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Paul's Note - October 26, 2018

Most of our political arguments, at least in local politics, are about education. Over the last few months, it’s been about #RedForEd, charter schools and who should sit on the TUSD board. Education is the most important thing our state government does, and it should consume a lot of our energy as we decide how we are going to vote.

That said, I have a bit of bad news for you. What we do might not matter if kids aren’t ready to be students. 83.5% of preschoolers, that’s over 20,000 kids, are at risk of being not ready for kindergarten.

Celebrate The Completion Of Grant Road Phase II – Stone Avenue To Park Avenue October 30

Join the City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in celebrating the completion of the Grant Road Improvement Project – Stone Avenue to Park Avenue on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at the southeast corner of Grant Road and Sixth Avenue. 

Volunteer with VITA

Last year, more than 300 people in our Ward got their taxes done for free thanks to volunteers with United Way's VITA program. If you'd like to learn more about this program and be a part of its great work, attend an upcoming orientation. This is a valuable but little known way to help people in your community is to help them get their taxes done for free. You'll save them money on preparation fees and help them avoid predatory lending practices that are all too common at tax time.

Learn More About Playgrounds Proposed in Proposition 407

The City of Tucson is asking voters on Nov. 6 to consider a $225 million Parks + Connections Bond to fund capital improvements at 100 of our city’s 128 parks. Some of the Proposition 407 enhancements include 22 new playgrounds and renovation or replacement of 36 others. The bond package also would add or replace shade structures over 19 playgrounds.

Limited Plan Review and Inspections at Planning and Development Services Next Week

Planning and Development Services (PDSD) will have a significant number of building plan reviewers and inspectors attending the Arizona Building Officials (AZBO) 2018 Fall Educational Institute, from Monday, Oct. 29, through Friday, Nov. 2. This will result in a closed Commercial Plan Review Counter on Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30. There also will be limited PDSD staff for building inspections during that week.

Van Driver Needed for Parks and Recreation

The City of Tucson is looking for a senior recreation worker – van driver to help manage the transportation component for the Senior Nutrition Program at Armory Senior Center. The program provides daily lunches to older adults, organizes social activities for nutrition site participants, and provides participants with social services information and referrals. The van driver schedules and transports seniors to the center and maintains records and reports as required by the City of Tucson, Pima County, and funding sources.

Saguaro National Park Hosting Astronomy Camp at Rincon Mountain District

Clear fall skies and a range of amateur telescopes will await junior rangers, aged 8 to 12, attending “Astronomy Camp” in the Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park on Saturday, November 17. This fall’s event, running from 1 to 8:30 PM will travel from earth orbit to the farthest reaches of space through indoor and outdoor activities and a hands-on telescope session when darkness falls.

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