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"A" Mountain Fireworks Celebration Postponed

The City of Tucson is postponing this year’s annual “A” Mountain Fireworks celebration that was scheduled for July 4. The decision was made due to the risk of increased community spread of COVID-19 and the extreme fire danger in the region as evidenced by the ongoing battle with the Bighorn Fire.

A news release will be issued and announcements made via the City’s website and social media platforms when the event is rescheduled.

Pima County Partnering with Downtown Tucson Partnership to Distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

With the understanding that some businesses may need support in acquiring non-medical PPE (face masks, sanitizer, and gloves) for employees until supply chains stabilize, Pima County and the Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) will begin distributing PPE to local businesses in the downtown Business Improvement District.

Reminder: Sign Up for the New Utility Services Payment System

The City of Tucson’s new online utility payment system (water, sewer, and trash/recycling) is now in operation. All customers must register to set up or continue online and automatic bill payments.

The new system offers several benefits, including enrolling in autopay, making one-time payments, managing multiple accounts, viewing a bill, and setting up email/text payment reminders. For security reasons, the City cannot transfer a customer’s account and financial information.

Michigan/Fair Bicycle Boulevard Virtual Town Hall

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility is planning a neighborhood traffic safety and bicycle boulevard project – Michigan/Fair Bicycle Boulevard. This project is part of the voter-approved Proposition 407 Tucson Delivers Parks and Connections Program that will expand the citywide low-stress biking and walking network by creating calmer residential streets. For detailed information on this project, please visit the project website at: bit.ly/michiganbike.

PDSD Virtual Service Update

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid March 2020, Planning and Development Services made a full transition to online operations. Since that time, PDSD has managed to process, review, and issue 1,600 permits. Development in Tucson is still moving forward at a healthy pace. However, PDSD is currently experiencing a significant permitting backlog. To address the backlog, starting June 26, 2020 PDSD is transitioning to a more efficient method of operations: 

Reminder: City Hosting Virtual Budget Presentations Starting Tonight

The City of Tucson is hosting two virtual budget presentations with City Manager Michael Ortega and Chief Financial Officer Joyce Garland. The first meeting will be held tonight, June 22, at 5:30 p.m. That presentation will be followed by another one next Monday, June 29, at noon.

The public can join the meetings using the links or phone numbers provided at the meeting link below. The presentations will be recorded and posted on the City’s YouTube page.

COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise at Rapid Pace in Arizona

As of this morning, June 22, there are now 5,587 reports of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and 54,586 in Arizona. Those numbers include cases where people have recovered, as state health officials do not track recoveries. There have now been 1,342 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona.

Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information continues to evolve.

Bighorn Fire Continues Its Rapid Growth

As of this morning, June 22, the Bighorn Fire in the Coronado National Forest has grown to 58,553 acres and is 16% contained. As part of the "Ready, Set, GO!" process, the Willow Canyon area of Mt. Lemmon remains in the “GO!” state of evacuation.

The general boundaries of the "GO!" zone are the lower Catalina Highway/lower Mt. Lemmon Communities from Organization Ridge Road to South Willow Canyon. "SET" notices for portions of the Catalina Foothills and Golder Ranch remain in place.

Apply to Be Exhibitor in Arizona Virtual Plant Festival

The first Arizona Plant Festival has gone virtual this year, and exhibitor applications are now being taken. The festival will continue through October 2021.

Exhibitors will get their own page to show photos, information, resources, and a link to their website. All exhibitors will be listed in the searchable Exhibitor Directory. New exhibits will be added each month.

Paul's Note - June 19, 2020

The restrictions that prevented local governments from implementing their own rules on masks were lifted this week. Mayor Regina Romero quickly used the opportunity to issue an order that Tucsonans wear masks in public when social distancing is not practical.

I support the order.

I’ve heard from a few of you who object to the order. I’d like to talk about a few of the arguments I heard and tell you why I find them less than compelling.

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