STATE LIQUOR BOARD DENIES WALMART REHEARING ON LIQUOR LICENSE FOR EL CON STORE - The Arizona State Liquor Board has denied Walmart's request for a rehearing on its application for a liquor license at the company's new El Con Mall location. The board denied the retailers initial application in July after hearing vocal opposition from nearby neighborhoods and a recommendation of disapproval from Tucson's M&C. Walmart has since negotiated terms with the neighborhoods under which Walmart would agree to certain conditions, and the neighborhoods would agree not to oppose the liquor license. But the liquor board unanimously denied an appeal Thursday from the retail giant for a rehearing. Lee Hill, director of communications for the Arizona Department of Liquor and Licenses, said the board members determined none of the new evidence Walmart presented would have altered their original votes. Story from the Star here, story from KVOA here.
FORMER TPD OFFICER SENTENCED TO THREE MONTHS PROBATION IN COMPUTER TAMPERING CASE - Former TPD officer Andrea Middleton has been sentenced to three months probation for computer tampering. Middleton originally was charged with three counts of computer tampering, a class six felony, for using her access to law enforcement databases to track down and harass a romantic rival. She pleaded guilty to two counts of computer tampering last month. From the Star.
PERMANENT BASE ADJUSTMENT: INFO FOR VOTERS ON PROPOSITION 401 - On November's ballot, City voters will be asked to permanently adjust the City's base expenditure limit by $50 million. If approved, this increase will allow the City to continue to provide the services it currently provides to its residents by adjusting its spending limit to accommodate the revenues it is actually receiving. The proposed permanent base adjustment will not impose any new or additional taxes, will not increase existing property or sales tax rates, and will not permit the City to spend more than it receives in revenue. It will merely assure that the City is able to spend the revenues it receives. City of Tucson info page and FAQ.
PARKS & REC HIRING FOR MULTIPLE NON-PERMANENT POSITIONS - The Parks & Recreation Department currently has several openings in non-permanent positions for work on an intermittent or seasonal basis. Openings include general golf maintenance worker, senior recreation worker, baseball field groundskeeper, gymnastics instructor, music instructor and dance instructor.
SECOND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN RETURNS TOMORROW - Second Saturdays Downtown, a free, family-friendly monthly arts and entertainment series on Congress Street, returns this weekend with outdoor musical entertainment on the Scott Ave. Main Stage, the top of the Pennington Street Garage and La Placita Village. Entertainment along Downtown's streets includes street performers, living silver statues, FC Tucson Street Soccer, and more. From the Wildcat.