FIRST NEW FIRE STATION TO BE BUILT WITH TUCSON DELIVERS SALES TAX FUNDS
Date: May 6, 2021The City of Tucson and the Tucson Delivers Program broke ground this morning on the new Fire Station 9, 6275 E. Eastland Street. The complete rebuild of the facility will be the first of five new Tucson Fire Department (TFD) stations that will be built with voter-approved Tucson Delivers sales tax funds. In May 2017, Tucson voters approved Proposition 101 (Tucson Delivers), a five-year, half-cent transaction sales tax to fund street improvements (Better Streets) and public safety investments (Safer City). Two separate citizens' commissions (the Bond Oversight Commission and the Public Safety Tax Oversight Commission) provide oversight of Tucson Delivers sales tax collection and expenditures.
Tucson Fire Department
GAP ANALYSIS OF HOUSING MARKET STUDY AVAILABLE
Date: May 6, 2021The Housing Market Study’s third and final phase, the Gap Analysis, is available now for viewing. This phase of the Housing Market Study focuses on understanding gaps in the housing market by looking at existing demographics, household income levels, development trends, emerging household preferences, and economic indicators to understand unmet housing needs. The report is a result of evaluations of the Infill Incentive District in 2018 and 2019. Stakeholders expressed a better understanding of factors affecting the housing market in the downtown area, concerns regarding housing affordability and availability citywide, and direction from Mayor and Council. The Housing Market Study can help inform the development of a comprehensive affordable housing strategy to help meet current and future demand. The study is a partnership between the University of Arizona Eller College of Management’s Economic and Business Research Center, Pima County, and the City of Tucson.
Housing Market Study
ICYMI: BUFFALO SOLDIERS MEMORIAL DEDICATED IN TUCSON
Date: May 6, 2021Ward 5 Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres, the Greater Southern Arizona Area Chapter (GSAAC) of the Buffalo Soldiers, and Tucson Parks and Recreation this week unveiled the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial to honor the contributions of Black Americans in defense of the nation and settling Southern Arizona. The memorial is located at the Quincie Douglas Center, 1575 E. 36th St., in one of the oldest historically Black neighborhoods in Tucson.
Read the news release
Quincie Douglas Center
Tucson Parks and Recreation
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT SATURDAY
Date: May 6, 2021The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) hosts a monthly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event. The next one, May 8, originally was scheduled at the Thomas O. Price Service Center, but the location is moving to the Tucson Rodeo Grounds at 4823 S. 6th Ave. (enter on 3rd Avenue). The time for the free event will still be from 8 a.m. to noon. Bring HHW, electronic waste, glass bottles/jars, and documents for shredding (limit three boxes). See the HHW list linked below for details on what to bring. Please do not bring dried paint, empty containers, or CRT monitors. This event happens the second Saturday of every month in different areas across Tucson. See the schedule for the event closest to you.
HHW program details
HHW accepted materials list
JOB OPPORTUNITY: SENIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT MECHANIC
Date: May 6, 2021The Fleet Services Division of the Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) is looking for highly skilled mechanics to perform preventive maintenance and repairs on heavy duty vehicles, such as front-end loaders, side loaders, rear loaders, and heavy equipment. This senior heavy equipment mechanic position is for second shift, from 1:30-10 p.m., with shift differential pay of $1 per hour for hours worked between 6-10 p.m. The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 9. Read the job description linked below to learn about the minimum qualifications and essential functions of the job.
Read the job description
MAYOR AND COUNCIL PROVIDES DIRECTION ON REID PARK ZOO EXPANSION
Date: May 5, 2021Tucson's Mayor and City Council voted yesterday, May 4, to change direction on Reid Park Zoo's "Pathway to Asia" expansion and move forward with a new design that will expand north and west of the Zoo instead of into the area of Barnum Hill and the south duck pond. The new plan was directed to minimize the impact to green space and maximize the use of hardscape areas. The plan for expansion will also come with a master plan for Gene C. Reid Park. Background information relating to the proposed Zoo expansion can be found by following the links below.
Reid Park Zoo expansion information
Reid Park Zoo
CITY MANAGER PRESENTS BALANCED BUDGET AND MAYOR AND COUNCIL APPROVES PAY PACKAGE
Date: May 5, 2021Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega yesterday, May 4, submitted his Recommended Fiscal Year 2022 Budget to the Mayor and Council. The fiscal year starts on July 1 and runs through June 30, 2022. Mayor and Council will hold a Study Session discussion on June 8. In addition, a public hearing, as required by state law, will be held on that day, prior to final budget adoption on June 22 and adoption of property tax levies. Ortega also submitted a compensation plan, with Mayor and Council approval, that calls for a minimum 2% pay increase for all employees, with more money for employees who fall below market in a recent market analysis survey.
Recommended Fiscal Year 2022 Budget
View Mayor and Council agenda
RESTAURANT REVITALIZATION FUND ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Date: May 5, 2021The Small Business Administration (SBA) says restaurants in Southern Arizona can now apply for relief through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Applicants can apply directly with the SBA using the application portal linked below. The $28.6 billion fund was created by the American Rescue Plan. The program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue losses, up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Funds must be used for allowable expenses by March 11, 2023, and don't need to be repaid if all conditions are met. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.
SBA Restaurant Revitalization Award Portal
CONSTRUCTION PROMPTS BUS STOP CHANGES FOR DOWNTOWN RIDERS
Date: May 5, 2021
Construction on Stone Avenue at the Franklin Street/Toole Avenue intersection is rerouting several Sun Tran buses through July. Many downtown riders are utilizing a bus stop at Alameda Street and Grossetta Avenue due to a temporary closure of the bus stop located near the Pima County Courthouse. To see other bus stop changes in the area, follow the link below.
Sun Tran alerts about bus stop changes
JOB OPPORTUNITY: HOUSING SPECIALIST II
Date: May 5, 2021The City of Tucson's Housing and Community Development (HCD) department is seeking a housing specialist II. This position assists families with access to Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) affordable housing opportunities. This position manages caseloads, determines eligibility, and assists clients, conducts compliance audits, and provides costumer service. Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or equivalent and at least one year of experience in assisted housing, human services, community development programs, property management, or customer service. Applications must be received by Sunday, May 9. Telephone screenings will be take place the week of May 10.
Read the job description
MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETINGS TOMORROW
Date: May 3, 2021Tucson's Mayor and Council will meet tomorrow, May 4, at 1:30 p.m., in Study Session, and will meet again at 5:30 p.m. for its Regular Meeting. Due to COVID-19, the meetings will again be held remotely and online. You can watch the meetings live (and recordings of previous meetings) on the City of Tucson's YouTube channel, and you can also see what's on the agendas (links below).
City of Tucson YouTube page
View Mayor and Council agenda
TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION OPENS ALL RAMADAS FOR RESERVATIONS AND AMUSEMENT EQUIPMENT
Date: May 3, 2021The City of Tucson is reopening all ramadas for reservations, in accordance with Pima County guidelines. Beginning today, May 3, the City is accepting reservations for any size ramada. Groups are limited to 75 people. In addition, reservations will now be able to get amusement equipment permits. New reservations, along with beer and wine permits, can be made by calling (520) 791-4873 or using the online reservation system linked below. Ramadas that are not reserved will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on how to reserve a ramada, follow the links below.
Tucson Parks and Recreation ramada rental and rules information
Reserve a ramada
Tucson Parks and Recreation
HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS
Date: May 3, 2021Is there a pothole you'd like to see filled? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the City of Tucson's Department of Transportation and Mobility, (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to TDOTConcerns@tucsonaz.gov.
Department of Transportation and Mobility
FEMA COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS NOW OPEN
Date: May 3, 2021The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) vaccination clinics are up and running in Pima County. FEMA has two mobile vaccination units (MVUs), administrative staff, and federal vaccinators to Pima County to support its distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to the hardest-hit, hardest-to-reach communities with high risks of COVID-19 exposure and infection. The operations, which include more than 70 personnel from FEMA, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Labor, will run through June 26 at various locations. Staff also will be on-site from the Pima County Health Department and Premier Medical Group. MVUs will operate at two locations for three days before moving to the next site. Locations were selected based on census tract data and the Social Vulnerability Index of the area. The first two sites are open now until May 5 at Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz, and Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Hours are from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and no appointment is necessary. Both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available for walk-up registrants 18 and older on a first-come, first-served basis. To see a list of days, hours, and available vaccines, follow the link below, and read the next story for additional information.
COVID-19 VACCINE SCHEDULING
Date: May 3, 2021COVID-19 vaccines are available to anyone 16 years old and up at Pfizer sites in Tucson and Pima County. Sites with the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are open to those at least 18 years old. The Arizona Department of Health Services has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below). So far, more than 2.95 million people in Arizona, or 41.2% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while almost 2.33 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
Pima County vaccine registration or call (520) 222-0119
State/UA vaccine registration or call (844) 542-8201
Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map
COVID-19 testing locations and hours
Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
City of Tucson COVID-19 website
MAYOR ROMERO ANNOUNCES A $15,000 ARBOR DAY DONATION TO TUCSON MILLION TREES CAMPAIGN
Date: April 30, 2021Mayor Regina Romero has announced a $15,000 dollar donation from Swire Coca-Cola, USA to the Tucson Million Trees campaign. Funding from the local Coca-Cola bottler and distributor will be used to plant 300 trees on a 10,000 square-foot vacant, city-owned parcel in the Barrio Centro neighborhood. This area was identified due to its low tree canopy and heat vulnerability using the City of Tucson’s Tree Equity Score. The project will also include beautification improvements and green stormwater infrastructure features to provide a sustainable source of water for the trees. Neighborhood engagement will be conducted over the summer to collectively develop the project design, with a tree planting tentatively set for early October during the beginning of tree-planting season.
TUCSON WATER EXTENDED WATER OUTAGE THIS SUNDAY FOR SOME NW SIDE CUSTOMERS
Date: April 30, 2021Tucson Water is informing customers living in an area bounded by approximately Orange Grove Road to the north, Camino Padre Isidoro on the east, River Road on the south, and Oracle Road on the west of an extended water outage beginning Sunday, May 2, at 8:00 p.m. through 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 3. Tucson Water will be conducting repairs at the Devine Reservoir that will require a 14-hour water outage affecting water service to more than 1700 customers. Affected customers will be without water service for the duration of the work to replace a central electrical control panel. More than 1700 customers received a notification of the outage by mail this past weekend and were provided a map showing the outage boundaries. Bottled water will be available for customers living in the affected area and will be distributed at Casa Blanca Plaza, located on the northeast corner of Oracle Road and Rudasill Road. Customers picking up water are asked to provide verification of residence in the affected area, such as a copy of a Utility Services Statement, or the Notification Letter that was sent last week. Affected customers are encouraged to fill a bathtub with water to use for flushing toilets and for any other household uses. After water service is restored, affected customers are advised to flush their water line from the outdoor spigot closest to their meter, and at faucets inside their home to help remove air from the distribution lines. Updates will be provided at tucson/az.gov/water – Water Outages and Advisories.
STONE AVENUE AND TOOLE AVENUE/FRANKLIN STREET INTERSECTION CLOSURE BEGINS MONDAY MAY 3, 6 A.M.
Date: April 30, 2021On Monday, May 3, 2021, beginning at about 6 a.m., the intersection of Stone Avenue and Toole Avenue/Franklin Street is scheduled to completely close to motorists to allow work crews to install a large underground storm drain system in and around the intersection. The closure is scheduled to be in place until the end of July 2021. This work is part of the Downtown Links Phase III improvement project from Broadway to Church Avenue. This intersection closure will follow the reopening of Sixth Street from Stone Avenue to Sixth Avenue, which is scheduled to take place by 5 p.m. today Friday, April 30, 2021. Pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained through the Stone Avenue underpass on one side or the other. Cyclists must walk their bike in the underpass. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians should anticipate intermittent lane restrictions throughout the limits of the project in addition to the scheduled intersection work. The 30-month construction project, which began in August 2020, is scheduled for completion in early 2023. For more information on the project, visit downtownlinks.info.
The Downtown Links project is part of the RTA plan and is managed by the City of Tucson. For more information, visit www.RTAmobility.com
Stone Avenue Closure Map
EL PUEBLO CENTER COVID-19 VACCINE SITE OFFERS NEW EVENING HOURS
Date: April 30, 2021The City of Tucson has changed the hours of the El Pueblo Recreation Center vaccine distribution site at 101 W. Irvington Road, Bldg. 9. Vaccines are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evening from 4 – 8 p.m. for those 18 years old and up. Participants do not need to register in advance and Spanish speaking staff is always available. The City and Pima County Health Department encourage everyone to get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are a safe and effective way to end the pandemic. Learn more at pima.gov/covid19vaccine.
CITY MANAGER RELEASES RECOMMENDATION FOR GENE C. REID PARK AND REID PARK ZOO EXPANSION
Date: April 28, 2021Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega forwarded his recommendation for the proposed Reid Park Zoo "Pathways to Asia" expansion to the Mayor and Council for discussion and direction at the May 4, 2021, Study Session Meeting. The City Manager's recommendation includes relocating the Zoo expansion from its originally proposed site to a section of the park northwest of the Zoo. The recommendation aligns with survey results from the more than 14,000 respondents on eight proposed actions in relation to the Zoo expansion. The proposal from the City Manager also cites a new, comprehensive Reid Park Master Plan that includes any necessary updates to the 2018 Reid Park Zoo Master plan as a subset to the overall Reid Park Master Plan. The recommendation to Mayor and Council, survey results, and other background information relating to the proposed Zoo expansion can be found at the website below.
Reid Park and Reid Park Zoo Community Conversation Website