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Paul's Note - November 6, 2020

Votes are still being counted and it's been a contentious week. I want to take the time to tell you about Tucsonans coming together to help our neighbors.

My staff volunteered for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona on Thursday. COVID-19 has caused many challenges for agencies like the Food Bank. Economic stress has, of course, made their services more needed. They also must keep their volunteers and employers safe during this public health emergency, which can make it harder to serve people in need.

Mayor and Council to review updates to Tucson Floodplain Management Plan, Floodplain Ordinance, and Levee Manual

Mayor and Council of the City of Tucson will hold a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at or after 5:30 p.m. The public hearing will be conducted online.  You may view the public hearing at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/gov/mayor-and-council-live. Mayor and Council will consider: update to the 2016 adopted Tucson Floodplain Management Plan, revisions to the Floodplain Ordinance, and a new City of Tucson Levee Manual. 

The final drafts of documents to be reviewed by Mayor and Council can be found here:

Paul's Note - October 30th, 2020

After the two in custody deaths of Carlos Ingram Lopez and Damian Alvarado, TPD opened up a process called a “Sentinel Event Review Board” which took a month to examine what went wrong in those cases. The analysis included everything from how our 911 center is staffed to how certain types of equipment are deployed to the attitudes and training of our officers.

People, Communities, and Homes Investment Plan (P-CHIP): New Website and Virtual Town Halls

WEBSITE LAUNCH AND UPCOMING VIRTUAL TOWN HALLS FOR P-CHIP - The People, Communities, and Homes Investment Plan (P-CHIP) creates a framework for investing in Tucson's most vulnerable populations. This plan will direct funding for homeless services, housing stability, neighborhood enhancements, and more. The plan is built on past community plans, current data, and broad public outreach.

New online building permit application and other technology changes

New online application for building permits to go live Monday, October 26

Customers will be able to use our new Online Building Permit Application form for most building permit submittals starting October 26.

This new process is part of a phased approach to help automate the intake of permits. It aims to reduce the time from application submission to permit initialization and allow for more immediate tracking of permit progress.   

Paul's Note - October 23rd, 2020

I maintain a list of links to city departments and community groups that you can find on my Ward 2 page. Sometimes I get requests from one group or another to put on that page.

I got one this week from Literacy Connects. Literacy Connects is going to be celebrating their tenth anniversary next year, but many of the groups that merged to form their organization had been doing fantastic work in our community for decades.

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