On Thursday, February 25, 2016, Tucson will host the 91st Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade. The Parade begins at 9 a.m. at Ajo Way and Park Avenue, travels south on Park Avenue to Irvington Road, then turns west on Irvington Road and ends at Sixth Avenue. More information on the Rodeo Parade may be found at www.tucsonrodeoparade.com. Below is the vehicular travel restrictions associated with this event.
On Friday, February 26, 2016, crews from Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work to improve the pavement conditions on westbound 22nd Street from Alvernon Way to Country Club Road.
Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega told the Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday that the City narrowed next fiscal year's projected budget deficit to $25.6 million, down from $42 million projected last December. A hiring freeze, retirement incentives, and other cost-cutting measures approved by Mayor and Council helped bring down the number.
Looking ahead to the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, the City is projecting flat sales tax and property tax revenues.
The 91st annual Tucson Rodeo Parade begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Park Avenue and Ajo Way. To prepare for the event, at approximately 7 a.m., Sixth Avenue will be closed between Ajo Way and Irvington Road. An hour later, Ajo Way between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue, Park Avenue between Ajo Way and Irvington Road, and Irvington Road between Park Avenue and Sixth Avenue will be closed. All streets should reopen sometime between noon and 1 p.m.
Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” offers an interactive learning experience, including up-close and furry interactions on the audience floor. Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages.
The Broadway-quality musical production features high-tech stagecraft and music parents will enjoy sharing with children, such as “Count Me In” and new parodies of “Hot and Cold” and “Moves Like Jagger.”
Children's Museum Tucson is one of 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The downtown museum is the only museum in Arizona to be recognized as a finalist.
Presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the award is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. The winners will be announced later this spring.
Tucson will soon join the list of ten locations for indoor speed racing. Autobahn Indoor Speedway says it is opening a European-style, 60,000-square-foot facility at 300 S. Toole Ave. in May. Racers will ride Italian electric pro karts that reach speeds of 50 mph.
Autobahn already has six tracks in the United States, and Tucson is one of four new locations to open this year.
Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega and Chief Financial Officer Joyce Garland will provide the public with a budget update during a meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Ward 6 Office, 3202 E. 1st St. The meeting follows an update given today to the Tucson City Council.
Despite a hiring freeze, an early retirement incentive, and other cost cutting measures, Tucson still has a projected $25 million deficit for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.
A recent poll shows voters view road repairs as the number one issue facing Tucson, followed by economic development. More than half (52 percent) of those surveyed oppose increasing the city sales tax, but the initial question made no mention of how the tax money would be used. When options were discussed, some of those people changed their minds if they thought the money would be spent on roads, police and fire, preventing cuts to services, helping the City budget, and preserving parks and recreation programs.
The Tucson Department of Transportation says it can deliver better lighting that saves energy and money without adding light pollution. An energy audit conducted for the City by the vendor selling the lighting system says Tucson could reduce energy consumption by approximately 70 percent and reduce the contribution of roadway lighting to sky glow by 20 percent.
Unlike the current lighting system, the new lighting would be able to be dimmed or turned up as needed.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will vote on whether to implement the program.
Two fires set this month by young children destroyed two homes, but there were no serious injuries. The fires were one week apart. Tucson Fire Department (TFD) officials say both fires were started by 5-year-old children, and it's rare to see two within a period of a week.
Tucson Water and Arizona Project WET are offering a series of self-guided tours at the Sweetwater Wetlands, 2551 W. Sweetwater Dr. The new Discovery Program engages visitors through a journey along the path that surrounds the ponds and recharge basins. Guests can use a QR code reader app on any smart device to view the Wetlands in a scientific way as they navigate around the 60-acre site.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow will hear about a proposed 12-month pilot program to give private parties the opportunity to install original mural art on City traffic signal controller cabinets. Proponents say mural art beautifies public spaces, builds community, and may discourage visual blight resulting from graffiti vandalism.
Members of the Australian Capital Territory Delegation visited Tucson yesterday to learn about the Sun Link streetcar. They're planning on building a streetcar route in the city of Canberra and wanted to gather information from Tucson officials, ride the streetcar, and learn about the economic development Sun Link spurred since it debuted in July 2014.
The Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB) depends on volunteers to help run the annual event at the University of Arizona. This year's Festival is March 12-13, from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. each day.
Festival volunteers help with author events, assist at information booths, act as food court hosts, set up before the festival and clean up afterward, transport authors, help with the entertainment activities, and address the needs of the hundreds of authors and exhibitors.