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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

 

Update: Traffic Switch

Temporary asphalt paving on the east side of Houghton Road from Valencia Road to Mary Ann Cleveland Way is complete. Crews from Borderland Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are scheduled to shift traffic from the west side of Houghton Road to the east side of the roadway at about 7 a.m. on Monday, October 26, 2020.

Houghton Road - Valencia Road to Mary Ann Cleveland Way Project Begins

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.  

Downtown Links Traffic Alert - September 17, 2020

Downtown Links Constructors (DLC), under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility have begun work on the Downtown Links project.

Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should anticipate the following upcoming work:

The September 21, Seventh Street closure between Sixth Avenue and the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks has been postponed until further notice.

Paul's Note - September 11, 2020

Judging by the emails to my office over the last week, the issues on Wednesday’s council agenda that generated the most heat in our community were the extension of GPLET incentives and our declaration of a climate emergency. I’d like to talk a little about another item we discussed that ties into climate change and that touches on the very survival of Tucson as a city in the coming decades: a plan for what to do in a severe drought.

Ward 5 Council Office Labor Day Hours

The Ward 5 Council Office will be closed Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.

The Ward 5 Council Office will resume operations Tuesday, September 8 at 8 am.

With the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Ward 5 Council Office, along with other City offices, are closed to public access.

You can reach the Ward 5 Council Office at (520) 791-4231 or Email: ward5@tucsonaz.gov.

Thank you.

Paul's Note - September 4, 2020

I am going to do something that not enough people in politics are willing to do: I’m going to admit a mistake.

In my newsletter two weeks ago, I wrote that Tucson Electric Power spent money to elect candidates to the Corporation Commission, the body that regulates utilities. They did not.

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