ACLU SIGNALS FUTURE LEGAL ACTION OVER SB 1070 - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched the first legal challenge to the so-called "show me your papers" provision of SB 1070 since it went into effect just over a year ago. Lawyers from the organization sent a notice-of-claim letter Tuesday to the South Tucson Police Department on behalf of Alejandro Valenzuela, who was detained by police and transferred to the Border Patrol last summer without having been accused of a crime under state or local law. A notice of claim is required before suing a public entity. The letter said Valenzuela would be willing to settle for $100,000 in addition to costs and attorneys’ fees. South Tucson has 60 days to respond. From the Star.
PLAINTIFF IN RTA CASE ASKS COURT FOR STRONGER SAFEGUARDS IN FUTURE ELECTIONS - Arguing yesterday before the Arizona Court of Appeals, attorney Bill Risner said the kind of electronic vote-counting systems used in the May 2006 RTA election, which are still in use today, are too easily tampered with, and that existing state law is insufficient to protect the public from election fraud. Risner contends that a system that optically scans ballots as they are counted, storing am image of each ballot for the purpose of subsequent auditing, could remedy the problem. Attorney Ronna Fickbohm, representing Pima County, says this is a problem for the legislature, not the courts. From the Star.
STAFFER IN TUCSON CITY CLERK'S OFFICE NAMED NEW PRESCOTT CITY CLERK - Yesterday the City Council of Prescott, AZ approved the appointment of Dana DeLong to the position of City Clerk. She will replace Lynn Mulhall, who is retiring January 3. A longtime employee of the Tucson City Clerk’s Office, DeLong has gained extensive experience in records, agenda, and elections management. She currently holds the position of City Records Manager. She holds a Certified Municipal Clerk designation and is a Certified Election Official. "We are delighted to welcome Dana to the City of Prescott," said Mayor Marlin Kuykendall. "She brings a wealth of experience and she has a strong background managing the critical functions of city government." From the Prescott eNews.
TANGERINE LANDFILL TO CLOSE INDEFINITELY - Pima County has announced that its Tangerine landfill, which is near its permitted capacity of 6.7 million cubic yards, will close December 1st. The landfill began operation in 1983, and was the first in Arizona to be fully lined. Additional waste disposal and recycling options include Ryan Field Transfer Station (residential only), Catalina Transfer Station, Waste Management’s Ina Road Transfer Station, Los Reales Landfill, and Sahuarita Landfill. In addition, several licensed private solid waste haulers are available to provide waste pickup service for a fee. From KOLD/KMSB.
FINAL RESULTS: CITY OF TUCSON 2013 GENERAL ELECTION - Final results for the City of Tucson's 2013 General Election have been posted by the City Clerk's office. 68,427 of Tucson's registered voters, or about 30.4%, cast ballots in the election.