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A recent decision by the Mesa City Council will allow the City of Mesa to use eminent domain to procure property for the light rail project if other means of negotiations with the property owners fail.
Private companies that do business on reservations with tribes and their corporations cannot automatically ask federal courts to intercede when legal disputes erupt, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
Saying it’s not fair to them, bankers and mortgage brokers on Wednesday beat back a proposal that would have essentially forced them to help homeowners who continue to pay their mortgages even though they are “under water.”
Work will begin in as little as three months to extend light rail through downtown Mesa, a project that will require three years of construction and buying 117 partial or entire parcels along the route.
When the Wong family emigrated from China to Mesa and established a small grocery, they began a century-long tradition of family businesses at Main Street and Mesa Drive.
Mesa first set out 11 years ago to improve a dreary downtown corner by replacing some old buildings, one of which housed a place called Bailey’s Brake Shop.
The houses where families and their Mexican culture thrived in the San Pablo neighborhood are long gone. So are the haunts where kids could see a movie for a dime or sneak in through the back door of the nearby College Theater on Mill Avenue and not pay at all.
In the office at Papago Riding Stables in Tempe sits a scrapbook that documents how time has stood still at the facility as change has sprung up everywhere around it.
A schedule of municipal meetings
A new proposal at the Arizona Legislature will take the state's fight with the feds to a whole new level: It would let the state actually nullify federal laws that legislators believe are invalid.
Tempe has endorsed plans to build a streetcar line on Mill Avenue - and to figure out how to fund its $3.6 million yearly operating expense.
The Obama administration said this week it plans to send 1,200 troops to the border, and to ask for $500 million for law enforcement efforts, all aimed at clamping down on the flow of illegal immigrants from Mexico. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., whose home state of Arizona has famously taken the immigration issue into its own hands, quickly upped the ante and asked the president to send 6,000 Guardsmen instead. Will the show of force reduce illegal immigration? Is it a long-term solution to the problems afflicting border-states? Or is it a dog-and-pony show? Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the RedBlueAmerica columnists, debate the issue.
Mesa Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh is putting more pressure on the owner of the vacant Fiesta Village center, calling for the city to crack down on code enforcement and to declare large signs a safety hazard.
Henry Richter, who owns a high-profile downtown Chandler property that government officials want for a new bus route serving light rail, says he’s not happy with the offered purchase price, but it’s better than having it taken through eminent domain.
Our View: A couple of new examples illustrate the topic of government annexation and the number of strange twists and turns it has taken in the East Valley over the past decade.
Chandler officials may call plans to annex Creamland Dairy into the city limits a “development agreement,” but the dairy’s owners say it’s more like arm-twisting.
The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) would have us believe that the Pecos alignment is the only alternative for the South Mountain Freeway (SMF). In our view, the Pecos alignment is not and has never been a viable alternative. Yet viable alternatives existed when MAG first proposed the SMF 25 years ago, and they still exist today.
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is hoping for a more robust role in city government and a reorganization of some city staff to focus on the needs of local businesses, according to a policy statement the group released last week.
Steve Stanek: One of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history is now linked with one of the worst economic development failures in history. We should not be surprised, as “economic development” failures cover the country.
By November, the East Valley could see construction on its second bus rapid transit servicethat would travel from Arizona Avenue in Chandler, up Country Club Drive in Mesa, and connect with Metro's easternmost light-rail terminus.
A rezoning to allow construction of the tallest buildings in Chandler at the Rockefeller Group Development Corp.'s Chandler 101 project, received final City Council approval Monday.
Chandler will pay about twice as much as it had hoped to settle an eminent domain action against the owners of Lloyd's Complete Auto Supply Co., whose downtown property was condemned last year for a new City Hall.
Chandler residents whose homes stand in the way of plans to punch Washington Street through their low-income neighborhood will have a virtual veto over the project if they refuse to sell out, city officials say.
ADOT making home problems worse along Pecos Road