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PLANNING COMMISSION TO HEAR ABOUT URBAN AGRICULTURE TOMORROW - The Planning Commission tomorrow will consider whether to send a draft text amendment recommendation to Mayor and Council relating to urban agriculture. The City of Tucson has been working with the community to develop a proposal which would, among other things, allow people to grow their own food and raise food-producing animals, such as chickens, miniature goats, ducks, geese, and turkeys. Before deciding to move forward with a proposal, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. in Mayor and Council Chambers, 255 W. Alameda St. Individuals on both sides of the issue may speak for up to five minutes.
Planning Commission agenda for tomorrow: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/pdsd/boards-committees-commissions/091615_PC_Agenda.pdf
Planning Commission website: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/pdsd/planning-commission
 
TCC HISTORIC DISTRICT RECOGNIZED IN NATIONAL REGISTER - The Tucson Community Center Historic District downtown was listed in the National Register of Historic Places last week. The district consists of the landscape surrounding the TCC Arena, Music Hall and Leo Rich Theater; the walkway between the hotel and La Placita Village; and Veinte de Agosto Park. The Convention Center and arena are in the southern end of the district. The district was designed in stages by Modernist landscape architect Garrett Eckbo (1910-2000) in 1971, 1973, and 1974. The volunteer group TCC Today is advocating for restoration of the district.
TCC Today: http://tcctoday.org/
Tucson 12 video about TCC Today and Eckbo landscape: https://vimeopro.com/cityoftucson/tv/video/110804469
 
STREETCAR WINS ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD - The Sun Link streetcar recently won the President’s Award at the Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards. The ceremony was held in Phoenix last Saturday. Judges selected Sun Link for top honors because the project is vital to improving the look and feel of Downtown Tucson, providing a boost to the community’s infrastructure. The streetcar also won top honors in the Healthy Communities Multimodal Transportation & Connectivity category. More than 120 entries were received for the only Arizona sustainability-focused awards program. Nominations came from 30 communities across the state.
From the Phoenix Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/morning_call/2015/09/arizona-forward-environmental-excellence-award.html
Sun Link: http://www.sunlinkstreetcar.com/
 
FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO HOLD JOINT DRILL HIGHLIGHTING NEW EQUIPMENT - The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) and Tucson Police Department (TPD) will hold a brief joint drill tomorrow, in which the Rescue Task Force (RTF) will simulate rescuing victims after an intentional mass casualty event, such as a mass shooting or bombings. The RTF is a set of teams made up of firefighters and police officers deployed to provide emergency medical care to victims where there is an ongoing ballistic or explosive threat. TFD recently was awarded a $46,000 federal grant to purchase safety equipment necessary to protect personnel during RTF deployment situations. The equipment will give added protection to TFD personnel so they can safely carry out their tasks on scene. The drill will take place at 7555 E. Dogwood Street (formerly Lyons Elementary School) at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Tucson Fire Department Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Tucson-Fire-Department-407730889258814/timeline/
Tucson Police Department Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TucsonPoliceDepartment
 
DOWNTOWN TUCSON GIFT CARD NOW AVAILABLE - With the Downtown Tucson eGift Card, you can share a taste of what Tucson has to offer. The gift card is valid at more than 70 participating businesses in the downtown area and can be loaded on a smartphone. Gift card recipients can buy a SunGo 1-Day Ticket to ride the Sun Link streetcar to spend their gift.
List of participating merchants via Downtown Tucson Partnership: https://www.downtowntucson.org/live-work/gift-card/
Buy Downtown Tucson eGift Card online from Downtown Tucson Partnership: https://downtowntucson.instagift.com/
Sun Link: http://www.sunlinkstreetcar.com/