NewsNet 04-06-15

CITY 'BANS THE BOX' IN JOB RECRUITMENT - Tucson became the first municipality in the state to adopt the "Ban the Box" program last month when Mayor and City Council passed Resolution No. 22373. The program aims to ease barriers to employment for applicants with prior criminal convictions by limiting criminal history as a hiring consideration. The resolution aligns City hiring practices with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recommendations by removing inquiries about criminal history from the standard City of Tucson job application form, performing background checks (for positions that require it) only after a final candidate has been selected, and considers mitigating factors of the criminal history, including the age of the criminal record, the seriousness of the offense, and its relationship to the job responsibilities.
 
DOWNTOWN GROCER BEING CONSIDERED FOR CITY INCENTIVE PROGRAM - At tomorrow's Study Session Meeting, Mayor and City Council will review Johnny Gibson Downtown Market's request for a Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET) lease agreement. The GPLET is one of 20 tools and incentives created by the Mayor and Council to help businesses and encourage economic growth in Tucson. City Staff is recommending Council approve the GPLET after an Independent Financial and Economic Analysis showed that the total benefit from the redevelopment project to the City, County, schools, and State is approximately $2.95 million, while the benefit to the developer from the eight-year tax abatement is approximately $440,000. Johnny Gibson will be downtown's first full-service market in 42 years and once fully developed, will create approximately 75 new jobs.
 
PAVEMENT PRESERVATION UNDERWAY ON PORTION OF KINO PARKWAY - Crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Division began work this morning to crack seal Kino Parkway, from Silverlake Road to the Interstate 10 overpass. The work will take place Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. One lane of travel in each direction will be closed during the project. The work is scheduled to be finished by Wednesday, April 15.
 
COMMEMORATIVE TREES AVAILABLE AT PANTANO RIVER PARK FOR SPRING 2015 DEDICATION - In cooperation with the City of Tucson and Pima County, Tucson Clean & Beautiful is offering residents the opportunity to purchase commemorative trees to be planted along Pantano River Park. The trees are available to buy through Tucson Clean & Beautiful for $225 each ($180 tax deductible). The price includes the tree, irrigation lines, number marker installation, name dedication at a commemorative plaza, dedication certificate, and guaranteed replacement. Trees may be purchased for dedication to honor any friend or family member for special occasions or in remembrance. The trees will be dedicated during a ceremony on May 8 at 10 a.m. at Pantano River - Garden of the Masks, 2500 S. Pantano Pkwy.
 
BEWARE OF AFRICANIZED BEES - With the weather warming up and flowers in bloom, it's a good time to brush up on bee safety. Tucson Fire Department Captain Barrett Baker offers some tips on how to stay safe.