NewsNet 10-20-14

PUBLIC FORUM TONIGHT ON INCLUSION AND EQUALITY IN TUCSON - Several speakers will take part in tonight's forum, "It's Time to Talk: Inclusion and Equality in Tucson," hosted by Ward 6 City Council Member Steve Kozachik's office. The community-wide conversation will focus on equality and opportunity in Tucson, with discussions about jobs, education, public policy, and the media. The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Catalina High School, 3645 E. Pima St. For more information, call 791-4601. Read the news release.
 
BUSINESS MAGAZINE SPOTLIGHTS STREETCAR PROJECT MANAGER - The fall edition of BizTucson Magazine features the "driving force for Tucson's Modern Streetcar." Tucson Department of Transportation Streetcar Project Manager Shellie Ginn began working on the City of Tucson's largest-ever construction project about 10 years ago, when it was just a recommendation from the Citizens Advisory Committee. Ginn, a Tucson native, helped guide the project through planning, design, construction, and operation. "I really would love my legacy to be leaving this city a better place than when I came into it," she said. "I love public service for that reason." Read the full interview from BizTucson (page 84).
 
DOWNTOWN LECTURE SERIES ON FOOD CONTINUES - The University of Arizona's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Downtown Lecture Series returns to the historic Fox Theatre on Wednesday. The 2014 lecture series is exploring food and its relationships with health, culture, and the environment. This week's lecture by Gary Nabhan is called "Tucson: City of Gastronomy, Hub for Food Diversity." Tickets  for the free, public lecture will be available at the Fox Theatre box office beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. Attendees can ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar to the event and enjoy the dining and retail opportunities along the route at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, or the Mercado District.
 
TUCSON 12 WINS NATIONAL AWARD - Tucson 12, The City Channel has another award for its display case. The 2014 National Association of Officers and Advisors (NATOA), recently announced the winners of its government programming awards in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Tucson 12 won the Second Place award for its video “Get Streetcar Street Smart!,” in the Public Education category. The annual awards recognize excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies.
 
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: MAIN GATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT - The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow night will consider creating the Main Gate Entertainment District west of the University of Arizona. Currently, certain new retail types of liquor licenses are not allowed to locate within 300 feet of a school or church. The special district would allow the licenses to be considered, on a case-by-case basis, if the surrounding churches and schools are supportive of the establishments. On April 23, Mayor and Council directed staff to help create a proposed entertainment district for the Main Gate area. Staff presented a draft map on Sept. 9, but was asked to return with modifications to the boundary. Tucson's first entertainment district, the Greater Downtown Entertainment District, was adopted May 20. Tomorrow's Mayor and Council Regular Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at 255 W. Alameda St. Read the agenda items.