Ward 2 Councilmember Paul Cunningham
It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 5-11 the Tucson Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents that ‘Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives'. During this year's fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of fires and how a working smoke alarm can give a family the notice they need to get out safely.
If you aren't already registered, remember that today is the last day for voter registration if you expect to vote in the general election. You can come by our office at 7575 East Speedway to register before five and we will make sure to get the forms to the recorder's office.
There is also curbside registration until 10 pm available at a Ward 2 location. Here are the details from Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez:
From the National Weather Service:
Event: Flash Flood Watch
The storm might turn out to be no big deal, but are you ready if the power goes out for an extended period? Check out this video from Capt. Barrett Baker of the Tucson Fire Department or visit Be Prepared Tucson.
From our friends at the Southern Arizona Red Cross:
Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Most of these drownings occur during flash floods. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. Use a pole of stick to make sure that the ground is still there before you go through an area where the water is not flowing.
Remember that over the next few days, our area is expecting severe storms. Most flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. Moving water as little as one or two feet deep will carry away most vehicles and can knock a person off their feet. Keep children away from creeks and washes when heavy rain is in the area. Be especially careful at night when water depth and road conditions are harder to see.
The advice from our Fire Department is: WHEN IN DOUBT, WAIT IT OUT!!
The monsoon claimed a life Monday morning after the vehicle of an adult female was swept downstream after being stuck in a residential wash, with the female trapped inside. The initial Tucson Fire unit arrived at East Calle Betelgeux and South Avenida Ursa for reports of a car in the wash at 9:31 A.M.. They initially could not see a vehicle in the residential. A bystander pulled up next to them and advised them that the car was pinned against a pedestrian bridge completely submerged. The crew immediately began getting equipment for a rescue when the car was pushed under the bridge and
The Mayor and Council will hold a Special Meeting open to the public on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at or after 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor and Council Chambers of City Hall, 255 West Alameda, Tucson, Arizona, for a Town Hall Inviting Public Comments Regarding the City Manager Recruitment Process
Starting Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, Pima County Regional Flood Control District and its contractor, Clear Contracting Company, will begin construction of the Pantano Wash Project: Broadway Boulevard to Kenyon Drive.
The pathway is designated a major pathway for development of The Loop. The Loop is a system of more than 100 miles of shared-use paths designed to link Tucson with Marana, Oro Valley and South Tucson.
From our friends at the Tucson Fire Department:
During the monsoon season, washes can rise very quickly. Here are some tips for safety:
- Most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles
- Moving water 1-2 feet deep will carry away most vehicles and can knock a person off their feet
- Keep children away from creeks and washes when heavy rain is in the area
- Be especially careful at night when water depth and road conditions are harder to see
WHEN IN DOUBT, WAIT IT OUT!!
Sun Tran officials and representatives from Teamsters Local 104 have announced a tentative agreement on a new contract. Both sides have agreed to extend the current contract until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, August 7, 2014, to allow the members the opportunity to vote on the final contract proposal. The public can expect business as usual through August 7. The current contract extension was to expire at midnight Wednesday night.
A series of meeting will be held for union members to vote on Thursday, August 7, 2014.
Governor Brewer has ordered that flags at all State office buildings be lowered to half-staff from until sunset August 11, 2014, in honor of State Senator Chester Crandell.
Individuals, businesses and other organizations are encouraged to participate in this tribute.
Sun Tran officials and representatives from Teamsters Local 104 have agreed to extend the current labor contract until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014, to allow negotiations to continue. Buses will run as scheduled through the contract extension date. The current contract was to expire at midnight Thursday, July 31.
“Negotiations will continue this week and we are hopeful an agreement can be reached prior to the expiration of the contract extension,” said Sun Tran General Manager Kate Riley. “The public can expect business as usual through August 6.”
Literacy Connects, a Tucson nonprofit offering learning opportunities for adults and children, is seeking volunteers. More information on all of Literacy Connects’ volunteer opportunities is at literacyconnects.org or call 882-8006.
I took a tour with some east side leaders of the Streetcar Maintenance Facility just off of Fourth Avenue. It was a good sneak preview for all of us. The SunLink Steetcar will be ready for passengers on July 25th.