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Celebrate Mexican Independence Day Next Week

Downtown Tucson will be the site of the 2nd annual Mexican Independence Day celebration. Presented by Arizona Bilingual Newspaper, the Sept. 16 celebration will run from 5-11 p.m. at Armory Park, 6th Avenue and 13th Street.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Mexican Consul in Tucson Ricardo Pineda will be part of a 9 p.m. recognition ceremony, featuring the Proclamation of Independence, flags, and more.

Hazard Mitigation Planning Underway

The City of Tucson is participating in the collaborative working group updating the 2017 Pima County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan, which was drafted in 2012 and is updated every five years, is used to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with potential disasters and to develop long-term strategies for mitigating these risks in order to protect the people of Tucson.

City of Tucson Wins Major Case in Appeals Court

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously last Friday that Tucson can continue to use the same two-tiered election system it has been using since the 1920s. The ruling by an 11-judge panel erases a three-judge panel’s earlier decision. Last week's 19-page ruling said Tucson’s voting method doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution’s commitment to one vote per person, as alleged by the Public Integrity Alliance and a group of Republican voters.

Mayor and Council Set to Discuss Bus Fares

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow night will hold a public hearing on three proposals to raise Sun Tran bus fares for the first time in five years. The options from City Manager Michael Ortega, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and Council Member Paul Cunningham are different, but all three aim to increase revenue to help the City's finances while maintaining ridership.

Nandi's Father Returning to San Diego

Mabu, the adult male African elephant at Reid Park Zoo, soon will be moving back to San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, California. This fall, Mabu will travel back to his former herd to interact with other females, similar to what bull elephants experience in the wild. Elephants live in a matriarchal society, and the males move in and out of herds for breeding purposes.

Recruitment Underway for Police Service Operators

The Tucson Police Department's Communications Division is recruiting for police service operators. The position involves skilled telephone communications work that includes answering emergency and non-emergency calls for service. The job requires the operator to interview, evaluate, and verify information from callers who are often in distress. Extensive keyboarding and multi-tasking abilities are essential.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and meet other qualifications. The application deadline is Sept. 30.

Portion of Stone Avenue to Close Tonight for Road Improvement Project

As part of the Stone Avenue - Drachman Street to First Street Roadway Improvement Project - crews from KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will install new water lines across Stone Avenue between Mabel Street and Helen Street tonight and into the early morning hours.

Need Help Starting or Expanding a Business in Tucson? Call the Small Business Assistance Line

The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff members from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls.

The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly, along with many business incentives, streamlined permit processes, and more

Stone Avenue Closure - Mabel Street to Helen Street

As part of the Stone Avenue - Drachman Street to First Street Roadway Improvement Project - crews from KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will install new water lines across Stone Avenue between Mabel Street and Helen Street on Thursday night, September 1, 2016.

To accommodate this work, Stone Avenue will be closed to travel from Mabel Street to Helen Street beginning tomorrow at 8 p.m. until approximately 6 a.m. on Friday, September 2, 2016. This schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather.

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