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The Tucson City Council unanimously voted in favor extending fare-free Sun Tran rides for another six months, but is also looking for investments from the UA, TUSD and other local partners to help cover the long-term costs. Read more»

Mayor Romero delivering her 'State of the City' speech on Thursday evening.

"Working together, we will achieve the just, equitable future we envision, where every single Tucsonan can live their best lives in our beautiful, thriving, resilient city." — Tucson Mayor Regina Romero Read more»

A plan by Supervisor Matt Heinz to put RTA ED Farhad Moghimi through an "audit" of his performance failed to gain support from any other members of the Board of Supervisors. Heinz has made other attempts to rally opposition against the transportation agency director. Read more»

Juneteenth, which commemorates the announcement of the end of slavery reaching Texas in 1865, became a holiday in Tucson after the City Council voted last Tuesday to give a paid day off to city employees on June 19. Read more»

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Apartments in Downtown Tucson are among the few that accept federal Section 8 housing vouchers in Tucson.

A "source of income" discrimination ban, passed by a unanimous Tucson City Council, will require landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers and other government assistance as rising rents limit affordable housing options for low-income tenants. Read more»

City Manager Mike Ortega talking about a rental assistance program in August 2021.

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega will make $300,000 a year with his base salary after the City Council voted last Tuesday at a regular meeting to give the seven-year top administator a raise and renew his contract for another two years. Read more»

Hi Corbett Field at Reid Park

Reid Park's ballfields have been an "equalizer" between poor kids from the wrong side of the tracks and those from rich families for at least 65 years. They shouldn't be ripped out for a "Hammock Grove." — Tucson teacher Andy Morales Read more»

The Alamo Wash Greenway will be renamed after former Mayor Jonathan Rothschild for his work to improve parks and trails in Tucson.

Jonathan Rothschild, a former Tucson mayor, said he's "honored" that the Alamo Wash Greenway will be renamed after him, saying it's "kind" to be remembered that way. In his last years as mayor, Rothschild pushed for voter-approved upgrades to parks and trails. Read more»

Pallbearers carry the casket containing the body of Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez-Garibay into St. Augustine Cathedral in Tucson.

Friends and family paid their final respects to Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez at her funeral, held a week after she was shot and killed along with three others while serving an eviction. Martinez was given a Catholic mass at St. Augustine Cathedral. Read more»

Tucson Housing and Community Development Deputy Director Ann Chanecka talking with the public about the proposed HAST plan in October. Now, HCD is reaching out the public again for feedback on a proposed 'source of income' protection policy.

Tucson's Housing Department is asking the public to read a draft ordinance and give feedback on a planned ban on refusing to rent or sell housing to anyone based on their source of income — such as housing vouchers or Social Security. Read more»

A protester at the 'No Gentrification' rally holds up a 'stop evictions' sign in front of Tucson City Hall.

Protesters at a "No Gentrification" rally gathered at Tucson City Hall on Tuesday night to urge elected officials to do more to control housing and rent prices. Organizers for the rally plan to take their demands to Pima County officials and "escalate" their efforts. Read more»

The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to end a moratorium on evicting residents from city-owned housing. About 190 tenants owe more than $135,000 in back rent to the city, but much of that shortfall should be covered by rental assistance funds. Read more»

A painted rock marks the entrance to Southside Presbyterian where dozens wore orange as part of a nationwide push against gun violence.

As the sun dropped behind the adobe sanctuary of Southside Presbyterian Church on Saturday evening, dozens of Tucsonans wore orange as part of a nationwide push for an end to gun violence. Read more»

Greyhound racing faces dwindling future as animal rights groups and red state Republicans are working to end the enterprise.

Six years after the end of live dog racing, Tucson Greyhound Park will close "for good" later this month, the park's owners announced Thursday. Read more»

The light-colored exposed 'bathtub ring' of formerly submerged shoreline in Lake Mead was already evident in this 2020 photo of the Hoover Dam and diminishing reservoir behind it.

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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