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NewsNet 10-17-14

TUCSON POLICE RECEIVING 'FAIR AND IMPARTIAL POLICING' TRAINING - Tucson Police Department (TPD) commanders this week received training to learn about the "Fair and Impartial Policing Perspective." The training was led by Dr. Lorie Fridell, an associate professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Behavioral and Community Science. Fridell has more than 20 years of experience conducting research in the field of law enforcement and is nationally known for her work on bias-based policing. TPD Chief Roberto Villaseñor mandated the course as part of the department’s annual continuing training program. The training reflects a new and scientific approach to thinking about the issues of bias in modern policing. TPD says the training is designed to make personnel aware of their implicit biases and give them the tools they need to reduce and manage them and foster better relationships between officers and the public. Fridell also is training future trainers who will train other officers on fair and impartial policing. Chief Villaseñor hopes to have all of the approximately 950 members of the department trained within six months.Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and the TPD news release.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR A DOWNTOWN SURVEY - The Downtown Tucson Partnership today began its second Downtown Pedestrian Intercept Study, a snapshot of public opinions on Downtown Tucson. Volunteers helping in the annual survey will question pedestrians about the current state of the downtown area. The information collected during the study will be used to guide improvement work and allow the Downtown Tucson Partnership to make recommendations to the City of Tucson. Volunteers are needed to help conduct the survey Oct. 18, 24 and 25. Each shift will be between four to six hours, with two volunteers per location for each shift. Volunteers can sign up for as many shifts as they would like, and training will be provided.

TRAFFIC ALERT: BROADWAY/HOUGHTON FINAL PAVING - Monday will begin the final phase of paving of the intersection of Broadway Boulevard and Houghton Road. Crews from Borderland Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will work from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. and expect to have the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) project finished by next Friday. During the work, traffic will be shifted through the intersection to allow for paving operations and access to local businesses. At least one lane of travel in all four directions will be maintained during the paving work. Tucson Police officers will be directing traffic at the intersection. Read the TDOT news release.

'NAMJAM' THIS WEEKEND - The 27th annual NamJam celebration in Tucson kicks off a number of veterans-related activities leading up to Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Tomorrow's event, dubbed "Rockin' for all Vets," takes place from 9 a.m. to dusk at Rillito Downs, 4502 N. First Ave. The free celebration includes military displays, food, drinks, and a play area for kids.

REDUCE CLUTTER AND GO PAPERLESS WITH CITY E-BILLING - Go paperless with your Utility Services Statement. Set up an eBill account to pay your bill, get notification of your billing statement, view water usage, and read Tucson Water's newsletter.

NewsNet 10-16-14

EXPANDED MARIPOSA PORT OF ENTRY OFFICIALLY OPEN - After ten years of planning and five years of construction, the $250 million expansion of the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales was marked by an official opening ceremony yesterday. The expanded port includes a pedestrian crossing area, 12 passenger vehicle lanes, eight commercial lanes, a dedicated bus lane, a new inspection area, and an off-load dock. With the expansion, the port has the potential of processing as many as 4,000 commercial vehicles a day. “For Tucson, this day is a significant milestone in our economic development as a city,” said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. “As we go out and we market our city as a logistics hub, as a manufacturing hub, as a place where you want a headquarters to do business internationally, we had to have this piece in place.” Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TUCSON WATER FEATURED AT HOME SHOW - The SAHBA Fall Home & Garden Show begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). Stop by Tucson Water’s display space in Aisle 1100 and pick up some free water-related items, meet the utility’s professionals, and learn more about where your water originates. Two topics presented will be the ongoing drought status and the technology involved in recycling water. Details about the three-day show (admission, hours, parking information, etc.) are at the link below. The TCC is easily accessible via the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar.

WATER PARTNERSHIP TO HELP COMMUNITY'S FUTURE - Students from John B. Wright Elementary School recently attended Farm Camp to learn about community partnerships to ensure that Tucsonans have adequate food supplies and reliable water resources. That message was delivered by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and others as part of a ribbon-cutting event attended by more than 70 adults and children at Tucson Village Farm. The working urban farm was built by youth for the youth of our community, and features innovative water conservation techniques. The dedication of the farm was the result of a year-long collaboration between Tucson Water, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Arizona Project WET, and Conserve2Enhance. Tucson Village Farm is located at 4210 N. Campbell Ave. Read more from Tucson Water.

WEAR PURPLE TOMORROW - In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, tomorrow is "Wear Purple Day." One of the many partners of the special day is Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, which says one in four women will experience abuse in her lifetime. Emerge! provides domestic abuse crisis intervention and housing, prevention, education, support, and advocacy services to anyone experiencing domestic abuse.  Most people seeking services are women and their children, but programs are available to everyone.

FORBES MAGAZINE RECOGNIZES TUCSON'S BICYCLING EFFORTS - In a recent website article about U.S. cities with the most bike lanes, Forbes magazine points to Tucson's Bicycle Boulevards, calling them "attractive, convenient and comfortable sections of street, optimized for cycling with reduced motorized traffic." The article also mentions the introduction of Cyclovia events motivating Tucsonans to ditch their cars to spend some time on temporarily traffic-free streets. The magazine ranks Tucson second for the highest number of bike lanes, at 610, just behind San Diego, with 620.
City of Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program

Houghton Road/Broadway Intersection Improvement - Final Paving REVISED

On Monday, October 20, 2014, crews from Borderland Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin the final paving at the Houghton Road and Broadway intersection. The final paving work is scheduled to be complete by Friday, October 24, 2014. Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Houghton Road/Broadway Intersection Improvement - Final Paving

On Monday, October 20, 2014, crews from Borderland Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin the final paving at the Houghton Road and Broadway intersection. The final paving work is scheduled to be complete by Friday, October 25, 2014. Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Road Recovery - Resurfacing Projects

CAMPBELL AVENUE - PRINCE ROAD TO LIND ROAD 
PRINCE ROAD - ORACLE ROAD TO STONE AVENUE
STONE AVENUE - PRINCE ROAD TO ROGER ROAD 

On Monday, October 20, 2014, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work to improve pavement conditions on Campbell Avenue from Prince Road south to Lind Road. Crews will begin the project by lowering manhole covers and water valve covers. Work hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NewsNet 10-15-14

MISTER CAR WASH PART OF DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION - It's only been a few months since the headquarters of the nation's largest full-service car wash moved into Downtown Tucson, and the CEO of Mister Car Wash is delighted. "This is a dream for me," said John Lai. The downtown location is close to the University of Arizona and a block away from the streetcar. "We have known for a while that Tucson's recent growth has created an environment where people want to work and live," he said, hoping that environment will attract top talent. The site at 222 E. Fifth St. once housed the First Baptist Church School, but the structure had been vacant since 2007. The renovated building opened as Mister Car Wash headquarters June 1, on a tight schedule that had most of the renovation work completed in four months. The company qualified for tax incentives from the City of Tucson, receiving an eight-year property tax exemption through the Government Property Lease Excise Tax program. The City also is waiving building permit fees and allowing the company to use what it would pay in construction taxes for job training. The business expects to generate about $2.9 million in direct and indirect tax revenues over the next eight years. Mister Car Wash employs 4,800 people in 14 states. Read more from BizTucson (page 74).

TUCSON HISPANIC CHAMBER GETS FEDERAL GRANT - The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (THCC) announced today that it has been awarded a $250,000 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Grant/Cooperative Agreement to continue the implementation of its "Beyond Startup: Elevate Your Business Program." The program was launched more than a year ago, with funding from a grant provided by the City of Tucson. The grant funding allows the program to expand to include businesses in the Tucson region, rural parts of Arizona, and adjoining states. The program promotes the development, growth, success, and long-term sustainability of small businesses eligible for assistance from the SBA. Informational sessions will be held at the THCC on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 3-3:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9-9:30 a.m.

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR RECYCLING? - Take a tour of the ReCommunity Material Recovery Facility (Tucson 12 video) and see where all of your recyclables go. Also, learn how to make the right choices when discarding material to reduce recycling contamination rates.

DOWNTOWN NOW THE SITE OF DAILY MOVIES - The Screening Room, which has long served as a centerpiece for the Arizona International Film Festival, is now a full-time movie house. A new partnership between Grand Cinemas and the Arizona Media Arts Council is again bringing mainstream movies to Downtown Tucson after a 40-year absence. Grand Cinemas made several major improvements to the 114-seat space at 127 E. Congress. The new operators moved seats, lighting, and the sound system from its recently-closed Crossroads Theater to bring the Screening Room up to date. The Dolby 5.1 surround system offers booming sound in the tiny space, in part because it was designed for a larger room. The Screening Room also now has a high-tech digital projector to replace the film-based one it had been using. Read more from Downtown Tucson Partnership.

'ZOOCSON' FUNDRAISER FRIDAY - Reid Park Zoo is hosting its 21st annual fundraiser this week to benefit its exhibits, education programs, conservation efforts, and capital projects. More than 30 of Tucson’s favorite restaurants will provide small-plate tastings at stations throughout the Zoo. "ZOOcson" attendees participate in silent and live auctions, which include a diverse array of items. The fundraiser is a 21-and-over event, and tickets include food at all restaurant stations and two drink tickets. To prepare for ZOOcson, Reid Park Zoo will close to the public at noon Friday. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. Visit Reid Park Zoo website for ZOOcson event and ticket information.

"Stuff the Bus" Event

Sun Tran, KGUN 9 News, and Sam Levitz Furniture have partnered to sponsor a one-day “Stuff-the-Bus” event benefitting EMERGE! Center Against Domestic Abuse.  The event, which will be held on Friday, October 17, helps promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  A Sun Tran bus will be located at Sam Levitz Furniture’s eastside location at 100 North Pantano Road.  Donations will be accepted from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NewsNet 10-14-14

'STREETCAR NAMED PROSPERITY' - The fall issue of BizTucson magazine features an overview of the economic impact of the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar and its connection to visionary Louise Marshall's investment in the Tucson Street Railway in 1903. So far, Sun Link has generated $900 million in investments along the route and revitalized Downtown Tucson. Since 2008, 194 new businesses have opened downtown and 158 of those businesses remain open, according to reports from the Downtown Tucson Partnership. Sun Link travels a 3.9-mile route between the University of Arizona, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District.
 
RECENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BRINGS NEW JOBS TO TUCSON
- Shared Services Center Tucson, a provider of business office support for the healthcare community, plans to create 200 new jobs in the Tucson region. Currently located at Northwest Medical Center, the new location at 6223 S. Palo Verde Road will expand the operation to 60,000 square feet and nearly 300 employees. The project includes $5 million in capital investment, generating a $96 million economic impact. In other job creation news, Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres was on hand Oct. 10 for the formal dedication of a Culver's Restaurant at 3070 S. Campbell Avenue. The new addition to the Tucson Marketplace at the Bridges will create more than 60 new jobs. Read news release about Shared Services Center Tucson.

GET A FREE BIKE LIGHT TONIGHT - Living Streets Alliance is partnering with the City of Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program and the Pima Association of Governments to give away bike lights to people without them. Not only do bike lights improve visibility for both cyclists and others on the street – it's the law that bicyclists have them. With darkness falling sooner this time of year, many people are unprepared for riding safely in the dark. Free lights will distributed tonight at the intersection of North 6th Avenue and East 7th Street from 5 p.m. until supplies run out.

ARIZONA OPERA OPENS SEASON NEXT WEEK AT TCC - Arizona Opera opens its 2014-2015 season with the world's first mariachi opera. Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon) blends the passion and artistry of mariachi with the story of a Mexican immigrant family. Commissioned in celebration of the anniversaries of Mexican Independence and Revolution, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna features Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. With music written by Jose "Pepe" Martinez, Mariachi Vargas Music Director, and books and lyrics by Leonard Foglia, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna will be performed Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center's Music Hall. The opera is sung in Spanish and English with English supertitles.  
Visit Tucson event description

TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT RESCUES FELINE - Part of firefighter lore is that they often can be seen rescuing cats stuck in trees. Well, there is some truth in that image, as Tucson Fire Department (TFD) crews this past weekend rescued a kitten, not from a tree, but from a deep drainage ditch. The six-week-old kitten appeared to have been wedged for some time in the underground ditch near East Grant Road and North Tucson Boulevard. Firefighters lowered a ladder into a crawl space and a firefighter carried the cat to the street. The kitten was taken to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for medical treatment, where she is recovering from an upper respiratory infection and malnourishment. She will remain in foster care for several weeks before being made available for adoption, the Humane Society said. Read more from Tucson News Now, and watch video of the rescue on TFD Facebook page.

NewsNet 10-13-14

DOWNTOWN LECTURE SERIES FOCUSES ON FOOD - The University of Arizona's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Downtown Lecture Series returns to the historic Fox Theatre on Wednesdays this fall. The 2014 lecture series will explore food and its connections with health, culture, and the environment. The series begins on Oct. 15 with Dr. Diana Liverman's talk, "Changing Geographies of Food", at 6:30 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public with tickets available at the Fox Theatre box office beginning at 4 p.m. on the day of each lecture. Attendees can ride the Sun Link streetcar to the event and enjoy the dining and retail opportunities along the route at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, or the Mercado District.
Park Tucson

MAGISTRATE MERIT SELECTION COMMISSION SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT - The City of Tucson Magistrate Merit Selection Commission is currently reviewing applications for reappointment of City Magistrates Thomas J. Berning and Susan Q. Shetter. Public comment is encouraged from those who have direct experience with the Magistrates' courtroom. All comments should be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 27, 2014. Comments can be addressed to the City Magistrate Merit Selection Commission, City Clerk's Office at P.O. Box 27210, Tucson, AZ 85726-7210. Read the news release.

TREE NAMED FOR TUCSON CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL DIRECTOR - Executive Director of Tucson Clean and Beautiful Joan Lionetti, who started the Trees for Tucson program, now has a tree named for her. The Quercus fusiformis  "Joan Lionetti" live oak was named and bred by the Shipley family at Civano Nursery. The tree was created specifically to handle the drought, heat, low humidity, and alkaline soil of the Southwest. Tucson Clean and Beautiful's annual meeting and dinner event will introduce the Joan Lionetti live oak, and celebrate 25 years of Trees for Tucson, 30 years of Adopt-a-Park, and the successful completion of Mayor Jonathan Rothschild's 10,000 Trees Campaign, on Friday, Oct. 17. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

COMMUNITY FORUMS TO DISCUSS HUD FUNDING CONTINUE TOMORROW - The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting meetings to discuss community needs that can be addressed with annual entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Tucson receives approximately $8 million per year under various federal programs, including Community Development Block Grants. Public input received at these forums will be used to prepare the Fiscal Year 2016 City of Tucson/Pima County Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which will incorporate community needs, available resources, strategies, and priorities for the five-year period beginning on July 1, 2015. The forum meetings continue tomorrow, Oct. 14, at the County Housing Offices, 801 W. Congress Street, with discussions on Economic Development from 1-2:30 p.m. and Seniors and Special Populations from 3-4:30 p.m. Read the news release.

TOMORROW IS DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR CITY PARKS AND RECREATION CLASSES - Whether you like gymnastics for your children, aerobics, arts and crafts, ceramics, photography, or have some other type of interest, Tucson Parks and Recreation probably has a class for you. If you haven't already registered for a spot, you have until tomorrow to do so. You can view the Program Guide & Class Catalog online, and even register for classes.

Newsnet

DOWNTOWN LECTURE SERIES FOCUSES ON FOOD - The University of Arizona's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Downtown Lecture Series returns to the historic Fox Theatre on Wednesdays this fall. The 2014 lecture series will explore food and its connections with health, culture, and the environment. The series begins on Oct. 15 with Dr. Diana Liverman's talk, "Changing Geographies of Food", at 6:30 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public with tickets available at the Fox Theatre box office beginning at 4 p.m. on the day of each lecture.

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