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Paul's Note - May 22nd, 2020

We haven’t done nearly enough COVID-19 testing in Pima County. According to the Daily Star, 588 were tested the first weekend at the beginning of the month, with 735 and 1500 in subsequent weeks. They are hoping to test 3,000 this weekend. Even with the increases, we are a long way from having enough people tested to ensure that the public is safe.

City Holiday Closures Next Monday

All City of Tucson offices, except for emergency services, will be closed Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, and customers will have their collections delayed by one day next week.

The Los Reales Landfill will be open. Sun Tran buses and the Sun Link streetcar will operate on a Sunday schedule. Sun Express and Sun Shuttle will not be in operation.

Stay Smart and Continue Physical Distancing This Holiday Weekend

Stay-at-home orders may have ended, but physical distancing is still the smart way to spend the holiday weekend. In yesterday’s, May 21, video update, Pima County Health Director Bob England reminded everyone that even as society opens up, it’s not the time to relax the preventive measures we’ve adopted to keep each other safe. Keep groups to 10 or fewer individuals, stay 6 feet apart, and wear face coverings in public.

Pima County Amends Rules on Restaurants

The Pima County Board of Supervisors this week voted to revise rules for protective measures some businesses should follow during a pandemic. The changes came after feedback from restaurant owners and others. The revisions include more lenient rules on masks, signage, occupancy, reservations or call-ahead seating, display of cleaning logs, and other items. Even as Pima County moves forward with the amendments, the proclamation is still being investigated by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office after some claimed the regulations are a violation of Arizona Gov.

A Time to Remember

Childhood friends Frank Giroux and Mike Dyer recall their time in Vietnam and share their passion for their new mission...helping veterans and remembering those who have fallen in the line of duty.

In the video below, they discuss how they plan to spend Memorial Day.

2020 Census

Please take a moment to fill out the Census 2020.  The money given to the City of Tucson and to the State of Arizona will go to help fund public safety, schools, our highways, housing assistance, familes in need and much more.  Go to https://2020census.gov/en.html to fill out the form.  5 minutes of your time can make a BIG impact on our community.

Ward 4 Council Member Nikki Lee Coordinates with Raytheon to Help Youth On Their Own Students

Students without access to a computer recently shared how difficult it has been to participate in online learning opportunities with their class while schools have been closed. With Councilwoman Nikki Lee’s coordination with Raytheon, 30 laptops, computer mice, and backpacks have been donated to Youth On Their Own (YOTO) for students to have the opportunity to complete the school year.

Downtown Tucson Partnership Offers Another Bonus Gift Card Round

The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) Gift Card Incentive Program continues with another round of bonus gift cards this week. Round 8 begins tomorrow, May 22, at noon, with support from Holualoa Companies.

This round will bring gift card sales up to $280,000. Under the program, people buy a gift card worth $35 for only $25. That $10 bonus incentive is made possible through the support of a sponsor. Money is infused directly into the downtown businesses within days of the sale.

2020 Ward 4 Virtual Summer Town Hall Series

I will be hosting 2020 Ward 4 Summer Virtual Town Hall Series. You will have a chance to hear from Tucson Police Department Chief Magnus, Tucson Fire Department Chief Ryan, Tucson Parks and Recreation Director Brent Dennis, and Tucson Department of Transportation & Mobility Director Diana Alarcon. Mark your calendars for:

* June 24th - Tucson Police Department/Tucson Fire Department

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