The next membership meeting will be April 15th, 9:00 a.m. at the Tubac Community Center. Our featured guest will be The Tubac Nature Center. Recently formed, the Nature Center aims to increase our understanding of and appreciation for the special riparian environment of the Santa Cruz Valley.
Film Screening and Preview
Documentary film maker Frances Causey showed her short documentary "There's No O'odham Word for Wall." The film explores the Tohono O'odham people's opposition to a border wall, which would bisect their ancestral land. Ms. Causey will also previewed her full-length documentary "The Long Shadow," a personal journey of the South of her childhood and the lingering impact of two centuries of racism.
Panel Discussion - Arizona-Mexico Trade, The Impact on Our Economy
The panel included Jaime Chamberlain, President of produce importer J-C Distributors; Guillermo Valencia, Chairman of the Greater Nogales Port Authority; and Bruce Bracker, businessman and Santa Cruz County Supervisor. They discussed the importance of trade to the economies of Santa Cruz County and the State of Arizona. According to the Arizona-Mexico Commission, some 100,000 Arizona jobs are supported by trade with Mexico, our number-one trading partner. Arizona exports to Mexico top $750 million a month, so federal policy plays a huge role in the health and future of our community and state.
Santa Cruz County Manager
A "State of the County" discussion by Jennifer St. John, our Santa Cruz County Manager. She covered how various county revenue sources are meeting expectations - property and sales taxes, state revenue sharing, etc. And what's the outlook for the county budget? Questions from members followed.
Prior to each election, the Citizens Council has organized and hosted forums for candidates. These forums provide voters with the opportunity to hear candidates unscripted answers to questions prepared by a moderator.
In 2016 the Council co-hosted with the Nogales International newspaper two forums - one prior to the primary election for candidates running for District 3 County Supervisor, and a second prior to the general election for candidates running for LD2 senator and representative; County Supervisor; School Board; and Tubac Fire Board.
Part of each monthly membership meeting is devoted to topical information from a featured guest. We have hosted the CEO of Green Valley Hospital; the CEO of Mariposa Community Health Center; the Tumacacori-Tubac Postmaster; Filmmaker Frances Causey; our Consul General to Mexico; the Medical Director of Holy Cross Hospital; the Executive Director of the Border Community Alliance; the CEO of The Sonoran Institute; the Arizona Department of Health Services; our Superintendent of Schools; and the Santa Cruz County Manager, among others.