DOWNTOWN'S SATURDAY NIGHT EVENTS DRAW MANY DESPITE COLD WEATHER - Two family-oriented events contributed to a busy Saturday night downtown. The third annual Old Pueblo Grand Prix, a nighttime professional cycling race beginning and ending in front of the Saint Augustine Cathedral, took place alongside this month's "Second Saturdays" event. Story from KOLD/KMSB. More info on the Old Pueblo Grand Prix at their website. More info on 2nd Saturdays on their website.

SOLAR STREETLIGHTS COMING TO ALVERNON HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD - The Pima County Board of Supervisors are expected to approve an item on their consent agenda tomorrow, authorizing $200,625 to install twenty-five solar-powered streetlights in the approximately 180-home neighborhood south of Reid Park. The project is being funded by county transportation bonds approved by voters in 1997. Construction is expected to begin this September, and will take a few months to complete. Read the story from KOLD/KMSB here. Read the M&C memo here. Read the Supes' March 12 agenda here.


NATIONAL SURVEY ON CITY SERVICES: CITIZENS MOST SATISFIED WITH PUBLIC SAFETY, LEAST SATISFIED WITH TRANSPORTATION - A  national survey conducted by Kansas City's ETC Institute, a market research firm specializing in municipal research, found cities' transportation services ranked the lowest in citizen satisfaction.  Citizens report being most satisfied with public safety services. From Governing Magazine.

HEALTH FAIR COMING TO EL RIO NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER - A free Health and Safety Fair will be held on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the El Rio Neighborhood Center. The event, which is sponsored by The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Tucson Parks and Recreation, The Arizona Bilingual Newspaper and United Healthcare, features free screenings for asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hearing, vision, and body fat. Read the News release from Tucson Parks & Rec here.

NEW STUDENT HOUSING COMPLEX ALMOST FULLY LEASED, WILL OPEN IN FALL - "The Retreat" on 22nd Street between Park Avenue and Kino Boulevard," a 189-unit student housing complex set to open in the fall, will house 774 students and is nearly fully leased.  It will feature a number of amenities, including what the developers claim is the largest recreational pool in Tucson.  Security features include eight-foot walls with an additional two feet of wrought iron and 24-hour security guards. From the Star.