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Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Tanque Verde, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Tanque Verde, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Tanque Verde, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Tanque Verde, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Latest News in Tanque Verde, AZ

2023 Southern Arizona High School Football Preview: Tanque Verde Hawks

2A San Pedro: Tanque Verde Hawks2022 record: 5-6 overall, 4-1 in the 2A San Pedro (second). Lost in the 2A state playoffs first round in the program’s first playoff appearance.Head coach: Jeff Bollnow, first season at Tanque Verde and overall. Served as defensive coordinator at Cienega and Sahuarita in recent years. He is a Mountain View grad who went on to play at Cornell College. His father Kirby Bollnow is an esteemed high school football referee ent...

2A San Pedro: Tanque Verde Hawks

2022 record: 5-6 overall, 4-1 in the 2A San Pedro (second). Lost in the 2A state playoffs first round in the program’s first playoff appearance.

Head coach: Jeff Bollnow, first season at Tanque Verde and overall. Served as defensive coordinator at Cienega and Sahuarita in recent years. He is a Mountain View grad who went on to play at Cornell College. His father Kirby Bollnow is an esteemed high school football referee entering his 16th season.


Key returners:




Coaching staff:

Notes: Jeff Bollnow will try to pick up where Jay Dobyns and his staff left Tanque Verde, which made its first postseason appearance in program history last season. Dobyns resigned after three years as the Hawks’ coach, citing personal reasons. … Bollnow served as defensive coordinator at Cienega under Pat Nugent and Sahuarita under Jake Price. … Josh Lopez, son of Chris Lopez, a member of Arizona’s Desert Swarm defense, is a senior wide receiver/free safety with the Hawks. Chris is a former assistant who was part of Dobyns’ staff. … New offensive and defensive line coach Pete Delgado was the head coach at Baboquivari the previous four seasons. … Tanque Verde has only four home games and plays its first two and last two games on the road. The Hawks open their 2A San Pedro schedule with a home game Sept. 15 against Palo Verde, which is at the 2A level this season after playing at 3A last season.

Keep an eye out for: QB Grayson Bradshaw, who has a strong arm and mobility. Tanque Verde was predominantly a running team in previous years, but the new coaching staff is looking to have the offense more balanced. Bradshaw worked on his timing with his receivers during the 7-on-7 season in June and was impressive.


head coach: Jeffrey BollnowHawks compete in the 2A San Pedro. *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.

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FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Sunnyside High School in the Sunnyside Unified School District

Saddle Up at These Tucson Dude Ranches

Toss on your cowboy hat and boots, hoist yourself onto a horse, and hit the riding trails at these two long-running Arizona dude ranches. My wrangler-guide, Matt Byrnes, looked back at me from his saddle as our two horses walked in line along a dusty trail flanked by towering cacti. “Ready to ride?” he asked. In an attempt to strike a cowboy-cool tone, I answered, “Yup.” At Brynes’s command, our horses took off like a pair of four-legged Ferraris, galloping down the trail and into the curves they had co...

Toss on your cowboy hat and boots, hoist yourself onto a horse, and hit the riding trails at these two long-running Arizona dude ranches.

My wrangler-guide, Matt Byrnes, looked back at me from his saddle as our two horses walked in line along a dusty trail flanked by towering cacti. “Ready to ride?” he asked. In an attempt to strike a cowboy-cool tone, I answered, “Yup.” At Brynes’s command, our horses took off like a pair of four-legged Ferraris, galloping down the trail and into the curves they had committed to memory. I clung to the saddle, feeling the power of the horse, and for a minute I was a cowboy riding to the rescue in an old Western movie. This is the experience at Tucson’s White Stallion Ranch, one of more than a dozen Dude Ranches in Arizona, where guests can sample the trappings of old cowboy life while enjoying the benefits of a full-service resort.

The term “dude” actually originated as an insult—what real cowboys called Eastern city folk back in the 1890s—clumsy overdressed posers who came out west acting like they knew it all. Since then, dude ranches have evolved to welcome visitors, both clumsy and skilled, with a variety of experiences ranging from high-end resorts with trail rides supplemented with spa treatments, to working cattle ranches with rugged horseback wilderness adventures.

The increasing popularity of experiential travel has been a boon for dude ranches, with singles, couples, and families all coming out to saddle up. The Tucson area, with its rich cattle ranching history, has long been a popular destination for dude ranches. And spring is a great time to get out and hit the trails before summer heats up.

Below are a couple of my favorite dude ranches near Tucson—great destinations for a weekend escape or a week-long cowboy adventure.

White Stallion Ranch

Near the edges of Saguaro National Park, White Stallion Ranch began as a working cattle ranch in the early twentieth century, first welcoming guests in the 1940s. Nowadays, the ranch covers 3,000 acres of facilities and trails, has 43 guest rooms, and owns one of the largest herds of horses in Arizona. With a flock this big, you know they can find one that’s just right for you to ride, from a calm, plodding trail-walker to an energetic loper eager to sprint into the sunset.

White Stallion offers lessons to both beginners and experienced riders, including cattle-penning training sure to awaken the cowboy within you. For those less serious about a future in wrangling, sign up for their Wine & Cheese rides or the Beer & Cheeto rides to enjoy a relaxing picnic in a stunning desert setting.

The highlight of my stay, aside from my gallop around the property, was attending White Stallion’s weekly rodeo. An exhibition rodeo rather than, say, competition style. This event shows off the talent of staff horsemanship in challenges like barrel racing, roping, and steer-wrestling.

After the horseback riding, the ranch cooks up cowboy-worthy outdoor barbecues to supplement the restaurant’s menu. After which you can swap tall tales in their western bar, catch a movie in their small theater, or shoot some pool in their rec room. A heated outdoor pool, hot tub, tennis courts and spa services complete the resort-side of the White Stallion dude ranch experience.

Tanque Verde Ranch

My family and I have been visiting the Tanque Verde Ranch just outside of Tucson for decades, ever since I was a kid. And we’re not the only regulars. On a recent trip, I spoke with one family who has been coming to the ranch annually for the last 55 years, now on their fourth generation of young riders getting into the saddle for trail rides.

At Tanque Verde, opened in 1921, ranch cattle still graze across 60,000 acres of leased U.S. Forest Service lands, but the main business is now hosting guests on its 640-acre property. A large corral complex with 150-plus horses and a big team of wranglers gives Tanque Verde the feel of a cavalry training operation. Riding classes are offered for beginning and advanced riders, after which you can show off your skills in walking, loping and adventure rides around the nearby hills.

Left unchanged since my youth, the breakfast cowboy cookout means taking a trail ride to a clearing with a covered wagon surrounded by picnic tables and cast-iron griddles. There, staff cook up flapjacks and dispense coffee and hot chocolate as they wave away excess smoke with their cowboy hats. The aroma of sizzling bacon and smoke from mesquite-fueled fires mix with the scent of sagebrush scrub and dusty horses.

These days, Tanque Verde has developed into a full-service resort, with an expansive menu of daily activities including mountain biking, tennis, yoga, archery, riflery, and even silversmithing workshops. The rooms are mostly still rustic, but you won’t be spending a lot of time there with all the action going on. One Tanque Verde tradition that has endured though is the communal dining. Large tables in the main lodge have hosted generations of guests who continue to share stories of their cowboy adventures along Tucson’s Sonoran desert trails.

City to decide soon on controversial Tanque Verde housing project




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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — For the last three years, Tucsonans have fought development on the northeast corner of Houghton and Tanque Verde. Amanda Bradley is one of more than 2,000 residents living nearby who signed a petition against the planned development.

“There was a lot of open space out here and the zoning reflected the spaciousness of the area,” Bradley said.

The property owner wants to put 33 single-family homes into the area. This would look different from the large suburban ranches in the surrounding neighborhoods. It would fit more people into less space.

“We’d like to be outside of the busier areas with less traffic and more space,” Bradley said.

Residents nearby are worried this would increase traffic on the already busy intersection.

“There’s a lot of traffic because people use Houghton to go to the High School as they rebuilding more homes along the south of Houghton, a lot of people go through here to get to town,” said Zohreh Saunders, member of the Tanque Verde Trails Homeowners Association.

The proposed development would be on an existing floodplain, which usually mitigates flooding during monsoon.

“I think most people were objecting to the flooding, traffic, and the fact that it didn’t really fit in with the neighborhood,” Saunders said.

The area is also home to unique plants and desert life.

“Every time I see a development go up, it’s a destruction of that habitat,” Bradley said.

Tucson’s Zoning Examiner agrees with neighbors and does not support the nature of this development. But City Staff support the planned development, with a few exceptions. They're asking the property owner to take certain steps to prevent flooding and protect the natural habitats.

Moving forward, the City Manager will release his conclusion about this development. Then, the City says it’ll go before the Mayor and Council in mid-October for their final decision.

In a statement, Jim Portner of Projects International Inc., on behalf of the property owner, New Era, LLC said: "Our proposal is a small step toward implementing the principles of sustainable development and smart growth that form the foundation of the adopted general plans for both the City of Tucson and Pima County. Our proposed density is a fraction of that which is acceptable for a major nodal intersection like Houghton at Tanque Verde. In the simplest terms, this rezoning is a choice to either exercise and further the principles of Plan Tucson (the City’s General & Sustainability Plan), or to instead continue the old ways of doing things, adding to the low-density sprawl that already overburdens our community’s infrastructure and public services."

The development would be in Ward 2, of council member Paul Cunningham. In his newsletter, Cunningham said "I won’t be supporting any development at Tanque Verde and Houghton that increases flood hazards. I also won’t be supporting a proposal that violates the spirit of the 2016 agreement without the agreement of the neighbors."



Local Opinion: Vote 'yes' on Prop. 494 for Tanque Verde schools

The following is the opinion and analysis of the writer:Residents of the Tanque Verde Unified School District (TVUSD) should vote “yes” on Proposition 494 in the upcoming election. Without a “yes” vote, TVUSD will lose more than $2.25 million in education funding. This would be detrimental to district students and the Tanque Verde community. The Tanque Verde valley, and TVUSD, are Arizona gems; they are precious and should be protected. With a history dating back more than 150 years, the Tanque Verde v...

The following is the opinion and analysis of the writer:

Residents of the Tanque Verde Unified School District (TVUSD) should vote “yes” on Proposition 494 in the upcoming election. Without a “yes” vote, TVUSD will lose more than $2.25 million in education funding. This would be detrimental to district students and the Tanque Verde community. The Tanque Verde valley, and TVUSD, are Arizona gems; they are precious and should be protected. With a history dating back more than 150 years, the Tanque Verde valley is a unique community; and particularly desirable in terms of residential real estate. Many of our neighbors, including my own family, moved to Tanque Verde for the same reasons: a quiet community and the quality of life; for the spectacular views of Tucson, and the surrounding Santa Catalina and Rincon mountain ranges; but most importantly we moved to Tanque Verde for the schools.

The TVUSD schools are known for their excellence. Agua Caliente Elementary, Tanque Verde Elementary, Emily Gray Junior High, and Tanque Verde High School are “A” schools, according to the Arizona Department of Education. They consistently rank among the highest academic scores in the state. The district has been recognized for many awards, including its fiscally responsible administrative practices and garnered the award for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.

A 1980s amendment to the Arizona Constitution imposed revenue control limits restricting the district’s ability to properly fund the Excellent Education our district constituents expect; this funding helps get local dollars straight to our schools. The disparity in funding from one district to another across the state is fundamentally unfair.

While education funding may be a constant political pawn at the state capital, it isn’t here at the Tanque Verde local level. This is far less of a politically divided issue than one may think. I’ve had neighbors across the political spectrum ask me very similar questions about Proposition 494, and I’ve replied the same way to each: “Vote ‘yes’ on Prop. 494.” While we may not always agree on the path to take, in our discussions it’s clear that we all want a similar result: excellence in education at TVUSD. To achieve this goal, we need to vote “yes” on Prop. 494.

Some have questioned if approving such a revenue override is giving TVUSD permission to overspend its budget. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In a recent review of the TVUSD budget by the governing board, administrative costs and non-teacher salary overhead spending were very low, as a percentage of total budget. In short, TVUSD has been and will continue to be good stewards of the financial investments the Tanque Verde community has made in the students of our community.

A “yes” vote for Proposition 494 is a vote in support of continuing the district’s maintenance and operations budgets consistent with funding that has been in place since 2014. To be clear, this is not a new tax; it is approval to continue a levy that directly funds district programs and initiatives that are not being funded by the state or federal government, including: music and arts at all of our schools, the Advanced Placement (AP) courses at the high school, the gifted education program at the elementary schools (often referred to as the GATE program), science labs at all four schools, and school nurses and librarians, among many other beneficial programs.

Without a “yes” vote on Proposition 494, the funding for all of these programs will end. No more art and music enrichment. No more advance science and math programs. On-site emergent medical care at each school will end. Some teaching positions may have to be eliminated or salaries dramatically cut, and class sizes will be increased. Without Prop. 494, excellence in education ends.

Vote “yes” on Proposition 494, vote “yes” on continuing to invest in Tanque Verde’s future.

Thomas Trask is a candidate for Tanque Verde Unified School District, No. 13, Governing Board.

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High schools countdown: Tanque Verde's Jack Endean already has offers from Arizona, Cal

The Star is counting down the top high school football players in Southern Arizona. Up today: Tanque Verde offensive tackle Jack Endean.Name: Jack EndeanRundown: Endean is a 6-foot-6-inch, 280-pound junior at Tanque Verde.Who he is: Unlike most kids, Endean’s earliest memories of football was around an NFL team. Not just any team, but Al Davis’ Oakland Raiders.Endean’s father, Ty Endean, served on the medical staff for both the Raiders a...

The Star is counting down the top high school football players in Southern Arizona. Up today: Tanque Verde offensive tackle Jack Endean.

Name: Jack Endean

Rundown: Endean is a 6-foot-6-inch, 280-pound junior at Tanque Verde.

Who he is: Unlike most kids, Endean’s earliest memories of football was around an NFL team. Not just any team, but Al Davis’ Oakland Raiders.

Endean’s father, Ty Endean, served on the medical staff for both the Raiders and the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. After the Endeans moved to Tucson, Ty became the team doctor at Cienega during the height of Nemer Hassey’s tenure with the Bobcats.

“He took me to NFL training camp when I was 10, and he showed me that you can watch and learn a lot about people by watching them. That’s something that I’ve always had to my benefit. I’ve been raised around football, whether it was training camp or being around the guys at Cienega,” Jack Endean said. “I could see what to do and what not to do. That’s something I’ve always been blessed with.”

Endean inherited his size from his father, who was an offensive lineman at Sacramento State and played briefly in the NFL.

“He realized he wasn’t capable of that talent, but he knew he wanted to be around football,” Jack said. “That’s when he went to medical school and then with his fellowship, that’s when he was able to work with the Raiders, and he’s been doing that ever since.”

Jack Endean knew he was destined to play football, especially given his imposing stature.

“I’ve been big my whole life, so I’ve always been told that I can’t do many things outside of football,” he said. “Playing football gives me a chance to have fun, but also be aggressive, and that’s a good thing because I won’t get in trouble for it. … It also gives me a platform. I’ve always wanted to use it to help other people and show how football can be used to better your life.”

Endean began his high school career at Salpointe Catholic, where he played behind current UCLA lineman Bruno Fina and Oregon’s Jonah Miller, among others. He learned how to “turn on that nasty switch,” Endean said.

“If you’re a big kid in Tucson, a lot of times you’re able to dominate a smaller opponent, but you have to play with that nasty attitude, because on the next level, all those kids are just as big, just as strong and just as fast as you, and that mental and emotional side is where that separation comes; Jackie’s got that,” said Tanque Verde coach Jay Dobyns, a former Arizona Wildcat and ex-assistant coach at Salpointe Catholic.

Endean’s offensive line coach at TVHS is Jeff Kiewell, who played for the UA and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

“Tanque Verde is just a good school, especially academically, which is always a good thing. Coach Dobyns is just an amazing person, and he cares about each one of us as people,” Endean said. “He cares more about us as people than players, and he’s just someone you can depend on, someone who can show you how to be a man, and he’s just a great football coach.”

Added Endean: “It’s just nice to play for people who went from Tucson to playing in college and even some of them in the pros. They know what they’re doing and understand that sometimes Tucson doesn’t get the most love, so they can show us how to do that.”

Endean will sit the first game of the season against Santa Rita because of the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s transfer rule, though he’s planning to appeal the ruling.

“It’s out of my control, so I don’t try to worry about it. … I’m trying to be a players coach as much as I can. Not going to lie, it’s kind of difficult, but it’s out of my control,” Endean said. “I see it as a positive and I just want to help the other guys and get a chance to learn.”

Proof he’s good: Endean already has scholarship offers from both Arizona and Cal. He has also visited Michigan, Michigan State and SMU, and plans to return to those schools for unofficial visits.

“I’m just trying to get some film to get out there,” Endean said. “I pass the eyeball test and my workout tape is good, but I just need a highlight tape to validate it.”

He said it: “Jackie is that kid you’re looking for. He’s that kid that every program wants, and it starts off the field. He’s a great young man, treats people the right way, he’s a great student and he’s got interest sbeyond football. On the football field, he’s just a workaholic and an old-school gym rat that just can’t get enough practice, reps, work to try and improve. Those are the kind of kids you want to surround yourself with, especially in high school.” — Dobyns

Contact sports producer Justin Spears at 573-4312 or On Twitter: @JustinESports

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