The Mayor and Tucson City Council recently voted to eliminate paper transfers on Sun Tran buses and incorporate an unrestricted two-hour transfer period in any direction on the SunGO Card and SunGO ID & Card. Effective Sept. 1, the change is meant to simplify the transfer policy, reduce costs, and provide an added benefit to passengers.
The Huffington Post is recognizing the Tucson Unified School District's (TUSD) Steps to Success program that encouraged nearly 400 students who dropped out of school to re-enroll in classes. The online news site recently published an article discussing how the program was implemented, and it tracked the success of one of the students.
If you haven't returned your mail-in ballot for the Aug. 30 primary election in Arizona, you have until Thursday to return it in enough time for it to arrive by Tuesday's election day. More than 261,000 ballots were sent to voters on the Permanent Early Voting List, and the Pima County Recorder's Office reports about 70,000 voters already filled them out and sent them back.
The City of Tucson's Environmental Services department is seeking to fill multiple equipment operator positions that primarily are responsible for the collection of refuse and recycling materials using City trucks operated by hydraulic systems. Ideal candidates will have solid waste collecting experience and the skills to operate front loaders, automated side loaders, roll-offs, rear loaders, skid steers, and other collection and hauling equipment. The application deadline is Sept. 5.
Saturday was Nandi's 2nd birthday, and Reid Park Zoo threw a birthday bash for Tucson's famous African elephant calf. Tucson 12 was at the celebration and recorded a video montage (below) of the morning's party activities.
The Tucson Department of Transportation continues to install LED lighting around Tucson to reduce energy consumption and limit light pollution. You can track the installation progress through a map that is updated each afternoon. Approximately 18,400 street lights owned by the City of Tucson will receive LED lights with dimming capabilities.
Today is the first day of fall classes at the University of Arizona, and ridership on the Sun Link streetcar will be much heavier than it was over the summer. There are many fare options available for students to ride the streetcar. Cash is not accepted on the car, but you can use it at machines at the stops to buy a $4 one-day pass.
If you have the Summer in the City discount card, you have until the end of August to use it. The savings began in June. The $5 card entitles the holder to discounts at 140 food, lifestyle, and entertainment establishments in Tucson.
On Saturday, August 20, 2016, Stone Avenue from Broadway south to Cushing Street will be closed to travel to accommodate the anticipated crowds attending the funeral service and celebration of life for Tucson Fire Department Capt. Martin Green. Stone Avenue is scheduled to be closed from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Side street closures at Stone Avenue will include Jackson Street, Ochoa Street and McCormick Street.
If you want to request an early ballot to vote in Arizona's Aug. 30 primary election, you only have until 5 o'clock today to do so. Democrats and Republicans on the Permanent Early Voting List automatically get the primary ballot mailed to their homes, but Independents and Party-Not-Designated voters will need to contact the Pima County Recorder’s Office at 724-4330 and ask for a ballot for one of the political parties. You can also make the request online.
The Presidio Museum will host the celebration of Tucson’s 241st birthday tonight. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the event begins at 6 p.m. The celebration is presented by the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission and the Presidio Museum, and is sponsored by Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment.
The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson is the interpretive center on the site of Tucson’s original adobe-walled presidio.
Now that Tucson is an official UNESCO City of Gastronomy, national and international stories about our city's food scene continue to appear. USA Today has a story today called "Chasing the Sources in Tucson's Budding Food Scene." In the article, the reporter visits a number of restaurants downtown and beyond, first focusing on the search for a good lunch along Congress Street.
The Mayor and Council adopted a Unified Development Code (UDC) text amendment regarding two reinvestment tools, (1) the Major Streets and Routes Setback Relief and (2) Removing the 40-acre Minimum from the Planned Area Development (PAD), on July 6, 2016. The Ordinance No. 11386 became effective on August 6, 2016 and is available from the City Clerk.
For more information regarding these reinvestment tools contact Daniel Bursuck at Daniel.Bursuck@tucsonaz.gov.
Three years of conservation efforts around the Southwest prevented a water shortage in Lake Mead for at least another year. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation just announced projections for the Colorado River reservoir’s Jan. 1 water level, saying it rises above the elevation at which downstream users must restrict their water diversions.
Tucson Water Director Tim Thomure previously said Tucson is prepared to absorb any future water shortages.