This Thursday, the Mayor and Council will hold a Special Meeting open to the public on at 5:30 pm in the Mayor and Council Chambers of City Hall, 255 West Alameda, Tucson, Arizona, for discussion of the city manager recruitment process. Those of you that have suggestions about how this process should work or questions are welcome to attend.
TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT PERFORMED SEVERAL SWIFT WATER RESCUES YESTERDAY - The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) responded to more than 40 calls for help for stranded motorists during yesterday's torrential rainfall. Seven of those calls involved swift water rescues with full crews on scene. In one of those incidents, a 53-year-old woman died when her car was swept away in a wash near East 22nd Street and North Kolb Road. All of the other calls in city limits resulted in successful rescues, or the occupants were able to make it out of their cars on their own. TFD cautions motorists to stay out of flooded washes, since it only takes a foot or two of water to carry away most vehicles. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS AFTER STORM DAMAGE (OR AT ANY TIME) - Tucson transportation crews are always responding to calls after heavy storms like we experienced yesterday. Is there a tree in the road after a thunderstorm? Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation, (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app.
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: PUBLIC HEARING ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA REGULATIONS - The Mayor and Tucson City Council will hold a public hearing tonight on the City Planning Commission's recommended amendments dealing with medical marijuana. The proposed amendments include allowing home delivery of medical marijuana to qualifying patients, extending dispensary hours, and expanding limits on "infusion kitchens" that produce marijuana-infused food products. The public hearing will be held tonight during the 5:30 p.m. meeting at Mayor and Council Chambers, 255 W. Alameda. Read Mayor and Council agenda.
TUCSON POLICE TEAM WITH RETAILERS TO CURB SHOPLIFTING - The Tucson Police Department's (TPD) Operations Division West is working with retailers to reduce shoplifting, which the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention says costs U.S. retailers about $13 billion a year. Employees from Plato's Closet, Target, Nordstrom's Rack, Walgreens, CVS, Circle K, and other businesses attend the Retail Theft monthly meetings. TPD Sgt. Dominick Flores runs the meetings and tells the retailers about trends and arrests, and the prevention loss employees from the stores bring pictures and videos of shoplifters. "We facilitate sharing information and solving issues that one particular store might have to identify a possible suspect that's committing crimes at other stores," said TPD Detective Olga Ramirez. At least one retailer said she's seeing a decrease in shoplifting. Read more from KVOA.
REDUCE CLUTTER AND GO PAPERLESS WITH CITY E-BILLING - Go paperless with your Utility Services Statement. Set up an eBill account to pay your bill, get notification of your billing statement, view water usage, and read Tucson Water's newsletter.
STAY OFF WET STREETS, IF POSSIBLE - Today's heavy rainfall in Tucson caused severe flooding on Tucson's roadways and washes. Emergency crews throughout the region have been responding to stranded motorists, but one person died after her car was swept away in a wash near East 22nd Street and South Kolb Road. The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) urges motorists to stay away from flowing washes during thunderstorms, saying moving water 1-2 feet deep will carry away most vehicles. Read the news release, and monitor developments on the TFD Facebook page.
CITY OF TUCSON WEBSITE LAUNCHES ‘BIENVENIDO A TUCSON’ - A new website from the City of Tucson will help ensure that Spanish speaking residents of Tucson have access to information about child care, education, health and humanitarian services, and other important government programs. An English version of the site launched last year, and now all of the information has been translated into a Spanish website, with the help of the University of Arizona Translation and Interpretation Program, Spanish and Portugese Department. In addition, the City’s IT department built the site to make it easy for citizens to toggle back and forth between English and Spanish, by alternately clicking "Welcome to Tucson" or "Bienvenido a Tucson." Both sites are an offshot of the Immigrant Welcoming Task Force, created last year by Mayor and Council.
CANDIDATES WHO LOST IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION NEED TO REMOVE SIGNS - Wednesday is the deadline for unsuccessful candidates in last month's primary election in Arizona to remove their campaign signs. The Arizona Secretary of State's Office says losing candidates have 15 days to remove their signs after an election, although there is no penalty for not following the rules. The City of Tucson doesn't notify candidates of out-of compliance signs, but does remove them as necessary. "If we get a complaint, or if one of our inspectors sees it, we take it down and bring it to our sign corral," said Michael Wyneken, Tucson's interim code enforcement administrator. Citizens looking to file a complaint or candidates who need to retrieve their signs may contact the City's Code Enforcement Division at 791-5843, or visit the link below to report a violation. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
ADOPT A PARK TO HELP KEEP PUBLIC AREAS CLEAN - Tucson Clean and Beautiful is seeking community volunteers to adopt parks, streets, washes, and other public areas on an ongoing basis. There are more than 700 sites available for "adoption." Volunteers (at least five in a group) agree to remove litter and debris once a month, while making notes about conditions of the site that require attention by maintenance employees. To become a part of Tucson Clean and Beautiful’s environmental stewardship efforts, or for more information, visit the link below. You can also email email@example.com, or call 791-3109.
HOW TO BICYCLE IN THE STREETCAR ZONE - Bicyclists need to be extra attentive when riding near the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar tracks. New markings - including green bike boxes, bike dots, and shared-lane markings - help guide cyclists where they need to be to stay safe and more visible. The City of Tucson produced a video that describes the safest ways to ride.
The monsoon claimed a life Monday morning after the vehicle of an adult female was swept downstream after being stuck in a residential wash, with the female trapped inside. The initial Tucson Fire unit arrived at East Calle Betelgeux and South Avenida Ursa for reports of a car in the wash at 9:31 A.M.. They initially could not see a vehicle in the residential. A bystander pulled up next to them and advised them that the car was pinned against a pedestrian bridge completely submerged. The crew immediately began getting equipment for a rescue when the car was pushed under the bridge and
The Mayor and Council will hold a Special Meeting open to the public on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at or after 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor and Council Chambers of City Hall, 255 West Alameda, Tucson, Arizona, for a Town Hall Inviting Public Comments Regarding the City Manager Recruitment Process
Do you have unused or expired prescription medications but not sure what to do with them? These should never be poured down the drain or flushed in the toilet. They should not be left where people or pets might get to them. The Tucson Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW) and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department are sponsoring a medicine collection event along with the monthly HHW collection on Saturday, September 6, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Prescription and over-the-counter tablets, capsules, liquids, and creams will be collected.
The Tucson Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will again partner to bring the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative to the citizens of Tucson on Saturday, September 27 2014. During this event, the public will be able to bring unwanted or unused medications to either of two drop-off locations, where they can be turned over to members of the Tucson Police Department for disposal. This service is being provided for free, and is anonymous - no personal information will be collected from citizens turning over medication for disposal.
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On Saturday, September 6, 2014, travel restrictions will be in place at the southbound Alvernon Way/Palo Verde Road directional split to allow crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division to remove catwalks on overhead sign structures.
Crews will close access to Palo Verde Road at 6 a.m. and travel will be detoured to the Alvernon Way/Golf Links Road exit. Palo Verde Road is scheduled to reopen at about 10 a.m.
The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will detour southbound motor vehicle traffic at the Fourth Avenue Underpass into Downtown to keep the Sun Link Streetcar operations on schedule. The detour will be in place tonight, September 4, Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The northbound travel lane at the Fourth Avenue Underpass from downtown will remain open at all times.
TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT (TPD) RECIPIENT OF STATE GRANTS TO BUY EQUIPMENT - More than $250,000 in grants from the Arizona Governor's Office Of Highway Safety (GOHS) helped TPD purchase six police motorcycles, two unmarked SUVs, 24 laser speed detection devices, and more. When combined with additional equipment and overtime funding for training, education and enforcement in the areas of speed, impaired driving, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and occupant protection, GOHS has provided more than $2 million in grant funding for Tucson over the last three years. In recognition of the efforts of GOHS and Director Alberto Gutier, the Tucson Police Department will hold a news conference tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the front entrance of the TPD's Traffic Division at 1310 West Miracle Mile. The items purchased with the grant funds will be on display. Read the news release, and visit the TPD Facebook page.
NEW PROGRAM IN TUCSON AIMED AT BOOSTING HOMEOWNERSHIP - A new program is offering $5.5 million to increase homeownership and strengthen neighborhoods in Tucson. Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America®, the Primavera Foundation, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and South Tucson Mayor Paul Diaz announced the Tucson NeighborhoodLIFT® program last month. Down payment assistance of $15,000 will be available for eligible homebuyers with annual incomes that do not exceed 120 percent of the Tucson area median income – about $68,400 for a family of four – with income maximums varying depending on family size and type of loan. Among other things, potential buyers must complete an eight-hour homebuyer education session with The Primavera Foundation or another HUD-approved counseling agency. Participants must commit to live in the home for five years and qualify for a first mortgage with any lender. The Tucson Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT® program begins with a free homebuyer event this Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Tucson Convention Center. Pre-registration is closed, but walk-in appointments may be available. Read more from Market Watch/Wall Street Journal.
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Starting Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, Pima County Regional Flood Control District and its contractor, Clear Contracting Company, will begin construction of the Pantano Wash Project: Broadway Boulevard to Kenyon Drive.
The pathway is designated a major pathway for development of The Loop. The Loop is a system of more than 100 miles of shared-use paths designed to link Tucson with Marana, Oro Valley and South Tucson.
On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work to improve the roadway conditions on Ajo Way from 14th Avenue to Bernard Drive and on Ajo Way from the Kino off-ramp to Country Club Road. The contract also calls for resurfacing Country Club Road 200 feet north and 200 feet south of Ajo Way.