Paul’s Note: Friday, January 25th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, January 25th, 2019
 
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Events
City-Wide Events
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
Ward 3 Open House!
I hope you can join us for our Ward 3 Open House on Wednesday, January 30th from 5:30-7pm. It’s at our office at 1510 E Grant Road. It’ll be a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and talk with me and my staff. Representatives from TPD and the City Manager’s Office will be there as well. I hope to see you all there.
 
 
Compassion Garden
 
On Thursday of last week we were able to dedicate a new Compassion Garden at Rio Vista Park, as a place for people who are grieving a loss. The garden features native and drought-tolerant plants, bench seating, and artistic tiles that include contact information on where to turn for help. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and former Council Member Karin Uhlich worked very hard to make the Compassion Garden a reality and were in attendance. I want to take this opportunity to thank them for their work to make Ward 3 an even more special place. While we were at the ceremony we were paid a visit by a hummingbird, which gave all an opportunity for peaceful reflection. 
 

 
Prop 101
 
On Thursday, I attended the ribbon cutting for Prop 101: Tucson Delivers road work. In May of 2017 voters in the City of Tucson approved a five-year half-cent sales tax to fund road repair and public safety capital improvements. The sales tax took effect July 1st, 2017. The entire program is expected to raise $250 million with $100 million going towards road improvements. I am happy to see this work get started and much of it will occur in Ward 3. Please visit www.tucsonaz.gov/tucsondelivers to learn more about the program.
 
 
Tucson Fire Memorial

 
Last Saturday, I had the honor of attending the annual memorial for those that have perished in the line of duty at the Tucson Fire Department. The six names etched on the memorial remind us of the danger that the men and women of the Tucson Fire Department face every day. I was grateful for the members of our community who came out in support, as well as Mayor Rothschild and Council Member Scott.
 
Complete Streets
 
 
At the Mayor and Council meeting this week we decided to move forward with a Complete Streets policy. Too many people are injured or killed in Tucson while walking or riding a bike. At a previous Mayor and Council meeting we directed the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) to come up with a policy. TDOT then partnered with Living Streets Alliance (LSA) to work with the community to devise a set of guiding principles:
 
Safety Complete Streets provide a safe travel experience to all and designing Complete Streets is a safety strategy to eliminate preventable traffic fatalities.  
 
Accessibility  Complete Streets serve people of all ages and abilities.
 
Equity, Diversity, And Inclusivity Complete Streets elements are implemented equitably and inclusively throughout the city.
 
Land Use Complete Streets incorporate context sensitive, flexible design approaches and consider the surrounding community’s current and expected land use and transportation needs in an interconnected manner.
 
Environment Complete Streets preserve and protect Tucson’s environment and increase health by providing opportunities for active transportation (walking, biking, etc.) reducing vehicle miles traveled and decreasing pollution caused by motor vehicles.
 
Economic Vitality Complete Streets help spur economic development by supporting business and job creation and by promoting resiliency in the workforce through access to multiple mobility options.
 
Then LSA and TDOT worked together to draft a policy for the City to adopt. The National Complete Streets Coalition, which is a project of Smart Growth America, reviewed and scored our draft policy well. As of now, Mayor and Council are scheduled to formally adopt it at our next meeting.
 
Please visit www.tucsonaz.gov/tdot/complete-streets-tucson to read the policy and learn more.
 
Women’s March
 
 
On Sunday, I had the privilege of attending the 2019 Tucson’s Women’s March. It was a wonderful community turnout in support of women’s equality and empowerment. This year’s event was especially powerful as it was led by Tohono O'odham women. In the face of continued division and discrimination coming from Washington, I was proud to be there alongside my fellow Tucsonans.
 
Barrio Blue Moon
 
Finally, I’ve shared before how important active neighborhood associations are to strengthen our quality of life in Tucson. I want to congratulate the newly formed Barrio Blue Moon Neighborhood Association who will be hosting a cleanup of Francisco Elias Esquer Park on February 3rd at 8am. I’ll be there and I hope to see you.
 
- Paul D.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Rose
 
 
This is Rose. Can you believe that he has been at Pima Animal Care Center since last September? He is a gorgeous 7 month old white Domestic Shorthair with sweet little pink ears. As you can see in the photos, Rose likes to play with toys (even better if there is catnip involved) and explore his surroundings but is also content lying in bed and looking out the window. Because Rose has been waiting so long for a family, his adoption fees are waived! What could be better than a free furry friend?
 
Rose is currently in foster care. If you would like more information about adopting him, please visit PACC’s foster page.
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
Country Glenn Neighborhood Association Weeding n’ Eating
Saturday
February 2nd
3 pm
N Treat Ave south of La Madera Park
 
The first CGNA event of the year will be a potluck near the chicanes on N Treat Ave. Come out to pull weeds, bring something to share or feel free to just hang out and get to know your neighbors. 
 
 
Christmas Wash Open House Evening
 
 
Dinner will be provided.
Please RSVP by visiting: http://evite.me/NWeZ47xW4D
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Campbell Grant
Monday
January 28th
6-7:30 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Keeling
Monday
January 28th
7-8:30 pm
Cornerstone Fellowship Church
2902 N Geronimo Ave
 
 
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City-Wide Events:
 
Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
 
The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is the largest, oldest and most prestigious gem and mineral show in the world. It begins this weekend and goes until mid-February.
 

 
The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has enjoyed international stature since the 1970s, and was the first gem and mineral show to bring the hobby enthusiast, the public, and the curator/professionals together for discovery and discussion.
 

 
Discover and buy treasures from over 4,000 trade companies from all over the world. Gems, minerals, fossils and other items will be on display to for you to peruse and buy.
 

 
To learn more about the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show click here.
For a comprehensive list of shows and events and transportation options use this interactive map.
 
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Information for Citizens Currently Affected By Government Shutdown
 
With the federal government partial shutdown about a month old, more federal workers are beginning to feel the effects of missed paychecks. For those with questions, the websites of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Office of Management and Budget's Contingency Plan are offering guidance to employees and the public. U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona also has published a list of questions and answers about the shutdown. You can find links to all those sites below. Some of the highlighted questions include information about unemployment benefits, furlough days, information for contractors, veterans’ issues, pensions, Medicare, and much more.
 
Office of Personnel Management (PDF): http://bit.ly/2RLTQam
Office of Management and Budget's Contingency Plan: http://bit.ly/2DvP9ZH
Information from U.S. Rep. Grijalva's office (PDF): http://bit.ly/2Wln1js
 
City of Tucson Offering Utility Bill Deferral to Federal Employees and Contractors
 
The City of Tucson is offering a deferral on utility services statement charges (water, sewer and wastewater, trash and recycling) and a waiver of late fees to federal employees and contractors affected by the partial federal government shutdown. A program through Tucson Water offers an automatic 21-day extension on payment through its Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system at (520) 791-3242. When calling, the customer should have his or her account number available and follow the prompts. The extension is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Customers can also email their request to TW_Web1@tucsonaz.gov.  They may include federal government correspondence that asks for leniency or flexibility in meeting payment obligations, though this is not mandatory to receive the extension. If additional time is needed for any reason, a customer must contact Customer Service directly.
 
Pay Your Utility Bill options: http://bit.ly/2kwbDiD
Tucson Water: http://bit.ly/2KfOFHw
 
What Is VITA?
 
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program through United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona provides free, quality tax preparation from IRS-certified preparers to individuals and families earning up to $66,000 annually.
 
The VITA Program is a community initiative led by United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, in collaboration with Catholic Community Services and United Way of Northern Arizona. Together, the collaborative is the largest tax preparer in the state of Arizona, serving ten of Arizona’s fifteen counties.
In 2018, 470 VITA volunteers provided more than 18,000 hours of service through Arizona’s VITA Task Force agencies.
 
  • 17,060 returns were completed
  • $25.3 million in federal refunds and credits were obtained, including:
  • $12.3 million in EITC
  • $4.3 million in tax prep fees were saved
 
Call 520-333-5810 for more information. Or view the VITA FAQ for details, including a list of required documents.
 
The Ward 3 Council Office will be hosting VITA this year starting next Saturday, February 2nd. Come in on Saturdays from 9 am-1pm. The address is 1510 E Grant Rd. Assistance is on a first come first served basis. Click here for additional locations.
 
Watershed Management Group Volunteer Opportunities
 
 
The Monsoon Squad is Watershed Management Group's on-the-ground task force caring for community rain gardens in Tucson. New volunteers will learn proper techniques in rain garden maintenance and care, engage in the WMG culture, and get oriented to their monthly responsibilities in their communities. For more information go to their website at https://watershedmg.org/advocacy/monsoon-squad.
 
The next new member orientation is March 13th, 2019.
 
Arizona 2-1-1 Offers Array of Services in One Place
 
Arizona 2-1-1 is a website that helps connect people to available health and human services in their communities. Categories include housing and shelter, health and dental, veteran and military services, seniors, employment, substance use disorder and more. The site also has a new directory for those who need assistance during the federal government shutdown. The website can be translated into nearly 100 languages. There also are opportunities for people to volunteer or make a donation. Agencies can apply to be listed in the online directory.
 
Arizona 2-1-1 can be reached by calling 2-1-1 in Arizona or at (877) 211-8661 from anywhere.
Arizona 2-1-1 Pima County: https://211arizona.org/pima
Arizona 2-1-1: https://211arizona.org
 
Tucson Water Replacing Water Main
 
Tucson Water is in the process of replacing an older water main along an alley south of Blacklidge and between Treat and Tucson Avenues. Water will remain available to the service area via surface lines while the main is replaced. Work has already begun and the new main should be complete by the end of February. This effort will eliminate leaks due to aging water main infrastructure. This work will ultimately provide a great benefit to the La Madera neighborhood and surrounding areas. We appreciate your patience during this time.  
 
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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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