TEMPE CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER CIVIL UNION ORDINANCE - Tempe City Councilman Kolby Granville has been working with Tempe Interim City Attorney Judith Baumann to draft a civil union ordinance for the Council to consider in the upcoming weeks. From AZFamily.com.

PLAYABLE PARKS VISITS THE ZOO - Playable Parks, the online Tucson parks journal launched earlier this year by local artist Maloree Renaud, recently took a trip to the Reid Park Zoo. I could really go on and on about how much we love this zoo, writes Renaud. There is a splash area for kids to cool off in called Kenya Get Wet.  You can pay a couple of bucks and feed giraffes carrot sticks.  Inside the Conservation Learning Center there is usually a neat animal out with a handler for kids to feel and learn about.  Today it was a hedgehog and two snakes… The place is special, really.  It makes living in Tucson with a curious 2 year old so much fun.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION THIS SATURDAY - Medications, household chemicals, automotive fluids and other hazardous materials should never be discarded into our sewers and landfills. The Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW) and the Pima County Sheriffs Department are sponsoring a medicine collection event along with the monthly HHW collection this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon at the Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway. News release from Environmental Services.

HISTORIC MIRACLE MILE OPEN HOUSE AND TOUR NEXT FRIDAY - The Sixth Annual Historic Miracle Mile Open House and Tour will take place on Friday, May 10, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to - 10:30 p.m. This free event will feature historic and revitalized resources on Miracle Mile between the Oracle Road intersection and Fairview Avenue. This year's outing will feature history lectures; tours of the Ghost Ranch Lodge historic cactus garden; a celebratory lighting of the iconic Wayward Winds Lodge neon sign, salvaged, restored, and re-installed on Miracle Mile; and a guided, flashlight tour of the Evergreen Cemetery to discover some of Tucsons notable people and their connections to the Old Pueblo. Check out Tucson 12's coverage of last years restored sign unveiling...


COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR RECOMMENDS 5% PROPERTY TAX INCREASE - County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is proposing a 5 percent property tax rate increase for next year, or about $35 for the average single-family homeowner. The tax hike will help to fund increases in the countys recommended FY14 budget, which includes a 3% raise for all employees and one-time bonuses for most workers, restorations to previous public safety cuts, and new funding for road repair. From the Star.