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Tucson's Bill to Welcome Businesses but Shoots Down Sam's Club

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013

The Jon Justice show
Radio Show 104.1 Fm 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
TV Show WB Channel 58/8 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Tucson, AZ
Broadcasted Live: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Approximate Time:  40 minutes
Podcast Author/Asst. Producer: Lenda Yu Brewer
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Grijalva’s comments on Sequestration.
Grijalva  was featured in a newspaper articles in regards to the Mass federal budget cuts. He says it will damage our economic recovery.

Jon points out the Sequestration movement cut back will hurt specific areas: Police, Fire, Rescue- essential city departments. Forest, Agriculture, Department of Education, Border Security and more.  Jon lists more and remarking on Grijalva’s perceived concerns.  Jon plays bits of audio of Grijalva in the past.  

New City Council Contender against Karen Uhlich- Ben Buehler-Garcia

Ben Buehler-Garcia runs as City Councilman again. He has a proven track record to support local businesses. Jon promotes his efforts. He lists his qualifications.  He also lists Tucson’s lack of progress developments and why Ben should be voted in.  Tucson is US’s 6th poorest city. Justice tells a recent story of how Uhlich protested the Police while enforcing the immigration law. 

Business Bill of Rights formed by City Council
Justice plays a KGUN news story
Business bill of rights could change Tucson business culture

It features the effort to reverse Tucson’s image of being anti-business friendly. Interviews stating the difficulty of building, long waits for permits, and more. 

Business Bill of Rights
City Council wrote up a plan emphasizing the private and public sectors will work together, listing objectives.  Mike Varney is the President and CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber. He touts of how this will help gain jobs, grow businesses and economic growth. 

Justice laughs at the obviousness of encouraging that growth. It’s a given to have a city do this.  He brings up a contradictory story. 

City Council Shoots down Sam’s Club idea

The City Council has had an empty property for a couple of years.  The proposed build of a Sam’s Club was denied based on the footage and Tucson’s box business limitation. Councilman, Steve Kozachik was quoted saying the market has improved, they’ll wait for another offer.  The story cites potential facts, but now loses of city revenue through sales tax, job growth, and initiation welcoming businesses to the area if Sam’s Club were built.  A lawsuit may also be pending based on the City’s limitations.

Jon reads the details of the story.
Jon remembers how PayDay Loan places were also targeted negatively, but smaller Title companies cropped up shortly thereafter.

How long does it take to get a Permit and License?
There was a requirement last year to provide a timeframe on when they could  be issued.  Tucson has now re-created a controversy message of the time frame,  that actually turns out to be longer than others. 

Callers respond
Give President and Congress a yearlong Furlough
Furlough non-essential employees
City of Tucson cuts Police, Fire, Rescue too
Gabe calls in to compliment Jon for not talking about Guns or Mexicans
Sam’s Club too big of a business for Tucson
Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart too conservative for Liberal Councilmen

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