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2017 State of the City address by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild delivered his 2017 State of the City address today at the Metro Chamber’s luncheon at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass resort.  Here’s the link to read it in its entirety —  “Tucson: A Reliable Partner” :


Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

In the past I cut & pasted his entire State of the City speech, but this year it’s easier to just send you to his Mayor’s page, www.mayorrothschild.com.

Mayor Rothschild is a Democrat, first elected in 2011, re-elected in 2015. In his first race he defeated Republican contender Rick Grinnell and Green Party candidate Mary DeCamp. He ran unopposed in his 2nd bid.


Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s “Don’t Wait to Fight Hate” Initiative

At last week’s “We Stand Together” event at the YWCA of Southern Arizona, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild announced his “”Don’t Wait to Fight Hate” initiative”:


“Tucson does not and will not stand for hate, discrimination, or bullying of any kind.

Since the November 8, 2016 general election, communities across the country have seen a rise in hate crimes and bias incidents directed against people based on their religion, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, orientation and/or disability. But there are things individuals and groups can do to fight back.”

Click on the link above to read more, esp. the 10 steps to fight hate, from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Many people spoke at that YWCA event about how to stand up together to fight harassment against Jews, Muslims, minorities, gays/lesbians, women, disabled, etc.  There have been a few incidents recently even here in Pima County.

Another Tucson Birthday celebration at Historic train depot


Roll with Tucson Mayor Rothschild for Bike Fest


“Ready to roll with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild again this spring?  (Pictured above 2nd from right.  Michael Keith of Downtown Tucson Partnership is at the far left).

Join us at Whole Foods Speedway, 3360 E. Speedway Blvd. for a free breakfast to fuel up for the ride and then accompany Mayor Rothschild downtown on two wheels via the University/3rd Street Bike Boulevard!

The event is open to anyone on their bikes going to work, to school, to run errands, etc. You can just hop on your bike and join us for breakfast even if you’re commuting a different direction and can’t ride with the Mayor. 

Free Breakfast sponsored by Whole Foods will be served starting at 7:00 AM. The Mayor’s ride will leave Whole Foods at 7:45am and head downtown via the University/3rd Street Bike Boulevard.”

You can RSVP via FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/177261259320426/

part of Bike Fest 2016 — ongoing to April 30: http://blogforarizona.net/bike-fest-2016-during-entire-month-of-april/

Bike Fest 2016 during entire month of April


Lots of bicycle friendly events to participate in during entire month of April. Go to events calendar: http://www.bikefesttucson.com/events/2016-04/

Last year we participated in the morning “Roll with the Mayor” breakfast & ride, and His Honor Mayor Jonathan Rothschild set a very fast pace on the E. 3rd Street bike route.  It’s on April 26 this year.

Other bike events of note:  Bike in movie on April 15 “Wadjda” about girls trying to have the freedom to bicycle in Saudi Arabia, and the popular GABA Bike Swap Meet on April 17.

Enjoy bicycling in the springtime.

The Arizona Daily Star goes to pot(holes)

Our sad small town newspaper, the Arizona Daily Star (all the news that Jim Click decides is fit to print) is at it again. This takes tying together a series of reports this week.

The Star’s columnist Tim Steller today has a piece captioned How about the Tucson Pothole Bowl? Now I don’t know whether Steller captions his own columns. Typically a copy editor, in this case the Star’s notorious creative headline writer whom we have belittled for years probably came up with this caption, because nowhere in Steller’s column does he even mention the word “pothole.” The copy editor didn’t even bother to read his piece to come up with this caption.

The caption is actually in reference to a report in the Star earlier in the week.

Pat McNamara in an above-the-fold front page story on Monday — because it was a slow news day? — reported that We’re No. 1 — in potholes:

A.MillerScientific verification of what every Tucson driver already knows can be found in a report by the Making Action Possible Dashboard project of the University of Arizona Eller College of Management, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council.

Their pothole index report says Tucson regional streets rank worst among a collection of 11 Western urban regions.

[Photo of Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller lying in a pothole. (h/t The Tucson Weekly). Miller is opposed to the County Bond election, and supports Republicans in the Arizona legislature sweeping stealing HURF funds for roadways and state revenue sharing funds from Pima County.]

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