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Application Deadline for a New Police Chief Nears

Monday is the last day for candidates to apply for the position of Tucson Police Chief. The City is seeking a proven leader who can inspire the confidence of the community and police officers. The successful candidate will be committed to using current data-driven policing strategies and applying the principles of community policing to reduce crime and deliver a high level of police services.

Councilmember Richard Fimbres Statement on the Sun Tran Bus Strike

As the monthly reports show, Ward 5 has the most used routes in the Sun Tran bus system.  People in Ward 5 and across the city, used Sun Tran buses to get to their jobs, go to doctor’s appointments and getting groceries on weekdays and weekends.   I’ve had calls from people who have lost their jobs due to the strike and not being able to get to work on the weekends.  The most vulnerable and most needy use Sun Tran.

 

This week marked the new semester for schools, including the University of Arizona and Pima Community College, for which many students would use Sun Tran to get to their classes.   Public school districts, TUSD and Sunnyside to name two examples, who also use Sun Tran to help get their students to school as well.

 

Thursday, August 27 will mark the third week of the Sun Tran bus strike, which has had limited service during the weekdays for ridership.

 

It is time that both the Sun Tran employee’s union, Teamster’s Local 104 and PTM/Veolia get back to the table and reach a settlement. 

 

Both sides have expressed their eagerness to negotiate and that the federal mediator called in needs to get both sides to the table now for our community. 

 

There have been suggestions to fire the manager or management company in the absence of another company to take it over.  The City has to have a management company to run the bus system and for another person or firm to be brought in now would delay a resolution even further and Tucson’s bus riders cannot afford any further delays in the bus service.

 

For the sake of our city’s bus riders, a settlement is needed as soon as possible for Tucson.

 

Update: City Reaches Agreement with AFSCME Members

The City of Tucson's Human Resources department, with the assistance of a federal mediator, last night reached a new labor agreement with AFSCME Local 449. The previous agreement expired on Monday after the Mayor and Tucson City Council issued a 60-day continuance in June. The two-year agreement will go to Mayor and Council for ratification next month. AFSCME represents 692 city workers, of which 229 are members.

Message from Sun Tran GM

Sun Tran General Manager Kate Riley issued an open letter to the community regarding the current bus strike. Riley said Sun Tran is working to expand the current limited service for major routes. Nine routes are running 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. "I do personally apologize for the difficult burden this has placed on all of our riders," she said. "Rest assured, we will continue to work with the federal mediator to get back to the table and resolve this issue."

Summer Movies Program Concludes at La Placita Village Downtown

Cinema La Placita wraps up its weekly summer movies series tomorrow night at 7:30 (weather permitting). Hundreds of Tucsonans each summer enjoy a different movie outdoors for $3 per person (includes all-you-can-eat popcorn). The final movie for 2015 is Best in Show (2000), starring Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, and Fred Willard. La Placita Village is located at 110 S. Church Ave., on the southwest corner of Broadway and Church in Downtown Tucson.

Partnership Between Uber and University of Arizona Announced

At this morning's news conference, the app-driven ride service Uber announced that it will be partnering with the University of Arizona to help develop mapping technology for self-driving cars. Arizona dignitaries, including Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Gov. Doug Ducey, were on hand to announce the partnership, which includes $25,000 for the College of Optical Science to develop new lens technology. Headquartered in San Francisco, Uber service is available in 58 countries and 300 cities. Read more from Tucson News Now.

Tucson Water Customers Needed for Online Survey

Tucson Water and the University of Arizona are conducting an online research study to assess and improve communication about water conservation rebate programs. The survey is for Tucson Water customers who have not participated in previous surveys or received rebates from Tucson Water. To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older, pay a residential water bill to the City of Tucson, and own a home, condo, or manufactured home.

Donate Now Through Tucson Cares

The City of Tucson cares about the community, and now you have the opportunity to demonstrate your support for the City and the community it serves. All donations to the City are tax deductible and can be made quickly and easily through the Tucson Cares page on the City of Tucson's website. Donation amounts begin at $10, and donors can pledge their support to one of five categories, including animal care.

City Offering Tax Amnesty Program

The City of Tucson is offering the business community a Tax Amnesty Program. This rare opportunity will allow Tucson business owners to submit delinquent sales tax or license fees without penalty and reduced interest due on delinquent balances. This is also an opportunity for unlicensed Tucson businesses to get licensed without penalty.

The amnesty period will run for two months, Sept. 1, 2015 - Oct. 30, 2015. During the last Tax Amnesty Program in 2009, 598 businesses participated.

Tucson Judge to be Recognized for Work With Veterans

Tucson City Court Judge Michael Pollard will be recognized this week for his accomplishments in our community. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva will present Pollard’s Congressional Record to him Wednesday at 9 a.m. The Congressional Record was read during the July 21, 2015 House of Representatives session. The presentation will occur at Tucson City Court during the morning veterans court session.

Being a Designated Child Watcher During Pool Season is an Important Job (Video)

Even though classes are back in session, it's hot outside and home swimming pools are still a good break from the heat. In the latest edition of "No Bad Days with Barrett" on KGUN9, Tucson Fire Capt. Barrett Baker says even though the kids are back in school, it's still important to keep in mind the ABCs of drowning prevention when using the pool. "A" is for active adult supervision; "B" is for barriers; and "C" is for classes (swimming lessons and CPR).

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