Paul's Note - November 5, 2021

There are some changes that the city is evaluating regarding several items in the Unified Development Code, the document that covers our city’s building code. 

One of the items that is being evaluated is a change to our commercial parking requirements that would require electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This would apply to parking lots in multi-family and commercial developments, not to single family residences. 

The other is to allow patio expansions at restaurants, which my colleagues allowed as a temporary measure during COVID restrictions, to be made permanent. 

There will be virtual/in-person public meeting to share feedback on these potential amendments. 

Virtual meeting  
Monday, November 15, 5:30 pm  
Register here  

In Person meeting  
Wednesday, November 17, 5:30 pm  
Sentinel Building, 320 N Commerce Park Loop, Tucson, AZ  
Register here  

Click here for background and meeting information. 

These proposed changes are part of the City's climate action response, support for local businesses, and vision for high quality public outdoor spaces. 

Medicare open enrollment is well underway, ending on December 7. The Pima Council on Aging’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program helps to save older adults money through non-biased, free, and individualized Medicare counseling. PCOA does not sell nor endorse any Medicare plans.  

According to a 2020 report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 57% of Medicare Beneficiaries do not compare their coverage options annually. Reevaluating Medicare plans can lead to significant cost savings for beneficiaries and can include switching to a prescription drug plan that better meets your needs, evaluating plans to ensure your preferred doctor is in-network, or finding a higher quality plan. Reviewing your Medicare coverage options with an expert can help to reduce the costs of copayments and premiums. 

PCOA operates the State Health Insurance Assistance Program in Pima County. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, also known as SHIP, is a federal program that offers trusted, unbiased one-on-one counseling assistance to people who are interested in enrolling in Medicare or are already a Medicare beneficiary. PCOA can help older adults save thousands of dollars through the State Health Insurance Assistance Program. 

People interested in one-on-one guidance with one of PCOA’s Medicare counselors should call the Medicare Helpline at (520) 546-2011 or email

I’d like to extend condolences to the family and friends of Ash Silverberg, who passed away late last month. I first knew Ash through his work as a campaign volunteer when he worked on my Dad’s races. But, he was first and foremost a teacher. I met so many of his former students in the community and none had anything but loving praise for him. I try to follow his example in my work in the classroom.