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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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An Eventful Weekend Downtown And Around - Travel Information

Downtown Tucson and areas near downtown will be the host of several exciting events this weekend. Below is a list of the major events and associated motor vehicle travel restrictions. Please note that pedestrian and bicycle access is being maintained in and around road closures. Businesses, parking garages and parking lots are open and accessible. There are over 15,000 available parking spaces in the Downtown Tucson.

SOUTH SIDE CULVER’S DEDICATION OCTOBER 10

The Culver’s Restaurant, located at 3070 S. Campbell, will have their formal dedication on Friday, October 10, 9:00 a.m.  This is the fourth Culver’s Restaurant in the Tucson area and the first for the South side.  

 

Craig Culver, the founder of the Wisconsin based restaurant, will be here for the dedication of their newest location.  Mr. Culver makes it a point to be there when a new location opens.

 

PCC Men’s Soccer Remain Undefeated at Kino, Upset Glendale

 

 

Tucson, AZ – The Pima Community College men’s soccer team (10-3-1, 10-3-1 in ACCAC conference) suffered its worst defeat of the season last week at Phoenix College but the Aztecs came back and responded by upsetting No. 11 Glendale Community College 3-0 on Tuesday at the Kino North Grandstand.

The No. 15Aztecs are 6-0-1 on their home field this season and handed Glendale just their second loss of the season (11-2-1). Pima also avenged its 3-1 loss at Glendale last month.

Tucson Fire Joins in Fire Prevention Week

It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 5-11 the Tucson Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents that ‘Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives'. During this year's fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of fires and how a working smoke alarm can give a family the notice they need to get out safely.  

Tucson Fire joins in National Fire Prevention Week

   

It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 5-11 the Tucson Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents that ‘Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives'. During this year's fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of fires and how a working smoke alarm can give a family the notice they need to get out safely. 

 

Last Day for Voter Registration

If you aren't already registered, remember that today is the last day for voter registration if you expect to vote in the general election. You can come by our office at 7575 East Speedway to register before five and we will make sure to get the forms to the recorder's office.

There is also curbside registration until 10 pm available at a Ward 2 location. Here are the details from Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez:

NewsNet 10-06-14

ARIZONA TO OPEN TRADE AND INVESTMENT OFFICE IN MEXICO - The Arizona Mexico City Trade and Investment Office opens tomorrow in Mexico City. Arizona dignitaries will be in attendance to celebrate the strategic expansion of Arizona's presence and investment in Mexico. "This is a step in the right direction for the State of Arizona. The Mexico City trade office will definitely help improve Arizona's image in Mexico City and give us access to business opportunities," said Juan Francisco Padrés, Tucson's economic development specialist for international trade. "The City of Tucson will also benefit from the office and its staff who are there to help us identify prospects and supply chain opportunities in Mexico's largest and most important city." The trade office in Mexico City will be led by the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), in partnership with the City of Phoenix, with additional support from the City of Tucson, Maricopa Association of Governments, and Visit Phoenix. Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona Legislature made a commitment of $300,000 to the ACA to establish and manage the office. Read more from Greater Phoenix in Business.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE TONIGHT - If you haven't registered to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election in Arizona, you have until midnight tonight to submit your form. The Pima County Recorder's Office currently is offering curbside voter registration in front of its downtown office in the Old County Courthouse (115 N. Church Ave) until 10 p.m. The Recorder's eastside office (6920 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite D) will offer the same service from 5-10 p.m. A new voter registration form must be completed by anyone who has moved, changed their name since their last registration, is new to Pima County, or would like to change their party affiliation. You also can register online.

HOLIDAY ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR: CALL FOR VENDORS - Applications are available for artists who wish to participate in the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, Nov. 29-30. The event has been held for more than two decades, attracting vendors from all over the Southwest. The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is seeking artists, crafters, photographers, painters, potters, jewelers, and more to sell their original artwork. All items must be handmade and are subject to approval. The Arts and Crafts Fair will be held in Reid Park, west of the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center. Registration is open through Nov. 14. Walk-in registration begins tomorrow at 900 S. Randolph Way, in the Registration Office. The fee is $90 for a 10 x 10 arts and craft vendor space for the two-day event.

SPEND SUNDOWN WITH THE ELEPHANT HERD AT REID PARK ZOO - The Reid Park Zoo is hosting a "Sundowner" tomorrow with Nandi the elephant calf, and the rest of the herd, at 5 p.m. in Expedition Tanzania. In Africa, a Sundowner refers to cocktails at sunset in a beautiful outdoor setting. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages while listening to stories of baby Nandi’s recent birth and her early days on exhibit. You’ll also have the opportunity to tour the Elephant Care Center. Elephants Lungile and Punga will be offered enrichment items to play with, and you'll even have the chance to see Nandi up close. Check-in for the Sundowner begins at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow at the Zoo’s main entrance. The event begins at 5 p.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit Reid Park Zoo’s education programs, capital projects, and conservation efforts.

FOLLOW THE PROGRESS ON THE DOWNTOWN LINKS PROJECT - The City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) have a Downtown Links website to give citizens information and updates on one of the largest transportation projects in Tucson. The $76 million project will result in a four-lane roadway north of the Union Pacific Railroad that will link Barraza-Aviation Parkway and Interstate 10, Broadway Boulevard with 4th Avenue, and downtown with the neighborhoods to the north. Downtown Links also will provide alternate access to downtown, new and safer underpasses and railroad crossings, and improved sidewalks and bike paths.

Newsnet - October 3

CITY SEEKING COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE CHARTER CHANGES - Tucson's Charter Review Committee is asking for public comments as it reviews and makes recommendations regarding possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. A public meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at City Hall (255 W. Alameda, 1st floor). Comments will be accepted through 2015, and potential amendments to the City Charter may be on the Nov. 3, 2015 City ballot. All comments should be made via email to the City Clerk’s Office, cityclerk@tucsonaz.gov

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