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Sign Up for Tucson Water Tour

Vice Mayor Regina Romero invites the community to join her for a free tour of Tucson Water’s TARP (Tucson Airport Remediation Project), AOP (Advanced Oxidation Process) facility, and the Hayden-Udall Water Treatment Plant this Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, starting at the City of Tucson Resource Campus, 310 N. Commerce Park Loop.

Interested residents are encouraged to call 791-4040 before 2 p.m. tomorrow to RSVP for the event.

Donate to Help the Homeless This Summer

Make a difference this summer by donating items to help the homeless cope with Tucson's heat. The Summer Sun program from the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness (TPCH) will be distributing the donations dropped off at 37 designated sites, including branches of the Pima County Public Library system.

The greatest donation needs are bottled water, sunscreen, bug repellent, hats, and sunglasses. Other needs are white T-shirts, flip flops, and backpacks to keep the supplies at hand.  

Free Concerts in the Park This Weekend

Reid Park and Udall Park will be alive with music this Mother's Day weekend. The volunteer Arizona Symphonic Winds will play Saturday at Udall Park's László Veres Amphitheater, 7600 E. Tanque Verde Road. The Tucson Pops Orchestra, comprised mostly of Tucson Symphony Orchestra players, takes the stage Sunday at Reid Park's DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, East 22nd Street and South Country Club Road.

Admission is free to both concerts. Under the baton of László Veres, music director of both orchestras, the concerts begin at 7 p.m. each night.

Reminder: City Seeks Public Input on ADA Transition Plan

The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) has been working on an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Inventory and Transition Plan since 2014, collecting data on the existing condition of Tucson streets and sidewalks relative to ADA compliance based on proposed ADA standards from 2011. TDOT also is developing a priority ranking system. The public is asked to rank locations and indicate concerns at existing locations.

Civil Service Commission

We are looking for folks to serve on the Civil Service Commission. The commission makes determinations on disputes between city employees and management and meets quarterly with other meetings as needed. If you are a resident and qualified elector of the City of Tucson for at least five years do not hold any other public office, you can serve. Feel free to call my office at 791-4687 or e-mail us a resume at

SummerGO Youth Pass

This summer kids ages 6 to 18 can get unlimited air conditioned rides on Sun Link, Sun Tran and select Sun Shuttle routes and unlimited access to City of Tucson pools from May 22 through August 5, 2017 for just $45, with the SummerGO Youth Pass.

The SummerGO Youth Pass is currently on sale through June at the following locations:

City Manager Submits Recommended Budget to Mayor and Council

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega yesterday officially submitted his recommended budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The proposed $1.373 billion spending plan for FY 17/18 is structurally balanced for the second consecutive year and does not include any increases in fees or tax rates.

To make up for a projected $9 million revenue decrease, Ortega is recommending a combination of cuts, including eliminating positions through attrition, merging some departments, and operational changes.

Survey Work Begins on Portion of Grant Road

Design work for the Grant Road Improvement Plan - Phases III and IV  (Alvernon Way to Swan Road) continues to progress to 60 percent completion. Starting today, through June 7, crews will be surveying utility manholes along Grant Road from Edith Boulevard to Venice Place. Work hours will be from 8:30 p.m.-5 a.m. on weekdays.

During the work, you can anticipate intermittent lane shifts and single lane closures. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for personnel and equipment in the work area.

Summer Movies Continue This Week

The Cinema La Placita summer movie series hosts classic movies in an outdoor setting every Thursday night at 7:30, May through August. Hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the pleasant summer evenings with a different movie each week for $3 per person (includes popcorn).

This Thursday's movie is Thelma and Louise (1991), starring Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Brad Pitt, and Michael Madsen.

This year, the movies are shown in the plaza at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.

Grant Road Phases III/IV - Alvernon Way to Swan Road Survey Work - Edith Boulevard to Venice Place

Design work for the Grant Road Improvement Plan for Phases III and IV – Alvernon Way to Swan Road – continues to progress to 60 percent completion. Beginning Wednesday, May 10, through Wednesday, June 7, crews will be onsite surveying utility manholes along Grant Road from Edith Boulevard to Venice Place.

Work hours will be 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Friday. During this work, the traveling public can anticipate intermittent travel lane shifts and single lane closures.

Special Parking Meters to Help Homeless

The City of Tucson tomorrow will unveil the first of 20 new Tucson Change Movement parking meters. A 10 a.m. news conference will take place directly in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.

The specially marked parking meters will allow people to use change or swipe a debit or credit card to donate to homeless assistance programs. Donation stations also will collect change from the security area at Tucson International Airport, local businesses, and online at

Memorial Service Tomorrow to Honor Fallen Oficers

The Tucson Police Department's (TPD) annual Fallen Officer Memorial will be held tomorrow, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at TPD Headquarters, 270 S. Stone Ave. Eight TPD officers were killed in the line of duty since 1892.

The event will include the posting of colors by the Tucson Police Department Honor Guard, a presentation of roses and wreaths, a video tribute, a rifle salute with Taps, and a flyover by the TPD Air Unit.


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