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Quit fiddling around with Spur Cross Ranch's owners, and condemn the land

I'm not so sure of that. At best, it would be many, many years before they'd be able to break ground, let alone see a return on their investment. A creek runs through the land, which means developers would need a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers before building. That involves an expensive review process that can take years. The landowners would likely have to pay for an Environmental Impact Statement, to catalogue endangered species and other species worth preserving. The presence of Native American antiquities would mean more red tape. And so on. We haven't even started talking about building infrastructure, water and electric utilities and roads.

These would be some mighty pricey homes.

Our elected officials have made a good-faith effort to save Spur Cross, doing just about everything in their power to make things right with the property owners. To heck with it, Jane and Don. Condemn the land. See ya in court.

Right to Sue:

Last week, Governor Hull signed House Bill 2706, a bill mandating regulation of abortion clinics. The reaction from the pro-choice community has been mixed.

The folks at Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona decided to throw a party, telling members they ". . . worked hard to successfully protect reproductive choice this legislative session. Now, we deserve to celebrate!" Hors d'oeuvres and one free drink, 20 bucks, at a Mexican restaurant. Woo-hoo.

But the mood is somber down south. While the Phoenicians fiesta, officials at Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona are reportedly reviewing the new law, trying to decide whether to sue the state over it.

Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona V.P. Karla Chapman insists it's way too early for such talk, but three insiders in the pro-choice community privately confirm that the Tucson-based activists are upset about the mandate, which does not extend to clinics providing other medical services.

Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona, was invited to the table to negotiate the terms of the bill with House Speaker Jeff Groscost. He and his group were instrumental in making the bill more palatable to pro-choicers. Groups such as Arizona Right to Choose and Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona still opposed it.

Chapman says her group's not talking until the rule-making process mandated by the new law is done.

Word has it that any decision to sue would have to be made by PP's parent organization, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which is run, coincidentally, by an Arizonan, Howard's predecessor, Gloria Feldt.

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