NewsNet 10-21-14

CITY SEEKING COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE CHARTER CHANGES - Tucson's Charter Review Committee is asking for public comments as it reviews and make recommendations about possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. A public meeting will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at City Hall (255 W. Alameda, 1st floor). Potential amendments to the City Charter may be on the Nov. 3, 2015 City ballot. All comments should be made via email to the City Clerk’s Office, cityclerk@tucsonaz.gov.
 
BE PART OF THE BUZZ IN DOWNTOWN TUCSON - If you haven't experienced the excitement of revitalized Downtown Tucson on a weekend, Tucson 12 recently captured the sights and sounds of the 2nd Saturdays Downtown celebration. The monthly event features family-friendly activities, art gallery shows, music, food, and more. Downtown has seen an increase in activity, particularly since the July 25 opening of the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. Sun Link provides riders with an opportunity to experience the new businesses and activities downtown, while easily traveling to other destinations along the 3.9-mile route through the University of Arizona, Fourth Avenue, and the Mercado District.
2nd Saturdays Downtown

KIDCO HOSTS 'LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL' CELEBRATION - The City of Tucson's Parks and Recreation Department's KIDCO program is taking part in this week's 15th annual "National Lights On Afterschool" event, promoting the need for after-school programs in the Tucson community. Bring a blanket or chair to watch singing and dancing performances by participants in KIDCO and the In-Betweeners Club (IBC). The event begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park, and food will be available for purchase. The celebration is part of a national event sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance. Read the news release.
 
L.A. NEWSPAPER LAUDS STREETCAR - The Los Angeles Daily News calls the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar "a calling card to bring attention to a city that has a lot in common with famously cool Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas." The Travel section of the newspaper also cites Tucson's assets, such as history, a beautiful urban core, great food and drinks, art, fine arts, lively music, and a college-town vibe. In addition, the article mentions some historic sites in Tucson, such as Presidio San Agustín del Tucson and St. Augustine Cathedral.
 
FOLLOW THE PROGRESS ON THE DOWNTOWN LINKS PROJECT - The City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) have a Downtown Links website to give citizens information and updates on one of the largest transportation projects in Tucson. The $76 million project will result in a four-lane roadway north of the Union Pacific Railroad that will link Barraza-Aviation Parkway and Interstate 10, Broadway Boulevard with 4th Avenue, and downtown with the neighborhoods to the north. Downtown Links also will provide alternate access to downtown, new and safer underpasses and railroad crossings, and improved sidewalks and bike paths.