Week of December 2, 2019
Provided by Dorn Policy Group, Inc.
North Korea repeated its assertions that the Trump administration is running out of time to salvage nuclear negotiations, saying it’s entirely up to the United States to choose what “Christmas gift” it gets from the North. The statement, attributed to a senior diplomat, came as North Korea continues to dial up pressure on Washington and Seoul ahead of leader Kim Jong Un’s end-of-year deadline for the U.S. to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal.
Mexican undersecretary for North America Jesus Seade is headed back to Washington to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The meeting comes as the two sides are racing to wrap up a compromise on changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
President Trump revved up his global trade war on two fronts Monday, announcing tariffs on industrial metals from Brazil and Argentina while threatening even harsher penalties on dozens of popular French products. The administration said the moves necessary because the U.S. trading partners were acting unfairly to disadvantage both the country’s traditional economic pillars as wells as its best hopes for future prosperity.
Mexico is Arizona’s top trading partner, accounting for about 30 percent of the state’s exports to foreign markets. The Arizona-Mexico Commission celebrated its 60th anniversary this year. The organization works to improve economic prosperity and quality of life for Arizonans through close public and private collaboration with Mexico.
The makeup of Latinos in education leadership roles in Arizona is disproportionate to that of the state’s K through 12 student population. A new group launched on Monday is working to change that; it’s called Arizona Latino Leaders in Education, also known as ALL in for Education.
The University of Arizona and a neighboring school district are working on a pilot program to “grow” Tucson residents into teachers, offering free tuition and paying them $1,000 monthly stipends. Pathways to Teaching, an education program, and support system, will help 10 people earn their K-8 teaching degree in 17 months – and chip away at teacher vacancy rates and retention problems.
The City of Tempe’s Care4Me team is one of the three teams to win the local Alliance for the American Dream competition at Arizona State University and advance to the national semi-finals to present an innovative solution that connects families with child care and social supports. The teams are ultimately vying for up to $1 million in funding to support a range of efforts that boost middle-class incomes.
Tempe is home to two desert preserves, Papago Park and Hayden Butte, which offer a truly unique experience in the heart of the Valley. In November 2019, the Tempe City Council approved the formation of the Desert Conservation Commission, which will ensure these special places are preserved. Applications for commission members are being accepted now through Jan. 31, 2020.