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Paul's Note - October 2nd, 2020

Assistant Fire Chief Laura Baker retired this week after 26 years of serving our community. I’d like to extend my appreciation and best wishes on behalf of all of our Ward 2 neighbors.

Chief Baker was Tucson’s first woman fire chief. She also worked hard to get other women into the firefighting profession, including starting Camp Fury back in 2009. Camp Fury is a project with the Girl Scouts to introduce girls to firefighting. It is now a nationwide program.

Thank you, and good luck in what ever you do next, Chief.

Paul's Note - September 25, 2020

Earlier this week, outgoing County Attorney Barbara LaWall elected not to prosecute the three officers involved in the death of Carlos Ingram-López. Neither I, my colleagues nor Chief Christopher Magnus have any authority to tell the County Attorney’s office what to do in this case. It is worth noting that all three officers left the Tucson Police Department shortly after this case came to light. 

Broadway - Euclid Ave to Country Club Rd Improvement Project - Traffic Shift

On Sunday, September 27, 2020, at approximately 6 a.m., eastbound and westbound traffic on Broadway between Tucson Boulevard and Country Club Road will shift from the current configuration on the north side of Broadway to the south side of the roadway, with one lane in each direction.

This shift will allow crews to work on the north side of Broadway and continue the installation of the underground storm drain and new water lines. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Paul's Note - September 18, 2020

Even during the summer (or should I say, a normal summer), Tucson derives a lot of its revenue from tourism. Needless to say, the tourism industry is struggling. Visit Tucson reports that hotel revenues were down 35% in the six months from January to July. While that’s not as bad as the cities we compete with for tourist dollars (Seattle, for example, was down 64%), it’s still a big hit to our local economy.

Improvement Project Begins; Houghton Rd- Valencia to Mary Ann Cleveland Way

 

On Monday, September 21, 2020, Borderland Construction Co., under contract with The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) will begin the Houghton Road – Valencia Road to Mary Ann Cleveland Way Improvement Project. Crews will work Monday through Friday, from about 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. with occasional night and weekend work. This project is expected to be complete by January 2022.  

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