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Paul's Note, April 10th, 2020

It might be hard to remember with everything else going on, but it is census month. Filling out the census is crucial for our community. Every person that doesn’t fill out the census means a loss of $1,979 for our region, according to the Pima Association of Governments.

Health Care Workforce Housing Available During Pandemic

In an effort to overcome the spread of COVID-19 through effective social distancing, reduced rate housing, Airbnbs, and hotels in Southern Arizona are available. The spaces apply to front line health care workers and emergency medical staff who are in direct contact with COVID-19 patients and plan to self-quarantine for the safety of their loved ones.

Downtown Tucson Partnership Sells Out Second Round of Gift Cards with Help of Rio Nuevo

The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) announced this morning, April 10, that another 1,000 gift cards were sold in less than two hours. Under the Gift Card Incentive Program, customers buy a $25 gift card and receive another $10 in value for free. The extra value is funded by Rio Nuevo.

Stay at Home Fun

Join 9-year-old Jamie as she shows you some fun things to do while you're at home. From training your dog, to doing math, you'll get some good tips to keep the boredom away.

For more fun activities to occupy your children, visit the City of Tucson's Kids Corner page.

Census FAQ

Remember that it's census time. Please make sure to fill out the form. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials have come up with a list of common questions and answers:

I did not respond to the 2020 Census on April 1, 2020. Is it too late to participate?

Easter Weekend Warning from Parks and Recreation

Tucson Parks and Recreation is reminding the community to not gather in parks this Easter weekend. As a reminder, the City has temporarily closed all ramadas, gazebos, playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, courts for basketball, bocce, tennis, and volleyball, as well as horseshoe pits and splash pads. People should refrain from large gatherings and picnics in the park.

Board of Supervisors Appoints Betty Villegas to Fill Remaining Term of Supervisor Elías

The Pima County Board of Supervisors this week appointed Betty Villegas to fill the remainder of Richard Elías' term in District 5. That term expires in December.

Elías, who served as chairman of the board, passed away on March 28. Villegas is a Tucson native and a 23-year Pima County employee, who retired in 2018 as the County’s affordable housing director. She is not among those who filed to run in the 2020 election for the District 5 seat. Villegas assumes her duties immediately.

Pima Eats is a Resource to Help Restaurants and Food Businesses

To help the public locate restaurants and food businesses offering takeout and/or delivery, Pima County has created Pima Eats, a website and Facebook page that links to area eateries and food take-out delivery directories. The sites also include safety tips, reminders, and precautions for take-out and drive-through food orders, food safety, and payment options.

Gov. Ducey Announces Food Assistance Funding and a New Digital Notary Process

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey yesterday, April 8, announced the Arizona Department of Economic Security was awarded $9.8 million in federal funding for emergency food assistance to low-income individuals, including seniors. Of the funding, $7.34 million will be dedicated to purchasing food, and $2.5 million will be used to help maximize the coordination and ability of regional food banks to store and distribute the food.

Mayor Romero Authorizes Tucson Restaurants to Operate as Pop-Up Grocery Stores

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero has temporarily authorized Tucson restaurants to sell packaged food, fresh produce, paper goods, and cleaning supplies to customers without changes to current Certificates of Occupancy or business licenses. Consistent with the Governor's Executive Order issued yesterday, the policy will be assessed for renewal every two weeks.

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