PAG Launches Public Involvement Survey

Pima Association of Governments (PAG) is soliciting public opinion as part of an update to its Public Involvement Policy Survey. The online survey is available through June 2.

PAG wants to get feedback about how it best serves the community, meets stakeholders where they are, and reaches beyond to pull in groups and individuals who traditionally may not be part of the public involvement process.

Midvale Park Spring Festival Tomorrow

The Midvale Park Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with residents, local law enforcement, and business partners, will host the Spring Festival tomorrow, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Grijalva Park, 5775 South Oaktree Drive.

The event will focus on residents preparing their homes and yards for spring and summer, as well as being a great opportunity to meet neighbors and local businesses. There will be ideas for home improvements and gardening, jumping castles for the kids, food, and more. 

Ban on Hand-Held Devices in Moving Vehicles to Begin Next Week (Video)

Starting Monday, it will be against the law to use a hand-held device while driving. The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted in March to approve the ban.

Violation of the new ordinance will be considered a secondary offense, meaning you must be pulled over for another reason before police can cite you.

Texting while driving already is banned in the city, but the new rules expand that ban to phone calls and the use of other hand-held mobile communication and electronic devices.

Recycling Surcharge Decreases

City of Tucson Environmental Services customers will receive a credit of 45 cents on their April Utility Services bill. The credit reflects a 15-cent reduction in the Recycling Surcharge for January, February, and March.

As of Jan. 1, 2017, the surcharge was reduced to 30 cents. A surcharge of 45 cents was implemented in July 2016. As recycling revenues hit increments of $250,000, the surcharge is reduced by 15 cents. As of Jan. 1, recycling revenues have exceeded projections.

Awards Ceremony to Spotlight Historic Preservation

Individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to historic preservation in Tucson and Pima County will be recognized at the annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony hosted by the Tucson‒Pima County Historical Commission (T-PCHC). The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave.

Public Comment Encouraged for Review of City Magistrate

The City of Tucson Magistrates Merit Selection Commission currently is reviewing an application for the reappointment of City Magistrate Geraldine S. Hale.

Public participation is encouraged from those who have had direct experience with Hale's courtroom.

All comments should be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017. Send comments to City Magistrates Merit Selection Commission, City Clerk's Office, P.O. Box 27210, Tucson, AZ 85726-7210. Public comments should include the basis for expressed opinions.

Help Tucson Get a Grip on Graffiti

The swift abatement of graffiti discourages future vandalism, so when you see graffiti, please report it immediately. Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android.

You also can report graffiti by emailing or calling (520) 792-2489 and choosing option 1.