ward3 - February 26, 12:05 pm
Karin's Note: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
-Ward 3 Events -Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s) -Citywide Events -Did You Know?
Mayor and Council Action
newsnet - February 25, 11:57 am
SOUTHERN ARIZONA CONGRESSMAN VOWS FIGHT TO SAVE A-10 FLEET - U.S. Rep. Ron Barber says he'll fight to keep the A-10 Warthog flying, calling the aircraft "crucial to our community, to Davis-Monthan, and to the country at large." The Pentagon says cutting the plane would save $3.5 billion over five years. However, Barber said yesterday it would only save $700,000 "after having already spent $1 billion to upgrade" the attack aircraft. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced yesterday that the Pentagon would cut the A-10 fighter jet, also known as the Thunderbolt, as part of sweeping cuts to the proposed defense budget for Fiscal Year 2015. DM reported in 2012 that the A-10 was responsible for $1.1 billion in economic impact for the Tucson area. Barber says he'll fight to make sure the A-10 cuts don't become reality. Read more from Tucson Sentinel. THE DOWNTOWN TUCSON PARTNERSHIP FAÇADE PROGRAM COMPLETES LATEST FACADE IMPROVEMENT - Downtown revitalization continues with the addition of the 9th new façade made possible by a grant through the Downtown Tucson Partnership. Tucson 12 profiles the façade program, showing the latest addition at City High School. FEDERAL DEPORTATIONS REDUCED IN 2013 - The federal government deported 368,644 people last fiscal year, a 10 percent decrease from the previous year and the first time deportations dropped since 2008. The latest number includes 34,868 people deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) operations in Arizona, a nearly 12 percent drop from the year before. ICE reports part of the reason for the decline is that it is now focusing more attention on catching and removing serious criminals, whose cases take more time. In addition, the Obama administration now has policies allowing undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, known as “dreamers,” to apply for protection from deportation, further reducing the number of people who can be deported. Read more from the Arizona Republic. MINIMUM WAGE HIKE WOULD HAVE VARYING EFFECTS BY STATE - While President Obama's call last month to raise the federal minimum wage would benefit workers in many states, not every employee in that pay grade would benefit. The federal rate has been frozen at $7.25 an hour since 2009, and many states have higher minimum pay in effect. The U.S. Labor Department estimates 3.3 million Americans earned wages at or below the federal rate last year, accounting for 4.3 percent of the hourly workforce. At the beginning of this year, 13 states raised their wage requirements, either through legislation, ballot initiatives or annual inflation adjustments. About half of states mandate wages higher than the federal rate for most employers. However, less than two percent of hourly workers earned average wages of $7.25 or less in Oregon, California and Washington. Read more from Governing. PHOENIX CITY COUNCIL TO HEAR PUBLIC COMMENTS EARLIER - The Phoenix City Council voted recently to make public comments the first item at its regular meetings. Known as the “Citizen Comment Session,” speakers are generally given a few minutes at council meetings to talk about any issue of their choosing. Previously, the Council heard public comments right after its meetings adjourned and the TV cameras went off, and it wasn’t uncommon for a few council members to leave before residents finished speaking. The City made the changes in response to a petition filed by a group of residents who said holding the public-comment session at the end of the meeting showed City leaders don’t respect their input. Council members will not be required to attend the public comment sessions. However, what is new for Phoenix is old in Tucson. The Tucson City Council's "Call to the Audience" regularly precedes their consideration of legislative agenda items in order to benefit from public comment before taking action. Read more from azcentral.com.
ward5 - February 25, 10:46 am
By Tucson Councilmember Richard Fimbres
Tucson Vice Mayor Shirley Scott and I took part in the unfurling and hanging of the IGBO Flag at Tucson Bowl. IGBO stands for the International Gay Bowling Organization, a 34 year old organization of LGBT and straight supportive bowlers with 5,000 members and bowling leagues worldwide.
newsnet - February 21, 10:42 am
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS SOLICITED FOR CITY OF TUCSON GRANTS - The City is accepting proposals for Economic and Workforce Development Grants, and Special Events Grants for Fiscal Year 2015. The development proposals should include items for small business and development, job training and education programs for adults, at-risk youth, and at-risk adults. Special events grants will be awarded to those who help develop the local economy via emerging and established special events that build the community, economy and tourism. Proposals are due no later than Friday, March 21, 2014 at 4 p.m. Learn more about the grants.
PIMA COUNTY AWARDED GRANT TO HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES - The $270,000 award - funded through National Mortgage Settlement funds via the Arizona Attorney General's Office - will help pay for job search and training services for people who lost (or are at risk of losing) their homes to foreclosure. It is also available to help evicted renters, and people in transitional housing programs because of foreclosure or eviction, said Dorothée Harmon, program manager with Pima County One Stop Career Center. The program is expected to begin in a few months. Read more from Arizona Public Media. FORUM ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN TUCSON TOMORROW - The healthcare forum will offer information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, including ways to check eligibility, find a plan, and enroll. Tucson State Representatives Sally Ann Gonzales and Marcario Saldate are hosting the two-hour forum, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Rd. MEDICAL PARTNERSHIP IN ARIZONA COULD LEAD TO ELECTRONIC RECORDS SHARING FOR PATIENTS - Tucson-based Health Information Network of Arizona is affiliating with nonprofit Phoenix-based Arizona Health-e Connection. The combined group will operate under the umbrella of Arizona Health-e Connection, which will be based in Phoenix. Company officials say the effort intends to interface various existing patient medical record systems across the state, meaning medical providers around the country, and eventually beyond, would be able to electronically access health records of consenting Arizonans. The system would allow out-of-state doctors treating an Arizonan in an emergency to pull up that patient's medical records, lessening the chances of unnecessary testing or prescribing medication that could cause harm. Read more from Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star. HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS - Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app for Android and iOS.
newsnet - February 20, 11:29 am
TUCSON CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER SUN TRAN FARE HIKE AND SERVICE CHANGES - Facing a $33 million project budget deficit next year, the Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday voted to begin the process to potentially increase fares and implement service changes. Services changes being considered, which could result in $2.4 million in savings, would impact individual routes differently by adjusting the service level, rerouting, or restructuring Sun Tran regular routes, including express routes. Several different options to increase transit fares are being proposed with the final amount to be determined after a vetting process and public hearing. A final vote on service changes and fare increases is expected before the end of June 2014. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and view the agenda items.
CITY ASKS FEDS TO AMEND STREETCAR MANDATE - City of Tucson officials want to begin fare service in late July for the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar, but meeting that target date will require permission from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The FTA mandates the use of eight streetcars - six in operation and two in reserve. To date, only four streetcars are undergoing testing in Tucson due to delays by United Streetcar, the vehicle manufacturer. SunLink Co-Manager Andrew Quigley says the City is asking for permission to operate with four or six vehicles, while the remaining ones continue testing. Even though the City expects to receive all of its cars by early May, rigorous testing standards will prevent all eight from being ready for service by the middle of summer. The Downtown Tucson Partnership estimates the $200 million American-made streetcar project already has helped generate $800 million in public and private investment along the route, through downtown and the University of Arizona. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star. TUCSON RODEO COMPETITION RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY - Competition at the Tucson Rodeo, also known as La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, began last weekend and continues through Sunday at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave. This morning's 89th Annual Rodeo Parade was the official welcoming event for the rodeo, which features more than 650 contestants from the United States and Canada, competing for more than $460,000 in prize money. Tucson Rodeo: 2014 TUCSON TRAVEL GUIDE AVAILABLE NOW - This year's edition of the Tucson Official Travel Guide is ready for distribution. The magazine-style print version contains 80 pages of information on things to do and see in Tucson and southern Arizona. The complimentary guide, published this month, can be downloaded online at VisitTucson.org or requested for mail by calling Tucson Visitor Information at (800) 638-8350. A digital version for smartphone use will be available later this month. GET THE LATEST TUCSON NEWS AND INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER - "Like" the City of Tucson on Facebook to get the latest news, community updates and fun facts about Tucson local government and our community. You can also "Follow" the City of Tucson on Twitter for timely, concise updates throughout the day.
transportation - February 20, 8:54 am
On Thursday, February 20, 2014, Tucson will host the 89th Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade. The Parade begins at 9 a.m. at Ajo Way and Park Avenue, travels south on Park Avenue to Irvington Road, then turns west on Irvington Road and ends at Sixth Avenue. More information on the Rodeo Parade may be found at http://www.tucsonrodeoparade.org . Below is the vehicular travel restrictions associated with this event.
newsnet - February 19, 1:09 pm
EARLY MORNING BUILDING FIRE EXTINGUISHED BY FIREFIGHTERS WHO FACED ADDITIONAL HAZARDS - A fire reported just before 5 a.m. engulfed a midtown building, which is now condemned. Fire crews responded to TD's Showclub on East Speedway Boulevard, east of North Craycroft Road, after numerous callers to 9-1-1 reported heavy smoke coming from the building, which was closed at the time. Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker says there was near zero visibility when firefighters arrived and there were multiple wires hanging from a drop ceiling, a major safety issue which can entangle firefighters. The ladder crew went to the roof and cut a hole in it to allow the smoke to escape, while also increasing the visibility inside the building. It took seventeen minutes to control the fire and there were no injuries. Baker says the cause and origin of the fire are under investigation and the building is closed for an extended period of time. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and the Tucson Fire Department Facebook page.
RODEO PARADE TOMORROW - Tomorrow marks the 89th year of the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade. Organizers say there will be about 200 floats on display, and thousands of people are expected to watch the non-mechanized parade. The festivities begin at 9 a.m. at Park Avenue and Ajo Way, proceeding south on Park to Irvington Road. If you want a good viewing location, you should arrive early and bring a chair, plenty of water and sunscreen. The Rodeo Parade is the official kickoff for the Tucson Rodeo, also known as La Fiesta de los Vaqueros. Competition actually began last weekend and continues through Sunday at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave. At approximately 8 a.m., Ajo Way between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue, Park Avenue between Ajo Way and Irvington Road, and Irvington Road between Park Avenue and Sixth Avenue will be closed. All streets should reopen sometime between noon and 1 p.m. Access to the Veterans Administration Hospital will be provided on Veterans Boulevard at Sixth Avenue during the street closures for the parade. Read more from Tucson News Now.
SENIOR OLYMPICS DRAWS ATHLETES IN TUCSON - Powerlifting is about more than a competition for athletes over the age of 50. They were part of the recent Senior Olympics in Tucson. Tucson 12 caught up with some of the athletes during their training sessions. Watch the video from Tucson 12.
REPORTE EL GRAFFITI DE SU VECINDARIO - Si usted ve el graffiti de su vecindario. Llame al (520) 792-2489 o envíe un correo electrónico a email@example.com. Además puede utilizar la aplicación MyTucson y seleccionar SeeClickFix en cualquier teléfono iPhone o Android. SeeClickFix website SeeClickFix app for Android SeeClickFix app for iOS
HOW TO FIND ANSWERS ABOUT CITY SERVICES - Are you looking for a job in the City? Do you need to know how to pay your water bill? How do you request a police report? The answers to these questions and more are available on the new Tucson Answers website. You can search topics or browse categories to get you the answers you need. The site is an example of open source code developed by city governments and non-profit organizations to be adopted and re-used by other cities at no cost. In this case, the site is modeled after a similar site created jointly by the City of Honolulu and Code For America. Tucson Answers also is available via a widget on the City of Tucson's main website.
newsnet - February 18, 1:40 pm
FREE BIKE LIGHTS TONIGHT - Free bicycle lights will be handed out and installed from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Dakota Street, just west of Apollo Middle School. The lights are part of the "Light the Night" bicycle safety campaign from the City of Tucson's Department of Transportation (TDOT), Living Streets Alliance and the Pima Association of Governments (PAG). Volunteers from Living Streets Alliance will equip bicycles with a basic set of front and rear lights. They also will be distributing safety tips and information about laws related to bicyclists, including a new rule requiring a front bike light and a rear reflector. CONSTRUCTION ON $11 MILLION WILDLIFE BRIDGE TO BEGIN IN APRIL - The State of Arizona, Pima County and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) are joining forces to build a wildlife bridge over Oracle Road, which is being widened to a six lane thoroughfare from Oro Valley to the Pinal County line. The vegetated bridge will connect 9,000 acres of state trust on the west to Catalina State Park on the east. Pima County will vote soon on whether to spend $175,000 to buy 12 acres near the bridge to protect it. It will try to use a land swap or sale of land to repay the general fund. Read more from Tucson News Now. DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS CONTRIBUTE TO THE CHANGING FACE OF RETAIL - Retailers, including Wal-Mart, are trying to adapt their models to suit urban areas, as more people move into the urban core of major cities and shopping habits change. The changes are also creating a glut of excess space. Analysts say the footprints of stores are shrinking because consumers are shopping online more. In addition, technology has streamlined inventory systems, making them more efficient, so stores need far less room to keep stock. "That translates into the need for less space," says Michael Burden, a principal with Excess Space Retail Services, a company whose job it is to figure out what to do with unused retail space. Read more from NPR. REPORT ABANDONED SHOPPING CARTS -If you see an abandoned shopping cart, please call (520) 792-CITY or (520) 791-3171 and report the location of the cart. You can also use the ‘My Waste’™ app on your smartphone. Once the City of Tucson has been notified of the location, a contractor will investigate, tag the cart and notify the store management. If the cart is not removed in a designated amount of time, the Environmental Services (ES) department will take it away.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE FROM WATER DAMAGE -When they aren't fighting fires, Tucson firefighters have some tips on how to keep your home safe from running water. Captain Barrett Baker offers advice about turning off the main water supply, using the proper hoses, and more. Watch "No Bad Days with Barrett" on KGUN9.
transportation - February 18, 11:39 am
BROADWAY WORK MOVES TO NIGHTTIME
To lessen the congestion on the traveling public and to stay on schedule, Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will move the crack seal work taking place on Broadway to night hours. Crack sealing work will take place between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., Monday through Thursday.
The work on Broadway, from Country Club Road to Wilmot Road is still scheduled to be complete by Friday, March 7, 2014.
transportation - February 18, 11:33 am
Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is continuing its crack seal program associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery.
The dates, work hours and locations for the next set of roadway improvements are listed below. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather.
Wednesday, February 12 through Friday, March 3 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Broadway - Country Club Road to Wilmot Road