Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ward 5 June Newsletter

June 2011 Newsletter

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sun Tran Holiday Schedule

Sun Tran buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Independence Day, Monday, July 4, 2011. In observance of this holiday, Sun Shuttle and Sun Express will not provide service on July 4. The following details outline transit service on Independence Day:·

Sun Express and Sun Shuttle Routes will not be in operation. Regular service resumes Tuesday, July 5. Sun Tran Routes 1 through 99 will run on a Sunday schedule on Monday, July 4.


Media PDSD May 2011


To accommodate two large cranes that will be used to install steel columns for the new Arizona Stadium video scoreboard, Sixth Street will be closed to through travel in front of the stadium from Cherry Avenue to Highland Avenue.

The road is scheduled to be closed:

From 4 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011 to 6 p.m., Monday, July 4, 2011.

Electronic message boards will be in place to alert motorists of this closure. Motorists should use Speedway Boulevard or Broadway as alternative travel routes. Visitors to Sixth Street businesses and the University will be detoured through campus, around the construction area.

Work to install the new video scoreboard began on May 15, 2011. Over the past several weeks, work crews have installed concrete caisson foundations 45 feet deep south of Arizona Stadium. The next phase of work will include installing 55-foot-tall steel pipe columns and structures that will support the video scoreboard.

The traveling public can expect delays when driving, bicycling or walking in this work area. Business access will be maintained. For your safety, please observe all traffic control signage, message boards, and obey reduced speed limits. Watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Apollo Community Garden Dedication

TCLB Street Scene Park Celebration

Barrio Centro Mural Dedication

United Way Volunteer Orientation

Orientation Flyer Eng-Span

TPD on Facebook


Enjoy the Fourth of July at the TCC

Fireworks Poster

Glenstone Village Announcement

Glenstone Village 6-11 Low Income Housing Flyer

MHP Update

MHP Flyer 2011-English Final

Friday, June 24, 2011

I-10 - Kino Parkway to Valencia Update

The Arizona Department of Transportation is closing ramps and lanes as it continues work on a project to make the drive along eastbound and westbound Interstate 10 from Kino Parkway to Valencia Road smoother.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fourth of July Fireworks Information

The following is from Tucson Fire Department Chief Jim Critchley:

This 4th of July there are four commercial fireworks shows which have been permitted. Each show is overseen by a qualified Tucson Fire Department (TFD) Fire Inspector to assure that weather conditions are satisfactory (E.I. winds are <15 mph or rain), that the fall-out is free from persons, and that safe operating practices are used. The assigned inspector has the authority to stop any performance, should conditions warrant. For each of these shows, TFD has enhanced deployment plans for crews assigned to each event; structured to the site's needs and/or characteristics as follows:

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

In Memoriam - Dick Hughes

The Ward 5 Council office has received the news of the passing of Richard Hughes, a longtime resident. Hughes was a veteran of WW II and the Korean War. He also used to entertain child by performing as a clown at birthday parties and events. His spirit, smile and commitment will be missed.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I-10 - Orange Grove Road Update

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close all eastbound lanes of Orange Grove Road underneath Interstate 10 in Tucson to install traffic signal detectors from 8 p.m. on Thursday (June 23) to 4 a.m. the following morning (June 24). All westbound lanes of Orange Grove Road underneath I-10 will continue to remain open to motorists during work hours.

Work Wellness Forum - June 24

Business Forum Invite

Monday, June 20, 2011

City Clarifies Facts on Gadsden and Budget in today's Arizona Daily Star article

The City of Tucson would like to respond to three inaccuracies reported in the June 16, 2011 opinion article by Josh Brodesky.

Imagine Greater Tucson Workshop - June 27

Monday, June 27
Vida Nueva Church
330 W. Nebraska St., Tucson
Registration: 5:30 p.m.
Workshop: 6-8:15 p.m.

More information at

Downtown Diehards

From Biz Tucson.

Downtown Diehards

Fletcher McCusker President & CEO Providence Service Corporation | Photo: Chris Mooney
While nobody was looking, downtown Tucson underwent a striking renaissance in the past three years, adding up to $120 million in private investment – with another $120 million in student housing projects in the pipeline.
There’s the new six-story Martin Luther King Jr. Apartments; UniSource Energy’s nine-story headquarters taking shape; the modern streetcar trending toward reality with the $63 million federal TIGER grant; a slew of new restaurants along Congress Street; the extraordinary transformation on Broadway. And then you have Fletcher.”
That would be Fletcher McCusker, CEO at Providence Service Corp., the one man more than any other repeatedly sparking new embers for the downtown renaissance.
Steve Lynn has watched it all and himself been an active player as a UniSource executive and the architect behind the creations of the Downtown Tucson Partnership and Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities.
“All of that taken together has been enough of a momentum changer, I think, for a lot of things to happen,” Lynn, vice president and chief customer officer at UniSource Energy/Tucson Electric Power, said of new developments. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Just want to wish you all a Happy Father’s Day weekend. May you be blessed with a relaxing weekend with Family and Friends.

Happy Father's Day

Thursday, June 16, 2011

City of Tucson Business Survey

The City of Tucson is interested in your opinion! 

We are looking for information on the economic climate, industry trends, and how the City can provide support for local business/

The survey can be found online here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


It is with deep sorrow to you inform you the passing of a dear friend, colleague and brother-in -LULAC...Mr. Ray Gano, Council President, Past National VP for the Far West, Past State Director and Past District Director. He dedicated his life for good and the welfare of the League.

Tucson Vice Mayor Richard Fimbres, a former national LULAC Vice President for the Elderly, founder of Council 1057 and former Arizona State Director said, " this is a very sad day for all, Ray was a strong advocate in civil rights and education. As a former National & State Officer for the League of United latin American Citizens his leadership was key in dealing with many civil rights issues here in Arizona. Ray was always working to improve the quality of live for all. His Leadership, Expertise and Knowledge will be missed". 


City Hall and City business offices, including all Council offices except for Council Member Regina Romero's Ward 1 office and Council Member Karin Uhlich's Ward 3 office, will be closed on Friday, June 17, 2011, for a furlough day. 

Ashton Construction Wins Cushing Street Bridge Contract

Congratulations to the Ashton Company, which is located in Ward 5, who won the contract to construct the Cushing Street Bridge project, which is part of the Modern Street Car being built for the City of Tucson. The Cushing Street Bridge means the potential, of 97 local jobs, and 33,000 hours.

New Summer Hours for Presidio

The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson is a re-creation of the original 1775 Spanish Presidio fort and is also known as the birthplace of Tucson. Effective June 16, 2011 the new hours for the Presidio will be Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit the Presidio at 133 W. Washington Street (northeast corner) for a self-guided tour featuring a munition room, torreón (tower), commissary, and living space for soldiers and their families.  Come out to watch the Spanish Colonial soldiers practice military drills on Saturday, July 9 and August 13 from 9-10 a.m.

For additional information, contact the Northwest District Administration at 791-4873. 

Vote for Tucson

Tucson selected as top ten finalist in Outside Magazine's search for the "Best Outside Town in America"
Tucson has been selected by Outside magazine, America’s leading active-lifestyle publication, as a finalist in its search to determine the best Outside town in America.  The three week competition, held exclusively on Facebook, will kick-off on June 8, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

League of Women Voters Planning Forum

The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson is conducting a free workshop on Planning Forums on Saturday, June 25th, 9:00 to noon at the Sam Lena-South Tucson Branch Library at 1607 S. 6th Ave. (a couple blocks south of 22nd Street at the South Tucson government complex). Participants will learn how to produce a successful event if an organization wishes to sponsor a candidate or issue forum. The up-coming City of Tucson elections for mayor and council seats for Ward 1, 2 and 4 makes this topic relevant for all of us.Light refreshments will be served.  Please pre-register by Thursday, June 23; leave a message at 740-5779 to reserve a seat at the workshop.


If your property's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood status changes due to the new FEMA maps, you may be required to buy FEMA flood insurance.  Lower cost preferred rate policies are available until June 16, 2011.

Monday, June 13, 2011

News from 51 Homes

Dear Councilman Richard Fimbres,

51homes has exciting news and updates to share!  Over the past two months we have celebrated TWO move-ins, received thousands of dollars worth of donated items and financial contributions and we continue to grow in numbers and support.

Please share in our joy and thanks with those who have moved into permanent housing and to those who have made it possible.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to sharing more great news
in the near future.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Monthly Project Status Update

Monthly Status Report

Finance Rpt


Maintenance _parking Lots_ R6-2011

Overnight ramp and lane closures begin tonight as ADOT continuesrepaving project along I-10 from Kino Parkway to Valencia Road

*Overnight ramp and lane closures begin tonight as ADOT continues repaving project along I-10 from Kino Parkway to Valencia Road in Tucson *

The Arizona Department of Transportation is closing ramps and lanes as it continues work on a project to make the drive along eastbound and westbound Interstate 10 from Kino Parkway to Valencia Road smoother.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Imagine Greater Tucson announces two new workshops

Imagine Greater Tucson will host two additional public scenario-building workshops later this month.

A June 22 workshop will be held in Marana at Twin Peaks Elementary School, 7995 W. Twin Peaks Road. The workshop will be held from 6-8:15 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

A June 27 workshop will be held at Vida Nueva Church, 330 W. Nebraska St., Tucson. The workshop will be held from 6-8:15 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Information will be available in Spanish at this workshop.

Other workshops were held May 18, 24 and 25 and June 7.

Workshop participants will use game-style “chips” to help build future scenarios in an effort to better align future development of the region with the nine shared regional values that Imagine Greater Tucson revealed on April 7. The nine value categories encompass:

Business and the Economy
Cultural Diversity and Regional Character
Governance and Leadership
K-12 Education
Land Use and Urban Design
Natural Resources, Environment and Outdoor Recreation
Transportation and Accessibility
University of Arizona and Its Role in the Region
Well Being and Safety

Imagine Greater Tucson learned that you value family time, minimal time in the car, easy commutes, access to our great outdoors, bicycle and pedestrian safety, low crime and


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engaging youth activities. Imagine Greater Tucson discovered, however, that the path our
region is on, based on our current trends and decision-making policies, does not align with our values.

Workshop participants will:

Suggest locations for future homes and jobs, and transportation investments
Share your ideas for urban development and revitalization
Identify needs for parks and creation and recommend open space areas you want preserved

In the fall, the public will have an opportunity to look at the alternative scenarios and provide feedback that will lead to a preferred scenario which addresses some of the values. All of the values will be incorporated into the Imagine Greater Tucson Vision.

People may register for the workshop at

Imagine Greater Tucson’s purpose is to create a shared vision and clear action for the Tucson region that will make our community a vibrant and healthy place to live, work, and play for current and future generations of all ages. We also want to learn how to work together as a community in order to collaboratively solve existing and future community challenges. Imagine Greater Tucson is supported by public and private sector funding. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Qualified homeowners living within City limits can apply for assistance to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Upgrades will reduce residential energy use and save money for the homeowner.  Work, which will be completed by a non-profit agency that has contracted with the City, may include substituting compact fluorescent for incandescent light bulbs, installing low-flow faucets and showerheads, adding solar screens on west-side windows and improving overall home weatherization.

Willie Blake Park - June 11

Willie Blake came by the Ward 5 Office today to invite everyone to an Event at the Willie Blake Park on Saturday, June 11th @ 1PM.  The park is on Naco & Hidalgo @3525 S. Naco.  This is a meet and greet for the neighborhood kids.  There will be free food.

Ramps and lanes to close next week as ADOT continues repaving project along I-10 from Kino Parkway to Valencia Road

The Arizona Department of Transportation is closing ramps and lanes next week as it continues work on a project to make the drive along eastbound and westbound Interstate 10 from Kino Parkway to Valencia Road smoother. Lanes and ramps will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. During lane closures, one lane will remain open at all times. Detour signs will be in place for ramp closures.

Unveiling of Barrio Centro Mural, June 18

The Barrio Centro Association and Tucson Arts Brigade invite the entire community to celebrate the unveiling of the Barrio Centro Community Mural on Saturday, June 18th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Lucky Wishbone, 2712 E. 22nd Street. Join us for this free, fun-filled family event with food, music, speakers and performances. Trio Centrál will be playing Latin Jazz and Serenata will be playing Ranchera and Bolleros.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Arizona Department of Transportation has closed the highway leading up to Mount Graham near Safford

ADOT News Update, Arizona Department of Transportation

AARP - Medicare Starter Kit

VM Fimbres in the Tucson Weekly Range Column

El Pueblo Senior Center - Memorial Day Event

VM Fimbres had the honor of taking part in the El Pueblo Senior Center Memorial Day Event, held Tuesday, May 31. Thanks to Maria and Richard from El Pueblo for holding the event, those in attendance and especially those present who had served their country in the military services.

Mobile Marketing Workshop - June 7

85% of people on the planet have a mobile device. How is your company connecting with them?

Film Forward - June 5 - 9

Sunday, June 5th - Thursday, June 9th


Presented in Tucson by The Loft Cinema and Tucson Pima Arts Council
Featuring free screenings, filmmaker Q&A's and workshops at The Loft Cinema and selected venues throughout Tucson!

FILM FORWARD creates cultural exchange with ten films in fourteen locations around the globe. Tucson was selected as one of the seven U.S. cities to host this cultural initiative, with The Loft Cinema being the presenting venue!

Santa Cruz River Farmers' Market Moving to Mercado San Agustin June 16

The Community Food Bank's Santa Cruz River Famers' Market is moving to the Mercado San Agustin. The market, which has gained national recognition for serving low-income communities in Tucson, is responding to an increase in vendors and the need for more space. Market hours will remain 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ward 5 Business Town Hall - June 16

Dear Friends:

In January of this year, my office held a business town hall meeting to discuss what had been accomplished for the business community and was going to be taken place within Ward 5 and the City of Tucson.

City staff was on hand to update those in attendance to answer questions about city policies, procedures and on upcoming development projects.

Many city policies and regulations have been streamlined through actions taken by the Tucson Mayor and Council.

Ward 5 has seen the construction and opening of new stores, such as: the Costco at the Bridges, the completion of the first phase of the U of A Biopark, Goodwill Stores, a General Dollar Store, Perfection Industrial Finishing’s new location, a Circle K and MGM Associates construction, to name several accomplishments since the last meeting, resulting in the creation of new jobs and working to revitalize our Ward’s economic engine.

On Thursday, June 16, 6 to 8 pm, my office will be hosting a follow up, business town hall, at the El Pueblo Senior Center, 101 W. Irvington. Further follow up on upcoming projects, comments and questions about city policies, as well as getting feedback about the “Tucson Means Business” forum to be held this fall in Ward 5, are part of this agenda.

I hope to see you there at this meeting. If you have any questions, please call the Ward 5 Office, 791-4231.


Richard Fimbres
Your Current Vice Mayor and Councilmember (Ward 5)

City of Tucson's Positive Bond Ratings Affirmed

Bond Rating 060111


Maintenance _parking Lots_ 6-2011

LD 29 Democrats Meeting

LD 29 Democrats

This is a notice of their meeting on June 13th from 6-8pm at the Sam Lena Library, which is located 1607 S. 6th Ave. We will hear an review of the 2011 regular session from our legislators. We will also hold a special
election for Secretary. This will be a very important meeting, please come if you can.