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Paul's Note - January 18, 2019

Our Fire Department answers about 90,000 911 calls every year. The nature of those calls has changed a lot over the last few years. More and more of them are what can be called social service calls. These are still people that need help, but our emergency services are not always the appropriate resource.

Traffic Alert Women's March – Road Closures

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, The Women’s March will happen downtown. Road closures will be in place for this event, listed below. Please note that pedestrian and bicycle access is being maintained in and around road closures. Businesses, parking garages and parking lots are open and accessible. 

Beginning at 10 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m., the following roads will be closed to vehicular traffic:

Between 10 am and 4 pm, closures will be as follows –

City Holiday Closures Monday

The City of Tucson will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21. All City offices, except for emergency services, will be closed.

Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday. The Los Reales Landfill will be open. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day next week.

Downtown Jazz Fiesta is Next Monday

The fifth annual HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival culminates with the free Downtown Jazz Fiesta on Monday, Jan. 21. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., three outdoor stages will feature jazz acts ranging from straight ahead to contemporary in a music-filled kick off for the year.

Downtown parking is free on Monday because it's the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Sun Link will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

Job Opportunity: System Operator for Water Department

The City of Tucson is recruiting water system operators to join its Water Operations section in Tucson Water. The positions are responsible for operating, monitoring, and controlling water treatment facilities and distribution systems utilizing SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) to ensure appropriate water supply, quality, and pressure.

Sweetwater Wetlands Wildlife Field Guide iBook Available

Experience Sweetwater Wetlands in a unique way. Download the Sweetwater Wetlands Wildlife Field Guide, a free iBook featuring more than 60 birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and plants commonly found at the facility. The guide’s interactive features provide descriptions, diet, habitat, measurements, range maps, sounds, videos, photos, and more for each species.

US Navy to Train at Davis Monthan

From our friends at Davis-Monthan AFB:

The US Navy will deploy 14 F/A-18 Fighter aircraft to Davis Monthan from January 22 to February 8, 2019. The Navy F/A 18s will provide a significant joint training opportunity for DM’s own 354th Fighter Squadron. Joint integration among multiple aircraft is what makes the US military the most capable fighting force on the planet. The Navy F/A-18 deployment to DM will afford both squadrons the training to be better prepared for high-intensity conflict.

Mayor to Dedicate New Compassion Garden at Rio Vista Park

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Tucson Parks and Recreation will dedicate a new Compassion Garden at Rio Vista Natural Resource Park, 3974 N. Tucson Blvd., tomorrow, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m.

The garden will be a place for people who are grieving a loss. The park features native and drought-tolerant plants, bench seating, and artistic tiles that include contact information on where to turn for help.

New Safety Crosswalk Unveiled at Sunnyside High School

Vice Mayor Richard Fimbres and the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) this week unveiled a new pedestrian crossing on Bilby Road, just west of Campbell Avenue at Sunnyside High School. The safety device is a pedestrian-activated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) intended to increase the visibility of uncontrolled, marked crosswalks.

Get $75 Rebate on High-Efficiency Toilet for Homes and Businesses

A high-efficiency toilet can save water and money over older 3.5 gallons-per-flush or greater toilets. Select a WaterSense-certified model that uses 1.28 gallons-per-flush or less and receive a $75 rebate.

To qualify, you must receive water service from Tucson Water and the home/building must have been built prior to 1991 (1994 if outside city limits in Pima County; 1997 if a manufactured home). The maximum is $150 for replacing two toilets. The rebate is issued as a credit on the utility services statement.

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