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Steve Kozachik: Tucson shows compassion for Central Americans

Steve Kozachik: Tucson shows compassion for Central Americans

Project Mariposa steps in to help stranded immigrants abandoned by their countries.

August 04, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…

Police chief, councilman clash over benefits and more — Steve Kozachik: Outside negotiator needed

The recent public disagreements between me and the Tucson Police Officer’s Association are unproductive. Issues of public policy, budgeting, transparency and ultimately negotiating labor benefits have been wrapped up in what has become an unfortunate sideshow. At the core of recent media cov…

May 04, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steve Kozachik: It's time to apply the public health model to gun related deaths

Steve Kozachik: It's time to apply the public health model to gun related deaths

In the United States there are approximately as many firearms as inhabitants.

March 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steve Kozachik: We cannot keep silent on immigration reform

Steve Kozachik: We cannot keep silent on immigration reform

In March, 2011, amid a flurry of immigration-related bills being proposed at the Arizona Legislature, 60 high-ranking business leaders from across the state penned an open letter to then state Senate President Russell Pearce calling on the Legislature to cool it with respect to continuing to…

November 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Kozachik: Understanding Proposition 401

Kozachik: Understanding Proposition 401

On Nov. 5, the Tucson mayor and council are asking city residents to approve an upward adjustment in what the city is allowed to spend on providing essential services. Adopting that adjustment makes sense.

October 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Guest Column: Chamber needs to get on board with city's positive economic direction

Guest Column: Chamber needs to get on board with city's positive economic direction

In a recent Tucson Metro Chamber newsletter, its chairman, Mike Varney, rolled out the now clichéd "Tucson isn't business friendly" mantra. He used some very specific examples to try to make his point. Let me offer some facts to dispel his claims, and suggest that Mr. Varney should be promot…

June 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Guest Column: Legislators' attempt to bury common-sense gun bills is shameful

Guest Column: Legislators' attempt to bury common-sense gun bills is shameful

Joan Rivers used the catch-line "Can we talk?" Our state Legislature should heed the request.

February 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Guest Column: Tucson's Gun Buyback program will dispose of unwanted weapons

Guest Column: Tucson's Gun Buyback program will dispose of unwanted weapons

Since the recent shootings in Connecticut, cities across the nation have resumed community conversations about the causes and measures that may be taken to prevent these sorts of senseless acts. Tucson is uniquely positioned to engage in such a conversation, especially during the month of Ja…

January 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Guest Column: Legislature can learn a valuable lesson from Tucson's bipartisanship

Guest Column: Legislature can learn a valuable lesson from Tucson's bipartisanship

The elections are finally over, and now we have a couple of months to decompress over the holidays. Hopefully, many of us will take that time to think about the process we just watched unfold and conclude that if we're going to solve some of our significant local, regional, statewide and nat…

November 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Guest Column: Mission Gardens meets intent, spirit, legislative obligation of Rio Nuevo

Guest Column: Mission Gardens meets intent, spirit, legislative obligation of Rio Nuevo

It's not uncommon for comments attributed to me in the Star related to Rio Nuevo to be preceded by the phrase "a frequent critic of Rio Nuevo …"

August 21, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Column: New Rio Nuevo board, city need audit information, clear law to proceed

State Senate President Steve Pierce has taken the bold step of changing the leadership on the Rio Nuevo board. It is my hope that this is a step in the direction of establishing a productive relationship between the city of Tucson and Rio Nuevo that will yield economic benefits to both the l…

June 19, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

'Character and integrity are not defined by party label'

Political parties reflect a loosely coupled group of people who are gathered around a general set of common values. Since we share a common founding document in this country, there should be broad overlap between the two major parties. As a party draws the circle of acceptable principles mor…

February 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Downtown Tucson Initiative shows bad faith

In a 10-page memo sent to the Arizona Daily Star, it was revealed that "various parties have formed the Downtown Tucson Initiative Inc.," whose stated goal is to facilitate private-sector development in the "Rio Nuevo Area."

December 30, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Under circumstances, downtown parking-space deal was reasonable

Under circumstances, downtown parking-space deal was reasonable

In a recent article, followed up by an editorial by the Star staff, decisions made by the current City Council were decried as not having been in the best interest of the taxpayers.

October 25, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

New Rio Nuevo Board neglecting its responsibility to maintain TCC

In most sporting events, there are winners and losers. In the sport of political football that the Rio Nuevo Board has made out of making needed repairs to the Tucson Convention Center, I can identify losers, but finding any winners is more difficult. 

September 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Concern about liability must be set aside to solve issues with 911 system

On May 25, the Tucson 911 Communications Center began a cut-over to a new system called Meridian. The move was made because the previous equipment was not going to be supported any longer by the manufacturer. The change was necessary. The manner in which it has been managed has been cause fo…

August 03, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Adopting Jefferson Park design manual was the right thing, maybe

On June 21, the mayor and City Council adopted the Jefferson Park design manual. Was it the right thing to do? A definite "maybe."

June 29, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Sun Tran enjoys subsidy increases as police and fire services are cut

Sun Tran enjoys subsidy increases as police and fire services are cut

Will the reductions in the public safety budget necessarily mean that you'll have to wait 10 minutes longer for a paramedic? Well, not necessarily, if you're the first call for service. But if the paramedic trucks are on a call when you call, then maybe so.

May 18, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Why do S. Ariz. lawmakers take aim at their own constituents?

Why do S. Ariz. lawmakers take aim at their own constituents?

Why is the Arizona Legislature taking aim at the city of Tucson?

March 16, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Republicans should support local control of revenues

Republicans should support local control of revenues

The Republican Party is fresh on the heels of an overwhelming victory in a number of state-level races. The party is in a position to set an agenda that can move the state forward and tackle the many formidable issues we face.

February 09, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

By working together, we can kick-start private development downtown

A New Year's resolution: The city, Rio Nuevo Board and the Arizona Legislature will work together to revitalize downtown.

January 05, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Downtown plan must stay within means

Downtown plan must stay within means

Tucson needs a vibrant downtown where culture, shopping, entertainment and lodging reflect our unique Tucson character.

July 21, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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