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  • REMINDER: CITYWIDE #MASKUPTUCSON FREE MOBILE MASK DISTRIBUTION TONIGHT (VIDEO)
    Date: Sept. 17, 2020 
    Thanks to the Mayor and Tucson City Council, the City is hosting mobile mask giveaway events at multiple locations and times throughout the community as an opportunity for residents to obtain washable face coverings for themselves and their families. The first event will be tonight, Sept. 17, from 5-7 o'clock, at the Quincie Douglas Center parking lot, 1575 E. 36th St. Adult and child sizes will be available, and the child size has adjustable ear pieces that can easily fit a small adult. For more information and a list of locations, please follow the link and video below.
    Free mask distribution
    Watch a video
  • MORE THAN $700K IN CARES FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR TUCSON ARTISTS AND ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
    Date: Sept. 17, 2020 
    Artists and nonprofit arts organizations are among those hit economically by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and relief is available. To help support this community, the City of Tucson's We Are One/Somos Uno Resiliency Fund is offering more than $700,000 in grants to the local arts and culture community. The money comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Applications are due by Oct 5. The grant process is being facilitated by the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (AFTSA). Follow the link below for more information.
    AFTSA
  • COVID-19 THURSDAY UPDATE SHOWS SPIKE IN NUMBERS
    Date: Sept. 17, 2020 
    As of today, Sept. 17, Arizona now has 211,660 positive coronavirus cases, with 1,753 new cases reported today (up from 695 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 23,563 cases are in Pima County (up 676 from yesterday). There have been 5,409 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (38 reported today), and 612 of those occurred in Pima County (10 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
  • FUN IN THE MUD (VIDEO)
    Date: Sept. 17, 2020 
    Watch Reid Park Zoo's youngest African elephants enjoy their mud wallow on a hot, Tucson afternoon. As a big sister, Nandi has been a great role model to her little sister Penzi, showing her how to use her trunk, teaching her important elephant etiquette, and demonstrating the art of proper splashing. Watch them play by following the video link below, or you can see these girls for yourself by buying online tickets to the Zoo.
    Watch the elephant video
    Reid Park Zoo tickets 
    Watch a video about this year's virtual ZOOcson
  • DOWNTOWN LINKS TRAFFIC UPDATE
    Date: Sept. 17, 2020 
    On Sunday, Sept. 20, Downtown Links Constructors will begin a nightly soil export operation from the vacant lot north of Broadway, adjacent to the Aviation Bikeway and West of Iron Horse Park. The operation is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete. Crews will work Sundays-Thursdays from about 8 p.m.-5 a.m. each night. Watch for large trucks entering and exiting the work site.
    Read the news release 
    Project website
  • CITYWIDE #MASKUPTUCSON FREE MOBILE MASK DISTRIBUTION
    Date: Sept. 16, 2020 
    Thanks to the Mayor and Tucson City Council, the City is hosting mobile mask giveaway events at multiple locations and times throughout the community as an opportunity for residents to obtain washable face coverings for themselves and their families. The first event will be tomorrow, Sept. 17, from 5-7 p.m., at the Quincie Douglas Center parking lot, 1575 E. 36th St. Wearing a face covering is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, along with proper hand-washing and practicing social/physical distancing. The Mayor and Tucson Council is committed to keeping our community safe and has thousands of washable ear loop cloth masks to help those who have not been able to get them. Adult and child sizes will be available, and the child size has adjustable ear pieces that can easily fit a small adult. For more information and a list of locations, please follow the link below.
    Free Mask Distribution
  • COVID-19 WEDNESDAY UPDATE SHOWS ANOTHER SLIGHT UPTICK IN NUMBERS
    Date: Sept. 16, 2020 
    As of today, Sept. 16, Arizona now has 209,907 positive coronavirus cases, with 695 new cases reported today (up from 484 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 22,887 cases are in Pima County (up 244 from yesterday). There have been 5,371 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (27 reported today), and 602 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
  • HOUGHTON ROAD-VALENCIA ROAD TO MARY ANN CLEVELAND WAY VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT
    Date: Sept. 16, 2020 
    The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) invite you to attend a virtual pre-construction public meeting for the Houghton Road Improvement Project from Valencia Road to Mary Ann Cleveland Way. The meeting will be held tonight, Sept. 16, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The project team will present information on the work, construction timeline, and traffic impacts. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session allowing for public participation. For those unable to attend, the meeting will be recorded and available on the project's website.
    Join the meeting
    Read the news release 
    Project website
  • JOIN THE COMMISSION ON EQUITABLE HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT
    Date: Sept. 16, 2020 
    At the direction of the Mayor and Tucson City Council, the City of Tucson is forming and seeking candidates for the Commission on Equitable Housing and Development (CEHD). City of Tucson employees are not eligible to apply, but they can attend the meetings, which are virtual for now. The commission will focus on increasing City investment in housing, preserving affordability while increasing housing production/stock, facilitating equitable conversations, and much more. Expectations of the commission are to review data (quantitative and qualitative), needs assessments, and additional information to explore strategies and develop recommendations for Mayor and Council consideration in key focus areas. Completed applications are due by 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28. If you have any questions, email loran.shamis@tucsonaz.gov.
    For more information or to apply
    View the founding ordinance
  • RAINWATER HARVESTING GRANTS AND LOANS AVAILABLE
    Date: Sept. 16, 2020 
    Are you interested in collecting rainwater on your property to shade your home, grow your garden, and support water conservation efforts in Tucson? For Tucson Water's residential customers with limited-incomes, the Sonora Environmental Research Institute (SERI) provides a no-interest loan to pay for rainwater harvesting systems over time. For those who qualify, SERI also offers a grant. SERI will act as the liaison to help with the full program process, including the initial plan, scope of work, paperwork, purchasing materials, hiring contractors, and submitting the rebate to Tucson Water. This program is in partnership with, and funded by, Tucson Water. To get started register for a rainwater harvesting workshop at the link below. For inquiries, email workshops@seriaz.org.
    SERI Rainwater harvesting calendar of workshops 
    Tucson Water
  • CITY LAUNCHES GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS MAKE BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS
    Date: Sept. 15, 2020 
    - The City of Tucson announced yesterday, Sept. 14, the launch of the Visual Improvement Program (VIP), a matching grant program to help small businesses and commercial property owners make exterior improvements to their properties. The purpose of the VIP program is to encourage investment and revitalization in key commercial areas and corridors through incentives and infrastructure improvements. The program is designed to help properties in need of revitalization and assist property owners or business owners with storefront facelifts. The City will provide technical and financial assistance to help renovate or restore exterior façades, signage, and lighting for commercial buildings. Applicants for the VIP must be commercial property owners or commercial tenants located within the City of Tucson. For more information and specific requirements, follow the link below.
    Visual Improvement Program
  • VOTE SAFE: VOTE BY MAIL
    Date: Sept. 15, 2020 
    Pima County and its Recorder’s Office want to help slow the spread of COVID-19 this election season. They are encouraging voters to request early ballots and vote by mail. They say Arizonans have used mail-in ballots safely and successfully for many years. During the pandemic, they're encouraging more people to take advantage of this safe, easy, and secure way to vote. Follow the link below to help guide you through registering to vote, requesting a mail-in ballot, verifying your registration, and more.
    Vote Safe: Vote by Mail
  • COVID-19 TUESDAY UPDATE SHOWS SLIGHT UPTICK IN NUMBERS
    Date: Sept. 15, 2020 
    As of today, Sept. 15, Arizona now has 209,209 positive coronavirus cases, with 484 new cases reported today (up from 213 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 22,643 cases are in Pima County (up 132 from yesterday). There have been 5,344 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (22 reported today), and 601 of those occurred in Pima County (-1 reported today after a data revision). 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
  • TUCSON ROADRUNNERS TO GIVE AWAY FACE MASKS
    Date: Sept. 15, 2020 
    The Tucson Roadrunners hockey team announced yesterday, Sept. 14, that Dusty’s Drive-In will make three stops in Tucson on Wednesday evenings in September. The team will distribute Roadrunners face coverings to fans in a drive-thru format. In addition, fans, if they're are able, are asked to donate a can of food for everyone in their car who collects a face covering. The collected food items will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. For convenience and safety, fans will stay in their vehicles throughout the process. All events will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. The first giveaway will be tomorrow, Sept. 16, at El Pueblo Park, 101 W. Irvington Road (enter off Old Nogales Highway). The next will take place Sept. 23 at Lincoln Park (enter at 8100 block of East Escalante Road). The final event will be Sept. 30 at the Tucson Convention Center (in Lot B off Cushing Street). Fans are asked to wear their current face coverings when collecting their new ones and donating their cans of food.
    From Tucson Roadrunners
    Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
  • BROADWAY-EUCLID TO COUNTRY CLUB IMPROVEMENT PROJECT TRAFFIC SHIFT
    Date: Sept. 15, 2020 
    Starting tomorrow, Sept. 16, at approximately 6 a.m., northbound and southbound traffic on Euclid Avenue, just north and south of Broadway Boulevard, will be shifted to the east side of the roadway with one lane in each direction. This shift will be in place to allow crews to mill the existing asphalt and prep the subgrade for paving on westbound Broadway, between Aviation Parkway and Euclid. Crews also will begin building a new curb, ADA ramps, and a bus pullout on the northwest corner of Euclid and Broadway. This shift will be in place until about mid-October. The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2021.
    Read the news release
    Project website
  • FREE COMMUNITY COVID-19 TESTING AT EL PUEBLO CENTER
    Date: Sept. 14, 2020 
    The City of Tucson is offering free COVID-19 testing to any community member who wishes to get tested. This free testing, administered by El Rio Health, began over the weekend at El Pueblo Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. This is the second free testing site operated by the City of Tucson and funded through the City’s federal CARES Act grant. Testing began last month at the Morris K. Udall Center. Testing will continue at these sites until they are no longer needed to control the pandemic, and appointments are required. For more information regarding the free public testing and to schedule an appointment at the Udall and El Pueblo sites, visit the link below.
    City of Tucson COVID-19 testing sites
  • COUNCIL MEMBER KOZACHIK CONCERNED ABOUT COVID-19 OUTBREAK AT UA
    Date: Sept. 14, 2020 
    Ward 6 Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik says recent contact tracing and testing efforts for some University of Arizona students show a COVID-19 outbreak has been identified in student high rises west of the UA campus. "In the limited testing we have been able to conduct, in Hub Tucson alone we have found 45 positive cases," he said. "With 490 residents living in a confined congregate setting, the likelihood is the virus is already spreading throughout the building at an alarming pace." During an online meeting Saturday with Hub Tucson management and the Pima County Health Department, Kozachik requested building management mandate 100% testing for all of the residents. They declined, citing restrictions in their leases. Kozachik is calling on the UA to compel testing by issuing a directive that prevents any student from continuing to participate in any form of classroom instruction, including virtually, until they have produced a negative COVID-19 test result coming from a reliable PCR test, and that process must be repeated every three weeks until the end of the semester. "Pima County will issue orders to shut down swimming pools at the high rises and is exploring legal means by which individual rooms may be quarantined," he said.
    Read Kozachik's letter
  • COVID-19 MONDAY UPDATE SHOWS NO NEW DEATHS
    Date: Sept. 14, 2020 
    As of today, Sept. 14, Arizona now has 208,725 positive coronavirus cases, with 213 new cases reported today (down from 384 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 22,511 cases are in Pima County (up 61 from yesterday). There have been 5,322 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (0 reported today), and 602 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
  • ICYMI: TEXT TO 911 LAUNCHES IN PIMA COUNTY
    Date: Sept. 14, 2020 
    Communications centers across Pima County have now integrated texting into the 911 answering system, allowing residents in need of emergency services to reach a dispatcher via text when calling is not an option. Traditional 911 voice calls are still preferred since they are the most effective way for dispatchers to gather information and field emergency calls. Text to 911 helps those who are unable to speak due to an emergency, or those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled. To best use the system, you must know and provide your location in the text. Also, you can't text with a 911-only phone nor can you text from an internet messaging program. The preferred language is English, due to limited translation services. The easiest way to remember when to use the system is to “Call If You Can. Text If You Can’t.”
    Read the news release (PDF)
    Watch a video detailing the system
    Watch a brief PSA about the system
  • CITY OF TUCSON AND INTERMOUNTAIN CENTERS BREAK GROUND ON NEW SENSORY PARK
    Date: Sept. 14, 2020 
    Ward 1 Tucson City Council Member Lane Santa Cruz, Tucson Parks and Recreation, and Intermountain Centers will break ground on Intermountain Sensory Park, 401 N. Bonita Ave., tomorrow, Sept. 15, at 3:30 p.m. In the fall of 2019, the Mayor and Tucson City Council approved the development and maintenance agreement of the park. It will be one of the only parks west of the Mississippi designed to accommodate those on the autism spectrum and will include elements for those individuals with physical disabilities. The new park will provide a safe and accessible place for people and their families who are living with autism. The building of the park will happen in phases as funds become available. Phase I improvements include fencing and a new turf play area that should be completed this fall. Financial support from the community is necessary to complete the construction.
    Donate to the park
    Intermountain Centers/City of Tucson news release
    Tucson Parks and Recreation