to ozone, Phoenix was ranked th in I ozone days.

Christian Stumpf: it's a little bit more. That's because of the temperatures getting hotter at an earlier period of time too. That extends the summer a little bit more. Gives us more days.

Ted Simons: The ozone is when the ozone levels up high because of the heat they get lower and we start experiencing them?

Christian Stumpf: Right. Vehicle emissions, industry, the pollution that each of those release mixed with the temperature and the sun is what causes those. Then when you get lower clouds, things get trapped.

Ted Simons: We're like a cauldron for this in the summertime. You got your dust storms, pollution, the ozone coming down because of the heat. I'm surprised there's anyone worse than us.

Christian Stumpf: we have a special kind of geography that keeps everything in the valley. We have a little bit more work to do to improve.

Ted Simons: with that in mind I know some critics of these reports will say that it doesn't separate natural and man triggered events. Talk to us about that. Is that a valid concern?

Christian Stumpf: It is. It's what's called exceptional events. The EPA takes those into consideration with they are looking at federal dollars and how those will be distributed. If you're in nonattainment your federal dollars for transportation are in jeopardy. What we're saying is that exceptional events on those days considered exceptional your lungs don't stop working. You're still breathing that dirty air in.

Ted Simons: With that in mind, health impact now, I imagine asthma and cardiovascular disease obviously concerns. Talk about the health impact of these numbers.

Christian Stumpf: absolutely. Ozone is akin to having a sunburn on your lungs. You can experience coughing, wheezing, exacerbates asthma. People thatsuffer from COPD. The particle pollutions can cause cardiac issues, pulmonary issues. Especially with those who are already suffering from COPD.

Ted Simons: because this report was from to we won't necessarily see last year. Maricopa County did reasonably well last year with ozone days. Does that mean the next report we could look a little better?

Christian Stumpf: Possibly. I haven't seen the numbers yet. But last summer was the hottest on record. So it could be.

Ted Simons: Now compare the Phoenix area to other parts of Arizona. Are there parts of Arizona where these kinds of numbers don't look too bad?

Christian Stumpf: In northern Arizona, Flagstaff was on one of the cleanest constituents list. Pima County has consistently been on the cleanest constituents list.

Ted Simons: what are they doing right down there?

Christian Stumpf: They don't have the geography that we have.

Ted Simons: Does it make a difference if you're in northern Arizona arks way from the desert, away from the extreme heat, that makes a difference.

Christian Stumpf: it does.

Ted Simons: Tomorrow we got an advisory because of the wind. That's a factor in the spring and summer as well.

Christian Stumpf: exactly. Yes.

Ted Simons: As far as climate change and the future of these studies, what are you anticipating? What is the lung association worried about? Climate change regardless of whether you want to believe it, it's happening.

Christian Stumpf: we have been working with EPA on the tier cleaner cars and gasoline standards which rules were put out just recently. Then we're going to work hard on stronger carbon pollution standard with the EPA and the Obama administration.

Ted Simons: are there ways in terms of public policy to address these pollution concerns?

Christian Stumpf: there are. That's what we're working toward with the EPA currently.

Ted Simons: last question, what do we take from this report?

Christian Stumpf: Well, we want people to know and read this report in their own language but we don't want it to be a report card on effort. The State Department of environmental quality has denigrate things. We're now in attainment for PM- and dust pollution. Maricopa County has done some great things as well. They have won awards from the EPA for their rapid response program which gets to pollution fast when they see the monitors start to rise. There's some great things being done. Compared to where we were years ago when we first released this report we have made huge strides in cleaning up the air. On the up and up.

Ted Simons: Very good. Good information. Thanks for joining us.

Christian Stumpf: Thank you.