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NewsNet 6-28-13

MIRANDA ON STREETS: EXTENSIVE ROAD REPAIRS IN CITY OF TUCSON UNDERWAY - In a op-ed in today's Arizona Daily Star, City Manager Richard Miranda highlights the success of Mayor & Council and the City's Transportation Department in delivering the current year's $20M Pavement Preservation Program. Portions of major streets across Tucson have been improved under the program. "You can go and see for yourself the smooth black surfaces and freshly painted striping on streets, bike lanes and crosswalks all over Tucson, including Speedway, Broadway, Stone, Park and Campbell avenues; Nogales Highway; and Swan, Golf Links, Drexel, Pantano and Harrison roads," said Miranda. Additionally, the City of Tucson's voter-approved, five-year, $100M Road Recovery program begins this Monday, July 1st. Mayor & Council and City management expect similar results. "Efficiency, effectiveness, quality, readiness, responsiveness and a positive, problem-solving focus are citizens' expectations of the City," said Miranda. From the Star. View the map of Street Repair Projects on the City's Facebook page. (Click "Like" on the City's Facebook page to receive regular news and information updates.) Watch "City of Tucson Street Bonds At Work:" a step-by-step video on how the City addresses street repairs on the City's YouTube Channel.

BEST OF THE BARRIO BUS TOUR PROMOTES SOUTH 12TH AVENUE AS TOURIST DESTINATION - Vice Mayor Regina Romero recently organized a bus tour to explore the cuisine in a part of the area she represents, 12th Avenue between Ajo Way and Drexel. The purpose of the trip was to encourage support for efforts to beautify the area. Merchants and other community supporters believe that 12th Avenue holds potential as a tourist destination. Participants in the tour visited establishments such as La Estrella Bakery, El Merendero Mexican and Seafood Restaurant, Rodriguez Seafood/La Costa Brava Seafood Restaurant and BK Tacos. Romero and the coalition of 12th Ave. merchants would like to see increased local investment towards improvements to the avenue. From KOLD/KMSB.

DM AIRMEN JOIN MAYOR, WHITE HOUSE IN PUSH TO END VETERAN HOMELESSNESS BY 2015 - Col. Michael T. Rawls, commander of the 55th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, joined Mayor Jonathan Rothschild at a press conference last Friday about ending veteran homelessness in Tucson by 2015. The White House has announced an initiative to end veterans homelessness by 2015, and Tucson is one of 25 flagship cities selected to lead this effort. There are more than 350 homeless veterans in Tucson, according to most recent estimates. City officials intend to place 52 veterans a month into housing. They also plan to reduce the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Voucher processing time from 40 days to 20 days. From the Air Force.

FIREARMS CURRENTLY ALLOWED, BUT DISCOURAGED, ON SUN TRAN BUSES - A Sun Tran rider's encounter with another rider carrying a loaded assault rifle resulted in some media attention, and a clarifying statement from Sun Tran, on the legality of firearms on buses. A spokesperson with Sun Tran said that while they do not have a policy preventing people from bringing legal weapons on board, they highly discourage it. From KVOA.

GRADUATION CEREMONY TONIGHT FOR TFD CADET PROGRAM - Tonight at 6:00 pm, thirty-four young men and women will be demonstrating their skills acquired from the TFD Cadet Program. A ceremony will be held at the Public Safety Training Academy located at 10001 S. Wilmot Rd. The show will kick off with the Cadets performing physical fitness, an aerial climb, rappelling from a tower and entering the Dragon in full firefighting gear and air packs. These demonstrations will be followed up by a graduation ceremony that will recognize their accomplishments through a program that teaches teamwork, leadership, discipline, mental and physical fitness and community service. News release from Tucson Fire.