Paul’s Note: Friday, August 9th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, August 9th, 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
Gun Violence
Last weekend, El Paso and Dayton joined Tucson and an ever-growing list of cities that have suffered a mass killing perpetrated by weapons that don’t belong on the streets. Dozens of lives were lost. Some parents lost their children; some children lost their parents.
The El Paso tragedy is gruesome not only for the body count, but for the clear racist motive of the shooter. It was the deadliest attack on the Latino community in modern American history and a case of domestic terrorism perpetrated by a white supremacist.
One Ward 3 business on Campbell Avenue changed their signage to a refrain many people are echoing this week: “Do Something.”
Details are still being released from both tragedies. In Dayton, police were on the scene before the shooting even began and acted bravely to neutralize the shooter within a minute. The trope about a “good guy with a gun” stopping a “bad guy” doesn’t work when you can shoot more than 20 people in 32 seconds.
The Arizona Legislature preempts us from regulating firearms on the local level. They even forced us to stop our gun buyback program to get dangerous guns off the streets. Fixing this problem requires leaders in Phoenix and Washington to either come to their senses or be replaced by people who will. Next time a candidate for state or federal office asks you for their vote, ask them what their plan is to reduce or prevent gun violence.
Tobacco 21
For those of you who read my op-ed with Superintendent Williams on Monday, I want to give a quick update of what happened Tuesday.
I attended the Board of Supervisor’s meeting and listened as local public health advocates, recent high school graduates and others testified before the Board in favor of this bipartisan, evidenced-based policy to combat youth smoking and vaping by raising the sale age of tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21.
The Board also heard from tobacco retailers. During my testimony to the Board, I suggested that compromise could be reached to address the concerns from retailers. Although I respect their right to do business and have met and had dialogue with many of them, I will always put the health of kids over the profits of businesses selling them dangerous and addictive products.
One concern that tobacco retailers have is that the penalties for repeatedly selling to youth is too strict in the proposal, even though the penalty for the first time you’re caught selling to kids is only a warning. How much sympathy do you have for a retailer who’s caught selling to youth three times?
The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to do more stakeholder outreach and come back for a vote on September 17th. The proposal before Mayor and Council to adopt Tobacco 21 was contingent on Pima County adopting as well because they had planned to handle enforcement. Because the existing proposal relied on County, the Tucson City Council voted to delay the vote to September as well. I’m very disappointed, but the fight for the health of kids is worth it. I will keep pushing until we adopt this, whether or not our friends at the County agree.
Banner UMC
This past week members of my staff and I had the opportunity to tour the new Banner – UMC hospital tower with its CEO, Dr. Chad Whelan. I must say that Banner has an impressive new facility. The new tower is nine stories tall and has floor space of over 670,000 square feet. The $446 million project created a new main entry for hospital on the first floor as well as a cafeteria and support departments. The cafeteria is open to the public, so pop by for lunch if you live in one of the surrounding neighborhoods.
The new hospital tower is a $446 million investment in Tucson by Banner Health.
There are new facilities for diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology on the second floor. New operating rooms, patient preparation and patient recovery space occupy the third floor. Floors five through nine house state of the art single occupancy patient rooms increasing capacity from 479 to 649 licensed beds. The building also incorporates lots of natural light in its design.
View from the 9th floor
At its peak point in construction, the project employed around 400 workers and is now home to several thousand employees. Banner UMC also worked with the neighborhood immediately adjacent to it, Jefferson Park, to create green open space that can used by residents and staff alike. Banner UMC has committed to continue working with the neighbors to address issues as they arise and continue to be positive community partners. You may have seen some of the murals around town they commissioned, most especially the beautiful piece at the southeast corner of Grant and Campbell. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re in for a whale of a time.
Complete Streets Coordinating Council
At the Mayor and Council meeting this week, we created the Complete Streets Coordinating Council and dissolved the defunct Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee. I’d like to thank the folks at Living Streets Alliance and TDOT for all their hard work in moving us in the right direction.
If you are interesting in serving on the CSCC or to learn more please visit
- Paul D.
Pet of the Week
Look at this good girl! Karen is about two years old and waiting patiently at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for someone like you to bring her home.
As with most pit bulls, you can expect Karen to be relatively low maintenance as pit bulls don’t require much grooming, but her short hair can make her susceptible to getting too hot or cold. Some other traits that are common in pit bulls are their eagerness to please people and their loyal and affectionate nature. These traits make them good candidates for being great family dogs. Because they are so motivated to please their people, training a pit bull using positive reinforcement is very effective.  As with all breeds, training and socialization are important and really contribute to a dog’s ability to thrive.
HSSA encourages all potential adopters to bring the whole family including other dogs to their main campus at 635 W Roger Rd to meet their new friend.
For more information about Karen, how to adopt her and great online resources for caring for a new-to-you pet go the HSSA website.
How much do you know about pit bulls? Take this quiz and find out.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Keeling Desert Park Cleanup
August 10th
8-10 am
Keeling Desert Park
245 E Glenn St
Alvernon/Grant Initiative
August 13th
6-7 pm
Emmanuel Church
1825 N Alvernon Way
Friends of Marty Birdman
August 14th
5-6 pm
Marty Birdman Center
2536 N Castro Ave
Miracle Manor
August 14th
6-7 pm
Good News Church
701 W Glenn St
Ward 3 Events
August 10th
10 am-1 pm
Literacy Connects
200 E Yavapai Rd
Thrive in the 05 Crime and Safety Community Meeting: CBCR Strategies
August 12th
4-5:30 pm
Nash Elementary School
515 W Kelso
Southeast Arizona Birding Festival
The Tucson Audubon Society is hosting the annual Southeast Arizona Birding Festival that began on Wednesday and goes through Sunday, August 11th. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel-Reid Park, 445 S Alvernon Way, is the headquarters for the event. The festival offers opportunities for nature photographers to hone their skills in the field or the classroom. The schedule includes free talks and workshops, games, and vendors. Some lectures and certain field trips to southeast Arizona’s best birding sites require a fee. Workshops and trips are led by local and international experts.
Saturday, August 10th, features a "Kid's Zone" at the Nature Expo for kids at the hotel. The City of Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands in Ward 3 and Reid Park are also sites for festival events.
For more information about the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival:
BICAS Youth Drop In 
Youth ages 8 to 18 are welcome to drop in to learn bicycle mechanics, work on various projects and build community with other youth. No need to register, space is limited. 
Every Saturday**
11 am-2 pm
2001 N 7th Ave
Work Trade
Community Service
Fix Your Bike

** YDI will be closed August 3rd, 10th & 17th
We will resume on August 24th

Women/Trans*/Femme (WTF) Workshop

3-7 pm 
2001 N 7th Ave
BICAS holds a weekly workshop exclusively for female, transgender, and gender-queer identified people to co-create a safe, supportive environment to work on bicycles and gain mechanical skills. Bring your bike and use our Community Tools space as an informal classroom with instructors to guide you through any project. 
Phone: 520-628-7950
Free English Classes for Adults
International Learning Center of Tucson is offering ESL classes for adults
Every Wednesday & Thursday
8:30 am-10:30 am
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
For more information contact Steve Knittel at 520-257-1161 or
City Wide Events
International World Indigenous Peoples Day
August 10th
5-10 pm
Global Justice Center
225 E 26th St
Return of the Mermaids
August 10th
Historic 4th Ave & Downtown
Return of the Mermaids is a Monsoon Celebration and Mermaid Festival in Downtown Tucson and Historic 4th Avenue in the heart of Tucson. Dress up as though you live under the sea- Tucson is the sea STAR of the show! Dressing up makes it fun.
This is a family friendly event-kids of all ages are around so keep it tadpole friendly. After the parade things get racier- after 9pm things get more grown up, so keep that in mind when deciding when to take the kiddos home. Surf Party is 21+ with ID (no cover) at Irene's Holy Donuts at 340 N 4th Ave.
To take a look at the entire schedule go to the event page.
Coffee With A Cop
August 12th
Café Desta
758 S Stone Ave

Sustainable Tucson "Movie Night" and Premiere of Our Music Video!
August 13th
6 pm (Doors open at 5:30)
The Screening Room
127 E Congress St
Join Sustainable Tucson for a fun-filled "Movie Night" and the premiere of No! (That Isn't Recyclable). Our hosts David Fitzsimmons and the Recycling Fairy Nicole Johnson will lead the Q & A with the filmmakers. Stay for the party at intermission and then the powerful documentary "Trashed" with Jeremy Irons. Here's the cool part! It will be shown at The Screening Room - where we shot some of the video! So you can enjoy popcorn and drinks in special compostable glasses!
Fun and games include:
Game: Stump our resident recycling expert! Bring a piece of trash to see if it can be recycled.
A "Book Exchange." Bring one or two books you don't read anymore and take a book!
(We especially love books on sustainability!)
A demonstration table by Zero Waste Tucson
Did You Know...?
Take a Survey on the Proposed Green Stormwater Infrastructure Program
The City of Tucson would like your input on a proposed program and fee to provide additional stormwater management services in the community through a Green Stormwater Infrastructure Fund proposal. Anyone who is a resident or business owner within the City of Tucson is welcome to complete the survey. The Mayor and Tucson City Council is scheduled to consider the program and fee in a study session item on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Surveys may be taken in English or Spanish.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Fund proposal:
Complete Streets Coordinating Council
The City of Tucson is looking for volunteers to participate in the Complete Streets Coordinating Council, a new public committee that will help guide transportation investments over the next 25 years.
Applications are being accepted now through Friday, August 23 at 5 p.m. Those interested in being a member of the Coordinating Council can get further information and fill out an application at the following link:
New Transit Schedules Available
On Sunday, August 11th, new service changes will begin for multiple Sun Tran, Sun Express and Sun Shuttle routes. Transit users should check the details of their individual schedules.
Passengers can find updated route schedules and fare information online and in Sun Tran’s Route Booklets, located on transit vehicles and at various locations throughout Tucson including the Ward 3 office.
For detailed route and service changes, consult the Route Schedule booklets or visit
For information on all transit systems, call the Customer Satisfaction Center at (520) 792-9222 (TDD: 520-628-1565).
Public Meeting on Proposal to Amend Unified Development Code
There will be 2 public meetings on the proposal to amend the UDC to allow for a right-of-way abutting a subject property to be included in the calculation of the required notice area. On May 10, 2017, the state legislature passed a law adding the requirement to include municipal right-of-way in the measurement of rezoning protest notifications and calculations. Currently, the City of Tucson Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) is seeking feedback regarding a proposal to change the method of calculating the required area that is notified for certain land use actions. This amendment would change the existing policy which does not include an abutting right-of-way in the calculated notification distance. The proposed change reconciles the UDC with the newly adopted Arizona Revised Statute requirement while keeping the required notified parties roughly the same as calculated under the current conditions.
At this Public Meeting, PDSD staff will give a presentation to help everyone understand the existing required notice area measurement standards, what options may exist to include an abutting right-of-way in the notice area calculations, and then facilitate a discussion for participants to share their opinions, observations and suggestions regarding the proposed notification text amendment. This feedback will be essential to staff’s review of this issue and what will ultimately be presented to the Planning Commission and Mayor and Council.
August 19th
5:30-6:30 pm
City of Tucson Housing and Community Development
Sentinel Building
320 N Commerce Park Loop
August 22nd
12-1 pm
Pima County Public Works Building
Room B (located in basement)
201 N Stone Ave           
If you would like to participate but are unable to attend one of the two meetings, staff will be available for one-on-one meetings. 
Contact Mallory Ress at for further information and any questions. 
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders as well as help connect individuals to the appropriate care.

To find a course hosted by the Pima County Health Department contact Andrea Altamirano at 520-724-7926 or
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