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Latest from Lauren - November/December 2018

Post Date:11/29/2018 12:19 AM



November/December 2018

Tempe Election Results

Jennifer Jermaine

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

Engaging FutureVoters

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: and contact if you’d like to volunteer. 

Legislature Day at the Neighborhood and
Neighborhood Day at the Legislature!

A new legislative session begins on January 14, 2019 and Tempe, as always, will be watching how proposed bills might impact municipal governments and you, our residents.

On November 14th, City staff hosted an event introducing residents to legislators representing our city. Staff explained the sausage-making, Tempe’s legislative priorities, and advised on how best to advocate at the Legislature.

Join us January 16th at our annual Neighborhood Day at the Arizona State Capitol to get acquainted with your legislators, learn how the legislative process works, and take home tips on effective advocacy.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Arizona State Senate
1700 W. Washington St. Phoenix

Get more information and sign up to join us, click here

Buying Local

On November 15th, City Council unanimously declined to adopt the US Communities Contract with Amazon. Staff did their homework after Gayle Shanks, co-owner of Changing Hands Bookstore, brought our attention to the harm this contract can bring to local economies. City procurement staff recommended we decline the contract and has supercharged their outreach to local vendors. Thank you, Gayle and Local First Arizona, for your fierce dedication to local businesses and for championing community interests. 

Check out the City of Tempe's New Website


The City of Tempe has a new face online and we’d love your feedback! Check out the new design and let us know what you think at

Connecting with Kuby

My next drop-in “Office Hours” are January 26th, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tempe Library’s Connections Cafe. I’m finding it invaluable to host these one-on-one conversations with residents. Last month, talk centered on air-quality issues in Tempe. 



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. These workshops, central to Tempe’s award-winning Equal Pay program,  build confidence and skills around salary negotiation, market worth, tools of persuasion, and business strategies.

easy pay

Workshop Dates

Tuesday, Dec 4, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 15, 9:30 a.m. to noon

All classes are held in the TLC Classroom at the Tempe Public Library
3500 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282


Upcoming City Council Meetings

(Meeting agendas are posted the Friday before the meeting)

Work Study Session:
Thursday, Dec. 13, 4 p.m. 

Regular Council Meeting:
Thursday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m.

Selected Upcoming Events (Free)

  • Friday - Sunday, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, All Day: Tempe Festival of the Arts

  • Saturday, Dec. 8th, 7pm: Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, Tempe Town Lake

  • Monday, Dec. 17th: 4:30 to 6 pm: Sustainability Commission Meeting, Public Works Conference Room, City Hall Garden Level

  • Monday, Jan. 14th, 8am: 21st Annual MLK Diversity Awards Breakfast, 

    Tempe Marriott Buttes Resort; $10 for the first 500 people who RSVP: 480-350--8790; RSVP early, as this event sells out. 

More Events:

Learn More

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Keep in Touch!

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Disclaimer: This City Councilmember e-newsletter shall in no way be construed as any attempt to influence the
outcome of any election, in violation of Arizona law, or otherwise. 

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