The number of Pima County residents who reported driving alone to work, school, shopping, and for leisure dropped significantly since last year's survey, resulting in more than 8 million fewer miles driven each day. In May and June, FMR Associates Inc. conducted an Internet and telephone survey of 500 random Pima County households to analyze and track the overall effectiveness of the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s (PDEQ) Clean Air Program and actions taken to improve to air quality.
The First Impressions project art pieces along South Tucson Boulevard, just north of Tucson International Airport (TIA), are some of the first things seen by visitors who arrive in the city. The Tucson Metro Chamber and its project partners worked to beautify about a half-mile of medians leading from TIA. The sculptures represent lifestyle, culture, history, and community in Southern Arizona.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted last month to combine the City General Election with the Pima County Bond Election, projected to save the City of Tucson approximately $100,000. The final Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) is up for a vote tonight. If approved, Pima County would be in control of the General Election.
New water rates approved in May by the Tucson City Council went into effect yesterday, meaning overall monthly rates will increase by $4.13 for the average residential customer. Tucson Water is a self-supporting department of the City of Tucson. Its rates and fees must cover all costs associated with delivering quality water to the 712,000 customers within its service area. Water rates include both fixed costs and charges that are based on the volume of water used.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will vote on a Memorial urging Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature not to cut funding for Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs) that provide career and technical programs for future workers. The Memorial up for consideration says JTED programs are proven to significantly increase test scores, improve high school graduation rates, and move students to careers and college with greater success than any other model of education. The current State of Arizona budget cuts JTEDs by 7.5 percent, or $355 per student.
Tucson ranks No. 11 on WalletHub's list of "2015's Best and Worst Cities for Recreation." The list of 100 cities highlights the benefits of public spaces and recreational activities using 27 key metrics, including basic costs, quality of parks, accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities, and climate. Tucson ranked 25th for entertainment and recreational facilities, 32nd for costs, 59th for quality of parks, and 16th for climate. Do you have a question about City of Tucson Parks and Recreation?
Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is warning its customers about a continuing scam involving threats to turn off electricity at a customer's home. The scam involves a phone call from someone claiming to work for TEP demanding the purchase of a money card within an hour to avoid a power disconnection, the utility said. If you have a question about the status of your bill, call TEP's customer service line at (520) 623-7711.
On Monday, July 6, 2015, crews from Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work to improve the pavement conditions on Nogales Highway from Los Reales Road to Irvington Road.
Crews will begin the project with the lowering of manhole covers and water valve covers. Lowering the utility covers is scheduled to be complete by Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fourth of July fireworks always bring plenty of lost animals to Pima Animal Care Center (PACC), and the days after the holiday typically are the busiest days at the shelter. To encourage pet owners to claim their lost pets, PACC is waiving all boarding fees today through Saturday for pet owners who agree to let the shelter spay or neuter their pets. While pet owners will not be required to pay for the surgery, they will be required to pay any applicable fees and late fees associated with the annual license if their pets don't have a valid license.
The El Rio Theatre Project will be holding auditions for “Love’s Labour’s Lost” at the Randolph Arts Center Auditorium, 200 S. Alvernon Way. Auditions will be held tomorrow and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Actors are asked to bring a two-minute classic monologue, or be prepared to cold read selections from the script.
The Ward 5 Council Office is closed today, Friday July 3 and will reopen on Monday, July 6.
Vice Mayor Fimbres and the Ward 5 staff wish everyone a safe and Happy Fourth of July.