"The truth is that economic sustainability and environmental sustainability are equally important," Walkup said. "Both are required to achieve a sustainable Tucson. We must pursue policies that improve our economy and serve our environment at the same time. And we must do so regionally, strategically and comprehensively."
The Republican mayor, who won his third term after being opposed only by a Green Party candidate last November, called on the city to focus on five areas:
• The "sustainability plan" that adds more police and firefighters, fixes streets and invests in Parks and Rec;
• A new regional-development plan with other jurisdictions;
• A revamp of the city's land-use plan to encourage more infill;
• Better planning for water use in the future; and,
• A push for more green technology, including solar energy. Walkup also promised no new tax increases to balance Tucson's strained budget. That tough tax talk comes after Walkup led fights to increase sales taxes, trash fees, property taxes and water bills.
Walkup concluded his speech with a call for everyone to just get along.
"The business and environmental communities must come together," Walkup said. "Neighbors and developers must come together. We must move forward. I have laid out today the
opportunities I see to begin to bend old swords into plowshares and build a better future for all of Tucson."
The research facility, which has been studying the Gulf of California for more than a quarter-century from its headquarters in the booming Las Conchas neighborhood, had been threatened by nearby development. The title transfer caps a three-year battle over CEDO's future.
Peggy Turk Boyer, CEDO's executive director, said the organization still needs to raise about $100,000 to pay various legal bills.
Overall, in the first half of the fiscal year, the state is $393 million below projections. State lawmakers are now scrambling to come up with a plan to cover a projected shortfall that could range from $870 million to a billion dollars.
Other economic indicators: Employment is slightly up from last year, but there have been major job losses in the construction sector; home prices are continuing to decline; and business leaders remain pessimistic about conditions.
The morning daily also reports new cases of "winter vomiting disease" have hit Tucson.
Health officials recommend getting flu shots and frequently washing your hands.
In other sports news: The Arizona men's basketball team split a series out in Los Angeles. The Cats beat the USC Trojans, 80-69, but their four-game win streak came to an end when they fell to the UCLA Bruins, 82-60. At the end of the series, the Cats were 15-7 on the season, and 5-4 in Pac-10 play.