Deseg 101 – TUSD Desegregation town hall

    July 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Tucson Baptist Church
    1525 S Columbus Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85711

    “Deseg 101 is a Town Hall meeting specifically for the TUSD community and tax payer to give them the opportunity to learn from and ask direct questions to experts who are well versed with the Court Ordered TUSD Desegregation issues and costs associated with that court order that began almost 40 years ago. Presented as a service to our community by LD 10 Arizona State Representative Todd Clodfelter.”

    Two speakers will be Dr. Gabriel Trujillo, TUSD Superintendent and Sean McCarthy of ATRA (Arizona Tax Research Association).

    UPDATE:  Heard that Dr. Trujillo will not be participating in this town hall.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Tom Prezelski writes at the Tucson Sentinel, Prezelski: Why is Clodfelter giving platform for Phx political hack to discuss TUSD?,

      “In the last few days, state Rep. Todd Clodfelter announced a “desegregation town hall.” While having an open public forum to discuss this issue is something this community needs, it is pretty clear that this is not what the event is going to be about.

      According to the Facebook page for the event, the forum is hosted by “Clodfelter for Arizona,”— in other words, his re-election campaign. It seems clear that this is a political event intended to promote Clodfelter’s candidacy.

      Even more concerning is that the discussion will be led by a representative from an organization called the Arizona Tax Research Association, better known as ATRA. While the name makes it sounds like an academic institute or a think-tank, they are actually a lobbying organization with an outsized influence at the capitol. During their seven decade history, they have been the major driving force of fiscal policy in Arizona, with the Legislature often deferring to them without question on issues related to the budget, taxation, and local control.

      The name “Arizona” is also a misnomer. They would be better called “Phoenix Metro Tax Research Association,” as their membership and board consists almost entirely of residents of Maricopa County. The late former County Assessor Rick Lyons referred to ATRA as “the usual suspects,” as the group consistently speaks for the interests of large, corporate landowners, primarily utilities. The result is that their primary agenda is lowering the property tax burden for a handful of corporations.

      The policies that ATRA has successfully advocated have not only shorted our schools, but have forced local governments to increasingly rely on regressive sales taxes to fund local services. ATRA has called for shifting the burden of property taxes from corporations to residential homebuilders. The legislature’s recent move to single out TUSD residents for a tax increase to pay for cuts to corporate taxes is a result of ATRA’s lobbying.

      It is worth asking Rep. Clodfelter why he would give a platform to a political hack from Phoenix whose organization has consistently worked against the interests of Pima County’s students and taxpayers.”

      Remember that Todd “Confederate” Clodfelter voted for Gov. Ducey’s budget that shifted more than $16 million in taxes to pay for the TUSD deseg order from the state to Pima County, targeting all of Pima County tax payers with an increased tax burden. Tucson leaders decried the state budget plan as attack on Pima County taxpayers,

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