HOSPITAL EXECS PRAISE CITY'S ACCESS TO CARE ORDINANCE - In a guest opinion to the Arizona Daily Star, Carondelet Health Network president/CEO James Beckmann, Tucson Medical Center president/CEO Judy Rich, and UA Health Network president/CEO Michael Waldrum called the City's new Access to Care Ordinance, adopted last Tuesday by M&C, "a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our local health-care system, create new jobs and improve outcomes for patients in our community." From the Star.

SOUTHWESTERN CITIES PUSH TO INCENTIVIZE WATER-SAVING LANDSCAPES - Financial incentives, regulations and fines have encouraged a shift toward drought-tolerant landscaping in Southwestern cities that are grappling with a dwindling water supply. Cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Mesa, Ariz., have offered rebates to residents for removing their lawns and replacing them with drought-tolerant plants. From the New York Times.

COMMENTS SOUGHT ON PROPOSED INCREASE TO SUN VANS LOW INCOME FARES - Sun Van hosted the second of three open house events today to obtain public comment on a proposed Sun Van fare increase prior to a public hearing on the subject. The proposed increase would phase out Sun Vans low-income fare with one dollar increases on October 14, 2013 to $2 and July 1, 2014 to $3. Sun Van officials said the transit service needs to recoup more of the cost in providing the service, estimating each of the 544,000 one-way trips it provided last year cost $28.75. The third open house is scheduled for this Thursday, August 15, at 4 p.m. at Eastside City Hall, 7575 E. Speedway. Story from KOLD/KMSB here, story from the Star here.

REPAIR WORK TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE SECTION OF THE LOOP TRAIL NEAR SOUTH KOLB - A portion of The Loop, Pima County's popular multi-use trail system, will be closed over the next few days for repairs. The closed section is along the Julian Wash, near south Kolb Road. Work is expected to be complete no later than Friday evening. From the Star.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: CUSTODIAN - The City of Tucson is seeking motivated and customer service oriented individuals to clean, sanitize and maintain public facilities and surrounding areas. Some positions may require heavy lifting and include evening, nighttime and/or weekend hours. All positions involve working around fumes, sprays, dust, other allergens, and require the ability to read material safety data sheets, labels on cleaning supplies, work orders, and equipment manuals. Requires a high school diploma or GED and a valid drivers license. Starting pay: $11.42/hr. City of Tucson job listing.