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What the Devil won't tell you

Driven crazy: 'RTA Next' on life support as Tucson-area governments squabble

Everyone wants it. But there appears to be little desire among local governments to make concessions to keep the Regional Transportation Authority going. ... Read more»0

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The Tucson agenda

Water harvesting & RTA top Tucson Council business; school districts in 'time out' with tardy meeting plans

The Tucson City Council will look at possible revisions to the Commercial Water Harvesting Ordinance, plus whether to take part in a renewed RTA and a "livable wage" also up for votes. Local school districts haven't yet turned in their meeting homework.... Read more»0

Tucson agenda

Pima County Supes to address cash bail changes, capital funding tax hike

The Pima County Board of Supervisors is off and running in 2022, tackling cash bail, tax increases and indigenous acknowledgment. Other governing bodies doing light public business are still ramping up after the holidays.... Read more»0

What the Devil won't tell you

Dear Sens. Sinema & Kelly: 8 reasons the filibuster must end & 1 way to fix it

No single issue convinced me the filibuster must go. Thinking about the structural problems that legislative barrier has created did the trick. But I have a way out that will let democracy continue to function without a breakdown. ... Read more»0

The Tucson agenda

COVID keeps trucking so Tucson-area elected leaders must continue to cope with it

Pima County supervisors just had their coronavirus update. The Tucson City Council and Amphitheater Public Schools Governing Board will get theirs on Jan. 11. What direction they give their staffs are up to them.... Read more»0

What the Devil won't tell you

Heinz smacks down Christy's list of dumb COVID questions

Supervisor Matt Heinz is starting to take the gloves off and put up a fight against efforts to downplay the severity of COVID-19. Even if it's just to force a political cost for aiding the virus, it's time for a fair fight and not more ignored science lessons.... Read more»3

What the Devil won't tell you

Resistance to Pima County's COVID shot policy melts, because mandates work

Imagine if Pima County (or the whole country) were vaccinated at 97.6 percent — the final vaccination rate of 2,100 county workers covered by a vaccine mandate. We are stuck imagining it, no matter the clear evidence that mandates work.... Read more»0

The Tucson agenda

Pima Supes to meet with unvaxed staff facing firing; Oro Valley mulls lighter parking rules

The Pima County Supervisors will hold their last meeting before unvaccinated employees are set to be fired. A citizen-inspired agenda item in Oro Valley hits the sweet spot of fewer regulations and more environmental protections.... Read more»1

What the Devil will tell you

Free the facts: Give lies & disinformation a run for their money by backing the Sentinel

TucsonSentinel.com is increasingly a rarity. We provide the path to the truth, and do it for free. But real news costs money. Support the Sentinel today — your gift can be tripled by NewsMatch & generous local donors.... Read more»0

What the Devil won't tell you

Talking back at the 'Year of the Shrug,' from Tucson to D.C.

Apathy began to reign in 2021 but I'm taking one last whack at the year because I have... stuff... to say about Tucson and Arizona.... Read more»0

The Tucson agenda

Pima Supes take up tax scheme, indoor COVID masks; Council looks at housing costs

A stealth tax hike, an affordable housing plan and a "land declaration" that'll irritate the "U.S.A!" crowd are a part of a schmorgasbord of agenda items before the Tucson City Council and Pima County supervisors this week.... Read more»0

What the Devil won't tell you

Don't sweat the gripes of Pima County Democrats in LD 17 redistricting fight

Creating a safe Republican district in Pima County is a worthy trade if it makes way for a few competitive districts in the Valley of the Sun. ... Read more»1

The Tucson agenda

Gimme debt: Sahuarita (& other local gov'ts) should act fast on new bonds

The Tucson agenda: Get your geek on: Inflation is higher than bond yields so it's time to swan dive into debt.... Read more»0

The Tucson agenda

Fun with meetings: Tucson City Council takes up 'casitas,' Pima Supes select lawmakers & more

The Tucson Agenda: The Sentinel's roundup of upcoming local government meetings shows the City Council, Pima County Board of Supervisors, Marana Town Council and Amphitheater Public Schools are covering issues you should know about.... Read more»0

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson's water rate plan is good policy, undercut by sniping with Pima County

Using water rates as a growth management tool is smart policy, but Tucson and Pima County need to do a better job of communicating to head off pointless legal and political battles that serve no one (but the lawyers).... Read more»0

What the Devil won't tell you

A Turkey Day shout-out to the readers I'm so thankful for

Let's set the table about why I write this Devilish column, and why I'm so pleased you're reading it regularly — and pitching in to help the Tucson Sentinel do even more independent local journalism.... Read more»0

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