Accountability is the word most often used when speaking of large industrial companies whose actions negatively affect the health and safety of people or when government at any level makes opportunistic decisions that injure or even kill Americans.
In the late 1980s the mayor and city manager proposed a budget for the city of Tucson calling for a pay raise for all employees as well as layoffs of 300. Reversing that plan, four council members then proposed and passed a budget without any layoffs and without pay raises.
Annexation of land, homes and business' adjacent to the city of Tucson is a topic of conversation and controversy that has led a long, unsettled life.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Tucson City Council discussed a
proposal by council member Regina Romero to waive fees and forgive
citations against the Occupy Tucson protesters who have been
camping out around-the-clock in Veinte de Agosto park downtown.
As we enter the 2011 political season and the election of the
mayor of Tucson and three City Council members, one can't but hope
that we will not have a rerun of the mean-spirited campaigning of
the 2010 congressional elections.
Proposition 200 seeks voter approval for a change to the Tucson
Charter that would mandate the hiring of 350 new police officers
over a five-year period, as well as an untold number of
firefighters, but offers nothing in terms of how the community
would pay for these new public-safety employees.
By now most people know that the Arizona Legislature has amended
the charter of the city of Tucson. No more Republican, Democrat,
independent, et cetera designations will be allowed in city
In this turbulent economy, Tucson city government is wrangling
with the knotty job of delivering a budget that reasonably provides
for the needs of our community.
The war in Iraq has been won! It's a fact, no matter what some
newspapers, nervous nellies and peace folks tell us.
It appears that almost anything about the Tucson Unified School
District trumps the Iraq War and the battered U.S. economy in
Arizona Daily Star front-page headlines and editorials. At a
glance, one could easily conclude that the district is collapsing
and will suffer the loss of half of its…