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Interim Director of PDSD

After 15 years as Director of Planning and Development Services, Ernie Duarte, has retired from the City of Tucson. Ernie has moved on to a new and exciting career and we wish him well.

Jim Mazzocco, AICP, has been appointed by Michael Ortega, City Manager, to be the Interim Director of PDSD. We will continue providing excellent customer service to the Tucson community while we are in transition.

Ride Streetcar to UA Football Game Saturday

University of Arizona football fans can ride the Sun Link streetcar to the games. Prior to the 5:22 p.m. game against the UCLA Bruins (and ESPN's College GameDay from 6-9 a.m.), fans can experience the dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop.

Campbell Avenue Streetscape Project to Begin Next Phase

As part of the Campbell Avenue Streetscape Enhancement Project, crews from Pima Paving, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), are in the process of installing underground irrigation lines across Campbell Avenue between Grant Road and Glenn Street. The irrigation work is scheduled to be finished by this Friday.

Shakespeare in the Park Continues

The El Rio Theatre Project this weekend presents its 9th annual Shakespeare in the Park, featuring William Shakespeare's “Love’s Labour’s Lost” at the Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheatre, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. In this romantic comedy, youthful idealism gets derailed by love. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket, and enjoy an evening of theatre in the park. Performances begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday.

Tucson Police Recruiting Community Service Officers

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is hoping to fill 25 Community Service Officer positions. The job involves driving in marked police cars and responding to calls of burglary, traffic accidents, and found property. TPD will start accepting applications next Monday. To find out more about job opportunities at TPD, please visit its recruiting website.

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Campbell Avenue Streetscape Enhancement Project: Grant Road to Fort Lowell Road

As part of the Campbell Avenue Streetscape Enhancement Project, crews from Pima Paving, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, will begin installing underground irrigation lines across Campbell Avenue between Grant Road and Glenn Street. 

The irrigation work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 and be complete by Friday, September 25, 2015. During these three nights, travel on Campbell Avenue between Grant Road and Glenn Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Tucson Earns National Accreditation for Parks and Recreation

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department was recognized again for excellence in the field of parks and recreation management by achieving national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The department originally was accredited by CAPRA in October 2010. As a requirement of agency accreditation, Parks and Recreation must go through a review process every five years.

Arizona Water Resources Available for Teachers

Are you a teacher or educator who wants to incorporate lesson plans on water into your curriculum? Water - Use It Wisely has compiled a website that promotes classroom learning and community engagement. Share the best tools, tips, and other resources from Arizona Project WET, City of Phoenix Water Services Department, Central Arizona Project, and others.

City of Tucson Tax Amnesty Program


The City of Tucson is offering the business community a Tax Amnesty Program. This rare opportunity will allow Tucson business owners to submit delinquent sales tax or license fees without penalty and with reduced interest due on delinquent balances. This is also an opportunity for Tucson businesses that are not licensed to get licensed, without penalty. The amnesty period will run for two months, Sept. 1, 2015 - Oct. 30, 2015.



The Trees for Tucson program is now accepting applications for low-cost trees for delivery in the popular fall planting period. While trees can be planted throughout the year in the Tucson area, lower temperatures and moister soil after summer monsoons make for easier tree planting throughout the fall. Wetter than usual winter weather is also expected due to El Niño weather patterns, making this an optimum time to begin establishing new trees.

Commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month



Each year the United States honors the contributions that Latinos have made to our great country with Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 till October 15.   The annual, month long celebration began 26 years ago.  Congress had first passed a resolution to celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the national level, as a week long event on September 17, 1968.  Nearly 20 years later, on August 17, 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration to a month. 


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