The new northbound Houghton Road Bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) is structurally complete and on Saturday, February 3, 2018, beginning at about 10 p.m., southbound and northbound traffic on Houghton Road will be shifted to the new bridge.
Starting today, Tucson Police Department officers will be handing out information cards describing the City of Tucson's newly revised ordinance requiring the use of hands-free devices when using cell phones and other electronics while driving. This is part of a 30-day educational and warning period before officers start issuing citations for violators in March.
The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department is seeking qualified, certified individuals to work as lifeguards and swimming instructors to work at the City’s summer pools, beginning in May 2018. The positions are non-permanent (seasonal, temporary, and intermittent).
A lifeguard must have knowledge of water hazards, lifesaving techniques and first aid, recognize hazardous situations, and adopt effective courses of action. The position requires proficient swimming ability and the proper application of rescue and first-aid techniques.
Tucson City Court’s Domestic Violence Court and the Tucson Police Department (TPD) are hosting a Cops, Courts, and Coffee event tomorrow, Feb. 2, as an outreach to Tucson’s deaf community. The 5-7 p.m. event will be held at the Tucson Deaf Community Center, 1436 N. 11th Ave. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.
Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik's Ward 6 office is hosting a blood drive this Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at 3202 E. 1st St. The American Red Cross has an urgent need for eligible blood donors. Busy holiday schedules, winter weather, and illnesses have led to a winter blood donation shortage.
Can't get enough of Reid Park Zoo's Giraffe Encounter or want to experience it for the first time? You can feed the giraffes every day at 10 a.m., with additional feedings at 1:30 p.m. on weekends. The cost is $3 per person (in addition to regular admission). Proceeds benefit Reid Park Zoo conservation efforts and staff professional development.
Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega last week gave the Mayor and Tucson City Council an overview of his plans for the next budget year. At a public retreat last Friday at Fire Central, Ortega unveiled preliminary proposals that include exploring diversified revenue opportunities, implementing plans for employee retention (including a 2.5 percent raise to begin this April), continuing to innovate and create operational efficiencies, and delivering great customer service.
In the Tucson 12 video linked below, Ortega also spoke of mandated payment increases to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) and possibly extending the amortization period to pay it. He also discussed rising insurance costs, capital needs, possible revenue enhancements, and more. Mayor and Council ultimately will decide whether to accept all or part of Ortega's proposals.
Tucson’s El Güero Canelo recently earned the respected James Beard Award, which recognizes pioneers in gourmet food. That means the restaurant's bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dog just received the highest honor in American gastronomy.
With the help of a new collaboration, more than 7,000 Tucson students will be able to go on an arts field trip this school year. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild announced the partnership earlier this week, as Act One joins the mayor's Great Start program that provided more than 2,100 arts and cultural institution passes last year for distribution in Tucson schools for children who otherwise couldn't afford to visit.
Works by a local artist will be on display in February at the Tucson Museum of Art. The exhibit, “Mid-Century Perspectives: Paintings by Andy Burgess and Objects of Modern Design,” will run through April 22.
Tucson Water offers free toilets to qualifying limited-income households. The rebate program is in conjunction with Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona (CHRPA) and offers free replacement of toilets manufactured in 1991 or earlier that consume 3.5 or more gallons per flush.
NOTICE: Newly adopted Sign Standards to go into effect on February 1, 2018.
On December 5, 2017 the City of Tucson Mayor and Council voted (7-0) to adopt the proposed extensive revisions to the City Sign Code. Those revisions adopted helped to achieve the following goals:
Topics in this issue...
- Tucson Be Kind
- Bump Stocks in Arizona
- Safety on our Roadways
- Campbell & Grant
- Transit Management
- Craycroft Road Work
- Budget Preview
- Downtown Development
- Volvo Property
- Local First: Gem Show
- Lecture Series Downtown
- Nova Home Loans Bowl
- Stormwater Solutions
- Solar Tariffs
- Naming Parks and Amenities
- Events & Entertainment
The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase started over the weekend, but if you didn't get out to any of the shows, you still have plenty of time. The various shows run until Sunday, Feb. 11, at dozens of locations throughout the Tucson region. Most shows are open to the public with free admission.
Reid Park Zoo is now leading the way in innovative animal medicine with the grand opening of its state-of-the-art Animal Health Center. Dedicated yesterday, the facility will provide the Zoo with more opportunities to teach curious young minds through additional educational programming. Also, students from the University of Arizona’s new Marley Foundation Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Program will have the opportunity to train in whole-life animal care by observing and assisting at the new center.