Vice Mayor Paul Cunningham
I’d like to start with a reminder that we will be hosting a Ward 2 town hall on June 5 at 6 pm here at the Ward 2 office (doors open at 5:30).
Speakers will include Diana Alarcon who directs the Transportation Department and Brent Dennis from Parks and Recreation. Diana is still relatively new on the job and this will be her first Ward 2 town hall. Brent came out to the office when we had a community meeting on Ft. Lowell Park two weeks ago.
The City of Tucson invites kids ages 17 and under to beat the heat at City pools and recreation centers for free this summer. Throughout June and July, youth will pay no admission fee at 13 City of Tucson Parks and Recreation centers during open recreation hours
Due to other center programming, ages 12-17 are permitted after 2 p.m. and ages 7 and up are permitted after 6 p.m. A list of participating recreation centers can be found at www.tucsonaz.gov/parks
In last week’s update, I mentioned that the Palo Verde Park Neighborhood Association is working with the Pima Animal Care Center to put on a free microchip event for dogs. This will be at Arizona Beer House (150 S Kolb Road, near Broadway) on June 1st from 8 – 10 am.
The American Kennel Club states that every year, one third of dogs will become lost. Microchipping them goes a long way to help ensure that your dog will get back to you safely.
I attended a ceremony to honor Jeffrey Ross, a Tucson Police officer who was gunned down in 1982. We unveiled a plaque in his honor on Thursday. Here is a bit from the plaque:
Jeffrey H. Ross was a beloved friend, son, brother and husband who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting his community.
We had a number of items that we discussed at Tuesday’s council meeting. One of the less controversial, but important ones, was our age-friendly city action plan.
The American Red Cross and the Tucson Parks and Recreation department invite you to a press conference at the Catalina Pool, 2005 N. Dodge Blvd., on Tuesday, May 7, at 11 a.m., to kick off the American Red Cross Centennial Water Safety Campaign. The campaign launched in 2014, marking a century of swimming safety education to reduce the number of drownings in 50 major cities with high numbers of drownings.
The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) invite you to attend a public meeting to learn about the Houghton Road projects currently in construction or design. These projects are part of the overall plan to improve Houghton Road from Tanque Verde Road to Interstate 10 and part of the voter-approved $2.1 billion RTA plan.
The open house will be Thursday, May 16, 6 to 7:30 pm (Drop by any time) at Secrist Middle School, 3400 S Houghton Road
Overall improvements planned for the corridor project include:
Many of you remember between 2013 and 2016, there was work being done on Houghton Road, especially between 22nd Street and Broadway. I made sure to give all of you constant updates on the work being done there.
After that phase of the project was complete, you weren’t hearing much news about it, at least not from me. Work has still been going, just much further south of us. Work on a bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks south of Tucson was completed earlier this year and the section between that bridge and I-10 is currently ongoing.
The 2019 Día de San Juan Fiesta is officially happening this summer! This year, Tucson Water and the Día De San Juan Coalition are joining forces to create a unique 3 part event celebrating water in the desert. The event will start with the launching of the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project in Barrio Santa Cruz, then go on to the traditional procession through Barrio Sin Nombre and end with a big Fiesta at the MSA Annex. This celebration will feature live music, food, arts & crafts vendors, games, activities for children, and more!
We are quickly catching up with 2020, which means that it’s time for another census for all of us living in the United States. The census is in article one of the Constitution, so it was important to the founders of our country.
The framers of the constitution put it near the beginning because having an accurate count is critical to ensuring that there is equitable representation in congress and in our state legislatures. It has also become important in many other ways as well.
All of Ward 2 except for some neighborhoods in the Ft. Lowell area are part of the Police Department’s Operations Division East. The command staff for ODE holds quarterly meetings with neighborhood leaders and interested citizens called the Division Advisory Committee.
The latest one of those meetings was this week, and we had some interesting news. Crime on the east side is down, and down considerably.
The Arizona Symphonic Winds have announced another season at Udall Park. All concerts are free and at Udall Park's László Veres Amphitheater. Bring a comfortable folding chair and a picnic dinner. All concerts start at 7 pm.
This weekend, “A” Mountain will host the Good Friday Cross Procession (La Procession de Viernes Santo) and Easter Sunday Sunrise Services (La Misa al Amanecer) which will restrict user access to Sentinel Peak Park. In order to accommodate these events, Sentinel Peak Road will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 19. The road will reopen for pedestrians and bicyclists on Saturday, April 20, at 8 a.m. and at 9 a.m. for vehicles. The roadway will again close on Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m. and will reopen to vehicles at noon on Sunday, April 21.
Is it April already? Yes it is, and you know what that means.
The tax filing deadline is Monday, and if you haven’t filed, there is still time to get help from United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA).