Ward 5 - Council Member Richard Fimbres

2015 Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta, October 1-4

The Fifth Annual Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta presented by Cox takes place at a new venue – Hi Corbett Field from October 1 – 4. This year’s teams include four of the top teams from the Mexican Winter League – the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, Yaquis de Obregon, Cañeros de Los Mochis, Aguilas de Mexicali as well as some the best young players in baseball – the D-backs and Reds Future Stars. SS Dansby Swanson, the #1 pick in the 2015 June Draft, is on the travelling roster.

City of Tucson Tax Amnesty Program


The City of Tucson is offering the business community a Tax Amnesty Program. This rare opportunity will allow Tucson business owners to submit delinquent sales tax or license fees without penalty and with reduced interest due on delinquent balances. This is also an opportunity for Tucson businesses that are not licensed to get licensed, without penalty. The amnesty period will run for two months, Sept. 1, 2015 - Oct. 30, 2015.



The Trees for Tucson program is now accepting applications for low-cost trees for delivery in the popular fall planting period. While trees can be planted throughout the year in the Tucson area, lower temperatures and moister soil after summer monsoons make for easier tree planting throughout the fall. Wetter than usual winter weather is also expected due to El Niño weather patterns, making this an optimum time to begin establishing new trees.

Commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month



Each year the United States honors the contributions that Latinos have made to our great country with Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 till October 15.   The annual, month long celebration began 26 years ago.  Congress had first passed a resolution to celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the national level, as a week long event on September 17, 1968.  Nearly 20 years later, on August 17, 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration to a month. 

City of Tucson Traffic Safety Camera Program


In 2007, Tucson’s Mayor and Council approved a program to help cut down the number of auto accidents, injuries and fatalities at the City’s eight most dangerous intersections.


This program had photo cameras placed at these intersections to deal with speed and running red lights.


The Mayor and Council received updates on the program, which showed a reduction of accidents, injuries and fatalities.   In July, I had requested that the Mayor and Council receive a report on this program.



VOTER-APPROVED ROAD WORK BEGINS MONDAY - A two-week fog seal program starts next week. Starting Monday, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin fog sealing Fort Lowell Road from Oracle Road to Campbell Avenue. The following week, crews will work on Campbell Avenue from Benson Highway to Valencia Road. To minimize disruptions to motorists, the work will take place from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Thursday, with at least one lane open in both directions.


CITIZEN POLICE ADVISORY REVIEW BOARD SEEKS ADDITIONAL MEMBERS - The Citizen Police Advisory Review Board (CPARB) is seeking applications to fill four advisory, non-voting positions for a period not to exceed two years. Formed by the Mayor and City Council in March 1997, CPARB helps promote a citizen/police partnership and reviews and comments on police investigation of citizen complaints. You must be a resident of the City of Tucson to serve on the panel. For application information and other requirements, please follow the link below. The deadline to apply is Nov. 5.

Ballot Measure Forums to be Held

Understanding the November 2015 Ballot Propositions: 

Vote an Informed Choice 


TRRG is sponsoring three educational forums to 
help the public understand the process by which 
the Charter Changes (Props 403 & 404), Salary 
Recommendation (Prop 405) and Bond Proposals 
(Props 425-431) were placed on the November 
ballot and what they mean to you as a citizen and 
resident. Presenters will include members of the 
Citizen Committees who worked to get these issues 
on the November ballot. 


Tucson Police Say Red Light Cameras Make Streets Safer

TUCSON POLICE SAY RED LIGHT CAMERAS MAKE STREETS SAFER - Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor says collisions at eight intersections monitored by red light cameras decreased by 70 percent since the cameras were installed in 2007, falling from 188 crashes in Fiscal Year 2006 to 57 in Fiscal Year 2015. Villaseñor yesterday updated the Mayor and Tucson City Council on the photo radar program.


PLANNING COMMISSION TO HEAR ABOUT URBAN AGRICULTURE TOMORROW - The Planning Commission tomorrow will consider whether to send a draft text amendment recommendation to Mayor and Council relating to urban agriculture. The City of Tucson has been working with the community to develop a proposal which would, among other things, allow people to grow their own food and raise food-producing animals, such as chickens, miniature goats, ducks, geese, and turkeys. Before deciding to move forward with a proposal, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m.

HHW Update

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off site at Los Reales Landfill will be closed on Saturday, August 29, 2015. It will re-open on Monday, August 31st at the new entrance facility at the intersection of Los Reales Road and Craycroft Road.

The new entrance includes a new scalehouse, administration building, and drop-off facility for HHW and recyclables. For more information, call ES Customer Service at 791-3171.

Councilmember Richard Fimbres Statement on the Sun Tran Bus Strike

As the monthly reports show, Ward 5 has the most used routes in the Sun Tran bus system.  People in Ward 5 and across the city, used Sun Tran buses to get to their jobs, go to doctor’s appointments and getting groceries on weekdays and weekends.   I’ve had calls from people who have lost their jobs due to the strike and not being able to get to work on the weekends.  The most vulnerable and most needy use Sun Tran.


This week marked the new semester for schools, including the University of Arizona and Pima Community College, for which many students would use Sun Tran to get to their classes.   Public school districts, TUSD and Sunnyside to name two examples, who also use Sun Tran to help get their students to school as well.


Thursday, August 27 will mark the third week of the Sun Tran bus strike, which has had limited service during the weekdays for ridership.


It is time that both the Sun Tran employee’s union, Teamster’s Local 104 and PTM/Veolia get back to the table and reach a settlement. 


Both sides have expressed their eagerness to negotiate and that the federal mediator called in needs to get both sides to the table now for our community. 


There have been suggestions to fire the manager or management company in the absence of another company to take it over.  The City has to have a management company to run the bus system and for another person or firm to be brought in now would delay a resolution even further and Tucson’s bus riders cannot afford any further delays in the bus service.


For the sake of our city’s bus riders, a settlement is needed as soon as possible for Tucson.



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