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Paul's Note - September 11, 2020

Judging by the emails to my office over the last week, the issues on Wednesday’s council agenda that generated the most heat in our community were the extension of GPLET incentives and our declaration of a climate emergency. I’d like to talk a little about another item we discussed that ties into climate change and that touches on the very survival of Tucson as a city in the coming decades: a plan for what to do in a severe drought.

Ward 5 Council Office Labor Day Hours

The Ward 5 Council Office will be closed Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.

The Ward 5 Council Office will resume operations Tuesday, September 8 at 8 am.

With the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Ward 5 Council Office, along with other City offices, are closed to public access.

You can reach the Ward 5 Council Office at (520) 791-4231 or Email:

Thank you.

Paul's Note - September 4, 2020

I am going to do something that not enough people in politics are willing to do: I’m going to admit a mistake.

In my newsletter two weeks ago, I wrote that Tucson Electric Power spent money to elect candidates to the Corporation Commission, the body that regulates utilities. They did not.

Traffic Signal Control Cabinet Replacement - Campbell Ave and Allen Rd


On Thursday, September 3, 2020, City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) Electric Shop technicians are scheduled to replace the traffic signal control cabinet at the Campbell Avenue and Allen Road intersection. This is emergency work taking place after a motor vehicle crashed into the traffic signal control cabinet.

Traffic Signal Improvements - Valencia Road and 12th Avenue

On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, crews from Next Generation Electrical and the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) Electric Shop, are scheduled to replace traffic signal heads with upgraded signals to accommodate flashing yellow left turn arrows at the intersection of Valencia Road and 12th Avenue. During this work, crews will also replace two traffic signal mast arms for eastbound and westbound travel on Valencia Road.     

Paul's Note - August 28th, 2020

My youngest son’s name is Lute, after our coach who just passed away.  I wanted him to have a strong Tucson name.  One that embodied wisdom, compassion and class. I fell in love with the game of basketball when I was 9 years old due to two people: Coach Lute Olson and Coach Dave Lynch.   Coach Lynch was the girls’ coach at Santa Rita High School and my youth coach.  Coach Olson signed my program when I attended my first University of Arizona basketball game.  I attended one of his basketball camps. I was already a Wildcat fan, but Lute showed us how to love and understand the game.

Street Sign Replacement Congress St and I-10


On Thursday, August 27, 2020, beginning at 3 a.m. crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) Sign Shop will replace overhead street name signs at the intersection of Congress Street and Interstate 10. The work is scheduled to be complete by 2 p.m. the same day.

Work will be conducted at the Congress Street and westbound I-10 Frontage Road on ramp (east side of the freeway) as well as the Congress Street and eastbound I-10 Frontage Road on ramp (west side of the freeway).


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