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  • COVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBILITY EXPANDS TO YOUTH
    Date: May 13, 2021 
    Pima County and its community partners will be offering expanded opportunities to be vaccinated now that the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have endorsed the Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer vaccine to include children ages 12 to 15. That means starting today, May 13, COVID-19 vaccines are available to anyone 12 years old and up at Pfizer sites in Tucson and Pima County. A parent or guardian must be present to consent for their minor child to get the vaccine. Sites with the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are open to those at least 18 years old. The Arizona Department of Health Services has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below). So far, more than 3 million people in Arizona, or 42.9% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while more than 2.5 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccine registration or call (520) 222-0119
    State/UA vaccine registration or call (844) 542-8201
    Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION TO BEGIN APPROVING APPLICATIONS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS
    Date: May 13, 2021 
    Beginning Saturday, May 15, the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department will resume approving special events applications for special-interest areas within City parks. Special events will be limited to 25% capacity, as defined by the venue size. Event areas with no capacity limits will be limited to 250 people. Applications must be submitted at least 60 days in advance of the event. For more information, email specialevents@tucsonaz.gov, or call 520-837-8043. For larger events in the City, please visit the Special Events link below.
    Special Events
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • ENJOY COOL SUMMER FUN AT REID PARK ZOO DURING SUMMER SAFARI NIGHTS
    Date: May 13, 2021 
    Reid Park Zoo’s annual Summer Safari Nights program is back every Saturday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., through Aug. 15. Enjoy the Zoo during cooler evening temperatures, with events featuring live music from local bands, games, animal chats, wildlife activities, carousel rides, and themed evenings. Food and drink specials also will be available. The season kicks off this Saturday night, May 15, with “Animal Superheroes and Super Powers.” See the African wild dogs with their amazing hearing, the Zoo’s own Incredible Hulk, African elephants, and grizzly bears. Michael P. and the Gullywashers will perform classic rock tunes, and Tucson Parks and Recreation’s "Ready, Set, Rec!" will be on hand with games and activities. As part of COVID-19 safety protocols, guests must social distance, and everyone ages 5 and older must wear a mask or face shield. Mask break zones are available in the Zoo for guest comfort. For tickets and information, visit the links below.
    Summer Safari Nights 2021
    Reid Park Zoo
  • CHANGES TO DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEES
    Date: May 13, 2021 
    Tucson's Mayor and Council voted recently to sunset the “Emergency Relief” impact fee rates on June 30. The “Full Adopted” fee schedule will now go into effect on July 1. This may mean an increase in impact fees for some projects. All building permits submitted by tomorrow, May 14, and deemed complete by Planning and Development Services, will benefit from the “Emergency Relief” fee schedule regardless of when the permit is paid or issued. For additional information, view the May 4 Mayor and Council Regular Meeting materials and the online Impact Fee Calculator (based on “Emergency Relief” fees). Questions about your individual permit may be directed to PDSDInquiries@tucsonaz.gov.
    May 4 Mayor and Council Regular Meeting materials
  • ICYMI: NEW SPLASH PAD OPENS AT CLEMENTS CENTER (VIDEO)
    Date: May 13, 2021 
     - Tucson Parks and Recreation recently opened a new splash pad at the William M. Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive. The splash pad is open daily from 8 a.m.-sunset. It was built using Tucson Delivers Parks + Connections voter-approved bond funds.
    Watch video of the splash pad in action
    Tucson Delivers: Parks + Connections
    Clements Splash Pad
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • PROPOSED CHANGE TO RATES FOR TUCSON WATER CUSTOMERS IN UNINCORPORATED PIMA COUNTY
    Date: May 12, 2021 
    Tucson's Mayor and Council last month gave notice of its intention to implement a differential rate structure for Tucson Water customers located in unincorporated Pima County. The public has a chance to comment during two town halls this month. The virtual meetings are being held tonight, May 12, and May 25. The town halls, from 5:30-7 p.m., will provide opportunities to learn more about the proposal and ask questions. An online survey is also available. A public hearing will be held at the meeting of the Mayor and Council on June 8.
    More information about differential water rates
  • EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
    Date: May 12, 2021 
    The Federal Communications Commission just launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting today, May 12, the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) will provide a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company using an online or mail-in application. You can learn more about the EBB program, including eligibility and enrollment information, by following the links below or calling (833) 511-0311.
    Read the news release
    EBB website
    GetEmergencyBroadband.org
    EBB FAQ sheet
    Step-by-step instructions for applicants (PDF)
    City of Tucson website summary of EBB program
  • NEW APP TO STREAMLINE ROOFTOP SOLAR PERMITTING PROCESS
    Date: May 12, 2021 
    Pima County and the City of Tucson will relaunch the Solar One Stop as a portal to the new Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus Platform (SolarAPP+) that automates the approval of residential solar permits. The County and City are some of the first and the largest jurisdictions in the United States to help the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) pilot the permitting software. It was created with help from the International Code Council, UL, the solar industry, the Solar Foundation, and others. Using SolarAPP+, registered solar contractors can submit their system designs for immediate code compliance review and subsequent permits. The app launched today, May 12, for widespread use in Pima County and the City of Tucson, and it will be available nationally in June. Solar installers can access the new app via the Solar One Stop website linked below.
    Solar One Stop/Solar APP+
  • TUCSON'S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC INITIATIVES CELEBRATING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEEK
    Date: May 12, 2021 
    The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) joins the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) in celebrating Economic Development Week, underway now through May 14. Economic Development Week was created by the IEDC in 2016 to increase awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and improve the quality of life in communities everywhere. The theme of AAED’s Economic Development Week celebration is “Collaborative Arizona Communities.” The Office of Economic Initiatives has collaborated with national corporations to create 194 jobs, retain 375 jobs, and bring $77.3 million in capital investment to Tucson in the first quarter of 2021.
    Read the news release
    ConnectTucson
  • CITY PROCUREMENT STAFF NAMED BUYER AND MANAGER OF THE YEAR
    Date: May 12, 2021 
    The City of Tucson's Business Services Department is proud to announce that Senior Contract Officer Norma Camacho has been named the Buyer of the Year by the Copper Chapter of NIGP (The Institute for Public Procurement). In addition, Procurement Manager Jenn Myers has been named the Manager of the Year. Each March, the Copper Chapter of NIGP accepts nominations for the Buyer and Manager of the Year awards. These awards recognize individuals who actively support and promote the public procurement profession, demonstrate their passion for their careers, and maintain high professional standards. NIGP is an international, membership-based nonprofit organization providing support to the public procurement profession. The NIGP Copper Chapter of Southern Arizona is a nonprofit chapter of approximately 100 government procurement employees in the region.
    Read the news release
  • REGISTRATION BEGINS THIS WEEKEND FOR PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER PROGRAMS
    Date: May 10, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation will resume summer KIDCO, In-Betweener's Club, Jr. Staff in Training, and Therapeutic Recreation programs. Locations are available for viewing online at the link below. Timely registration is recommended, since program size will be limited, and summer offerings fill up quickly. Indoor activities will be limited to programs only. At this time, the centers will not be open for drop-in access. Residents can register beginning Saturday, May 15, at 6 a.m., and non-residents can register starting at noon. For questions or more information on registration, the Discount Program, or to set up an account, contact Registration Services at (520) 791-4877. Visit the website linked below for more information.
    Register for summer programs
  • READY, SET, REC! VISITING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
    Date: May 10, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation's Ready, Set, Rec! program is bringing a van to a park near you. Each of the six vans has standard play equipment, such as giant yard games, board games, cards, walking sticks, and hula hoops. Other modules that you could see at the program include, but are not limited to, arts and crafts, STEM activities, sports, container gardening, fishing, Lotería, and more. Each van will visit at least three parks per week. Find out where the vans are this week by following the website linked below, or follow @Readysetrec on social media.
    Ready, Set, Rec!
    Ready, Set, Rec! on Facebook
    Ready, Set, Rec! on Instagram
  • ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED
    Date: May 10, 2021 
    Several virtual public meetings are being held to learn about a proposed code change to allow backyard casitas (also known as Accessory Dwelling Units) in Tucson. Attend a meeting to hear how this housing option can provide affordable housing, help seniors age in place, and promote sustainable infill development. Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) staff will present a draft proposal for new zoning regulations to permit this housing type. This proposal was developed based on public meetings held earlier this year and input from a stakeholder group representing a range of viewpoints and expertise. You can find background information and register for the meetings by following the links below.
    Background information
    Wednesday, May 19, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Saturday, May 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
    Monday, May 24, 5:30-7 p.m.
    Tuesday, May 25, 9-10:30 a.m.
  • ICYMI: PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE (VIDEO)
    Date: May 10, 2021 
    An Arbor Day celebration on April 30 in Tucson’s Ward Four led to the planting of more than 60 trees in Lincoln Park. The added shade to the soccer field was carried out through a partnership with the office of Vice Mayor Nikki Lee, Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Trees for Tucson, and Tucson Parks and Recreation.
    Watch the video
  • COVID-19 VACCINE SCHEDULING
    Date: May 10, 2021 
    COVID-19 vaccines are available to anyone 16 years old and up at Pfizer sites in Tucson and Pima County. Sites with the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are open to those at least 18 years old. The Arizona Department of Health Services has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below). So far, more than 3 million people in Arizona, or 42.6% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 2.51 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccine registration or call (520) 222-0119
    State/UA vaccine registration or call (844) 542-8201
    Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • FIRST NEW FIRE STATION TO BE BUILT WITH TUCSON DELIVERS SALES TAX FUNDS
    Date: May 6, 2021 
    The City of Tucson and the Tucson Delivers Program broke ground this morning on the new Fire Station 9, 6275 E. Eastland Street. The complete rebuild of the facility will be the first of five new Tucson Fire Department (TFD) stations that will be built with voter-approved Tucson Delivers sales tax funds. In May 2017, Tucson voters approved Proposition 101 (Tucson Delivers), a five-year, half-cent transaction sales tax to fund street improvements (Better Streets) and public safety investments (Safer City). Two separate citizens' commissions (the Bond Oversight Commission and the Public Safety Tax Oversight Commission) provide oversight of Tucson Delivers sales tax collection and expenditures.
    Tucson Delivers
    Tucson Fire Department
  • GAP ANALYSIS OF HOUSING MARKET STUDY AVAILABLE
    Date: May 6, 2021 
    The Housing Market Study’s third and final phase, the Gap Analysis, is available now for viewing. This phase of the Housing Market Study focuses on understanding gaps in the housing market by looking at existing demographics, household income levels, development trends, emerging household preferences, and economic indicators to understand unmet housing needs. The report is a result of evaluations of the Infill Incentive District in 2018 and 2019. Stakeholders expressed a better understanding of factors affecting the housing market in the downtown area, concerns regarding housing affordability and availability citywide, and direction from Mayor and Council. The Housing Market Study can help inform the development of a comprehensive affordable housing strategy to help meet current and future demand. The study is a partnership between the University of Arizona Eller College of Management’s Economic and Business Research Center, Pima County, and the City of Tucson.
    Housing Market Study
    Gap Analysis
  • ICYMI: BUFFALO SOLDIERS MEMORIAL DEDICATED IN TUCSON
    Date: May 6, 2021 
    Ward 5 Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres, the Greater Southern Arizona Area Chapter (GSAAC) of the Buffalo Soldiers, and Tucson Parks and Recreation this week unveiled the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial to honor the contributions of Black Americans in defense of the nation and settling Southern Arizona. The memorial is located at the Quincie Douglas Center, 1575 E. 36th St., in one of the oldest historically Black neighborhoods in Tucson.
    Read the news release
    Quincie Douglas Center
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT SATURDAY
    Date: May 6, 2021 
    The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) hosts a monthly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event. The next one, May 8, originally was scheduled at the Thomas O. Price Service Center, but the location is moving to the Tucson Rodeo Grounds at 4823 S. 6th Ave. (enter on 3rd Avenue). The time for the free event will still be from 8 a.m. to noon. Bring HHW, electronic waste, glass bottles/jars, and documents for shredding (limit three boxes). See the HHW list linked below for details on what to bring. Please do not bring dried paint, empty containers, or CRT monitors. This event happens the second Saturday of every month in different areas across Tucson. See the schedule for the event closest to you.
    HHW schedule
    HHW program details
    HHW accepted materials list
  • JOB OPPORTUNITY: SENIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT MECHANIC
    Date: May 6, 2021 
    The Fleet Services Division of the Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) 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 senior heavy equipment mechanic position is for second shift, from 1:30-10 p.m., with shift differential pay of $1 per hour for hours worked between 6-10 p.m. The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 9. Read the job description linked below to learn about the minimum qualifications and essential functions of the job.
    Read the job description