Mesa City Council approves initial agreement to bring ASU downtown
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The Mesa City Council approved the first step in bringing Arizona State University downtown during a packed meeting Monday night that drew opponents worried about what it will cost the city.
The intergovernmental agreement, which passed on a 5-2 vote, plunges Mesa into a familiar debate over whether ASU is the missing piece in reviving its downtown or a financial burden on a city grappling with ballooning public-safety pension costs.
More than a dozen people spoke at the two-hour meeting, rare... read more