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Despite recent challenges, city managers say they enjoy their jobs

Whether after years of planning or by chance, public policy officials have come from throughout the state and country to manage Arizona’s cities and towns, driven by the desire to implement projects that produce tangible results.

And, despite deep budget cuts and foregone raises, those interviewed by Cronkite News Service say they find their jobs fulfilling.

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City attorney cancels Gordon’s plans

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio broke the news that Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon won't be able to file a lawsuit challenging the state's new immigration law without the approval of the council. DiCiccio sent news to reporters that city attorney Gary Verburg quashed Gordon's claim that the city charter would allow a mayor to sue without council approval.

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Old Pueblo gets new, nonpartisan election law

Beginning in 2010, municipal elections in Tucson will be missing a bit of partisan flair, now that Gov. Jan Brewer has signed legislation that bans the use of party affiliation on ballots in local elections. S1123, authored by Tucson Republican Sen. Jonathan Paton, applies to cities across the state. But in reality the bill affects only Tucson, the sole municipality that identifies candidates for local office by their political parties and uses what is referred to as "ward" elections.

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