In coordination with the Presidential Proclamation, Governor Ducey has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, in honor and remembrance of the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.
Final paving operations on Houghton Road at the Union Pacific Railroad tracks will begin on Monday, October 29, 2018 through Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Crews are paving the final lift of asphalt on the approaches to both the northbound bridge and southbound bridge. Work hours are 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.
Most of our political arguments, at least in local politics, are about education. Over the last few months, it’s been about #RedForEd, charter schools and who should sit on the TUSD board. Education is the most important thing our state government does, and it should consume a lot of our energy as we decide how we are going to vote.
That said, I have a bit of bad news for you. What we do might not matter if kids aren’t ready to be students. 83.5% of preschoolers, that’s over 20,000 kids, are at risk of being not ready for kindergarten.
Join the City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in celebrating the completion of the Grant Road Improvement Project – Stone Avenue to Park Avenue on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at the southeast corner of Grant Road and Sixth Avenue.
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The 2018 Building Code was adopted Tuesday by the Mayor and Tucson City Council. The new codes will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019, and any new submittals after that date must be designed according to the new regulations. Once a plan is submitted officially, the review is based on the regulations that were in effect the day it was received.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. This Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., several sites in Pima County will be accepting unneeded medications in their original containers.
The Tucson Police Department recently gave City of Tucson employees a behind-the-scenes look at the forensic science division, highlighting fingerprints, toxicology, and crime scene investigations. Watch the Tucson 12 video below to see what happened.
Last year, more than 300 people in our Ward got their taxes done for free thanks to volunteers with United Way's VITA program. If you'd like to learn more about this program and be a part of its great work, attend an upcoming orientation. This is a valuable but little known way to help people in your community is to help them get their taxes done for free. You'll save them money on preparation fees and help them avoid predatory lending practices that are all too common at tax time.
The City of Tucson is asking voters on Nov. 6 to consider a $225 million Parks + Connections Bond to fund capital improvements at 100 of our city’s 128 parks. Some of the Proposition 407 enhancements include 22 new playgrounds and renovation or replacement of 36 others. The bond package also would add or replace shade structures over 19 playgrounds.
Planning and Development Services (PDSD) will have a significant number of building plan reviewers and inspectors attending the Arizona Building Officials (AZBO) 2018 Fall Educational Institute, from Monday, Oct. 29, through Friday, Nov. 2. This will result in a closed Commercial Plan Review Counter on Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30. There also will be limited PDSD staff for building inspections during that week.
The City of Tucson is looking for a senior recreation worker – van driver to help manage the transportation component for the Senior Nutrition Program at Armory Senior Center. The program provides daily lunches to older adults, organizes social activities for nutrition site participants, and provides participants with social services information and referrals. The van driver schedules and transports seniors to the center and maintains records and reports as required by the City of Tucson, Pima County, and funding sources.
The City of Tucson's Parks and Recreation Department's KIDCO program is taking part in this week's 19th annual "National Lights On Afterschool" event, promoting the need for after-school programs in the Tucson community. Bring a blanket or chair to watch singing and dancing performances by participants in KIDCO and the In-Betweeners Club (IBC).