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Dear Friends and Neighbors:

I always try to spend the entire month of November thinking about all the many opportunities I have and how thankful I am to live in Tucson with such a wonderful community. Thank you to all and may you have a healthy, happy holiday.

BUY LOCAL

I hope you will join me to shop local this holiday season, by supporting local businesses and our local economy. For every $100 spent at a local business, $73 stays in the community, as compared to just $43 staying in the local community when you shop at a non-local business. Local First Arizona has a list of businesses with special offers for Black Friday and the whole week following Thanksgiving. This year there are also special events on Small Business Saturday. Please visit Local First Arizona for a complete listing. Follow their campaign to Think Local, Buy Local and Be Local at http://localfirstaz.com/news/2011/11/18/buy-local-week-2011-tucson/.

FOOD BANK AND DIAPER DRIVE

I wanted to make sure you saw the news that the Tucson Community Food Bank needs our help for holiday boxes this year. Many people in Tucson are suffering in this economic crisis. Remember, for each $1 donated to the Food Bank, they distribute more than $10 of food, enough for four meals! In fact, more than 96 cents of every dollar donated to the Food Bank goes to food and programs. The Ward 1 Council office is accepting food for the food bank and collecting diapers for the diaper bank so if you have anything to spare, please stop by with your donations Downtown at 940 W. Alameda, at the corner of Alameda and Grande on the Westside of I-10. You can also make a direct, secure contribution to the Food Bank at http://communityfoodbank.com/donate/.

SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR NEW MAYOR AND COUNCIL

I hope you will join me in congratulating our new Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. He will be sworn in, along with me and City Councilors Shirley Scott and Paul Cunningham on December 5 at the Tucson Convention Center meeting rooms at 10 a.m. It is free and open to the public. I am also planning a special Ward 1 “meet and greet” reception to introduce Mayor Rothschild to the small businesses and neighborhoods in Ward 1. It is tentatively scheduled for Monday, February 6 at 5:30 p.m. at 801 W. Congress – the George Pettit and Jon Miles Housing Center. I will send more details later.

FAREWELL TRIBUTE TO MAYOR BOB WALKUP

Please join me at a luncheon to celebrate Mayor’s Walkup’s 12 years of public service to Tucson. The thank you tribute will be Friday, December 2 at The Historic Manning House, 450 W. Paseo Redondo. The tickets are $35 each and can be purchased through the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce by calling (520) 620-0005 or online at www.tucsonhispanicchamber.org. Proceeds from the event benefit Cox Charities –  awarding grants to non-profit organizations that impact our community through youth and education programs. Registration is at 11:30 with the lunch beginning at noon.

Happy Thanksgiving!

In Community,

Regina Romero

Tucson City Council, Ward 1

P.S. I attached the locations where you can recycle your used cooking oil from Thanksgiving. It will be converted to biodiesel and used in diesel engines within Pima County.