HOUSE REP. ANDREA DALESSANDRO TO FILL VACANT AZ STATE SENATE POST - The Pima County Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to appoint Southern Arizona Democratic Rep. Andrea Dalessandro to fill a vacancy in the Arizona State Senate. Former Legislative District 2 State Sen. Linda Lopez resigned earlier this month, citing conflicts with a new job. Dalessandro, 66, has been serving in the House since 2013. Once Dalessandro submits her resignation from the Arizona House of Representatives, party officials from Legislative District 2 will need to meet to decide on three candidates to forward to the Board of Supervisors to fill Dalessandro's House seat. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: PROPOSED TRANSIT FARE POLICY - City staff tomorrow will present the Tucson City Council with recommendations for a Fare Policy, as part of a Five-Year Strategic Plan to fund transit costs. The proposal includes increases in some fares to reach the Mayor and Council's goal of recovering 25 percent of transit expenses from the fares. Currently, transit fare revenue is estimated at 22.8 percent. The Study Session begins at 1 p.m. at 255 W. Alameda. Read the proposal and watch the Mayor and Council Meeting on Tucson 12's website.
CITY OF TUCSON DEDICATES NEW TREATMENT PLANT - The City of Tucson, Tucson Water and the Citizens' Water Advisory Committee last week dedicated the Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) Water Treatment Facility at 1102 W. Irvington Road. The new facility will purify up to 8 million gallons of water per day. Built adjacent to the existing Tucson Airport Remediation Project (TARP) Plant, the opening of the AOP facility marks the City of Tucson's continued commitment to provide the safest possible drinking water, above and beyond EPA standards.
TUCSON MODERN STREETCAR RECEIVES NATIONAL MEDIA - Streetcars have been around since before the Civil War, but took off in the late 19th century, as America became more urban. Now that 20th century suburbanization is declining back in favor of more inner city development, streetcars are "return[ing] to cities with a vengeance." This summer, Tucson will begin running a new Modern Streetcar between the University of Arizona and downtown. And it is already contributing to significant economic development, with the Downtown Tucson Partnership reporting the American-made Streetcar already has helped generate $800 million in public and private investment along the route. The Governing Magazine article features Tucson's Sun Link Modern Streetcar in an article and photo gallery chronicling both the history and the re-birth of American streetcars.
NUMBER OF ARIZONA MILLIONAIRES FELL IN 2013 - A report by Phoenix Marketing International, a global marketing-services firm, showed Arizona in mid-2013 had nearly 108,700 households with at least $1 million to invest, representing 4.4 percent of all households in the state. That number is down from 122,000 households, or 5 percent of all households in the state, one year earlier, even as the national millionaire count rose. Arizona and most of the declining states were hard-hit by the housing slump. Some of the wealth gained from the real estate rebound hasn’t shown up yet in the millionaire count, since the report tracked net worth only through June 2013. Read more from the Arizona Republic.