COMMUNITY FORUM TONIGHT ON PROPOSITIONS 401 AND 402 - The City is hosting a forum Wednesday to discuss the two propositions on the Nov. 5 ballot. The forum opens at 6 p.m. at the Randolph Center Performing Arts Building, 200 S. Alvernon Way. Presentations are expected to begin at 6:30. Interested citizens will have a chance to meet with city staff one-on-one, hear brief presentations, and ask questions. From the Star.
ACTIVISTS ASK COUNCIL TO CHANGE ENFORCEMENT OF SB1070 - Dozens of immigrant rights activists asked M&C last night to change how TPD enforces Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law, SB 1070. On Oct. 8, TPD officers called the Border Patrol after receiving information suggesting that the two men stopped for a traffic violation were in the country illegally. The incident sparked an immediate on-site protest, in which TPD officers used pepper spray to disperse protesters, and has led to a series of subsequent demonstrations. TPD Chief of Police Roberto Villasenor has stated that TPD is required to enforce the laws of the State of Arizona and that SB 1070 gives local law enforcement limited discretion. From Arizona Public Media.
COUNCIL APPROVES CHANGES TO PRIMARY JOBS INCENTIVE PROGRAM - Last night M&C unanimously approved changes to its Primary Jobs Incentive Program to make it easier for more businesses to qualify for building-fee exemptions and to temporarily retain sales taxes for their own benefit. The program was launched in August 2011 to encourage businesses in the primary sector to expand, and in doing so, boost the economy. "A primary job is one that exports a product and imports dollars into the economy versus retail, which just re-circulates dollars," said Chris Kaselemis, Economic Initiatives Program director. The changes lower the minimum wage businesses must pay some workers in order to get the incentive. "The average wage is a little lower and more in line with what we pay here in the Tucson area," Kaselemis said. "By lowering the threshold, it will make more firms eligible." From the Star.
TPD TO WATCH FOR ILLEGAL LEFT TURNS AT GRANT AND ORACLE - The City of Tucson's first "indirect left" intersection is now operational at Grant and Oracle roads. Motorists are no longer permitted to turn left from Grant onto Oracle. Rather, they must pass through the intersection on Grant, make a U-turn, then come back to make a right on Oracle. Tucson police say they will pull over drivers who make an illegal left. Police say they'll write warnings for a week, possibly two. They will ticket illegal left turners after that. From KOLD/KMSB.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: PLUMBER - The City of Tucson's General Services Department is seeking highly skilled individuals to maintain, inspect, repair and install plumbing, commercial irrigation and related systems and components. Successful applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver's license, six months post-high school training in plumbing, two years paid work experience maintaining, inspecting, repairing and installing plumbing at the skilled journey level, preferably four years or more.