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What the Devil won't tell you

Prop. 101 OKed: Council's road to redemption will now be paved

Look out, world. Prop. 101 passed with 60 percent, as voters rewarded smart, shrewd leadership from the City Council ... yes, the Tucson City Council. (Read that line again if need be. I'll go grab a Coke.) Here's why that's good news.... Read more»

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Tucson city planning director resigns after 2 months

With just a bit more than two months on the job, the head of Tucson's Planning and Development Services Department is set to leave for a post back in California. Manjeet Ranu started here in early February, and will resign before the end of the month for a post in Los Angeles.... Read more»

City finance worker fired over accounting 'discrepancy'

An employee of the Finance Department of the city of Tucson is being dismissed over what officials are calling a "financial discrepancy." The case is being investigated by police, and the worker is being fired Thursday, City Manager Michael Ortega said.... Read more»

Skepticism, excitement over possible minor-league hockey in Tucson

The Arizona Coyotes announced plans Tuesday to purchase their American Hockey League affiliate and move the team to Tucson where they would play at the TCC. But the Convention Center would need upgrades, and not everyone in Tucson is thrilled with the prospect.... Read more»

Photos: Chris Magnus sworn in as new Tucson police chief

He's been working as the Tucson's top cop for two months, but Christopher Magnus was formally sworn in as an Arizona law enforcement officer and the chief of the Police Department on Wednesday.... Read more»

$4.7M cuts to Fire Dep't would mean fewer paramedics

As Tucson works to put a bandage on a $25 million hole in the city budget, proposed cuts to the Fire Department would mean some demotions, fewer paramedics on duty, and reductions in overtime costs. The savings would be about $4.7 million from the deparment's $99 million budget.... Read more»

TPD budget plan would cut 50 cops, shift assignments

A list of budget cuts and reorganized positions proposed by new Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus would mean fewer sworn officers, but pull cops from behind desks and put them on patrol, he said in a memo obtained by TucsonSentinel.com.... Read more»

Thomure tapped to top Tucson Water

A local water engineer has been picked to lead Tucson's municipal water utility, City Manager Michael Ortega announced Friday evening.... Read more»

Three locals tapped as finalists for Tucson Water post

Three Tucsonans have been named as the finalists to become the director of the city's water utility — two longtime residents and one newcomer. ... Read more»

Council OKs Magnus as new TPD chief

Chris Magnus, the police chief of Richmond, Calif., has been appointed as the new head of the Tucson Police Department. The City Council unanimously approved City Manager Michael Ortega's pick Tuesday night.... Read more»2

Magnus tapped to be new TPD chief

Chris Magnus, the police chief of Richmond, Calif., has been selected by City Manager Mike Ortega to be the new head of the Tucson Police Department. Malik Aziz, a deputy chief in Dallas who was the pick of many TPD union leaders, withdrew his name from consideration.... Read more»

City payroll flub leaves 100 employees without checks

About 100 city employees didn't get a check on Thursday, even though it was payday. A "software glitch" cause the delay in pay, City Manager Michael Ortega said, and those affected should be paid on Friday.... Read more»

Committee, cops union split on pick for TPD chief

A citizens panel that interviewed the three finalists to become the next Tucson police chief made a clear choice Thursday, but expressed reservations about the lack of local candidates. The police union, meanwhile, was lukewarm at best about all three potential top cops, with the least support evident for the committee's first choice. ... Read more»3

One of four candidates for TPD chief drops out

One of the shortlisted candidates to be the next chief of the Tucson Police Department has withdrawn his name from consideration. Larry Esquivel, who's resigning as head of the San Jose, Calif., police department in January, has pulled out of the Tucson interview process.... Read more»

Finalists for TPD chief all from outside Tucson

The four finalists to become Tucson's next chief of police are all from outside Arizona, and include law enforcement officials from Texas, California, and Florida.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson stumped by 'Before-After Paradigm'

Well, city honchos almost made it a month without having to mutter to one another, “Do you think anyone will notice?” I'll make it easier on you, city of Tucson. If you tell your kids, no desert until after you eat your vegetables and the kids are wolfing down pie with their green beans untouched, the "Before-After Paradigm" has been violated.... Read more»

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