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  • WORKERS AND FAMILIES WITH MONEY TROUBLES DURING PANDEMIC CAN APPLY FOR GRANTS NEXT WEEK
    Date: Aug. 13, 2020 
    Workers and families can apply for financial assistance grants through the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, Aug. 19-Sept. 9, as part of the We Are One|Somos Uno Resiliency Fund. Using the City of Tucson’s CARES Act funds, the Mayor and Tucson City Council recently approved $3 million to be distributed to workers and families negatively affected by COVID-19. The grant program will prioritize individuals and families who have not yet received any state or federal COVID-19 relief money and those whose incomes do not reach the self-sufficiency standard for Pima County. The announcement of newly available financial assistance for workers and families comes after the expansion of federal unemployment benefits expired recently. The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona (WFSA) will administer the grant program and begin accepting applications on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m., through Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. For more information, follow the link below.
    Workers and Families Grant Program information
    Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona
  • COVID-19 CASES RISE AGAIN
    Date: Aug. 13, 2020 
    As of today, Aug. 13, Arizona now has 190,794 positive coronavirus cases, with 1,351 new cases reported today (up from 706 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 19,001 cases are in Pima County. There have been 4,383 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 511 of those occurred in Pima County. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • ANOTHER COMMUNITY MEETING SCHEDULED FOR RENEWAL AND EXPANSION OF THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
    Date: Aug. 13, 2020 
    The City of Tucson Office of Economic Initiatives will host its second virtual community meeting to provide information regarding the proposed renewal and expansion of the Central Business District (CBD). Registration is required for the meeting on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 11 a.m. Per ARS § 42-6209(F), the City is required to review the CBD by Oct. 1, 2020, and may either renew, modify, or terminate the designation. Mayor and Council previously provided direction to expand the boundary of the existing CBD. The staff report, providing detailed findings of fact in this matter, can be found at the link below.
    CBD staff report
    Register for community meeting 
    City of Tucson Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson)
  • PARKS + CONNECTIONS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMISSION MEETINGS RESUME
    Date: Aug. 13, 2020 
    The monthly Parks + Connections Bond Oversight Commission (PCBOC) meeting will be held virtually on Monday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m. Follow the link below to join the Zoom meeting or call (669) 900-6833. The PCBOC monitors the progress of the projects funded by the 2018 Bond Program, ensures the purposes for which the program was approved are carried out, and makes sure the proceeds from the Bond Program are accounted for separately. For an overview of Bond projects, visit the Tucson Delivers website linked below. Members of the public who wish to address the commission must email requests to info@tucsondelivers.info or call (520) 885-9009 by Monday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. The email should include your full name, mailing address, phone number, and the topic you wish to address.
    Zoom meeting (ID: 383 074 6681) 
    View the agenda
    Tucson Delivers
    Parks + Connections Bond
  • SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION WEBINAR FOR TUCSON RESIDENTS
    Date: Aug. 13, 2020 
    The next Social Security 101 webinar, hosted by Phoenix Public Library and open to Tucsonans, will take place on Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. Registration will begin soon, so monitor NewsNet for updates. In the meantime, be sure to register for (or log in to) your personal "my Social Security" account to verify your reported earnings to determine your benefits are accurate.
    "my Social Security" account
  • COVID-19 WEDNESDAY UPDATE
    Date: Aug. 12, 2020 
    As of today, Aug. 12, Arizona now has 189,443 positive coronavirus cases, with 706 new cases reported today (down from 1,213 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 18,508 cases are in Pima County. There have been 4,347 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 505 of those occurred in Pima County. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • COMPLETE YOUR CENSUS FORM TODAY AND BE COUNTED (VIDEO)
    Date: Aug. 12, 2020 
    There's still time to complete your 2020 census form. Responses help determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and guide how nearly $700 billion in federal funding is spent in communities each year. It’s estimated up to $3,000 per person, per year is at stake for Arizona. The answers are kept anonymous and are used only to produce statistics. Starting this month, census workers will be knocking on doors of homes from which they've received no response. Census takers will have official identification, wear masks, and follow local public health guidelines when they visit. Follow the links below for more information.
    United States Census 2020
    Watch a video about the census
  • ELEPHANT CALF UPDATE
    Date: Aug. 12, 2020 
    It's World Elephant Day and the perfect time to celebrate Penzi, our own African elephant calf. She is growing and learning new things every day. While the Zoo is currently closed because of the pandemic, the public can see Penzi and hear about her milestones by following the video update link below.
    Watch the video
    Reid Park Zoo
  • THRIVE IN THE 05’s RESOURCE CAFÉ TO FEATURE THE CITY OF TUCSON’S PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT
    Date: Aug. 12, 2020 
    The Thrive in the 05 Resource Café tomorrow, Aug. 13, noon-12:30 p.m., will showcase the work of the Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD). The Thrive Resource Café is a half-hour livestream taking place every Tuesday through Thursday on Facebook and Zoom. The purpose of the cafés is to highlight various community partners and resources available to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. During tomorrow's Thrive Resource Café, Sarah Meggison, a planner, will guide viewers through the professional planning process, site and building review, and inspection services. Any questions asked during the livestream will be answered in real-time. Follow the link below to register for the Zoom call.
    Register for Resource Café
    Visit the Thrive in the 05 website
    Like Thrive in the 05 on Facebook
    Planning and Development Services
  • OVERHEAD STREET SIGN REPLACEMENT DOWNTOWN
    Date: Aug. 12, 2020 
    Starting at 2 a.m. tomorrow, Aug. 13, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) Sign Shop will replace overhead street name signs at the intersection of Church Avenue and Pennington Street. The work is scheduled to be finished by 2 p.m. the same day. During this work, there will be temporary travel lane and turning restrictions at the intersections. You can expect delays when driving in the work areas.
    Read the news release
    DTM
  • ARIZONA ISSUES GUIDELINES FOR GYMS AND OTHER BUSINESSES TO REOPEN
    Date: Aug. 11, 2020 
    Following a court order, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey yesterday, Aug. 10, issued a “road map” to eventually allow gyms and fitness centers to reopen. The guidelines also include movie theaters, water parks, and some bars. While the metrics apply to counties with relatively low infection rates of COVID-19, businesses in Pima and Cochise counties don't qualify yet, but the Arizona Department of Health Services said they are close to meeting the metrics. Under the plan, gyms and fitness centers could reopen initially at 25% capacity when the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in a county drops below 10% of all tests for at least two consecutive weeks. It also requires the rate of infection to be less than 100 cases per 100,000 residents and that fewer than 10% of those showing up at hospitals have COVID-like symptoms. At that point, movie theaters, water parks, and river tubing operations could operate at 50%. Any establishment licensed as a bar also could operate at 50% capacity, but only if agreeing to certain conditions. The bar would have to be operated like a restaurant, meaning no dancing, no milling around and mixing, and hosts must seat the patrons.
    From Capitol Media Services the Arizona Daily Star
  • NEW COVID-19 CASES RISE AGAIN IN ARIZONA
    Date: Aug. 11, 2020 
    As of today, Aug. 11, Arizona now has 188,737 positive coronavirus cases, with 1,213 new cases reported today, up from 600 yesterday. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 18,381 cases are in Pima County. There have been 4,199 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 501 of those occurred in Pima County. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING TODAY
    Date: Aug. 11, 2020 
    The Mayor and Tucson City Council will meet today in a Study Session and Regular Meeting. The 1:30 p.m. Study Session will include an update on the City's response to COVID-19, a review on evictions, a progress report on a City Wi-Fi initiative, and more. At or after 5:30 p.m., there will be a Regular Special Meeting of the Public Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, and the Regular Meeting will include a number of liquor license applications, grants, and intergovernmental and pre-annexation agreements. Mayor and Council also will fix, levy, and assess primary and secondary property taxes for the City of Tucson, and there will be a public hearing on a Substantial Amendment to the 2019 Annual Action Plan in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
    Mayor and Council meeting materials
  • TUMAMOC HILL WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR NOW
    Date: Aug. 11, 2020 
    Tumamoc Hill will remain open after University of Arizona officials saw an increase in the number of walkers wearing masks – one of the mandatory guidelines put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The popular walking destination on Tucson's west side, which is managed by the University of Arizona in partnership with Pima County, closed in mid-March and reopened on May 25. Walkers returned to the hill in large numbers, with between 750 and 1,000 people on the hill every day since early June. Not all walkers observed the safety protocols that allowed the hill to reopen, specifically the requirement that they wear face coverings. The university on July 24 began monitoring the number of walkers wearing face coverings to determine whether to keep the hill open or temporarily close it again. Since July 24, UArizona says the percentage of morning walkers wearing masks has risen sharply from about 23% to nearly 70%. A closure at a later date is still possible.
    Read the news release
  • TAKE A VIRTUAL TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION PILATES CLASS
    Date: Aug. 11, 2020 
    Join Lana for a Pilates mat work class designed to tone and sculpt your entire body, while giving you a low-intensity, calorie-burning workout. You can take the class at your leisure by following the link below.
    Take the class via YouTube
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • RE-IMAGINED KIDCO PROGRAM UNVEILED
    Date: Aug. 10, 2020 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation is offering an all-day Re-imagined KIDCO program to help families navigate this school year during the pandemic. The program will offer on-site virtual learning monitoring and assistance during normal school hours, along with activities, games, sports, and art during after-school times. Parents of children ages 5-11 (currently enrolled in K-5th grade in the Tucson Unified or Amphi school districts) can register beginning tomorrow, Aug. 11, at 9 a.m. at the link below. Students must wear a mask and bring their own virtual learning equipment (laptops, books, etc.). The cost is $125/month for city residents and $157/month for non-city residents. The Discount Program is available for city residents only. Applications must be submitted prior to registration.
    Register via EZEEreg.com
    Discount Program
  • NEW COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO DECLINE IN ARIZONA
    Date: Aug. 10, 2020 
    As of today, Aug. 10, Arizona now has 187,523 positive coronavirus cases, with 600 new cases reported today. If all lab partners submitted their data on time, that number is far lower than what we've seen over the past few weeks. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 17,996 cases are in Pima County. There have been 4,154 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 489 of those occurred in Pima County. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • THRIVE RESOURCE CAFÉ CONTINUES THIS WEEK
    Date: Aug. 10, 2020 
    The Thrive in the 05 Resource Café continues Tuesday through Thursday on Facebook Live and Zoom, from noon-12:30 p.m. Guests this week include the Tucson Buddhist Meditation Center (Tuesday), Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona (Wednesday), and the City of Tucson’s Planning and Development Services Department (Thursday). After the livestream, the video of the Thrive Resource Café is available on the Thrive in the 05 website and Facebook page. Visit the links below to learn more.
    View and register for upcoming Thrive Resource Cafés
    Visit the Thrive in the 05 website
    Like Thrive in the 05 on Facebook
  • COMMUNITY MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR RENEWAL AND EXPANSION OF THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
    Date: Aug. 10, 2020 
    The City of Tucson Office of Economic Initiatives will host two virtual community meetings to provide information regarding the proposed renewal and expansion of the Central Business District (CBD). Advance registration is required for the meetings on Aug. 12 at 4 p.m. and Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. Per ARS § 42-6209(F), the City is required to review the CBD by Oct. 1, 2020, and may either renew, modify, or terminate the designation. Mayor and Council previously provided direction to expand the boundary of the existing CBD. The staff report, providing detailed findings of fact in this matter, can be found at the link below.
    CBD staff report
    City of Tucson Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson)
  • DOWNTOWN PARKING LOT CLOSURES AND ROAD CLOSURE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT WORK
    Date: Aug. 10, 2020 
    Starting today, Aug. 10, and continuing through Thursday, Aug. 13, the City of Tucson’s Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) will be conducting environmental assessment activities by taking soil and soil vapor samples in support of the Ronstadt Redevelopment Project. Work will occur in the area bounded by Pennington Street, 6th Avenue, and Toole Avenue. The Pennington triangle and Toole Avenue parking lots are closed now and are expected to reopen on Friday, Aug. 14. Starting tomorrow, from 5:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Pennington Street and the surrounding right-of-way will be closed from 6th Avenue to Toole Avenue. Sun Tran routes will be temporarily and minimally affected during assessment activities. For more information, contact Rolanda Mazeika at (520) 668-4453, or email her at rolanda.mazeika@tucsonaz.gov.
    Read the news release