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Tucson offers to turn off tap on some Colorado River water to try to save Lake Mead

Tucson is offering to give up part of its Colorado River allotment to try to maintain water levels in Lake Mead, an important reservoir for Arizona and other Southwestern states that has been imperiled by drought. ... Read more»

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RTA says changes to 1st Ave widening should get voter OK

The Regional Transportation Authority, which funds major road work in the Tucson metro area, is considering whether to let voters decide if North 1st Ave should be widened, a suggestion that left Tucson city leaders frustrated. ... Read more»1

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»

Masks no longer required on Tucson's buses & streetcar

Masks will no longer be required on SunTran buses or Tucson's SunLink streetcar after a federal judge in Florida ruled the CDC should not have implemented a nationwide mandate for face-coverings as bulwark against the spread of COVID-19. ... 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»

Tucson City Council will return to in-person meetings as COVID recedes

The Tucson City Council will return to in-person meetings on April 5 as the number of new local COVID cases drops. Pima County, TUSD and the UA are also rolling back COVID policies such as mask mandates. ... Read more»

Tucson to end COVID mask mandate, return soon to in-person City Council meetings

Tucson city leaders are planning to end the COVID mask mandate for city buildings on March 14 and take steps to bring back in-person meetings. The discussion of easing COVID mitigation policies follows moves made by Pima County a few days earlier. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kozachik: U.S. dedication to 'protocols' is risking lives of Afghan refugees

"I do not for a moment believe we are bound by our 'protocols' and have to simply force people to file the usual paperwork, pay the fees and sit in line. That mentality is killing people." — Councilman Steve Kozachik ... Read more»

Tucson leaders alarmed by bill in Legislature that would limit city affordable housing work

A bill in the Arizona Senate that would drastically limit a city’s ability to create affordable housing alarmed the Tucson City Council during their meeting on Wednesday.... Read more»

Rosemont Mine project faces pushback over water storage

Despite widespread resistance from the city of Tucson, Pima County, multiple environmental groups and Indigenous tribes throughout Southern Arizona, Canadian-based Hudbay Minerals continues to push its Rosemont Mine project through roadblocks hoping to get final approval.... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

City Council to tackle housing, economic development; TUSD throws subs a bone

Homelessness, economic development, infill and maybe censorship are on tap for this week's meetings of local elected officials.... Read more»

Tucson sticks with RTA; sending extension of city road tax to voters in May

The Tucson City Council unanimously voted in favor of sticking with the Regional Transportation Authority after threatening to leave without changes to its structure, and also approved asking city voters to extend a sales tax that fund street improvements alongside the RTA.... Read more»

Tucson Council to vote Tuesday on special election for road funds after RTA nixes weighted voting

Tucson voters may be asked to fund more street work with sales taxes inside city limits, with the Council calling a special meeting for Tuesday, after the Regional Transportation Authority didn't go along with a plan for weighted voting proposed by Mayor Regina Romero.... Read more»

RTA board gives Tucson more oversight on regional roadwork, still nixes weighted voting

Two transportation committees will have more Tucson representatives, but the Regional Transportation Authority board didn't approve weighted voting — while Mayor Regina Romero and the City Council said they'll leave the RTA without serious changes that favor Tucson residents. ... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Driven crazy: 'RTA Next' on life support as Tucson-area governments squabble

Everyone wants it. But there appears to be little desire among local governments to make concessions to keep the Regional Transportation Authority going. ... Read more»

Pima County supervisors worried about Tucson's RTA stance

Pima County supervisors said that they're "concerned" about the city of Tucson's threat to leave the Regional Transportation Authority if "serious commitments" to change its governing structure aren't made. Some county leaders think its part of a larger trend in the city-county relationship. ... Read more»

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