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City Manager Remains Confident in Chief’s Leadership

After yesterday’s news conference surrounding the tragic in-custody death of Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez and Tucson Police Department Chief Chris Magnus’ offer of resignation, City Manager Michael Ortega has told the Tucson Mayor and City Council that he will not be accepting the Chief’s resignation. The City Manager received support for Magnus from the majority of the council members.

Learn More About the City’s Budget During Virtual Event

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 on Monday, June 29, at noon.

The public can join the meetings using the links or phone numbers provided at the above meeting link. The previous event can be viewed alongside the new participatory budget tool at the same link.

Landfill Fire PSA

The Tucson Fire Department and Tucson Environmental and General Services (EGSD) want to remind residents to leave hazardous items out of their trash/recycling bins. Certain batteries can start fires at the landfill or in the back of a truck, and it is more common this time of year.

Dangerous batteries include: Lithium Ion Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries, Remote Control Car Batteries, and Button Batteries. When these batteries get crushed or get hot, they can start a fire.

COVID-19 Cases Continue Rapid Rise in Arizona

As of this morning, June 24, there are now 6,318 reports of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and 59,974 in Arizona. Those numbers include cases where people have recovered, as state health officials do not track recoveries. There have now been 1,463 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.

Bighorn Fire Continues Its Rapid Growth

The Bighorn Fire in the Coronado National Forest has grown to nearly 75,000 acres and is 33% contained. Catalina Highway is still closed to the public at milepost zero. Only residents and business owners may pass. Campgrounds on Mount Lemmon also are closed.

Residents in the fire area can contact the Pima County Sheriff’s Department at (520) 351-FIRE (3473) with evacuation questions. See the National Weather Service forecast outlook here.

"A" Mountain Fireworks Celebration Postponed

The City of Tucson is postponing this year’s annual “A” Mountain Fireworks celebration that was scheduled for July 4. The decision was made due to the risk of increased community spread of COVID-19 and the extreme fire danger in the region as evidenced by the ongoing battle with the Bighorn Fire.

A news release will be issued and announcements made via the City’s website and social media platforms when the event is rescheduled.

Pima County Partnering with Downtown Tucson Partnership to Distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

With the understanding that some businesses may need support in acquiring non-medical PPE (face masks, sanitizer, and gloves) for employees until supply chains stabilize, Pima County and the Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) will begin distributing PPE to local businesses in the downtown Business Improvement District.

Reminder: Sign Up for the New Utility Services Payment System

The City of Tucson’s new online utility payment system (water, sewer, and trash/recycling) is now in operation. All customers must register to set up or continue online and automatic bill payments.

The new system offers several benefits, including enrolling in autopay, making one-time payments, managing multiple accounts, viewing a bill, and setting up email/text payment reminders. For security reasons, the City cannot transfer a customer’s account and financial information.


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