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  • APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR P-CHIP'S CALL FOR PROJECTS
    Date: Jan. 27, 2021 
    The People, Communities, and Homes Investment Plan (P-CHIP) creates a framework for investing in Tucson's "Infrastructure of Opportunity," and it's now open for project applications. Adopted by the City of Tucson Mayor and Council on Jan. 20, this plan guides funding allocations for homeless services, housing stability, neighborhood enhancements, and more. This Call for Projects covers the “People” funding sources listed in the P-CHIP plan: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Services, General Fund Dollars, Emergency Solutions Grant, and Housing for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). It is also the process by which the City of Tucson accepts, reviews, and recommends applications for funding for fiscal year 2021-2022. Applications are now open, and a Technical Assistance Session for prospective applicants is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2. Final funding allocations will be determined by Mayor and Council.
    P-CHIP Call for Projects 
    Apply for funding 
    Register for an upcoming Technical Assistance Session (via Zoom) 
    Read the plan
  • COVID-19 WEDNESDAY UPDATE AND POP-UP TESTING
    Date: Jan. 27, 2021 
    As of today, Jan. 27, Arizona now has 738,561 positive coronavirus cases, with 5,918 new cases reported today (up from 4,748 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 98,743 cases are in Pima County (up 709 from yesterday). There have been 12,643 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (195 reported today), and 1,680 of those occurred in Pima County (31 reported today). Meanwhile, the City's pop-up testing locations are available on a walk-up basis only. No appointment is necessary. The free saliva tests are administered by Rescue Me Wellness, and results are available in 3-5 days. For a full list of times and locations, follow the testing link below.
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • THE LOFT CINEMA SELECTED AS A 'SATELLITE SCREEN' FOR THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
    Date: Jan. 27, 2021 
    The Loft Cinema in Tucson has been selected as a "Satellite Screen" by the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival, and it will be airing a collection of new Festival titles. In addition to screening new films, The Loft Cinema will present its original “Beyond Film” virtual discussions to complement select titles, including a virtual panel discussion called “The Impact and Legacy of Rita Moreno.” Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, who will be participating in the discussion, said, "It is an honor to have such a renowned film festival like Sundance select one of Tucson's most beloved local venues as a satellite site. Congratulations to The Loft Cinema for this prestigious recognition."
    Read the Sundance Film Festival announcement
    From the Tucson Weekly
    More information from The Loft Cinema
  • SENIOR OLYMPIC FESTIVAL STAY ACTIVE INCENTIVE
    Date: Jan. 27, 2021 
    While the Tucson Parks and Recreation department canceled the 2021 Senior Olympic Festival, it still encourages all seniors (ages 50 years or older) to stay active and healthy during these uncertain times. Send in a recent photo or short video clip (10 seconds maximum) of you staying active, and you will receive a free gift bag. You will be notified by email with location, dates, and times for a contactless, drive-thru pick-up. Each participant also will be entered into drawings for additional prizes. Email your photo or video clip to SeniorOlympics@tucsonaz.gov. Follow the link below for more details, and complete a short survey to help choose the theme for the 2022 Senior Olympic Festival.
    Senior Olympic Festival
  • PRIDE GROWS AT TUCSON'S ZOO
    Date: Jan. 27, 2021 
    Reid Park Zoo recently added to its pride of African lions with its newest resident, Tony. The 5-year-old male lion came from the San Antonio Zoo and is acclimating to his new home. Learn more about him by following the video link below.
    Watch the video
  • WINTER WEATHER PROMPTS WARNING FROM TUCSON WATER
    Date: Jan. 25, 2021 
    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect tonight, Jan. 25, for parts of Southeast Arizona. The advisory begins at 8 o'clock and lasts through 5 p.m. tomorrow. Snow is expected, with total accumulations from 1 to 3 inches. A dusting of snow is possible down to 2,500 feet, which includes the Tucson area. Be sure to protect yourself and your pipes, pets, and plants. Because of expected temperatures around or below the freezing mark for the next couple of overnights, the risk increases for exposed pipes and plumbing to freeze. Tucson Water's website offers tips to help prevent pipes, plumbing, irrigation systems, and backflow prevention assemblies from freezing. There is also information about what to do if something has frozen. The website and the English and Spanish videos linked below have preparations you can take to avoid broken water lines in your home or business. The page also has links to current weather conditions and forecasts.
    Protect Your Plumbing (video)
    Proteja sus Tuberias
    Winter prep tips
    National Weather Service forecast for Tucson
  • COVID-19 MONDAY UPDATE AND POP-UP TESTING
    Date: Jan. 25, 2021 
    As of today, Jan. 25, Arizona now has 727,895 positive coronavirus cases, with 5,321 new cases reported today (down from 7,217 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 97,474 cases are in Pima County (up 736 from yesterday). There have been 12,239 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (1 reported today), and 1,611 of those occurred in Pima County (0 reported today). Meanwhile, the City's pop-up testing locations are available on a walk-up basis only. No appointment is necessary. The City of Tucson and Pima County remind you to always wear a mask in public and avoid socializing with anyone outside of your household during the pandemic.
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours 
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • PARKS + CONNECTIONS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMISSION MEETING TODAY
    Date: Jan. 25, 2021 
    The monthly Parks + Connections Bond Oversight Commission (PCBOC) meeting will be held virtually today, Jan. 25, at 5:30 p.m. Follow the link below to join the Zoom meeting or call (669) 900-6833. The PCBOC monitors the progress of the projects funded by the 2018 Bond Program, ensures the purposes for which the program was approved are carried out, and makes sure the proceeds from the bond program are accounted for separately. For an overview of bond projects, visit the Tucson Delivers website linked below.
    Zoom meeting link 
    View the agenda
    Tucson Delivers 
  • REMOTE VIDEO INSPECTIONS AVAILABLE
    Date: Jan. 25, 2021 
    The City of Tucson's Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) offers inspection services via Skype or FaceTime. PDSD can perform many inspections remotely. Save time by scheduling an inspection through your smartphone. This service can save you time on most activities or if your regular inspection did not pass and there are simple corrections needed. Speak with your inspector for details about how to get a second inspection after corrections have been made.
    More information about the Remote Video Inspection Program
    Watch a video about remote inspections
  • TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT PART OF NATIONWIDE COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION PILOT PROGRAM
    Date: Jan. 25, 2021 
    The Tucson Fire Department has been selected by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to participate in the second phase of a pilot program to build a digital community risk assessment (CRA) tool. The Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development enables community leaders to gain valuable insights and make data-informed decisions around fire prevention and other risk-reduction activities in their communities. TFD will have free access to a dashboard that includes maps, charts, and graphs that illustrate each community’s risks and hazards across a variety of categories. The dashboard also provides a snapshot of local capacity for risk reduction activities with information about public safety response agencies and community service organizations.
    Tucson Fire Department Facebook page
    Tucson Fire Department website
  • FINAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS FOR THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
    Date: Jan. 21, 2021 
    Tucson's Mayor and Council and the Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) are hosting two more virtual meetings to engage the community in co-creating a shared vision for the future of the Central Business District (CBD). Arizona statute ARS § 42-6209(c) grants the City of Tucson authority to abate property tax for up to eight years if a property is located within a designated CBD and meets other specific criteria that would improve the property for economic development purposes. The 90-minute meetings will inform the Mayor and Council about the future of the CBD boundaries and requirements for the Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET). The final meetings are tomorrow, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m., hosted by Ward 4,  and Saturday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m., hosted by the Mayor's Office. Follow the link below to register for these sessions, and watch recordings of earlier meetings.
    Register for CBD sessions
    ConnectTucson
  • COVID-19 THURSDAY UPDATE AND POP-UP TESTING
    Date: Jan. 21, 2021 
    As of today, Jan. 21, Arizona now has 699,942 positive coronavirus cases, with 9,398 new cases reported today (up from 4,845 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 93,839 cases are in Pima County (up 1,320 from yesterday). There have been 11,772 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (244 reported today), and 1,531 of those occurred in Pima County (36 reported today). Meanwhile, the City's pop-up testing locations are available on a walk-up basis only. No appointment is necessary. The free, saliva tests are administered by Rescue Me Wellness, and results are available in 3-5 days. For a full list of times and locations, follow the testing link below.
    COVID-19 testing
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • CARES ACT FUNDS HELP TUCSON COMMUNITY DURING PANDEMIC
    Date: Jan. 21, 2021 
    The Tucson Mayor and Council took swift action last year to distribute the $95.6 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to shore up City services and assist struggling Tucsonans through the We Are One I Somos Uno program. In an effort to create transparency, the City has created an easy-to-use website to illustrate how funding was distributed. This information includes a breakdown of how $51.6 million was allocated to directly support the community, including aid for small businesses, families, entertainment venues, and much more. The information on the site is updated regularly as additional information becomes available and new federal funding is received. You can track the spending by following the link below.
    CARES Act spending
  • EGSD HOSTS FINAL VIRTUAL TOWN HALL REGARDING GLASS
    Date: Jan. 21, 2021 
    Starting Feb. 1, glass no longer will be accepted in Tucson's blue bin recycling program, but it will be collected at drop-off sites across the city. Tucson's Mayor and Council voted last November to remove glass from the blue barrel program and start a local glass reuse program. The City's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) has been hosting virtual town hall events for residents to learn more about the new program and why the glass decision was made. The final town hall for the public is tonight, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m. Registration information can be found by following the link below.
    Register for the virtual town hall
    EGSD glass reuse plan
  • NEW WEBINAR SERIES FOR 2021: CONNECTING FOR SUCCESS
    Date: Jan. 21, 2021 
    The City of Tucson Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) webinar series, "Connecting for Success," will be held monthly, featuring a guest speaker/presentation/Q&A. The new series starts on Monday, Jan. 25, at 3 p.m. In the first edition, hear legislative and economic updates and forecasts for 2021. The webinar is free, and all are welcome to attend. The presentation will be recorded and posted on the ConnectTucson website the following day. Previous webinars are available to watch on demand.
    Register for webinar
    ConnectTucson
  • MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETINGS TODAY
    Date: Jan. 20, 2021 
    Tucson's Mayor and Council is meeting today, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m., in Study Session, and the body will meet again at 5:30 p.m. 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 linked below, and you can also see what's on the agendas.
    City of Tucson YouTube page
    View Mayor and Council agenda
  • COVID-19 WEDNESDAY UPDATE AND POP-UP TESTING
    Date: Jan. 20, 2021 
    As of today, Jan. 20, Arizona now has 690,544 positive coronavirus cases, with 4,845 new cases reported today (down from 6,746 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 92,519 cases are in Pima County (up 779 from yesterday). There have been 11,528 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (262 reported today), and 1,495 of those occurred in Pima County (73 reported today). Meanwhile, the City's pop-up testing locations are available on a walk-up basis only. No appointment is necessary. The free, saliva tests are administered by Rescue Me Wellness, and results are available in 3-5 days. For a full list of times and locations, follow the testing link below.
    COVID-19 testing
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • CITY OF TUCSON AWARDED FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION GRANT
    Date: Jan. 20, 2021 
    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) $600,000 to develop operational solutions that address challenges faced by public transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are from the FTA’s Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program and were awarded to 37 projects nationwide. DTM, working in partnership with Sun Tran, will use the funds to upgrade fare payment systems to allow riders to use mobile and other touchless fare payment options. The grant money also will be used to install automated wheelchair securing systems on buses to allow riders to secure themselves, reducing contact with operators and improving mobility, confidence, and independence.
    Read the DTM news release
    Read the FTA news release
  • 2021 FOURTH AVENUE SPRING STREET FAIR CANCELED
    Date: Jan. 20, 2021 
    Organizers of the Fourth Avenue Street Fair say the 2021 spring edition will not happen this year due to the coronavirus. As of now, the North Fourth Avenue Merchants Association says the 2021 Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair is scheduled for Dec. 10-12.
    North Fourth Avenue Merchants Association
  • REMINDER: FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED ON TRANSIT
    Date: Jan. 20, 2021 
    All passengers are required to use a face covering, mask, or face shield while riding in public transit vehicles and at transit centers. Passengers can wear non-medical masks, cloths, bandannas, and scarves. Sun Tran, Sun Link, Sun Van, and Sun Shuttle have the right to refuse a ride to passengers not wearing a mask. Sun Tran has a limited supply of masks at the Ronstadt and Laos Transit Center information booths (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.), while supplies last. Passengers who are 5 years old and under are exempt from the mask mandate. Sun Tran and Sun Van operators also are required to wear a mask or shield at all times.
    Sun Tran
    Sun Link
    City of Tucson face coverings FAQ