City Council Votes to Raise Bus Fares for the First Time in Five Years

Following more than 20 open houses, the Mayor and Tucson City Council last night voted unanimously to raise bus fares starting in January. The Council considered four options, settling on a plan to raise the full cash fare from $1.50 to $1.75. All other passes and fares also will increase. The changes are expected to increase Sun Tran revenues about $1.5 million over the next couple of years.

Meet Police Chief Magnus Next Week

Tucson City Council Member Karin Uhlich and The Oracle Project (TOPS) will host a meet and greet with Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus at the Westside Police Service Center from 6 -7 p.m. on Sept. 22. Ward 3 residents are encouraged to take the opportunity to meet Magnus and learn more about his initiatives for the department, specifically regarding community policing and patrol service in neighborhoods.

Experience Shakespeare in the Park

The El Rio Theatre Project presents its 10th annual Shakespeare in the Park, featuring William Shakespeare's “Romeo & Juliet” at the Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheatre, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket, and the whole family for an evening of theater in the park.

The next performances are tomorrow through Sunday at 7 p.m. each night. The shows are free, but a $5 donation is suggested.

Shred-It Event This Weekend

Tucson City Council Member Karin Uhlich and Pima County Constable Bennett Bernal are hosting a Shred-It service this Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, at Sacred Heart Church, 601 E. Ft. Lowell Road. Individuals may bring two boxes of documents to be shredded securely on-site at no cost. A $5 donation is suggested to Lend-A-Hand Senior Assistance for each additional box.

Mayor and Council to Vote on Memorial Encouraging New Monument

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will vote on a memorial calling for President Barack Obama to exercise his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to create a Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument. The proposed area designated for national monument status would encompass 1.7 million acres of public land that surrounds Grand Canyon National Park, providing protection to preserve the national park's values.

Tucson Water Wins Pair of Environmental Awards

Tucson Water recently received two first-place Crescordia awards at the Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards. The utility was recognized for its Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) project in the Energy and Technology Innovation category and its Conservation and Education Programs in the Environmental Stewardship category. AOP operates in conjunction with the nearby Tucson International Airport Area Groundwater Remediation Project (TARP) to produce up to 8 million gallons of purified water a day.