Friday, August 31, 2007

Your Photo Radar Update for Saturday, Sept. 1

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 4:04 PM

The Tucson Police Department’s photo-radar van will be in the following areas on Saturday, Sept. 1:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: On Second Street near Craycroft Road
  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: On Tanque Verde Road near Grant and Kolb roads

The radar van will be on vacation on Sunday and Monday and will return on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Your Photo Radar Update for Friday, Aug. 31

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 5:22 PM

The Tucson Police Department’s photo-radar van will be in the following areas on Friday, Aug. 31:

  • 7 to 9 a.m.: Mesquite Elementary, 9455 E. Rita Ranch
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: On Golf Links Road near Kolb Road
  • 1 to 4:30 p.m.: Vail Middle School, 5350 E. 16th Street at Craycroft
  • 4:30 to 10 p.m.: On Kolb Road near Speedway Boulevard

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Your Photo Radar Update for Thursday, Aug. 30

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 5:20 PM

The Tucson Police Department's photo-radar van will be in the following areas on Thursday, Aug. 30:

  • 7 to 9 a.m.: Safford Middle School crossing on North Sixth Avenue
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: On Speedway Boulevard near Silverbell Road
  • 1 to 4:30 p.m.: Tolson Middle School, 1000 S. Greasewood Road
  • 4:30 to 10 p.m.: On Nogales Highway near Valencia Road

Ballot Buster

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 11:13 AM

Blog reader bonus! TW contributor Dave Devine shared a nugget with us that we were unable to fit into The Skinny this week, but those of you who are plugged in get it anyway:

For some time, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard's staff has been investigating allegations of vote flipping in last year's Regional Transportation Authority election conducted by Pima County.

The AG's office isn't commenting on the investigation, but the state agency and Pima County teamed up to hire the firm iBeta to analyze the election results. The company has prepared a draft report, which has been reviewed by John Moffat of Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry's office.

Moffat recently said he's still waiting to see the final report, which he called "pretty imminent."

Someone who hasn't seen the draft report but would sure like to: Bill Risner, attorney for the Pima County Democratic Party. Risner first raised the flipping charge.

Even though he expect the report to be a "whitewash," Risner has filed a public-records request to obtain a copy of it.

Risner remains skeptical of the entire investigation into the election.

"The suspect (Pima County) and the prosecutor (Attorney General's Office) jointly finance a part of the investigation and keep it a secret between them," he complains.

In a recent letter to the AG, Risner also asked: "Does your office share information with other suspects in other criminal investigations? We think not."

Risner raises two other points about the AG's investigation. He says Pima County officials have asserted that employees in the Elections Division may invoke their Fifth Amendment rights to avoid self-incrimination if they are questioned in the investigation. He also says a what may be a key piece of evidence--which even the AG's Office calls "of interest"--can't be located.

The entire AG investigation, says Risner, is "rather curious."

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Your Photo Radar Update for Wednesday, Aug. 29

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 9:03 PM

The Tucson Police Department's photo-radar van will be in the following areas on Wednesday, Aug. 29:

  • 7 to 9 a.m.: Escalante and Prudence roads
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: On Kolb Road near Escalante Road
  • 1 to 4:30 p.m.: Soleng Tom Elementary, 10520 E Camino Quince
  • 4:30 to 10 p.m.: On Harrison Road near 22nd Street

I Know This Is Already All Over the Internet ...

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 1:37 PM

... but it's so spectacularly awful and hilarious that I feel the need to include it here. Even if this woman was apparently on the Today show or something today.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Your Photo Radar Update for Tuesday, Aug. 28

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2007 at 10:04 PM

The Tucson Police Department's photo-radar van will be in the following neighborhoods on Tuesday, Aug. 28:

  • 7 to 9 a.m.: Davidson Elementary, 3950 E. Paradise Falls
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: On Golf Links Road between Swan Road and Barraza-Aviation Parkway
  • 1 to 4:30 p.m.: Lynn Urquides Elementary, 1753 W. Ajo Way
  • 4:30 to 10 p.m.: On Alvernon Way near 22nd Street

More Bad News for Downtown Warehouse Tenants

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2007 at 6:17 PM

An article in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star asserts that the downtown warehouse occupied by Steven Eye and Solar Culture gallery is unsafe for the public. Says the Star:

It was written up by several inspectors for sagging floors that don't have adequate support for the load they bear, and for an exterior wall deteriorated and cracked from long-term water damage that may have reduced its stability. An Army Corps of Engineers inspector called the building "dangerous" in 1999.

A back door to the building, which sees some of the highest public use of any in the district, opens to an active railroad track.

A 2002 city fire inspection said the problems noted in 1999 were getting worse and called for immediate floor repairs. There is no record of any building permits for repairs.

In 2004 primary leaseholder Steven Eye told state fire marshals repairs had been made, but the inspector noted he was unable to provide documentation.

Eye has done an immense amount of work on it, and although there may not be proper documentation, Eye wants the community to know that the buildling is safe. In an e-mail, he wrote:

From the very first day I got (here), I fell in love with this building, and have done my best to fix every part that I could. I have never stopped working on this building making it stronger, and stronger. I truly believe with all my heart that this building is safe for the public.

Today, he sent out an email to the Solar Culture listserv asking for support from the music community to help pay for more repairs to the building so that it will meet the inspectors' recommendations. The e-mail further states:

Until we can prove to the city that Solar Culture is up to their standards of what they consider "safe" we CANNOT have larger shows here. I don't know how long that will take. We will try to move our larger shows to other venues. Stay tuned in to our website.

If you remember what Tucson was like during those sad, lonely years between the fall of the Downtown Performance Center and the rise of Solar Culture, then you understand how important this venue has been to our community, back door to the train tracks and all.

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