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Superbowl 2015

Posted on October 11, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Superbowl 2015 coming to Phoenix lets us prepare now for tourism down here. Get those spectators to stay in Tucson and shuttle those folks

Bud Seling Baseball Commisioner

Posted on September 24, 2011 at 4:00 PM

 I just placed a phone call to Baseball Commisioner Bud Seling and left a message for him to bring  LA Dodgers to Tucson. Who is with me on this? Send email to tucsondavid@hotmail.com I would buy them if I could

City Taxpayers Need To Take Back Tucson

Posted on September 18, 2011 at 5:45 PM

 We the city taxpayers need to take back Tucson. Mayor Walkup is not allowing free speach at city council meetings. I am starting a committee of Tucson taxpayers to take back Tucson, are voices need to be heard. It appears our city council and mayor has personal agendas, they are not listening to their constituents. The next 4 years will be same ole same ole. Yes! I intend to run for mayor in 2015, this time on the ballot. We need people in office that care about city and the taxpayers. If you are intersted in getting involved. Send me email we will hold our first meeting in October and brainstorm.

Mayor in 2015

Posted on September 10, 2011 at 1:45 PM

 Stay tuned ! I am going to run for mayor in 2015. This time I will be on the ballot

Sheriff

Posted on September 10, 2011 at 1:40 PM

 If Sheriff Clarence Dupnik retires I may consider running for Sheriff

A New Beginning

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Thanks to all of who supported me and my ideas.  While campaigning I ran into many people who did not see or hear anything about my candidacy. They were totally unaware there was a candidate opposing the way the Rio Nuevo project is being run. Al they knew through the  media coverage in town, was Rio Nuevo was going to remain as is.


There were many who expressed they were very supportive of my ideas but had already sent in their ballots.  Because of them, and the many business owners who were dissatisfied with the established choices offered, I’ve decided to remain involved in the process.  I'm taking a look on how I can remain engaged, providing a voice for those who do not want the albatross that is the Rio Nuevo project to be hangin on their necks.  And, for those who want this to be a businesse enterprise, with private money at risk, not the taxpayer's.


I'm looking for ways in which I can have a role in representing those business and private citizens while impressing upon the city council and the new Mayor, of their seriousness and, to not take their concerns lightly.


Of course, this site will come down in a few days, but the ideas will remain and will remain as a jumping off point for future political action.


David

 

Achieving Economic Improvement

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 12:00 AM

An economic plan, within which the city is a catalyst in improving the business climate and growth, is what I want for Tucson.


Any economic development plan needs to benefit our current businesses first and foremost.


I foresee a plan, which involves the entire metropolitan area working within a coalition of all stakeholders.


Such a broad group would develop an economic improvement plan benefiting each of the communities and all of our Mom and Pop businesses.  These small enterprises are the city’s bread and butter.


I do believe, as do virtually al of the business people and individuals with whom I’ve spoken, that what’s been occurring all these many years with Rio Nuevo is the classic definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

Police Need More Ways to Protect

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 5:40 AM

I’d like to see more bicycle patrols, add foot patrols. This will allow private citizens to become familiar with the officers and for the officers to become familiar with the people who belong in the neighborhood.  This will also aid in eliminating the barriers & sense of distance which may exist otherwise,


By being on the ground in the neighborhoods, it'll be easier for officers to notice things which are out of place, or people who are not part of the normal activities.


And, officers should be able drive their patrol cars home. This will project a higher profile, increasing the “halo effect” to help control traffic & reduce the number of speeders.

Top Priorities

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 3:05 PM

TOP PRIORITIES

  1. Replace Rio Nuevo project with a creative fresh approach to private sector economic development for the entire city including a redevelopment plan for downtown.
  2. Take a surgical approach to the city budget in every department; shifting overhead from management positions to increasing front line personnel where proven necessary. 
  3. Fill all police & fire department’s required positions with experienced personnel. 
  4. Streamline city permit approval times; maximize utilization of city inspectors by adding more where essential while assuring current high standards. 
  5. Prioritize all Public works projects by critical need. 
  6. Insure clean water recycling and reduce reliance on CAP such as implementing cisterns to capture water run-off & other appropriate measures. 
  7. Require all new building projects to be environmentally neutral.

Tucson Police Department Fast Hire

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 2:55 AM

The Tucson Police Department has been authorized, in the current 2011-12 budget, 917 commissioned officers and 3,165 civilian positions


As taxpayers let's put the pressure on the city council put the the hiring process put on the fast track, Let's get more officers on the street!                                                                                                             

Getting Down to the Grass Roots

Posted on August 12, 2011 at 6:20 PM

The future is here, with more changes coming at us as quickly as our collective creative brains can develop them.. We have new technologies to explore and implement.


We want Tucson to be on the cutting edge of implementing new energy sources in our daily lives.  We want to utilize the latest proven technologies being implemented throughout the world.


If remote peoples can connect to the internet for teaching their young and farmers are being taught how to best manage their crops and animals within their changing environments, bettering their lives, why aren't we incorporating new technologies designed for our specific requirements at a quicker pace?


We are just the right size community to help develop computerized, synhronized traffic control systems to keep our traffic flowing smoothly by adjusting for changes in driving patterns during day parts.  Why are we sitting at a long light, during light traffic periods, or for that matter, waiting for 2-minutes for a light to change at 3 in the morning?


If Germany has their residential solar systems off-setting some 60% of their industrial power useage we can certainly do considerably better with the number of sunny days we experience.


If China, Japan and other developed countries are issuing grade shool children their own laptop computers, why can't we.


If this agrees with your expectations for the future of Tucson then let's  keep the pressure on the city & the school boards!

Vehicle Efficiency Using Current Technology

Posted on August 10, 2011 at 1:20 AM

Let's get our city leader's to commit to the process of making our city more energy efficient by personally driving electric powered vehicles.


Get the city replacing all vehicles with electrics and hybrids, on the current replacement cycle.


Ft. Huachuca’s installation command replaced many of their gas vehicles a few years back, which were used for daily business commutes on the base with electric vehicles.  We can do the same here.


We can have a small vehicle pool at each distant city building complex.  An employee would park the vehicle at a parking station at the destination, where it would then be plugged in for charging.  It would then be ready for the next driver to take to another location.


Even though this may involve a few extra vehicles parked at each location, the benefits of shareing vehicles would save money in the long run.  Hybrids would be used for longer for those in positions which require longer runs.

Public Works Project Reviews

Posted on August 8, 2011 at 12:35 AM

Let’s make certain we are prioritizing public works repairs using the criteria of safety, health & welfare.


No new major projects until we’re out of the budget crunch.  Potholes must be repaired,water and sewage mains must be replaced. No public works employees will be laid off but re-assigned to the critical projects.

Programs for Youths

Posted on August 6, 2011 at 1:30 AM

Let’s take a look at a summer hire program for high & middle school students.

I’d like to see the city encourage a youth musical theater group where they can take part as actors, stage hands, musicians.

Keep Our College Graduates in Tucson

Posted on August 6, 2011 at 1:10 AM

I'd like to see incentives targeted at our college graduates to keep them in Tucson. We can work together with area private businesses and other governmental agencies, hiring them with an 18-month probation period after which we could pay a percentage of their student loans.

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City Employees

Posted on August 4, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Let' tell City Hall to abolish unneccessary management positions through early retirements & attrition, combine positions with no increase in pay, merge departments, employ more front-line workers, and allow workers the opportunity to take early retirements.


Tell the city council they work for  us. We want to eliminate duplicate paperwork, sell-off unneccesary equipment, and have management drive their own vehicles, not the city's.

TV, Film Productions

Posted on August 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM

I'd like to se our Film Commission bring back television productions to Tucson. Creative incentives would help. Univision shows like Don Francisco and Sabada De Gante could be produced here.

I believe we should and turn over the Tucson Community Center to a professional entertainment management company which can operate it effectively.


Let's seriously look at relocating a facilty in a central location, seeking proposals from local developers.


I envision an  arena on the bottom, a second floor music hall, with a little theater on the third floor.  While we're at it, power it with solar. And incorporate the latest in water-saving technologies.  Such a 3-story structure would save on land space.

Rio Nuevo Project

Posted on August 4, 2011 at 10:20 AM

It 's time to cut our losses, pulling the plug on the Rio Nuevo project. $77 million of the taxpayers money has been spent with nothing to show for it, but architectual drawings. As mayor I want to do a forensic audit and see if any illegal practices took place.  Prosecuting those who may have abused the system.  Let's recoup the money by encouraging the building of recreational facilities such an amusement park, a drive-in movie theater, (one is already being proposed by a citizens group, and allow co-op farming.


Put in your 2-cents worth . . .


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