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Santa Cruz to address mining companies bearing a gift as opposition mounts over silence

Santa Cruz County may get land for a park, as some smell conspiracy. Sahuarita is set to lose one tenant at their tech manufacturing facility but will gain another.... Read more»

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The Tucson agenda

Pima Supes take up alcohol policy, revisit COVID boost for employees

Pima County supervisors will tweak their drinking-on-the-job policy and review COVID payouts, while the first signs of a housing boomlet may be sprouting. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Bronson: Stonegarden is a costly & failed federal policy

Supervisor Sharon Bronson: "Stonegarden is not how this country is going to solve the issues associated with illegal border activity. For that, we need better immigration and drug enforcement policies. Despite the board’s vote, I hold out hope that OPSG will be reformed."... Read more»

Pima County rejects Stonegarden border enforcement grant on 3-2 vote

On a party-line vote, Pima County supervisors nixed federal immigration enforcement funding for the Sheriff's Department, following a renewed debate in which they could not agree on conditions for the Stonegarden grant.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Christy: Huckelberry's magic wand on asylum-seeker costs

Pima County Sup. Steve Christy: "More than $500,000 of Pima County residents' property tax dollars have spent on asylum-seeker processing. Pima County should not be in that business."... Read more»1

Sheriff announces appointments to Citizens Advisory Committee

The members of a new 12-member advisory committee were announced by County Sheriff Mark Napier, and they include some members of the controversial Community Law Enforcement Partnership Commission that was disbanded last year.... Read more»

Pima County expects to aid 12,000 asylum-seekers in 2020; continues to seek federal funding

Pima County expects to assist about 12,000 asylum-seekers in the coming year, and are seeking more than $1 million in federal funding to "compensate" for the costs of a migrant shelter — which are running about half of July's projection.... Read more»2

Trump admin blocks Pima County request to shift Stonegarden funds to migrant aid

Federal officials have rejected a request by Pima County to use part of an Operation Stonegarden grant for humanitarian aid, including funding for a migrant shelter hosted at a section of county's juvenile detention center.... Read more»1

Pima County abolishes contentious CLEPC law-enforcement review board

The Pima County Board of Supervisors has disbanded a law-enforcement advisory group that had been enmeshed in controversy for more than a year. Sheriff Napier has announced he's setting up his own group.... Read more»2

Pima County shelter opens doors to 400 legal asylum-seekers

After weeks of controversy, a Tucson shelter for asylum-seekers quietly opened its doors two weeks ago and has hosted about 400 people, after the former wing of the juvenile detention center had been "significantly remodeled." ... Read more»

Pima supervisors OK converting juvie center wing to shelter for asylum-seekers

On a 3-2 party line vote, Pima County supervisors approved moving a Catholic-run shelter for released migrants into a vacant wing of the juvenile detention center — but not before hearing dissension over the plan from other groups that work with migrants.... Read more»

Pima County provides more details on planned shelter for asylum-seekers

Plans to transform an unused section of the Juvenile Detention Center into a transitional shelter for newly released asylum-seekers are a good investment even if the flow of migrants slows down, said Pima County's Chuck Huckelberry. He also responded to questions posed by Supervisor Miller.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Miller: Pima migrant shelter would 'ensure community safety,' but plenty of questions remain

"If we don't act, it creates an unsafe situation for both residents and the individuals who have been released in our community," said Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller. But the Republican has questions about expenses, and funding.... Read more»

Pima County seeks to redirect $100K/mo in Stonegarden funds to migrant shelter

Pima County is asking that more than a half-million dollars in Operation Stonegarden money be directed toward humanitarian aid for asylum-seekers. County Sheriff Napier said he backs the shelter, "even if it all came out of overtime."... Read more»2

Pima supervisors to hold special meeting on migrant shelter at juvie center

At a special meeting next Monday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors will review and potentially approve converting a vacant portion of the juvenile detention center into a shelter for asylum-seekers released by the federal government.... Read more»

County migrant shelter 'back on track' after Elias again supports project

Plans to turn an unused section of the Pima juvenile detention center into a shelter for released migrants are back on, 24 hours after heated debate led officials to order a halt to work.... Read more»

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