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Governor Signs Bill That Overrides Pet Store Rules from Local Governments

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation yesterday that prevents cities from telling pet stores they can’t sell commercially bred animals. The new law that takes effect on Aug. 6 voids existing regulations in Phoenix and Tempe, which allow pet stores to sell only rescue and shelter dogs and cats. Those laws are partly designed to reduce the number of shelter animals that have to be euthanized.

Air Force to Pay for Tucson Water Treatment Facility

The City of Tucson will be reimbursed nearly $17 million by the United States Air Force for the design and construction of the AOP Water Treatment Facility.

Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) technology is used to treat groundwater contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which was used by aircraft manufacturing companies in the Tucson airport area from the 1940s to 1970s. The process combines ultraviolet light with hydrogen peroxide to purify up to 8 million gallons of water a day.

Study Names Tucson a Bike-Friendly City

Tucson ranks No. 2 in a national survey of bike-friendly cities. Redfin, a real estate firm, recently published a study of cities friendly to bicyclists in downtown areas. The company ranked the downtown neighborhoods of cities with populations above 500,000 based on their Bike Score ratings on The ratings also are based on bike lanes, hills, bike share programs, destinations, and road connectivity.

Karin's Note: Friday, May 20, 2016

Karin's Note: Friday, May 20, 2016
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Dear Tucsonans,
Thank You
Thanks for the calls and notes in response to my announcement last week that I won’t run for re-election in 2017. I’m grateful for all the support!

Summer Safari Nights Program Begins Tomorrow at Reid Park Zoo

Enjoy Reid Park Zoo and cooler evening temperatures at a themed night featuring different zookeeper chats, animal encounters, live music, family-friendly activities, special dining options, and gift shop discounts. Events will take place every Friday, tomorrow through July 8, 6-8 p.m.

Tomorrow's theme is Crazy for Cats: Lions, Tigers, & Jaguars. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online.

Professional Hockey Team Coming to Tucson

With unanimous approval of a license agreement from the Mayor and Tucson City Council, a minor league hockey team will make its home at the Tucson Convention Center starting in October. The City says the 10-year agreement with the Arizona Coyotes to bring an American Hockey League (AHL) farm team to Tucson protects the City’s interests, protects taxpayers, and spurs sports tourism.

Votes Still Being Counted for Special Election

Although some votes still need to be counted, the latest results show Arizona voters favoring both propositions on yesterday's Special Election ballot.

Prop. 123 increases the distribution of state education funding from the State Land Trust. As of this morning, it was winning by less than 1 percent of the vote.

Prop. 124 is a measure to change the way the Arizona's public safety pension system pays increases in benefits to retirees. Of the ballots counted, 70 percent voted for approval.


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