Do you have Labor Day weekend plans yet? If not, there's plenty to enjoy at home. A recent survey ranks Tucson as the 11th-best place for a staycation. When determining the rankings of 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations, WalletHub looked at recreational activities, food and entertainment, and rest and relaxation. Orlando, Florida is No. 1 on the list.
Celebrate World Rhino Day with Fireball and Yebonga, Reid Park Zoo’s charismatic rhinos. At this exclusive, after-hours reception, you’ll learn how the Zoo cares for these unique animals and why rhinos in the wild need our help. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with the zookeepers, and then meet a rhino up close. The event is set for Sept. 10, 5:30-7 p.m. and tickets are available online.
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Beginning this weekend, Sun Tran will provide limited Saturday bus service from approximately 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Routes 8, 16, and 18. Limited service maps and schedules are available at transit centers, Sun Tran's website, or by calling Customer Service at (520) 792-9222. Passengers are strongly encouraged to check schedules. Riders are advised to plan accordingly, as buses may be delayed due to overcrowding. As more resources become available, Sun Tran will continue add more service.
The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced this week that the Houghton Road - Irvington Road to Valencia Road Project has been selected as one of the nation's Public Works Projects of the Year for 2015. The award will be presented next Monday in Phoenix. Award recipients include the City of Tucson as the managing agency, Hunter Contracting Co. as the primary contractor, Psomas as the primary design consultant, and Gordley Group as the public relations firm.
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off site at Los Reales Landfill will be closed on Saturday, August 29, 2015. It will re-open on Monday, August 31st at the new entrance facility at the intersection of Los Reales Road and Craycroft Road.
The new entrance includes a new scalehouse, administration building, and drop-off facility for HHW and recyclables. For more information, call ES Customer Service at 791-3171.
Monday is the last day for candidates to apply for the position of Tucson Police Chief. The City is seeking a proven leader who can inspire the confidence of the community and police officers. 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.
"All UA students, staff and faculty can download a free 14-day pass with the new GoTucson app for the Sun Link (streetcar)," the newspaper said. "Keep your pass updated and on hand at all times with this app."
Movies in the Park concludes for the summer tomorrow at Reid Park. The rescheduled, free showing of How To Train Your Dragon 2 begins at dusk (weather permitting). The scheduled July 31 showing was canceled due to rain.
As the monthly reports show, Ward 5 has the most used routes in the Sun Tran bus system. People in Ward 5 and across the city, used Sun Tran buses to get to their jobs, go to doctor’s appointments and getting groceries on weekdays and weekends. I’ve had calls from people who have lost their jobs due to the strike and not being able to get to work on the weekends. The most vulnerable and most needy use Sun Tran.
This week marked the new semester for schools, including the University of Arizona and Pima Community College, for which many students would use Sun Tran to get to their classes. Public school districts, TUSD and Sunnyside to name two examples, who also use Sun Tran to help get their students to school as well.
Thursday, August 27 will mark the third week of the Sun Tran bus strike, which has had limited service during the weekdays for ridership.
It is time that both the Sun Tran employee’s union, Teamster’s Local 104 and PTM/Veolia get back to the table and reach a settlement.
Both sides have expressed their eagerness to negotiate and that the federal mediator called in needs to get both sides to the table now for our community.
There have been suggestions to fire the manager or management company in the absence of another company to take it over. The City has to have a management company to run the bus system and for another person or firm to be brought in now would delay a resolution even further and Tucson’s bus riders cannot afford any further delays in the bus service.
For the sake of our city’s bus riders, a settlement is needed as soon as possible for Tucson.
The City of Tucson's Human Resources department, with the assistance of a federal mediator, last night reached a new labor agreement with AFSCME Local 449. The previous agreement expired on Monday after the Mayor and Tucson City Council issued a 60-day continuance in June. The two-year agreement will go to Mayor and Council for ratification next month. AFSCME represents 692 city workers, of which 229 are members.
Sun Tran General Manager Kate Riley issued an open letter to the community regarding the current bus strike. Riley said Sun Tran is working to expand the current limited service for major routes. Nine routes are running 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. "I do personally apologize for the difficult burden this has placed on all of our riders," she said. "Rest assured, we will continue to work with the federal mediator to get back to the table and resolve this issue."
Today is National Dog Day, and one of the best ways to celebrate is to visit a dog park in Tucson. Watch "Sierra Says" to learn more about the special places for dogs to play in City parks. Remember, your dog must be licensed and vaccinated to get into dog parks. Having a dog license is not only the law, it makes it easier to find your pet if it gets lost.
Cinema La Placita wraps up its weekly summer movies series tomorrow night at 7:30 (weather permitting). Hundreds of Tucsonans each summer enjoy a different movie outdoors for $3 per person (includes all-you-can-eat popcorn). The final movie for 2015 is Best in Show (2000), starring Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, and Fred Willard. La Placita Village is located at 110 S. Church Ave., on the southwest corner of Broadway and Church in Downtown Tucson.
At this morning's news conference, the app-driven ride service Uber announced that it will be partnering with the University of Arizona to help develop mapping technology for self-driving cars. Arizona dignitaries, including Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Gov. Doug Ducey, were on hand to announce the partnership, which includes $25,000 for the College of Optical Science to develop new lens technology. Headquartered in San Francisco, Uber service is available in 58 countries and 300 cities. Read more from Tucson News Now.