DEMION CLINCO IS NEWEST MEMBER OF ARIZONA HOUSE - The Pima County Supervisors today appointed Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation President Demion Clinco to replace Andrea Dalessandro in the Arizona House. Clinco and Dalessandro are both Democrats. The 3-2 vote to appoint Clinco fills the Legislative District 2 House seat vacated by Dalessandro, who was appointed by the board to replace Linda Lopez in the Arizona Senate. Lopez resigned last month, saying she needed to focus on her new job as director of Children and Family Services for the Easter Seals Blake Foundation. Read more from Arizona Public Media.
FOURTH STREETCAR ARRIVES IN TUCSON - The City of Tucson this morning received its fourth streetcar, leaving four more to complete the fleet. The fourth car will undergo static testing at the Sun Link Operations and Maintenance Facility before testing on the street. Streetcar fare service is expected to begin this summer. The Downtown Tucson Partnership reports the $200 million American-made streetcar project already has helped generate $800 million in public and private investment along the route, through downtown and the University of Arizona. Read more from KVOA and Sun Link Streetcar.
PRIMAVERA WORKS HIRING HOMELESS FOR TRASH PICKUP DOWNTOWN - Some of Tucson's homeless are being offered temporary jobs to pick up trash during the two weeks of the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase. Primavera Works is offering $8 an hour for up to 12 workers each day from local shelters to pick up trash in the downtown area. Read more from KOLD/KMSB.
BIKE CHURCH SANCTUARY GETS ENHANCEMENTS - New additions to the Bike Church have turned it into a sanctuary with brick pavers. Jean and Jim Gorman, whose son, Brad Gorman, was killed by a motorist while he was riding a bike in 1999, helped fund the enhancements. Tucson 12 was at the recent re-dedication of the Bike Church and produced this video.
ADOPT A SAGUARO PROGRAM FUNDS CONSERVATION - The group Friends of Catalina State Park started the Adopt a Saguaro program about a week ago, using the donated funds for park improvements, such as adding a new ramada in the group area and installing roofs on shelters in the horse corrals. As part of the program, people may choose to "adopt" a saguaro at a variety of levels - ranging from a basic one-year adoption for $25, to a 25-year adoption of an old or unusual “granddaddy saguaro” for $3,000. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.