Ward 5 News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Monday, August 3, 2015 and Tuesday, August 4, 2015, crews from Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin milling and paving Country Club Road from 22nd Street to Aviation Parkway. Due to the narrow width of the roadway, the southbound travel lane on Country Club from 22nd Street to Aviation Parkway will be closed to through-traffic during work hours, which are scheduled to be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Northbound travel will not be affected by this work.