Ward 5 Summary of Current Events

Here are the Summary of Current Events I delivered during the Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council, Wednesday, September 6.


I want to welcome the students back to Pima Community College and the University of Arizona for this new school year.


It was great to see residents of our City and County coming together to mark “One City, One County, One Community.”


The event was held, Thursday, August 24, at Tucson’s City Hall, first floor conference room, and was organized by me, my Chief of Staff, Mark Kerr and my aide, Lupita Robles.


Members of the religious community from various faiths along with members of the business community, elected officials and citizens came together to support the message "One City, One County, One Community," They included:


Bishop Gerald Kicanas, Catholic Diocese of Tucson, 

Pastor Grady Scott of Grace Temple Baptist,

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias,

Rabbi Samuel Cohon of Temple Emanu-El,

Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier,

Ward 3 Councilmember Karen Uhlich,

Pastor Roy Tullgren of Gospel Rescue Mission,

Chairman Edward Manuel of the Tohono O’odham Nation,

Chairman Robert Valencia of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, 

Ward 2 Councilmember Paul Cunningham,

Lynn Hourani of the Islamic Center of Tucson Board of Directors,

Randy Reynolds – Community Renewal,

Pastor Dr. Andrew Ross of the Northminster Presbyterian Church,

Paul Parisi – 4Tucson, Government Domain Director,

David Drum – 4Tucson, Church Domain Director,

Chancellor Lee Lambert of Pima Community College,

Clarence Boykin & Doris Snowden – NAACP,

Daniel Wegener – The Baha’is Community,

Fred Yamashita of PALF and

retired Pima County Supervisor Dan Eckstrom.


Constituents have called my office expressing their concerns about the recent events with our nation facing the challenges of hate, intolerance and the efforts to divide people playing on fears and prejudice.   The event was to affirm our community, as one who comes together and works for the common good. 



Following up on the Water Forum held on July 15 at the El Pueblo Senior Center, by my office, Ward 1, the EPA and Tucson Water, the Pima County Health Department held their Health Teach In, Sunday, August 27, at the Pima County Abrams Building, 3750 South Country Club.


I want to thank Dr. Francisco Garcia, Kim Tham and the staff of the Pima County Health Department for organizing the teach in. The University of Arizona, Jeff Biggs with Tucson Water, El Rio Health, Arizona Poison Control and the organizations taking part, informing our community about our water and health.



I want to congratulate Dr. John Arnold and Project PPEP for 50  years of great service to our community.


On August 27, PPEP marked the occasion with a great dinner and event at the Tucson Convention Center. I had the privilege of presenting the Pioneer Awards.


For more information about Project PPEP, go online to: www.ppep.org.




On Monday, September 4, the 2017 Labor Day Picnic was held at Reid Park.  Many people turned out for this event marking the federal holiday and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers and the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.


I want to congratulate Fred Yamashita and Marian Amoroso with the Pima Area Labor Federations, their volunteers and the other unions who worked to make the event a success.


Today, I got the news from Ricardo Cazares, owner of Los Portales that he will be opening his Alejandro’s Tortilla Factory in Ward 5.  He has purchased the building at 4317 S. 3rd Avenue.  I want to congratulate Ricardo and look forward to the grand opening and having more Alejandro’s tortillas?


This Friday, 7 am, I will be taking part in the third annual Walk-to-School Initiative.  I will be walking with students to Los Amigos Technology Academy in Ward 5.  This event is organized by the Living Streets Alliance  and part of the Safe Routes to School Effort.  For more information, call 261-8777.