Guest Columns


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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Show Arizona’s lawmakers that education means business, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Special to the Arizona Daily Star This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. There are many thoughtful ways we can show our appreciation for teachers – starting with a simple “thank you.” Offering practical and much-needed support, Tucson Values Teachers uses community donations to purchase school supplies and professional development for […]

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Make your voice heard in support of D-M, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Special to the Arizona Daily Star Tucsonans have good reason to be concerned over the possibility of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base losing its 83 A-10C “Warthogs” and the jobs they bring to this community. The secretary of defense has proposed doing away with the A-10 altogether — cutting short its planned […]

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Tucson’s mayor believes a healthy education system is a key to the city’s economic future, Tucson Weekly

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By Jonathan Rothschild Recently, I set forth my work plan for the next two years. In it, I talk about the Five T’s of Tucson’s economy: technology, trade, transportation, tourism and teaching. If the word “teaching” seems out-of-place in a discussion about our local economy, it shouldn’t. Businesses want to locate in communities where the […]

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Focus on five ways to create jobs fits Tucson to a T, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Special to the Arizona Daily Star In Arizona, we grew up learning about the Five C’s. Cattle, citrus, copper, cotton and climate played important roles in our history. But today, Tucson has a modern economy. Today, it’s not Five C’s, but Five T’s: technology, trade, transportation, tourism and teaching. Teaching, of […]

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Tucson’s mayor provides the lowdown on the Affordable Care Act, Tucson Weekly

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By Jonathan Rothschild On Oct. 1, open enrollment begins for the Health Insurance Marketplace, part of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, also known as Obamacare. Whether you were for or against this legislation, it’s here, it’s the law of the land, and here’s what you need to know. Young adults were some of the […]

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