Guest Columns


Being a citizen means standing up for American values, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Special to the Arizona Daily Star Sunday, September 17 is Citizenship Day and the start of Constitution Week, an opportunity for us all to reflect on what it means to be an American. Some of the most enthusiastic supporters of this country are people who’ve had to work to become a […]

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A mentor’s superpower? Showing up, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Special to the Arizona Daily Star Tucson has many youth who could benefit from having mentors—and many youth mentorship programs. What we need more of are mentors—especially men of color, who are underrepresented in these programs. That’s why my office is working to recruit more adults to volunteer as mentors through […]

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House and Senate health-care bills put everyone at risk, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Special to the Arizona Daily Star “Repeal and replace” was the slogan, but now we’ve seen the House and Senate health-care bills, “wreck and redistribute” is more like it. Almost 45% of nearly $1 trillion in tax cuts would go to the richest 1%—households making $875,000 or more. For that, millions […]

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Get free help doing your taxes, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Special to the Arizona Daily Star Tax season can be stressful, but for households earning up to $64,000, free help preparing your returns is available through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. I encourage everyone who falls within that $64,000 limit to take advantage of this program and access all […]

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City parks need our financial support, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Jonathan 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 […]

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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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