City of Tucson Ward 5 Newsletter

Richard Fimbres Councilmember Ward 5
Ward 5 Council Office Staff Council Aides Melinda Jacobs Mark Kerr Javier Herrera Office Assistant
Heileen Evans Inside this issue:
Ward 5 News: • Remembering Those Who Have Served • World War II Memorial • Councilmember Fimbres honored • St. John’s Skate Park • Kino Overpass • The Bridges • Cherrybell Post Office

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May 2013

Remembering Those Who Have Served
Dear Friends: Monday, May 27th was Memorial Day, a day for remembering the men and women who fought bravely and died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. I hold this day very dear to my heart, as I am a proud 27 year veteran of the active Army, Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves. We celebrate Memorial Day so we can never forget the price that has been paid by our men and women in the Military for the Freedom we have today. For more than two hundred years, men and women of faith and courage have laid down their lives to secure freedom for this country. Blood was shed (and continues to be shed) so that Americans no matter what color they are, can enjoy liberty, democracy, and freedom without fear of reprisal. To our Women and Men serving in our Armed Forces I offer this prayer for their safety: "Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands, Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. We ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Amen" Although Memorial Day has passed, I ask that we continue to remember those who served our country and to thank those who are doing so now either at home or abroad. I encourage you to please let a Veteran know that you appreciate the sacrifices they have made for us so we can enjoy freedom. God Bless. Richard Fimbres U.S. Army Vietnam Era Veteran


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City News: • FY2014 Budget • Bicycle Friendly Community • Surplus Land • SunLink Tucson Streetcar Ward 5 Announcements Congratulations & Thank You

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World War II Memorial Update In 2005, Connie Harris & Gil Quintanilla a decorated WWII hero, approached then Councilmember Steve Leal about a project. The project was a memorial to honor the WWII Tucsonans who died in Military Service during World War II. Gil Quintanilla and Connie Harris were instrumental in bringing this project forward. Former Councilmember Leal together with committee members General John Myers and Vern Paul from the Military Officer’s Association, Juana Maase and Pat Shecter from the Society of Military Widows, Tom Eagling USS Tucson Cl 98 WWII Veteran, William E. Bigglestone, Author, Tucsonans Who Died in WWII were all an integral part of the fund raising projects. Through fund raising efforts, led by Mr. Quintanilla, the community donated Gilbert B. Quintanilla $19,570.00. The State of Arizona donated $100,000 and Former Councilmember Steve Leal donated $100,000 from his Ward 5 Back to Basics Funds for a total of $219,570.00. A press conference at El Presidio Park to announce the project, was held in 2006 for which the event was attended by over 200 people. On February 6, 2007 - Mayor and Council (M/C) Directed Staff to find an appropriate location for the memorial downtown, for which a proposed site at El Presidio Park was considered. Mr. Quintanilla and his family had expressed their intent to have the memorial in a visible area downtown for all Tucsonans to see and to remember those Tucsonans who served our country during the Second World War. Over 25 Veterans’ Organizations support the project, and former Governor Janet Napolitano, the Arizona State Legislature, and the Pima County Board of Supervisors support the project. In February 2009, the Mayor and Council voted to suspend all work on projects in downtown/Westside area to focus on a hotel and convention center. In 2010, Councilmember Richard Fimbres spoke with the City Manager's office and the Chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors about the project and received their continued support for it at El Presidio Park. During the interim, the Ward 5 office checked with the Parks and Rec Director, Fred Gray and the City Manager, Richard Miranda and Deputy City Manager Liz Miller and that the project was still a go. In January 2012, the project resumed and the Tucson Pima Arts Council issued a RFQ Call to the Artists and requested a formation of artist selection committee, which consisted of the following individuals who agreed to serve: Gene Edwards- Veteran - Artist, Albert Gonzales- Artist - Teacher, Alfred Quiroz - Artist- Teacher, Mary Quintanilla Sample, Kelly Candelaria -Quintanilla Stepdaughter, Vern Pall - Military Officer’s AssociationVeteran’s Affairs Committee, John Burr - Armory Park Neighborhood Assn. President, Juana Maase - Society of Military Widows. Please note that Juana Maase was unable to attend due to ongoing health concerns and Vern Pall did not attend these meetings. Every individual who agreed to serve was notified of these meetings. While this was ongoing, it was determined and reported by Deputy Tucson City Manager Liz Miller, that

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the Presidio Park would not be structurally sound for the proposed weight of the memorial, due to the parking garage below, and another structural study would cost at least another $30,000 according to Miller. The committee suggested the site of Armory Park, located downtown and along the parade route and honored the wishes of Mr. Gilbert Quintanilla for a visible site downtown, who passed away in 2010. From April through December 2012, the artists selected met with the committee and TPAC. In November 2012 through January 2013, TPAC and the artists met with the Armory Park NA, and the Armory Park Historical Board about the project, for which both gave their approval for this project. In February of 2013, the Parks and Rec Department and TPAC met with the Tucson Pima Historical Preservation Committee (TPCHC), which gave initial approval for this project at Armory Park. This past week ending May 24, the Tucson Pima County Historical Commission reviewed the final recommendation and approved it at Armory Park. For the entire time of this project, the Ward 5 Council Office, specifically Melinda Jacobs oversaw this effort. Melinda’s work entailing the compiling of the names, verification of military service to the tracking of the funds for the construction of this memorial. The following are links to articles about Mr. Quintanilla and the Memorial that shows the intent and history of this effort: Any questions may be directed to the Ward 5 Council office. Councilmember Fimbres Honored At the JobPath Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15th, Tucson Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres received the Jim Haag Vision, Initiative and Perseverance Award (VIP) for his community service and commitment to education. Jim Haag was one of the main leaders of PCIC who worked hard to create JobPath. The following are the remarks given by Rose Mikna and Luis Leon from the ceremony, both of whom are JobPath Graduates and Ward 5 residents.

Councilmember Fimbres at JobPath Graduation Ceremony

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“My name is Rose Mikna. I am a 2013 JobPath Dental Hygiene graduate. This is Luis Leon who graduated from the Aviation program. We both live in Ward 5. Most of us are first in our family to go to college. While in our college programs we all struggled financially and emotionally with: deaths in the family, divorce, family members losing their jobs, not being able to pay utilities, juggling family and school, sick children, family issues, car problems, pregnancy, you name it to JobPath was there to help us. None of us would be graduating this week without JobPath’s help. We are grateful to the City and the County for funding JobPath and investing in each of us. We are proud that we will now be able to get good jobs, make a better future for our families and contribute in many ways to our community. Tonight, we are pleased to present Mr. Richard Fimbres, City of Tucson Council member from Ward 5, this year’s Jim Haag Leadership award. We know you care about job training and help others understand how important it is. We know that your goal is to lift up individuals and families in the community. This award is to honor you for your vision, initiative and perseverance. We thank you for your continued support of JobPath. Mr. Fimbres, on behalf of the JobPath staff, participants, graduates and our families, thank you for your leadership and for all that you do for our community.” Councilmember Fimbres thanks JobPath for this prestigious award and reminds everyone that learning is life long and that education is the key to success. St. John’s Skate Park On May 15th, Councilmember Richard Fimbres along with Vice Mayor Regina Romero and Pima County Supervisor Ramón O. Valadez celebrated the opening of a skate park located in St. John’s School Park, 602 W. Ajo Way. The new facilities provide a lighted skate park, paved jogging track, and Ramada with picnic facilities. This site is a shared use facility for the St. John’s school and City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department. The park will be open to the public after school hours on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., weekends 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and in June and July, Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The skate park has multiple skate features and has been designed to accommodate skates and skate boards. A drinking fountain, seating and landscaping have been provided as well. Area lights will allow use of this facility during the evening hours. The existing jogging track has now been finished with asphalt paving.
Councilmember Fimbres addresses crowd The culmination of eight years of work and effort by both Pima County Supervisors Ramon Valadez and Richard Elias, as well as former Supervisor Dan Eckstrom, and the City of Tucson, with former Tucson Councilmembers Jose Ibarra and Steve Leal, funding for this project was provided with CDBG funds from the Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Program.

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Kino Overpass Construction of the Kino Parkway/22nd Street intersection project began in the summer of 2012 and is anticipated to last approximately 2 1/2 years. Ashton Company has been contracted to conduct the work which will cost $23.7 million. Construction of 22nd Street from Kino Parkway to Tucson Boulevard is anticipated to begin in the third period of the RTA funding in 2015. However, as part of the planning process, residential properties were acquired in advance of construction on the north side of 22nd Street east of the Union Pacific Railroad bridge. These properties have been vacated and demolished and the construction of a buffer area with landscaping amenities have been completed. This Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)funded project consists of reconstructing the intersection of Kino Parkway and 22nd Street by elevating Kino Parkway over 22nd Street to provide two continuous through lanes of traffic in each direction. On and off ramps will have one left turn and one Kino Overpass design concept right turn lane for drivers wishing to enter and exit Kino Parkway. 22nd Street will be widened to provide three through lanes in each direction, exclusive right turn lanes, and dual left turn lanes. Both roads will have bike lanes and a landscaped center median separating the traffic lanes. If you have questions regarding the overall project, please contact TDOT Project Manager, Janice Cuaron at (520) 791-4371, or email her at or contact Project Engineer Edie GriffithMettey at (520) 299-8700, or e-mail her at If you have specific questions about the CAC or other posted public meetings, please call Josh or Nanette at (520) 885-9009. Tucson Marketplace at the Bridges Construction has already begun on the new McDonald’s that will be joining other stores at the Tucson Marketplace at the Bridges. McDonald’s received final approval on May 2nd for the plans they had submitted to the City on March 6th. The new McDonald’s will consist of 4,805 sq. ft. of restaurant space which includes 850 sq. ft. for a Play Place. This will be the company’s 34th location in the Tucson area. The new McDonald’s site was sold to McDonald’s Real Estate Company of Denver, CO and construction is being done by Danito Construction of Tucson. In addition to this development, another 23,000 sq. ft. of retail space is under construction. Eric Davis of Retail West has identified that this construction that is occurring on three separate pads has already been pre-leased and that there is a growing interest anchor and junior anchor tenants for the project. All are expected to be move-in ready for the Fall.

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Cherrybell Post Office Processing Center Update Recently, Congressman Barber, Grijalva, Pastor and 43 other Members of Congress (both Democratic and Republican) sent a letter to the U.S. Postmaster calling for postal processing facilities to remain open until spring 2014 in order to allow Congress more time to work on postal reform legislation. I want to thank those Members of the Arizona Congressional Delegation who signed onto this letter.
Cherrybell Processing Center It is expected shortly that the legislation on postal centers and reforming the postal service system will be introduced by Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE) and Representative Darryl Issa (R-CA), who chair the respective committees that oversee the postal service in both the Senate and House respectively. Our lobbyists had informed us that there are provisions dealing with postal processing centers, such as Cherrybell. Senator Carper has previously stated that there is support for these measures and expects to have approval for the Senate bill by the end of July.

City News
FY2014 City Budget Update During the May 21st meeting of the Tucson Mayor and Council, the budget for FY 2014 was approved. This budget will go into effect on July 1, 2013. We will have a further update in the next newsletter. Bicycle Friendly Community Tucson was recognized this week with rankings in two national top ten lists for bicycle friendliness. The Travel Channel ranked Tucson number six in their Top 10 Cycling Cities in the Nation and fitness website ranked Tucson number eight in their Top 10 Most Bikeable Large U.S. Cities. Noted the Travel Channel: "This desert oasis has Photo: Stacey Halper more bicycle infrastructure than any other city in the US, boasting more than 700 miles of designated bikeways. You can ride year-round without bundling up, and the mountain bike trails outside of town, as in the Santa Catalina Mountains, are top-notch-just don’t crash into a cactus!" “We’re focused on making Tucson the most bike and pedestrian-friendly city in the country,” said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. “It’s good for health, recreation and safety and it’s good for our economy, as companies in highly-competitive sectors want to locate in cities that offer their employees a high quality of life.” The Tucson and East Pima County Region is currently a Gold status community for bicycle friendliness as classified through the League of American Bicyclists. Only 18 communities are rated as a Gold status community. The Gold status is the second highest a community can receive. The accolades for Tucson and the eastern region of Pima County come during the month of May, which is the League of American Bicyclists designated National Bike Month. For more information on National Bike Month and bicycle friendly communities, visit the League of American Bicyclists at

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Surplus Land The City of Tucson is offering surplus land for sale through a sealed bid process. Several parcels are available now for purchase starting as low as $14,757. Bid packages are available online through the City of Tucson Real Estate Program website and bid packages are available for download. The City of Tucson will pay a commission of 3% to a qualified Arizona licensed (buyer) broker upon closing. All property that is currently not in use by a City Department and is not needed for a future service is declared surplus and sold by the City. It is the responsibility of the Real Estate Program to acquire, manage and dispose of all City property. Revenues generated from sales of surplus properties generally return to either the City of Tucson General Fund, to the acquiring department’s budget, or to other governmental entities depending upon the method and financing of the original purchase. The City of Tucson Real Estate Program manages more than 3,000 property files including more than 5,000 parcels of land and over 500 lease files. The highest and best bidder is awarded the property, subject to final City Council approval. Sales are generally as is with no guarantees or assurances regarding environmental, archaeological, or development conditions. However, all information and studies currently available on the property will be disclosed to potential purchasers. SunLink Tucson Streetcar Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should prepare for extensive traffic control changes in the downtown area. Officers will be on site at several locations to direct travelers and pedestrians through the area during peak traffic times. Please plan for additional travel time while these temporary traffic control changes are in place. Motorists should consider using Speedway Boulevard or 22nd Street as alternate routes. During construction, ParkWise is offering a “construction special” flat rate parking fee at the new Centro Garage (345 E. Congress Street), which greets motorists at the east end of Downtown, and is an easy walk to all destinations on Congress Street and on Fourth Avenue.

If you have any questions or concerns, call the info line at 624-5656 to speak to a team member about the project.

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Ward 5 Announcements
Save a Life Foundation - Continuous Chest Compression CPR Courses Great strides have come about in the ability to respond to a cardiac arrest. A new method of CPR increases the number of compressions a responder should administer to a victim’s chest and his highly effective in saving lives. This method, called Continuous Chest Compression CPR, is recommended by the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona and the Tucson Fire Department. CPR results in an increased success rate in saving a victim of cardiac arrest! Course length is one hour and there is a $10 fee per participant. A “Course of Completion” card is issued upon completion. Please contact Save a Life at 623-8484 or visit them online at to obtain more information and to register. Upcoming Classes: Ward 2 City Council Office, 7575 E. Speedway • June 6th, 6:00-7:00 PM Ward 3 City Council Office, 1510 E. Grant Rd. • June 28th, 9:00-10:00 AM • July 26th, 9:00-10:00 AM Ward 5 City council Office, 4300 S. Park Avenue • June 11th, 5:30-6:30 PM • July 9th, 5:30-6:30 PM South Park Drug Free Communities Coalition Amistades offers capacity building services in the area of drug prevention to organizations that support the African American community. Capacity building services help organizations in the development of a coalition-based prevention infrastructure similar to the one that Amistades has put in place for the Latino population it serves. Through these efforts, and under the mentorship of the Amistades Substance Abuse Coalition, the Tucson Urban League has created the South Park Communities Drug Free Coalition to provide prevention services to the 85713 area as well as other parts of Pima County. This partnership between Amistades and the Tucson Urban League is a result of a call to action made to the African American community by Amistades during their annual Juneteenth Youth Prevention Conference that examines the impact of underage drinking in the African American community. The program is supported by a Drug Free Communities mentoring program grant from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and provides the following services to prevent substance abuse among youth:
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Action Planning & Group Facilitation Capacity Building Workshops Community Mobilization Trainings Creating Adult-Youth Partnership Workshops Monthly Neighborhood Meetings Youth Development Training

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Meetings are held the last Thursday of the month at the Tucson Urban League (2305 S. Park Ave.) from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Participation and insight are welcomed. RSVP’s may be made to Debra Johnson, (520) 791-9522 Ext. 2605 or

Congratulations and Thank You!
Masonic Lodge Helps Ward 5 For the past year, members of the Pima Masonic Lodge #10 have volunteered through the Tucson Clean & Beautiful Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas Program to adopt the 1-mile section of Park Avenue from 22nd Street to 36th Street. The Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas ceremony recognized these community volunteers for their ongoing commitment to remove litter and report maintenance needs at this site. Congratulations to Pima Masonic Lodge #10. Crystal Apple Awards On May 3rd, The 23rd Annual Metropolitan Education Commission Crystal Apple Awards took place. Congratulations to the organizers of the event as well as those students, teachers and organized honored for their work, including teacher Katrina Herrera of Sierra Middle School, located in Ward 5. 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Vida Sana/Healthy Lifestyles Celebration Tucson Youth Development hosted its 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Vida Sana/Healthy Lifestyles Celebration on May 4th, with sponsorship from Ace and Youth Works Charter High Schools and ReActivate, New & Used Activewear. Janet E. Taylor of The Healthy Southwest Table and The Green Southwest Cookbook was featured as well as a whole host of informational booths and engaging activities and entertainment. Congratulations to Lydia Kennedy of Reactivate, Arnold Palacios of Tucson Youth Development, Art Eckstrom with Pima County One Stop and Linda Leatherman with Pima County’s Faith Based Office for their work on this event.

National Nurses and Correction Officer Week May 6th through 12th was national Nurses Week. Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. The week is held in honor of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Councilmember Fimbres with family and Lydia Kennedy, owner of ReActivate

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Congratulations and Thank You!
National Corrections Officers Week was also commemorated as well during the first full week in May, honoring those who have the difficult and often dangerous assignment of ensuring the custody, safety and well-being of the inmates in our Nation's prisons and jails. Their position is essential to the day-to-day operations of these institutions; without them it would be impossible to achieve the foremost institutional goals of security and control. Hispanic Sports and Enrichment Program Awards Ceremony The 29th annual Hispanic Sports and Enrichment Program Awards Ceremony and Luncheon took place May 11th and honored 90 scholar athletes. This annual event was hosted by Luz Social Services and I want to extend my congratulations to those honored and to Luz, for their success with the event and continued work to better our community. All American Awards The twentieth annual Sunnyside Neighborhood Association All American Awards were held on May 10th, at the Pima Air and Space Museum. Congratulations to those young people who were honored for their academic endeavors as well as the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association for their work on this annual event. Prayer Breakfast The annual, Honoring Christian Soldiers Ministries Annual Prayer Breakfast was held Saturday, May 25, at the Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway. I want to congratulate Evangelist Cherry Jackson and her committee for another wonderful event. I also want to congratulate a special group of people who have made a difference in our community and our nation through their service and sacrifice to our country. Fine soldiers were honored for their tireless commitment to our safety, freedom and outstanding service. Freedom is never free. You have to pay a price and sacrifice for our liberty.

Pavement Preservation
During this past fiscal year (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013), there has been ongoing roadwork across the City of Tucson, including Ward 5. The pavement improvement project is part of the Fiscal Year 2013 Mayor and Council approved Pavement Preservation Program, a one-year, $20 million street rehabilitation program to resurface arterial, collector and residential streets. The funding was made available by restructuring the Fiscal Year 2013 Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF) debt, the increase of HURF revenue and General Fund money. Here is a list of some of the roads that have been worked on and are being worked on in Ward 5 and the Ward 5 area:
12th Avenue, Santa Paula Street to Los Reales Road, Park Avenue, Irvington Road to Valencia Road, Drexel Road, Campbell Avenue to Tucson Boulevard, Sixth Avenue, Ajo Way to Illinois Street, Tucson Boulevard, Irvington Road to Valencia Road, Cherry Avenue and 22nd Street, Alvernon, 22nd Street to 29th Street.

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Pavement Preservation for Ward 5
The following microsurfacing projects took place during this past month in Ward 5, involving the removal of old pavement roadway markings, microsurfacing the roads and replacing the old markings. 12th Avenue: SPI Santa Paula Street (North) 6th Avenue: SPI Ajo Way to 210 S. Illinois St. Drexel Road: 250 W. Campbell to 250 W. Tucson Blvd.. 29th St: 676 W. Harrison Road to 130 East Harrison Road. Los Reales Road: 164 West 12th to 130 East 12th Ave. Tucson Boulevard: SPI Irvington Road to NPI Valencia Road.

Bus Stop Update
The most riders of Sun Tran’s bus system come from Ward 5 and over the past couple of years, improvements to bus stops have been made and shelters added. Here is the list from Sun Tran and the Department of Transportation over bus stop projects from 2012 and 2013.

22nd Street 4th Av Irvington 22nd Street 12th Avenue 22nd Street Irvington 32nd Street 6th Avenue Silverlake 31st Street 31st Street Park Ave. Park Ave.

Randolph Way (McDonalds) 22nd St Mountain 4th Avenue Columbia Randolph Way (Mc Donalds) Campbell Winsett Bilby Kino Campbell Campbell 19th St. 19th St.

SE 22nd Street Treat (Mariscos Chihuahua) NE Irvington Benson Hwy SW 12th Av Canada SE Kino Silverlake SE 22nd StreetCountry Club SE Country Club Silverlake SE 22nd StreetTreat (Mariscos Chihuahua) SE 6th Avenue Bilby SW 6th Avenue Valencia SE SE NW NE NW


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Ward 5 City Council Office 4300 S. Park Avenue Tucson Arizona 85714

Emergency Services Tucson Police Department or Tucson Fire Department DIAL 911 Permits Planning and Development Services Department 791-5550 Housing Assistance City of Tucson Community Services Department 791-4739 Tucson Convention Center 791-4101 Code Enforcement & Graffiti Removal 792-CITY (2489) Trash Pick Up & Environmental Services City of Tucson Environmental Services Department 791-3171 Transportation & Street Maintenance Tucson Department of Transportation 791-3154

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