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Democrats sweep Tucson mayor, Council election; 'Sanctuary City' fails

All four of Tucson Democratic candidates were handily winning Tuesday, taking three City Council seats and elevating Regina Romero to become the city's first woman and first Latina mayor. Prop. 205, the "sanctuary city" initiative, was losing 71-29. ... Read more»2

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Pima Supes wannabe Chew spits out unconstitutional 'hate crime' meme

Another day, another stream of selfie memes and bizarre, incoherent political proposals from Felicia Chew, who wants to be a Pima County supervisor. Plus, laying to rest rumors of illegality in the JP8 constable appointment, and more hot local gossip.... Read more»

Cunningham seeks re-election; other Council candidates file for primary

With two open seats and a handful of Democrats and a single Republican filing so far for this year's City Council elections, there is yet to be a competitive primary race — although that's likely to change in West Side's Ward 1.... Read more»

TUSD taps Trujillo as new superintendent

Tucson's largest school district has a new leader — interim Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo was named as a long-term head of TUSD by the Governing Board on Tuesday night on a 4-1 vote.... Read more»

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TUSD continues pattern of secrecy with sup't hiring process

TUSD picked four finalists for the district's next leader Tuesday night: B, G, P and W. And as far as they're concerned, right now that's all the public needs to know about who might lead Tucson's largest school district. "Unbelievable," said an expert in public records law.... Read more»13

TUSD taps inside candidate as interim sup't

After 30 days without a superintendent, TUSD's Governing Board on Tuesday picked a current administrator to run Tucson's largest district for the time being. They unanimously voted to name Gabriel Trujillo, the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, to run the district as the search for a permanent head gets under way.... Read more»

Shafer withdraws as candidate for TUSD interim sup't

The night before the TUSD Governing Board was set to approve a contract to hire former district administrator Maggie Shafer as the interim superintendent, she withdrew her name from consideration. TUSD was set to hire her, along with a deputy she hand-picked, to run the district through June after H.T. Sanchez was pushed out.... Read more»1

TUSD set to hire interim leaders after apparent open meeting law violation

The TUSD Board has scheduled a Friday-afternoon meeting to approve contracts for an interim superintendent and deputy superintendent for the school district. But, although the Board discussed superintendent candidates at a closed meeting earlier this week, the matter of the deputy appointment never appeared on an agenda.... Read more»1

$200K payout as Sanchez resigns from TUSD

With a split Governing Board looking to oust him, Tucson Unified Superintendent H.T. Sanchez resigned Tuesday, with an agreement that will pay him $200,000 to walk away from the district — and binds board members with confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses.... Read more»1

TUSD board delays vote on Sup't Sanchez's job — again

After meeting behind closed doors for about three hours, and listening to community members for nearly an hour, the TUSD Governing Board announced Tuesday they were putting off a public decision on whether to fire Superintendent H.T. Sanchez. Attorneys were told to continue discussions.... Read more»

TUSD giving raises to teachers, administrators

TUSD teachers will receive their first effective raises in years following a Governing Board meeting Tuesday, while a group of administrators outside the district office will see an even larger pay bump under a package approved in a 3-2 vote. Teachers will be moved up one step in the pay scale, a $500 increase. Other staffers will see a 2.5 percent raise, with some school administrators averaging an $1,800 pay bump.... Read more»1