Latest from Lauren - September 2018
Tempe Adopts 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
On August 30th, City Council adopted the 2108 IECC, establishing a baseline for energy efficiency for buildings constructed in Tempe. City staff culled from the best practices of other cities to create a checklist, to ensure that contractors comply with our newly updated energy codes. I’m proud we are joining Phoenix and a growing list of cities to take this momentous step forward in greening our City!
Tempe Resident Kayla Gonzalez needs our help!
On August 15, ASU freshman Kayla Gonzalez was in an horrific pedestrian accident the day before her college career was to begin. Her injuries are serious, including two badly broken legs, a broken pelvis, and an amputated big toe. Kayla, the 2018 McClintock High Student Class President, faces months of recovery and physical therapy along with overwhelming medical bills. Read more about Kayla here on AzCentral or ABC15.
You can donate to help Kayla at GoFundMe.
Tempe Takes Back Ownership of Historic Hayden House
On August 30, the City Council passed a development agreement that allows us to purchase back the property for $10. The transfer of ownership will take place once the current owner and developer complete the planned renovations to the site (no later than June 2020).
With the former Monti’s restaurant site rapidly deteriorating since its closure in 2014, this deal is a huge win for historic preservation in Tempe. Thanks go out to the citizens serving on the Historic Preservation Commission for their dedicated work. Read more about the agreement here.
Amazon vs. Local Business
On August 30, the Council began a robust discussion on whether to approve a purchasing contract of up to $150,000 with Amazon. At issue is concern from local merchants that Amazon sales undercut local businesses and may interfere with existing procurement contracts. Although Tempe has always emphasized the importance of supporting local venders and 25% of city supplies are purchased from local venders, with 89% purchased from Arizona businesses, Tempe still spent more than $200,000 with Amazon this past fiscal year. This AzCentral article does a great job of outlining the controversy. The Council has continued the item to the October 22nd Council meeting to allow for research and discussion with local businesses. To weigh in on this issue, contact CouncilCommunicator@tempe.gov.
Tempe Crossroads and the Fight for Affordable Housing
On August 9, Council approved a luxury student-housing project located on Orange and Terrace known as Tempe Crossroads. It’s an ironic name, as a crossroads is exactly where we stand in Tempe when it comes to affordable housing. The City Council continues to emphasize the need for more affordable housing in Tempe, but has had limited success in attracting these more modest projects while luxury developments continue to seek approval and space, particularly in the ASU area and the downtown core. Affordable housing is a complex problem that many communities are struggling with, and there are no easy solutions. Read more about the Crossroads discussion in AzCentral, but I’d love to hear more from you on how to entice more affordable home building to Tempe.
Connecting With Kuby
I began a new schedule of monthly “Office Hours” where I meet with constituents who drop in at the Tempe Library’s Connections Cafe. At the first event, much concern was expressed this month over traffic and speeding, loose dogs, the need for more dog parks, bike infrastructure, and worsening air quality. Drop by anytime from 1 to 3pm on Saturday, Sept 29th to join the conversation.
Sept 14th Deadline -- Tempe’s Complete Count Census Committee
The City of Tempe encourages community members to apply for volunteer positions on the city’s 2020 U.S. Census Complete Count Committee. Click here to join us!
Salary Negotiation Training Workshops
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. Workshops serve to build confidence and skills around salary negotiation, market worth, tools of persuasion, and business strategies.
September Council Meetings
(Meeting agendas are posted the Friday prior to the meeting)
Work Study Sessions: Thursday, Sept. 6 - 4 p.m. and Sept 20 - 5 p.m.
Regular Council Meetings: Sept. 27, 6 p.m.
Semiannual Council Retreat: Friday, Sept. 21, 2 to 5 p.m.
Selected September Events (Free)
More Events: www.tempe.gov/calendar
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