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NewsNet 8-14-13

COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF TUCSON AND PHOENIX ON NEW ELECTION LAW - Arizona's two largest cities have won a legal battle against the state to retain control over how they conduct elections for mayor and city council. Phoenix and Tucson will not have to comply with a state law taking effect in 2014 that will require local governments to move their candidate elections to even-numbered years to coincide with statewide contests for president and governor. Story from the Sentinel here, story from the Republic here.

LANZAN EL CENTRO VIRTUAL DE RECURSOS PARA INMIGRANTES - Como una ciudad que da la bienvenida a los inmigrantes, la Ciudad de Tucson ha establecido un nuevo portal para brindar ayuda a los inmigrantes de la comunidad. El portal cuenta con un directorio centralizado de recursos. El directorio consolida los recursos y servicios que están disponibles para los inmigrantes de todos los orígenes, en un sólo lugar y accesible. El sitio del centro virtual de recursos es http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/welcometucson. Comunicado de prensa de la Ciudad de Tucson.

TFD ANNOUNCES FIREFIGHTER RECRUITMENT - Tucson Fire Department will be accepting online applications for the position of firefighter for a two week period beginning August 23rd, 2013. Currently, it is not necessary to have either an EMT certification or a Firefighter I or II certification in order to apply. More information on the hiring process, including minimum qualifications for the position, dates of open houses for information, and a tentative timeline for the hiring process, can be found by accessing the following link: http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/fire/training

SEATTLE COUNCIL PASSES ORDINANCE REQUIRING CITY'S FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO MEET COMMUNITY INVESTMENT REQUIREMENTS - By a unanimous vote, Seattle's City Council passed an ordinance requiring the city's finance department to impose a set of community investment responsibilities on prospective providers of banking services to the city, which has deposits of about $3B. In response to similar concerns, Tucson's M&C began considering options for investing a portion of the city’s pooled funds in local or community financial institutions at their Study Session on March 19th. An update is expected later this year. From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

75 TUCSONANS VOLUNTEER AS READING COACHES; 425 MORE NEEDED - Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and the Arizona Daily Star are working together to recruit over 500 coaches to help elementary school students improve their reading skills. Since their campaign was announced last weekend, over 75 people have signed up. Reading Seed, a local nonprofit program of Literacy Connects, pairs children who are behind in reading skills with volunteer coaches. The students are in kindergarten through third grade. Coaching takes place for one hour each week during school hours. Volunteers must pass a background check. From the Star.