October 1, 2021

Homelessness in Tucson, flu season and Anza Park

Tony Paniagua hosts this week's edition of Arizona 360.

The Tucson Police Department launched its Homeless Outreach unit in January. The three-officer unit partners with social services to try and meet the needs of people living on the streets of Tucson. Arizona 360 tagged along with its officers this week.

The pandemic has made homelessness more visible in Tucson, says Jason Thorpe, from the City of Tucson Housing and Community Development Department. He spoke this week with Arizona 360 host Tony Paniagua.

Nearby residents say they had grown increasingly concerned about public safety in Anza Park, north of downtown. But the park is now being revamped after voters approved Proposition 407 in 2018.

Public health experts say this year’s flu season activity is currently low but caution numbers may increase as we head into the fall. Arizona 360 host Tony Paniagua speaks with Dr. Saman Nematollahi, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson.

A state judge ruled a controversial law banning schools from requiring to wear masks is void. AZPM reporter Andrew Oxford talks to host Tony Paniagua about the last-minute rulings and the week in Arizona politics.

Arizona 360
Arizona 360 airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on PBS 6 and Saturdays at 8 p.m. on PBS 6 PLUS. See more from Arizona 360.
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