NewsNet 03-11-15

CITY MANAGER SEARCH PROGRESS - The Mayor and Tucson City Council, the public, and a citizens committee had separate opportunities yesterday and today to meet with the two finalists for City Manager - Sierra Vista Assistant City Manager Mary Jacobs and Cochise County Administrator Michael Ortega. Read their resumes and follow the progress at the link below.

HOMELESS DOWNTOWN HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY TO REMOVE "DREAM PODS" AND TENTS - U.S. District Judge David C. Bury said at a hearing yesterday that the City of Tucson can go ahead and remove the so-called "Dream Pods" and tents that have been placed in and around Veinte de Agosto Park in Downtown Tucson. Bury ruled in December that the homeless could sleep on the sidewalks around or near the park, if they allowed at least five feet of clearance for pedestrians, but he said yesterday that the pods have nothing to do with free speech. The City has been working continuously with social service agencies to connect homeless individuals at the park with new places to sleep, said Interim City Manager Martha Durkin. At last report, about 75 beds had been found. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE HOLDS ANOTHER PUBLIC HEARING TOMORROW - 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. Potential amendments to the City Charter may be on the Nov. 3, 2015 City ballot. Tomorrow's public hearing begins at 5 p.m. at the Morris K. Udall Regional Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road.

TUCSON WATER WARNS OF POSSIBLE PHONE SCAM INVOLVING PAYMENTS FOR WATER SERVICE - Tucson Water is receiving complaints from customers who were contacted by telephone and asked to provide financial information to avoid disconnection of their water service. The callers are falsely representing themselves as Tucson Water employees and are asking for money to prevent accounts from being turned over to collections. Tucson Water’s policy is to provide two written notifications of account delinquency or service interruption, followed by an outbound automated phone asking a delinquent to contact the utility immediately. Tucson Water does not request payment or financial information over the telephone. Customers may verify their account and status of service information by contacting Tucson Water Customer Service at (520) 791-3242 or e-mailing TW_CustomerService@tucsonaz.gov.

TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (TSO) TO PERFORM MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 3 AT TCC - George Hanson brings his tenure as Music Director and Conductor to a close with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. The TSO performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the TCC Music Hall. For tickets, follow this link or call (520) 882-8585.