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Optical Vehicle Detection Camera Installation at Various Intersections

OPTICAL VEHICLE DETECTION CAMERA INSTALLATION

VARIOUS INTERSECTIONS

On Monday, January 25, 2016, Contractor’s West, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin installing Optical Vehicle Detection (OVD) cameras at 12 various signalized intersections within the City of Tucson.  Work hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The traveling public can anticipate lane restrictions between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Public Meeting Tomorrow on Proposed Sick Leave Policy

The City of Tucson is hosting the second of three public meetings this month to allow the community and business leaders to discuss a proposal to require all businesses in city limits to offer sick time to their employees.

The Earned Sick & Safe Time meeting runs tomorrow from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Ward 6 Council Office, 3202 E. 1st St. The final meeting will be Jan. 28 at the Ward 2 Council Office, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.

New Police Chief Starts Work

Chris Magnus spent his first day yesterday as chief of the Tucson Police Department (TPD) meeting staff and speaking with reporters.

The former police chief of Richmond, California is booked with meetings in his early days at TPD, but says he plans to get out and meet his command staff, officers, and the community to learn more about Tucson. Once he learns about the department’s strengths, resources and challenges, Magnus says he will be in a stronger position to set priorities, establish goals, and address needs.

Tucson Electric Power to Host Home Energizer Workshop at Reid Park Zoo

Saturday's workshop (10 a.m.-noon) will help you learn why energy conservation matters, while giving you the tools to save energy in your home. The free event begins with a behind-the-scenes animal visit to learn how our actions affect wildlife around the world. After that, TEP staff will show you free and low-cost energy efficiency measures you can use at home.

All adult workshop participants will receive a free kit containing $50 worth of devices to increase home energy efficiency, including CFL bulbs, a smart power strip, weather stripping, and more from TEP.

UA to Host One of Shakespeare's First Folios

The 1623 First Folio, assembled seven years after William Shakespeare's death, includes 36 of his plays, of which 18 never had been published. This year, the Folger Shakespeare Library is sending a First Folio to every state in the country, and the University of Arizona was chosen through a competitive selection process to be the host site for Arizona.

From Feb. 15 through March 15, you can view the book at the Arizona State Museum and participate in many events celebrating the occasion.

New Interim Director and Deputy Director of PDSD

Nicole Ewing-Gavin, AICP, has been appointed by Michael Ortega, City Manger, to be the Interim Director of PDSD.  Nicole has been with the City for 20 years, serving as Director of the Office of Integrated Planning for the last 2 years.

Lynne Birkinbine has been appointed by Michael Ortega to be the Interim Deputy Director of PDSD.  Lynne has been with the City for 16 years, and also joins PDSD from the Office of Integrated Planning.

PDSD is excited to have them join us through this transitional stage of our organization.

Tucson Hires Water Director

Following a national recruitment and competitive selection process, City Manager Michael Ortega chose Timothy Thomure as the next director of Tucson Water, effective Feb. 15.

Thomure is a water professional with 21 years of experience in the public sector, private industry, and consulting. He comes to the City from HDR Engineering, Inc., where he has worked since 2007 as an area water operations manager and water reuse practice lead.

Public Hearing Tomorrow on Amending Major Streets Plan

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow night will hold a public hearing prior to deciding whether to amend the Major Streets and Routes Plan (MS&R Plan) to include the Baseline Alignment Concept for the Broadway: Euclid to Country Club Improvement Project. The Baseline Alignment Concept unanimously was approved by the Mayor and Council last June.

Commercial Building Expected to Accelerate This Year

Real estate brokers say 2016 should be a busy year for commercial development. That's because deals were reached last year on nearly 1 million square feet of space for stores larger than 10,000 square feet.

The largest building under construction is the 100,000-square-foot Fry’s Food & Drug store on West Valencia Road near Midvale Park Road, according to data from the 2015 year-end Big Box Retail Report.

Price is Right Coming to Tucson in April

The Price Is Right Live™ is an interactive stage show modeled after the TV show The Price is Right. This non-televised version at the Tucson Music Hall offers prizes, including appliances, vacations and a new car. Play classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show, such as Plinko™, Cliffhangers™, The Big Wheel™, and even the Showcase.

Service Changes for MLK Holiday

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and that means all City of Tucson offices will be closed, except for emergency services. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, so all customers will have their collections delayed by one day next week. However, the Los Reales Landfill will be open on Monday.

Sun Tran and Sun Link will operate on a regular weekday schedule on MLK Day.

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