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I-11 public comment period begins

With six public meetings scheduled in June and an opportunity for the public to contribute in other ways, Arizonans can help shape the next step in planning for the proposed Interstate 11 as the Arizona Department of Transportation moves ahead on a three-year environmental study for a corridor stretching from Nogales to Wickenburg.

Pima County Wins Lawsuit Against State

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge is siding with Pima County in a lawsuit over an effort by the State of Arizona to shift more education taxes onto local taxpayers. Pima County’s lawsuit claims a state budget change last year unconstitutionally forces millions of dollars in education spending that previously had been handled by the state onto Pima County taxpayers.

Before Judge Christopher Whitten's ruling, Pima County was facing a $7.4 million bill, almost all of which was due to the Tucson Unified School District.

Himmel Park Beautification Project Completion Celebration Next Month

Tucson Parks and Recreation and the Himmel Park Beautification Project Committee invite you to celebrate new landscaping and other renovations in front of Himmel Park Library, the oldest branch in the Pima County Public Library system. The new additions include trees, shrubs, cement foundations, bike racks, and tiled benches.

Funding for the project included partial proceeds from two Sam Hughes Neighborhood Home Tours and numerous donations from midtown residents, including a little boy who gave the first contribution of 50 cents.

Summer Movies Continue for Final Time at La Placita Village Downtown

Cinema La Placita hosts movies in an outdoor setting every Thursday night at 7:30 from May through August.

Hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the summer evenings with a different movie each week for $3 per person (includes all-you-can-eat popcorn).

Tonight's movie is “Best in Show” (2000), starring Christopher Guest, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, Parker Posey, and Eugene Levy.

Free Summer Meals Available for Kids

School districts in the Tucson area are offering free breakfast and lunch this summer for kids 18 and under. The Summer Food Service Program for Children is a federally funded program operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with locations across the nation.

The Tucson Unified, Amphitheater, Sunnyside, Flowing Wells, and Marana school districts are participating in the program.

City Officials Attend National Summit on Policing

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, Assistant Chief Ramon Batista, and City Manager Michael Ortega attended this week's 21st Century Policing Forum in Washington D.C. The Tucson Police Department (TPD) was one of 15 law enforcement agencies from across the country invited to work in partnership with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the International Chiefs of Police (IACP) on the project to advance modern day policing.




TUCSON - Based on several incidents at Santa Rita Park and after several meetings with the Neighborhood Associations, Tucson Police and the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, a new effort for enforcement and assistance was launched at Santa Rita Park.


Under the direction of Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, Assistant Chief Ramon Batista, and Operations Division West Captain Eric Kazmierczak, increased walking patrols, bicycle patrols and additional car patrols will be in the Santa Rita Park area.


Councilmember Richard Fimbres Joins Latino Policymakers for NALEO Arizona Statewide Education Convening

Councilmember Richard Fimbres Joins Latino Policymakers for

NALEO Arizona Statewide Education Convening


Fimbres among notable Latino officials in state selected to participate in two-day event focused on how to strengthen Arizona educational policies and academic outcomes


Many Road Improvements to Begin Soon

The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) plans to be busy fixing roads starting this summer. TDOT has 18 road improvement projects scheduled over the next few months.

Construction on Valencia Road from 12th Avenue to Alvernon Way starts in August. Crews already are getting the area near the Tucson International Airport ready for the mill and repaving work. Once the work begins, construction should take about a month.


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