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Tucson ready to opt out of RTA Next unless 'unfair, inequitable' system changes

The city of Tucson is prepared to walk away from a renewal of the Regional Transportation Authority, a major funding source for road improvements throughout Pima County, if its partners in the agreement don’t make serious compromises.... Read more»

Tucson to require film safety guidelines after fatal shooting on 'Rust' set

The city of Tucson is considering a film-set safety ordinance after the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by actor Alec Baldwin in late October on the Santa Fe, N.M., set of the Western movie “Rust.” ... Read more»

Pima County sues over Tucson Water rate shifts

Pima County filed a suit against Tucson's city water utility Friday, alleging that an increase in rates for some customers who live outside the city limits can't be implemented as Tucson officials plan.... Read more»

Az Gov. Ducey renews attempt to block Tucson, Pima COVID shot mandates for staff

Slipped into an order about monitoring the Omicron variant of COVID-19, a new attempt by Gov. Ducey to block employee vaccine mandates in the city of Tucson and Pima County has local officials maintaining their stance that he has no such legal power.... Read more»

Career conservationist Kevin Dahl takes office as Tucson's new Ward 3 councilman

Environmental activist Kevin Dahl was sworn into office Monday, representing Ward 3 on the Tucson City Council. The Democrat hopes to confront big problems like climate change and affordable housing by acting locally his ward's Northwest Side neighborhoods. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Fun with meetings: Tucson City Council takes up 'casitas,' Pima Supes select lawmakers & more

The Tucson Agenda: The Sentinel's roundup of upcoming local government meetings shows the City Council, Pima County Board of Supervisors, Marana Town Council and Amphitheater Public Schools are covering issues you should know about.... Read more»

Pima County set to sue city of Tucson over water rates

Pima County is moving ahead with a lawsuit against Tucson over an increase in water rates for customers who live outside the city limits, following a 3-2 vote by the Board of Supervisors.... Read more»1

Pay bump for mayor & City Council fails as last Tucson ballots are tallied

While the results of Tucson's City Council election held up from the early numbers reported last week, and an initiative to raise the minimum wage easily passed, a proposition that would increase the salaries of the mayor and City Council fell short, after it was passing in the first count.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Never mind the GOP, Tucson's new alternative may be on the Left

Someone has got to hold our Democratic incumbents accountable and it’s probably time to stop the expecting the heat to come from the Right. It may have to come from the Left; at least around Tucson.... Read more»2

Tucson minimum wage increase wins 2-1, Democrats dominate Council elections

Democrats easily ran the table in Tuesday's Tucson City Council elections, and an initiative to boost the minimum wage for workers in the city easily passed. A measure to increase the salaries of Tucson's mayor and councilmembers was narrowly winning, by just more than 100 votes.... Read more»

Kozachik partners with Habitat for Humanity to aid Afghan refugees

City Councilman Steve Kozachik's Ward 6 office and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to manage furniture donations for Afghan refugees, after the office was overwhelmed by items earlier this fall. ... Read more»

New Tucson 'Housing First' director quickly dumps pro-Trump tweets

The new director of Tucson's Housing First Program, part of Mayor Romero's social service efforts, quickly deleted her Twitter and Facebook accounts the day her hiring was announced, after city officials were asked about her years of pro-Trump and conspiracist posts, including questioning the 2020 election and COVID-19 misinformation.... Read more»

Unvaccinated Tucson city employees could be fired after Council mandates COVID shots

In a 4-3 vote, the Tucson City Council said Tuesday that city employees who are not vaccinated by Dec. 1 will face termination. ... Read more»

Asylum-seekers offered COVID shots, but Pima County won't mandate vax

Pima County officials said they lacked the authority to mandate vaccinations for asylum seekers, after a contentious part of Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting. But data shows that the rate of COVID cases among people seeking asylum here is relatively low.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kozachik: In solidarity with health-care heroes in the face of COVID denial

During a pandemic, spreading COVID misinformation is a direct threat to public health. Val Romero, my opponent for the Ward 6 Council seat, and his supporters are spreading hate-filled diatribes of unscientific conspiracy theories. Exposing others to this life-threatening virus is not the free exercise of liberty.... Read more»

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