City Relocates Some Neighborhood Recycling Centers (Video)

The City of Tucson Environmental and General Services Department recently relocated and closed several Neighborhood Recycling Centers throughout the city.

The decision to close the centers was the result of an evaluation process concluded in April. Increased illegal dumping caused blight conditions at certain locations, and a reduced amount of recyclable materials at some of the sites outweighed the intended benefits of the recycling program.

Tucson's Food Scene Will Be Highlighted at UNESCO Conference in Paris

Tucson's distinctive cuisine will be featured tomorrow at the 2017 UNESCO Creative Cities Network's annual conference in Paris.

Chef Janos Wilder will be at the conference to prepare a variety of dishes showcasing the ancient ingredients of our region. He'll also prepare a sampling of traditional and modern dishes and a cocktail typical of Tucson.

During the event, a slideshow of Tucson's food history will be shown to the 200 attendees from around the world.

Tucson was designated by UNESCO as a World City of Gastronomy in December 2015.

Final Week for Parks and Rec Summer Track and Field and Reid Park Runs

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department is hosting its final summer track and field and running races for June. The track and field event will be held tonight at Catalina High School, 3645 E. Pima St.

The last Reid Park Run will take place Thursday at Reid Park, Ramada 31 (Camino Campestre/Bossard Place). Registration begins at 5:45 p.m., with races starting at 6:30 p.m. Ribbons will be given to the top finishers at each event.

New Tucson Fire Department Insurance Rating Could Lower Insurance Rates

The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) recently received an Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 1 rating, making it one of the best fire departments in the country, which could mean lower insurance rates for city residents. The purpose of an ISO public protection survey is to gather information to determine a Public Protection Classification (PPC), which insurers use for underwriting and to calculate premiums for fire insurance. The new rating signifies an upgrade from the previous ISO Class 2 rating.

20th Annual El Día de San Juan Tomorow

The annual tradition of celebrating the beginning of monsoon rain is tomorrow, 5-10 p.m., behind Mercado San Agustin, west of Interstate 10, at the southwest corner of West Congress Street and Avenida del Convento. Local tradition hails St. John the Baptist as the one who brings the rain, kicking off the monsoon in Tucson.

The free El Día de San Juan Fiesta will feature a procession, live music and dance, food, arts and crafts, games, and activities for children. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m.

City Selects Provider and Operator for Bike Share Program

The City of Tucson recently signed a contract with Shift Transit to operate the public bike share system scheduled to launch this fall. Bike share is a transit solution that gives subscribers 24/7 access to a network of bicycles through automated, self-service kiosks located throughout the community.

The bike share equipment and technology will be provided by PBSC Urban Solutions, which has deployed more than 50,000 bikes in numerous cities, including Chicago, Toronto, Detroit, and Honolulu.

New Online Job Application System Requires Action from Applicants

Effective next Tuesday, June 27,the City of Tucson Human Resources department will implement a new and improved online job application employment system. All applicants will be required to re-register and create a new online profile.

You are encouraged to log into before June 26 to retrieve or make a digital copy of your application profile information for use on future recruitments.