Paul’s Note: Friday, December 6th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, December 6th, 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
On Monday, I joined the rest of the Council in attending the inauguration and first official meeting of the new Council. The new elected and re-elected members of Council were sworn in and we bid a final farewell to former Mayor Rothschild and former Council Member Scott. At the ceremony, we were joined by Mariachi Millagro, Las Trillizas y Dulce and Reveille Men's Chorus to celebrate the day.
Congratulations to Mayor Romero and Council Members Santa Cruz, Cunningham and Lee. Although our city has made progress in recent years, there’s much more to do. I look forward to working with each of them to move Tucson forward.
Reveille Men’s Chorus serenades the crowd at Monday’s inauguration.
Why I Voted As I Did: E-Scooters
This week the Mayor and Council decided to continue with the six month e-scooter pilot program. I opposed the motion to end the 6-month e-scooter pilot program after only 3 months for several reasons. Among the reasons was to give TDOT a chance to meet with the scooter operators to see if they can address the issues of improperly parked scooters, sidewalk riding, two-up riding, underage riding, and finding ways to increase helmet use.
Like with anything new there will be a learning curve. Since the launch of the program I have met with many people, pro and con, about e-scooters. I hear you. I believe we should allow the six month pilot program, of which we have about 3 months left, to be completed before a final decision is made.
At the meeting one of the things we made clear is that safety and proper etiquette are important to us as a Council. Within the next 30 days we expect the e-scooter companies roll out features to incentivize both.
I also wanted to give TDOT a chance to complete a survey that will establish several things, including the number of car trips replaced by e-scooter trips. Bird claims that in other cities one third of e-scooters rides displace a car trip. They’ve had approximately 56,000 rides in Tucson in the last two months. I look forward to studying the survey results to see how we compare to other markets.
I believe in data-driven decisions. Only by waiting for the 6-month pilot program to be completed can we make a data-driven decision whether to keep the e-scooters in Tucson or remove them.
Human Rights Campaign Equality Index
The largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the nation, the Human Rights Campaign, released its annual scorecard of cities. As it has in years past, Tucson received 100 points out of a possible 100. They grade each city on a number of policies, including non-discrimination ordinances in housing and transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits for city employees.
Although we take support for the LGBTQ community by our local officials in Tucson as a given, take a look at the table above to see how far some of our peers in Arizona have to go. It’s another reason to be proud to be a Tucsonan.
Working with Tucson’s Neighborhoods
On Tuesday, my staff partnered with Rebecca Ruopp, Neighborhood Engagement Specialist, to host a very successful Neighborhood Orientation & Refresher. The event was very well attended and included a number of very experienced neighborhood leaders, new neighborhood officers and individuals who are working to reinvigorate their neighborhood associations.
Rebecca Roup reviewing skills that make for successful neighborhoods.
In addition to providing an overview of the City's existing services to neighborhood associations (including some lesser known such as the roll-off postcard with a meeting announcement that neighborhoods have access to through Environmental Services) we also had neighborhood leaders Mark Homan, Leslie Carlson and Kathy Bell share recommendations on how to run an effective meeting.
Mark Homan shares with the attendees.
I want to thank all of our presenters and attendees for taking time to attend this event. My staff received a number of excellent recommendations for future workshops and trainings aimed at supporting our Ward 3 neighborhoods. We'll continue to bring you sessions that you've identified as relevant. Stay tuned.
- Paul D.
Pet of the Week
Chuck is a 1-year-old brindle Pit Bull mix who is waiting to meet you at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. The great staff at HSSA are ready to answer any questions you might have about this handsome guy and they encourage you to bring the family to come down to meet him. He gets along great with other dogs, so if you have any that are living with you bring them along for the ride for a chance to meet Chuck.
To find out more or to set up a time to meet Chuck, you can call (520) 327-6088 or visit their website.The HSSA is located at 635 W Roger Rd and if you are looking for an alternative to the traditional pet you can find chickens, bunnies, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats and ferrets when you come down.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Rillito Bend
December 7th  
10 am-12 pm
Fellowship Hall of the Northminster Church
2540 E. Fort Lowell
(SW corner of Fort Lowell and Tucson)
Alvernon – Grant Initiative
December 10th
6pm – 7pm
Emmanuel Church
1825 N. Alvernon 
THRIVE In the 05 People & Education Transformation Team
December 10th
4:30-6:00 pm
Beacon Group,
308 W Glenn St
Friends of Marty Birdman
December 11th
4-5 pm
319 E Kelso
Miracle Manor
December 11th
6-7 pm
Good News Church
701 W Glenn St
Ward 3 Events
IRC Harvest Festival Pot Luck
December 6th
4-6 pm
Literacy garden
200 E Yavapai
Christmas Yard Sale to benefit Friends Marty Birdman Center
December 7th
8 am-2 pm
2719 N Cortez Pl
Get your Christmas treasures at this special holiday-themed yard sale. All proceeds benefit the supplementary children's programming provided by the Friends of the Marty Birdman Center located in Balboa Heights.
Kwanazz Voyages 2019
December 7th
9 am-5 pm
Barbea Williams Performing Company Studio
325 W 2nd St
Free Admission
Polar Express Night at Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum
December 7th
5-8 pm
Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum
3975 N Miller Ave
The 2nd annual "Polar Express Night" is around the corner. Free to the public, the museum will be decorated for the holidays, Santa & Mrs. Claus will be in the Caboose, and the "Polar Express"
movie will be shown on the outside wall of the museum. Last year almost 800 people attended, and more are expected this year.
The museum is located in the industrial area between Flowing Wells High School and Flowing Wells Junior High School.
Visit the website at
2nd Anza Park Community Meeting
December 9th
6-7:30 pm
Pima Community College Downtown Campus
1255 N Stone Ave
CC Building
Room 180 (Amethyst Room)
Cookies With Santa
December 19th
5:30-7:30 pm
Marty Birdman Center
2536 N Castro
Sign your child up before December 13th to receive a toy from Santa by calling (520) 791-5950.
Child Passenger Seat Giveaway and Safety Class
December 21st
8, 8:30, 10, and 10:30 am
TPD Rillito Substation
1310 W Miracle Mile
Registration required and can be done here:
Tucson Medical Center (TMC), the Tucson Police Department (TPD) and Safe Kids Pima County are partnering to give families in need a car seat appropriate for a child's age and weight to give away child passenger seats on December 21st. To receive a car seat, participants must register for and attend a free 90-minute class held that day.
Please make prior childcare arrangements, because no children are allowed at this event. There is a limit of only one car seat per registrant. Visit the links below for more information.
TMC car seat giveaway registration page: TPD Facebook notice:
Safe Kids Pima County:
Keep Cooking Oil and Grease Out of Drains and Sewers
Extra cooking for the upcoming holidays means that it’s time to help protect your sewer pipes and the system in general. The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) reminds you that pouring cooking oil and grease down pipes can clog and damage sewer lines. Please take these items to Pima County’s Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility at 2947 W Calle Agua Nueva, Monday through Friday, 7 am-3 pm.
The oils and grease can be recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner-burning fuel. You can also save all your used cooking oil and grease for the 15th annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event on Saturday, January 4th. Six locations will be open including right here at the Ward 3 council office.  Get more information below or call (520) 405-0438.
Pima County Protect Our Pipes:
Pima County RWRD:
City Wide Events
The Culture of Peace Alliance Fundraiser
December 8th
1-4 pm
Global Justice Center
225 E 26th St
The Culture of Peace Alliance (COPA) is planning an Art Auction, Raffle & Dinner Fundraiser to benefit its two youth leadership and peace-building programs: the Annual Youth & Peace Conference and the Nonviolence Legacy Program.
The fundraiser is taking place at the Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th St. in South Tucson where COPA shares an office with the Tucson Peace Center. In addition to the art auction there will be dinner, spoken word, live art, a raffle to win prizes and more. This is a perfect opportunity to get some creative gifts for the holidays, while uplifting and supporting two premier youth leadership and positive peace programs here in Tucson.
All artists submitting work will receive 20% of the profit from the auction of their piece (unless they decide to donate up to 100% of these proceeds to COPA). Drawings/paintings/prints must be mounted or on canvas. Artwork should be delivered to the Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th St. on any of these three days leading up to the art auction:
· Thursday, December 5, from 3 to 6 PM;
· Friday, December 6, from 3 to 6 PM
· Saturday, December 7, from 3 to 6 PM
For questions and to indicate your desire to submit artwork, please email Mita Cuaron at or call/text Ann Yellott at 520-991-6781.
Did You Know...?
Grant Alvernon Area Plan
Your voice matters! If you live in the North Dodge, Dodge Flower, Cabrini or Doolen Fruitval neighborhoods in Ward 3 your input is requested in an effort to update the 30-year-old Grant/Alvernon Area Plan as the expansion of Grant Rd continues.
Providing answer to the questions in the survey is helpful as the area plan is revised, and another way that you can have a say in what the future of Tucson looks like and what changes are going to be made. Each neighborhood has its own survey link. Please take a few minutes and answer the questions that are in the survey designated for your neighborhood.
The deadline for submitting the surveys is December 31, 2019.
Records are available with Property Research Online (PRO)
City of Tucson Planning and Development Services (PDSD) has records available electronically via Property Research Online (PRO). Users can enter their address or permit number to find records information related to their property. Available records are permits and plans (from mid-1950s to present), Certificate of Occupancy documents, and plot plans for houses in residential subdivisions with records continuously being uploaded. PRO refreshes four times a day to give greater access to permit information. If your record is not available on PRO, a records request to PDSD Records via email at  is required.
Reporting Bus Stop Cleanliness
Sun Tran has assumed responsibility for oversight of the contractor required to maintain and clean the 2,200 bus stops in the Tucson area. Sun Tran will work with the contractor to ensure the stops are power washed when necessary and free of litter, including cigarette butts. If you see overflowing trash cans, litter, bugs, vandalism, graffiti, or homeless camps at a bus stop, call (520) 792-9222 to report the location. You can also email and include pictures if you wish. All requests will be documented by Sun Tran to ensure proper follow-up takes place.
Sun Tran:
5 Minute Transportation Survey
Take 5 minutes give your input toward the development of a future RTA plan before December 13th.
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is conducting a survey to seek public input on guiding principles drafted by the RTA's Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The current RTA plan and special taxing district's half-cent sales (excise) tax - both voter-approved in 2006 - will expire in June 2026. The CAC will consider the guiding principles as they identify projects to develop a future 20-year regional transportation plan.
December Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The City of Tucson's Environmental & General Services Department collects household hazardous waste on the first Saturday of every month at the Eastside Service Center at 7575 E Speedway Blvd. In December it will be on Saturday, December 7th from 8 am-12 pm.  When dropping off, be sure to turn north on Prudence Rd to enter drop-off site.
To see what you can bring for disposal and what you can't bring go here:
Items that you can dispose of include batteries, cleaning products and electronics.
If you bring batteries, please separate them out by type.
Please do not bring medical waste, dried paint, ammunition, explosives, or CRT monitors.
For more information go here:
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