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  • PIMA COUNTY ISSUES VOLUNTARY CURFEW
    Date: Nov. 24, 2020 
    Pima County yesterday, Nov. 23, issued a public health advisory, requesting all individuals countywide to observe a voluntary curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily, through Dec. 31, due to the substantial community spread of COVID-19. The curfew request comes a day after the Health Department reported the highest single day total of new COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic. The guidance is not aimed at the homeless or those who need to leave for work, emergencies, or to obtain food, medical care, medicine, or supplies for themselves or others.
    Read the news release
  • COVID-19 TUESDAY UPDATE
    Date: Nov. 24, 2020 
    As of today, Nov. 24, Arizona now has 306,868 positive coronavirus cases, with 4,544 new cases reported today (up from 2,659 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 36,986 cases are in Pima County (up 327 from yesterday). There have been 6,515 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (51 reported today), and 679 of those occurred in Pima County (5 reported today). Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and more. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • MAYOR URGES YOU TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A HEALTHY HOLIDAY (VIDEO)
    Date: Nov. 24, 2020 
    This holiday season, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero urges the community to avoid gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. She would like everyone's focus to be on our health and the health of our loved ones. You can watch her video message at the link below.
    Watch the video
  • TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR
    Date: Nov. 24, 2020 
    Following a national recruitment and competitive selection process, Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega has selected Lara Hamwey to be the next director of the City of Tucson’s Parks and Recreation department, effective Jan. 10, 2021. Hamwey has 16 years of work experience in parks and recreation, which includes program development, public relations, budgeting, capital improvements, human resources, certification, and process improvement. Hamwey comes to Tucson from the City of Miami Parks & Recreation department in Florida, where she has worked as the director since 2019. She was deputy director for five years before that.
    Read the news release 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • P-CHIP PUBLIC INPUT TOOLS EXTENDED
    Date: Nov. 24, 2020 
    The online public input tools for the People, Communities, and Homes Investment Plan (P-CHIP) have been extended until Sunday, Nov. 29, to receive further community feedback. The P-CHIP allows the public to provide input on priorities and how to allocate funding for investing in Tucson's most-vulnerable populations. This information will then be one of the determining factors to direct funding for homeless services, housing stability, neighborhood enhancements, and more. Start off with the Priorities Survey to give feedback on what you think are the most important issues for the P-CHIP to address. Once finished, move to the Budget Tool to show how you would invest in the priorities outlined in Part 1.
    Get involved with the P-CHIP public input tools 
    Visit the P-CHIP website
    Sign up for P-CHIP updates
  • COVID-19 MONDAY UPDATE
    Date: Nov. 23, 2020 
     - As of today, Nov. 23, Arizona now has 302,324 positive coronavirus cases, with 2,659 new cases reported today (down from 4,331 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 36,659 cases are in Pima County (up 544 from yesterday). There have been 6,464 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (0 reported today), and 674 of those occurred in Pima County (0 reported today). Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and more. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • TUCSON CITY COUNCIL APPROVES NEW GLASS REUSE PLAN
    Date: Nov. 23, 2020 
    The Mayor and Tucson City Council last week voted to remove glass from the residential and commercial blue barrel recycling program and start a new Glass Reuse Program. Starting Feb. 1, 2021, glass no longer will be accepted in the blue bin. Instead, it will be collected at drop-off sites citywide. By removing glass from the curbside collection, the Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) will reduce processing costs at the Materials Recovery Facility, implement a communitywide glass collection program that keeps glass for reuse locally, and reduce our environmental footprint. The reuse of glass locally provides the City with more program control and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program will support the City's adopted Climate Action Plan that was approved by Mayor and Council. Information will be mailed to all EGSD customers in January, and drop-off sites will be opening in February. Glass dropped off should be empty, clean, dry, and have the lids and caps removed. There is no need to remove the labels.
    Glass Reuse Plan (PDF) 
    EGSD
  • TUCSON CITY COURT THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY CLOSURE
    Date: Nov. 23, 2020 
    Tucson City Court, including the City Prosecutor’s Office and City Public Defender’s Office, will be closed to the public on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, and on Friday, Nov. 27. Although offices are closed, victims may leave a message at (520) 791-5483. Tucson City Court has designated the fourth Friday after the fourth Thursday of November (the Friday after Thanksgiving) as a non-juridical day.
    Read the news release
    Tucson City Court
  • SUN TRAN ADDS NEW BUSES FOR CLEANER AIR
    Date: Nov. 23, 2020 
    Sun Tran recently introduced 15 environmentally friendly buses into its fixed-route service. The new buses utilize Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), which produces lower emissions than standard-fueled vehicles to help improve the community’s air quality. In addition, Sun Van added 21 new Ford E-Series Cutaway vans into its paratransit fleet. The vans feature a longer wheelbase for better wheelchair maneuverability inside the vehicle and replace aging vehicles to improve overall safety and reliability to paratransit passengers.
    Read the Sun Tran news release (PDF)
    Sun Tran
  • SANTA'S CALLING TUCSON CHILDREN AGAIN THIS YEAR
    Date: Nov. 23, 2020 
    Santa and his elves would like to add some sparkle to a child’s holiday season through the "Santa's Calling" program, courtesy of Tucson Parks and Recreation. The special child(ren) in your life, between ages of 4 and 8, will have an opportunity to speak with Santa and listen to his elves hard at work. All calls will be attempted on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 8-9. If the North Pole receives too many requests for two nights, Thursday, Dec. 10, will also be used. In order to receive a call, you'll need to fill out a form and mail it (900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ 85716), or you can email SantasCalling2020@tucsonaz.gov The request must be received by Monday, Dec. 7.
    Read the announcement 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • COVID-19 THURSDAY UPDATE SHOWS LARGE SPIKE IN CASES
    Date: Nov. 19, 2020 
    As of today, Nov. 19, Arizona now has 287,225 positive coronavirus cases, with 4,123 new cases reported today (up from 3,206 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 34,423 cases are in Pima County (up 601 from yesterday). There have been 6,384 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (19 reported today), and 674 of those occurred in Pima County (0 reported today). Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and more. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES STRENGTHENS MASK REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOLS
    Date: Nov. 19, 2020 
    To protect the health of our school communities, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has issued an emergency measure requiring district and charter schools to immediately mandate that masks be worn on school campuses, on school buses, and during school-associated activities by all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors. As part of this guidance, schools must implement COVID-19 mitigation strategies, based on the school benchmarks, to keep students and staff safe on campuses. These mitigation strategies include mask-wearing, physical distancing, increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols, limiting the size of groups, and increased hand-washing.
    Read the declaration of emergency measure (PDF)
  • FOUR ARIZONA MAYORS TO HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE TOMORROW AS COVID-19 CASES SURGE
    Date: Nov. 19, 2020 
    Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans, and Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar will hold a virtual news conference tomorrow, Nov. 20, at 8:30 a.m. to discuss the rise of COVID-19 cases in Arizona. The news conference will be livestreamed on Mayor Romero's Facebook page linked below.
    Mayor Romero's Facebook page
  • GRANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR THE ARTS COMMUNITY
    Date: Nov. 19, 2020 
    Grants for artists, entertainment venues, and stages are now available through the City of Tucson's federal CARES Act funding (We Are One|Somos Uno Resiliency Fund) and the Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona (AFTSA). The Tucson Cares for Artists program is accepting applications through Nov. 30 for its second round of funding, and applications close Dec. 1 for Tucson Cares for Entertainment Venues & Stages. The purpose of the Arts and Culture COVID-19 Assistance Grants is to provide emergency help to arts workers affected by the pandemic. The grant money offers short-term emergency disaster relief to help prevent evictions and homelessness, assists with rent or mortgage payments, and provides subsidies for utility payments to preserve essential services and other needs arising from COVID-19.
    Read more about the grants from AFTSA
  • TPD JOINS FACEBOOK PROGRAM TO HIGHLIGHT THE WORK OF A LOCAL NONPROFIT THAT EMPOWERS YOUTH
    Date: Nov. 19, 2020 
    The Tucson Police Department (TPD) recently teamed up with Returning the Favor (a Facebook Watch program) to honor the local nonprofit I Am You 360 and its founder, Desiree Cook. The Returning the Favor program stars Mike Rowe. He and his team go nationwide, seeking out ordinary people doing extraordinary things for their community. I Am You 360 empowers vulnerable, homeless, and aged-out foster care youth. TPD has a long-standing partnership with the nonprofit, working together to break down barriers between youth and police and build trust and bridges of understanding through partnerships in the nonprofit’s many programs, including hygiene kit distribution and TPD officer facilitator training of I Am You 360 Youth Empowerment curriculum. This Returning the Favor episode is an example of the meaningful and powerful relationships that can be built when law enforcement and the community come together in the spirit of collaboration.
    Watch the full episode on Facebook Watch
    Watch the highlight video on TPD Facebook page 
    I Am You 360
  • COVID-19 WEDNESDAY UPDATE
    Date: Nov. 18, 2020 
    As of today, Nov. 18, Arizona now has 283,102 positive coronavirus cases, with 3,206 new cases reported today (up from 2,984 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 33,822 cases are in Pima County (up 378 from yesterday). There have been 6,365 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (53 reported today), and 674 of those occurred in Pima County (4 reported today). Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and more. The site is updated as information evolves.
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • GET INVOLVED WITH THE P-CHIP PUBLIC INPUT TOOLS
    Date: Nov. 18, 2020 
    The online public input tools for the People, Communities, and Homes Investment Plan (P-CHIP) allows the public to provide input on priorities and how to allocate funding for investing in Tucson's most-vulnerable populations. This information will then be one of the determining factors to direct funding for homeless services, housing stability, neighborhood enhancements, and more. Start off with the Priorities Survey to give feedback on what you think are the most important issues for the P-CHIP to address. Once finished, move to the Budget Tool to show how you would invest in the priorities outlined in Part 1. The public input tools will be open until Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.
    Get involved with the P-CHIP public input tools 
    Visit the P-CHIP website
    Sign up for P-CHIP updates
  • 2020 POVERTY AND URBAN STRESS REPORT AVAILABLE
    Date: Nov. 18, 2020 
    The City of Tucson’s Housing and Community Development department and the office of Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres just released the 2020 Poverty and Urban Stress Report. The report tracks key socioeconomic indicators over time, using data from the American Community Survey (ACS) to help understand the context of poverty in Tucson. In addition to a written report, the 2020 update features a complementary interactive data hub. The hub’s maps and graphics display how indicators like income, education, age, and crime relate to poverty across Tucson and what areas are experiencing the most economic stress.
    View the interactive data hub 
    Download the report (PDF) 
    Read the news release
  • BRUSH & BULKY 2021 SCHEDULES NOW AVAILABLE
    Date: Nov. 18, 2020 
    The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) is sending a direct mail piece with Brush & Bulky (B&B) 2021 information, including a map, schedule, and sticker with your specific dates to put on your refrigerator. City of Tucson residents receive B&B collection twice a year. This is your opportunity to clean your yard, garage, or storage shed and get rid of any debris. EGSD encourages residents to download the free Recycle Coach app to get notifications about when trash, recycling, and B&B will be collected.
    B&B information
    Recycle Coach
  • MAJOR TRAFFIC SWITCH SCHEDULED FOR WESTBOUND I-10 NEAR RUTHRAUFF ROAD
    Date: Nov. 18, 2020 
    Motorists who use westbound Interstate 10 near Ruthrauff Road in Tucson should expect a major traffic switch overnight on Friday, Nov. 20. By the morning of Saturday, Nov. 21, westbound I-10 traffic will be adjacent to recently-moved eastbound traffic. The westbound exit to westbound frontage road businesses and Sunset Road will be moved southeast of Ruthrauff until a new temporary ramp is constructed north of Ruthrauff. Eastbound I-10 will not be affected during this traffic shift. More information about the project to reconstruct the interchange of I-10 and Ruthrauff Road is available at the link below.
    I-10/Ruthrauff Road Traffic Interchange information