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ADVANTAGES OF AN AT-LARGE CITY COUNCIL?

ADVANTAGES OF AN AT-LARGE CITY COUNCIL?

Would Latinos have a better shot at the Phoenix City Council if a movement to add two at-large districts succeeds? After all, a Latino hasn’t been elected to the city council in more than two decades. Ed Dravoe is a backer of an effort to add at-large seats to the current eight district seats. He […]

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LATINO COUNCILMAN ADAM DIAZ LENDS NAME TO CENTER

LATINO COUNCILMAN ADAM DIAZ LENDS NAME TO CENTER

In addition, the dining room at the senior center at 4115 West Thomas Rd., was named in honor of Officer David Uribe. Uribe was shot and killed in 2005 while conducting a traffic stop in west Phoenix. Uribe’s name also was nominated to re-name the center, formerly the Westside Senior Center, and will appear on […]

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PHOENIX WALK OF PRIDE CITES LATINOS

PHOENIX WALK OF PRIDE CITES LATINOS

Latinos have left their footprints in the dust of Phoenix’s history even before legendary lawman Henry Garfias was appointed the town’s first marshal in 1881. A handful of Latinos are among the 20 illustrious Arizonans who will have markers in the Walk of Pride, a memorial walkway planned for downtown Phoenix. The walk is projected […]

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CAMPAIGN TARGETS SLAVERY

CAMPAIGN TARGETS SLAVERY

In September, a new public campaign will encourage the victims of human trafficking to break the chains of their slavery. The ALERT Outreach Program features billboards, ads and posters aimed at labor trafficking victims forced to work by “coyotes,” or smugglers. Media materials will be distributed throughout the Valley through newspapers, kiosks, public areas, clinics, […]

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FIGHTING AN INACCURATE ‘WAR’

FIGHTING AN INACCURATE ‘WAR’

For PBS, The War was hell. Last month, the Public Broadcasting Service management found itself in a skirmish with Latino advocacy groups over a WWII documentary series by filmmaker Ken Burns that totally left out Hispanic soldiers. However, now The War – the 14 ½ hour series set to air on PBS beginning Sept. 23 […]

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A toast to latino foods $2 billion in sales

A toast to latino foods $2 billion in sales

Hispanic foods continue to be a major driver in the economy, as attendees to the Expo Comida Latina Texas in Houston learned last month. A.C. Nielsen statistics show that sales of Hispanic foods have accumulated $3.2 billion in sales the last four years, up 3.5 percent from a year earlier. Tortillas and Mexican salsas and […]

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TOYOTA, CPLC CLEAN UP

Latino neighborhoods across the Valley will be getting beautification boosts from a new program sponsored by auto dealers, and you and your family can help. Barrios Bellos, a program created by the Valley Toyota Dealers Association, is designed to revitalize Hispanic areas in the Valley. The first barrio to get spruced up is Nuestro Barrio, between […]

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PARADE OF LUMINARIES

The Valley of the Sun was a red carpet for a parade of visiting Latino glitterati recently. Antonio Villaraigosa, the charismatic L.A. mayor, was in town at almost the same time as Bill Richardson, the New Mexico governor trying to get to the White House before him. Villaraigosa was the attraction at a non-partisan political […]

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FAMILY TIES BIND STATE POLITICS

FAMILY TIES BIND STATE POLITICS

Father-daughter teams are starting to be trendy in state Latino/Latina politics. There’s state Rep. Pete Rios and his fellow Legislator daughter, Sen. Rebecca Rios. There’s Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor and his hija Laura, who is a candidate for the Phoenix City Council. And there’s former Pima County Supervisor Dan Eckstrom and his daughter Jennifer. Dan […]

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HOUSE PASSES BILL TO KILL 8th–GRADE ‘DIPLOMAS’

The Arizona Latino Research Enterprise group has teamed up with state legislators to eliminate eighth-grade certificates in state schools. Students moving from the eighth grade to higher school grades may mistake the certificates for “diplomas,” and drop out of school, goes the reasoning from ALRE leaders. In addition, education typically ends for students in other […]