URBAN LAND INSTITUTE (ULI) ISSUES FINAL REPORT - The ULI, an independent global nonprofit that provides leadership in real estate development and responsible land use, visited Tucson in November to provide a technical assessment for underutilized properties in Downtown Tucson. The ULI team toured the downtown area and met with many downtown and community stakeholders in both the public and private sectors. The final recommendations include a small-scale, incremental development strategy instead of a single, large-scale approach. Read the report and watch video of the preliminary report from November.

STREETCAR OPERATOR TRAINING UNDERWAY - Eighteen newly-hired drivers are in the process of learning how to operate the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. The new operators must complete an intensive training schedule that includes both in-classroom and behind-the-wheel testing and training. Sun Link Streetcar passenger service is expected to begin in late July. Read more from Tucson News Now.

REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY BEGINS RESEARCH ON SECOND ROUND OF BONDS -  The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board last week voted to have staff research a second round of bond financing totalling between $125 million to $175 million. The first round of bonds funded several large regional roadway projects and construction of the Sun Link Streetcar project. The RTA is studying whether to issue the second round of bonds this year, during what it feels is a favorable climate for both interest rates and construction bids. The RTA manages the $2.1 billion regional transportation plan approved by Pima County voters on May 16, 2006. Read the news release and agenda material from March 27 meeting.

TUCSON CITY NEWS IN REVIEW - A diversion program helps veterans out of the court system and into treatment; a learning experience on wheels delivers a message about conservation; and a garden oasis provides a special place for spiritual reflection . Catch up on the news you may have missed on the latest edition of Tucson City News in Review, produced by Tucson 12.

SUNNYSIDE LITTLE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SIGNS POSTED - Little League Softball World Series championship signs were unveiled to the public over the weekend at Mission Manor Park. Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department hosted a ceremony to recognize the first time in 23 years that the Little League Softball™ World Series champion is from the West Region. After defeating McLean, Va. 9-0 last August, the Sunnyside Little League girls 12 and under team from Tucson became the state’s first-ever champions. Also recognized with a sign is the 1992 Sunnyside Little League Junior Baseball champions. Read the news release.