There’s nothing wrong with cheese puffs and canned beer on Super Bowl Sunday, but here’s a few game-day events for those looking for just a little bit more:
Catalina Steakhouse at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort (3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.) will have $4 well drinks and bottled beer, $8 draft pitchers and $5 game-themed cocktails starting at 11 a.m. They’ll also have a special Super Bowl menu featuring chili-cheese burgers, nachos, filet mignon and a whole heap of other selections, and will hand out raffle prizes after each quarter. 792-3500.
Javelina Cantina Bar and Restaurant inside the Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park (445 S. Alvernon Way) is also throwing a Super Bowl party featuring specials on chicken wings, nachos, quesadillas and other dishes, with prices starting at $4.50. Drinks will be available for happy-hour prices. Doors open at 11 a.m. 881-4200.
Jonathan’s Tucson Cork (6320 E. Tanque Verde Road) will feature a buffet full of venison tamales, turkey seca, barbecued beef, Spanish rice and tomato-cucumber salad for $20 (plus tax and gratuity), and beer and Jaegermeister specials throughout the game. The full dinner menu will also be available. Festivities start at 3 p.m. 296-1631.
Armitage Wine Lounge in La Encatada (2905 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 168) will have half-price beers and $8 slider specials, chicken wings and brat panini starting at 4 p.m. Live jazz by Tony Frank and Sly with special guest Stevie Woods takes place on the patio from 6 to 10 p.m. 682-9740.
Hideout Sports Bar and Grill (1110 S. Sherwood Village Drive) is charging a $5 cover for its party, which includes a chili dog or taco, one well drink or domestic draft beer and a raffle ticket for a halftime giveaway. 885-6443.
There's been plenty of attention to a proposal by Maricopa County Republicans to shut down the UA Poison Control Center and transfer some of its funding to a similar agency up in Maricopa County. Anne Denogean over at the Tucson Citizen had a good column summing up the reasons for having an operation in Southern Arizona that helps parents when their kids swallow something they're not supposed to.
We hear that the latest proposal may cut funding from both the Tucson and Phoenix poison control centers in the current fiscal and then ask them to compete against each other for funding in the next fiscal year. One lives, one dies.
Guess a lot depends on the requirements spelled out in the Request for Proposals, eh?
Republicans gained ground at the Arizona Legislature in last year’s election and have now captured the governor’s office, thanks to Democrat Janet Napolitano’s decision to split town and turn over the keys to Republican Jan Brewer.
That has some GOP activists crowing that Arizona remains a reliably red state.
But the voter registration numbers though Jan. 1, which were released by Secretary of State Ken Bennett, tell a different story.
Both parties have added voters over the last year in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election. Republicans added 111,159 to climb to a total of 1,140,609, but Democrats added 157,711, to climb to 1,047,126. (In addition, 105,295 new independent voters joined the voting roles, increasing that number to 860,095.)
On a percentage basis, Republicans dipped from 38.25 percent of the total voters to 37.15 percent, while Democrats increased their overall percentage from 33.04 percent to 34.10 percent since Jan. 1, 2008.
No one knows how many of the voters who signed up to vote in a presidential election will stick around; there will undoubtedly be a drop in the 2010 elections.
But if Republicans at the Legislature continue with plans to slash education funding as a way of solving the current budget shortfall, they may just help Democrats close that registration gap even further. And Republicans in swing districts—such as Sen. Al Melvin and Rep. Vic Williams in Pima County’s Legislative District 26—may discover the hard way that they're not coming back for a second term.
Remember Julie Glaser Ray, the freelance writer and graphic designer with the cool burrito cart she uses to gather memories and visions of what Tucsonans have for downtown? Her project is called the Burrito Files, and her latest blog entry is asking folks to vote on what happens next for downtown and what may be the next steps for Glaser Ray and the Burrito Files. So, gather 'round your computers and visit her Web site. For what it's worth, I'd like to see her have a chance to celebrate what she's done so far, bringing the interviews together in a space, along with some other night of downtown visioning. Have it begin on one end of downtown lead by a shaman or two doing an exorcism, followed by a New Orleans funeral band, and behind the parade - a lone Mariachi trumpeter. That way we cover our bases (and asses), and wipe the slate clean, so to speak.
And don't forget - three cheers for the Burrito Files!
Leave it to the folks at FOX to call a fist bump fisting, and then listen to the reporters giggle. "Hee-hee, she said fisting."
Our new governor, Republican Jan Brewer, will be in Tucson tomorrow for a reception celebrating her ascension to the Ninth Floor.
We hear that former state Sen. Tim Bee is a likely pick to head up Brewer's Tucson office. He'd be a solid pick, but we'd recommend that they bring Bee in to help them get a grasp on the budget. The guy always had a head for numbers. Plus, we like the fact that he knew how to protect Southern Arizona programs.
Traveling to Washington, D.C., I sensed we were up for something beyond what we could imagine--but utterly worthwhile. The anticipation alone was palpable by the time I got to Chicago Midway airport, regardless of the fact that I thought I was at O'Hare--what did it matter? I was riding the wave of imminent change and letting the excitement carry me along. Without getting too extraneously long-winded about this allow me to cut to the chase ...
Picked up at the Hyatt at 3:30 a.m., 10 miles outside of Washington, D.C., the Romanian cab driver knew the back roads of suburbia. He to got us to the right Metro station, circumventing the extremely long car lines and letting us know with his southeastern European accent, "for the right price, I will get you anywhere you want to go." Hey, this is America; why not make a buck on a this historical event!
Once on the Metro, we stood close, a mild understatement for the theme of the day. I felt honored to be in the midst of this, and imagined what it meant to our fellow travelers as well. One lady next to me wore a purple Obama cap and meticulously applied fake eyelashes; I wondered how she put them on so precisely that early in the morning. Maybe, like us, she never even went to sleep. By this time it was probably about 4:15.
When we got to the city, the bitter pre-dawn wind was a blowin', and I began to get nervous about how we thin-blooded Arizonans would make it through this without getting hypothermia. We had no luck meeting up with Sean's brothers as planned, but we carried on to where the masses led.
As we approached the gates, the crowds began to get really compressed. It was a bit scary but definitely helped to keep us warm. I kinda liked that. At one point, a military bus tried to get through this dense sea of people, but because we were up against a barrier, it caused even more compression. Just then, the gates opened, even though it was several hours before they were scheduled to.
Suddenly, in what amounted to one of the peak moments of my day, a large group of African-American people broke out singing "Movin on Up" from The Jeffersons, a sitcom I used to love as a kid growing up in the 70's. It was amazingly appropriate ... "Mooooovin on up, we finally got a piece of the pie." It was complete with a great male baritone. We all joined in on the chorus.
Regular TW contributor Dave Devine hasn't quite mastered the blog yet, so he asked me to post this dispatch from a Citizens' Water Advisory Committee meeting he attended earlier this week:
Tucson Water is facing a $15.4 million revenue shortfall through the end of its current fiscal year. The sale of water is $11 million below projections, while fees for new growth are fallen more than $4 million short of the forecast.
Officials at Tucson Water have identified $5.1 million in administrative cuts, including leaving 80 staff positions vacant.
To raise $6.1 million to cover most of the balance of the shortfall, Tucson Water wants to sell 50,000 acres of CAP water to the Arizona Water Banking Authority. Utility officials are considering another one-year sale of between 20,000 and 25,000 acre feet.
Having pushed for several years to control its entire 144,000 acre-foot allocation of CAP water, Tucson Water is being forced to retreat--at least temporarily--from that position.
Tucson Water officials told the Citizens' Water Advisory Committee that the demand for water, including CAP, wasn't as great as predicted. They also said that by 2012, the utility would reclaim the entire CAP allocation.
The Citizens' Water Advisory Committee recommended that the City Council go along with the plan. A council subcommittee will consider the proposition on Wednesday, Jan. 28.
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