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Free Summer Meals Available for Kids

School districts in the Tucson area are offering free breakfast and lunch this summer for kids 18 and under. The Summer Food Service Program for Children is a federally funded program operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with locations across the nation.

The Tucson Unified, Amphitheater, Sunnyside, Flowing Wells, and Marana school districts are participating in the program.

City Officials Attend National Summit on Policing

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, Assistant Chief Ramon Batista, and City Manager Michael Ortega attended this week's 21st Century Policing Forum in Washington D.C. The Tucson Police Department (TPD) was one of 15 law enforcement agencies from across the country invited to work in partnership with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the International Chiefs of Police (IACP) on the project to advance modern day policing.




TUCSON - Based on several incidents at Santa Rita Park and after several meetings with the Neighborhood Associations, Tucson Police and the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, a new effort for enforcement and assistance was launched at Santa Rita Park.


Under the direction of Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, Assistant Chief Ramon Batista, and Operations Division West Captain Eric Kazmierczak, increased walking patrols, bicycle patrols and additional car patrols will be in the Santa Rita Park area.


Councilmember Richard Fimbres Joins Latino Policymakers for NALEO Arizona Statewide Education Convening

Councilmember Richard Fimbres Joins Latino Policymakers for

NALEO Arizona Statewide Education Convening


Fimbres among notable Latino officials in state selected to participate in two-day event focused on how to strengthen Arizona educational policies and academic outcomes


Many Road Improvements to Begin Soon

The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) plans to be busy fixing roads starting this summer. TDOT has 18 road improvement projects scheduled over the next few months.

Construction on Valencia Road from 12th Avenue to Alvernon Way starts in August. Crews already are getting the area near the Tucson International Airport ready for the mill and repaving work. Once the work begins, construction should take about a month.

Tucson Water Warns of Scam

Tucson Water is alerting customers about a scam related to bill collections. Several customers reported receiving calls from someone claiming to be from a company tasked with collecting money from water customers, said Tucson Water spokesman Fernando Molina. The caller threatens to turn off your water if you don't pay right away.

Pass for Kids Now Active for Summer Discounts on Transit and City Pools

Today is the first day kids can use their SummerGo Youth Pass. The pass is available for $45, giving students ages 6 to 18 unlimited rides on public transit and free entrance to all City pools.

SummerGO can be purchased at several recreation centers and City pools. A student ID is required for purchase.

The pass is valid until Aug. 5.

City of Tucson Removing Abandoned Shopping Carts

If you see a shopping cart off store property, abandoned along the street, or sitting in a wash, call the City of Tucson's Environmental Services (ES) department to have it removed. You can call Customer Service at (520) 791-3171 or download the Tucson Recycle Coach App and choose the Report a Problem option.


The Tucson Recycle Coach App is available for both iPhone and Android.

Governor Signs Bill That Overrides Pet Store Rules from Local Governments

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation yesterday that prevents cities from telling pet stores they can’t sell commercially bred animals. The new law that takes effect on Aug. 6 voids existing regulations in Phoenix and Tempe, which allow pet stores to sell only rescue and shelter dogs and cats. Those laws are partly designed to reduce the number of shelter animals that have to be euthanized.

Air Force to Pay for Tucson Water Treatment Facility

The City of Tucson will be reimbursed nearly $17 million by the United States Air Force for the design and construction of the AOP Water Treatment Facility.

Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) technology is used to treat groundwater contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which was used by aircraft manufacturing companies in the Tucson airport area from the 1940s to 1970s. The process combines ultraviolet light with hydrogen peroxide to purify up to 8 million gallons of water a day.


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