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ROAD RECOVERY BOND PROGRAM VALENCIA ROAD – ALVERNON WAY TO 12TH AVENUE ROADWAY RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT PROJECT UPDATE

Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), have started work to improve Valencia Road from Alvernon Way to 12th Avenue. This roadway reconstruction project is associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program – Road Recovery.

Road Recovery Bond Program - Valencia Road - Alvernon Way to 12th Avenue

Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), have started work to improve Valencia Road from Alvernon Way to 12th Avenue. This roadway reconstruction project is associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program – Road Recovery.

Voters Will Decide Half-Cent City Sales Tax Increase Next Year

The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night voted to send a half-cent sales tax increase to voters next May. The extra revenue would help fund new equipment and infrastructure for the Tucson Police and Fire departments and improve roads.

The tax would bring in an estimated $50 million a year and would end after five years. Mayor and Council voted unanimously to use 60 percent of the money for public safety capital needs and 40 percent for roads if voters approve the plan.

City Holiday Closures

The City of Tucson will observe the Christmas holiday next Monday, Dec. 26, and New Year's Day the following Monday, Jan. 2. All City offices, except for emergency services, will be closed on those days.

Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on either Monday. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day over the next two weeks.

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Arizona Bowl Downtown Block Party Set for Next Week

A downtown block party will kick off the New Year's Weekend celebrations in Tucson. The party at Toole Avenue (between Pennington and Hotel Congress) is scheduled for next Thursday, Dec. 29, from 3-8 p.m. to celebrate the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl the next day. Enjoy live music, marching bands, food, a ferris wheel, mascots, cheerleaders, and more.

Mayor and Council to Consider Resolution Supporting Immigrant Rights

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight is poised to adopt a resolution to reaffirm its prior actions relating to the rights of immigrants and reinforce the City’s positions on immigration and the protection of the rights of all people in our community.

The proposed resolution confirms support for Tucson Police Department policies that ensure its law enforcement activities are conducted in a manner that protects the civil rights and privileges of everybody, recognizing that civil immigration violations are reserved for federal authorities.

Tucson Police Department Gets State Grant for Selective Traffic Enforcement

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) to help combat aggressive driving behavior. The grant money will be used to reduce collisions by focusing on enforcing violations directly related to the cause of many motor vehicle crashes.

Hockey Handbook (Video)

The energy and atmosphere of a Tucson Roadrunners game are quite an experience. You’ll see quick passes, fights, and goals.

If you're new to the sport, you'll have some questions. What are all of the whistles about? When is halftime? What is that machine on the ice doing?

You can get quick answers to those questions by watching the Tucson 12 video below.

Tucson Police Department Says Aging Fleet Needs $21M Upgrade

Citing aging, over-driven, harder-to-fix vehicles and a recent toxic incident caused by an old Tucson Police Department (TPD) command post vehicle leaking diesel fuel, Police Chief Chris Magnus says major upgrades to the police vehicle fleet are needed. The Tucson Fire Department had to be called to the scene of the fuel leak during an incident earlier this month when a command post was set up by TPD after two of its officers were shot. 

Drones Could Replace Police Helicopters in the Future

In an effort to save money, Tucson Police (TPD) Chief Chris Magnus says drones with cameras could one day replace police helicopters. TPD currently is flying two helicopters approaching the end of their useful lives, while a third is grounded and being used for parts. A year ago, the department's helicopters were grounded for two weeks after an outside audit determined the division was operating at a high safety risk.

City Seeks Commission Members to Review and Recommend Salaries for Mayor and Council

The City of Tucson is accepting applications for the Citizens Commission on Public Service and Compensation, a panel that reviews and recommends appropriate salaries for the Mayor and Tucson City Council. This is a two-month appointment.

Seven commission members are appointed by the City Manager from among Tucson’s diverse economic, environmental, racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. Experience or expertise in such areas as government, personnel management, or public administration is preferred, although not required.

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