CITY OFFICES CLOSED NEXT MONDAY FOR VETERANS DAY, NO CITY TRASH PICKUP - The Veterans Day holiday will be observed on Monday, November 11, 2013. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day during the holiday week. The Los Reales Landfill will be open from 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. for commercial and self-haulers.
COUNCIL AMENDS NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION ORDINANCE AFTER WELL-ATTENDED PUBLIC HEARING - At their regular session Tuesday night, M&C voted unanimously to amend the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance, creating some new restrictions on what residents can do in their yards. Yard sales will now be limited to four per year. Inoperative vehicles may no longer be stored in front yards. Outdoor storage, exteriors, gutters, and decorative ornaments must be maintained. Some residents spoke in favor of the amendments. "We now have more renters than we did in 2003, and more of them are having to contend with landlords who are lax with property maintenance," said one speaker. But another, who opposed changing the ordinance, said "Yard sales are, despite the great worker uprising, a reminder that not all of us have cushy jobs with air-condition[ing and] decent salaries." From KVOA.
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION AND FY13 YEAR-END FINANCIAL RESULTS - At their Study Session next Tuesday, November 13th, M&C will hear a report from staff on preliminary unaudited FY 2013 financial results for the General Fund and provide an update on the 1st quarter General Fund financial results. This report will show a General Fund fund balance of about $54M, which is about $8M less than the previous year. At their Study Session November 26th, M&C is expected to consider three possible increases to employee compensation upon review of fund balance information contained in this report.
STITELER EXPECTS TO BREAK GROUND ON SEVEN-STORY, 150-ROOM HOTEL THIS SUMMER - Developer Scott Stiteler says his upcoming downtown hotel project, a 150-room, seven-story tower at the Northwest corner of Fifth and Broadway, is now about two months into its design phase. The hotel, tentatively to be called AC Tucson, will reflect the European boutique style of the AC Hotels brand, which Marriott acquired in 2010 and will soon reveal across the country, mostly in major urban centers like Manhattan, San Francisco, Chicago, and Miami. The average daily rate would be about $145, Stiteler told the Rio Nuevo board in July. Stiteler said the hotel is now about two months in to its design phase. Project leaders have traveled to Spain, the birthplace of the AC brand. He expects construction to begin this summer, with the hotel completed about a year and a half later. From Inside Tucson Business.
AUTO-PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS IN TUCSON METRO AREA AT A HISTORIC HIGH - An 18-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was hit by a car Wednesday night near Oracle and Rudasill Roads. At least two others have been killed near that Pima County intersection in the last two years. According to TPD and Pima County Sheriff officials, there have been 16 auto-pedestrian fatalities within Tucson's city limits, and another six in the County this year. From KVOA.