VOTER-APPROVED ROAD REPAIR WORK CONTINUES - Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will be sealcoating parts of Broadway Boulevard beginning tonight. Crews will work on Broadway - Stewart Avenue to Williams Boulevard; the Broadway and Alvernon Way Intersection; and the Broadway and Country Club Road intersection. During the work, from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., travel restrictions will be in place, but at least one lane of travel will be maintained in both directions. Business and residential access will be maintained at all times. The pavement preservation project is part of the $100 million, five-year Road Recovery bond program. Read the Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report.
SOUTH TUCSON APPROVES $10.2 MILLION TENTATIVE BUDGET - The South Tucson City Council last night unanimously approved a tentative budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The draft budget eliminates the City’s secondary property tax, which staff determined was improperly enacted in Fiscal Year 2011. To compensate for that revenue loss, City Manager Luis Gonzales proposed increasing the hotel/motel occupancy tax from 4.5 percent to 8 percent, and raising taxes by two percent on other industries, including restaurants, bars and construction. The primary property tax would not increase as part of the draft plan, and the tax on food for home consumption would drop from 2.5 percent to 1.5 percent. The Council can still make changes to the budget as long as spending doesn't exceed the cap. A final budget must be adopted by June 30. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
MEXICAN IMMIGRANT WHO SOUGHT SANCTUARY IN CHURCH GETS ONE-YEAR DEPORTATION REPRIEVE - A Mexican immigrant living illegally in the United States learned yesterday from the Department of Homeland Security that he will not be deported for at least one year. Daniel Neyoy Ruiz, 36, along with his wife and teenage son have been living inside the Southside Presbyterian Church since May 13. Ruiz was ordered to turn himself in to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for voluntary deportation after he was identified as being in the United States illegally. Instead, he took sanctuary at the church, saying he has lived in Tucson for 14 years, is employed and doesn't have a criminal record. Read more from Arizona Public Media.
ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (ADOT) ISSUES DUST STORM SAFETY WARNING - "Pull Aside, Stay Alive" is ADOT's message to motorists during the upcoming monsoon. This is the third year ADOT is reminding drivers about the importance of safety during dust storms, which often occur during the summer rainy season. Dust storms can happen quickly in the desert along I-10, between Tucson and Phoenix. ADOT uses several methods to get information out to drivers quickly, including electronic highway signs, as well as social and traditional media. TV and radio spots also are being used to promote the message to pull off the paved road when it's dusty and turn off your lights and keep your foot off the brake, so people don't think you're driving and try to follow you. REad more from Tucson News Now.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PLANNER - The City of Tucson's Department of Transportation is seeking a Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner to help increase the number of people walking or bicycling for their transportation needs and to keep them safe. This is a two-year, grant-funded position and employment will cease at the end of the grant. The successful candidate is expected to have a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Geography, Transportation Planning, Environmental Studies, or a related field. Read the job description.