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Arizona Water Resources Available for Teachers

Are you a teacher or educator who wants to incorporate lesson plans on water into your curriculum? Water - Use It Wisely has compiled a website that promotes classroom learning and community engagement. Share the best tools, tips, and other resources from Arizona Project WET, City of Phoenix Water Services Department, Central Arizona Project, and others.

City of Tucson Tax Amnesty Program


The City of Tucson is offering the business community a Tax Amnesty Program. This rare opportunity will allow Tucson business owners to submit delinquent sales tax or license fees without penalty and with reduced interest due on delinquent balances. This is also an opportunity for Tucson businesses that are not licensed to get licensed, without penalty. The amnesty period will run for two months, Sept. 1, 2015 - Oct. 30, 2015.



The Trees for Tucson program is now accepting applications for low-cost trees for delivery in the popular fall planting period. While trees can be planted throughout the year in the Tucson area, lower temperatures and moister soil after summer monsoons make for easier tree planting throughout the fall. Wetter than usual winter weather is also expected due to El Niño weather patterns, making this an optimum time to begin establishing new trees.

Commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month



Each year the United States honors the contributions that Latinos have made to our great country with Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 till October 15.   The annual, month long celebration began 26 years ago.  Congress had first passed a resolution to celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the national level, as a week long event on September 17, 1968.  Nearly 20 years later, on August 17, 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration to a month. 

Tucson Close to Ending Veterans Homelessness

Through an initiative launched by the City of Tucson and other local agencies in 2013, about 1,200 formerly-homeless veterans now have permanent housing. There are still 442 to go, but Mayor Jonathan Rothschild expects them all to be in apartments by the end of the year.

“If we work diligently over the next four months, we’re on pace to make our goal,” Rothschild said. “Based on our experience from the last 27-28 months and given the additional focus, we should be there.”

Streetcar Stops to Help Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe

The Sun Link streetcar is displaying Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee” on the overhead signs at select stops along the route. There are 23 stops along the streetcar route, 11 of which contain special LED panels that are displaying poetry curated by the University of Arizona Poetry Center. The streaming of the two Poe classics will run though the end of this month.

Jack Hanna to Bring Animals to Live Event

Through his two TV shows and late-night TV talk show appearances, Jack Hanna is a familiar name among wildlife lovers and the zoo community. The Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo is coming to Tucson in January for "Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live," presented in partnership with Reid Park Zoo. Tickets for the Jan. 7 show at the Fox Theatre are available online.

Coffee with a Cop

Come join the Police Officer's for a cup of java and discuss what is happening in your neighborhood. 

October 14, 2015- Dunkin Donuts 10200 E. Old Vail 9:00 am-1100 am

November 12, 2015 Kneaders 135 S Wilmot 5:00pm-7:00pm

December 7, 2015 Happy Rooster Cafe 9:00am - 11:00am

Grande Avenue – Speedway Boulevard to Congress Street Stamped Asphalt Work

On Monday, September 21, 2015, crews from Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin decorative stamped (brick pattern) asphalt work on Grande Avenue from Speedway Boulevard Congress Street.

Grande Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Congress Street to St. Mary’s Road on Monday, September 21, 2015 beginning at 6 p.m. and will reopen to through traffic at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Access to residential streets along Grande Avenue will be allowed.

City of Tucson Traffic Safety Camera Program


In 2007, Tucson’s Mayor and Council approved a program to help cut down the number of auto accidents, injuries and fatalities at the City’s eight most dangerous intersections.


This program had photo cameras placed at these intersections to deal with speed and running red lights.


The Mayor and Council received updates on the program, which showed a reduction of accidents, injuries and fatalities.   In July, I had requested that the Mayor and Council receive a report on this program.



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