Ward 5 News


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.


Traffic Alert Country Club Road – 22nd Street to Aviation Parkway Southbound Lane Closure

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.

Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month in July and pick up the new program guide available July 13

Tucson residents know their parks and recreation facilities provide places to get active, explore nature or connect with community members. But what they may not know is that their parks and recreation also contribute to improved health outcomes, higher property values and environmental sustainability.

City of Tucson Parks and Recreation seeks public input on five-year master plan

The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department wants to know how it can improve recreation and leisure opportunities for all of its users.

This July the department kicks off a process of information gathering that will result in a vibrant, new five-year master plan that anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high quality recreation facilities, programs and services to the Tucson area. Public and stakeholder input is essential and critical to the success of the master plan.