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Additional Open Houses Scheduled for Proposed Transit Changes

The City of Tucson’s Mayor and Council have suggested two fare increase options for passengers to review. Additional open house events have been scheduled to provide information on the following policies and proposed changes:
  • Proposed fare increase (two options)
  • City of Tucson Title VI policies, which include Fare Change, Major Service Change, Disproportionate Burden, and Disparate Impact.
  • Service changes to Sun Tran Routes 9, 20 and 27.
  • Out-of-area fee for Optional Sun Van American with Disabilities (ADA) and Sun Shuttle Dial-a-Ride service.

Many Memorial Day Services Scheduled for Monday

Several events are planned for Monday to commemorate Memorial Day. The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System will hold a ceremony starting at 10 a.m. in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium (Building 4), 3601 S. 6th Ave.

Guest speakers include Arizona's U.S. Reps. Raúl Grijalva and Martha McSally.

Veterans, Tucson VA staff, and the public are invited to attend the ceremony.

Service Changes Due to Monday Holiday

All City of Tucson offices will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, except for emergency services. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, so all customers will have their collections delayed by one day next week. The Los Reales Landfill also will be closed.

Meanwhile, Sun Tran buses and the Sun Link streetcar will operate on a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day.

Event to Showcase Downtown Murals

The City of Tucson Economic Initiatives office will showcase the eight murals painted as part of the City of Tucson Mural Program. The event will be held Tuesday, May 31 at 8 a.m., in the parking lot across the street from Benjamin Supply Co., 440 N. 7th Ave.

Speakers include Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Michael Schwartz from the Tucson Arts Brigade, and other participants in the program.

Annual Downtown Run This Weekend

The biggest running event in Tucson happens tomorrow night. The 10th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5K Night Run/Walk begins at 7 o'clock in front of Children's Museum Tucson, 200 South Sixth Ave. The race, the first leg of the popular Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, has raised more than $130,000 for local charities.

This year also marks the inaugural Friday Night Festival of Miles and free FitKidz Mile for kids 12 and under.

Council Member Regina Romero Hosts Community Resource Fair Saturday, June 4

The City of Tucson will offer information about low-income assistance programs to help those who qualify save money on utility bills, transit, and more.

Tucson Water, Tucson Electric Power, Southwest Gas, and others will be on hand Saturday, June 4 at the Barrio Anita Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Oury Recreation Center, 600 W. St Marys Road.

To register for the event, please contact the Ward 1 Office, (520) 791-4040 or ward1@tucsonaz.gov.

Enjoy Tucson Splash Pads This Summer

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department invites you to cool off at the Catalina Park splash pad at 900 N. Fourth Ave. or the Marty Birdman Center/Balboa Heights Park splash pad, 2536 N. Castro Ave. Both splash pads have manual activation systems to allow residents to turn on the water features as desired, and they also have playgrounds.

The splash pads are operational through the end of October, 7 a.m. until dusk.

City pools will be open from June 1-Aug. 3.

Summer Safari Nights Program Continues Tomorrow at Reid Park Zoo

Enjoy Reid Park Zoo and cooler evening temperatures at a themed night featuring different zookeeper chats, animal encounters, live music, family friendly activities, special dining options, and gift shop discounts. Events take place every Friday, 6-8 p.m., through July 8.

Tomorrow's theme is Hooray for Underdogs: Meet the Zoo’s Lesser Known Animals.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online.

I-11 public comment period begins

With six public meetings scheduled in June and an opportunity for the public to contribute in other ways, Arizonans can help shape the next step in planning for the proposed Interstate 11 as the Arizona Department of Transportation moves ahead on a three-year environmental study for a corridor stretching from Nogales to Wickenburg.

Pima County Wins Lawsuit Against State

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge is siding with Pima County in a lawsuit over an effort by the State of Arizona to shift more education taxes onto local taxpayers. Pima County’s lawsuit claims a state budget change last year unconstitutionally forces millions of dollars in education spending that previously had been handled by the state onto Pima County taxpayers.

Before Judge Christopher Whitten's ruling, Pima County was facing a $7.4 million bill, almost all of which was due to the Tucson Unified School District.

Himmel Park Beautification Project Completion Celebration Next Month

Tucson Parks and Recreation and the Himmel Park Beautification Project Committee invite you to celebrate new landscaping and other renovations in front of Himmel Park Library, the oldest branch in the Pima County Public Library system. The new additions include trees, shrubs, cement foundations, bike racks, and tiled benches.

Funding for the project included partial proceeds from two Sam Hughes Neighborhood Home Tours and numerous donations from midtown residents, including a little boy who gave the first contribution of 50 cents.

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