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2013-07-09T00:00:00Z News & NotesArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 


City, UA forge tech alliance to aid local business startups

The city of Tucson and the University of Arizona's technology-commercialization arm have launched an alliance designed to boost business startups based on UA technologies.

To start the Commercialization Network Alliance, the city is bidding to hire an independent contractor who will work closely with the UA's Tech Launch Arizona and city staff to develop short- and long-term strategies to boost local tech startups, the city said in a news release.

To view the city's request for proposal for an alliance consultant, see

For more information or to participate in the alliance's work, contact

David Wichner

2 real estate agents disciplined in separate incidents of loan fraud

Two local real estate agents were recently disciplined:

• Tucson real estate agent Beth Laos was issued a two-year provisional real estate sales license in April and fined $3,000 for failing to notify the Arizona Department of Real Estate of a civil conviction of loan fraud.

A civil judgment was issued against Laos in Pima County Superior Court in 2011 for intentionally misrepresenting her assets to obtain a loan.

The state agency began investigating a complaint against Laos in 2011, but she was unresponsive to the department's requests, said Commissioner Judy Lowe.

The case was forwarded to the Arizona Attorney General's Office in March, and Laos agreed to a provisional license and a monitor.

Laos is a salesperson at Long Realty.

• Tucson real estate agent Susan Levy, 71, surrendered her real estate sales license to the Arizona Department of Real Estate in April, following a criminal conviction for loan fraud.

She was convicted last year in U.S. District Court of making false statements to obtain a HUD-insured loan, a felony. She was sentenced to 8 months in prison and 1 year of probation.

The state agency moved to suspend her license in March, and Levy chose to surrender it, said Lowe. Levy will never again be able to hold a real estate license in Arizona, Lowe said.

Levy had been employed by Keller Williams Southern Arizona.

Becky Pallack

Friday info sessions first step in health-care career program

Information sessions for low-income Pima County residents who are interested in jobs in the health care industry are being held at 9:30 a.m. Fridays at the Rio Nuevo One-Stop Career Center, 340 N. Commerce Park Loop.

Attending an information session is the first step to participating in the Pima Community College Pathways to Healthcare Program. The program provides assistance with tuition, fees, books and other support needs as well as opportunities to earn a college certificate or degree for a variety of jobs in the medical field.

The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

To be eligible to participate, a person must be at or below 70 percent of the lower living income standards set by the U.S. Department of Labor, or receiving nutritional or financial help from the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

Angela Pittenger

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