ward4 - March 7, 3:48 pm
TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER ARENA IMPROVEMENTS TO BEGIN MONDAY
ward3 - March 7, 3:27 pm
Karin's Note: Friday, March 7, 2014 -Ward 3 Events -Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s) -Citywide Events -Did You Know? **********************************************
newsnet - March 7, 10:43 am
TRAFFIC ALERT: DOWNTOWN RESTRICTIONS TOMORROW - If you plan to head downtown for the Old Pueblo Grand Prix bicycle races and 2nd Saturdays Downtown tomorrow, prepare for traffic detours and restrictions. Beginning at approximately 1 p.m., Stone Avenue will be closed between Franklin Street/Toole Avenue and Congress Street. Also, Pennington Street between Church Avenue and Stone Avenue will be closed, as will Church Avenue between Franklin Street and Pennington Street. Alameda Street will be closed between Main Avenue and Scott Avenue. Additionally, Council Street between Stone Avenue and Meyer Avenue, and Washington Street between Church Avenue and Meyer Avenue will be closed. All roads should reopen by approximately 10 p.m. Read the news release. TUCSON POLICE TRAINING FOR NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT - Tucson Police officers have been undergoing training at the Public Safety Academy, in preparation for the success of the University of Arizona Wildcats in the upcoming NCAA tournament. TPD says it has crowd management plans for both evenings of the Final Four, before and after the games, if the Cats continue their winning ways. Assistant Chief Brett Klein says TPD expects to have more than 300 officers on the streets the evening of the championship game and they will be assisted by Pima County Sheriff's deputies and officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the University of Arizona Police Department. Read more from Tucson News Now. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS SOLICITED FOR CITY OF TUCSON GRANTS - The City is accepting proposals for Economic and Workforce Development Grants, and Special Events Grants for Fiscal Year 2015. The development proposals should include items for small business and development, job training and education programs for adults, at-risk youth, and at-risk adults. Special events grants will be awarded to those who help develop the local economy via emerging and established special events that build the community, economy and tourism. Proposals are due no later than Friday, March 21, 2014 at 4 p.m. MAGAZINE: "TUCSON IS A CITY OF BOUNDLESS POSSIBILITIES" - Canadian Traveller magazine features Tucson in its latest issue, calling the city "a place where the freedom to be/think/experiment/try intersects with a world of boundless possibilities." The magazine points out our virtually year-round sunshine, spectacular desert and mountain views, and Tucson's rich history of Native Americans, ranchers and frontiersmen of the Old West. It also talks about our famous restaurants and multitude of entertainment venues. Read the article. TUCSON RECORDS WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD - The National Weather Service reports Tucson just finished its warmest December-February on record, beating the previous record-holding period of 1980-81. In the past three months, Tucson’s average temperature was 56.9 degrees. That’s 0.3 degrees warmer than the previous record. Records were first kept for the Tucson area in 1895. The Weather Service also says this is the 15th-driest winter on record, with 0.84 inches of rain falling at Tucson International Airport, which is almost two inches below normal. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
transportation - March 7, 9:38 am
On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Downtown Tucson will host the Fourth Annual Old Pueblo Grand Prix. The first of four races begins at 3:15 p.m. and utilizes Church Avenue, Pennington Street, Stone Avenue, Council Street, Meyer Avenue, and Washington Street. There will be a “Fan Fair” located at Jacome Plaza in front of the Main Library. More information on the Old Pueblo Grand Prix may be found at www.oldpueblograndprix.com/ Below is the vehicular travel restrictions associated with this event.
newsnet - March 6, 11:51 am
ARIZONA'S TEEN JOBLESS RATE AMONG HIGHEST IN NATION - The current unemployment rate for teenage workers in Arizona is 29.4 percent, according to the Employment Policies Institute and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is up from 28.9 percent at the end of 2012 and 25.3 percent in 2011. Arizona ranks 7th on the list of 10 the states with the highest teen unemployment rates. Mississippi has the highest jobless rate, at 32.3 percent. One of the reasons cited for the high rates includes teens having more competition in the job market for service, retail and entry-level jobs. Read more from the Phoenix Business Journal.
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS PREPARATION UNDERWAY - It doesn't happen until next weekend, but tents already are going up on the University of Arizona campus for the Tucson Festival of Books. Chris Kopach, assistant vice president of Facilities Management at the UA, says there is a systematic way to set up the Mall for the festival and it takes a long time. Setup, which began Saturday in the rain, starts from the east side of the Mall near Campbell Avenue and works its way down the length of the Mall. More than 300 exhibitors and 450 authors are expected to attend, along with a predicted 125,000 visitors. Read more from the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
REPORTE EL GRAFFITI DE SU VECINDARIO - Si usted ve el graffiti de su vecindario. Llame al (520) 792-2489 o envíe un correo electrónico a email@example.com. Además puede utilizar la aplicación MyTucson y seleccionar SeeClickFix en cualquier teléfono iPhone o Android. MyTucson for Android MyTucson for iOS SeeClickFix website SeeClickFix app for Android SeeClickFix app for iOS
2nd SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN THIS WEEKEND - The monthly, free, family-friendly event this Saturday begins at 4 p.m. with shows lasting into the late evening. The main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical groups, and there are plenty of activities for children. Food from vendors and downtown eateries will be available. Street parking is free on Saturdays, or you can pay $3 to park in the Pennington Street Garage. View 2nd Saturdays Downtown schedule. TWO BIG BICYCLE EVENTS TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND - Enjoy a weekend of outdoor fun in Tucson and have the opportunity to watch a professional cycling event with some of the best athletes in the world in various races. The Old Pueblo Grand Prix races start this Saturday at 3 p.m. in front of the Old Pima County Courthouse, 115 N. Church Ave. On Sunday, The Old Pueblo "Gran FUNdo" (Fun Ride) is a 40-mile community bike ride with the pros along Pima County's Loop. That ride starts at 8 a.m. at Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida Del Convento.
newsnet - March 5, 3:35 pm
CITY APPROVES NEW HOLIDAY HONORING CÉSAR E. CHÁVEZ - The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted unanimously last night to establish a City holiday honoring the legacy of civil and labor rights leader César E. Chávez. The paid holiday for City workers also recommends residents observe the holiday as a day of service to their community. Council Member Regina Romero brought the issue to the Council. The first Chávez holiday will be observed on March 30, 2015. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star. REPORT: DEMOGRAPHICS OF ARIZONA'S ELECTORATE SHIFTING - A new report by the opinion research group Latino Decisions says Latinos will make up 44 percent of the Arizona population by 2050. Some experts say that could shift the outcome of future elections. Arizona’s Latino population is younger than other groups and growing faster, yet the report says the percentage of U.S. citizens who identify as Latinos going to the polls on Election Day does not reflect the population growth. The report also says that during the last general election only 52 percent of Latinos eligible to register to vote in Arizona did so, and only 40 percent of the Latino voting-eligible population actually voted. Read more from Arizona Public Media. ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (ADOT) SEEKS COMMENTS ON TUCSON-TO-PHOENIX RAIL LINE - The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking public comments about the feasibility of three potential alternatives for a passenger rail line between the Tucson and Phoenix areas. All three routes run along Interstate 10, south of Eloy, but there are different options for connecting with the Phoenix metro area. Project team members will answer questions this month in the Phoenix area, and they'll be at the Pima County Fair, April 18 -19, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The public comment period runs through May 31. There currently is no construction schedule and no funding identified for the rail project. Read more from KJZZ. HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) COLLECTION SATURDAY - Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting the Household Hazardous Waste Program 2nd Saturday Collection this weekend at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. from 8 a.m. until noon. Accepted materials include automotive fluids, auto and rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products, and computer equipment ($2 for monitors without computer). Drop off of HHW is free for residents. Download the 'my-waste'™ App TUCSON CITY NEWS IN REVIEW - A new law enforcement graduating class is set to patrol the streets; Ft. Lowell Park archaeologists are digging up the past; and it's never too late to get in shape and feel younger. Catch up on the news you may have missed on the latest edition of Tucson City News in Review, produced by Tucson 12.
newsnet - March 4, 12:55 pm
TUCSON POLICE MOURN PHOENIX DETECTIVE KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY - Tucson Police officers today are wearing mourning bands on their badges following the death yesterday of 43-year-old Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs. Police say Detective Hobbs and another detective from the Fugitive-Apprehension Unit were shot by the suspect, William R. Thornton, who died in the gun battle. Hobbs died about two hours after the shooting. The other detective, who has not been identified, is in stable condition. Read more from azcentral.com.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA NAMES NEW POLICE CHIEF - Longtime University of Arizona Police Department (UAPD) Commander Brian Seastone is the department's new Chief. His appointment was announced yesterday in a news release from the office of UA President Ann Weaver Hart. Seastone, who began working for UAPD in 1980, previously served as the UAs Emergency Preparedness manager and on the UAs Campus Emergency Response team. He also provides training on the National Incident Management System and Incident Command System for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State of Arizona Division of Emergency Management. Seastone replaces Anthony Daykin, who retired last August. Read more from the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
VOTER-APPROVED ROAD REPAIR WORK CONTINUES - Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is continuing its road repair program associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program. Tonight, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., crews will be working on Wilmot Road, from Broadway Boulevard to Park Place Drive. Tomorrow and Thursday, work shifts to 29th Street, between Wilmot Road and Craycroft Road. Travel lane restrictions will be in place during the work period. However, at least one lane of travel will be maintained in both directions.
IS TUCSON'S LEMUR EXPECTING? - Is Nuit, Tucson's Black and White Ruffed Lemur at the Reid Park Zoo, expecting? Dr. Moreno and the zookeepers recently performed an ultrasound to find out. Watch the short video of the procedure and hear the latest results at the link below.
HOW TO MANAGE HARD WATER AND OTHER TIPS FROM TUCSON WATER - Get tips on how to manage hard water, increase dishwasher efficiency, flush your water heater, check faucet aerators and more. Information is available in English and Spanish. You can download, print, or request a mailed copy of the tips. You can also learn how to pay your water bill online and stop and start service. Read more from Tucson Water.
ward4 - March 3, 4:46 pm
Find out about Pima County’s future Esmond Station Regional Park and contribute your ideas about community needs and preferences for the park at two events in March.
• From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at the Esmond Station Railroad Festival at Esmond Station School, 9400 S. Atterbury Wash Way.
• At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, at Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive.
newsnet - March 3, 1:00 pm
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: MAYOR AND COUNCIL TO DISCUSS CREATION OF CÉSAR E. CHÁVEZ HOLIDAY - The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow will consider establishing a City holiday honoring the legacy of civil and labor rights leader César E. Chávez. The proposal recommends that residents observe the holiday as a day of service to their community. Council Member Regina Romero proposed the establishment of this additional City holiday, beginning March 31, 2015. Read the agenda item. ARIZONA EXPECTED TO HAVE NATION’S SECOND-FASTEST JOB GROWTH THIS YEAR - Arizona is expected to post one of the highest rates of job growth among states in 2014, trailing only booming North Dakota, according to a recent report. The U.S. Regional Outlook 2014 by Moody’s Analytics predicts Arizona will see a 3.1 percent increase in jobs this year, compared to a national average of less than 1.9 percent. North Dakota’s outlook leads all states at 3.6 percent job growth. “(Arizona’s) expected job growth in 2014 will certainly get a boost thanks to high-tech companies like Apple opening a plant in Mesa,” said Sapna Gupta, senior policy analyst at ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Read more from Cronkite News Service via Arizona Daily Star. NEW LION CUBS TEMPORARILY OFF EXHIBIT - The four two-month-old lion cubs are off exhibit today, since one cub is still feeling under the weather. Zoo officials say the mother and the cub's siblings are spending the day behind-the-scenes with the cub. The cubs also stayed off exhibit last Friday. Normally, The four cubs (Baako, Jelani, Sango, Nayo) and their mother, Kaya, will have access to the exhibit each day from 9 a.m. until noon. Shombay, the father, will be in the exhibit from noon - 4 p.m. If you can't make it to the Zoo, you can see the cubs on the lion webcam at the Reid Park Zoo. SCORE A DEAL ON CITY SURPLUS - Need a bus? How about some bicycles? Maybe some subwoofers will help complete your stereo system? You can find these items and more on the City of Tucson's surplus auction website. View the items listed for bid. Learn more about Tucson's Public Surplus auctions: GET THE LATEST TUCSON NEWS AND INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER - "Like" the City of Tucson on Facebook to get the latest news, community updates and fun facts about Tucson local government and our community. You can also "Follow" the City of Tucson on Twitter for timely, concise updates throughout the day.
transportation - March 3, 11:18 am
Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is continuing its crack seal program associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery.
The dates, work hours and locations for the next set of roadway improvements are listed below. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather.
Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4 - 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wilmot Road - Broadway to Park Place Drive