CITY BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HOLDS FIRST MEETING - Last night at the Ward Six office, the newly-created Bond Oversight Commission for the City’s Street Bond Program met for the first time. The commission will oversee the expenditures and progress of a five-year, $100M road repair program, funded by City general obligation bonds, approved by voters in November of last year. In addition to the commission’s eleven members, also in attendance last night were Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, City Manager Richard Miranda, Finance Director Kelly Gottschalk, Assistant City Clerk Suzanne Mesich, Principal Assistant City Attorney Dennis McLaughlin, Procurement Director Marcheta Gillespie, and Transportation Director Daryl Cole. From KOLD/KMSB. Read the City's info page on 2012 Bond Oversight Commission here. Read the 5/30 meeting agenda here.
SE UNEN PARA REVITALIZAR LA AVENIDA 12 - Por décadas, la 12th Avenue (Avenida 12), con sus eloteros mexicanos, carnicerías latinas, puestos de hot dogs sonorenses y panaderías ha sido una de las más emblemáticas de la vida latina en Tucsón. Sin embargo, las aceras están escarapeladas, las líneas divisorias para ciclistas casi se han borrado -provocando riesgos de accidentes- y son inexistentes los árboles que resguarden del inclemente calor. Pero ahora, un grupo de empresarios latinos, varios líderes del gobierno local y otras organizaciones comunitarias encabezan un esfuerzo por embellecer y revitalizar la Avenida 12; quieren que en el futuro el tramo sea algo como la Calle Olvera de Los Ángeles. En la Estrella.
UA SEEKS $176M IN COUNTY BOND PROJECTS - The University of Arizona has formally submitted two projects to be considered by the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee, which is expected to sort through more than a hundred proposals for possible inclusion on a November 2014 bond ballot: (1) a 220,000- square-foot, 10-story office tower, called the Pima County Small Business Entrepreneur and Academic Center, and (2) a new, 125,000-square-foot museum to house an extensive photography and art collection. The two projects, which together would cost about $176M, would be located downtown. Pima County’s bonds are repaid through a secondary property tax, about 41% of which comes from taxpayers in the City of Tucson. From the Star.
REMINDER: “IVAN’S SPOT” TO BE DEDICATED TOMORROW MORNING - The dog park at southeast-side Purple Heart Park will officially be renamed “Ivan’s Spot” in honor of Ivan, a two-year-old TPD K-9 shot and killed in action last December while helping officers pursue a suspected carjacker. The park was a familiar place to Ivan, whose handler, Officer Chris Fenoglio, would frequently take him there after shifts to run off his energy. Read the news release from Parks & Rec here.
TONIGHT AT THE ZOO: SUMMER SAFARI FRIDAY NIGHT - Tonight, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., the City of Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo will feature its second “Summer Safari Friday Night.” Tonight is “Members’ Night,” which means members of the Reid Park Zoo get in for free. Summer Safari Friday Nights run through July 12, and feature games, crafts, face painting for the kids, sometimes live music, and more. Read the info page from the Reid Park Zoo here.