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Deadline Approaching: How to File Arguments For or Against Propositions

The City of Tucson is accepting written arguments for or against Proposition 205 and Proposition 409, which will both be on the general election ballot on Nov. 5, 2019. Written arguments must be filed with the City Clerk's office no later than 5 p.m., Aug. 7, and will be included in the City of Tucson publicity pamphlet prepared for the election.

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival Begins This Week

The Tucson Audubon Society is hosting the annual Southeast Arizona Birding Festival this Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 7-11. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel-Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way, is the headquarters for the event.

The festival offers opportunities for nature photographers to hone their skills in the field or the classroom. The schedule includes free talks and workshops, games, and vendors. Some lectures and certain field trips to southeast Arizona’s best birding sites require a fee.

Paul's Note - August 2, 2019

Last week, I gave a rundown on city departments and I said that I would profile different departments over the next few weeks.

I made a bit of an error when I gave the list. I mentioned the Finance Department. It’s not called that anymore. It is now known as the Business Services Department.

The name change isn’t cosmetic. The department is a newly organized entity that took over the functions of the old Finance and Procurement departments. Human Resources has to remain separate by provisions of the charter, but they are considered under the Business Services “umbrella.”

Primary Election Ballots Being Mailed Today

The Tucson City Clerk's Office is mailing ballots to voters today, Aug. 2, for the vote-by-mail City of Tucson Primary Election on Aug. 27. The deadline for voters to return their voted ballots by mail is Aug. 21, to allow enough time for them to arrive by Election Day.

Meanwhile, some voting locations will be open to cast or drop off ballots in person on Election Day. Voters will be selecting candidates for mayor, and Tucson City Council offices in Wards 1, 2, and 4.  

Free Water Conservation Kits from Tucson Water

Tucson Water is offering its customers free home water conservation materials. You can choose a low-flow shower head, a five-minute shower timer, a toilet tank bag, toilet leak detection tablets, and bathroom faucet aerators. There is a limit of one order per household, and the offer is only valid for Tucson Water customers while supplies last. Please select only the items you and your family can use and are willing to install.

Reid Park Zoo's Summer Safari Nights Program Continues Tomorrow

Reid Park Zoo’s annual Summer Safari Saturday Nights program runs 6-8 p.m. every Saturday until Aug. 17. Enjoy the Zoo during cooler evening temperatures with added fun, including live music from local bands, games, inflatables, food and drink specials, face painting, glitter tattoos, animal encounters, zookeeper chats, and themed evenings.

School's Back in Session Tomorrow for Thousands of Tucson Children

Tomorrow, Aug. 1, is the first day of classes for the new school year in the Tucson Unified School District, and that means plenty of children and traffic on the streets each morning and afternoon. The Tucson Police Department (TPD) reminds motorists to be extra careful on their commutes and to obey the 15 mph speed limit in school zones.

Learn more about back-to-school safety and how to avoid getting a traffic ticket in a TPD Facebook video.

First Package Complete for Tucson Delivers: Better Streets

The first group of roadway improvement projects related to the Tucson Delivers: Better Streets program is complete. These projects included reconstructing and repaving four sections of roadway on the west side of Tucson: Starr Pass Boulevard (Lost Starr Drive to Calle Camino Santiago), La Cholla Boulevard (Starr Pass Boulevard to Ajo Way), Congress Street (Silverbell Road to Grande Avenue), and Speedway Boulevard (Painted Hills Road to Greasewood Road).

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