newsnet - November 21, 1:02 pm
TRAFFIC ALERT: EXPECT DELAYS SATURDAY DUE TO EL TOUR AND UA FOOTBALL GAME - Expect major traffic delays Saturday as UA football fans try to get to campus while riders in El Tour de Tucson cycle around the city. Bicyclists in the 107-mile race are expected to cause intermittent delays along Mission and Drexel roads shortly after the race begins at 7 a.m., with the pack beginning to thin out as the course winds along Nogales Highway and Hughes Access Road. The race route will cause many delays for fans heading to the University of Arizona campus and elsewhere. People attending the UA game and all citizens should plan their trips accordingly. Read the story in the Arizona Daily Star.
TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER HAS NEW INTERIM DIRECTOR - Tucson Deputy Police Chief Sharon Allen is the new interim director of the Tucson Convention Center, replacing Martin Carey, who took over the role of finance administrator for the TCC. Tucson City Manager Richard Miranda says he shifted Carey to the finance position because Rachel Duarte is leaving that position, due to city rules that prohibit retirees from returning to work for longer than 18 months. Although Duarte’s term doesn’t expire until January, Miranda says he made the move now to maintain continuity as the TCC transitions toward hiring a private management company to run the facility. Read the story in the Arizona Daily Star. SUN LINK STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION NEAR UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA REACHES MILESTONE - For the first time since July 2, 2012, the Warren Avenue Underpass will reopen to pedestrians this Friday. The Warren Avenue Underpass will be a pedestrian-only and walk-your-bike area so that everyone can safely share the space with the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. The Tucson Modern Streetcar is currently in testing and is expected to begin service for the public this summer. Follow Sun Link construction updates at http://www.tucsonstreetcar.com/. PIMA ANIMAL CARE CENTER EXPANDING - Construction is underway on an expansion of the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC), allowing temporary space for more than 100 dogs. The huge tent at the facility will have heating and air conditioning. The expansion comes as PACC is overcrowded and animals are susceptible to many diseases. Watch the story on Tucson 12. GREEN PARTY NO LONGER OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED IN ARIZONA ELECTIONS - The Green Party no longer will be recognized in statewide elections due to a lack of registered voters identifying themselves as party members. Elections officials said Wednesday that all state-recognized political parties in Arizona must have at least 21,499 electors, or 5 percent of voters in the last election, to qualify for continued representation on the ballot. At last count, the Green Party in Arizona had about 5,600 registered voters on its rolls, said Matt Roberts, a spokesman for the Arizona Secretary of State's Office. The party is circulating petitions to help regain official recognition in 2014. To do that, the party must file 23,041 valid signatures with the Secretary of State by Feb. 27. Read the story in the Arizona Republic.
newsnet - November 20, 5:06 pm
RIO NUEVO BOARD ACCEPTS GENERALLY POSITIVE STATE AUDIT - The Rio Nuevo Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to accept the Arizona Office of the Auditor General’s conclusions in its recent audit of the downtown redevelopment district's finances. “They recognized the work that we’ve done to get on top of our finances and get the house in order,” said Rio Nuevo Chairman Fletcher McCusker. The audit, performed by C.H. Johnson Consulting, determined the district is financially stable and praised the current board for ending its fight with the city. From the Star. CITY OF TUCSON EXPANDS DOWNTOWN INCENTIVE DISTRICT TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESS - Tucson’s Downtown Financial Incentive District (DFID), in which some new developments may qualify for reductions on building permit fees and construction sales taxes, has grown in size. The DFID's westward expansion moves its western edge from Meyer Avenue to a little past the Santa Cruz River. It now aligns with the Downtown Core Sub-district of the Infill Incentive District, a planning district that grants regulatory relief on requirements like parking, loading, setbacks and landscaping for qualifying projects. From Inside Tucson Business. ARIZONA AMONG STATES WITH HIGHEST RATES OF UNINSURED CHILDREN - The number of children without health insurance dropped nationwide between 2009 and 2011, but not in Arizona, according to a new study by Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families. The report, released Tuesday, shows Arizona has one of the highest rates of uninsured children in the country. Nearly 210,000 children in Arizona do not have health insurance, which amounts to 13 percent of the state's children. Only Texas and Nevada had higher rates, the researchers found. From the Star. NEW RTA DIRECTOR FACES ONGOING FUNDING CHALLENGE - The new director of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) will pick up the ongoing budget challenges his predecessors faced. Farhad Moghimi started as director of both agencies Oct. 14, after 10 months as an interim director. The recession and federal government decisions mean some changes in funding for the remainder of the RTA plan will be required, he said. The RTA is tasked with overseeing a 20-year, $2-billion transportation plan for Pima County, funded by a half-cent Pima County sales tax. From Arizona Public Media. JOB OPPORTUNITY: FINANCE MANAGER, TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION - The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a highly-qualified individual to join the executive management team to be responsible for development, preparation and submission of the department's annual operating and capital budgets, monitoring expenditures, projecting revenues, and monitoring grant expenditures. The application deadline is Sunday, Nov. 24. Job description City of Tucson main jobs page
transportation - November 20, 7:32 am
The dates, work hours and location for the next roadway improvement is listed below.
Wednesday, November 20 through Thursday, November 21 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. El Camino del Cerro - Silverbell Road to the Interstate 10 frontage road, including the El Camino del Cerro and Silverbell Road intersection.
ward5 - November 19, 12:01 pm
Join us for a free holiday event for foster children and their families brought to you by Pima Community College Social Services students.We will provide breakfast, gifts for the kids, entertainment and an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap with a free photo.
For Information on Donations contact Mark Aguayo at (520) 250 - 4700 or at email@example.com.
For more information contact event co-chairs Tameela Acosta at (520) 576-6483 and John Schestko at (520) 445-9189.
newsnet - November 18, 4:44 pm
URBAN LAND INSTITUTE ADVISORY WORKING WITH PRIVATE, PUBLIC PARTNERS IN DOWNTOWN TUCSON - An Advisory Services Panel from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) is in Tucson through Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. The ULI is an independent global nonprofit that provides leadership in real estate development and responsible land use. The Advisory Service Panel will focus on providing a technical assessment for underutilized properties in downtown Tucson. The Panel will provide a private sector perspective on the market viability and implementation strategies for various uses and concepts, and the best approaches to leveraging private investment with limited public resources. Bios for the Tucson Panel members and more information about the focus of the project can be found at http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/uli.
BIGHORN SHEEP CAPTURED FROM YUMA TO LIVE IN TUCSON MOUNTAINS - Wildlife officers in helicopters captured bighorn sheep in the rugged mountains northeast of Yuma Saturday, the first step in a plan to transplant bighorns from healthy herds near Yuma to the Catalina Mountains, north of Tucson, where a native bighorn herd died out in the 1990s. By midday, the officers had captured nearly a dozen animals and taken them to a staging area on the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge for veterinarian exams and installation of Global Positioning System collars. Capture teams seek to catch more females than males. "We try for two to three ewes for each ram," said Anne Justice-Allen, veterinarian with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. "The ewes are the ones that make the population grow." From the Star.
NEWSPAPER FINDS FEW CASES OF VOTER FRAUD AMONG UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS - Arizona has spent large amounts of time and money waging war against voter fraud, citing the possibility of undocumented immigrants casting ballots. An examination of voter-fraud cases in Maricopa County shows those involving undocumented immigrants are nearly non-existent, and have been since before changes to voter-ID requirements were enacted in 2004. In response to an Arizona Republic records request, the Maricopa County Attorneys Office provided a list of 21 criminal cases since January 2005 in which the suspect was charged with a felony related to voter fraud. A search of court records found 13 other cases. The non-citizens came from around the world - Indonesia, Canada, Mexico, Yugoslavia, the Philippines and Thailand. Most had been living legally in the United States for decades. Several stated in court documents that they thought they were permitted to vote because they were legal permanent residents of the United States. None was convicted of a felony or given any jail time. The newspaper made no mention of any voter fraud cases in Pima County. From the Republic.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RETURNING TO TUCSON - FC Tucson and MLS revealed the six-team field for the 2014 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup. The Monday announcement says the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, New England Revolution and Real Salt Lake will join host FC Tucson of the USL's Premier Development League in the third edition of the pre-season tournament set to run from February 19 until March 1. This years tournament will consist of four days of triple-headers with the final day culminating with the championship game. The first three-match days will be played at North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex. The final day of matches will take place at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. Five other MLS teams - Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City and Seattle Sounders FC - will participate in pre-season friendlies in Tucson in early February at North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex. Vancouver Whitecaps FC will also visit Tucson for a behind-closed-doors pre-season friendly against the Dynamo. From MLSsoccer.com.
JUDGE DISMISSED SUIT FILED BY SLAIN AGENT'S FAMILY OVER "FAST AND FURIOUS" - A federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed against federal officials connected with the botched "Fast and Furious" program by the parents of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. In an eight-page ruling, U.S. District Judge David Campbell said he recognizes that Terry's parents, Kent and Josephine Terry, have suffered a great loss, and that any financial remedy is likely insufficient to redress their injury. However, Campbell pointed out that Congress approved several ways of dealing with federal agents who die in the line of duty, including the federal Public Safety Officers Benefits Act. He said that means the only relief the family can get is what that law provides. The attorney for the parents acknowledged that law, but called it inadequate because it provided no separate deterrence against government wrongdoing. The lawsuit is a direct outgrowth of Fast and Furious, a plan by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to allow straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels to legally purchase firearms from Arizona dealers. The plan was to track the weapons to the cartels, but ATF lost track of thousands of the weapons. Two of those weapons turned up at the scene where Terry was shot and killed in December 2010 during a firefight with drug runners near Rio Rico. From the Star.
newsnet - November 14, 2:33 pm
ACLU SIGNALS FUTURE LEGAL ACTION OVER SB 1070 - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched the first legal challenge to the so-called "show me your papers" provision of SB 1070 since it went into effect just over a year ago. Lawyers from the organization sent a notice-of-claim letter Tuesday to the South Tucson Police Department on behalf of Alejandro Valenzuela, who was detained by police and transferred to the Border Patrol last summer without having been accused of a crime under state or local law. A notice of claim is required before suing a public entity. The letter said Valenzuela would be willing to settle for $100,000 in addition to costs and attorneys’ fees. South Tucson has 60 days to respond. From the Star.
PLAINTIFF IN RTA CASE ASKS COURT FOR STRONGER SAFEGUARDS IN FUTURE ELECTIONS - Arguing yesterday before the Arizona Court of Appeals, attorney Bill Risner said the kind of electronic vote-counting systems used in the May 2006 RTA election, which are still in use today, are too easily tampered with, and that existing state law is insufficient to protect the public from election fraud. Risner contends that a system that optically scans ballots as they are counted, storing am image of each ballot for the purpose of subsequent auditing, could remedy the problem. Attorney Ronna Fickbohm, representing Pima County, says this is a problem for the legislature, not the courts. From the Star.
STAFFER IN TUCSON CITY CLERK'S OFFICE NAMED NEW PRESCOTT CITY CLERK - Yesterday the City Council of Prescott, AZ approved the appointment of Dana DeLong to the position of City Clerk. She will replace Lynn Mulhall, who is retiring January 3. A longtime employee of the Tucson City Clerk’s Office, DeLong has gained extensive experience in records, agenda, and elections management. She currently holds the position of City Records Manager. She holds a Certified Municipal Clerk designation and is a Certified Election Official. "We are delighted to welcome Dana to the City of Prescott," said Mayor Marlin Kuykendall. "She brings a wealth of experience and she has a strong background managing the critical functions of city government." From the Prescott eNews.
TANGERINE LANDFILL TO CLOSE INDEFINITELY - Pima County has announced that its Tangerine landfill, which is near its permitted capacity of 6.7 million cubic yards, will close December 1st. The landfill began operation in 1983, and was the first in Arizona to be fully lined. Additional waste disposal and recycling options include Ryan Field Transfer Station (residential only), Catalina Transfer Station, Waste Management’s Ina Road Transfer Station, Los Reales Landfill, and Sahuarita Landfill. In addition, several licensed private solid waste haulers are available to provide waste pickup service for a fee. From KOLD/KMSB.
FINAL RESULTS: CITY OF TUCSON 2013 GENERAL ELECTION - Final results for the City of Tucson's 2013 General Election have been posted by the City Clerk's office. 68,427 of Tucson's registered voters, or about 30.4%, cast ballots in the election.
newsnet - November 12, 3:22 pm
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: SB 1070 AND RELATED ENFORCEMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES - At the request of Council Members Regina Romero and Karin Uhlich, time has been scheduled during tomorrow's M&C study session to discuss the enforcement practices and policies of the Tucson Police Department related to Senate Bill 1070, which was passed and signed into law in April 2010. Generally, the bill aimed to mandate the enforcement of federal immigration law by local police agencies. Certain provisions of the law, such as making it a crime for immigrants to fail to carry registration papers, were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in June of 2012. But key provisions, such as the requirement that officers attempt to determine the immigration status of those suspected of being in the country illegally, remain in effect. The provisions remaining in effect have been incorporated into TPD's General Orders. These orders, along with possible revisions to them, will be discussed tomorrow. Read the M&C memo here.
TPD SEEKING PUBLIC'S HELP IDENTIFYING PERSONS OF INTEREST IN LAST MONTH'S BUS STOP HOMICIDE - TPD homicide detectives have released photographs and are asking for the public's assistance in identifying three males that may have information regarding a homicide that took place the evening of October 18th at a bus stop on the 6700 block of East Golf Links Road. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.
PROP 409 UPDATE: FOG SEALING ON BROADWAY, WILMOT, 29TH STREET - Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co. will be applying fog seal to sections of Broadway Blvd., Craycroft Road and Wilmot Road during evening hours this week and next. A Fog Seal is a thin layer of asphalt emulsion that helps cover small roadway imperfections, cracks or other small voids and seals the existing asphalt to preserve and protect the paved surface. This work is funded by the City of Tucson's $100 million, five-year street bond program approved by voters in November 2012 as Prop. 409.
REGISTRATION NOW UNDERWAY FOR PARKS & REC'S DECEMBER "MINI SESSION" CLASSES - Three-week classes are being offered at multiple locations this December for all age ranges, on subjects ranging from holiday arts and crafts to yoga. Most classes start the first week of December. Registration deadline is November 24th. News release from Parks & Rec here, Fall Program Guide (Mini Session classes start on Page 37) here.
WINTERHAVEN FESTIVAL TO DISCONTINUE USE OF HORSE-DRAWN WAGONS - Citing safety concerns, organizers of the Winterhaven Festival of Lights have discontinued the use of horse-drawn wagons through the midtown neighborhood during the holiday season. The increasingly popular event has drawn so many crowds, organizers say, that the horses cannot be lead through the streets in a safe manner. From KVOA.
newsnet - November 11, 10:36 pm
CITY OFFICES CLOSED NEXT MONDAY FOR VETERANS DAY, NO CITY TRASH PICKUP - The Veterans Day holiday will be observed on Monday, November 11, 2013. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day during the holiday week. The Los Reales Landfill will be open from 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. for commercial and self-haulers.
COUNCIL AMENDS NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION ORDINANCE AFTER WELL-ATTENDED PUBLIC HEARING - At their regular session Tuesday night, M&C voted unanimously to amend the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance, creating some new restrictions on what residents can do in their yards. Yard sales will now be limited to four per year. Inoperative vehicles may no longer be stored in front yards. Outdoor storage, exteriors, gutters, and decorative ornaments must be maintained. Some residents spoke in favor of the amendments. "We now have more renters than we did in 2003, and more of them are having to contend with landlords who are lax with property maintenance," said one speaker. But another, who opposed changing the ordinance, said "Yard sales are, despite the great worker uprising, a reminder that not all of us have cushy jobs with air-condition[ing and] decent salaries." From KVOA.
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION AND FY13 YEAR-END FINANCIAL RESULTS - At their Study Session next Tuesday, November 13th, M&C will hear a report from staff on preliminary unaudited FY 2013 financial results for the General Fund and provide an update on the 1st quarter General Fund financial results. This report will show a General Fund fund balance of about $54M, which is about $8M less than the previous year. At their Study Session November 26th, M&C is expected to consider three possible increases to employee compensation upon review of fund balance information contained in this report.
STITELER EXPECTS TO BREAK GROUND ON SEVEN-STORY, 150-ROOM HOTEL THIS SUMMER - Developer Scott Stiteler says his upcoming downtown hotel project, a 150-room, seven-story tower at the Northwest corner of Fifth and Broadway, is now about two months into its design phase. The hotel, tentatively to be called AC Tucson, will reflect the European boutique style of the AC Hotels brand, which Marriott acquired in 2010 and will soon reveal across the country, mostly in major urban centers like Manhattan, San Francisco, Chicago, and Miami. The average daily rate would be about $145, Stiteler told the Rio Nuevo board in July. Stiteler said the hotel is now about two months in to its design phase. Project leaders have traveled to Spain, the birthplace of the AC brand. He expects construction to begin this summer, with the hotel completed about a year and a half later. From Inside Tucson Business.
AUTO-PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS IN TUCSON METRO AREA AT A HISTORIC HIGH - An 18-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was hit by a car Wednesday night near Oracle and Rudasill Roads. At least two others have been killed near that Pima County intersection in the last two years. According to TPD and Pima County Sheriff officials, there have been 16 auto-pedestrian fatalities within Tucson's city limits, and another six in the County this year. From KVOA.
newsnet - November 11, 9:32 pm
MARSHALL HOME FOR MEN TO HONOR VETERANS TODAY WITH FLAG RAISING CEREMONY - Today at 2 p.m., the Sunnyside High School ROTC, as well as students from Walden Grove and Sahuarita High Schools will celebrate Veterans Day with a Flag raising ceremony at the Marshall Home For Men, 3314 S. 16th Avenue. The Walden Grove High School robotics team helped raise funds to purchase a new flag and turkeys for Thanksgiving. In addition, the team will spend time with the home's residents.
COUNCIL MOVES AHEAD WITH PLAN TO SEEK STATE REIMBURSEMENT FOR TRANSPORTING CERTAIN RIDERS - At their study session yesterday, M&C directed staff to take steps toward applying to a state program officials believe could reimburse the City for about $9 per trip on Sun Van for certain riders. Under the program, riders eligible for services from the Developmental Disabilities Division of the Arizona Department of Economic Security would not have to pay any fare, since the cost is included in the state reimbursement. Sun Van will incur some immediate costs to qualify, however. Drivers would need first-aid training, a fingerprint clearance card, among other requirements. These will be considered a change in working conditions under Sun Van's labor agreement with the Teamsters Local #104, with the potential to increase Sun Van's labor costs. In a report presented to M&C by staff, annual revenue from this program was projected at about $450K, and first-year start-up costs to be about $194K, resulting in an estimate of about $256K in first-year savings to the City's General Fund. But the report cautions that these projections only include certification and training costs, and do not include potential increases to Sun Van's labor costs. From the Star. Read the M&C memo re: potential reimbursement opportunities here, read the summary of projected financial impacts here.
CINCINNATI VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY REJECT INITIATIVE TO REPLACE PENSION SYSTEM WITH 401K-STYLE PLAN - In the City of Cincinnati, Ohio's general election Tuesday, 78% of City voters said no to a plan to phase out the City's pension system and replace it with a 401(k)-style plan for newly hired employees. A private group known as the Cincinnati for Pension Reform Committee gathered enough signatures last summer to place a charter amendment on the ballot. A similar initiative was initially expected to go on the City of Tucson's 2013 ballot as Proposition 201, but was ordered off the ballot by a court after opponents of the initiative prevailed in a lawsuit challenging the validity of its petition signatures. From WCPO Cincinnati.
TUCSON LAWYER APPOINTED TO PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT BENCH - Governor Jan Brewer today appointed D. Douglas Metcalf yesterday to the Pima County Superior Court. Mr. Metcalf had been a partner with the law firm of Lewis and Roca since 2000, focusing primarily on commercial litigation, state and federal tax issues, and employment law. He also has criminal, appellate and administrative law experience. The appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Howard Hantman. From KVOA.
GIFFORDS AND KELLY TO BE GRAND MARSHALS AT UA HOMECOMING PARADE - Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Capt. Mark Kelly will be grand marshals for Saturday's University of Arizona Homecoming parade, according to the Arizona Alumni Association. The parade kicks off at 4 p.m. near First Street and Cherry Avenue, and will head across the Mall toward University Blvd., then back to Campbell Avenue. Student groups build the floats every year. This year, the reunion classes of 1963, 1988 and 2003 will walk in the parade. From KOLD/KMSB.
newsnet - November 11, 9:06 pm
2013 CITY OF TUCSON GENERAL ELECTION: INCUMBENTS WIN, PROPOSITIONS PASS - In yesterday's election, incumbent City Council Members Karin Uhlich, Richard Fimbres, and Steve Kozachick were re-elected. Propositions 401 and 402, the City's expenditure limit increase and general plan, passed. 60,679 ballots have been counted, representing about 27% of registered voters in the City of Tucson. About 6,900 ballots, most of which were turned in by voters yesterday at City polling locations, have yet to be counted. "I think this shows what we've been doing these past years has re-earned the trust with many of the voters in Tucson," said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. "And it's a good sign for the future."
VAIL INCORPORATION EFFORT FAILS - About 56% of voters in the proposed town of Vail said no to incorporation in yesterday's election. About 44% of the community’s voters turned out for the election. Citizens for Vail, the group behind the incorporation effort, had proposed an initial budget of $3.2M, to be funded by state-shared revenue. An opposition group calling itself Vail Incorporation Facts claimed the proposed budget was unrealistic, and that the proposed town's budget would not be able to sustain levels of municipal service currently provided by Pima County. Law enforcement, road maintenance and other municipal services provided by Pima County in its unincorporated areas are paid for by taxpayers countywide, including residents of the City of Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Sahuarita and South Tucson. From the Star.
SUNNYSIDE OVERRIDE FAILS - 53% of voters in Sunnyside Unified School District said no to a proposed budget override that would have provided an extra $9.3 million annually for seven years. Arizona law limits property tax rates that school districts can impose to fund their budgets. However, the state allows residents to vote for an increase of up to 15 percent on that limit. From Arizona Public Media.
MESA VOTERS APPROVE $130M BONDS FOR ROADWAY AND PUBLIC SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS - Yesterday voters in the City of Mesa approved two bond questions to fund street and public-safety projects. With 96 percent of the city’s precincts reporting, plus early ballots, the unofficial returns showed "yes" leading 55.7 percent to 44.3 percent for Question 1, which would authorize $51.7 million in capital spending for the police and fire departments. Question 2, authorizing $79.1 million for streets and related infrastructure, had received 56% in favor and 44%. From the Republic.
RIO NUEVO BOARD AUTHORIZES START OF TCC WORK, TRANSFER OF ARENA SITE, NAME CHANGE - The Rio Nuevo board met yesterday to discuss several items. Among them were the approval of a general contractor to begin the preconstruction process in rennovations to the TCC Arena. Concord General Contracting was awarded the contract for $35,160 to begin planning for renovations to the TCC’s bathrooms, ceilings, concession areas and more. The board also approved the transfer of a City-owned parcel near Granada and Congress streets, a proposed site for a future arena, that was part of the district's settlement with the City earlier this year. Additionally, the district approved a plan to select a new name, based on a contest among local high schoolers. From the Star.