NewsNet 03-19-15

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES TAX INCENTIVES FOR MAJOR EMPLOYER - The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night gave final approval to the Primary Jobs Incentive and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) incentives for HomeGoods, paving the way for the Massachusetts-based company to establish a new West Coast distribution center in Tucson. The company says it would eventually create 910 jobs in 15 years (more than 400 in the first year) at a property near the airport. HomeGoods expects to begin construction in May and open the facility next year. Read more about the incentives from the Office of Economic Initiatives.
Last night's Mayor and Council Regular Agenda

4TH AVENUE STREET FAIR MEANS TEMPORARY ROUTE ADJUSTMENTS FOR STREETCAR - To accommodate the 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair booths this weekend, the Sun Link streetcar and Sun Tran buses will be used to shuttle streetcar passengers from temporary end point stops at Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street, and University Boulevard and Third Avenue. Beginning at approximately 1 p.m. tomorrow, until approximately midnight on Sunday, Fourth Avenue will be closed from University Boulevard south to Eighth Street, with the exception of Sixth Street. Fourth, Fifth, Seventh and Eighth streets will be closed between Third Avenue and Fifth Avenue. The streetcar will operate on the east end of the route from the eastern terminus at Helen Street to University Boulevard and Third Avenue and back. On the western terminus, Sun Link will operate from Avenida del Convento through Downtown Tucson to Fourth Avenue and Eighth Street and back. The 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Read the news release.

TUCSON POLICE PREPARE FOR MARCH MADNESS - With the University of Arizona Wildcats playing their first game tomorrow in the NCAA Tournament, the Tucson Police Department (TPD) is preparing for crowd control, especially if the Cats advance. Speaking to members of the Citizen Police Advisory Review Board last night, Deputy Chief Sharon Allen said police spent the last year preparing for the basketball tournament and will not be in full riot gear like last year. The strategy being incorporated this year is based on trips to other cities familiar with sports celebration events, she said. TPD will be partnering with the Department of Public Safety and Pima County to focus on special zones, which include Downtown Tucson, Fourth Avenue and Main Gate Square. Read more from Tucson News Now.

RECRUITMENT UNDERWAY FOR POLICE SERVICE OPERATORS - The Tucson Police Department's Communications Division is recruiting for Police Service Operators (PSO). The position involves skilled telephone communications work that includes answering emergency and non-emergency calls for service. The job requires the operator to interview, evaluate, and verify information from callers who are often in distress. Extensive keyboarding and multi-tasking abilities are essential. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and meet other qualifications. The application deadline is April 5.

CITY EMPLOYEES HONORED AT WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT AWARDS - The Pima County/Tucson Women's Commission recognized the work of outstanding women in local public service at the 2015 Women in Government Day Awards celebration on March 13 at the Tucson Convention Center. Nearly 150 women were nominated, and representatives from both the City of Tucson and Pima County were honored in each of four award categories.