Vice Mayor Paul Cunningham
Most of our political arguments, at least in local politics, are about education. Over the last few months, it’s been about #RedForEd, charter schools and who should sit on the TUSD board. Education is the most important thing our state government does, and it should consume a lot of our energy as we decide how we are going to vote.
That said, I have a bit of bad news for you. What we do might not matter if kids aren’t ready to be students. 83.5% of preschoolers, that’s over 20,000 kids, are at risk of being not ready for kindergarten.
Last year, more than 300 people in our Ward got their taxes done for free thanks to volunteers with United Way's VITA program. If you'd like to learn more about this program and be a part of its great work, attend an upcoming orientation. This is a valuable but little known way to help people in your community is to help them get their taxes done for free. You'll save them money on preparation fees and help them avoid predatory lending practices that are all too common at tax time.
Clear fall skies and a range of amateur telescopes will await junior rangers, aged 8 to 12, attending “Astronomy Camp” in the Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park on Saturday, November 17. This fall’s event, running from 1 to 8:30 PM will travel from earth orbit to the farthest reaches of space through indoor and outdoor activities and a hands-on telescope session when darkness falls.
A man named Walter visits our office every year to get a notarization on a document that says he is still alive. He came in earlier this week.
He is a survivor of the Holocaust, and he needs this paperwork to get a small stipend from the German government.
He jokes that he wants to live to be 100. “I don’t want revenge; but I want them to have to keep paying me.”
Tucson received a perfect 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Metropolitan Equality Index.
The MEI rates cities on issues in five categories: Non-Discrimination Laws, Municipality as Employer, Municipal Services, Law Enforcement, and LBGT Equality.
The survey rated 508 cities and 78 of them received scores of 100. Two other cities in Arizona, Phoenix and Tempe, also received 100 ratings. Gilbert jumped 36 points for enacting a non-discrimination law, but is still far behind Tucson at 55.
Tucson Parks and Recreation and Pima Community College East Campus present the Boo Bash at Lincoln Park, a fun-filled night of tricks and treats. Come enjoy carnival games, trunk-or-treat, a costume parade, and more. The costume parade will begin at 6 p.m. Food also will be available for purchase. Special thanks to our sponsors: Pima Community College, Tucson Water, and Pyramid Federal Credit Union.
When: Saturday, Oct. 20, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Park soccer fields, 4325 S. Pantano Road
Many of you read the story by Tony Davis that appeared in the Arizona Daily Star on Sunday about the closure of a water treatment plant that serves a large portion of the city including downtown, midtown and the northwest side.
On Monday, October 8, 2018, at approximately 10 p.m., eastbound and westbound traffic on Broadway will shift to the north side of the roadway between Houghton and Harrison roads. Since the start of the project on September 17, 2018, crews have been salvaging landscaping and grading the north shoulder area of Broadway to install a temporary travel lane for this traffic shift. Shifting traffic to the north side of Broadway will allow crews to begin the excavation work to install underground drainage structures and new waterlines from Houghton Road to Harrison Road.
It was a relatively quiet council meeting on Tuesday, but we had a number of updates during study session on some important issues.
We got an update from Environmental Services about the city’s solar power initiative. I’ve written here numerous times about last year’s rate case involving Tucson Electric Power and how frustrated I am with their getting rid of net metering and thus the ability of many home and business owners to install solar power.
We’ve gotten complaints from several of the residents at Far Horizons trailer park south of our office. They have been without gas service for nearly two months.
It’s been a learning experience for both me and my staff about what the city’s responsibilities are in this area. We have, however, educated ourselves on the unique circumstances that locations like Far Horizons have in their interactions with utility companies.
Congratulations to all of the City of Tucson employees that were nominated for a Women in Government Award. You all do tremendous work for our community.
2018 Leadership Nominees
Tucson Fire units rescued a person from the Pantano Wash near Kenyon Drive after a single call was made to 911 reporting someone clinging to a tree in the wash. The initial call made to 911 reported two people stuck in the wash, clinging to a tree but the caller hung up and did not answer on call back. A Swift Water Response was dispatched to the area, including crews from the technical rescue team.
Finally, the day we have been waiting for: work on the dilapidated stretch of Broadway between Camino Seco and Houghton will start on Monday.
Many of you have noticed that there have been crews from the various utilities for a few months. They were moving their lines in preparation for the road work. There are always scheduling issues with this sort of work, and that’s what led to many of the delays.
When I walked into the council chamber on Wednesday night, the room was fuller than I had expected. For a moment, I tried to think if there was a particularly controversial item on the agenda that had attracted all that attention.
It was something much better: it was members of the Tucson-Pima County Women’s Commission there to accept a proclamation for Women in Government Day.