RICHARD MIRANDA Y EL RETO DE SACAR A TUCSÓN DEL ATOLLADERO – Desde su extensa oficina en el piso 10 del Ayuntamiento de Tucsón, Richard Miranda observa la ciudad que una vez fue un vasto desierto y ahora se asemeja un poco a una pequeña urbe. Desde ahí, Miranda casi puede divisar la construcción de las rutas de tranvías, las cuales, aparte de haber convertido el tránsito del centro en un constante embotellamiento, como en las grandes urbes, le están costando a la ciudad millones de dólares. A los alrededores se extiende la segunda ciudad más grande de Arizona, con un promedio de unos 520 mil residentes (el sector metropolitano casi llega al millón). Es un reto abrumador, incluso para Miranda, un veterano policía que ahora tiene la responsabilidad de que los servicios básicos de la ciudad funcionen como pistones engrasados. Y ahora que ha pasado un año de haber tomado las riendas, Miranda dijo que ha tenido que aprender el proceso político, algo nuevo para él. "Es un aprendizaje para mí", dijo. En la Estrella.

UNCOLLECTED SALES TAX: STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO LOSE $14B THIS YEAR, SAYS REPORT – U.S. state and local governments will lose a collective $14 billion this year on uncollected sales taxes, according to The National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities and The United States Conference of Mayors. “The growth of e-commerce has allowed for a lack of compliance with both state and local tax policy and further erodes the ability for local jurisdictions to collect on the primary drivers of sales tax revenue: population, income, and discretionary spending,” the groups said in a joint report. From ICSC.

TUESDAY’S FIRE EXPECTED TO SHUT RINCON MARKET FOR 2-6 MONTHS – An electrical malfunction in attic wiring was the cause of a fire at the Rincon Market on Tuesday, the Tucson Fire Department says. The market, 2513 E. Sixth St., at North Tucson Boulevard, is expected to be closed from two to six months, said Ron Abbott, 56, the owner of the longtime establishment in the Sam Hughes Neighborhood. No damage estimate has been determined. Bob Dobbs restaurant, which also is in the strip center in that block of East Sixth Street, is expected to remain closed for a couple of more days, Abbott said. From the Star. News release from TFD.

SUN TRAN: PROBLEMS WITH NEW PAYMENT SYSTEM “GREATER THAN ANTICIPATED” – As glitches continue to burden Sun Tran’s new “SunGo” card-based payment system, Sun Tran staff are acknowledging the problem. "Quite frankly, these problems are greater than we anticipated," said Michele Joseph, Sun Tran’s marketing director. "We know there are some pretty major issues," she said. "We're not exactly sure how widespread they are." Until the problems are corrected, drivers have been instructed to let riders board when the equipment fails. "We're doing everything we can and using all the resources we can to try and fix the problems," said Joseph. From KOLD/KMSB. From KVOA.

TUCSON WATER: 5 WATER-SAVING IDEAS THAT CAN GO STRAIGHT TO BOTTOM LINE – In a guest column for Inside Tucson Business, Tucson Water Public Information Specialist Michael Carson lists five ways local businesses can reduce their water bills, including conducting basic water audits, taking advantage of rebate programs for the installation of low-flow and water-free toilets and urinals, using high efficiency aerators and rinse sprayers, and more. From Inside Tucson Business.