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NewsNet 12-19-14

Tucson's Police Chief selected to serve on national task force

Plenty of parking available for tomorrow's Downton Parade of Lights

Tickets still available for beach boys concert at TCC

See video of what it's like to ride a camel at Reid Park Zoo

How to report transportation concerns

NewsNet 12-18-14

Mayor and Council clear way for new mixed-use hotel complex near University of Arizona

Tucson Police officers honored for saving lives in machete attack

Downtown Parade of Lights this weekend

Santa's coming to Tucson this weekend

Stay safe while driving this holiday season

NewsNet 12-17-14

Mayor and Council moves to next phase of proposed Ronstadt Center redevelopment

School Resource Officers heading to TUSD

Deadline extended to apply as a commission member to review and recommend salaries for Mayor and Council

Public comments sought on proposed elimination of Downtown Loop

'Zoo Lights' continues at Reid Park Zoo

NewsNet 12-16-14

City of Tucson and State of Arizona hold workshops on license and sales tax reporting

New parking meter installations continue

Have Coffee with a Cop tomorrow

Environmental mini grants available to schools to plant trees

'The Magic of Christmas' comes to TCC

NewsNet 12-15-14

PUBLIC COMMENTS SOUGHT ON PROPOSED ELIMINATION OF DOWNTOWN LOOP - The City of Tucson and Sun Tran are seeking the public’s feedback on a proposal to eliminate the Downtown Loop, a free transit service in the downtown area that provides access to community services, government offices, courts, educational facilities and area businesses. With the opening of the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar, the Downtown Loop has become a duplicate service. Many of the Downtown Loop’s major stops are within walking distance of Sun Link or existing Sun Tran service. Representatives from Sun Tran will be available at public open house events to answer questions and concerns regarding the proposed service change. Two open houses will be held tomorrow. The first runs from 10-11:30 A.M. at Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. 1st Ave. The second will be from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at El Pueblo Activity Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. For a list of other sessions, please visit the link below. A public hearing will be held on Jan. 6 and Mayor and Council Chambers, 255 W. Alameda St. Read the news release.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: WATER MAIN WORK AT 22ND STREET AND COUNTRY CLUB ROAD - Valve work on a water transmission main continues this week at 22nd Street at Country Club Road. The work will occur Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the eastbound left turn lane to northbound Country Club will be closed, as will the eastbound inside lane. Temporary steel plates are installed to allow traffic in all lanes during hours when work is not taking place. There will be no interruption of water service to customers, but motorists should be prepared for traffic delays. Read the news release.

SYNCHRONIZING TRAFFIC SIGNALS IS COMPLICATED - The number of green or red lights a driver encounters on any given stretch of road is part of an equation including vehicle speed, traffic levels and pedestrian crossings. The earliest attempts to synchronize the lights were in the early 1980s, when signals were controlled by a central computer. Today, each signal has its own separate control box nearby, and the software has a variety of traffic patterns programmed for different times of the day. For example, westbound routes toward the city center are favored during the morning commute, and the opposite is true for the early evening. Cameras on top of the traffic signals sense how many cars are waiting in a given lane. If there's no cross traffic, a light will stay green in the opposite direction for a longer period of time. The City of Tucson hopes to improve the system via data collection and collaboration with the Pima Association of Governments and the UA Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

ANOTHER BABY AT REID PARK ZOO - The next time you visit Reid Park Zoo, you may see "Cranberry," a male flamingo chick hatched just before Thanksgiving. He joins older sister Alice (hatched in October) as the youngest members of the Zoo's flock. You can see a photo of the hatchling at the Zoo's Facebook page. If you decide to visit the Zoo this month, you could help break the all-time attendance record, last set in 2012. The newly-hatched flamingos join baby elephant Nandi as must-sees at the Zoo.

JOIN A NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION TO IMPROVE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD - Meet your neighbors and make a difference in your neighborhood by joining or forming a neighborhood association. In this archived Tucson 12 video, learn how some residents of Midvale Park came together for a common cause.

NewsNet 12-12-14

RTA BOARD ENDORSES CITY'S RECOMMENDATION TO WIDEN BROADWAY TO SIX LANES - The Regional Transportation Authority Board (RTA) yesterday approved $1.5 million in funding for the City of Tucson to proceed with the roadway corridor design to widen Broadway Boulevard from four to six lanes, from Euclid Avenue to Country Club. The design will include bus pullouts, bike lanes and sidewalks. The RTA plan allocates $42,120,000 to the Broadway project. Another $26,222,000 will come from regional funds, including $25 million from 1997 Pima County Transportation Bonds, and $3 million from the City of Tucson via already-collected impact fees. The estimated cost to complete the design and final alignment of the corridor, including right-of-way research and estimating, is $2.5 million. The City of Tucson is contributing $1 million to complement the RTA's $1.5 million. Read the news release.

PLENTY OF DOWNTOWN PARKING FOR 2nd SATURDAYS AND 4th AVENUE STREET FAIR - Depending on the weather, this weekend will be busy in the downtown area and along 4th Avenue, but there are plenty of places to park. The Centro, Depot Plaza and Pennington Street garages all are within walking distance of the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association is no longer running free shuttles from the Main Gate and Pennington Street garages to the fair, due to the existence of the streetcar. The 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. today through Sunday, and 2nd Saturdays Downtown begins tomorrow with gallery shows at 9 a.m. Live entertainment has been canceled at the main stage due to the rainy weather forecast, but some performers and vendors may be at the Ronstadt Center if it doesn't rain. Visit @2ndSatTucson on Twitter for updates.

PUBLIC MEETINGS CONTINUE FOR INPUT ON POSSIBLE CHARTER CHANGES - Tucson's Charter Review Committee is asking for public comments as it reviews and makes recommendations about possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. A public meeting will be held Monday at 4 p.m. 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.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR REAL CHRISTMAS TREE FROM DRYING OUT OVER THE HOLIDAYS - Real Christmas trees bring the holiday spirit to life for many, but they start to dry out as soon as you take them home. In this week's "No Bad Days with Barrett" on KGUN9, Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker has a few safety tips to keep your holiday from going up in smoke, such as keeping your tree away from heat sources and candles.

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NewsNet 12-11-14

FOURTH AVENUE STREET FAIR BEGINS TOMORROW - The Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day. The event takes place on Fourth Avenue between Ninth Street and University Boulevard. The street fair includes more than 400 arts and crafts booths, more than 35 food vendors, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, and a hands-on art pavilion for kids. There also will be face painting, balloons, demonstrations, sidewalk entertainment, and other activities. For the first time, you can ride the Sun Link Streetcar to the fair. Please note there will be temporary route adjustments. The streetcar will operate on the east end of the route from the eastern terminus at Helen Street to University Boulevard and Third Avenue and back. On the western terminus, streetcar will operate from Avenida del Convento through downtown to Fourth Avenue and Eighth Street and back. Sun Tran buses will be used to shuttle streetcar passengers from temporary end point stops at Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street, and University Boulevard and Third Avenue. Follow the links below for more information and a map of the route adjustments.

SUN LINK STREETCAR JOINS 'STUFF THE BUS' EVENT - Sun Tran and KGUN 9 News are partnering again this holiday season for the annual “Stuff-the-Bus” event benefiting the Salvation Army’s Christmas Gift Distribution Program. This year, Sun Link will be part of the annual event by stuffing a streetcar. Tucsonans are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for children 12 and under. Cash donations also will be accepted. This year’s event will be held from 6 a.m. to  6 p.m. tomorrow at two Walmart stores (Speedway/Kolb and Arizona Pavilions) and the streetcar stop at Helen Street and Warren Avenue.

TCC READIES FOR ARENA GRAND REOPENING - The Tucson Convention Center (TCC) is less than a month away from unveiling the complete $7.8 million renovation of the arena. 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. The public unveiling and 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.

SOUTHWEST NUTCRACKER HAS THREE PERFORMANCES AT TCC MUSIC HALL - This original full-length classical ballet translates the traditional Nutcracker to Tucson in the 1880s, complete with coyotes, cavalry, and rattlesnakes. The Saturday and Sunday performances feature a live orchestra, colorful costumes, professionally designed sets, and dancing. Tickets are available at the TCC Ticket Office, 260 S. Church Ave., and Ticketmaster. Read the TCC event description.

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