Ward 5 - Council Member Richard Fimbres

Councilmember Richard Fimbres 4th of July Safety Message

TUCSON – Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres wants everyone to have safe time over the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend.

 

As you all know, we will all be at various events this weekend celebrating our nation’s birthday.

 

It is important during these times, to be mindful of the heat, careful using fireworks and please don’t drink and drive.  If you choose to drink, please designate a driver, call a cab, use Uber or Lyft with city first drive discount.

 

20th Annual "A" Mountain Fireworks Celebration

With special thanks to Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment for its
generous donation, the 20th Annual “A” Mountain Fireworks
Celebration will start at approximately 9:15 p.m., Monday, July 4.

"A big thanks, once again, to Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment
for generously sponsoring the fireworks. Thanks also to 94.9 MIXfm for
providing the soundtrack," said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. "The
4th of July is a time for family and a time for all of us to reflect on
what it means to live in a democracy."

Councilmember Fimbres statement about the Orlando Shootings

I want to take this moment to express my feelings on the tragedy in Orlando.

 

This was a despicable act of hate on people who are a part of our nation and our family.

 

It does not matter who you love as long as you love somebody.

 

Black, Latino, LGBT and those who believe in God have been targets by those who hate.

 

We must work to make our society better and to change those laws that brought us Orlando, Sandy Hook, the Denver movie theater, San Bernadino and the Tucson tragedies.

 

NEW EFFORT LAUNCHED FOR SANTA RITA PARK POLICE, FIRE, PARKS AND SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES WORKING TOGETHER WITH NEIGHBORHOODS

 

 

TUCSON - Based on several incidents at Santa Rita Park and after several meetings with the Neighborhood Associations, Tucson Police and the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, a new effort for enforcement and assistance was launched at Santa Rita Park.

 

Under the direction of Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, Assistant Chief Ramon Batista, and Operations Division West Captain Eric Kazmierczak, increased walking patrols, bicycle patrols and additional car patrols will be in the Santa Rita Park area.

 

Councilmember Richard Fimbres Joins Latino Policymakers for NALEO Arizona Statewide Education Convening

Councilmember Richard Fimbres Joins Latino Policymakers for

NALEO Arizona Statewide Education Convening

 

Fimbres among notable Latino officials in state selected to participate in two-day event focused on how to strengthen Arizona educational policies and academic outcomes

 

MAJOR HIRING EVENT IN TUCSON BEGINS TOMORROW

HomeGoods is holding a job fair tomorrow and Thursday to fill positions at its new 800,000 square-foot West Coast distribution center at South Alvernon Way and East Corona Road. Positions will include supervisors, general warehouse associates, mechanics, shipping and receiving clerks, merchandise controllers, and more. The job fair at the Tucson Convention Center will run from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. each day in the Maricopa and Mohave meeting rooms. Parking in Lot A will be free. Just tell the attendant that you're attending the hiring event.

May 11 Public Meeting

You are invited to a public meeting to learn about and comment on three tools designed to encourage reinvestment in our community: (1) expand use of the Planned Area Development (PAD) rezoning tool, (2) establish an administrative process for Major Streets & Routes (MS&R) setback relief, and (3) allow for optional concurrent Plan Amendment and Rezoning applications.

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.

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