CITY LAUNCHES SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LINE - The City of Tucson Office of Economic Initiatives announces the launch of the Small Business Assistance Line. The phone line has been created with a focus on Tucson's small business entrepreneurs, acknowledging their value in our community's economy and to strengthen their capability, survivability, and ultimate success. The phone line will help small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs navigate the City's departments, programs and personnel through a one-stop shop to allow them more time to focus on growing their business and less time calling city staff in different departments. The Small Business Assistance Line - 837-4100 - is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is available in both English and Spanish.

COUNCIL MOVES FORWARD ON DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR RONSTADT CENTER - At their study session on Tuesday, M&C voted 5-2 to take the next step in a process that could transform the Ronstadt Transit Center downtown into a mixed-use transit hub. In February, M&C directed the city staff to create a "development vision" for the center that would maintain it as a transit hub and allow for some mixed-use as well. Per direction from M&C, architect and urban planner Corky Poster was hired to formulate this vision. Poster presented his findings to the council Tuesday. Suggestions included urban open space, parking lots and grocery stores. From the Star.

STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS TUCSON LACKS LEGAL AUTHORITY TO ENFORCE NEW FIREARMS ORDINANCES - Two new Tucson laws designed to help police deal with gun-related crimes are pre-empted by state law and unenforceable, says Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. In a formal legal opinion, Horne said the Tucson City Council lacks the legal authority to allow police to request a breath sample from someone who has negligently discharged a firearm and appears intoxicated because of a state law barring cities from passing laws relating to the "discharge and use of firearms." Horne also said Tucson cannot require people to report the loss or theft of a gun to police because it relates to the possession or transfer of firearms. From the Star.

TUCSON CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL ANNOUNCES HAIKU CONTEST FOR KIDS TO PROMOTE USE OF RE-USABLE BAGS - All K through 5th grade students in City of Tucson public, private and charter schools (including home schooled students) are invited to submit haiku poetry promoting "BYOBag Tucson," to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags, decrease the use of disposable plastic bags, and increase the recycling of plastic bags at local retail stores.

THIS SATURDAY: CELEBRATE NEW FACILITIES AT DOOLEN MIDDLE SCHOOL - The public is invited to a dedication ceremony for new outdoor recreation facilities at Doolen Middle School. The ceremony will be September 28 from 9 a.m. to noon, with the dedication at 9:30 a.m. The project was part of a joint-use facility between TUSD, City of Tucson Parks and Recreation and the Fort Lowell Soccer Club that consists of two new soccer fields and a lighted walking path. Other improvements to the fields included landscaping, ADA access, and a drinking fountain, as well as a shot put/discus throw and long jump. Scheduled to speak at the ceremony are: TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez, Doolen Principal Renee Morales, Ward III Council Aide David Higuera, Director of Tucson Parks and Recreation Fred Gray, and Fort Lowell Soccer Club President Gordon McKenzie. Following the dedication ceremony there will be a walk/run around the new path and field day activities in which children may participate. Food will be available for purchase. The project was funded by TUSD through $1.1 million in bond dollars, approved by voters in the 2004 bond election to bring improvements to district schools. Through separate agreements, the Fort Lowell Soccer Club, with support from the soccer community, will provide $280,000 to fund the lighting for the fields at a future date.