ward5 - November 27, 2:52 pm
Councilmember Richard Fimbres and the Ward 5 staff want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
HOLIDAY CLOSURES - All City of Tucson governmental offices are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, with the exception of emergency services. Businesses will resume as normal on Friday. Trash and recycling collections scheduled for Thursday and Friday will be delayed by one day.
newsnet - November 27, 12:51 pm
HOLIDAY CLOSURES - All City of Tucson governmental offices are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, with the exception of emergency services. Business will resume as normal on Friday. Trash and recycling collections scheduled for Thursday and Friday will be delayed by one day. NEW DOWNTOWN MIXED-USE BUILDING NEARING COMPLETION - One East Broadway - named after its address - is set to open soon. The building’s main commercial tenants will be The Pima Association of Governments (PAG) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), which share office space and staff. The new building also has additional office space, street-level retail space, on-site parking and 24 residential apartments. PAG/RTA Executive Director Farhad Moghimi says the agencies plan to move in by Jan. 1, if not sooner. PAG and RTA have a 10-year lease term for the building, which is located along the Sun Link Streetcar line. Read the story from Inside Tucson Business. REID PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY (RPZS) SELLS RUBY RANCH TO BENEFIT ZOO - The RPZS, a nonprofit membership and fundraising organization for the Reid Park Zoo recently sold 765 acres of ranch land in Sahuarita and will use the $3 million proceeds to continue to help improve the zoo. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc. is the buyer of Ruby Ranch. Read the story from Real Estate Daily News. HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (HCD) HAS NEW DIRECTOR - After serving a short time as HCD Deputy Director, Sally Stang has been named as Director of the department. Stang replaces Andrea Ibáñez, who retired recently. City Manager Richard Miranda says Stang has proven herself to be a responsible steward of public funds and trust. Among other things, HCD manages public housing and rental assistance programs. Visit the Housing and Community Development website.
TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT GAINS RE-ACCREDITATION - The Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) recently voted unanimously to grant re-accreditation to the Tucson Police Department. This is the fourth re-accreditation and fifth consecutive time TPD has met or exceeded many of the national standards in law enforcement as set forth by CALEA. TPD is the largest nationally-accredited law enforcement agency in the State of Arizona. Read the news release from TPD.
ward5 - November 26, 2:09 pm
Career/job opportunities for women who will be separating or have separated from the U.S. military is the subject of a free workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Kino Veterans’ Workforce Center, 2801 E. Ajo Way.
The workshop, which begins at 8:30 a.m., will discuss ways to develop career/job search strategies, and explore pathways or barriers to employment. To sign up or obtain more information, please call (520) 740-4646 or (520) 243-6700.
newsnet - November 26, 1:56 pm
CITY OF TUCSON SELECTS GOLF MANAGEMENT COMPANY TO OVERSEE CITY GOLF COURSES - The City of Tucson today issued a notice of intent to award for the management of the City’s municipal golf courses to Scottsdale-based OB Sports, a professional golf course management, development and consulting company. In business since 1972, OB Sports manages 45 golf courses nationwide, 17 of which are in Arizona. After final award, OB Sports will maintain the golf courses and facilities, operate and manage the pro shops, golf ranges and golf cart operations, manage the food, refreshment and catering services in the clubhouses and on the courses, promote and market City of Tucson golf courses, develop and implement capital improvements and increase usage of the facilities. Read the news release.
TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS FOR THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY DELAYED BY A DAY - Due to the Thanksgiving holiday this week, residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Thursday. Residents and businesses with regular Thursday or Friday collections will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day during the holiday week. The Los Reales Landfill and the Household Hazardous Waste facility will be closed on Thursday. Holiday collection schedules Schedule via smartphone: Download the free ‘my waste’™ app to have access to all collection schedules. UA WILDCAT STATUE VICTIM OF UA/ASU RIVALRY - A 12-foot-tall bronze statue on the University of Arizona campus depicting four bobcats — a male, a female and two kittens — was covered with yellow and gold spray paint and the letters “ASU” Monday morning. Nearby benches also were covered in paint. The vandalism comes just days before the rivalry football game between the UA and ASU. The spray-painted sculpture seems to be in retaliation for a prank last week in which Tempe’s “A” Mountain, normally with a white "A," was painted bright Wildcat red. While some Wildcats see the repainting of the rival’s mountain as a fun tradition, some at the UA are calling foul when it comes to the statue. A restoration company used high-pressure hot water to clean the statue. Read more in the Arizona Daily Star and the Arizona Daily Wildcat. CITY OF TUCSON EMPLOYEE WINS PRIUS IN WATER CONSERVATION CHALLENGE - Tucson Water employee Ivan Milensky is the proud owner of a new Toyota Prius he won in the 2013 National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. The Wyland Foundation and Toyota sponsored the national challenge, urging residents nationwide to conserve water. Tucson came out on top in the challenge of similar-sized cities. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says Tucson needs to be "water smart" to thrive as a community. Watch the story on Tucson12. National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation Wyland Foundation A NEW WAY TO FIND ANSWERS ABOUT CITY SERVICES - Are you looking for a job in the City? Do you need to know how to pay your water bill? How do you request a police report? The answers to these questions and more are available on the new Tucson Answers website. You can search topics or browse categories to get you the answers you need. The site is an example of open source code developed by city governments and non-profit organizations to be adopted and re-used by other cities at no cost. In this case, the site is modeled after a similar site created jointly by the City of Honolulu and Code For America. Tucson Answers also is available via a widget on the City of Tucson's main website. Code for America apps for cities and citizens
newsnet - November 25, 11:16 am
URBAN LAND INSTITUTE (ULI) OFFERS SUGGESTIONS FOR DOWNTOWN TUCSON - The ULI planning group says tearing down the Hotel Arizona for new development and redeveloping La Placita Village for the University of Arizona are a couple of changes that would make downtown more economically viable. More than 100 people representing business, government and neighborhood interests crowded a meeting room Friday at the Tucson Convention Center to hear the ULI's preliminary findings on how to bolster the downtown core and the area west of I-10. The process entailed a seven-member panel of experts studying Tucson’s economy, history and demographics and visiting the city last week to interview 120 stakeholders from a broad cross section of Tucson. ULI is a national group of real estate, development and other business professionals specializing in land development issues. Read more in the Arizona Daily Star and Inside Tucson Business. PORT OF GUAYMAS SET TO DOUBLE CAPACITY, SEEKING ARIZONA TIES - A multimillion-dollar investment to more than double the capacity of Guaymas' deep-water seaport is underway and, within two years, an additional nine docks will be built to support ocean vessels hauling everything from coal and grain to durable goods and automobiles. The expansion would make the Port of Guaymas the second largest seaport in Mexico by volume, with capacity for more than 30 million tons of cargo. Officials from Guaymas visited Tucson Friday to present plans to local business and political leaders and to encourage continued cooperation between the two regions. The City of Tucson and the Pima Association of Governments hosted the event. Read more in the Arizona Daily Star. GREASE COLLECTION AND RECYCLING EVENT - Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation (RWRD) and community partners are hosting the 9th annual day-after-Thanksgiving Grease Collection and Recycling Event. The collection offers people the opportunity to properly dispose of cooking grease, which can clog sewer pipes and eventually cause a backup of raw sewage into the streets, the environment, or into homes and other buildings. There will be five drop-off locations, including the City Council Ward 3 Office at 1510 E. Grant Road. View the list of collection sites and hours of operation.
FRIDAY CLOSURE ALERT: CITY COURT - Tucson City Court will be closed to the public on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The Court building will be open for the public to access the Public Defender’s Office and the City Prosecutor’s Office, but court services will not be available. Tucson City Court has designated the Friday following Thanksgiving as a non-juridical day, replacing Columbus Day as a non-juridical day. In the future, Columbus Day will be a juridical day. TUCSON DEPARTMENT OF PROCUREMENT DIRECTOR MARCHETA GILLESPIE NAMED TO INTERNATIONAL POST - Congratulations to the City of Tucson's Director of Procurement, Marcheta Gillespie on becoming the new President of the Board of Directors for NIGP, The Institute for Government Procurement. In her new role, Gillespie will be the chief advocate for public procurement professionals, working to develop, promote and support the work they perform in their communities. The Copper Chapter of the NIGP recently hosted the 6th Annual Reverse Trade Show in Tucson, where local and regional vendors met procurement representatives from dozens of government agencies. Watch the story on Tucson 12.
ward5 - November 25, 10:44 am
TRANSIT SCHEDULE ON THANKSGIVING DAY
transportation - November 22, 3:07 pm
Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is continuing its fog 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.
Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 10th Avenue Downtown - 19th Street to 22nd Street 44th Street - 10th Avenue to 12th Avenue
newsnet - November 22, 1:22 pm
TRAFFIC ALERT: SUN TRAN DETOURS TOMORROW (SATURDAY) - Several Sun Tran buses will experience detours and delays due to the El Tour de Tucson bike race. Routes 3, 5, 20, 21, 22 will experience delays when crossing I-10. Routes 3, 7, 8, 16, 37 will be detoured all day. Route 27 will be detoured from 5 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Drexel. Route 34 will be detoured from 5 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Glenn and Swan. More information is at Sun Tran.
TRAFFIC ALERT: I-10 NEAR MARSH STATION - If you travel on Interstate 10, east of Tucson, you will encounter travel restrictions beginning Monday. The Arizona Department of Transportation continues to build a new alignment for a segment of eastbound I-10, near Marsh Station. The interstate will be restricted to a single lane in each direction, approximately a half-mile from the Marsh Station traffic interchange (Exit 291), from 6:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday to allow trucks to haul construction materials onto the median. After the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the same lane restrictions will be in place daily from 6:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 through Thursday, Dec. 5. More information is at ADOT.
CITY OF TUCSON AIMS TO IMPROVE TRADE RELATIONS WITH GUAYMAS - The City of Tucson and the Pima Association of Governments met today (Friday) with Guaymas, Sonora officials to share insights on how to conduct international business with the growing port operation in Guaymas. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Chair of the PAG Regional Council, opened the presentation at the TCC and urged accelerated investment in infrastructure at the border and leading into the border. More information is at KVOA.
TUCSON RANKS IN TOP 10 OF THE LATEST DIGITAL CITIES SURVEY - Tucson is ranked as a Top 10 Digital City in e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and the Digital Communities Program. "These are the cities that invest in engaging with their constituencies and that continuously improve their municipal services to be models of excellence nationally,” said Marie Lopez-Rogers, National League of Cities (NLC) President and Mayor of Avondale. Tucson competed in the category of cities with populations of at least 250,000. See the list of winning cities.
ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY: ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT - The Tucson Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying an armed robbery suspect. On Nov. 21, at about 2:30 p.m., police say the suspect entered the Denny's Restaurant at 6485 East Broadway and displayed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. He was given an undisclosed amount of money and was last seen running westbound from the business. No one was injured during the incident. The suspect is described as an African-American male in his 20s, 6'02” to 6'04” tall and between 220 to 230 pounds. He was wearing a white long sleeve t-shirt, baggy blue jeans, white tennis shoes and a black do rag. Anyone with information should contact 911 or 88-CRIME. View the news release and photos of the suspect.
ward3 - November 22, 1:21 pm
Karin's Note: Friday, November 22, 2013
-Ward 3 Events -Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s) -Citywide Events -Did You Know?
transportation - November 21, 2:31 pm
Downtown Tucson will be the host of the annual El Tour de Tucson start/finish line. This event encompasses the entire region with a 107-mile bicycle ride/race with an anticipated participation of over 8,000 bicyclists.