NewsNet 03-03-15

CITY HOSTS COMMUNITY FORUM WITH CITY MANAGER CANDIDATES - Tucson's Mayor & Council is hosting a public forum next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers to give the public an opportunity to meet the candidates for City Manager and ask questions relevant to the position. The following day, candidates will interview with citizens of the 14-member City Manager Appointment Advisory Committee, which then will make its recommendations to Mayor & Council.

TUCSON POLICE CHIEF AND OTHERS MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA - The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing made its recommendations yesterday to President Obama about how to strengthen police relationships with the public. Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor is part of the 11-member task force that recommended deadly police shootings be investigated by independent prosecutors. Other suggestions include using independent prosecutors to review cases of "inappropriate deadly force" and ending all racial profiling by law enforcement agencies. Task force members also called for increased use of technology, but did not specifically recommend the use of body cameras on police to record interactions between officers and citizens. TPD is launching a pilot program that will put body cameras on 70 of its officers. The cameras were purchased with federal grant money. Read more from USA Today.

TRAFFIC ALERT: SPEEDWAY LIGHT POLE REPLACEMENT (NEAR WILMOT) - Beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Electric Shop will replace a median island streetlight pole at Speedway Boulevard and Alamo Avenue, which is one block west of Wilmot Road. The eastbound and westbound median island travel lanes near the work will be closed, as will the turn bay from eastbound Speedway to northbound Alamo Avenue. The westbound turn bay to southbound Alamo Avenue will remain open for left turns. The work is scheduled to be finished by 1 p.m. tomorrow. Read the news release.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: PUBLIC SAFETY DISPATCHER - The Communications Division of the Tucson Fire Department is seeking applicants with a proven track record of dependability and the ability to handle stressful situations to fill multiple vacancies for Public Safety Dispatcher. This position is responsible for dispatching emergency fire and medical units within Tucson and the surrounding metropolitan areas. The work is fast-paced and can be stressful. A Public Safety Dispatcher operates a variety of telecommunications equipment and works a 12-hour shift in order to provide around-the-clock coverage. Evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime are required. The deadline to apply is March 16.

TOILET REBATES AVAILABLE - Tucson Water offers free toilets to qualifying low-to-moderate-income households. The rebate program offers free replacement of older toilets that consume 3.5 or more gallons per flush. Toilets qualifying for replacement typically are manufactured before 1991. The date of manufacture generally is stamped inside the tank or lid of the toilet. You must be a Tucson Water customer to receive the offer. Rental properties are not eligible. The program provides a high-efficiency toilet and hardware, as well as the installation. For more information, call Tucson Water at (520) 791-4331.