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Paul's Note - July 21, 2019

The first public item in our council agenda on Tuesday was trees.

Well, it was called “Presentation on the Environmental, Economic and Health Benefits from a Healthy Urban Tree Canopy System,” but that was really a long way of saying that we talked about trees.

Councilmember Kozachik and I requested that we have a presentation on the subject of what Dr. Tanya Quist, the University of Arizona professor who spoke to us, calls urban forestry.

City of Tucson Launching Santa Cruz River Heritage Project

The City of Tucson and Tucson Water will host the kickoff of the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project on Monday, June 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m., at 1580 S. Santa Cruz Lane. The Heritage Project will introduce up to 2.8 million gallons a day of flowing reclaimed water into the Santa Cruz River just south of downtown. This will complement regional historical and cultural projects in the area and support the return of native plants and animals.

Reid Park Zoo's Summer Safari Saturday Nights Program Continues This Weekend

Reid Park Zoo’s annual Summer Safari Nights is on Saturdays this year and is now free for members (admission applies for non-members). The program runs 6-8 p.m. every Saturday until Aug. 17. Enjoy the Zoo during cooler evening temperatures with added fun, including live music from local bands, games, inflatables, food and drink specials, face painting, glitter tattoos, animal encounters, zookeeper chats, and themed evenings.

Free Concert in the Park Sunday

Reid Park will be alive with music this weekend. The Tucson Pops Orchestra will perform on Sunday, June 23, at 7 p.m. for Music Under the Stars at the park's DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, East 22nd Street and South Country Club Road. The show is under the baton of László Veres, who curates, coordinates, and conducts the ensemble.

El Día de San Juan Fiesta

Tucson Water invites you to the official Santa Cruz River Heritage Project Release Party, to be held in conjunction with the 22nd Annual El Día de San Juan Fiesta. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Council Member Regina Romero, and Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías will speak at the event. Join us on Monday, June 24 at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate!

Location: 1580 S Santa Cruz Lane

Community Service Officers Patrolling Tucson Parks

In an effort to make City of Tucson parks safe and appealing for everyone, community service officers (CSOs) are now assigned to patrol the parks and enforce laws.

Tucson Parks and Recreation and the Tucson Police Department (TPD) train the CSOs. They learn about crisis intervention, defensive tactics, first aid, CPR, and use of Narcan in the case of an opiod overdose. They also receive general training from Parks and Recreation.

Public Meetings to Review Proposed Changes for Plan Amendments and Rezoning Processes

The City of Tucson's Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) is seeking feedback regarding a proposal allowing amendments to the City’s area and neighborhood plans to run concurrently with rezoning processes. This amendment would change the existing policy of requiring Mayor and Council approval of a plan amendment prior to beginning a rezoning process.

Live Music at Lunchtime Continues in Jácome Plaza

The Downtown Tucson Partnership presents live, local performances each Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in Jácome Plaza, in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Grab lunch from your favorite downtown spot or food truck, bring a friend or some coworkers, and enjoy the free lunchtime tunes.

The concert series runs through July 2.

Oracle Road at Limberlost Drive Lane Closure

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, the southbound curb lane on Oracle Road both north and south of Limberlost Drive will be closed for paving work related to a private development project.

This one-day project is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. and should be complete by 5 p.m. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Two lanes of traffic will be maintained for motorists traveling southbound on Oracle Road. Northbound traffic will not be affected.

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