August 28-31, 2012
Hyatt Gainey Ranch
Mark your calendar! The 2012 League Annual Conference will be held in Scottsdale at Hyatt Gainey Ranch, August 28-31.
Hotel and conference registration information will be sent out to all cities and towns the week of May 21. This
information will also be available online.
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Matt Lore at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-258-5786.
June 1-2, 2012
300 Wigwam Boulevard
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
This training is open to all city and town elected officials. The cost of this year's program will be $170.00 per person. This price
includes materials and food (breakfast, lunch and a reception on Friday, and breakfast on Saturday.)
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns offers four levels of sponsorship through its annual conference. For more information on the
sponsorship levels and benefits available, please
point your browser here.
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns publishes Arizona City & Town semi-annually as a key part of its communication and
education programs. This full-color magazine is distributed to nearly 2,000 city and town officials who direct millions of dollars
in buying power.
If you are interested in advertising opportunities in Arizona City & Town
point your browser here.
Name, title & city/town
John S. Insalaco, Mayor, City of Apache Junction, AZ
Year elected to office
Served on City Council 1997-2001 and 2003-2007. He was elected in 2007.
Born in Rochester, New York. Moved to Globe in 1970 and to Apache Junction in 1986.
Why did you decide to serve in local government?
I decided to serve in local government because I have always liked to serve the community and the citizens.
League's 75th Anniversary: A Look at the Past
1942: Cities receive a share of state sales tax
In 1942, the cities working through the League ran their first successful initiative campaign for a share of the state sales tax.
The voters directed that 10 percent of the state's 2 percent sales tax be shared with the cities and towns of Arizona. The margin
of victory for the initiative was 55 percent with the annual receipts from this early revenue sharing of $735,315 for FY 44. In
that year, Tucson received $134,446 while Florence received $5,201. While this is not much money in today's terms, the initiative
was a major victory for the cities and towns and their new League.
Have news or photos to share?
If your city or town was recently featured in the news, has an interesting program or photos of events and travels to share,
please send them our way! Story ideas and materials may be submitted to
In a much anticipated decision, the Arizona Supreme Court recently upheld a vital principle of local control for Arizona cities and
towns, especially charter cities, when it struck down a state law that sought to overrule the way Tucson holds its municipal
elections. Pursuant to Tucson's charter, council members are elected using a partisan system. Additionally, members are nominated
in ward-based primary elections but elected in at-large general elections. In 2009 the Legislature passed a law essentially barring
Tucson from holding its elections in this manner, overruling its charter. Tucson filed a lawsuit against the state, seeking to have
the preemption overturned.
Below is a list of training opportunities that may be of interest in the coming months:
May 1, 2012
Webcast: Promoting Mobile Broadband in your Community
May 8-9, 2012
Grants Writing USA - Grants Management Training
May 10, 2012: Application due date
Arizona Center for Civic Leadership Accepting Applications for Fall 2012 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy
May 17-19, 2012
NLC Seminar: Formulating Effective Economic Development Policy - Marketing and Communications Strategies
May 24, 2012
Address Confidentiality Program (ACP): The Role and Responsibility of Cities and Towns in Arizona
May 30, 2012
SB1525: Impact Fees - Questions and Issues One Year Later
June 8-9, 2012
Registration is now open for the ACAA Summer Conference at the Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale. To register for the conference,
point your browser here.
The link to the Public Records Training on April 19, 2012 has been posted to the League's YouTube channel. For any training sessions
that you have missed or cannot attend in the future, be sure to check our
YouTube channel to stay in the loop.
Arizona Supreme Court Victory for Charter Cities and Local Control
The Arizona Supreme Court overruled a 2009 law that mandated all municipal elections to be non-partisan as unconstitutional, stating
that "...under Arizona's Constitution, eligible cities may adopt a charter - effectively, a local constitution - for their own
government without action by the state Legislature."
Point your browser here to view the League's
Executive Director, Ken Strobeck, speak on HORIZON/Channel 8 on April 19.
Point your browser here to view the case.
Speak Out Arizona!
Get involved to encourage informed voter participation in Arizona!
Named to honor Gabrielle Giffords' director of community outreach who lost his life in the Tucson shooting in January 2011, this
award was created to recognize non-elected professional public servants for leadership, innovation, and community outreach.
Nominations are due June 4, 2012.
Point your browser here for details.
Follow us on Twitter!
Follow the League on Twitter to receive up-to-date information. Point your browser here
to start connecting with the League.
Mayor of Cottonwood, Diane Joens, interviews Arizona State Land Commissioner, Maria Baier, to discuss Arizona State's Trust Lands.
Watch the video on YouTube
Large purchases of web management applications and other software can create headaches for government staff through muddled
responses, drawn-out contract negotiations and skewed information from the local media. By following three essential elements or
steps of the Request for Proposal (RFP) Process we can have a better understanding of how it works and how to make it simpler.
Solar energy "sleeves" and meters on Gilbert light poles are expected to save money and deliver energy back into the grid.
App "Peoria Civic Reporter" allows citizens to report non-emergency issues and get feedback from the city on the status of the
A study from the University of Illinois at Chicago ranked the 75 largest cities in the United States for their use of social media
on factors such as online interactivity, transparency and accessibility. Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, and Tucson all made the list for
their innovative use of social media.
Point your browser here for a
copy of the full report.
When a lack of trust and confidence in leaders seems to be the new norm, it is important to always keep in mind the foundations to
building and maintaining trust.
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