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Public Meetings to Review Proposed Changes for Plan Amendments and Rezoning Processes

The City of Tucson's Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) is seeking feedback regarding a proposal allowing amendments to the City’s area and neighborhood plans to run concurrently with rezoning processes. This amendment would change the existing policy of requiring Mayor and Council approval of a plan amendment prior to beginning the rezoning process.

Annual Water Quality Reports for 2018 Now Posted

Tucson Water’s 2018 Annual Water Quality Reports for its main system and its nine isolated systems are available online. The reports provide information on drinking water for its 731,000 customers within the utility’s 37 water service areas in and around the Tucson metropolitan area. Tucson Water performs more than 14,500 water quality tests per year, and results from monitoring conducted in 2018 met all standards for safe drinking water.

Parks Commission Meets This Week to Discuss Needs at City Parks

The monthly Tucson Parks and Recreation Commission meeting will be held Wednesday, June 26, 3:30-5 p.m., at Tucson Parks and Recreation Administration, 900 S. Randolph Way. The commission serves as a citizens advisory panel to the Mayor and Tucson City Council on issues such as recreational and park activities within the city, operations policy and procedures, user fees, park development, and park name changes.

Live Music at Lunchtime in Jácome Plaza Continues Through July 2

The Downtown Tucson Partnership presents live, local performances each Tuesday and Thursday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Jácome Plaza, in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. The remaining summer dates are June 25, June 27, and July 2.

Grab lunch from your favorite downtown spot or food truck, bring a friend or coworkers, and enjoy the free lunchtime tunes. The concert series ends July 2. 

Paul's Note - July 21, 2019

The first public item in our council agenda on Tuesday was trees.

Well, it was called “Presentation on the Environmental, Economic and Health Benefits from a Healthy Urban Tree Canopy System,” but that was really a long way of saying that we talked about trees.

Councilmember Kozachik and I requested that we have a presentation on the subject of what Dr. Tanya Quist, the University of Arizona professor who spoke to us, calls urban forestry.

22nd Annual El Día de San Juan Fiesta Next Week

The El Día De San Juan Coalition and Tucson Water are partnering to create a unique event celebrating water in the desert on Monday, June 24. Following the kickoff of the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project (see related story), the El Día De San Juan Fiesta begins at 5:45 p.m. with the traditional procession through Barrio Sin Nombre to Mission Gardens.

City of Tucson Launching Santa Cruz River Heritage Project

The City of Tucson and Tucson Water will host the kickoff of the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project on Monday, June 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m., at 1580 S. Santa Cruz Lane. The Heritage Project will introduce up to 2.8 million gallons a day of flowing reclaimed water into the Santa Cruz River just south of downtown. This will complement regional historical and cultural projects in the area and support the return of native plants and animals.

Reid Park Zoo's Summer Safari Saturday Nights Program Continues This Weekend

Reid Park Zoo’s annual Summer Safari Nights is on Saturdays this year and is now free for members (admission applies for non-members). The program runs 6-8 p.m. every Saturday until Aug. 17. Enjoy the Zoo during cooler evening temperatures with added fun, including live music from local bands, games, inflatables, food and drink specials, face painting, glitter tattoos, animal encounters, zookeeper chats, and themed evenings.

El Día de San Juan Fiesta

Tucson Water invites you to the official Santa Cruz River Heritage Project Release Party, to be held in conjunction with the 22nd Annual El Día de San Juan Fiesta. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Council Member Regina Romero, and Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías will speak at the event. Join us on Monday, June 24 at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate!

Location: 1580 S Santa Cruz Lane

Community Service Officers Patrolling Tucson Parks

In an effort to make City of Tucson parks safe and appealing for everyone, community service officers (CSOs) are now assigned to patrol the parks and enforce laws.

Tucson Parks and Recreation and the Tucson Police Department (TPD) train the CSOs. They learn about crisis intervention, defensive tactics, first aid, CPR, and use of Narcan in the case of an opiod overdose. They also receive general training from Parks and Recreation.


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