CONGRESSIONAL SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING IN TUCSON EXPLORES WAYS TO IMPROVE THE FLOW OF TRADE BETWEEN MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES - Some of the ideas discussed at the hearing yesterday in Mayor and Council Chambers included placing more officers at Arizona’s ports of entry, longer hours of operation, lease-back partnerships with private investors and toll roads.  Republican Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, led the Tucson field hearing. Reps. Ron Barber and Kyrsten Sinema, both Arizona Democrats, and Republican Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona joined New Jersey Democratic Rep. Albio Sires to hear more than two hours of testimony from a panel of experts. At the conclusion of the hearing, Salmon asked the panel to send follow-up information regarding the public-private cooperation on government projects. Read the story in the Arizona Daily Star.

HOW SALT LAKE CITY SOLVED CHRONIC VETERANS HOMELESSNESS: TUCSON STRIVING FOR SAME GOAL - Officials in Salt Lake City say that by the end of this month, their city no longer will have chronically-homeless veterans. In an effort to raise awareness about veterans homelessness and to solicit help from landlords, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker proclaimed November “Housing Veterans Month.” In response, roughly 40 landlords contacted the city to say they had units available for veterans. Public and private organizations met in 2012 to discuss ways to reduce homelessness and some Veterans Affairs staff decided to move their operations to a homeless shelter a couple days a week, saying they had a better chance of interacting with the people who need their help. Tucson is one of 25 cities the Obama Administration chose to lead an effort to end veterans homelessness by the end of 2015. As of the end of September, 223 homeless veterans in Tucson received housing, surpassing the challenge goal for that date by 15 people. Read the story in Governing and read more on Tucson's efforts to end veterans homelessness.

REPORT: ARIZONA GRADUATED WITH SOME OF THE LOWEST COLLEGE DEBT IN THE NATION IN 2012 - - Students in four-year colleges in Arizona graduated with some of the lowest college debt in the nation in 2012, according to a new report. The Project on Student Debt said last week that average student debt in Arizona was $20,299 in 2012, the 47th-lowest. The report also said that 54 percent of Arizona graduates were in debt, 38th in the nation. Publisher Mark Kantrowitz says the main reason for the relatively low debt in Arizona is the fact that most students go to public schools, where tuition is usually lower than private schools. Morgan Abraham, president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, says despite the report, tuition has been "increasing tremendously over the years." Read the story from from Cronkite News Service via the Arizona Republic.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION SET FOR 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 (HHW) this Saturday at Purple Heart Park, 10050 E. Rita Ranch Rd. from 8 a.m. - noon (entrance on Esmond Loop). Drop off of HHW is free for residents. 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). The program only accepts materials generated in homes. Commercially-generated materials are not accepted.
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City of Tucson Environmental Services Department

JOB OPPORTUNITY: WATER SYSTEM OPERATOR - Tucson Water is looking for an experienced Water System Operator for its Water Instrumentation & Control Section. Join a team responsible for the central control operations of a large potable and reclaimed water system. Salary depends on experience and there are great benefits and an outstanding work environment. Shift work, holidays and weekends are part of the schedule. The application deadline is Dec. 29. Apply here!