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Parks and Recreation Stake Holder Focus Groups

The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department wants to know how it can improve recreation and leisure opportunities for all of its users.

This July the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department kicked off a process of information gathering that will result in a five-year master plan that anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high quality recreation facilities, programs and services to the Tucson area. Public and stakeholder input are essential and critical to the success of the master plan.

Household Hazardous Waste Update

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off site at Los Reales Landfill will be closed on Saturday, August 29, 2015. It will re-open on Monday, August 31st at the new entrance facility at the intersection of Los Reales Road and Craycroft Road.
 
The new entrance includes a new scalehouse, administration building, and drop-off facility for HHW and recyclables. For more information, call ES Customer Service at 791-3171.
 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Unavailable Tomorrow

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) dropoff site at Los Reales Landfill will be closed tomorrow as the entrance is changed. It will reopen Monday at the new entrance at the intersection of Los Reales Road and Craycroft Road. The new entrance includes a new scalehouse, administration building, and drop-off facility for HHW and recyclables.

Next Week is Start of Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month, an annual event that recognizes the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. The goal is to mobilize schools and communities across the nation to promote the value of good attendance and take concrete steps to reduce chronic absence. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will formally kick off the local event at a news conference on Tuesday.

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Survey: Tucson Ranks High on List of Places to Vacation at Home

Do you have Labor Day weekend plans yet? If not, there's plenty to enjoy at home. A recent survey ranks Tucson as the 11th-best place for a staycation. When determining the rankings of 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations, WalletHub looked at recreational activities, food and entertainment, and rest and relaxation. Orlando, Florida is No. 1 on the list.

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Rhino Fiesta Set for Next Month

Celebrate World Rhino Day with Fireball and Yebonga, Reid Park Zoo’s charismatic rhinos. At this exclusive, after-hours reception, you’ll learn how the Zoo cares for these unique animals and why rhinos in the wild need our help. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with the zookeepers, and then meet a rhino up close. The event is set for Sept. 10, 5:30-7 p.m. and tickets are available online.
 

Sun Tran to Provide Limited Saturday Bus Service

Beginning this weekend, Sun Tran will provide limited Saturday bus service from approximately 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Routes 8, 16, and 18. Limited service maps and schedules are available at transit centers, Sun Tran's website, or by calling Customer Service at (520) 792-9222. Passengers are strongly encouraged to check schedules. Riders are advised to plan accordingly, as buses may be delayed due to overcrowding. As more resources become available, Sun Tran will continue add more service.
 

Houghton Road Project Named Public Works Project of the Year

The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced this week that the Houghton Road - Irvington Road to Valencia Road Project has been selected as one of the nation's Public Works Projects of the Year for 2015. The award will be presented next Monday in Phoenix. Award recipients include the City of Tucson as the managing agency, Hunter Contracting Co. as the primary contractor, Psomas as the primary design consultant, and Gordley Group as the public relations firm.

HHW Update

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off site at Los Reales Landfill will be closed on Saturday, August 29, 2015. It will re-open on Monday, August 31st at the new entrance facility at the intersection of Los Reales Road and Craycroft Road.

The new entrance includes a new scalehouse, administration building, and drop-off facility for HHW and recyclables. For more information, call ES Customer Service at 791-3171.

Application Deadline for a New Police Chief Nears

Monday is the last day for candidates to apply for the position of Tucson Police Chief. The City is seeking a proven leader who can inspire the confidence of the community and police officers. The successful candidate will be committed to using current data-driven policing strategies and applying the principles of community policing to reduce crime and deliver a high level of police services.

Councilmember Richard Fimbres Statement on the Sun Tran Bus Strike

As the monthly reports show, Ward 5 has the most used routes in the Sun Tran bus system.  People in Ward 5 and across the city, used Sun Tran buses to get to their jobs, go to doctor’s appointments and getting groceries on weekdays and weekends.   I’ve had calls from people who have lost their jobs due to the strike and not being able to get to work on the weekends.  The most vulnerable and most needy use Sun Tran.

 

This week marked the new semester for schools, including the University of Arizona and Pima Community College, for which many students would use Sun Tran to get to their classes.   Public school districts, TUSD and Sunnyside to name two examples, who also use Sun Tran to help get their students to school as well.

 

Thursday, August 27 will mark the third week of the Sun Tran bus strike, which has had limited service during the weekdays for ridership.

 

It is time that both the Sun Tran employee’s union, Teamster’s Local 104 and PTM/Veolia get back to the table and reach a settlement. 

 

Both sides have expressed their eagerness to negotiate and that the federal mediator called in needs to get both sides to the table now for our community. 

 

There have been suggestions to fire the manager or management company in the absence of another company to take it over.  The City has to have a management company to run the bus system and for another person or firm to be brought in now would delay a resolution even further and Tucson’s bus riders cannot afford any further delays in the bus service.

 

For the sake of our city’s bus riders, a settlement is needed as soon as possible for Tucson.

 

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