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Paul's Note - October 4, 2017

Tucson lost one of its finest citizens this week. Roger Tamietti, former Tucson Fire Department captain, union leader and friend to many of us passed away on Wednesday morning after cancer surgery.

I came into this job with a lot of swagger, but I was quickly overwhelmed. I met Roger on my third day. He was the friendliest guy of any of the people I had met in that first week, and the only one that made me feel like I was up to the job. He had a way of making everyone around him comfortable. It was his gift, and not one that you will find many people have.

City Mailing Publicity Pamphlets This Week for General Election

The Tucson City Clerk's Office is scheduled to mail "The Choice is Yours" on Thursday, Oct. 3. These publicity pamphlets will go out to registered voters in the city for the Nov. 5 general election.

Along with some propositions on the ballot, city voters will choose the next Mayor and members of the Tucson City Council in Wards 1, 2, and 4.

Tucson Convention Center Management Merges into Newly Formed Company

The Tucson Convention Center's (TCC) professional management company, SMG, this week joined forces with AEG Facilities to form the new venue management powerhouse ASM Global.

Under this new company’s management, the TCC will now be part of a family of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, performing arts venues, and convention and exhibit centers spanning five continents and 14 countries.

SAHBA Home & Garden Show is This Weekend

The 2019 SAHBA Fall Home & Garden Show takes place on Oct. 4, 5, and 6 at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Show hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

More than 300 exhibitors will feature new products, services, and ideas for making your home more comfortable and more energy efficient.

General admission is $8, with special pricing for military and seniors, and parking is free.

Utility Payment Drop Box Service is Unavailable at Price Service Center

Beginning today, Sept. 30, utility payment drop box service will be unavailable at the Thomas O. Price Service Center, 4004 S. Park Avenue (Park & Ajo Way) until Nov. 12 due to site construction that includes installing a solar shade in the parking lot.

A shuttle is being offered from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays for customers who would like to submit their utility payment directly to staff. Customers are asked to observe temporary parking signs.

Bicycle Boulevards Community Input Events

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) is planning four neighborhood traffic safety and bicycle boulevard projects. The Michigan/Fair, Cherry, Greenway, and Bantam Bicycle Boulevard projects expand low-stress biking and walking networks citywide by creating calmer residential streets. Community input events are taking place to present information and receive input.

National Coffee with a Cop Day is Wednesday

The Tucson Police Department will hold two events for National Coffee with a Cop Day. Join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and conversation at Panera Bread, 4821 E. Grant Road, from 8-10 a.m., and at Panera Bread, 4362 N. Oracle Road, Suite 10, from 9-11 a.m. Share information about crime and safety concerns, ask questions, and engage with your neighborhood's police personnel.

Paul's Note - September 27, 2019

You and your neighbors passed a half-cent sales tax in 2017 that was earmarked for roads and public safety. It’s more than fair for you to ask, where has that money gone?

Earlier this month, my office received a copy of the report of the Public Safety Tax Oversight Commission, which is the citizens’ committee responsible for overseeing how that money is spent.

Irvington East Loop Transmission Line Update

Tucson Electric Power is developing plans for a new transmission line to help serve growing energy needs. The project would help Davis-Monthan Air Force Base satisfy its energy resiliency requirements and improve electric reliability for customers in Tucson.

TEP must determine a route for the Irvington-East Loop 138 Kilovolt Transmission Line, which will connect the Irvington Substation to the East Loop Substation. The line also must interconnect with the planned Port and Patriot substations. TEP has identified potential routes within a revised, expanded study area.

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