Paul's Note, April 10th, 2020

It might be hard to remember with everything else going on, but it is census month. Filling out the census is crucial for our community. Every person that doesn’t fill out the census means a loss of $1,979 for our region, according to the Pima Association of Governments.

If you haven’t gone to 2020census.gov to fill out the form for your household, please do so as soon as you can. If you still have questions about the census, the people at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials has written a list of “frequently asked questions” which I posted on my council website.

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I had a meeting with Diane Alarcon, Tucson’s Director of Transportation (online, of course). You have noticed that ongoing road projects are still going on as scheduled (East Broadway is all but done). However, many maintenance activities, such as weeds and wash clean up, are done by Department of Corrections crews. Those crews will not be available for the duration of the current emergency.

Director Alarcon assured me that her department was able to redeploy personnel and that maintenance work will still be covered.

Keep in mind that different departments are having different personnel issues and different priorities in our current situation. If you have a question about city services, you can call 791-2540.

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For those of us that have lost work, there is support out there. Recent emergency legislation has meant that freelancers, contractors and the self-employed are still eligible. Federal benefits can be up to $600 per week for up to 39 weeks in addition to the $240 from the State of Arizona.

For more information or to apply, visit azui.com. If you’ve been denied, you can appeal by calling 877-600-2722.

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I’ve been hunkered down with my family while doing council business from home. It’s hard to not see all of you at neighborhood meetings or public events, but I’m working hard for you. Keep those calls coming and my staff and I will answer them.

Tucson will get through this.