Ward 2 News
It is the middle of May and things are starting to heat up in Tucson. As most of you know, I am a teacher and I can tell you that the middle schoolers at Gridley are ready for summer break to start. Thanks to Tucson voters, this summer we have a lot of new facilities for our young people (and those of us who are older) to enjoy. We have new splash pads, covered courts, walking paths and so much more.
Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday, May 2, in honor of Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Those of you that have driven to Las Vegas over the past few years, have seen signs along US 93 that say “Future I-11 corridor.”
Improving that corridor to be an interstate highway makes sense. It will be able to better handle traffic between Phoenix and Las Vegas and communities in Utah.
Last October, I wrote about the concept of sanctioned camping. The idea is that the city has an area where camping by homeless folks is allowed, which means that there is one place to put resources for the homeless, moves many of them out of other locations and frees up the police to deal with homeless people who are committing crimes.
It’s getting to be that time of year when coming out at night is a more attractive proposition than hanging out during the day. Here on the east side, we’ve had a wonderful option for over 30 years.
Julius Holt, who was the long-time leader of Tucson Youth Football and an American Youth Football Hall of Famer, passed away Monday morning.
I had some chats with him about how the city could work with TYF to make the program better for Tucson’s young athletes. His suggestions and help were a big part of the improvements we made to Jesse Owens Park, which have benefitted not only football players, but youth soccer as well.
After talking about the accomplishments of the Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team in the last newsletter, it was pointed out to me that I failed to mention the women’s team and their amazing season.
The results of Thursday night’s game have left me a bit gutted. I know that many of you share my feelings.
First, a note to Coach Lloyd & staff: You returned Joy to Arizona basketball. For that our community of fans is grateful.
In coordination with the Presidential proclamation, Governor Ducey has ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset on March 27, 2022 to honor former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.
A member of my staff got to see close our fire department’s work close-up last night.
I recently gave you a general update on the progress of improvements to our Ward 2 parks thanks to the bond measure that you and your neighbors voted for in 2018. I’d like to give you some news on one specific project.
This is Rodeo Week in Tucson, a long standing sporting event in our community. This week, we saw another long-standing sports event which involves fifth, sixth and seventh grade athletes.
Roskruge classic is a 39 year tradition in Tucson. It is a middle school basketball tournament that is free to all kids who participate.