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Christy fairly needles fellow Pima Supes, Tucson-area governments set to start approving budgets

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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Tucson, Pima County plan zoning changes to allow recreational-only pot dispensaries

The city of Tucson and Pima County have launched public outreach campaigns as they prepare changes in zoning codes to allow the opening of dispensaries that sell only recreational marijuana.... Read more»

Tucson asking Oracle & South 6th residents about Norte-Sur corridor plans

The city of Tucson is asking residents what they want to see in the Norte-Sur corridor, a plan that will guide transit and affordable housing near a 15-mile stretch of road between the Tucson Mall and International Airport. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: More 'housing first' investments a better choice than 'sanctioned camping' for Tucson's homeless

We have many disused old motels here in Tucson, so we have an opportunity to buy more properties like the Wildcat Inn. If we’ve got a million and a half dollars to spend, I’d much rather buy one of those that spend it on a temporary solution such as a sanctioned camping area.... Read more»

$41 million in rent help to be distributed by Pima County through Sept.

Pima County and the city of Tucson expect to hand out $41 million in rental assistance by September, even as Tucson plans to bow out of the program this summer as its funding runs out.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Flores: Pima Community Land Trust responds to fair housing crisis

This year, Fair Housing Month comes smack in the middle of a housing crisis of great magnitude. For the past two years, many members of our community have experienced an even greater hardship as a direct result of skyrocketing prices and rents that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Sahuarita eyes pecan farm wells to secure water future, Flowing Wells staff could see 5% raises

Sahuarita, which doesn't have its own municipal water utility, wants to control its hydrated future and is taking some interesting steps to reach that promised land.... Read more»

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Pima County to vote on new boss, Tucson considers homeless plan

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is retiring six months after a nasty bike accident. As one era ends, supervisors are set to consider making Jan Lesher a permanent replacement.... Read more»

Tucson OKs affordable housing subsidies to for-profit developers, hopes for quick results

The Tucson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to include for-profit developers in impact fee subsidies with the aim of quickly creating more affordable housing. This will reduce costs for projects planned in Menlo Park and Dunbar Spring.... Read more»

New Pima County constable replacing 'rebel eviction enforcer' calls for unity among colleagues

The new Pima County constable for Precinct 8 in Midtown, where "rebel eviction enforcer" Kristen Randall served until resigning in January, is calling on her coworkers to work together to help constables "do right by the people."... Read more»

Sentenced to 6 mos. for tax fraud, ex-judge Keith Bee is 'indigent' but still owns $3 million in luxury homes

Keith Bee, a former Pima justice of the peace, was sentenced Wednesday to six months for filing a false tax return. Described as "indigent," Bee still has $3 million in luxury homes in his name, and statements made by his attorney indicate he may not have been legally eligible to serve on the bench.... Read more»

As pandemic ends, so does rent aid, leaving uncertain future for Pima County tenants

The pandemic brought a windfall in rental assistance in Pima County, but as COVID-19 winds down, so will that aid. The local housing crisis hasn't ended, and community workers, government officials and tenants alike say rent hikes will mean spikes in the number of homeless people here.... Read more»

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Pima Supes take up alcohol policy, revisit COVID boost for employees

Pima County supervisors will tweak their drinking-on-the-job policy and review COVID payouts, while the first signs of a housing boomlet may be sprouting. ... Read more»

Tohono O'odham get $3.45 million in COVID relief funds for housing, roads

Ki:ki Housing Association, a Tohono O'odham agency, plans on using $3.45 million in federal COVID relief to build two homes and several roads that will give better access to four villages on the nation.... Read more»

Midtown townhouses at Orchard River added to National Historic Register

The Orchard River Garden Park development is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The 50-year-old desert-modernist townhouse complex was designed around its 100-plus pecan trees. ... Read more»

Tucson equitable housing group to introduce plans for cross-town affordable housing area

The city of Tucson's Commission on Equitable Housing and Deverlopment, a community-led group, will introduce a plan for creating affordable housing along a 15-mile north-south transit corridor.... Read more»

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