ward4 - February 14, 10:46 am
The fifteenth annual Vail Pride Day will be held on Saturday, February 15th at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road. The festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 5:30 p.m.
newsnet - February 13, 11:05 am
SOCCER REFEREE THANKS RESCUERS & TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT CAPTAIN WHO SAVED HIS LIFE - Salpointe Catholic High School soccer referee Michael Chaison collapsed two weeks ago from sudden cardiac arrest while officiating a game. Thankfully, Mr. Chaison survived, thanks to some quick-thinking and well-trained bystanders. Tucson Fire Department officials say Salpointe athletic personnel and an off-duty Tucson Fire Department captain performed compression-only CPR to save Mr. Chaison. The 56-year-old gathered with his rescuers yesterday to thank them for what they did. The rescuers - Kyle Bowen, a certified athletic trainer; Phil Gruensfelder, athletic director; Keith Shinaberry, assistant athletic director; and Tucson Fire Capt. Michael Coyle - exchanged hugs with Chaison during a recognition ceremony at Salpointe. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
VOTER-APPROVED ROAD REPAIR WORK ON BROADWAY CHANGED TO EVENING HOURS - To accommodate Tucson drivers, lessen traffic congestion, and stay on schedule, road repair work on Broadway Boulevard between Country Club Road and Wilmot Road, will now take place between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekdays through March 3rd. This extensive project is part of the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program, Proposition 409. Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, will be performing the work. Travel lane restrictions will be in place during the work period. However, at least two lanes of travel will be maintained in both directions. Read the TDOT news release and learn more about the Road Recovery Bond Program. ARIZONA FORECLOSURE RATES DIP TO PRE-RECESSION LEVELS - The number of houses going through foreclosure in Arizona continued to drop in January. There were 2,363 foreclosure filings in the State last month. The report from RealtyTrac says one in every 1,202 homes in Arizona is going through the process of foreclosure, down almost 24 percent from December and 58 percent from January 2013. Arizona had the second-highest rate of foreclosures in the country between 2009 and 2011. The State now is ranked 17th. Read more from Arizona Public Media. ADMISSION TO SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK IS FREE THIS WEEKEND - Saguaro National Park is one of 401 national park sites across the nation waiving entrance fees Saturday through Monday to celebrate President's Day. The free admission applies to both the Tucson Mountain and Rincon Mountain Districts of the Park. Additional user fees, such as backcountry camping permit fees, still apply. SCORE A DEAL ON CITY SURPLUS - Need a bus? How about some bicycles? Maybe some concrete pavers will help you finish a project? You can find these items and more on the City of Tucson's surplus auction website and view the latest items listed for bid.
ward5 - February 12, 12:42 pm
The Ward 5 Council Office will be hosting a community forum on Thursday, February 13, at the El Pueblo Senior Center, 101 W. Irvington, starting at 6 pm.
City and county departments will be on hand to provide information and to answer questions for neighborhood residents.
For more information, please call the Ward 5 Council Office, 791-4231.
newsnet - February 12, 10:23 am
PIMA COUNTY FOLLOWS CITY OF TUCSON AS 'IMMIGRANT-WELCOMING' COMMUNITY - Pima County Supervisors yesterday voted unanimously to follow Tucson and designate the County as an area that welcomes immigrants. Supporters say the non-binding resolution will encourage tourism and honor those living legally in the County. The two-page resolution says Mexico is the United States’ third-largest trading partner and second-largest market for U.S. exports. It also says an estimated 400,000 people and 15,000 containers cross the U.S.-Mexico border legally every year, and an estimated six million jobs in the United States are tied to trade with Mexico. The Tucson Mayor and City Council passed a similar immigrant-welcoming designation more than a year ago. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star. LOCAL ENGINEER PRAISES CITY OF TUCSON'S ANNEXATION DEPARTMENT - Tucson engineer Bill Carroll says the City's annexation policies have improved over the years and his latest dealings with Tucson were very positive. Carroll - who has experience in leading transportation, wastewater, and development teams - recently was involved in planning for an unincorporated subdivision near Bear Canyon Road. Initially, he thought the location and some other circumstances would preclude the project from being annexed into the City, but he said everything has turned out fine and the City was very helpful. Annexations into cities and towns bring in construction sales taxes, permit fees and state shared revenues to help pay the cost of providing government services to residents and businesses. Read Carroll's story from Trend Report.
MEET THE WORLD'S LARGEST RODENT AT THE REID PARK ZOO - Wesley is a special animal at the Reid Park Zoo. The capybara is trained to touch a ball with his nose and stand on his feet for food. The capybara, from South America, is the world's largest rodent and lives in savannas and dense forests near bodies of water. Watch video of Wesley in action on Tucson 12. UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA'S MINORITY STUDENT RETENTION RATE SETS RECORD - The freshman-to-sophomore retention rate for ethnic minorities enrolled full time at the University of Arizona was 80.9 percent for the first time, according to statistics just released by the school. The retention rate for all new students who began in 2012 was 81.5 percent. The figures put the UA on track to meet Arizona Board of Regents 2020 goals, which aim for a freshman retention rate of 85-90 percent at all of the State's three universities. The UA credits its use of collaborative work teams that examined policies, instructional approaches, the use of technology, and diverse perspectives for the improved results. Read more from UA News. HOW TO MANAGE HARD WATER AND OTHER TIPS FROM TUCSON WATER - Get tips on how to manage hard water, increase dishwasher efficiency, flush your water heater, check faucet aerators and more. Information is available in English and Spanish. You can download, print, or request a mailed copy of the tips. You can also learn how to pay your water bill online and stop and start service. Visit Tucson Water for more information.
newsnet - February 11, 11:51 am
UTILITY INVESTMENT DURING STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION PREPARES DOWNTOWN FOR MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - With construction of the Modern Streetcar line in Downtown Tucson, the area is now considered "shovel ready" for development. Tucson could see an additional $100 million in new business development across downtown this year and up to $1 billion in the downtown corridor over the next 10 years, said Michael Keith, CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP). When construction on the streetcar project began in 2012, Keith said Tucson Water seized the opportunity to redo its downtown system, and Southwest Gas and Cox Communications used the chance to expand and make improvements in their networks. Century Link and Tucson Electric Power also upgraded their infrastructure in the downtown area. DTP estimates the $200 million American-made streetcar project already has helped generate $800 million in public and private investment along the route, through downtown and the University of Arizona. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
VOTER-APPROVED ROAD REPAIR WORK CONTINUES - Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is continuing its road repair program associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program. Tomorrow, through March 3, crews will be working on Broadway Boulevard, from Country Club Road to Wilmot Road. The work will occur from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekdays. Travel lane restrictions will be in place during the work period. However, at least two lanes of travel will be maintained in both directions. Read the news release from Tucson Department of Transportation. TUCSON GEM AND MINERAL PUBLIC SHOW BEGINS FRIDAY - The Tucson Gem and Mineral Society celebrates the 60th anniversary of its public show at the Tucson Convention Center this year. The marquee show, which runs through Sunday, features a Junior Education area. The area has free mineral specimens and experiments hosted by University of Arizona Earth Sciences students. Also this year, the Smithsonian Institution will be bringing in a diamond exhibit. GemRide shuttles offer free rides between shows from 33 locations. Parking is available at six City of Tucson parking garages and surface lots in Downtown Tucson. Watch a YouTube video about the show.
FIRE SAFETY TIP: CLEAN LINT OUT OF YOUR DRYER - The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) says it sees plenty of dryer fires each year, but they're easy to prevent. TFD Captain Barrett Baker says you should clean the lint trap every time you use the appliance, since that is the leading cause of fires in dryers. He says you also want to check inside, underneath and behind the dryer, and inspect your vent pipe at least once a year. Watch "No Bad Days with Barrett" on KGUN. LATEST TUCSON NEWS AND INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER - "Like" the City of Tucson on Facebook to get the latest news, community updates and fun facts about Tucson local government and our community. You can also "Follow" the City of Tucson on Twitter for timely, concise updates throughout the day.
ward5 - February 10, 5:09 pm
STREET BONDS ROAD RECOVERY
CRACK SEAL PROGRAM UPDATE
Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is continuing its crack seal program associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery.
The dates, work hours and locations for the next set of roadway improvements are listed below. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather.
ward1 - February 10, 3:05 pm
Please join us during these exciting events leading up to March 31, 2014- Cesar Chavez’ Birthday! Visit https://www.facebook.com/ArizonaCesarChavezCoalition for more information.You can help support the Holiday by submitting a letter of support to Mayor and Council by emailing email@example.com with your views about acknowledging Chavez as a city holiday urging them to vote YES on March 4th!
newsnet - February 10, 1:11 pm
PIMA COUNTY CONSIDERS 'IMMIGRANT-WELCOMING' DESIGNATION - Pima County Supervisors tomorrow will consider a non-binding measure to make the County an “immigrant-welcoming” community. The vote comes more than a year after the City of Tucson passed a similar measure. The two-page resolution says Mexico is the United States’ third-largest trading partner and second-largest market for U.S. exports. It also says an estimated 400,000 people and 15,000 containers cross the U.S.-Mexican border legally every year, and approximately six million U.S. jobs are tied to trade with Mexico. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star. STUDY: PUBLIC SECTOR SHED THOUSANDS OF JOBS LAST MONTH - Figures published last week by the Labor Department show the public sector shed 29,000 jobs in January, the steepest decline since October 2012. The federal government lost 12,000 jobs last month, while local governments lost 11,000, mostly in education. State government employment changed only slightly, declining by an estimated 6,000 in January. Overall, the U.S. economy added just 113,000 jobs last month, down from last year’s monthly average of 194,000. Read more from Governing. ADMINISTRATION TURNING TO MAYORS TO BOOST HEALTHCARE ENROLLMENT - The Obama Administration is relying on mostly Democratic mayors to coordinate enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and put a local stamp on the vast federal law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stood alongside mayors in at least seven cities in the past three weeks, taking the sign-up message across the country and she also visited with dozens of other mayors at a recent conference in Washington. Read more from Politico. SOUTHERN ARIZONA WELCOMES NEW POLICE RECRUITS - The Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center recently held a commencement ceremony for its latest Basic Recruit Class. The 35 graduates represent 12 law enforcement agencies in the region. Watch the story on Tucson 12. DOWNLOAD APP TO REPORT GRAFFITI IN TUCSON - Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have created a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iPhone App Store and Google Play for Android. City of Tucson apps Watch a University of Arizona PSA about the app.
ward3 - February 7, 12:41 pm
Karin's Note: Friday, February 7, 2014 -Ward 3 Events -Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s) -Citywide Events -Did You Know? **********************************************
newsnet - February 7, 11:18 am
NEW STUDY TO MEASURE GEM SHOW REVENUE - Visit Tucson is studying the economic impact of the annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase in Tucson. It will be the first comprehensive study since 2007, when the organization pegged the figure at $100 million. Visit Tucson President Brent DeRaad says the new study will attempt to learn what people are buying, how long they're staying, and if the various shows are the reason they came to Tucson. He says the economic projection this year is a more conservative $65 million, as the economy slowly recovers from the recession years of 2008 and 2009. Read more from Tucson News Now. Tucson Gem and Mineral Society Gem Ride shuttle information Parkwise parking information
CITY ACCELERATING POTHOLE REPAIRS - A report from the City of Tucson's Finance Department shows the average time to fill a pothole after being identified was 16 days last year. In 2012, it took 42 days. Tucson Department of Transportation Director Daryl Cole says the addition of chip-seal, on top of the typical hot asphalt patching method, contributed to the reduction in response times. Cole says the City has focused on using the chip-seal method over the last 12 months. It also retrofitted existing equipment and purchased new equipment to be able to use both procedures. Tucson also has an easy method for reporting potholes, through the SeeClickFix website and apps. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star SeeClickFix app for Android SeeClickFix app for iOS
TUCSON FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE THREE FROM BURNING APARTMENT - Firefighters carried the three people to safety through a window of the apartment at the 3400 block of South Pantano Road, after a fire broke out shortly after midnight, displacing a total of five people. After the rescues, hose lines were taken into the apartment to begin extinguishing the fire. Adjacent apartments were evacuated simultaneously by other firefighters on scene. The fire spread to a neighboring apartment, due to heavy fire involvement in the back patio area. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Read the news release.
WASHINGTON, D.C. EXPECTS BILLIONS IN DEVELOPMENT FROM STREETCAR - The D.C. Office of Planning says it expects up to $8 billion in new development within 10 years after completing work on the eight planned streetcar lines. District officials forecast demand for office space will increase by 3 million square feet and retail space by an additional 1.3 million square feet, supporting up to 1,200 net new households in the District each year. The Downtown Tucson Partnership reports the $200 million American-made streetcar project, expected to launch fare service this summer, already has helped generate $800 million in public and private investment along the route, through downtown and the University of Arizona. Sun Link Streetcar
HOW TO FIND ANSWERS ABOUT CITY SERVICES - Are you looking for a job in the City? Do you need to know how to pay your water bill? How do you request a police report? The answers to these questions and more are available on the new Tucson Answers website. You can search topics or browse categories to get you the answers you need. The site is an example of open source code developed by city governments and non-profit organizations to be adopted and re-used by other cities at no cost. In this case, the site is modeled after a similar site created jointly by the City of Honolulu and Code For America. Tucson Answers also is available via a widget on the City of Tucson's main website.