City Employees Could Get Bonuses for Saving Money

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega wants City employees to be actively involved in trimming the municipal budget. He'll ask the Tucson City Council tomorrow to consider two employee incentive programs. One would allow a worker to receive a bonus of 1 percent of an implemented idea that saves at least $2,500. The other program would give all City employees a bonus if a Mayor and Council-set citywide performance goal is met.

Final Open House for Tucson Parks and Recreation Five-Year Master Plan

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department will hold one more community-wide open house tonight to gather public input on how it can best deliver recreation and leisure opportunities.

The draft five-year master plan anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high-quality recreation facilities, programs, and services to the Tucson area.

Download App to Track Streetcar

If you'd like to track the streetcar and you have a smartphone, you're in luck. The Tucson Streetcar Tracker, developed by Dallan Porter at the University of Arizona, is useful if you want to figure out how long it will take for the streetcar to show up at the stop where you're waiting. The app was developed using open data provided by Sun Link. The free tracker is available for iOS and Android.

Tucson City Manager Wants to Save Interest on Pension Costs

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega is changing the way the City has been paying into Arizona's underfunded Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) for police and fire pensions. In an effort to save on interest payments, the City will pay about $40 million of its $54 million pension bill upfront, instead of making a smaller payment every two weeks. The money will come from the City's cash flow and reserves, which will be replenished over the year, Ortega said.

Road Recovery Fog Seal Program Resumes This Week

Several streets will undergo pavement preservation beginning tomorrow and Thursday, as part of the five-year, $100 million Road Recovery bond program that City voters approved in 2012.

Fog Sealing is the application of a thin layer of asphalt emulsion that helps cover small roadway imperfections, cracks, or other small voids and seals the existing asphalt to preserve the roadway.

Tucson Completes New Kino Boulevard Gateway Project

A new intersection in Tucson improves traffic flow, while providing access for cyclists and pedestrians. The Kino Parkway - 22nd Street Improvement Project is an elevated parkway that includes bike lanes, six-foot-wide sidewalks, and a landscaped median separating two traffic lanes in each direction. Underneath it, 22nd Street was widened to three lanes in each direction, featuring exclusive right turn lanes and dual left turn lanes to access on-ramps.

Tucson Festival of Films This Week

Tucson is home to many long-standing film festivals, and the inaugural Tucson Festival of Films features movies chosen by the other festivals, with a few more features added to the mix. You can see shorts, classic movies made in Tucson, documentaries, and more during the three-day festival, Thursday-Sunday at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S Scott Ave. Ticket information and a listing of movies can be found at the link above.

Court Night to Address Legal Issues

The Pima County Superior Court and the Pima County Bar Association are hosting an event tomorrow that aims to educate the public about some of the top filings that appear before judges, such as divorce and child support, probate, debt, and landlord-tenant issues. The free Court Night event will be held in two sessions (4-5:30 p.m. and 5:45-7:15 p.m.) at the Pima County Courts Training Center, 2225 E. Ajo Way, next to Juvenile Court.