The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to direct the city attorney to amend an ordinance that would make texting and driving and the use of handheld electronic devices by motorists a primary offense in city limits (item 1 in Study Session agenda materials). The vote also would lower the fines currently imposed for violations.
Governor Ducey has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday, January 10, 2018 to honor the life of Specialist Robert W. Jones, of Vail, Arizona, who died Saturday while on assignment in Kosovo. Specialist Jones was a member of the 18th Military Police Brigade, of the United States Army, based in Germany.
Flags will also be flown at half-staff on the day of his interment which will be communicated as soon as possible.
Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.
Geico has signed a deal to move its regional corporate office in Tucson to a 200,000-square-foot building at The Bridges, near 22nd Street and Kino Parkway, according to an article in the Arizona Daily Star.
Bourn Companies plans to develop the 20-acre site for the insurer, which currently is located near Speedway Boulevard and Kolb Road. Geico is one of Tucson's largest employers, with 2,100 workers. The company says the move will add room for another 700 employees over the next few years.
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is the recipient of a $65,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) to address aggressive driving behavior. The grant will be allocated toward the utilization of motor officers to enforce traffic laws in and around eight designated intersections with a high number of collisions.
The AZ Water Association will host a technical luncheon that includes a presentation by Tucson Water Construction Engineering Manager Jeff Drumm on the 2017 Revised Water Standard Specifications and Details Manual. The luncheon is this Thursday, Jan. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Hotel Tucson City Center, 425 N. Granada Ave. There is a registration cost.
The Pima County Regional Flood Control District will host a presentation on “Estimating the Volume of Stormwater Available for Harvesting in Urban Pima County.” Guests are invited to bring their lunch to the talk tomorrow, Jan. 10, noon-1 p.m., at the Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Ave., 9th floor.
If you ride public transit in Tucson frequently, you can buy a SunGO annual pass and save money. You also don't need to worry about reloading your card throughout the year. The annual pass offers unlimited rides on Sun Tran buses, the Sun Link streetcar, and Sun Shuttle.
The $450 pass is available online, at the Sun Tran Administration Office (3910 N. Sun Tran Blvd.), and the Special Services Office (35 W. Alameda St.).
Topics in this issue...
- Tucson Be Kind
- TPD Hiring
- Honors College
- Broadway Development
- Barrio Viejo & the TCC
- Water in the Desert
- Unified Community Advisory Board
- Blood Drive
- Local First: Tucson Japanese Festival
- Lee Bucyk & The Hermitage
- Events & Entertainment
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild rang the bell 19 times this morning at Fire Central to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Jan. 8, 2011, mass shootings that killed six people and injured then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others.
Shortly before the annual bell ringing, the mayor joined survivors, first responders, and others in a dedication for the soon-to-be-constructed Jan. 8 memorial in El Presidio Park downtown.
The Pima County Sales Tax Advisory Committee will host two meetings this week to get public input on whether the Board of Supervisors should adopt a countywide sales tax, where the tax revenue should be spent (road repair and/or property tax reduction), and whether the sales tax should be temporary or permanent.
The hearings are tomorrow, Jan. 9, 6-7 p.m., at the El Pueblo Activity Center, 101 W. Irvington Rd., and Wednesday, Jan. 10, 6-7 p.m., at the Quincie Douglas Center, 1575 E. 36th St.
In a website article called "9 Reasons Why We Were Dragged Kicking and Screaming from This Desert City," Travelocity discusses the wonders of Tucson. "A multi-culti blend of Native American, Mexican and European influence with a population of a half million chill peeps and a harmonious blend of city and nature, Tucson is juuust right. Sunny, funky and always buzzing, we’re darn near in love with the place and predict you will be too," the article reads.
Your old Christmas tree is also a valuable sustainable resource. During this TreeCycle season, the City of Tucson will grind up Christmas trees and have chips available for the public at the Randolph Golf Course, 600 S. Alvernon Way, and at the Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales Road.
The Freecycle Network and Tucson's Ward 3 City Council Office are hosting the eighth annual Freecycle Post-Holiday Swap this Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. 1st Ave.
The 2-4 p.m. event offers community members a chance to get rid of unused items at home by exchanging and trading with neighbors. It also includes a free shredding service (limit two boxes per customer). At last year’s event, approximately 3,000 pounds of paper was shredded.
Paul’s Note- Ward 3 Open House!
Ward 3 Events
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Did You Know?
City of Tucson departments work every day to serve the citizens of Tucson. Today, we take a look at some of many statistics of the work performed during the 2017 calendar year. We hope you enjoy this "By the Numbers" special edition of NewsNet.