Tucson council headlines: Downtown development project; City hall metal detetecors; Bus fare increase

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Tucson city council began tackling another controversial downtown development project Tuesday.

The Gadsen Project lets developers buy land at a discount and sell it for a profit.

City Manager Mike Letcher approved an extension to the deal without council approval, which, he claims, is within his right.

Council members asked tough questions, before a unanimous vote that moved the project forward to a May 16 deadline.

"It's not just this project its the whole history of Rio Nuevo.  This city cannot afford another black eye in terms of another project getting started and stopped and people having questions and concerns if it's going to the right people or are developers pocketing taxpayer dollars," said Councilman Steve Kozachik.

Council members insist they want to make sure the city is protected in the event Gadsen or Senior Housing Group doesn't deliver on their promises.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Now visitors to City Hall will have to go through metal detectors before getting access to council chambers.

Things ran smoothly Tuesday, but signs are already posted asking people to be patient while they wait.

The new measures come as a result of the tragic shootings on January 8.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The city will host six open houses for public review and comment of proposed fare increases for Sun Tran bus service.   Sun Tran bus representatives will be present.

City council has proposed raising full Sun Tran fares 25 cents and low income fares 20 cents.

The first meeting will be held Saturday March 26 at 10 A.M. at the Ward 1 office.

The full schedule can be found on the Transportation Department web site.