GOVERNOR BREWER VETOES CONTROVERSIAL BILL - In a decision attracting national attention, Gov. Jan Brewer yesterday vetoed SB 1062, which critics claimed would have allowed businesses to refuse service to LGBT people and others. Supporters of the bill claimed it would have expanded religious protections in state law. At a news conference, Brewer said she listened to both sides' arguments before her veto. She said the bill did not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty and was broadly worded, which could have resulted in "unintended and negative consequences."
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Brewer's statement to media
Brewer's veto letter
STATE OF THE CITY: 'TUCSON IN TRANSITION' - Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild yesterday delivered his third State of the City address, outlining the City's progress and his vision for the future. While touting successes in downtown redevelopment, helping homeless veterans and beginning the work to fix roads, Rothschild said the City is in transition and encouraged public/private partnerships to help in the areas of housing, literacy and the environment. He also expanded on his two-year plan for Tucson's economy, which he calls the Five Ts: technology, trade, transportation, tourism and teaching. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA STUDENTS TO HELP WITH MARKETING STREETCAR - A UA class is partnering with the City of Tucson, creating a marketing campaign for the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. The Integrated Marketing Communications class in the Eller College of Management has been hosting guest speakers, including Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, downtown business owners, members of the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association and officials from the Tucson Department of Transportation. The speakers help the students gain an understanding of the impact the streetcar will have on the city, said Ed Ackerley, who teaches the class. The students are responsible for developing marketing ideas they will share with the City, streetcar management, and businesses and other programs affected by the streetcar, such as Arizona Athletics. City officials hope to have the streetcar open to passengers in July. Read more from the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
KIDICAL MASS SATURDAY - Kidical Mass is a safe, fun bike ride for kids and adults. The family-friendly rides take people through the city to highlight routes that connect different parts of our community. All types of bicycles are welcome and those under the age of 18 must wear a helmet. Coordinated through Living Streets Alliance and El Grupo Youth Cycling, the event is this Saturday, from noon - 2 p.m., starting at 600 N. 9th Ave. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the Dunbar Spring and Barrio Anita neighborhoods. The bike rides first started in Eugene, Oregon in 2008 and now take place in more than a dozen cities.
DOWNLOAD APP TO REPORT GRAFFITI IN TUCSON - Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iPhone App Store and Google Play for Android.
City of Tucson apps
Watch a University of Arizona PSA about the app.