CITY MANAGER’S STATEMENT ON BOSTON TRAGEDY - In a statement released yesterday, City Manager Richard Miranda said “I am sure you are aware of the tragic events that occurred today at the Boston Marathon. Our deepest sympathy goes out to those families who have been affected by these bombings. Following the incidents in Boston, Tucson Police and Tucson Fire officials have been in communication with the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC) in Phoenix and are monitoring updates from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Tucson police officers in coordination with the University of Arizona are monitoring locations in Tucson where large crowds gather. At this time, according to the ACTIC and the DHS, intelligence indicates that there are no additional threats in Tucson or anywhere else in the country.” Story from KOLD/KMSB.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: CONGRATS TO TUCSON’S HEAVY EQUIPMENT “ROADEO” WINNERS - The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) recently sent a team of employees from its Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division to Phoenix to compete in the statewide 2013 Arizona Equipment Safety Partnering Roadeo. The Roadeo is designed to test skills and knowledge of equipment operators through a number of judged events involving graders, dump trucks and similar vehicles, as well as other specialized street maintenance activities, such as cracksealing. TDOT’s winners, Frank Coronado, James Foreman, Kevin Kishbaugh, Rusty Coomber, Danny Arbizo, and Spencer Sandoval, will be recognized by Mayor Rothschild at the start of today’s M&C regular session. Read the news release from TDOT here.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES WORKER - The Environmental Service Department is seeking motivated individuals to collect waste and refuse and perform essential support duties within the City's Landfill, Commercial, Residential and Brush and Bulky collections sections. All job duties take place outdoors and require lifting. The individuals chosen for this job must be willing to work in a hot, cold or dusty environment, have a valid driver’s license, be able to lift at least 50 pounds, be able to pass a drug screen, and meet additional qualifications. Pay starts at $10.81 per hour, plus full benefits.
Read the City of Tucson job posting here. List of City of Tucson employee benefits here.

RIO NUEVO BOARD APPROVES 3D SCANS OF TCC ARENA TO AID IMPROVEMENT DESIGN PROCESS - The Rio Nuevo Board has approved the expenditure of over $200K in design-related fees for improvements to the TCC Arena, including up to $150K for architect fees and about $50K for three-dimensional scans of the facility and its restrooms. The three-dimensional scans will provide the architect with clearer information about the building’s existing dimensions than that of the original design documents. From the Star.

BIKE MONTH SPOTLIGHT: ZOO’S “PARTY FOR THE PLANET” FEATURES FREE ADMISSION FOR BICYCLISTS - The Reid Park Zoo presents “Party for the Planet” this Sunday, April 21st, from 9 a.m. until noon. Staff and volunteers will host “green” crafts, games and exhibits to help you find out what YOU can do to protect animals and the environment. All activities are free with regular admission. Bicyclists who show their helmets at the gate will also get free admission. Read about more bike month events here.