Stories tagged: "pima county"


PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 07: The Medrano family sits outside their RV on October 07, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. They had narrowly avoided eviction from the RV park earlier in the day. Even for families who have remained healthy from the coronavirus, the indirect effects of the pandemic have been especially tough on America's poor, who often deal with simultaneous crises, even in normal times. In the Medrano family's case, inconsistent work, a string of tragedies and even family separation have combined to push them to the brink of homelessness. This summer Medrano's work as a truck driver was sporadic due to the pandemic economy. Meanwhile, he spent his entire savings on three funerals for family members in less than four months. Causing further family stress, Medrano's wife Ana Cecilia, who had temporary residency status in the U.S. traveled to Mexico in December of 2019 to care for her sick mother, but has since been unable to return to Arizona due to a sealed U.S.-Mexico border. The separation left Hector Medrano to care for their four children, supervising distance learning during the day, while working nights. For families like the Medranos, new federal pandemic assistance, yet to be authorized by Congress, cannot come soon enough. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Pima County Allocates $10M to Help People on the Edge of Losing Their Homes

The money will help renters get access to private legal help, rather than just through the county’s Eviction Prevention Clinics.

Dr Christian Bime, ICU Medical Director at Banner
The Worst Is Over: Health Experts Optimistic as COVID Spread Declines as Vaccine Rolls Out

Arizona’s COVID-19 cases have dropped significantly as vaccination efforts have spread rapidly across the state.

Photo courtesy of Gabriella Cázares-Kelly Facebook page
Pima County Has a New Recorder, and She’s Already Making History

Gabriella Cázares-Kelly decided to run for office after uncovering systemic issues she felt prevented indigenous community members from being able to vote.

Photo by Jake Hines
As Arizona’s Public Agencies See COVID-19 Outbreaks, How Do We Keep Workers Safe?

Three-quarters of American workers cannot work from home during the pandemic, putting them at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. As the number of cases and deaths continue to rise in Arizona, public agencies across the state are seeing COVID-19 outbreaks within their ranks, from police departments to county health departments. Pima County announced last...

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‘This Is a Calling to Me’: Why Bringing More Black Voices to Libraries, Bookstores, and Beyond Matters

The need for better representation has been highlighted by the recent wave of social justice movements across the country. One Saturday morning, a mother and father take their daughter to the public library for the first time.  The young girl walks around her parents to look at the librarian at the front desk, gazing at...

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Pima County Just Voted to Help Those Who Can’t Pay Bail. Will Others Follow?

The decision is a major win for the bail reform-movement in Arizona. Pima County officials voted to create a program to pay the bail of some people who are charged with low-level crimes and can’t afford bonds. The Arizona Daily Star reported the 3-2 vote last week by the Board of Supervisors, which gives the...

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Pima County Recorder Refuses to Reopen Voting Center for Pascua Yaqui Tribe

County officials authorized an emergency voting site for the tribe, but the recorder’s office says they have no plans to open a new polling place.