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Paul's Note - June 5, 2020

I’ve read up on George Floyd. He’s about my age and sounds like a person I would have liked to have known growing up. He was from Houston and was a standout football player in high school. He played in Texas’s state high school championship in 1992. Remember how big of a deal high school football is in Texas. That championship was played at the Astrodome.

He was 6’ 6” and called a “gentle giant” and had the nickname “Big Floyd.” His high school friend Donnell Cooper said “He had a quiet personality but a beautiful spirit.”

City Court Phased Reopening Began This Week

Tucson City Court began a phased reopening, with restrictions, on Monday, June 1. Reopening protocols set by the Arizona Supreme Court require staff and visitors to receive a temperature scan before entering the building, wear a mask or face covering, and socially distance to the extent possible.

There is limited court access. The public should also arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled hearing times to accommodate the new safety and screening practices.

Another Webinar Scheduled for ‘Navigating the Impacts of COVID-19 for Small Businesses’

The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) is inviting local businesses to join a free webinar on Monday, June 8, from 3-4 p.m., on the latest help for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn what is happening in the retail industry and how the International Council of Shopping Centers is supporting small businesses.

Monthly Household Hazardous Waste Event Canceled

The monthly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event scheduled for Saturday, June 6, has been canceled to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The City of Tucson has halted all HHW collection until further notice at the main site at 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive, the Los Reales Landfill site at 5300 E. Los Reales Road, and the monthly collection event at 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.

Stay Informed About COVID-19

The City of Tucson created and maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. Visit the website for the latest information about how the City is conducting business during this crisis and the latest status in the community.

The site is updated as information continues to evolve.

Visit the Cele Peterson Rose Garden Virtually

Boasting more than 600 rose bushes and 100 species of roses, it's no wonder the Cele Peterson Rose Garden is so unique. Whether you're celebrating an event, honoring a loved one, or simply enjoying the beauty of this special place, the Cele Peterson Rose Garden at Reid Park offers something for everyone.

Watch the video below to learn about its volunteers, see the roses in bloom, and discover when is a good time to visit.

Team Up to Clean Up Next Week

The City of Tucson, along with Tucson Clean & Beautiful and United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, will lead a citywide cleanup effort the week of June 8-13. As many COVID-19 restrictions are slowly being phased out, the weeklong event is an opportunity for City employees and the entire community to go outside their homes to work together to improve the visual appearance of Tucson as we move toward reopening.

Take Community Outreach Survey to Help Reopen Downtown

The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP), in collaboration with Pima County Back-to-Business (PCB2B), downtown restaurants, retail, and cultural institutions are taking extra steps to ensure businesses and public spaces are clean and safe for the community. You can help by taking a survey to help others understand how you would like to engage with public spaces and local businesses.

Traffic Signal Improvements - Speedway Blvd and Wilmot Rd Intersection


On Thursday, June 4, 2020, crews from Next Generation Electrical, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are scheduled to replace traffic signal heads with upgraded signals to accommodate flashing yellow left turn arrows at the intersection of Speedway Boulevard and Wilmot Road.  

Work at the intersection will take place from about 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Guidelines and Application Available for Temporary Expansion of Restaurant Seating

The City of Tucson Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) and the Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), at the direction of Mayor and Council and pursuant to the authority granted to the City Manager in Mayor Romero’s Emergency Proclamation dated May 15, 2020, have enacted regulatory zoning relief allowing the temporary expansion of seating areas for food and beverage establishments which have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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