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  • ARIZONA MAYORS URGE GOV. DUCEY TO TAKE MORE STEPS TO STEM COVID-19 SPREAD Date: July 10, 2020  Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and other mayors from across the state sent a letter yesterday, July 9, to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, asking him to do more to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. They requested the governor to mandate statewide mask use in public settings; increase testing, contact tracing, and isolation for positive cases; and encourage Arizonans to stay at home as much as possible. At a briefing later in the day, Ducey did encourage people to stay at home (while not mandating it), urged the use of face masks (while not mandating it statewide), and promised increased testing. He also issued an executive order limiting indoor dining to less than 50 percent of fire code capacity. In a separate letter to Ducey, Ward 6 Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik once again asked the governor to rescind the prohibition preventing local mayors and city councils from adopting their own regulations related to public and private facilities. Ducey did not do that yesterday.
    From Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star
    Read the letter from the mayors 
    Read the letter from Council Member Kozachik
    COVID-19 UPDATE Date: July 10, 2020  As of today, July 10, Arizona now has 116,892 positive coronavirus cases, with 4,221 new cases reported today. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 11,172 cases are in Pima County. There have been 2,082 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 313 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.
    COVID-19 website
    TUCSON CITY COURT RESTRICTS IN-PERSON APPEARANCES Date: July 10, 2020  After extensive consultation with justice system partners and local and state authorities, Tucson City Court is instituting some operational changes to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Starting Monday, July 13, the court is limiting in-person appearances at the City Court building until at least Aug. 9. All courtrooms will be closed, except for people seeking injunctions, orders of protection, those appearing for related hearings, and in-custody video hearings. Other than the parties themselves, attendance is limited to counsel, court staff, law enforcement, victims, witnesses, probation officers, interpreters, and ADA assistants. Family and friends are excluded at this time. All in-person hearings will be rescheduled, and notices will be sent to the parties. Rescheduling hearings will take time. If you have not received a notice of rescheduled hearing by the end of July, please call (520) 791-5216. All remote appearance hearings, telephonic and video, remain on the calendar as scheduled. Customer service hours for the walk-up window facing Alameda Street will be extended until 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
    Tucson City Court
    SERI TO HOST ANOTHER ONLINE RAINWATER HARVESTING REBATE WORKSHOP Date: July 10, 2020  The Sonora Environmental Research Institute (SERI) will host a live, virtual workshop covering Tucson Water's Rainwater Harvesting Rebate and the Low-Income Rainwater Harvesting Grant and Loan Program. The workshop is Wednesday, July 15, at 10 a.m. The session is in Spanish and is limited to 25 participants. It will last for approximately three hours. Subjects covered include rebate requirements, system installation, and more. Please register in advance at the link below. For more information, contact seri@seriaz.org.
    Register
    Tucson Water Rainwater Harvesting Rebate
    SERI
    CITY RECRUITING PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS ADMINISTRATOR Date: July 10, 2020  The City of Tucson's Public Safety Communications Department is hiring a public safety communications administrator who exercises direct and functional management and supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical staff. Among other duties, the position also coordinates the organization, staffing, and operational activities of the Communications Department, including the radio dispatch system, telephone report system, and the telephone/radio call recording system. A bachelor's degree is required, along with five years of supervisory experience. Four of those years must be in a centralized public safety dispatching or public safety experience-related functional area. The deadline to apply is July 14.
    Read the job description.
    Public Safety Communications Department
  • ARIZONA IS A WORLD LEADER FOR COVID-19 CASES Date: July 9, 2020  There were nearly 27,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona during the most recent seven-day period available, according to a data analysis by Capitol Media Services. That's nearly 3,700 new infections this past week for every 1 million Arizona residents. That's higher than any state in the country and any other country in the world, according to a separate analysis this week by The New York Times. As of today, July 9, Arizona is now recording 112,671 positive coronavirus cases, with 4,057 new cases reported today. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 10,835 cases are in Pima County. There have now been 2,038 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 313 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.
    COVID-19 website
    From Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star
    From The New York Times
    REID PARK ZOO WELCOMES BIRTH OF GREVY’S ZEBRA FOAL Date: July 9, 2020  Reid Park Zoo this week announced a new addition to its family. Anna, a 7-year-old Grevy’s zebra, gave birth to a male foal on July 4. The foal was standing and nursing within an hour of his arrival, and both mom and baby are doing well. Anna and her 18-year-old mate, Ben, are both first-time parents. The pair came to Reid Park Zoo last spring thanks to a breeding recommendation as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan. Grevy’s zebras are the largest zebra species, and no stripe patterns are the same. As part of its survival in the wild, a newborn foal quickly learns to recognize his mother by identifying her distinctive stripe pattern, as well as using sight, sound, and smell. Grevy’s zebras are an endangered species whose population in the wild has dropped significantly over the last 40 years, with fewer than 2,000 of them remaining in Africa today. While the Zoo remains closed to the public due to COVID-19 precautions, you can follow the growth and milestone moments for the zebra foal, meerkat pups, and elephant calf. See how you and your kids can enjoy the Zoo during its closure a bit later in today's NewsNet.
    Read the news from Reid Park Zoo.
    Reid Park Zoo website
    APPLY TO SERVE ON THE COMMISSION ON EQUITABLE HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT Date: July 9, 2020  Per the direction of the Mayor and Tucson City Council, the City is forming the advisory Commission on Equitable Housing and Development (CEHD) to inform the City’s decisions related to Tucson’s inadequate number of affordable housing units and high rates of poverty. The City is actively seeking candidates who represent Tucson’s geographic, economic, and demographic diversity to collaboratively develop solutions for housing affordability, poverty, and involuntary displacement. The deadline to apply is July 31. The application and additional information can be accessed online by following the link below or contacting Ann Chanecka at Ann.Chanecka@tucsonaz.gov or (520) 837-6691.
    Application and information
    ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES IS HIRING DRIVERS Date: July 9, 2020  Do you like keeping busy at work? The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) might be the perfect fit for you. EGSD is looking for experienced equipment operators to join its Refuse Collection Team. The job includes following an assigned route and picking up trash and/or recycling from residential and commercial containers. Applicants must have a Class B Commercial Driver License (CDL) and two years of experience operating heavy equipment for collecting solid waste or four years of experience operating other hydraulic heavy equipment.
    Read the job description.
    STAY AT HOME FUN: REID PARK ZOO (VIDEO) Date: July 9, 2020  Attention animal lovers, Jamie has some great ideas for you to see some of your favorite animals at Reid Park Zoo. You're just a few clicks away from a peek at Semba's elephant calf and an online classroom. It's not about being stuck at home, it's about being safe at home. Watch the video linked below to learn more.
    Watch the video.
    Reid Park Zoo
  • ARIZONA NOW A GLOBAL PANDEMIC HOTSPOT Date: July 8, 2020  The New York Times is calling Arizona a hotspot for COVID-19. The state is now recording 108,614 positive coronavirus cases, with 3,520 new cases reported today, July 8. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 10,485 cases are in Pima County. There have now been 1,963 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 302 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.
    COVID-19 website
    From The New York Times 
    PROTECT YOURSELF WITH A MASK WHEN OUT IN PUBLIC Date: July 8, 2020  In order to stem the spread of COVID-19, every person in the City of Tucson over 5 years old is required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public setting where continuous physical distancing is difficult or impossible. It’s not necessarily for your protection, but to keep others safe. People can spread COVID-19 before they ever show symptoms, or even if they show no symptoms at all. Masks should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, and be able to be washed and dried in a machine without damaging the mask or changing the shape. For more tips on masks and other COVID-19 information, follow the links below.
    Pima County Health Department COVID-19 tips 
    City face covering FAQ
    CITY COUNCIL REPEALS ORDINANCE ABOUT POLICE RESTRICTED AREAS Date: July 8, 2020  After public input, the Mayor and Tucson City Council voted last night, July 7, to repeal Ordinance 11746, which established police restricted areas and penalties for interfering with police investigations or enforcement activity. It did not prohibit the recording of police in public. The ordinance was passed unanimously in April to address the practice of people who interfere with police activities, often by confronting police officers carrying out their duties, interfering with their investigations, recording the interactions, and then posting them online to get views.
    From the Arizona Daily Star
    Ordinance 11746
    EXCESSIVE HEAT EXPECTED IN COMING DAYS (VIDEO) Date: July 8, 2020  Tucson's summer is about to kick into full gear, with temperatures gradually increasing and surpassing 110 degrees this weekend, topping out at a predicted high of 114 degrees on Sunday. The National Weather Service is putting the Tucson area under an Excessive Heat Watch from Friday morning through Monday night. Now, more than ever, it's important to protect yourself from the heat. In the video linked below, watch Tucson Fire Department Battalion Chief Barrett Baker give tips on how to keep yourself cool this summer.
    Watch the video on Twitter
    National Weather Service 7-day forecast
    JOB OPPORTUNITY: ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY Date: July 8, 2020  The City of Tucson is hiring an assistant city attorney to work in the City Prosecutor's Office. This is a one-year, grant-funded position. An assistant city attorney works under the supervision of senior and experienced attorneys and prepares cases for all phases of misdemeanor prosecution. It includes identifying and analyzing legal issues associated with driving under the influence, domestic violence, and other misdemeanor charges. Minimum requirements include a Juris Doctor and some experience in civil and/or criminal litigation. Applicants who sat for the bar exam, but have not yet received their Arizona State Bar License, are eligible to be considered. The deadline to apply is July 17. Phone screen interviews will be held July 23 and 24. Oral board interviews will be held the week of Aug. 3.
    Read the job description
    City Attorney's Office
  • COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE RAPID RISE IN ARIZONA Date: July 7, 2020  Arizona is now recording 105,094 positive COVID-19 cases, with 3,653 new cases reported today, July 7. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 10,184 cases are in Pima County. There have now been 1,927 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 302 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.
    COVID-19 website
    PIMA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HELPS BUSINESSES AND THE PUBLIC NAVIGATE REOPENINGS Date: July 7, 2020  The Pima County Health Department this month launched a media campaign to help educate the public about how to find restaurants, pools, and attractions that meet the department’s COVID-19 operating requirements. The program, called Ready For You, is tied to the Board of Supervisors May 21 Proclamation establishing required COVID-19 protective measures for restaurants, County-leased visitor attractions, and pools operated by resorts, hotels, fitness centers, and gyms. Though Gov. Doug Ducey has again closed gyms and bars, the program will still apply to those facilities when they are ready to reopen. Businesses that meet the County’s requirements will receive the Ready For You emblem to display at entrances and use in marketing materials and social media.
    Read the news release
    Ready for You
    COVID-19 CLAIMS ANOTHER FESTIVAL IN TUCSON Date: July 7, 2020  The 2020 All Souls Procession in Tucson has been canceled this year due to COVID-19 concerns. While the actual in-person procession for November is canceled, many related events will move to live streaming, including the finale, and there will be virtual workshops via Zoom and other formats. Many Mouths One Stomach (MMOS), the event's sponsor, says it will announce future plans on social media.
    Read the All Souls Announcement (PDF)
    USE NEW BUDGET TOOL TO PROVIDE INPUT TO MAYOR AND TUCSON CITY COUNCIL Date: July 7, 2020  The City of Tucson created a new Participatory Budget Tool in English and Spanish to provide a summary of the budget and gather public input. Community members can assign discretionary funds to different areas of the City’s budget. The Mayor and Tucson City Council will review the feedback from this process, Budget Town Hall meetings, and the city manager's recommendation prior to adopting the FY21 Budget. The full recommended budget has been posted on the City’s website, and a public hearing will be held tonight, July 7, and July 21 on the Tentative Budget before adoption of the Final Budget. Individuals wishing to speak during the public hearings (subject to technological availability) can join the meeting via teleconference. You must submit a written request to cityclerk@tucsonaz.gov. It's too late to comment during tonight's public hearing, but you have until noon on July 21 to request to speak at the next one. Both public hearings take place during the 5:30 p.m. Mayor and Council meetings.
    Budget information and links to Participatory Budget tool in English and Spanish
    HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE REOPENING WITH SPECIAL HOURS NEXT WEEK Date: July 7, 2020  The Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) is reopening the City of Tucson's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program with new hours until it is safe to reopen at full capacity. The program has been paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting next Tuesday, July 14, city residents can drop off HHW for free at the Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales Road, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Residents must show proof of residency (utility bill or Arizona Driver License with up-to-date address). Anyone outside city limits can drop off items for $10. Starting Wednesday, July 15, commercial businesses within city limits can drop off HHW at Los Reales on Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. You must make an appointment in advance. Anyone dropping off materials must wear a mask or face covering and follow 6-feet social distancing guidelines. Commercial customers and non-city residents dropping items off must pay with debit or credit cards. Cash is not being accepted at this time. EGSD is not doing home collections or monthly outreach events until further notice.
    Make an appointment (commercial)
    Accepted HHW items