Friday, July 29, 2011

Karin's Note - Tribute to George Pettit

Dear Tucsonans,

As news of our dear colleague George Pettit’s passing spreads, we at the Ward III office have been moved by the warm wishes being sent from residents across our community. I’m still at a loss for words, and felt it most fitting anyway to share some of the touching sentiments shared with us by people George knew and served:

"I very much appreciated George's quiet way of getting things done with a minimum of fanfare and a maximum of courtesy and inclusiveness."

"He was a kind man. He was there when you needed him."

"George was always very supportive of our neighborhood's efforts and was always very genial (something that must not be easy to do given the complex nature of his job). George's legacy resides in the lives of those he helped."

"He was caring, courageous and very effective in helping others. He will be missed greatly by all of us who loved and valued him."

"He was such a gentle soul and a caring person who worked hard for those less fortunate or able…"

"The void left will be hard to fill."

"George was such a good friend to us all. He was good natured, forward thinking, smart, and kind. What a loss to us on a personal and community level."

He was truly one of those people who worked selflessly for the public good.

We have been sure to share the many, many expressions of respect and gratitude with George’s family. Services honoring George will be held next weekend, and we will pass on the details as those are finalized. In the meantime and always, we will strive to offer service to Tucson that would make George proud.

Thank you,


Thursday, July 28, 2011

22nd/Kino Update

Demolition Dear Neighbor

MPA Brown Bag Luncheon

Councilmember Shirley Scott and myself co-hosted the Metropolitan Pima Alliance's brown bag lunch meeting at the Ward 5 Council Office.

We would both like to thank Amber Smith and the MPA for coordinating the attendance for the event.

A frank discussion about what the City of Tucson has accomplished and what needs to be revised and reviewed, concerning city policy and procedure was talked about during this meeting.

What follows are documents on the accomplishments that have happened.

Ward 5 Accomplishments

MPA Ward 5

COT Business Accomplishments


Statement by Secretary Hilda Solis on Death of UFW Leader Richard Chavez

WASHINGTONSecretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement regarding the death of Richard Chavez:

Back to School Brigade for Military Children - Tucson

Good afternoon everyone,

We were able to get our banker boxes yesterday and sort out our school supplies.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In Memoriam: George Pettit

I have just received some very sad news. George Pettit, one of the hardworking aide for Councilmember Karin Uhlich, an individual who really loved our community, who worked so hard to improve the quality of life for everybody, passed away this afternoon. Please keep him and his family in your Prayers.

Monday, July 25, 2011

IAPC - Thanks

Congratulations to David Cormier, Bill Tilden, Michael McDonald, Kevin Oberg and the Ward 5 appointee, Judge Robert Clark, for their work these past two years on the City of Tucson, Independent Audit and Performance Commission.

A Letter to the Councilmember - Support of Veteran's Court


Hearts of Gold and Axes in Arms present: American Heroes: Looking Back, Moving Forward

911 Event. Early Bird

The Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards

The Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards were created to recognize exceptional public service provided by non-elected public employees at all levels of government.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


The deadline to register to vote for the August 30, City of Tucson Primary Election is August 1st

Living Waters Ministries - 15th Anniversary

Recently the Living Water Ministries held their 15th anniversary celebration. I want to thank Apostle Warren Anderson Jr., Senior Pastor and Executive Elder First Lady, Carolyn Anderson for their work to make our community a better place. I also want to express my thanks to the Ministries for their notice, as well as the other honorees: Pastor Amos Lewis, Golden Corral – Erick Godoy, Beth Walkup, Pastor D. Grady Scott, Anthony Simms and Vickie Mesimer.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Letter To Editor - CM Mike Letcher - 911 System

911 Call System - Ltr to Editor

Julian Aguirre Benefit This Thursday

This Thursday, the Tucson Padres will be helping raise money to benefit the family of Julian Aguirre; a 5 year old child that fought leukemia for the past two years, but pass away last month. His father is a CBP Officer in Nogalesand has exhausted all of his resources. The family is really in a rough spot. They have medical, funeral, mortgage and living expenses. A dollar of every ticket sold at the box office for Thursday game will go to the Aguirre family. 


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

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Repairing Tucson's Roads

Tucson’s roads and potholes were also on the July 6, Mayor and Council agenda.  A proposal to combine the left over surpluses of the Mayor and Ward office’s budgets, totaling $240,000 to put toward road repair and pothole filling, throughout the City of Tucson.   Your Ward 5 Council Office had a surplus of $43,600, which has been added to this effort.

Tucson's Water Supply - UCAB Meeting July 20


There was an agenda item involving our water and a report from Tucson Water pertaining to our supply of it.  Tucson Water reported that the federal government, specifically the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) changed their threshold for the allowable level of 1,4-dioxane, in a water supply. 

Cushing Street Bridge Groundbreaking

Tucson's 911 System

Remarks by Vice Mayor Fimbres - Cushing Street Bridge Groundbreaking

What follows are the remarks delivered by Vice Mayor Richard Fimbres, at the groundbreaking of the Cushing Street Bridge construction project.

Cushing Street Bridge Groundbreaking

The Cushing Street Bridge marks the start of construction for Tucson's Modern Streetcar
The City of Tucson, government officials and community members on Thursday, July 14th celebrated the start of construction of the Cushing Street Bridge over the Santa Cruz River. The groundbreaking event was attended by nearly 100 people. Twelve people gripped commemorative shovels to unearth dirt where the 320-foot-long bridge will rest on the west bank of the Santa Cruz River.

Freedom Walk - Sept. 11

Please join Operation Homefront Arizona, local firefighters, Tucson Police Department, Tucson community and surrounding areas as we honor our service members and veterans. Together we will unite to renew our commitment to freedom, the values of our country, and reflect on the events of 9/11 a decade ago. Sunday, Sept 11th, 2011 Ramada #31 Reid Park, FMI on Freedom Walk call 520-304-9729 The walk is FREE!


Limited quantities of the fall edition will be available for pick up at all Parks and Recreation Department facilities, including district offices, centers and pools.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ward 5 - July 2011 Newsletter

July 2011 Newsletter

Monday, July 11, 2011

Free Back to School Immunization Fairs

FREE - Back to School Immunization Fairs

for Kids Ages 5 to 18 Years Old

BRING CHILDS’ SHOT RECORD WITH YOU - Parent or legal guardian must be present!

Friday, July 8, 2011

I-10 - Kino Pkwy to Valencia Update

Overnight ramp and lane closures scheduled from Friday to Tuesday along
I-10 from Kino Parkway to Valencia Road in Tucson

Thursday, July 7, 2011

$55 Million In Construction/Development Permits for June

More than $55 million in commercial development and construction permits were taken out for the month of June. Since changes made to the Certificate of Occupancy process, brought by my office, more than $345 million in permits have been issued since August 2010.

Media PDSD Jun 2011

VM Fimbres Questions and Answers For Sun Tran Smart Card Proposal Agenda Item

Fimbres Study Session Questions for Smartcard Project

Call to the Audience

During the Mayor and Council regular meeting is an item for which people present can speak up to three minutes on any subject and the Mayor and Council must listen and can't respond.

There was the usual assortment of people who use this time to speak, were present. One person, who had spoken in the past, made comments about Ward 5, despite the fact he doesn't live in my Ward. His remarks warrant a response.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

West Wing Hispanic Update (

President Obama names more key Latinos to Administration positions

  • Rafael Anchía, Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • Carmen Lucca Nazario, United States Representative,  Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Rosemary Márquez:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • Sarah Ruth Saldaña: Nominee for United States Attorney, Northern District of Texas

For Your Information

Please be aware that a private citizen on behalf of his political campaign has requested via a Freedom of Information “…the email addresses from all the individual wards in the city to send out candidate information.”  This is inappropriate, since these emails are used to provide updates on City business only.  Unfortunately, our City Attorney has advised us that we are required to release the list. If you are disappointed in this, please call the requestors at 520-971-4481, 520-336-6052.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Using Water Wisely Outdoors is Theme of Smart Irrigation Month

Tucson Water and water providers across the nation are promoting Smart Irrigation Month throughout July and offering as many resources as possible to help customers save water and money during a time of peak demand.


Voting Changes
The City of Tucson will conduct the 2011 Primary and General Elections by MAIL!!
The City of Tucson conducts partisan Primary Elections. The ballot, which will be mailed on August 10, 2011, will consist only of candidates for the Mayor, and Council Members for Wards 1, 2 and 4.  The names of the candidates who are nominated in the Primary Election will be on the General Election ballot on November 8, 2011.

Roadwork on Alvernon and Valencia July 5

Work will begin Tuesday, July 5 to reconstruct the intersection at Alvernon Way and Valencia Road. Pima County, the Regional Transportation Authority and their contractor will complete the project in about six months. Improvements include: Widening the intersection to six lanes, connecting to Valencia on the west; two left-turn lanes in all four directions; dedicated right-turn lanes in the east/west direction on Valencia and multi-use lanes and sidewalks. Please approach the area with caution and obey all traffic control devices.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Tucson Water Policies for Water Quality Sampling at Homes or Businesses

Tucson Water has recently been made aware of customers who were approached by individuals requesting water samples from their homes.

Tucson Water will only send technicians to a customer’s home or business to collect samples, upon request or as part of a formal water quality sampling program. In either case, prior arrangements are made with the customer. Employees retrieving samples will always be dressed in a Tucson Water uniform, drive a marked vehicle, and provide a Tucson Water identification card to verify employment.

Fourth of July Trash and Recycling Schedule

The 4th of July holiday will be observed on Monday, July 4, 2011.  Residential trash and recycling will not be collected. All City of Tucson residential customers will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day. Holiday collection schedules are available online at  City of Tucson commercial customers with metal containers will also have their collection delayed by one day.  The Los Reales Landfill will be closed.

City offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2011, however, customers may leave a message for Environmental Services Customer Service at 791-3171 or submit a service request at and they will be contacted no later than the next business day. Customer Service will be available Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. of the holiday week.

TPD Reminds People to Get Back to Basics to Prevent Burglaries

The Tucson Police Department is reminding people to get "back to the basics" after experiencing a recent increase in reported burglaries.