The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night approved the tentative budget for the fiscal year that begins today, July 1. The $1.7 billion spending plan sets aside $71 million for a disaster relief fund (the remainder of the $95 million the City received from the CARES Act).
The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday, June 30, approved a policy that requires at least some details to be released immediately when a person dies in custody of the Tucson Police Department (TPD). The move comes after the details of the death of Carlos Ingram-Lopez weren't released publicly for more than two months after the 27-year-old died from "sudden cardiac arrest in the setting of acute cocaine intoxication and physical restraint" while in TPD custody on April 21.
More than 4,800 new coronavirus cases were reported today, July 1, which is the highest one-day number reported so far. With the new cases, the statewide total now stands at 84,092, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. The total includes people who have recovered from COVID-19. There have now been 1,720 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona.
Tucson Parks and Recreation is taking appointments beginning today, July 1, for families to qualify for the Discount Program in anticipation of programs, memberships, and KIDCO afterschool beginning once the City reopens facilities. Applicants must bring all verification materials with them to the appointment.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey yesterday, June 29, issued an executive order that closes bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theaters, water parks, and tubing until at least July 27. The order went into effect at 8 o'clock last night to help stem the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Arizona.
The order also delays the start of the next school year until at least Aug. 17. Ducey also banned gatherings of more than 50 people, but churches and political rallies are exempt.
Tucson Water’s 2019 Annual Water Quality Report is available on its website. The report provides information on drinking water within the utility’s 37 water service areas in and around the Tucson metropolitan area.
The City of Tucson is hiring a human resources (HR) manager to oversee one of its satellite units. Duties include supervising the work of at least two full-time employees and acting as a liaison between employees and management.
Learn how to use your creativity to bring some of your favorite characters to life through clay. Join one of the Tucson Parks and Recreation department's top instructors for a quick lesson that is sure to bring out the child of any age.
The City of Tucson is hosting another budget presentation with City Manager Michael Ortega and Chief Financial Officer Joyce Garland. The virtual event will take place today, June 29, at noon. The public can join using the links or phone numbers provided at the above link.
As of this morning, June 29, there are now 7,568 reports of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and 74,533 in Arizona. Those numbers include cases where people have recovered, as state health officials do not track recoveries. There have now been 1,588 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona.
Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information continues to evolve.
The lightning-caused Bighorn Fire in the Coronado National Forest has grown to 107,099 acres (168 square miles) and is 45 percent contained.
The Arizona Daily Star's "This is Tucson" has a list of "9 Tucson things to look forward to this summer." Some of the things include the monsoon, watermelon eegee's, summer reading, sunsets, and more.