MAYOR & COUNCIL RETREAT AT UA TODAY, BUDGET AND MORE TOMORROW - Mayor & Council will convene for a special retreat today at McClelland Hall on the University of Arizona campus. The agenda includes a four-hour visioning session and a discussion of next steps. Tomorrow's Study Session includes an update on financial planning for funds other than the General Fund, discussions about the future of the Infill Incentive District, reporting requirements for lost or stolen firearms, and more. Read the agenda for today's retreat here, tomorrow's study session here.
CITY & COUNTY DISPUTE COST OVERRUNS AT NEW COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Pima County officials say about $800K in water connection costs at their new court complex at Stone Avenue and Toole was the result of excessive design requirements by Tucson Water. County Facilities Director Reid Spaulding questioned Tucson Water's requirement that water lines under Toole Avenue be protected by concrete, and claimed that other work in the project, such as the redesign of a leaking connection, should have been considered routine maintenance, rather than being the responsibility of the County. Tucson Water's Deputy Director Sandy Elder responds that design requirements for the Courthouse project are determined by existing standards for all projects, and that the County Courthouse has been built on a historically challenging site. Both the County Administrator and the Tucson City Manager have appointed staff to research the issue. In today's Star.
PROTESTERS RALLY AT TPD OVER IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT - Immigration activists marched yesterday from Southside Presbyterian Church on West 23rd Street to TPD headquarters yesterday. Calling for immigration reform, the activists also demanded TPD officers stop working with Border Patrol, according to the Arizona Daily Star's report. TPD claims the agency and all other law enforcement agencies are required to enforce state law. Also reported by KVOA.
PORTLAND & PHOENIX NEWSPAPERS FEATURE TUCSON AS TRAVEL DESTINATION - A Saturday travel feature in Portland's The Oregonian, headlined "University of Arizona in Tucson welcomes visitors with science, arts exhibits," focuses on the Stewart Observatory Mirror Lab, Biosphere 2, the Center for Creative Photography, the Schaefer Poetry Center and more. In Friday's Arizona Republic, an article headlined "Tucson's colorful neighborhoods preserve the past" highlights Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, the Tucson Children's Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, and numerous historic Tucson neighborhoods.
OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY ON FUTURE OF JOAQUIN MURRIETA PARK - Public input is sought in the development of a Phase I Master Plan for the park. Staff from Parks and Rec and the Ward One office will be on hand Thursday, March 21, to discuss future needs and improvements to the Park and adjacent properties. Read the news release from Parks & Rec.