Guest Columns


City parks need our financial support, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Rothschild, Special to the Arizona Daily Star This Labor Day, many families will celebrate the last holiday weekend of the summer in parks—local, state and national. Aug. 25 marked the centennial of the National Park System, and I hope everyone makes time to visit a national park this year, especially because Tucson is […]

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Tucson is revving up, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Special to the Arizona Daily Star There’s a new sense of pride, optimism, and excitement in our city—and with good reason. More Tucsonans are employed today than at any time in our history, including before the recession. When I first took office in December 2011, we were at 7.7% unemployment. Today, […]

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Cities should ask voters for bond money on true needs, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Special to the Arizona Daily Star The failure of the recent county bonds package has caused some rethinking of how we approach investment in our community. Do we look first to the region, or to our own cities and towns? While City of Tucson voters supported several of the county’s measures, […]

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Tucson’s water strategy ensures a secure future, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Special to the Arizona Daily Star When I look at other western cities and the problems they’re having with water, I’m grateful for what Tucson has done to secure a safe and sustainable water supply. Decades ago, our city pumped more groundwater than nature replaced—a condition known as overdraft. Today, not […]

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Our mayor wants us to know about My Brother’s Keeper, a community challenge to address youth and achievement, Tucson Weekly

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By Jonathan Rothschild With a Congress that has little use for federal assistance programs, President Obama has had to look for new ways to help Americans who are struggling. He’s issued a number of challenges. Ending veteran homelessness, which Tucson is working on, is one. To date, we’ve housed 920 formerly homeless veterans—more than halfway […]

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Mayor Rothschild shares his experience of participating in the 2015 PIT Count with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, USICH Blog

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By Mayor Jonathan Rothschild I was happy to welcome U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to Tucson earlier this year for our annual Point In Time Count, also known as the Street Count. The Street Count helps communities determine service needs by interviewing their homeless population. That information is then forwarded to our federal partners, […]

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Rothschild: Working together works better, Arizona Daily Star

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We’ve passed the halfway point in our initiative to end veteran homelessness in Tucson – more than 800 veterans housed so far. We’ve done this by working together with, at last count, 14 partner agencies, including the city’s housing department. When we work together, we achieve more – more than any one person or organization could do on their own.

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Taking care of our transportation needs, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Special to the Arizona Daily Star Tucson voters did the right thing when they passed the streets bond in 2012, putting $20 million a year toward road recovery over five years. Now the city is doing its part — restoring roads as promised, according to schedule, with citizen oversight. You can […]

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Tucson’s new southwest water technology cluster: Supporting business while solving our problems, Inside Tucson Business

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Jonathan Rothschild, Special to Inside Tucson Business Decades ago, Tucson’s aerospace and defense industry cluster formed around two major assets – Davis- Monthan Air Force Base and Raytheon. In the years since, those industries have brought billions in investment and thousands of jobs to our region. Today, the University of Arizona, Tucson Water, Pima County […]

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