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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: The Skinny

Re: “The Skinny

Actually, bslap, it should be a cafeteria style vote. I suggest voting for the roads only.

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Posted by Not a Rancho Snob on 04/17/2015 at 8:57 PM

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Bond vote? Never forget the RTA vote. You got suckered.

Want to do it again?

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Posted by Rat T on 04/17/2015 at 4:07 PM

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What kind of bond proposal is that? It's like a slush fund for every government department in Tucson. I think one more narrowly focused on roads would have a better chance.
Not going to vote for it.

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Posted by bslap on 04/16/2015 at 3:08 PM

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It's time to take a closer look at how the County is spending OUR money:

#PimaSupes approve $1.8 m settlement for former employee Martin Willett.-AZ Starnet

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Posted by Rat T on 04/14/2015 at 11:54 AM

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Good point on public transportation. Those numbers are pretty grim. The other alternative might be to simply cut service dramatically and give it away.

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Posted by Michael Foudy on 04/09/2015 at 6:55 PM

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There are some places where you just should leave your gun behind. If the public transportation is lacking funds then it isn't unreasonable to ask those that use the system to pay a little more.

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Posted by smithappens on 04/09/2015 at 6:25 PM

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"• SB 1273, which would have allowed the state to issue modern driver's licenses that comply with the federal REAL ID Act, died in the House of Representative after Speaker David Gowan chose to file it away rather than assign it a hearing. Here's the problem: Your current Arizona license is not going to meet the standards for boarding a plane starting next year, so you'll need a passport or you'll be grounded. As of press time, there was an effort to resurrect the bill." -- Whoops! Maybe they should make the new compliant licenses available as a straightforward revenue generator, assuming they are not mandatory. Not doing so will create a lot of headaches for leisure travelers. I don't know the details of the REAL ID act or if the act prohibits Arizona's "near lifetime" driver's licenses, but the passport process can be ornery and expensive, which makes visiting a DMV surprisingly seem less painful...

Posted by IPH on 04/01/2015 at 2:21 PM

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It's not the will of the people. It is the will of Dark Money and Citizens United.

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Posted by Philip Anderson on 03/29/2015 at 4:52 PM

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Is that the same Doug Ducey who was on the cover last week? The lunacy in Phoenix boggles the mind, but as I posted last week, it's the will of the people.

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Posted by Scarpia, B on 03/27/2015 at 7:34 AM

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Just remember, it's not crAZy without AZ ....

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 03/26/2015 at 10:41 AM

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I am surrounded by idiots.

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Posted by Rat T on 03/20/2015 at 12:30 PM

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Actually, the agenda is pro-punishment. They couldn't care less about the foetus or the baby, pregnancy is gods punishment for having sex. It says that in the bible, but it is the only explanation that would fit their opposition to birth control, and also abortion. And I suspect they are totally aware that god isn't going to do the punishing, so they have to do it here and now.

Let's just be honest about it.

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Posted by Let's Be Honest on 03/19/2015 at 9:56 AM

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It's funny that the Republicans in the Legislature claim to be "pro-life" when they are, in fact, only pro-birth. Once a child is born, they want nothing to do with it, unless its parents are wealthy. Then, they'll bend over backward to make sure they get everything they can possibly take from the non-wealthy and give it to the wealthy. Disgusting hypocrites.

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Posted by Ldonyo on 03/19/2015 at 8:04 AM

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Who's Martha McSalley again? Did she move into her office yet? Does she even live here?

Posted by Old Pueblo Independent on 03/10/2015 at 7:48 PM

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Government largess smithappens. It is way out of control.

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Posted by David W on 02/27/2015 at 2:52 PM

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I think it's a great idea, defund homeland security. I thought that was the job of the F.B.I, and Border Patrol. Just think how much money it would save.

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Posted by smithappens on 02/26/2015 at 6:58 AM

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Republicans hate poor people, then pass laws to ensure there will be more of them?

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Posted by bslap on 02/20/2015 at 8:20 AM

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Gosh, Jim, you mention McSally, Miller and Kozachik but none of them has done a THING to help sex trafficking victims. AND you ignored the one politician who actually has pushed such a bill onto the AZ House floor. Have you been sleeping at your desk again?

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Posted by Mark Murphy on 02/19/2015 at 4:26 PM

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I agree with everything Templeton says. The issue was and is an amendment to the Neighborhood Plans. It creates a major precedent that can be used to further erode this and other Neighborhood Plans. M&C let swing the first wrecking ball when they demolished not just the wording but the intent of our neighborhood plans. Kozachik spoke of addressing all the 'fears' of the neighbors, but he completely sidestepped the issue of the alley realignment, which not only discourages ingress from the N because the planned path dumps into a divided street, but more important, creates a separation between the planned parking lot and residential use to the S that relieves the developers of mitigation requirements they would have if the parking lot abutted residential land.

Posted by Ann Pattison on 02/18/2015 at 10:27 AM

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re: "Hard Knocks" While this covers the heartache over the proposed demolition of the Americana Apartments, it misses the real issues. On Feb 4th, M&C voted to amend the Arroyo Chico Area Plan (ACAP) and Broadmoor-Broadway Village Neighborhood Plan (BBVNP) to allow the property now holding the Americana to be rezoned and then fully paved over for a parking lot. M&C had to amend the plans because, before the 4th, BBVNP expressly forbade downzoning residential use for parking, and ACAP strongly advised against it. Sure, the plans are "living documents" that should be regularly revisited to ensure that they still reflect the facts on the ground, and that they still address the goals and concerns of those governed by these documents. But if a n'hood plan expressly says "thou shalt not do X", and when the neighborhood itself is vehemently against a proposed X, amending the plan to fit the latest whim du jour makes a mockery of the work that went into creating it. Since the ACAP covers eight neighborhoods, the impact of this decision reaches beyond Broadway Village. The owners and developers behind this project are not stupid people and are perfectly capable of coming up with a design that creates more parking and does not require punching holes in neighborhood and area plans to do it. M&C should have denied the amendment request and sent the project team back to the drawing board, but no, they chose to bend the rules for a project team too [insert adjective here] to work within them. Great precedent you're setting, guys.

Secondly, the last-minute bribe (historic landmark status for Broadway Village plus $10K to BBVNA to pursue National Register Historic District status) was hatched within hours prior to the M&C meeting on the 4th -- meaning few in BBVNA and no one in the other seven neighborhoods under the ACAP had heard of it until it was mentioned at the hearing -- yet this agenda item was not continued in order to allow all impacted residents a chance to learn of and discuss this new condition. Why? What's the hurry? The land ain't going anywhere. No one stated that the grocery chain moving in to Broadway Village had signed a lease contingent on more parking, so presumably they're locked in. For all the City's talk about "transparency" and "regaining trust", one should be able to expect better than having a closed-door back-room deal sprung on people and then railroaded through without so much as a by-your-leave.

That is the real issue here -- can we trust our elected and appointed officials to respect the neighborhood and area plans residents spend hundreds of hours crafting (and that M&C approved, no less!), and can we trust our elected and appointed officials to respect residents enough to play fair with them?

The fate of the historically significant Americana Apartments was a tragic red herring.

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Posted by templeton on 02/17/2015 at 9:27 PM

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