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Street Racers Can Have Their Vehicles Impounded Under New Law (Video)

In an effort to keep streets safe, the Mayor and Tucson City Council recently passed an ordinance giving Tucson Police Department (TPD) officers the power to impound the vehicle of anyone cited or arrested for street racing. TPD recently produced videos in English and Spanish that show the dangers of street racing and the new penalties associated with the dangerous practice.

See the videos at TPD Facebook page.

Electrical Work Underway at Columbus Boulevard and Dodge Boulevard

Underground electrical conduit work began today at the Columbus Boulevard and Pima Street intersection and at the Dodge Boulevard and Pima Street intersection. The work is scheduled to be finished by Friday, June 16.

Crews will be working weekdays from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. During that time, travel lane restrictions will be in place.

The crews, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), are beginning roadway improvements on Pima Street from Country Club Road to Columbus Boulevard. The reconstruction work is scheduled to begin in the middle of June.

Annual Downtown Run This Weekend

The biggest running event in Tucson happens Saturday night. The 11th annual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5K Night Run/Walk begins at 7 o'clock in front of Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave. The race, the first leg of the popular Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, has raised more than $150,000 for local charities.

Prior to Saturday's race, there will be the Friday Night Festival of Miles. That event features a series of 1-mile events for men, women, and children of all ages.

Pima Street - Country Club Road to Columbus Boulevard - Intersection Electrical Work at Columbus Boulevard and at Dodge Boulevard

Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), are beginning roadway improvements on Pima Street from Country Club Road Columbus Boulevard. This roadway reconstruction project is associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program – Road Recovery.

Steve K's Newsletter 5/22/17

Topics in this Issue...

Half-Staff  
Domestic Violence
Spice
Prop 101 Results
County Road Tax
Collaboration with Pima County
Construction and Communication
Southwest Gas Work
Investing in Tucson
Bird Expo
Neighborhood Recycling Centers
Honoring Bob Walkup
Local Tucson
Brain Clutter
Events

Mayor and Council Set to Adopt Tentative Budget

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow night will hold a public hearing before adopting the Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2017/2018. Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega on May 9 submitted his Recommended Budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The proposed $1.373 billion spending plan is structurally balanced for the second consecutive year and does not include any increases in fees or tax rates.

Public Meeting Tomorrow to Gather Input on ADA Transition Plan

The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) invites the public to attend a meeting about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Inventory and Transition Plan, which is designed to assess existing needs on Tucson streets and sidewalks relative to ADA compliance. The meeting will be held tomorrow, 4-6 p.m, at the Randolph Golf Course, Copper Room, 600 S. Alvernon Way. There will be a brief presentation at 4:30 p.m.

Conference to Highlight EMS Week

Tucson Medical Center this week is hosting the annual EMS Week Conference, which is dedicated to the science and treatment of patients who need pre-hospital and emergency care. Experts in the field will offer updates on the latest clinical practices for patients in Southern Arizona.

The daylong conference will be held this Wednesday at the Sheraton Hotel, 5151 E. Grant Road. Registration is required for the free event, but there are a limited number of seats remaining.

Baby Tamandua Newest Resident at Reid Park Zoo

Terra the tamandua is a month old today. Terra is a Latin name meaning "the planet Earth." Born at Reid Park Zoo on Earth Day, April 22, the lesser anteater currently weighs 1.6 pounds.

The Zoo is working with Southern Tamandua SSP to place several of its tamanduas and to continue a breeding program. Eight tamanduas have been born at Reid Park Zoo over the years.

Though not on exhibit, the four tamanduas still living at the Zoo make regular appearances during education programs and formal presentations. 

Tucson Police Training in Mental Health Response

Tucson Police Department (TPD) patrol officers are receiving training in behavioral health to learn the best ways to handle mental health crisis calls. About 500 officers are expected to complete the training by the end of the year, said Police Chief Chris Magnus at a news conference yesterday.

TPD already has a Mental Health Support Team, which Magnus said puts the department "ahead of the curve across the country," but he said officers need more training to treat those in crisis.

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