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Latest from Lauren - April-May 2019

Post Date:04/25/2019 8:00 AM


April-May 2019

Tempe’s Climate Action Plan

ClimateActionPlanLogox200Tempe’s Sustainability Director Braden Kay and our Sustainability Commission have been busy reaching out to residents, ASU faculty, staff, and students, as well as business and nonprofit partners to construct CRAFT 2050: Climate Resilience and Action, which outlines objectives to help mitigate climate-related issues in our city. Whether updating building codes, integrating green infrastructure into city projects, or addressing resilience to extreme heat, the Climate Action Plan, the city’s first, will outline a roadmap for sustainable solutions. Read more here. 


A New Mayor for Phoenix


Congratulations to the new Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego. Kate and I have worked together for years -- on equal pay, campaign finance reform, and local control issues -- and I’m eager to continue our collaboration. As we look ahead to tackle regional issues such as homelessness, water conservation, or protecting workers and the environment, it will be important to have strong, regional partners like Mayor Gallego by our side!


Tempe’s Vision Zero and a Ban on Texting While Driving


Tempe’s Vision Zero is a traffic-safety policy takes an ethical approach toward achieving safety for ALL road users—be they drivers, pedestrians, or bicyclists. We are committed to reducing the number of fatal and serious injury crashes to zero in our city, because no loss of life is acceptable. We are the first city in Arizona to adopt Vision Zero. In a bold step toward our goal, we banned the use of handheld mobile devices while driving. Read more here.


Get Water Smart

modular-home-page-portal-and-mobilex200Our new online water-use portal connects residents to their hourly and monthly water use and sends high-usage alerts. Register your free account at  and start tracking your water use and detecting expensive leaks.  In addition, Tempe offers a boatload of water conservation rebates, including a $75 rebate for desert plants. 


A Win for Local Democracies and Transparent Elections

Tempe voters eked out a win in a recent challenge to our dark-money disclosure ballot initiative, which passed overwhelmingly by Tempe voters back in March 2018. As an AZ  charter city, we argued that  the city and its residents can regulate local elections. The city has expressed its belief that disclosure obligations maintain the public trust, eliminate potential corruption and fraud in elections, and improve transparency and integrity, and that they do not prevent free speech. According to the AG’s opinion, “Both the state and charter cities may legislate in the same field.” While being a weak affirmation of charter-city authority, a win is a win. Learn more here and here.


VITA is Vital



Tempe Community Council wrapped up the 2018 VITA tax assistance program. Over 70 volunteers, many from ASU's WP Carey School of Business, completed nearly 1,400 returns, returning millions of dollars in earned income tax credits to Tempe residents.


Connecting with Kuby

kubyx200My next drop-in “Office Hours” will be April 27th (Earth Month edition!), from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Tempe Library . I’ll be bringing various staff members with me to discuss what’s new in sustainability in Tempe including the status of our first-ever Climate Action Plan, updates on water-conservation efforts, and concerning changes in the recycling market. These one-on-one conversations with residents are invaluable to me. 


Jenny Norton and Bob Ramsey are Urban Forestry Champions!


Jenny Norton and Bob Ramsey of the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation were honored for their outstanding contributions to the ASU Urban Forestry Program and their commitment to sustainability , at an Earth Month tree planting  at Palmer Park. ASU’s Office of University Sustainability Practices lauded these Tempe treasures for their visionary philanthropy and dedication to individual and community health.


The Five Most Common Questions Asked By Tempe Residents

  1. 1. HOW CAN I GET THE HISTORY ON A COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY? Fill out a public records request form. Go to find it under “Applications and Forms.”
  2. HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR SLIPP? The Service Line Protection Program protects you from water line breaks on your property for a $12 monthly fee. Click on “SLiPP Enrollment Form” at
  3. WHAT DAY IS MY BULK TRASH COLLECTION? Enter your address and find your schedule at
  4. WHERE CAN I BRING MY OLD PAINT? Our Household Products Collection Center takes household chemicals and other items for reuse or safe disposal. These products do not go in the trash or recycling bins. Visit and click on “HPCC.”
  5. WHERE CAN I GET A CULTURE PASS? The Library offers free passes to a variety of attractions in the region. Visit and search “culture pass.” 


Upcoming City Council Meetings (through May)

(Meeting agendas post the Friday before the meeting here)


Work Study Sessions, 4 pm on April 25th, May 2nd, and May 16th

Regular Council Meeting, 6 pm on Thursday, May 9th and May 22nd


Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, April 27th, Connecting with Kuby. Monthly office hours at the library, 1 to 4 p.m, Connections Cafe. This month will feature an update on sustainability efforts in Tempe in honor of Earth Month.
  • Monday, May 20th, Sustainability Commission Meeting, Monthly meeting open to the public, Public Works Conference Room, Garden Level, Tempe City Hall 


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.

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Workshop Dates
Saturday, August 3rd, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, TLC Classroom, Tempe Public Library


Learn More

  1. Call 480-350-8311 or email to notify the city of a problem.
  2. Apply to serve on a Tempe board or commission. Click to see current vacancies.
  3. For the latest Tempe news, sign up for topic-based updates.
  4. Sign up for updates on state legislation affecting Tempe here. 

Keep in Touch!

Twitter: @LaurenKuby
Facebook: Lauren Kuby, Tempe City Councilmember

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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