Unfortunately, Arizona is now among the places where COVID-19 is spreading the fastest. We were warned about this, and it is one of the reasons why I pushed so hard to use a portion of CARES Act money for a testing and plasma program.
My colleagues and I have adopted a strategic plan to use the CARES Act money. The $95 million federal allocation will be spent on things from support for small business to aid for families that are facing eviction due to economic dislocation.
CITY OF TUCSON RECEIVES $950,000
FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION GRANT
BUS RAPID TRANSIT CORRIDOR STUDY
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that it has awarded the City of Tucson $950,000 to support a comprehensive planning project to improve access to public transportation. The funds are from FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning, which assists communities that are developing new or expanded mass transit systems.
Pima County has a new website for residents to monitor the more than 7,000-acre, lightning-caused Bighorn Fire that has been burning since June 5 on the west end of the Catalina Mountains. The fire has since moved east and south, closer to populated areas of the Catalina Foothills.
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.
The City of Tucson will implement a new payment system for utility services accounts (water, sewer/wastewater, trash/recycling) on Wednesday, June 17. All customers who pay online or use auto-payment/auto-draft will be required to create a new account.
The new system will be safe, secure, and easy to use.
Join Tucson Parks and Recreation Director Brent Dennis for a quick lesson on how to draw his favorite childhood television character. It's a horse race like no other. Will Dennis win or will you? Aspiring artists are invited to participate.
Protecting the traveling public on City streets during Tucson’s summer thunderstorm season is the objective of the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility’s (DTM) Operation Splash campaign. As weather patterns shift to bring moisture into Tucson, crews from DTM’s Streets Maintenance Division have delivered barricades to hundreds of dip crossings throughout the City.
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero yesterday, June 10, announced the creation of the Mayoral Advisory Council on Racial Equity & Justice. The new body will be comprised of stakeholders and organizers from diverse segments of the Tucson community and will be tasked with identifying and offering policy solutions to address racial, social, and economic inequities within City government and the provision of City services, Romero said.
The Tucson Fire Department responded to a fire at Tank's Speedway Recycling & Landfill Facility this morning, June 11. There is no known cause at this time.
Although this is not a City of Tucson landfill, the City's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) wants to remind residents to keep hazardous items out of their trash bins, as the City's Los Reales Landfill has seen a few flare-ups in the last week. The cause of these fires was lithium-ion batteries mixed with hot temperatures.
The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) will host its annual conference as a virtual event this year. The theme is Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years.
The conference takes place as two half-day blocks on Thursday and Friday, June 18 and 19. It features notable speakers, in-depth panel discussions, audience Q&A, and more.