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City Responds to State Lawmaker's Challenge of Local Gun Policy

The City of Tucson last week filed an official response to a complaint by Oro Valley State Rep. Mark Finchem, who is arguing Tucson is violating a 2013 Arizona law that requires the selling of legal guns obtained by law enforcement agencies.

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) takes in a variety of firearms that are later auctioned, reused within law enforcement, held as evidence, or destroyed. Since 2013, TPD has destroyed 4,820 guns.

Halloween Safety Tips

Tucson's first responders are urging parents, kids, and drivers to be extra cautious tonight during Halloween celebrations. The Tucson Police Department (TPD) says young children can easily get distracted by lights and dart across the street without looking for cars first. Nationwide, more kids get hit and killed by cars on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

Job Opportunity: Code Enforcement Inspector

The Environmental & General Services Department, Code Enforcement Division is seeking experienced and motivated inspectors to perform municipal code enforcement inspection duties. The position will coordinate and carry out inspections and any necessary enforcement actions to ensure compliance with the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance, Unified Development Code, Sign Code, and other cases as assigned.

For a detailed job description, please read the job description. The deadline to apply is Nov. 9.

Ward 4 Highlights Local Business

Big Heart Coffee is a local coffee shop that donates its profits and tips to help support Tucson charities. The family owned coffee shop at 4802 E. 22nd St. picks a new charity to support each month, and it serves coffee from local roasters.

In the Ward 4 video below, learn more about this unique business that serves coffee with a purpose.

Cyclovia Returns This Weekend

Cyclovia Tucson is back for its seventh year this weekend, and it continues to grow to be one of the region's largest events, drawing 55,000 participants annually. Sunday's fall bicycling and outdoors celebration (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) has a new route that connects the Miramonte, Palo Verde, and Garden District neighborhoods along a route temporarily closed to vehicular traffic, but open for people biking, walking, rolling, and playing on the streets.

Ride Streetcar to UA Football Game Tomorrow

Prior to tomorrow's homecoming game against the Stanford Cardinal at 8 p.m., University of Arizona football fans can experience the dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the Sun Link streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop.

Safe Halloween Event Set for Monday

Next Monday is Halloween, and organizers of the first Safe Halloween Event will be offering free games, music, popcorn, candy, face painting, a haunted house, and more. The party is sponsored by Rod Robertson Auto Auction and the Tucson Police and Pima County Sheriff's departments. It runs Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Auto Auction, 7600 S. Swan Road. Be sure to have your kids (5-13) dress up, as there will be a costume contest.

Smartphone App Encourages Ridesharing

Pima Association of Governments and Metropia Inc., which offers a mobile app to incentivize commuters to make better travel decisions, are partnering on a new app called DUO or Driving Up Occupancy. DUO rewards both drivers and passengers with reward points by sharing a ride that reduces congestion and vehicle emissions. By carpooling, friends, families, co-workers and others can be rewarded for their efforts with Metropia bonus points toward gifts from local businesses.

USPS Committee Chairman tours the Cherrybell Post Office and Processing Center and Takes Part at Roundtable at the Ward 5 Council Office

TUCSON – U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, the Chair of the House Subcommittee overseeing the Postal Service, toured the Cherrybell Post Office and Processing Center and took part in a roundtable meeting of stakeholders at the Tucson’s Ward 5 Council Office.

 

Rep. Meadows was invited to Tucson by U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (AZ- CD 2), who has worked closely with Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres, for which the Cherrybell Post Office and Processing Center is located in his Ward.

 

Tucson Fire Department Responds to Fire Caused by Blowtorch

Three residents were displaced from their home in the 10000 block of East Paseo San Bernardo in Rita Ranch after a fire last night heavily damaged the attic. The resident had been burning weeds with a blowtorch earlier in the evening, and he noticed later the smell of smoke and saw the smoke coming from vents in the home. After calling 911, the man went outside and saw flames in the wall near the ground where he had been burning the weeds.

Roadrunners' Mascot Gets a Name

The Tucson Roadrunners' mascot was unveiled this morning at Tully Elementary School. Just ahead of tomorrow's first home game, the Roadrunners brought out "Dusty" to meet the students and make his official debut alongside "Howler," the mascot of the Arizona Coyotes parent club.

Tucson's new hockey team makes its regular season home debut tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. against the Stockton Heat at the Tucson Arena. All fans in attendance will receive a commemorative ticket.

Road Recovery Update

Work continues to crack seal, fog seal, and asphalt patch roadways associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year Road Recovery bond program. Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will work 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. The Tenth Avenue – 22nd Street to 26th Street fog seal work is underway today and is scheduled to be finished tomorrow.

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