John Lewis passed away last week. I could just call him a congressman from Georgia, but we all know he was so much more than that. He was one of our nation’s most important moral leaders of the last sixty years. He wasn’t just a talker: he spent his young life being jailed and beaten for the simple right of people to vote. A documentary about his life called “Good Trouble” is still available for streaming from the Loft Theater’s website.
Since March 24th, members of the Arizona National Guard have been helping pack food and to help with distribution. Since the Guard orders are beginning to expire, the Food Bank urgently needs volunteers to assist in distribution. Know that distribution is outdoors and they drop pallets 6 feet apart to comply with social distancing.
The Food Bank is seeking groups to sign up to volunteer from 6:30am-10:30am at Kino Sports Complex to help distribute food to their clients. The dates available at this time are August 6, 11,13, 18, 25 and 27th.
On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, crews from Next Generation Electrical and City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) Electric Shop technicians are scheduled to install new traffic signal control cabinets at the intersections of Speedway Boulevard and I-10 eastbound and westbound frontage roads. During this work, the traffic signals will not be in operation.
It’s been a rough summer for Tucson with COVID-19, the Bighorn Fire and our ongoing discussion about the role of the police. With all of that in the news, I missed the passing of a great Tucsonan and a wonderful human being, Walter Feiger.
Walter was born in Kraków, Poland in 1927 and. He lost his father shortly after the German invasion in 1939. Soon after, his family was moved to a Jewish ghetto called Chrzanów. Eventually, he was sent to a labor camp and eventually to a camp called Sakrau.
Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are crack sealing and fog sealing various roadways throughout the City. Crews will work Monday through Thursday. Please note the fog seal work along portions of the Sun Link Streetcar route are rescheduled to September due to the current weather conditions.
The roadways that are rescheduled until September are:
The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) is planning a new 1.3-mile multi-use path along the north side of Mary Ann Cleveland Way between Houghton Road and Atterbury Wash Way. The Mary Ann Cleveland Way Path is part of the voter-approved Proposition 407 Tucson Delivers Parks and Connections Program that will expand the citywide low-stress biking and walking network.
Join DTM staff at this virtual event to learn more and give input to the project team:
My office has been inundated with literally hundreds of emails from citizens with concerns and questions about funding levels and the future of the police department. These emails cover the full range spectrum of community feeling on public safety issues. I thought it would be helpful to give you my official statement on the current budget discussion:
Tucson Food Share was created by Food Not Bombs Tucson, a loosely organized collective of Tucsonans who come together out of empathy and respect for all of our neighbors. Tucson Food Share feels honored to share food freely with anyone who wants it, regardless of their appearance or life circumstances. Most of their food is generously donated by local grocers and farmers who support this mission.
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Note: I am sorry that I was not able to get out my weekly update on Friday due to technical issues. Also, we will soon be changing the way that the newsletter is sent to your email. You shouldn’t notice the difference, but I wanted to let you know.
This Saturday, July 18, from 7-10 a.m, the Mayor and Tucson City Council are holding the citywide Mask Up Tucson Free Mask Distribution Event. The event will be held at six locations throughout the city, one location in each Ward, and will be an opportunity for community members to obtain washable face coverings for themselves and their families.