- Your Voice
Cries of “corruption” rang out in the Pima County Board of Supervisors hearing room after a number of frustrated county residents alleged that Chairwoman Sharon Bronson intentionally and prematurely adjourned an Oct. 14 meeting without allowing some audience members to speak during call to the public on a newly controversial topic related to supervisor spending.
When I decided to run for county Supervisor, I campaigned on the principles of transparency and accountability. I remain committed to those values and continue challenging questionable county practices and expenditures. Unfortunately, the current board majority prefers the status quo which has gotten us to where we are today: saddled with massive debt, disastrous roads, and the highest property tax rate in the state.
It’s that time again, when I write up my election endorsements. Anyone who’s read this column knows I’m a strong Democrat, so it should come as no surprise I’m supporting Democrats all the way down the line. However, to those of you who vote for both Democrats and Republicans, here are a few reasons to favor the D’s this time around.
State funding cuts in recent years have eliminated monies for building renewal, new-school construction, and soft capital – which is used for textbooks, computers and classroom supplies – for school districts across Arizona. This leaves districts to turn to voters to approve tax increases in the form of bonds and budget overrides for building and maintenance projects and the purchase of vehicles, equipment and supplies.
Voters will have the chance to decide in November whether to approve a $22.34 million bond that would be used to fund a new Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) facility.
Americans don’t want someone else telling them how to educate their children.
While Congressional District 1 is the 10th largest in the nation, and has one of the most diverse populations – both Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) and challenger Ariz. House Speaker Andy Tobin (R) agree that the majority of the district is rural and the needs of constituents are common.
Candidates for the U.S. House seat in Arizona’s First Congressional District are debating in Northwest Tucson on Tuesday, Oct. 14 in the theater at Mountain View High School at Thornydale and Linda Vista.
He’s back. The subject that has brought me back off the shelf is the curious endorsements of the Tucson Chamber of Commerce. As we talked about for the last five years, an active chamber has to act as a counterbalance to the special interests that run roughshod over the local political scene. Tucson’s prevailing imbalance has helped us get to the position of being the sixth poorest city in America. The more troubling aspect of the Chamber’s endorsements is the unwillingness of the board chairman and board to come out and explain some of their decisions. Don’t tell us about your process, tell us about your reasoning.
Two candidates are running for the open seat on Pima Community College’s Board of Governors, each promising to repair the college’s credibility after Pima has faced probation by its accrediting body, acknowledged sexual harassment of employees by a former chancellor, and falling enrollment.
Road repair continues to be a hot topic in Pima County, and now, a Sept. 26 memo released by Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry looks to clear up what he says are common misconceptions on how the county uses its Department of Transportation (DOT) funding.
(BPT) - Math, science, English and history – every day, children learn these important lessons in school. But every day at lunch, they walk into their school cafeterias to learn another important lesson: how to make independent nutrition choices. It’s like going to a restaurant without the grown-ups, and with K-12 schools serving up to 31 million students every day, it’s one of the largest restaurants in the country.
The history of Fire Prevention Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871 and continued the following day destroying everything in its path. In 27 hours, this tragic conflagration killed more than 250 people, it left 100,000 homeless, and it destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, National Fire Prevention Week has been observed the week in October in which the 8th day falls.
Candidates for Legislative District 11 State Senate and House of Representatives will appear at the second 2014 Election Forum sponsored by Citizens for Picture Rocks (C4PR) on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road. Former State Representative from Picture Rocks Jennifer Burns will again moderate as invited Senate candidates Jo Holt (D) and Steve Smith (R) respond to questions submitted from the community.
The final venture on Amphitheater Public Schools’ bond project list is a new Oro Valley elementary school.
By the headline, one probably thinks this editorial is about it being the spooky month of Halloween, it being Oct. 1 and all. However, you would be wrong.
Voters will decide in the November election whether or not to approve a $22.34 million bond to fund upgrades for the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC).
(StatePoint) Have you ever wondered why abandoned or dilapidated buildings lie vacant for years on end, or why traffic patterns isolate people from businesses, or why there is a lack of safe and accessible open space in your community?
(BPT) - With school back in session, you might hear your kids talking about the activities they get to do in class, on field trips or in after-school activities. To make all these extra adventures successful learning opportunities for your kids, they require financing and manpower. So what can you do to keep the extracurricular programs going strong?
In her recent opinion column to The Explorer, District 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson failed to address the accomplishments of her almost 20 year tenure as a Pima County Supervisor. Meanwhile, she suggested the condition of our roads is the fault of a Supervisor in office less than 2 years. While this clearly demonstrates Bronson’s unwillingness to take responsibility, the board majority’s lack of vision and urgency regarding road repairs for the past two decades is certainly no secret to the rest of us.
Apparently Brian Clymer, Esq. does not attend many Pima County Board of Supervisor meetings. If he did, he would have a better idea of what really goes on in Pima County. Supervisor Miller votes 90 to 95 percent of the time with the other board members. She does not vote with them, when something is not transparent or not in the best interest of the tax payers.
Dr. Daniel L. Kester is Pima Community College’s Director of Veterans and Military Affiliated Services.