Ward 5 - Council Member Richard Fimbres

Statement from Councilmember Richard Fimbres on his vote to move the Broadway widening project forward:

Close to four years ago, the Mayor and Council discussed this issue and the proposed eight lane roadway. I want to remind everyone that the eight lane project was a City transportation plan drafted in 1987.

The original plan was only to go to the north side and one Ward. The Mayor and Council met on this and a compromise was achieved. The project would also take in areas south on Broadway, encompassing two Wards.

The Mayor and Council voted to have the Citizens Task Force review this plan and to present the Mayor and Council with other options for consideration.

The Citizens Task Force brought forward a proposed six lane plan.

The Mayor and Council approved the concept and sent it to the RTA for consideration, since it was a approved ballot measure in 2006.

The RTA compromised, voting to approve the four plus two lane concept for Broadway.

City staff and the Citizens Task Force proceeded on a concept design for the four plus two plan.

Questions were raised and the Mayor and Council voted to extend the time and work of the Citizen’s Task Force, requiring a vote by the RTA for further funding to continue the work.

The RTA and authorized further funding for Staff and the Citizen’s Task Force to continue their work.

The concept proposal was discussed further, delayed twice due to questions and on June 9, 2015, the Concept Plan was approved by a 7 to 0 vote.

On April 5, 2016, the Mayor and Council held the public hearing on the proposed 30% design plan, hearing people at the meeting and through comments who favored building eight lanes, supporting the four plus two proposal, opposing the four plus two proposal and doing nothing and killing the project.

There has been talk of delay and killing the project.

If the project is delayed further, the cost for any further action will have to come from the City’s pocket.

If the Mayor and Council vote to kill the project, the City will be on the hook to the RTA alone for close to $8 million dollars, plus the more than $1.7 million the City has spent on early acquisitions.

If the project is killed, it would cost up to $40 million just to repair Broadway in its current configuration.

This Mayor and Council, with the City Manager and staff, worked together to deal with the projected budget deficit of $42 million. I am not prepared to scuttle that work at this point. Compromise was reached for our budget and can be reached for this proposal.

Questions have been about the 30% design plan about width, bus pullouts, bike lanes, lane width, medians, cross-width of the entire road and left turns.

If the Mayor and Council approve this agenda item, the 30% design plan will continue to be refined towards 60% design plans.

Public workshops will be held with regard to streetscape and landscaping to get input from the community for the vision of the corridor.

Property owners and businesses will be consulted by City Staff and the RTA Mainstreet Business program.

This project has gone on for nearly ten years, and we can’t delay it any further.

USPS Commits to Take Fresh Look at Postal Plans Plans to Consolidate Postal Facilities Remain in “Deferred Status”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Postal Service (USPS) on Friday responded to U.S. Rep. McSally’s calls to update studies used to propose the consolidation of postal facilities around the country, including the Cherrybell Postal Processing facility in Tucson. In the response, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman confirmed that the current studies will be updated and reviewed before any future decisions are made, something Rep. McSally called for in a letter earlier this month. The USPS response also confirmed that previous plans to close down facilities continue to be deferred.

Budget Forum - March 15

The Ward 5 and Ward 1 Council Offices will be co-hosting a forum on the budget, with presentations be done by City Manager Michael Ortega and CFO Joyce Garland.  This forum will take place Tuesday, March 15, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the El Pueblo Senior Center, 101 West Irvington.

Ward 5 Safety Calendar Presented

Ward 5 Safety Calendar Presented



Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres is proud to have presented the 2016 City of Tucson, Ward 5 Safety Calendar to Tucson and Pima County’s children and adults.  This project showcases both the artistic talents of our youth and the important messages that their drawings represent.


Ward 5 Year In Review

Dear Friends:

I hope that everyone had a happy and safe New Year’s Eve celebration.

I want to express my thanks and appreciation for the opportunity to serve as your Councilmember for Tucson’s Ward 5.

It has been a pleasure serving with and working with my colleagues on the Council, as well as the neighborhoods, businesses in the Ward and in the City of Tucson.

This year, I had the privilege of serving as your Vice Mayor.  I was selected by my colleagues to serve in this post, helping the Mayor, when necessary, and representing our great City.

Ward 5 Thanksgiving Update

Councilmember Richard Fimbres and the staff of the Ward 5 Council Office wants to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

The Ward 5 Council Office will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.


The Ward 5 Council Office will be open again at 8 am on Monday, November 30.

Thank you.

South Side Projects Honored at Common Ground Awards



The Home Goods Inc. Western Distribution Center and the Kino Parkway/22nd Street Intersection Improvement were honored at the 11th annual Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground Awards, held Friday, October 30.


“These projects and their recognition show the renaissance of Ward 5 and the South Side of Tucson,” said Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres.  “I want to thank the Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground Awards committee for their recognition of these great projects.”




TUCSON - The 48 Hour MASH Free Spay/Neuter Clinic held October 9 through 11, at Los Ranchitos Elementary School was a huge success!

A total of 424 dogs and 376 cats were spayed and neutered and another 350 were scheduled for free spay, neuter and vaccinations at a future time.

The goal for the event was 500 animals.

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.