With thousands of votes outstanding, it appears voters in the City of Tucson yesterday re-elected four incumbents on the Tucson City Council. Democrats Regina Romero, Paul Cunningham, and Shirley Scott each won new terms. Democratic Mayor Jonathan Rothschild won a second term with no opponent.
Early results show voters yesterday chose to get rid of red light cameras in city limits. As of this morning, 65 percent of voters approved Proposition 201. However, the fixed red light cameras and mobile photo speed enforcement vans will remain in place and operational until the election results are certified on Nov. 17.
Meanwhile, Pima County reports that a software problem projected the wrong number of precincts reporting results last night, and there are about 20,000 remaining ballots to be tabulated.
The Central Arizona Project (CAP) and the Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will be hosting "Sustainable Water for Southern Arizona: Current Conditions and Future Prospects," a free community water forum this Friday, 7:30-11 a.m., at the Leo Rich Theater at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 South Church Ave.
The Tucson Police Department will hold another Coffee with a Cop event Friday morning. There is no planned agenda, other than a simple time to ask questions, voice concerns, and meet the police officers who serve the area. The gathering will take place from 9-10:30 a.m. at Elvira Elementary School, 250 W. Elvira Road.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow will consider offering an incentive for the Wildcat House Redevelopment Project. City staff is recommending the Council formalize the Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET) incentive for the project after an Independent Financial and Economic Analysis determined the direct revenue benefit would be $2.7 million over eight years. The GPLET can provide up to eight years of property tax abatement.
Citizens can share their long-term transportation priorities and identify where they believe the region’s transportation dollars should be spent. The RTP is required to be updated every four years in order for the Tucson region to receive federal transportation funding.
Reid Park is the Best Park, according to readers of the Tucson Weekly.
The newspaper cites "green lawns, jogging paths, ball fields, picnic ramadas, playgrounds, a swimming pool, a zoo with a baby elephant, a lake, a concert bandshell, a golf course, tennis courts and even a baseball stadium, now happily home to the UA Wildcats baseball team."
SOUTH SIDE PROJECTS HONORED AT COMMON GROUND AWARDS
The Home Goods Inc. Western Distribution Center and the Kino Parkway/22nd Street Intersection Improvement were honored at the 11th annual Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground Awards, held Friday, October 30.
“These projects and their recognition show the renaissance of Ward 5 and the South Side of Tucson,” said Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres. “I want to thank the Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground Awards committee for their recognition of these great projects.”
If you still have your early ballot for the consolidated City of Tucson/Pima County General Election, you can drop it off at any polling place tomorrow. Please don't mail it in at this point, as it will not arrive on time and it won't be counted. If you don't have an early ballot, you can vote at your neighborhood polling place from 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
The City of Tucson's only landfill recently celebrated the completion of its first phase of improvements, including a new entrance, administration building, and more. Environmental Services Director Andrew Quigley and staff recently spoke with Arizona Public Media (AZPM) about what goes on behind the scenes at the Los Reales Landfill, which accepts about 1,500 tons of trash each day. You can watch the AZPM video (and an earlier story by Tucson 12) below.
What do the animals do when nobody is around? Find out as you explore Reid Park Zoo by flashlight, search for clues on a scavenger hunt, and meet some animals up close. The Zoo will provide flashlights and snacks at the all-ages, kid-friendly event this Saturday from 6-9 p.m. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets can be purchased in advance. Prices are $25.00 per person for Zoo members, and $28.00 for non-members.