...and now Kozachik is trying to breath life back into the Sonoran Corridor Bond before we comply with the court's decision on illegal elections in Tucson.
Force them onto the same ballot and the Corridor will get the same results. Bring jobs and show the need before we give you any money. Even the RTA is now floating the idea of stealing funds from other projects as the revues were actually over stated and those projects can not be completed. More misrepresentation which erodes public confidence.
And animal crossings costing millions and millions of dollars? Stop this nonsense. We have homeless that need food. Share the roadkill.
What we need as a city is what Habermas termed, ideal speech situations. Dialogue is needed because the health and well-being of every citizen impacts every other citizen and false dichotomies and labels like Republican or Democrat, rich or poor, business owner or employee, etc., merely allow us to ignore the nature and reality of the interconnection and interdependence inherent in a community.
Instead of discussing issues we tend to throw around labels and in choosing "teams" and parroting party lines we let opportunities to discuss reality slip by. I'm on Tucson's team, and I'm afraid that until we open ourselves up to true dialogue and to the fact that it isn't "us or them" it doesn't matter who gets elected.
If we remove the false dichotomy, the gerrymandering in either "sides" favor becomes moot. I see the current political paradigm of the US as an Hegelian dialectic: two parties control two opposing sides of an argument and thus, control the outcome. I'm tired of flipping a coin and getting stiffed no matter the result.
I'm not perfect and don't know everything and I'd want to discuss the ward/citywide election issue in a public meeting prior to voting.
Jeffery P; Is it my understanding that you favor might has right, just as long as it's your right. Anything else is oppressive so I guess we can conclude why the voting rights act was implemented. As well as the 14th amendment. However am I to understand I can throw this aside if I am the might?
I would love to see city wide or ward elections. The way the wards are drawn up now will have to be redrawn they were drawn to gerrymander the democrats favor. The wards would have to represent the people of the City equally we cant have it like it is now. Where on ward is only 5% of the population and another is 30%.
Franklymydears. One values is ones values, not to be embraced by all and equal protection is very persuasive. I know so many that have been protected by it. To cast aside for a matter of convenience is absurd.
I have issue with the title of the story Jim stated that the constituents lost their seats by 11 percentage points. which it leaves people in the ward unrepresented which is what the 9th district court of appeals said. They quoted the 14 amendment the liberals just get so infuriated when they are asked to level play by the same rules that brought us deregulation of schools TUSD.
Let's change to ward-specific council elections and eliminate the complaints that the current system isn't fair and also the excuses losing candidates have used, most recently in this month's election, that they would have won if we had had election by ward. Coming from candidates who ran pretty poor campaigns, the excuse isn't persuasive.
Reminds me of the CAP. Dennis was there.
gop=whiney ass, mofo's POS!!!!
Agreed. But it is a start. Now if the USAG is true to her word she may pursue the City for it's illegal sanctuary city status which violates federal law.
We can continue to be governed by law breakers.
Republicans alleging the election system is unfairly discriminatory, and suing in federal court under the Voting Rights Act of 1965? What's wrong with this picture?
Seriously, they may succeed in changing the local election system, and that's probably a good thing - some wards will generally elect Democrats, and some will generally elect Republicans, which will make the Council more representative of all voters in the City of Tucson. I'm a Democrat, and I always cheer for my team, but the type of system Tucson uses has often been used to exclude minority (usually Democratic) candidates from City Councils, and the Voting Rights Act should certainly work in favor of fairness. In other words, what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
However, I seriously doubt the courts will invalidate the results of this election. This litigation would be more likely to change the way future elections are conducted.
Austin seems to have there s#%? together for growth in a positive direction. What the porta potty thing is going to do is distance Tucson further away from one of kind artists that come to this event. Going to be to costly to get a place to display the unique designs they have to offer. Because the cost of the porta potty is going to passed on to them. It's been changing (not for the good) the last 10 years.
We don't have the musicians coming to Arizona like we used to, they just skip Arizona and who's loss? Even our local artists go to Europe. Sad it true!
The bonds failed for all sorts of good reasons, but at the end of the day it all boiled down to a vote of no confidence in county government.
Elected officials were convinced by big money donors and tax and spenders in the democratic party to ignore the tax payer. And they have now done it at their own peril. I would hate to be an incumbent in the next election and have to try to explain why I had supported it. By the way which County Sups did support it?
By the way they are now cleaning and patching roads on the El Tour route which I believe is next week. Please remember that they didn't do that for the constituents. We can not survive on tourism.
Please elect new representatives that will develop our employment opportunities and keep some of the UA graduates here to benefit our community.
So let me get this straight - Tucson's roads are in TERRIBLE shape - and this road repair bond was pretty much about building a COMPLETELY USELESS "Sonoran Corridor"??? Jesus Christ - what a boondoggle. Please tell me exactly how this would benefit the people of Tucson? Maybe it would benefit those whom live in Sahuarita and work at DM or Raytheon, but otherwise? This makes even less sense than the half-assed and underused Aviation freeway.
I lived in Tucson for 37 years before moving to Chandler last year - and you know what I get here? Better roads that are actually cared for, better infrastructure, better schools, safer neighborhoods, lower property taxes, actual police response when you need it, etc. etc. The trade off is that the water up here tastes worse, the weather in the Summer is definitely hotter, and I'm closer to the crazies in the AZ legislature. I miss friends, family, & Eeegee's - but I don't miss Tucson.
So this is where the road repair money is wasted. Let's start a list.
This is a disaster.
Which government official has family in the porta-potty and waste businesses? What politicians are getting large donations from the Arizona waste lobby?
How many hoops are vendors going to have to jump over? We have lost so many already.
Is this going to apply to the Gem Show? Are they TRYING to push away the Gem show? Because this is how you LOSE the Gem show.
Dear Tucson, does anyone feel like we are getting what we paid for? $21 million for a new animal-care center? I love animals more than 90 percent of people, and I am completely disgusted with this bond.
It seemed good on paper didn't it? It is a disaster and a complete waste of taxpayer money.
Why would ANY OF US, left,right or independent trust any of these people with more money?
Since WHEN did wanting low taxes make someone an evil villain? The elected officials need to work with what they have for the basics. No pet programs, no cronyism, no skimming and NO MORE NEEDLESS CONSULTANTS!!!!!!!!
Live within your means, and don't spend money that isn't there.
Anything coming out of the mouth of anyone on the Council is embarrassing. They have continued to have failed leadership year after year and mismanage the funds they have. Same with the County continual mismanagement of funds, anti-growth mentality, and lining the pockets of their buddies who are developers or contractors. The no vote was a resounding STOP mismanaging the tax payer dollars you've had over the years along with other bonds that were mismanaged....anti-growth,anti-growth,anti-growth,anti-growth,anti-growth,anti-growth,anti-growth,anti-growth,anti-growth,anti-growth, glad I'm gone and sold my home.
Why is Steve Kozachik the only one that gets interviewed whether it's print or television?
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