CITY APPROVES NEW HOLIDAY HONORING CÉSAR E. CHÁVEZ - The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted unanimously last night to establish a City holiday honoring the legacy of civil and labor rights leader César E. Chávez. The paid holiday for City workers also recommends residents observe the holiday as a day of service to their community. Council Member Regina Romero brought the issue to the Council. The first Chávez holiday will be observed on March 30, 2015. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
REPORT: DEMOGRAPHICS OF ARIZONA'S ELECTORATE SHIFTING - A new report by the opinion research group Latino Decisions says Latinos will make up 44 percent of the Arizona population by 2050. Some experts say that could shift the outcome of future elections. Arizona’s Latino population is younger than other groups and growing faster, yet the report says the percentage of U.S. citizens who identify as Latinos going to the polls on Election Day does not reflect the population growth. The report also says that during the last general election only 52 percent of Latinos eligible to register to vote in Arizona did so, and only 40 percent of the Latino voting-eligible population actually voted. Read more from Arizona Public Media.
ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (ADOT) SEEKS COMMENTS ON TUCSON-TO-PHOENIX RAIL LINE - The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking public comments about the feasibility of three potential alternatives for a passenger rail line between the Tucson and Phoenix areas. All three routes run along Interstate 10, south of Eloy, but there are different options for connecting with the Phoenix metro area. Project team members will answer questions this month in the Phoenix area, and they'll be at the Pima County Fair, April 18 -19, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The public comment period runs through May 31. There currently is no construction schedule and no funding identified for the rail project. Read more from KJZZ.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) COLLECTION SATURDAY - Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting the Household Hazardous Waste Program 2nd Saturday Collection this weekend at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. from 8 a.m. until noon. Accepted materials include automotive fluids, auto and rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products, and computer equipment ($2 for monitors without computer). Drop off of HHW is free for residents.
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TUCSON CITY NEWS IN REVIEW - A new law enforcement graduating class is set to patrol the streets; Ft. Lowell Park archaeologists are digging up the past; and it's never too late to get in shape and feel younger. Catch up on the news you may have missed on the latest edition of Tucson City News in Review, produced by Tucson 12.