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Session ends with no vote on STV bill

Thu, May 12, 2016

Pinal County

Arizona legislators officially ended their session early Saturday morning without voting on HB 2384, the measure designed to give San Tan Valley residents an easier path toward a vote on whether or not to form a city.House Speaker David Gowan refused to let the bill go to the floor for

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Bill that would allow a San Tan Valley city advances

Wed, Mar 23, 2016

Pinal County

PHOENIX -- San Tan Valley is one step closer to being able to incorporate.And possibly some other communities, too.Without debate, the Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday to legislation carving out a new exception to laws on how and when cities can form. HB 2384 needs a final roll-call before going

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, San Tan Valley, Incorporation

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Pinal County’s financial condition has stablized

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Pinal County’s general fund budget has taken dramatic hits in the last couple of years, but a presentation given to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 17 provided cautious optimism.The good news is the county is projected to operate with an estimated 1 percent surplus for the remainder

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Budget

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Officials in Superior want mayor to resign

Tue, Jan 26, 2016

Pinal County

SUPERIOR —Proof of stolen cash from town coffers has led to an uprising of people calling for the resignation of Superior Mayor Jayme Valenzuela, who is also a commander with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.First, there were allegations last month from former town clerk Rachel Sanchez that a town debit

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Taylor to make second try for Pinal County sheriff

Tue, Jan 12, 2016

Pinal County

Accountability and a commitment to protecting the members of Pinal County are at the top of Kevin Taylor’s list of “to do’s” as he gears up for his second crack at obtaining the Pinal County Sheriff’s position this year.

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Should Sheriff Paul Babeu Resign To Run For Congress Santanvalleycom

Sun, Nov 29, 2015

Pinal County

SanTanValley.comBy Roberto RevelesThe triple-x-rated political circus is back in town. Pinal County’s narcissistic and self-described “versatile” top law enforcement officer surprised no one by announcing resumption of his years-long campaign lusting for Congress.

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State makes case in fight with Pima, Pinal counties

Thu, Oct 1, 2015

Pinal County

PHOENIX –– Attorneys for the state argued Thursday that there is nothing wrong with state lawmakers balancing their budget by shifting costs to Pima and Pinal counties, even if it forces residents to pay even higher taxes.John Lopez IV, the state’s solicitor general, did not dispute that legislators balanced the

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Tags: Pinal County, Arizona, Pinal County, Pima CountyBudget, Taxes

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Veteran deputy at odds with Babeu fired for being rude

Sat, Oct 3, 2015

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Andrew Wikstrom’s long, strange journey with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office came to an abrupt end last month when a merit commission upheld his firing by Sheriff Paul Babeu.Wikstrom, a former deputy at PCSO, already had been terminated once before by Babeu, but that firing was overturned when

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Babeu excelling at ruining lives

Thu, Oct 1, 2015

Pinal County

Editor's view Adam Gaub, Managing EditorWhen deputy Andrew Wikstrom, head bowed and muttering expletives, heard the judgment against him earlier this month – fired for allegedly being rude to civilians on a call he first thought was an active shooter situation – he became the latest in an ever-growing club filled

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ACLU Lawsuit Against our Law and Order Team

Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Pinal County

  Anatomy of ACLU suit claiming Pinal County officials abuse asset forfeiture laws (Arizona Capitol Times) Gary Grado Libertarian groups for years have been calling for changes to Arizona laws designed to seize the profits of crime. Some of the criticism of the state’s asset forfeiture laws, which allow police and prosecutors to

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