"Over time, I have lost the comfort level that I need for a viable working relationship with a city manager," Leal writes in an e-mail. "Because of the significance of the issues at stake in our community, it leaves me no choice but to ask for your resignation."
Hein is out of town on vacation when the letter is delivered and is unavailable for comment.
"I'll miss all the zany trouble he would get himself into," state Rep. Jonathan Paton says. "I'll miss the conversations that would go all the way from politics to relationships to everything in between."
STOOD UP FOR COURT: Republican Marian McClure and Democrat Kara Kelty, who are both seeking seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission, triumph against political operatives who are challenging their nomination petitions in Maricopa County Superior Court. The case is tossed out when the parties challenging the candidates fail to show up.
Obama criticized McCain for abandoning immigration reform while running for the GOP presidential nomination. Obama promised to deliver "immigration reform that will secure our borders, and punish employers who exploit immigrant labor: reform that finally brings the 12 million people who are here illegally out of the shadows by requiring them to take steps to become legal citizens."
"In the matters of national security policy-making, it's a matter of understanding risk," Clark said. "It's a matter of gauging your opponents, and it's a matter of being held accountable. John McCain's never done any of that in his official positions. I certainly honor his service as a prisoner of war. He was a hero to me and to hundreds of thousands and millions of others in the armed forces, as a prisoner of war. He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and he has traveled all over the world, but he hasn't held executive responsibility."
In response to a question regarding McCain's years as a prisoner of war, Clark said: "Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president."
The science team is still in the process of analyzing the first batch of data being returned by the wet-chemistry lab aboard the spacecraft, which landed in Mars' arctic region over Memorial Day weekend.
Michael Hecht, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told reporters: "We are awash in chemistry data. We're trying to understand what is the chemistry of wet soil on Mars, what's dissolved in it, how acidic or alkaline it is. With the results we received from Phoenix yesterday, we could begin to tell what aspects of the soil might support life."
Sam Kounaves, of Tufts University, who is the science lead for the wet-chemistry investigation, says the heavily alkaline Martian soil is very similar to the upper dry valleys of Antarctica.
"Over time, I've come to the conclusion that the amazing thing about Mars is not that it's an alien world, but that in many aspects, like mineralogy, it's very much like Earth," Kounaves says.