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2012-08-29 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Elections\
Primary Results 2012
The winners: Jeff Flake will face Richard Carmona for US Senate ; Ann Kirkpatrick will face Jonathan Paton for Congress in CD1 ; Ron Barber will be up against Martha McSally in CD2.  Raul Grijalva trounced both opponents and will face Gabriela Mercer ... read more

2011-11-04 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Elections\
Rick Grinnell in the running for Mayor : I know how to create Jobs for Tucson http://www.visitforestcity.com/EconomicD
Hey Rick ... here's an idea. Look up on line the little Iowa town called Forrest City. They invented the Winnebego / modern RV industry. They were a small 5,000 people farming town in the 60's who were about to loose their town because of Corporate farming ... read more

2011-10-24 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Elections\
Rick Grinnell in the running for Mayor : Bus and Trash reductions
At Sabino Canyon and Tanque Verde it is an hour and forty minutes by bus to Park Place, a distance of 2.8 miles.
Trash service has already been cut in half and the price raised. Now someone is indicating it should be cut to a fourth of what it was. Better ... read more

2011-10-22 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
$300K a year in legal fees and board expenses
The Rio Nuevo board costs us more than a city manager.  However, they apparently spend $300K+ of our tax money every year deciding on how to sue the city.  In the last financial report, total positive project spending has shrunk to  $49,171.14.  

How ... read more

2011-10-18 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
Speak out at Rio Nuevo Board Meeting
If you want your voice heard, one way is to attend a Rio Nuevo board meeting in person.

The next meetings are tentatively scheduled for Nov 2 and Nov 10:

http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/content/r%C3%ADo-nuevo-meeting-schedules-and-minutes

Tell the ... read more

2011-10-03 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
Jonathan Rothschild's statement on the Rio Nuevo board lawsuit http://azstarnet.com/news/local/govt-and
"I’m not going to raise taxes on Tucsonans just to pay the Rio Nuevo Board.  That might be my opponent’s idea of “getting to the bottom of things,” but to me is seems more like hitting bottom.  The State Legislatures Board might not like how the money ... read more

2011-09-07 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Elections\
Rick Grinnell in the running for Mayor : What Letcher has to say about the Rio Nuevo board:
Grinnell is on the new Rio Nuevo board that took control out of the hands of the city council. In Letcher's resignation letter, he stated

"The only negative with the downtown’s comeback is the Governor appointed Rio Nuevo District Board. This board ... read more

2011-09-01 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Elections\
Rick Grinnell in the running for Mayor http://www.grinnell4mayor.com
Rick Grinell made it on the ballot with a strong write-in campaign, giving us a choice for mayor.  See http://www.grinnell4mayor.com to check out our options.

Interestingly, Grinell is on the current Rio Nuevo board.  Maybe as part of the campaign ... read more

2010-12-20 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
Not to Hotel.
Remember the expensive hotel that was going to soak up not only what was left of the Rio Nuevo money, but millions of tax dollars for years?  Our City Council nixed it last month, for which this voter is thankful!  Now on Dec 9 the Hotel Arizona downtown ... read more

2010-12-10 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
Contact for Rio Nuevo board is their lawyer?
Looking to do a follow-up interview on Rio Nuevo, I was surprised to see on the new Rio Nuevo Board website
http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/rionuevo
that although the board members are listed, the only contact information provided is for their lawyer!  They ... read more

2010-11-29 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
Anyone going to the meeting tonight?
Hoping that some people go and pin the Rio Nuevo board down on their spending (on legal fees, etc)as well as the previous spending by the city council.  Also there are serious questions about the possible Hotel plan.  To me it sounds like a big boondoggle ... read more

2010-08-11 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
To hotel, or not to hotel?
This summer, while most city pools closed and the council prepares to lay off 275 police officers, the state legislature has apparently required the Rio Nuevo district board to pursue construction of a luxury hotel - which would be paid for by general ... read more

2010-08-11 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
The Hotel Feasibility Study
Here is the feasibility study which is being used to justify the construction of the convention center hotel: HVS Report 2-10-10

Note that ZERO private sector dollars are invested in this hotel under the current plan, and the developer has expressed ... read more

2010-08-07 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
What about Local, Open Micro-bids?
Opinion: we have many excellent local nonprofits and small businesses in Tucson that could make better use of millions of dollars for downtown revitalization than paying for unimplemented designs by expensive outside consultants, and have something concrete ... read more

2010-08-07 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
Moving forward without giving away the store http://www.pimagop.org/index.cfm/article
"The city and the district have spent over $15 million on planning, designing and studying this hotel project. It is time to put together the data we have been presented, make a decision and stop spending the taxpayers money massaging the issue over and ... read more

2010-07-05 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
: Rio Nuevo now - http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/downtownproject
  Jessie Sanders, project director for Rio Nuevo, answered some questions for bTucson on the project's progress:  "I have been a part of the Rio Nuevo Project for 14 months. During that time I have gotten somewhat smart on events of the past...." ... read more

2010-07-05 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Rio Nuevo\
: Successes and Stumbles : Rio Nuevo overview at the Star http://www.allbusiness.com/government/go
Rob O'Dell at the Star wrote an excellent overview of the history of the Rio Nuevo project in January of 2010, including interviews with many of the key players.  ""

2012-08-29 Primary Results 2012
The winners: Jeff Flake will face Richard Carmona for US Senate ; Ann Kirkpatrick will face Jonathan Paton for Congress in CD1 ; Ron Barber will be up against Martha McSally in CD2.  Raul Grijalva trounced both opponents and will face Gabriela Mercer in CD3.  

For Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik will be running against Mark Napier.  In the state legislature, incumbents generally won their primaries, and voters rejected Russell Pearce's bid to return to his former district, possibly ending his political career.

Full election results here: http://www.pima.gov/elections/results1.htm

Summary of just the contested races at the Citizen.
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2011-09-01 Rick Grinnell in the running for Mayor
http://www.grinnell4mayor.com
Rick Grinell made it on the ballot with a strong write-in campaign, giving us a choice for mayor.  See http://www.grinnell4mayor.com to check out our options.

Interestingly, Grinell is on the current Rio Nuevo board.  Maybe as part of the campaign we can get some answers about the future of Rio Nuevo and the ability to keep local control."
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