PENSION INITIATIVE TO BE REMOVED FROM BALLOT, PER APPELLATE COURT RULING – The Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling and ordered an injunction be placed on an initiative intended to phase out the city's pension and convert it to a 401(k)-style plan. Unless the Arizona Supreme Court decides to hear the case before this weekend, the initiative now known as Proposition 201 will not appear on the ballot for November's citywide election. From the Star.
$187M EXPANSION TO NOGALES' MARIPOSA PORT OF ENTRY WILL DOUBLE CAPACITY FOR COMMERCIAL TRUCKS BY YEAR'S END – Expansion that will double the capacity for commercial truck traffic at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales is expected to be complete by this year's end. The expansion, adding four commercial truck lanes and eight private vehicle lanes, will allow faster passage for the 1,300 trucks that pass through daily during winter peak season, officials say. More than 4 billion pounds of Mexican produce enter the United States through Mariposa each year, and it is the primary port of entry for fresh produce. Upgrades to the port cost $187 million, according to the U.S. General Services Administration. From Arizona Public Media.
CORPORATION COMMISSION VOTES AGAINST ELECTRIC DEREGULATION PROPOSAL – Arizona's utility regulators voted to close the complicated issue of electrical competition in Arizona, which had been under consideration since May. The Arizona Corporation Commission opened the docket on the issue intending to gather information on how Arizona might allow competition among electricity companies. The docket set in motion what could have been a multi-year effort to allow customers to choose their electric provider in the state. During a usually routine staff meeting Wednesday, the regulators spent about an hour in executive session discussing the issue. When they emerged, the head legal counsel for the commission, Janice Alward, said that so-called deregulation or electric competition faced legal challenges from the state's last attempt to open its electric markets. With that information, the commissioners voted 4-1 to close the docket. Meetings on the issue scheduled through the remainder of September and into October have been canceled. From the Republic.
COUNTY TO FUND REPAIR PROJECTS FOR TWO GREEN VALLEY ROADS – Two Green Valley streets are among several to be repaired soon under a pavement preservation program authorized for funding in June, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry announced Friday. Esperanza Boulevard between Abrego and Desert Bell drives, considered the community's gateway and rated "failed" in a recent survey of road conditions, will get "mill and fill" work much the same as Abrego Drive did last summer under a similar program. That stretch, slightly over two-thirds of a mile, received $525,488 — more than half of Pima County District 4's share of $5 million from the county budget's general fund. The money was earmarked to forestall advancing street deterioration, $1 million of which went to projects in the unincorporated areas of each of the five supervisor districts. From the Green Valley News.
MARANA HIRES TUCSONAN CURRENTLY SERVING AS COLORADO TOWN MANAGER AS PLANNING DIRECTOR – Dolores, Colo., Town Manager Ryan Mahoney, who graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School and the University of Arizona, has been hired by the Town of Marana for the position of Planning Director. He will start Oct. 14. From the Star.