Somehow, the school year is already upon us. I’m glad our kids will be returning to some sense of normalcy, as will many parents in our community. At the Ward 4 office, we were thrilled to bring back our Back to School Bash for its 20th year last month. We provided 750 backpacks full of school supplies to students in our community, in addition to providing school supplies directly to selected Vail Schools. Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the event and to all our partners and sponsors who helped make it a success.

Here’s a list of those who helped make the 20th Back to School Bash possible: Desert Toyota, Diamond Ventures, Dias Management Inc. DBA McDonald’s, Eegees, Joe and Virginia Yee, Law Offices of Lazarus and Silvyn, PC, Reid Park Zoo, Southern Arizona Home Builder’s Association, Southwest Gas, Swaim and Associates, Tucson Electric Power, Tucson Environmental Services, Tucson Firefighter’s Association, Tucson Police Officer’s Association, and Tucson Water Department.

This year we have enjoyed a much needed monsoon season. Unfortunately, with the heavy rains we have lost a lot of trees and potholes are increasing. If you notice trees down in city streets, please report them by calling (520) 791-3154 Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm or after normal working hours and on weekends at (520) 791-4144. If you lost a tree on your private property and would like to replace it, Tucson Clean and Beautiful wants to help by offering you a substantially discounted tree. Call (520) 791-3109 for more information. Report potholes by emailing the location to

Last month we also held a Ward 4 Town Hall with the City of Tucson Development Services Department. In case you missed it, staff gave an overview of the online tools available to the community, including how to look up property records and how to sign up for NoticeTucson to receive notifications and meeting invites for developments happening in your area. It can be challenging for members of the community to keep up with the development activity occurring in Tucson. Along with traditional outreach required by the Unified Development Code, NoticeTucson offers a way for interested parties to stay informed of proposed land use changes within selected areas that you choose.

You can find recordings of all Ward 4 Town Halls on YouTube. Search “A to Z with Nikki Lee” to find my channel. A reminder that our next town hall will take place on Thursday, August 26 at 5:30 PM and will focus on South Harrison and Stella Mann Neighborhood Associations. Register at

Wishing you and your families a relaxing end of summer and a great start to the school year. I’ll be back next month with another Ward 4 update.

Nikki Lee

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