Friday, September 30, 2011

Know Where To Throw Program

On October 3, 2011, City of Tucson Environmental Services (ES) will kick off ‘Know Where to Throw’, a new waste diversion program that will help Tucsonans in need and save landfill space. The goal of the program is to inform Tucsonans about recycling and reuse options available in the community. “In Tucson, we can recycle about 35% of our waste in the blue barrels,” said Nancy Petersen, deputy director of Environmental Services. We hope this program will increase our waste diversion by letting residents know that there are many recycling and reuse options in Tucson.”

Pavement maintenance work on State Route 86 in Tucson and Interstate 19 near Sahuarita next week

The Arizona Department of Transportation is scheduled to apply rejuvenating oil to the roadway surface of both State Route 86 in Tucson and Interstate 19 near Sahuarita next week.

Movie Night Tomorrow

Battle of the Badges - Oct. 1

City Manager's Office Organizational Changes

City Manager Richard Miranda has announced interim organizational
changes within the City of Tucson that will take effect on Monday,
October 3, 2011. The moves will establish a leadership team and
organizational structure to remedy the challenges that face the City of
Tucson and its citizens.

8th Street Drainage

On Monday, October 3, 2011, crews will begin construction of a box
culvert along 7th Street, between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue. Crews will
be working from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To accommodate businesses in the
area, additional work hours may include nights and weekends. During
this phase of construction, 7th Street, between 6th Avenue and 5th
Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic. Intersections will remain
open. Business and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

September 2011 Newsletter

Sept 2011 Newsletter

26 Miles & No Roosters with Borderlands Theater!

HWC Youth Leadership Institute Update

Vida Poster Eng 11

Vida Poster Spa 11

Tucson Meet Yourself Is Just Around the Corner! - Oct. 14-16

Hispanic Women's Corporation Conference

Renewing the American Dream: Hispanic Appointees Working to Win the Future

Today’s Spotlight: Mercedes M. Márquez, Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

From his first day in office President Obama has made it a priority that his Administration reflect America’s great diversity, and that we open the doors of the White House to more of the American people. The President has appointed and nominated Hispanics at every level of his Administration, and across all agencies to do exactly that. More than 30 Hispanics work at the White House at every level. Hispanic appointees work on issues important to Hispanics and all Americans, from the economy and housing, to health care and education, to immigration reform and renewable energy. At the same time they also reflect the diversity of the Hispanic community, and stand as examples of the profound and positive influence the Hispanic community has had on our nation.

Over the course of the month, visit us on to read about these appointees, and how they are working to restore the sense of fairness and security that has defined the American Dream for generations. Each and every one is an example of how in America, no matter where you come from, no matter what your last name is or what you look like, you can make it if you work hard. That’s the America we are all working for and the America we can leave to our children and their children if we continue to work together.

Construction west of Interstate 10 and Prince Road in Tucson begins Monday

The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin construction of the area west of I-10 at Prince Road Monday (Oct. 3). Crews will close Prince Road,Riverpark Drive, La Cholla Boulevard and Business Center Drive west of I-10 through early 2012 as construction begins to widen Interstate 10 between Ruthrauff Road and Prince Road in Tucson.

Movie in the Park - October 1

Less than a day till Cox Communications, and the Arizona Tech Council for a free Movie in the Park: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.

Fun and Games including food vendors, jumping castles, AZ tech council exhibits, and more will start at 4:00pm, and the free movie starts at 7:15!

Join us at Kennedy Park Fiesta Grounds (on La Cholla N of Ajo) on October 1st for a free, fun, family friendly event! Bring the family and invite friends!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Letter to the Editor - Arizona Daily Star (9/26)

Good work on Ward 5 hedge cleanup
I contacted two city of Tucson officials about a serious fire threat from a dried out hedge of oleanders along Fairland Stravenue in Pueblo Gardens, Ward 5.
Richard Fimbres, the city of Tucson and the Department of Corrections responded and repaired, groomed and cleaned the situation in a timely and efficient fashion.
Many thanks to them for possibly averting a fire and mending damage from last spring's freeze. My family and I appreciate the work you did for us, Pueblo Gardens and Ward Five.
Kevin Heiderman
Entertainer, Tucson

Friday, September 23, 2011

Ajo and Sixth Traffic Intersection Update - By TPD Chief Roberto VIllasenor

This  is to notify Mayor and Council of the final installation of the red light traffic safety camera located at Ajo & 6th Avenue.  This is the final intersection of the eight (8) intersections approved by Mayor and Council.

The cameras and intersection are currently undergoing final testing and finish work in preparation for being activated.  This camera installation is expected to go “live” on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. The cameras and accompanying sensor system have the capability of capturing images of drivers and their vehicles for two intersection-related violations; failure to stop for a red signal light as well as speeding on the approach to the intersection.  For violations captured at this intersection during the first 30-days of operation, drivers can expect to receive a written warning notice only, with no citation or other penalty. Following the 30-day warning period and beginning Monday, October 31, 2011, drivers found to be in violation will receive traffic citations for the related offense.

Citizenship Day and Constitution Day Celebration

Each September, Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and the weeklong celebration of Constitution Week offer an important opportunity to reflect on the meaning and importance of U.S. citizenship. It’s a special time for me and the entire workforce of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). As the federal agency responsible for naturalization and citizenship, USCIS has the privilege of welcoming America’s newest citizens.

Pavement work on State Route 82 between Patagonia and Sonoita continues next week

The Arizona Department of Transportation will continue work next week to resurface the pavement along State Route 82, between Patagonia and Sonoita. Work is scheduled from Monday (Sept. 26) through Friday (Sept. 30) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


The public is invited to attend a pre-construction open house on
Thursday, September 22, 2011, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., for the 8th
Street Drainage Improvement Project. The open house will be held at the
University Services Annex West, 220 W. 6th Street, Room A104 & A106.
There will be a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m. Representatives from
the City of Tucson and Borderland Construction will be available to
discuss the construction schedule and phasing, as well as access and
traffic control. MainStreet Business Assistance representatives will
also be on hand.

National Hispanic Heritage Month


Car Free Tucson - September 22


Please join us for Medicare 101: A guide to Enrollment and Security!

Medicare 101 Flier Final

ADOT’s Safe Routes to School program: $5 million in grants available

PHOENIX—Now that school is back in session and many Arizona kids are walking or bicycling to get to class every morning, the Arizona Department of Transportation wants to encourage even more children to do the same.

Friday, September 16, 2011

ADOT Update - Sept. 16

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close lanes on Mariposa Road
in Nogales Sunday (Sept. 18) through Friday (Sept. 23). The closures will
provide a safe work zone as construction crews repave State Route 189
between the international border and Business Route 19 (Grand Avenue).
Pedestrians are urged to use the roadway shoulder on the opposite side of
the road.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pima County Bond Meeting - September 16

The next Pima County Bond Committee meeting will be this Friday September
16th @ 9:00 a.m. @ The Historic Manning House.

Don Pedro's Peruvian Bistro Marks First Anniversary!

On Thursday, September 15, Don Pedro’s Peruvian Bistro, located at 3386 S. 6th in my Ward will be marking its first anniversary in business with a celebration.  Congratulations to Pedro Gonzvar and his fine staff for serving wonderful food to Tucson and good luck in their second year.

Free Bus Training - September 20

For Individuals with Disabilities and SeniorsSun Tran’s Accessible Rider Training Program
Sun Tran is offering free ridership training, designed to help people gain greater independence by learning how to ride the bus.  

ADOT Update

*Update: Lane closures on Interstate 19*


The Arizona Department of Transportation will close all lanes on northbound
Interstate 19 between Tucson and south of Green Valley on Wednesday (Sept.
14) instead of one lane as previously scheduled for sign maintenance work.
The lane closures on Thursday (Sept. 15) for guardrail repair will remain
the same.

TREO/AZ Commerce Presentation

This is a final reminder that MPA is hosting TREO and the AZ Commerce Authority in giving us a presentation on their retention and expansion plans for our region and state THIS FRIDAY during our monthly breakfast. If you would like to attend, please register here:

Black Women's Task Force Announcement Conference 2011

Luncheon Speaker:

Dr. Jannah Scott was appointed by President Obama in March 2009 and
currently serves as the deputy director, Center for Faith-based &
Neighborhood Partnerships at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
In that role, Jannah provides access to programs, policies and engagement
opportunities for faith-based and community groups on a broad array
of...homeland security issues. Her primary focus areas are interfaith
dialogue and cooperation; disaster preparedness, response and recovery; citizenship
and immigration: religious accommodation and the department's faith-based
information-sharing initiative.

Tucson Roller Derby partners with ReActivate for Skate for Health & Wellness Fair on Sept. 17

Tucson Roller Derby kicks off it’s ninth season of female flat-track roller derby action beginning September 17th at 6pm. What makes this ninth season opener so exciting is that we’ll be kicking off the year with a 1st Annual Skate for Health & Wellness Fair.

New Tiger at Reid Park Zoo

“Sita,” the female Malayan tiger came to Tucson from the Bronx Zoo,
in NY. The 10 yr. old female is on loan to Reid Park Zoo indefinitely as
part of the Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP). Reid Park Zoo works
closely with other zoological facilities to make careful decisions
regarding placement of animals, potential breeding matches, and animal
welfare. Although there is no guarantee for compatibility, the hope is
that “Sita,” and the Zoo’s current male, “Baheem,” will
produce offspring in the future.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Community Forum on September 14 to discuss PCC proposal to end open enrollment

Councilmember Richard Fimbres, Councilmember Regina Romero and Vice Mayor Karen Uhlich, are sponsoring a Community Forum to discuss the Pima Community College’s (PCC’s) proposal to end open enrollment. The proposed change in the admissions policy would require an admission exam. The purpose of the Forum is to learn about the policy and give community members an opportunity to express their perspective on the impact this will have on the community.

The Forum will be held at Sunnyside High School, 1725 East Bilby Road, in the school auditorium, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Wednesday, September 14. The agenda for the Forum will include a panel presentation and then small group discussion. Bilingual facilitators will be on hand to assist. The results of the Forum will be documented and then submitted as an official record to the PCC Board of Governors during their next scheduled board meeting in September.

The Forum will be facilitated by Tucsonans for Civility (TFC), a non-sectarian, non-partisan organization comprised of volunteers drawn from a broad cross section of the City of Tucson. TFC is dedicated to supporting respectful and civil discourse and deliberation on the issues that challenge our community.

For more information about the event, contact Tucsonans for Civility, 289-7117 or the Ward 5 Council office, 791-4231.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The President's Jobs Package and What It Means to the Hispanic Community


The President’s speech last night to Congress laid out a critical plan for our country and our Hispanic community.  Now Congress must act. 

The White House Blog: The Latino Factor

Posted by Secretary Hilda Solis on September 08, 2011 at 10:19 PM EDT

I spent Labor Day with President Obama in Detroit. As we looked ahead to his big speech tonight and discussed his plan to put all Americans back to work, he said to me:

“Hilda... as tough as things have been on Latino workers, I know our economic future depends upon them.”

I couldn’t agree more. Over the next four decades, Latinos are projected to account for more than two-thirds of this country’s population growth. Yet the current Latino unemployment rate remains unacceptably high at 11.3 percent. The President and I agreed that Congress must act now to help the nearly one million Latinos who’ve been looking for a job for six months or more.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Town Hall Meeting - September 14

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 14, 6 to 8 pm, Sunnyside High School, 1725 East Bilby Road, in the Auditorium, for a town hall community meeting on the proposed changes to the admission policies being considered by Pima Community College.

This event is being sponsored by Councilmember Richard Fimbres (Ward 5 - Tucson), Councilmember Regina Romero (Ward 1 - Tucson) and Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich (Ward 3 - Tucson).

The moderator for this event will be Catherine Tornbom with Tucsonans for Civility.

TMSC Sister Cities Feliz Friday

When: Friday, September 9, 2011 5pm-7pm
Where: Lodge in the Desert
Lodge on the Desert, 306 N. Alvernon
We have a lot of exciting news!
Our mission is to promote and expand cultural, educational, social and economic development for mutual benefit with citizens of Tucson, AZ, Puerto Penasco, Ciudad Obregon Sonora, Mazatlan Sinaloa, and Guadalajara Jalisco by fostering and encouraging friendship and understanding.

The ABC's of Medicare

Medicare Presentation Flyer - Tucson - Library - 20110917 - En

President Obama's Speech - The American Jobs Act

Full Text: Jobs Plan Speech
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and fellow Americans:

Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country. We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions of our neighbors jobless, and a political crisis that has made things worse.

This past week, reporters have been asking "What will this speech mean for the President? What will it mean for Congress? How will it affect their polls, and the next election?"

But the millions of Americans who are watching right now: they don't care about politics. They have real life concerns. Many have spent months looking for work. Others are doing their best just to scrape by - giving up nights out with the family to save on gas or make the mortgage; postponing retirement to send a kid to college.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Furlough Day - September 2

The Ward 5 office will be closed tomorrow, Friday, September 2, for a furlough day.