The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night approved a tentative budget of a little more than $1.426 billion. The spending plan submitted by City Manager Michael Ortega is structurally balanced and does not include any increases in fees or tax rates. Final adoption of the budget is set for June 6.
The office vacancy rate in Tucson is at a seven-year low, according to Picor Connect, which analyzes trends in commercial real estate. Absorption of 31,000 square feet so far this year brought the vacancy rate to 10.6 percent.
As the weather heats up in Tucson, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is reminding low-income residents that help is available for emergency home repairs, including fixing a swamp cooler. The help comes from Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona (CHRPA), which uses mostly volunteers.
To learn more, contact CHRPA at (520) 745-2055.
Starting June 1, you can load your SunGO card with $20 and instantly get $25 value on your card. The $5 bonus is available at ticket vending machines, all SunGO sales outlets, online, and by phone at (520) 792-9222.
The Cinema La Placita summer movie series hosts classic movies in an outdoor setting every Thursday night at 7:30, May through August. Hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the pleasant summer evenings with a different movie each week for $3 per person (includes popcorn).
Thursday's movie is Some Like it Hot (1959), starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis.
This year, the movies are shown in the plaza at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.
In an effort to keep streets safe, the Mayor and Tucson City Council recently passed an ordinance giving Tucson Police Department (TPD) officers the power to impound the vehicle of anyone cited or arrested for street racing. TPD recently produced videos in English and Spanish that show the dangers of street racing and the new penalties associated with the dangerous practice.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will consider amending the City Code to prohibit the sale of synthetic cannabinoids ("Spice" and other names) and related products. The drugs are known to cause death, hallucinations, agitation, psychosis, aggression, suicidal tendencies, and more.
Underground electrical conduit work began today at the Columbus Boulevard and Pima Street intersection and at the Dodge Boulevard and Pima Street intersection. The work is scheduled to be finished by Friday, June 16.
Crews will be working weekdays from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. During that time, travel lane restrictions will be in place.
The crews, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), are beginning roadway improvements on Pima Street from Country Club Road to Columbus Boulevard. The reconstruction work is scheduled to begin in the middle of June.
The biggest running event in Tucson happens Saturday night. The 11th annual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5K Night Run/Walk begins at 7 o'clock in front of Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave. The race, the first leg of the popular Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, has raised more than $150,000 for local charities.
Prior to Saturday's race, there will be the Friday Night Festival of Miles. That event features a series of 1-mile events for men, women, and children of all ages.
With 100-degree temperatures in the Tucson weather forecast for at least the next couple of days, animals at Reid Park Zoo enjoy a break from the heat just like we do.
In an edition of Tucson 12's Zoo News from last year, go behind the scenes to see how zoo staff keeps the animals cool in our heat.