City Advances Proposed Work Program for Homeless

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday approved a plan to move forward on a one-year pilot program called the Tucson Homeless Work Program, which would allow homeless people to join a day-labor crew to clean streets and medians for $9 an hour. They would also get two meals, a shower, and other services. Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres organized the one-year pilot program.

New Houghton Road Segment Dedicated This Week

The City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) recently celebrated the completion of the Houghton Road: Broadway Boulevard to 22nd Street Improvement Project. The upgraded roadway includes a six-lane divided desert parkway, dual left turn lanes, exclusive right turn lanes, rubberized asphalt for noise mitigation, a Sun Tran Park and Ride, bike lanes, sidewalks, bus pullouts, improved drainage, landscape using water harvesting and native plants, and public art.

'A' Mountain Restrictions Next Two Weekends

Sentinel Peak Park, "A" Mountain, will be closed to vehicular traffic this Sunday at 4 p.m. The restriction will allow the University of Arizona to light the "A" to kick off homecoming week. The park will reopen on Monday morning with no restrictions.

Next Saturday, Oct. 29, "A" Mountain will host the Get Moving Half Marathon, which will restrict user access to Sentinel Peak Park. In order to accommodate the athletes, Sentinel Peak Road will close at 8 p.m. and will reopen the next day at 9:30 a.m.

Veterans Day Parade Set for Next Month Downtown

The 97th annual Tucson Veterans Day Parade is set for Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. The parade's theme this year is “Remembering Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later.” Participants will start assembling downtown around 8 a.m., and traffic restrictions will be in place throughout the day. The parade begins at West Alameda Street and Granada Avenue, travels through parts of the downtown area, and returns to the staging point on Alameda.