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NewsNet 09-11-14

SEPT. 11 MEMORIAL SERVICE HONORS THE FALLEN - The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) this morning marked the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people, including 343 firefighters and 60 police officers. Events included a flag raising, bell ringing, radio communication announcement, and a moment of silence. See photos on the City of Tucson Facebook page.
 
TRAFFIC ALERT: CITY WORKING TO HELP TRAFFIC FLOW AT BUSY DOWNTOWN INTERSECTION - Toole Avenue will be closed to traffic tomorrow from Fourth Avenue Underpass/Congress Street west to Pennington Street to allow for work crews to permanently restripe a section of Toole Avenue to make it one-way travel. The one-day closure will be in effect from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. When the striping is complete, motor vehicle travel on Toole Avenue will be one-way westbound from Fourth Avenue Underpass/Congress Street to the eastern entrance into the Historic Train Depot. Two-way travel on Toole Avenue will remain from Stone Avenue to the eastern entrance into the Depot. The permanent configuration change is taking place to help traffic flow at the busy Congress Street, Fourth Avenue and Toole Avenue intersection. In an effort to ease traffic flow in the popular downtown area, the Tucson Department of Transportation also recently made permanent traffic signal timing adjustments several weeks ago on Congress Street.
 
TRAFFIC ALERT: FOURTH AVENUE ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN DETOURED TOMORROW AND SATURDAY NIGHTS - The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will detour southbound vehicular traffic at the Fourth Avenue Underpass into downtown to keep traffic flowing in the area. The Sun Link Streetcar, bicyclists, and pedestrians will not be affected. The detour will be in place Friday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Because of the anticipated pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic associated with the University of Arizona home football game and 2nd Saturdays Downtown, Saturday night’s detour will take place from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Over the past several weeks TDOT staff has also detoured southbound motor vehicle traffic at the underpass on Thursday nights. This week TDOT staff will instead monitor the traffic flows at the Fourth Avenue Underpass/Toole Avenue/Congress Avenue intersection. If significant delays occur tonight, staff will detour southbound travel at the underpass. View a map of the detour.
 
REVERSE TRADE SHOW NEXT WEEK - Tucson’s seventh annual Reverse Trade Show gives vendors an opportunity to meet with procurement professionals from government agencies and private businesses, and learn how to do business with them. The event is sponsored by the local Copper Chapter of the NIGP, The Institute of Public Procurement. The Reverse Trade Show takes place on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Desert Diamond Center on Pima Mine Road at I-19. Registration information is online, and onsite registration is available the day of the event.
 
TUCSON NAMED A "SILVER LEVEL" CITY FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING - The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) recently declared Tucson as a silver level IMBA Ride Center. The application was submitted by the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists advocacy group. Local organizations rate themselves in the application process and then IMBA employees come out to the city and act as a sort of secret shopper and complete the same criteria, said Patrick Kell, IMBA’s southwest regional director. The next step is to work with local and state tourism boards to promote the designation and feature Tucson as one of the best places in the country to ride, Kell said. Read more from Bicycle Tucson.

TRAFFIC ALERT FOURTH AVENUE ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN DETOURED FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will detour
southbound motor vehicle traffic at the Fourth Avenue Underpass into
Downtown to keep the Sun Link Streetcar operations on schedule. The
detour will be in place Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13.
Friday night’s detour will take place from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Fourth Avenue Access to Downtown Detoured Friday and Saturday Night

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will detour southbound motor vehicle traffic at the Fourth Avenue Underpass into Downtown to keep the Sun Link Streetcar operations on schedule. The detour will be in place Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13. Friday night’s detour will take place from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Because of the anticipated pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic associated with the University of Arizona home football game and 2nd Saturdays Downtown, Saturday night’s detour will take place from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Restriping Toole Avenue - Lane Closures

On Friday, September 12, 2014, Toole Avenue will be closed to traffic from Fourth Avenue Underpass/Congress Street west to Pennington Street to allow for work crews to permanently restripe a section of Toole Avenue to one way travel.
The one-day closure will be in effect from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When the striping is complete, motor vehicle travel on Toole Avenue will be one way westbound from Fourth Avenue Underpass/Congress Street to the eastern entrance into the Historic Depot. 

ADEQ Meeting September 29

STATE OF ARIZONA • OFFICIAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.02, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) announces an open public meeting of the Park-Euclid/7th Street & Arizona Avenue Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund (WQARF) sites Community Advisory Board (CAB):
Monday, September 29, 2014
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library
101 N. Stone Ave., Catalina Room, 2nd Floor
Tucson, Arizona
AGENDA
1. Call to Order/Introductions

Traffic Alerts

TRAFFIC ALERT

RESTRIPING TOOLE AVENUE – LANE CLOSURES  

On Friday, September 12, 2014, Toole Avenue will be closed to traffic
from Fourth Avenue Underpass/Congress Street west to Pennington Street
to allow for work crews to permanently restripe a section of Toole
Avenue to one way travel.
The one-day closure will be in effect from approximately 9 a.m. to 4
p.m.

Grijalva Slams Delay for Executive Action on Immigration Reform

TUCSON, AZ – Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) released the following statement responding to President Obama’s decision to delay executive action addressing our broken immigration system until after the November elections:

 

“Today, President Obama placed political calculations over the hopes and needs of immigrant communities. He reneged on his own commitment in June to do what is right, and instead chose what is expedient, betraying the trust of some of the most vulnerable among us.

 

Camino De La Tierra Closed at the Rillito

The Camino de la Tierra dip crossing at the Rillito is closed to traffic as crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation continue to work to remove storm debris and repair damaged asphalt at the northwest side crossing. 

Crews anticipate having the dip crossing cleaned and the asphalt repaired by Friday, September 12, 2014, weather permitting. 

NewsNet 09-10-14

PUBLIC COMMENT TOMORROW ON QUALIFICATIONS FOR NEW CITY MANAGER - The Mayor and Tucson City Council will hold a Special Meeting tomorrow to hear public comments regarding the recruitment of a new City Manager. The 5:30 p.m. meeting is to hear public input on the desired qualifications for the candidates. Bob Murray and Associates is serving as the executive search firm to assist in the recruitment process. Martha Durkin has been serving as Interim City Manager since Richard Miranda retired on July 31. Read more about the search process for City Manager.
 
MAYOR AND COUNCIL STUDYING SHORT-TERM HOME RENTAL REGULATIONS - Tucsonans who rent their homes to tourists could be regulated like any other hotel or bed and breakfast. Hotels and other businesses must pay taxes, have permits, inspections, and insurance, but short-term rentals aren’t subject to those regulations. Short-term rental companies, which facilitate property rentals by owners, were the topic of a presentation yesterday by Visit Tucson CEO Brent DeRaad and Marion Hook, chairwoman of the City of Tucson's Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Business Commission. Supporters of the changes estimate that $500,000 in bed taxes could be generated by short-term rentals in Tucson. The Mayor and City Council directed staff to meet with community partners to discuss possible regional solutions and report back in 90 days. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
Mayor and Council short-term rental agenda item from yesterday (item 8)
 
TRAFFIC ALERT: CAMINO DE LA TIERRA CLOSED AT THE RILLITO - The Camino de la Tierra dip crossing at the Rillito remains closed to traffic, as crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation continue to work to remove storm debris and repair damaged asphalt at the northwest side crossing. Crews expect to finish the work by Friday.

WATCH ZOO ANIMALS FROLIC IN THE RAIN - It doesn't rain in Tucson very often, so when it does, it's a delightful change for animals at the Reid Park Zoo. Watch a video of different animals reacting to this week's big storm, even though they all had access to dry spaces.
 
JOB OPPORTUNITY: WATER METER READE
R - Tucson Water is seeking candidates to read water meters. Duties also include helping with water service requests, customer inquiries, and meter operations for the utility's 236,000 accounts. Successful applicants must like people, walking, driving, and teamwork. The deadline to apply is this Friday.

Tucson Arts Brigade Day of Service

Saturday September 13, 8am - 1pm
Look for welcome table at the 29th St & Columbus Blvd Overpass
 

Join Tucson Arts Brigade, the City of Tucson and the 4Rs Coalition for this annual Day of Arts Service. We will be painting over tagging, cleaning the Inside the Overpass mural and embellishing existing artworks.

Special M/C Meeting Tomorrow

This Thursday, the Mayor and Council will hold a Special Meeting open to the public on at 5:30 pm in the Mayor and Council Chambers of City Hall, 255 West Alameda, Tucson, Arizona, for discussion of the city manager recruitment process. Those of you that have suggestions about how this process should work or questions are welcome to attend.

NewsNet 09-09-14

TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT PERFORMED SEVERAL SWIFT WATER RESCUES YESTERDAY - The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) responded to more than 40 calls for help for stranded motorists during yesterday's torrential rainfall. Seven of those calls involved swift water rescues with full crews on scene. In one of those incidents, a 53-year-old woman died when her car was swept away in a wash near East 22nd Street and North Kolb Road. All of the other calls in city limits resulted in successful rescues, or the occupants were able to make it out of their cars on their own. TFD cautions motorists to stay out of flooded washes, since it only takes a foot or two of water to carry away most vehicles. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
 
HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS AFTER STORM DAMAGE (OR AT ANY TIME) - Tucson transportation crews are always responding to calls after heavy storms like we experienced yesterday. Is there a tree in the road after a thunderstorm? Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation, (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to tdotsr@tucsonaz.gov. You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app.
 
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: PUBLIC HEARING ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA REGULATIONS - The Mayor and Tucson City Council will hold a public hearing tonight on the City Planning Commission's recommended amendments dealing with medical marijuana. The proposed amendments include allowing home delivery of medical marijuana to qualifying patients, extending dispensary hours, and expanding limits on "infusion kitchens" that produce marijuana-infused food products. The public hearing will be held tonight during the 5:30 p.m. meeting at Mayor and Council Chambers, 255 W. Alameda. Read Mayor and Council agenda.
 
TUCSON POLICE TEAM WITH RETAILERS TO CURB SHOPLIFTING - The Tucson Police Department's (TPD) Operations Division West is working with retailers to reduce shoplifting, which the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention says costs U.S. retailers about $13 billion a year. Employees from Plato's Closet, Target, Nordstrom's Rack, Walgreens, CVS, Circle K, and other businesses attend the Retail Theft monthly meetings. TPD Sgt. Dominick Flores runs the meetings and tells the retailers about trends and arrests, and the prevention loss employees from the stores bring pictures and videos of shoplifters. "We facilitate sharing information and solving issues that one particular store might have to identify a possible suspect that's committing crimes at other stores," said TPD Detective Olga Ramirez. At least one retailer said she's seeing a decrease in shoplifting. Read more from KVOA.
 
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.

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