TUCSON CITY COUNCIL APPROVES EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION PLAN - Mayor and Council yesterday voted 6-1 to give most employees a 55-cent-an-hour pay raise, but cautioned some hard choices lie ahead in the next fiscal year. The raises will affect all permanent and probationary city employees, except 911 dispatchers and public safety personnel. Those employees received alternative salary increases. Councilman Steve Kozachik cast the dissenting vote, saying the raises were not affordable in light of current and imminent budget challenges. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said the city has enough money right now to cover the remaining six months in this fiscal year, and budget challenges requiring both new revenues and possible cuts would need to be addressed in the near future. Read the story from the Arizona Daily Star and the 2014 Employee Compensation Plan Memo to Mayor and Council.
CPS COMMUNITY FORUM TONIGHT - As mentioned at yesterday's Mayor and Council meeting, Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich is attending a forum on ways to improve how Child Protective Services handles abuse and neglect cases involving Arizona children. The Children's Action Alliance is hosting the forum tonight in Phoenix.
DOWNTOWN 2ND SATURDAYS LOSING A MAJOR FUNDER - Providence Service Corp. says it will stop funding up about half of the $12,000 a month it takes to run the monthly 2nd Saturdays after Dec. 14. Providence says it will redirect the money to causes that better support the company's mission of creating healthier communities. Downtown Tucson Partnership CEO Michael Keith, who sits on the 2nd Saturdays steering committee, says the committee will do all it can to find alternate funding for the event. Read the story from the Arizona Daily Star.
2nd Saturdays Downtown
COLD TEMPERATURES EXPECTED BY THURSDAY, SO PROTECT YOUR PIPES - A winter storm system is predicted to move in to Tucson starting tomorrow, leaving cold temperatures in its wake and another system is expected next week. Tucson Water reminds its residential and business customers to insulate any exposed water pipes, plumbing, and backflow assemblies. View a video and more tips on Tucson Water's website.
National Weather Service outlook for Tucson.
ATTORNEY, PHILANTHROPIST TOM CHANDLER DIES AT 94 - Tom Chandler, who spent much of his life helping people in need, died at home Friday after a battle with cancer. Chandler founded, or co-founded, several organizations, including what is now Southern Arizona Legal Aid and the Arizona Adopt-a-Classroom Project, which has helped more than 2,000 teachers. He was a founding member of the Conquistadores, a group that has raised millions of dollars for local youth sports, and was a past member of the Arizona Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s public universities. Chandler, known as a mentor to scores of attorneys and judges throughout his life, co-founded what is now the Udall Law Firm and played a key role in opening the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest. Read the story from the Arizona Daily Star.