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Portela: How the pandemic shaped mobility justice, and why we cannot go back

"If we are honest, we are not out of the woods with the global health pandemic. For the last 15 months, our community has developed a relationship with our green open space and streets that changed the way we interact with those spaces; and the expectation is that we should not go back." — Ward 6 City Council candidate Andres Portela... Read more»0

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Portela: The one policy discussion we always avoid — housing

"Local rental costs have jumped 7.1 percent from last year, the rental vacancy rate is 3.6 percent, the eviction moratorium ends in a month, and homes can't stay in supply which is driving the cost to purchase." — Ward 6 City Council candidate Andres Portela... Read more»0

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Portela: Collective queasiness about the eviction cliff

Before the global health pandemic, there was an eviction crisis; the only difference is we now have money from the state and federal government to help our community. — Andres Portela, Ward 6 Tucson City Council candidate... Read more»0