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.
newsnet - November 21, 1:02 pm
TRAFFIC ALERT: EXPECT DELAYS SATURDAY DUE TO EL TOUR AND UA FOOTBALL GAME - Expect major traffic delays Saturday as UA football fans try to get to campus while riders in El Tour de Tucson cycle around the city. Bicyclists in the 107-mile race are expected to cause intermittent delays along Mission and Drexel roads shortly after the race begins at 7 a.m., with the pack beginning to thin out as the course winds along Nogales Highway and Hughes Access Road. The race route will cause many delays for fans heading to the University of Arizona campus and elsewhere. People attending the UA game and all citizens should plan their trips accordingly. Read the story in the Arizona Daily Star.
TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER HAS NEW INTERIM DIRECTOR - Tucson Deputy Police Chief Sharon Allen is the new interim director of the Tucson Convention Center, replacing Martin Carey, who took over the role of finance administrator for the TCC. Tucson City Manager Richard Miranda says he shifted Carey to the finance position because Rachel Duarte is leaving that position, due to city rules that prohibit retirees from returning to work for longer than 18 months. Although Duarte’s term doesn’t expire until January, Miranda says he made the move now to maintain continuity as the TCC transitions toward hiring a private management company to run the facility. Read the story in the Arizona Daily Star. SUN LINK STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION NEAR UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA REACHES MILESTONE - For the first time since July 2, 2012, the Warren Avenue Underpass will reopen to pedestrians this Friday. The Warren Avenue Underpass will be a pedestrian-only and walk-your-bike area so that everyone can safely share the space with the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. The Tucson Modern Streetcar is currently in testing and is expected to begin service for the public this summer. Follow Sun Link construction updates at http://www.tucsonstreetcar.com/. PIMA ANIMAL CARE CENTER EXPANDING - Construction is underway on an expansion of the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC), allowing temporary space for more than 100 dogs. The huge tent at the facility will have heating and air conditioning. The expansion comes as PACC is overcrowded and animals are susceptible to many diseases. Watch the story on Tucson 12. GREEN PARTY NO LONGER OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED IN ARIZONA ELECTIONS - The Green Party no longer will be recognized in statewide elections due to a lack of registered voters identifying themselves as party members. Elections officials said Wednesday that all state-recognized political parties in Arizona must have at least 21,499 electors, or 5 percent of voters in the last election, to qualify for continued representation on the ballot. At last count, the Green Party in Arizona had about 5,600 registered voters on its rolls, said Matt Roberts, a spokesman for the Arizona Secretary of State's Office. The party is circulating petitions to help regain official recognition in 2014. To do that, the party must file 23,041 valid signatures with the Secretary of State by Feb. 27. Read the story in the Arizona Republic.
newsnet - November 20, 5:06 pm
RIO NUEVO BOARD ACCEPTS GENERALLY POSITIVE STATE AUDIT - The Rio Nuevo Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to accept the Arizona Office of the Auditor General’s conclusions in its recent audit of the downtown redevelopment district's finances. “They recognized the work that we’ve done to get on top of our finances and get the house in order,” said Rio Nuevo Chairman Fletcher McCusker. The audit, performed by C.H. Johnson Consulting, determined the district is financially stable and praised the current board for ending its fight with the city. From the Star. CITY OF TUCSON EXPANDS DOWNTOWN INCENTIVE DISTRICT TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESS - Tucson’s Downtown Financial Incentive District (DFID), in which some new developments may qualify for reductions on building permit fees and construction sales taxes, has grown in size. The DFID's westward expansion moves its western edge from Meyer Avenue to a little past the Santa Cruz River. It now aligns with the Downtown Core Sub-district of the Infill Incentive District, a planning district that grants regulatory relief on requirements like parking, loading, setbacks and landscaping for qualifying projects. From Inside Tucson Business. ARIZONA AMONG STATES WITH HIGHEST RATES OF UNINSURED CHILDREN - The number of children without health insurance dropped nationwide between 2009 and 2011, but not in Arizona, according to a new study by Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families. The report, released Tuesday, shows Arizona has one of the highest rates of uninsured children in the country. Nearly 210,000 children in Arizona do not have health insurance, which amounts to 13 percent of the state's children. Only Texas and Nevada had higher rates, the researchers found. From the Star. NEW RTA DIRECTOR FACES ONGOING FUNDING CHALLENGE - The new director of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) will pick up the ongoing budget challenges his predecessors faced. Farhad Moghimi started as director of both agencies Oct. 14, after 10 months as an interim director. The recession and federal government decisions mean some changes in funding for the remainder of the RTA plan will be required, he said. The RTA is tasked with overseeing a 20-year, $2-billion transportation plan for Pima County, funded by a half-cent Pima County sales tax. From Arizona Public Media. JOB OPPORTUNITY: FINANCE MANAGER, TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION - The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a highly-qualified individual to join the executive management team to be responsible for development, preparation and submission of the department's annual operating and capital budgets, monitoring expenditures, projecting revenues, and monitoring grant expenditures. The application deadline is Sunday, Nov. 24. Job description City of Tucson main jobs page
transportation - November 20, 7:32 am
The dates, work hours and location for the next roadway improvement is listed below.
Wednesday, November 20 through Thursday, November 21 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. El Camino del Cerro - Silverbell Road to the Interstate 10 frontage road, including the El Camino del Cerro and Silverbell Road intersection.
ward5 - November 19, 12:01 pm
Join us for a free holiday event for foster children and their families brought to you by Pima Community College Social Services students.We will provide breakfast, gifts for the kids, entertainment and an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap with a free photo.
For Information on Donations contact Mark Aguayo at (520) 250 - 4700 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact event co-chairs Tameela Acosta at (520) 576-6483 and John Schestko at (520) 445-9189.
newsnet - November 18, 4:44 pm
URBAN LAND INSTITUTE ADVISORY WORKING WITH PRIVATE, PUBLIC PARTNERS IN DOWNTOWN TUCSON - An Advisory Services Panel from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) is in Tucson through Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. The ULI is an independent global nonprofit that provides leadership in real estate development and responsible land use. The Advisory Service Panel will focus on providing a technical assessment for underutilized properties in downtown Tucson. The Panel will provide a private sector perspective on the market viability and implementation strategies for various uses and concepts, and the best approaches to leveraging private investment with limited public resources. Bios for the Tucson Panel members and more information about the focus of the project can be found at http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/uli.
BIGHORN SHEEP CAPTURED FROM YUMA TO LIVE IN TUCSON MOUNTAINS - Wildlife officers in helicopters captured bighorn sheep in the rugged mountains northeast of Yuma Saturday, the first step in a plan to transplant bighorns from healthy herds near Yuma to the Catalina Mountains, north of Tucson, where a native bighorn herd died out in the 1990s. By midday, the officers had captured nearly a dozen animals and taken them to a staging area on the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge for veterinarian exams and installation of Global Positioning System collars. Capture teams seek to catch more females than males. "We try for two to three ewes for each ram," said Anne Justice-Allen, veterinarian with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. "The ewes are the ones that make the population grow." From the Star.
NEWSPAPER FINDS FEW CASES OF VOTER FRAUD AMONG UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS - Arizona has spent large amounts of time and money waging war against voter fraud, citing the possibility of undocumented immigrants casting ballots. An examination of voter-fraud cases in Maricopa County shows those involving undocumented immigrants are nearly non-existent, and have been since before changes to voter-ID requirements were enacted in 2004. In response to an Arizona Republic records request, the Maricopa County Attorneys Office provided a list of 21 criminal cases since January 2005 in which the suspect was charged with a felony related to voter fraud. A search of court records found 13 other cases. The non-citizens came from around the world - Indonesia, Canada, Mexico, Yugoslavia, the Philippines and Thailand. Most had been living legally in the United States for decades. Several stated in court documents that they thought they were permitted to vote because they were legal permanent residents of the United States. None was convicted of a felony or given any jail time. The newspaper made no mention of any voter fraud cases in Pima County. From the Republic.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RETURNING TO TUCSON - FC Tucson and MLS revealed the six-team field for the 2014 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup. The Monday announcement says the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, New England Revolution and Real Salt Lake will join host FC Tucson of the USL's Premier Development League in the third edition of the pre-season tournament set to run from February 19 until March 1. This years tournament will consist of four days of triple-headers with the final day culminating with the championship game. The first three-match days will be played at North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex. The final day of matches will take place at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. Five other MLS teams - Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City and Seattle Sounders FC - will participate in pre-season friendlies in Tucson in early February at North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex. Vancouver Whitecaps FC will also visit Tucson for a behind-closed-doors pre-season friendly against the Dynamo. From MLSsoccer.com.
JUDGE DISMISSED SUIT FILED BY SLAIN AGENT'S FAMILY OVER "FAST AND FURIOUS" - A federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed against federal officials connected with the botched "Fast and Furious" program by the parents of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. In an eight-page ruling, U.S. District Judge David Campbell said he recognizes that Terry's parents, Kent and Josephine Terry, have suffered a great loss, and that any financial remedy is likely insufficient to redress their injury. However, Campbell pointed out that Congress approved several ways of dealing with federal agents who die in the line of duty, including the federal Public Safety Officers Benefits Act. He said that means the only relief the family can get is what that law provides. The attorney for the parents acknowledged that law, but called it inadequate because it provided no separate deterrence against government wrongdoing. The lawsuit is a direct outgrowth of Fast and Furious, a plan by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to allow straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels to legally purchase firearms from Arizona dealers. The plan was to track the weapons to the cartels, but ATF lost track of thousands of the weapons. Two of those weapons turned up at the scene where Terry was shot and killed in December 2010 during a firefight with drug runners near Rio Rico. From the Star.