newsnet - December 19, 12:56 pm
MISSING VULNERABLE ADULT FROM TUCSON LOCATED - Santos Urias, 77, was located safe and unharmed this morning in Sells, Arizona. A citizen recognized Mr. Urias from media reports and contacted authorities in the area. Urias left his home yesterday to get lunch, but did not return. His family says Mr. Urias is diabetic, has heart problems and is in the early stages of dementia. Read the updated Tucson Police Department news release.
TUCSON POLICE SUPPLY HOLIDAY GIFTS TO CHILDREN - The Communications Division of the Tucson Police Department (TPD) "gift adopted" all 54 students of the Imago Dei Middle School on N. 6th Ave for the delivery of Christmas presents this year. Many of the students and families have limited means. Gifts delivered today include shoes, socks, shirts, sports equipment, CDs, gift cards, games, toys, school supplies and items based upon a wish list from the students. The event is in partnership with the Imago Dei Middle School Board of Directors and Santas Helpers, Inc., who donated jackets and sports balls to the students. TPD also "adopted" the Manor at Pantano, an apartment community for low income seniors, providing them with food for their emergency pantry, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, and small appliances for residents in need. Read the TPD news release.
TUCSON RECEIVES EQUALITY AWARD - The Cities of Tucson and Bisbee recently received Equality Awards from the Tucson GLBT Chamber of Commerce for their passage of Civil Union Ordinances, allowing same-sex couples to register their unions with the cities. In April, Bisbee became the first community in Arizona to pass such an ordinance. The Mayor and Tucson City Council passed the ordinance in June, allowing same-sex couples the right of inheritance, power of attorney and other things. Watch the story on Tucson 12.
DOWNLOAD APP TO REPORT GRAFFITI IN TUCSON - Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson offer a free smart phone app for reporting graffiti in Tucson. Graffiti, along with other non-emergency issues, such as potholes, code violations, litter, and more, can also be reported on the SeeClickFix website and through its mobile app. These are examples of how Tucson, along with many other cities across the nation, is using technology to make communications between citizens and city government faster and easier. City of Tucson apps SeeClickFix app for Android SeeClickFix app for iOS Watch a University of Arizona PSA about MyTucson
LAST WEEKEND FOR ZOO LIGHTS - Zoo Lights at the City of Tucson's Reid Park Zoo features animal-themed light sculptures, thousands of sparkling holiday lights and Santa Claus. The annual event runs nightly through Dec. 23, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $4 for children and kids under the age of two are free.
newsnet - December 18, 1:33 pm
VOTER-APPROVED ROAD REPAIR WORK CONTINUES - Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is continuing its road repair program associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program. Today, through Jan. 3, crews will be working on Glenn Street, from Oracle Road to Alvernon Way. The work will take place from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Travel lane restrictions will be in place during the work period, however at least one lane of travel will be maintained in both directions. Read the news release from Tucson Department of Transportation. TUCSON WATER WORK TO BEGIN NEAR UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA - Tucson Water will be replacing a water main and installing new services for the Park Avenue Housing project, a new student housing complex. The work begins Monday and will require the closing of Park Avenue, from Speedway Boulevard to 2nd Street, through Jan. 10. Park Avenue, from Speedway Boulevard to 1st Street, will also be closed from Jan. 24 - 26, 2014, for the removal of the crane at the Park Avenue Housing project. Businesses in this area will remain open and accessible during the project. Read the news release from Tucson Water. DOWNTOWN PARADE OF LIGHTS THIS SATURDAY - The annual tradition of holiday floats and lights typically attracts 30,000 people to the downtown area. The parade features an eclectic mix of community entries, including storm troopers, dog groups, accordion players, high school marching bands, church groups and local dignitaries. You'll also see car, scooter, and motorcycle clubs; dance troupes, mariachi, folklorico groups, and more. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will light the tree at the Main Library at 5:45 p.m., just before the 19th Annual Parade of Lights starts at 6:30 p.m. at Armory Park, 221 S. Sixth Ave. Read more at downtowntucson.org. TUCSON CITY COUNCIL CLEARS DELINQUENT DEBTS - The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to write off more than 25,000 delinquent accounts, representing $9.8 million owed to the City. Tucson officials use write-offs so they don’t overstate the amount of revenue the City expects to receive in its financial statements, Finance Director Silvia Amparano said. Even though the money is stricken from the City’s financial statements, it doesn’t mean the delinquent account holders are off the hook. Amparano said the accounts will still be pursued by Tucson's collection agencies Read more from the Arizona Daily Star. GLENDALE FISCAL FORECAST GRIM - In a five-year financial forecast released last week, Glendale's new finance director, Tom Duensing, paints a sobering picture for Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and their City Council, projecting an $8.6 million deficit for the coming fiscal year. In addition, the deficit nearly triples once a temporary sales tax in the community expires three years later. At $31.5 million next year, the City’s debt payments will be 17 percent of its $181 million general fund operating budget. Most of the debt payments are for sports and entertainment venues that have not generated the revenues that were originally projected. The heavy debt led bond rating agencies to downgrade the City in recent years. Duensing says the council will have to decide how to raise revenue or reduce spending to mitigate the deficit. Read more from the Arizona Republic.
transportation - December 18, 8:47 am
Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is continuing its crack seal program associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery.
The dates, work hours and locations for the next set of roadway improvements are listed below. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather.
Wednesday, December 18 through Friday, January 3 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Glenn Street - Oracle Road to Alvernon Way
ward5 - December 17, 5:42 pm
Councilmember Richard G. Fimbres and the Ward 5 Council Office, in partnership with GPC, Inc. (Graffiti Protective Coatings, Inc.) are having a Graffiti Clean Up Event on Saturday, December 21, 7:00 am to noon for businesses in the area of: South 6th Avenue from Veterans Blvd. to Irvington, Ajo between S. 6th Avenue to S.12th Avenue and Irvington, between S. 6th Avenue to S. 12th Avenue
newsnet - December 17, 2:04 pm
INCREASE IN TAX-FREE GOODS COULD MEAN MORE SHOPPERS FROM MEXICO - People heading to Mexico with items they bought in Arizona may be relieved of some taxes on their purchases through January 8, 2014. The new limited-time rule change and other measures are designed to help boost Arizona's economy year round. Typically around the holiday season, shoppers from Mexico can take $300 worth of goods bought in the United States across the border without having to pay taxes on the items. As the result of a temporary rules change by Mexican Customs, the cap now is $500 worth of goods per person. Every year tourism from Mexico brings in almost $1 billion into Tucson and surrounding areas. Read more from KOLD/KMSB. JFK STATUE STOLEN FROM EL PRESIDIO PARK IN TUCSON - The bronze statue of John F. Kennedy is missing, stolen off its pedestal base over the weekend. The bust was installed in the downtown park in 1964, one year after President Kennedy's assassination. The statue was ripped off its granite base, bolts and all. Scrap yards have been notified, and Parks and Recreation officials express hope that the statue is found and returned. Read more from KVOA and Tucson Parks and Recreation "Special Places:" UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA TO EXPAND McKALE CENTER - The University of Arizona is working to raise the first $30 million of the McKale Center arena renovation project, with the total cost expected to be around $80 million upon completion. Pending approval from the Arizona Board of Regents, the project, most of which will begin in May, will include new seating for the 40-year-old arena, upgraded lighting and a new floor in time for next season. A new video board that is 25 percent larger than the current one is expected to be finished within the next month. Benefactors Jeannie and Cole Davis donated the first $6 million to help seed the project funding. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and the Arizona Daily Wildcat. BOMBER TO BE DESTROYED IN TUCSON AS PART OF ARMS PACT - The final B-52G bomber being eliminated under a weapons treaty will meet its end Thursday at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. Base officials say a rescue saw will be used to sever the bomber's tail section from the fuselage. That'll make the plane the 39th B-52G eliminated under the New START Treaty and the last such elimination required under the treaty. Read more at ABC15. LOVE TUCSON? THEN "LIKE" TUCSON. ON FACEBOOK - "Like" the City of Tucson on Facebook to get the latest news, community updates and fun facts about Tucson local government and our community. You can also "Follow" the City of Tucson on Twitter for timely, concise updates throughout the day.
newsnet - December 16, 4:14 pm
POLICE SEARCH FOR HIT AND RUN SUSPECT - The Tucson Police Department is asking for help in identifying a suspect involved in a serious hit and run Saturday at 11:10 p.m. A vehicle hit a pedestrian near the intersection of Broadway Boulevard and Beverly Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male pedestrian with serious injuries. He was transported to a hospital for treatment. The vehicle involved fled the scene. The vehicle is described by a witness as an older model, tan or maroon sedan. Based on evidence, detectives believe the vehicle to be metallic rust or burnt orange in color with some possible fading and damage to the front driver's side wheel well and possibly some further front end damage. Anyone with information is urged to contact 911 or 88-CRIME. Read the news release. MAYOR ROTHSCHILD UNVEILS TWO-YEAR PLAN FOR TUCSON - Reminiscent of Arizona's "Five Cs" (copper, cattle, climate, citrus and cotton), Mayor Jonathan Rothschild wants to build on what he calls the "Five Ts" during his next two years in office. He identifies those items - technology, trade, transportation, tourism and teaching - as keys to improving Arizona's economy. Mayor Rothschild says the centerpiece of his new plan is to create jobs and enhance the quality of life in Tucson. Read more from MayorRothschild.com and the Arizona Daily Star. FULL URBAN LAND INSTITUTE (ULI) REPORT VIDEO AVAILABLE NOW - The Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Panel toured the Downtown Tucson area for a week last month and met with many downtown and community stakeholders from both the public and private sectors. At the end of the week, the independent global nonprofit that provides leadership in real estate development and responsible land use, listed some key recommendations, presenting a roadmap to the future of downtown. The full report presentation is now available to watch on City of Tucson's YouTube channel. Watch the Report Out. 63RD ANNUAL WINTERHAVEN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS - The community-funded holiday tradition near Fort Lowell and County Club opened over the weekend. Drive-through nights are Dec. 17, 27 and 28. All other nights, vehicular traffic is limited to residents. The festival is one of the longest running of its kind in the country. The holiday event benefits the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. The light displays are free, but food donations are encouraged. Last year, the Food Bank brought in nearly 34,000 pounds of food and more than $20,000. Winterhaven will be decorated through Dec. 28. Winterhaven Festival of Lights Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
HOW TO MANAGE HARD WATER AND OTHER TIPS FROM TUCSON WATER - Get tips on how to manage hard water, increase dishwasher efficiency, flush your water heater, check faucet aerators and more. Information is available in English and Spanish. You can download, print, or request a mailed copy of the tips. You can also learn how to pay your water bill online and stop and start service at the Tucson Water website.
ward3 - December 13, 4:10 pm
Karin's Note: Friday, December 13, 2013
-Ward 3 Events -Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s) -Citywide Events -Did You Know? **********************************************
newsnet - December 13, 10:34 am
CITY OF TUCSON FIXING ROADS AS PART OF BOND PACKAGE - The City of Tucson continues applying surface treatments to keep quality roads in good shape, but soon will turn its efforts to fixing roads in need of serious repair. The budget for this fiscal year's (FY 2014) repair - as spelled out in the the voter-approved bond package known as Proposition 409 - is $20 million. About $1.5 million has been spent in the first five months of FY 2014. Tucson Department of Transportation Director Daryl Cole says the second half of the fiscal year will cost more than the first half, due to the nature of the more-intensive repairs that are needed. In 2012, voters approved $100 million in road bonds spread out over five years. The funding comes from an increase in secondary property tax rates for Tucson residents. Overall, the program is designed to fix about 130 miles of major roadways and a little more than 100 miles of neighborhood streets by mid-2018. The 2012 Bond Oversight Commission provides consistent citizen participation in the program. Watch the story from Arizona Public Media and visit the City of Tucson's Road Recovery website.
2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN FIND NEW SPONSORS - Organizers of the monthly 2nd Saturdays event downtown didn't take long to find new funding sources. Their major sponsor, Providence Service Corp., announced recently that this Saturday would be the last it would sponsor, choosing instead to direct its contributions to other causes. The Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, Crest Insurance and CenturyLink agreed to help fund the family-friendly event downtown. In addition to the three new major sponsors, consulting firm Elegant Thought and The Herbert apartment complex also will help. About a dozen other existing funders will continue as usual. Read more in the Arizona Daily Star.
STREETCAR ON DISPLAY AT 4TH AVENUE STREET FAIR - The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar will be available for viewing and photos during afternoons at the 4th Avenue Winter Street fair, which runs from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. today through Sunday. Take a picture with the Streetcar and Tweet it with the hashtag #sunlinkselfie or tag "City of Tucson" or "Tucson Modern Streetcar" on Facebook and selected photos will be shared. The Street Fair, featuring arts, crafts, food and music, takes place between Ninth Street and University Boulevard along Fourth Avenue. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities, including face painting, balloons, demonstrations, sidewalk entertainment and a free, hands-on art pavilion at Children's Museum Tucson downtown. 4th Avenue Merchants Association
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FARED BETTER IN 2013 THAN IN 2012 - Fewer state and local governments reported layoffs (18 percent compared to 28 percent last year), fewer pay freezes were in effect (33 percent compared to 51 percent) and hiring freezes lessened (42 percent compared to 27 percent), according to the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. However, public employees still face major issues, including pensions, healthcare, retiree health benefits and hiring. Read more from Governing.
TUCSON ELECTRIC POWER'S PARENT COMPANY SOLD TO CANADIAN UTILITY - UNS Energy Corp., the parent company of Tucson Electric Power Co., has agreed to be acquired by Canada-based utility Fortis Inc. in a deal worth $4.3 billion, the companies reported yesterday. The statement also says both of UNS utility subsidiaries - TEP and rural provider UniSource Energy Services - will remain headquartered in Tucson under local control, with current management and staffing. Fortis says electricity rates will remain unchanged. The deal still requires approval from regulators and shareholders. The companies say they hope to have the deal completed by the end of 2014. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
transportation - December 12, 2:57 pm
Fourth Avenue will be the host of the annual Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair this weekend. The Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair begins on Friday, December 13, 2013 and is open daily through the weekend from 10 a.m., until 6 p.m. Attendance for the Street Fair is estimated to be approximately 300,000 people, so please adjust travel plans accordingly. For both your safety and your pet’s safety, pets are not allowed at the Street Fair. Parking for this event with free shuttle service is provided from either the Main Gate Square Garages (Euclid Avenue at First Str
newsnet - December 11, 1:54 pm
CITY OF TUCSON, ALLSTATE, TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT AND LIVING STREETS ALLIANCE ANNOUNCE NEW BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN SAFETY CAMPAIGN - The new "Tucson on 2" (two feet, two wheels) safety campaign focuses on protecting the lives of pedestrians and bicyclists through targeted education, traffic engineering and law enforcement. New solar-powered signs are being added that have blinking lights to draw attention to drivers, warning them they may encounter cyclists or pedestrians ahead. The message is to "Look Twice." The first sign was installed yesterday at Santa Rita Park, on East 22nd Street, where two pedestrians were killed by cars recently. The "Look Twice" message also will appear on bus stops and safety kits being distributed around the city. Read more at tucsonaz.gov and watch the story at KVOA.
STATE BUDGETS IMPROVING, BUT GROWTH STILL BELOW HISTORIC RATES - State budgets are slowly improving, but are still below their pre-recession peaks, according to the latest report from the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO). The study highlights low revenue growth for FY 2014, when states are expected to take in just 0.8 percent more than they did the previous year. Scott Pattison, Executive Director of NASBO, says even if the projections are overly conservative, that's still dramatically different from FY 2013's 5.7 percent growth rate. Pattison attributes slow growth to taxpayers changing the timing of when they collected income, in order to avoid higher federal tax rates that were set to begin Jan. 1, 2013, and states cutting taxes. Read the story from Governing.
TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AGREES TO SELL CLOSED WRIGHTSTOWN ELEMENTARY TO HOMEBUILDER - The TUSD Governing Board last night unanimously approved a $1.6 million deal for a residential development on the now-closed Wrightstown Elementary School marking the first time district has transferred ownership of one of its closed schools. Mahalo Development, LLC plans to build up to 80 single family homes on the 9.2-acre property at 8950 E. Wrightstown Road. The sale is conditional on the approval of the federal court, which is overseeing the districts desegregation efforts, and the successful rezoning of the property. Read the story from the Arizona Daily Star.
TUCSON-AREA HOME SALES FALL, PRICES RISE - The number of home sales in the Tucson area fell in November, while sales prices rose, according to the latest figures from the Tucson Association of Realtors. The Realtors Multiple Listing Service report shows 993 listed homes were sold in November, down 17 percent from October and down 6 percent from November 2012. The average sales price of $191,763 in November essentially was flat from October, but up 5 percent from the same month last year. Read the story in the Arizona Daily Star.
2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN THIS WEEKEND - The monthly, free, family-friendly event this Saturday runs from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. The main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical groups,and there are plenty of activities for children. Food from vendors and downtown eateries will be available. Street parking is free on Saturdays, or you can pay $3 to park in the Pennington Street Garage. Visit 2nd Saturdays Downtown.