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Council Member Karin Uhlich Not Seeking Re-Election

Ward 3 Tucson City Council Member Karin Uhlich announced via email yesterday that she will not run for another term. Her current term doesn't expire until late next year, but Uhlich said she wants to allow any potential candidates for the job to have plenty of time for campaigning.

"I will fulfill my next 18 months of service with sustained energy and focus," she said. "Then, after 12 years in office, I’ll proudly step aside and support the incoming Council Member as she/he enters this fulfilling and privileged role serving the public."

Ninth Circuit Vacates Injunction Against City

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the City of Tucson yesterday in a case over how much authority the City has to regulate a downtown homeless encampment. The court lifted an injunction issued by the U.S. District Court in December that kept the City from enforcing a policy about what possessions a person may have while sitting on a sidewalk in the downtown area.

While the injunction was in place, the Mayor and Tucson City Council approved a new law defining what possessions may be kept on the sidewalk.

Download App to Track Streetcar

If you'd like to track the streetcar and you have a smartphone, you're in luck. The Tucson Streetcar Tracker, developed by Dallan Porter at the University of Arizona, is useful if you want to figure out how long it will take for the streetcar to show up at the stop where you're waiting.

The app was developed using open data provided by Sun Link.

Karin's Note: Thursday, May 12, 2016

Karin's Note: Thursday, May 12, 2016
Dear Tucsonans,
I’ve been asked quite often lately whether I’ll be running for re-election in 2017. I’ve been truthfully answering “I don’t know yet”, on some days “yes I think so”, and on other days “I’m thinking not”. This week I’ve decided that I will not seek re-election in 2017.

Memorial Service for Former Pima County Supervisor Set for This Weekend

A public memorial will be held Saturday for Ann Day, a former Pima County supervisor and state senator who was killed last weekend in a car crash. The memorial will take place at 10 a.m. at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road. Day helped develop that park through a public-private partnership.

The driver of the vehicle that caused the crash has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and driving under the influence.

Port of Tucson Celebrates Improvements

The Port of Tucson today cut the ribbon on improvements made to enhance direct rail access for businesses to West Coast and Gulf Coast ports.

A $5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant - the same type of grant that also helped fund the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar - was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation to the Port of Tucson and Pima County in 2013 to help pay for high-speed rail switches and other rail infrastructure improvements on the Union Pacific Railroad mainline.

Hockey Team Moves Step Closer to Tucson

With two of three needed approvals granted, the Arizona Coyotes are closer to buying the minor league Springfield Falcons and moving the team to Tucson.

The American Hockey League's governing board approved the sale yesterday, and the Mayor and Tucson City Council will hold an Executive Session later this afternoon to discuss a lease agreement between the team and the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). An agreement could come up for a formal vote at next Tuesday's meeting.

City Seeks Public Input on Proposed Changes to Transit Service and Fares

The City of Tucson is seeking public comments on possible increases to transit fares and route changes. Due to Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requirements, Title VI policies must be reviewed every three years, and transit service changes are proposed to reduce the City of Tucson’s General Fund contribution to transit.

The proposals include a 10-cent increase in fares next fiscal year, service changes to Sun Tran Routes 9, 20, and 27, and out-of-area fees for Sun Van ADA and Sun Shuttle Dial-A-Ride services.

Tucson Police Offer Free Car Seat Safety Checks

Car crashes are the leading killer of children between the ages of 1 to 19 in the United States. In an effort to keep kids safe, the Tucson Police Department partners with Safe Kids Pima County to offer free car seat checks.

The next car seat safety check, hosted by the Pima County Sheriff's Department, is scheduled for this Saturday at Lazydays RV, 3200 E. Irvington Road, from 8-11 a.m.

In the Tucson 12 video below, learn about some common errors parents make when buckling their children into safety seats.


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