Paul's Note - December 13, 2019

I wrote about our dockless scooter program a few weeks ago, and we had a discussion at a study session last week.

As many of you know, the attempt to short-circuit the pilot program failed. As I have been saying here and at the council table, I support the program, although I think we can make some changes to encourage safer use.

My colleagues and I know that not everyone agrees on the scooter program, so now that it has been in place for a time, we’d like some feedback from you. The survey can be found at http://bit.ly/TucsonScooterSurvey.

In addition to the survey, this evaluation will be based on feedback from community groups and stakeholders, detailed ridership data, injury reports from Tucson hospitals, company compliance with the permit requirements, and information on complaints from the community. The results of enforcement actions and feedback from city departments impacted by the program will also be taken into account.

To find out more about the program, you can visit http://bit.ly/TucsonScooterProgram.

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Today, Sun Tran partners with iHeartMedia Tucson for the annual “Stuff-the-Bus” event benefiting the Salvation Army’s Holiday Gift Distribution Program. Tucsonans are encouraged to donate new unwrapped toys for babies and children, or cash donations at the Sun Tran bus parked at Walmart on Speedway and Kolb, 7150 E. Speedway Blvd., until 6 p.m.

“Stuff-the-Bus” is part of We Move People, Sun Tran’s charitable outreach committee. We Move People is an initiative started by RATP Dev, the transit management company that oversees Sun Tran, Sun Link and Sun Van. In 2019, Sun Tran adopted its own We Move People program to provide employees the opportunity to give back to their community through volunteerism. This year to date, Sun Tran has participated in four “Stuff-the-Bus” events and also spent a day packing emergency food boxes at the Community Food Bank for low-income seniors.

For more information on the “Stuff-the-Bus” toy drive, please call Customer Service at (520) 792-9222.

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I get a lot of concerns about police staffing, and I worked with other members of the council to authorize more recruiting classes to get more officers on the streets. We have one open right now.

The City of Tucson is accepting applications for police officer recruits through Jan. 13. Applicants for this position must complete both the online application and online questionnaire. Physical fitness assessments and written examinations will be held at the City's Public Safety Academy, 10001 S. Wilmot Road. The training process for a police officer is extensive. A new police recruit will attend the academy for 22 weeks to learn the skills and functions of the job while under the guidance of experienced police staff. The probation period is 18 months, and officers are required to work rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays. Visit the links below to learn more about minimum qualifications, special job requirements, physical fitness assessments, and more.

For more information, visit https://tpdrecruiting.tucsonaz.gov/.