This is the Advent greeting we sent out this year. We want to make sure we reach all our gente so we translated it into Spanish. ADVENT 2016 Dear Friends of Casa Maria, Thanks to the generosity of you all, four hundred to five hundred individuals and more than 150 families continue to eat here […]


Thursday morning, after seeing Betts Putnam-Hidalgo’s opinion article in the editorial of the Arizona Daily Star, I wrote a letter to the editor. I do not have the same privilege that Betts has, whether based on skin or big money backers that pay for full page adds like Jim Click, so you know the Star didn’t […]


By Sarah Launius I got this mailer delivered to my home recently. My first thought was: Why would anyone want to bring attention to the fact that Michael Hicks thinks you’re a great board member? And then as I actually read the excerpts from Hicks and Carolyn Cox it made much more sense. The mailer is really […]


By Cesar Aguirre There’s been so much negative talk about TUSD leading to the election that it’s been hard for our barrio to make sense of what we hear in the news and what we’ve experienced. I know Michael Hicks goes on right-wing radio and calls Superintendent Sanchez “King Sanchez” – suggesting that he rules […]

By Sarah Launius There’s some real mixed messages coming from some of the TUSD Board Candidates on where they stand on school closures. You may have seen these signs up at Campbell near 6th Street. When I saw these new signs last week I had two thoughts. First, the signs seemed completely inaccurate based on what […]


We asked candidates: Do you believe closing and consolidating schools is a practical approach to addressing a budget shortfall and will you protect the over $1 million in Magnet funding that South and West Side schools receive? ¿Creés que la clausura y combinación de escuelas es una estrategia práctica para abordar una escasez presupuestal y […]


By Brian Flagg Someone I know saw this at a southside yard. The point is that Mark Stegeman and Betts Putnam-Hidalgo are working hand-in-hand with Republican Margaret Burkholder and wealthy Republicans such as Jim Click. He and others have raised $35,000 to fund a so-called independent committee whose focus is to change the school board. […]