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Paul's Note - March 8, 2019

As many of you read in the Star, we worked on some regulations for dockless scooters. These are motorized scooters that can be rented for short trips. I got to use them on a trip to Southern California last year. Not only were they convenient, but riding one meant I wasn’t using a car, gasoline or taking up a parking space.

2nd Saturdays Downtown This Weekend

The next 2nd Saturdays Downtown takes place tomorrow, March 9.

Events during the day include Living History Days at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, Wildflowers of the Sonoran Desert at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, and an Inspired Fitness Mixxedfit class at Jacome Plaza. Evening events include live music at the Mercado San Agustin courtyard, Art After Dark at the Children’s Museum Tucson, and Tucson Roadrunners hockey at the Tucson Convention Center.

Reid Park Zoo Asian Lantern Festival Continues

Reid Park Zoo is partnering with the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona, Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc., and Tucson Chinese Cultural Center in hosting more than 400 colorful, customized lantern displays in Southern Arizona.

The Asian Lantern Festival, which is running through March 23 (6-10 p.m.), will transport you across the world with Asian-inspired entertainment, cuisine, and culture. You can check admission prices and register at the above link.

‘Heroes Day’ to offer special-needs citizens their own mini Air Show and Open House

From our friends at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base:

Nearly 120 local people with disabilities or special needs will be brought to the flight line Friday, March 22 – the day before Davis-Monthan AFB’s Open House begins to watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds practice their routine.

The event, dubbed “Heroes Day,” was organized to accommodate members of the local community who would enjoy the Open House demonstrations but might not be physically able to deal with the extensive walking and huge crowds.

City Seeking Public Input on 'A' Mountain Access

The City of Tucson has launched a survey to better understand how and when our community uses Sentinel Peak Park (also known as “A” Mountain). The popular lookout point is enjoyed by pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists from throughout the region. Gates for the park road are currently open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Job Openings: System Operators for Water Department

The City of Tucson is hiring water system operators to join the Tucson Water department. The positions are responsible for operating, monitoring, and controlling water treatment facilities and distribution systems to ensure appropriate water supply, quality, and pressure.

Operators use SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) to help oversee the potable and reclaimed water systems. They also respond to inquiries regarding water system problems and water quality concerns.

City Council Approves Pilot Program for Public Scooters

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday, March 5, gave preliminary approval to launch a six-month pilot program to bring electronic scooters to Tucson starting in July.

The council is trying to resolve some safety issues and other concerns before giving final approval to the program, which would put rental scooters around downtown and 4th Avenue. Council Members Shirley Scott and Steve Kozachik were the dissenters on the 5-2 vote.

Remote Video Inspections Available

The City of Tucson's Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) now offers inspection services via Skype or FaceTime. PDSD can perform many inspections remotely. Save time by scheduling an inspection through your smartphone.

This service can save you time on most activities or if your regular inspection did not pass and there are simple corrections needed. Speak with your inspector for details about how to get a second inspection after corrections have been made.

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