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Search Continues to Hire a New City Police Chief

The City of Tucson is seeking a proven leader who can inspire the confidence of the community and police officers as Tucson's Police Chief. 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 to all residents of Tucson. Qualified candidates should apply by Aug.

Second Chance Job Fair Next Week

The Second Chance Coalition is hosting a job fair next week for people with criminal histories who want to work. The coalition, co-founded by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Federal Magistrate Judge Charles Pyle, provides employment opportunities for those overcoming a difficult past and wanting to establish a prosperous future.

The job fair will be held next Wednesday, 1:30-4:30 p.m., at the Tucson Convention Center's Apache Ballroom.
 

Final Movies in the Park Tomorrow

Movies in the Park concludes for the summer tomorrow at Reid Park with a free showing of The Princess Bride at dusk. Residents are invited to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the movie at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 S. Randolph Way.

Pre-movie events begin at 5:30 p.m. with live music, jumping castles, balloon animals, and arts and crafts exhibits. Popcorn, soda, and food truck vendors also will be available for an additional charge.

How to Report Transportation Concerns After a Storm (or at Any Time)

Last night's storm was a torrent in many parts of town and people are still cleaning up messes caused by wind and flooding. Is there a new pothole you discovered? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to tdotsr@tucsonaz.gov.
 

Summer Movies Continue at La Placita Village Downtown

Cinema La Placita hosts movies in an outdoor setting every Thursday night at 7:30 through the end of this month (weather permitting). Hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the summer evenings with a different movie each week for $3 per person (includes all-you-can-eat popcorn).

Tomorrow's movie is To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), starring Gregory Peck. La Placita Village is located at 110 S. Church Ave., on the southwest corner of Broadway and Church in Downtown Tucson.
 

Warrant Day Helps Hundreds of People

Tucson City Court hosted its first-ever Warrant Day Saturday, clearing up more than 200 cases and collecting $13,325 in fines and fees. Of 210 defendants, 117 took plea offers and 93 were given new court dates, said Court Administrator Christopher Hale.

Warrant Day was created to help deal with a backlog of 40,000 warrants. Most were for failure to appear in court. Prosecutors worked out plea deals for people who set up payment plans and agreed to attend any classes or counseling that may be required.

Tucson Water Says There's No Worry About Contamination From Animas River

Tucson Water anticipates no contamination issues from the Animas River near Silverton, Colorado. A contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency last week accidentally released 3 million gallons of wastewater into the river. The source of the contamination is an abandoned gold mine and includes heavy metals such as lead and arsenic. While the Animas River is a tributary to the Colorado River - the principal source of water for Tucson - Tucson Water officials do not expect local water contamination issues.

City Adds Compost Program as a Service

The Mayor and Tucson City Council recently approved an intergovernmental agreement with the University of Arizona's Compost Cats, a once-pilot program run by students. The Council approved the agreement Wednesday, providing $66,000 a year in funding for the program over the next three years. The formal agreement comes after a one-year pilot program where the City collected organic waste from select local businesses and partnered with Compost Cats to handle the composting and orientation for new businesses joining the program.

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