The City of Tucson recently received this year’s bond ratings reports from Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings. Both agencies upgraded the City’s financial credit profile, with Fitch upgrading the Rating Outlook from “Stable” to “Positive” and Standard & Poor’s upgrading all evaluated categories of General Obligation Bonds and Certificates of Participation.
The next 2nd Saturdays Downtown takes place tomorrow, Dec. 14. Events during the day include Tucson Holiday Ice (noon-10 p.m.), Locomotive Saturday at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, Living History Day at Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, Family Brain Boost at Children's Museum Tucson, and Read to a Dog at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.
The holiday season is the time of year when thieves go looking to steal packages and other things out of your vehicle. People are often busy and get distracted, and that's when the bad guys spring into action.
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) offers serious safety tips in the light-hearted video below to help keep your Christmas a happy one.
The Winterhaven neighborhood is hosting its 70th year of the Festival of Lights, one of the longest-running festivals of its kind in the country. It runs from tomorrow, Dec. 14, until Sunday, Dec. 29, 6-10 p.m., every evening.
The festival is designed for walking, but guests can opt to see the lights on a hayride wagon, a bus trolley, or a pedal-powered group bike. Reservations are recommended for these options.
The City of Tucson’s Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) offers remote video inspections as an alternative to on-site inspections. Having a set remote appointment saves contractors time, while still providing the City with a thorough look at project requirements.
Learn more by watching the video below.
For the 23rd year, residents can recycle their Christmas trees through the City of Tucson’s TreeCycle Program. The program begins on Thursday, Dec. 26 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 12. TreeCycle collection sites are located throughout Tucson and Oro Valley. Please remove all lights, ornaments, decorations, plastic tree bags, and tree stands before dropping off at the TreeCycle sites. Trees collected are chipped and these items can cause damage to people and the equipment. Please do not leave trees outside the collection time or area due to fire hazard.
The City of Tucson launched an E-Scooter Pilot Program Survey to help better understand ridership and evaluate the impact of scooters on the community during the six-month pilot program. The survey, which can be found on http://bit.ly/TucsonScooterSurvey, is part of a larger evaluation effort the city is undertaking.
Sun Tran’s annual “Stuff-the-Bus” event takes place Friday, Dec. 13, 6 a.m.-6 p.m., at Walmart, 7150 E. Speedway Blvd. (southeast corner of Speedway Boulevard and Kolb Road).
Tucsonans are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for babies and children or make cash donations to benefit the Salvation Army’s Holiday Gift Distribution Program. All donations will be gifted to Tucson children in low income families this holiday season.
The 50th Annual Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair is Dec. 13, 14, and 15 (Friday-Sunday) on Historic Fourth Avenue, between Eighth Street and University Boulevard. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to dusk each day and is free to the public. There will be more than 350 arts and crafts booths, more than 50 food vendors, two stages, local musicians and performers, and many other fun activities.
The City of Tucson Transportation Department is planning five neighborhood traffic safety and bicycle boulevard projects. The Michigan/Fair, Cherry, Greenway, Bantam, and Alvord bicycle boulevard projects expand low-stress biking and walking networks citywide by creating calmer residential streets.
Desert Nights Downtown Lights presents the Friday Food, Fun and Flix holiday movie series this Friday, Dec. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. at Jácome Plaza (northwest corner of Stone Avenue and Pennington Street). The family-friendly film is “Elf,” and admission is free. Popcorn and hot cocoa will be available for sale.
Tucson Parks and Recreation offers a program for youth 5-11 years old during winter break, Dec. 23-Jan. 3, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The cost is $40 for city residents and $50 for non-residents. Supervised activities include games, sports, social interaction, dance, art projects, and nutrition-based learning.
Fourth Avenue will host the annual Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair this weekend beginning Friday, December 13, 2019, open daily through Sunday, December 15, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Attendance for the Street Fair is estimated to be approximately 600,000 people, so please adjust travel plans accordingly.
The City of Tucson Transportation Department is planning two bicycle and pedestrian safety improvement projects. The Third Street and Treat Avenue Bicycle Boulevard projects will use neighborhood streets to expand the low-stress biking network citywide by creating north/south and east/west routes to jobs, neighborhood destinations, schools, and parks.