Ban on Hand-Held Devices in Moving Vehicles to Begin in May

The Mayor and Tucson City Council this week voted 5-2 to approve a ban on hand-held devices while driving a vehicle. Council Members Richard Fimbres and Steve Kozachik were the dissenting votes.

Violation of the new ordinance, which goes into effect May 1, will be considered a secondary offense, meaning you must be pulled over for another reason before police can cite you.

Mining Company to Locate Downtown

An international mining technology firm announced yesterday that it is expanding its presence in Tucson and relocating downtown. Hexagon Mining, currently on East Fort Lowell Road, says it has chosen soon-to-be-built City Park for its new North American headquarters, employing people in executive management, engineering, research and development, human resources, marketing, and administrative support.

Meet Reid Park Zoo's General Curator

She's been at Reid Park Zoo since January 2009, but Sue Tygielski became general curator of the Zoo last November.

She grew up in Chicago and moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona, eventually earning her Ph.D. Tygielski started her career doing field work by researching birds in the desert and tropics.

She later worked as the elephant manager at Reid Park Zoo before becoming the general curator. "Dr. Sue" encourages kids to follow their dreams and not be intimidated by them.

Parking Administrator Gains International Designation

The parking administrator for the City of Tucson’s Department of Transportation, Park Tucson division, has earned the Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) designation from the International Parking Institute (IPI). Donovan Durband is the only City of Tucson employee to hold that designation, and he's one of the few parking professionals in Southern Arizona to have earned it.

City Council to Consider Ban on Hand-Held Devices in Moving Vehicles

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight is scheduled to vote on a proposed ban of hand-held devices while driving a vehicle. If approved, the violation would 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 measure under consideration would expand that ban to phone calls and the use of other hand-held mobile communication and electronic devices.

Tucson Food Scene and Resorts Get More Exposure

The Los Angeles Times is calling Tucson an "outpost with a culinary heart and an artsy soul." The newspaper discusses Tucson's resorts and the culinary scene that is "on a rocket-like trajectory" since being named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2015.

Other items mentioned in the article include the Sun Link streetcar, El Tour de Tucson, and various restaurants and attractions.

Read the L.A. Times article.

Roadway Improvements Begin on Stretch of Valencia Road

Work is underway on the reconstruction project of Valencia Road, from 12th Avenue east to Campbell Avenue.

Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will work daytime and nighttime hours on weekdays, with occasional weekend work, through April 14. Day work will consist of milling (removing asphalt), while paving will be done at night. Work will commence after that to adjust manhole and water valve covers.

Get New Water Service by Visiting Public Works Building

Tucson Water’s New Development/New Services Division is now staffing a counter at the City’s Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD).

Every Wednesday and Friday, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., contractors, developers, and engineers can get information on new services and fees, meter and service requests, plan submittals and modifications, and more.

Reminder: Deadline Approaching to Apply for a Job at KIDCO

Tucson Parks and Recreation is recruiting recreation workers to help with summer KIDCO programs for children. The deadline to apply is tomorrow.

A recreation worker provides service to the patrons of the City's Parks and Recreation facilities. The seasonal position assists in planning activities for children ages 5 to 12, prepares facilities for scheduled functions, and supervises youth activity participants.