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Cleaning up Tucson's South Side water pollution part of Grijalva enviro bill

Local leaders in Southern Arizona came together Wednesday to throw their support behind the Environmental Justice for All Act, a congressional bill that aims to treat pollution in communities of color as a civil rights violation and create local funding for environmental cleanup. ... Read more»

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Tucson approves city Labor Standards Unit, despite advocates' concerns

The city of Tucson is moving ahead with their plans to create a Labor Standards Unit under the control of their Business Services Department. Advocates for Prop. 206, the $15 minimum wage ballot initiative, have said the policy requires a department to enfroce labor law and that this new unit may not cut it. ... Read more»

Tucson hires Laurice Walker as first chief equity officer

The city of Tucson hired Laurice Walker as the first head of the Office of Equity, ending an almost two-year search to fill the position. Walker worked in racial equity offices in Minneapolis and Plymouth, Minn., over the last five years. ... Read more»

New Tucson 'Housing First' director quickly dumps pro-Trump tweets

The new director of Tucson's Housing First Program, part of Mayor Romero's social service efforts, quickly deleted her Twitter and Facebook accounts the day her hiring was announced, after city officials were asked about her years of pro-Trump and conspiracist posts, including questioning the 2020 election and COVID-19 misinformation.... Read more»

Unvaccinated Tucson city employees could be fired after Council mandates COVID shots

In a 4-3 vote, the Tucson City Council said Tuesday that city employees who are not vaccinated by Dec. 1 will face termination. ... Read more»

Author & historian Lydia Otero to headline Pima Library's annual LGBTQ+ talk

Tucson historian and author Lydia Otero will headline the Pima County Public Library's annual LGBTQ+ Author Talk, discussing their books focused on Hispanic and queer perspectives in the context of Tucson's growth as a city. ... Read more»

Tucson city workers required to get COVID shots by Aug. 24

Employees of the City of Tucson will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, or get their first shot before August 24. If they do not, they could face sanctions, including possible suspension, after the City Council voted for the mandate Friday.... Read more»1

Un año después de propuesto, la Oficina de Equidad de Tucson aún está vacante

Un año despues de que la Concejal Lane Santa Cruz propuso una oficina para evaluar la equidad de la ciudad, hay una oficina vacante para un director de la Oficina de Equidad aun que ya casi cubrieron el puesto si alguien que trabajaba para el grupo que ayudó crear la ofinicina no lo rechazaba. ... Read more»

A year after first suggested, Tucson Office of Equity post still unfilled

Tucson has yet to find the top administrator for its new Office of Equity, more than one year after Councilwoman Santa Cruz floated the concept, with a consultant from firm that helped craft the position turning it down after negotiating a salary.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

2021 promises a liberal helping of local politics

Holy Ocasio did voters in Pima County deliver a southpaw’s blow. And in 2021, our new progressive elected leaders take office and begin to govern and God only knows what happens then.... Read more»1

State of the city

Romero: Tucson is 'resilient, prepared to return stronger than ever'

"I am proud to report that the state of the city is resilient, and prepared to return stronger than ever." — Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, in her "State of the City" address Wednesday.... Read more»

Tucson imposes nightly COVID-19 curfew as infections skyrocket

As more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases were reported in Arizona, the Tucson City Council voted to impose a nightly curfew to slow the outbreak. The 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew begins Friday night, and includes a slew of exceptions.... Read more»

Outside autopsy finds Ingram-Lopez died of 'suffocation' while detained by Tucson police

An autopsy done on the behalf of the family of Carlos Ingram-Lopez said he died from "suffocation" when he was pinned down by three Tucson police officers during an incident in April, challenging the conclusions of the government investigation. ... Read more»

Ingram-Lopez family wants Magnus to stay, city manager rejects TPD chief's resignation

Police Chief Chris Magnus should not resign, said the family of Carlos Ingram-Lopez, who died while being restrained by police in April. Tucson's city manager turned down the offer, made as controversy swirls after the revelation of the death.... Read more»2

Details revealed about Ingram-Lopez death in police custody; TPD chief offers to resign

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus offered his resignation Wednesday at a news conference in which details were finally released about the April death of 27-year-old Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez while being restrained by police.... Read more»

27-year-old man who died during April TPD call is identified

While officials have not publicly identified the man who died during an April emergency response by Tucson police, sources indicated he was 27-year-old Carlos Adrian Ingram Lopez.... Read more»

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