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  • 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
  • COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE RAPID RISE IN ARIZONA Date: July 7, 2020  Arizona is now recording 105,094 positive COVID-19 cases, with 3,653 new cases reported today, July 7. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 10,184 cases are in Pima County. There have now been 1,927 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
    PIMA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HELPS BUSINESSES AND THE PUBLIC NAVIGATE REOPENINGS Date: July 7, 2020  The Pima County Health Department this month launched a media campaign to help educate the public about how to find restaurants, pools, and attractions that meet the department’s COVID-19 operating requirements. The program, called Ready For You, is tied to the Board of Supervisors May 21 Proclamation establishing required COVID-19 protective measures for restaurants, County-leased visitor attractions, and pools operated by resorts, hotels, fitness centers, and gyms. Though Gov. Doug Ducey has again closed gyms and bars, the program will still apply to those facilities when they are ready to reopen. Businesses that meet the County’s requirements will receive the Ready For You emblem to display at entrances and use in marketing materials and social media.
    Read the news release
    Ready for You
    COVID-19 CLAIMS ANOTHER FESTIVAL IN TUCSON Date: July 7, 2020  The 2020 All Souls Procession in Tucson has been canceled this year due to COVID-19 concerns. While the actual in-person procession for November is canceled, many related events will move to live streaming, including the finale, and there will be virtual workshops via Zoom and other formats. Many Mouths One Stomach (MMOS), the event's sponsor, says it will announce future plans on social media.
    Read the All Souls Announcement (PDF)
    USE NEW BUDGET TOOL TO PROVIDE INPUT TO MAYOR AND TUCSON CITY COUNCIL Date: July 7, 2020  The City of Tucson created a new Participatory Budget Tool in English and Spanish to provide a summary of the budget and gather public input. Community members can assign discretionary funds to different areas of the City’s budget. The Mayor and Tucson City Council will review the feedback from this process, Budget Town Hall meetings, and the city manager's recommendation prior to adopting the FY21 Budget. The full recommended budget has been posted on the City’s website, and a public hearing will be held tonight, July 7, and July 21 on the Tentative Budget before adoption of the Final Budget. Individuals wishing to speak during the public hearings (subject to technological availability) can join the meeting via teleconference. You must submit a written request to cityclerk@tucsonaz.gov. It's too late to comment during tonight's public hearing, but you have until noon on July 21 to request to speak at the next one. Both public hearings take place during the 5:30 p.m. Mayor and Council meetings.
    Budget information and links to Participatory Budget tool in English and Spanish
    HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE REOPENING WITH SPECIAL HOURS NEXT WEEK Date: July 7, 2020  The Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) is reopening the City of Tucson's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program with new hours until it is safe to reopen at full capacity. The program has been paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting next Tuesday, July 14, city residents can drop off HHW for free at the Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales Road, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Residents must show proof of residency (utility bill or Arizona Driver License with up-to-date address). Anyone outside city limits can drop off items for $10. Starting Wednesday, July 15, commercial businesses within city limits can drop off HHW at Los Reales on Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. You must make an appointment in advance. Anyone dropping off materials must wear a mask or face covering and follow 6-feet social distancing guidelines. Commercial customers and non-city residents dropping items off must pay with debit or credit cards. Cash is not being accepted at this time. EGSD is not doing home collections or monthly outreach events until further notice.
    Make an appointment (commercial)
    Accepted HHW items
  • ARIZONA REACHES NEW MILESTONE IN COVID-19 CASES Date: July 6, 2020  Arizona just passed the 101,000 mark in the number of positive COVID-19 cases, with 3,352 new cases reported today, July 6, and another boom is expected soon after 4th of July activities. The total number of 101,441 cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 9,873 cases are in Pima County. There have now been 1,810 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 282 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 continues to evolve.
    COVID-19 website
    VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE TODAY Date: July 6, 2020  Today, July 6, is the last day to register to vote in Arizona's primary election on Aug. 4. A number of local, state, and federal positions are up for grabs, including a U.S. Senate seat. The Pima County Recorder’s Office will keep its locations downtown, 240 N. Stone Ave., and on the east side, 6920 E. Broadway, Suite D, open until 7 o'clock tonight to accommodate last-minute registration. You can also register online up until midnight at the link below.
    Register to vote via Service Arizona 
    Pima County Recorder's Office 
    From the Arizona Daily Star
    TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO CLAIM LOST PETS Date: July 6, 2020  If you lost your pet over the 4th of July weekend, call Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) immediately at (520) 724-7222 to file a lost pet report. You can also look through the list of pets that have been brought to the shelter at the link below. Stray pets are held for three days and then become the property of PACC and are available for adoption, foster, or rescue.
    Search for your pet at PACC 
    PACC general website
    REID PARK ZOO'S BABY ELEPHANT LEARNING NEW SKILLS AND GROWING BIG Date: July 6, 2020  Penzi, Reid Park Zoo's baby elephant, is now 3 months old and weighs 452 pounds. Overcoming stomach issues early in life, Penzi has discovered new food and is interacting more with her herd. In an update in the Arizona Daily Star, Zoo officials say Penzi is learning to come when keepers call her and has voluntarily allowed staff to draw blood without giving any reaction. Since her teeth came in, Penzi's been interested in eating bits of hay, grass, leaves, and lettuce (her favorite food). She also has gotten better at drinking water and is now able to take the water and spray it behind her ears.
    Read the Penzi update via the Arizona Daily Star
    CITY RECRUITING COURT CLERKS AND SENIOR COURT CLERKS Date: July 6, 2020  The City of Tucson is hiring court clerks and senior court clerks for Tucson City Court. These positions will provide clerical support to the court and assist the public. A court clerk processes, maintains, and distributes information and files to internal and external parties. A senior court clerk provides administrative and research support to the court, court clerks, and judges, and handles situations requiring variance from usual and normal procedures. Both positions require a high school diploma or G.E.D., as well as experience in administrative support, confidential information handling, and customer service, preferably in a court setting or as a paralegal. In addition to meeting the minimum requirements of each position, the ideal candidates will also be proficient in Spanish. Applications must be received by July 14. Written exams and virtual panel interviews will be held in August.
    Read the job descriptions 
    Tucson City Court