Environmental groups say they’re cautiously optimistic about the state of the Four-Forest Restoration Initiative. The common goal of fire-risk reduction is keeping the program’s stake holders playing nice.
Phoenix City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to a $1.2 billion budget for the next fiscal year starting in July. Despite a massive deficit, it does not cut any city services and speeds up efforts to hire firefighters and police officers.
State Senator Steve Gallardo is dropping out of the race to represent Arizona's Seventh Congressional District. The Phoenix Democrat will instead run for an open seat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.