Ward 2 Councilmember Paul Cunningham

Kayla Mueller

At a press conference this afternoon, Governor Ducey ordered that Arizona State flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff today, February 10, until sunset tomorrow, February 11, in honor of Kayla Mueller, a dedicated humanitarian aid worker and citizen of Arizona.

Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.

Congratulations to Assistant Chief Laura Baker

From the Arizona Daily Star:

On Monday, Baker received her assistant chief badge from the Tucson Fire Department. She’s now attained the highest rank that a woman has held in the history of the Tucson Fire Department.

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“I’m very humbled by being the first woman assistant chief for Tucson fire,” Baker said. “I have a tendency to downplay the gender side because it shouldn’t matter. But the reality is that the significance of me being a woman in a leadership role is very important.”

Spc. Wyatt J. Martin

Governor Brewer has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset Wednesday, December 24, 2014, in honor of United States Army Specialist Wyatt J. Martin, 22, of Mesa, Arizona. Funeral services will take place on Wednesday in Mesa, followed by interment at the Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park in Mesa.

New Smart Parking Meters Have Arrived

This is one of the things I have been waiting for. Thank you, Park Tucson!

Park Tucson is pleased to announce the installation of the first 21 new smart parking meters that will provide improved customer service to our on-street parking guests. The new meters are solar-powered and accept credit, debit, and smart cards in addition to coins, and will soon be accessible for payment through a smart-phone mobile app.

You can get more information here.

Sun Tran 2014 Holiday Toy Drive - Stuff the Bus

Sun Tran and KGUN 9 News are partnering again this holiday season for the annual “Stuff-the-Bus” event benefitting the Salvation Army’s Christmas Gift Distribution Program. This year Sun Link will be a part of the annual event by stuffing a streetcar. Tucsonans are encouraged to donate new unwrapped toys for children ages 0-12; cash donations will also be accepted. This year’s event will be held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, December 12, at the following locations:

Wrightstown Travel Lane Closure - POSTPONED

The bank protection project on East Wrightstown Road scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., has been postponed due to inclement weather. Crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will conduct the bank protection work when the saturated wash bank has dried out. The work will take place on the south side of East Wrightstown Road between Sarnoff Drive and Camino Seco.

Houghton Road Open House

The public is invited to attend an open house for the Houghton Road Corridor Projects. This is part of the overall Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) plan to improve Houghton Road from Tanque Verde Road to Interstate 10.

Monday, December 8, 2014
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Pantano Christian Church, 1755 S. Houghton Road

Mayor Rothschild and PAG Executive Director Farhad Moghimi to Distribute Free Bike Lights, Helmets for "Light the Night" December 2nd

In support of safe, visible and lawful bicycle riding, the City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and Pima Association of Governments will partner with Living Streets Alliance to put on “Light the Night,” a bike light distribution and bicycle safety education campaign. Each month at different locations across the region, teams of volunteers distribute free front and rear light sets to people on bikes spotted riding without them.

Since October, more than 400 light sets and 65 free helmets for youth have been distributed to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety.

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