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NewsNet 5-9-13

TPD MEMORIAL SERVICE HONORS FALLEN OFFICERS - Officers killed in the line of duty were honored and remembered yesterday at a memorial service at Tucson Police Department Memorial Plaza. Dozens of officers gathered to pay tribute. Eight red roses and several wreaths symbolized the end of watch for eight Tucson police officers. One by one, families brought up the roses as the names of fallen officers were read aloud. Officers who left behind families and friends, many of them still grieving. "It's not how our officers died that made them heroes, it's how they lived," said Tucson Police Department Chief Roberto Villasenor. The City of Tucson solemnly remembers the service and sacrifice of William Elliot, William Katzenstein, Robert Cummins, Barry Headricks, James Smith, Jeffery Ross, Patrick Hardesty, and Erik Hite. Story from KOLD/KMSB here, story from the Star here.

SOUTH TUCSON POLICE CHIEF RETIRING - South Tucson Police Chief Richard Muñoz, a retired TPD officer, will retire tomorrow from the South Tucson Police Department after more than three decades in law enforcement. Muñoz began working for STPD in 2002. "South Tucson has been more of a family, and my time here was an eye-opening experience"; said Muñoz. "It would have been very difficult without all the help I received from Deputy Chief Richard Vidaurri and City Manager [Enrique] Serna," said Muñoz. He will be replaced by incoming Chief William Lackey, who has been with the department since 2001. From the Star.

SUN TRAN ANNOUNCES SMART CARD FARE SYSTEM LAUNCH - Sun Tran is announcing the launch of SunGO, a new fare payment system coming to transit vehicles on Sunday, June 30, 2013. The SunGO fare payment system utilizes smart card technology to facilitate fare payments and transfers throughout the Sun Tran and Sun Express service areas, and soon the Sun Link modern streetcar. The new technology will also facilitate the collection of improved ridership data to improve future service and achieve greater efficiencies, according to City of Tucson Transportation Director, Daryl Cole. From KOLD/KMSB. Read the news release from Sun Tran here.

TOWN HALL TONIGHT ON WATER RATE INCREASES, TWO MORE NEXT WEEK - Tucson Water is hosting one of four scheduled town hall meetings tonight at the Quincie Douglas Library, near 36th and Campbell, to discuss the three options for FY14 water rates and fees proposed by the Citizens Water Advisory Committee (CWAC). Rate changes could result in an estimated increase from $2.91 to $3.68 in the monthly water bill for the average residential customer in a single family home. Nearly 90% of Tucson Water customers are residential accounts. Next week's town halls will be held on Tuesday May 14th and Wednesday May 15th, at the Randolph Center Mesquite Room and Clements Recreation Center, respectively. From KOLD/KMSB. Read the news release from Tucson Water here.

CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY: ORAL INTERPRETATION SERVICES - The City of Tucson is seeking proposals from qualified firms for the provision of phone oral interpretation services for the Tucson Police, Fire Departments Dispatch Centers and various City Departments. The successful Contractor will provide interpretation services for the 911 emergency dispatch center and upon request to City departments as they interface with citizens, businesses and visitors. The services shall include oral interpretation of Spanish, Afro-Asiatic, Romance, Germanic, Slavic, and Asian. Read the City of Tucson RFP here.