The City of Tucson's Human Resources department, with the assistance of a federal mediator, last night reached a new labor agreement with AFSCME Local 449. The previous agreement expired on Monday after the Mayor and Tucson City Council issued a 60-day continuance in June. The two-year agreement will go to Mayor and Council for ratification next month. AFSCME represents 692 city workers, of which 229 are members.
Sun Tran General Manager Kate Riley issued an open letter to the community regarding the current bus strike. Riley said Sun Tran is working to expand the current limited service for major routes. Nine routes are running 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. "I do personally apologize for the difficult burden this has placed on all of our riders," she said. "Rest assured, we will continue to work with the federal mediator to get back to the table and resolve this issue."
Today is National Dog Day, and one of the best ways to celebrate is to visit a dog park in Tucson. Watch "Sierra Says" to learn more about the special places for dogs to play in City parks. Remember, your dog must be licensed and vaccinated to get into dog parks. Having a dog license is not only the law, it makes it easier to find your pet if it gets lost.
Cinema La Placita wraps up its weekly summer movies series tomorrow night at 7:30 (weather permitting). Hundreds of Tucsonans each summer enjoy a different movie outdoors for $3 per person (includes all-you-can-eat popcorn). The final movie for 2015 is Best in Show (2000), starring Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, and Fred Willard. La Placita Village is located at 110 S. Church Ave., on the southwest corner of Broadway and Church in Downtown Tucson.
At this morning's news conference, the app-driven ride service Uber announced that it will be partnering with the University of Arizona to help develop mapping technology for self-driving cars. Arizona dignitaries, including Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Gov. Doug Ducey, were on hand to announce the partnership, which includes $25,000 for the College of Optical Science to develop new lens technology. Headquartered in San Francisco, Uber service is available in 58 countries and 300 cities. Read more from Tucson News Now.
If you haven't voted in the City of Tucson Primary Election, you can visit select polling locations today until 7 p.m. Registered voters may drop off vote-by-mail ballots, bring a vote-by-mail ballot and cast it in person, or receive a vote-by-mail replacement ballot at any one of the seven sites. The contests include Mayor and Council Members in Ward 1, 2, and 4.
Tucson Water and the University of Arizona are conducting an online research study to assess and improve communication about water conservation rebate programs. The survey is for Tucson Water customers who have not participated in previous surveys or received rebates from Tucson Water. To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older, pay a residential water bill to the City of Tucson, and own a home, condo, or manufactured home.
The City of Tucson cares about the community, and now you have the opportunity to demonstrate your support for the City and the community it serves. All donations to the City are tax deductible and can be made quickly and easily through the Tucson Cares page on the City of Tucson's website. Donation amounts begin at $10, and donors can pledge their support to one of five categories, including animal care.
The City of Tucson is offering the business community a Tax Amnesty Program. This rare opportunity will allow Tucson business owners to submit delinquent sales tax or license fees without penalty and reduced interest due on delinquent balances. This is also an opportunity for unlicensed Tucson businesses to get licensed without penalty.
The amnesty period will run for two months, Sept. 1, 2015 - Oct. 30, 2015. During the last Tax Amnesty Program in 2009, 598 businesses participated.
Tucson City Court Judge Michael Pollard will be recognized this week for his accomplishments in our community. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva will present Pollard’s Congressional Record to him Wednesday at 9 a.m. The Congressional Record was read during the July 21, 2015 House of Representatives session. The presentation will occur at Tucson City Court during the morning veterans court session.