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Paul's Note - February 1, 2019

I made a trip down to the airport Friday morning to hand out gift cards to help TSA employees buy gasoline and necessities. Buried in the news about the government re-opening was the fact that employees for many agencies, including the TSA, still have to wait a couple of weeks for their next check.

People from across the community, from labor unions to churches, did some great work to support federal employees during the shutdown. After hearing about the TSA workers, I called Charles Sparks, who runs our local TSA, and asked how I could help out.

Arizona Legislature Passes Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

After months of negotiations between a large array of stakeholder groups, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed Arizona’s commitments to the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) into law Thursday afternoon. The Arizona DCP is a set of voluntary cuts that Arizona Colorado River water users have agreed to take over the next several years to prevent deep shortages at which all Arizona users could face significant cuts. Tucson does not see any new cuts to its share of Colorado River water under the signed plan.

Reid Park Zoo Lights Up Starting Tomorrow

Reid Park Zoo is partnering with the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona, Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc., and Tucson Chinese Cultural Center to bring more than 40 colorful, customized lantern displays to Southern Arizona this spring.

The Asian Lantern Festival, Feb. 2-March 23 (6-10 p.m.), will transport you across the world with Asian-inspired entertainment, cuisine, and culture. You can check admission prices and register now at the above link.

Citywide Liquor License Workshop Tomorrow

Citizens are invited to learn how liquor licenses are issued and how neighbors can weigh in on the process. A workshop will be held tomorrow, Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Ward 6 Office, 3202 E. 1st St.

The Southside Neighborhood Association Presidential Partnership (SNAPP) and the Liberty Partnership Kino Neighborhoods Council (LPKNC), a division of Child and Family Resources, are sponsoring the workshop. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Yolanda Herrera at (520) 991-3307 or

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Tomorrow

Safely dispose of any paints, chemicals, oils, pesticides, and certain other items that are sitting unused in your shed or garage. The City of Tucson Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd., is open tomorrow, Feb. 2, 8 a.m.-noon for household hazardous waste collection.

Drop-off is free for city residents. Please do not bring televisions or computer monitors. Vehicles should enter north from Prudence Road.

City Of Tucson Provides Free GemRide Shuttles Connecting Gem Show Vendors And Visitors With Gem Shows And Parking

For the eighth consecutive year, the City of Tucson is providing a free shuttle service for visitors to the Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase.  The GemRide shuttle system connects to 43 shows from 36 stops on four inter-connected routes.  Returning this year is the Downtown Gem Loop, which connects convenient parking in the Downtown area with 17 shows stretching from south of 22nd Street and Interstate 10 to the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) and then to shows near the Tucson Metro Chamber at 465 W. St.

Tucson Roadrunners to Honor First Responders This Weekend

The Tucson Roadrunners hockey team will host First Responders Night this Saturday, Feb. 2, as the team faces the Colorado Eagles at the Tucson Arena.

The festivities will begin with a Lights & Sirens pregame event at 5 p.m. in front of the Tucson Convention Center (Lot A). There will be numerous cars, motorcycles, trucks, and additional items from first responders, and fans can take advantage of free fingerprinting services from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

Volunteers Needed to Prune Rose Bushes at Reid Park Rose Garden

Tucson Parks and Recreation and the Friends of the Reid Park Rose Garden are seeking volunteers to help prune 650 rose bushes this Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-noon, at the Reid Park Rose Garden, 920 S. Concert Place.

Volunteers should bring clippers, gloves, and rakes if they have them. A small amount of wood glue will be added on top of each vine that has been pruned in order to protect the plants from bugs that like to burrow inside the vines.

Job Opportunity: Cashier

The City of Tucson is seeking a cashier to accept and process payments, fines, donations, and other fees. This includes providing customer service by answering questions, researching information, and processing reservations.

The applicant must have the ability to walk between City facilities to perform work assignments. This position in Business Services offers potential future growth opportunities.

Tucson Water Director Among Those Interviewed About Drought Contingency Plan

Tucson Water Director Tim Thomure was interviewed by Arizona Public Media recently about Arizona’s Jan. 31 deadline to approve a drought contingency plan (DCP) for the water that is drawn from the Colorado River by Native Americans, cities, and farmers. Thomure was on the steering committee that helped developed the DCP, which gives the seven Colorado River basin states time to craft a longer-term plan.


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