The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is starting a new program called Safe Place, where members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community can go if they've been the victim of a hate crime or fear they might become one. TPD is looking for businesses to sign up and agree to let people stay inside until police arrive. The department is working with the group Tucson Pride, launching the program this weekend during the group’s annual gay pride events.
The downtown neighborhoods in the 85705 ZIP code, north of downtown along Interstate 10 up to the Flowing Wells area, are seeing prices rise faster than anywhere else in the Tucson area. Some of those home prices have increased by more than 20 percent since the recession, according to an Arizona Daily Star survey of real estate agents and others.
They say young families and professionals are buying the properties due to their close proximity to downtown, the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, bars, and markets.
The City of Tucson recently was awarded the "Process, Progress & Leadership in Worksite Health Promotion" award from the Wellness Council of Arizona. The recognition requires strong documentation of outcome-based activities, including increased participation, improved health metrics, reduced risk factors, and return on investment related to decreasing the rising costs of health care. The City partners with CIGNA Healthcare in providing health services to its employees.
Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, general injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma among older adults. Falls can take a serious toll on quality of life and independence, which is why the first week of fall is Fall Prevention Awareness Week.
The Tucson Fire Department says one of the easiest ways to prevent falls is to make sure you're wearing properly-sized shoes that can prevent slips and trips.
In a letter addressed to the Mayor and Tucson City Council, City Manager Michael Ortega, and city residents, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus talks about some of the latest projects and activities at the Tucson Police Department (TPD).
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Second Chance Tucson will host the Re-Entry Job & Resource Fair for citizens returning from incarceration. Second Chance Tucson is a coalition of nonprofits and governmental agencies working on re-entry issues, one of Mayor Rothschild's initiatives to reduce poverty.
Today is U.S. National Voter Registration Day. One of the easiest way to make sure your registration is current, or if you need to register, is by clicking on today's Google Doodle. Clicking on the image will give you links to the Secretary of State's Office and a link to register directly. You also can visit the Pima County Recorder's website.
Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) has a new Pet Support Center hotline that offers residents the resources they need to keep their pets and schedule admission appointments for strays and healthy pets they want to surrender. Three PACC staff members will run the hotline 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. The number is (520) 724-7222.
A $149,350 grant from PetSmart Charities made the Pet Support Center possible.
The City of Tucson Department of Procurement's Dan Longanecker is the winner of the Buyer of the Year award issued by the NIGP (The Institute for Public Procurement) Copper Chapter of Southern Arizona. He also is named as a finalist for the National Buyer of Year Award by NIGP. The award recognizes significant contributions to the procurement profession.
Every four years the boundaries of the six wards of the City are reviewed to determine whether adjustments are necessary to equalize the population in each ward. The Redistricting Advisory Committee encourages public participation in the redistricting process and wants to hear from you.
The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) announced recently that Kathleen Eriksen will be the new Chief Executive Officer of the group. She will take over for Michael Keith, who is retiring after six years in the CEO post. DTP said Eriksen was selected after a global search. Eriksen starts as CEO on Oct. 1, relocating from Michigan.
Mabu, the African elephant, is settling in at San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, California after being moved there earlier this week. He traveled with Reid Park Zoo's elephant manager, his primary zookeepers, and veterinary staff from both zoos. Mabu originally came to Tucson from San Diego Safari Park and is being reintroduced to his California family.