CITY’S ELECTION PUBLICATION “THE CHOICE IS YOURS” MAILED TODAY - Registered City of Tucson voters living in Wards 3, 5 and 6 should check their mailboxes as the City today mailed the election publication “The Choice Is Yours” for the August 27, 2013 Primary Election. The City of Tucson will once again conduct the 2013 Primary and General Elections by mail. To view this pamphlet on line, please visit: Staff will begin mailing ballots for the Primary Election on Thursday, August 8, 2013, and a ballot replacement center will be open on Friday, August, 9, 2013 at the City Clerk Elections Center located at 800 E. 12th Street. This location will be open from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., up through Election Day (there will be extended hours on Election Day). City of Tucson news release.

PROTESTERS CALL FOR GUNS TO BE BANNED FROM SUN TRAN BUSES - At a demonstration this morning that included a bus ride from Roskruge Middle School to the Ronstadt Transit Center, a citizen group called “Moms Demand Action” called on the Arizona Legislature to give local municipalities control over who can and who can't bring a gun on a city bus. Currently, state laws prevent Arizona’s cities from imposing such a ban. Today’s protest stemmed from an incident about a month ago when a man boarded a Sun Tran bus with a loaded AR-15 and sat with his finger near the trigger while he waited for his stop. Story from the Star here, from KOLD/KMSB here.

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR SEEKS SUPPORT FOR PROPOSED I-11 ALIGNMENT BYPASSING CITY - County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is seeking the cooperation of local governments in order to win federal support for a possible alignment of the proposed Arizona-Nevada Interstate 11 freeway. Under Huckelberry’s proposal, the new freeway would bypass the City west of the Tucson Mountains, then link to Interstate 19 near Green Valley, and to Interstate 10 at Rita Road. The section between Interstates 19 and 10, which is being called the “Aerospace & Defense Corridor,” the “Sonoran Corridor,” and “Interstate 510” is the subject of a request for $90M in bond funding to be included in the County’s next bond authorization. This request would require the approval of County’s Bond Advisory Committee, its Board of Supervisors, and its voters. About 41% of the debt service on Pima County’s bonds comes from property taxes in the City of Tucson. From the Star. Read the 5/17/13 County memo on bond project requests (request for this project is on page 162) here. View the I-11 study website here.

NAME THE BEARS! REID PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY FUNDRAISER TO SELECT NAMES OF NEW GRIZZLIES - In collaboration with the City of Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo, the Reid Park Zoological Society is conducting a unique fundraising drive to make final selections for the names of the zoo’s two new grizzly bears. Each $5 donation will count as one “vote” for a pair of names, and will help fund bear enrichment items or other exhibit enhancements. Naming options for the male and female bears, respectively, are (1) Ronan & Finley; (2) Logan & Curry; and (3) Bruin & Callisto. Voting will continue until Noon on Thursday, August 1st. The winning names will be announced Friday, August 2. From the Reid Park Zoological Society.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: DEPUTY DIRECTOR, TUCSON WATER - The City of Tucson is seeking a dynamic and progressive leader as the Deputy Director of Southern Arizona's largest municipal utility, the City of Tucson Water Department. The Deputy Director is responsible for management of customer service functions, business services (budget & rates) and Employee Services (HR & Training), securing water resources and strategic planning. This position will report to the Director of Tucson Water and provide leadership as part of the Department's Management Team. Salary D.O.E., salary range $72,414 - $121,636 annually. City of Tucson job listing.