Saturday, October 30, 2010


Activities will be ongoing for the upcoming election. Here are some get out the vote activities that will be going on.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Diabetes Classes and Screenings

AzDA - Free Diabetes Screenings & Education

Voting Information Update

The Pima County Recorder's Office will have 10 walk-in early-voting sites open on Saturday scattered throughout all areas of the county. 

Benefit for Veterans Day

(From the AP)

Anyone visiting the Grand Canyon on Veterans Day will save some money.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tucson Water Receives Recognition for Water Conservation Program

Western Resources Advocates has recognized Tucson Water for its efforts in water conservation programming. The recognition from the Boulder, Colorado, non-profit environmental law and policy organization was based on results of its recently completed study “Arizona Water Meter.”

“Certificate of Occupancy Night” Thursday, October 28

Doing business with the City of Tucson’s Planning & Development Services Department (PDSD) continues to get easier with the next Certificate of Occupancy Night planned for Thursday, October 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Arizona Daily Star has endorsed Terry Goddard for Governor

Terry Goddard possesses the experience, wisdom and mettle required to lead Arizona through its ongoing economic crisis. He is an effective, decisive leader who has protected Arizonans and successfully promoted economic growth.

Friday, October 22, 2010

October Newsletter

Here is the latest edition of the Ward 5 newsletter.

Public Hearing - Convention Center Hotel Project

At the Regular Meeting of the Tucson Mayor and Council, which starts at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 26, a public hearing will take place during the Regular Meeting on the proposed Convention Center - Hotel.

Here is the link to the information.

People, who wish to speak will have to fill out a request to speak card.  Public hearings are scheduled for one hour but may go longer under the prerogative of the Mayor.

For more information, go to the Clerk's Webpage or call 791-4213.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Goddard an easy choice for governor

Goddard an easy choice for governor

Arizona Republic Recommendation of Cong. Raul Grijalva

Tough choice, but Grijalva gets nod

Free Retail Workshop on City Business License Requirements, Privilege/Use Taxes

Local businesses are invited to learn more on license requirements and reporting privilege (sales) and other taxes at a free open house sponsored by the City’s Finance Department.

Arizona Daily Star Editorial - October 21 - CD 7 Race - Grijalva's work merits a fifth term

The Arizona Daily Star has endorsed Cong. Raul Grijalva in his campaign for another term in Congress

How States Can Stop Foreclosures Now

As all 50 state Attorneys General investigate widespread allegations that loan companies use fraudulent documents to push through foreclosures, CRL’s (Center for Responsible Lending) new report, “Foreclosure as a Last Resort,” highlights other strategies that states are using to stabilize their housing markets and prevent unnecessary foreclosures.

Some states are already finding creative ways to incorporate mandatory loss mitigation in their foreclosure prevention efforts.  To find out which states are using this tool and how it can be implemented, download the report now

Veteran's Parade Needs Help Raising Funds

There are just three and a half weeks until Veterans Day and Tucson's annual Veterans Day parade. Still, the American Legion Post that sponsors the parade is scrambling to raise the money to put it on. 

Core Tax Town Hall Update

I want to thank Richard Miranda, Deputy Manager - City of Tucson, TFD Chief Patrick Kelly, TPD Chief Roberto Villasenor, Budget Administrator Joyce Garland, Fred Gray, Director of Tucson Parks and Recreation, Jim Glock, Director of the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, Donna Trujillo with the Freedom Park Center for their attendance and participation in last night's town hall held at the Freedom Center, 5000 E. 29th St.

Rights Restoration Workshop

Rights Restoration Workshop - 11-9-2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Services for Senator Jorge Luis Garcia

Services for Senator Jorge Luis Garcia will be as follows:
Visitation will be at Carillo's Tucson Mortuary, 204 S. Stone Avenue, just south of downtown, on Thursday, October 21st, from 5-10:00 p.m. The rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Parish, 1946 E. Lee Street, located across from UMC on the Northeast corner of Lee and Campbell Avenue, on Friday, October 22nd at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Jorge would want donations to go to organizations that help others. The designated charities are the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Tucson ( and Catholic Tuition Support Organization (

Friday, October 15, 2010

Senator Jorge Luis Garcia

State Senator Jorge Luis Garcia served Tucson and Pima County with distinction in the Arizona Legislature. He was running for the Arizona Corporation Commission. Senator Garcia passed away today. He was 57. He leaves behind Maria, his wife of 38 years, and three grown children, daughters Yvette, Dominique and son, Rolando, and four grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family.

Free Contracting Workshop on City Business License Requirements, Privilege/Use Taxes - Tucson City News

Local businesses are invited to learn more on license requirements and reporting privilege (sales) and other taxes at a free open house sponsored by the City’s Finance Department.

Free Contracting Workshop on City Business License Requirements, Privilege/Use Taxes - Tucson City News

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Vote on Proposition 401

On Tuesday, July 7, the Tucson Mayor and Council considered two proposals to place on the general election ballot, Proposition 400, the proposed core tax and another measure dealing with the City’s charter, which has been in existence since 1929.

2010 AIDS Walk - Sunday October 17

The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation 2010 AIDS Walk will begin at 7 AM on Sunday October 17th.  Pets are welcome to walk as long as they are leashed, owners clean up after them, they are family friendly and ok around large crowds.

For more information, go online to

Tucson, Phoenix, Payson, Prescott Receive Awards for Their Water Conservation Success - Tucson City News

Tucson, Phoenix, Payson, Prescott Receive Awards for Their Water Conservation Success - Tucson City News

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Work crews are continuing with milling (removing) asphalt and repaving operations on 10 city roadways as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The work consists of milling and overlaying existing roadways with new rubberized asphalt concrete surface course or overlaying with rubberized chip seal along approximately 12 miles of curbed and strip-paved roadways

Monday, October 11, 2010

See You At Rigo's October 13

October 13 - Rigos

What Proposition 400 would do?

The following is information provided by the City of Tucson on what Proposition 400, if approved by the voters would do.  Also, these documents show what the City of Tucson has done during these same times.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Mayor Walkup Supports Prop 400

Questions: In these tough times, Tucsonans must get by with less. Why shouldn't government do the same? Won't a tax increase prompt shoppers to patronize stores in the county and suburbs where sales taxes are lower? If you support the police and fire departments, I urge you to vote "yes" on Proposition 400. This temporary sales tax increase would prevent layoffs for all currently funded police officers, firefighters and paramedics during this recession. However, if Prop. 400 fails many police officers and firefighters would be laid off. Public safety would be compromised.

Read the rest of Mayor Walkup's response here.

Arizona Daily Star supports Prop. 400

When voters decide whether to increase the city of Tucson sales tax by a half-cent per dollar they'll actually be determining what kind of city they want. That's what proponents say, and they're largely correct. The bigger question, though, is whether taxpayers can afford the city they want. Detractors' allegations that there's plenty of waste and nice-to-have but unnecessary spending in the city budget do not stand up to the facts.

Read the rest of the editorial here.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Proposition 107 is Bad for Arizona

Prop 107 Bad for Arizona-Flyer

Parenting Workshops To Be Offered

CODAC's, Community Based Services department, run by Jamal Givens, was awarded a 2010 Safe and Drug Free Schools grant to provide parenting workshops at Pueblo Gardens School.

Tucson Water Furlough Day

Tucson Water is reminding customers that all Tucson Water offices, including the Billing Office, will be closing for the third of nine unpaid furlough days prior to June 30, 2011. The next closure will be Monday, October 11, 2010.

Phone representatives will not be available on this Monday. However, account information and payment options are available 24 hours by calling 791-3242, and selecting Option 1. Account information or payment options are also available through the internet at During furlough days, emergencies that are not related to billing issues may be reported by calling 791-4133.

Costco Update

The site development work for the Costco at Tucson Marketplace at The Bridges is proceeding on schedule. Curb and Paving adjustments are almost complete for the new signalized intersection at Tucson Marketplace Blvd./Duvall Vista and Kino Parkway.

Smoke Detectors

On October 6, a fire erupted in a house in Ward 5, killing an elderly woman. Tucson Fire reported that the fire was contained to the victim’s bedroom, which suffered heavy smoke and heat damage. 

At the time of the fire the house was occupied by the victim and her son.  The son was sleeping in a room at the other end of the house and did not know there was a problem until he woke up for the day and smelled smoke.  The house did not have a working smoke detector.  Cause of the fire and death are under investigation. 

Farmer's Market Opening - October 23

On Saturday, October 23, 9 am to 1 pm at El Pueblo Park (Southwest corner of  Irvington Road and South Sixth Avenue), a Farmer’s Market will be having a grand opening!

This market, with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, eggs and more is being overseen by the Community Food Bank.

Enjoy music, activities for kids and cooking demos.

For more information, call Monica at the Community Food Bank, 622-0525, Extension 2565.

NLAAD AIDS Awareness Day

Dear Friends, Advocates, and Community Leaders:

The 8th Annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day event at Pima Community College's West Campus is right around the corner!  I ask that you please share the attached flier with your constituencies and hope that you can make it!

Javier Herrera

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

City Receives Grant to Replace 15 Buses

(From News Reports) The City of Tucson received a $5 million dollar grant on Monday from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the replacement of 15 buses. 

Funding for the grant comes from the DOT's "State of Good Repair" program. Money must be spent on public transit providers to replace, rehabilitate, and purchases buses and related equipment.

Sun Tran and the city received $4.2 billion in requests for the $775 million made available. Officials with Sun Tran plan to replace buses in the fleet which are up to 16 years old.

Tucson and the Regional Transit Authority are required to match local funds of up to 20 percent of the total project. Delivery of the new buses is expected to occur in about 18 months.


The City of Tucson Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) has completed the reviews and issued more than 54 commercial permits for Tenant Improvements and New construction projects from September 1-30, 2010. The total projected dollar valuation is more than $51 million that will benefit the Tucson economy.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Ward 5 Informational Core Tax Town Halls

Friday, October 8, 10 am to noon, El Pueblo Senior Center, 101 W. Irvington.

Wednesday, October 20, 6 to 8 pm, Freedom Center, 5000 E. 29th Street.

Proposition 400 will be the topic of both, with presentations from City Staff - Police, Fire, City Manager's Office, Budget and Parks.

TDOT Update

The following are updates on Tucson's roads from the City  Department of Transportation.

Hispanic Heritage Tribute - October 5

LULAC - US ARMY cordially invite you to the Hispanic Heritage Month Tribute.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 12:00 Noon - 1:30 P.M. 

Inn Suites, 575 Granada, Tucson. 

Please RSVP via email or you can contact Ana Valenzuela at 520-203-9535.

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