Latest from Lauren - November/December 2018
Tempe Election Results
At long last, the elections are over! While statewide and federal races captured most of the attention, we had a lot going on in Tempe as well. Tempe is comprised of two legislative districts: LD18 (South Tempe) and LD26 (Central and North Tempe). In the Nov. 6th election, Tempe residents elected newcomer Jennifer Jermaine (LD18) and re-elected incumbents:
LD18 State Senator Sean Bowie
LD18 State Representative Mitzi Epstein
LD26 State Senator Juan Mendez
LD26 State Representative Isela Blanc
LD26 State Representative Athena Salman
In addition, both of Tempe’s ballot measures garnered strong support:
Prop 417 (continues the 1/10 of a cent arts tax), passed with 68 percent of the vote.
Prop 418 (holds elected officials accountable for unlawful conduct) passed with 79 percent of the vote.
Dive deep into our precinct -level results, click here
Engaging Future Voters
I had a blast speaking to students at the Tempe Academy of International Studies on Election Day. I shared my beginnings in politics (John F Kennedy!) and my love for crafting public policy that advances sustainability. They asked TOUGH questions! Here’s the video
TreeBates are Here!
The City offers a rebate for the TreeBate program to residential water customers who purchase and plant approved desert-friendly plants (doesn’t have to be a tree!). Tempe is offering a rebate of up to 100% (capped at $75) toward the purchase of these plants. You need to take a free landscaping workshop to qualify. Our rebates don’t stop there. We offer free water audits, landscape-conversion rebates, and free irrigation controllers (worth $500). Discover our water-conserving rebates here.
Homeless Point-In-Time Count
Every year, volunteers in communities across the US hit the streets to conduct an annual street and shelter count of the number of people experiencing homelessness at a particular moment in time. Our local Point-In-Time (PIT) Count helps us identify the extent of homelessness in our county and helps Tempe to gain and apply resources appropriately.
This year’s PIT Count takes place from 5 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 and we absolutely can’t do it without volunteers like YOU! Learn more here: http://www.azmag.gov/Programs/Homelessness/Point-In-Time-Homeless-Count and contact Kelly_denman@tempe.gov if you’d like to volunteer.
Legislature Day at the Neighborhood and
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