Vice Mayor Paul Cunningham
From the Arizona Daily Star:
On Monday, Baker received her assistant chief badge from the Tucson Fire Department. She’s now attained the highest rank that a woman has held in the history of the Tucson Fire Department.
“I’m very humbled by being the first woman assistant chief for Tucson fire,” Baker said. “I have a tendency to downplay the gender side because it shouldn’t matter. But the reality is that the significance of me being a woman in a leadership role is very important.”
Former Mayor George Miller passed away this week. This from the Tucson Sentinel:
One of the longest serving public officials in Tucson's history died Christmas morning. George Miller, who was mayor for most of the 1990s, was 92.
Governor Brewer has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset Wednesday, December 24, 2014, in honor of United States Army Specialist Wyatt J. Martin, 22, of Mesa, Arizona. Funeral services will take place on Wednesday in Mesa, followed by interment at the Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park in Mesa.
The Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays will be observed on Thursday, December 25, 2014, and Thursday, January 1, 2015. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on the Thursday holiday. The Los Reales Landfill will be closed for both holidays. All City of Tucson
The following details outline transit service on Christmas, Thursday, December 25, 2014:
This is one of the things I have been waiting for. Thank you, Park Tucson!
Park Tucson is pleased to announce the installation of the first 21 new smart parking meters that will provide improved customer service to our on-street parking guests. The new meters are solar-powered and accept credit, debit, and smart cards in addition to coins, and will soon be accessible for payment through a smart-phone mobile app.
You can get more information here.
Sun Tran buses or the Sun Link streetcar offer transit options for Tucsonans attending 2nd Saturdays on Saturday, December 13 or the 4th Avenue Street Fair from Friday, December 12 through 14.
Sun Tran and KGUN 9 News are partnering again this holiday season for the annual “Stuff-the-Bus” event benefitting the Salvation Army’s Christmas Gift Distribution Program. This year Sun Link will be a part of the annual event by stuffing a streetcar. Tucsonans are encouraged to donate new unwrapped toys for children ages 0-12; cash donations will also be accepted. This year’s event will be held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, December 12, at the following locations:
The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Fire Department may be conducting training fires on the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th of December 2014, between the hours of 0600 and 2300 hours.
The bank protection project on East Wrightstown Road scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., has been postponed due to inclement weather. Crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will conduct the bank protection work when the saturated wash bank has dried out. The work will take place on the south side of East Wrightstown Road between Sarnoff Drive and Camino Seco.
The public is invited to attend an open house for the Houghton Road Corridor Projects. This is part of the overall Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) plan to improve Houghton Road from Tanque Verde Road to Interstate 10.
Monday, December 8, 2014
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Pantano Christian Church, 1755 S. Houghton Road
On Friday, December 5, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will be conducting bank protection work on the south side of East Wrightstown Road between Sarnoff Drive and Camino Seco.
From my friend and colleague, Richard Fimbres:
On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, Felipe Lundin passed away peacefully, surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and his beloved wife, Donna. His family extends their appreciation to the community for their thoughts and prayers over the past few weeks.
In support of safe, visible and lawful bicycle riding, the City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and Pima Association of Governments will partner with Living Streets Alliance to put on “Light the Night,” a bike light distribution and bicycle safety education campaign. Each month at different locations across the region, teams of volunteers distribute free front and rear light sets to people on bikes spotted riding without them.
Since October, more than 400 light sets and 65 free helmets for youth have been distributed to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety.
From Barrett Baker at the Tucson Fire Department:
In Tucson, we generally have Summer,Winter, and very little in between. We can be challenged by going from near 90 degree high temperatures one week and lows in the 30’s just days later. As the need for warming the house increases, so can the dangers associated with fireplaces, furnaces, and space heaters. Below are a few reminders as you heat up while the temperatures drop.