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It's now 2010, so we've got a little present for you: In addition to offering videos of Howe Gelb and Ryanhood playing at the Fox Tucson Theatre as part of the First Night bash, we've made it easier for you to find all of the wonderful things on TucsonWeeklyTV.

Instead of searching for our YouTube page, we recently launched TucsonWeeklyTV.com. Yeah, it takes you to the same place, but, hey, it's eight characters shorter.

And now, on to the first videos of yet another decade.

Dave Devine's Currents article this week touches on a new study that will assess whether those traffic cameras at four intersections around town are actually reducing accident rates.

But you won't have to wait the two years it will take to complete the study to get an idea about how these cameras might be faring. In our Explainer video, we present the statistics on whether or not red-light runners were better off before the cameras went in.

Based on ever-reliable anecdotal evidence (our own), we think the cameras don't do much good, especially if (in a purely hypothetical situation) you were driving at a semi-reasonable speed but got a ticket anyway.

In other news: If you rent an apartment or house, rent out to other people, or just really love public political theater, you'll want to check out our video coverage (at TucsonWeeklyTV.com!) of the Tuesday, Jan. 5, City Council meeting, which was slated to take place at the Tucson Convention Center. This time around, the council was, among other things, mulling over a 2 percent renters' tax to partially make up the budget shortfall.

If it's anything like previous town hall meetings, we expect calm, well reasoned debate shouting, sign waving and an explanation of how this all ties into either a) some right-wing scheme, or b) some left-wing scheme.

Ah, democracy in action.


One of the great things about the Internet is you no longer have to root through stacks of records to enjoy a rare or obscure live musical performance. Now a video camera and a YouTube upload is all it takes to make a concert video. (Just make sure it's OK with the band and venue first.)

One such set of videos that's been getting a lot of play on TucsonWeeklyTV is our collection of videos from last year's Tucson Area Music Awards (aka TAMMIES) ceremony. You'll find sets from Calexico, Tom Walbank and Sentido that you can't find anywhere else on the Web. And, as always, don't forget to check out our music site, TAMMIES.com.


"It's official, Stephen is the Vito Corleone of music journalists."

—J. Lugo Miller, via Facebook, in response to a TucsonWeeklyTV post regarding our critics' picks for the best music in 2009. In the video, Weekly music editor Stephen Seigel is shown seated in front of a globe while brushing Maeby the Wondercat.


Jim Nintzel informed us about City Manager Mike Letcher's proposal to fill a $32 million gap in the city's budget, which includes a tax on residential rental payments. Nintzel also informed us that the Arizona Multihousing Association didn't like the idea of the proposed "landlord tax," with AMA representative Barb Dolan calling it "an example of political posturing to force the City Council into adopting new taxes on Tucson's renters—people who can least afford it right now."

Mari Herreras congratulated Joaquin Ruiz, the dean of the UA College of Science, on his admission into Mexico's National System of Researchers, known as SNI, and highlighted a History Channel series, Life After People, about what the world will be like without us pesky humans. (The series, BTW, rips off UA journalism Professor Alan Weisman's The World Without Us without giving Weisman a bit of credit for the idea.)

Adam Borowitz introduced us to several new restaurants, including downtown's A Steak in the Neighborhood, which features beef, beef and more beef.

The Range also welcomed John deDios of the UA School of Journalism, who will be sharing photos from students in the program in the months to come. This week's batch focused on shots from Markus Steinhauser on a winter road trip through Northern Arizona, Utah and California.


The Tucson City Council decided against a 2 percent renters tax and cutting funding to police and fire operations. The January 5, 2010 council meeting was attended by hundreds of people, several of whom voiced their concerns about the city's budget shortfall.
As the city of Tucson implements a two-year study on the effectiveness of red light cameras at four of the area's intersections, we take a look at some statistics.
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