Streetcar vs. Public Safety

This story was started by the Arizona Daily Star and now has now been picked up by KGUN 9. The streetcar costs have already gone over budget and the costs for running it will be drawn from the City's general fund. Over the last 5 years, the City of Tucson has looked to plug holes in it's budget by taking from the exact people who work the hardest to keep the city going. COT employees have endured rising benefit costs, lower pay, elimination of merit increases, furloughs, lay offs and even the elimination of positions. When is enough enough? When will the City of Tucson prioritize correctly and realize that public safety is far more important than any streetcar? It is time for all of us to remind our Mayor and City Council what our prioirities are and exactly what our city budget should be paying for. A streetcar? Suntran? Failing golf courses? New zoo attractions? Below you will find the email addresses for the Mayor, City Manager and City Council. Make your opinion known and make your voice heard. You will also find the City Council Meeting Schedule, they do a "Call to the Audience" at every meeting so you can tell them in person what is most important to you.


Mayor Jonathan Rothschild – [email protected]

City Manager Richard Miranda – [email protected]

Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero – [email protected]

Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham – [email protected]

Ward 3 Council Member/Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich – [email protected]

Ward 4 Council Member Shirley Scott – [email protected]

Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres – [email protected]

Ward 6 Council Member Steve Kozachik – [email protected]

Upcoming City Council Meetings

Follow this link to get the schedule and rules for the "Call to the Audience"


Vince Valenzuela Wins US Police and Fire Championship Races

The Tucson Police Officer's Association would like to congratulate Vince Valenzuela for his wins in the 1500m and 5000m races at the U.S. Police and Fire Championships.   Vince had the fastest time of every competitor for these events across all age categories. His time for the 1500 meters on Friday was 4:29.  On Saturday, when he completed the 5000 meters in 16:40.


The U.S. Police and Fire Championships were held in San Diego.  But this isn't Vince's first race.  He's been competitively running for about 15 years now.  In August 2011, TPOA helped sponsor him for the World Police and Fire Games in New York.  There, Vince finished 3rd in his age group in the 5000 meter race.

Vince has been with the Tucson Police Department for five years, and has been a member of the TPOA that whole time.  He is also a member of the TPD Running Club.  He will be part of that team's effort in the upcoming Tucson Marathon relay.