TUSD Superintendent HT Sanchez once affectionately referred to Tucson as the largest little city he has been to. It was a reference to how, despite nearing a million people in the metropolitan area, the Old Pueblo retains a bit of the small-town charm where everyone knows everyone else, for better or worse.
Tucson was the last major American city to join the country, thus also being the last major American city to fly the Mexican flag until the Gadsden Purchase.
Tucson has always had a unique lifestyle which has to do with geography which is symbolized by the name of its river, although I’m sure it was named that way for a different reason. The Holy Cross; Santa Cruz.
Tucson is the land in the middle of the four directions, the land that separates the 7th largest economy of California from “Back East” while being the land that represents the “Old West.” A border state that separates North from South, the South being the country of Mexico. It is a land older than the United States, with brown people learning to live here naturally, accepting the boundaries of desert dwelling, adapting crops for drought-resistance and monsoon growth.
It is now a land that White Men want to make in their own image, fulfilling biblical passages to turn the desert green and have the thirstiest plants such as grass for golf and cotton for Chinese clothing factories sucking our buried water supply dry.
If Tucson wants to be American, it must adapt. It must have green lawns and golf courses for the power-players.
If Tucson wants to survive, it must not dwell on the past and how the brown people lived here naturally, but adapt to the vision of the White men, foreigners who will destroy what was built to build something else that is a failure, but at least they now own the land and the buildings.
The Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) has tried year after year to take over Tucson. They have tried to changed the charter (2010) and have always tried to take over the largest school district in Tucson, TUSD, which has a budget of about $600,000,000 annually, in addition to controlling large amounts of prime property.