NewsNet 02-04-15

NEW REHAB FACILITY PROMISES TO BRING 136 JOBS TO TUCSON - A transitional rehabilitation center will break ground this year at Wilmot Road near Grant Road, just south of Costco, and will be the first Tucson location for Santé. Expected to open in April of next year, Santé of Tucson will be a two-story, 68,000-square-foot building with 87 patient units and 89 beds. It also will have the potential to accommodate another 14 beds. In addition, the facility will include a short-term memory care wing. "We're very excited to have the opportunity to serve Tucson," said Santé CEO Mark Hansen. "This is a new market for us and we look forward to becoming a part of the community in southern Arizona." The City of Tucson and regional partners worked together to held bring Santé to Tucson. The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will discuss offering a tax incentive package for the new development. The network of after-hospitalization care properties will be new to Tucson, but Santé already operates facilities in Mesa, Chandler, Surprise, and North Scottsdale. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

PUBLIC MEETINGS CONTINUE FOR INPUT ON POSSIBLE CHARTER CHANGES - Tucson's Charter Review Committee is asking for public comments as it reviews and makes recommendations about possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. A public meeting will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at City Hall (255 W. Alameda, 1st floor). Potential amendments to the City Charter may be on the Nov. 3, 2015 City ballot. Comments can be made via email to the City Clerk’s Office, or mailed to: City Clerk's Office, P.O. Box 27210, Tucson, AZ 85726. Two public hearings are scheduled for next month. Follow the link below for dates and times. The comment period ends March 20. Read the news release.

TUCSON POLICE RECRUITING OFFICERS - The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer Recruit. Successful candidates from this testing period will be considered for any funded academy class(es) through October 2015. The earliest academy that will be filled from this list will be in April. Applications are being accepted through July 19. Ride along with an officer who gives advice about joining TPD, from Tucson 12 archives. 

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STAY ACTIVE, BODY AND MIND - From photography to pottery, the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department has a variety of classes available in the Spring 2015 Program Guide & Class Catalog, available online and at all Parks and Recreation facilities, district offices, and pools. The Program Guide has information on leisure classes, registration, and the Discount Program. The booklet also has information on recreation centers, sports programs, Tucson City Golf courses, and swimming pools.