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Candidate Forum

Among the offices elected this year will be the County’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. A lot of people don’t know much about what the office does, but the person in that office has an important role in supporting our county’s school districts.

The Metropolitan Education Commission and the League of Women Voters are sponsoring a candidates forum with the two nominees for superintendent. It will be next Wednesday, September 21 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm at Pima College Downtown Campus (1255 N Stone Ave) in the Amethyst Room.

Sign Code Revision Project Preliminary Draft

Planning and Development Services Department is currently working on revisions to the City's Sign Code to address the recent Reed v. Town of Gilbert Supreme Court Case.  As part of those revisions, it is also looking at revisions to address overall simplification and process improvement items.

Please use the following link to access the preliminary draft of the Sign Code:  Sign Code Draft

Parking Meters Could Help the Homeless in Tucson

Helping Tucson's homeless could be as simple as dropping some coins into a parking meter. The Mayor and Tucson City Council next week will consider a plan to install 20 parking meters downtown, near Main Gate Square, along 4th Avenue, and at some west side locations. The meters, which would be donated by the IPS Group, producer of Tucson's newer parking meters, would look just like regular parking meters, but would be painted a bright color to make them stand out from other meters.

Some Athletic Fields to Close for Maintenance and Improvements

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department will be closing several of its athletic fields through the fall for turf maintenance and enhancements. The closures are necessary to give crews the opportunity to conduct annual maintenance on the fields by aerating, fertilizing, reseeding, and giving the turf time to heal and grow in preparation for spring sports activities.

Tucson Police Help Deliver a Baby

Two officers from the Tucson Police Department (TPD) had a change of pace yesterday morning, delivering a baby. Just before 2:30 a.m., Operations Division West Ofc. Joshua Parrish and Ofc. Troy Lansdale were patrolling in the area of the northbound I-10 Frontage Road and West Speedway Boulevard when a vehicle pulled alongside of them. The driver of the vehicle asked the officers for help.

Athletic Field Closures

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department will be closing several of its athletic fields through the fall for turf maintenance and enhancements. The closures are necessary in order to give crews the opportunity to conduct annual maintenance on the fields by aerating, fertilizing, re-seeding, and giving the turf time to heal and grow in preparation for spring sports activities. City staff strives to provide the public and various user groups with the best sports fields possible.

New Program to Attract Mexican Startups

Startup Tucson plans to use a $50,000 grant from the Small Business Administration to attract cross-border startup companies. The program, Thryve Latin America, is meant to attract startups seeking to conduct business in the United States. Officials say the new program will focus initially on Mexico, capitalizing on Southern Arizona’s cultural ties and working relationships that already exist.

Startup Tucson expects to have the full plan for Thryve Latin America in place by the end of this year.

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