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  • WE ARE ONE|SOMOS UNO RESILIENCY FUND SMALL BUSINESS UTILITY ASSISTANCE GRANTS OPEN OCT. 5
    Date: Oct. 1, 2020 
    The Small Business Utility Assistance grant program will start accepting applications Monday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. Mayor Regina Romero and the Tucson City Council recently approved $1 million in federal CARES Act funds to help small businesses (with fewer than 50 employees) pay their utility bills. Eligible businesses must have faced economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Preference will be given to small businesses that did not receive assistance from other programs and to businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans, disabled, and otherwise disadvantaged groups to increase the equitable dispersion of grant funds throughout the City of Tucson and the City of South Tucson. The Women's Business Center of the YWCA Southern Arizona will administer the Small Business Utility Assistance Grants. Follow the links below for more information.
    Small Business Utility Assistance
    Women's Business Center of the YWCA
  • MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE GRANTS AVAILABLE
    Date: Oct. 1, 2020 
    The City of Tucson is offering a program to help homeowners who are behind on their mortgages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will be administered by the Community Investment Corporation (CIC) through Family Housing Resources (FHR) and will provide $3,000-$5,000 per homeowner to assist in mortgage payments. Payments will be verified and paid directly to the mortgage loan servicer and will include fees incurred due to nonpayment of mortgages. These funds are only available until Dec. 31, and income limits apply. Call (520) 318-0993 (ext. 114), or email info@fhrinc.net for more information and eligibility requirements.
    CIC
    FHR
  • COVID-19 WEEK OF MOURNING NEXT WEEK
    Date: Oct. 1, 2020 
    Oct. 4-11 is National Week of Mourning for the victims of COVID-19 (see latest numbers in the story below). Ward 6 Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik and his staff will commemorate the week at Himmel Park on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m., with a brief ceremony to remember and honor those we've lost. There will be music from Tucson Fire Department bagpiper Joey Crandall, followed by a short reflection brought by Rabbi Scott Saulson. Small American flags will be planted, with one displayed for each person who has lost their life in Pima County since COVID-19 struck. Following the ceremony, people are invited to place a photo of a loved one at the base of one of the flags to honor their passing. Please respect the reason for this event by wearing a mask and maintaining a safe social distance from others outside of your group. The memorial will remain in place throughout next week to allow people to stop by individually to honor those we've lost.
    Read the Ward 6 news release
  • COVID-19 THURSDAY UPDATE
    Date: Oct. 1, 2020 
    As of today, Oct. 1, Arizona now has 219,212 positive coronavirus cases, with 705 new cases reported today (up from 323 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 25,706 cases are in Pima County (up 78 from yesterday). There have been 5,674 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (24 reported today), and 622 of those occurred in Pima County (2 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
  • GRILL SAFETY WITH THE FIRE CHIEFS (VIDEO)
    Date: Oct. 1, 2020 
    Now that fall is upon us, at least on the calendar, more people may venture outdoors to fire up their barbecue grills. In a new video, Tucson Fire Chief Chuck Ryan, Golder Ranch Fire District Chief Randy Karrer, and Northwest Fire District Chief Brad Bradley have a few safety tips to keep you safe while you cook outdoors.
    Watch the video on Twitter
  • COVID-19 WEDNESDAY UPDATE AND NEW DESIGNATION FOR PIMA COUNTY
    Date: Sept. 30, 2020 
    As of today, Sept. 30, Arizona now has 218,507 positive coronavirus cases, with 323 new cases reported today (down from 675 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 25,628 cases are in Pima County (up 59 from yesterday). There have been 5,650 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (18 reported today), and 620 of those occurred in Pima County (-1 reported today after a data revision). Meanwhile, the Arizona Department of Health Services reports Pima County is again at "substantial risk" for the spread of COVID-19. However, state health officials said Tuesday that they will not order any businesses to close again.
    From the Arizona Daily Star 
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • MEET TUCSON FIRE CHIEF CHUCK RYAN AND GET A FREE TUCSON ROADRUNNERS MASK TONIGHT
    Date: Sept. 30, 2020 
    Tucson Fire Chief Chuck Ryan will be greeting people at the next Dusty's Drive-In to help give away Tucson Roadrunners masks. The drive-thru event will be held tonight, Sept. 30, from 5-6:30 p.m., at the Tucson Convention Center (Lot B). Please bring a can of food for each mask to help the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. For convenience and safety, fans are asked to stay in their vehicles throughout the process and wear their current face coverings when collecting their new ones and donating food.
    From the Tucson Roadrunners
    Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona 
    Tucson Convention Center
  • TUGO BIKE SHARE OFFERS FREE RIDES EVERY THURSDAY IN OCTOBER
    Date: Sept. 30, 2020 
    The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), in partnership with the Tugo Bike Share operating company (Shift Transit), just announced Free Ride Thursdays during the month of October, thanks to program sponsor El Rio Health. The free pass gives users access to unlimited 30-minute station-to-station trips for 24 consecutive hours. In an effort to prioritize health and safety, Tugo Bike Share has ramped up its cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as bikes are regularly in use and exposed to the environment, Tugo says the best way to prevent possible infection is to clean your bike before use.
    Read the news release from DTM 
    Tugo Bike Share 
    El Rio Health
  • JOB OPPORTUNITY: PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST TRAINEE
    Date: Sept. 30, 2020 
    The City of Tucson is hiring public safety communications specialist I - trainees (civilian position) to work in the Public Safety Communications Center. Trainees will learn how to answer 911 calls and serve as the first line of communication between the Tucson community and Tucson Police and Fire services. They will be responsible for receiving both emergency and non-emergency requests for assistance from the public and passing critical information to Police and Fire dispatchers. Training is provided in-house and may take up to one year to complete. The application deadline is Oct. 18.
    Read the job description
  • ICYMI: WATCH THRIVE IN THE 05’s RESOURCE CAFÉ WITH TUCSON WATER
    Date: Sept. 30, 2020 
    - Thrive in the 05’s Resource Café recently featured the City of Tucson’s Water Department. The Thrive Resource Café is a half-hour livestream taking place every Tuesday through Thursday on Facebook and Zoom. The cafés highlight various community partners and resources available to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the Thrive Resource Café from July 28, Candice Rupprecht, the water conservation program manager, spoke about low-income bill assistance, conservation programs, and water-saving tips. Follow the link below to watch the video and learn about available resources.
    Watch the Thrive Resource Café with the City of Tucson’s Water Department 
    View and register for upcoming Resource Cafés
    Like Thrive in the 05 on Facebook
    Tucson Water
  • TUCSON WATER PREPARING FOR TEMPORARY CONVERSION TO GROUNDWATER SYSTEM
    Date: Sept. 29, 2020 
    Tucson Water is preparing to temporarily convert to groundwater wells to provide water service to customers. The conversion will take place starting Friday, Oct. 2, and is scheduled to continue until Wednesday, Nov. 7. The change in water sources is a result of a scheduled maintenance shutdown of the Central Arizona Project (CAP) system, which is used to deliver renewable Colorado River water supplies to the community. The temporary shutdown of the CAP system will not affect the ability of Tucson Water to deliver water. Tucson Water crews and contractors will also use this time to undertake inspections and conduct repairs to segments of the 96-inch pipeline running along Starr Pass Boulevard and San Marcos Boulevard. To prepare for the transition to groundwater wells, Tucson Water crews have been flushing inactive groundwater wells and some fire hydrants to clear any sediments, such as silt and sand particles, that may have accumulated in pipes over time. Customers are advised to flush their water lines at a spigot closest to their water meter if they detect dirty or milky water. If the problem persists, they are asked to contact Tucson Water’s Water Quality Customer Support Unit at (520) 791-5945 during normal business hours, or call the emergency line at (520) 791-4133 at all other times.
    Read the news release
    Tucson Water
  • TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT AWARDED TWO FEDERAL GRANTS
    Date: Sept. 29, 2020 
    The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) is the recipient of two major federal grants to help support its operations and improve service delivery to the residents and visitors of Tucson. The first award, a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, will provide $5.4 million over a three-year period to help with the payment of firefighter salaries and benefits. The second award is an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) of $1.38 million. That grant was awarded based on TFD's application to hold a 20-person paramedic training certification class, as the department needs to expand its numbers of paramedic firefighters to keep pace with increased service delivery demands. TFD currently has a staffing level of 632 firefighters serving the City of Tucson and surrounding areas from 22 strategically located fire stations.
    Read the news release
    Tucson Fire Department
  • CENSUS DEADLINE IS NOW OCT. 5
    Date: Sept. 29, 2020 
    Despite a federal judge's ruling last week that the U.S. Census response deadline should be reinstated to Oct. 31, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said yesterday, Sept. 28, that the count will conclude on Oct. 5. The count previously was to end tomorrow, Sept. 30. Responses help determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and guide how nearly $700 billion in federal funding is spent in communities each year. It’s estimated up to $3,000 per person, per year is at stake for Arizona. The answers are kept anonymous and are used only to produce statistics.
    U.S. Census 2020
  • COVID-19 TUESDAY UPDATE
    Date: Sept. 29, 2020 
    As of today, Sept. 29, Arizona now has 218,184 positive coronavirus cases, with 675 new cases reported today (up from 273 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 25,569 cases are in Pima County (up 124 from yesterday). There have been 5,632 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (9 reported today), and 621 of those occurred in Pima County (-1 reported today after a data revision). 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 FESTIVAL OF BOOKS TO BE VIRTUAL NEXT YEAR
    Date: Sept. 29, 2020 
    The 2021 Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB) will be completely virtual March 6-7, 2021. Events will include free, live author sessions for kids and adults, and there will be some sessions available on demand. This year's TFOB in March was canceled due to the coronavirus, and organizers say it's best to avoid big crowds again next year.
    From "This is Tucson" in the Arizona Daily Star
    Tucson Festival of Books
  • CITY HOSTS MORE MOBILE MASK DISTRIBUTION EVENTS
    Date: Sept. 28, 2020 
    Thanks to the Mayor and Tucson City Council, the City is hosting three additional mobile mask giveaway events as an opportunity for residents to obtain washable face coverings for themselves and their families. The next event will be tomorrow, Sept. 29, from 5-7 p.m., at the Morris K. Udall Center parking lot, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road. Adult and child sizes will be available, and the masks have adjustable ear loops. Since July, the City of Tucson has given away more than 70,000 masks. For more information and a list of locations, follow the links below.
    Free mask distribution
    Watch video from a recent mask distribution site
  • ADDITIONAL PARKS AMENITIES OPEN TODAY
    Date: Sept. 28, 2020 
    The City of Tucson today, Sept. 28, is removing the caution tape and putting up signage at medium-sized ramadas and outdoor fitness stations. New reservations and beer and wine permits for small and medium ramadas (for groups of 10 or fewer) will be accepted beginning Wednesday, Sept. 30, by calling (520) 791-4873 or visiting the EZEEreg link below. Also today, the City opened eight extended season swimming pools for high school swim team use only. The Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center (ARC) will open its outdoor pool for lap swim only, with limited capacity, on Monday, Oct. 5. Reservations will be required to best manage the expected high demand for use. For more details, visit the Edith Ball ARC website link below. All other pools and splash pads remain closed. Groups should keep to 10 or fewer, and people should stay 6 feet away from anyone they do not live with, stay home if feeling sick, and follow all other CDC guidelines to keep safe.
    Read more
    Tucson Parks and Recreation 
    EZEEreg.com
    Edith Ball ARC
  • COVID-19 MONDAY UPDATE
    Date: Sept. 28, 2020 
    As of today, Sept. 28, Arizona now has 217,510 positive coronavirus cases, with 273 new cases reported today (down from 412 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 25,445 cases are in Pima County (up 33 from yesterday). There have been 5,623 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (1 reported today), and 622 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
  • WEBINAR TODAY FOR 'NAVIGATING THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19 FOR SMALL BUSINESSES'
    Date: Sept. 28, 2020 
    The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) is inviting local businesses to join a free webinar today, Sept. 28, from 3-4 p.m., on the latest help for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from the City of Tucson's workforce and entrepreneurial development partners about innovative new programs. The presentation will be recorded and posted on the ConnectTucson website tomorrow. Previous webinars are available to watch on demand.
    Register for webinar 
    ConnectTucson
  • PRESCRIPTION BOTTLE RECYCLING
    Date: Sept. 28, 2020 
    The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department reminds residents that prescription pill bottles are not recyclable in your blue barrel. Anything smaller than a tennis ball or an adult fist cannot be recycled in the barrel, because it is too small to be captured in the sorting process. Instead of tossing those pill bottles in the trash, take them to the Primavera Foundation (any location) or Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 N. Silverbell Road. Please make sure the bottles are empty and rinsed.
    City of Tucson Recycling list 
    Primavera Foundation 
    Pima Animal Care Center