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Pedestrian Safety Campaign Seeks to Reduce Fatalities and Injuries (Video)

The Pima Association of Governments (PAG) has a "Walk Safe Drive Safe" pedestrian safety campaign, including a 30-second video (below) to help tell a story that encourages people to watch out for each other and themselves.

An average of 250 pedestrians are injured each year in collisions with vehicles and about 20 of those don't survive, according to crash analysis data prepared by PAG.

Job Opportunity: Recreation Assistant

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is seeking motivated, dependable team players to assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation of recreation programs for children, youth, and active adults. Recreation Assistants also help with the operation of facilities, special events, and provide front desk customer service to our customers.

This recruitment will establish a civil service list to fill vacancies occurring within the next six months. The deadline to apply is Aug. 23.

View Status of Road Bond Projects

The City of Tucson has an interactive map to track the progress of the Road Recovery bond project. The five-year plan voters approved in 2012 spends $100 million to improve roadways in our community.

You can click an area of the city on the map and find out which projects are completed, planned, and active. Information also includes the number of miles in each project, and the ability to turn map layers on and off to narrow your search.

A Dozen Tucson Companies to Receive Mentoring

Twelve Tucson companies will be the next participants in Thryve Next, a 10-week business-expansion mentoring program offered by Startup Tucson under a federal contract. Startup Tucson's Thryve Next is funded through a $1.44 million, five-year contract award issued last fall by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s ScaleUp America program, which is aimed at growing existing businesses.

City Council Member Honored

Ward 5 Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres was honored last week at the 80th Anniversary of Social Security Grijalva Award Luncheon, hosted by the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans. Fimbres is a Tucson native who served 32 years in the Pima County Sheriff's Department before retiring earlier this year. He also served as the director of the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety prior to becoming a member of the Tucson City Council in 2009.

Ronstadt Center Development Project Questions and Comments Online

Two developers shared their proposals last month for the Ronstadt Transit Center Joint Development Project. Both proposals would keep the Ronstadt Center as a bus hub, while adding housing and retail spaces. Questions and comments submitted to the developers are now online and have been provided to the two proposing teams for their review and responses. Answers should be posted later next month.

Search Continues to Hire a New City Police Chief

The City of Tucson is seeking a proven leader who can inspire the confidence of the community and police officers as Tucson's Police Chief. 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 to all residents of Tucson. Qualified candidates should apply by Aug.

Second Chance Job Fair Next Week

The Second Chance Coalition is hosting a job fair next week for people with criminal histories who want to work. The coalition, co-founded by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Federal Magistrate Judge Charles Pyle, provides employment opportunities for those overcoming a difficult past and wanting to establish a prosperous future.

The job fair will be held next Wednesday, 1:30-4:30 p.m., at the Tucson Convention Center's Apache Ballroom.


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