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"What your community has stood for: I am glad to remind our citizens that their city has been on the forefront of protecting civil rights of all citizens, regardless of race, color, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation." Read more»

A lot has been said and even downplayed about the recent action by the Tucson mayor and City Council about the proposed HomeGoods Distribution Center coming to our city. Here is what has happened. Read more» 1

The Materion plant, the nation's largest manufacturer of beryllium oxide products in on South Tucson Boulevard in a residential neighborhood with numerous nearby schools. Materion, formerly known as Brush Ceramics and Brush Wellman, opened its ceramics manufacturing plant in 1980. Since then, at least 35 employees have developed chronic beryllium disease, and at least 5 have died. People had fears and concerns that the risk posed by the Brush Wellman plant isn't limited to its employees. Read more»

What business would want to relocate to the state that it is known for being one that discriminates? We are all working to build our economy and measures such as SB 1062, hurt that effort. Read more» 1

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. During this month, let us reflect on where we have been but not lose sight on where we still need to go. Read more» 1

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Latinos are a sleeping giant who need to make the long term investment, by registering to vote and casting their ballots, to empower our families and our neighborhoods. Read more» 1

I want to thank the 600 people who attended the Dec. 28 public meeting about the potential closure of the Cherrybell Post Office processing center. Tucson and Southern Arizona showed that we are strongly opposed to closing the facility. Read more» 5

To date, this Mayor and Council have taken the action to balance the budget for this fiscal year. It is a fair budget for these tough economic times. This is only part of what is needed. We must, in turn, stimulate the economic engine to make the city move again. Read more»

When I was elected to the City Council, voters charged me with saving money during these tough economic times. One area in which to save money is to consider changing how elections are conducted. The vote-by-mail election process has been successful in saving costs, as well as making voting more convenient and ballots more secure, in other cities. Read more»