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Tucson Fire Thanks Tucson Water for Help in Achieving Special Designation

The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) recently received an ISO Class 1 rating, making it one of the best fire departments in the country. The ISO is a review of TFD’s emergency response capability and Tucson Water's fire hydrant distribution system. The Tucson Water department provides water to more than 720,000 people at homes, schools, and businesses. The designation means the potential for lower insurance rates for city residents.

Little Critters Workshop at Reid Park Zoo

Zookeepers have to count every animal in the zoo every day, and your young kids can help while touring Reid Park Zoo and spending time in the Zoo’s classroom. Kids (ages 2-5 with an adult chaperone) can take advantage of hands-on encounters with some of the Zoo’s smaller animal ambassadors and practice counting and comparing the number of legs and toes throughout the animal world.

City's TreeCycle Program Continues Through Jan. 15

If you still have your once-living Christmas tree, there’s time to recycle it through the City of Tucson’s TreeCycle program. Eight collection sites are open in Tucson and Oro Valley through Monday, Jan. 15.

Please remove all lights, ornaments, decorations, plastic tree bags, and tree stands before bringing your tree to a TreeCycle site. Trees collected are chipped and these items can cause damage to people and equipment.

ICYMI: Transit Fare Changes Now in Effect

Sun Tran, Sun Link, Sun Shuttle, and Sun Van implemented fare changes that went into effect on Jan. 1. However, not all fares are increasing, and cost-saving programs for transit riders using a SunGO Card continue. This is the second phase of a two-part fare change that began on Jan. 1, 2017. The change supports several value-added improvements, such as the Frequent Transit Network and enhancements to bus stops and shelters.

Tucson Homeless Work Program Begins (Video 1/17/17)

Started in December 2016 as a one-year pilot program, the Tucson Homeless Work Program recently entered its second year, thanks to continued support from the City of Tucson, private donors, and donations to the Tucson Change Movement via special parking meters at 18 locations. The program, spearheaded by Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres, gives homeless people an opportunity to earn $10 an hour in cash by joining a day-labor crew working to beautify our streets.

UPDATE: A report presented to the Mayor and Tucson City Council last November shows more than 260 people participated in the program, 109 locations were cleaned (including 65 miles of roadway), more than 51,000 pounds of trash and waste had been cleared, 30 people who participated in the program were housed, and 42 people began working with the Sullivan Jackson Employment team or found other jobs.

Major funding for the program comes from the City of Tucson, Pima County, HSL Properties, Cox Communications, Southwest Gas, Tucson Medical Center, and Walmart. Tucson 12 produced a video about the program shortly after its launch so that viewers can learn more about the Tucson Homeless Work Program as it was first envisioned, and hear how some of the participants planned to spend their money.

Parking Meters Help Homeless (Video 6/14/17)

Specially marked parking meters are allowing people to use change or swipe a debit or credit card to donate to homeless assistance programs. The parking meters are a product of the Tucson Homeless Work Group, led by Ward 5 Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres, and are operated by the Tucson Change Movement. The volunteer committee helps fund initiatives and programs aimed at helping end homelessness in Tucson. This video from Tucson 12 show how the program works.

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