NewsNet 12-19-14

TUCSON'S POLICE CHIEF SELECTED TO SERVE ON NATIONAL TASK FORCE - Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor has been selected by President Obama to serve on the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Obama created the task force yesterday after signing an executive order. The task force was conceived by the White House following the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri. It will include law enforcement representatives and community leaders. Its job over the next 90 days is to find ways to strengthen the relationship between police and the public, and to submit a written report to the president with its recommendations. Read the news release.
 
PLENTY OF PARKING AVAILABLE FOR TOMORROW'S PARADE OF LIGHTS - If you plan to attend tomorrow night's annual Downtown Parade of Lights, you can park in one of the many garages downtown. Metered parking is free, when available, on the weekends. You can find a map of where to park from Park Tucson's website. You can also ride the streetcar into downtown if you're coming in from the University of Arizona, Fourth Avenue, or the Mercado District. At 6 p.m., Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will light the Christmas tree in front of the Main Library. The parade begins at 6:30 at 17th Street and Stone Avenue.
 
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR BEACH BOYS CONCERT AT TCC - The Tucson Convention Center (TCC) is about two weeks away from unveiling the complete $7.8 million renovation of the arena. The public celebration of the renovated TCC is set for Saturday, Jan. 3, with an 8 p.m. concert by the Beach Boys. Tickets are still available at the TCC Ticket Office, 260 S. Church Ave., and Ticketmaster. In this video, Tucson 12 shows some of the new additions and the outlook for the future from those who played a part in the project.
 
SEE VIDEO OF WHAT IT'S LIKE TO RIDE A CAMEL AT REID PARK ZOO - You don’t have to travel to Egypt to ride a camel. Last month, four dromedary (one-hump) camels began giving rides to guests of Reid Park Zoo. Winston, Luke, Mack and Riddle give rides every day during Zoo hours (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.). To see what the experience is like, Tucson 12 went out with a video camera and caught some of the action, which you can see in this video.
 
HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS - Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to tdotsr@tucsonaz.gov. You also can use the SeeClickFix website and apps for Android and iOS.