What a difference a day makes! When The Skinny talked on Tuesday to Rich Singer, head honcho of the Tucson Convention Center, he told us his arena plan--released just last week--wasn't even on the agenda for yesterday's City Council meeting. But by the end of the council meeting, our civic leaders had voted unanimously for the $190 million project. Even Ward 5 Councilman Steve Leal, who told us a week ago that he'd rather remodel the existing TCC arena, changed his mind and supported it. Leal tells us he reversed himself because he liked the economic boost that supposed to come as part of a new hotel.
Well, there goes another potential campaign issue for the 2007 city elections. This is shaping up to be the dullest campaign season since 2004, when the big excitement centered around the county assessor's race.