NewsNet 06-8-15

CITY BUDGET SET FOR FINAL ADOPTION TOMORROW NIGHT - The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow night will hold a public hearing and then vote on final adoption of the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 $1.368 billion Recommended Budget presented by City Manager Martha Durkin. While Mayor and Council can't add to the budget at this point, it can order a reduction or reallocation in appropriations as tentatively adopted. The budget uses a portion of the Stabilization Fund, money from land sales, new revenue from annexations, and an expected uptick in sales tax, property tax and state-shared tax revenue to help fund the spending plan. An ordinance establishing tax levies in accordance with the budget as finally adopted will be on the regular agenda for the June 23 meeting. Read Mayor and Council agenda materials.

SILVER ALERT CREDITED WITH HELPING SAVE KIDNAPPING VICTIM - The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is lauding the first successful use of a Silver Alert — a system that displays information about the missing senior citizens on electronic billboards throughout the state — saying the alert was instrumental in saving an elderly woman with dementia after she had been kidnapped by two men in Tucson at the Howard Johnson Inn near West 22nd Street and Interstate 10. The men took her away in her husband's vehicle. Kae-Soo Kim Lee, 68, was found unharmed in Phoenix Saturday morning, along with one of the men suspected of kidnapping her, 41-year-old Engels Enrique Polanco. Polanco told police he saw the Silver Alert on an electronic billboard in the Phoenix area, then called the hotel where the kidnapping took place, Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor told reporters yesterday. A detective who was at the hotel posed as a hotel employee and was able to get Polanco's location, Villaseñor said. Polanco was booked into the Pima County jail yesterday in connection with kidnapping, aggravated robbery and auto theft. At last report, a second suspect was still being sought. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TUCSON HAS MENTAL HEALTH UNIT FOR SPECIAL CASES - Tucson has an innovative approach to dealing with mental illness and police response to it. Tucson's Mental Health Investigative Support Team is a specially-trained unit that responds to police calls involving people with mental health issues. Tucson and Pima County law enforcement work together and those involved say the teams have contributed to changing the culture within their departments and a greater awareness of the community’s mental-health issues. Members of each agency’s teams receive special training in responding to and intervening in law enforcement situations involving people with mental illnesses. Earlier this year, the Albuquerque Journal published three stories about the success of the program. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
Albuquerque Journal - Part 1
Albuquerque Journal - Part 2
Albuquerque Journal - Part 3

STAY ACTIVE WITH SUMMER TRACK AND FIELD - The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its annual summer track and field and road races throughout June and July. Track and field events are held every Tuesday, through July 14, at Drachman Stadium, 501 S. Plumer Ave. Road races are every Thursday, through July 16, at various locations. On-site registration begins at 5:45 p.m. on the day of the events, which begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. The costs are $3 for youth 17 and under and $4 for adults. Ribbons will be given to the top finishers at each track and field and road race.

FIND THE BEST TRANSIT FARE OPTION - Are you an occasional transit rider? Are you visiting from out of town? Whether you fit into either of those categories or have a disability or low income, SunGO can help match you with the best fare options. Visit the link below, answer a few questions and your fare options will be displayed. SunGO fare cards can be used to travel on the Sun Link streetcar, Sun Tran buses, or Sun Shuttle.