City News

Special M/C Meeting Tomorrow

This Thursday, the Mayor and Council will hold a Special Meeting open to the public on at 5:30 pm in the Mayor and Council Chambers of City Hall, 255 West Alameda, Tucson, Arizona, for discussion of the city manager recruitment process. Those of you that have suggestions about how this process should work or questions are welcome to attend.

NewsNet 09-09-14

TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT PERFORMED SEVERAL SWIFT WATER RESCUES YESTERDAY - The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) responded to more than 40 calls for help for stranded motorists during yesterday's torrential rainfall. Seven of those calls involved swift water rescues with full crews on scene. In one of those incidents, a 53-year-old woman died when her car was swept away in a wash near East 22nd Street and North Kolb Road. All of the other calls in city limits resulted in successful rescues, or the occupants were able to make it out of their cars on their own. TFD cautions motorists to stay out of flooded washes, since it only takes a foot or two of water to carry away most vehicles. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS AFTER STORM DAMAGE (OR AT ANY TIME) - Tucson transportation crews are always responding to calls after heavy storms like we experienced yesterday. Is there a tree in the road after a thunderstorm? Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation, (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app.
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: PUBLIC HEARING ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA REGULATIONS - The Mayor and Tucson City Council will hold a public hearing tonight on the City Planning Commission's recommended amendments dealing with medical marijuana. The proposed amendments include allowing home delivery of medical marijuana to qualifying patients, extending dispensary hours, and expanding limits on "infusion kitchens" that produce marijuana-infused food products. The public hearing will be held tonight during the 5:30 p.m. meeting at Mayor and Council Chambers, 255 W. Alameda. Read Mayor and Council agenda.
TUCSON POLICE TEAM WITH RETAILERS TO CURB SHOPLIFTING - The Tucson Police Department's (TPD) Operations Division West is working with retailers to reduce shoplifting, which the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention says costs U.S. retailers about $13 billion a year. Employees from Plato's Closet, Target, Nordstrom's Rack, Walgreens, CVS, Circle K, and other businesses attend the Retail Theft monthly meetings. TPD Sgt. Dominick Flores runs the meetings and tells the retailers about trends and arrests, and the prevention loss employees from the stores bring pictures and videos of shoplifters. "We facilitate sharing information and solving issues that one particular store might have to identify a possible suspect that's committing crimes at other stores," said TPD Detective Olga Ramirez. At least one retailer said she's seeing a decrease in shoplifting. Read more from KVOA.
REDUCE CLUTTER AND GO PAPERLESS WITH CITY E-BILLING - Go paperless with your Utility Services Statement. Set up an eBill account to pay your bill, get notification of your billing statement, view water usage, and read Tucson Water's newsletter.

NewsNet 09-08-14

STAY OFF WET STREETS, IF POSSIBLE - Today's heavy rainfall in Tucson caused severe flooding on Tucson's roadways and washes. Emergency crews throughout the region have been responding to stranded motorists, but one person died after her car was swept away in a wash near East 22nd Street and South Kolb Road. The Tucson Fire Department (TFD)  urges motorists to stay away from flowing washes during thunderstorms, saying moving water 1-2 feet deep will carry away most vehicles. Read the news release, and monitor developments on the TFD Facebook page.
CITY OF TUCSON WEBSITE LAUNCHES ‘BIENVENIDO A TUCSON’ - A new website from the City of Tucson will help ensure that Spanish speaking residents of Tucson have access to information about child care, education, health and humanitarian services, and other important government programs. An English version of the site launched last year, and now all of the information has been translated into a Spanish website, with the help of the University of Arizona Translation and Interpretation Program, Spanish and Portugese Department. In addition, the City’s IT department built the site to make it easy for citizens to toggle back and forth between English and Spanish, by alternately clicking "Welcome to Tucson" or "Bienvenido a Tucson." Both sites are an offshot of the Immigrant Welcoming Task Force, created last year by Mayor and Council.
CANDIDATES WHO LOST IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION NEED TO REMOVE SIGNS - Wednesday is the deadline for unsuccessful candidates in last month's primary election in Arizona to remove their campaign signs. The Arizona Secretary of State's Office says losing candidates have 15 days to remove their signs after an election, although there is no penalty for not following the rules. The City of Tucson doesn't notify candidates of out-of compliance signs, but does remove them as necessary. "If we get a complaint, or if one of our inspectors sees it, we take it down and bring it to our sign corral," said Michael Wyneken, Tucson's interim code enforcement administrator. Citizens looking to file a complaint or candidates who need to retrieve their signs may contact the City's Code Enforcement Division at 791-5843, or visit the link below to report a violation. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
ADOPT A PARK TO HELP KEEP PUBLIC AREAS CLEAN - Tucson Clean and Beautiful is seeking community volunteers to adopt parks, streets, washes, and other public areas on an ongoing basis. There are more than 700 sites available for "adoption." Volunteers (at least five in a group) agree to remove litter and debris once a month, while making notes about conditions of the site that require attention by maintenance employees. To become a part of Tucson Clean and Beautiful’s environmental stewardship efforts, or for more information, visit the link below. You can also email, or call 791-3109.
HOW TO BICYCLE IN THE STREETCAR ZONE -  Bicyclists need to be extra attentive when riding near the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar tracks. New markings - including green bike boxes, bike dots, and shared-lane markings - help guide cyclists where they need to be to stay safe and more visible. The City of Tucson produced a video that describes the safest ways to ride.

Monsoon Claims a Life: TFD responds to vehicle in wash, vehicle swept away

The monsoon claimed a life Monday morning after the vehicle of an adult female was swept downstream after being stuck in a residential wash, with the female trapped inside.   The initial Tucson Fire unit arrived at East Calle Betelgeux and South Avenida Ursa for reports of a car in the wash at 9:31 A.M..  They initially could not see a vehicle in the residential.  A bystander pulled up next to them and advised them that the car was pinned against a pedestrian bridge completely submerged.  The crew immediately began getting equipment for a rescue when the car was pushed under the bridge and

Special Meeting

The Mayor and Council will hold a Special Meeting open to the public on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at or after 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor and Council Chambers of City Hall, 255 West Alameda, Tucson, Arizona, for a Town Hall Inviting Public Comments Regarding the City Manager Recruitment Process

Household Hazardous Waste Collection This Saturday

Do you have unused or expired prescription medications but not sure what to do with them? These should never be poured down the drain or flushed in the toilet. They should not be left where people or pets might get to them. The Tucson Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW) and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department are sponsoring a medicine collection event along with the monthly HHW collection on Saturday, September 6, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Prescription and over-the-counter tablets, capsules, liquids, and creams will be collected.

National Pharmaceutical Take Back Event - September 27

The Tucson Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will again partner to bring the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative to the citizens of Tucson on Saturday, September 27 2014. During this event, the public will be able to bring unwanted or unused medications to either of two drop-off locations, where they can be turned over to members of the Tucson Police Department for disposal. This service is being provided for free, and is anonymous - no personal information will be collected from citizens turning over medication for disposal.


NewsNet 09-05-14

TESLA ENTERS NEGOTIATIONS WITH NEVADA FOR BATTERY PLANT: TUCSON REMAINS HOPEFUL - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval asked state legislators yesterday to approve tax breaks and other incentives worth up to $1.3 billion over 20 years to bring Tesla Motors’ battery factory to the state. Tesla wants to build the massive factory at an industrial park near the Reno suburb of Sparks — as long as lawmakers agree to the package Sandoval negotiated with the electric car maker. The City of Tucson also wants to attract the plant. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says even with yesterday's official announcement, Tesla and other high-tech companies are noticing Tucson. A Tesla spokesman says until the deal is closed with Nevada, the company will not stop discussions with Arizona and other interested states. Tesla also says it may need another factory at some point. Read more from Tucson News Now.
TRAFFIC ALERT: SOUTHBOUND 4TH AVENUE UNDERPASS DETOUR - In an effort to ease traffic in the downtown area over the weekend, the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) is not permitting southbound vehicular traffic through the 4th Avenue Underpass at 9th Street through Sunday, from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. During the temporary detour, which began last night, the Sun Link Streetcar and bicyclists will be allowed to use the southbound travel lane through the underpass, and pedestrians will be allowed to use the sidewalk. TDOT staff recently adjusted the timing of the traffic signals to allow for better traffic flow through the busy Congress/4th/Toole intersection, and engineers will continue to evaluate and monitor travel patterns this weekend. Read the news release.
Map of closure area and detours
TUCSON POPS RETURNS TO REID PARK - The Tucson Pops Orchestra's Music Under the Stars program opens its Sunday night fall concert series this weekend with "Conductor's Choice." Classics like Hungarian March by Berlioz, Sousa’s Gladiator March, Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess will be featured, along with selections from Man of La Mancha and a well-rounded selection of Maestro László Veres’s favorites. The free concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park. There is a limited amount of seating at DeMeester, which fills up quickly, so organizers urge you to bring folding chairs or a blanket. The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department operates shuttles from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. from Randolph Golf Course Parking Lot, 600 S. Alvernon Way.
TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT URGES YOU TO BE PREPARED FOR EMERGENCY - September is National Preparedness Month. Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker and crew show you how to prepare for 72 hours of distress. Tips include keeping a gallon of water on hand for each person, stocking a three-day supply of non-perishable food, having a battery-powered radio with fresh batteries, and more.
Tucson Fire Department Facebook page
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) COLLECTION TOMORROW - Do you have unused or expired prescription medications but aren't sure what to do with them? They should never be poured down the drain or flushed in the toilet, nor should they be left where people or pets might get to them. The Tucson Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW) and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department are sponsoring a medicine collection event along with the monthly HHW collection tomorrow, 8 a.m. – noon, at the Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. Prescription and over-the-counter tablets, capsules, liquids, and creams will be collected. Metal or glass inhalation bottles, syringes, and EpiPens will not be accepted. In addition to old medicines, residents may also bring other household chemicals for collection. Accepted materials include automotive fluids, auto and rechargeable batteries, cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, and lawn and garden products. Computer equipment and televisions will be accepted by Rise, Inc. for a fee. Monitors without a CPU are $2 and televisions are $10. Read the news release.
Download the 'my-waste'™ App

Southbound Alvernon Way/Palo Verde Road: Directional Split Travel Restrictions

On Saturday, September 6, 2014, travel restrictions will be in place at the southbound Alvernon Way/Palo Verde Road directional split to allow crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division to remove catwalks on overhead sign structures.

Crews will close access to Palo Verde Road at 6 a.m. and travel will be detoured to the Alvernon Way/Golf Links Road exit. Palo Verde Road is scheduled to reopen at about 10 a.m. 

Fourth Avenue Access to Downtown Detoured

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will detour southbound motor vehicle traffic at the Fourth Avenue Underpass into Downtown to keep the Sun Link Streetcar operations on schedule. The detour will be in place tonight, September 4, Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The northbound travel lane at the Fourth Avenue Underpass from downtown will remain open at all times.  

NewsNet 09-03-14

TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT (TPD) RECIPIENT OF STATE GRANTS TO BUY EQUIPMENT - More than $250,000 in grants from the Arizona Governor's Office Of Highway Safety (GOHS) helped TPD purchase six police motorcycles, two unmarked SUVs, 24 laser speed detection devices, and more. When combined with additional equipment and overtime funding for training, education and enforcement in the areas of speed, impaired driving, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and occupant protection, GOHS has provided more than $2 million in grant funding for Tucson over the last three years. In recognition of the efforts of GOHS and Director Alberto Gutier, the Tucson Police Department will hold a news conference tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the front entrance of the TPD's Traffic Division at 1310 West Miracle Mile. The items purchased with the grant funds will be on display. Read the news release, and visit the TPD Facebook page.

NEW PROGRAM IN TUCSON AIMED AT BOOSTING HOMEOWNERSHIP - A new program is offering $5.5 million to increase homeownership and strengthen neighborhoods in Tucson. Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America®, the Primavera Foundation, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and South Tucson Mayor Paul Diaz announced the Tucson NeighborhoodLIFT® program last month. Down payment assistance of $15,000 will be available for eligible homebuyers with annual incomes that do not exceed 120 percent of the Tucson area median income – about $68,400 for a family of four – with income maximums varying depending on family size and type of loan. Among other things, potential buyers must complete an eight-hour homebuyer education session with The Primavera Foundation or another HUD-approved counseling agency. Participants must commit to live in the home for five years and qualify for a first mortgage with any lender. The Tucson Wells Fargo  NeighborhoodLIFT® program begins with a free homebuyer event this Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Tucson Convention Center. Pre-registration is closed, but walk-in appointments may be available. Read more from Market Watch/Wall Street Journal.

FEDERAL GRANT TO BOOST TUCSON'S RAIL CAPACITY - A $5 million grant to improve rail capabilities in Tucson has been awarded, a year after it was announced. A Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant - the same type of grant that also helped fund the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar - was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation to the Port of Tucson and Pima County. The money will fund a $13 million project to build an off-ramp for Union Pacific to enter the port without delaying other trains or motorists sitting at the Kolb Road railroad crossing, near Interstate 10. Pima County officials estimate the port could add up to 100 logistics jobs once the project is operational. Construction is expected to take about six months. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
TUCSON AMONG BEST CITIES FOR RETIREES - A new study by WalletHub, a personal finance website, finds Tucson to be the 24th best place for retirees among the nation's 150 largest cities. That puts Tucson ahead of Gilbert, Chandler, Glendale and Phoenix. The study praised Tucson for its affordability, nice weather, and quality of life issues of interest to seniors, including percentage of residents of retirement age who are still working, a low crime rate, and good air and water quality. Tucson also fared well in the category of activities, such as the number of recreation and senior centers, fishing facilities, and public golf courses. The report also says communities in Arizona, Florida and Texas benefit from good weather. Read more from Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star.
NEED HELP STARTING OR EXPANDING A BUSINESS IN TUCSON? CALL THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LINE - The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives, along with 21 new business incentives, streamlined permit processes and more, to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly.

NewsNet 09-03-14

AED SCAVENGER HUNT THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH - Tucson and Pima County residents are invited to join a scavenger hunt for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) during September. The Tucson Fire Department and the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine are hosting the HeartMap Tucson Challenge, an AED scavenger hunt that aims to raise awareness about AEDs and to a build a comprehensive database of where the devices are located. Registration for the challenge is open to individuals or teams. Prizes range from $50 to $5,000. AEDs are electronic, brief-case size devices designed to allow bystanders to help someone who has collapsed during a cardiac arrest prior to the arrival of emergency medical help.
FIRST DROWNING OF THE YEAR IN TUCSON OCCURRED ON LABOR DAY - A two-year-old boy died Monday, after he was found in a hot tub in the gated pool area of an apartment complex at the 4200 block of East Monte Vista Drive. Tucson Fire Department (TFD) personnel performed extensive resuscitative efforts on the scene and at the hospital, but the boy died at the hospital. TFD says the "ABCs" of drowning prevention are critical for everyone to know. "A" is for active adult supervision. "B" is for barriers, to make it difficult for children to get into water by accident. "C" is for CPR classes for adults and swimming lessons or classes for kids. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star, and watch a drowning prevention video from TFD's "Do Something" campaign, in collaboration with Tucson 12.
BABY ELEPHANT AT REID PARK ZOO IS TWO WEEKS OLD TODAY- It was a great gift for the City of Tucson on its birthday, Aug. 20, when Semba the African elephant gave birth to the first elephant calf ever born at the Reid Park Zoo. The birth also marked a milestone for the Zoo's two-year-old, seven-acre elephant exhibit, which was in built with breeding in mind. Take a journey back in time to relive the planning and building of Expedition Tanzania in a video from the Tucson 12 archives.
Tucson 12 recent video of baby elephant
Zoo Cams
Baby Elephant FAQ
Reid Park Zoo Flickr page
Reid Park Zoo Twitter
Reid Park Zoo Facebook
VOTER-APPROVED ROAD REPAIR WORK ON AJO WAY - Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), are working to improve the roadway conditions on Ajo Way from 14th Avenue to Bernard Drive and on Ajo Way from the Kino off-ramp to Country Club Road. The contract also calls for resurfacing Country Club Road 200 feet north and 200 feet south of Ajo. During the project, which began today, at least one lane of travel in each direction will be maintained. Work hours are 5:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., through Monday, Sept. 15. The pavement preservation project is part of the $100 million, five-year Road Recovery bond program. Read the news release.
Road Recovery Bond Program
Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report
SUNGO CARDS ACCEPTED ON BOTH SUN LINK STREETCAR AND SUN TRAN BUSES - The SunGO card is the best way to pay fares when riding public transit in Tucson. The card works on both the Sun Tran bus system and the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. A SunGO card with unlimited rides for a month is just $42. If you're an occasional rider, you can load the SunGO card with a cash value to pay the $1.50 one-way fares whenever you use transit. In addition, there are many discounts available for students, low-income residents, senior and others. If you ride the streetcar, you must have a SunGO card, or purchase a day pass with cash or a credit card from a vending machine at the stop. Cash is not accepted on the streetcar.
How to Ride video for streetcar

Pantano Loop Construction - Broadway to Kenyon

Starting Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, Pima County Regional Flood Control District and its contractor, Clear Contracting Company, will begin construction of the Pantano Wash Project: Broadway Boulevard to Kenyon Drive.

The pathway is designated a major pathway for development of The Loop. The Loop is a system of more than 100 miles of shared-use paths designed to link Tucson with Marana, Oro Valley and South Tucson.

Ajo Way: Country Club Road to 14th Avenue Resurfacing Project

On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work to improve the roadway conditions on Ajo Way from 14th Avenue to Bernard Drive and on Ajo Way from the Kino off-ramp to Country Club Road. The contract also calls for resurfacing Country Club Road 200 feet north and 200 feet south of Ajo Way.


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