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Paul's Note - November 12, 2021

The old Pima County Courthouse is an icon, sometimes not necessarily of our community. It showed up in an establishing shot on an episode of the X-Files once and was identified as the San Diego County courthouse. It also stood in as the Cochise County courthouse on the show Sheriff of Cochise back in the 1950s. Long time Tucsonans can name a friend or relative that was an extra on the 1970’s drama Petrocelli, where the building served as the courthouse for the fictional city of San Remo. 

DUSK Music Festival Traffic Alert



Beginning Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 5 a.m., the following travel restrictions and road closures will be in place for the DUSK Music Festival in Downtown Tucson.

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 5 a.m., through Friday, November 12, 2021, 9 p.m., and Monday, November 15, 2021, 5:30 a.m., until cleanup is complete.

Ice Rink Travel Restrictions


The Tucson Holiday Ice Rink, hosted by the City of Tucson, will be located on Church Avenue, south of Broadway, in front of the Tucson Convention Center.

To accommodate the outdoor ice rink, Church Avenue between Broadway and Cushing Street will be restricted to one lane of travel in each direction beginning Tuesday, November 9, 2021, until Sunday, January 16, 2022. This travel restriction will be in place 24-hours a day, seven days a week for the duration of the event.

Downtown Links Traffic Alert 11 8 2021

Downtown Links Constructors (DLC), under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility are working on the Downtown Links project, which began in August 2020.

Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians should anticipate intermittent lane restrictions throughout the limits of the project in addition to the following upcoming work:

Paul's Note - November 5, 2021

There are some changes that the city is evaluating regarding several items in the Unified Development Code, the document that covers our city’s building code. 

One of the items that is being evaluated is a change to our commercial parking requirements that would require electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This would apply to parking lots in multi-family and commercial developments, not to single family residences. 

Traffic Alert - Fort Lowell and Alvernon



On Thursday, November 4, 2021, crews from Next Generation Electrical, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are scheduled to convert the traffic signal heads to include flashing yellow arrows at the Fort Lowell Road and Alvernon Way intersection.

Paul's Note - October 29th, 2021

I received an update from Police Chief Christopher Magnus about TPD recruiting. I wanted to share it with you. 

Given our staffing challenges, we thought it might be useful for you to get a sense of some of our outreach and recruiting efforts.  If you have ideas or suggestion about other opportunities to recruit new officers or CSOs, please let me know and we will happily follow-up on them. 

Attend a Public Meeting about Updating Commercial Parking Requirements

The City of Tucson Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) is working on a set of changes to the Unified Development Code (UDC) that will affect the minimum amount and type of parking spaces that are required at certain commercial locations. 

These changes to parking regulations are proposed as part of the City's climate action response, ongoing support for local businesses, and goals for high quality public outdoor spaces. 


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