Paul’s Note: Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Paul’s Note

Friday, August 23rd, 2019
 
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
City Wide Events
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
Update on Tobacco 21
 
When I first started working on raising the age to buy tobacco including e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 over a year ago, about 25% of the U.S. population was covered by such laws. Now it’s over 50% as a growing number of cities, counties and states struggle to find ways to deal with the explosion of the use of e-cigarettes by young people.
 
A 2018 surgeon general’s report said e-cigarettes have become, since 2014, the most commonly used tobacco product among American youth. E-cigarette use among U.S. middle and high school students increased 900% from 2011 to 2015, the report said.
 
Tucson and Pima County residents want to do something about the use of e-cigarettes by kids as well—according to a recent poll, 68% of Tucsonans and 64% of Pima County residents favor raising the age.
 
Tobacco 21 works because high school seniors, who are 18, buy e-cigarettes to resell to their younger classmates. By this means, e-cigarettes are even finding their way into middle schools. But not many middle and high school students have friends who are 21 or older. That’s why Tobacco 21 cuts the use of e-cigarettes by high school students from 35 to 50%.
 
Here’s the latest: The Pima County Board of Supervisors at their August 6th meeting decided to hold two additional stakeholder meetings, so they postponed consideration of Tobacco 21 until their meeting on September 17th. The City Council, which had Tobacco 21 on the agenda for their meeting on August 6th, convinced that it would be preferable to act together with Pima County, also postponed consideration to our meeting on September 17th.
 
Working with Pima County, the City will be hosting one stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, September 10 in the First Floor Conference Room at City Hall, 255 W Alameda St from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and the County will host one stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, September 3rd from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S Country Club Rd. If you are interested in this issue or just want to hear what’s said, you’re invited to come to either or both of the meetings.
 
I really don’t know what the Board of Supervisors will do (Supervisor Sharon Bronson is the swing vote), but the City Council will be prepared to raise the age to buy tobacco products including e-cigarettes only in Tucson if the Board of Supervisors votes it down. I certainly hope that the Pima County Board of Supervisors will join us, but I understand that they are being lobbied to vote against Tobacco 21 by tobacco product sellers. If you want your voice to be heard on this issue, I encourage you to contact the Board of Supervisors and Mayor and Council.
 
311 System
 
We hear from many of you about issues you face and also sometimes hear how it is unclear exactly who in the City of Tucson can help address the specific problem you are facing. To make it easier for you and your neighbors to find relevant information and connect with the city employee who can help you, our city manager is developing a 311 system which will serve as a single entry-point for your inquiries. To do this effectively, however, we need to know what types of questions you typically have for city employees and how you normally contact us. Please take five minutes and complete this short survey to help us better serve you.
 
Here are the links to the survey in both English and Spanish:
 
Recycling
 
A lot is happening with recycling right now--globally and locally. First, it's important for all residents to understand that the recycling markets are in turmoil right now. What this means is many consumers in North America have become comfortable assuming that various packaging is recyclable but this depends on recycling plants being willing to take those products to begin with. Recycled goods, like all consumer products, are part of a global commodity chain.
 
Currently recycling plants in China have significantly restricted the recyclable products they are willing to take. Why is that? China cracked down on accepting shipping containers with a certain percentage of contaminated goods because they were being overwhelmed with goods too dirty to actually recycle that were ultimately going into their waste streams. Plastic bags, Styrofoam, textiles, food or human waste are the primary contamination culprits in Tucson. These should NEVER go into the blue bins.
 
Our contamination rate at the MRF (or multi re-use facility) in April 2019 was 29.3%. So we have at least two things happening at the point of the end user. In some instances people are assuming that all plastics are recyclable: They are not. On the other hand, some people are clearly using their blue bins as garbage bins: They are not. The end result is that our primary market for these recyclable goods has decided they will no longer accept the amount of rubbish that has historically been present.
 
This change in the recycling global commodity chain means that recycling has become far more expensive and, in some cases such as mixed paper and plastics other than #1, #2 and #5, markets have virtually disappeared. Many cities in the U.S. have eliminated recycling programs all together or have raised fees. In Tucson for us to maintain existing service the City would run a deficit of $3.3 million.
 
To address these additional costs, Mayor and Council has opted to reduce recycling pick-ups to every other week rather than eliminate recycling altogether or limit the items that can be recycled. This will begin on September 30. Your regular pick-up day will remain the same and you can look to the map below to know which week you will have pick-up.
 
You’ll receive additional information in monthly bill inserts and direct mailers that will include which weeks are scheduled for “A” pick-ups and which are scheduled for “B” pick-ups. You can also learn more about the every other week pick-ups by attending one of these upcoming town halls:
  • Wednesday, September 11 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Morris K Udall Center (7200 E. Tanque Verde Road)
  • Thursday, September 12 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center (2160 N. 6th Avenue)
  • Saturday, September 14 - 10 a.m. to Noon at Quincie Douglas Center (1575 E. 36th Street)
  • Wednesday, September 18 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at El Pueblo Regional Center (101 W. Irvington Road)
  • Thursday, September 19 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at William M. Clements Center (8155 E. Poinciana Drive / MPR & basketball court area)
  • Monday, September 16 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Tucson City Council Ward 6 Community Room (3202 E. 1st Street)
This every other week pick-up will help us reduce costs by $1.4 million. More is needed. In addition to the Environmental Services Department’s work to increase public education of contamination, they are also reviewing route efficiencies as well as a new green waste composting program at the Los Reales landfill. This latter effort could provide a new avenue for both paper recycling as well as food waste in addition to providing a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. These are just some of the options currently available. More is needed if we want to be able to reduce our impact on the landfill.
 
Remember the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
 
6th Ave Dog Park
 
We had a great ribbon cutting event this past Saturday to celebrate the upgrade at the 6th Ave Dog Park. I had previously  mentioned that the upgrades would include improvements to the irrigation and drip system with new sprinklers and solar irrigation controller, removal of dead trees with new trees planted, added area lighting, sod, pea gravel and decomposed granite. Benches and fresh paint are also on the way.

Council Member Durham, Parks & Rec Director Brent Dennis and guests help cut the ribbon.
 
Thank you again to all who made this possible!
 
The new park in use.
 
-Paul D.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Patrick
 
August 26th is National Dog Day. There is no better way to celebrate than by adopting a dog, and the staff at Pima Animal Care Center will help you with that.  
 
Here are some pictures of Patrick from PACC. He is a very distinguished looking Boxer and Labrador Retriever mix. Staff think Patrick is about 7 years old. Make 7 Patrick’s lucky number and come down to PACC to make his adoption official and bring this smiley guy home with you.
 
Because of his age PACC will waive his adoption fees so all that you have to do is pay a $20 registration fee!
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
 
Campbell Grant
Monday
August 26th
6-7:30 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Country Club/Ft Lowell Safety Group
Monday
August 26th
6-7:30 pm
St. Francis Cabrini Church
Room 5
3201 E Presidio
 
Grant Road Coalition
Tuesday
August 27th
5:30-6:30 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Central Segments Safety Coalition
Tuesday
August 27th
6:30-8 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Old Pasqua
Tuesday
August 27th
6-7 pm
785 W Sahuaro
 
#WEAREAMPHI Coalition Coffee
Wednesday
August 28th
8-9:30 am
Habitat for Humanity
3501 N Mountain Ave
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
Tucson Delivers at Fire Station #8
Thursday
August 29th
9 am
Fire Station #8
255 W King Rd
 
The Tucson Delivers Program continues to successfully meet the public safety investment commitments made to our community by purchasing new equipment, new vehicles, and updating facilities for the Tucson Fire and Tucson Police departments.
 
The City of Tucson will be hosting a media and community event at Fire Station #8 to unveil and dedicate one of the four new fire engines most recently purchased through the Tucson Delivers program. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to join Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and the Station #8 firefighters in the traditional Push-In ceremony to dedicate Station #8’s new fire engine.
 
Station #8 is also one of the TFD stations funded by the voter-approved program for a complete rebuild, and attendees will be able to join TFD staff for a pre-demolition tour to learn about how the station functions, the existing conditions, and the expected benefits and improvements in the future station.
 
In May 2017, Tucson voters approved Proposition 101, now known as Tucson Delivers, a five-year, half-cent sales tax to fund better streets and a safer city, with 40% of tax revenues apportioned to street improvements and 60% to public safety investments. Funds from Tucson Delivers can only be spent on items that were approved by voters. The Bond Oversight Commission and the Public Safety Tax Oversight Commission are citizen commissions that provide oversight of all Tucson Delivers sales tax collection and expenditures.
 
For more information: Visit www.tucsonaz.gov/TucsonDelivers
 
Refugee 101: Info Night
Thursday
August 29th
5:30-7:30
Habitat for Humanity
3501 N Mountain Ave
 
Join Iskashitaa for a Tucson-wide training. Learn to define refugee, asylee and immigrant. Discuss why resettlement helps the United States strengthen its security. Learn about the struggles and successes of a new American, and find out how to welcome a new family in your neighborhood.
 
For more dates and to RSVP click here.
 
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City Wide Events
 
Anza Park Community Conversation
Thursday
August 29th
6-7:30 pm
Pima Community College Downtown Campus
Amethyst Room, CC Building
1255 North Stone
 
The public is invited to a community conversation as the City of Tucson plans for the future of Anza Park located at Stone and Speedway. Anza Park is a historic park that sits at the corner of Wards 1, 3, 6 and offers a gateway into our downtown.
 
Join Wards 1, 3 and 6, Tucson Parks and Recreation, Tucson Police Department, Housing & Community Development, and Tucson Department of Transportation as we take a step toward improving your neighborhood park system.
 
For those who cannot make it to the meeting, there is an online survey available from August 21st September 21st at https://opentownhall.com/portals/310/Issue_7758
 
 
Second Chance Tucson Community Forum
Thursday
August 29th
2-4:30 pm
Fox Theater Tucson
17 W Congress St
Free Registration
 
 
Second Chance Tucson is a coalition of non-profit, faith-based, governmental, law enforcement agencies, and employers inspired by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and US Magistrate Judge Charles Pyle. It began as an idea the Mayor and Judge had to hold a reentry forum in 2014 to celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Second Chance Act - federal legislation that funds reentry programs - and has grown from there. The focus is on reducing recidivism and increasing community awareness about reentry, with an emphasis on employment. This is accomplished through a combination of community education, volunteerism and employment outreach. For more information visit their website.
 
Second Chance Tucson Job & Resource Fair
Thursday
September 29th
1-4 pm
Tucson Convention Center
260 S Church Ave
 
 
 
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Eviction Prevention
 
The Arizona Department of Housing is providing targeted eviction prevention funds in Pima County, and Primavera is one of the locations where people can access the assistance.  The program has residential, income, and verification requirements, click here for eligibility. Please help us get the word out about this important service to Ward 3 neighbors! If you have any questions, please contact Emma Hockenberg at ehockenberg@primavera.org
 
Strong Families Thriving Children Arizona Town Hall
 
Tucson residents are invited to one of three September gatherings planned to examine challenges faced by children and families and develop a road-map to help them build resilience and thrive. These gatherings are part of the Arizona Town Hall’s statewide Community Town Halls designed specifically for an up close, local look and solution-based conversation.
 
This year’s topic is Strong Families Thriving Children. The issues to be discussed include: child well-being; adverse childhood experiences; family support; child abuse and neglect; family violence; substance abuse; children with disabilities and the unique challenges they face; and rural, refugee and American Indian communities. A comprehensive background research report shared with all participants includes the history of each issue and realities Arizona faces today allowing each participant to come ready to engage in the conversations and consensus dialogue.
 
Although we encourage participation in all three, each of the Community Town Halls has a twist that tends to include some targeted participants. As with all Town Halls, we seek diversity in the voices around the table. It is not unusual for those who are not experts in the area of the Town Hall topic to have the most inspired input. To register go to
 
Arizona Town Hall has been a non-partisan leader in community dialogue since 1962.
 
 
Donate Your Local Fruit By Partnering With Iskashitaa
 
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Council Member Paul Durham is on Social Media!
 
Ward 3 has Facebook and Twitter pages so you can keep up with our Council Member and stay in touch with what's happening in Tucson and around the Ward.
 
Please "Like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMPaulDurham/
Please "Follow" us on Twitter: @CMPaul_Durham
 
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