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Paul’s Note: Prevent Youth Addiction, Raise Tobacco Sales Age to 21

Paul’s Note: Prevent Youth Addiction, Raise Tobacco Sales Age to 21

By Ward 3 Council Member Paul Durham and Pima County Superintendent of Schools Dustin Williams

SPECIAL TO THE ARIZONA DAILY STAR

The following column is the opinion and analysis of the writers.

Youth vaping rates are rising exponentially in southern Arizona and across the country. This week, Tucson and Pima County have a chance to do something about it.

Deadline Approaching: How to File Arguments For or Against Propositions

The City of Tucson is accepting written arguments for or against Proposition 205 and Proposition 409, which will both be on the general election ballot on Nov. 5, 2019. Written arguments must be filed with the City Clerk's office no later than 5 p.m., Aug. 7, and will be included in the City of Tucson publicity pamphlet prepared for the election.

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival Begins This Week

The Tucson Audubon Society is hosting the annual Southeast Arizona Birding Festival this Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 7-11. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel-Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way, is the headquarters for the event.

The festival offers opportunities for nature photographers to hone their skills in the field or the classroom. The schedule includes free talks and workshops, games, and vendors. Some lectures and certain field trips to southeast Arizona’s best birding sites require a fee.

Paul's Note - August 2, 2019

Last week, I gave a rundown on city departments and I said that I would profile different departments over the next few weeks.

I made a bit of an error when I gave the list. I mentioned the Finance Department. It’s not called that anymore. It is now known as the Business Services Department.

The name change isn’t cosmetic. The department is a newly organized entity that took over the functions of the old Finance and Procurement departments. Human Resources has to remain separate by provisions of the charter, but they are considered under the Business Services “umbrella.”

Primary Election Ballots Being Mailed Today

The Tucson City Clerk's Office is mailing ballots to voters today, Aug. 2, for the vote-by-mail City of Tucson Primary Election on Aug. 27. The deadline for voters to return their voted ballots by mail is Aug. 21, to allow enough time for them to arrive by Election Day.

Meanwhile, some voting locations will be open to cast or drop off ballots in person on Election Day. Voters will be selecting candidates for mayor, and Tucson City Council offices in Wards 1, 2, and 4.  

Free Water Conservation Kits from Tucson Water

Tucson Water is offering its customers free home water conservation materials. You can choose a low-flow shower head, a five-minute shower timer, a toilet tank bag, toilet leak detection tablets, and bathroom faucet aerators. There is a limit of one order per household, and the offer is only valid for Tucson Water customers while supplies last. Please select only the items you and your family can use and are willing to install.

Reid Park Zoo's Summer Safari Nights Program Continues Tomorrow

Reid Park Zoo’s annual Summer Safari Saturday Nights program runs 6-8 p.m. every Saturday until Aug. 17. Enjoy the Zoo during cooler evening temperatures with added fun, including live music from local bands, games, inflatables, food and drink specials, face painting, glitter tattoos, animal encounters, zookeeper chats, and themed evenings.

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