Environmental Activist, Tucson Council Member Romero Reports Killing Deer

Regina Romero, the Center for Biological Diversity’s first national director of Latino engagement, killed a deer in June on her way to her suburban home nestled in the Tucson Mountains. Romero, a Tucson City Councilmember, failed to report the accident to law enforcement authorities according to documents obtained by the Arizona Daily Independent.

Romero did file Form 103 – Incident Report with the City’s Risk Management Department. In that report, Romero claims: “I was driving home at night around 10:15 p.m. about 25 miles per hour when I turn (sic) from Speedway onto Painted Hills when a group of deer ran and one hit the drivers (sic) side.” Romero, who was driving a City of Tucson-owned vehicle, also admits in the report to failing to file a report with law enforcement.

According to Administrative Directive –Responsibilities Regarding Utilization Of City Vehicles 6.01-1:

GENERAL RULES

A. No employee of the City is authorized to use a City vehicle for other than the performance of assigned official duties, except for vehicles assigned to Mayor and Council, the City Attorney, and the City Clerk. No personal use of City vehicles is permitted unless provided for in Administrative Directive 6.01-7.

B. The vehicle-operator will maintain strict adherence to all traffic laws, wear seat belts and require the same of all passengers, control speed in accordance with posted limits, give proper and timely signals, comply with regulatory signs or traffic signals, and practice road courtesy at all times.

C. Drivers of City vehicles are expressly prohibited from picking up hitch-hikers or providing rides for persons not directly associated in some way with the processes of City business.

ACCIDENTS

A. Motor vehicle accidents shall be reported immediately to 911 and the employee’s immediate supervisor. Property damage accidents or accidents occurring on private property shall be promptly reported to the employee’s immediate supervisor.

There is no exemption for City leaders from the reporting requirement. However, the fact that a member of the Center for Biological Diversity’s team killed an animal would have proved to be embarrassing. The fact that a member of that team lives in a suburban area that has encroached on wild animal habitat could prove to be devastating.

Romero represents residents of the eighth poorest metropolitan area in the country, who mostly live in the crowded and crumbling City core. Romero, and her husband Ruben Reyes, who works for Congressman Raul Grijalva, live high above the Ward 1 residents in the plush Tucson Mountain range.

In their press release announcing her hiring, the Center for Biological Diversity noted that Romero “achieved two more firsts in 2007 when she became the first Latina elected to the Tucson City Council and the first woman to represent Tucson’s historic Ward 1.”

The killing of a deer by a staff member might be a first for the Center of Biological Diversity.

In that same press release, Grijalva was quoted: “Ms. Regina Romero is a significant addition to the Center for Biological Diversity’s staff and mission. As the director of Latino engagement, she brings knowledge, instincts and shared purpose to the Center’s presence. Furthering the building of a diverse and inclusive constituency to protect and defend species, the environment and our common future, leaving no one behind.”

Based on Romero’s sparse City of Tucson calendar, she may spend more time defending species than killing them or representing the people of Ward1.

On the day of the incident, Romero had only one City event entry on her calendar. That was one more than she had on the three preceding days.

Law enforcement experts, who reviewed the Form 103 report, and the photos submitted by Romero for vehicle repairs, say the extensive damage does look like that a running deer might make. The Vericlaim damage estimate for $4,907.92 reads:

We believe this vehicle could be in the repair facility 9 to 10 days, once the necessary parts have been obtained. We project an additional 2 to 3 days to obtain the necessary parts.

Please be advised that due to high mileage, the repair cost is over 60% towards the value of this vehicle. Utilizing CAPA certified parts would bring the repair cost down.

Joan Stauch, Director of the City of Tucson General Services Department advised the ADI in an email that the vehicle was not repaired and Romero was given a rental car. That vehicle was supposed to be returned on August 8, 2016, but Stauch advised that “the rental has not yet been returned.”

Romero’s vehicle did have unusually high mileage despite the sparse calendar. What is more unusual is that while the mileage is high, and her calendar shows few City obligations, Romero’s mileage report for the period February through April shows that she claimed only 384 personal miles compared to 4040 business miles. Romero’s staff did not respond to an email from the ADI seeking details on Romero’s deer incident and another accident that apparently occurred in March.

A wildlife expert questioned Romero’s claim that a herd of deer ran out in front of her. Experts say that the incident occurred in Arizona Game and Fish Game Management Unit 38M. Because of human encroachment, that unit has few mule deer and as a result, only archery hunting has been allowed in late December and January for years. The likelihood that a herd crossed the road is slim at best.

That same expert from an Arizona firm, Veritas Research, which specializes in natural resource issues, questioned “why a supposed city leader, let alone a staff member of the Center for Biological Diversity, would choose to not report the incident to state wildlife experts.” They stated that Romero’s failure to report the incident immediately may have cost the deer its life if it had only sustained treatable non-life threatening injuries.

“While Regina Romero’s Hispanic outreach kills Bambi, the mostly Hispanic constituents of Ward 1 are left to fend for themselves and live in fear of the legendary beast that lurks in the barrio; commonly known as Grijalva. Whilst in stark contrast, the outreach done by the AZGOP and Legislative District 2 Republicans, empowers those same Latino families and reassures them that they have a choice; they don’t have to be El Gordo’s prey,” said LD2 Chair, and AZGOP Latino Outreach Director Sergio Arellano.

25 Comments

  1. Both Pima County Board of Supervisor Sharon Bronson and Tucson City Council member, Regina Romero have recently damaged vehicles provided to them by the area’s tax payers.

    Tucsonans, if you are tired of how local government works vote for a change in November.

  2. Bambi-gate 2016.
    OMG. Well I guess we all now know who killed Bambi’s mother.
    Seems like all of our elected clowns are involved in a demolition derby when it comes to their government supplied vehicles.
    Doesn’t the city have a fleet of used vehicle’s that she could drive Vs. a rental car for the extended period until the other car is repaired or replaced?
    Her behavior and indifference to the law about reporting this in a timely fashion should come as no surprise to anyone.
    Rules, laws and regulations only apply to the little people.
    Oh well, at least she was smart enough not to drive it through a flooded wash.

  3. I have seen a group of 4-5 mule deer in Tucson Mtns near a friend’s home so I don’t doubt this could have occurred. Why she was driving a govt vehicle late at night needs explination. What govt event had she been attending or what service was she performing on behalf of her constituents? Someone please investigate and report to the taxpayers.

    • But wait, the individual wards get to pick their choice but the the entire city gets to blow that out of the water, so I guess the whole city is her Ward.

      Lead by example– oops it’s beep beep that doesn’t apply

  4. Sounds like she does more for CBD than for her constituents per her cslendar “sparseness”. CBD should provide her a vehicle.
    Did she total the one she had? Why not repaired after a month?

  5. Clearly the princess has adopted the Hillary Clinton “above the law” attitude. Under Arizona Law , although she leads a sanctuary city, you are required to call law enforcement for a vehicle accident resulting in over $1000 damage.

    Of course TPD would likely help with any coverup needed to protect her A$$.

    Silvertones makes a good point why are Tucsonans paying for her use of the car on CBD business? that must explain the high mileage.

  6. Anyone remember when this idiot couldn’t miss one single council meeting so everyone had to endure her highly Inconsiderate phone-in with screaming rug rats in the background so she could push the star key and interrupt the whole process– highly inconsiderate she didn’t have one single person to watch those rug rats and attend like a adult would have.
    Can’t wait to see these leaches outta all our government inc TUSD and Washington.

  7. We need to pass a law where the government employee’s MUST use their OWN vehicles to get to the office building, and then if they need to go somewhere on government business they can CHECK OUT, and use a TAXPAYER vehicle.

    Looks like a HITLERy KLINKton want to be.

    • You are absolutely right, worst case they file to be reimbursed just like employees for companies.

      Once they get on the government dole (paid by taxpayers) they become leeches sucking the public dry. Regina is probably double dipping by submitting for mileage from the CBD. sounds like Hillary and the clinton foundation.

  8. Yes as we join the lovely Regina Romero in her home, all aglow from the wood burning fire place, the children gathered in front of the large big screen TV studying TUSD La Raza homework assignments, we find Regina elevated in her high mountain retreat sipping on Margarita’s in her over stuffed chair, her phone tightly held close to her ear as she pounds away on the star key and injects her insightful witty, Uhm, Uhm. As her youngest child approaches and ask “mommy what are all those lights down below, they look like far away twinkling little stars”? Regina responds, “those are the lights of the little people who live in the valley floor”, quickly followed by a light wicked laugh. Quickly she ushers the child away, takes another long sip on the Margarita, pounds on the star key and again utters “Uhm, Uhm, Uhm. Soon her important work is again disturbed as the oldest child yells in excitement ” Look a herd of deer”. Regina slams down the Margarita, hangs up the phone and yells to the children, “Quickly children, to my free city paid for car”. As the car speeds down the dark narrow road the children ask, “Mommy, after we hit the deer, can we go over to uncle Raul’s house”?

  9. How do we know it was not actually a bighorn sheep she hit? They have been seen recently in the Tucson Mountains. It’s time to take away these big-ticket, taxpayer funded gifts these corrupt politicians are giving to themselves, which have nothing at all to do with performing official functions.

  10. Karma’s a b@#$%.

    2 cars entrusted to local leaders damaged in their own areas they represent. You just can’t make this stuff up!
    Bronson and Romero don’t think twice about taxpayers trust or honesty. These gals can’t even maintain their schedules or cars.

    Other peoples money spends so easy. At the least, Romero should pay back the City for failing to report the accident and high mileage. Bronson should pay the County back for bad judgement. She totaled her car and walked away without it costing her a dime.

  11. First her computer was stolen just before an inquiry into the Grand Canyon U fiasco, then a hit and run accident. Poor Bambi!
    What’s next, Grijalvas opponents signs stolen?
    Oh, wait, that already happened!
    What a class act she is!

  12. a celebration of deer life will be held at the Bambi Bar on Speedway, free tacos and burrito’s will be served..

    I just want to know when are they finally going to remove the speed, red light camera traps from the intersections. Or will they just find reason to turn them back on.

  13. Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure the AZ Game and Fish must be notified of a vehicle accident and wildlife. Even if one is not legally obligated to notify, it is a common practice for wild game hit by a vehicle to be confiscated, processed, and given to shelters for food. If Mrs. Romero was actually working for the people, she would know that and make sure the venison went to good use.

  14. Maybe she was drunk, didn’t realize she hit something/someone and didn’t report until sober? But hey as noted many times above she is one of the ones that has no public responsibility to do as the little folks are required to do. Another reason to get rid of the city clowncil and the all the d politicians in this area. Remember they dont need to worry about anything but themselves!

  15. Doesn’t look like there are bits of hair on the car.. Is it a Prius, they are quiet something to be said about a gas burner..scares the animals. Again I love that these “city and county Leaders” think they are above the law. WHy no one makes her fill out the forms and report as usual is a big question… Obviously they think they are above the rules for everyone else…typical for Democrats

    • Actually it looks like just that portion is the only area washed.

      Curiously does someone have to file a complaint to have (in the bag) law enforcement take action?

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