No Panhandling, Zone Restrictions and Upcoming City Mayor and Council Elections

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"Say NO to Panhandling" Sign Article in AZ Daily Star
The AZ Daily Star ran an article today about Pima County's Plans to install "Say NO to Panhandling" signs. This is a direct result of the positive collaboration between Pima County and the Tucson Crime Free Coalition.
Zone Restrictions for Criminals
The Tucson Crime Free Coalition has been working with TPD to request zone restrictions for individuals that are repetitively committing crimes against businesses, citizens and property owners in the same areas. This is an important community safety tool because these individuals are not allowed to enter a 3 block radius of the area they are restricted from. If they do return it is grounds for an immediate arrest.
The University of Arizona has Five (5) pages of individuals who are banned from campus due to committing crimes. See more information in the link listed below. TCFC brings this to your attention because crimes against University students, on and off campus is on the rise. Off campus student housing specifically has become a new target.

Our Mayor and Council as well as our County Prosecutor must abandon failed policies that have led to TUCSON NOT BEING SAFE!

Upcoming Elections (General Election: November 7, 2023)

City of Tucson qualified electors will elect Mayor, and Council Members representing Ward 1, Ward 2, and Ward 4

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  • Adrian

    The abject ignorance of the comments on this article is nauseating. Do you people really believe that panhandlers are raking in $30,000 per year? If that were true, everyone would be doing it, and these homeless people would not be homeless. But even if it were true, so what? Try standing on the pavement in the Arizona sun all day when it is 104 degrees and then tell us about how easy it is to make a fortune from panhandling instead of pontificating from the comfort of your air-conditioned office. I bet that you would not last a day.

    Stop blaming the homelessness crisis on the victims of greedy landlords who suddenly jacked up the rent by several hundred dollars per month like mine did.

    Homelessness can happen to anybody. Even you.

  • Anonymous

    Why do people panhandle? Easy.. because other people give them money. If we stopped handing out money today, the panhandling problem would be gone tomorrow. Give the money to a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen, then you’ll know what it’ll be used for.

  • Steve Juhan

    Grant & I-10 is like a toll road to get to and from the office. You have to pay a panhandler on the way home from work while you wait for the light. There are other bad intersections with long lights (River & Campbell, River & 1st Ave). They panhandlers think the foothills residents should pay a toll as they come home from work also.

  • Anonymous

    The photograph of a panhandler standing on a State Highway median right next to a STATE PROPERTY NO TRESPASSING sign is already clear and ominous proof that signs have not solved and will not solve the panhandlers problem in the City of Tucson, Pima County nor in the entire State of Arizona.
    Even the Arizona Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol is unable or unwilling to accomplish enforcement, possibly because the trespassing crime is only a misdemeanor.
    The Arizona Department of Revenue and the Arizona Attorney General have to step up and do their enforcement duties because the panhandlers are certainly receiving unreported income and subsequently evading payment of income taxes owed on the taxable amounts of their income.
    It is estimated that individual panhandlers are taking in over $100 per day, amounting to over $30,000 per year.
    Tax evasion is a felony.
    Remember, when racketeer Al Capone was finally convicted and sent to prison it was for tax evasion.

    Tucson Local Media
    Pima county medians now off-limits to loitering, panhandling-
    Loitering on traffic medians in unincorporated Pima County is now prohibited after the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in favor of new regulations… “The proposed ordinance was brought before the board of supervisors at the request of Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos.” The issue was previously discussed during an open house…

    Arizona Paycheck Calculator – SmartAsset
    SmartAsset’s Arizona paycheck calculator shows your hourly and salary income after federal, state and local taxes. Enter your info to see your take home pay. … Overview of Arizona Taxes. Arizona has an income tax rate between 2.55% and 2.98% and no local income tax.

    The Straight Dope
    They boast earnings as high as $300 per day, and assert they once made $800 in one day. Similarly, a former Denver City Council president claimed to know panhandlers who made hundreds of dollars per week, or even per day. City Councilwoman Elbra Wedgeworth said, "I know some people are making $150 to $300 or $400 a day.

    Panhandlers: Who are they and how much do they make?
    PANHANDLING PROFIT: MORE THAN $80 IN JUST 2 HOURS Of all the people I met while undercover panhandling, the most surprising takeaway was the takeaway itself.

    Colorado Sun
    Panhandlers in Denver make an average of $10 per hour-
    Panhandlers in Denver make an average of $10 per hour, on par with minimum wage. Dogs help,
    kids not so much. The most lucrative blocks are near the light-rail, according to a researcher who spent a year observing panhandling as part of University of Colorado Denver’s focus on urban social studies Jennifer Brown – on Mar 24, 2020

    Self-proclaimed professional panhandlers net $182 an hour – KCRA
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) — A Sacramento couple that are self-proclaimed professional panhandlers got into trouble with Modesto police.

    Report Tax Fraud | Arizona Department of Revenue – AZDOR
    Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) 42-1127 defines criminal tax violations. Examples of violations include…structuring income to avoid taxation…

    Klasing & Associates
    Jul 24, 2021 Class A felonies may carry lifetime prison sentences and/or a fine of up to $250,000.
    First-degree criminal tax fraud is a Class B felony. Fines depend on the amount of tax loss to the government with roughly $30,000 of tax loss resulting in up to one year in jail. The average sentence for tax crimes is around 2 years but can be much higher …

    Silver Tax Group
    Is Tax Evasion a Felony? All About Tax Violations and the Penalties
    Dec 13, 2022
    Tax evasion is the charge for which Al Capone was convicted and sentenced to prison. Proof of deliberate misrepresentation of taxable income to the IRS is grounds for charges to be brought for tax evasion. Tax evasion charges are brought for not declaring all of your taxable income …

    Call on Adrian Fontes to do his job.

  • Jennifer Tersigni

    @Philip, most attorneys that handle HOA related matters actually represent the HOA Boards and management companies, not the homeowners. When I looked for such representation a year ago, I found two firms that represent the homeowner;, both are located in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area but do take cases statewide. Good luck!

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