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Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

I am not interested in participating in politics, other than voting for whom I consider to be the best candidates for our community. However, I and other people in the City of South Tucson were involved in keeping Pasadera Behavioral Health from putting a 70-person drug and mental residential facility across the street from Mission View School. We believe that kids in our community have enough obstacles to overcome as it is, without putting one more across the street from their school.
At this time, we found out that Paul Diaz, then Mayor of our City of South Tucson, and Luis Gonzales, then our City Manager had been having talks with Pasadera and, illegally, gave a green light to Pasadera’s project. We were forced to recall the Mayor and the City Manager left on his own alleging health concerns (both are currently running for PCC Board positions).
We asked both Mr. Stegeman and Mr. Hicks for help in keeping Pasadera away from Mission View. Both agreed that this drug rehab across the street from a school was bad for the kids and promised to get back to us. That was two years ago, we have not heard from them yet.
Stegeman alleges he a pro student safety. When he had a chance to show that he was in fact for student safety, he ignored our community. Is it that our community is poverty stricken with the median household income of around $20,000 (twenty thousand dollars) and that over 90% of us are of Hispanic descent? That would be discrimination, maybe he does not care for anybody.
Stegeman is currently asking for votes in our community, but most of us are giving him the gesture (obscene) that Little Red Riding Hood made when picking up her basket.
We believe that TUSD can provide a way for our community to better itself. We need to work on the fact that over 40% of our young people, between 18 and 28, do not have high school diplomas. By the time our kids get to high school, they feel like they are put in a track racing against kids from other parts of Tucson, other schools, and they suddenly realize the other runners are one or two laps ahead of them, so they quit.
We want persons who will help instead of ignore our needy communities and our group does not believe Stegeman or Hicks are the persons to do this. Do not vote for Stegeman.

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Posted by South Tucson Primero on 09/24/2016 at 10:43 AM

Re: “South Tucson: The Pueblo Within the Problems

The City of South Tucson believes it's driving towards progress, but they have not noticed their vehicle is going in reverse. They say they fear gentrification, but they are on the side of low-income housing and more drug rehabs. City Planner Mick Jensen has been in Favor of Pasadera drug rehab locating across the street from our school since May 2014, even though they are not entitled to be at that location. As a City Planner, he should have known that from the beginning,

I believed Jensen worked for Pasadera, I recently found out he is a City of South Tucson Employee. In this case, he is largely responsible for the lawsuit we are currently facing. We are tired of City employees costing the city millions of dollars without there being consequences. This has to change.

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Posted by South Tucson Primero on 03/05/2016 at 9:10 AM

Re: “South Tucson: The Pueblo Within the Problems

South Tucson is a small impoverished community that has been taken over by social agencies. We are a magnet for persons with drug and mental problems, due to the proliferation of these profitable nonprofits. (there's money in poverty). We have six locations in our very small, one square mile community, helping persons with drug addictions and mental problems. As of now we are fighting Pasadera, a behavioral health agency which wants to locate a 70-person residential drug and mental rehab across the street from Mission View Elementary school. Our community sees this action as a form of child abuse.

The principal of Mission View school was involved with Pasadera, running their meetings and apparently believed that a drug rehab across the street from an elementary school is a good idea. TUSD was informed about this and failed to take a stand against Pasadera. The Mayor of the City was recalled due to his coziness with Pasadera in trying to get this mega drug rehab into our town. Mick Jensen was at a Pasadera meetings and was upset because members of our community disrupted the meeting and asked questions as to why this, one more, drug rehab was coming to our community. Jensen could and should have prevented the Pasadera situation since by being a City Planner he should have known that the location Pasadera had selected for a drug rehab was not zoned for that purpose.

Now Jensen and South Tucson’s Zoning Director Joel Gastelum are saying they fear gentrification? What is wrong with these guys. Our town has been allowed to go into extreme reverse gentrification for decades. Our town's culture is not being perpetuated. This town is nothing like I remember in the 50s and 60s when mostly hard working families who had been here for generations populated the city and we were proud of our little corner.

As for the problems we are having with Waste Management and with the illegal secondary tax for which the city is being sued, but was not mentioned in the article, both were due to the poor advice of a previous City Attorney who has now been rewarded with a County judgeship. In our politics it’s not what you know that counts.

When families are moving to a community, most look into the quality of the schools. In South Tucson that would be” Strike one”, not even the school principal is interested in the safety and wellbeing of the children. The next thing they would look at is safety and quality of life, “Strike two” it’s a dark and dangerous place on 10th Avenue one of the main thoroughfares there are 20 “dead” street lights in a 14 block area. A family thinking of moving to South Tucson would also have to look at the capacity of the government to run the city and that would be the end of that inning, “strike three” if in doubt review the article.

We need ethical, reasonably capable persons running our city, a better school, the one we have has proven to be a dropout factory (TUSD where are you?). and most of all we need more community involvement.

Raul Green
Comunidad Primero

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Posted by South Tucson Primero on 02/20/2016 at 12:38 PM

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