NewsNet 07-02-15

RIDE THE STREETCAR TO 'A' MOUNTAIN FIREWORKS - The 19th Annual “A” Mountain Fireworks Celebration will start at approximately 9:15 p.m. Saturday. While parking is available at the Tucson Convention Center and surrounding areas, you may be able to avoid congestion by parking at the University of Arizona or 4th Avenue and taking the Sun Link streetcar to the stop at Cushing Street or any of the other stops downtown. The streetcar will run until 2 a.m. Before the fireworks, there will be food vendors (burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and refreshments) available from 7-9 p.m. The fireworks celebration is sponsored by Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment.
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WAITLIST OPEN FOR PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAM - The City's Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is accepting waitlist applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. All applications must be completed online through the application portal and will be accepted until further notice. Qualified low-income tenants pay approximately 30 percent of their income to private landlords, and the federal government pays the difference between the tenant’s rent and the market rate for the rented unit. Landlords and applicant-selected units must meet Section 8 contract specifications. Read the news release, and learn more about the City of Tucson's housing programs.

HELP MAKE RECYCLING MORE EFFECTIVE - A recent survey from the City of Tucson's Environmental Services (ES) department found that approximately 90 percent of Tucsonans regularly set out their blue barrels for recycling, but 20 percent of the material put in barrels is not recyclable. Contamination - especially food, yard waste, and dirty diapers - can ruin a complete truckload of recyclables. Plastic bags, garden hoses, and clothing also can cause problems. Some of the things that go through the plant also are potentially harmful to the health and safety of the workers. Recycling is a positive for Tucson. It helps conserve resources, extend the life of the landfill, reduce our carbon footprint, and it's economically beneficial for our City and customers, so it's important we do it right. The local recycling processor sells the recyclables and divides the profits with the City. Those revenues help ES offset a portion of collection costs and keep rates stable for our customers. ES residential collection rates have not increased for four years. Learn what is acceptable and not acceptable for the blue barrels (Tucson 12 video).

AMERICAN IDOL AUDITIONS (VIDEO) - The TV show American Idol held open auditions in Tucson last week, and aspiring singers traveled near and far to take part in the final season of the show. The auditions were held at the Tucson Convention Center's Music Hall, which brought in the biggest morning crowd of the West Coast stops. Watch exclusive video from Tucson 12.

ALL CITY OFFICES CLOSED TOMORROW - In honor of Independence Day, all City of Tucson offices will be closed tomorrow, except for emergency services. Trash and recycling collections are not affected this week. Sun Tran will operate on a Sunday schedule on July 4, but Sun Link will have normal operating hours on Saturday.