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  • COVID-19 THURSDAY UPDATE
    Date: Oct. 29, 2020 
    As of today, Oct. 29, Arizona now has 242,480 positive coronavirus cases, with 1,315 new cases reported today (up from 1,044 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 28,067 cases are in Pima County (up 128 from yesterday). There have been 5,905 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (14 reported today), and 638 of those occurred in Pima County (2 reported today). Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and more. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • CITY SEEKS COMMISSION MEMBERS TO REVIEW AND RECOMMEND SALARIES FOR MAYOR AND COUNCIL
    Date: Oct. 29, 2020 
    The City of Tucson is accepting applications for the Citizens Commission on Public Service and Compensation, a panel that reviews and recommends appropriate salaries for the Mayor and Tucson City Council. This is a two-month appointment. Seven commission members are appointed by the City Manager and are selected from among Tucson’s diverse economic, environmental, racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. Commission members must be registered voters living within Tucson city limits. They cannot be employees of the City of Tucson, nor a parent, sibling, spouse, child, or dependent relative of an officer or employee of the City. The seven members must be appointed and in office by Jan. 15, 2021. They will meet and provide a recommendation to the City Clerk’s Office by March 15, 2021. The Commission’s salary adjustment recommendations may be placed on the November 2021 election ballot. Please follow the link below for further details and instructions on how to submit a nomination by Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m.
    Read the news release
  • NEW ON-DEMAND SERVICE FOR DOOR-TO-DOOR RIDES
    Date: Oct. 29, 2020 
    Sun On Demand is a new transit service, launching on Sunday, Nov. 8, that provides door-to-door rides for passengers when they need it. Transit users can travel directly to any destination within one of the designated service zones, or connect to Sun Tran bus routes, for a more flexible and convenient way to get to school, work, or shopping. Riders can start making reservations on Nov. 1 by calling Sun Van Reservations at (520) 798-1000. Transit fares remain free through the end of 2020. Face masks are required on all transit vehicles. Sun On Demand will operate Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Sun On Demand 
    Read the news release
  • JOB OPPORTUNITY: PARKS AND RECREATION PROJECT MANAGER
    Date: Oct. 29, 2020 
    The Tucson Parks and Recreation department is hiring an experienced project manager with demonstrated success in leading multiple complex construction projects. The position manages projects and coordinates experts from different fields for the duration of each project. The successful candidate will prepare forecasts of needed funds, assist in developing and implementing project budgets, and monitor expenditures of Proposition 407. The $225 million, voter-approved bond package of 2018 is dedicated to improving City of Tucson parks and amenities, including playgrounds, sports fields, pools, splash pads, and recreation centers. It also improves City of Tucson connections, such as pedestrian pathways, bicycle pathways, and pedestrian and bicycle safety. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, at least three years of experience in managing projects, coordinating with experts from different fields, and possessing a valid and unrestricted Class D Driver License. Applications must be received by Nov. 8.
    Read the job description
    Tucson Delivers: Parks + Connections
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • REMINDER: VIRTUAL TOWN HALLS FOR P-CHIP
    Date: Oct. 29, 2020 
    - The first of two virtual public meetings for the People, Communities, and Homes Investment Plan (P-CHIP) will take place tonight, Oct. 29, beginning at 6 p.m., and the second will be held tomorrow, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. These meetings will provide an overview of the P-CHIP plan, why it is important, and will feature a demonstration of the survey/participatory budget tool. Visit the recently launched P-CHIP website to learn more about the plan, see the timeline, and learn how you can get involved. P-CHIP creates a framework for investing in Tucson's most vulnerable populations. This plan will direct funding for homeless services, housing stability, neighborhood enhancements, and more. The plan is built on past community plans, current data, and broad public outreach. The P-CHIP identifies priorities eligible for support from Tucson's federal and local human services funds, administered by the City of Tucson’s Housing and Community Development Department.
    View upcoming virtual town halls
    Take the P-CHIP survey in English 
    Take the P-CHIP survey in Spanish
    P-CHIP website
    Watch a video about P-CHIP in English
    Watch a video about P-CHIP in Spanish
  • WEBINAR NEXT WEEK FOR ‘NAVIGATING THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19 FOR SMALL BUSINESSES’
    Date: Oct. 29, 2020 
    The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) is inviting local businesses to join a free webinar on Monday, Nov. 2, from 3-4 p.m., to get the latest information on help for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from local arts organizations about how they are dealing with this pandemic, and learn about programs for supporting arts and live entertainment venues. 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
  • PARKS AND RECREATION OPENS SOME POOLS FOR ADULT SWIM ONLY
    Date: Oct. 28, 2020 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation today, Oct. 28, opened five pools for adult lap swim only. This is in addition to the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center which opened last month for lap swim. Pools are operating at reduced capacity and are limited to one lap swimmer per lane. Those interested in visiting a pool for lap swim may walk-in or call for availability. For a list of pools that are open, please visit the Parks and Recreation website linked below. Every person in the City of Tucson over the age of 5 is required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public setting where continuous physical distancing is difficult or impossible. Masks are not required while swimming.
    Read the news release
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • COVID-19 WEDNESDAY UPDATE
    Date: Oct. 28, 2020 
    As of today, Oct. 28, Arizona now has 241,165 positive coronavirus cases, with 1,044 new cases reported today (down from 1,157 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 27,962 cases are in Pima County (up 128 from yesterday). There have been 5,905 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (14 reported today), and 636 of those occurred in Pima County (0 reported today). Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and more. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • WARD 3 NEIGHBORHOOD WEBINAR SERIES: SUCCESSFULLY CONNECTING NEIGHBORS
    Date: Oct. 28, 2020 
    The Ward 3 Tucson City Council Office is hosting nine webinar sessions designed to help neighborhoods build capacity and functionality in a world where the game has changed due to COVID-19. Anybody interested is welcome to participate, even if they don't live in Ward 3. The first session will be held tomorrow, Oct. 29, at 5:30 p.m. In this session, you'll learn what is planned for the nine webinars, and you'll be able to share your suggestions on possible adjustments based on your neighborhood’s current needs. The second session will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. The focus of that webinar will be a tutorial and information session on hosting digital meetings. More webinars will be held in December, January, and February. To register for the webinars, visit the links below. For more information, contact the Ward 3 office at (520) 791-4711, or email Matt.Kopec@tucsonz.gov.
    Register for Oct. 29 webinar 
    Register for Nov. 12 webinar
    Ward 3 Office
  • CITY TO BREAK GROUND ON THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS MEMORIAL
    Date: Oct. 28, 2020 
    Ward 5 Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres, the Greater Southern Arizona Area Chapter (GSAAC) of the Buffalo Soldiers, and Tucson Parks and Recreation will break ground on a memorial honoring the contributions of Black Americans when settling in Southern Arizona. The event will take place tomorrow, Oct. 29, at 9 a.m., at Quincie Douglas Center, 1575 E. 36th St. The memorial is funded through donations to the GSAAC of the Buffalo Soldiers and funds from Tucson Delivers Parks + Connections, a 2018 voter-approved bond program. The neighborhood surrounding the Quincie Douglas Center, where the memorial will be located, is one of the oldest historically Black neighborhoods in Tucson. Currently, there are no monuments or museums in Tucson representative of contributions Black soldiers made in settling Southern Arizona and the West.
    Read the news release
    GSAAC Buffalo Soldiers
    Tucson Delivers: Parks + Connections
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • REID PARK ZOO WELCOMES A COUPLE OF NEW RESIDENTS
    Date: Oct. 28, 2020 
    Reid Park Zoo’s giraffe herd has grown by two. Reticulated giraffes, Penelope and Sota, come from Como Zoo in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Penelope recently celebrated her second birthday on Oct. 2 and is 11-feet-4-inches tall. Sota (named for his home state of Minnesota) had his first birthday on Sept. 10 and is currently 10-feet-4-inches tall. The Zoo’s other two giraffes, Jasiri and Denver, are slowly being introduced to their new companions. Introducing new animals is a slow process. The new additions need to be comfortable in the habitat prior to meeting Denver first and then Jasiri in that same habitat. The four can observe one another in the barn from a distance, but it will be several weeks before all four giraffes are visible at the Zoo on habitat all day.
    Read the news release
    Reid Park Zoo
  • COVID-19 MONDAY UPDATE
    Date: Oct. 26, 2020 
    As of today, Oct. 26, Arizona now has 238,964 positive coronavirus cases, with 801 new cases reported today (down from 1,392 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 27,575 cases are in Pima County (up 91 from yesterday). There have been 5,875 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (1 reported today), and 636 of those occurred in Pima County (0 reported today). Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and more. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • WEBSITE LAUNCH AND UPCOMING VIRTUAL TOWN HALLS FOR P-CHIP
    Date: Oct. 26, 2020 
    The People, Communities, and Homes Investment Plan (P-CHIP) creates a framework for investing in Tucson's most vulnerable populations. This plan will direct funding for homeless services, housing stability, neighborhood enhancements, and more. The plan is built on past community plans, current data, and broad public outreach. The P-CHIP identifies priorities eligible for support from Tucson's federal and local human services funds, which are administered by the City of Tucson’s Housing and Community Development Department. Visit the recently launched P-CHIP website (link below) to learn more about the plan, see the timeline, and find out how you can get involved. The upcoming virtual public meetings will take place Thursday, Oct. 29, beginning at 6 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. These meetings will provide an overview of the P-CHIP plan, why it is important, and will feature a demonstration of the survey/participatory budget tool.
    Visit the P-CHIP website
    Sign up for P-CHIP updates
    View upcoming virtual town halls
  • FREE WEBINARS ABOUT CITY OF TUCSON'S LEAD PROGRAM
    Date: Oct. 26, 2020 
    It's National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2020. Learn how you can receive free home repairs and blood tests for lead to protect your family from the dangers of lead through the City of Tucson's free Lead Paint Hazard Control Program. Today, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m., Lorena Verdugo from El Rio Health will speak about the lead blood test and how it works. This Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m., Ray Quihuis from the City of Tucson will talk about program eligibility, work that can be done to protect you and your family, and the project timeline. Each webinar is about 30 minutes. You can register at the links below.
    Today's 3 p.m. registration (Spanish)
    Wednesday's 3.p.m registration (English)
    Webinar list
    Webinars as Facebook events
  • CITY’S BUSINESS SERVICES DEPARTMENT RECEIVES NATIONAL PROCUREMENT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
    Date: Oct. 26, 2020 
    The City of Tucson’s Business Services Department has received the distinguished Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) award for the 25th consecutive year, one of only five agencies nationwide to do so. The AEP award is from the National Procurement Institute, in partnership with 11 professional sponsor organizations. It measures innovation, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes in public procurement. The award is dedicated to establishing and maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, education, certification, development, leadership, and ethics.
    Read the news release
    Business Services Department
  • GET YOUR FLU SHOT SOON (VIDEO)
    Date: Oct. 26, 2020 
    Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, City Council Member Richard Fimbres, and City Manager Michael Ortega gathered last week at the Theresa Lee Public Health Center to get their flu shots. The seasonal flu, combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, could lead to a “twindemic,” and City leaders are recommending residents schedule their free flu shots. Watch the video linked below to see how easy it is.
    Watch the video
  • RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR NINE MONTHS OF BACK RENT AVAILABLE FOR EVICTION PREVENTION
    Date: Oct. 22, 2020 
    Pima County CARES Act funding is still available for up to 400 more Pima County households negatively affected by COVID-19 and currently behind on their rent. Community Investment Corporation (CIC), a Tucson-based nonprofit, is administering $3.625 million of eviction prevention money provided by Pima County. Funding for the program is set to expire on Nov. 30. Both tenant and landlord/property owner must complete an application and submit the required documentation. The program allows landlords, property owners, or tenants to initiate the application process online at the link below or by calling (831) 292-4308. The link also includes a list of program requirements.
    Apply online
    CIC
  • COVID-19 THURSDAY UPDATE
    Date: Oct. 22, 2020 
    As of today, Oct. 22, Arizona now has 234,906 positive coronavirus cases, with 994 new cases reported today (up from 975 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 27,208 cases are in Pima County (up 80 from yesterday). There have been 5,859 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (5 reported today), and 635 of those occurred in Pima County (0 reported today). Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and more. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • OUT-OF-STATE REMOTE WORKERS BEING RECRUITED TO TUCSON
    Date: Oct. 22, 2020 
    Remote Tucson, launched by Startup Tucson, is an effort to lure remote workers to Southern Arizona, offering a respite from big cities to our affordable, creative, and thriving community. In turn, our economy and younger demographic will see a positive gain. Remote workers who commit to the program will receive benefits, perks, and moving assistance. With a pilot program of 10 people, Remote Tucson will target workers who live in cities with direct flights or are within driving distance to Tucson.
    Startup Tucson/Remote Tucson
    ConnectTucson
  • SIGN UP FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION CLASSES
    Date: Oct. 22, 2020 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation is offering more leisure classes outdoors this fall. Classes will be held at Gene C. Reid Park, Morris K. Udall Park, and Purple Heart Park. Some adult classes include Tai Chi, Total Body Conditioning, and Line Dancing. Some youth classes include Sports for Tots, Kinder Music, and Drawing and Water Color Painting. Registration is underway now. Classes and descriptions can be found at the registration link below.
    EZEEreg.com registration
    Tucson Parks and Recreation