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Map of Tucson with areas of Casas Adobes, Catalina Foothills, and Tanque Verde highlighted

Annexing Unincorporated Tucson

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN While a number of factors contribute to Tucson’s shortfall in revenue, the single, major factor is that the regions of the Catalina Foothills, Casas Adobes, and Tanque Verde have evaded annexation. This results in loss of revenue (as the approximately 300,000 residents in unincorporated Tucson are misallocated for state shared revenue), poor […]

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An open letter to Ron Barber regarding his first day on the job

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Apparently, it was a baptism by hellfire. Within minutes of being sworn in, you were caught up in a legislative conflict that disingenuously pitted border security against the environment. Unfortunately, you somehow decided it was a good idea to waive 16 major environmental laws within 100 miles of U.S. borders, ostensibly to […]

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"Don Diamond, with large red stencil lettering above which reads, 'WANTED'"

Diamond Does the Desert

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN First in an ongoing series of irreverent profiles on Tucson’s One Percent Net worth: $400 million, as estimated in 2003 by Worth magazine. Business model: Buys a swath of heartbreakingly beautiful desert—preferably abutting an environmentally sensitive area—and spends a decade or so gaming the political system to increase its value. Then, having […]

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Arizona: Mente Chingada #1

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Arizona recientemente aprobó legislación que, en mi opinión, infringe los derechos de las mujeres en aras de alimentar a una poca carne roja a la base conservadora. En el mejor de esta legislación que considero superfluos. Pero, en el peor, esta legislación (SB 1359) Está escrito con un lenguaje lo suficientemente vago […]

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