CITY OF TUCSON SELECTS GOLF MANAGEMENT COMPANY TO OVERSEE CITY GOLF COURSES - The City of Tucson today issued a notice of intent to award for the management of the City’s municipal golf courses to Scottsdale-based OB Sports, a professional golf course management, development and consulting company. In business since 1972, OB Sports manages 45 golf courses nationwide, 17 of which are in Arizona. After final award, OB Sports will maintain the golf courses and facilities, operate and manage the pro shops, golf ranges and golf cart operations, manage the food, refreshment and catering services in the clubhouses and on the courses, promote and market City of Tucson golf courses, develop and implement capital improvements and increase usage of the facilities. Read the news release.

TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS FOR THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY DELAYED BY A DAY - Due to the Thanksgiving holiday this week, residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Thursday. Residents and businesses with regular Thursday or Friday collections will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day during the holiday week. The Los Reales Landfill and the Household Hazardous Waste facility will be closed on Thursday.
Holiday collection schedules
Schedule via smartphone: Download the free ‘my waste’™ app to have access to all collection schedules.

UA WILDCAT STATUE VICTIM OF UA/ASU RIVALRY - A 12-foot-tall bronze statue on the University of Arizona campus depicting four bobcats — a male, a female and two kittens —  was covered with yellow and gold spray paint and the letters “ASU” Monday morning. Nearby benches also were covered in paint. The vandalism comes just days before the rivalry football game between the UA and ASU. The spray-painted sculpture seems to be in retaliation for a prank last week in which Tempe’s “A” Mountain, normally with a white "A," was painted bright Wildcat red. While some Wildcats see the repainting of the rival’s mountain as a fun tradition, some at the UA are calling foul when it comes to the statue. A restoration company used high-pressure hot water to clean the statue. Read more in the Arizona Daily Star and the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

CITY OF TUCSON EMPLOYEE WINS PRIUS IN WATER CONSERVATION CHALLENGE - Tucson Water employee Ivan Milensky is the proud owner of a new Toyota Prius he won in the 2013 National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. The Wyland Foundation and Toyota sponsored the national challenge, urging residents nationwide to conserve water. Tucson came out on top in the challenge of similar-sized cities. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says Tucson needs to be "water smart" to thrive as a community. Watch the story on Tucson12.
National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
Wyland Foundation

A NEW WAY TO FIND ANSWERS ABOUT CITY SERVICES - Are you looking for a job in the City? Do you need to know how to pay your water bill? How do you request a police report? The answers to these questions and more are available on the new Tucson Answers website.  You can search topics or browse categories to get you the answers you need.  The site is an example of open source code developed by city governments and non-profit organizations to be adopted and re-used by other cities at no cost.  In this case, the site is modeled after a similar site created jointly by the City of Honolulu and Code For America.  Tucson Answers also is available via a widget on the City of Tucson's main website.
Code for America apps for cities and citizens