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Re: “Out-of-the-Box Solutions

Sounds like a great effort. This woman has my thumbs up, and may have a bit of my dough in the future as well. I hope her projects go far.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 06/22/2017 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Home is a Tenacious Heart

She deserves so much more and so does he! Our city does so much for illegals but yet they don't do anything for our citizens.

5 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Deborah Townsend on 06/22/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Home is a Tenacious Heart

This is one of the best stories I've ever seen from you. I was raised in Tucson on the South side and live in New Mexico.

21 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by William S English on 06/22/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Farewell, Franzi

Emil was already a political legend when I first met him in 1991 on the Pima County Merit Commission. He was loud, profane, intense, and needle-sharp in his eyeballing of management or employee misdoings. Although we came from very different political backgrounds, we became buddies on the Commission because we both cared about employee's rights and management's need to see the job was done correctly. We became allies in decisions and respected each other. My proudest moment was when Emil was shouting at someone, and I asked him not to shout because it gave me a headache and made it hard to think. He quit shouting during the hearings. I will never forget Emil reaming out a deputy county attorney for claiming that a manager should not be held accountable for a mistake in a notice of action. He told that person that if a low-level employee had made such a bonehead mistake, the co. attorney would be after their hides in an instant. He wasn't going to let them get away with it. He was removed/replaced from the Commission by Ed Moore, six months after his term ended while Emil was in the middle of a particular hearing, part of a series, dealing with major mistakes made by the new county manager after the Republicans took control of the county. Emil was not subscribing to Moore's actions and was part of a unanimous commission supporting employees. Moore didn't like that, as he was to appear as a witness in some of the hearings. It was a problem for Moore's new appointee who had to read a thousand-page transcript of the hearing which was half-over, to be able to fill out the hearing, rather than start over. I still stayed in touch with Emil over the years after that time, and occasionally told him when we needed help to keep the Commission non-political. I will miss him.

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Posted by gcb1 on 06/21/2017 at 8:29 AM

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