City Delays Budget Adoption to Allow for More Community Input

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday, June 9, delayed its timetable for adoption of the budget for the next fiscal year to allow more time for the community to provide input.

Changes to how the council holds meetings due to the pandemic have made obtaining public input challenging. The body also wants to add funding for an equity analysis, Climate Action Plan, eight social workers, and a Housing First coordinator.

Mayor and Council to Revisit an Ordinance Dealing with Police and the Public

The Mayor and Tucson City Council is accepting comments on an ordinance it passed on April 21 that prohibits a person from knowingly obstructing or hindering police from their official duties, but does not prohibit recording police in public.

The council will review the ordinance on June 23, saying it needs more community input. Comments can be submitted here.

Essential Parks Employees: Behind the Masks

During this nationwide pandemic, many employees have been given the term "essential." At times like these, parks have been deemed an essential service and important for people's mental and physical well-being.

In the video below, take a look behind the masks of the vital Tucson Parks and Recreation maintenance employees whom you will likely never see, but they are at the park every morning, cleaning bathrooms, picking up trash, trimming trees, removing graffiti, or addressing a minor repairs.

Final Downtown Gift Card Round Goes Live Friday Morning

The ninth and final Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) Gift Card Incentive Program starts at 9 a.m. Friday, June 12. Sponsors of this “Community Round,” which will make 800 gift cards available, include the Downtown Development Corporation, Tucson Industrial Development Authority, Larry Hecker, and Scott Parks.

Under the program, people buy a gift card worth $35 for only $25. That $10 bonus incentive is made possible through sponsor(s) support.

School Districts Providing Free Summer Meals for Kids

Local school districts and community organizations are providing free breakfasts and lunches for children Monday-Friday throughout the Tucson area as part of the federal summer meal program. Most locations are distributing free meals to all children ages 18 and under.

There are no income requirements, and children do not need to be enrolled in the district or school. The Arizona Department of Education has a mapping tool to find the closest school meal site to you.

Baby Elephant Update

Penzi, the baby elephant at Reid Park Zoo, has mastered an important new skill. She’s using her trunk to bring water to her mouth to drink. While elephant calves get almost all of their water and nutrients from nursing, these additional fluids are important for staying hydrated in these hot summer months.