NewsNet 06-22-15

MAYOR AND COUNCIL TO CONSIDER INCENTIVE PACKAGE FOR COMCAST - Tomorrow's Mayor and Tucson City Council Study Session includes discussion of a Primary Jobs Incentive package for Comcast. The Philadelphia based cable operator is slated to open a customer service center later this year that will eventually employee more than 1,000 people. City Manager Martha Durkin is recommending Council approve the incentive after an independent analysis projected the center's five-year economic impact at approximately $380 million with direct revenue to the City, Pima County, and the State anticipated to be more than $1.6 million. The Primary Jobs Incentive benefit is expected to equal approximately $180,000 by waiving City building permit fees and allocating construction sales tax generated by the project to impact fees, public infrastructure improvements, or job training. The new center will make Comcast one of the top 40 employers in Southern Arizona. Read an article from the Arizona Daily Star.

THE CITY OF TUCSON AND SUN TRAN SEEKING FEEDBACK ON PLANNED SERVICE CHANGES (DEADLINE TOMORROW) - Public comments are being solicited on planned service changes to Sun Tran bus routes that would take effect in August. Routes 1, 2, 5, 8, 10 and 34 are being considered for adjustments to improve travel time, on-time performance, and/or increase overall route productivity. Other proposed adjustments include splitting Route 3 into two routes at Ronstadt Transit Center (RTC) to better meet passenger needs, merging Routes 11 and 50, changing weekday frequency on Routes 8 and 25, and changing nighttime frequency on Routes 10, 27 and 29. Follow the link below for information and to find out how to offer comments. The deadline to submit comments is tomorrow.

18TH ANNUAL DÍA DE SAN JUAN FIESTA SET FOR WEDNESDAY - The annual tradition of celebrating the beginning of the “season of monsoon rains” continues Wednesday from 5-10 p.m. at Mercado San Agustin, 885 W. Congress St. Local tradition hails St. John the Baptist as the one who brings the rain, kicking off the monsoon in the Old Pueblo. The Fiesta will feature a procession, live music and dance, food, arts and crafts, games, activities for children, and free water and watermelon. The free event is non-alcoholic and boasts a family-friendly atmosphere.

FOX TAPS TUCSON FOR THE NEXT 'AMERICAN IDOL' - The Fox TV singing competition "American Idol" will hold bus tour stop auditions this Wednesday at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) for the 15th and final season of the show. Registration and auditions are conducted the same day with detailed information listed on the "American Idol" website. Participants are urged to bring bottled water and stay hydrated during the auditions. Parking will be available at the TCC and throughout downtown. Additionally, the Sun Link streetcar conveniently stops on Cushing Street at the TCC.

NEW PASS OFFERS TEENS DISCOUNTS FOR TRANSIT AND CITY POOLS - Tucson's new SummerGo Youth Pass is available for $45. The pass gives high school students unlimited rides on public transit, free entrance to 18 City pools, and discounts at various attractions. SummerGO can be purchased at several recreation centers and City pools, but only through the end of June. The pass is valid now through Aug. 5. A student ID is required for purchase.