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Paul's Note - March 6, 2020


Photo courtesy John Yoakum

Back at the end of 2018, many of you may have read the story about Tucson Fire Fighters who helped a Pearl Harbor veteran after he fell from a ladder. The fire fighters returned a few hours later to help the veteran finish his yard work.

Sweetwater Wetlands Controlled Burn on March 4

As part of a joint project to enhance Tucson Water’s Mosquito Abatement Program at the Sweetwater Wetlands and to provide a firefighting exercise for Tucson Fire, the two City departments have scheduled this year’s controlled burn for Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The alternate date is Wednesday, March 11.

Media is invited to arrive by 7:30 a.m. to communicate any requests prior to the safety briefing at 8 a.m. Officials will be available between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. for interviews.

Paul's Note - February 28, 2020

Although there are no confirmed cases in Pima County, I’ve gotten questions about coronavirus. There are two things that I as a policy maker can do wrong: over-react and under-react. I don’t want to do either, but I do want to let you know what your local government has been doing to prepare.

Coronavirus is also known as 2019 novel coronavirus or SARS CoV-2 and was first detected in China’s Hubei province in December. As many of you have heard, it has spread to other countries, including the United States.

Half Staff Notification - Officer David Kellywood

Governor Doug Ducey has ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, February 29, 2020, for the interment of White Mountain Apache Police Officer David Kellywood.

Officer Kellywood was killed in the line of duty while responding to a report of gunshots fired south of Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona. Officer Kellywood joined the department nine months ago after graduating from the police academy. Born in McNary, Arizona, Officer Kellywood was a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe.

Paul's Note - February 21, 2020

Fourteen professional football players have died while serving in combat for our country. One of the most notable was Jack Lummus, a US Marine and player for the New York Giants who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for gallant service at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Here in Arizona, we have been honoring the service of Pat Tillman since his death in Afghanistan in 2004. Tillman was a standout at Arizona State University and got to play his professional career here in Arizona after being drafted by the Cardinals.

Paul's Note - February 14, 2020

We are embarking on another discussion about the long range future of our community, this time it’s on a topic I’ve spoken and written about before: our water future.

Tucson Water is preparing a new comprehensive long range plan for the first time since 2004, based on a nationally recognized integrated approach to water resource management known as “One Water.”

Paul's Note - February 7, 2020

I became very frustrated the other night at the council meeting over what might be considered an obscure subject: impact fees.

Impact fees are charged to developers for new construction. Cities and counties impose them because new development means that services in that area, whether it’s roads, parks, water or sewers, need to be expanded.

Paul's Note - January 31, 2020

The commission that oversees the parks bond program made an important decision on Monday night for those of you that play either tennis or pickleball.

First, I want to give you a bit of background. In 2018, you and your neighbors passed Proposition 407, which authorized the sale of $225 million of bonds to fund parks and trail projects throughout the city. $5.5 million of that is set to be spent at Ft. Lowell, while $13.9 million will be spent at Udall Park.

Paul's Note - January 24th, 2020

Those of you that follow council meetings know that they usually are a study session in the afternoon followed by a regular meeting in the evening. Both of these are public meetings and they get noticed as such.

Tuesday’s meeting will be a break from that pattern, but not unprecedented. It will be a mayor and council retreat. It won’t be nearly as much fun as it sounds. We’ve had several of these over the past few years, particularly under the leadership of City Manager Michael Ortega.

Paul's Note - January 17th, 2020

One of the frustrations with our plastic containers is that, for the most part, can’t be used over again. We use a lot of natural resources (namely oil) not to actually make a product but to make something that a product is stored in. We then toss that container away and it ends up in a landfill.

And that brings us to plastic pill bottles. Most of us have a prescription to something, and when we are done, we throw the bottles away. The thing is, those bottles are, unlike plastic bags and plastic water bottles, quite durable and can be used many times over.

Paul's Note - January 10th, 2020

Our local electric utility, Tucson Electric Power, is asking the Arizona Corporation Commission for a rate hike. There will be a hearing on Monday, January 13th and you’ll have a chance to weigh in.

The proposed rate increase would mean $76 million for the company, which would be $7.61 per month for the average residential rate payer.

I was briefed on the rate increase a few weeks ago, and there are a number of things that frustrate me beyond what is being asked of you as a consumer.

YWCA DreamBuilder Bootcamp

The Southern Arizona YWCA is now enrolling for the DreamBuilder Bootcamp.

The DreamBuilder Bootcamp is a 13 week class that provides support and structure as you learn key business principles & build a business plan. The bootcamp includes access to online learning portals and in-person instruction from established business owners and mentors in a supportive community of other local entrepreneurs. The bootcamp's classes are taught by new & established entrepreneurs who would like a weekly dose of accountability and structure to reach business planning goals.

Paul's Note - January 3rd, 2020

This week, Tucson hosted the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl. The preliminary numbers show that it was a great success for Tucson.

According to Visit Tucson, the agency that works to get more tourism and tourism revenue for our community, Wyoming fans blew through their 5,000 ticket allocation and, according to estimates, brought over 10,000 fans to the game. Georgia State fans accounted for an additional 3,000 in ticket sales.

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