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Re: “Something Sweet Dessert Lounge Is Closing

It says here that it closed June, 2014.

http://somethingsweet-dl.com

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Posted by Heather on 12/13/2014 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Something Sweet Dessert Lounge Is Closing

That other person is right. It did not in 2011. I went there January of 2014. It was just in this past year (2014) that it actually closed. Kinda strange that this article was published in 2011.

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Posted by Heather on 12/13/2014 at 11:54 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

From the perspective of a huge supporter of teacher/staff raises, the issue of "TUSD would not put the money into raises" SHOULD be considered by the Board. Financial transparency is not a hallmark of this administration (or any)--the difference is that to varying degrees, we have had Board members that actually demanded accountability. The general taxpayers still don't know the funding for the pre-schools, still don't know what happened to Title One funds and still don't have a good feeling about money that goes to TUSD, I fear. For the life of me I can't figure out why this isn't seen as TUSD's number one accounting and public relations problem to be solved. Like all politicians, it seems that the Board and the Supe are depending on us to have no memory come the next Bond or override request. PLEASE if I am wrong, PROVE ME SO by increasing transparency enough to honestly WIN that next override request.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/13/2014 at 11:21 AM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

Just as "We don't want to" doesn't constitute a legal argument (about the State paying back TUSD and other districts the money that it has been stealing over the years) Sanchez' "We will have the money" doesn't constitute financial security. In fact, it is amazing to me how often his words, like the Kool Aid they represent, work as a palliative for otherwise thinking and analytical people. That said, its obvious that the teachers and the rest of the site based staff desperately need more for what they do. Why a person who works with columns of numbers makes more than a person who teaches a classroom of children, or drives a bus full of children, is a mystery to me. One profession makes more money for someone, the other makes more of a future for many. The salary difference is obviously arbitrary and not based on any real sense of value.

If you were at or listening to the meeting, you might have noticed that the vote revolved around framing more than anything. As usual, Stegeman was set up as being anti-worker on this vote, when his comments actually reflected that selling this package as a secure one was the problem, not this years' raise. As it is, the Board votes on the annual raises, so I suspect that although none of the sitting members had the cojones to admit it, they ultimately voted for Stegeman's proposal and not theirs. That is, he proposed a payout this year without making commitments for the following years because there is no reason to believe that we will have the money. In the future, school funding being what it is in Arizona, voting for teacher/staff salaries may well depend on what programs or buildings the school board is willing to close to maintain them. Given their past turnarounds on school closures and some of their statements on MAS, when the going gets rough, teachers/site staff may well be the losers.

Finally, it would be interesting to know if anyone suggested that the raises only apply to those below a certain level of salary. The complicated discussion that Safier cites about compression etc. should have been accompanied by a similar conversation about raises that Directors and others have received as their positions were re-posted (there has been a HUGE turnover at 1010) and (unapproved) $10,000 bonuses they are getting this year for the first time in their contracts. But that wouldn't have been Kool-Aid.

(Sorry for such a long post!)

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/13/2014 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

I am so glad we can support for-profit corporate schools and pseudo on line schools (100 kids per so-called teacher) with our taxpayer money. After all my brother in law needs to sell a $100,000 worth of paper to an on line school. And with an extensively reported election for the Sunnyside and TUSD school boards, I am sure Basis will want their board answering questions about their operations in public, with a public vote for their board. Read the Arizona Republic series from 2012 on charters. Read the Detroit Free Press series in charters in Michigan from 2014. Crossout Michigan and add in Arizona, and the story is a ditto here. That's for your ditto heads who have a hard time reading anything.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 12/13/2014 at 11:02 AM

Re: “PDQ Records is Open Again Under Original Ownership

Wait a second! Are you saying the store closed for 4 years with the inventory inside? How is that possible? No income and the owner is paying rent on a building for 4 YEARS?

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Posted by Gandalf the White on 12/13/2014 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Danehy

You nailed it Harlan. Our esteemed journalist, radio host, nuclear scientist ,and basketball coach has never been open to changing his mind while on the radio or in his column. This usually indicates a pride issue.
The worst of all sins if I remember right.
Even when he would get his ass handed to him in a " talk show" debate, Tom was right back espousing
his tired doctrines the very next week. Kind of like the football defensive corner who gets burned repeatedly by the wide receiver, but keeps yapping at the guy who has beaten him consistently.
I advise that you quit wasting your time. Every point in the article is easily refuted, but why bother
when some people aren't really listening anyway.
Although claiming to be an "industrial strength Catholic" you will notice that Tom seldom mentions the "injustice" of late term abortion, evil child molesting priests or what big government dependence
has done to minority neighborhoods.
As for calling people " petty and small " while referring to the new Guv as douchey, what can you say?
I also think that Margaret Sanger "sucks", not Ayn Rand. Merry Christmas

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Posted by The Vince of darkness on 12/13/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

Wow! well said Mr/Mrs Rat! I get it.

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Posted by Chelsea J on 12/13/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

Of course, teacher salaries are not funded by asking the public to chip in the cost of few cafe mocha's at Starbucks. Schools are funded by local districts, the state and federal agencies. The state already owes TUSD - all K-12 school districts in Arizona - millions or billions of funding they preferred not to pay while the district has a bloated bureaucracy that should be trimmed to, in part, provide teachers with a respectable pay hike.

The raises provided by the governing board are a meager first step in addressing the disrespect teachers are held in when push comes to shove - their paychecks. This new raise will provide teachers with - on the average - less than $10 a week; again a couple of lattes at the local coffee shop.

It's a start but not much to celebrate.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 12/13/2014 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

Shoot the messenger if that is the limit if your capabilities, but a thinking person will see that I am trying to help with a paradigm shift that may actually restore public education. Parents are voting with their feet by leaving schools, moving out to the suburbs and experimenting with charter schools. Why?

TUSD loses students, teachers, funding, and then closes schools. And they still fear competition. They try to discredit, defund, and outlaw it.

Two entities that successfully dealt with it, the US Post Office and some state motor vehicle departments. They identified it as "competition" and then they embraced it. Both are seeing marked improvements in customer satisfaction and employee attitudes. Competition makes us all better.

Americans are a freedom loving group that were told early on by educators to protect and encourage free speech. But fear is keeping you from that truth.

2014 will go down in history as the year that Jonathan Gruber exposed Americans to the leftist thought process. Sort of an higher educated elitist fifedom that knows best what is good for all.

Are you willing to go down with him?

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Posted by Rat T on 12/13/2014 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Italian You Can't Refuse

When did the original Corleon's close down?

Posted by Handalynn Cox on 12/13/2014 at 7:44 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

You flatter me. i knew you read them. You had to, to respond.

Merry Christmas.

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Posted by ratt on 12/13/2014 at 7:18 AM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

The problem isn't the $12 per year per adult, you should consider each working adult. Social Security for most people went up about $!2 per month. Not to mention the added$3 per month for our new Dog Pound.
Along with all of this, our Pima County tax for 2015, went up 20%. It's not the five or ten dollars, it's the many five and tens that bother people. It's a fact, most people don't get raises every yea,r because they don't have unions working for them. I agree with the other comment, get rid of 1010 before you start asking for money. Monthly drug testing would't be so bad either, a lot of teachers are breathing more than pure air.

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Posted by Jim Kelly on 12/12/2014 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

The only thing I disagree with in Pima Mujer's comment is that I never found Rat T amusing in the first place. Besides that, the comment is spot on.

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Posted by AZ/DC on 12/12/2014 at 8:05 PM

Re: “PDQ Records is Open Again Under Original Ownership

I purchased a TON of records and cassettes from PDQ in the '80s, not to mention some CDs in the '90s. It's good to know they're back. I hope they do not suffer the same reopening fate that Toxic Ranch did.

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Posted by AZ/DC on 12/12/2014 at 8:01 PM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

Rat T, I just read the first sentence of your comment above. In fact, you're wrong. I don't use your comments to write rebuttal posts. In fact, I've stopped reading your comments almost entirely. They tend to be distracting and tangential to my posts, and they add little to the conversation. This is one of those cases where more is less. If I can count on you to be the first commenter on almost every post regardless of what I write and can expect to see a bunch more comments later, I have to think you're more interested in simply saying something than in having something to say. That's harsh, I know, but facts is facts. (The other side of "Sometimes, more is less" is "Sometimes, less is more.")

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Posted by David Safier on 12/12/2014 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

Rat. get your own blog, and quit hijacking the Weekly's Posts. You're not even amusing anymore.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 12/12/2014 at 6:07 PM

Re: “The Skinny

How did Weakly get an A in it Harlan?

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Posted by Rat T on 12/12/2014 at 4:56 PM

Re: “The Skinny

DO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE THEIR HEAD IN THE SAND? BOTH PARTIES HAVE TAKEN THE PEOPLE’S WILL FOR GRANTED THIS VERY LAST TIME.


The American people have been betrayed by the Republicans when the American people had placed unrivaled trust and loyalty, given to them an all out win against the Liberal-Democratic zealots in the midterm. Representatives passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Thursday evening that would fully fund Pres. Obama's executive amnesty. The vote came after a 6-hour recess while Leaders from both parties tried to gather enough support to pass the measure and prevent a government shutdown.


House Speaker John Boehner sent the following tweet moments after the bill passed, pledging to fight Obama's amnesty in the next Congress. However, without the leverage of a full spending bill there's little GOP Leaders can do to force Obama to sign a bill defunding his amnesty? Now Obama can process the paperwork for his unconstitutional amnesty. Giving Obama millions more dollars to grant an education, health care and settlement dollars for illegal aliens, with the skills necessary for them to reside in America and compete for jobs with American workers and their children.


EACH OF THE 50 STATE IS GOING TO BE CARRYING A HEAVY TAX LOAD, TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS, SPECIFICALLY THE BORDER STATES.


As little as my citizen vote is in 2016 as an Independent, I will not vote for any President who will NOT rescind Obama’s Executive Orders immigration amnesty.


The main stream Republicans (RINO’s) have stayed in the background about the illegal immigrant invaders, but although the TEA PARTY are blatantly against Obama’s amnesty the career politicians in the GOP are quite happy to accept 5 million of illegal aliens to ransack the American welfare system with cheap labor to favor their wealthy donors, mega corporations, Wall St, Bankers, agricultural plantations and top of the list, the US Chamber of Commerce. NumbersUSA will grade the vote as a vote for amnesty. Then for the Liberal-Democrats millions of future votes.


Was this a carefully crafted deception from the beginning from the GOP?


The people need to keep bombarding Washington at contact phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress at: www.contactingthecongress.org. The TEA PARTY members are urged to pick-up the phone (the toll free number is 1- 866-220-0044) and join other conservatives who are committed to jam the phone lines on Capitol Hill (also melt the phone lines in the Senate) with this simple message: If you funded amnesty, you own it? Now you have sold out to this President, we will be ready with a sharp scalpel to remove all corrupt politicians from office in 2016 who voted for his anti-American agenda.


NumbersUSA will grade the vote as a vote for amnesty.

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Posted by Dave Francis 1 on 12/12/2014 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Charter School Funding, District School Funding

sabasabas claims "no oversight."

Well now what is this?

Three Arizona charter schools that received failing grades from the state likely will close by the end of the school year after receiving notice that the state charter board would revoke their charters.-AZ Central

That sounds like oversight to me. Glad the state is watching.

How long does it take to close and sell a public school?

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Posted by Rat T on 12/12/2014 at 4:00 PM

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