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  • MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETINGS TOMORROW
    Date: June 21, 2021 
    Tucson's Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing tomorrow, June 22, to review a proposed amendment to the City of Tucson Building Code requiring the installation of an electric vehicle (EV) outlet in new one- and two-family residential construction. This is one of the first steps toward implementation of the Electric Vehicle Roadmap adopted by Mayor and Council on April 20. There also will be the continuation of a public hearing on differential water rates for Tucson Water customers living in unincorporated Pima County. Tomorrow's Mayor and Council Study Session begins at 2 p.m. The Regular Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. 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, and you can also see what's on the agendas by following the links below.
    City of Tucson YouTube page
    View Mayor and Council agenda
  • CITY OF TUCSON WINS 2021 NATIONAL CHALLENGE FOR WATER CONSERVATION
    Date: June 21, 2021 
    The City of Tucson recently won the Wyland National Mayors' Challenge for Water Conservation for cities with populations between 300,000 and 599,999. The challenge is an annual campaign presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National League of Cities, and other partners to promote environmental sustainability and water and resource resiliency. In April, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero called on community members to pledge to conserve water and other resources, and they promised to save 50 million gallons of water. As part of the next steps, residents from winning cities will be entered into a drawing for thousands of dollars in water-saving or eco-friendly prizes.
    Wyland National Mayors' Challenge for Water Conservation
  • PARKS AND RECREATION OFFERS SWIM LESSONS
    Date: June 21, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation has 12 pools open for recreational swim and adult lap swim. The pools will stay open through Aug. 4. Entrance to City pools is free throughout the summer. For complete information on the City pools, visit the website linked below. Parks and Recreation also will be offering limited swim lessons for two sessions, July 6-16 and July 19-30. Separate classes will be available for parents and children. Registration is underway now. Follow the link below for times, locations, and to sign up.
    Register at EZEEreg.com
  • WEEKLY TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS AND ROAD RACES CONTINUE THIS WEEK
    Date: June 21, 2021 
    After a break last week due to extreme heat, Tucson Parks and Recreation resumes its annual summer track and field and road races throughout June and July. Track and field events are held Tuesdays, through July 20, at Palo Verde High School, 1302 S. Avenida Vega. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with events starting at 7 p.m. Road races take place every Thursday, through July 22, at various locations. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with events starting at 6 p.m. Ribbons will be given to the top finishers at each track and field meet and each run. For more information, call (520) 791-4870.
    Summer Track and field and road races
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS
    Date: June 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
  • ICYMI: COOLING CENTERS AND PET SAFETY
    Date: June 17, 2021 
    In the wake of extreme heat with temperatures over 110 degrees this week, Mayor Regina Romero recently requested that City Manager Michael Ortega open cooling centers across Tucson. Six locations, one in each Ward, are open every day through this Sunday, June 20, from noon-6 p.m. These cooling center locations (link below) will resume operations after Sunday on any day when temperatures are expected to exceed 110 degrees. Masks are encouraged, and the centers will be operating at reduced capacity to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness (TPCH) has compiled a list of additional cooling stations and locations (link below) for water and supplies. Meanwhile, with high temperatures in Tucson expected to remain near 115 degrees for the next few days, Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) offers some important tips on keeping your pets safe. Watch the videos linked below to learn more about how to take care of your pets as we deal with the extreme heat.
    Mayor Romero's tweet of City of Tucson cooling stations
    TPCH cooling stations
    Watch the Pet Connection video
    PACC tips and video
    National Weather Service forecast
  • EVICTION PREVENTION/EMERGENCY RENT AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE FUNDS STILL AVAILABLE
    Date: June 17, 2021 
    The federal eviction moratorium is set to expire on June 30. Applications are still being accepted for the Eviction Prevention Program in Tucson. The Mayor and Tucson City Council approved spending $27.1 million ($19.1 million from the City of Tucson and $8 million from Pima County) for the Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention/Emergency Rent and Utility Relief Program. Through the coordinated efforts of the City, County, and the Community Investment Corporation, both tenants and landlords/property managers (acting on behalf of tenants) can now apply for funds. Dual enrollment of tenants and landlords is accepted. Funding requests for unpaid rent and utilities are available for up to 12 months in arrears and three months in advance. For information, eligibility requirements, and to apply online, visit the Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention Program website linked below. Those without internet access can call (831) 292-4308 to apply, and bilingual case managers are available.
    Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention Program
    From the Arizona Daily Star
  • LIMITED LOBBY SERVICES AT HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEXT WEEK
    Date: June 17, 2021 
    The City of Tucson’s Department of Housing and Community Development's (HCD) lobby walk-in service hours during the week of June 21-25 will not have Section 8 managers, supervisors, inspectors, or specialists available to assist customers. Regular lobby walk-in service hours will remain the same for general questions and assistance (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 310 N. Commerce Park Loop. Paperwork and the blue drop-off bin outside the building will still be available weekdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Read the full announcement
    HCD
  • REMINDER: NEW HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP-OFF HOURS
    Date: June 17, 2021 
    The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) collects household hazardous waste (HHW) at the Los Reales Landfill, and the hours changed earlier this month. The facility is now open to residents for HHW collection on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. The program is free to City of Tucson residents, but anyone outside of city limits will be charged $10. To prove residency, you must show your Arizona Driver License or current utility bill. Small businesses that generate hazardous waste will be able to drop off materials on Wednesdays, but they must make an appointment ahead of time by calling (520) 791-4183.
    More HHW information
    Accepted HHW items
  • ENJOY SUMMER FUN AT REID PARK ZOO DURING SUMMER SAFARI NIGHTS
    Date: June 17, 2021 
    Reid Park Zoo’s annual Summer Safari Nights program is back every Saturday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., through Aug. 15. Enjoy the Zoo during the evening, 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, June 19, is "Large and In Charge." Mabu, one of the Zoo's African elephants, is the largest resident of Arizona, weighing in at more than 13,000 pounds. From the long necks of the giraffe herd, the heft of the rhinos, and the muscular build of the lion pride, we share this planet with some big and strong animals. Wear your favorite muscle shirt or just bring your biggest smile to help celebrate these sizable species. Live classic rock, rock ’n’ roll, blues, and country covers will be performed by Jamie’s Gang.
    Summer Safari Nights 2021
    Reid Park Zoo
  • COOLING CENTERS NOW OPEN ACROSS TUCSON
    Date: June 16, 2021 
    In the wake of extreme heat with temperatures over 110 degrees this week, Mayor Regina Romero recently requested that City Manager Michael Ortega open cooling centers across Tucson. Six locations, one in each Ward, are open every day through this Sunday, June 20, from noon-6 p.m. These cooling center locations (link below) will resume operations after Sunday on any day when temperatures are expected to exceed 110 degrees. Masks are encouraged, and the centers will be operating at reduced capacity to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness (TPCH) has compiled a list of additional cooling stations and locations (link below) for water and supplies.
    Mayor Romero's tweet of City of Tucson cooling stations
    TPCH cooling stations
  • TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION CANCELS TOMORROW'S ROAD RACES
    Date: June 16, 2021 
    Due to the extreme heat, the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department is canceling its road races that were scheduled for tomorrow, June 16. The annual summer road races and track and field events are typically held throughout June and July. The road races take place every Thursday at various locations, through July 22. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with events starting at 6 p.m. Track and field events are held Tuesdays, through July 20, at Palo Verde High School, 1302 S. Avenida Vega. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with events starting at 7 p.m. Ribbons will be given to the top finishers at each track and field meet and each run. For more information, call (520) 791-4870.
    Summer Track and field and road races
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • OPERATION SPLASH UNDERWAY
    Date: June 16, 2021 
    Yesterday, June 15, marked the first day of Tucson's monsoon. As weather patterns shift to bring moisture into Tucson, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) Streets Maintenance Division recently delivered barricades to hundreds of dip crossings throughout the city. Protecting the public on city streets during Tucson’s summer thunderstorm season is the objective of the Operation Splash campaign. DTM staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through mid-September. As washes flood, crews will close roadways at dip crossings and washes using more than 500 barricades near the crossings. DTM will also assist residents concerned with flooding by offering free, self-serve sandbags in the east parking lot of Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way, at Reid Park. DTM is monitoring the National Weather Service and local forecast and will place sand and sandbags a few days ahead of the first forecast storm. Please bring your own shovel. Since 2016, DTM has distributed approximately 115,000 sandbags.
    Read the news release
    Watch a video about Operation Splash 2021
    National Weather Service forecast
  • INPUT NEEDED FOR FIRST AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS
    Date: June 16, 2021 
    The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) is seeking community input on two alternative options to improve First Avenue between Grant Road and River Road. The first alternative consists of keeping First Avenue at its current configuration of four travel lanes, and the second alternative consists of widening First Avenue to six lanes. The First Avenue alternatives were developed through the recently completed First Avenue Needs Assessment, which was conducted to evaluate current corridor deficiencies and needs in preparation for the First Avenue Improvement Project. Public input received on the two alternatives will help decide which of the two options the City will move forward to project design and construction. To learn more about the project alternatives and how to submit feedback, visit the project website linked below or text FIRST to (520) 210-5707. DTM will also be holding two virtual town halls, on Tuesday, June 29, and Thursday, July 15.
    Project website and survey
    Read the news release
  • STORMWATER: PROTECTING AND EMBRACING A PRECIOUS RESOURCE
    Date: June 16, 2021 
    By collecting precious and increasingly rare stormwater and directing it to sustain desert trees and vegetation, we can make our community cooler, more livable, and more resilient to extreme heat and drought. Join the second installment of the Tucson Clean and Beautiful (TCB) Speaker Series to hear Marie Light, geohydrologist at Pima County Department of Environmental Quality, and Jon Choi, green infrastructure program Manager at TCB, discuss pollutants often found in our stormwater. They'll speak about actions we can take to keep stormwater clean, the benefits of installing infrastructure to harvest the rain, and resources available to help you and your neighborhood make the most of the rare gifts of rain. The Zoom presentation is scheduled for June 23, at 5:30 p.m. You can register by following the link below.
    Register for the presentation
    TCB information on the presentation
  • ONE-STOP CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT IN TUCSON NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
    Date: June 14, 2021 
    The newly renovated Tucson Development Center is now open. Located on the first floor of the Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Ave., the center is staffed by multiple City departments to serve the development industry and property owners that need information about their construction projects. Planning and Development Services, Tucson Water, and the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility are available to assist with building permit applications Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Tucson Fire Department is available Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon. Staff members are not conducting over-the-counter plan review, but they are available to answer questions and help with their online applications. All applications must be submitted electronically. The public cashier is also open to take various payments to the City of Tucson. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed noon-1 p.m. for lunch).
    Tucson Development Center
  • LEARN ABOUT DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEES
    Date: June 14, 2021 
    When Tucson grows through new development, our community grows. This can come with many benefits, such as local amenities, jobs, and improved quality of life for our community. To ensure that the City can provide adequate services for this growth, it is important that we grow the necessary facilities and services for development proportionately. The City funds its growth of services through the collection of Development Impact Fees. Those impact fees cover the proportionate cost of necessary facilities and services for the related new development. Follow the link below to learn more about what the fees are, how they are assessed, what they can be used for, and how much is collected and spent in the City of Tucson.
    Development Impact Fees
  • REGISTER FOR THE UPCOMING MAP TALK ON HOUSING
    Date: June 14, 2021 
    Join Tucson housing market experts on Thursday, June 24, from noon-1:30 p.m., for a panel discussion on current housing growth, gaps, and vulnerability in the local market. This virtual event is organized by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and the MAP Dashboard. The Housing Market Study was created to help inform the development of a comprehensive affordable housing strategy to help meet the current and future demand. The study was created in partnership with the University of Arizona Eller College of Management’s Economic and Business Research Center, Pima County, and the City of Tucson.
    Register
    Housing Market Study
  • WEEKLY TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS AND ROAD RACES CONTINUE THIS WEEK
    Date: June 14, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation is hosting its annual summer track and field and road races throughout June and July. Track and field events are held Tuesdays, through July 20, at Palo Verde High School, 1302 S. Avenida Vega. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with events starting at 7 p.m. Road races will take place every Thursday, June 10-July 22, at various locations. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with events starting at 6 p.m. Ribbons will be given to the top finishers at each track and field meet and each run. For more information, call (520) 791-4870.
    Summer Track and field and road races
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • TAKE A SURVEY ON HOW YOU USE TUGO BIKE SHARE
    Date: June 14, 2021 
    How has the pandemic changed the way you move? Have your transportation needs pivoted? Tugo Bike Share wants your feedback on transportation in Tucson. Take a quick survey describing how, or if, you use the program. The survey only takes a few minutes.
    Take the survey
    Tugo Bike Share