Can't get enough of Reid Park Zoo's Giraffe Encounter or want to experience it for the first time? You can feed the giraffes every day at 10 a.m., with additional feedings at 1:30 p.m. on weekends. The cost is $3 per person (in addition to regular admission). Proceeds benefit Reid Park Zoo conservation efforts and staff professional development.
Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega last week gave the Mayor and Tucson City Council an overview of his plans for the next budget year. At a public retreat last Friday at Fire Central, Ortega unveiled preliminary proposals that include exploring diversified revenue opportunities, implementing plans for employee retention (including a 2.5 percent raise to begin this April), continuing to innovate and create operational efficiencies, and delivering great customer service.
In the Tucson 12 video linked below, Ortega also spoke of mandated payment increases to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) and possibly extending the amortization period to pay it. He also discussed rising insurance costs, capital needs, possible revenue enhancements, and more. Mayor and Council ultimately will decide whether to accept all or part of Ortega's proposals.
Tucson’s El Güero Canelo recently earned the respected James Beard Award, which recognizes pioneers in gourmet food. That means the restaurant's bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dog just received the highest honor in American gastronomy.
With the help of a new collaboration, more than 7,000 Tucson students will be able to go on an arts field trip this school year. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild announced the partnership earlier this week, as Act One joins the mayor's Great Start program that provided more than 2,100 arts and cultural institution passes last year for distribution in Tucson schools for children who otherwise couldn't afford to visit.
Works by a local artist will be on display in February at the Tucson Museum of Art. The exhibit, “Mid-Century Perspectives: Paintings by Andy Burgess and Objects of Modern Design,” will run through April 22.
Tucson Water offers free toilets to qualifying limited-income households. The rebate program is in conjunction with Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona (CHRPA) and offers free replacement of toilets manufactured in 1991 or earlier that consume 3.5 or more gallons per flush.
NOTICE: Newly adopted Sign Standards to go into effect on February 1, 2018.
On December 5, 2017 the City of Tucson Mayor and Council voted (7-0) to adopt the proposed extensive revisions to the City Sign Code. Those revisions adopted helped to achieve the following goals:
Topics in this issue...
- Tucson Be Kind
- Bump Stocks in Arizona
- Safety on our Roadways
- Campbell & Grant
- Transit Management
- Craycroft Road Work
- Budget Preview
- Downtown Development
- Volvo Property
- Local First: Gem Show
- Lecture Series Downtown
- Nova Home Loans Bowl
- Stormwater Solutions
- Solar Tariffs
- Naming Parks and Amenities
- Events & Entertainment
The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase started over the weekend, but if you didn't get out to any of the shows, you still have plenty of time. The various shows run until Sunday, Feb. 11, at dozens of locations throughout the Tucson region. Most shows are open to the public with free admission.
Reid Park Zoo is now leading the way in innovative animal medicine with the grand opening of its state-of-the-art Animal Health Center. Dedicated yesterday, the facility will provide the Zoo with more opportunities to teach curious young minds through additional educational programming. Also, students from the University of Arizona’s new Marley Foundation Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Program will have the opportunity to train in whole-life animal care by observing and assisting at the new center.
Downtown workers are invited to learn about alternative modes of transportation available to them at tomorrow's Activate Your Commute event, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
How-to-ride demonstrations, exhibits, and information booths will be set up on Jacome Plaza. From noon to 1 p.m., Sun Tran, Tugo Bike Share, Sun Rideshare, and Enterprise Vanpool will give 15-minute presentations in the lower level meeting room of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. There will be door prizes and some refreshments.
Export businesses from the counties of Pima, Pinal, and Maricopa are encouraged to apply for the Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program, an honor that celebrates companies in Arizona’s Sun Corridor that are succeeding in global markets.
Arizona 811 is reminding the public to contact them to have all underground utilities located and marked before excavating anything in Arizona. Two full working days (excluding weekends and state holidays) are required in advance for scheduling a locator. The marks are good for 15 days.
Gem Show shoppers can skip the hassles of traffic and parking with a 3-Day Transit Pass. The pass provides unlimited rides on Sun Tran buses and the Sun Link streetcar, and it's valid for 72 consecutive hours once activated on a transit vehicle. Sun Tran and Sun Link routes connect to several Gem Show events and many of Tucson’s entertainment attractions.