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Grant Road Widening Phase II Public Open House

The public is invited to attend a Grant Road Widening Phase II design open house being hosted by the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). The open house will take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tucson Association of Realtors, 2445 N. Tucson Boulevard. There will be a brief presentation by the project team at 5:45 p.m.

Street Bonds Road Recovery City-Wide Crack Seal Program

Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), has begun crack sealing several roadways throughout the City of Tucson. The work is scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Crews will be working Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This work is part of the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery. During this work, travel lane restrictions will be in place, however at least one lane of travel will be maintained.

NewsNet 11-12-14

TUCSON EXPLORING BIKE SHARE PROGRAM - The City of Tucson is exploring the feasibility of implementing a bike share system and is seeking input from the public. The City has launched an online survey and WikiMap to solicit comments. The survey allows the public to weigh in on the proposed program, while the WikiMap helps identify specific locations for stations. Bike share is a public transportation system where subscribers have access to a network of bicycles through automated self-service kiosks located throughout the community. More than 30 cities in the United States have existing bike share systems.
Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program
- The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting meetings this week to discuss community needs that can be addressed with annual entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Tucson receives approximately $8 million per year under various federal programs, including Community Development Block Grants. Public input received at these forums will be used to prepare the Fiscal Year 2016 City of Tucson/Pima County Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which will incorporate community needs, available resources, strategies, and priorities for the five-year period beginning on July 1, 2015. The meetings continue tonight, 5:30-7:30, at Ellie Towne Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road. That meeting will discuss fair housing issues, while a meeting tomorrow will focus on homelessness. Tomorrow's meeting is from 9-10:30 a.m. at the West Side Police Station, 1310 N. Miracle Mile. Read the news release.
PARKS AND RECREATION CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW - Tucson Parks and Recreation's Spring 2015 Program Guide and Class Catalog is available at all Parks and Recreation facilities, including district offices, centers, and pools. Copies also will be available at the Family Festival in the Park event on Saturday (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) at Reid Park, or can be viewed online at the link below. The Program Guide has information on leisure classes, KIDCO after-school sites, aquatics, sports programs, registration, and the Discount Program. The 64-page booklet also has information on recreation centers, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson City Golf courses, and swimming pools. Registration opens Saturday for city residents and Monday for non-city residents.
Tucson Parks and Recreation website

HOW TO FIGHT THE FLU - Flu season is here and you may have already noticed people around you sniffling and sneezing. Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker and crew show you ways to brace yourself for the season, and it all starts with a flu vaccine.

USA TODAY READERS RANK REGION FOR BEST BIRDWATCHING - Southeastern Arizona finished in the top 10 of the USA Today 10 Best list of "Best Birdwatching," as chosen by readers. The website listing says, "The 'Sky Islands' of Southeastern Arizona are a magnet for birds. The most famous residents are the 15 species of hummingbirds - the highest diversity north of Mexico - visible from April to September." Read the list of "Best Birdwatching" from USA Today 10 Best. The City of Tucson's Sweetwater Wetlands attracts many different birds and serves as an environmental education facility for a variety of wildlife. See a list of birds found at Sweetwater.

“Have Your Shade and Eat It Too” at Watershed Management Group’s 1st Annual Edible Shade Mesquite Pancake Breakfast

Watershed Management Group (WMG) invites you to celebrate the bountiful food and shade of our region’s native and desert-adapted edible trees at our 1st Annual Edible Shade Mesquite Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, November 23, 2014. We’re excited to add our own twist to this tasty Tucson tradition began by Desert Harvesters. Come enjoy local mesquite pancakes and more as you explore sustainability practices in action at WMG’s Living Lab and Learning Center.

NewsNet 11-10-14

VETERANS DAY PARADE TOMORROW - Downtown Tucson will host the annual Veterans Day Parade tomorrow morning. Beginning at 9 a.m., the parade will stage on West Alameda Street between Granada Avenue and Manning House Way. The parade begins at 11 a.m., and proceeds east on West Alameda Street and turns north on Stone Avenue to Franklin Street, then turns west on Franklin Street to Church Avenue.  At Church Avenue, the parade turns north to Sixth Street/St. Marys Road, proceeds west on Sixth Street/St. Marys Road, then turns south on Granada Avenue, ending at Franklin Street.

NewsNet 11-07-14

CITY SEEKING COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE CHARTER CHANGES - Tucson's Charter Review Committee is asking for public comments as it reviews and makes recommendations about possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. A public meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at City Hall (255 W. Alameda, 1st floor). Potential amendments to the City Charter may be on the Nov. 3, 2015 City ballot. All comments should be made via email to the City Clerk’s Office:
VISIT TUCSON OPENS TRADE OFFICE IN MEXICO - Visit Tucson yesterday opened its new Vamos a Tucson office in Hermosillo, Sonora. The office - in conjunction with the City of Tucson and Pima County - is intended to boost Mexican tourism to Pima County. It also will serve as an information hub for Mexican corporations and entrepreneurs seeking information about conducting business in Tucson and Pima County.
RIDE THE STREETCAR TO WEEKEND ACTIVITIES - This weekend is a big one in Tucson, with 2nd Saturdays Downtown, the 25th annual All Souls Procession, UA football and basketball, and Veterans Day activities. The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar will take you to the events via the University of Arizona, Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District. Riders can experience dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities along the nearly four-mile route. You can also park in one of the many garages downtown. The Pennington Street Garage is offering discounted parking fees for the football game only, when you ask for the "Park, Dine, and Ride" bundle, which includes a Sun Link Day Pass and parking. Tomorrow's game (part of Homecoming Weekend) against Colorado begins at 6 p.m., and the parking bundle is available beginning at noon.
UA Parking and Transportation football info
TESTING UNDERWAY FOR POTENTIAL NEW DAY PASSES FOR TRANSIT - The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar is testing a new day pass that is more resistant to heat and humidity than the current paper SunGo Day Pass. The test passes are from the Valley Transportation Authority in California and will have a different look than the current passes. Testing a limited supply (less than 2,000 tickets) will help determine how the passes react to validators on board the transit vehicles. If the tests are successful, the passes eventually could replace those currently in use. Send feedback on test passes to:
TRASH AND RECYCLING DELAYED A DAY NEXT WEEK FOR MANY CUSTOMERS - The Veterans Day holiday will be observed on Tuesday, Nov. 11, and residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on that day. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers with Tuesday through Friday collections will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day. The Los Reales Landfill will be open on Tuesday. Except for emergency services, all City of Tucson offices will be closed on Tuesday. Read the news release.

Veteran's Day Parade - Travel Information

Downtown Tucson will be the host of the annual Veterans Day Parade on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The parade will stage on West Alameda Street between Granada Avenue and Manning House Way beginning at 9 a.m.  The parade begins at 11 a.m., and proceeds east on West Alameda Street and turns north on Stone Avenue to Franklin Street, then turns west on Franklin Street to Church Avenue.  At Church Avenue, the parade turns north to Sixth Street/ St. Mary’s Road, proceeds west on Sixth Street/ St. Mary’s Road, then turns south on Granada Avenue and ends at Franklin Street.

NewsNet 11-06-14

ALL SOULS PROCESSION THIS WEEKEND - One of Tucson's signature events happens Sunday, as the 25th annual All Souls Procession makes its way through Downtown Tucson. Thousands of people are expected in costumes and skeleton face paint to honor the dead. The procession will follow a two-mile route from Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue to the finale at Mercado San Agustin. Even though the big event starts at approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday (gathering begins at 4 p.m.), activities begin Saturday with the Procession of Little Angels, 3 p.m. - dusk, at Armory Park, 221 S. 6th Ave. Organized by Many Mouths One Stomach, a nonprofit arts collective, the free event draws participants from across the country and the world. Parking is available at four garages downtown, or you can take the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar to the downtown area from the University of Arizona, 4th Avenue, or Mercado San Agustin, just west of downtown. For this Sunday only, the streetcar will run until 11 p.m. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star, and note traffic restrictions.

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REVISE GENERAL OBLIGATION DEBT POLICY - The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday voted to raise the self-imposed limit on General Obligation Bonds the City can issue. Current policy limits the combined primary and secondary property tax rate to a maximum of $1.50 per $100 of assessed value. The Council voted to increase the limit to the $1.75 per $100 maximum listed in the City Charter. The $1.75 figure is still well below the State of Arizona's imposed limit. While this change gives the City the capacity to issue approximately $70 million in additional bonds, those bonds cannot be issued without first being approved by voters. Read the Mayor and Council agenda materials.

AED CHALLENGE WINNER ANNOUNCED - University EMS received $5,000 yesterday for winning the HeartMap Challenge AED Scavenger Hunt. The team found the highest number of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Pima County. The goal of the AED scavenger hunt, which ran Sept. 3- 30, was to raise awareness about AEDs and to build a comprehensive database of the devices’ locations. More than 1,300 AEDs were found in the Pima County by 170 participants. AEDs are electronic, briefcase size devices designed to allow bystanders to help someone who has collapsed during a cardiac arrest prior to the arrival of emergency medical services. Read the news release, and see photos of check presentation on TFD Facebook page.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) COLLECTION SATURDAY - The City of Tucson is holding a Household Hazardous Waste collection Saturday at the El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd., from 8 a.m. until noon. Accepted materials include chemicals, oils, pesticides, automotive fluids and batteries, rechargeable batteries, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products, and computer equipment ($2 for monitors without computer). Drop off at HHW is free for City of Tucson residents. 
Download the 'My-Waste'™ app
Watch archived video about HHW, produced by Tucson 12

PARKS AND RECREATION OFFERS DISCOUNTS TO LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS - City of Tucson Parks and Recreation offers discounts that allow low-income residents to pay a 50 percent discounted fee for KIDCO, Jr. Leadership, In-Betweener's, Learn-to-Swim, and therapeutic programs. There also is a 25 percent discount for annual/quarterly passes at recreation centers and for a Senior Activity Card. To qualify for the discounts, you must be a City of Tucson resident, provide ID and address verification, and be able to prove your income falls within the discount guidelines. You can apply at any Parks and Recreation office. For more details on the requirements for the discounts, call Registration Services at (520) 791-4877.

Veterans Day Trash Pickup Update

The Veterans’ Day holiday will be observed on Tuesday, November 11,
2014.  Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be
collected. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers with
Tuesday through Friday collection will have their trash and recycling
service delayed by one day. The Los Reales Landfill will be open.
Holiday collection schedules are available online at or if you have a smartphone, download the free


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