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NewsNet 10-15-14

MISTER CAR WASH PART OF DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION - It's only been a few months since the headquarters of the nation's largest full-service car wash moved into Downtown Tucson, and the CEO of Mister Car Wash is delighted. "This is a dream for me," said John Lai. The downtown location is close to the University of Arizona and a block away from the streetcar. "We have known for a while that Tucson's recent growth has created an environment where people want to work and live," he said, hoping that environment will attract top talent. The site at 222 E. Fifth St. once housed the First Baptist Church School, but the structure had been vacant since 2007. The renovated building opened as Mister Car Wash headquarters June 1, on a tight schedule that had most of the renovation work completed in four months. The company qualified for tax incentives from the City of Tucson, receiving an eight-year property tax exemption through the Government Property Lease Excise Tax program. The City also is waiving building permit fees and allowing the company to use what it would pay in construction taxes for job training. The business expects to generate about $2.9 million in direct and indirect tax revenues over the next eight years. Mister Car Wash employs 4,800 people in 14 states. Read more from BizTucson (page 74).

TUCSON HISPANIC CHAMBER GETS FEDERAL GRANT - The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (THCC) announced today that it has been awarded a $250,000 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Grant/Cooperative Agreement to continue the implementation of its "Beyond Startup: Elevate Your Business Program." The program was launched more than a year ago, with funding from a grant provided by the City of Tucson. The grant funding allows the program to expand to include businesses in the Tucson region, rural parts of Arizona, and adjoining states. The program promotes the development, growth, success, and long-term sustainability of small businesses eligible for assistance from the SBA. Informational sessions will be held at the THCC on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 3-3:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9-9:30 a.m.

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR RECYCLING? - Take a tour of the ReCommunity Material Recovery Facility (Tucson 12 video) and see where all of your recyclables go. Also, learn how to make the right choices when discarding material to reduce recycling contamination rates.

DOWNTOWN NOW THE SITE OF DAILY MOVIES - The Screening Room, which has long served as a centerpiece for the Arizona International Film Festival, is now a full-time movie house. A new partnership between Grand Cinemas and the Arizona Media Arts Council is again bringing mainstream movies to Downtown Tucson after a 40-year absence. Grand Cinemas made several major improvements to the 114-seat space at 127 E. Congress. The new operators moved seats, lighting, and the sound system from its recently-closed Crossroads Theater to bring the Screening Room up to date. The Dolby 5.1 surround system offers booming sound in the tiny space, in part because it was designed for a larger room. The Screening Room also now has a high-tech digital projector to replace the film-based one it had been using. Read more from Downtown Tucson Partnership.

'ZOOCSON' FUNDRAISER FRIDAY - Reid Park Zoo is hosting its 21st annual fundraiser this week to benefit its exhibits, education programs, conservation efforts, and capital projects. More than 30 of Tucson’s favorite restaurants will provide small-plate tastings at stations throughout the Zoo. "ZOOcson" attendees participate in silent and live auctions, which include a diverse array of items. The fundraiser is a 21-and-over event, and tickets include food at all restaurant stations and two drink tickets. To prepare for ZOOcson, Reid Park Zoo will close to the public at noon Friday. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. Visit Reid Park Zoo website for ZOOcson event and ticket information.

"Stuff the Bus" Event

Sun Tran, KGUN 9 News, and Sam Levitz Furniture have partnered to sponsor a one-day “Stuff-the-Bus” event benefitting EMERGE! Center Against Domestic Abuse.  The event, which will be held on Friday, October 17, helps promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  A Sun Tran bus will be located at Sam Levitz Furniture’s eastside location at 100 North Pantano Road.  Donations will be accepted from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NewsNet 10-14-14

'STREETCAR NAMED PROSPERITY' - The fall issue of BizTucson magazine features an overview of the economic impact of the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar and its connection to visionary Louise Marshall's investment in the Tucson Street Railway in 1903. So far, Sun Link has generated $900 million in investments along the route and revitalized Downtown Tucson. Since 2008, 194 new businesses have opened downtown and 158 of those businesses remain open, according to reports from the Downtown Tucson Partnership. Sun Link travels a 3.9-mile route between the University of Arizona, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District.
 
RECENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BRINGS NEW JOBS TO TUCSON
- Shared Services Center Tucson, a provider of business office support for the healthcare community, plans to create 200 new jobs in the Tucson region. Currently located at Northwest Medical Center, the new location at 6223 S. Palo Verde Road will expand the operation to 60,000 square feet and nearly 300 employees. The project includes $5 million in capital investment, generating a $96 million economic impact. In other job creation news, Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres was on hand Oct. 10 for the formal dedication of a Culver's Restaurant at 3070 S. Campbell Avenue. The new addition to the Tucson Marketplace at the Bridges will create more than 60 new jobs. Read news release about Shared Services Center Tucson.

GET A FREE BIKE LIGHT TONIGHT - Living Streets Alliance is partnering with the City of Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program and the Pima Association of Governments to give away bike lights to people without them. Not only do bike lights improve visibility for both cyclists and others on the street – it's the law that bicyclists have them. With darkness falling sooner this time of year, many people are unprepared for riding safely in the dark. Free lights will distributed tonight at the intersection of North 6th Avenue and East 7th Street from 5 p.m. until supplies run out.

ARIZONA OPERA OPENS SEASON NEXT WEEK AT TCC - Arizona Opera opens its 2014-2015 season with the world's first mariachi opera. Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon) blends the passion and artistry of mariachi with the story of a Mexican immigrant family. Commissioned in celebration of the anniversaries of Mexican Independence and Revolution, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna features Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. With music written by Jose "Pepe" Martinez, Mariachi Vargas Music Director, and books and lyrics by Leonard Foglia, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna will be performed Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center's Music Hall. The opera is sung in Spanish and English with English supertitles.  
Visit Tucson event description

TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT RESCUES FELINE - Part of firefighter lore is that they often can be seen rescuing cats stuck in trees. Well, there is some truth in that image, as Tucson Fire Department (TFD) crews this past weekend rescued a kitten, not from a tree, but from a deep drainage ditch. The six-week-old kitten appeared to have been wedged for some time in the underground ditch near East Grant Road and North Tucson Boulevard. Firefighters lowered a ladder into a crawl space and a firefighter carried the cat to the street. The kitten was taken to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for medical treatment, where she is recovering from an upper respiratory infection and malnourishment. She will remain in foster care for several weeks before being made available for adoption, the Humane Society said. Read more from Tucson News Now, and watch video of the rescue on TFD Facebook page.

NewsNet 10-13-14

DOWNTOWN LECTURE SERIES FOCUSES ON FOOD - The University of Arizona's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Downtown Lecture Series returns to the historic Fox Theatre on Wednesdays this fall. The 2014 lecture series will explore food and its connections with health, culture, and the environment. The series begins on Oct. 15 with Dr. Diana Liverman's talk, "Changing Geographies of Food", at 6:30 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public with tickets available at the Fox Theatre box office beginning at 4 p.m. on the day of each lecture. Attendees can ride the Sun Link streetcar to the event and enjoy the dining and retail opportunities along the route at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, or the Mercado District.
Park Tucson

MAGISTRATE MERIT SELECTION COMMISSION SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT - The City of Tucson Magistrate Merit Selection Commission is currently reviewing applications for reappointment of City Magistrates Thomas J. Berning and Susan Q. Shetter. Public comment is encouraged from those who have direct experience with the Magistrates' courtroom. All comments should be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 27, 2014. Comments can be addressed to the City Magistrate Merit Selection Commission, City Clerk's Office at P.O. Box 27210, Tucson, AZ 85726-7210. Read the news release.

TREE NAMED FOR TUCSON CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL DIRECTOR - Executive Director of Tucson Clean and Beautiful Joan Lionetti, who started the Trees for Tucson program, now has a tree named for her. The Quercus fusiformis  "Joan Lionetti" live oak was named and bred by the Shipley family at Civano Nursery. The tree was created specifically to handle the drought, heat, low humidity, and alkaline soil of the Southwest. Tucson Clean and Beautiful's annual meeting and dinner event will introduce the Joan Lionetti live oak, and celebrate 25 years of Trees for Tucson, 30 years of Adopt-a-Park, and the successful completion of Mayor Jonathan Rothschild's 10,000 Trees Campaign, on Friday, Oct. 17. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

COMMUNITY FORUMS TO DISCUSS HUD FUNDING CONTINUE TOMORROW - The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting meetings to discuss community needs that can be addressed with annual entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Tucson receives approximately $8 million per year under various federal programs, including Community Development Block Grants. Public input received at these forums will be used to prepare the Fiscal Year 2016 City of Tucson/Pima County Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which will incorporate community needs, available resources, strategies, and priorities for the five-year period beginning on July 1, 2015. The forum meetings continue tomorrow, Oct. 14, at the County Housing Offices, 801 W. Congress Street, with discussions on Economic Development from 1-2:30 p.m. and Seniors and Special Populations from 3-4:30 p.m. Read the news release.

TOMORROW IS DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR CITY PARKS AND RECREATION CLASSES - Whether you like gymnastics for your children, aerobics, arts and crafts, ceramics, photography, or have some other type of interest, Tucson Parks and Recreation probably has a class for you. If you haven't already registered for a spot, you have until tomorrow to do so. You can view the Program Guide & Class Catalog online, and even register for classes.

Newsnet

DOWNTOWN LECTURE SERIES FOCUSES ON FOOD - The University of Arizona's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Downtown Lecture Series returns to the historic Fox Theatre on Wednesdays this fall. The 2014 lecture series will explore food and its connections with health, culture, and the environment. The series begins on Oct. 15 with Dr. Diana Liverman's talk, "Changing Geographies of Food", at 6:30 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public with tickets available at the Fox Theatre box office beginning at 4 p.m. on the day of each lecture.

Public Comment on City Magistrates

The City of Tucson Magistrate Merit Selection Commission is currently
reviewing applications for reappointment from the following City
Magistrates:

Thomas J. Berning
Susan Q. Shetter

Public participation is welcome and encouraged from those who have had
direct experience with the Magistrates’ courtroom. All comments should
be submitted in writing by 5 p.m., Monday, October 27, 2014 to:

City Magistrate Merit Selection Commission
City Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 27210
Tucson, AZ 85726-7210

Broadway Corridor Project Update

On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the City of Tucson Mayor and Council
voted 5-2 to move forward into the design phase for the widening of
Broadway Boulevard to six lanes from Euclid Avenue to Country Club Road.
Broadway is currently two lanes in each direction between Euclid Avenue
and Country Club Road, with a center turn lane.

Karin's Note: Friday, October 10, 2014

Karin's Note: Friday, October 10, 2014
 
-Ward 3 Events
- Community Support Needed
-Did You Know?
-Thank you!
 
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
This weekend will be an active one throughout our community. Check out the happenings and information at the end of our e-note to learn more. In addition, I wanted to share a few quick updates with you.
 

NewsNet 10-10-14

SECTION OF BROADWAY TO BE SIX LANES; FERAL CAT SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAM MOVES FORWARD - The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday moved two big issues forward. A majority of the body agreed to progress into the design phase for the widening of Broadway Boulevard to six lanes from Euclid Avenue to Country Club Road. Broadway is currently two lanes in each direction between Euclid Avenue and Country Club Road, with a center turn lane. The vote, with Council Members Karin Uhlich and Steve Kozachik dissenting, supports a recommendation put forward by the Broadway Citizens Task Force to widen Broadway to a six-lane corridor, which would include two transit lanes, bicycle lanes and new sidewalks. The task force recommendation followed an intensive public process that included 33 task force meetings and four additional public meetings within the past 27 months. The task force will continue to work with the project team during the technical design process of the RTA project, with construction scheduled to begin in summer 2016.  On another topic, Mayor and Council voted unanimously to amend the Tucson Code to allow for a Pima County-sponsored program to spay, neuter, and release feral cats. Read the Braodway news release.

TUCSON MEET YOURSELF CELEBRATION UNDERWAY - The three-day Tucson Meet Yourself celebration began this morning and continues through Sunday in Downtown Tucson. The annual event, features cultural events, food, and entertainment. Tucson Meet Yourself runs until 10 p.m. tonight, 11 a.m.-10 pm. tomorrow., and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. This is the 41st year of the celebration.

2nd SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN PART OF BUSY WEEKEND - The monthly, free, family-friendly event tomorrow begins with gallery shows at 9 a.m., and entertainment later in the day. At 6:30 p.m., the main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical groups, and there are plenty of activities for children. Food from vendors and downtown eateries will be available, as will fare from Tucson Meet Yourself. With the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar, you can park not only in the downtown area, but at the University of Arizona, and along 4th Avenue to catch a ride downtown (regular streetcar fares apply). There are 11,000 parking spaces along the 3.9-mile route. Read more about 2nd Saturdays Downtown.

RIDE THE STREETCAR TO UA 'FAMILY WEEKEND' FOOTBALL GAME TOMORROW - University of Arizona football fans can ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar to University of Arizona football games. Prior to tomorrow's 7:30 p.m. game against USC, fans can experience dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop. Fans can also park in one of the many garages downtown and take the streetcar to the game to avoid UA congestion. The Pennington Street Garage is offering discounted parking fees when you ask for the "Park, Dine, and Ride" bundle, which includes a Sun Link Day Pass and parking.  
UA Parking and Transportation football information

CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL PARK CLEANUP TOMORROW - The Children's Memorial Park Neighborhood Watch Program is partnering with Tucson Clean & Beautiful and Tucson Recycling & Waste Services for an alley clean up tomorrow (7 a.m.-noon), between Wheatridge Drive and Edgewater Drive, from La Canada to 15th Avenue. The Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas program was established in 1984 to address the growing problem of litter. Since that time, Tucson area volunteers have provided more than 300,000 volunteer service hours at hundreds of sites. This public-private partnership helps keep public areas clean and safe. To become a part of Tucson Clean & Beautiful’s environmental stewardship efforts, or for more information, visit this website. You can also email adoptapark@tucsonaz.gov, or call 791-3109.

NewsNet 10-09-14

AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: 'COMMUNITY CAT PROGRAM' - The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will discuss amending the Tucson Code for the implementation of a Pima County grant to create the Community Cat program. Under that program, free-roaming cats found in city limits would be humanely captured, sterilized, vaccinated, ear-tipped and returned to the location where they were found. The ordinance also provides that Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) may charge costs to the City for this program only to the extent that the City previously has approved an appropriation of funds for that purpose. It also says that in the absence of a City appropriation, PACC can continue to operate the program at its own cost. The City would pay for the program through gifts and donations and revenue from unallocated funds from the Service Line Warranty Program. That money from the National League of Cities is set aside for a program that would benefit community residents. Tonight's meeting begins at 5:30 in Mayor and Council Chambers, 255 W. Alameda. Read the Mayor and Council Agenda item.
 
TCC RENOVATIONS NEARLY COMPLETE - Members of Tucson's media got a chance this morning to see the newly-renovated Tucson Convention Center (TCC) Arena, which is about 80 percent finished. The renovation should be completed by the end of the year. There are about 4,900 new seats with cup holders, new sound, updated lighting, new concession stands, fresh paint and updated restrooms. Rio Nuevo funded $7.8 million of improvements and the City paid about $1 million. Those attending Disney on Ice (tonight through Sunday) will be the first visitors to see the TCC improvements.
 
IT'S NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK - The Tucson Fire Department says making sure you have a working smoke detector is one of the easiest things you can do during Fire Prevention Week. In an interview with KGUN9'S Morning Blend, Captain Barrett Baker discusses the importance of smoke alarms.
 
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: TUCSON WATER - Help manage, maintain, and deliver water as the City of Tucson addresses the challenges of drought and growth. Water System Operator and Well Maintenance positions are available. Learn more at Tucson Water website.
 
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