Paul's Note - May 27, 2022

I’ve mulled over what to say about the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Unfortunately, I’ve had to comment about mass shootings too many times while I’ve been in office, including one that killed and wounded several of my friends shortly after I was appointed to the council. 

I’ll leave the comments on this one to Steve Kerr, a person many of us in Tucson have admired for decades.  

We were short staffed at the office over the last couple of weeks, so we didn't have a complete newsletter. I missed out on noting the passing of a couple of great Tucsonans. 

Juan Paz was a longtime social justice advocate and professor at the Arizona State University School of Social Work here in Tucson. He was my professor in graduate school. His classes had a big impact on my life not just because of what I learned, but I met my now wife was a fellow student. He was a great advocate for the poor and our local tribal communities. My condolences to his wife Hermi, who is a fierce advocate in her own right. 

Herschella Horton represented the East Side of Tucson in the state legislature and fought hard for the interests of education and our state’s children. I got to know her through my dad, who served with her. I knew her as someone who was kind and, frankly, smarter than about 90% of her colleagues. She will be missed. 

I heard from our friends at Saguaro National Park about new fire restrictions that were rolled out this week: 

As fire danger has increased across the American southwest, the National Park Service is implementing Stage 2 fire restrictions in eight National Park Service sites in southern Arizona. 

Effective May 25, Saguaro National Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Tonto National Monument, Tumacácori National Historic Park, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site will prohibit the following: 

• Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove fire, including within a developed recreation site or improved site. The use of liquid petroleum or LPG fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices (devices with an on/off switch) is allowed. 

• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle and use of ashtrays. 

• Using explosives or any incendiary device. 

The school year has ended for many of our students this week. Congratulations to all of our graduates and all of those that got promoted to the next grade up. 

Remember that our office will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day. It’s a day that many of us use as a time to relax and travel, but try to set aside some time to remember those that gave their lives for us.