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Sun Shuttle services will reach Picture Rocks on Oct. 24 as the Regional Transportation Authority begins a pilot program to extends the transit service to more neighborhoods outside of Tucson's city limits. Read more»

The first year of publicly funded free preschool in Pima County was “successful,” with almost 900 children from low-income families enrolled at more than 100 high-quality pre-K locations, officials said. The PEEPS program is keeping its goals modest this year, as schools are still having trouble recruiting teachers. Read more»

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega stands to get a $75,000 per-year raise after seven years on the job.

The Tucson City Council is set to vote Tuesday on paying City Manager Mike Ortega $300,000 per year, but the they're being needlessly shifty about it. Plus a plethora of other local government meetings this week. Read more»

Oro Valley may be the first jurisdiction in the Tucson area to take up some regulations on short-term rentals like those secured on Airbnb.

Oro Valley staff will present Town Council members with the option to (maybe) regulate short-term rentals. Violations could carry a punishment of $3,500 or suspension of a license to operate such a business. Read more»

The Pima County Board of Supervisors will vote on how to address the affordability crisis in the Tucson-area rental market.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a five-part plan to tackle the affordable housing crunch in the Tucson area. It's a step but tens of thousands of affordable units are needed. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega offers council Phase II of his budget, which includes 206 new hires.

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega will ask the City Council to spend $82 million filling out the 2022-23 budget. Local school districts are looking to spend federal coronavirus relief dollars on heating, cooling, shots and new teachers. Read more»

Pima County supervisors will decide on a proposed change to zoning rules to allow for marijuana dispensaries. The question is: Will the board allow public hearings/

Hard zoning or a conditional use permit? The Pima County supervisors must decide whether neighbors get a say in the location of new marijuana dispensaries. Marana is eying new impact fees and the public is invited to be heard. Read more»

Eviction notices on an apartment window. The Tucson City Council is ready to start evictions in public housing if arrangements with past-due tenants can't be reached.

Tucson city staff will ask for an informal nod to move to start working with 190 families who owe $135,000 in back rent, while local school district budgets are set for adoption after state runs late on its spending plan. Read more»

Thousands of voter registration cards got mailed out with quickly outdated information. Supervisor Steve Christy wants answers. Pima County Recorder Gabriella Cazares-Kelly said it was on purpose.

Pima County Supervisor Steve Christy will dress down County Recorder Gabriella Cazares-Kelly because it's a free shot for the Republican to raise an "elections integrity" issue. Cue the Democrat's sigh and eyeroll. Read more»

New Tucson Water Director John Kmiec.

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega has promoted John Kmiec from interim to permanent director of Tucson Water. Read more»

Map of the Marana Dial-A-Ride service area.

Sun Shuttle is upgrading options in Marana with a new curb-to-curb shared-ride service. Read more»

This isn't the image of Marana anymore. It's more than dirt roads with ranches flung about them. It's probably time for the town to be able to budget accordingly.

Marana may have outgrown its constitutional spending limit as it is no longer just some scattered houses in the desert, while Tucson police argue their salaries are no longer competitive. Voters and arbitrators will have the final say. Read more»

Pima Early Education Program Scholarships, a free pre-K program that has enrolled more than 700 kids in its first year, is still in need of a long-term funding source to replace the COVID relief that will support it for the next two years. Read more»

Tucson voters approved the extension of a half-cent sales tax to tend to the city's road needs. The future is thinking regionally.

The half-cent sales tax voters kept in place Tuesday is about getting the city back to where it wants to be. The Regional Transportation Authority is about what Tucson wants to become. The City Council now must play nice with the RTA board. Read more»

Pima County Supervisor Steve Christy

No, Republicans, "crazy" isn't a prerequisite for making life hard on Democrats, as Supervisor Steve Christy proves with some smart bird-dogging. Read more»

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