This month marks the 12th annual National Preparedness Month from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As part of the month, Tucson officials are urging you to be prepared for an emergency, such as a multi-day power outage or an interruption in utilities. Be Prepared Tucson advises all residents to create a 72-hour emergency kit. Each member of your family, including pets, should have a kit.
The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff members from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly, along with 21 business incentives, streamlined permit processes, and more.
The Planning Commission tomorrow will consider whether to send a draft text amendment recommendation to Mayor and Council relating to urban agriculture. The City of Tucson has been working with the community to develop a proposal which would, among other things, allow people to grow their own food and raise food-producing animals, such as chickens, miniature goats, ducks, geese, and turkeys.
The Tucson Community Center Historic District downtown was listed in the National Register of Historic Places last week. The district consists of the landscape surrounding the TCC Arena, Music Hall and Leo Rich Theater; the walkway between the hotel and La Placita Village; and Veinte de Agosto Park. The Convention Center and arena are in the southern end of the district.
The district was designed in stages by Modernist landscape architect Garrett Eckbo (1910-2000) in 1971, 1973, and 1974.
The Sun Link streetcar recently won the President’s Award at the Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards. The ceremony was held in Phoenix last Saturday. Judges selected Sun Link for top honors because the project is vital to improving the look and feel of Downtown Tucson, providing a boost to the community’s infrastructure. The streetcar also won top honors in the Healthy Communities Multimodal Transportation & Connectivity category.
The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) and Tucson Police Department (TPD) will hold a brief joint drill tomorrow, in which the Rescue Task Force (RTF) will simulate rescuing victims after an intentional mass casualty event, such as a mass shooting or bombings. The RTF is a set of teams made up of firefighters and police officers deployed to provide emergency medical care to victims where there is an ongoing ballistic or explosive threat.
With the Downtown Tucson eGift Card, you can share a taste of what Tucson has to offer. The gift card is valid at more than 70 participating businesses in the downtown area and can be loaded on a smartphone. Gift card recipients can buy a SunGo 1-Day Ticket to ride the Sun Link streetcar to spend their gift.
The City of Tucson is working on a beautification project along Campbell Avenue between Grant and Fort Lowell roads. The project seeks to modernize the area and make it prettier and more friendly to pedestrians. The budget for the work is $670,000, which comes from a federal grant and the Regional Transportation Authority.
The City of Tucson has finalized a contract with BRINK Media to oversee the creation of the Community Media Center. Under the new contract, BRINK Media, in conjunction with KXCI Community Radio and WaveLab Sudios, will broadcast Cox Channels 12 and 20, produce live broadcast meetings of the Mayor and Tucson City Council, provide workforce development training, and enhance marketing services for the City’s Office of Economic Initiatives.
Living Streets Alliance is again partnering with the City of Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program and the Pima Association of Governments to give away bike lights to people without them. Not only do bike lights improve visibility for both cyclists and others on the street – it's the law that bicyclists have them. The Light the Night event starts tomorrow at 6 p.m.