NewsNet 04-20-15

MAYOR AND COUNCIL TO HEAR CHARTER CHANGE RECOMMENDATIONS TOMORROW - The Mayor and Tucson City Council will hear from the Charter Review Committee (CRC) during tomorrow's Study Session before deciding whether to forward any of the CRC's recommendations to this November's ballot. Some of those recommendations include clarifying responsibilities of City leaders to improve accountability and transparency, giving the Mayor a vote on all matters, counting the Mayor toward a quorum, giving the City greater flexibility to ask voters to approve bonds secured by secondary property taxes, adopting a preamble to the Charter, and many other things. The CRC began work seven months ago to formulate the recommendations and has held 14 public meetings spanning about 42 hours.

CITY OFFERS $2 SWIM LESSONS FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY - The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the American Red Cross Aquatics Centennial Program, will offer $2 summer swim lessons to the first 1,400 people (ages 6 months to 17 years) who qualify for the Discount Program. Find out if you qualify by viewing the Discount Program requirements, or by calling 791-4877. You must register for the discounted lessons in person starting April 27 at 900 S. Randolph Way. For those who don't qualify, swim lessons will be $15. Lessons are offered in four, two-week sessions, with eight lessons per session during June and July. There are 18 pools throughout the city open from May 28 through Aug. 5. Read the news release.

TUCSON FLEET DIVISION AMONG TOP FLEETS IN NATION - The City of Tucson is ranked 14th in the latest list of The 100 Best Fleets in North America. The rankings by the 100 Best Fleets Program recognize and reward peak performing public sector fleet operations in North America. The Fleet Services Division operates the City’s motor pool by providing maintenance and repair to police cruisers, garbage trucks, and other vehicles. Tucson's fleet was acknowledged for its operational efficiency, significant savings, and continuous improvement. Read the news release.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH SCHEDULED FOR DEAF VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - Domestic violence victims who are deaf face unique challenges in communicating with law enforcement, accessing services, and navigating the legal system. To help address those challenges, several organizations are hosting a community outreach program this month at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). The April 25 event, 9 a.m.-noon, will provide information on identifying abusive relationships and how to access help and services. All presentations will be given in American Sign Language, and interpreters will be available. The outreach program is a joint project of Tucson City Court's Dedicated Domestic Violence Court, Community Outreach for the Deaf, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, and the advocacy organization DeafHope. Read the news release.

STAY SAFE WHILE HIKING - With plenty of Tucson residents hiking this time of year, the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) is urging hikers to plan ahead before they leave and be prepared for an emergency. TFD Capt. Barrett Baker shares some safety tips, including bringing lots of water, telling someone about your plans, wearing sunscreen and a hat, and always carrying your phone.