PROTESTERS DISPERSED WITH PEPPER SPRAY AFTER TPD CALLS BORDER PATROL TO TRAFFIC STOP - Dozens of protesters tried to use their bodies as shields to prevent the detention by the Border Patrol of three suspected illegal immigrants stopped in front of Southside Presbyterian Church Tuesday night. At the end of the confrontation, the crowd was dispersed after TPD officers used pepper spray to force them back onto the sidewalk. At about 7 p.m., two day laborers with the Corazon de Tucson were stopped by a TPD unit for not having a functioning light on their license plate. Neither of them had a driver’s license or identification and had never been issued one by the state, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, a Tucson Police spokeswoman. The misdemeanor triggers a mandatory vehicle impoundment. State law also required the officers to seek an immigration check, prompting the officers to ask the Border Patrol to respond to the scene, she said. TPD will now conduct a review of the incident. "Chief Villaseñor is following the normal protocols of providing a review of the incident," said City Manager Richard Miranda. "I am confident that his review will be thorough and concise." Stories from the Star, from KOLD/KMSB, from KVOA, and from KGUN.
COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES SHOPPING CART ORDINANCE - Tucson retailers will now have three days to retrieve their abandoned carts before the City may impound them. Under the ordinance, retailers must retrieve their carts within 72 hours after the city notifies them. Retailers will have to pay a $30 fee to get an impounded cart back. If carts are unclaimed after 30 days, the city can sell or dispose of them as it sees fit. The new ordinance takes effect November 11th. Tim McCabe, president of the Arizona Food Marketing Alliance, said a similar measure in Phoenix has proved effective in reducing abandoned carts on streets, and that helps both retailers and neighbors. "We support the ordinance because we understand the issues these carts can create," McCabe said. "And we support a contract with a cart-retrieval service that returns them to their rightful owners." From the Star.
COUNTY OFFERS REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST OF NURSERY VANDAL - Pima County is offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who broke into the Pima County Native Plant Nursery last month and destroyed thousands of plants by dousing them with herbicide chemicals. "This was a reprehensible act that will set back our efforts to restore native plants," said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry in announcing the reward for information that helps solve the case of felony vandalism. "These are plants that cannot be replaced by buying them at a nursery. They were grown from seeds or salvaged from development sites, so it is safe to say an entire year's worth of work has been lost." County officials are asking anyone with information that may help solve this crime to call 88-CRIME. News release from Pima County.
PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT FOR REVIEW OF CITY MAGISTRATE - The City of Tucson Magistrate Merit Selection Commission is currently reviewing an application for reappointment from City Magistrate Jeffrey Klotz. Public participation is welcome and encouraged from those who have had direct experience with the Magistrates’ courtroom. All comments are confidential and disclosed to Commission members only. Public comments should include the basis for expressed opinions. All comments should be submitted in writing by 5 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2013. City of Tucson news release.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: SPATIAL DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR - The City of Tucson Information Technology Department is seeking a Spatial Database Administrator with good technical and communication skills to join our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team. This position requires strong administrative experience in ESRI's ArcSDE application and SQL Server (2008 and higher). Some familiarity with Oracle databases version 10x and higher is desirable. Candidates should have strong skills in developing, implementing and maintaining GIS database models, design specifications, and GIS data dictionary documentation, in addition to a thorough understanding of managing a database with the SQL Server Management Console. The ideal candidate will be able to communicate clearly with both technical and non-technical GIS users, bridging the gap between the GIS application user needs and the requirements of the database.