Paul's Note - March 25, 2022

The results of Thursday night’s game have left me a bit gutted. I know that many of you share my feelings. 

First, a note to Coach Lloyd & staff: You returned Joy to Arizona basketball.  For that our community of fans is grateful.  

Second, to Justin Kier: 6 years and you have ended your college career.  Thank you for making Tucson your last stop.  In our minds you are a lifelong Tucsonan, Bear Down for life.  

Third to Ben Mathurin: ONE MORE YEAR! (Please?). Realistically, I expect you to have a tremendous career in the NBA starting next year and look forward to watching your games in the league. You are a fierce competitor and an incredible basketball player but more than that you are also a first-class person. That means more than anything else.  

Third: Christian Koloko: no matter what you decide, we love you here in Tucson & it will always be your home.  I hope you consider staying and help getting us to the Final Four next season.  

To the Team:  Thanks for this incredible journey. From a preseason PAC-12 5th place ranking and only getting a smattering of votes in national preseason rankings to Roman Main Event champ, PAC-12 champ, PAC-12 tournament champ, number 1 tournament seed and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. 

And, of course, a sweep of the Sun Devils of Tempe Normal. 

This team will always have a special place in my heart.  Bear Down! 

I’ve written about some of the Ward 2 projects that were made possible by Proposition 407. One of those projects is a new splash pad at Udall Park. You are invited to the opening Thursday, March 31st at 4:45 pm. 

This project, located next to the existing pool, marks the City’s fifth splash pad. Come celebrate with us! The splash pad will be open 8 a.m.-sunset, daily through October 31.   

Cyclovia is back after a two-year COVID induced hiatus. 

What is Cyclovia? You can think of it as a long block party. It's an “open streets” event which temporarily re-purposes a small section of our public streets to be more inclusive of all people. You can walk, bike, roll, scoot; the streets are yours. 

This year’s Cyclovia will be on Sunday and will run from the Main Library downtown to Mission View Elementary on 8th Avenue in South Tucson.  

Businesses will be open along the route, and there will also be entertainment, food and games along the way. As always, there will be bike repair stations and places to get helmets for the kids. The Living Streets Alliance has a full list of activities along the route

Because streets will be shut to vehicle traffic, please check the City’s traffic advisory if you plan to be in the area.