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.
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.
The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) will host its annual conference as a virtual event this year. The theme is Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years.
The conference takes place as two half-day blocks on Thursday and Friday, June 18 and 19. It features notable speakers, in-depth panel discussions, audience Q&A, and more.
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.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council is accepting comments on an ordinance it passed on April 21 that prohibits a person from knowingly obstructing or hindering police from their official duties, but does not prohibit recording police in public.
The council will review the ordinance on June 23, saying it needs more community input. Comments can be submitted here.
During this nationwide pandemic, many employees have been given the term "essential." At times like these, parks have been deemed an essential service and important for people's mental and physical well-being.
In the video below, take a look behind the masks of the vital Tucson Parks and Recreation maintenance employees whom you will likely never see, but they are at the park every morning, cleaning bathrooms, picking up trash, trimming trees, removing graffiti, or addressing a minor repairs.
The ninth and final Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) Gift Card Incentive Program starts at 9 a.m. Friday, June 12. Sponsors of this “Community Round,” which will make 800 gift cards available, include the Downtown Development Corporation, Tucson Industrial Development Authority, Larry Hecker, and Scott Parks.
Under the program, people buy a gift card worth $35 for only $25. That $10 bonus incentive is made possible through sponsor(s) support.
If you see a litter of kittens, please leave them alone unless they are in imminent danger. Kittens under 8 weeks old do not thrive well without their mothers.
In the Pet Connection video below, Nikki Reck from Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) explains what to do if you find stray kittens.
Local school districts and community organizations are providing free breakfasts and lunches for children Monday-Friday throughout the Tucson area as part of the federal summer meal program. Most locations are distributing free meals to all children ages 18 and under.
There are no income requirements, and children do not need to be enrolled in the district or school. The Arizona Department of Education has a mapping tool to find the closest school meal site to you.
The City of Tucson will be implementing a new payment system for utility services accounts (water, sewer/wastewater, trash/recycling). All customers who pay online or use auto-payment/auto-draft will be required to create a new account beginning June 17.
Penzi, the baby elephant at Reid Park Zoo, has mastered an important new skill. She’s using her trunk to bring water to her mouth to drink. While elephant calves get almost all of their water and nutrients from nursing, these additional fluids are important for staying hydrated in these hot summer months.