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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»

$15 minimum wage to go before Tucson voters

An initiative that would increase the minimum wage in Tucson to $15 over the next four years will be on the November ballot, after city officials announced Thursday that there were enough valid signatures on petitions to support the measure.... Read more»

Tucson Fight for $15 organizers file to put minimum wage hike on Nov. ballot

Backers of the "Tucson Fight for $15" initiative delivered about 29,000 signatures to the Tucson City Clerk's Office on Friday, taking a step toward putting a hike in the local minimum wage on the ballot in November's election.... Read more»2

Paul Durham resigning from Tucson City Council

Tucson City Councilman Paul Durham, who has not attended most Council meetings since August due to family and personal health issues, has tendered his resignation, effective March 1. ... Read more»

El Chisme

Too many F (Anns) dropped; Mayor reveals true 5 T's of Tucson

Unmasking a 30-year cover-up (what is F. Ann Rodriguez's first name, anyway?) and who jumps in to take her place? Plus: Revealed: Mayor Rothschild drops the real 5 T's of Tucson, and a great many more rumors and real truths.... Read more»

Tucson: Don't mail in that ballot; Drop it off instead

It's too late to mail back ballots in Tucson's primary election, but you can drop them off in person at one of several voting locations.... Read more»

Wednesday is Tucson ballot-mailing deadline

To be received by next Tuesday in order to be counted, ballots in Tucson's primary election should be mailed Wednesday, or dropped-off in person at one of several voting locations.... Read more»

Republicans won't appeal ruling that OKed Tucson 'sanctuary city' for November ballot

Local Republicans won't seek review of a judge's ruling last week that tossed out their legal challenge to an initiative that would declare Tucson a "sanctuary city" and restrict local immigration enforcement if voters approve in November.... Read more»

Judge tosses challenge to Tucson 'sanctuary city' initiative

A judge ruled Friday against a challenge brought by Republicans, allowing an initiative to make Tucson a "sanctuary city" to go to voters in November. Supporters celebrated, while opponents are discussing an appeal of the decision.... Read more»

Judge hears challenge to Tucson 'sanctuary city' initiative

There was a court hearing Monday afternoon on the Republican move to block Tucson's "sanctuary city" initiative from going on the November ballot. The judge indicated he'll make a ruling this week, but likely not until Friday. In the meantime, here's a listing of the various motions filed in the case:... Read more»

Nearly 1,000 Tucson voters sent incorrect ballots

Hundreds of voters were sent the wrong party's ballots for Tucson's primary election, and nearly 2,000 more ballots were mailed to outdated addresses.... Read more»

Strong Start, zoo campaigns failed to disclose 100s of thousands in donations, expenses

The backers of the Strong Start Tucson education tax for months failed to file prompt disclosures of high-dollar donations and expenses, a TucsonSentinel.com investigation shows. The No on Prop. 204 campaign had a filing error, and backers of the zoo sales tax also failed to properly file.... Read more»2

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson stumped by 'Before-After Paradigm'

Well, city honchos almost made it a month without having to mutter to one another, “Do you think anyone will notice?” I'll make it easier on you, city of Tucson. If you tell your kids, no desert until after you eat your vegetables and the kids are wolfing down pie with their green beans untouched, the "Before-After Paradigm" has been violated.... Read more»

Missing proposition pamphlets put city elections in question

With the city of Tucson missing state-mandated deadlines to mail publicity pamphlets about propositions on the ballot, whether the outcome of the charter-change and red-light camera questions at the polls will be legally binding may be in question. Officials pointed a finger at the outside vendor for the late mailing.... Read more»1

Analysis

City Hall fights transparency in manager search

The search for a Tucson city manager is proceeding, with the Council having winnowed down a list of candidates. Who those potential municipal CEOs are, we don't know. And despite that list being a public record, no one at the city will tell us — or you.... Read more»5

Invalid sigs put brakes on red-light petitions

An attempt to put a ban on Tucson's traffic cameras on November's ballot has fallen short, with an audit showing petition organizers failed to gather enough valid signatures for the initiative to make the ballot. ... Read more»1