SOLAR POWER AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITY & TEP APPROVED - Last week, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved the City of Tucson’s Community Solar Agreement with Tucson Electric Power (TEP). The agreement, which was approved by M&C in March, will allow the City to purchase power generated at a solar farm in Avra Valley at a premium of 1 cent per kilowatt hour. The rate will be locked in for a 20 years. The agreement, which creates no new costs for taxpayers, is expected to save at least $800K. From KOLD/KMSB. City of Tucson news release.

DEBATE: SHOULD CITIES SPECIALIZE? - The economies of American regions have become more alike, but economic mobility still varies widely among cities. Is it fruitful for cities to specialize in one major industry - biotech in Boston, manufacturing in Detroit, media in New York? Or does that hurt workers who can’t afford to relocate, locking many out of the middle class? From the New York Times.

CITY OF PITTSBURGH TO REQUIRE CONTRACTORS TO OFFER DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS - Yesterday the Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed a bill that requires some city contractors to offer benefits to same-sex couples and other domestic partners. The legislation, sponsored by Councilman Bruce Kraus, who is openly gay, would apply to companies with city contracts of $250,000 or more. Companies would have a year to comply, and the bill offers limited exemptions. From WPXI Pittsburgh.

NEXT WEEK: TUCSON’S BIRTHDAY MONTH BEGINS WITH “SUNSET AT SENTINEL PEAK PARK” - Vice-Mayor Regina Romero, Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias, Tucson Parks and Recreation Staff, the Friends of "A" Mountain and the Downtown Tucson Partnership will hold a ribbon-cutting event for new park improvements at Sentinel Peak Park, Tucson’s largest natural resource park. The dedication will take place on Thursday, August 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Sentinel Peak Park, 1000 S. Sentinel Peak Rd. News release from Parks & Rec.

SUN VAN DRIVER FIRED OVER DUI INCIDENT - The employment of a Sun Van driver cited for DUI after breathalyzer results showed a blood alcohol level of .261 has been terminated. 48 year old Michael Ross was fired following an internal investigation into an incident which happened in front of the Easter Seals offices on East Broadway on July 15th. According to a police report, TPD was called when a worker became concerned when he smelled alcohol on Ross's breath and watched as Ross was not able to strap three special needs, wheelchair bound adults into the van. From KOLD/KMSB.


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