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On Monday, October 27, 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 pavement conditions on Speedway Boulevard from Alvernon Way to Rosemont Boulevard. Crews will begin the project by lowering manhole covers and water valve covers. Work hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This work is scheduled to be complete by Friday, October 31, 2014.

Speedway Boulevard : Alvernon Way to Rosemont Boulevard

Resurfacing Projects

On Monday, October 27, 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 pavement conditions on Speedway Boulevard from Alvernon Way to Rosemont Boulevard. Crews will begin the project by lowering manhole covers and water valve covers. Work hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This work is scheduled to be complete by Friday, October 31, 2014. 

American Traffic Solutions Recognizes National School Bus Safety Week


TEMPE, AZ -- American Traffic Solutions (ATS) recognizes National School Bus Safety Week on Oct. 20-24, 2014, reminding motorists to exercise caution when school buses are stopped and boarding or disembarking children. ATS is supporting this year’s theme -- "At my Stop, you Stop!" -- by partnering with schools and law enforcement nationwide on a safety campaign to remind motorists of the laws to obey and safe practices to take when approaching a school bus.

NewsNet 10-22-14

CITY OF TUCSON TO REDUCE PARKING FINES - The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday voted unanimously to reduce fines for parking tickets next year, after finding Tucson's rates are higher than other major Arizona cities. Fine reductions mostly will come from eliminating court fees tacked on to parking tickets by having Park Tucson (formerly Parkwise) collect fines directly, if paid within 30 days. After 30 days, it would be up to City Court to collect, and regular court fees and late fees would apply. Drivers still could contest a ticket through the court, but fees would follow if the court rules against a driver. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
Mayor and Council agenda materials
CITY ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES OPERATOR WINS NATIONAL AWARD - Environmental Services Equipment Operator Ruben Rivera was recognized last night by the Mayor and Tucson City Council for his second place win in the International Heavy Equipment Road-E-O. The competition, sponsored by the Solid Waste Association of North America, includes a written exam, inspection, and a driving skills test on a challenging obstacle course. The competition was held last month in Denver, Colorado, and more than 80 operators from across the country competed for top honors. "We are proud to recognize Ruben's achievement," said Environmental Services Director Andrew Quigley. "He is an excellent example of the 216 employees of Environmental Services who work hard every day to provide excellent service and protect our environment." Read more from City of Tucson Environmental Services, and watch Tucson 12 video from last year's Road-E-O competition in Tucson.
COMMUNITY FORUMS TO DISCUSS HUD FUNDING CONTINUE TOMORROW - The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting meetings to discuss community needs that can be addressed with annual entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Tucson receives approximately $8 million per year under various federal programs, including Community Development Block Grants. Public input received at these forums will be used to prepare the Fiscal Year 2016 City of Tucson/Pima County Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which will incorporate community needs, available resources, strategies, and priorities for the five-year period beginning on July 1, 2015. The meetings continue tomorrow at the County Housing Offices, 801 W. Congress Street. Discussions include Multi-family Housing Design (10-11:30 a.m.), Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing (1-2:30 p.m.), and Rural Issues (3-4:30 p.m.). Read the news release.
HOWL-O-WEEN BEGINS FRIDAY - Reid Park Zoo's annual Howl-O-Ween runs this Friday through Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m. each night (Zoo members can enter at 5:30). Enjoy safe trick-or-treating, costumed characters, and Halloween decorations as you stroll through the Zoo. The event is for all ages, with limited spooks and scares. Admission is $7, and members get a $2 discount.

TUCSON CITY GOLF HOSTS FALL EVENTS - Tucson City Golf will be hosting several events this fall at the Randolph Golf Complex, 600 S. Alvernon Way. Golfers can register for this Saturday's Southern Arizona Logistics Education Organization (SALEO) Scholarship Tournament. The LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program is holding a Super Girls Golf Day on Nov. 8, with professional golf instruction, health and wellness information, and a do-it-yourself project for girls ages 7-17. Other upcoming events include The Tucson City Women's & Senior Amateur Tournaments, and the Tucson Golf Expo. Visit the Tucson City Golf events page for detailed information.

I-10 Roadwork Update

Maintenance work on I-10 ramp east of Tucson

The westbound Interstate 10 off-ramp at State Route 83 will be closed Monday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guardrail repair.

Drivers will be detoured to the westbound I-10 Vail Road exit.

For more information, please call Paki Rico at 520-388-4233, or email

Charter Review Committee Update

Now accepting comments - Next meeting is Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. at City Hall

This committee shall review and make recommendations regarding possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. Comments will be accepted through 2015, and potential amendments to the City Charter may be on the November 3, 2015 city ballot.

All comments shall be directed to the City Clerk’s Office at:

Upcoming public meetings:

Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014, 4 p.m. - City Hall, 255 W. Alameda, 1st Floor

NewsNet 10-21-14

CITY SEEKING COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE CHARTER CHANGES - Tucson's Charter Review Committee is asking for public comments as it reviews and make recommendations about possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. A public meeting will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at City Hall (255 W. Alameda, 1st floor). Potential amendments to the City Charter may be on the Nov. 3, 2015 City ballot. All comments should be made via email to the City Clerk’s Office,
BE PART OF THE BUZZ IN DOWNTOWN TUCSON - If you haven't experienced the excitement of revitalized Downtown Tucson on a weekend, Tucson 12 recently captured the sights and sounds of the 2nd Saturdays Downtown celebration. The monthly event features family-friendly activities, art gallery shows, music, food, and more. Downtown has seen an increase in activity, particularly since the July 25 opening of the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. Sun Link provides riders with an opportunity to experience the new businesses and activities downtown, while easily traveling to other destinations along the 3.9-mile route through the University of Arizona, Fourth Avenue, and the Mercado District.
2nd Saturdays Downtown

KIDCO HOSTS 'LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL' CELEBRATION - The City of Tucson's Parks and Recreation Department's KIDCO program is taking part in this week's 15th annual "National Lights On Afterschool" event, promoting the need for after-school programs in the Tucson community. Bring a blanket or chair to watch singing and dancing performances by participants in KIDCO and the In-Betweeners Club (IBC). The event begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park, and food will be available for purchase. The celebration is part of a national event sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance. Read the news release.
L.A. NEWSPAPER LAUDS STREETCAR - The Los Angeles Daily News calls the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar "a calling card to bring attention to a city that has a lot in common with famously cool Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas." The Travel section of the newspaper also cites Tucson's assets, such as history, a beautiful urban core, great food and drinks, art, fine arts, lively music, and a college-town vibe. In addition, the article mentions some historic sites in Tucson, such as Presidio San Agustín del Tucson and St. Augustine Cathedral.
FOLLOW THE PROGRESS ON THE DOWNTOWN LINKS PROJECT - The City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) have a Downtown Links website to give citizens information and updates on one of the largest transportation projects in Tucson. The $76 million project will result in a four-lane roadway north of the Union Pacific Railroad that will link Barraza-Aviation Parkway and Interstate 10, Broadway Boulevard with 4th Avenue, and downtown with the neighborhoods to the north. Downtown Links also will provide alternate access to downtown, new and safer underpasses and railroad crossings, and improved sidewalks and bike paths.

NewsNet 10-20-14

PUBLIC FORUM TONIGHT ON INCLUSION AND EQUALITY IN TUCSON - Several speakers will take part in tonight's forum, "It's Time to Talk: Inclusion and Equality in Tucson," hosted by Ward 6 City Council Member Steve Kozachik's office. The community-wide conversation will focus on equality and opportunity in Tucson, with discussions about jobs, education, public policy, and the media. The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Catalina High School, 3645 E. Pima St. For more information, call 791-4601. Read the news release.
BUSINESS MAGAZINE SPOTLIGHTS STREETCAR PROJECT MANAGER - The fall edition of BizTucson Magazine features the "driving force for Tucson's Modern Streetcar." Tucson Department of Transportation Streetcar Project Manager Shellie Ginn began working on the City of Tucson's largest-ever construction project about 10 years ago, when it was just a recommendation from the Citizens Advisory Committee. Ginn, a Tucson native, helped guide the project through planning, design, construction, and operation. "I really would love my legacy to be leaving this city a better place than when I came into it," she said. "I love public service for that reason." Read the full interview from BizTucson (page 84).
DOWNTOWN LECTURE SERIES ON FOOD CONTINUES - The University of Arizona's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Downtown Lecture Series returns to the historic Fox Theatre on Wednesday. The 2014 lecture series is exploring food and its relationships with health, culture, and the environment. This week's lecture by Gary Nabhan is called "Tucson: City of Gastronomy, Hub for Food Diversity." Tickets  for the free, public lecture will be available at the Fox Theatre box office beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. Attendees can ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar to the event and enjoy the dining and retail opportunities along the route at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, or the Mercado District.
TUCSON 12 WINS NATIONAL AWARD - Tucson 12, The City Channel has another award for its display case. The 2014 National Association of Officers and Advisors (NATOA), recently announced the winners of its government programming awards in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Tucson 12 won the Second Place award for its video “Get Streetcar Street Smart!,” in the Public Education category. The annual awards recognize excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies.
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: MAIN GATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT - The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow night will consider creating the Main Gate Entertainment District west of the University of Arizona. Currently, certain new retail types of liquor licenses are not allowed to locate within 300 feet of a school or church. The special district would allow the licenses to be considered, on a case-by-case basis, if the surrounding churches and schools are supportive of the establishments. On April 23, Mayor and Council directed staff to help create a proposed entertainment district for the Main Gate area. Staff presented a draft map on Sept. 9, but was asked to return with modifications to the boundary. Tucson's first entertainment district, the Greater Downtown Entertainment District, was adopted May 20. Tomorrow's Mayor and Council Regular Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at 255 W. Alameda St. Read the agenda items.

NewsNet 10-17-14

TUCSON POLICE RECEIVING 'FAIR AND IMPARTIAL POLICING' TRAINING - Tucson Police Department (TPD) commanders this week received training to learn about the "Fair and Impartial Policing Perspective." The training was led by Dr. Lorie Fridell, an associate professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Behavioral and Community Science. Fridell has more than 20 years of experience conducting research in the field of law enforcement and is nationally known for her work on bias-based policing. TPD Chief Roberto Villaseñor mandated the course as part of the department’s annual continuing training program. The training reflects a new and scientific approach to thinking about the issues of bias in modern policing. TPD says the training is designed to make personnel aware of their implicit biases and give them the tools they need to reduce and manage them and foster better relationships between officers and the public. Fridell also is training future trainers who will train other officers on fair and impartial policing. Chief Villaseñor hopes to have all of the approximately 950 members of the department trained within six months.Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and the TPD news release.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR A DOWNTOWN SURVEY - The Downtown Tucson Partnership today began its second Downtown Pedestrian Intercept Study, a snapshot of public opinions on Downtown Tucson. Volunteers helping in the annual survey will question pedestrians about the current state of the downtown area. The information collected during the study will be used to guide improvement work and allow the Downtown Tucson Partnership to make recommendations to the City of Tucson. Volunteers are needed to help conduct the survey Oct. 18, 24 and 25. Each shift will be between four to six hours, with two volunteers per location for each shift. Volunteers can sign up for as many shifts as they would like, and training will be provided.

TRAFFIC ALERT: BROADWAY/HOUGHTON FINAL PAVING - Monday will begin the final phase of paving of the intersection of Broadway Boulevard and Houghton Road. Crews from Borderland Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will work from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. and expect to have the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) project finished by next Friday. During the work, traffic will be shifted through the intersection to allow for paving operations and access to local businesses. At least one lane of travel in all four directions will be maintained during the paving work. Tucson Police officers will be directing traffic at the intersection. Read the TDOT news release.

'NAMJAM' THIS WEEKEND - The 27th annual NamJam celebration in Tucson kicks off a number of veterans-related activities leading up to Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Tomorrow's event, dubbed "Rockin' for all Vets," takes place from 9 a.m. to dusk at Rillito Downs, 4502 N. First Ave. The free celebration includes military displays, food, drinks, and a play area for kids.

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.

NewsNet 10-16-14

EXPANDED MARIPOSA PORT OF ENTRY OFFICIALLY OPEN - After ten years of planning and five years of construction, the $250 million expansion of the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales was marked by an official opening ceremony yesterday. The expanded port includes a pedestrian crossing area, 12 passenger vehicle lanes, eight commercial lanes, a dedicated bus lane, a new inspection area, and an off-load dock. With the expansion, the port has the potential of processing as many as 4,000 commercial vehicles a day. “For Tucson, this day is a significant milestone in our economic development as a city,” said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. “As we go out and we market our city as a logistics hub, as a manufacturing hub, as a place where you want a headquarters to do business internationally, we had to have this piece in place.” Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TUCSON WATER FEATURED AT HOME SHOW - The SAHBA Fall Home & Garden Show begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). Stop by Tucson Water’s display space in Aisle 1100 and pick up some free water-related items, meet the utility’s professionals, and learn more about where your water originates. Two topics presented will be the ongoing drought status and the technology involved in recycling water. Details about the three-day show (admission, hours, parking information, etc.) are at the link below. The TCC is easily accessible via the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar.

WATER PARTNERSHIP TO HELP COMMUNITY'S FUTURE - Students from John B. Wright Elementary School recently attended Farm Camp to learn about community partnerships to ensure that Tucsonans have adequate food supplies and reliable water resources. That message was delivered by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and others as part of a ribbon-cutting event attended by more than 70 adults and children at Tucson Village Farm. The working urban farm was built by youth for the youth of our community, and features innovative water conservation techniques. The dedication of the farm was the result of a year-long collaboration between Tucson Water, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Arizona Project WET, and Conserve2Enhance. Tucson Village Farm is located at 4210 N. Campbell Ave. Read more from Tucson Water.

WEAR PURPLE TOMORROW - In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, tomorrow is "Wear Purple Day." One of the many partners of the special day is Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, which says one in four women will experience abuse in her lifetime. Emerge! provides domestic abuse crisis intervention and housing, prevention, education, support, and advocacy services to anyone experiencing domestic abuse.  Most people seeking services are women and their children, but programs are available to everyone.

FORBES MAGAZINE RECOGNIZES TUCSON'S BICYCLING EFFORTS - In a recent website article about U.S. cities with the most bike lanes, Forbes magazine points to Tucson's Bicycle Boulevards, calling them "attractive, convenient and comfortable sections of street, optimized for cycling with reduced motorized traffic." The article also mentions the introduction of Cyclovia events motivating Tucsonans to ditch their cars to spend some time on temporarily traffic-free streets. The magazine ranks Tucson second for the highest number of bike lanes, at 610, just behind San Diego, with 620.
City of Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program

Houghton Road/Broadway Intersection Improvement - Final Paving REVISED

On Monday, October 20, 2014, crews from Borderland Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin the final paving at the Houghton Road and Broadway intersection. The final paving work is scheduled to be complete by Friday, October 24, 2014. Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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