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'No Gentrification' rally confronts Tucson city leaders about housing, transit policies

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»

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Subidas de renta y un auge de gente incita la gentrificación de barrios antiguos en Tucson

Las rentas están augmento en todo Arizona, como en todo el país, pero Tucson, antes visto como tranquilo y barato, ha tenido un auge muy penoso - y con rentas subiendo, la gentrificación está empujando a la gente fuera de sus barrios que antes estaban económicos.... Read more»

Rent hikes, Downtown boom spur gentrification of older Tucson neighborhoods

Rents are going up all over Arizona, as they are across the country, but Tucson, once considered sleepy and affordable, has seen a particularly painful spike - and with rents rising, gentrification is pushing people out of neighborhoods that once were affordable.... Read more»

$15 minimum wage advocates raise red flag over Tucson's plans for Labor Standards office

Tucson officials are making a mistake, an advocate of higher wages said, by rolling a new Labor Standards office into the city's Business Services Department. The city is preparing for a gradual increase in the minimum wage after Tucson voters approved the measure last fall.... Read more»

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»

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»

$15 minimum wage to go before Tucson voters

An initiative that would increase the minimum wage in Tucson to $15 over the next four years will be on the November ballot, after city officials announced Thursday that there were enough valid signatures on petitions to support the measure.... Read more»

Tucson Fight for $15 organizers file to put minimum wage hike on Nov. ballot

Backers of the "Tucson Fight for $15" initiative delivered about 29,000 signatures to the Tucson City Clerk's Office on Friday, taking a step toward putting a hike in the local minimum wage on the ballot in November's election.... Read more»2

Judge dismisses lawsuit by sanctuary city backers as a 'practical matter'

A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by supporters of Tucson's sanctuary initiative Monday, arguing he could not rule "as a practical matter or a matter of law" before next Tuesday's election.... Read more»3

Tucson officials claim 'sanctuary city' lawsuit was 'staged to mislead' voters

In a sharply written motion, the city of Tucson argued that a lawsuit filed by backers of the sanctuary initiative is a "transparently contrived and staged" move to "mislead" voters, and that a "secret recording" shows the backers agree with critiques made by city officials. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson's 'Sanctuary City' backers fall for lawsuit trap

If Tucson city staff engaged in electioneering about Prop. 205, that would violate state law. On the other hand, suing over it violates the first rule of political campaigns: "Keep voters' eyes off your opponents' message."... Read more»

Sanctuary City backers sue, claim Tucson officials illegally 'electioneering'

Claiming that Tucson officials are illegally “electioneering” to urge “no” votes on the initiative, backers of the Prop. 205 “Sanctuary City” measure filed suit Wednesday.... Read more»1

Republicans won't appeal ruling that OKed Tucson 'sanctuary city' for November ballot

Local Republicans won't seek review of a judge's ruling last week that tossed out their legal challenge to an initiative that would declare Tucson a "sanctuary city" and restrict local immigration enforcement if voters approve in November.... Read more»

Judge tosses challenge to Tucson 'sanctuary city' initiative

A judge ruled Friday against a challenge brought by Republicans, allowing an initiative to make Tucson a "sanctuary city" to go to voters in November. Supporters celebrated, while opponents are discussing an appeal of the decision.... Read more»

Judge hears challenge to Tucson 'sanctuary city' initiative

There was a court hearing Monday afternoon on the Republican move to block Tucson's "sanctuary city" initiative from going on the November ballot. The judge indicated he'll make a ruling this week, but likely not until Friday. In the meantime, here's a listing of the various motions filed in the case:... Read more»

Tucson man, now known as 'Green Shirt Guy,' goes viral for laughing at anti-immigrant group

Video of a Tucsonan Alex Kack, now known as "#GreenShirtGuy," laughing uproariously as two members of an Arizona anti-immigrant group protested at the City Council on Tuesday has ricocheted around the Internet.... Read more»2

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