AS DEADLINE APPROACHES IN MAYORS’ WATER CONSERVATION CHALLENGE, TUCSON HOLDS #1 RANKING – With just over a week remaining, Tucson residents have kept the city in the top ten ranking in the 2013 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Tucson was ranked #1 among cities with a population between 300,000 – 600,000 as of Friday, April 19. The challenge, held April 1-30, is a friendly competition of U.S. Mayors  to see who can best inspire their residents to reduce water and energy usage through a series of online pledges.

TUCSON ESTABLISHES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COURT – Tucson City Court is using a $430K grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to launch a new, dedicated Domestic Violence Court. The court will partner with the Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf, to provide educational programs for court staff members, judges and the community. Until now, domestic violence cases were spread among Tucson’s nine judges. Now a single judge, Wendy Million, will handle the majority of the cases. Million said the consolidation will make it easier to connect defendants to advocates and services for victims of domestic violence. From Arizona Public Media.

WINNERS OF E.S. TRUCK POSTER CONTEST TO BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW – The City of Tucson Environmental Services Department will be announcing the winners of the ‘Look What’s New with Do More Blue’ Poster Contest. Tucson students in grades 6-8 were invited to create a poster that effectively highlights the importance of recycling in the City of Tucson. The announcement and unveiling of the artwork on the collection vehicles will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Sierra Middle School, 5801 S. Del Moral Boulevard. Read the News Release from Environmental Services here.

AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: POTENTIAL TRANSIT REVENUE AND COST MEASURES – Staff from the City’s Transportation Department and Sun Tran have identified potential cost-cutting and revenue-enhancing measures to help the City meet its general fund funding goals. An initial list of measures  was presented to M&C at their March 27 Study Session. A revised list, with modifications based on recent comments from M&C, is being presented today. Potential short-term measures include changes to the fare structure, reductions in service, and the retention of a professional advertising firm to increase ridership. Potential longer-term measures include the consolidation of management contracts for Sun Tran and Sun Van, the use of smaller and/or larger buses where efficiency warrants, and the pursuit of a dedicated funding source for transit. Download TDOT's presentation here.

SPLASH PADS AT TWO TUCSON PARKS OPEN THIS WEEKEND – Parks & Rec has announced the opening of two splash pads this Saturday, April 27: one at Catalina Park, in the historic West University Neighborhood, and one at the Marty Birdman Center in the Balboa Heights Neighborhood. In both locations, the splash pads feature a manual activation system allowing residents to turn on the water features as desired, and will be operational from 7 a.m. until dusk. Read the news release from Parks & Rec here.