The Redistricting Advisory Committee is encouraging community participation in the ward redistricting process. A public hearing will be held in Council Chambers (255 W. Alameda St.) tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. to gather comments. The preliminary redistricting plan will be on display at the hearing.
Tucson's homeless population this week will be able to get help with clothing, health screenings, haircuts, drug and alcohol counseling, rabies shots for their dogs, as well as help finding shelter or housing. Tucson Homeless Connect will hold an assistance event this Friday, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 400 E. University Blvd.
Paving work began early this morning on the east side of Silverbell Road, north of Burlwood Way. Crews will work 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the work is completed. There will be intermittent delays at side streets along the east side of Silverbell as paving operations move north. The work is scheduled to be finished by this Friday. View the list of detours.
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is starting a new program called Safe Place, where members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community can go if they've been the victim of a hate crime or fear they might become one. TPD is looking for businesses to sign up and agree to let people stay inside until police arrive. The department is working with the group Tucson Pride, launching the program this weekend during the group’s annual gay pride events.
The downtown neighborhoods in the 85705 ZIP code, north of downtown along Interstate 10 up to the Flowing Wells area, are seeing prices rise faster than anywhere else in the Tucson area. Some of those home prices have increased by more than 20 percent since the recession, according to an Arizona Daily Star survey of real estate agents and others.
The City of Tucson recently was awarded the "Process, Progress & Leadership in Worksite Health Promotion" award from the Wellness Council of Arizona. The recognition requires strong documentation of outcome-based activities, including increased participation, improved health metrics, reduced risk factors, and return on investment related to decreasing the rising costs of health care. The City partners with CIGNA Healthcare in providing health services to its employees.
Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, general injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma among older adults. Falls can take a serious toll on quality of life and independence, which is why the first week of fall is Fall Prevention Awareness Week.
The Tucson Fire Department says one of the easiest ways to prevent falls is to make sure you're wearing properly-sized shoes that can prevent slips and trips.