On Wednesday, the Tucson City Council in a 6-1 vote, rejected for the time being a proposal to annex a portion of the unincorporated foothills into the City of Tucson.
An angry Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who was the lone “no” vote, lashed out at foothills residents after the vote, “You guys are going to turn into Oro f@#$%&%$ Valley.”
Tucson City Clerk Roger Randolph scrambled to turn off Rothschild’s microphone. Rothschild laughed in response.
Currently, the property of interest to developers is in unincorporated Pima County. The developers sought to be annexed into Tucson in order to build a four story hotel. If the land remains in unincorporated Pima County, only a two-story hotel would be allowed.
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It was unclear why Rothschild was critical of the neighboring Oro Valley. Oro Valley is one of the safest communities in Arizona, while Tucson came in dead last in a survey of the state’s safest cities with a population over 10,000.