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NewsNet 08-01-14

MARTHA DURKIN BEGINS HER SERVICE AS INTERIM CITY MANAGER - The City of Tucson administration welcomes a new leader today.  Assistant City Manager, Martha Durkin, was appointed by Mayor and Council recently as the interim replacement for Richard Miranda, whose retirement became effective yesterday. "I am honored to serve as Interim City Manager and build upon the City's mission to provide excellent service delivery," Durkin tells NewsNet. "This is a time of great synergy between our organization and the community as we all work toward a more vibrant and prosperous Tucson." Durkin is the first woman to hold the leadership post, and she will serve as Interim City Manager until a permanent Manager is hired by Mayor and Council. Durkin has worked in local government since 1984.

RESIDENT THANKS TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR SAVING HER LIFE - Sandy Goodsite recently suffered a stroke at work.  Fortunately, she was treated within three minutes by Tucson Fire Paramedics Bill Nielson and Robert Smith, and her life was saved.  Goodsite showed her appreciation this week with a full-catered meal for the entire fire station. "I appreciate everything they did, and I don't know how often people come and say 'thank you' to them but I wanted them to see me, that I wasn't just laying on a bed looking like I was about to go out," Goodsite said. The Goodsites also visited the doctors and nurses who helped Sandy at Tucson Medical Center. Read more from KGUN9.

NEWSPAPER HIGHLIGHTS FUN THINGS TO DO ALONG THE STREETCAR LINE - The Arizona Daily Star yesterday published a 16-page pullout section highlighting the places for fun, food, and drinks along the 3.9-mile streetcar route. The "Caliente" insert gives a little background about the Sun Link project, while focusing on all of the new development and places to eat and explore along the line, from the University of Arizona, 4th Avenue, downtown, and the Mercado west of I-10. There's even a story about the redevelopment of Tucson's birthplace, nestled near the base of Sentinel Peak. Meanwhile, the latest report from the Downtown Tucson Partnership highlights more than $900 million of public and private investment along the streetcar route.
 
RECYCLING DURING STREETCAR WEEKEND AND AT THE STOPS HELPS OUR ENVIRONMENT - More than 30,000 bottles of water were given out during the opening of the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar last weekend, and more than a thousand pounds of those empty bottles and other recyclable materials were diverted from the landfill. “Each of the streetcar stops has a permanent dual trash/recycling container for passenger use,” said Francis LaSala, Tucson’s Waste Diversion Manager. “Until now, public transit stops have not been outfitted with recycling containers. Most of the waste generated by transit passengers are recyclable things, like beverage containers and newspapers.” In addition to the dual containers at Sun Link stops, the City recently installed trash and recycling bins downtown to allow residents the opportunity to “Do More Blue” while on the go. Read the news release.
 
TUCSON POLICE TO TEACH CAR SAFETY TOMORROW - The Tucson Police Department’s nationally-certified car seat technicians will teach parents and guardians about the proper use of car seats at the "Kidz Expo Back to School" event. The event will be held tomorrow at the El Pueblo Regional Center, 101 W. Irvington, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Three classes will be held during the four-hour event - two in Spanish and one in English. After attending the hour-long class, parents will be given a car seat. Registration for the classes will begin at 10:00 a.m.

CEREMONY OF FLAGS MARKS TUCSON’S 239TH BIRTHDAY

 

The five flags that have flown over Tucson - American, Spanish,
Mexican, Confederate, and the State of Arizona - will be presented in a
ceremony to celebrate Tucson’s 239th birthday. The Tohono O'odham
Nation and Pascua Yaqui Tribe flags also will be presented, as will a
replica of the 28-star American flag that was brought by the Mormon
Battalion and flown over Tucson on December 16, 1846.

Newsnet July 31

TUCSON OFFERS TESLA BUILDING PERMIT - In an effort to lure Tesla Motors' battery-making factory to Tucson, the City of Tucson has offered the company a building permit to start construction of a $3 billion plant. The permit is for a one-story building of up to 5 million square feet in size at an address “to be determined." Mayor Jonathan Rothschild this week sent the permit and a brief letter to Tesla officials. “Attached is a City of Tucson permit, ready for your signature,” the letter reads.

Kids Expo August 2

 

Arizona Bilingual is hosting a Kids Expo at the El Pueblo Center, 101 West Irvington, Saturday, August 2, at 10 a.m..

 

Health, education, kids activities, painting, arts & crafts, school information,  health information and special events and much more will be offered at this Expo.

 

More than 500 hundred back packs and school supplies will be given away at the Expo.  Other special items will be raffled off as well at the event.

 

NewsNet 07-31-14

TUCSON OFFERS TESLA BUILDING PERMIT - In an effort to lure Tesla Motors' battery-making factory to Tucson, the City of Tucson has offered the company a building permit to start construction of a $3 billion plant. The permit is for a one-story building of up to 5 million square feet in size at an address “to be determined." Mayor Jonathan Rothschild this week sent the permit and a brief letter to Tesla officials. “Attached is a City of Tucson permit, ready for your signature,” the letter reads. “Just letting you know the City of Tucson is ready to proceed as soon as you are.” Competing states have offered discounted electricity and free land, and have introduced bills to allow direct sales of Tesla’s vehicles, which states such as Arizona currently ban. Tesla officials have said previously that the company wants to pick one or two sites this year and begin battery production at one of them by 2017. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
 
NEW DOWNTOWN TUCSON PARTNERSHIP REPORT QUANTIFIES SUCCESS OF STREETCAR - The economic impact of the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar continues to grow. Even though the streetcar began passenger service less than a week ago, economic development along the 3.9-mile route has been heavy since voters approved the streetcar and RTA plan back in 2006. The latest estimate from the Downtown Tucson Partnership quantifies more than $900 million in public and private investment along the line from west of Interstate-10, downtown, 4th Avenue and the University of Arizona.
 
STREETCARS KEEP WINNING SCRAMBLE FOR FEDERAL MASS TRANSIT PROJECT FUNDING - In the competition for urban transit funding, light rail and streetcars are winning and buses remain runners up. Although more capital intensive than bus systems, light rail and streetcars dominate the list of 53 mass transit projects being funded or under consideration in the FTA’s New Starts program. The $196 million Sun Link Tucson Streetcar was funded in part by a $63 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant – part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Of the 53 projects recently funded nationwide, 30 of them were light rail or streetcar projects, and only 18 were “bus rapid transit” (BRT) – buses running in a dedicated lane closed to other traffic. The rest were for heavy rail projects. Read more from Roll Call.
 
CITY OF TUCSON DEPARTMENT OF PROCUREMENT WINS ANOTHER NATIONAL AWARD - The City of Tucson’s Department of Procurement recently was awarded the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award (AEP) for 2014. The award, from the National Procurement Institute, recognizes innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes. The City of Tucson is one of only 14 government agencies in Arizona - and one of 68 cities in the United States - to receive the award. The City is one of only six agencies to receive the AEP award for all 19 years since its inception. Under the leadership of Director Marcheta Gillespie, Tucson’s Department of Procurement consistently wins awards for its work.
 
REID PARK ZOO AND DESERT MUSEUM JOIN TO SUPPORT CONSERVATION - The Reid Park Zoo will join several other conservation organizations Saturday night at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Cool Summer Nights from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The evening will focus on conservation projects the organizations support. There also will be information on rainwater harvesting, buffelgrass, fire prevention, birding games, and threatened and endangered species.

TUCSON TO HOST ASA 18 AND UNDER CLASS A WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FASTPITCH SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, along with the
Arizona Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and Visit Tucson, will be
hosting the ASA 18 and under girls fastpitch Class A Western National
Championship tournament from July 30 through August 3, 2014. The
tournament will be held at Lincoln Park, 8116 E. Escalante Rd, at the
new Lincoln softball complex. This complex features 4 lighted softball
fields, bleacher seating with roof for shade and a concessions building

NewsNet 07-30-14

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: 'TUCSON'S SUN LINK ONE MORE REASON TO GROW AMERICA' - Fast Lane, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Transportation, says, "Sun Link is a good example of modern streetcar services that are bringing a new transportation option to communities across the country – or in some cases, bringing back an old one." The blog mentions that nearly 100,000 people live and work within a quarter-mile of the 3.9-mile Sun Link route. That’s helped attract more than $800 million in public and private investment along the corridor since the service was announced, including housing, restaurants, offices, and retail. The American-made streetcar investment in Arizona – funded in part by a grant from DOT's TIGER program – is also supporting jobs for families in Portland, Oregon, where the modern streetcars are manufactured.
 
AZ CHAPTER OF AMERICAN PUBLIC WORKS ASSOCIATION (APWA) NAMES TUCSON STREETCAR 'PROJECT OF THE YEAR '- The Arizona APWA named the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar the Public Works Project of the Year at its annual conference in Tucson yesterday. The $196 million project, co-managed by the City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority, launched service last Friday with more than 60,000 people riding the streetcar during three days of free rides. The Arizona Chapter of the APWA cited key successes of the streetcar project, including a high level of cooperation among all partners, the creation of more than 500 construction-related jobs, more than $800 million in public and private investment along the route, installation of $19 million in needed infrastructure improvements, extensive outreach to the public and businesses along the route, emphasis on American jobs and materials for the project, and collaboration among various populations and neighborhoods along the streetcar route. The project was recognized for the same honor in April by the Southern Arizona APWA Branch. The streetcar project is considered to be Tucson’s largest and most-complex transportation construction project in city history.
 
D-M HONORS TWO TUCSONANS FOR THEIR SUPPORT - Ward 4 Tucson City Council Member Shirley Scott and Mike Grassinger recently were each given the honorary title of "Community Wingman" at a recent ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Council Member Scott is a longtime supporter of D-M, which is in Ward 4, and Grassinger is Principle of AZ Planning Center and a former president of DM-50, a nonprofit volunteer service organization that supports and funds initiatives to improve the quality of life for D-M's airmen. The Davis-Monthan Community Wingman program recognizes Tucson community leaders who have given support to many D-M missions.
 
MOVIES IN THE PARK SERIES CONTINUES AT REID PARK - Looking for some family-friendly entertainment on Friday nights over the summer? Movies in the Park, a Tucson summer staple since 2003, returns Friday at Reid Park with a free showing of "Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader." Residents are invited to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy a free movie every other Friday at the DeMeester Performing Arts Pavilion, 900 S. Randolph Way. The events begin at 5:30 p.m. with live music, jumping castles, balloon animals, and arts and crafts exhibits from nonprofits. Popcorn, soda, and food truck vendors will be available for an additional charge. The Movies in the Park program is hosted by Cox Communications and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. Read more from Tucson News Now.
FIND A BARGAIN AT CITY SURPLUS - Need an Amazon Kindle? Maybe an iPod better fits your entertainment needs? How about a laptop, or a steam cleaner? You can find these items and more on the City of Tucson's surplus auction website.

Newsnet - July 29

CITY, MERCHANTS EXCITED ABOUT NEW STREETCAR - More than 60,000 people rode the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar during its first three days of operations and Sun Link officials and merchants are still talking about the success. Businesses along the streetcar enjoyed a steady stream of customers as people took advantage of special discounts. “We were pleasantly surprised that the traffic was steady all day long, and there was a mixed crowd of people,” said Jane McCollum, general manager of the Marshall Foundation, which manages most of the real estate at Main Gate Square on University Boulevard.

NewsNet 07-29-14

CITY, MERCHANTS EXCITED ABOUT NEW STREETCAR - More than 60,000 people rode the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar during its first three days of operations and Sun Link officials and merchants are still talking about the success. Businesses along the streetcar enjoyed a steady stream of customers as people took advantage of special discounts. “We were pleasantly surprised that the traffic was steady all day long, and there was a mixed crowd of people,” said Jane McCollum, general manager of the Marshall Foundation, which manages most of the real estate at Main Gate Square on University Boulevard. “We had one merchant who commented that it felt like school had just opened,” she said, adding that most Main Gate tenants have enjoyed strong sales all summer. Merchants downtown and along 4th Avenue expressed similar sentiments. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

ENJOY SUMMER DISCOUNTS AT MANY MERCHANTS ALONG THE STREETCAR ROUTE - Many businesses along the 3.9 mile streetcar route continue to celebrate Sun Link with special deals until the end of August via the “Connect in the City” discount card. The card costs $5 and offers hundreds of dollars in discounts this summer at restaurants, bars, and stores along Fourth Avenue, Main Gate, Downtown Tucson and at the Mercado San Augustin. The card is valid though the end of August and is good for unlimited use. You can buy a "Connect in the City" card online.

SUNGO CARDS ACCEPTED ON BOTH SUN LINK STREETCAR AND SUN TRAN BUSES - The SunGO card is the best way to pay fares when riding public transit in Tucson. The card works on both the Sun Tran bus system and the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. A SunGO card with unlimited rides for a month is just $42. If you're an occasional rider, you can load the SunGO card with a cash value to pay the $1.50 one-way fares whenever you use transit.  In addition, there are many discounts available for students, low-income residents, seniors and others. If you ride the streetcar, you must have a SunGO card, or purchase a day pass with cash or a credit card from a vending machine at the stop. Cash is not accepted on the streetcar. 
Watch How to Ride video for streetcar
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GIRLS SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT IN TUCSON THIS WEEK - The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, along with the Arizona Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and Visit Tucson, will be hosting the ASA 18 and under girls fastpitch Class A Western National Championship tournament starting tomorrow, through August 3, at Lincoln Park (8116 E. Escalante Road) at the new Lincoln softball complex. The complex features four lighted softball fields, bleacher seating with shade, and a concessions building with restrooms. The tournament features 17 teams from across the west coast. Read the news release/schedule.
 
NEED HELP STARTING OR EXPANDING A BUSINESS IN TUCSON? CALL THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LINE - The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives, along with 21 new business incentives, streamlined permit processes and more, to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly.

Sun Tran and Teamsters sign contract extension

Sun Tran officials and representatives from Teamsters Local 104 have agreed to extend the current labor contract until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014, to allow negotiations to continue. Buses will run as scheduled through the contract extension date. The current contract was to expire at midnight Thursday, July 31.

“Negotiations will continue this week and we are hopeful an agreement can be reached prior to the expiration of the contract extension,” said Sun Tran General Manager Kate Riley. “The public can expect business as usual through August 6.”

NewsNet 07-28-14

STREETCAR'S OPENING WEEKEND A HUGE SUCCESS -  Approximately 60,000 people rode the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar during its first three days of operation. Free fares, curiosity, fun activities, and merchant specials brought out the riders, who got their first taste of the 3.9 mile route between the University of Arizona, 4th Avenue, Downtown, and the Mercado area just west of Interstate-10. "The Sun Link streetcar system had a great first day of service,” said Sun Link Project Manager Shellie Ginn.

NewsNet 07-25-14

TUCSON STREETCAR NOW OPEN! -  With a variety of celebrations at various stops and a grand opening kickoff downtown, Tucsonans this morning got their first chance to ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. Rides are free through Sunday. There are about 11,000 places to park along the route that make parking and riding easy. Many merchants along the 3.9 mile route from west of I-10, through 4th Avenue, to the University of Arizona, are offering specials during the streetcar's opening weekend.

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