Ahead of heavy monsoon thunderstorms, City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility crews are clearing brush, debris, and trash from the hundreds of washes that cross our city. By doing this before the monsoon, it helps prevent obstructions and allows the flow of stormwater to stay within the washes and not overflow the banks, which could damage properties in the surrounding areas during heavy downpours.
Tucson Water Director Tim Thomure will be the guest speaker for The Santa Cruz River Heritage Project: Origins and Evolution, hosted by Audubon Arizona, tomorrow, June 9, at noon. Thomure will talk about how the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project developed, how it is evolving, and why Arizona water policy and water management are critical to its existence.
Tucson City Court last night, June 4, began Night Court sessions. Each evening, Monday through Thursday, there will be two or three court sessions that will run as late as 8 p.m. While no end date for this program has been determined, it is expected to be a temporary measure to maintain social distancing while reducing the backlog of cases.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is hosting its Wear Orange event online tomorrow, June 6, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The speakers will talk about important issues, including gun-control related topics.
There will also be some music, and Ward 6 Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik will perform. You can watch his recorded video at this link.
Stay-at-home orders may have ended, but physical distancing is still the smart way to spend the weekend. Keep groups to 10 or fewer individuals, stay 6 feet apart, and wear face coverings in public. Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) guidance for protecting yourself and others from the spread of the coronavirus.
The City of Tucson's Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) is concerned about the health of its customers and is maintaining inspection services via Skype, FaceTime, or Google Duo.
Remote Video Inspection is an alternative to on-site inspections that require prompt service and allows scheduling a specific inspection time. Remote Video Inspection uses a video call on a smartphone or tablet in order to interact with a City inspector.
Sun Tran has released a new mobile app to make riding and trip planning easier for passengers. The Sun Tran app features real-time bus and streetcar tracking, trip planning, interactive mapping, alerts, and detour notifications. Riders can locate the nearest bus/streetcar stop, find the current vehicle location, see if it's on time, and check how full a vehicle is before going to their stop.
I’ve read up on George Floyd. He’s about my age and sounds like a person I would have liked to have known growing up. He was from Houston and was a standout football player in high school. He played in Texas’s state high school championship in 1992. Remember how big of a deal high school football is in Texas. That championship was played at the Astrodome.
He was 6’ 6” and called a “gentle giant” and had the nickname “Big Floyd.” His high school friend Donnell Cooper said “He had a quiet personality but a beautiful spirit.”
Tucson City Court began a phased reopening, with restrictions, on Monday, June 1. Reopening protocols set by the Arizona Supreme Court require staff and visitors to receive a temperature scan before entering the building, wear a mask or face covering, and socially distance to the extent possible.
There is limited court access. The public should also arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled hearing times to accommodate the new safety and screening practices.
The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) is inviting local businesses to join a free webinar on Monday, June 8, from 3-4 p.m., on the latest help for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn what is happening in the retail industry and how the International Council of Shopping Centers is supporting small businesses.
The monthly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event scheduled for Saturday, June 6, has been canceled to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The City of Tucson has halted all HHW collection until further notice at the main site at 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive, the Los Reales Landfill site at 5300 E. Los Reales Road, and the monthly collection event at 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.