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Dillinger Days Tonight and Tomorrow in Downtown Tucson

The 22nd annual Dillinger Days returns to Hotel Congress in Downtown Tucson to mark the time in 1934 when the Tucson Police Department captured and arrested John Dillinger, who was the most wanted outlaw at the time.

The celebration begins tonight with the sold out Speakeasy fundraiser for the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. That event will feature live music, a 1930s costume contest, whiskey and beer tastings, cigars, memorabilia from the era, and more.

City Council Continues Budget Talks and Moves Broadway Improvement Project Forward

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday discussed the decision to move Code Enforcement and graffiti abatement operations to Environmental Services. The change is expected to provide significant operational efficiencies. The departmental reorganization, a hiring freeze, and retirement incentives are part of the City's efforts to address long-term funding solutions.

Volunteers Needed to Help Remove Buffelgrass This Weekend (Video)

Volunteers are needed for Saturday's Beat Back Buffelgrass Day. The goal is to help slow the spread of the non-native weed, which poses a severe fire hazard and a deadly threat to native vegetation.

Organizers of the event, hosted by the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center, will guide volunteers in removing buffelgrass from neighborhoods, roads, washes, and schools.

Food Bank Benefits from 'Stuff the Bus'

Last week's "Stuff the Bus" food drive collected nearly 26,000 pounds of food for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Donors brought items such as canned soups, boxed cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned meats, and even cash. The event, which took place at an east side apartment complex, was sponsored by Sun Tran, KGUN 9 News, and HSL Properties.

Optical Vehicle Detection Camera Installation at Various Intersections

OPTICAL VEHICLE DETECTION CAMERA INSTALLATION

VARIOUS INTERSECTIONS

On Monday, January 25, 2016, Contractor’s West, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin installing Optical Vehicle Detection (OVD) cameras at 12 various signalized intersections within the City of Tucson.  Work hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The traveling public can anticipate lane restrictions between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Public Meeting Tomorrow on Proposed Sick Leave Policy

The City of Tucson is hosting the second of three public meetings this month to allow the community and business leaders to discuss a proposal to require all businesses in city limits to offer sick time to their employees.

The Earned Sick & Safe Time meeting runs tomorrow from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Ward 6 Council Office, 3202 E. 1st St. The final meeting will be Jan. 28 at the Ward 2 Council Office, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.

New Police Chief Starts Work

Chris Magnus spent his first day yesterday as chief of the Tucson Police Department (TPD) meeting staff and speaking with reporters.

The former police chief of Richmond, California is booked with meetings in his early days at TPD, but says he plans to get out and meet his command staff, officers, and the community to learn more about Tucson. Once he learns about the department’s strengths, resources and challenges, Magnus says he will be in a stronger position to set priorities, establish goals, and address needs.

Tucson Electric Power to Host Home Energizer Workshop at Reid Park Zoo

Saturday's workshop (10 a.m.-noon) will help you learn why energy conservation matters, while giving you the tools to save energy in your home. The free event begins with a behind-the-scenes animal visit to learn how our actions affect wildlife around the world. After that, TEP staff will show you free and low-cost energy efficiency measures you can use at home.

All adult workshop participants will receive a free kit containing $50 worth of devices to increase home energy efficiency, including CFL bulbs, a smart power strip, weather stripping, and more from TEP.

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