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Dillinger Days - Toole Avenue / Fifth Street Closures

Dillinger Days weekend begins with the Dillinger Speakeasy at Hotel Congress on Friday, January 20, 2017, from 7 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, January 21, 2017, Toole Avenue from Congress Street to Fifth Street, and Fifth Street from Congress Street to Toole Avenue will be closed from approximately 4 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Free Concert to Celebrate MLK Day

A free concert to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work for social justice will take place at Centennial Hall on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m. at the University of Arizona's Centennial Hall.

The opening presentation will feature children from the Ocotillo Early Learning Center, followed by performances by artists from the UA School of Dance, UA School of Theatre, UA Poetry Center, and the MLK Choir arranged by Southwest Soul Circuit.

City Holiday Closures

The City of Tucson will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day next Monday, Jan. 16. All City offices, except for emergency services, will be closed. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, but the Los Reales Landfill will be open. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day next week.

Kino Parkway Bridge Over I-10 To Close Tonight

The Kino Parkway bridge over Interstate 10 will be closed for six hours tonight while the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) removes concrete construction barriers from the bridge. Kino Parkway will close to traffic in both directions at 11 p.m. and reopen by 5 a.m. tomorrow. The on- and off-ramps connecting eastbound I-10 with Kino Parkway also will be closed during the work.

City Consolidates GIS Web Maps

The City of Tucson IT GIS is launching its new, improved, all-purpose web map. The MapTucson launch corresponds with the retirement of the City's older web maps. Starting next Tuesday, Jan. 17, those maps no longer will be available.

MapTucson provides detailed data regarding City of Tucson zoning, planning, development, housing, transportation, recreation, and much more. It also has an extensive set of tools for the public to search and analyze data.

Houghton Town Center

Council Member Scott joined Mayor Rothschild, Diamond Ventures and Ryan Companies for ground breaking that will soon be the spot for Ross, T.J. Max and Petco located at Houghton Town Center (Houghton Rd & Mary Ann Cleveland Way). The new buildings are expected to be open by mid Summer.

City Closer to Enacting Ban on Hand-Held Devices While Driving

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday directed the city attorney to come back in two weeks with language for an ordinance that would ban the use of cell phones and other hand-held devices while driving. While originally envisioned as a primary offense, meaning you could be stopped by police for that violation, the City Council voted 6-1 to make the proposed ban a secondary offense, meaning you would have to be stopped for another reason.

Raytheon to Get City Tax Considerations to Add Nearly 2,000 Jobs

The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night voted to give about $6 million in tax considerations to Tucson's largest private employer to expand its workforce. Raytheon Missile Systems is planning to add 1,900 jobs as part of its expansion. The deal calls for the company to spend $400 million for new construction and equipment on City-owned land near Tucson International Airport.

Another Call Center Adding Jobs

Tucson call center Afni is adding 280 new employees in Tucson. The company will host hiring events at its two locations (7810 E. Escalante Road and 5320 N. La Cholla Blvd.) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 18. Most of the company’s new hires will be entry-level customer service, customer sales, and web chat employees.

Earlier this week, the Alorica call center in Tucson announced it's adding 200 jobs by July.

Tucson Police Department to Be Part of National Study

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) recently was selected to be part of a two-year study with Polis Solutions to validate its Tact, Tactics, and Trust (T3) program. TPD was selected as one of only two police departments nationwide to participate in the study. The T3 program uses a hands-on approach to teach core communication skills (such as de-escalation, pattern detection, and engagement) to officers that promote both officer safety and community policing.


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