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Fiesta Grande - Travel Information

transportation - April 23, 10:31 am

Grande Avenue will be the host of the annual Fiesta Grande this weekend, Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014.  The Fiesta runs from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.  Further information about Fiesta Grande can be found at  Below is the vehicular travel restrictions associated with this event.

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NewsNet 04-23-14

newsnet - April 23, 10:16 am

GOVERNOR JAN BREWER VETOES TWO GUN BILLS - Gov. Jan Brewer yesterday vetoed HB 2339, which would have allowed those who have a state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon to ignore a “no guns” sign posted at the door, unless security measures — including armed guards, metal detectors and gun lockers — were in place. The Governor voiced concerns about the security cost to cities, counties and other government agencies. Brewer also vetoed legislation to allow civil penalties for city officials who enact their own gun laws, saying the measure was unnecessary. Read more from Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star. BASIS NORTH AND UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL (UHS) RATED AMONG NATION'S BEST - BASIS Tucson North and UHS are once again on the top 10 list of the best high schools in the country. BASIS ranked fifth and UHS finished 7th in the latest survey by U.S. News & World Report. BASIS Scottsdale is ranked second, meaning Arizona schools make up nearly a third of the top 10 schools in the country. The 2014 Best High Schools rankings include school-specific data on location, enrollment, ethnicity, school type, and test results to develop the rankings. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and read the complete list at U.S. News.

WATER AWARENESS PRESENTATIONS CONTINUE - April is Water Awareness Month in Arizona, and Tucson Water and several Tucson City Council Members are hosting public sessions to discuss water. Topics include present and future water resources, long-range planning, water quality and safety, investment in infrastructure and technology, and drought. The next session, co-hosted by Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich, will be held tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ward 3 Council Office, 1510 E. Grant Rd. For more information, call (520) 791-4711. Read the news release. SUSTAINABLE HISTORIC HOME TOUR THIS WEEKEND - The City of Tucson’s Historic Preservation and Sustainability programs are coordinating the Sustainable Historic Home Tour this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The self-guided open house tour will feature historic homes in Tucson that have been “green retrofitted” to be more sustainable, while remaining sensitive to their historic characters. Participants will travel to locations identified on a map, where the property owners and volunteers will provide information and tours. Read the news release. HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS - Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app for iOS and Android.  

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NewsNet 04-22-14

newsnet - April 22, 12:23 pm

CITY BUDGET, TRANSIT AND MORE ON MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL AGENDA TOMORROW - Budget, transit, and the proposed Downtown Entertainment district are some of the items scheduled to be discussed during tomorrow's meetings of the Mayor and Tucson City Council. The Study Session begins at noon, and the Regular Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in Mayor and Council Chambers, 255 W. Alameda St., and can be seen via live streaming from Tucson 12. Read the agenda items. POLICE NAB SUSPECTED CARJACKER AND RETURN VEHICLE TO OWNER - Tucson Police officers Friday responded to a carjacking call at the 1200 block of East Tucson Marketplace. The victim told police she was walking out of a store when a male with a silver revolver approached her and demanded her keys. She gave the man her keys and he took the car and fled. The vehicle was spotted by the Tucson Police Air Support Unit, which followed the car until officers on the ground caught up with it. The suspect was arrested and jailed on several charges and the victim's vehicle was returned. There were no injuries during the incident. Read more at the TPD Facebook page. BUFFELGRASS A THREAT AS TEMPERATURES HEAT UP - Buffelgrass is an invasive grass species first brought over from Africa in the 1930s for grazing and erosion control. It has taken over large swaths of land in Southern Arizona, strangling native plant roots. The thick density of buffelgrass is perfect fuel for massive summer fires. The Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center routinely organizes community events to remove buffelgrass and it recently developed a mobile app for mapping and removal. Read more from KVOA. CORONADO NATIONAL FOREST OFFERS MORE CABIN RENTAL OPTIONS - The Coronado National Forest is adding three renovated 1930s-era cabins to the Rooms with a View program, which offers cabins for public rental on national forest lands. Two of the cabins are in Cave Creek Canyon southeast of Willcox, an area known for its forests, sheer canyon walls and abundant bird life. The other is at the Palisades Administrative Site in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. With the addition of the three newly-renovated cabins, there are now 17 cabins available for public rental. More information is at 1-877-444-6777 and the links below. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and Reserve America. CITY OF TUCSON IS REMOVING ABANDONED SHOPPING CARTS - If you see a shopping cart off store property, abandoned along the street, or sitting in a wash, please call the City of Tucson's Environmental Services (ES) Department to have it removed. You can call Customer Service at (520) 791-3171 or use the 'My-Waste'™ app and choose the Report a Problem option. Read more at ES website.

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Eight Annual Piece the Puzzle Autism Walk

ward5 - April 22, 9:06 am

Event Information: Come join the Autism Society Greater Tucson in promoting ‘Autism Awareness and Acceptance’ at the largest autism event in southern Arizona! Autism affects 1 in 88 births in the US and 1 in 64 in Arizona. Help us raise the necessary funds that support our mission: Improving the Lives of All Affected by Autism.

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Shoulder paving scheduled this week on Ajo Way west of Tucson

ward5 - April 21, 5:56 pm


The Arizona Department of Transportation will pave the shoulder of an eight-mile segment of eastbound State Route 86 (Ajo Way) on the Tohono O’odham Nation later this week.

Paving operations will begin Wednesday, April 23 approximately six miles west of the junction with State Route 386, which leads to Kitt Peak, and continue eastward each day through Friday, April 25.


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NewsNet 04-21-14

newsnet - April 21, 11:29 am

ARIZONA'S JOBLESS RATE SHOWS SLOW IMPROVEMENT - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports Arizona gained a net 47,800 jobs last year. That was enough to boost the workforce 1.9 percent in that time and was faster than the nation's 1.6 percent growth rate. However, the state's job recovery remains on a slow climb, something many economists had hoped would change in 2014. Arizona had 21,000 fewer unemployed residents in March 2014 than it did the year before. That was a nearly 9 percent decline in the jobless rate, according to the BLS, ranking Arizona 34th among the 50 states. Read more from azcentral. UA BIO PARK TO GET NEW NAME - University of Arizona officials say they plan to rename UA Bio Park and announce their new focus for the site. The name change hasn't been revealed, and there are no buildings yet on the 65-acre lot, located near 36th Street and Kino Parkway. Officials say only the infrastructure is complete. The UA says the name change is to communicate to companies that the place is more than just a location for bioscience research. Read more from Tucson News Now. RIO NUEVO BILL APPROVAL SHOULD ENABLE NEW DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT - Rio Nuevo now has state approval to start spending money on Downtown Tucson redevelopment without a prior limitation that required building a hotel first. Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that lifts Rio Nuevo’s hotel spending mandate. Even though funding a hotel project is no longer required, Rio Nuevo Chairman Fletcher McCusker says he would still like to get one started. Other plans being discussed include building a new 120,000-square-foot exhibition hall next to Rio Nuevo property, behind the Tucson Convention Center along Granada Avenue, and spending $1 million as part of the Mission Gardens project, a replica of a historic agricultural area along the Santa Cruz River that once provided fruits and vegetables to early residents. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star. BIKE TO WORK DAY IS WEDNESDAY - Tucson workers are encouraged to pedal to work Wednesday, as part of Bike to Work Day, one of the events of the month-long Bike Fest. Downtown workers are invited to stop at the Main Library near Stone and Pennington from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. for breakfast refreshments. Bike Fest is a program of Living Streets Alliance, in partnership with City of Tucson, Pima County Department of Environmental Quality, Pima Association of Governments, and numerous local businesses and community organizations. SCORE A DEAL ON CITY SURPLUS - Need a bus? Maybe a pickup better fits your transportation needs? How about a digital camera, or a treadmill? You can find these items and more on the City of Tucson's surplus auction website. View the items listed for bid.

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ward5 - April 21, 9:55 am


The City of Tucson’s Historic Preservation and Sustainability programs are organizing the Sustainable Historic Home Tour on April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This self-guided open house tour will feature historic homes in Tucson that have been “green retrofitted” to be more sustainable, while remaining sensitive to their historic characters.  Participants will travel to locations identified on a map, where the property owners and volunteers will provide information and tours.

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NewsNet 04-18-14

newsnet - April 18, 12:57 pm

SPLASH PADS ARE OPEN - The splash pads at Catalina Park (900 N. Fourth Ave.) and Marty Birdman Center/Balboa Heights Park (2536 N. Castro Avenue) opened today at 7 a.m. and will remain open 7 a.m. to dusk each day through the summer. Catalina Park features a covered playground, accessible walkways and a manual activation system to allow residents to turn on water features. Marty Birdman Center/Balboa Heights Park has a ramada, playground and basketball court. For more information, visit the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation website. U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS SELECTS NEW PRESIDENT - Sacramento Mayor -and former Phoenix Suns' All-Star point guard - Kevin Johnson will serve as the 72nd President of the United States Conference of Mayors.  He replaces Scott Smith of Mesa, who resigned in order to run for Governor of Arizona. “During my presidency, we will engage in a full-court press in Washington so we can get the dollars we need to get things done," Johnson said. "We will unleash our political capital to create new partnerships, create jobs, and keep the momentum going so that America maintains its competitive advantage in the global economy." The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. CITY OF TUCSON SEEKING HISTORIC HOMES TO BE PART OF SUSTAINABILITY TOUR - The City of Tucson’s Historic Preservation and Sustainability programs are organizing the Sustainable Historic Home Tour next weekend, but more homes are needed. To be included on the tour, a home must be a contributing property in a National Register of Historic Places historic district. In addition, the home must showcase retrofit treatments that meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and, where applicable, meet the requirements of local Historic Preservation Zone Design Guidelines. Also, all homes on the tour must address at least one of the following; energy efficiency, water conservation, or use or reuse of responsible building materials. For more information contact Jennifer Levstick at (520) 837-6961.

NEED HELP STARTING OR EXPANDING A BUSINESS IN TUCSON? CALL THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LINE - The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives, along with 21 new business incentives, streamlined permit processes and more, to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly. Read more about the Small Business Assistance Line: BE PREPARED WHEN YOU HIKE IN THE WARMER WEATHER - It's heating up outside and that means it's time to be prepared for temperatures in the 90s and above. In this week's "No Bad Days with Barrett" episode, Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker and his fellow firefighters offer tips on how to stay safe outdoors.  

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ward5 - April 18, 9:11 am


TUCSON, Ariz. – The City of Tucson is hosting open house events to obtain public comment on the Sun Link Pre-Revenue Service Implementation Fare and Equity Analysis Update.

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Karin's Note: Thursday, April 17, 2014

ward3 - April 17, 4:41 pm

Karin's Note: Thursday, April 17, 2014   -Ward 3 Events -Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s) -Citywide Events -Did You Know?   **********************************************

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