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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.

Commemorating Black History with Juneteenth Events

Today marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned about the Emancipation Proclamation, making them among the last to be freed.

Concerns surrounding coronavirus caused the cancellation of the large Juneteenth event traditionally held in Tucson. This Is Tucson has posted a listing of smaller events the community can participate in starting today.

City Hosting Virtual Budget Presentations Next Week

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 at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22, and be followed by a second presentation on Monday, June 29, at noon.

The public can join the meetings using the links or phone numbers provided at tucsonaz.gov. The presentations will also be recorded and published to the City’s YouTube page.

Share Your Input on a Future Splash Pad

Tucson Parks and Recreation is seeking the community's input on the new splash pad planned for Gene C. Reid Park outside the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center, 3455 E. Zoo Ct, Tucson, Ariz., 85716 (near the Zoo). The department is looking for comments on the older children's splash area concepts and the toddler area.

The survey will be open until July 5. This project is part of the Tucson Delivers Parks + Connections bond projects using 2018 voter-approved bond funds.

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