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Grant Road Improvement Project Phase II Stone to Park - Grant Road and First/Euclid Avenue Intersection Work

Crews from Markham Contracting, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, will install underground electrical lines at the Grant Road and First/Euclid Avenue intersection beginning Monday,  April 3, 2017.  Crews are scheduled to work from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night through Friday, April 7, 2017.

Cyclovia Tucson - Travel Information

Living Streets Alliance (LSA) will present Cyclovia Tucson, Tucson’s biannual “open streets” event on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cyclovia Tucson attracts tens of thousands of people to enjoy 2.5 miles of car-free city streets for one day. During a five-hour period, participants are invited to walk, bike, dance, explore, discover and play along the route. The event is free and open to the public, and there is no official start or finish.

Community Environmental Health & Safety Fair This Weekend

Ward 2 City Council Member Paul Cunningham will be partnering with Sonora Environmental Research Institute, Inc., Tucson Fire Department, City of Tucson Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program, and Habitat for Humanity to hold an environmental health and safety fair this Saturday. The free community event will take place between 9 a.m. and noon at the Ward 2 Council Office, 7575 E Speedway Blvd.

City and UA Strike Deal on Hi Corbett

Under a new 25-year agreement, the University of Arizona will take over management of Hi Corbett Field from the City of Tucson. Starting July 1, the university will assume the maintenance of the aging facility, pledging to invest more than $3 million into the baseball stadium.

Under the new lease, the UA will pay the City of Tucson $10 per year in rent and 2 percent of food, beverage, and merchandise sales at the stadium. The school also will be responsible for all taxes and assessments.

Friday is a City Holiday

The City of Tucson will observe the Cesar Chavez holiday this Friday. All City offices, except for emergency services, will be closed. Residential and commercial trash and recycling normally scheduled for Friday will be picked up Saturday instead. The Los Reales Landfill will be open.

Transit services, including Sun Tran, Sun Link, Sun Van, and Sun Shuttle, will operate on a regular weekday schedule. 

Tucson City Council Holds Budget Retreat

The Mayor and Tucson City Council met at a special retreat yesterday as part of the budget planning process for next fiscal year. City Manager Michael Ortega told the council his initial draft proposal for the FY 17/18 budget is structurally balanced and includes some restructuring and consolidation of operations.

There will be follow-up meetings with Mayor and Council at a Study Session on April 5, with the possibility of Ortega presenting his recommended budget on April 19. 

Saguaro National Park Offers Free Admission on March 31ST, César E. Chávez Day

Saguaro National Park and the National Park Service are proud to join the city of Tucson and Pima County in honoring the life of labor and civil rights leader César E. Chávez with a fee free day. The public can come out on Friday, March 31st to enjoy our amazing spring weather and help honor a great Arizonan.

Phoenix Radio Station Explores New Tucson Ordinance

The Mayor and Tucson City Council last week passed a misdemeanor hate crime/institutional vandalism ordinance, setting specific punishments for people who commit certain offenses that fall under newly-defined categories for hate crimes. The ordinance establishes minimum penalties, including mandatory jail time of at least 10 days for a first offense and a minimum $100 fine. Punishment would increase for future offenses. Health care facilities also were added to the list of places for “institutional vandalism.”

Rillito Racetrack Featured in New York Times

The famous horse trainer of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is featured prominently in a New York Times article that also showcases Pima County's Rillito Racetrack. Bob Baffert got his start at the track, working as a jockey.

"Rillito Park was the big time for me,” he told the Times. “I first went there when I was 10 years old to run a few horses with my dad."

Dallas Newspaper Recognizes Tucson

The Dallas Morning News features an article on "the thriving arts and culture scene" in Tucson. The travel article explores what Tucson has to offer beyond golf courses.

"A city that's been known for its suburban golf courses and hilltop resorts miles from the city center is increasingly known as an urban hot spot, with lively, inventive restaurants, a strong biking culture, and tons of outdoor art," the newspaper reports.

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