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City Manager Outlines Plan to Balance Budget

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega wants a long-term hiring freeze and plans to offer incentives for hundreds of employees to retire early.

During a Mayor and Council retreat last Friday, Ortega introduced several measures to bring a structural balance to Tucson's operational spending plan over the next two fiscal years.

The immediate hiring freeze would save the City about $12 million next fiscal year, with additional savings in early retirements, attrition, consolidations, partnerships, and other measures.

Police to Use State Grant to Combat Aggressive Driving

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) will be using a $75,000 grant from the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety to cut down on aggressive driving and other violations at six busy intersections. Enforcement will be conducted within a half a mile of the intersections or directly at them. There will be three deployments a week. Each deployment will last three hours and will have four motor officers on patrol through next May.

Celebrate the HAWK With Pizza

The Broadmoor-Broadway Village (BBVN) and Sam Hughes (SHN) neighborhood associations are hosting a pizza-filled event (you buy your pizza) to celebrate the installation of a new HAWK that helps pedestrians and bicyclists cross Broadway Boulevard at Treat Avenue. "Walk the HAWK" is open to everyone, even those who don't live in the area. It begins at 5:45 p.m. Monday on either side of the crosswalk.

The event shows that HAWKs help connect communities. People who live on the south side of Broadway are now able to easily visit businesses on the north side and vice versa.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection This Weekend

Do you have unused chemicals, oils, or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection tomorrow from 8 a.m.-noon at the Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.

Drop off at HHW is free for City of Tucson residents. There is a fee of $10 for each television and $2 for each monitor brought in without a computer.

Download the 'My-Waste'™ app

Adopt a Crosswalk Sign

Perhaps you've seen new signs at some crosswalks that remind motorists to yield to pedestrians. The signs can be placed at marked crosswalks on roadways with speed limits of 25 mph or less. Most of the signs are in the downtown area, but they can be placed on qualifying roadways throughout Tucson by special request.

Do you know of a crosswalk that would benefit from a sign? Individuals, businesses, or organizations can "adopt" a crosswalk sign. By adopting the sign, the adopter agrees to pay $272.50 to have the sign built and placed at the crosswalk of their choice.

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