Friday, February 24, 2012

Sun Tran Update

Sun Tran’s Accessible Rider Training Program
Tucson, Ariz. – Sun Tran is offering free ridership training, designed to help people gain greater independence by learning how to ride the bus. The Sun Tran Accessible Rider Training (START) program helps seniors and individuals with disabilities learn how to utilize Sun Tran services. The next session will be held Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Mountain Trace Terrace Senior Center, 4654 S. 16th Avenue, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
The training covers topics to ensure individuals are successful riding Sun Tran, such as:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Statement from Councilmember Richard Fimbres on Cherrybell Announcement



Tucson City Councilmember Richard Fimbres reacted to the announcement by the United States Postal Service, of the closure of the Cherrybell Processing and Distribution Center.

"This was expected since they way the U.S. Postal Service scheduled the meeting during the Christmas Holidays, limiting the time of the meeting, making people pay for parking, cutting off public comment at the meeting, as well as asking for only written comment for two weeks afterward," Councilmember Richard Fimbres said.   "Despite this, more than 600 people attended and more than 1,200 people wrote in.  This showed that Tucson and Southern Arizona are opposed to the closure."

"This ongoing effort by the businesses, the public sector and non-profit organizations to keep the Cherrybell Processing and Distribution Center continues and will do so through May," Fimbres said.  "By no means does this announcement mean, this will happen.  There are bills pending in the U.S. Congress, as well as the potential complaint, and possible review by the U.S. Justice Department."

"Every Southern Arizonan must speak up to the entire Arizona Congressional Delegation to act on this now," Councilmember Fimbres said.  "In addition, they must speak up to the Postmaster General, as well as the Postal Service Board of Governors, to let them know the 15th largest facility, serving more than 1.5 million and have people and 23,197 businesses, must remain open."

An online petition has been set up by Councilmember Fimbres office for people to sign a petition, which is directed to the Postmaster General and the Postal Service Board of Governors.  It is located at,

Councilmember Fimbres added, "in addition to the more than 300 jobs, this affects the 23,197 businesses in Arizona, especially those that use the processing center for their mass mailing if this decision goes through.  These businesses would lose their mailing discount offered by the Postal Service, as well as potentially passing along their costs to send their mailing to Phoenix, to the consumer."

If Cherrybell is closed, costs to mail packages, letters or otherwise would rise.  Social Security checks and other similar financial measures would be delayed.  Prescriptions would be delayed.  Government costs to mail their various items would increase.  Overnight, two day or quicker delivery for First Class postage would cease for Tucson and Southern Arizona.   The 23,197 of our local businesses in Tucson and Southern Arizona, who may use mail order and had used Cherrybell, would have to pay more for shipping and postage.

These businesses would also be impacted by the loss of the processing center, including the impact of Tucson's economic potential with businesses looking to expand or relocate, considering the loss of the 15th largest processing center, if it is closed.

In addition, vote-by-mail would be severely affected. The City of Tucson just initiated this process to conduct its elections in 2011.

The Pima County Recorder has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice on this proposal, since it would disenfranchise the voting population, especially those using vote-by-mail, which is prevalent in Arizona. The Phoenix postmaster has admitted that the Phoenix Processing Center cannot handle all the vote-by-mail for the state and city elections.

"If this proposal goes through, Arizona, which has more population than 16 states, would have equal to or fewer processing centers than Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, Louisiana, Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina," Fimbres added.  "Our Congressional delegation is involved with this effort to keep the processing center open for Southern Arizona."

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Foreclosure Workshop - Mar. 10

Congressman Raul M. Grijalva is holding a Foreclosure Prevention Workshop on Saturday, March 10, 2011 from 9:00a.m-3:00p.m at Desert View High School. Several financial institutions, HUD approved housing counselors, and local attorneys will be present to provide assistance.

RSVP is requested, can be done online or by calling.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at (520) 622-6788 or via email at

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Saguaro National Park Update

Saguaro National Park, in cooperation with the University of Idaho, will be
hosting a series of focus group discussions with the Hispanic community,
from February 25 through February 29, 2012.

The purpose of the discussions is to hear feedback from local residents,
particularly those who never or rarely visit the park, about how Saguaro
National Park can better serve the Tucson Hispanic community. Discussions
will be held in a variety of locations around Tucson and will be conducted
in both English and Spanish. Participants are welcome to bring family
members and children.

No previous knowledge about the park is needed.

In return for participating in one 90 minute discussion, one participant
per family will receive: a free one-day family admission pass to the park,
snacks and refreshments during the discussion and $20 compensation for
travel costs.

Interested persons must RSVP to 520-733-8602 or Natalie to
attend a session.

Thank You Letter

Dear Councilman Fimbres:

Thank you for inviting both the Tucson Rodeo Committee and the Rodeo
Parade Committee to your meeting with the Mayor and other council
members. On behalf of the Tucson Rodeo Committee, I appreciated the
opportunity to speak about our great community event. Let me know if
there is anything you need from us at anytime.

Again, thanks.


Bill Schurg, Chairman, TRC, Inc.

ADOT Update

Oversized load scheduled to pass through Benson requires brief closure of eastbound Interstate 10 early Sunday

Eastbound Interstate 10 will be closed briefly on Sunday morning (Feb. 19) to allow an oversized tractor trailer hauling turbines to a California energy plant to travel west in the eastbound lanes approaching the junction with State Route 90 near Benson, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The planned 30-minute closure is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. so that the truck, measuring 177-feet long weighing nearly 600,000 pounds, can travel west from the exit ramp at State Route 80 (Exit 303) to the entrance ramp at SR 90 (Exit 302).

The closure is the third for a series of oversized loads traveling from Texas to California, where energy plants are under construction. Sunday’s closure is to accommodate a truck hauling a turbine to a coal-powered energy plant in Palm Springs, California.

The interstate closures are necessary because the oversized trucks are too long to get through the exit from westbound I-10 at SR 90 and too heavy to pass over a bridge on State Route 82 that would otherwise provide an alternate route.

The Department of Public Safety will stop eastbound I-10 traffic at the SR 90 overpass as well as all SR 90 traffic at I-10 to allow the truck or trucks to make the one-mile trip.

Westbound traffic will not be affected.

Once the trucks have moved off I-10, the eastbound lanes will reopen and traffic on SR 90 will be allowed to continue. Motorists should prepare for a delay of 30 minutes during the closure and are advised to avoid the area if possible.

Additional closures are expected in coming weeks and ADOT will provide information on future closures before they occur.

Sun Tran Shuttle Update

Sun Shuttle Service Changes 2


LULAC Press Release

Friday, February 10, 2012

ADOT Update - I-10 to Wilmot

Both directions of I-10 at Wilmot Road in Tucson to close intermittently on Sunday morning
Delays expected - drivers are encouraged to avoid I-10 from 6-10 a.m.

Both directions of Interstate 10 at Wilmot Road will be closed intermittently up to five times for approximately 15 minutes for each closure from 6-10 a.m. Sunday (Feb.12), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The City of Tucson will be repairing overhead communications lines that cross I-10 at Wilmot Road during this period of time.

Drivers can expect delays of up to one-half hour and are encouraged to avoid I-10 during this period of time. Department of Public Safety Officers will be present during the closure period.


Event Dates/times: Friday April 13 and Saturday April 14, 2012- 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday April 15, 2012 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Place: SAHBA Home Show at the Tucson Convention Center
260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, AZ  85701
Registration ends: Friday, March 30, 2012

As part of its recycling education efforts serving the Tucson-Pima County metropolitan area, Tucson Clean & Beautiful invites students in grades K-12 as well as adults who are professional or aspiring recycled artists, to participate in the RUMBA (Re-Used Materials Becoming Art) showcase and competition to be held at the 2012 SAHBA Spring Home & Patio Show.

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Tucson International Airport Air Guard Station, Ariz. — The U.S. Air Force encourages the public to attend public hearings to learn about and provide comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed establishment of a Pilot Training Center and associated basing of F 35A training aircraft at one or more existing Air Force or Air National Guard installations within the continental United States. Potential locations include the Boise Air Terminal Airport Air Guard Station, also known as Gowen Field, Idaho; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.; and Tucson International Airport Air Guard Station, Ariz. 

ADOT Update - I-19

Maintenance work scheduled on northbound Interstate 19 south of Tucson next week

The Arizona Department of Transportation will be closing the right lane of northbound Interstate 19, south of Green Valley, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday (Feb. 13) for maintenance work. Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel. The schedule is subject to change due to a variety of reasons, including weather, material availability and mechanical difficulties. ADOT advises drivers to proceed through or near work zones with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

WWII Memorial Project Update

Call to Artists/Teams for World War II Memorial, Tucson, Arizona, RFQ; Budget:  $200,000. The City of Tucson and City Council Ward V are seeking an artist or team to create a public artwork/memorial honoring
the 402 Tucsonans who lost their lives in World War II. The intended location for the memorial is to the east of Tucson’s City Hall entrance to Mayor and Council Chambers. For the complete Call to
Artists, visit   Deadline: midnight, February 20, 2012.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012



The Tucson Parks Foundation and the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department need your help to reopen city pools which have been closed since the 2009 City budget reductions. Community and business partnerships along with donated funds will afford additional pools to open for summer 2012 swim programs.


Workshop: Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 4520 W. Ajo Hwy. (north side of Ajo Hwy. just east of stoplight at Camino de Oeste)

Volunteer day: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – Snyder Hill, 7200 W. Old Ajo Hwy. (east side of San Joaquin Rd. just north of Ajo Hwy.)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Ward 5 Newsletter

Dear Friends:

A lot has been going on in Ward 5 and the City of Tucson, during January and into the first week of February.  Here is the update on the ongoing activities in Ward 5 and the City of Tucson.

Tucson Homeless Connect Update

Tucson Homeless Connect

Friday, March 2, 2012

8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Southeast corner of North 4th Avenue & University Blvd.

Need Help? Seeking Services?

 Come to this one-day, one-stop event to get connected to the services that you need including:

Broadway Boulevard Corridor Update

This is being sent as a courtesy to inform you that the Broadway Boulevard Project Charter has been uploaded to the project website and is available for public review at If you would like to view the Project Charter, it is available in PDF format at this link:

If you or your constituents have any questions or need additional information, feel free to email me back or call the project info line at (520) 622-0815.


Contractors for Southwest Gas have begun work in the downtown area to move/upgrade underground utility lines in preparation of the upcoming rail placement for the Tucson Modern Streetcar.

This phase of Southwest Gas work will occur in areas along Broadway and Congress between Fourth Avenue and Granada Avenue.

Scott Avenue Restrictions

To lessen the impact on the traveling public, Southwest Gas will perform work along Scott Avenue overnight, between  8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning.  Beginning Monday, February 6, 2012 through Friday, February 17, 2012, Scott Avenue between Broadway and Jackson Street will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Southbound movements from Broadway to Scott Avenue will not be permitted during this time.  Jackson Street will not be affected by the closure.  Scott Avenue will be re-opened to two-way travel each morning.