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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»

Short-term rentals aided by applications like Airbnb have irritated neighborhoods. Oro Valley's town council is set to take the little action its allowed by state law.

Property owners in Oro Valley pocketing extra cash by renting to short-term customers and vacationers may face new – but limited – restrictions. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

School boards across the state are being forced to ban transgender girls from participating in high school sports with teams that match how they live their lives.

The unbeatable transgender athlete is not a thing. Trans athletes are in fact rare. What this law is about is telling GOP voters they should be afraid of the unfamiliar, and making sure transgender students are told they're the ones who are unfamiliar and don't belong. Read more»

Pima County will track air pollution in its most affected areas with the help of a $488,000 three-year federal grant. About 30 air pollution sensors will be set up at schools in the Tucson, Flowing Wells, Vail and Sahuarita Unified Districts, among others. Read more»

A new cadre of activists will take their place on the South Tucson City Council, lead by longtime class warrior Brian Flagg.

Longtime community activist and power player Brian Flagg will take his seat on the South Tucson City Council. His Casa Maria Soup Kitchen co-combatants Roxanna Valenzuela and Cesare Aguirre will join him on the dais. Read more»

The direction of school districts around Tucson are up to the voters on Tuesday.

If saving democracy or inflation doesn't inspire voting procratinators, then buried on the gargantuan ballots are school board races that sees a mini eruption of culture warriors against service oriented pragmatists.. Read more»

Green Valley Judge Ray Carroll plans to have a permanent night court once his justice precinct grows at the beginning of next year. Read more»

Sun Tran fees have been waived by the city of Tucson since the onset of the conoravirus pandemic. They're looking to make a comeback.

It doesn't seem to be a question of "if" bus fares will return in Tucson. It's more a matter of how. Maybe the Council could borrow the money from Pima County, which may be rolling in it. Read more»

The Tucson City Council will hold public hearings on water, parks and trash fee increases.

Rate increases are in the works for Tucson residents, and the City Council will hold a public hearing ahead of proposed higher costs to living in the city, plus more in local government meetings this week. 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»

The initial round of broad recommendations from the Regional Transportation Authority's technical team will go before the City Council. 'RTA Next' talks are about to get hot.

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega is recommending the council in 2023 resume taking every bloody pint of Central Arizona Project water its freaking entitled to get, as the feds reduce Arizona's allotment. Read more»

The Sahuarita Town Council is again at full strength as two replacement council members have been appointed by their new colleagues.

The Sahuarita Town Council appointed two new members during its Monday meeting, filling vacancies left by a pair of retirements earlier this year. Read more»

Sahuarita Town Council members will consider and maybe vote on a replacement for their former colleague Gil Lusk, who resigned earlier this year.

The Sahuarita Town Council has a list of six finalists to choose from, who seem to have a consensus that better community engagement and growth management are key concerns for the community. Read more»

Sahuarita is sitting on a mountain of cash heading into the new fiscal year.

The political world loves "rainy day funds," but Sahaurita's excess cash is borderline insane. Meanwhile, a Tucson Unified School District's audit committee woes are the fault of a community that doesn't want to step up. Read more»

Sahuarita's deal with Global Water could prove to be the way of the future, if both parties can balance Wall Street greed with local needs.

We should hate Sahuarita's deal with Global Water. And part of me does. But it's water in a desert at a time of climate change and a friend of the devil may just be a friend of ours. Read more»

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