PUBLIC HEARING NEXT WEEK ON SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT TO THE CITY OF TUCSON'S ANNUAL ACTION PLAN
Date: Aug. 6, 2020The Mayor and Tucson City Council will hold a public hearing next Tuesday, Aug. 11, at or after 5:30 p.m., regarding a proposed Substantial Amendment to the City of Tucson 2019 Annual Action Plan in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Annual Action Plans identify projects for yearly entitlement funds from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The proposed amendments are substantial because they will increase funding by more than 20% of the previous allocation. The Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) recommends the 2019 Annual Action Plan be amended to include $5,562,939 from the ESG20-COVID Recovery Fund. HCD will coordinate with Pima County to utilize $2 million for rapid rehousing and $3,562,939 for isolation hotels. Members of the public may submit written comments on any items scheduled as a public hearing. To do so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use that address to submit a request to speak at the hearing, but you must submit that request by Aug. 11 at noon. For more information about the plan and how to submit your comment requests, please follow the first link below.
More on the Substantial Amendment (PDF)
GRANTS STILL AVAILABLE FOR DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES
Date: Aug. 6, 2020Money is still available through the Downtown Outdoor Café Grant and Downtown Rebound Grant programs via a collaboration agreement between the Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) and Pima County. The Downtown Outdoor Café Grant Program will help businesses build, expand, or enhance outdoor café areas by reimbursing/pre-approving costs associated with higher-quality barriers, furnishings, and amenities for outdoor seating. The program provides a grant of up to $5,000 for eligible project costs. The Downtown Rebound Grant Program will offset costs associated with COVID-19 expenses required to safely reopen under the new guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Arizona, and Pima County. The program provides a reimbursement of up to $2,000 for eligible project costs. You can apply by following the link below.
Apply for grants via DTP
COVID-19 THURSDAY UPDATE
Date: Aug. 6, 2020As of today, Aug. 6, Arizona now has 183,647 positive coronavirus cases, with 1,444 new cases reported today. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 17,293 cases are in Pima County. There have been 4,002 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 480 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.
Data Dashboard from Arizona Department of Health Services
City of Tucson COVID-19 website
CLAY WITH TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION (VIDEO)
Date: Aug. 6, 2020
PRIMARY ELECTION SETS THE STAGE FOR NOVEMBER'S GENERAL ELECTION
Date: Aug. 5, 2020Yesterday, Aug. 4, was Election Day in Arizona. There were no City of Tucson offices being contested in the primary election, but there were many other races, including those for the U.S. Senate, Congress, Arizona Legislature, Pima County Supervisors, Pima County Sheriff, and much more. One of the biggest upsets was the apparent loss of Pima County Supervisors' Chairman Ramón Valadez to Dr. Matt Heinz in the District 2 Democratic primary. Unofficial results show Heinz won with more than 54% of the vote. Heinz will advance to face Republican Anthony Sizer in the Nov. 3 general election. For full, unofficial results of all the races, please visit the links below.
Secretary of State's results for all state and federal races
Pima County results
ARIZONA GYMS WIN LAWSUIT AND COULD REOPEN SOON
Date: Aug. 5, 2020Some Arizona gyms and fitness centers could reopen next week. In an extensive ruling yesterday, Aug. 4, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason said it was wrong for Gov. Doug Ducey to shut down these facilities indefinitely without giving them a chance to appeal, violating the constitutional due process rights of the owners. Thomason ordered the governor to provide gyms and fitness centers a prompt opportunity to apply for reopening. The process must allow gyms to attest that they can adhere to guidelines put in place by the Arizona Department of Health Services to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19. Thomas ruled that process must be in place within one week. A gubernatorial spokesman said the governor's lawyers are reviewing the ruling.
From the Arizona Daily Star
COVID-19 WEDNESDAY UPDATE
Date: Aug. 5, 2020As of today, Aug. 5, Arizona now has 182,203 positive coronavirus cases, with 1,698 new cases reported today. While the number of new cases is up from yesterday's tally, the total is much lower than what we've seen over the past few weeks if all of the lab partner data was submitted on time. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 16,964 cases are in Pima County. There have been 3,932 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 469 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.
OVERHEAD STREET SIGN REPLACEMENT DOWNTOWN
Date: Aug. 5, 2020Starting at 2 a.m. tomorrow, Aug. 6, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) Sign Shop will replace overhead street name signs at the intersections of Stone Avenue and Alameda Street and Stone Avenue and Pennington Street. The work is scheduled to be finished by 2 p.m. the same day. During this work, there will be temporary travel lane and turning restrictions at the intersections. You can expect delays when driving in the work areas.
Read the news release
VIRTUALLY VISIT THE CELE PETERSON ROSE GARDEN (VIDEO)
Date: Aug. 5, 2020Boasting more than 600 rose bushes and 100 species of roses, it's no wonder the temporarily-closed-to-the-public Cele Peterson Rose Garden is so unique. Whether you're celebrating an event, honoring a loved one, or simply enjoying the beauty of this special place, the Cele Peterson Rose Garden at Reid Park offers something for everyone. Watch the video linked below to learn about its volunteers, see the roses in bloom, and discover when is a good time to visit.
Watch the video
Tucson Parks and Recreation
PRIMARY ELECTION UNDERWAY
Date: Aug. 4, 2020Today, Aug. 4, is Election Day in Pima County. There are no City of Tucson offices being contested in the primary election, but there are many other races. If you still have your early ballot, you can drop it off at any polling place, but don't mail it. It won't arrive in time to be counted. Pima County is working to ensure that voters and poll workers are protected as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The workers have masks, plastic face shields, gloves, disinfectant spray, and hand sanitizer. Masks and proper social distancing are required for anyone who wishes to cast a ballot. If a voter does not have a mask, they will be provided one. The polls are open until 7 p.m. For additional voter information, contact the Pima County Recorder’s Office at (520) 724-4330.
From the Arizona Daily Star
Pima County Recorder's Office
NEW COVID-19 CASES TRENDING DOWNWARD AGAIN TODAY
Date: Aug. 4, 2020As of today, Aug. 4, Arizona now has 180,505 positive coronavirus cases, with 1,008 new cases reported today. The number of new cases is much fewer than what we've seen over the past few weeks if all of the lab partner data was submitted on time. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 16,809 cases are in Pima County. There have been 3,845 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 465 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.
THRIVE IN THE 05 RESOURCE CAFÉ FEATURES THE TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT
Date: Aug. 4, 2020The Thrive in the 05 Resource Café on Thursday, Aug. 6, will feature the Tucson Fire Department (TFD). The Thrive Resource Café is a half-hour live stream that takes place every Tuesday through Thursday on Facebook and Zoom. The purpose of the Thrive Resource Cafés is to highlight various community partners and resources available to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the Thrive Resource Café, hear from TFD Capt. Christopher Don about the Tucson Collaborative Community Care (TC-3) program and how the Tucson Fire Department has adjusted services during the pandemic. Any questions asked during the live stream will be answered in real time. Follow the link below to register for the Zoom call.
Register for the Thrive in the 05 Resource Café on Zoom
Thrive in the 05 website
Thrive in the 05 Facebook
HARVEST THE MONSOON RAIN
Date: Aug. 4, 2020Summer typically brings plenty of monsoon rain that can be used on landscapes, instead of using valuable drinking water, if the rain can be captured correctly. Join the 2,654 customers with rainwater harvesting systems that have collected 70 million gallons of rainwater. Tucson Water offers rebates for both passive and active rainwater harvesting systems. Passive harvesting can be as simple as digging basins, berms, and swales to direct rainwater to plants. Active rainwater harvesting includes storing rainwater in a tank for later use, with overflow directed to the landscape.
Tucson Water rainwater harvesting rebates
Rainwater harvesting grants and loans
Workshops and project plans
EGSD HIRING MECHANICS
Date: Aug. 4, 2020The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department's (EGSD) Fleet Services Division is looking for highly skilled mechanics to perform preventive maintenance and repairs on heavy-duty vehicles, such as front-end loaders, side loaders, rear loaders, and heavy equipment. This position is for second shift, 2:30-11 p.m., with shift differential pay of $1 per hour for hours worked between 6-11 p.m. Applicants must have at least four years of experience in maintaining, repairing, and rebuilding heavy and specialized trucks, construction vehicles, and street maintenance equipment. Applicants also must have a valid and unrestricted Class D Driver License.
Read the job description
PRIMARY ELECTION DAY TOMORROW
Date: Aug. 3, 2020Tomorrow, Aug. 4, is primary election day in Pima County, but there are no City of Tucson offices being contested. Pima County is working to ensure voters and poll workers are protected as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Although the Pima County Recorder's Office says nearly half of the 177,000 early ballots mailed to voters have been returned, many people will show up at the polls tomorrow to vote or simply drop-off their early ballots, since it's too late to mail them back and have them counted. The 2,000 poll workers serving in Pima County will be supplied with masks, plastic face shields, gloves, disinfectant spray, and hand sanitizer. Masks and proper social distancing will be required for anyone who wishes to cast a ballot. If a voter does not have a mask, they will be provided one at their polling location. The polls will be open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
From the Arizona Daily Star
Pima County Recorder's Office
COVID-19 MONDAY UPDATE
Date: Aug. 3, 2020As of today, Aug. 3, Arizona now has 179,497 positive coronavirus cases, with 1,030 new cases reported today. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 16,741 cases are in Pima County. There have been 3,779 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 462 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.
PIMA ANIMAL CARE CENTER HOSTS VIRTUAL ADOPTIONS THIS WEEK
Date: Aug. 3, 2020If you're looking for a new pet, you can check out your options virtually on Wednesday, Aug. 5, noon to 2 p.m. Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) will be hosting a live feed on its Facebook page where you can ask questions about the animals and adopt them. Adoption fees will vary, but puppies and kittens are $50, and there is an additional $20 licensing charge per adult dog. Adult dogs and cats are $35. See the animals virtually and then pick them up at the shelter.
FOOD BANK HAS ONLINE MAP FOR THOSE IN NEED
Date: Aug. 3, 2020With many people seeking food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic and after the $600 extra federal unemployment benefit expired last week, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona offers an online map of where to go for those who need help. The Food Bank has locations in Tucson, Marana, Amado, Green Valley, Nogales, and a few other locations. You can find a link to the map below.
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona locations
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona's website
STUDY CONTINUES TO DETERMINE IF TUMAMOC HILL WILL REMAIN OPEN
Date: Aug. 3, 2020The University of Arizona on July 24 said it was conducting a two-week study to see if visitors to the popular walking trail are adhering to the mandatory mask-wearing rule. If not, university officials say they will again close the mountain to visitors. The site was closed March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It reopened May 25 and within a week saw nearly 1,000 people each day, according to the university. School officials also said that only 30-40% of visitors were following mask guidelines. The two-week evaluation period is due to end this Friday.
From the Arizona Daily Star
MT. LEMMON HIGHWAY TO OPEN THIS WEEKEND
Date: July 31, 2020The highway up Mt. Lemmon will reopen beginning tomorrow, Aug. 1. The Pima County Department of Transportation and contracted workers replaced more than 250 guardrail posts that were critically damaged during the Bighorn Fire. Replacement of non-critically damaged posts will continue next week, including the repair or replacement of nearly 1,700 feet of guardrail. Speed reductions and lane restrictions will remain in place in areas where repair work continues. The reopening will allow vehicular access on Mt. Lemmon Highway to Summerhaven and Ski Valley, and limited parking is available in those areas. Once parking areas become full, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department will control access to the Mt. Lemmon Highway until enough vehicles leave and allow for additional visitors to drive up the mountain. National Forest Service areas on the mountain will remain closed. A lightning strike sparked the Bighorn Fire on June 5, which burned for nearly seven weeks, covered 120,000 acres, and closed public access to the mountain.
Read the news release.