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City Council approves Cesar Chavez holiday

The Tucson City Council approved giving municipal workers a paid holiday to honor labor leader César Chávez. Tuesday's unaminous vote means the birthday of the civil-rights leader will be added to Tucson's list of holidays starting next year, at a cost of about $500,000.... Read more»

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Mar 4, 2014, 11:10 am
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At a time the city has a 33 million dollar deficit, is millions behind on funding retiree pensions and has a crumbling infrastructure, Regina Romero and her buddies again say “it’s all about meeee!”  They are willing to spend money on their feel good holiday and all the other deficit issues be dammed.

Mar 4, 2014, 12:10 pm
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True that!

I had the misfortune of driving on Grant Road yesterday, from about Wilmot all the way till I-10. This being the case, I can offer confident expert testimony that the COT has far more important things to spend their money on than a feel-good holiday.

Why in the world would businesses want to set up in a town that clearly demonstrates that it can’t take care of itself?

Mar 5, 2014, 8:52 am
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BOSA asserted:

I think that having a holiday to remember someone that had such a great impact in so many peoples lives is very important. I dont understand why the press and government have to make such an important accomplishment be focused just on the money. Yes tucson has horrible roads and they need to be fixed but this holiday isnt the only thing that the government is using the city money for. If we can have a holiday for Martin Luther King why cant we have a holiday for Cesar Chavez. They were equally important and influential in the human rights movement. Why dont people talk about the money that is lost on Martin Luther Kings holiday?  The reason that people dont talk about the money that is lost on this holiday is because of the way the press and government handle these situations . If the press didnt just focus on the money then people wouldnt look at this issue as something that is making us lose money. People would be able to see and understand how important this really is to our community.

I really don’t think it is all that important. Be that as it may, your line of thinking is what’s wrong with this community.

First off, the King holiday was enacted during a much better economic time. And, it is called “Civil Rights Day” (or something very close to that), so if Chavez was so important for Civil Rights then he can be honored with that day.

Now, a good leader can prioritize and be fiscally responsible. The current clowncil has abundantly demonstrated that they can do neither via useless choo choo trains, crashed Priuses, gun buybacks, and several other idiocies. But, if they could prioritize, they would see their $33 budget shortfall and realize that this is not a good time to spend an extra half-million on any holiday honoring anyone. Is there some sort of deadline for enacting this holiday that I don’t know about? Why can’t the clowncil wait until it gets its financial house in order (which I promise you will NEVER happen under the current clowncil) and talk about it then?

This town needs jobs…it just needs jobs. That’s what the clowncil should be focusing on. Then, when Tucson is back to work, we need a crosstown freeway. Doesn’t matter who wants to admit or deny that, it is one of our most pressing needs. After those things are addressed, then would be a good time to talk about extra holidays…

Mar 5, 2014, 8:56 am
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According to Fimbres, the cost of the holiday will be offset by several measures, including a rebate program through the use of the city’s purchasing cards. Tucson Unified School District has saved nearly $477,000 in the last year and Fimbres expects the city to save more.

I would ask Mr. Ingram to expand on this a bit. This seems more like a fragment than anything else, and doesn’t explain how this would pay for the holiday or save the city money. Purchasing what cards? Who purchases them? What rebate program? How does this all work? That would have been an important addition to the story.

Mar 5, 2014, 10:34 am
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Like I said, It’s more of the “it’s all about me” mentality.  Eleven paid holidays in the public sector is excessive, especially when you are millions in debt.  At least Pima County doesn’t shut down for their Cesar Chavez holiday, they have people alternate the day off, but I was a county employee when it was enacted and I thought then that an 11th holiday was excessive.  Any man can be honored without bankrupting the city.

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