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'Strong Arm' was a well-known local saguaro killed by climate change. It won't be the last as carbon emissions threaten Tucson's future. The city has a draft plan to do its part to address the global problem.

Tucson's "Resilient Together" draft plan is buzz-word rich, takes 36 pages to get to the introduction and could have been dictated by Siri in 2021 or done by ChatGPT today. It's also a good start that may well prove the savvy of Regina Romero. Read more»

Mayor Regina Romero launched her campaign for reelection at the Viscount Suites on Wednesday, which was also International Women's Day, by touting her success during the first four years of her term.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero launched her reelection campaign this week, timing it with the celebration of International Women's Day as she boasted the work she's done for the homeless, small businesses and families in the city. Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes overruled predecessor Mark Brnovich's finding that Tucson's source of income housing ordinance violates state law, giving the city the nod to move ahead with enforcing it.

Tucson has felt some of the first tangible results of the 2022 midterms, as the Arizona Attorney General's Office just told city officials that "source of income" protection for renters is kosher under state law. Read more»

Phoenix joined Tucson in passing legislation the prohibits 'source of income' discrimination against renters, which is when landlords reject applicants who rely on Section 8 vouchers, Social Security, disability payments or other public income. The Tucson law is under review by the attorney general, but Phoenix officials are confident the ordinance will survive.

Joining Tucson, the Phoenix City Council has also given overwhelming approval to a measure that would prevent landlords and property owners from discriminating against renters or buyers who rely on public assistance for income. Read more»

Road work in early March 2022 on East Ft. Lowell Road.

During its Tuesday study session, the Tucson City Council will discuss a new plan by the RTA Citizen's Advisory Committee, that seems to do right by the Pueblo Viejo. But fiar is in the eye of the beholder. Plus more in local government meetings. Read more»

"A proposed amendment to the Arizona Constitution, if passed, would mean choices that voters have made for Tucson would be null and void and would limit our ability to govern ourselves in the future." — Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham Read more»

Residents who have struggled with high rents in Phoenix are calling on city officials to pass an ordinance that would prohibit landlords from rejecting renters who rely on Section 8 housing vouchers and unemployment benefits for income.

Residents who have struggled with high rent in Phoenix are calling on city officials to pass an ordinance addressing discrimination against renters who receive public assistance - similar to an ordinance passed by the Tucson City Council in September that is currently on hold. Read more»

Crime arrests shouldn't be life sentences in terms of finding jobs and housing.The Tucson City Council is making moves to assure they aren't.

People with petty marijuana convictions and minor crimes on their record may have those expunged or documents sealed if the Tucson City Council moves ahead with a measure it will discuss Tuesday. Read more»

Tucson and Pima County will take up several items involving people needing emergency shelter.

Tucson and Pima County will both take up measures and – let's face it – outright hopes and prayers about how to address the needs of people who need emergency housing. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

A design for American Battery Factory's planned headquarters and 'gigafactory' in Tucson.

The city of Tucson will reimburse $4 million in tax revenue to American Battery Factory and $300,000 to Sion Power if both companies create dozens of manufacturing jobs with the new factories they'll building during the next five years. Read more»

Paul Durham, a former member of the City Council and known for his integrity and environmental advocacy, died Wednesday in Tucson at 67. Read more»

TEP building in Downtown Tucson

Tucsonans will be able to vote on a new 25-year franchise agreement with Tucson Electric Power that could raise monthly utility rates by .75%. The Tucson City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday to hold a special election in May for residents to decide on the agreement. Read more»

A look at the roadwork projects in the draft RTA plan would suggest Tucson is doing OK in the fight for projects.

Tucson looks like it's coming out OK in a draft RTA Next plan, with 24 of 37 projects slated for the region's urban core. Plus, Pima County dives into initial appearances and Buffalo Soldiers, and more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Zach Yentzer announced last Wednesday he's running for mayor, challenging Democrat Regina Romero in November.

32-year-old Zack Yentzer said last week he will challenge Regina Romero for Tucson's mayor, focusing on business development, housing costs, and homelessness during the 2023 election. Read more»

A Tucson effort to fight homelessness has been nixed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. But for how long?

Outgoing Attorney General Mark Brnovich left me a holiday present — something to go with the snickerdoodles and cheap New Year's champagne. Read more»

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