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Re: “Borrowing Trouble

this actually wasn't her first false complaint, she had a few in the past

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Posted by chattahoocheegrad on 07/27/2015 at 7:18 PM

Re: “High Hopes for Hemp

It has been a well-known fact that the use of crude oil and coal (fossil fuel) products are the number one cause's of Global warming. The world needs to switch over to Eco-Friendly, Bio-Fuels produced above ground.
HEMP, the most valuable plant on earth, can produce 200 gallons of Bio-Diesel, 3 tons of protein, and 30 tons of fiber, per acre, every year. Medicine, paper, plastics, nutrition, textiles, and fuel are some of the 1,000's of products made from Hemp. Hemp is an excellent form of carbon sequestration, (taking carbon from the atmosphere).
With this runaway increase in global temperature, the future of our children's, grandchildren will come at a great price if we don't start now in doing what we can to reduce this global catastrophe. It will take a complete change-over to Green Energy to make our future more sustainable, renewable, and environmentally safe. Solar and wind power to generate electricity and Bio-Fuels to take care of the transportation of commodities and people to their needed destinations.
NOW IS THE TIME to start this transformation away from fossil fuels.
Danny Adams Director of Hemp Education and Environmental Quality for NORML of Arizona

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Posted by Danny Adams on 07/27/2015 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

Mr. Reality Check, you need a reality check.

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Posted by Miguel Ortega on 07/25/2015 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Take the Power Back

When neighborhood residents organize themselves to take back their neighborhood association from outside agitators, it is not called mob rule, it is democracy in action.

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Posted by McKenna Barrio Hollywood on 07/25/2015 at 7:01 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

Actually it was mob rule, a crowd stirred up by tall tales about outsiders voting in new officers. Let's read this different. Former association members were voted out of office because others felt new blood was needed to revitalize the association. But the former officers feel that they are entitled to run the association and nobody else. So they poisoned the pot and made it impossible for the newly elected people to have a functional association.
Current officers have already stated that they will probably be voted out of office early. And then the association will once again be the private toy of the McKennas and Scott Egan and Mr. Fiesta Grande Nothing like always bringing up El Rio golf course and the need to find supposed enemies of Barrio Hollywood, always the same dirge and litany of stories that goes back to the sixties. And that's becoming a scratchy tired old record on the Jukebox.
But things will not be the same. Those business owners who were insulted at this meeting will not forget. The people seeing the video of the meeting will not forget. So whatever political power the neighborhood association has will turn out to be the hot air of agitators. Nothing like setting your own house on fire and then trying to blame those nasty neighbors down the street.

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Posted by reality check on 07/25/2015 at 1:02 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

Good article! Fighting to reduce the power of neighborhood residents is stupid from the onset. If you win and gain a majority interest, for instance, you would only serve to alienate and reduce or eliminate the role of the resident. Now you don’t have a neighborhood association any more. They didn’t think this one through.

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Posted by Bob Rodriguez on 07/25/2015 at 12:00 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

Neighborhood residents having control of their own Neighborhood Association is not a radical or even a new idea. Thank you to the Tucson Weekly for actually sending a reporter to witness the events she was writing about. The Weekly was the only print media to do so.

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Posted by McKenna Barrio Hollywood on 07/24/2015 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Take the Power Back

Nice try, "Viernes".

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Posted by Miguel Ortega on 07/24/2015 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Take the Power Back

Based on the landslide vote total it seems like the residents were already able to exercise control over the association as soon as they got organized. The residents already have the means to control the association. I'm not sure I understand how cutting out the non-resident business owner vote is anything more than plain old revenge for the previous election covered up by playing on residents' fears of gentrification and losing neighborhood identity.

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Posted by Viernes on 07/24/2015 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Take the Power Back

This is probably one of my angriest pieces. But when the people we love are attacked, what are you gonna do, ya know?

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Posted by Miguel Ortega on 07/24/2015 at 9:57 AM

Re: “The Big Bond Question

Newsflash Jim Kelly, more than a third of Pima County residents live in unincorporated Pima County and their average home value is far higher than the cities. That means they pay more property taxes than the average city dweller and get little to nothing in return. What needs to change is the county using unincorporated areas as cash cows for city dwellers. Even outer edge areas that have been incorporated into Tucson don't get much in the way of services from Tucson. They are also treated as cash cows for those living closer to midtown. No more bonds until Pima County gets their fiscal house in order.

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Posted by No more bonds on 07/24/2015 at 3:12 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

As a former board member of an HOA, and resident, the residents have spoken with their votes.

Just because you don't have a vote (My association allowed only 1 voter per person who owned a unit - so if two people's name were on a mortgage - that unit was entitled to 2 votes - but only for each person). doesn't not mean that you can't be involved and show up to meetings and be a part of the community.

Any community would be foolish to exclude their neighborhood businesses. Any business would be foolish to to participate in the association even if they are not afforded a vote.

I am still not sure why this is a big deal, but I hope this decision works in the favor of the actual residents and prevents any potential nefarious events.

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Posted by Old Pueblo Independent on 07/23/2015 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Take the Power Back

This is exactly what happens when citizens do not trust their politicians. Each individual neighborhood is try to wrestle the power away from centralized government.

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Posted by Rat T on 07/23/2015 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

I am sure that Romero and her neighborhood benefit from support of the people outside of their district to keep her in office, so what's good for that isn't good for the other?
Also, if I had a business in that area and now couldn't give a vote, maybe it's time to close that location and move elsewhere.

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Posted by DonDTUS on 07/23/2015 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

As owners of a business and another property in Barrio Hollywood, the Hernandez family got two votes...

So here a corporation is a person times 2? I thought they opposed businesses getting a vote. Why give them two, you can see exacttly what's going to happen.

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Posted by David W on 07/23/2015 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

a good Read... WOW ! about time someone got it Right ... Thank you Tucson Weekley... we are Barrio Hollywood....

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Posted by Manny R Jacques Sr. on 07/23/2015 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

There is nothing "sad" about participatory democracy, there is no serious division when you get a 69-10 vote in favor of resident rule, and there are two seperate organizations: Barrio Hollywood Neighborhood Association and Fiesta Grande. As a follow up, how about the Weekly asking DPS what authority they had to harass Patrick McKenna just because Charlie asked them to? Why was TPD not called (were they not eating at Pat's at the time?). All non-residents of Hollywood are welcome to our meetings: businesses, absentee landlords, associations, etc., you just can't determine who represents us any more.

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Posted by Bog Mann on 07/23/2015 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

And, remember: the vast majority of residents present at this meeting voted in favor of this new proposal (69 to 10). This fact is obvious form this piece. Not so obvious - in fact misleading - in the AZ Star & KGUN 9 reports. Thanks again, Maria & Tucson Weekly crew!

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Posted by Miguel Ortega on 07/23/2015 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

This is the best reporting so far on what really went down in Barrio Hollywood. Maybe that is because this Tucson Weekly reporter actually bothered to attend the meeting and interview the people there? Well done, Maria! Kudos!

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Posted by Miguel Ortega on 07/23/2015 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

This is so sad to see the people of a once tight knit community so divided. Romero unfortunately does seem to have a hand in it.

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Posted by Patriot 1 on 07/23/2015 at 7:27 AM

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