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  • STATE SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF THE CITY OF TUCSON IN ELECTION DISPUTE
    Date: April 15, 2021 
    The Arizona Supreme Court ruled yesterday, April 14, that the City of Tucson can continue to hold its elections in odd-numbered years. The high court's 5-1 ruling settles a legal battle between the City and the Arizona Legislature, which tried to force Tucson to hold its elections in even-numbered years. State Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Tucson’s election plans may violate a 2018 law requiring cities to hold their elections in even-numbered years if their off-year elections show a significantly lower turnout. However, the court ruled that the law conflicts with a state constitutional provision giving charter cities autonomy over matters of purely local concern, saying city elections are a local issue, not a statewide concern. The City of Tucson will hold its 2021 primary election on Aug. 3 and its general election on Nov. 2.
    Read Mayor Regina Romero's comments on Twitter
    Read more in the Arizona Daily Star
  • CITY OF TUCSON TO OPEN MORE POOLS AND SPLASH PADS MONDAY
    Date: April 15, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation will open three extended-season pools and splash pads beginning Monday, April 19, in addition to four pools already open. Pools will continue to be limited capacity for adult lap swimming only, with one lap swimmer per lane. Masks are required at the facility when not in the water. For more information on locations and times, visit the website linked below. Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center will need to close on April 26 to replace 10 pool filters requiring a four-to-six-week closure. Fort Lowell Pool will also open once the parking lot paving is complete in early May. In addition, City of Tucson splash pads will also open on Monday, April 19. They will be open daily from 8 a.m.-sunset.
    Read the news release
    Parks and Recreation Pools and Splash Pads
  • COVID-19 THURSDAY UPDATE AND VACCINE SCHEDULING
    Date: April 15, 2021 
    As of today, April 15, Arizona now has 851,725 positive coronavirus cases, with 460 new cases reported today (up from 419 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 114,029 cases are in Pima County (up 126 from yesterday). There have been 17,123 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (14 reported today), and 2,376 of those occurred in Pima County (4 reported today). Meanwhile, if you want a COVID-19 vaccine at a Pima County site, you can register online at the link below. Help is also available in English and Spanish by calling (520) 222-0119 for those who are unable to make an online appointment. To register at the state-run University of Arizona site, follow the state/UA link below, or call (844) 542-8201. So far, more than 2.63 million people in Arizona, or 36.6% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while more than 1.77 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccine registration
    State/UA vaccine registration
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • CITY OF TUCSON TO VIRTUALLY HOST SECOND SHETECH EXPLORER DAY IN ARIZONA
    Date: April 15, 2021 
    The City of Tucson Office of Economic Initiatives announces open registration for Arizona’s second SheTech Explorer Day, to be held in a virtual format on April 22, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The one-day event provides high school girls the opportunity to engage with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on activities alongside industry mentors and encourages them to consider STEM careers. SheTech Explorer Day is expected to draw approximately 100 girls from high schools throughout the region and will connect them with STEM professionals and higher education partners, including Pima JTED, UArizona, FreeFall Aerospace, Microsoft TEALS, Edmund Optics, NP Photonics, Darling Geomatics, IBM, and others. The girls will attend workshops hosted by industry professionals from these organizations and others, who will help students to gain the skills and confidence needed to eventually pursue STEM careers. Students, parents, or schools interested in getting involved with SheTech Explorer Day Arizona should follow the SheTech AZ link below.
    SheTech AZ
    Read the news release
    Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson)
  • CLEAN AIR CHALLENGE SEEKS PHOTOS AND POETRY
    Date: April 15, 2021 
    Pima County residents are being asked to "picture" clean air and submit family-friendly photographs and/or poetry (in celebration of April’s Poetry Month) of designated air themes by Earth Day, April 22. Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) Clean Air Program staff will choose the finalists, which will be up for a public vote during the last week in April. Participants with the most votes will win prizes, and all entries have a chance at being posted on social media during the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Awareness Week, May 3-7. For more information and a list of prizes, follow the #ThisIsCleanAir link below.
    #ThisIsCleanAir
    PDEQ
  • COVID-19 VACCINES AVAILABLE TODAY WITH NO APPOINTMENT
    Date: April 14, 2021 
    A COVID-19 vaccine site is open at El Pueblo Center, 101 W. Irvington Road, Bldg. 9, for those 18 and up. Just walk up and get a Moderna vaccine today, while supplies last. The site is open 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • CHANGES AHEAD FOR COVID-19 VACCINATION SITE AT KINO
    Date: April 14, 2021 
    The COVID-19 drive-thru vaccination site managed by Banner-University Medicine at Kino Stadium will deliver its last doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on May 14 before shutting down permanently due to hot weather. Hours at the Kino Stadium site will shift on April 17 to 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, in order to keep the public, staff, and volunteers out of the heat. Patients will be notified by Banner directly if their appointment times need to be adjusted. The site will be limited to second doses after April 17. Preparing for this shift, the County this week opened an indoor facility at the Kino Event Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way, for first- and second-dose appointments.
    Read the news release (registration link included)
  • NATIONAL MAYORS' CHALLENGE FOR WATER CONSERVATION
    Date: April 14, 2021 
    Throughout the rest of April, residents in cities across the nation are pledging to save water and other natural resources in a friendly competition to win eco-friendly prizes. Winning cities are those with the highest percentage of residents participating in the challenge. Prizes include a grand prize of $3,000 in utility payments, “Green Your Home” cleaning kits, water-saving fixtures, and more. In addition, a community charity can win a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. As of today, Tucson is in first place in its population category (300,000-599,999 people). Make your water-saving pledge at the link below.
    Wyland National Mayors' Challenge for Water Conservation
    Watch Tucson Mayor Regina Romero's video about the challenge
  • VIRTUAL YOUTH CHAT LATER THIS MONTH
    Date: April 14, 2021 
    Join leaders and members from the Goodwill REC Youth Center, United Youth Leadership Council, NAACP Tucson Youth Council, AmeriCorps, and the Tucson Police Department for an informal youth chat on April 28, from 4-6 p.m. Participants will come together to join in solidarity to listen, exchange ideas, educate, increase understanding, and lift up the voices of our youth. The virtual chat is open to anyone between the ages of 14 to 24. Register at the link below.
    Registration
  • COVID-19 WEDNESDAY UPDATE AND VACCINE SCHEDULING
    Date: April 14, 2021 
    As of today, April 14, Arizona now has 851,265 positive coronavirus cases, with 419 new cases reported today (down from 610 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 113,903 cases are in Pima County (up 81 from yesterday). There have been 17,109 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (4 reported today), and 2,372 of those occurred in Pima County (-1 reported today after a data revision). Meanwhile, if you want a COVID-19 vaccine at a Pima County site, you can register online at the link below. Help is also available in English and Spanish by calling (520) 222-0119 for those who are unable to make an online appointment. To register at the state-run University of Arizona site, follow the state/UA link below, or call (844) 542-8201. So far, more than 2.61 million people in Arizona, or 36.3% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while more than 1.74 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccine registration
    State/UA vaccine registration
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • TUCSON WATER WARNS OF IMPOSTORS ATTEMPTING TO ENTER HOMES
    Date: April 12, 2021 
    Tucson Water is warning customers that it has received several complaints of individuals coming to homes and asking to be let inside to collect water samples. The individual arrives unannounced, then presents a badge identifying him as a Water Department employee. He also states he needs to check the water in the house, including in the bedrooms. Personal items were discovered missing after one resident allowed the individual to enter the home. Incidents have been reported in the areas of Sunrise and Swan, and Speedway and Camino Seco. Tucson Water reminds you that employees will only come to your home after an appointment has been made in response to an issue related to water quality/pressure or a high water bill. Employees always have an identification badge, wear a Tucson Water uniform, and drive a marked City of Tucson/Tucson Water vehicle. Employees very rarely need to enter the home to collect water samples, as that can usually be accomplished by collecting a sample from an outdoor spigot. Residents who are approached by anybody claiming to be from Tucson Water without making prior arrangements for an appointment nor seeing a Tucson Water uniform or marked water utility vehicle should refuse them entry, and call 911 as soon as possible.
    Read the news release
    Tucson Water
  • PUBLIC HOUSING OFFICES TO REOPEN THIS MONTH
    Date: April 12, 2021 
    Starting the week of Monday, April 26, The City of Tucson's Housing and Community Development's (HCD) public housing offices will be open for walk-in assistance on Tuesdays, from 8 a.m.-noon, and on Thursdays, from noon-4 p.m., and the offices will begin performing routine work orders. Meetings can also be scheduled by appointment. Rent will not be collected in the public housing offices, so continue to mail or drop off your rent at the HCD Main Office, 310 N. Commerce Park Loop. If you plan to visit in person, be advised that you will be required to wear a face mask, maintain 6-feet of social distancing, and answer questions to screen for COVID-19 or the flu. Please stay home if you are not feeling well or are experiencing any flu symptoms, such as headache, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, cough, or fever.
    HCD reopening and COVID-19 information
    Fill out a contact form
    Contact HCD by email: HCDAdmin@tucsonaz.gov
    Contact HCD by phone: (520) 791-4171
  • WATCH THE BUDGET TOWN HALLS
    Date: April 12, 2021 
    Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and City Manager Michael Ortega recently held a series of virtual town halls to provide a platform for community members to voice their priorities for the City of Tucson's next fiscal year budget, which begins on July 1. The series was organized into four unique town halls with focused discussions on Infrastructure and Mobility, Climate Action and Adaptation, Community Safety, and a Resilient Recovery. All of the town halls are available for viewing by following the link below.
    Watch the Budget Town Halls
  • COVID-19 MONDAY UPDATE AND VACCINE SCHEDULING
    Date: April 12, 2021 
    As of today, April 12, Arizona now has 850,236 positive coronavirus cases, with 675 new cases reported today (up from 540 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 113,764 cases are in Pima County (up 105 from yesterday). There have been 17,086 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (0 reported today), and 2,369 of those occurred in Pima County (0 reported today). Meanwhile, if you want a COVID-19 vaccine at a Pima County site, you can register online at the link below. Help is also available in English and Spanish by calling (520) 222-0119 for those who are unable to make an online appointment. To register at the state-run University of Arizona site, follow the state/UA link below, or call (844) 542-8201. So far, more than 2.56 million people in Arizona, or 35.7% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while more than 1.69 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccine registration
    State/UA vaccine registration
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • USE CONTACTLESS PAYMENT WITH GOTUCSON PARKING APP
    Date: April 12, 2021 
    - A safe return to work or entertainment is in your hands with the GoTucson Parking mobile app. Download the free app for fast, convenient, and touch-free payment at any parking meter in Downtown Tucson, Fourth Avenue, or Main Gate Square. Plus, extend time directly from the app so you can continue shopping and dining. To download the app, follow the link below.
    GoTucson Parking mobile app
    Park Tucson website
  • COVID-19 VACCINATION SITES EXPAND AND MOVE INDOORS TO BEAT THE HEAT 
    Date: April 8, 2021 
    - Pima County, the City of Tucson, and Tucson Medical Center (TMC) are working in partnership to shift and expand their COVID-19 vaccination efforts to indoor facilities to beat the heat. The latest change involves moving TMC's drive-thru site to a walk-through facility at the City of Tucson’s Morris K. Udall Recreation Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road, beginning April 19. Another new site recently opened at the El Pueblo Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. The Kino Event Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way, will begin indoor vaccinations on April 12. For operating hours and registration links for all sites, read the news release linked below
    Read the news release
  • COVID-19 THURSDAY UPDATE AND VACCINE SCHEDULING
    Date: April 8, 2021 
    As of today, April 8, Arizona now has 846,900 positive coronavirus cases, with 670 new cases reported today (down from 750 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 113,375 cases are in Pima County (up 122 from yesterday). There have been 17,055 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (32 reported today), and 2,366 of those occurred in Pima County (5 reported today). Meanwhile, if you want a COVID-19 vaccine at a Pima County site, you can register online at the link below. Help is also available in English and Spanish by calling (520) 222-0119 for those who are unable to make an online appointment. To register at the state-run University of Arizona site, follow the state/UA link below, or call (844) 542-8201. So far, more than 2.45 million people in Arizona, or 34.1% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while more than 1.57 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccine registration
    State/UA vaccine registration
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • COUNTRY CLUB ROAD TEMPORARY CLOSURE NORTH OF BROADWAY
    Date: April 8, 2021 
    Country Club Road, just north of Broadway, is scheduled to close to through travel beginning at 7 p.m. tomorrow, April 9, until about 6 a.m. Monday, April 12, to allow crews to install an underground storm drain. Eastbound and westbound travel on Broadway will not be affected by this closure. Motorists traveling northbound on Country Club Road at Broadway will be required to turn east or west on Broadway. Motorists traveling southbound on Country Club Road north of Broadway will not be allowed to travel through the intersection and should detour to Tucson Boulevard or Alvernon Way as an alternate route. This work is part of the Broadway Improvement Project currently taking place from Euclid Avenue to Country Club Road.
    Project website
    News release and map
  • HHW COLLECTION EVENT SATURDAY
    Date: April 8, 2021 
    The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) is hosting its monthly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event this Saturday, April 10, from 8 a.m. to noon. Bring your HHW, electronic waste, and glass bottles/jars, and the City will recycle them for you for free. You can also bring documents (limit three boxes) for free shredding. The collection event will be at Pima Community College's Downtown Campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave. (enter off Drachman Street). See the HHW list linked below for details on what to bring. Please do not bring dried paint, empty containers, or CRT monitors. This event happens on the second Saturday of every month in different areas across Tucson. Follow the link below to see the schedule for the event closest to you.
    HHW list
    HHW program details
    Collection event schedule for 2021 (PDF)
  • EGSD HIRING EQUIPMENT OPERATORS
    Date: April 8, 2021 
    Are you a hardworking individual who likes to work outdoors? Do you like keeping busy at work? If so, the City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) has the perfect job for you. EGSD is looking for experienced equipment operators to join its Trash Collection Team. Follow the link below for the complete job description and list of qualifications. Applications are due by May 2.
    Read the job description and qualifications