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City Council Continues Budget Talks and Moves Broadway Improvement Project Forward

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday discussed the decision to move Code Enforcement and graffiti abatement operations to Environmental Services. The change is expected to provide significant operational efficiencies. The departmental reorganization, a hiring freeze, and retirement incentives are part of the City's efforts to address long-term funding solutions.

Volunteers Needed to Help Remove Buffelgrass This Weekend (Video)

Volunteers are needed for Saturday's Beat Back Buffelgrass Day. The goal is to help slow the spread of the non-native weed, which poses a severe fire hazard and a deadly threat to native vegetation.

Organizers of the event, hosted by the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center, will guide volunteers in removing buffelgrass from neighborhoods, roads, washes, and schools.

Food Bank Benefits from 'Stuff the Bus'

Last week's "Stuff the Bus" food drive collected nearly 26,000 pounds of food for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Donors brought items such as canned soups, boxed cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned meats, and even cash. The event, which took place at an east side apartment complex, was sponsored by Sun Tran, KGUN 9 News, and HSL Properties.

Optical Vehicle Detection Camera Installation at Various Intersections

OPTICAL VEHICLE DETECTION CAMERA INSTALLATION

VARIOUS INTERSECTIONS

On Monday, January 25, 2016, Contractor’s West, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin installing Optical Vehicle Detection (OVD) cameras at 12 various signalized intersections within the City of Tucson.  Work hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The traveling public can anticipate lane restrictions between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Public Meeting Tomorrow on Proposed Sick Leave Policy

The City of Tucson is hosting the second of three public meetings this month to allow the community and business leaders to discuss a proposal to require all businesses in city limits to offer sick time to their employees.

The Earned Sick & Safe Time meeting runs tomorrow from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Ward 6 Council Office, 3202 E. 1st St. The final meeting will be Jan. 28 at the Ward 2 Council Office, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.

New Police Chief Starts Work

Chris Magnus spent his first day yesterday as chief of the Tucson Police Department (TPD) meeting staff and speaking with reporters.

The former police chief of Richmond, California is booked with meetings in his early days at TPD, but says he plans to get out and meet his command staff, officers, and the community to learn more about Tucson. Once he learns about the department’s strengths, resources and challenges, Magnus says he will be in a stronger position to set priorities, establish goals, and address needs.

Tucson Electric Power to Host Home Energizer Workshop at Reid Park Zoo

Saturday's workshop (10 a.m.-noon) will help you learn why energy conservation matters, while giving you the tools to save energy in your home. The free event begins with a behind-the-scenes animal visit to learn how our actions affect wildlife around the world. After that, TEP staff will show you free and low-cost energy efficiency measures you can use at home.

All adult workshop participants will receive a free kit containing $50 worth of devices to increase home energy efficiency, including CFL bulbs, a smart power strip, weather stripping, and more from TEP.

UA to Host One of Shakespeare's First Folios

The 1623 First Folio, assembled seven years after William Shakespeare's death, includes 36 of his plays, of which 18 never had been published. This year, the Folger Shakespeare Library is sending a First Folio to every state in the country, and the University of Arizona was chosen through a competitive selection process to be the host site for Arizona.

From Feb. 15 through March 15, you can view the book at the Arizona State Museum and participate in many events celebrating the occasion.

New Interim Director and Deputy Director of PDSD

Nicole Ewing-Gavin, AICP, has been appointed by Michael Ortega, City Manger, to be the Interim Director of PDSD.  Nicole has been with the City for 20 years, serving as Director of the Office of Integrated Planning for the last 2 years.

Lynne Birkinbine has been appointed by Michael Ortega to be the Interim Deputy Director of PDSD.  Lynne has been with the City for 16 years, and also joins PDSD from the Office of Integrated Planning.

PDSD is excited to have them join us through this transitional stage of our organization.

Tucson Hires Water Director

Following a national recruitment and competitive selection process, City Manager Michael Ortega chose Timothy Thomure as the next director of Tucson Water, effective Feb. 15.

Thomure is a water professional with 21 years of experience in the public sector, private industry, and consulting. He comes to the City from HDR Engineering, Inc., where he has worked since 2007 as an area water operations manager and water reuse practice lead.

Public Hearing Tomorrow on Amending Major Streets Plan

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow night will hold a public hearing prior to deciding whether to amend the Major Streets and Routes Plan (MS&R Plan) to include the Baseline Alignment Concept for the Broadway: Euclid to Country Club Improvement Project. The Baseline Alignment Concept unanimously was approved by the Mayor and Council last June.

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