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Tucson Delivers Better Streets Prop 101 Crack Seal/Fog Seal Program – Houghton North Fog Seal

Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), will begin a crack seal/fog seal program on various roadways throughout the City. The improvements are associated with the voter-approved Prop 101 Tucson Delivers Better Streets Program.

Residents Asked to Limit Trips to Los Reales Landfill

An increase in self-hauler business has caused extremely long waits and is impacting customer and staff safety at the Los Reales Landfill. Residents who are using extra time at home to clean their houses and yards are asked to only come to the landfill if absolutely necessary. Lines have been very long, especially in the afternoons and on Saturdays, per the City's Environmental and General Services Department.

Pima County Establishes Hotline to Help With Rental Assistance During COVID-19

The Pima County Community Action Agency has a new hotline to serve those seeking aid from the COVID-19 Rental Eviction Assistance Program funded through the Arizona Department of Housing. The hotline number is (520) 724-2505, but people are asked to go online first for eligibility information and an application.

Elective Surgeries Will Resume in Arizona Next Month

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said yesterday, April 22, that he will lift his ban on elective surgeries in the state on May 1. At the same time, the governor said he's not ready to make any changes yet in his stay-at-home order, which runs through April 30, to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Non-essential businesses and services also remain closed through that date.

Baby Elephant Gets a Name

Reid Park Zoo’s 2 1/2-week-old African elephant calf is now known as Mapenzi. More than 17,000 votes were collected through a poll on the Arizona Daily Star’s website, ultimately choosing the name of the new calf. Mapenzi means beloved in Swahili.

The calf now weighs 315 pounds and is developing some early skills, such as running to keep up with her mom, using her trunk to hold objects like sticks, and spinning in circles with her ears fanned. Mapenzi is at times visible on the Zoo’s elephant cameras.

Enjoy a Reading of 'The Lorax'

Take a break with Tucson Parks and Recreation Director Brent Dennis as he reads "The Lorax," written by Dr. Seuss. Celebrate Earth Week and Arbor Day as we follow the Lorax, who speaks for the trees, and confronts the Once-ler, who causes environmental destruction.

Follow Parks and Recreation and City of Tucson social media sites for more boredom busters.

Sidewalk Improvement Project - Midvale Park Neighborhood

Southern Arizona Paving, under contract with the City of Tucson Transportation Department, will remove and replace non-compliant ramps and repair sidewalks along:

Midvale Park Road - Valencia Road to Irvington Road
Drexel Road - Mahan Drive to Oak Tree Drive
Oak Tree Drive - Midvale Park Road to Valencia Road

Work is scheduled to begin May 4, and be completed by mid-June.

Mayor Romero Launches #TucsonMillionTrees

To celebrate Earth Week, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and her family planted a native tree at their home. The tree is launching the mayor's Tucson Million Trees campaign, which aims to plant 1 million trees by 2030 to help mitigate the effects of climate change. Fifty other drought-tolerant trees are being planted throughout Tucson in partnership with Trees for Tucson and Tucson Clean & Beautiful.

Mayor and Council Urge Arizona Corporation Commission to Adopt Carbon-Free Clean Energy By 2050

The Mayor and Tucson City Council passed a resolution yesterday, April 21, calling on the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to adopt a clean energy standard of 100% by 2050. The ACC currently is reviewing its Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST) rule and is poised to adopt the new rule in the coming months.

Downtown Tucson Partnership Announces Fifth Round of Gift Cards

The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) announced this morning, April 22, that another 1,000 gift cards were sold in just 13 minutes, and more are on the way. Under the Gift Card Incentive Program, customers buy a $25 gift card and receive another $10 in value for free.

The extra value for the latest round was funded by HSL Properties. The gift cards were released at 6 o'clock this morning and sold out quickly. Between the four rounds, $140,000 has been infused directly into downtown businesses in a matter of days.

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