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  • #MASKUPTUCSON FREE MOBILE MASK DISTRIBUTION TONIGHT (VIDEO)
    Date: Sept. 24, 2020 
    Thanks to the Mayor and Tucson City Council, the City is hosting another mobile mask giveaway event as an opportunity for residents to obtain washable face coverings for themselves and their families. The next event will be tonight, Sept. 24, from 5-7 o'clock, at William M. Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive. Adult and child sizes will be available, and the child size has adjustable ear loops that can easily fit a small adult. Since July, the City of Tucson has given away nearly 70,000 masks. For more information, please follow the links below.
    Free mask distribution
    Watch video from a recent mask distribution site
  • COVID-19 THURSDAY UPDATE
    Date: Sept. 24, 2020 
    As of today, Sept. 24, Arizona now has 215,852 positive coronavirus cases, with 566 new cases reported today (up from 438 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 25,140 cases are in Pima County (up 136 from yesterday). There have been 5,559 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (34 reported today), and 617 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
  • REMINDER: MORE THAN $700K IN CARES ACT FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR TUCSON ARTISTS AND ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
    Date: Sept. 24, 2020 
    Artists and nonprofit arts organizations are among those hit economically by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and relief is available. To help support this community, the City of Tucson-We Are One/Somos Uno Resiliency Fund is offering more than $700,000 in grants to the local arts and culture community. The money comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Applications are due by Oct 5. The grant process is being facilitated by the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (AFTSA). Follow the link below for more information.
    AFTSA
  • REID PARK ZOO SAYS GOODBYE TO ELDERLY ANDEAN BEAR
    Date: Sept. 24, 2020 
    Reid Park Zoo’s 27-year-old male Andean bear, Worf, was euthanized yesterday, Sept. 23, due to a decline in quality of life with a significant loss in mobility and pain due to age-related arthritis. Worf previously received treatment for cancer in his paw and was in full remission. However, the arthritis he experienced in his hips and front legs could not be cured, and it was only managed with pain medications. Worf leaves behind his companion, a 6-year-old female Andean bear named Oja. The care team is deeply saddened by the loss of Worf and will keep a close eye on Oja’s behavior following Worf's death.
    Learn more from Reid Park Zoo
    Reid Park Zoo website
  • FREE RAINWATER HARVESTING WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE ONLINE
    Date: Sept. 24, 2020 
    Are you interested in collecting rainwater on your property to shade your home, grow your garden, and support water conservation efforts in Tucson? If so, take an online workshop to learn about rainwater harvesting, qualification requirements for the Tucson Water rebate, and the Sonora Environmental Research Institute's (SERI) grant and loan program for limited-income Tucson Water residential customers. The workshop, available in English and Spanish, is about 3 hours long. To register for a workshop, follow the link below. For additional information, email workshops@seriaz.org.
    Register for SERI workshops 
    SERI
    Tucson Water
  • TRANSIT FARES TO BE WAIVED UNTIL END OF THE YEAR
    Date: Sept. 23, 2020 
    The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday, Sept. 22, directed the City Manager and the Department of Transportation and Mobility to continue funding free fares for all transit system riders through the end of 2020. The council voted in March to waive fares as a way to keep drivers and riders safe during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The City received nearly $44.3 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) via the CARES Act to cover system operations costs through the end of September 2020. Regular transit system operations in the City of Tucson are funded through a combination of federal money, the voter-approved Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), the City of Tucson General Fund, and farebox recovery (the fares paid via ridership).
    Read the Mayor and Council documents (item 2)
  • CENSUS DEADLINE IS ONE WEEK AWAY
    Date: Sept. 23, 2020 
    With the Sept. 30 census completion deadline looming, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is reminding Tucsonans of the importance of being counted, saying each response could provide up to $30,000 in funding for community resources. As part of a citywide census campaign, Romero’s recent PSAs (in English and Spanish) complement messages running across television, radio, social media, digital, and print. The goal of the campaign is to increase self-responses to ensure an accurate count. Census takers are knocking on doors of homes from which they've received no response. Workers will have official identification, wear masks, and follow local public health guidelines when they visit. Follow the links below for more information.
    Watch the videos on the City of Tucson's YouTube page
    United States Census 2020
  • COVID-19 WEDNESDAY UPDATE
    Date: Sept. 23, 2020 
    As of today, Sept. 23, Arizona now has 215,284 positive coronavirus cases, with 438 new cases reported today (down from 595 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 25,004 cases are in Pima County (up 206 from yesterday). There have been 5,526 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (27 reported today), and 613 of those occurred in Pima County (-4 reported 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 ROADRUNNERS TO GIVE AWAY FACE MASKS TONIGHT
    Date: Sept. 23, 2020 
    The Tucson Roadrunners hockey team will again distribute free Roadrunners face coverings to fans in a drive-thru format. Tonight's, Sept. 23, event runs from 5-6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Park (enter at 8100 block of East Escalante Road). If they're able, fans are asked to donate a can of food for everyone in their car who collects a face covering. The collected food items will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. For convenience and safety, fans will stay in their vehicles throughout the process. The team's final mask giveaway this month will be Sept. 30 at the Tucson Convention Center (in Lot B off Cushing Street). Fans are asked to wear their current face coverings when collecting their new ones and donating their cans of food.
    From the Tucson Roadrunners
    Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
  • DEADLINE APPROACHING: JOIN THE COMMISSION ON EQUITABLE HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT
    Date: Sept. 23, 2020 
    At the direction of the Mayor and Tucson City Council, the City of Tucson is forming and seeking candidates for the Commission on Equitable Housing and Development (CEHD). City of Tucson employees are not eligible to apply, but they can attend the meetings, which are virtual for now. The commission will focus on increasing City investment in housing, preserving affordability while increasing housing production/stock, facilitating equitable conversations, and much more. Expectations of the commission are to review data (quantitative and qualitative), needs assessments, and additional information to explore strategies and develop recommendations for Mayor and Council consideration in key focus areas. Completed applications are due by 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28. If you have any questions, email loran.shamis@tucsonaz.gov.
    For more information or to apply
    View the founding ordinance
  • REGISTER TO VOTE
    Date: Sept. 22, 2020 
    Today, Sept. 22, is National Voter Registration Day. Since its creation in 2012, the day is commemorated on the fourth Tuesday of September to focus attention on the importance of voting. The nonpartisan and collaborative effort is a civic holiday that celebrates our democracy. It involves the collective efforts of thousands of volunteers, nonprofit organizations, businesses, schools, libraries, and election officials from all over the country. Arizona's voter registration deadline to take part in the Nov. 3 election is Oct. 5. Early voting begins Oct. 7. For more information, follow the links below.
    Register to vote via ServiceArizona
    National Voter Registration Day
    Arizona Secretary of State's voter information
    Pima County Recorder election calendar
  • COVID-19 TUESDAY UPDATE
    Date: Sept. 22, 2020 
    As of today, Sept. 22, Arizona now has 214,846 positive coronavirus cases, with 595 new cases reported today (up from 233 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 24,798 cases are in Pima County (up 151 from yesterday). There have been 5,498 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (20 reported today), and 617 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
  • WATCH THRIVE IN THE 05’S RESOURCE CAFÉ FEATURING THE MAYOR’S MILLION TREES INITIATIVE
    Date: Sept. 22, 2020 
    The next Thrive in the 05 Resource Café will feature the Tucson Million Trees initiative from Mayor Regina Romero's office. Tomorrow's, Sept. 23, café begins at noon and will focus on the campaign's aim to plant 1 million trees by 2030 to help mitigate the effects of climate change. Mayoral staff will talk about how Tucson residents can help plant trees to support the campaign and the environment. Thrive in the 05's half-hour livestreams take place Wednesday through Friday this week on Facebook and Zoom. The program is a collaboration of Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction, Choice Neighborhoods, and Workforce & Economic Development in the 85705 ZIP code.
    Register for the Zoom call with Tucson Million Trees
    View and register for upcoming Thrive Resource Cafés 
    Visit the Thrive in the 05 website
    Like Thrive in the 05 on Facebook
  • RECEIVE FREE SERVICES TO PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FROM LEAD
    Date: Sept. 22, 2020 
    Does your home have chipping paint? Was your home built before 1978? Do you have a child under 6 years old living in or frequently visiting your home? Are you on limited-income? Are your property taxes paid? If you answered yes to all you may qualify for the City of Tucson’s free program to mitigate lead exposure. In this program, you will receive education and resources on the dangers of lead, have the option to get your child tested for lead poisoning by El Rio Health, and receive home repairs to remove lead found in your home. This program is in partnership with the Sonora Environmental Research Institute (SERI), which is pre-qualifying families. For more information, email imeldac@seriaz.org.
    SERI
  • #MASKUPTUCSON FREE MOBILE MASK DISTRIBUTION TOMORROW (VIDEO)
    Date: Sept. 21, 2020 
    Thanks to the Mayor and Tucson City Council, the City is hosting another mobile mask giveaway event as an opportunity for residents to obtain washable face coverings for themselves and their families. The next event will be tomorrow, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Tucson Parks and Recreation Administration, 900 S. Randolph Way. Adult and child sizes will be available, and the child size has adjustable ear loops that can easily fit a small adult. For more information and a list of locations, please follow the links below.
    Free mask distribution
    Watch a video
  • COVID-19 MONDAY UPDATE SHOWS DOWNTURN IN NUMBERS
    Date: Sept. 21, 2020 
    As of today, Sept. 21, Arizona now has 214,251 positive coronavirus cases, with 233 new cases reported today (down from 469 yesterday). The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 24,647 cases are in Pima County (up 37 from yesterday). There have been 5,478 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (2 reported today), and 615 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. 21, 2020 
    The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) is inviting local businesses to join a free webinar today, Sept. 21, from 3-4 p.m., on the latest help for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from the Downtown Tucson Partnership on innovative programs and solutions for business recovery. The presentation will be recorded and posted on the ConnectTucson website tomorrow. Previous webinars are available to watch on demand.
    Register for webinar
    ConnectTucson
    Downtown Tucson Partnership
  • PIMA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HALLOWEEN
    Date: Sept. 21, 2020 
    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Pima County Health Department is asking everyone to celebrate Halloween this year in a manner that reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19. One of the things the department recommends to avoid is the annual tradition of door-to-door trick-or-treating. That's because it's difficult to maintain proper physical distancing on porches and at front doors, and sharing food, reaching into a shared candy bowl, or being given candy by hand are all potential risk factors in spreading the coronavirus. For a list of recommended things to avoid, and possible alternatives, follow the link below.
    Halloween tips from Pima County Health Department
  • EGSD RECRUITING EQUIPMENT OPERATORS
    Date: Sept. 21, 2020 
    Are you a hardworking individual who likes to work outdoors? Do you like keeping busy at work? The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) is looking for experienced equipment operators to join the Refuse Collection Team. The main functions of the job include collecting waste from containers by following an assigned route; operating heavy equipment to pick up containers; picking up and disposing of debris and bulky items; identifying, reporting, and correcting hazards; and emptying and transporting containers back to their original locations. Applicants must have six months of post-high school education, at least two years of experience operating heavy equipment for collecting solid waste, or at least four years of experience operating other hydraulic heavy equipment. Applicants must also have a valid and unrestricted Class B Commercial Driver License (CDL). The deadline to apply is Sept. 27.
    Read the job description
  • REMINDER: CITYWIDE #MASKUPTUCSON FREE MOBILE MASK DISTRIBUTION TONIGHT (VIDEO)
    Date: Sept. 17, 2020 
    Thanks to the Mayor and Tucson City Council, the City is hosting mobile mask giveaway events at multiple locations and times throughout the community as an opportunity for residents to obtain washable face coverings for themselves and their families. The first event will be tonight, Sept. 17, from 5-7 o'clock, at the Quincie Douglas Center parking lot, 1575 E. 36th St. Adult and child sizes will be available, and the child size has adjustable ear pieces that can easily fit a small adult. For more information and a list of locations, please follow the link and video below.
    Free mask distribution
    Watch a video