BICYCLIST KILLED IN EARLY MORNING HIT-AND-RUN WAS SUN TRAN DRIVER - A longtime Sun Tran driver was killed this morning in a hit-and-run collision while riding his bicycle to work. John Akers, 64, was struck in the intersection of West Irvington and South Mission roads by a vehicle that fled the scene, according to a Pima County Sheriff spokesman. A suspect has been arrested and is facing charges of second degree murder and leaving the scene of a fatal collision. Akers had worked for the City since 1974. From the Star.
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: RAINWATER HARVESTING POLICY - The nonprofit Watershed Management Group has been working with the City of Tucson to create a policy that will prevent storm damage from going to waste. The policy involves capturing water in basins built into the side of the road, next to the curb. The water can then be used to grow plants and trees along city streets. "If we can capture the rain water, it is just going to be one more way we can assure we have always have adequate water," says Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. "It will help walkers, it will help bikers, it will help businesses." From KVOA.
NO TRASH OR RECYCLING PICKUP MONDAY - In observance of Memorial Day, residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, May 27. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day during the holiday week. The Los Reales Landfill will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for self-haulers, commercial haulers, and residents who would like to drop off Household Hazardous Waste. Read the news release from Environmental Services here.
GANGPLANK TUCSON MOVES IN DOWNTOWN - Gangplank Tucson, a nonprofit collaborative work space, has moved into its new downtown offices in the historic Pioneer Building at Stone and Pennington. The organization provides free resources and mentoring to local entrepreneurs, with the aim of bringing creative minds together to help drive economic and community development, entrepreneurship and civic engagement. The new facility provides about 8,000 square feet of office space, with another 2,000 square feet of undeveloped space in the basement planned for audio and video studios. From the Star.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: BUILDING INSPECTOR - The Planning and Development Services Department is seeking highly qualified, dedicated, dependable, motivated and customer-oriented team players to conduct inspections of commercial and residential property and related equipment for conformance with building safety codes. This position will also compile and maintain related information and complete reporting requirements. Applicants must have a valid drivers license, a high school diploma or GED, six months of post-high school training in construction management, architecture or engineering, and four years of experience inspecting commercial and residential properties for compliance with building codes and specifications or journeyman level experience in one of the building construction trades. The position closes on May 28. Read the City of Tucson job listing here.