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Paul's Note - May 29, 2020

As far as recreation goes, one of the most important things our city can offer is pools over the summer. Most families don’t have pools at home, and they don’t have access to pools at gyms or private clubs either. That’s why one of my priorities has been to make our city pools available for as many people as possible. Swimming is one of the few opportunities for outdoor recreation when it’s 102 outside. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say it’s a necessity.

Follow CDC Guidelines While Swimming This Weekend

As temperatures rise in Tucson this weekend, stay safe as you enjoy a trip to the pool. Following Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance while enjoying the pool can help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Guidelines include staying 6 feet away from people who do not live with you, staying home if you are not feeling well, limiting the sharing of pool toys and equipment, and using cloth face coverings when not in the water.

Monday Morning Broadway Boulevard Closure

Eastbound and westbound Broadway Boulevard will be temporarily closed to travel at Highland Avenue on Monday, June 1, from approximately 3:30-5:30 a.m., while crews install a sewer bypass system across Broadway at Highland Avenue. Access to Highland, south of Broadway, will not be affected during this work. During the eastbound and westbound Broadway closure, travelers can detour on Cherry Avenue, Fremont Avenue, and Ninth Street.

Motorists are urged to obey the 25 mph speed limit along the detour route.

The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2021.

City Recruiting Litigation Support Clerk

The City of Tucson is hiring a litigation support clerk to work in the City Attorney’s Office. This position is grant funded.

The clerk will primarily be responsible for reviewing and redacting body-worn camera video data. At least one year of administrative support, confidential information handling, and customer service, preferably in a court setting or as a paralegal, are required. Candidates should be proficient in computer use and be detail oriented.

Mayor and City Council Advance Relief Funding Through Equity Lens

At yesterday’s special Mayor and Council Meeting, the Council voted on a strategic plan to distribute the City’s $95.7 million in federal CARES Act funds through an equity framework to reach the most vulnerable and underserved in the community.

“This plan reflects the values and priorities of Mayor and Council, making sure that economic relief reaches every member of our community,” said Mayor Regina Romero.

Tucson Transit Services Strongly Encourage Passengers to Use a Face Covering or Mask

Tucson’s transit services – Sun Tran, Sun Link, Sun Shuttle, and Sun Van – are strongly encouraging all passengers to use a face covering or mask when riding on transit vehicles to protect one another from the spread of COVID-19. Non-medical masks, cloths, bandanas, and scarves can be used.

Face coverings should cover the nose and mouth. Passengers who are 2 years old and under and those who are medically unable should not wear a face covering.

School Districts Provide Free Summer Meals for Kids

Local school districts and community organizations are providing free breakfasts and lunches for children Monday-Friday throughout the Tucson area as part of the federal summer meal program. Most locations are distributing free meals to all children ages 18 and under.

There are no income requirements, and children do not need to be enrolled in the district or school. The Arizona Department of Education has a mapping tool to find the closest school meal site to you.

University of Arizona Wins Second Place in Annual Campus Rainworks Challenge

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the winners of its eighth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge and UArizona was awarded 2nd place in the Master Plan Category for its “Against the Grain” project. The university's project involved enhancing flood protection through bioretention facilities with native plants and trees and using stormwater runoff as a water resource.

Mayor and Council to Hold Special Study Session This Afternoon

The Mayor and Tucson City Council will meet today, May 27, in a Special Study Session to discuss draft agreements for grants from the City of Tucson's We Are One/Somos Uno Tucson Resiliency Fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, YWCA Southern Arizona, and Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. Mayor and Council will also discuss the strategy for spending CARES Act funding, as well as numerous other items.

Excessive Heat Warning in Effect

The National Weather Service has issued an Extreme Heat Warning for today through Sunday at 8 p.m. Dangerously hot conditions with high temperatures could peak between 104 and 110 on Friday, lowering slightly to between 103 and 108 on Saturday and Sunday in Tucson and surrounding areas.

As the weather heats up, be sure to take into account the safety tips outlined in the video below.

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