Tucson Progressive

Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

Historic Landmark Signs: Should Tucson preserve its neon heritage? (video)

Tucson’s stringent 1980s sign code (plus multiple street-widening projects) have done much to clean up the billboards and over-sized signs on our streets, but every good law can stand some … Continue reading

June 27, 2011 · 3 Comments

Historic preservation: Is history becoming fashionable in Tucson?

When we first went house-hunting in Tucson in the early 1980s, our realtor thought we were crazy because we wanted a house with architectural style and wooden floors. Having lived … Continue reading

June 22, 2011 · 5 Comments

Save Tucson’s Sign Code: Will tinkering bring back the ugliest street in US?

Cluttered with so many signs that you can hardly see the street, Speedway Blvd. was dubbed the ugliest street in American by Life Magazine in 1970. Being known as “ugly” … Continue reading

June 14, 2011 · 37 Comments

Contemplating Tucson: Kozachik releases city’s Strategic Work Plan

In a recent e-mail blast, Ward 6 City Councilman Steve Kozachik released a long and varied list of projects that the City Council will be contemplating and potentially voting upon … Continue reading

May 24, 2011

City Council unanimously votes ‘business friendly’– twice

The Tucson City Council unanimously voted business friendly twice at last night’s meeting– approving a new Land Use Code requiring fewer parking spaces and approving a billboard along Tucson’s scenic … Continue reading

March 23, 2011 · 4 Comments

Tucson Sign Code: Big sign cheerleaders need effectiveness data (updated)

Business-friendly whiners made the front page of the Arizona Daily Star today– with old news. The story– Tough Times Make City’s Sign Code a Target— features three business owners who … Continue reading

March 21, 2011 · 11 Comments

7-0: Mayor and Council sell out to sign industry on scenic route vote

After hearing several Tucsonans– including former City Councilman Brent Davis– speak in favor of keeping the current Scenic Corridor Sign Code or fixing just the problem area along Houghton Road, … Continue reading

December 15, 2010 · 12 Comments

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”