Paul's Note - March 28, 2019

Last year, we had the fourth hottest summer on record. All indications are that we will continue to have more days of triple digit temperatures that will start earlier and earlier.

The organization Building Resilient Neighborhoods and Physicians for Social Responsibility are offering workshops on the topic for neighborhoods.

The workshop is called the Extreme Weather Challenge the mission of the workshop is to help Southern Arizonans to prepare for extreme heat and other weather-related emergencies.  

With an aging electrical distribution system and high loads in the summers, neighborhoods can be subject to power loss. Connecting with your neighbors in advance will help you prepare in case of a long service interruption. Your neighbors will be your lifeline.

Building Resilient Neighborhoods will provide facilitators, audio-visual equipment and free guides for a 3 hour program for your neighborhood association, HOA or community group. If your group is interested in scheduling a workshop, please visit buildingresilientneighborhoods.org for more information.

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The Arts Foundation for Southern Arizona and the Department of Transportation approached me last month about the possibility of having youth from Ward 2 do a public art project over the summer. Of course, I said yes.

My predecessor, Carol West, was able to have youth work on several projects around the ward, including the snake on Wrightstown. In addition to making our community a bit more beautiful and interesting, projects like this give high school age kids some valuable work experience. It also gives them a chance to build something lasting in the community that they can be proud of for years. I’m happy that I can give that opportunity.

The project will involve either tile mosaic or steel cut-outs on the pedestrian bridge across 22nd Street by Palo Verde High School. The call for artists was put out last week (I posted it at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/ward-2/news/call-artists-ward-2-project) and we are still looking for community members who would be interested in sitting on the selection committee. I’ve reached out to the two neighborhood associations in the area to fill these slots, but if you feel you have a special expertise in public art, don’t hesitate to send a resume to my office at ward2@tucsonaz.gov.

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While we are on the subject of those two neighborhood associations, one of them, Palo Verde Park Neighborhood Association, held their first “Parkfest” this last weekend. It featured music and food trucks, along with some raffles and other fun. A big thanks goes out not only to Palo Verde Park NA, but to Brent Dennis from Parks and Recreation who made sure that the park was ready.

They are still a new association, but they haven’t been shy about activities, including movie nights at the park and an upcoming dog microchip event. I’ll keep you up do date on what they are doing, and am happy to help your neighborhood put on events like these.