BREWER NOT RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION - Saying "it's the right time for me to move on," Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced yesterday that she will not seek a third term as governor. Brewer replaced Gov. Janet Napolitano in 2009 when Napolitano resigned to become Secretary of Homeland Security. As Arizona's Secretary of State at the time, Brewer automatically ascended to the state's top post. Despite a two-term limit for Governor, Brewer maintains she would have been eligible for an additional term, since she wasn't elected to her first term, but opponents threatened to challenge that assumption in court. Read more from Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star.
LATINO LITERACY ROUNDTABLE TOMORROW - Tucson City Council Member Regina Romero (Ward 1) is partnering with the University of Arizona and others for the third annual Latino Literacy Roundtable. The Roundtable provides an opportunity for scholars and community members to meet, discuss, and share information about the development of digital literacy for Latinos in English and Spanish. The free event will be held tomorrow at the Arizona Historical Society from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration is required and can be completed by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROCESS IMPROVEMENT SAVES TAX DOLLARS - Go behind-the-scenes to watch the City of Tucson put Lean Six Sigma management principles to work to improve workflow, reduce errors and improve efficiency in maintenance and IT operations. Lean Six Sigma is a business and data-driven approach to reducing waste and increasing customer satisfaction. Watch the training session on Tucson 12.
CAN CITIES AND SUBURBS WORK TOGETHER? - Mesa Mayor Scott Smith says it makes more sense to fund cities and their suburbs as large metro areas, rather than politically separate entities. Smith, who is running for the Republican nomination for Governor, says the federal government doles out funding to states, which have all the power, because they funnel it down to local governments. Those governments are left to compete with each other for money, while they are responsible for directly serving constituents needs. In an interview with Governing Magazine, Smith says that in an ideal world, federal funding for programs wouldnt filter through states - metro areas would instead have a direct line to the source, but he says that's not likely to happen any time soon.
PREPARING FOR A MEDICAL EMERGENCY - The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) is always on-call to come to the rescue, but the best thing you can do to stay safe is to always be prepared for an emergency, such as keeping your medical information on the refrigerator. In "No Bad Days with Barrett" on KGUN9, TFD Captain Barrett Baker offers some tips.