AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: SB 1070 AND RELATED ENFORCEMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES - At the request of Council Members Regina Romero and Karin Uhlich, time has been scheduled during tomorrow's M&C study session to discuss the enforcement practices and policies of the Tucson Police Department related to Senate Bill 1070, which was passed and signed into law in April 2010. Generally, the bill aimed to mandate the enforcement of federal immigration law by local police agencies. Certain provisions of the law, such as making it a crime for immigrants to fail to carry registration papers, were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in June of 2012. But key provisions, such as the requirement that officers attempt to determine the immigration status of those suspected of being in the country illegally, remain in effect. The provisions remaining in effect have been incorporated into TPD's General Orders. These orders, along with possible revisions to them, will be discussed tomorrow. Read the M&C memo here.
TPD SEEKING PUBLIC'S HELP IDENTIFYING PERSONS OF INTEREST IN LAST MONTH'S BUS STOP HOMICIDE - TPD homicide detectives have released photographs and are asking for the public's assistance in identifying three males that may have information regarding a homicide that took place the evening of October 18th at a bus stop on the 6700 block of East Golf Links Road. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.
PROP 409 UPDATE: FOG SEALING ON BROADWAY, WILMOT, 29TH STREET - Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co. will be applying fog seal to sections of Broadway Blvd., Craycroft Road and Wilmot Road during evening hours this week and next. A Fog Seal is a thin layer of asphalt emulsion that helps cover small roadway imperfections, cracks or other small voids and seals the existing asphalt to preserve and protect the paved surface. This work is funded by the City of Tucson's $100 million, five-year street bond program approved by voters in November 2012 as Prop. 409.
REGISTRATION NOW UNDERWAY FOR PARKS & REC'S DECEMBER "MINI SESSION" CLASSES - Three-week classes are being offered at multiple locations this December for all age ranges, on subjects ranging from holiday arts and crafts to yoga. Most classes start the first week of December. Registration deadline is November 24th. News release from Parks & Rec here, Fall Program Guide (Mini Session classes start on Page 37) here.
WINTERHAVEN FESTIVAL TO DISCONTINUE USE OF HORSE-DRAWN WAGONS - Citing safety concerns, organizers of the Winterhaven Festival of Lights have discontinued the use of horse-drawn wagons through the midtown neighborhood during the holiday season. The increasingly popular event has drawn so many crowds, organizers say, that the horses cannot be lead through the streets in a safe manner. From KVOA.