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Christmas Tree Safety Tips

One of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems, so make sure to check your lights carefully. If your family has a fresh-cut Christmas tree in your home, be sure to water it every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch fire easily.

From tree selection, location, and decorations, Tucson Fire Department Battalion Chief Barrett Baker shares important tips to keep you safe this holiday season. Watch an archived video about Christmas trees.

City Seeking Members for Environmental Services Advisory Committee

The City of Tucson is looking for six residents to serve on the Environmental Services Advisory Committee (ESAC). The committee advises the Mayor and Tucson City Council on all Environmental Services department programs and services, including rate structures, recycling issues, and environmental protection.

Volunteers with experience in utility rate-making, business management, environmental engineering, neighborhood issues, and related fields are preferred. City of Tucson employees are not eligible to serve on ESAC.

United Way Recruiting Income Tax Assistance Volunteers

The United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) provides free tax preparation services to local individuals and families. Volunteers are needed to help low- and moderate-income Tucsonans get their taxes done, help them save money on preparation fees, and avoid predatory lending practices. Volunteers also greet clients and manage VITA tax preparation sites.

Downtown Links - Pre-Construction Traffic Alert 12/3

Downtown Links Constructors (DLC), under contract with the City of Tucson Transportation Department, continue pre-construction field activities which are scheduled to continue through the end of December 2019. The traveling public will see equipment, work crews and short-term traffic control during this phase of work which includes; surface, subsurface, geotechnical, environmental and survey verifications. The traveling public should anticipate the following traffic closures:

New Mayor and Council Sworn In

A new Mayor and Tucson City Council was sworn in this morning, Dec. 2, as Regina Romero took the oath of office as the City of Tucson's first female and first Latina mayor. Lane Santa Cruz was sworn in as the new council member in Ward 1, Nikki Lee was sworn in as the new council member in Ward 4, and Paul Cunningham was sworn in for another term in Ward 2.

Senior Olympic Festival Registration Continues

Registration continues for the 36th annual Senior Olympic Festival which runs from Jan. 6-Feb. 1, 2020. The festival takes place at several venues throughout Tucson and is a celebration to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older. Some of the events include volleyball, bowling, bridge, racquetball, basketball shoot, pickleball, archery, golf, tennis, horseshoes, badminton, and more.

Sign Up For Free Training Series for Landscape Professionals

Become a landscape professional with certification from the Pima County SmartScape Program. Registration is underway for the SmartScape Series for Landscape Professionals, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 7.

The series consists of eight classes, twice a week, over four weeks, at the Ellie Towne Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road. Participants who pass the exam receive a Certificate of Completion. Seating is limited and registration is required.

'Cheat Sheet' to City Services Has Been Updated

It may not be everything in one place, but this handy page on the City of Tucson's website has the links for you to access maps and records, report issues and file reports with several City departments, get information on building codes and parcel searches, contact Mayor and Council (and even learn more about the duties of their positions), sign up for various City email lists, and find low-income assistance.

Paul's Note - November 29th, 2019

You all have turkeys to defrost so I’ll keep things short. This week, I’m thankful that I have a wonderful family: my wife, my sons and two magnificent parents. I’m also thankful that I get to serve the people of a city that I love for another four years.

Tucson’s struggles aren’t unique, but we have faced our challenges while in ways that other communities haven’t. I’ll take some credit for that, but credit also goes to all of you as citizens and taxpayers. Thank you.

Parade of Lights Road Closures

Downtown Tucson will host the 25th Annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, November 30, 2019. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. on Stone Avenue just south of Toole Avenue and proceeds south on Stone Avenue, turns east on Pennington Street to Sixth Avenue, continues north to Toole Avenue, then turns west and ends on Toole Avenue just east of Stone Avenue.


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