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What the Devil won't tell you

Small ball could still bring big innings for Pima pre-K proposal

Pima County is trying hard not to say "yes" to kickstarting public preschool in the region but the supervisors aren't quite saying "no," either. They seem to be saying: "Grrrrrrr ... really! Again?" ... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

After a weak first try, Strong Start Tucson is back with a more reasonable preschool plan

Voters had good reason to reject a plan for early childhood education a couple years ago. Faced with a similar decision on the Pima County Preschool Investment Program, our county supervisors have a lot less reason to say no.... Read more»

Guest opinion

PCPIP: Our community comes together for early childhood education

It’s time for all of Pima County to take the lead on quality early childhood education so that our most vulnerable children have the best opportunities to succeed in school and in life.... Read more»

$100 million on table from Tucson-based venture capital funds

Within the past year, three investment funds have sprung up in metro Tucson to offer a total of about $100 million to local entrepreneurs with marketable ideas. And that has the economic development community salivating over the prospects of more jobs.... Read more»3

Strong Start, zoo campaigns failed to disclose 100s of thousands in donations, expenses

The backers of the Strong Start Tucson education tax for months failed to file prompt disclosures of high-dollar donations and expenses, a TucsonSentinel.com investigation shows. The No on Prop. 204 campaign had a filing error, and backers of the zoo sales tax also failed to properly file.... Read more»2

Biz groups come out against Strong Start Tucson education initiative

A coalition of business groups has launched an effort to derail Prop. 204, a sales-tax initiative that would direct $50 million yearly to early childhood education in Tucson. Proponents say it's a necessary investment, but opponents say the measure lacks oversight, with some calling it a "voucher" system.... Read more»4

Tucson biz leaders blast Goldwater suit over World View

The heads of local business groups are calling on a rightwing lobbying group, the Goldwater Institute, to drop a lawsuit against Pima County over support for World View, the high-altitude technology company. That includes the leaders of the Metro Chamber, Sun Corridor, SALC and Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.... Read more»

PCC's Even getting out, won't run again

A long-time member of the Governing Board of Pima Community College won't seek another term. Brenda Even, in office since 2001, will step down when her term expires after the November election. Two others have filed to seek the District 1 seat on the board, the only one in question this year.... Read more»2

Organizers toss in towel on PCC recall

A recall effort that targeted two members of the Governing Board of Pima Community College is being abandoned, and organizers will not submit petitions after failing to gather enough signatures. The Southern Arizona Leadership Council said that the "recall committees found identifying valid voters ... and then convincing them to sign the recall petition too difficult to overcome."... Read more»1

Brewer nominates SALC's Shoopman to Board of Regents

Ron Shoopman, the president of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, was nominated by Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday to the Arizona Board of Regents. The former Air Force brigadier general would succeed Dennis DeConcini, whose ABOR term expired in January.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Steve Pierce on Senate passage of Medicaid expansion

Interviews with state Sen. Steve Pierce, Tucsoncitizen.com's Mark B. Evans, Steve Lynn of the SALC on the PCC Board, and talk show host Emil Franzi.... Read more»

Pima Community College

PCC holding public forums with chancellor candidates

The four candidates for permanent leader of Pima Community College will meet with the public this week in evening forums.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Tucson gives pay hike to workers

Interviews with TUSD Boardmember Mark Stegeman, Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik and Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Ron Shoopman, president of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council.... Read more»

Pima Community College

Biz leaders to Pima board: Resign or face recall

Members of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, a private group of local business leaders, plan to push the resignation of Pima College board members, and would back a recall effort if the longtime Governing Board members remain in office. The SALC joined PCC faculty and staff groups last week in asking the board to halt a search for a permanent chancellor for the school.... Read more»1

Appeals court upholds Tucson's city-wide partisan elections

A three-judge panel ruled in favor of Tucson's current election system Wednesday, saying it's a matter of "purely local concern." The Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision in favor of a 2009 state law that sought to change city elections.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Prop. 401 helps brings results to city government

Guest opinion: Albert Einstein defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." It's time to break that cycle in city government in Tucson and bring some sanity to the process by voting yes on Prop 401.... Read more»

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