PIMA COUNTY CONSIDERS 'IMMIGRANT-WELCOMING' DESIGNATION - Pima County Supervisors tomorrow will consider a non-binding measure to make the County an “immigrant-welcoming” community. The vote comes more than a year after the City of Tucson passed a similar measure. The two-page resolution says Mexico is the United States’ third-largest trading partner and second-largest market for U.S. exports. It also says an estimated 400,000 people and 15,000 containers cross the U.S.-Mexican border legally every year, and approximately six million U.S. jobs are tied to trade with Mexico. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
STUDY: PUBLIC SECTOR SHED THOUSANDS OF JOBS LAST MONTH - Figures published last week by the Labor Department show the public sector shed 29,000 jobs in January, the steepest decline since October 2012. The federal government lost 12,000 jobs last month, while local governments lost 11,000, mostly in education. State government employment changed only slightly, declining by an estimated 6,000 in January. Overall, the U.S. economy added just 113,000 jobs last month, down from last year’s monthly average of 194,000. Read more from Governing.
ADMINISTRATION TURNING TO MAYORS TO BOOST HEALTHCARE ENROLLMENT - The Obama Administration is relying on mostly Democratic mayors to coordinate enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and put a local stamp on the vast federal law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stood alongside mayors in at least seven cities in the past three weeks, taking the sign-up message across the country and she also visited with dozens of other mayors at a recent conference in Washington. Read more from Politico.
SOUTHERN ARIZONA WELCOMES NEW POLICE RECRUITS - The Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center recently held a commencement ceremony for its latest Basic Recruit Class. The 35 graduates represent 12 law enforcement agencies in the region. Watch the story on Tucson 12.
DOWNLOAD APP TO REPORT GRAFFITI IN TUCSON - Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have created a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iPhone App Store and Google Play for Android.
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Watch a University of Arizona PSA about the app.