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NewsNet 3-25-13

AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: COMPENSATION PLAN – An hour has been set aside in Wednesday’s M&C Study Session for an overview of the City’s Compensation Program. This overview will feature findings from the Compensation Plan Evaluation Project, the result of a review requested by M&C in May 2012. This project, which examined base salary data from ten local, state, regional and national sources, found that City of Tucson base pay is behind the market. Furthermore, the project examines a phenomenon described as “gridlock” in which a large percentage of the workforce is clustered at the minimum of the pay grades. Wednesday’s presentation explores the possibility of a “flat rate adjustment,” in which all employees would receive a pay increase of the same amount per hour. This would result in a larger percentage increase for employees at the lower grades. A flat-rate adjustment of $.55 per hour would result in a cost increase of about $5.1M to the City’s General Fund. Download the presentation here. Read the March 27 Study Session Agenda here.

SEQUESTRATION FORCES FOUR AZ CONTROL TOWERS TO CLOSE, INCLUDING RYAN FIELD – Automatic federal budget cuts expected to take effect next week will result in the closing of control towers at four general aviation airports, including Tucson’s Ryan Field. The F.A.A. sent an email last week to the 189 airports facing tower closure, notifying them that 24 had been removed from the list. Ryan Airield, Glendale Municipal Airport, Phoenix Goodyear Airport and Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport remain on the planned closure list. Ryan Field is owned by the City of Tucson and managed by the Tucson Airport Authority. From the Star.

ACTIVIST IN CABRINI NEIGHBORHOOD INTENDS TO BLOCK AT&T TOWERMarc Haberman, a resident and business owner in the Cabrini Neighborhood near Country Club and Fort Lowell, has been collecting signatures from neighbors in opposition to a proposed tower for AT&T Wireless. Haberman, through his own research, has become concerned about possible human health risks posed by radiation from the tower. Karen Kruse, a spokeswoman for AT&T, says the tower’s emissions fall below what “the FCC has determined to be even remotely dangerous for human consumption.” The proposed tower would be built on the property of the St. Frances Cabrini Roman Catholic Church, across the street from Haberman’s residence. From the Weekly.

SALVATION ARMY NEEDS FOOD DONATIONS FOR EASTER COMMUNITY BREAKFAST – The Salvation Army says pre-cooked, boneless spiral sliced hams, eggs, and rolls are their highest-priority needs as they prepare for their annual Easter Community Breakfast, to be held Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at their Hospitality House, 1021 North 11th Avenue. Donations can be dropped off there. Milk, orange juice, salt, pepper, butter, and Easter treats for the kids are also being requested. From KOLD/KMSB.

14th ANNUAL EGG-STRAVAGANZA THIS WEEKEND AT MANSFIELD PARK – This Saturday at Mansfield Park, 2000 N. Fourth Avenue, beginning at 10:00 a.m., Parks & Rec will host Tucson’s 14th Annual “EGGstravaganza.” The event features family activities including music, carnival games, inflatables, prizes, egg hunts, and the Easter Bunny. Read the news release from Parks & Rec.