TRAFFIC ALERT: DOWNTOWN RESTRICTIONS TOMORROW - If you plan to head downtown for the Old Pueblo Grand Prix bicycle races and 2nd Saturdays Downtown tomorrow, prepare for traffic detours and restrictions. Beginning at approximately 1 p.m., Stone Avenue will be closed between Franklin Street/Toole Avenue and Congress Street. Also, Pennington Street between Church Avenue and Stone Avenue will be closed, as will Church Avenue between Franklin Street and Pennington Street. Alameda Street will be closed between Main Avenue and Scott Avenue. Additionally, Council Street between Stone Avenue and Meyer Avenue, and Washington Street between Church Avenue and Meyer Avenue will be closed. All roads should reopen by approximately 10 p.m. Read the news release.
TUCSON POLICE TRAINING FOR NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT - Tucson Police officers have been undergoing training at the Public Safety Academy, in preparation for the success of the University of Arizona Wildcats in the upcoming NCAA tournament. TPD says it has crowd management plans for both evenings of the Final Four, before and after the games, if the Cats continue their winning ways. Assistant Chief Brett Klein says TPD expects to have more than 300 officers on the streets the evening of the championship game and they will be assisted by Pima County Sheriff's deputies and officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the University of Arizona Police Department. Read more from Tucson News Now.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS SOLICITED FOR CITY OF TUCSON GRANTS - The City is accepting proposals for Economic and Workforce Development Grants, and Special Events Grants for Fiscal Year 2015. The development proposals should include items for small business and development, job training and education programs for adults, at-risk youth, and at-risk adults. Special events grants will be awarded to those who help develop the local economy via emerging and established special events that build the community, economy and tourism. Proposals are due no later than Friday, March 21, 2014 at 4 p.m.
MAGAZINE: "TUCSON IS A CITY OF BOUNDLESS POSSIBILITIES" - Canadian Traveller magazine features Tucson in its latest issue, calling the city "a place where the freedom to be/think/experiment/try intersects with a world of boundless possibilities." The magazine points out our virtually year-round sunshine, spectacular desert and mountain views, and Tucson's rich history of Native Americans, ranchers and frontiersmen of the Old West. It also talks about our famous restaurants and multitude of entertainment venues. Read the article.
TUCSON RECORDS WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD - The National Weather Service reports Tucson just finished its warmest December-February on record, beating the previous record-holding period of 1980-81. In the past three months, Tucson’s average temperature was 56.9 degrees. That’s 0.3 degrees warmer than the previous record. Records were first kept for the Tucson area in 1895. The Weather Service also says this is the 15th-driest winter on record, with 0.84 inches of rain falling at Tucson International Airport, which is almost two inches below normal. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
ARIZONA'S TEEN JOBLESS RATE AMONG HIGHEST IN NATION - The current unemployment rate for teenage workers in Arizona is 29.4 percent, according to the Employment Policies Institute and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is up from 28.9 percent at the end of 2012 and 25.3 percent in 2011. Arizona ranks 7th on the list of 10 the states with the highest teen unemployment rates. Mississippi has the highest jobless rate, at 32.3 percent. One of the reasons cited for the high rates includes teens having more competition in the job market for service, retail and entry-level jobs. Read more from the Phoenix Business Journal.
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS PREPARATION UNDERWAY - It doesn't happen until next weekend, but tents already are going up on the University of Arizona campus for the Tucson Festival of Books. Chris Kopach, assistant vice president of Facilities Management at the UA, says there is a systematic way to set up the Mall for the festival and it takes a long time. Setup, which began Saturday in the rain, starts from the east side of the Mall near Campbell Avenue and works its way down the length of the Mall. More than 300 exhibitors and 450 authors are expected to attend, along with a predicted 125,000 visitors. Read more from the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
REPORTE EL GRAFFITI DE SU VECINDARIO - Si usted ve el graffiti de su vecindario. Llame al (520) 792-2489 o envíe un correo electrónico a email@example.com. Además puede utilizar la aplicación MyTucson y seleccionar SeeClickFix en cualquier teléfono iPhone o Android.
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2nd SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN THIS WEEKEND - The monthly, free, family-friendly event this Saturday begins at 4 p.m. with shows lasting into the late evening. The main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical groups, and there are plenty of activities for children. Food from vendors and downtown eateries will be available. Street parking is free on Saturdays, or you can pay $3 to park in the Pennington Street Garage. View 2nd Saturdays Downtown schedule.
TWO BIG BICYCLE EVENTS TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND - Enjoy a weekend of outdoor fun in Tucson and have the opportunity to watch a professional cycling event with some of the best athletes in the world in various races. The Old Pueblo Grand Prix races start this Saturday at 3 p.m. in front of the Old Pima County Courthouse, 115 N. Church Ave. On Sunday, The Old Pueblo "Gran FUNdo" (Fun Ride) is a 40-mile community bike ride with the pros along Pima County's Loop. That ride starts at 8 a.m. at Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida Del Convento.
CITY APPROVES NEW HOLIDAY HONORING CÉSAR E. CHÁVEZ - The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted unanimously last night to establish a City holiday honoring the legacy of civil and labor rights leader César E. Chávez. The paid holiday for City workers also recommends residents observe the holiday as a day of service to their community. Council Member Regina Romero brought the issue to the Council. The first Chávez holiday will be observed on March 30, 2015. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
REPORT: DEMOGRAPHICS OF ARIZONA'S ELECTORATE SHIFTING - A new report by the opinion research group Latino Decisions says Latinos will make up 44 percent of the Arizona population by 2050. Some experts say that could shift the outcome of future elections. Arizona’s Latino population is younger than other groups and growing faster, yet the report says the percentage of U.S. citizens who identify as Latinos going to the polls on Election Day does not reflect the population growth. The report also says that during the last general election only 52 percent of Latinos eligible to register to vote in Arizona did so, and only 40 percent of the Latino voting-eligible population actually voted. Read more from Arizona Public Media.
ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (ADOT) SEEKS COMMENTS ON TUCSON-TO-PHOENIX RAIL LINE - The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking public comments about the feasibility of three potential alternatives for a passenger rail line between the Tucson and Phoenix areas. All three routes run along Interstate 10, south of Eloy, but there are different options for connecting with the Phoenix metro area. Project team members will answer questions this month in the Phoenix area, and they'll be at the Pima County Fair, April 18 -19, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The public comment period runs through May 31. There currently is no construction schedule and no funding identified for the rail project. Read more from KJZZ.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) COLLECTION SATURDAY - Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting the Household Hazardous Waste Program 2nd Saturday Collection this weekend at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. from 8 a.m. until noon. Accepted materials include automotive fluids, auto and rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products, and computer equipment ($2 for monitors without computer). Drop off of HHW is free for residents.
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TUCSON CITY NEWS IN REVIEW - A new law enforcement graduating class is set to patrol the streets; Ft. Lowell Park archaeologists are digging up the past; and it's never too late to get in shape and feel younger. Catch up on the news you may have missed on the latest edition of Tucson City News in Review, produced by Tucson 12.
TUCSON POLICE MOURN PHOENIX DETECTIVE KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY - Tucson Police officers today are wearing mourning bands on their badges following the death yesterday of 43-year-old Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs. Police say Detective Hobbs and another detective from the Fugitive-Apprehension Unit were shot by the suspect, William R. Thornton, who died in the gun battle. Hobbs died about two hours after the shooting. The other detective, who has not been identified, is in stable condition. Read more from azcentral.com.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA NAMES NEW POLICE CHIEF - Longtime University of Arizona Police Department (UAPD) Commander Brian Seastone is the department's new Chief. His appointment was announced yesterday in a news release from the office of UA President Ann Weaver Hart. Seastone, who began working for UAPD in 1980, previously served as the UAs Emergency Preparedness manager and on the UAs Campus Emergency Response team. He also provides training on the National Incident Management System and Incident Command System for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State of Arizona Division of Emergency Management. Seastone replaces Anthony Daykin, who retired last August. Read more from the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
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. Tonight, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., crews will be working on Wilmot Road, from Broadway Boulevard to Park Place Drive. Tomorrow and Thursday, work shifts to 29th Street, between Wilmot Road and Craycroft Road. Travel lane restrictions will be in place during the work period. However, at least one lane of travel will be maintained in both directions.
IS TUCSON'S LEMUR EXPECTING? - Is Nuit, Tucson's Black and White Ruffed Lemur at the Reid Park Zoo, expecting? Dr. Moreno and the zookeepers recently performed an ultrasound to find out. Watch the short video of the procedure and hear the latest results at the link below.
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. Read more from Tucson Water.
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: MAYOR AND COUNCIL TO DISCUSS CREATION OF CÉSAR E. CHÁVEZ HOLIDAY - The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow will consider establishing a City holiday honoring the legacy of civil and labor rights leader César E. Chávez. The proposal recommends that residents observe the holiday as a day of service to their community. Council Member Regina Romero proposed the establishment of this additional City holiday, beginning March 31, 2015. Read the agenda item.
ARIZONA EXPECTED TO HAVE NATION’S SECOND-FASTEST JOB GROWTH THIS YEAR - Arizona is expected to post one of the highest rates of job growth among states in 2014, trailing only booming North Dakota, according to a recent report. The U.S. Regional Outlook 2014 by Moody’s Analytics predicts Arizona will see a 3.1 percent increase in jobs this year, compared to a national average of less than 1.9 percent. North Dakota’s outlook leads all states at 3.6 percent job growth. “(Arizona’s) expected job growth in 2014 will certainly get a boost thanks to high-tech companies like Apple opening a plant in Mesa,” said Sapna Gupta, senior policy analyst at ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Read more from Cronkite News Service via Arizona Daily Star.
NEW LION CUBS TEMPORARILY OFF EXHIBIT - The four two-month-old lion cubs are off exhibit today, since one cub is still feeling under the weather. Zoo officials say the mother and the cub's siblings are spending the day behind-the-scenes with the cub. The cubs also stayed off exhibit last Friday. Normally, The four cubs (Baako, Jelani, Sango, Nayo) and their mother, Kaya, will have access to the exhibit each day from 9 a.m. until noon. Shombay, the father, will be in the exhibit from noon - 4 p.m. If you can't make it to the Zoo, you can see the cubs on the lion webcam at the Reid Park Zoo.
SCORE A DEAL ON CITY SURPLUS - Need a bus? How about some bicycles? Maybe some subwoofers will help complete your stereo system? 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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BABY LIONS ON EXHIBIT AT REID PARK ZOO - The Zoo's two-month-old African lion cubs now are on public display daily. The four cubs (Baako, Jelani, Sango, Nayo) and their mother, Kaya, will have access to the exhibit each day from 9 a.m. until noon, but they may head inside for periodic naps. Shombay, the father, will be in the exhibit from noon - 4 p.m. If you can't make it to the Reid Park Zoo right away, you can see the cubs on the lion webcam.
TUCSON AND PIMA COUNTY HOSTING HUNDREDS OF COLLEGE SOFTBALL/BASEBALL GAMES NEXT MONTH - For the fourth consecutive year, the Tucson Invitational Games is bringing dozens of college softball games to Tucson's Lincoln Regional Park, while baseball teams will play at Pima County's Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium and the seven baseball fields at Kino Sports Complex South. Beginning tomorrow, through March 29, about 125 teams from across the country will train and compete at both venues. Team members, coaches, families and fans will be staying at local hotels and visiting area restaurants and attractions. Organizers estimate that the economic impact of the games is nearly $8 million for the Metro Tucson area. The teams and their schedules are available on the Tucson Invitational Games website.
SWEETWATER WETLANDS CONTROLLED BURN SET FOR NEXT WEEK - The Sweetwater Wetlands annual controlled burn is scheduled for Tuesday, meaning the area will be closed to the public that day. This is the 13th year for the burn, coordinated by Tucson Water and the Tucson Fire Department. The burn is an important part of mosquito abatement and Wetlands preservation. The burn removes much of the thatched, dead vegetation produced by freezing winter temperatures. Unless the dead vegetation is burned off, the accumulated thatch becomes a “shelter” which protects aquatic mosquito larvae during their development. Sweetwater Wetlands is expected to reopen to the public on Wednesday. Read more about the controlled burn.
CITY OF TUCSON JOINS PIMA COUNTY IN TIRE INFLATION EDUCATION CAMPAIGN - The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s (PDEQ) Clean Air Program is urging people to keep their vehicle's tires properly inflated to improve gas mileage, while also prolonging tire life and saving money. PDEQ says low tires increase the amount of tire surface on the road, creating more resistance. Because it takes more energy to keep the vehicle moving, more fuel is burned, causing an increase in air pollution and greenhouse gases emitted from the tailpipe. PDEQ is teaming with the City of Tucson's Office of Conservation and Sustainable Development, Pima Association of Government's Clean Cities Program and Jack Furrier's Tire and Auto Care in a challenge to "Pump Up Your MPG." Motorists who sign up to check their tires regularly have a chance to win various prizes. Learn more from PDEQ.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: WATER ADMINISTRATOR FOR PLANNING AND ENGINEERING - The Planning and Engineering Administrator acts as the Chief Planner, overseeing Water Resources Management, System Planning, System and Development, and Mapping/GIS. Some of the minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in Business or Public Administration, Engineering, Chemistry, Hydrology, or a closely related field, and five years of relevant supervisory management experience developing and implementing water management plans, programs and goals. View the job listing.
GOVERNOR BREWER VETOES CONTROVERSIAL BILL - In a decision attracting national attention, Gov. Jan Brewer yesterday vetoed SB 1062, which critics claimed would have allowed businesses to refuse service to LGBT people and others. Supporters of the bill claimed it would have expanded religious protections in state law. At a news conference, Brewer said she listened to both sides' arguments before her veto. She said the bill did not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty and was broadly worded, which could have resulted in "unintended and negative consequences."
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STATE OF THE CITY: 'TUCSON IN TRANSITION' - Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild yesterday delivered his third State of the City address, outlining the City's progress and his vision for the future. While touting successes in downtown redevelopment, helping homeless veterans and beginning the work to fix roads, Rothschild said the City is in transition and encouraged public/private partnerships to help in the areas of housing, literacy and the environment. He also expanded on his two-year plan for Tucson's economy, which he calls the Five Ts: technology, trade, transportation, tourism and teaching. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA STUDENTS TO HELP WITH MARKETING STREETCAR - A UA class is partnering with the City of Tucson, creating a marketing campaign for the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. The Integrated Marketing Communications class in the Eller College of Management has been hosting guest speakers, including Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, downtown business owners, members of the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association and officials from the Tucson Department of Transportation. The speakers help the students gain an understanding of the impact the streetcar will have on the city, said Ed Ackerley, who teaches the class. The students are responsible for developing marketing ideas they will share with the City, streetcar management, and businesses and other programs affected by the streetcar, such as Arizona Athletics. City officials hope to have the streetcar open to passengers in July. Read more from the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
KIDICAL MASS SATURDAY - Kidical Mass is a safe, fun bike ride for kids and adults. The family-friendly rides take people through the city to highlight routes that connect different parts of our community. All types of bicycles are welcome and those under the age of 18 must wear a helmet. Coordinated through Living Streets Alliance and El Grupo Youth Cycling, the event is this Saturday, from noon - 2 p.m., starting at 600 N. 9th Ave. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the Dunbar Spring and Barrio Anita neighborhoods. The bike rides first started in Eugene, Oregon in 2008 and now take place in more than a dozen cities.
DOWNLOAD APP TO REPORT GRAFFITI IN TUCSON - Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iPhone App Store and Google Play for Android.
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ARIZONANS AWAIT DECISION BY GOVERNOR ON CONTROVERSIAL BILL - Many Arizonans and now people across the country are waiting to see if Gov. Jan Brewer signs or vetoes SB 1062. Supporters of the bill claim it would expand religious protections in state law. Critics claim the bill would allow businesses to discriminate and refuse service to LGBT people and others. According to state law, Gov. Brewer has until the end of the day on Saturday to sign the bill, veto it, or allow it to become law without her signature. Meanwhile, the Human Rights Campaign recently examined 137 U.S. cities, grading each area's laws and policies for LGBT individuals based on 47 criteria is six categories. Tucson scored 83 out of 100 points, while Phoenix scored 70. See the map from Governing. You can read more about SB 1062 from azcentral.com and and read text of SB 1062.
PIMA COUNTY LAUNCHES MAPPING TOOL TO HELP WITH HEALTHCARE ENROLLMENT - The Pima County Heath Department recently added a new mapping tool to its website to help residents locate Affordable Care Act (ACA) resources near their homes. Pima County Health Department Director, Dr. Francisco Garcia, says the primary goal of the interactive website is to take people to "the right place," meaning either to a federal site or state site where they can enroll for health insurance through the Marketplace. There also is a phone number for those who would rather speak to a person directly, (520) 243-7770 option #3. This Saturday, Pima County is hosting an event where health professionals will be providing free health insurance enrollment assistance. "Cover Pima County!" will be in 14 locations throughout the County at different times of the day. Read more from Arizona Public Media.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA FILLS NEW VICE PRESIDENT POSITION - A senior administrator from Texas has been hired as the new UA Vice President for Strategic Planning and Analysis. Barbara White Bryson will be responsible for setting and meeting progress goals of the school's new strategic plan. The plan, approved a few months ago, aims to create a bigger, better institution with more job-creating potential over the next decade. Bryson will start her job next month, earning $260,000 a year. As Associate Vice President for Facilities, Engineering & Planning at Rice University, Bryson led project management, facilities, engineering and central plant operations, and oversaw major construction programs. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
NOMINATIONS UNDERWAY FOR BICYCLE-RELATED AWARDS - The Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee (T-PCBAC) is seeking nominations for its fifth annual Bicycling Advocate of the Year, Bicycle Commuter of the Year, and Bicycle Friendly Business of the Year awards. Nominations are due by March 5th and should include a couple of paragraphs in support of the nominees, along with contact information. Nominations should be submitted via email to T-PCBAC Chair Ian Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.
SOUTHERN ARIZONA CONGRESSMAN VOWS FIGHT TO SAVE A-10 FLEET - U.S. Rep. Ron Barber says he'll fight to keep the A-10 Warthog flying, calling the aircraft "crucial to our community, to Davis-Monthan, and to the country at large." The Pentagon says cutting the plane would save $3.5 billion over five years. However, Barber said yesterday it would only save $700,000 "after having already spent $1 billion to upgrade" the attack aircraft. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced yesterday that the Pentagon would cut the A-10 fighter jet, also known as the Thunderbolt, as part of sweeping cuts to the proposed defense budget for Fiscal Year 2015. DM reported in 2012 that the A-10 was responsible for $1.1 billion in economic impact for the Tucson area. Barber says he'll fight to make sure the A-10 cuts don't become reality. Read more from Tucson Sentinel.
THE DOWNTOWN TUCSON PARTNERSHIP FAÇADE PROGRAM COMPLETES LATEST FACADE IMPROVEMENT - Downtown revitalization continues with the addition of the 9th new façade made possible by a grant through the Downtown Tucson Partnership. Tucson 12 profiles the façade program, showing the latest addition at City High School.
FEDERAL DEPORTATIONS REDUCED IN 2013 - The federal government deported 368,644 people last fiscal year, a 10 percent decrease from the previous year and the first time deportations dropped since 2008. The latest number includes 34,868 people deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) operations in Arizona, a nearly 12 percent drop from the year before. ICE reports part of the reason for the decline is that it is now focusing more attention on catching and removing serious criminals, whose cases take more time. In addition, the Obama administration now has policies allowing undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, known as “dreamers,” to apply for protection from deportation, further reducing the number of people who can be deported. Read more from the Arizona Republic.
MINIMUM WAGE HIKE WOULD HAVE VARYING EFFECTS BY STATE - While President Obama's call last month to raise the federal minimum wage would benefit workers in many states, not every employee in that pay grade would benefit. The federal rate has been frozen at $7.25 an hour since 2009, and many states have higher minimum pay in effect. The U.S. Labor Department estimates 3.3 million Americans earned wages at or below the federal rate last year, accounting for 4.3 percent of the hourly workforce. At the beginning of this year, 13 states raised their wage requirements, either through legislation, ballot initiatives or annual inflation adjustments. About half of states mandate wages higher than the federal rate for most employers. However, less than two percent of hourly workers earned average wages of $7.25 or less in Oregon, California and Washington. Read more from Governing.
PHOENIX CITY COUNCIL TO HEAR PUBLIC COMMENTS EARLIER - The Phoenix City Council voted recently to make public comments the first item at its regular meetings. Known as the “Citizen Comment Session,” speakers are generally given a few minutes at council meetings to talk about any issue of their choosing. Previously, the Council heard public comments right after its meetings adjourned and the TV cameras went off, and it wasn’t uncommon for a few council members to leave before residents finished speaking. The City made the changes in response to a petition filed by a group of residents who said holding the public-comment session at the end of the meeting showed City leaders don’t respect their input. Council members will not be required to attend the public comment sessions. However, what is new for Phoenix is old in Tucson. The Tucson City Council's "Call to the Audience" regularly precedes their consideration of legislative agenda items in order to benefit from public comment before taking action. Read more from azcentral.com.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS SOLICITED FOR CITY OF TUCSON GRANTS - The City is accepting proposals for Economic and Workforce Development Grants, and Special Events Grants for Fiscal Year 2015. The development proposals should include items for small business and development, job training and education programs for adults, at-risk youth, and at-risk adults. Special events grants will be awarded to those who help develop the local economy via emerging and established special events that build the community, economy and tourism. Proposals are due no later than Friday, March 21, 2014 at 4 p.m. Learn more about the grants.
PIMA COUNTY AWARDED GRANT TO HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES - The $270,000 award - funded through National Mortgage Settlement funds via the Arizona Attorney General's Office - will help pay for job search and training services for people who lost (or are at risk of losing) their homes to foreclosure. It is also available to help evicted renters, and people in transitional housing programs because of foreclosure or eviction, said Dorothée Harmon, program manager with Pima County One Stop Career Center. The program is expected to begin in a few months. Read more from Arizona Public Media.
FORUM ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN TUCSON TOMORROW - The healthcare forum will offer information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, including ways to check eligibility, find a plan, and enroll. Tucson State Representatives Sally Ann Gonzales and Marcario Saldate are hosting the two-hour forum, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Rd.
MEDICAL PARTNERSHIP IN ARIZONA COULD LEAD TO ELECTRONIC RECORDS SHARING FOR PATIENTS - Tucson-based Health Information Network of Arizona is affiliating with nonprofit Phoenix-based Arizona Health-e Connection. The combined group will operate under the umbrella of Arizona Health-e Connection, which will be based in Phoenix. Company officials say the effort intends to interface various existing patient medical record systems across the state, meaning medical providers around the country, and eventually beyond, would be able to electronically access health records of consenting Arizonans. The system would allow out-of-state doctors treating an Arizonan in an emergency to pull up that patient's medical records, lessening the chances of unnecessary testing or prescribing medication that could cause harm. Read more from Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star.
HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS - 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 email@example.com. You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app for Android and iOS.