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Pima County supervisors worried about Tucson's RTA stance

Pima County supervisors said that they're "concerned" about the city of Tucson's threat to leave the Regional Transportation Authority if "serious commitments" to change its governing structure aren't made. Some county leaders think its part of a larger trend in the city-county relationship. ... Read more»

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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»

Pima County Supes consider adding Native land acknowledgement to meetings

The Pima County Board of Supervisors will consider on Tuesday adopting a land acknowledgement to be read before each meeting that would mention the history of Tohono O'odham and Pascua Yaqui people in our area.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Christy: A Tucson-free RTA, why not?

"I say, enough is enough. Let the city of Tucson walk, and good riddance. Now is the time to come up with a 'Plan B' for RTA Next." — Pima County Supervisor Steve Christy... Read more»1

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»

Tucson ready to opt out of RTA Next unless 'unfair, inequitable' system changes

The city of Tucson is prepared to walk away from a renewal of the Regional Transportation Authority, a major funding source for road improvements throughout Pima County, if its partners in the agreement don’t make serious compromises.... 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»

The Tucson agenda

Pima Supes to meet with unvaxed staff facing firing; Oro Valley mulls lighter parking rules

The Pima County Supervisors will hold their last meeting before unvaccinated employees are set to be fired. A citizen-inspired agenda item in Oro Valley hits the sweet spot of fewer regulations and more environmental protections.... Read more»1

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 approves 100% pay for gov't employees on parental leave

Pima County employees can now take up to six weeks of parental leave with full pay after the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to change the benefit, following a pattern that has become more common nationwide over the past 20 years. ... 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»

Pima County sues over Tucson Water rate shifts

Pima County filed a suit against Tucson's city water utility Friday, alleging that an increase in rates for some customers who live outside the city limits can't be implemented as Tucson officials plan.... 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»

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