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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 discussed 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

NewsNet 10-03-14

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.

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT FOR PROPOSED BIKE SHARE PROGRAM - The City of Tucson is exploring the possibility of a public bike share program for the region. Bike share programs let people use a public bicycle on a short-term basis. More than 30 cities in the United States have launched such programs for their residents and tourists, and 15 more cities are expected to launch shared-use bike programs by the end of the year. “This is an exciting project that has the potential to leverage our investment in the Sun Link Streetcar and continues the progress Tucson is making in terms of downtown revitalization and economic growth,” said Ann Chanecka, the City of Tucson’s bicycle & pedestrian coordinator. Anyone interested in learning more about public bike share programs, or wanting to provide input in the early stages of the discussion, is invited to a public input session on Monday, Oct, 6, at 6 p.m. in the basement of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Read the news release.
Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program

MULTI-USE PATH DEDICATION TOMORROW FOR TOUMEY PARK - After two years of community involvement and planning, a new eight-foot-wide, paved walking path with ADA access and drinking fountains will be dedicated tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Toumey Park, 4500 E. Eastland St. The path has been coated with a heat reducing epoxy paint to minimize the heat stored and radiated back from black asphalt, and lights and electrical outlets have been installed under the ramada. The new path helps improve walkability in the neighborhood and provides opportunities for fitness to the community. Funding for the $488,000 project came from Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds.
Tucson Parks and Recreation

DOWNTOWN WAREHOUSE WALK TOMORROW - Art enthusiasts will have a chance tomorrow to explore the arts district along Toole Avenue. The Warehouse  Arts Managment Organization (WAMO) is hosting the the free WAMO Walk, a collaboration of galleries, studios, and other spaces in  Downtown Tucson that will offer open studios, free live music, and other things. As many as 50 studios will welcome the public for the walk, which will stretch along Toole Avenue, from Sixth Avenue to Stone. There will be a light sculpture garden at the parking lot at 174 E. Toole, and food trucks will be on site. The parking lot will also have a stage for music and several projection screens. The WAMO Walk runs from 5-10 p.m. tomorrow. Read more from Downtown Tucson Partnership.

TUCSON'S LINCOLN PARK TO HOST JENNIE FINCH SOFTBALL CAMP - The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, Visit Tucson, and Pima Community College will host the Jennie Finch Softball Camp at the Lincoln Park Softball Complex, 8116 E. Escalante Road, Nov. 8-9. The camp is open to all girls in the third grade and up. Former UA Softball standout Jennie Finch and her Olympic and professional softball teammates will offer two full days of personal instruction covering all aspects of softball. Advanced registration is required, and participation is limited for the fee-based camp. Read the news release.

BIKE SHARE PROGRAM PUBLIC INPUT SESSION

 

The City of Tucson is exploring the potential of a public bike share
program for the region. Bike share programs are a service where people
can use a public bicycle on a short-term basis. More than 30 cities in
the U.S. have launched this new transit option for their residents and
tourists, and 15 more cities are expected to launch this shared-use
program by the end of the year, including Phoenix.

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