NewsNet 08-05-14

CITY OF TUCSON’S RETIREMENT SYSTEM RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE - The Chicago-based Government Finance Officers Association has awarded the City of Tucson a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System (TSRS). The award, which covers the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013, is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. It represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. TSRS is under the direction of City of Tucson Pension Administrator Michael Hermanson.
PEDESTRIAN DIVERSION PROGRAM FOR CITATIONS BEING DISCUSSED - A pedestrian advisory subcommittee met yesterday to talk about ways to better educate Tucson pedestrians on how to avoid violations and stay safe. One idea is to give them an opportunity to erase or reduce fines, much like drivers and bicyclists have, by attending a defensive driving course. "We have had people ticketed with fairly expensive fines - low-to-mid hundreds of dollars - and there isn't a way around that," says B.J Cordova, Vice Chair of Tucson's Pedestrian Advisory Committee. "And other than the police officer talking to them, there's not an educational opportunity to learn from that." For now, a diversion/education program for pedestrians is just an idea, Cordova said, similar to programs offered in the state of Oregon. Read more from KVOA.
ELECTRONICS COLLECTION AND PAPER SHREDDING EVENT THIS WEEKEND - The Ward 4 Tucson City Council Office is hosting the shredding and electronics recycling event this Saturday, from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. at 8123 E. Poinciana Dr. The electronics recycling from Desert Metals Recycling will benefit Tucson Clean & Beautiful.  Paper shredding from Shred It will benefit the DM-50, a nonprofit, volunteer service organization that supports and funds initiatives to improve the quality of life for the personnel at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Items accepted for free at the joint event include computers, printers, cell phones, stereo equipment, copiers, fax machines, telephones, a single box of paper, and more. There is a $5 charge for computer monitors and anything beyond one box of paper. Read more about the event at Ward 4 Facebook page.
REDUCE CLUTTER, SAVE TREES, AND GO PAPERLESS WITH CITY E-BILLING - Go paperless with your Utility Services Statement. Set up an eBill account to pay your bill, get notification of your billing statement, view water usage, and read Tucson Water's newsletter.
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CITY OF TUCSON IS REMOVING ABANDONED SHOPPING CARTS - If you see a shopping cart off store property, abandoned along the street, or sitting in a wash, call the City of Tucson's Environmental Services Department to have it removed. You can call Customer Service at (520) 791-3171 or use the 'My-Waste'™ app and choose the Report a Problem option. Watch a PSA about how the program works.