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  • RESCHEDULED: WARD 4 BACK TO SCHOOL BASH HAPPENING THIS WEEK
    Date: July 26, 2021 
    The 20th Annual Ward 4 Back to School Bash, originally scheduled for last Saturday, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, July 28, from 4-6 p.m. This past weekend's event was postponed due to severe weather. The Back to School Bash will remain a drive-thru format. For more information, follow the link below, or email ward4@tucsonaz.gov.
    Read the news release
  • CORRECTED DATE: SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS
    Date: July 26, 2021 
    The City of Tucson Planning Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, July 28, at 6 p.m. (not tonight as reported last week), on a proposed amendment to the Unified Development Code to allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). An ADU is an independent housing unit with its own kitchen, bathroom, and living and sleeping space, built on the same lot as a primary residence. These units have been legalized in other communities to create more affordable housing, support multi-generational households, and provide more options for residents who wish to age in place. You can submit written comments or request to speak at the hearing by sending an email to PlanningCommission@tucsonaz.gov. The agenda materials and instructions on how to join the virtual public hearing can be found on the Planning Commission page linked below. The draft Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) proposal was developed based on community goals, feedback at public meetings, online comments, and input from a stakeholder group representing a range of viewpoints and expertise. All amendments to the Unified Development Code are reviewed by the Planning Commission, which makes a recommendation to Mayor and Council, which will hold a public hearing on these types of code amendments. That hearing will provide an additional opportunity for public comment.
    You can review the presentationmeeting summary, and video of the recent public meetings.
    Project website
    FAQ about ADUs
    Planning Commission
  • REGISTER FOR TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION KIDCO AFTERSHCOOL
    Date: July 26, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation's KIDCO Afterschool program will resume for the 2021-22 school year. Programming will be available from the time of school dismissal until 6 p.m. on all in-person learning days (excluding City holidays). Register online at the link below or by calling Registration Services at (520) 791-4877. The Discount Program is available to city residents who qualify. Those who are interested can call that same number to schedule an appointment to apply. Any discounts must be applied prior to registration.
    Register at EZEEreg.com
    Discount Program
  • JOB OPPORTUNITY: BUDGET ADMINISTRATOR
    Date: July 26, 2021 
    Today’s, July 26, COVID-19 dashboard update from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) adds 1,441 new cases but no deaths. Since March, ADHS reports 98% of COVID-19 deaths have been in those not fully vaccinated. The department has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below), and there are multiple locations throughout Tucson. So far, more than 3.7 million people in Arizona, or 51.6% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 3.32 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccine registration, or call (520) 222-0119
    Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • CAUTION URGED DURING STORMS
    Date: July 23, 2021 
    The City of Tucson and Pima County are advising the public to use caution over the next few days when traveling through Southern Arizona because of a powerful storm system moving through the region. Forecasts from the National Weather Service show an increased chance of thunderstorms and heavy rainfall with the possibility of flash flooding through Saturday night. As washes flood, Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) crews are closing roadways at affected dip crossings and washes. DTM is also assisting residents concerned with flooding by offering free, self-service sandbags in the east parking lot of Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way, at Reid Park. This location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please bring your own shovel. You can find flood safety information from the Pima County Regional Flood Control District at the link below. The site includes information on how to sign up for flood and other emergency alerts from the Pima County Office of Emergency Management. For the latest on road conditions and closures, call the Road Conditions Hotline at (520) 547-7510, or visit the Pima County Department of Transportation’s Road Closure Updates website linked below.
    Pima County Regional Flood Control District
    Pima County Road Closure Updates
    Watch a video about DTM's Operation Splash 2021
    National Weather Service forecast
  • WARD 4 BACK TO SCHOOL BASH POSTPONED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER EMERGENCY
    Date: July 23, 2021 
    The 20th Annual Ward 4 Back to School Bash, originally scheduled for tomorrow, July 24, has been postponed due to severe weather. The National Weather Service has a flash flood warning in effect for the area until Saturday evening. The Ward 4 office was encouraged to postpone the Back to School Bash by all three of the City's public safety departments: Tucson Police, Tucson Fire, and 911 Communications. People are encouraged to stay off the roads tomorrow due to the risk of severe flooding. The Back to School Bash has been rescheduled to Wednesday, July 28, from 4-6 p.m. It will remain a drive-thru format. For more information, follow the link below, or email ward4@tucsonaz.gov.
    Read the news release
  • SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS
    Date: July 23, 2021 
     - The City of Tucson Planning Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on July 26 at 8 p.m. on a proposed amendment to the Unified Development Code (UDC) to allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). An ADU is an independent housing unit with its own kitchen, bathroom, and living and sleeping space, built on the same lot as a primary residence. These units have been legalized in other communities to create more affordable housing, support multi-generational households, and provide more options for residents who wish to age in place. You can submit written comments or request to speak at the hearing by sending an email to PlanningCommission@tucsonaz.gov. The agenda materials and instructions on how to join the virtual public hearing can be found on the Planning Commission page linked below. The draft ADU proposal was developed based on community goals, feedback at public meetings, online comments, and input from a stakeholder group representing a range of viewpoints and expertise. All amendments to the UDC are reviewed by the Planning Commission, which makes a recommendation to Mayor and Council, which will hold a public hearing on these types of code amendments. That hearing will provide an additional opportunity for public comment.
    Review the presentationmeeting summary, and video of the recent public meetings
    Project website
    FAQ about ADUs
    Planning Commission
  • WATCH ANOTHER 'MY PARKS AND RECREATION' STORY (VIDEO)
    Date: July 23, 2021 
    July is national Parks and Recreation Month, and Tucson Parks and Recreation is celebrating by highlighting some stories of how our communities are stronger, more vibrant, and more resilient because of parks and recreation. In the video linked below, meet Miguel Garcia, and hear why he is so passionate about his job as a recreation assistant for programming. Share your story of what parks and recreation means to you on social media and use the hashtag #OurParkAndRecStory.
    Watch the video
    Parks and Recreation Month
    Tucson Parks and Recreation's Twitter page
    Tucson Parks and Recreation's Facebook page
  • CITY CONDUCTING NATIONAL RECRUITMENT FOR HOUSING FIRST PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    Date: July 22, 2021 
    Tucson's Mayor and Council passed the Community Safety Pilot Program on June 30, 2020, with the purpose of serving the community through a Housing First framework. Housing First is an approach prioritizing permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness, with the belief that people need basic necessities, like food and a place to live, before attending to other needs. As part of the Community Safety Program, the Housing First Program director will support relevant City departments with a Housing First approach to provide safety and mental health services to Tucson residents. This newly created position will collaborate with stakeholders to develop and implement a strategic plan to end chronic homelessness, including specific targets and timelines. Ideal candidates will have five or more years of experience operating housing programs focused primarily on the provision of housing and shelter based in the Housing First and Harm Reduction models. Education qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, sociology, public administration, or a related degree. Applications for this position are open until filled, with the first review date the week of Monday, Aug. 9. A tentative date to begin the selection process is set for the week of Monday, Aug. 23.
    Read the job description
    HCD
  • REGIONAL TRANSIT PROVIDERS TO HOST JOINT JOB FAIR THIS WEEKEND
    Date: July 22, 2021 
    From golf cart shuttles to 40-foot buses, driver applicants are invited to find their fit at a regional transit job fair. The joint event includes driving opportunities with the Sun Tran family of services, University of Arizona Parking & Transportation Services, and the Tucson Unified School District. The pandemic affected many workers, including transit drivers. Each organization participating in the job fair is seeking new hires to meet renewed ridership demand as our community recovers from the pandemic and as we approach the start of school. The Regional Transit Job Fair will be held Saturday, July 24, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Innovation Tech High School, 3300 S. Park Ave. At the job fair, attendees can explore vehicles from each transportation mode, learn about benefits packages, bonus programs, the hiring and training process, and fill out an application on the spot.
    Read more about the job fair
  • CONNECTING FOR SUCCESS: WEBINAR SERIES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
    Date: July 22, 2021 
    The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) webinar series, "Connecting for Success," is held monthly, featuring a guest speaker, presentation, and Q&A. The next webinar will be Monday, July 26, from 3-4 p.m. In this edition, hear from some of Tucson’s finest legacy business owners, with a special welcome from Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. Learn how the City of Tucson plans to recognize and assist legacy businesses moving forward. The presentation will be recorded and posted on the ConnectTucson website the following day. Previous webinars are available to watch on demand.
    Register for webinar
    ConnectTucson
  • CELEBRATE PARKS AND RECREATION MONTH
    Date: July 22, 2021 
    July is national Parks and Recreation Month, and Tucson Parks and Recreation is celebrating by highlighting some stories of how our communities are stronger, more vibrant, and more resilient because of parks and recreation. In the video linked below, meet Kara Vatthauer, and hear why she is so passionate about her job as a recreation assistant. Share your story of what parks and recreation means to you on social media and use the hashtag #OurParkAndRecStory.
    Watch the video
    Parks and Recreation Month
    Tucson Parks and Recreation's Twitter page
    Tucson Parks and Recreation's Facebook page
  • ENJOY SUMMER FUN AT REID PARK ZOO DURING SUMMER SAFARI NIGHTS
    Date: July 22, 2021 
    Reid Park Zoo’s annual Summer Safari Nights runs every Saturday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., through Aug. 15. Enjoy the Zoo during the cooler evenings, with events featuring live music from local bands, games, animal chats, wildlife activities, carousel rides, and themed evenings. Food and drink specials also will be available. The theme this Saturday night, July 24, is "Dog Days and Astronomy Summer." Throughout history, stars have guided both humans and animals in navigating their world, preparing for the seasons and influencing survival behaviors. Beat the heat for some down-to-earth fun during the dog days of summer. Spend time with the Zoo’s pack of African wild dogs and discover how species follow the stars. Enjoy music by Jamie’s Gang, and there will be fun games, wildlife activities, and animal chats.
    Summer Safari Nights 2021
    Reid Park Zoo
  • COMMENT ON FUTURE PRIORITIES OF DOWNTOWN TUCSON
    Date: July 21, 2021 
    Help determine the future of Downtown Tucson by completing a survey (link below) from the Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) and its partners. This survey is intended to inform a strategic planning process for DTP, which will guide its work over the next five years. Your input will help identify priorities to help decide where the organization will focus its time and resources moving forward. The DTP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(6) corporation created in 1998 to implement a variety of enhanced municipal services for the downtown Business Improvement District (BID). The BID is a 54-block area in the heart of Tucson's urban core. It was approved and funded by property owners in 1998 pursuant to state statute.
    Take the survey
    Downtown Tucson Partnership
    Business Improvement District
  • NEW WEBSITE OFFERS TRANSIT SERVICE INFORMATION IN ONE PLACE
    Date: July 21, 2021 
    Public transit users can look up service options, check route times and more, using one centralized website. SunTran.com recently unveiled a complete website redesign, which consolidates transit system information in the Tucson area for a streamlined user experience. The new site serves as the cyber home for Sun Tran, Sun Link, Sun Van, Sun On Demand and Sun Shuttle. The goal of the upgrade is to provide an easy-to-use, interconnected, and reliable website for the community.
    Sun Tran's new website
  • CALL FOR VENDORS: HOLIDAY ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR
    Date: July 21, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation is now accepting applications for artists for the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, Nov. 27-28, at Reid Park. This event has been held for more than three decades, attracting more than 140 vendors from all over the Southwest. All items must be handmade - no mass-produced, store-bought, resale, or imported items. All applications are subject to approval. The fee is $90 for a 10' x 10' space for the two-day event. Spaces fill up quickly. Due to a large number of applications received, some categories will be limited and acceptance is not guaranteed. Payment is due after acceptance into the fair, not during initial registration. For more information, please contact Susan Orrico, fair coordinator, at Susan.Orrico@tucsonaz.gov, or call (520) 791-4877.
    Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • CONTRIBUTE TO AN AUDIO ARCHIVE FOR THE CHUBASCO CHANNEL
    Date: July 21, 2021 
    Tucson Water and Tucson-based artist Alexandra (Alex!) Jimenez are asking you to join a communitywide audio project to contribute to the Chubasco Channel on YouTube. A chubasco is a violent storm with thunder and lightning that drops water in a deluge. This summer, capture three minutes of a Tucson monsoon/chubasco and upload it to an audio archive. Follow the link below to learn how you can participate.
    More information about the Chubasco Channel
    Tucson Water
  • HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS AFTER STORMS
    Date: July 21, 2021 
    Is there a pothole you'd like to see filled? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the City of Tucson's Department of Transportation and Mobility, (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to TDOTConcerns@tucsonaz.gov.
    Department of Transportation and Mobility
  • TUCSON MAYOR REGINA ROMERO AND OTHER ARIZONA MAYORS LEAD EFFORT TO BRING AMTRAK PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE BETWEEN TUCSON AND PHOENIX
    Date: July 20, 2021 
    Several Arizona mayors, led by Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, are asking Arizona’s congressional delegation to support Amtrak’s proposed expansion of frequent and reliable passenger rail service. Amtrak’s vision calls for passenger rail service that will connect Tucson, Phoenix, and the West Valley with three round trips per day, as well as the possibility of daily service to Los Angeles. “I am pleased to join my fellow mayors from both Pima and Maricopa County in supporting a new passenger rail line between the Tucson and Phoenix metropolitan areas,” said Mayor Romero. “This new service will yield important economic benefits throughout the region, increase travel options for millions of Arizonans, and help us reduce our carbon footprint." Funding for passenger rail is included in the proposed bipartisan infrastructure bill. Amtrak’s vision, known as Amtrak Connects US, proposes new and enhanced passenger service in key corridors throughout the country, including a new service line between Tucson and Phoenix.
    Amtrak Connects US
  • VICE MAYOR NIKKI LEE HOSTS 20TH ANNUAL WARD 4 BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
    Date: July 20, 2021 
    The annual Ward 4 Back to School Bash returns for its 20th year this weekend. The 2021 Back to School Bash will take place on Saturday, July 24, from 8-10 a.m. outside the Ward 4 Office, 8123 E. Poinciana Drive. The Ward 4 Council Office of Vice Mayor Nikki Lee will give away 750 backpacks filled with school supplies. Out of an abundance of caution for local families during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be a drive-thru format. Participants will not leave their cars, and supplies will be brought directly to each vehicle in line. Backpacks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the student must be present to receive their backpack. This family-friendly event is open to all members of the community.
    Read the news release