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NewsNet 8-5-13

TUCSON BUSCA RECONSTRUIR RELACIONES CON MÉXICO - El alcalde de Tucson, con una delegación de dueños de negocios, crearon un tratado que ayudará económicamente a regiones de ambos lados de la frontera. De Univision Arizona.

FARHAD MOGHIMI GETS TOP JOB AT PAG/RTA - The Pima Association of Governments, the board of which also oversees Pima County's Regional Transportation Authority, has named Farhad Moghimi as Executive Director for the two agencies. Moghimi is an Assistant Town Manager in Sahuarita, and he holds leadership roles in PAG and RTA committees. Story from the Star here, from the Sentinel here.

HEARING ON PENSION INITIATIVE RESUMES TOMORROW - A lawsuit challenging the validity of initiative petitions filed with the City Clerk by political consultant Peter Zimmerman on behalf of the Committee for Sustainable Retirement Benefits got underway Friday in the courtroom of Judge James Marner of the Pima County Superior Court. At issue is whether several thousand of the signatures filed can legally count toward the required 12,730 necessary for the initiative to appear on November's ballot. Plaintiffs in the case say 10,000 of the signatures were improperly collected or modified. According to the initial complaint, over 6,700 of the signatures filed were collected by convicted felons whose civil rights have not been restored. The hearing resumes tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. From the Star.

PIMA COUNTY EXTENDS DEADLINE ON BOND SURVEY - Pima County officials have extended the deadline by a week for an anonymous online survey in which participants are asked to identify top priorities for an upcoming bond election. The new deadline is 11:30 p.m. on Friday, August 9. According to a County news release, more than 12,300 residents have weighed in since the survey was released on July 19. Story from the Star here, news release from Pima County here.

ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE CALLS TUCSON ONE OF FIVE EMERGING HUBS FOR ENTREPRENEURS - Tucson is one of five emerging entrepreneurial hubs in the U.S., according to Entrepreneur Magazine, which highlights them in its August issue. The success in Tucson is a result of the community taking deliberate, ordered steps to surround startups with help, according to the magazine. From Inside Tucson Business.