NewsNet 12-10-14

MAINSTREET PROGRAM EARNS COMMON GROUND AWARD - The Regional Transportation Authority's (RTA) MainStreet business assistance program, which provides free consulting services to businesses located within a quarter-mile of RTA projects, was recognized for its efforts with a Common Ground Award from the Metropolitan Pima Alliance (MPA). "For the past seven years, the Tucson Department of Transportation has relied heavily on the expertise of MainStreet's business assistance staff to help mitigate the impacts that our roadway improvement projects have on local businesses," said TDOT Director Daryl Cole. "Local businesses are the fuel that feeds the economic engine of our community, and our partnership with MainStreet is responsible for making sure our community continues to thrive down the road."
 
CITY COUNCIL DOESN'T RAISE BUS FARES, BUT CHANGES SOME ROUTES - The Tucson City Council yesterday voted 5-2 to adjust a handful of bus routes that would save the City about $110,000 dollars for the rest of this fiscal year and $264,000 next fiscal year. When the current year's budget was written, it factored in $1.2 million in transit savings through fare hikes and route adjustments. To cover the resulting budget gap, the City will apply gas savings and push some purchase contracts into the next fiscal year, Interim City Manager Martha Durkin told the Council. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Councilman Steve Kozachik cast the dissenting votes. Read the agenda materials.
 
CITY OF TUCSON HOLDS WORKSHOPS ON LICENSE AND SALES TAX REPORTING - Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (sales) Taxation by attending a Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. Questions will be answered, and written materials will be available. Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained. You should bring a calculator and a pencil. A workshop for retail and contracting questions will be held tomorrow, 10:30 a.m. -  noon, at the Martha Cooper Branch Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave. Another workshop will be held Thursday, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m. - noon, at the Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library, 4350 E. 22nd St. Read the news release.
 
LECTURE TONIGHT ON GEOTOURISM - Hear about a new vision of Southern Arizona as a destination for international tourism by preserving and celebrating our region’s unique culture heritage, history, geology and biodiversity. University of Arizona College of Science Dean Joaquin Ruiz will speak from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Playground Bar and Lounge, 278 E. Congress St. Tonight's lecture is presented by the UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry as part of its Show & Tell series.
 
'HOT SHOT HOOPLA' THIS WEEKEND - City of Tucson Parks and Recreation and USA Youth Sports are hosting the 2nd annual "Hot Shot Hoopla" basketball competition on Saturday. Contestants will be given two one-minute rounds to shoot from six spots to accumulate their highest score. All participants will receive a ticket to the Jan. 3 University of Arizona Women’s Basketball game. Players will be grouped based on age and gender. Participants must be 12 and under and register onsite from 8-9 a.m. at the Randolph Recreation Center, 200 S. Alvernon Way. The registration fee is $1, and the competition is limited to the first 100 kids. Read the news release.