Barrio & Broadway “blights” and urban renewal: History repeats in Tucson

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In the 1960s the original home of the people that built Tucson still existed in downtown. Today there is one sole building that remains after the “urban renewal” project completely obliterated the original barrio to build the failed Tucson Convention Center. This area stored a wealth of history and culture, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are different lenses one can use to view the world. Where one sees natural beauty in the Scenic Santa Ritas, another sees dollar signs. Dollar signs almost always come with destruction of what once was so that others can make […]

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McCain & McSally credit ISIL for saving Tucson economy

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While conservatives in Southern Arizona love to hate the government, it is that very government that provides our top jobs in Tucson; Raytheon, DM Air Force base, the University of Arizona along with the state, county and city jobs. Most of the latter exist to serve the former; this is a military town that survives off of weapons of mass destruction and war. You need not take my word for it. Today Rep. McSally and Sen. John McCain are lauding the hundreds of millions, if not billions, that will continue to come to Tucson to feed our war machine. Arizona […]

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Barrio Hollywood responds to Daily Star criticism after citizens win landslide victory in self-determination

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In case you missed the Barrio Hollywood event (I did not notice anyone from the Arizona Daily Star there in person, however the Tucson Weekly and AZPM were there to witness the event first-hand), our write-up of last week’s historic vote is here and video highlights are below. All emphasis in the open letter below are from its author. Scott D. Egan Barrio Hollywood, Tucson July 20, 2015 A few comments on Ernesto Portillo’s article on Barrio Hollywood [July 19, 2015] in the Arizona Daily Star (ADS). And I must say that “ADS” has proved itself to be a more appropriate […]

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Tucson City Council tries “I didn’t think it was illegal” defense again: Third time is a charm?

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People in power usually learn quickly that it is easier to apologize afterwards than to get permission in advance. What is done is done and we must all “move on”… right? There is a privilege of power that elected candidates get to enjoy, and the Tucson city council and staff seem to use ignorance as a defense without ever being held accountable for learning about the law; either they are stupid and incapable of learning, or they do know better and are deceiving the gullible masses. All of Tucson seems to have problems with transparency, as even the Arizona Daily […]

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Pedicone awarded over $16K after quitting his job and getting graded as low as 65% by board

More Latinos come to TUSD, more armed security follows under Sherf Pedicone's rule.

Most students, if they quit midway through their term, would end up failing a class. That’s because they don’t have the Pedicone Privilege where you get a bonus for giving up and not finishing what you started. TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone was awarded a $16,000 bonus… The bonus was unanimously approved by the TUSD Governing Board Tuesday night… … While he scored much lower in achievement — meeting 65 percent of the goals —the outgoing superintendent was not disappointed. “When you get a percentage and that percentage is less than 100 percent, it doesn’t mean that you’ve failed as the leader,” […]

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Romero backs down to community concerns; El Rio Coalition II demands transparency from City Council

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    When elected officials lie to their constituents and then refuse to release public records there are remedies that the people can use to hold these elected officials accountable.  When determined people unite to demand accountability and transparency from their government; they cannot be stopped easily with silly tricks or guest editorials.  This is the lesson that the Mayor and Council need to take from the events of last week.   Scores of concerned City residents have voiced their opinion to the Tucson Mayor and Council regarding the proposed sale of the publicly owned El Rio to a private entity.  One Councilmember has decided […]

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NY Times and false dichotomies that allow racist states to run rampant despite federal protections

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I am very disappointed with a story in the NY Times today about the MAS/MASS program in TUSD.  It was clearly influenced by the SALC-run Arizona Daily Star and their pro-Pedicone supporting Gassen. To explain what the media continues to do to protect Pedicone, I begin with a related story. We have seen the scene played out before in movies and literature, from Germany to the South, and using the American South as the setting, the (based on many a true) story goes like this: A group of known racists are on the prowl. They all have their white pointed […]

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