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Recruitment Opens for Public Safety Dispatchers

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) currently has multiple vacancies for public safety dispatchers within the Communications Division. The position involves skilled radio communications, including dispatching emergency and non-emergency calls for service. The dispatcher must relay critical information via a radio system to public safety personnel who are dispatched on calls for service.

Final Week to Take Survey on Speed Limits for Bike Boulevards

The City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is seeking your help through an online survey regarding the motor vehicle speed limit on bicycle boulevards (select residential streets that prioritize bicycling and walking). The survey linked below will be used to gather the community's opinions on speed limits and safety. However, in order to change the speed limit on residential streets, it would require a change at the state level.

Alvernon Way - Pima Street to Speedway Boulevard

Weekend Southbound Travel Lane Closure

The southbound curb travel lane on Alvernon Way is closed to traffic from Pima Street to Speedway Boulevard throughout the weekend. Due to equipment malfunction, only half of the travel lane was milled leaving an uneven asphalt surface. For the safety of the traveling public, the lane will be closed until mid-morning Monday, March 14, 2016. Residential and business access will be maintained during the weekend closure. Motorists are urged to use caution while driving in the area. 

Arizona's Unemployment Rate Falls

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Arizona fell three-tenths of a point in January, to 5.6 percent, when compared to the same period last year. The Arizona Department of Administration reports there were 83,200 more people working in the private sector in January than a year earlier. That is a 3.8 percent annual increase.

Retail trade employment is up 4 percent year over year, with a 5.5 percent boost in people working in the financial sector, from selling insurance to mortgages. Bars and restaurants employed 8,300 more people in January than they did the prior year.

Downtown to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Early

The 29th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will be held this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Armory Park. The parade begins at 11 a.m., featuring floats, marchers, military units, local dignitaries, and civic, cultural, and social groups.

Following the parade, there will be a party with Irish food, drink, and music.

Organizers expect about 5,000 people to attend the festivities.

Tucson Festival of Books this Weekend

The annual Tucson Festival of Books will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the campus of the University of Arizona. The festival features more than 350 authors and panelists, 250 exhibitors, and opportunities to meet famous authors, poets, writers and journalists. There will be book signings, panel discussions, live entertainment, food vendors, children's activities, Science City, and dozens of free activities for all ages.

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