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Water management has been a key part of living in Arizona since statehood — and even though leaders in the area have been credited with having a strong vision for maintaining and storing water, new challenges are emerging.
In 2014, the community in south Phoenix formed Adelante Phoenix, with funding from a $6 million grant form JPMorgan Chase to the Raza Fund in Phoenix. The results of this collaboration are captured in a new case study from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, which is being presented at the National Council of La Raza’s national conference.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced oil and gas permits on federal lands will be fast-tracked, taking no longer than 30 days to review. He also ordered oil and gas lease sales be held in each state every quarter. To discuss, we’re joined now by Ed Hirs, an energy economist at the University of Houston.
For our Friday NewsCap segment, we discussed Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s decision not to share Arizona’s voter information with a Presidential Commission, health-care protests at Sen. Jeff Flake’s offices and other items. Our guests were pollster and radio host Mike O’Neil and Joanna Allhands, azcentral.com's digital opinions editor.
Since the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag took over the conversation surrounding the legendary awards in 2015, the Academy of Arts and Sciences has been trying to diversify. The Academy announced last week that it has opened its doors to 774 new members — many of them people of color and women.
As affordable housing continues to be a challenge in the Valley, Mesa nonprofit A New Leaf is opening 30 new housing units aimed at chronically homeless and low-income residents of Maricopa County. For more on this, I spoke with Laura Bode with A New Leaf.