NewsNet 05-04-15

PUBLIC HEARING TOMORROW NIGHT ON PROPOSED CITY BUDGET - The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow will hold a public hearing on the Recommended Fiscal Year 2016 Budget during the Regular Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Earlier in the day at the Study Session, Mayor and Council will continue to review the spending plan submitted by the City Manager on April 21. Tentative adoption of the $1.368 billion budget is set for May 19, and then another public hearing and final adoption will take place on June 9. Under the proposal, the City would spend $600,000 for swimming pools, $1.6 million for graffiti removal, and there would be no increase in transit fares. Read the agenda materials, and watch the Mayor and Council meetings live on Tucson 12.

CITY EXPANDS PILOT PROGRAM FOR COMMERCIAL COMPOSTING - The City of Tucson’s pilot commercial composting program will expand to become a regular service, involving more grocery stores, restaurants, food service businesses, and other commercial customers throughout the City. The announcement comes in conjunction with International Compost Awareness Week (celebrated May 3-9), one of the composting industry’s largest and most comprehensive education initiatives about recycling food scraps and yard waste. The City of Tucson’s Environmental Services (ES) department estimates that 80 percent of what is disposed of in landfills is compostable or recyclable, and that about 50 percent of food thrown away is compostable. The City of Tucson's pilot composting program began last June as part of a collaboration with the University of Arizona and 16 restaurants, grocery stores and hotels. The program has grown incrementally since then. Businesses interested in compost collection service are invited to call 520-791-3171 to speak with an ES representative.

FREE FAMILY LEADERSHIP AND EDUCATION CLASSES AVAILABLE FOR PARENTS - Parenting education classes start May 11 and spots still are available. The goal of the Amistades program for Latino and American Indians is to help families break the cycle of poverty through education and empowerment and getting children ready for kindergarten. The free program for parents, relatives, and children (0-5) consists of 20 weeks of classes, once a week from 9 a.m.-noon at Amistades Family Support Services, 921 W. Prince Road. Classes include parenting, family leadership coaching, workforce development, early childhood education, and home visitation. Attendees may be eligible to receive food, transportation, clothing and food vouchers, emergency assistance, new winter coats for children, and financial rewards for attendance and graduation. For more information, please call (520) 882-8777 or email

TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFERS TIPS ON SNAKE AND BEE SAFETY - With the warm weather, snakes are coming out of hiding and biting people. The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center reports 24 bites so far this year, all in March and April. Tucson Fire Department Capt. Barrett Baker offered some ways to stay safe, such as wearing shoes that fully cover your feet and not reaching into places you can't see. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

PAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY AT TUCSON WATER - Tucson Water is recruiting an intern in electrical engineering. The opportunity is targeted toward an active college/university sophomore currently participating in a program of studies in an electrical engineering or electronics post high school technical education program field. The position requires 20 hours of internal and field work per week and a flexible schedule. The one-year assignment comes with a possible renewal term.