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  • RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR NINE MONTHS OF BACK RENT AVAILABLE FOR EVICTION PREVENTION
    Date: Oct. 22, 2020 
    Pima County CARES Act funding is still available for up to 400 more Pima County households negatively affected by COVID-19 and currently behind on their rent. Community Investment Corporation (CIC), a Tucson-based nonprofit, is administering $3.625 million of eviction prevention money provided by Pima County. Funding for the program is set to expire on Nov. 30. Both tenant and landlord/property owner must complete an application and submit the required documentation. The program allows landlords, property owners, or tenants to initiate the application process online at the link below or by calling (831) 292-4308. The link also includes a list of program requirements.
    Apply online
    CIC
  • COVID-19 THURSDAY UPDATE
    Date: Oct. 22, 2020 
    As of today, Oct. 22, Arizona now has 234,906 positive coronavirus cases, with 994 new cases reported today (up from 975 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 27,208 cases are in Pima County (up 80 from yesterday). There have been 5,859 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (5 reported today), and 635 of those occurred in Pima County (0 reported today). Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and more. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • OUT-OF-STATE REMOTE WORKERS BEING RECRUITED TO TUCSON
    Date: Oct. 22, 2020 
    Remote Tucson, launched by Startup Tucson, is an effort to lure remote workers to Southern Arizona, offering a respite from big cities to our affordable, creative, and thriving community. In turn, our economy and younger demographic will see a positive gain. Remote workers who commit to the program will receive benefits, perks, and moving assistance. With a pilot program of 10 people, Remote Tucson will target workers who live in cities with direct flights or are within driving distance to Tucson.
    Startup Tucson/Remote Tucson
    ConnectTucson
  • SIGN UP FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION CLASSES
    Date: Oct. 22, 2020 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation is offering more leisure classes outdoors this fall. Classes will be held at Gene C. Reid Park, Morris K. Udall Park, and Purple Heart Park. Some adult classes include Tai Chi, Total Body Conditioning, and Line Dancing. Some youth classes include Sports for Tots, Kinder Music, and Drawing and Water Color Painting. Registration is underway now. Classes and descriptions can be found at the registration link below.
    EZEEreg.com registration
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • FIREFIGHTER FITNESS (VIDEO)
    Date: Oct. 22, 2020 
    The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) has launched a new web series focusing on firefighter fitness. In the first episode, TFD Paramedic and Personal Trainer Antonio Strevay discusses several exercises he includes in his workouts at Station 8, 250 W. King Road. If you're not a firefighter, you can still benefit from these exercises, but check with your doctor before starting any exercise program, and do so at your own risk.
    Watch the video on Facebook 
    Tucson Fire Department Facebook page
    Tucson Fire Department website
  • COVID-19 WEDNESDAY UPDATE
    Date: Oct. 21, 2020 
    As of today, Oct. 21, Arizona now has 233,912 positive coronavirus cases, with 975 new cases reported today (down from 1,040 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 27,128 cases are in Pima County (up 109 from yesterday). There have been 5,854 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (17 reported today), and 635 of those occurred in Pima County (1 reported today). Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and more. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • HEALTH DEPARTMENT PROVIDES ADDED GUIDANCE FOR HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES
    Date: Oct. 21, 2020 
    Following up on previous safety tips, the Pima County Health Department has updated its guidance for Halloween. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the department is asking everyone to celebrate this year in a manner that reduces the risk of spreading the virus. In addition to hosting online or drive-by/drive-in Halloween activities, which are lower risk, there are layers of protection that you and people in your neighborhood should use if choosing more traditional activities. Options include giving away candy outdoors, making a cloth mask part of costumes, and taking frequent breaks to apply hand sanitizer. Of course, it's also important to maintain physical distancing as much as possible.
    Halloween tips from Pima County Health Department
  • CITY SEEKING MEMBERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
    Date: Oct. 21, 2020 
    The City of Tucson is looking for four residents to serve on the Environmental Services Advisory Committee (ESAC). The committee advises the Mayor and Tucson City Council on all Environmental Services department programs and services, including rate structures, recycling issues, and environmental protection. Volunteers with experience in utility rate-making, business management, environmental engineering, neighborhood issues, and related fields are preferred. City of Tucson employees are not eligible to serve on the ESAC. The uncompensated members are appointed by the mayor and each member of the Tucson City Council. Additionally, the city manager nominates six members for final approval by the Mayor and Council. Council appointees serve terms concurrent with the council member, and those appointed by the city manager serve four-year terms. To be considered for a seat on the committee, submit a letter of interest to Robert.Rappaport@tucsonaz.gov.
    ESAC
  • TUCSON POLICE CHIEF PRESENTED WITH NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
    Date: Oct. 21, 2020 
    The Police Executive Leadership Forum (PERF) presented its annual Leadership Awards yesterday, Oct. 20, to law enforcement leaders across the country who have advanced the policing profession and helped make their agencies more effective and their communities safer. Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus was one of three law enforcement professionals honored with this award. He was recognized for his forward-thinking leadership, innovative programs for improving officer wellness and first-line supervision, and learning from past incidents through sentinel event reviews. PERF, established in 1976, is a nonprofit police research and policy organization that works to improve the delivery of police services through strong national leadership, public debate of police and criminal justice issues, and research and policy development. Follow the links below for additional information.
    Read the news release
    PERF
  • TRAFFIC ALERT: PIMA STREET/DODGE BOULEVARD INTERSECTION
    Date: Oct. 21, 2020 
    Crews under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) are scheduled to rewire the traffic signals at the Pima Street and Dodge Boulevard intersection tomorrow, Oct. 22. The work is scheduled to take place from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Traffic signals at the intersection will not be in operation during this work. Officers will direct travel through the intersection until the work is complete. You can expect delays when driving in the work area. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for officers and construction personnel when driving near the intersection.
    Read the news release
  • MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETINGS TODAY
    Date: Oct. 20, 2020 
    The Mayor and Tucson City Council is meeting at this hour in Study Session, and the body will meet again at 5:30 p.m. Due to COVID-19, the meetings will again be held remotely and online. You can watch the meetings live (and recordings of previous meetings) on the City of Tucson's YouTube channel linked below, and you can also see what's on the agendas.
    City of Tucson YouTube
    View Mayor and Council agenda
  • PIMA COUNTY SUPERVISORS RENAME MISSION LIBRARY IN HONOR OF LATE SUPERVISOR RICHARD ELÍAS
    Date: Oct. 20, 2020 
    - The Pima County Board of Supervisors this morning, Oct. 20, voted to rename the Mission Library (3770 S. Mission Road) to the Richard Elías-Mission Library. Former District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías, who died on March 28, was a champion for literacy causes, adult education, and the library system. The board also approved $6 million in future capital improvements for the renovation, restoration, and expansion of the library, with 1% of the construction cost dedicated to public art.
    Mission Library
    Pima County Public Library
  • COVID-19 TUESDAY UPDATE
    Date: Oct. 20, 2020 
    As of today, Oct. 20, Arizona now has 232,937 positive coronavirus cases, with 1,040 new cases reported today (up from 748 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 27,019 cases are in Pima County (up 64 from yesterday). There have been 5,837 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (7 reported today), and 634 of those occurred in Pima County (0 reported today). Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and more. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • ROLLIN' HAUNT DRIVE-THRU EVENT AT TUCSON RODEO GROUNDS THIS WEEKEND
    Date: Oct. 20, 2020 
    The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department is hosting a drive-thru Rollin' Haunt event this Saturday, Oct. 24, from 4-7 p.m., at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave. (enter at 3rd Avenue and Irvington Road). To avoid traffic congestion, do not line up early. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Parks and Recreation has had to cancel many of its popular fall events, including the Boo Bash. Rollin' Haunt will be filled with lots of Halloween treats, fun costumes and characters, and photo opportunities. Families are encouraged to decorate their cars to add to the Halloween spirit. All children present in the vehicles will receive a candy bag with contactless pick-up as they exit the event. All participants must remain in their vehicles at all times and be alert for the safety of all staff and other participants.
    Read the news release
    Read the flyer (PDF)
    Facebook event page for Rollin' Haunt
  • JOB OPPORTUNITIES: PROCUREMENT CONTRACTING POSITIONS
    Date: Oct. 20, 2020 
    The Procurement Division of the City of Tucson’s Business Services Department is seeking motivated team players to join its contracting team. A member of this critical team will be one of 20 people responsible for buying all the goods, services, and construction items that all City departments purchase. Contracts include helicopters, bicycles, playground equipment, veterinary services, health benefits, financial services, road construction, and every other good or service that is needed to make the City run smoothly. The contracting team consists of professional contracting staff at four levels, and the job descriptions are linked below. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for all positions for which they meet the minimum qualifications. The deadline to apply for the jobs is Oct. 30.
    Contract Officer job description
    Senior Contract Officer job description
    Principal Contract Officer job description
    Procurement Manager job description
  • VOTERS RETURNING MAIL-IN BALLOTS AND EARLY VOTING IN-PERSON IN RECORD NUMBERS
    Date: Oct. 19, 2020 
    The Pima County Recorder's Office reports early ballots are being returned at a fast pace ahead of the Nov. 3 general election. County officials already have mailed a record 505,903 early ballots since Oct. 7. By Saturday, Oct. 17, 191,755 ballots (nearly 38%) had been received by the elections department. Also, 4,751 people voted at six early voting sites. Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez is calling for voters' patience, as the time between when a ballot is received and it being scanned into the tracking system is taking a little longer than usual. The elections department is now running two shifts every day, including weekends, to get the ballots processed. If you have an early ballot, you're urged to send it back or drop it off at the Recorder's Office as soon as possible. You can track the status of your ballot at the Pima County Recorder's Office website linked below.
    From the Arizona Daily Star
    Pima County Recorder
  • COVID-19 MONDAY UPDATE
    Date: Oct. 19, 2020 
    As of today, Oct. 19, Arizona now has 231,897 positive coronavirus cases, with 748 new cases reported today (up from 742 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 26,955 cases are in Pima County (up 44 from yesterday). There have been 5,830 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (17 reported today), and 634 of those occurred in Pima County (0 reported today). Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and more. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • DOWNTOWN LINKS TRAFFIC ALERT
    Date: Oct. 19, 2020 
    Downtown Links Constructors, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility, continues work on the Downtown Links project, and there will be traffic restrictions this week to allow for sewer work. Stone Avenue will be closed at Fifth Street tonight, Oct. 19, starting at 8 p.m., running through 6 a.m. tomorrow. Vehicles and bicycles on Stone Avenue will be detoured around the work area using University Boulevard, Sixth Avenue, and Sixth Street. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, Ash Avenue at Fifth Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for approximately six weeks. On Friday, Oct. 23, the intersection of Fifth Street and Echols Avenue will be closed for approximately four weeks. All vehicle and bicycle travel through the intersection will be restricted. Access to businesses will be maintained. The contractor continues clearing plant material for the future roadway alignment, as well as removing existing fences, walls, and asphalt concrete in various areas throughout the project limits. The 30-month construction project is scheduled for completion in early 2023.
    Read the news release
  • 2019 TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED
    Date: Oct. 19, 2020 
    Have you ever wondered which fire station in town is busiest, or what sort of training your Tucson firefighters go through? You can find the answers to those questions and so much more in the 2019 Tucson Fire Department (TFD) Annual Report. Learn about the various departments within TFD, their roles, and all of the work done behind the scenes to maintain the highest level of service for the citizens of Tucson. The 2020 report will be released in early 2021.
    Tucson Fire Department Facebook page 
    Tucson Fire Department website
  • FREE VIRTUAL SMARTSCAPE COURSES IN SPANISH
    Date: Oct. 19, 2020 
    Smartscape is a comprehensive landscape training program for professionals. The fall Spanish series runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:30-6:30 p.m., Oct. 20-Nov. 19. The 10 training sessions are taught by University of Arizona faculty and local green industry experts. The Smartscape course ​prepares ​students ​with ​the ​essential ​skills ​to ​plan, ​create, ​and ​care ​for ​water-efficient ​landscapes. Participants receive 30 hours of high-quality ​education ​on ​the ​best ​irrigation ​and ​horticultural ​practices ​for ​the ​Southwest desert region, and they can earn a Smartscape Certificate upon completion. Register at the link below.
    Register