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NewsNet 9-16-13

AZ SUPREME COURT: PROP. 201 TO STAY OFF BALLOT - The AZ Supreme Court has denied a request for a stay and an accelerated hearing from attorneys representing the Committee for Sustainable Retirement, the group sponsoring the ballot initiative known as Proposition 201. The Court left room to consider the legal issues later but has left the Court of Appeals order in place. This means Prop. 201 will not be on this November's ballot. Whether the initiative may be placed on a future ballot remains unresolved.

DOWNTOWN ECONOMY GROWING AT A RECORD PACE - In the past five years, Downtown Tucson has welcomed more than 150 businesses and projects. This number includes 34 new restaurants, 27 retail shops, 12 art and cultural projects, 14 offices, nine health and wellness centers, at least nine high-tech businesses or business incubators, eight housing projects, six bars or nightclubs, five bakeries, two coffee shops, two salons, two schools, one craft brewery, one entertainment venue expansion and one hospitality renovation. In the next year it will welcome 17 more, bringing in an additional $100 million of private investment in 2014. This is in addition to the nearly $600 million of public projects completed in the last five years in downtown and along the streetcar corridor. Story from KOLD/KMSB here, story from KVOA here.

TPD OBSERVING CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK - Nationwide, the week of September 15 - 21, 2013 is Child Passenger Safety Week. The Tucson Police Department Traffic Enforcement Officers will deploy throughout the city during Child Passenger Safety Week focusing on car seat use. Arizona's child restraint law requires that every child under the age of eight must be properly secured in a federally approved child safety seat, appropriate to the child’s height and weight. Officers observing violations of this law can stop a vehicle based solely on this violation.

GOVERNOR: AZ FINISHED FISCAL YEAR IN STRONG CASH POSITION - State government finished the 2012-13 fiscal year with an ending budget balance of $895 million, according to a press release from Governor Jan Brewer. The preliminary report of an $895 million ending balance compares with a projected $304 million ending balance in the legislatively passed budget in June. That budget projected a state budget deficit of $446 million at the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year and $208 million at the end of the next fiscal year. Under that scenario, it would take until June 2016 for the state to erase its structural deficit. But the addition of expanded federal Medicaid funding and growing tax revenues are erasing the deficit sooner. From Arizona Public Media.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: SYSTEMS ANALYST, TUCSON CITY COURT - Tucson City Court is seeking a detail oriented self-starter who will analyze, design, test, implement and maintain Court related computer software. The successful candidate will be involved in Local and State projects such as Courtroom Automation, the E-Citation Project, Photo Red Light Enforcement, the Fines/Fees and Restitution Program (FARE), and Statistics Refinement. Additionally, the candidate will be involved in the daily Court operations which require I.T. assistance. Successful applicant will have at least three years of experience analyzing, testing, designing, programming and implementing computer based information systems, a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems (MIS), Computer Science or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. City of Tucson job listing.