NIGHTTIME INTRUDER DESTROYS THOUSANDS OF PLANTS AT PIMA COUNTY'S NURSERY - An unknown vandal, carrying gallons of herbicide and a professional sprayer, broke into the Pima County Native Plant Nursery off Roger Road last month and destroyed nearly $34,000 worth of plants. The plants were intended to be used for landscaping along County road projects. The crime was discovered the following morning. From the Star.
THIS WEEKEND: STOP BY THE CITY OF TUCSON'S BOOTH AT TUCSON MEET YOURSELF - The City will be hosting a booth this weekend at the 40th Annual Tucson Meet Yourself. The booth will be open each of the festival's three days, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. It will feature publicity materials and representatives from various city departments and offices, including Parks, Water, Transportation, and more. Information will be available about this year's two propositions (Prop. 401, the City's Permanent Base Adjustment; and Prop. 402, Plan Tucson), the City of Tucson Sun Link Streetcar, and other City projects and programs. The City's booth will be located in Jacome Plaza, near the Global Rhythms Stage. From the Star: Big Jim's Tucson Meet Yourself Teaser.
"STREETCAR STREET-SMART" SAFETY OUTREACH ON UA CAMPUS - The City of Tucson has created various educational materials and videos as part of its "Streetcar Street-Smart" campaign. These materials provide information to the public on how pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and riders can share the road with the new Streetcar and safely maneuver along the corridor. The City's outreach has begun and will include a focus on stakeholders and likely users, such as area neighborhoods, businesses, and the University of Arizona. Bill Davidson, marketing and public information manager for UA Parking and Transportation Services (PTS), said educating the UA community about streetcar safety will be a continuous process as new students and professors come to the UA each semester. PTS staff are also educating through distribution of safety brochures in popular places around campus like the Student Recreation Center and the Student Union Memorial Center, Davidson said. From the Wildcat.
MAYOR & COMMUNITY PARTNERS WORKING TO END VETERANS' HOMELESSNESS IN TUCSON - Mayor Jonathan Rothschild updated the Tucson community today on his partnerships with community organizations such as The American Red Cross, Primavera, Compass, and CODAC to end veteran homelessness in Tucson by the end of 2015. In the period between June 10th and August 1st, 54 homeless veterans were "in or on their way to housing," according to the Veterans' Administration (VA). "To reach our goal, we'll need to house 52 veterans a month - with about half that number consisting of chronically homeless veterans," the Mayor says. The Mayor adds that citizens can help with their donations and volunteer efforts. From the Mayor's Office.
WELCOME, WESTERN HISTORY ASSOCIATION - The 53rd annual meeting of the Western History Association, a national organization devoted to the study of the American West, is being held in Tucson this year. Tomorrow through Saturday, at the Westin La Paloma, this year's event will feature over a hundred individual presentations, an architectural tour of Tucson, a U.S. - Mexico border tour, a visit to Tucson Meet Yourself, and much more. "Both the Program Committee and the Local Arrangements Committee have worked hard to make this gathering our best ever, not only in intellectual rigor but also in variety of voices and perspectives... An ambitious array of field trips will further introduce us to this city and its people, its location in the borderlands, and its multi-storied past," wrote WHA President Don Worster in this year's program guide. The conference, which was held in Denver last year, has not been held in Tucson since 1968.