Steller’s Friday Notebook: Strange alliances won Rio Nuevo extension

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Steller’s Friday Notebook: Strange alliances won Rio Nuevo extension

You couldn’t find two much more different legislators than Republican Rep. Mark Finchem of Oro Valley and Democrat Rep. Daniel Hernandez of Tucson, but they were pulling the same way, in favor of the bill to extend the life of the Rio Nuevo district.

GOP Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller and Democratic Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley are pretty much opposite on the issues, but they were together on this one ‘ opposed to the extension.

The bill to extend the funding flow for the district redeveloping downtown Tucson made for some strange bedfellows. But the extension won surprisingly handily in a Legislature not normally very inclined to help out the city of Tucson. The extension of the district’s end-date, from 2025 to 2035, means a portion of state sales tax money collected within the district boundary will keep flowing for another 17 years.

After talking to Finchem, the chief sponsor of the bill, I think I know one of the main reasons why it worked. He views the Rio Nuevo story as one of the state Legislature and a board of businessmen appointed by Republican leaders saving the socialist city of Tucson from itself.

Finchem moved to Southern Arizona from Michigan in 1999 and didn’t like what he saw in Tucson. He even heard of it referred to as ‘the Detroit of the Desert.’ His opinion of Tucson, six or seven years ago, was ‘That city is going down the exact same path that Detroit went down.’

  • Publisher: Arizona Daily Star
  • Author: Tim Steller
  • Twitter: @tucsonstar
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While you’re here, how about this:

Westbrook’s stellar fourth-quarter defense on Harden fuels Thunder past Rockets

Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony combine to score 70 points as the Thunder top the Rockets 108-102 to end the Rockets’ 20-game home win streak. (1:54)

The feeling in the arena was tangible, the kind of feeling that has defined this Rockets season and effectively signed, sealed and delivered the MVP for Harden. Here comes Harden, and there go the Thunder again.

Without Andre Roberson, who is a known Harden-stopper (or as much of one as can exist on this planet), George has taken the primary assignment but went to the bench shortly after Harden’s 3 for a quick rest. Russell Westbrook took over the assignment, likely to just spell George until he could return. But Westbrook, who infuriates some with his tantalizing but very inconsistent defensive ability, cranked it up. And when George checked back in after about a minute, Westbrook told him not to switch back. The reigning MVP was taking the expected MVP.

“When the game is on the line, I knew what needed to be done,” Westbrook said. “I told Paul and Corey [Brewer] to take somebody else. I got him.”

He fought over every screen, jumped passing lanes and frustrated Harden. It sparked a 9-0 run for the Thunder to go up eight midway through the fourth, which included a Westbrook 3, a Westbrook layup and a Westbrook steal and pass to George for two free throws.

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Watching: Rio Nuevo, Republican Rep. Mark Finchem, Oro Valley

Steller’s Friday Notebook: Strange alliances won Rio Nuevo extension
on 12th of Apr 2018 You couldn’t find two much more different legislators than Republican Rep. Mark Finchem of Oro Valley and Democrat Rep. Daniel Hernandez of Tucson, but they were pulling the same way, in favor of the bill to extend the life of the Rio Nuevo district.

Here’s some extra reading:

Westbrook’s stellar fourth-quarter defense on Harden fuels Thunder past Rockets
(Apr 2018) The Thunder’s season has been defined by confounding moments, strange losses and resilient bounce-backs . saying his shot felt “funny,” George showed up to the Toyota Center on Friday night after the Thunder arrived in Houston, with one of the equipment

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