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Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Last night the United States Postal Service hosted a forum on the potential closure of the Cherrybell mail processing and distribution station. The USPS is looking to cut costs by closing distribution centers and, in our case, routing all local mail from Southern Arizona through Phoenix. This would result in hundreds of high-wage long term jobs lost in our local economy as well as an additional delay for all mail processed throughout Southern AZ. Our metropolitan area is home to approximately 1 million residents, and I believe our taxpayers deserve better. I would like to encourage you all to write to the US Postal Service and share your opinion on the proposal; I have included additional information below.
I would also like to remind you of a few events and initiatives in the works for 2012. I hope you had a happy holiday season, many thanks and may you have a wonderful start to the New Year!
LET’S SAVE THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE CHERRYBELL DISTRIBUTION CENTER!
On Wednesday, December 28, 2011, the USPS held a public meeting at the Leo Rich Theater to discuss the proposed closure of the Cherrybell mail distribution center in Tucson. More than 600 people attended, overwhelming the 500 capacity theater despite the timing of the holiday season. The USPS has been searching for opportunities to cut expenses, and has identified Cherrybell distribution center as a target for closure.
Tucson is by far the largest community on the list of proposed closures, with the USPS citing the capacity of Phoenix to handle processing as the main impetus for closure.
Per USPS, shutting down the Cherrybell center would result in 288 jobs lost, and delays in service for in town mailing. Nogales, Benson, Wilcox, Sierra Vista can expect even longer delays as all mail, even in-town, will travel to Phoenix for processing and returned to our region.
As the 33rd largest City in the nation, Tucson deserves the highest caliber of service. In addition, the employees of the USPS earn a living wage and contribute to the vitality of our local economy. Hundreds of job losses would have a tremendous impact on our economy, and businesses would experience delays with slower delivery.
The Tucson City Council along with our Southern AZ Congressional delegation has taken a position against this proposed closure, and I invite you to make your voice heard as well!
Please send your letters to:
Manager Consumer & Industry Contact
PO BOX 21628
Phoenix, AZ 85036-1628
Letters must be received by January 12th, 2012, so please take a moment to write a letter and let your voice be heard today!
BEYOND TUCSON – BEAT BACK BUFFELLGRASS EVENT – SATURDAY, JANUARY 7TH
Please mark your calendar and plan on joining me at the BEYOND events on January 7, 2012. BEYOND is a community-wide event led by the family of Gabe Zimmerman to commemorate the anniversary of January 8th, celebrate the spirit of togetherness we felt in the days and months afterward, and re-commit ourselves to working together to build a stronger community every day. Please visit the Beyond website to find out about all the planned events at http://www.beyond-tucson.org/.
I will be at the top of Sentinel Peak to hike with a jaguar and pull buffelgrass, too! My Ward 1 Council office will be leading the volunteer effort to remove buffelgrass, an invasive species that threatens Arizona’s wild places, including A Mountain. Tools and gloves will be provided for volunteers. To RSVP for buffelgrass, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 791-4040.
What: Beyond Tucson
When January 7, 2012 8 am to Noon
Where: Sentinel Peak Park (A Mountain), 1000 S. Sentinel Peak Road, Tucson, 85745
Directions: From 1-10, go West on Congress Street to just before it intersects with
Silverbell, turn south (left) on Cuesta and head up the mountain to the upper parking lot.
LOCAL JOBS ORDINANCE
Working with Councilor Richard Fimbres, we have jointly proposed a local jobs ordinance which would see that construction firms contracted to do City projects hire local residents as a portion of their workforce. A broad stakeholder group has been formed with business and construction industry representatives to craft a proposal that meets the needs of businesses while encouraging local hiring within our community.
FOOD BANK AND DIAPER DRIVE
I wanted to make sure you saw the news that the Tucson Community Food Bank needs our help for holiday boxes this year. Many people in Tucson are suffering in this economic crisis. Remember, for each $1 donated to the Food Bank, they distribute more than $10 of food, enough for four meals! In fact, more than 96 cents of every dollar donated to the Food Bank goes to food and programs. The Ward 1 Council office is accepting food for the food bank and collecting diapers for the diaper bank so if you have anything to spare, please stop by with your donations Downtown at 940 W. Alameda, at the corner of Alameda and Grande on the Westside of I-10. You can also make a direct, secure contribution to the Food Bank at http://communityfoodbank.com/donate/.
WARD 1 NEIGHBORHOOD MEET AND GREET WITH MAYOR JONATHAN ROTHSCHILD
I am planning a special Ward 1 “meet and greet” reception to introduce Mayor Rothschild to the small businesses and neighborhoods in Ward 1. It is tentatively scheduled for Monday, February 6 at 5:30 p.m. at 801 W. Congress – the George Pettit and Jon Miles Housing Center. I will send more details later.
Happy New Year!
Tucson City Council, Ward 1