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Mayor and Council Votes on Firearms Policy and Rainwater Harvesting

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday voted to ban sales of high-capacity guns at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). As part of an expansion of existing gun sale policies, weapons capable of firing 10 or more rounds no longer can be sold at the TCC. Gun control advocates, including former Congressman Ron Barber and several other victims of the Jan. 8, 2011 mass shootings in Tucson, were in the audience as the council discussed the measure.

Fort Lowell and Alvernon Intersection Improvement Progressing

Milling will begin tonight at the intersection of Fort Lowell Road and Alvernon Way. The work tonight and tomorrow night will run from 9 p.m.-6 a.m. and will continue with paving this Saturday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is working on the project as part of the $100 million, five-year Road Recovery street bond program. One lane of travel in each direction will be maintained during the work, which is scheduled to be finished by Friday, July 15.

Summer Safari Nights Program Concluding at Reid Park Zoo

Enjoy Reid Park Zoo and cooler evening temperatures at a themed night featuring different zookeeper chats, animal encounters, live music, family friendly activities, special dining options, and gift shop discounts.

The final event of this summer runs tomorrow, 6-8 p.m. The theme will be Staying Cool at the Zoo (otter, rhino, tiger, tortoise, ferret and giraffe).

Public Hearing for Reinvestment Tools Scheduled for Tonight

Mayor and Tucson City Council have set aside a time to hear from the public before considering adoption of amendments to the Unified Development Code. The two amendments are reinvestment tools that would be implemented downtown and build on the success that similar tools have yielded in the downtown area. Recommended by the city's Office of Economic Initiatives, the reinvestment tools include an expanded use of the Planned Area Development (PAD) rezoning tool and an administrative process for the Major Streets and Routes setback relief. The Regular Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

Park Tucson Sets New Hours for Downtown's Library Garage

The parking garage below the Joel D. Valdez Main library now has new hours on Thursday and Friday nights. The garage will stay open until 9 p.m. to match the closing time the rest of the work week. Park Tucson hopes to improve service by providing simpler and more consistent hours at the facility. The schedule change also gives people using the garage the opportunity to enjoy downtown Tucson after work hours.

Local Music Icons Announce Partnership

Nonprofit, local radio station KXCI 91.3 FM announced that beginning this fall, it will air auxiliary broadcasts from the Hotel Congress. The unique space will allow hotel visitor and downtown pedestrians to view DJs in action through windows facing Congress Street and into the interior of the hotel. With proximity to Club Congress, the station will expand live, on-air performances of local and touring bands.

City Can Help with Your Neighborhood Cleanup

If you and your neighbors would like to clean up your neighborhood, Tucson's Environmental Services department (ES) can help. ES will provide roll-off dumpsters and haul away debris at no charge. To participate in this program, your association or group must be an ES customer, have 10 or more people helping, or be part of an incorporated homeowners association. Please provide two weeks notice in your request. For more information and a link to the request form, visit the ES website.

Councilmember Richard Fimbres 4th of July Safety Message

TUCSON – Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres wants everyone to have safe time over the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend.


As you all know, we will all be at various events this weekend celebrating our nation’s birthday.


It is important during these times, to be mindful of the heat, careful using fireworks and please don’t drink and drive.  If you choose to drink, please designate a driver, call a cab, use Uber or Lyft with city first drive discount.


Lane Closure - Broadway Boulevard - Sixth Avenue to Fifth Avenue

On Tuesday, July 5, 2016, between 10:30 p.m. and 9 a.m., the left lane of Broadway Boulevard from Sixth Avenue to Fifth Avenue will be closed.  This closure is the same as the daily lane closure that occurs between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.  The lane closure is necessary to accommodate a concrete pour for the new AC Marriot Hotel in Downtown Tucson being constructed on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway Boulevard.

Stone Avenue - Drachman Street to First Street

On Tuesday, July 5, 2016, crews from KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will begin work on Speedway Boulevard at Stone Avenue as part of the Stone Avenue, Drachman Street to First Street Roadway Improvement Project.  Crews will be saw cutting concrete across Speedway Boulevard during the hours of 5 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. During this work, travel lane restrictions will be in place.

Alvernon Way and Ft. Lowell Road Intersection Improvements


On Tuesday and Wednesday, July 5 and 6, 2016, crews from Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin lowering manhole covers and water valve covers in the intersection of Alvernon Way and Ft. Lowell Road in preparation of an upcoming intersection improvement project. Crews will work 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.


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