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Mayor and Council to Hold a Public Hearing Next Week on Possible Sales Tax Increase

After three town halls and a public hearing, the Mayor and Tucson City Council next Tuesday will hold another public hearing before deciding whether to send to voters a proposal to raise the City sales tax by a half-cent. The hearing will be held during the 5:30 p.m. Regular Meeting at City Hall, 255 W. Alameda St.

Sun Tran Holds 'Stuff the Bus' Event

Sun Tran and E.W. Scripps Co. (formerly Journal Broadcasting) are partnering again for tomorrow's annual Stuff-the-Bus event that benefits the Salvation Army’s Christmas Gift Distribution Program. Tucsonans are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for children (12 and under) at the Wal-Mart located at El Con Mall, 3435 E Broadway Blvd., from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Cash also will be accepted.

Community Meeting Next Week About Safety and Justice

The public is invited to attend the Safety + Justice Community Collaborative Meeting next Monday from 2-4 p.m. at the Pima County Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. (Community Meeting Room in the basement).

The 32-member Safety + Justice Community Collaborative is made up of a cross-section of justice system partners and community representatives, including individuals who previously were incarcerated. Members meet regularly to review data and propose adjustments to the strategies of the Pima County Safety and Justice Challenge as needed.

Go Behind the Barricades With Operation Freeze

The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division initiated Operation Freeze earlier this week. The program makes sure bridge decks are free of ice and safe for motorists to use.

During Operation Freeze, TDOT crews spray magnesium chloride on the bridge decks to lower the freezing temperature of water and prevent ice from bonding on a roadway.

Help Tucson Get a Grip on Graffiti

The swift reporting and abatement of graffiti discourages future vandalism, so when you see graffiti report it immediately. Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android.

You can also report graffiti by emailing graffiti@tucsonaz.gov, or calling (520) 792-2489 and choosing option 1.

Tucson Police Department Christmas Tree Lighting This Week

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) invites the public to attend its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony tomorrow. Elementary school students from around the city, as well as children from the Erik Hite Foundation Childcare Center, will participate in decorating the Christmas tree in the TPD headquarters lobby, 270 S. Stone Ave. The event will begin at 10 a.m., featuring holiday music performed by the Davis Bilingual Elementary School Mariachi Group.

Hundreds of Wildland Firefighters Gather in Tucson for Conference

More than 300 firefighters from 21 states and five continents are at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson to debate fire suppression ideas and to learn more about managing fire for social, economic, and ecological benefits. The conference, which began Monday and runs through Friday, is hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology and the Southwest Fire Science Consortium.

Held every two years, the conference discusses fire in a warming climate, using fire as a tool in forest management, and how to best manage fires with shrinking budgets.

Snow on Mt. Lemmon

With winter in high gear now, Tucsonans are starting to head to Mt. Lemmon to enjoy the two to four inches of snow that fell over the area Sunday night. Tucson 12 went up the mountain during a previous snowstorm to capture some of the sights of people at play. Enjoy the video below.

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