Paul's Note - July 3, 2019

It’s not the Mississippi, or even the Colorado, but it’s been amazing to see water flowing in the Santa Cruz again. This is especially true if you are a native Tucsonan like me that grew up hearing stories about when our river flowed.

As you read about the water flow, I want to make sure you know about the tremendous work done by Tucson Water’s director Tim Thomure. The Santa Cruz project came from his leadership. There are a lot of things we ask of our water director. Obviously, we ask for a lot of technical and fiscal expertise, but Tim has also brought a lot of legal and legislative knowledge that has helped us secure our water future.


Remember, we’ll be having an open house here at the Ward 2 office on July 10th. I’ll be at the office from 9 am to 1 pm to answer questions and hear your concerns. We will be limiting people to fifteen minutes a piece so I can get to everyone.


I had a chance last week to talk to some post office officials and I found out about a program called “informed delivery.”

Informed delivery allows you to digitally preview your mail. Basically, the post office scans your mail and you can see a digital image of mail that is supposed to arrive at your house. The only part of the mail that is scanned is the exterior, address side of the envelope.

While this doesn’t prevent mail theft, it will allow you to know what mail is missing and to be on the lookout for important deliveries.

They told me that three million people have taken advantage of this service in the Western states. If you’d like to know more or sign-up, you can go to


Thursday is Independence Day, no matter what John Adams wrote. That means the city’s annual fireworks display on Sentinel Peak. The show starts at 9:15.

You can watch the fireworks from parking lot B (off Cushing Street between Granada and Church Avenue) or parking lot C (off Granada between Broadway Boulevard and Cushing Street) at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Or, you can avoid the downtown traffic and leave your car near the streetcar route, away from the TCC. Take the streetcar to the TCC and park your lawn chair there.