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Tucson Parks and Recreation Actions on COVID-19 Prevention

The City of Tucson is actively working with local, state, and federal partners monitoring the presence of COVID-19 coronavirus in our region and implementing policies and actions that will supplement those being taken by other local jurisdictions to prevent the spread of the virus. As a part of this effort, Tucson Parks and Recreation will be taking the below steps to protect employees and the public.

Paul's Note - March 13, 2020

Below is the statement that Mayor Romero released last night about the precautions that the City is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For the latest updates, you can check the Pima County Health Department's Twitter feed or Facebook page.

I want to take a moment to share with you the actions that I am taking to address the serious public health risk that COVID-19 presents to our community.

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.

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