In March, 2011, amid a flurry of immigration-related bills being proposed at the Arizona Legislature, 60 high-ranking business leaders from across the state penned an open letter to then state Senate President Russell Pearce calling on the Legislature to cool it with respect to continuing to…
On Nov. 5, the Tucson mayor and council are asking city residents to approve an upward adjustment in what the city is allowed to spend on providing essential services. Adopting that adjustment makes sense.
In a recent Tucson Metro Chamber newsletter, its chairman, Mike Varney, rolled out the now clichéd "Tucson isn't business friendly" mantra. He used some very specific examples to try to make his point. Let me offer some facts to dispel his claims, and suggest that Mr. Varney should be promot…
Joan Rivers used the catch-line "Can we talk?" Our state Legislature should heed the request.
Since the recent shootings in Connecticut, cities across the nation have resumed community conversations about the causes and measures that may be taken to prevent these sorts of senseless acts. Tucson is uniquely positioned to engage in such a conversation, especially during the month of Ja…
The elections are finally over, and now we have a couple of months to decompress over the holidays. Hopefully, many of us will take that time to think about the process we just watched unfold and conclude that if we're going to solve some of our significant local, regional, statewide and nat…
It's not uncommon for comments attributed to me in the Star related to Rio Nuevo to be preceded by the phrase "a frequent critic of Rio Nuevo …"
State Senate President Steve Pierce has taken the bold step of changing the leadership on the Rio Nuevo board. It is my hope that this is a step in the direction of establishing a productive relationship between the city of Tucson and Rio Nuevo that will yield economic benefits to both the l…
Political parties reflect a loosely coupled group of people who are gathered around a general set of common values. Since we share a common founding document in this country, there should be broad overlap between the two major parties. As a party draws the circle of acceptable principles mor…
In a 10-page memo sent to the Arizona Daily Star, it was
revealed that "various parties have formed the Downtown Tucson
Initiative Inc.," whose stated goal is to facilitate private-sector
development in the "Rio Nuevo Area."
In a recent article, followed up by an editorial by the Star
staff, decisions made by the current City Council were decried as
not having been in the best interest of the taxpayers.
In most sporting events, there are winners and losers. In the
sport of political football that the Rio Nuevo Board has made out
of making needed repairs to the Tucson Convention Center, I can
identify losers, but finding any winners is more difficult.
On May 25, the Tucson 911 Communications Center began a cut-over
to a new system called Meridian. The move was made because the
previous equipment was not going to be supported any longer by the
manufacturer. The change was necessary. The manner in which it has
been managed has been cause fo…
On June 21, the mayor and City Council adopted the Jefferson
Park design manual. Was it the right thing to do? A definite
Will the reductions in the public safety budget necessarily mean
that you'll have to wait 10 minutes longer for a paramedic? Well,
not necessarily, if you're the first call for service. But if the
paramedic trucks are on a call when you call, then maybe so.
Why is the Arizona Legislature taking aim at the city of
The Republican Party is fresh on the heels of an overwhelming
victory in a number of state-level races. The party is in a
position to set an agenda that can move the state forward and
tackle the many formidable issues we face.
A New Year's resolution: The city, Rio Nuevo Board and the
Arizona Legislature will work together to revitalize downtown.
Tucson needs a vibrant downtown where culture, shopping,
entertainment and lodging reflect our unique Tucson character.