Speeches


Mayor hosts swearing-in of 28 new citizens at City Hall ceremony

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The last step in the difficult and years-long process of becoming a U.S. citizen, the naturalization ceremony is a happy time for participants and their families. During and after today’s ceremony, people waved American flags, posed for photos in front of the flag, and spoke with great feeling about their gratitude at being part of this country.

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2017 State of the city—Tucson: a reliable partner (March 16, 2017)

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“For a city to grow and prosper takes people and organizations working together in partnership toward common goals.

In my five years as mayor, I’ve been pleased to see our city government work in partnership with businesses and the community. The City of Tucson is a good partner, a reliable partner, as we’ve proven time and time again during my tenure as mayor.”

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2016 State of the city—Investing in Tucson (March 1, 2016)

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Mayor delivers 2016 State of the City Address

“Pride in our city is why we doubled funding to fight graffiti. It’s why Tucson Clean & Beautiful added to its Adopt-a-Mile and Adopt-a-Park programs. And, it’s why the Tucson Metro Chamber continued its First Impressions Project, improving medians on Tucson Blvd. from the airport to Valencia Blvd. When you’re proud of something, you take […]

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Mayor Rothschild calls for focus on fundamentals in inaugural address

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Swearing in 2015

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild was sworn in for his second term in office today by his father, attorney Lowell Rothschild. After a brief swearing-in ceremony and council meeting, the mayor and council members attended an inaugural luncheon at the Tucson Convention Center, where Mayor Rothschild outlined priorities for his second term in office.

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2015 State of the city—Turning opportunity into results (March 6, 2015)

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“This is my fourth State of the City Address. I’ve talked about making Tucson work – and we are: ending the Rio Nuevo dispute, creating the city’s Economic Initiatives Office, and streamlining processes at Planning & Development Services. I’ve talked about doing more together than alone – and we are: partnering with business, government, and […]

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2014 State of the city—Tucson in transition (February 26, 2014)

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“Two years ago, I came before you and spoke of making Tucson work. We’ve made great strides. Last year, I spoke of how we do more together than alone. Today, you’ve heard specific examples of public-private partnerships. Whether it’s ending veteran homelessness, increasing childhood literacy, restoring Tucson’s tree canopy or creating a vibrant downtown, public-private […]

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2013 State of the city—We do more together than alone (February 19, 2013)

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Mayor Rothschild delivered his second State of the City speech, addressing numerous topics, including state-shared revenue, which is based on population living in incorporated areas. “To recapture the $70 million or more we lose in state-shared revenue every year, we must become an incorporated valley. Those dollars are our roads. Those dollars are our parks. Those dollars are our police and fire departments. I like our friends in Maricopa County as well as the next guy, but it is time we stopped building their roads, their parks, and their police and fire departments with our tax dollars.” Read speech

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Rio Nuevo settlement press conference (February 7, 2013)

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“What this means for Tucson is that Rio Nuevo can proceed with its mission of providing a catalyst for downtown development, under the terms set forth by the legislature in its enabling legislation and subsequent revision.” Read speech

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2012 State of the city—Making Tucson work

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“There is no simple solution. As a community, we must have the courage to address these long-term issues head on. Everything will be on the table: Charter reform, dedicated revenue streams, bonding, transit reform, compensation methodologies and annexation.” Read speech

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