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Reid Park Zoo Elephant Moves to San Diego Area

Mabu, the African elephant, is settling in at San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, California after being moved there earlier this week. He traveled with Reid Park Zoo's elephant manager, his primary zookeepers, and veterinary staff from both zoos. Mabu originally came to Tucson from San Diego Safari Park and is being reintroduced to his California family.

Ride Sun Link to UA Football Game

Prior to tomorrow's home game against the Washington Huskies at 7:30 p.m., University of Arizona football fans can experience the dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the Sun Link streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop.

Bus Fare Changes Explained (Video)

Earlier this week, the Mayor and Tucson City Council voted unanimously to increase bus fares for the first time in five years. Starting in January, the full cash fare will go up 25 cents, to $1.75. The City Council also agreed to fix bus shelters, waive the purchase fee for a SunGO card, and more.

Tucson 12 has a quick video recap of what happened during Tuesday's meeting.

Museum Day is Tomorrow

The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions in Tucson and across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Some participating Tucson attractions include the Arizona History Museum, Arizona State Museum, Tucson Botanical Gardens, and many others.

Rosemont Boulevard Utility Adjustments Rescheduled

The lowering of manhole covers and water valve covers on Rosemont Boulevard from Speedway Boulevard to Winsett Street has been rescheduled. The work is now scheduled to begin the week of October 10, 2016. Borderland Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is scheduled to begin milling (removing asphalt) operations and the reconstruction roadway improvements on Rosemont Boulevard in mid-October 2016.

Redistricting Advisory Committee Seeking Input to Redistrict City Ward Boundaries

The Redistricting Advisory Committee encourages public participation in the redistricting process. Every four years, the boundaries of the six wards of the city are reviewed to determine whether adjustments are necessary to equalize the population in each ward. The Mayor and Tucson City Council established the citizens committee to help with the effort.

Open Houses Scheduled for Proposed Changes to Sun Tran Express Routes

The City of Tucson, Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), and Sun Tran are seeking public input on proposed changes to Sun Express routes. Open houses are scheduled to provide information on realignments to Express Routes 102X, 105X, 107X, 109X, 202X and 203X, and discontinuing Express Routes 103X and 312X.

Start of Road Recovery Project Rescheduled

The lowering of manhole and water valve covers on Rosemont Boulevard from Speedway Boulevard to Winsett Street will now begin the week of Oct. 10 for logistics reasons and better efficiency. The work originally was set to begin this week.

Crews are scheduled to begin milling (removing asphalt) operations and roadway improvements on Rosemont Boulevard in mid-October.

The project is part of the voter-approved, $100 million, five-year Road Recovery street bond program.

City Council Votes to Raise Bus Fares for the First Time in Five Years

Following more than 20 open houses, the Mayor and Tucson City Council last night voted unanimously to raise bus fares starting in January. The Council considered four options, settling on a plan to raise the full cash fare from $1.50 to $1.75. All other passes and fares also will increase. The changes are expected to increase Sun Tran revenues about $1.5 million over the next couple of years.

Meet Police Chief Magnus Next Week

Tucson City Council Member Karin Uhlich and The Oracle Project (TOPS) will host a meet and greet with Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus at the Westside Police Service Center from 6 -7 p.m. on Sept. 22. Ward 3 residents are encouraged to take the opportunity to meet Magnus and learn more about his initiatives for the department, specifically regarding community policing and patrol service in neighborhoods.

Experience Shakespeare in the Park

The El Rio Theatre Project presents its 10th annual Shakespeare in the Park, featuring William Shakespeare's “Romeo & Juliet” at the Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheatre, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket, and the whole family for an evening of theater in the park.

The next performances are tomorrow through Sunday at 7 p.m. each night. The shows are free, but a $5 donation is suggested.

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