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Revised Distracted Driving Ordinance Now in Effect

Starting today, Tucson Police Department officers will be handing out information cards describing the City of Tucson's newly revised ordinance requiring the use of hands-free devices when using cell phones and other electronics while driving. This is part of a 30-day educational and warning period before officers start issuing citations for violators in March.

Tucson Parks and Recreation Hiring Lifeguards for Seasonal Work

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department is seeking qualified, certified individuals to work as lifeguards and swimming instructors to work at the City’s summer pools, beginning in May 2018. The positions are non-permanent (seasonal, temporary, and intermittent).

A lifeguard must have knowledge of water hazards, lifesaving techniques and first aid, recognize hazardous situations, and adopt effective courses of action. The position requires proficient swimming ability and the proper application of rescue and first-aid techniques.

Tucson City Court and Tucson Police Department Host Outreach Event for the Deaf

Tucson City Court’s Domestic Violence Court and the Tucson Police Department (TPD) are hosting a Cops, Courts, and Coffee event tomorrow, Feb. 2, as an outreach to Tucson’s deaf community. The 5-7 p.m. event will be held at the Tucson Deaf Community Center, 1436 N. 11th Ave. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.

City Manager Outlines Budget Proposal for Mayor and Council

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega last week gave the Mayor and Tucson City Council an overview of his plans for the next budget year. At a public retreat last Friday at Fire Central, Ortega unveiled preliminary proposals that include exploring diversified revenue opportunities, implementing plans for employee retention (including a 2.5 percent raise to begin this April), continuing to innovate and create operational efficiencies, and delivering great customer service.

In the Tucson 12 video linked below, Ortega also spoke of mandated payment increases to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) and possibly extending the amortization period to pay it. He also discussed rising insurance costs, capital needs, possible revenue enhancements, and more. Mayor and Council ultimately will decide whether to accept all or part of Ortega's proposals.

More Kids to Get Arts Field Trips Thanks to New Partnership

With the help of a new collaboration, more than 7,000 Tucson students will be able to go on an arts field trip this school year. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild announced the partnership earlier this week, as Act One joins the mayor's Great Start program that provided more than 2,100 arts and cultural institution passes last year for distribution in Tucson schools for children who otherwise couldn't afford to visit.

Steve K's Newsletter 1/29/18

Topics in this issue...

  • Tucson Be Kind
  • Half-Staff
  • Bump Stocks in Arizona
  • Safety on our Roadways
  • Campbell & Grant
  • Broadway
  • Cyclovia
  • Transit Management
  • Craycroft Road Work
  • Budget Preview
  • Downtown Development
  • Volvo Property
  • Local First: Gem Show
  • Lecture Series Downtown
  • Nova Home Loans Bowl
  • Stormwater Solutions
  • Solar Tariffs
  • Naming Parks and Amenities
  • Events & Entertainment

Reid Park Zoo Celebrates Grand Opening of Animal Health Center

Reid Park Zoo is now leading the way in innovative animal medicine with the grand opening of its state-of-the-art Animal Health Center. Dedicated yesterday, the facility will provide the Zoo with more opportunities to teach curious young minds through additional educational programming. Also, students from the University of Arizona’s new Marley Foundation Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Program will have the opportunity to train in whole-life animal care by observing and assisting at the new center.

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