NewsNet 10-22-14

CITY OF TUCSON TO REDUCE PARKING FINES - The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday voted unanimously to reduce fines for parking tickets next year, after finding Tucson's rates are higher than other major Arizona cities. Fine reductions mostly will come from eliminating court fees tacked on to parking tickets by having Park Tucson (formerly Parkwise) collect fines directly, if paid within 30 days. After 30 days, it would be up to City Court to collect, and regular court fees and late fees would apply. Drivers still could contest a ticket through the court, but fees would follow if the court rules against a driver. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
Mayor and Council agenda materials
 
CITY ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES OPERATOR WINS NATIONAL AWARD - Environmental Services Equipment Operator Ruben Rivera was recognized last night by the Mayor and Tucson City Council for his second place win in the International Heavy Equipment Road-E-O. The competition, sponsored by the Solid Waste Association of North America, includes a written exam, inspection, and a driving skills test on a challenging obstacle course. The competition was held last month in Denver, Colorado, and more than 80 operators from across the country competed for top honors. "We are proud to recognize Ruben's achievement," said Environmental Services Director Andrew Quigley. "He is an excellent example of the 216 employees of Environmental Services who work hard every day to provide excellent service and protect our environment." Read more from City of Tucson Environmental Services, and watch Tucson 12 video from last year's Road-E-O competition in Tucson.
 
COMMUNITY FORUMS TO DISCUSS HUD FUNDING CONTINUE TOMORROW - The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting meetings to discuss community needs that can be addressed with annual entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Tucson receives approximately $8 million per year under various federal programs, including Community Development Block Grants. Public input received at these forums will be used to prepare the Fiscal Year 2016 City of Tucson/Pima County Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which will incorporate community needs, available resources, strategies, and priorities for the five-year period beginning on July 1, 2015. The meetings continue tomorrow at the County Housing Offices, 801 W. Congress Street. Discussions include Multi-family Housing Design (10-11:30 a.m.), Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing (1-2:30 p.m.), and Rural Issues (3-4:30 p.m.). Read the news release.
 
HOWL-O-WEEN BEGINS FRIDAY - Reid Park Zoo's annual Howl-O-Ween runs this Friday through Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m. each night (Zoo members can enter at 5:30). Enjoy safe trick-or-treating, costumed characters, and Halloween decorations as you stroll through the Zoo. The event is for all ages, with limited spooks and scares. Admission is $7, and members get a $2 discount.

TUCSON CITY GOLF HOSTS FALL EVENTS - Tucson City Golf will be hosting several events this fall at the Randolph Golf Complex, 600 S. Alvernon Way. Golfers can register for this Saturday's Southern Arizona Logistics Education Organization (SALEO) Scholarship Tournament. The LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program is holding a Super Girls Golf Day on Nov. 8, with professional golf instruction, health and wellness information, and a do-it-yourself project for girls ages 7-17. Other upcoming events include The Tucson City Women's & Senior Amateur Tournaments, and the Tucson Golf Expo. Visit the Tucson City Golf events page for detailed information.