After the two in custody deaths of Carlos Ingram Lopez and Damian Alvarado, TPD opened up a process called a “Sentinel Event Review Board” which took a month to examine what went wrong in those cases. The analysis included everything from how our 911 center is staffed to how certain types of equipment are deployed to the attitudes and training of our officers.
WEBSITE LAUNCH AND UPCOMING VIRTUAL TOWN HALLS FOR P-CHIP - The People, Communities, and Homes Investment Plan (P-CHIP) creates a framework for investing in Tucson's most vulnerable populations. This plan will direct funding for homeless services, housing stability, neighborhood enhancements, and more. The plan is built on past community plans, current data, and broad public outreach.
New online application for building permits to go live Monday, October 26
Customers will be able to use our new Online Building Permit Application form for most building permit submittals starting October 26.
This new process is part of a phased approach to help automate the intake of permits. It aims to reduce the time from application submission to permit initialization and allow for more immediate tracking of permit progress.
I maintain a list of links to city departments and community groups that you can find on my Ward 2 page. Sometimes I get requests from one group or another to put on that page.
I got one this week from Literacy Connects. Literacy Connects is going to be celebrating their tenth anniversary next year, but many of the groups that merged to form their organization had been doing fantastic work in our community for decades.
Granite Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), is scheduled to install five overhead arches at the intersection of Sixth Avenue, 18th Street and Stone Avenue, in association with the Five Points Art Enhancement Project.
On Friday, October 23, the intersection of Fifth Street and Echols Avenue will be closed. The temporary closure is scheduled to be in place for approximately four-weeks while a new sewer manhole is installed.
CITY OF TUCSON TO BREAK GROUND ON THE BUFFALO SOLDIER MEMORIAL ON THURSDAY, OCT 29
City of Tucson Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres, the Greater Southern Arizona Area Chapter (GSAAC) of the Buffalo Soldiers, and Tucson Parks and Recreation will break ground on a memorial honoring the contributions of Black Americans when settling in Southern Arizona. The memorial is funded through donations to the GSAAC of the Buffalo Soldiers and funds from Tucson Delivers Parks + Connections, a 2018 voter-approved bond program..
Temporary asphalt paving on the east side of Houghton Road from Valencia Road to Mary Ann Cleveland Way is complete. Crews from Borderland Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are scheduled to shift traffic from the west side of Houghton Road to the east side of the roadway at about 7 a.m. on Monday, October 26, 2020.
Crews from Next Generation Electrical, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are scheduled to rewire the traffic signals at the Pima Street and Dodge Boulevard intersection on Thursday, October 22, 2020.
The work is scheduled to take place between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. The traffic signals at the intersection will not be in operation during this work. Officers will direct travel through the intersection until the work is complete.