NewsNet 01-22-15

TUCSON ENCOURAGES EMPLOYEES AND CITIZENS TO BE ACTIVE IN REPORTING GRAFFITI - The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday urged drivers with Environmental Services and other City departments to be proactive when they notice graffiti. Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti and the City Council wants more people to use it. MyTucson is a free download from the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android. Read more from Tucson News Now and watch a University of Arizona Athletics PSA about the app.

AS STREETCAR SPURS GROWTH, CITY PROVIDES NEW DEVELOPMENT TOOL - Business owners and developers looking to invest along the nearly four-mile streetcar corridor now have a new tool. The City's Corridor Investment Guide encourages high-quality investment in the area while preserving the character of each of the seven distinct areas along the route. Visit the Office of Integrated Planning's website to learn more about the Corridor Investment Guide, Opportunity Sites Web Map, and the Streetcar Land Use Planning Report. Read more from KVOA.

CITY COUNCIL OKAYS PROVISIONAL APPROVAL OF INCENTIVES TO DEVELOP VACANT SCHOOL SITES - While stopping short of final approval, the Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday agreed to offer incentives to expedite the process for those wanting to develop on closed school sites in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). The package could include expedited plan reviews, deferred building fees until final inspection of a project, and assigning a dedicated project manager to make sure the process is running smoothly. Before adopting the incentives, Mayor and Council agreed to have staff present the plan at a future TUSD Governing Board meeting to get the district's approval. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
Mayor and Council Study Session agenda materials from yesterday

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP REMOVE BUFFELGRASS - Volunteers are needed for Beat Back Buffelgrass Day this Saturday to help slow the spread of the non-native weed, which poses a severe fire hazard and a deadly threat to native vegetation. Organizers of the event, hosted by the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center, will guide volunteers in removing buffelgrass at 20 sites around Tucson. Volunteers are asked to register online. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR RODEO CAMP AT REID PARK ZOO - Are you looking for something for your children to do over next month's Rodeo break? Reid Park Zoo is offering a two-day camp (Feb. 26-27) for kids in grades K-5. Participants will be able to enjoy a couple of days visiting the animals behind the scenes, while also taking part in games and activities. Registration for the fee-based Rodeo Camp is required.