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Paul's Note - July 2, 2021

Arizona voters passed Proposition 207 last November by an overwhelming margin. The most talked about provision of the new law is that recreational marijuana is now available, although regulated. There was another part of the proposition, however. That dealt with expunging the records of people with marijuana convictions. This makes so much sense. If people are making money off of marijuana as a legitimate business, why should people who got convicted years ago still suffer the consequences? 

Paul's Note - June 25, 2021

There is a third public safety service in our community, one that makes the work of the Fire and Police Departments possible. When you need service and call 911, you reach one of the employees of the Public Safety Communications Department (PSCD), which was formed in 2017. A couple of members of my staff made a visit to the center last week. 

Adaptive Signalization Pilot Program

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) is scheduled to install Adaptive Signalization Control Technology (ASCT) equipment along the Ajo Way and 12th Avenue Corridors as part of a year-long pilot project.

On Monday, June 28, 2021, beginning at 7 a.m., crews will begin the adaptive signalization sensor installations on Ajo Way from Mission Road to Park Avenue, and on 12th Avenue from Irvington Road to Drexel Road. This phase of work is scheduled to be complete by Friday, July 2.

Jason Thorpe Hired as Community Services Administrator in Department of Housing and Community Development

The City of Tucson is pleased to announce that Jason Thorpe has been hired as the Community Services Administrator for the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Jason is currently the primary staff person for the City’s functions as the Continuum of Care lead agency, through the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness (TPCH), and brings 18 years of experience working in and managing community projects funded through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement programs. 

New homes now required to be EV-Ready

On June 22, 2021 Mayor and Council approved an amendment to the International Residential Code to require electric vehicle (EV) charging outlets in all new one- and two-family dwellings. 

All new homes within the City of Tucson will be required to provide a 40 amp circuit and a receptacle near a parking space. The language was prepared to be as universal as possible so virtually every EV on the market in the US can be plugged in to new houses, duplexes, and townhomes. 

Traffic Signal Work - Houghton Road and Tanque Verde Road

On Thursday, June 24, 2021, 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 Houghton Road and Tanque Verde Road intersection.

The work is scheduled to take place between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., the same day. During this work, the traffic signals at the intersection will not be in operation. Law enforcement officers will be on site to direct travel through the intersection until the work is complete.

Paul's Note - June 18, 2021

For Fathers Day, I wanted to tell you a bit about my father, Senator George Cunningham. 

I grew up in a politically active family with governors and judges coming by the house, so it would probably surprise a lot of you that I wasn’t that interested in politics when I was growing up. I was well into adulthood when I first started following in his footsteps and becoming active in the community and sought elected office. 

Traffic Signal Work - Houghton Road and Old Spanish Trail Intersection

 

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 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 Houghton Road and Old Spanish Trail intersection.

The work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., the same day. During this work, the traffic signals at the intersection will not be in operation. Law enforcement officers will be on site to direct travel through the intersection until the work is complete.

Paul's Note - June 11, 2021

Last August, the Pima Council on Aging was awarded a federal grant to support dementia specialized supportive services for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias and their caregivers. They will be rolling out these programs over the coming weeks and months, and I’ll keep you up to date on them. You can also check their website, pcoa.org

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