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Arizona Southeast Birding Festival Canceled

The Tucson Audubon Society's Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, an annual event held in August, has been canceled due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 crisis.

The society will be offering free special classes with its Southeast Arizona Birding Festival partners using the Zoom platform. Topics include birding tips, optics, photography, birding travel, beginning birding, and more.

Some new online classes have had as many as 65 participants. Follow the link above for more information and updates.

Virtual Planning and Development Services

City of Tucson Planning and Development Services (PDSD) has been working for more than two years to move our application submittals and other customer services online to make it easier for our customers to do business with us, modernize our processes, and improve review turnaround times and other services our customers rely on. So when Mayor Regina Romero announced on March 17 that all City of Tucson facilities would be closed to the public in order to protect public health in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had an existing framework for online operations to build on.  

Prop 101 Crack Seal/Fog Seal Project - University Boulevard - Fourth Ave to Euclid Ave

An upcoming crack seal/fog seal project that will take place on University Boulevard between Fourth Avenue and Euclid Avenue as part of the voter-approved Prop 101 Tucson Delivers Better Streets Program.

Crack sealing work will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2020 and fog sealing work will take place on Monday, May 11, 2020.

Crews will work 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. both nights.

TRAFFIC ALERT TRAFFIC SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Crews from Next Generation Electrical, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), will work on the following days at the listed intersection locations to replace traffic signal heads with upgraded signals to accommodate flashing yellow left turn arrows.

Thursday, May 7, 2020 – Campbell Avenue and Sixth Street intersection

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 – Benson Highway and Campbell Avenue intersection

Ward 6 Council Office Will Host Two Zoom Meetings Next Week

Ward 6 Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik will host two meetings on Zoom next week. Both are on the topic, "What does reopening the City look like?"

The first meeting is Monday, May 11, 5-6:30 p.m., and focuses on perspectives from business operators, retail frontline workers, and customers. Join Monday's Zoom meeting and enter meeting ID 811 9875 4342 and password 864184. Join by phone at (669) 900-9128 and use passcode 81198754342#.

Pima Animal Care Center Receives Grants to Help with COVID-19 Response

The Banfield Foundation and South Fork Foundation have awarded Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) and Friends of PACC two COVID-19 Response Grants totaling $15,000 to cover veterinary expenses for pets whose families qualify for PACC’s assistance program. The grant money will cover a variety of needs for a pet that lives in a home facing hardship because of COVID-19. This can be due to illness, job loss, financial insecurity, or any other challenges related to the pandemic.

Drinking Water Week Underway

Drinking Water Week, May 3-9, was created more than 40 years ago by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) to recognize the critical role drinking water plays in our daily lives. This year’s theme, “There When You Need It,” highlights the work water professionals do to ensure high-quality drinking water is always available at your tap, right when you need it.

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