In the past few days there has been a flurry of news coverage about the ridiculous attempt of Arizona Department of Racing to rescind a 5 year ballot initiative in South Tucson. (Thank you Tucson media!)
In case you missed any of the media mentions, here they are (most recent first) :
South Tucson’s law protecting racing dogs should stand (Arizona Daily Star editorial – Oct. 9)
State asks South Tucson to reconsider injecting dogs with steroids – KGUN-9 – Oct. 8 (shows video of former veterinary shooting up dogs off site) Please note ADOR Director Walsh was not available for comment.
News 4 Tucson Investigators: Track going to the dogs? – KVOA – Oct 8
South Tucson Justice: Reconsiders Shooting Greyhounds with Steroids – Tucson Tails – Oct 8
State Questions Ban on Steroids for Greyhounds – Arizona Daily Star – Oct 5
Also interesting to note that the current GM of Tucson Greyhound Park said that until further notice they are following the ordinance and always have, but the former GM has bragged about “skirting the law.”
Let’s all send public records requests to the Arizona Department of Racing to see what exactly that “mysterious letter” said. It’s a matter of public record now. Let’s see who gets the document first. All in favor say “aye.”
I would bet money (if I were the betting kind) that Director Bill Walsh thought this was some kind of “done deal” between Luis Gonzales, South Tucson City Manager. Why not send the letter to Pima County or the City of Tucson where there is also a steroids injection ban on racing greyhounds? South Tucson is definitely the weakest link, the home of Tucson Greyhound Park, and the city manager has a background in gaming.
If the mysterious letter didn’t get so much media coverage, rescinding a 5 year ordinance voted on by the people might have actually become a line item at the tonight’s South Tucson City Council meeting starting at 6 pm at 1601 S. 6th Avenue.