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HAWK Light Installation - Speedway and Richey

Beginning Monday, January 6, 2020, Pace Electrical, under contract with the City of Tucson Transportation Department, will begin work to install a HAWK pedestrian crossing signal at the intersection of Speedway Boulevard and Richey Avenue.

During the work, two lanes of travel will be maintained in each direction on Speedway Boulevard. There will be no travel impacts to Richey Avenue.  

Paul's Note - December 27, 2019

I’ve been beating the drum, or maybe the cistern, for water harvesting for my entire time on the council. Many of you know that the landscaping at my office is fed by a water harvesting system and I’ve always been looking at ways to encourage water harvesting in new developments around town.

Tucson Parks and Recreation dedicated a garden just outside of their office this month that will also utilize water harvesting. The garden, called the Sonoran Desert Rain Garden, will serve as a memorial space for employees and their families.


The University of Arizona New Year’s Eve Downtown Bowl Bash will take place in Downtown Tucson on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Sun Link streetcar will offer free rides from 8 a.m. New Year’s Eve until 2 a.m. New Year’s Day sponsored by the Center for Neurosciences. For more information on the University of Arizona New Year’s Eve Downtown Bowl Bash, please visit:

Ward 5 Holiday Schedule

Councilmember Richard Fimbres and his staff: Mark Kerr, Lupita Robles, Mary Kuchar and Gabriel Holguin want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Holiday season.


The Ward 5 Council Office, will be closed Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) and Thursday, December 26. The Ward 5 office will reopen on Friday, December 27.

Data Analytics Working Group

Our department's recent reorganization has allowed us, the Data Analytics team, to expand our section's purview from just spatial analysis and spatial data management to include the analysis and storage of all of the City's variable data and data types. As part of this bold mission, the Data Analytics section now manages a "data warehouse," a massive database to store all (or nearly all) of the City's data from many departments in one place.

City Services Affected by Holidays

The City of Tucson will observe the Christmas holiday on Wednesday, Dec. 25, and the New Year's holiday on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Except for emergency services, all City offices will be closed both days.

Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on either Wednesday, and customers with Wednesday-Friday collections will have their service delayed by one day. The Los Reales Landfill will be closed on both holidays.

Treecycle Begins Dec. 26

The City of Tucson’s annual TreeCycle program begins Thursday, Dec. 26, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 12. Eight sites will be open for collection.

Residents are asked to remove all lights, ornaments, decorations, plastic tree bags, and tree stands before dropping off real trees at a TreeCycle site. In addition, do not leave trees outside the collection time or area due to fire hazard.

15th Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event is Jan. 4

Start the new year off right by taking your leftover holiday grease to the 15th Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event. Six collection sites will be open to accept fats, oils, and grease stored in containers on Saturday, Jan. 4, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) reminds you that these items from your kitchen should never be poured down the drain. They can be recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner-burning fuel.

Ride the Pueblo Express to See Santa

The Sun Link streetcar will transform into the Pueblo Express on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m., as it transports caroling families and merry elves to see Santa at Main Gate Square. The Pueblo Express will leave at 2 p.m. from the streetcar stop at the Mercado District (Congress and Avenida del Convento) and arrive at Main Gate Square's Geronimo Plaza for holiday performances and festivities, including pictures with Santa.


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