SERVICE ALERT: TUCSON WATER PAY-BY-PHONE UNAVAILABLE SATURDAY -  Electricity to Tucson Water’s main office downtown will be interrupted on Saturday, Feb. 1, resulting in a phone outage. Because of the scheduled work, the main Customer Service phone lines at (520) 791-3242 and (800) 598-9449 will not be available to access the utility’s pay-by-phone system. Callers likely will hear a busy signal. However, the public will be able to access the utility’s website and send e-mails, because servers for those are housed in another location. The pay-by-phone system is expected to be back online Sunday.

ARIZONA GAINS NATIONAL ATTENTION FOR GOVERNOR'S DECISION TO ABOLISH CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES - Using an executive order, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer abolished Child Protective Services earlier this month, in hopes of creating an independent agency that reports directly to her - something only 10 other states have done. The Arizona Legislature will have the final say on creating the new agency. Meanwhile, Brewer created the Division of Child Safety and Family Services in her cabinet and appointed Charles Flanagan as the new director.  Flanagan previously was in charge of Arizona's Department of Juvenile Corrections. Governing Magazine recently spoke with Flanagan about the Governor's plan.

PIMA ANIMAL CARE CENTER (PACC) WANTS TO 'EMPTY THE SHELTER' - PACC is competing against 49 other shelters across the country, hoping to win $100,000 in the 2014 ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The money would be used to help adopt pets and reduce the shelter population. So far this fiscal year, the adoption rate is 75 percent, up from 55 percent two years ago. Challenge winners will be announced on or before Oct. 7, 2014. Read the Pima County news release.

HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS - Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app.
SeeClickFix app for Android:
SeeClickFix app for iOS:

JOB OPPORTUNITY: POLICE OFFICER RECRUIT - The Tucson Police Department is looking for candidates to become police officers. Successful applicants will be considered for any funded academy class(es) within the next six months. The earliest academy that will be filled from the list is July 2014.  Application deadline is Feb. 2, 2014. View the job listing.