MAYOR SEEKS TO RECRUIT 500 VOLUNTEERS TO HELP KIDS IMPROVE READING SKILLS – On Friday, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild today launched a campaign to recruit an additional 500 reading coaches for Reading Seed, a local nonprofit organization that pairs children who are behind in reading skills with volunteer tutors. Tutoring takes place for one hour each week. Volunteers must pass a background check. From the Star.
DRAFT PARKING STUDY RECOMMENDS 467 METERS FOR 4TH AVENUE BUSINESS DISTRICT – A draft of a study commissioned by Parkwise, currently under review by several stakeholder groups, recommends Tucson install 245 one- to two-hour parking spaces along Fourth Avenue between Second Street and Ninth Street, with an additional 209 unrestricted parking spaces, mostly along some side streets. In the first year of operation, the new meters are estimated to generate $317,100, the consultant estimated. The $679 per-meter figure is based on a $1-an-hour rate - twice the rate of downtown meters, which generated $567 each last year. From the Star.
PROPOSED ORDINANCE THAT WOULD FINE RETAILERS FOR ABANDONED SHOPPING CARTS MOVES FORWARD – Last Tuesday, M&C voted unanimously to direct staff to schedule a Public Hearing for Mayor and Council consideration and adoption of a proposed ordinance that would give retailers three days to pick up their shopping carts from a city impound lot or pay a $30 fine for each cart that they do not retrieve in time. Store owners would see the fines added to their city water bills each month. From KJZZ.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SOUGHT AT STREETCAR DESIGN CHARETTE FOLLOW UP MEETINGS – A series of follow-up meetings are being held in relation to the Tucson Modern Streetcar Design Charrette that was held in January. The second of four meetings this month will be held tonight at the UA Student Union, 1303 E University Blvd., 2nd Floor, in the Kiva Room.
RIP, DAVE SITTON – Dave Sitton, a fixture in Tucson’s sports, media, and political communities, has passed away at the age of 58. As of noon today, no information had been made available about the cause of his death. A California native, Sitton came to Tucson in the 1970s to play baseball at the U of A. A few years after graduating, he began announcing radio broadcasts for the team, a role in which he would serve Arizona athletics for the rest of his life. He also served as head coach of the Arizona rugby team, and as Vice President for Clear Channel Outdoor. Sitton ran in the 2012 Republican special primary for the congressional seat vacated by Gabrielle Giffords, was a member of the Tucson Conquistadores, and served on the board of the Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority. He was a 2012 inductee to the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame. Story from KOLD/KMSB here, story from the Star here.