NewsNet 03-09-15

PUBLIC INVITED TO COMMUNITY FORUM WITH CITY MANAGER CANDIDATES - Tucson's Mayor & City Council is hosting a public forum tomorrow to give the public an opportunity to meet the candidates for City Manager and ask questions relevant to the position. The forum begins at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 255 W. Alameda St. At 8 a.m. Wednesday, candidates will interview with citizens of the 14-member City Manager Appointment Advisory Committee, which then will make its recommendations to Mayor & Council. Both meetings will be televised live on Tucson 12 and will stream live.

UPDATE: VALLEY OF THE MOON HISTORIC LANDMARK REZONING - Historic Valley of the Moon is requesting a rezoning in an effort to gain additional property rights. At the initial hearing on Feb. 5, the Zoning Examiner directed Valley of the Moon and nearby neighbors to meet and propose operating standards that would address residents' concerns about parking, traffic, trash, lighting, noise, hours of operation, capacity, alcohol use, and inappropriate activities. Operating agreements are a standard consideration in the rezoning process. Last Thursday, the City's Zoning Examiner held a second hearing, which was continued because the parties had not met as requested. Valley of the Moon, which began in the 1920s as a children's theatrical experience, now hosts a variety of events and is located in a residential area near Tucson Boulevard and Prince Road. Read transcript from the March 5 meeting.

CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARINGS THIS WEEK - Tucson's Charter Review Committee is asking for public comments as it reviews and makes recommendations about possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. Potential amendments to the City Charter may be on the Nov. 3, 2015 City ballot. Tomorrow's public hearing will be held at 5 p.m. at El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. Another public hearing will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Morris K. Udall Regional Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road.

MAYOR DELIVERS FOURTH STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS - In his annual State of the City speech last Friday, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild spoke about turning economic opportunity into results. He focused on economic development, annexation, Tucson's relationship with Mexico, job training, education, the military, healthcare, and more. Watch video of the speech (via Tucson 12).

ARENA REMODEL WINS AWARD - The American Public Works Association recognized a recent remodel of the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) Arena with the award for Outstanding Public Works Project Large Structures. The nearly $8 million project included upgraded seats, bathrooms, concession stands, lights, sound, video boards, and breezeway entrance. Contributions by the City enhanced the Rio Nuevo project with new elevators, escalators, kitchen facilities, and other infrastructure work, which had not seen major improvements since its opening in 1971. Read the news release.