Three Women Councilmembers Sworn In
Tempe now has three female Councilmembers, as Robin Arredondo-Savage, Jennifer Adams, and I took our oath of office before a packed house at City Hall on July 26th. I’m am also honored to report that the Council elected me to a two-year term as Vice Mayor. I thank my Council colleagues for their support. View my speech here at 8:20 minutes.
Council Refers Two Initiatives to the November Ballot
At our June 28 council meeting, we voted to refer two ballot propositions for Tempe voters to consider in the November election:
- Proposition 417 proposes a new city sales and use tax of one-tenth of one percent -- to begin when the existing one-tenth of one percent tax expires in 2020. The funds would be used to integrate arts and culture throughout Tempe. The previous arts tax funded the construction and operations of the Tempe Center for the Arts. The arts tax renewal will put into action the citizen-generated Arts and Culture Plan, which was crafted with nearly 1,000 community members.
- Proposition 418 is a proposed amendment to the City Charter to provide the Tempe City Council with parameters for considering the removal from office of a Councilmember. The Council recently updated its Code of Conduct to reflect the same values and behaviors that are required of city employees. The proposal would allow the Council to remove a Councilmember with an affirmative vote of at least 5 of 7 Councilmembers, with due process and clear and convincing evidence, for unlawful conduct involving moral turpitude, fraud, or corruption. The maximum recourse in our current code of conduct is written censure of the offending Councilmember.
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I represented Tempe at the national convening of Local Progress, a network of 750 progressive local elected officials (from 45 blue, red, and purple states, in cities and towns, in majority and minority caucuses) who fight together -- and always with community groups, labor unions, and movement organizations -- for shared prosperity, equal justice, livable and sustainable communities, and engaged and inclusive democracy. I spoke on social economic justice, highlighting TempePRE and Equal Pay programs, as well as our role in advancing Earned Sick Days throughout the State of Arizona. I was proud to have been a finalist for their annual Progressive Champion award.
Equal Pay Workshops
On July 20, Rosa Inchausti, Policy Aide Kristin Gwinn, and I shared the success of Tempe’s Equal Pay initiative with the Arizona Community Action Association. Tempe’s model program, which the American Association of University Women touts as Tempe’s program the best in the US, bar none. If you live, work, or study in Tempe, SIGN UP HERE for one of our popular, FREE salary-negotiation workshops, held at the Tempe Library:
- Tuesday, Aug. 7, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Saturday, Aug. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 11, 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 29, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Saturday, Aug. 18, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Zero Waste Day, Tempe Sport Complex. Bring in paper for shredding, tires, clothing furniture, household items, household hazardous waste, electronics, computer equipment, appliances, and scrap metal
- Saturday, Aug 25, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Connecting with Kuby - meet me inside the Tempe Library, at Connections Cafe, to discuss your concerns.
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