While I’m aware that there are varied thoughts on what role our police department plays in the community, recently, a local news report regarding officer attrition in the Tucson Police Department left the wrong impression. The response from Chief Chris Magnus, sent to council offices earlier this week, is below. I want to reiterate that I am committed to bringing in more academy classes and expanding our community service officer program.
The City of Tucson, Pima County Health Department and Paradigm Laboratories will begin free COVID-19 tests Friday, August 7 at the Morris K. Udall Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road.
Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing on August 11, 2020, at or after 5:30 p.m., in relation to the Substantial Amendment to the City of Tucson 2019 Annual Action Plan in Response to the Covid 19 Pandemic.
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On Thursday, August 6, 2020, beginning at 2 a.m. crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) Sign Shop will replace overhead street name signs at the intersections of Stone Avenue and Alameda Street and Stone Avenue and Pennington Street. The work is scheduled to be complete by 2 p.m. the same day.
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: