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Pima County doubles paid parental leave to 12 weeks for gov't staffers

Pima County employees will have up to 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave after the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to expand the benefit. The change will cost the county about $1.2 million annually. ... Read more»

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Tucson agenda

Pima County Supes to address cash bail changes, capital funding tax hike

The Pima County Board of Supervisors is off and running in 2022, tackling cash bail, tax increases and indigenous acknowledgment. Other governing bodies doing light public business are still ramping up after the holidays.... Read more»

56 Pima County staffers lose jobs for refusing to follow COVID shot mandate

Pima County has fired 56 staffers who refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — with just 16 regular full-time employees losing their jobs out of the 2,000 staffers covered by a policy requiring shots for those working with vulnerable people.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Heinz smacks down Christy's list of dumb COVID questions

Supervisor Matt Heinz is starting to take the gloves off and put up a fight against efforts to downplay the severity of COVID-19. Even if it's just to force a political cost for aiding the virus, it's time for a fair fight and not more ignored science lessons.... Read more»3

51 Pima County workers face firing for not complying with COVID vax policy

Pima County will soon terminate 51 employees who have refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — hundreds fewer than an earlier count of those who were not complying with a mandate. During a contentious meeting, Supervisors Christy and Heinz butted heads over COVID data, with Heinz, a doctor, declaring that "unvaccinated members of this community are actually killing people."... Read more»

100+ Pima County gov't workers could be fired for not getting COVID shots by Dec. 31

Up to 200 Pima County employees could be terminated because they have refused to get their vaccinations against COVID-19, flouting a policy for those who work with vulnerable people. But 87% have complied, and more could turn in evidence they've gotten their shots.... Read more»

Pima County orders COVID face masks indoors in all public places

People across Pima County must wear face masks while indoors in all public places to limit the spread of COVID-19, after the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to institute the public health mandate Tuesday.... Read more»1

Pima County moving to mandate COVID-19 masks in public

Wearing masks indoors in public places will be required across Pima County if the Board of Supervisors OKs a measure at a meeting Tuesday morning. The resolution, likely to pass, would buck the supervisors' recent trend of voting against similar COVID mitigation measures. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Pima Supes take up tax scheme, indoor COVID masks; Council looks at housing costs

A stealth tax hike, an affordable housing plan and a "land declaration" that'll irritate the "U.S.A!" crowd are a part of a schmorgasbord of agenda items before the Tucson City Council and Pima County supervisors this week.... Read more»

Pima County setting up redistricting committee after Census shows uneven growth

Representatives for the Pima County Redistricting Advisory Committee will be appointed in January and hold five public hearings on redrawing the district boundaries for the Board of Supervisors and the PCC Governing Board. ... Read more»

Sheriff Nanos: Move to fire Pima jail guards who refuse COVID vaccine not a 'bluff'

With more than 200 staffers at the Pima County Jail about to lose their jobs because they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, Sheriff Chris Nanos cautioned them Monday, saying the move is not a "bluff" and "with every decision come consequences."... Read more»

Lesher named acting Pima County administrator with Huckelberry still out after crash

Longtime Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is still recovering from an October crash, and the Board of Supervisors formalized choosing Jan Lesher to act in his stead, with a unanimous vote to appoint her as the acting county administrator despite a clash between two supervisors.... Read more»1

386 Pima County workers will get firing notices for not getting COVID-19 shots

386 unvaccinated Pima County employees who work with "vulnerable populations" will be terminated from their current positions because they have not gotten vaccinated against COVID-19, following a vote of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.... Read more»

Pima supervisors tap Dems Mathis & Abraham for 2 open seats in Legislature

A pair of Pima County Democrats were appointed to the Arizona Legislature on Tuesday, as the Board of Supervisors voted to fill two open seats, picking Christopher Mathis in LD9 and Morgan Abraham in LD10.... Read more»

Pima County taps former F-16 pilot Lake-Wright as new constable

Pima County has appointed William Lake-Wright, a former F-16 pilot and paramedic, to serve as the constable for the eastern part of the county, filling a seat left vacant. Some county leaders want to reform or even eliminate the elected Constables Office.... Read more»

Pima requiring gov't staff to get COVID shots if they work with 'vulnerable' populations

After weeks of wrangling, the Pima County Board of Supervisors agreed to require some government employees — those who work with "vulnerable" populations — to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Also, an effort by Supervisor Christy to censure Supervisor Heinz fell flat. ... Read more»

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