THREE COUNCIL MEMBERS INAUGURATED TO NEW TERMS TODAY - Re-elected Tucson City Council Members Karin Uhlich (Ward 3), Richard Fimbres (Ward 5) and Steve Kozachik (Ward 6) were sworn into office today for their new terms. Shortly after their inaugurations, the three began their new terms at today's Mayor and Council study session. Read the City of Tucson General Election 2013 Summary.
ANALYST: CITY BONDS STILL A GOOD INVESTMENT DESPITE SLOW MARKET - Despite a meager growth environment, a new analyst report says local governments are still expected to be a stable investment. However, the report says investors should be wary of any municipality that has not had consistent credit ratings or has not improved underlying credit factors in recent years. Read about the report from Governing Daily.
STATE CHARTER SCHOOLS SEEKING MORE MONEY - The state’s charter schools want an additional $135 million a year in taxpayer funds, saying they need the money to operate like public schools. Attorney Kory Langhofer says lawmakers are not living up to their obligation to treat all public schools equally, pointing out that charter schools are considered public schools under Arizona law. Langhofer says charter schools don't have the same access to funds, meaning they receive at least $1,100 less per student than traditional public schools. Earlier this year, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge found nothing legally wrong with the disparity, saying the schools are different and can be funded as such. Langhofer wants the state Court of Appeals to rule that disparity is unconstitutional. Read the story from Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star.
CITY TESTING NEW BUS STOP FEATURES, HOPING TO SAVE MONEY - An insulated rooftop, fresh paint and other redesign tweaks highlight a bus stop along Irvington Road, near Interstate 19. The bus stop, built by the inmates at Arizona Correctional Industries, is 40 percent cheaper than the current model being used by Sun Tran, saving about $1,200. Read the story from the Arizona Daily Star.
MORE THAN 30 TREES TO BE DEDICATED FRIDAY IN TUCSON - Tucson Clean & Beautiful, in cooperation with the City of Tucson and Pima County, will dedicate 32 commemorative trees along Pantano River Park. Each tree to be dedicated Friday was purchased by Tucson area residents, honoring friends and family. The dedication ceremony will include a reading of the names for whom the trees have been dedicated, with the names inscribed at the nearby Children’s Memorial Garden. At the conclusion of the ceremony, attendees are invited to a brief walking tour of the park. Read the news release and visit the Tucson Parks and Recreation website.