PLAN TUCSON, PERMANENT BASE INCREASE HEADED TO NOVEMBER’S BALLOT – During regular and special sessions, respectively, M&C referred two separate items last night to November’s ballot for voter approval. (1) Plan Tucson, the City’s proposed new General Plan, and (2) a permanent increase of $50M to the City’s base expenditure limit. Increasing the base expenditure limit is necessary in order for the City to to dedicate sufficient revenues to needed services without violating Arizona’s constitutional spending limit. The last time City of Tucson voters authorized a permanent increase to the base expenditure limit was in 1987. The last time the City referred a General Plan for voter approval was in 2001. By state law, another General Plan must be referred by 2015. Read the ordinance referring Plan Tucson to November’s ballot here. Read the ordinance referring $50M permanent base increase to November’s ballot here.

PLAN FOR PRIVATE TCC MANAGEMENT MOVES FORWARD – At yesterday’s study session, M&C authorized staff to conduct a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit a private contractor to manage operations of the Tucson Convention Center. City Manager Richard Miranda said the complex and intricate nature of running a convention center in the current market will require a professional management company if the city wants to reduce its expenses and improve the TCC's image. From the Star.

CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY: COMMERCIALIZATION NETWORK CONSULTANT FOR TECH LAUNCH ARIZONA – the City of Tucson is seeking proposals from qualified bidders to represent the City of Tucson and liaise with City personnel and programs in Tech Launch Arizona’s (TLA) technology commercialization and related entrepreneurial activities. The position is unique in structure. It will report directly to the TLA Director of Commercialization Networks and Operations, and will represent the City. Individuals, Sole Proprietors and firms with relevant knowledge and experience are encouraged to respond. Tech Launch Arizona is a newly established University of Arizona unit with the primary mission of ensuring greater collaboration among University researchers, the business community and organizations supporting technology commercialization. Read the City of Tucson RFP here.

FACEBOOK USER DATA: TUCSON MOST POPULAR CITY FOR SWIMMING – Yahoo! Shine reports that the city of Tucson was ranked the top city for swimming, thanks to a compiled list of data from Facebook. To track where the fittest people in the United States live, Facebook compiled user data into a list called "Facebook's Fittest Cities" and has shared it exclusively with Yahoo! Shine. Its calculations are based on user activity such as fitness-related status updates, gym check-ins, use of fitness apps, and fitness-related life events added to a person's timeline between January 1, 2013, and March 31, 2013 in cities with at least 200,000 Facebook users. From KTAR.