COALITION AIMS FOR IMPROVEMENTS ALONG SOUTH 12TH AVE - A newly formed group of local merchants, the South Side Business Coalition, wants the City to help beautify and promote the area. Trees, sidewalks, and public art are among the amenities coalition members would like to see. The avenue is home to numerous restaurants and shops, many of which have been in business for generations. Supporters envision an environment similar to Olivera Street, a popular destination in Los Angeles. From the Star.

TUCSON BACKS INCORPORATION OF VAIL - In their regular session last night, M&C unanimously passed a resolution in support of Vail's effort to incorporate as an Arizona town. George Mower, president of the Citizens for Vail Committee, says his committee plans to file their incorporation petition, which requires 722 signatures, in the next few days. The proposed incorporation will then require approval by voters living within the proposed new town's boundaries, which cover about 43 square miles southeast of Tucson. Read the M&C memo here. Story in the Star here, Story from KOLD/KMSB here.

COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPROVE $1.75 MILLION TO BEGIN WORK ON ROAD RELOCATION FOR RAYTHEON - The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to allocate an initial $1.75M toward a planned $8 million project to relocate Hughes Access Road from South Nogales Highway to South Alvernon Way. The County claims that the move will allow Raytheon Missile Systems, which operates a large manufacturing facility north of the road, to expand its operations. Raytheon is Southern Arizona's largest private employer. From the Star.

BISBEE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES NEW CIVIL UNION MEASURE - The Bisbee City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to approve a new version of its ordinance recognizing civil unions for same-sex couples. Under the new version, people who are in civil unions recognized only within the city of Bisbee could file contractual statements spelling out their agreed-upon "rights, obligations and expectations" in matters such as inheritances, property ownership and children. Last week, Tucson's M&C directed staff to draft an ordinance containing similar provisions, to be considered by M&C later this summer. From the Star.

SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITY: RECREATION WORKER - Tucson Parks & Rec is accepting online applications for the position of Recreation Worker through June 12th. The position assists in planning activities, prepares facilities for scheduled functions, and supervises activity participants, primarily children ages 5 - 12 years old. The program hours of operation are from 7:30 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. with scheduled shifts that vary in times. Pay is $7.89 per hour. For more information, call KIDCO at 520-791-5912. Read the City's job listing here.