JOBS SPOTLIGHT: TUCSON TIES SALT LAKE FOR 3RD BEST IN FORBES “BEST AND WORST CITIES FOR JOBS THIS SPRING” – A quarterly survey from the employment services firm ManpowerGroup  reveals that employers in all 50 states intend to increase their payrolls during the three-month period ending in June. The survey examines over 18,000 employers in 100 metropolitan areas to determine which employers are adding, reducing, and maintaining current staff levels for the second quarter of 2013. Of the surveyed employers, 18% anticipate an increase in staffing for the second quarter, while 5% anticipate a decrease. The difference between those numbers gives you what ManpowerGroup calls a “net employment outlook” of 13%–or 11% when seasonally adjusted, nationwide. Tucson and Salt Lake City beat this number handily, each with a net employment outlook of 22%. From Forbes.

AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: STAFF TO PRESENT RECOMMENDED 2014 BUDGET AT TOMORROW’S STUDY SESSION – The Recommended Fiscal Year 2014 Budget will be submitted to M&C at tomorrow’s Study Session. Staff will provide a general overview for preliminary discussion. Further in-depth discussion is scheduled for April 23rd, which will be followed by a public hearing.  The recommended budget achieves a legal balance of revenues and expenditures, but does not eliminate the General Fund’s structural deficit. Among its highlights are $19.8M in street repairs funded by bonds authorized in last year’s Prop. 409 election, no reductions in employee pay, and no reductions in funding for outside agencies. Download the slide presentation on FY14 Recommended Budget here.

TUCSON CITY COURT INTRODUCES NEW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COURT PROJECT – The Domestic Violence Court Project will be launched by Tucson City Court on Friday, April 19, 2013.  An overview of the project will be presented at 11 a.m., in Courtroom 2 at Tucson City Court, 103. E. Alameda. The project is funded by a three-year $430,899 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence against Women.  The Court will work closely with project partners Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf to enhance services to victims of domestic violence. More details in media release from Tucson City Court.

TPD TO HOST 17TH ANNUAL SOUTHWEST POLICE MOTORCYCLE TRAINING COMPETITION THIS WEEKEND – This Friday and Saturday at the Park Place Mall, the Tucson Police Department will host this year’s Southwest Police Motorcycle Training Competition (SPMTS). The event is an opportunity for Police Motorcycle officers from around the country to get together to share training ideas and promote quality Motorcycle Officer Training. It is also a fundraiser for Special Olympics Arizona. Info page from TPD.

BOTH SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK DISTRICTS TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER DAY WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES – This Saturday is Junior Ranger Day across the nation and the beginning of National Park Week. Both districts of Saguaro National Park will celebrate with events and activities for families and their children. The Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro East) will celebrate with a morning of fun learning activities for all ages at the Rincon Mountain District Visitor Center at 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. Presented by Saguaro’s “Cactus Ranger” volunteers, the event will offer a preview of the kinds of programs kids will find at the park’s summer Junior Ranger Day Camp. The Tucson Mountain District (Saguaro West) will celebrate with a sunset, twilight, and near full moon, exploration of the desert for families with children from 7 to 17. The event takes place in the Tucson Mountain District (Saguaro West) from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. and meets at the Education Center. For more information, call (520) 733-5100. For directions to the Education Center at Saguaro West, click here.