Tucson Shouldn’t Charge Pima County Residents More for Water

For decades, the city of Tucson and Pima County have partnered with each other in providing water and sewer services to our region, with the city taking the lead with water and the county with sewer. Both entities have charged their customers rates that are based solely on the “cost of service” model and that recognized no distinctions based on where customers lived. This fair partnership has served our region well, but it will become inequitable if the city government decides in April to impose differential water rates on Tucson Water customers who live in certain parts of Pima County. [...]

By |2021-04-08T19:09:19-07:00April 8th, 2021|Tucson|

VIDEO: Miranda Schubert, Candidate for City Council, Ward 6, Calls for Housing Justice

Miranda Schubert is a candidate for Tucson City Council, Ward 6. She has been an academic advisor in Tucson for the past decade, now at the University of Arizona in the Department of Physiology. She is the chair of her department’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion working group and also a member of the Steering Committee for United Campus Workers of Arizona, Local 7065, a wall-to-wall union that includes workers from both ASU and the UA. Since 2016. The four points of her platform are: Bringing small, local businesses to Tucson. Pursuing community-centered construction. It is a privilege to build a [...]

By |2021-03-31T14:38:12-07:00March 31st, 2021|Environment/Climate Change, Housing, Tucson|

WATCH: Billy Kovacs, Outreach Director, Drives Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s Priorities

Since 2019 Billy Kovacs had served as Outreach Director to disseminate crucial information about Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick's work (D-CD2. He spoke at the Democrats of Greater Tucson Meeting on March 22, 2021. Previously, Billy was a candidate for US Congress and the Political Director for David Garcia for Governor. In his current position, Billy reviews opinions, monitors feedback, and relays any concerns voiced by his network. Billy makes recommendations for legislation and policy working with the Congressional staff in Washington DC. Billy headed the weekly COVID-19 task force, and influenced issues including the environment, energy, water, business, infrastructure, and rural [...]

By |2021-03-24T17:40:27-07:00March 23rd, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|

Democratic Heroes of Tucson: Selim Franklin

Democrat Selim Franklin supported womens' right to vote, and helped found the UofA and the Corporation Commission. This article is the first in a continuing series about Democratic Heroes of Tucson. While people are focused on public servants who strive to move communities forward, it is important to remember Democrats who came before and paved the road for all of us to walk on. Selim Franklin, an early Democrat in Tucson, is one person that citizens of Tucson should honor for his contributions to Arizona before it became a state. Born in San Bernardino, California on October 19, 1859, Franklin [...]

By |2021-03-16T13:03:39-07:00March 16th, 2021|Tucson|

What’s Our Water Future?

League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson Voter Education Program Saturday, March 20 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online Registration link: https://bit.ly/lwvtucson_waterfuture FREE Virtual Public Webinar The future is likely to bring a hotter, drier climate, resulting in projected reductions in Colorado River flows. Population growth in the state will create an increased demand for water. We need to ensure that water is shared equitably among stakeholders, including tribal communities, municipal users, agriculture, and industry.  And we need to take care that water is available to protect ecological systems and threatened riparian landscapes. Join us to hear experts Kathy Jacobs of UArizona, State [...]

By |2021-03-11T17:30:51-07:00March 11th, 2021|Tucson|

WATCH: Ann Chanecka, Tucson Housing and Community Development

Ann Chanecka, Deputy Director Tucson Housing and Community Development, spoke at the Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting on March 8, 2021. She described numerous projects tackling: Poverty rates, low incomes, and economic disparities; Education and economic mobility, Health disparities, Homelessness, Housing instability and Neighborhood inequities. In terms of Public Housing, the city has: 550 Multifamily units for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities 452 Multifamily units for Families 503 Single-Family Properties The City manages more than 6,000 Section 8 Vouchers, which allow individuals and families to pay 30-40% of their income on rent, and 451 Affordable Housing units. In 2020, Housing and Community Development received [...]

By |2021-03-11T08:22:48-07:00March 10th, 2021|Tucson|

VIDEO: Lane Santa Cruz, Tucson Council Member, Announces 2021 Plans

Lane Santa Cruz has represented the Westside, Southside, and Downtown of Tucson in Ward 1 since 2019. She is a second-generation Tucsonan, born and raised in the Southside. As a council member, Lane’s mission is to serve as the bridge between working families and city hall. She has a Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies from the University of Arizona. Lane continues to teach courses at the U of A’s Department of Mexican American Studies and College of Education. Before running for office, Lane worked as a council aide for Ward 1 and spent more than a decade working [...]

By |2021-03-05T08:52:16-07:00March 2nd, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|

Pima Dems Chair Bonnie Heidler on Removing Finchem, Ballot Harvesting and Redistricting

Many thanks to video producer Anne Simmons for editing this recording. Elected as Pima Country's Chair in December, Bonnie Heidler spoke before the Democrats of Greater Tucson on January 11. At Monday's meeting, she discussed: The indictment by the Republican attorney general of two Democratic Latinas for so-called "ballot harvesting." This is a case of voter suppression that the US Supreme Court will hear on March 3 and rule on in June. Efforts to penalize AZ Rep. Mark Finchem, member of a right-wing fringe militia, for attending the January 6 domestic terror takeover of the US capitol. Developing [...]

By |2021-01-14T09:22:14-07:00January 14th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|

Council Member Nikki Lee Spotlights 2021 Goals for Tucson

Many thanks to Anne Simmons, our Video Production Editor, for editing this video. Tucson City Council member Nikki Lee spoke at Democrats of Greater Tucson on January 4, 2020, and outlined her three-pronged plan for 2021: A stronger Tucson: investing in roads, first responders, parks, small business, and attracting high-wage jobs. A smarter Tucson: using technology to improve city services and smart, sustainable public transit. A sustainable Tucson: promoting responsible growth and preserve the natural landscape. Councilwoman Nikki Lee is an Air Force veteran, IT project manager, wife, and mother of three. She was elected in 2019, and [...]

By |2021-01-07T14:41:59-07:00January 6th, 2021|Tucson|

Historic Swearing-In of Gabriella Cazares-Kelly as First Native Elected to Pima Countywide Office

Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, the first Native elected to Pima Countywide office, was sworn in on December 30, 2020, as the new County Recorder. In November 2019, Cázares-Kelly filed her candidacy as a Democrat and in November 2020, she won with a convincing 60% of the vote. Cázares-Kelly drew 289,932 votes, defeating her Republican opponent, who received 203,631 votes. Her platform included: Ballot Text Message Receipts Utilizing text message technology will enable the Recorder’s Office to share information directly with voters such as when ballots are mailed out, when they are received by the Recorder’s office, and approaching mailing deadlines. [...]

By |2020-12-30T19:24:33-07:00December 30th, 2020|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|
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