Tucson Residents for Responsive Government (TRRG, pronounced “trig”) is an all-volunteer grassroots coalition of City of Tucson residents seeking positive change in City of Tucson government.
TRRG takes an active role in advocating for effective, participatory government.
For example, writing protocols to clarify and standardize City processes and procedures is imperative. Guaranteeing that input from neighborhood land use meetings will result in meaningful negotiations is long overdue.*
TRRG representatives may speak at public hearings and Mayor/ Council Call-to-the-Audience to keep topics such as these in the public view.
TRRG makes an impact when it:
- Cooperates with City officials, staff and other stakeholders to find solutions to problems
- Monitors Mayor/Council and City Manager staff adherence to the Five Essentials of Good Government and to Plan Tucson policies and precepts
- Researches what works in comparable municipalities
- Initiates solutions to problems that are identified within City government
- Speaks at public hearings and Mayor/Council Call-to-the-Audience to keep relevant topics in the public view
- Gathers data to justify policy changes
- Publicizes both positive and negative findings
- Educates through forums, media and text
- Produces materials to facilitate public process
- Volunteers to serve on City boards, commissions and committees
History of Tucson Residents for Responsive Government
Advocacy efforts during 2013 and preceding years were primarily reactive, issue-specific and crisis–driven. However, when approximately fifty concerned residents met during a series of workshops in Summer 2013, they found they shared the same basic dissatisfaction and disillusionment with the City of Tucson.
Flawed processes, procedures and policies were at the root of everyone’s problems. Unless these basic systemic weaknesses could be addressed, the possibilities that residents would continue moving from crisis to crisis were all too real.
An independent organization was formed to focus on the common principles these residents identified as most needed in order to improve their local government’s function. These shared values evolved into the Five Essentials of Good Government: Integrity, Transparency, Accountability, Collaboration and Sensitivity to Quality of Life.