NewsNet 01-05-15

NEW DOWNTOWN PARKING FEES IN EFFECT TODAY - If you pay to park on the streets in Downtown Tucson, it will now cost $1/hour to match rates at the University of Arizona and Main Gate. Park Tucson is in the process of installing "smart meters" along downtown, 4th Avenue, Main Gate and the UA. A smartphone app will be available soon to pay for parking, and you can also use credit and debit cards at the new meters.

PUBLIC HEARING TOMORROW ON PROPOSED ELIMINATION OF DOWNTOWN LOOP - The Mayor and Tucson City Council will hold a public hearing tomorrow night to gather input on possibly eliminating the Downtown Loop, a free transit service in the downtown area that provides access to community services, government offices, courts, educational facilities and area businesses. With the opening of the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar, the Downtown Loop has become a duplicate service. Many of the Downtown Loop’s major stops are within walking distance of Sun Link or existing Sun Tran service. Sun Tran recently held two public open houses to gather preliminary input, and Mayor and Council will hear from citizens during tomorrow's 5:30 p.m. Regular Meeting in Mayor and Council Chambers, 255 W. Alameda St. Read the Mayor and Council agenda materials.

ARENA RENOVATIONS AND BEACH BOYS MARK NEW CHAPTER OF TCC - The Beach Boys concert Saturday marked the official unveiling of the renovated arena at the Tucson Convention Center. Concertgoers were able to enjoy a new sound system, new padded seats (with drink holders), new bathrooms, revamped concession areas, fresh paint, a remodeled breezeway, and more. Rio Nuevo funded $7.8 million of the renovations, while the City of Tucson added additional funds for other infrastructure repairs. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

FOOD TRUCKS DOWNTOWN TOMORROW- If you work or have business in the downtown area tomorrow, you have another option for lunch. Food trucks will be lined up on Pennington Street, south of the Main Library, from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. A percentage of the sales will benefit the nonprofit group Food for Horses.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: FINANCE DEPARTMENT - The City of Tucson's Finance Department is accepting applications for the following positions: Accounting Operations Administrator, Accounting Services Administrator, and Finance Manager. The application deadline for all positions in Jan. 18.