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Paul's Note - June 12, 2020

Unfortunately, Arizona is now among the places where COVID-19 is spreading the fastest. We were warned about this, and it is one of the reasons why I pushed so hard to use a portion of CARES Act money for a testing and plasma program.

My colleagues and I have adopted a strategic plan to use the CARES Act money. The $95 million federal allocation will be spent on things from support for small business to aid for families that are facing eviction due to economic dislocation.

BUS RAPID TRANSIT CORRIDOR STUDY GRANT

CITY OF TUCSON RECEIVES $950,000
FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION GRANT

BUS RAPID TRANSIT CORRIDOR STUDY

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that it has awarded the City of Tucson $950,000 to support a comprehensive planning project to improve access to public transportation. The funds are from FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning, which assists communities that are developing new or expanded mass transit systems.

Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility Initiates Operation Splash

Protecting the traveling public on City streets during Tucson’s summer thunderstorm season is the objective of the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility’s (DTM) Operation Splash campaign. As weather patterns shift to bring moisture into Tucson, crews from DTM’s Streets Maintenance Division have delivered barricades to hundreds of dip crossings throughout the City.

Mayor Romero Creates Advisory Council on Racial Equity

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero yesterday, June 10, announced the creation of the Mayoral Advisory Council on Racial Equity & Justice. The new body will be comprised of stakeholders and organizers from diverse segments of the Tucson community and will be tasked with identifying and offering policy solutions to address racial, social, and economic inequities within City government and the provision of City services, Romero said.

Please Keep Dangerous Items Out of Your Trash

The Tucson Fire Department responded to a fire at Tank's Speedway Recycling & Landfill Facility this morning, June 11. There is no known cause at this time.

Although this is not a City of Tucson landfill, the City's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) wants to remind residents to keep hazardous items out of their trash bins, as the City's Los Reales Landfill has seen a few flare-ups in the last week. The cause of these fires was lithium-ion batteries mixed with hot temperatures.

City Delays Budget Adoption to Allow for More Community Input

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday, June 9, delayed its timetable for adoption of the budget for the next fiscal year to allow more time for the community to provide input.

Changes to how the council holds meetings due to the pandemic have made obtaining public input challenging. The body also wants to add funding for an equity analysis, Climate Action Plan, eight social workers, and a Housing First coordinator.

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