CITY OF TUCSON ELECTION TOMORROW: POLLS OPEN 6 AM UNTIL 7 PM - Tomorrow is election day for the City of Tucson's 2013 General Election. Voters will elect Council Members for Wards 3, 5 and 6 and vote on two propositions: a expenditure base adjustment for the City Budget, and a new General Plan. All registered voters should have received their ballots by mail. Voters who wish to obtain replacement ballots, drop off their voted ballots, or who would like to vote in person, may do so tomorrow between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. at any of the City's seven polling locations.
COURT FINDS CITY RESPONSIBLE FOR $2.95M IN DAMAGES FROM ALLEGEDLY LEAKY PIPES IN BARRIO VIEJO - A jury in Pima County Superior Court has awarded a $2.95 million against the City in a case in which plaintiffs allege leaky water pipes have damaged some of their historic adobe structures. The suit, filed in 2002 by the Rollings family, initially went to trial in 2006. The jury in that case found in favor of the City, but an appellate court ordered a retrial. The city fought that decision all the way to the Arizona Supreme Court, which denied the city a hearing last January, sending the case back to Superior Court, where it went to trial Oct. 22. The trial ended Thursday, Oct. 31. The jury reached its verdict the following day. From the Star.
PARKS & REC RECEIVES GRANT FROM US TENNIS ASSOCIATION TO RESURFACE COURTS - The City's Parks & Recreation Department has received a a Facility Funding Grant from the United States Tennis Association for a recent court resurfacing project at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center. The project resurfaced 11 tennis courts and a practice area. The resurfacing allowed the center to provide a uniform surface treatment for all of its courts and included 'blended line' striping for youth tennis programs. The Reffkin Tennis Center has been heavily involved in USTA programming and has hosted numerous national tournaments. The center has been chosen to host seven USTA National Adult League Championships, which began September 26th and end November 24th. They will be hosting three major junior events over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays as well.
VISIT TUCSON NAMES NEW SPORTS DIRECTOR - Visit Tucson has hired Angel Natal Jr., formerly of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, as director of Tucson Sports. He replaces Vince Trinidad, who accepted the position as Executive Director of Tulsa Sports Commission, in August. Natal will be responsible for building awareness for metropolitan Tucson as a preferred destination for all types of sports events, and for selling and marketing the area in order to secure regional and national events that fill hotel rooms, venues and facilities throughout the region. News release from Visit Tucson.
ANALYSIS: MARICOPA COUNTY CITIES CLIMBING OUT OF RECESSION, BUT FACE LONG-TERM CHALLENGES - An analysis of five years of city financial data by The Arizona Republic shows cities in the Phoenix metro area are increasing spending and restoring programs after several years of stagnation. But many of the underlying issues that led them to the brink of economic crisis during the recession remain, including sensitive revenue streams, legislative mandates and rising benefit costs. From the Republic.