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Paul's Note - February 15, 2019

I had an opportunity last week to have a sit down with T. Van Hook, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity Tucson. I learned a bit more about their business model and how the city could be an even better partner with them in the future.

Most of us know about Habitat's main work, building houses for families who couldn't otherwise afford them. They also have many other programs to help lower income families maintain their houses and continue to contribute as home owners.

City Holiday Closures

The City of Tucson will observe Presidents Day next Monday, Feb. 18. All City offices, except for emergency services, will be closed.

Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, but the Los Reales Landfill will be open. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day next week.

City Seeks Input on Mayor and Council Salaries

The Citizen’s Commission on Public Service and Compensation is considering a recommendation to voters concerning salaries for Mayor and Council. If approved by the Commission, the recommendation may be placed on the Nov. 5, 2019, City ballot.

The Commission invites you to comment on this issue during several public meetings. The next will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Donna Liggins Recreation Center, 2160 N. 6th Ave. (Medium Room). The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Pima County Health Department Community Stakeholder Meetings

The Pima County Health Department is hosting multiple community stakeholder meetings to discuss proposed County ordinance changes, giving retailers and community members the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions. The ordinance changes would raise the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years old, create a tobacco retail permit system, and amend the current smoking ordinance to include vaping products.

Discover Engineers Event This Saturday at Park Place

Tucson Water, Arizona Project WET, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and other local organizations will host activity tables at Park Place, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd., this Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Kids and adults can participate in hands-on activities and projects that increase awareness and appreciation of the many facets of engineering. Tables and displays will be located near the food court.

Magazine Highlights Tucson's Food and Drink Scene

Sunset magazine just published what it calls "The Only Food and Drink Guide You Need for a Weekend in Tucson." From baked goods to single-malt whiskey, Sunset lists 10 of its favorite spots in Tucson.

Some of the places mentioned include Agustin Kitchen, Pueblo Vida Brewing Company, 5 Points Market & Restaurant, Barrio Bread, Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress, and several other coffee shops, bars, and restaurants.

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