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  • PIMA COUNTY HOSTS FREE COVID-19 TESTING CENTER
    Date: July 13, 2020 
    The Pima County Health Department and Paradigm Laboratories began free COVID-19 testing today, July 13, at the Kino Event Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way. Testing is by appointment only. To register for a test, you can visit the link below. You can also call (800) 369-3584 to schedule an appointment. No walk-in tests will be conducted. People seeking a test do not need a doctor’s order. Free testing will be available from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Saturday until further notice. The program is funded by the County’s federal CARES Act grant.
    Register for a test
    Read the news release.
  • COVID-19 UPDATE
    Date: July 13, 2020 
    As of today, July 13, Arizona now has 123,824 positive coronavirus cases, with 1,357 new cases reported today. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 11,856 cases are in Pima County. There have been 2,245 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 327 of those occurred in Pima County. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information evolves.
    COVID-19 website
  • REMINDER: TUCSON CITY COURT RESTRICTS IN-PERSON APPEARANCES
    Date: July 13, 2020 
    After extensive consultation with justice system partners and local and state authorities, Tucson City Court is instituting some operational changes to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Starting today, July 13, the court is limiting in-person appearances at the City Court building until at least Aug. 9. All courtrooms will be closed, except for people seeking injunctions, orders of protection, those appearing for related hearings, and in-custody video hearings. Other than the parties themselves, attendance is limited to counsel, court staff, law enforcement, victims, witnesses, probation officers, interpreters, and ADA assistants. Family and friends are excluded at this time. All in-person hearings will be rescheduled, and notices will be sent to the parties. Rescheduling hearings will take time. If you have not received notice of a rescheduled hearing by the end of July, please call (520) 791-4216. All remote appearance hearings, telephonic and video, remain on the calendar as scheduled. Customer service hours for the walk-up window facing Alameda Street will be extended until 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
    Read the news release
    Tucson City Court
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES REMINDS RESIDENTS OF BRUSH & BULKY RULES (VIDEO)
    Date: July 13, 2020 
    The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) collects brush and bulky items throughout the City of Tucson. Residents who have alley service for trash and recycling, also use the alley for the City's Brush and Bulky program collections. EGSD reminds these residents to put their piles of brush and other items out at least 5 feet away from any gas meters, water meters, or any other fixed objects. Crews pick up materials with heavy equipment and when a meter is hidden, it can get knocked out along with the items and cause property damage. Each homeowner is responsible to cut back any overgrown bushes, trees, and grass from the alley. Remember, tires need to be separated out from the rest of the pile and nothing (including branches) can be longer than 5 feet.
    What is allowed and what isn't allowed in the program 
    Find your brush and bulky dates.
    Watch the video.
  • ANNUAL WATER QUALITY REPORTS FOR 2019 NOW POSTED
    Date: July 13, 2020 
    -Tucson Water’s 2019 Annual Water Quality Reports for its main and its nine isolated systems are available online. The reports provide information on drinking water within the utility’s 37 water service areas in and around the Tucson metropolitan area. Tucson Water performs more than 14,500 water quality tests per year, and results from monitoring conducted in 2019 met all standards for safe drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency requires that all drinking water suppliers provide water quality reports to their customers on an annual basis. For questions or comments, call (520) 791-2544 or email CustomerSupportUnit@tucsonaz.gov.
    2019 Annual Water Quality report
    Tucson Water
  • ARIZONA MAYORS URGE GOV. DUCEY TO TAKE MORE STEPS TO STEM COVID-19 SPREAD
    Date: July 10, 2020 
    Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and other mayors from across the state sent a letter yesterday, July 9, to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, asking him to do more to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. They requested the governor to mandate statewide mask use in public settings; increase testing, contact tracing, and isolation for positive cases; and encourage Arizonans to stay at home as much as possible. At a briefing later in the day, Ducey did encourage people to stay at home (while not mandating it), urged the use of face masks (while not mandating it statewide), and promised increased testing. He also issued an executive order limiting indoor dining to less than 50 percent of fire code capacity. In a separate letter to Ducey, Ward 6 Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik once again asked the governor to rescind the prohibition preventing local mayors and city councils from adopting their own regulations related to public and private facilities. Ducey did not do that yesterday.
    From Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star
    Read the letter from the mayors 
    Read the letter from Council Member Kozachik
  • COVID-19 UPDATE
    Date: July 10, 2020 
    As of today, July 10, Arizona now has 116,892 positive coronavirus cases, with 4,221 new cases reported today. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 11,172 cases are in Pima County. There have been 2,082 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 313 of those occurred in Pima County. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information evolves.
    COVID-19 website
  • TUCSON CITY COURT RESTRICTS IN-PERSON APPEARANCES
    Date: July 10, 2020 
    After extensive consultation with justice system partners and local and state authorities, Tucson City Court is instituting some operational changes to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Starting Monday, July 13, the court is limiting in-person appearances at the City Court building until at least Aug. 9. All courtrooms will be closed, except for people seeking injunctions, orders of protection, those appearing for related hearings, and in-custody video hearings. Other than the parties themselves, attendance is limited to counsel, court staff, law enforcement, victims, witnesses, probation officers, interpreters, and ADA assistants. Family and friends are excluded at this time. All in-person hearings will be rescheduled, and notices will be sent to the parties. Rescheduling hearings will take time. If you have not received a notice of rescheduled hearing by the end of July, please call (520) 791-4216. All remote appearance hearings, telephonic and video, remain on the calendar as scheduled. Customer service hours for the walk-up window facing Alameda Street will be extended until 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
    Tucson City Court
  • SERI TO HOST ANOTHER ONLINE RAINWATER HARVESTING REBATE WORKSHOP
    Date: July 10, 2020 
    The Sonora Environmental Research Institute (SERI) will host a live, virtual workshop covering Tucson Water's Rainwater Harvesting Rebate and the Low-Income Rainwater Harvesting Grant and Loan Program. The workshop is Wednesday, July 15, at 10 a.m. The session is in Spanish and is limited to 25 participants. It will last for approximately three hours. Subjects covered include rebate requirements, system installation, and more. Please register in advance at the link below. For more information, contact seri@seriaz.org.
    Register
    Tucson Water Rainwater Harvesting Rebate
    SERI
  • CITY RECRUITING PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS ADMINISTRATOR
    Date: July 10, 2020 
    The City of Tucson's Public Safety Communications Department is hiring a public safety communications administrator who exercises direct and functional management and supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical staff. Among other duties, the position also coordinates the organization, staffing, and operational activities of the Communications Department, including the radio dispatch system, telephone report system, and the telephone/radio call recording system. A bachelor's degree is required, along with five years of supervisory experience. Four of those years must be in a centralized public safety dispatching or public safety experience-related functional area. The deadline to apply is July 14.
    Read the job description.
    Public Safety Communications Department
  • ARIZONA IS A WORLD LEADER FOR COVID-19 CASES
    Date: July 9, 2020 
    There were nearly 27,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona during the most recent seven-day period available, according to a data analysis by Capitol Media Services. That's nearly 3,700 new infections this past week for every 1 million Arizona residents. That's higher than any state in the country and any other country in the world, according to a separate analysis this week by The New York Times. As of today, July 9, Arizona is now recording 112,671 positive coronavirus cases, with 4,057 new cases reported today. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 10,835 cases are in Pima County. There have now been 2,038 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 313 of those occurred in Pima County. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information evolves.
    COVID-19 website
    From Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star
    From The New York Times
  • REID PARK ZOO WELCOMES BIRTH OF GREVY’S ZEBRA FOAL
    Date: July 9, 2020 
    Reid Park Zoo this week announced a new addition to its family. Anna, a 7-year-old Grevy’s zebra, gave birth to a male foal on July 4. The foal was standing and nursing within an hour of his arrival, and both mom and baby are doing well. Anna and her 18-year-old mate, Ben, are both first-time parents. The pair came to Reid Park Zoo last spring thanks to a breeding recommendation as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan. Grevy’s zebras are the largest zebra species, and no stripe patterns are the same. As part of its survival in the wild, a newborn foal quickly learns to recognize his mother by identifying her distinctive stripe pattern, as well as using sight, sound, and smell. Grevy’s zebras are an endangered species whose population in the wild has dropped significantly over the last 40 years, with fewer than 2,000 of them remaining in Africa today. While the Zoo remains closed to the public due to COVID-19 precautions, you can follow the growth and milestone moments for the zebra foal, meerkat pups, and elephant calf. See how you and your kids can enjoy the Zoo during its closure a bit later in today's NewsNet.
    Read the news from Reid Park Zoo.
    Reid Park Zoo website
  • APPLY TO SERVE ON THE COMMISSION ON EQUITABLE HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT
    Date: July 9, 2020 
    Per the direction of the Mayor and Tucson City Council, the City is forming the advisory Commission on Equitable Housing and Development (CEHD) to inform the City’s decisions related to Tucson’s inadequate number of affordable housing units and high rates of poverty. The City is actively seeking candidates who represent Tucson’s geographic, economic, and demographic diversity to collaboratively develop solutions for housing affordability, poverty, and involuntary displacement. The deadline to apply is July 31. The application and additional information can be accessed online by following the link below or contacting Ann Chanecka at Ann.Chanecka@tucsonaz.gov or (520) 837-6691.
    Application and information
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES IS HIRING DRIVERS
    Date: July 9, 2020 
    Do you like keeping busy at work? The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) might be the perfect fit for you. EGSD is looking for experienced equipment operators to join its Refuse Collection Team. The job includes following an assigned route and picking up trash and/or recycling from residential and commercial containers. Applicants must have a Class B Commercial Driver License (CDL) and two years of experience operating heavy equipment for collecting solid waste or four years of experience operating other hydraulic heavy equipment.
    Read the job description.
  • STAY AT HOME FUN: REID PARK ZOO (VIDEO)
    Date: July 9, 2020 
    Attention animal lovers, Jamie has some great ideas for you to see some of your favorite animals at Reid Park Zoo. You're just a few clicks away from a peek at Semba's elephant calf and an online classroom. It's not about being stuck at home, it's about being safe at home. Watch the video linked below to learn more.
    Watch the video.
    Reid Park Zoo
  • ARIZONA NOW A GLOBAL PANDEMIC HOTSPOT
    Date: July 8, 2020 
    The New York Times is calling Arizona a hotspot for COVID-19. The state is now recording 108,614 positive coronavirus cases, with 3,520 new cases reported today, July 8. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 10,485 cases are in Pima County. There have now been 1,963 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 302 of those occurred in Pima County. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information evolves.
    COVID-19 website
    From The New York Times 
  • PROTECT YOURSELF WITH A MASK WHEN OUT IN PUBLIC
    Date: July 8, 2020 
    In order to stem the spread of COVID-19, every person in the City of Tucson over 5 years old is required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public setting where continuous physical distancing is difficult or impossible. It’s not necessarily for your protection, but to keep others safe. People can spread COVID-19 before they ever show symptoms, or even if they show no symptoms at all. Masks should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, and be able to be washed and dried in a machine without damaging the mask or changing the shape. For more tips on masks and other COVID-19 information, follow the links below.
    Pima County Health Department COVID-19 tips 
    City face covering FAQ
  • CITY COUNCIL REPEALS ORDINANCE ABOUT POLICE RESTRICTED AREAS
    Date: July 8, 2020 
    After public input, the Mayor and Tucson City Council voted last night, July 7, to repeal Ordinance 11746, which established police restricted areas and penalties for interfering with police investigations or enforcement activity. It did not prohibit the recording of police in public. The ordinance was passed unanimously in April to address the practice of people who interfere with police activities, often by confronting police officers carrying out their duties, interfering with their investigations, recording the interactions, and then posting them online to get views.
    From the Arizona Daily Star
    Ordinance 11746
  • EXCESSIVE HEAT EXPECTED IN COMING DAYS (VIDEO)
    Date: July 8, 2020 
    Tucson's summer is about to kick into full gear, with temperatures gradually increasing and surpassing 110 degrees this weekend, topping out at a predicted high of 114 degrees on Sunday. The National Weather Service is putting the Tucson area under an Excessive Heat Watch from Friday morning through Monday night. Now, more than ever, it's important to protect yourself from the heat. In the video linked below, watch Tucson Fire Department Battalion Chief Barrett Baker give tips on how to keep yourself cool this summer.
    Watch the video on Twitter
    National Weather Service 7-day forecast
  • JOB OPPORTUNITY: ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY
    Date: July 8, 2020 
    The City of Tucson is hiring an assistant city attorney to work in the City Prosecutor's Office. This is a one-year, grant-funded position. An assistant city attorney works under the supervision of senior and experienced attorneys and prepares cases for all phases of misdemeanor prosecution. It includes identifying and analyzing legal issues associated with driving under the influence, domestic violence, and other misdemeanor charges. Minimum requirements include a Juris Doctor and some experience in civil and/or criminal litigation. Applicants who sat for the bar exam, but have not yet received their Arizona State Bar License, are eligible to be considered. The deadline to apply is July 17. Phone screen interviews will be held July 23 and 24. Oral board interviews will be held the week of Aug. 3.
    Read the job description
    City Attorney's Office