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Tucson city workers required to get COVID shots by Aug. 24

Employees of the City of Tucson will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, or get their first shot before August 24. If they do not, they could face sanctions, including possible suspension, after the City Council voted for the mandate Friday.... Read more»1

Pima County asks Tucson Water to limit chemicals in water pumped to Santa Cruz

Pima County has asked Tucson Water to treat new discharges into the Santa Cruz River for PFAS, a chemical linked to cancer risks, after the city utility announced plans to pump millions of gallons of water from the Tucson Airport Remediation Project.... Read more»

Pima County spikes funding for Az Bowl over Barstool Sports founder's rape comments

The Pima County Board of Supervisors has pulled nearly $40,000 in funding from the Arizona Bowl due to ethical concerns with the newly announced title sponsor, Barstool Sports. The media company's founder is notorious for jokes about rape.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Decision 2021: The more things change, the more Tucson wants warm milk

The results of the primary election seem more like a warm glass of milk and a “Friends” marathon than the sort of turbulent circus the last couple of elections have been. Tucson voters just want quiet.... Read more»

Kozachik keeps Ward 6 Dem nod, Dahl choice in Ward 3 Tucson Council primary

Incumbent Tucson Councilman Steve Kozachik fended off two challengers in Tucson's Ward 6 Council primary, with Kevin Dahl prevailing as the choice of Democrats for the open seat in Ward 3.... Read more»

Tucson voters have until Tuesday evening to hand in primary ballots

Tucson residents in Wards 3,5 and 6 will have until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3 to hand in ballots in the City Council primary election. If you still have yours, don't mail it back — drop it off in person to ensure that it's counted.... Read more»

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Tucson's proposed casita rules are a good step toward a better tomorrow

Let me tell you why I think Tucson's atrociously named "accessory dwelling unit" proposed ordinance is cool. ... Read more»3

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Candidatos con una pista: La Primaria Demócrata de Tucson ofrece experiencia

La lista de candidatos postulando para la nominación democrata en el carrera del ayuntamiento esta llena con experiencia. Las candidatos son inteligentes, apasionados y listos con sus ideas de que es bueno para Tucson. ... Read more»

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Candidates with a clue: Tucson's Democratic primary slate is chock full of experience

Good news for Tucson voters about the city primary election: Y’all have real choices. Each of the Democrats vying for office come in knowing the difference between a general fund and an enterprise fund. And the challenges they want to address are real.... Read more»2

Candidate commentary

Portela: The one policy discussion we always avoid — housing

"Local rental costs have jumped 7.1 percent from last year, the rental vacancy rate is 3.6 percent, the eviction moratorium ends in a month, and homes can't stay in supply which is driving the cost to purchase." — Ward 6 City Council candidate Andres Portela... Read more»

Tuesday deadline to register to vote in Tucson city primary election

Midnight on Tuesday, July 6, is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming Tucson primary election — double-check your registration online even if you're already signed up.... Read more»

Ducey sends $2M to Tucson to restart water plant shut by military pollution

The state of Arizona will provide $2 million to help Tucson Water restart a treatment plant shut down because of severe groundwater contamination near the Tucson International Airport from PFAS firefighting foam used by the military.... Read more»

Tucson elections to go ahead in 2021, Az Supreme Court rules

The Arizona State Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Tucson will have an election after all this year, shutting down a challenge that would have forced the city to move to even-year elections under a state law.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Schubert: Councilman Kozachik and Asian hate

"Steve Kozachik's knee-jerk association of Asian massage parlor workers with sex workers sexualizes and fetishizes Asians and is a product of patriarchal white supremacy and colonialism." — Ward 6 Council candidate Miranda Schubert... Read more»

Ducey lifts COVID restrictions, opening Arizona bars & again blocking local mask mandates

Bars in Arizona will no longer have to operate under COVID-19 restrictions, said Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who also ordered that cities and counties can no longer mandate face-covering be worn in public — a move called "irresponsible, unethical and unprecedented" and "reckless" by local officials.... Read more»1

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