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Paul's Note - March 1, 2019

I heard some good news from one of the city’s Washington lobbyists, Tracy Tucker, this week: we are only one step away from owning Udall Park free and clear.

Morris K. Udall Park was built in 1982, and came about after a land exchange between the city and the Bureau of Land Management. The exchange was supposed to be finalized through subsequent legislation. For a variety of reasons, it never happened.

Tucson Festival of Books is This Weekend

The 11th annual Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB) will be held tomorrow and Sunday, March 2-3, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the campus of the University of Arizona.

The festival features 330 authors presenting in 336 sessions and 36 different venues. There are also panel discussions, workshops, storytelling, culinary demonstrations, book sales, and book signings. TFOB features live entertainment, food vendors, Science City, and dozens of other activities for children and families.

City Human Resource Analyst (Non-Perm) Jobs Available

The City of Tucson is accepting applications for analysts to fill non-perm positions in its Human Resources department. One is in the Transportation Satellite Unit and will assist the Lead HR Analyst with all Transportation department recruitments. The other is in the Classification and Compensation Unit and will assist with analyzing, editing, and creating job data, job specifications, and minimum qualifications.

New Crosswalk at Sunnyside High School

A new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) crosswalk has been installed at Sunnyside High School on Bilby Road, just west of Campbell Avenue, to improve pedestrian safety. The project was spearheaded by student council members who worked with Vice Mayor Richard Fimbres (Ward 5) and the Tucson Department of Transportation to complete the project within two months.

Annual Tree Festival and Climbing Championship is This Weekend

The Arizona Community Tree Council (ACTC) is hosting the annual Tree Festival & Climbing Championship on Saturday, March 2, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Reid Park. The day’s activities include a family-friendly festival, exhibit booths, food trucks, tree-climbing, master climbing competitions, awards, and closing ceremonies. Attendance is free.

Comment on Proposal to Rename Oury Center

Tucson Parks and Recreation has an application to rename the Oury Center to the Monsignor Arsenio Sotomayor Carrillo Center. The public comment period is underway, and all comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10.

The application may be viewed online. Comments should be sent to Tucson Parks and Recreation Director Brent Dennis, 900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson AZ 85716 or Brent.Dennis@tucsonaz.gov.

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