Paul Note: Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, March 22nd, 2019
 
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Events
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
City-Wide Events
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
Remembering Victims of Violence in Ward 3
 
This month, we’ve had two heartbreaking incidents of murder-suicide in Ward 3. Genevieve Comeau and Deborah Barnette were both taken from their friends, families and community. Genevieve was a PhD student at U of A studying mosquito-borne illnesses and Deborah was a retired educator and active community volunteer at the Tucson Interfaith HIV and AIDS Network. Reading about both of their lives and the people they touched has been heart-wrenching.
 
Genevieve’s incident specifically follows a larger and troubling pattern of domestic violence leading to acts of homicide in Tucson and throughout the country. This problem didn’t start this year; domestic violence was also the leading motive of murders in Tucson last year. The statistics are unfortunately also not a surprise to our police department. This January, TPD Chief Magnus identified strategies we’re taking as a city, including working with Emerge! and the Pima County Attorney’s Victim Services unit to identify high-risk victims of domestic violence to intervene before things become lethal. We also received a grant from the Office of Violence against Women to hire more Spanish-speaking detectives to ensure that a language barrier doesn’t prevent victims from coming forward.
Unfortunately, our efforts were not enough to save Genevieve and Deborah. The problem is vast and the need for action is great. There are wonderful organizations doing good work on this issue in Tucson. The Emerge! Center for Domestic Violence operates a 24-hour bilingual hotline for victims and their families at 1-888-428-0101. They also provide an emergency shelter and longer term housing support. Consider donating, volunteering or learning more at https://www.emergecenter.org/.
 
E-Scooters
 
Many of you have shared your thoughts with me about the upcoming e-scooter pilot program. I know many cities have struggled with e-scooters coming in without notice and without any regulation. A common tactic for scooter companies, especially in the early cities, was for the operator to invade the city with hundreds or even thousands of scooters when they had no regulations at all.
 
Fortunately, after learning that Bird was hiring in Tucson, city staff reacted quickly asking the City Council to impose a ban until a pilot program could be developed. After much research into what other cities did wrong and feedback from the Council, city staff proposed the 6-month pilot program that I support.
 
The pilot program will allow only a limited number of scooters in Tucson and will only permit up to two operators. The program can be canceled by the city at any time if unforeseen problems arise, and city staff will closely monitor the participating companies. Companies will also be responsible for moving scooters that block sidewalks within two hours or be fined so we can keep our sidewalks usable.
 
I didn't believe it was right to deprive Tucsonans of a transportation option without at least trying it out. We don't really know what issues will arise. It could be that problems can be addressed by changes in the regulations, or it could be that we can't resolve particular problems. If we can't resolve serious problems, I will not support e-scooters.
 
We have structured the fees so as to ensure that the companies pay us for the staff time it takes to regulate them. There will be a $3,972 fee to all companies who apply and for the two companies who are chosen, they must pay a $15,000 fee plus .20 cents per trip on each e-scooter. Total fees per year are expected to range from $264,288 to $373,488 depending on the number of scooters deployed and other assumptions, which should cover the staff time necessary.
 
I share many of your concerns about the safety of users, particularly with the already unacceptably high number of pedestrian and cyclist deaths in our community. I spoke about that at the Council meeting this week. In the application a company must file with the City in order to participate in the pilot, we will be able to score companies with better helmet access higher and deny companies that do not offer any access to helmets.
 
Once the pilot begins, currently expected for July 1, please continue to share your thoughts with me about it.
 
Sullivan Jackson Employment Center
 
Last week, I had the opportunity to tour Pima County’s Sullivan Jackson Employment Center. The Sullivan Jackson Center’s mission to help folks experiencing homelessness enter the workforce through job training, soft-skill training (like interview skills) and a connection to housing and case management. They told me wonderful success stories of people coming in off the streets and only months later becoming financially self-sufficient working jobs as certified nursing assistants or in distribution centers.
 

 
Jennifer Darland and Steve Nelson of the Sullivan Jackson Employment Center with
Council Member Durham and Ward 3 staff Nick Mahon in one of the on-site classrooms.
 
I was most impressed with the supportive atmosphere the staff creates. The building, located at the border of the City of South Tucson and the City of Tucson, is beautiful and welcoming. It’s also certified-LEED Gold, making it among the “greenest” buildings in Tucson. The staff shared with me the importance of treating people experiencing homelessness with dignity and encouragement throughout the process. Increasing client’s self-esteem goes hand in hand with increasing their marketability to potential employers. They connect their clients to Sun Tran passes, clothes and toiletries for their interview and to employers who are actively hiring. This holistic approach is a proven way to combat homelessness. Sullivan Jackson has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a pioneer in this field and been recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for their work with veterans experiencing homelessness. Sullivan Jackson is a critical partner with Ward 3 and the City of Tucson in our mission to fight poverty and end chronic homelessness.
 
“A” Mountain
 
Every day hundreds of residents and visitors walk, bike and drive on Sentinel Peak Road, which climbs and encircles Sentinel Peak Park. The safety of the public on Sentinel Peak is being reviewed. In October 2018, the City of Tucson conducted a road safety assessment, an observational study led by a safety review team. The assessment resulted in a series of short-term, mid-term and long-term engineering recommendations. The City is looking to gauge the public’s interest in creating car-free times or days where access to the narrow road that loops around and through the park would be restricted to pedestrian and bike traffic.
 
To get more feedback from the public, Council Member Steve Kozachik and I hosted a public open house last night at the Ward 6 office. Thank you to everyone who came out an offered their thoughts. We discussed how folks enjoy the park and what safety measures would be useful. 
 

 
Please visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/bicycle/sentinel-peak-road to learn more or to fill out a survey in English or Spanish if you were not able to attend. The survey is open through April 30th.
 
- Paul D.
 
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VITA
 
With one month left to go in the income tax filing season, United Way's VITA volunteers are still hard at work serving local taxpayers and helping them receive their full refunds at no cost. Nearly 1,500 Pima County residents have had their taxes filed with the assistance of local volunteers, bringing more than $1.8 million back to our community in federal refunds.
 
Because this program serves low- and moderate-income residents specifically (the average annual income of a VITA client is about $20,500), we know these dollars go right to work in our community, helping people get caught up on bills, patronize local businesses and even see their dentists and doctors if they've been waiting due to inability to pay. Keep an eye on these updates, and if you know a VITA volunteer, tell them thank you!
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Pierre
 

 
Pierre is a blonde Chihuahua mix and he’s 7 years young. If you know anything about this loving and loyal breed you know that their life expectancy is up to 18 years old. Here are some other FAQs:
 
There are Toltec carvings dating to the 9th century C.E. that depict a dog resembling the Chihuahua, with the same large ears and round head.
They are renowned for being the world's smallest dog.
They are intelligent and fast learners.
They can compete in agility and obedience trials.
They are among the top 10 watchdogs recommended by experts.
 
To find out more about Pierre, go to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s website https://hssaz.org/adoptions/available-pets/ or better yet, grab the whole family (including pets) and go down to meet him in person. HSSA is located at 635 West Roger Road.
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
Sustainable Landscapes Expo
Saturday
March 23rd
10 am-2 pm
University of Arizona-Cooperative Extension
4210 N Campbell Ave
 

 
Thrive in the 05
Monday
March 25th
6-7 pm
Pima Community College
1255 N Stone Ave
Amethyst Room
 
Building Community in the 85705 zip code.
 
Thrive in the 05 is a collaboration of the U.S. DOJ Community-Based Crime Reduction and U.S. HUD Choice Neighborhoods projects in the Oracle, Stone, and Miracle Mile area.
 

 
Your voice matters. Join your neighbors for an update on the project and learn how to get involved to shape change and build community in the Oracle area. There will be snacks, children’s activities and Spanish translation available.
 
For more information, visit www.THRIVEinthe05.com or contact Alison Miller at (520) 837-5345, Alison.Miller@tucsonaz.gov.
 
Miracle Mile Gateway Car Show
 
The Miracle Mile Gateway Car Show and Celebration of historic Miracle Mile will be held at Golden Pin Lanes is scheduled for March 30th.
 

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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Miracle Manor Neighborhood Meet & Greet
Saturday
March 23rd
10 am-12 pm
Jacinto Park
2600 N 15th Ave
 
SAMOS Wash Potluck
Saturday
March 23rd
5-7 pm
1600 block of E Spring St
 
Choice
Monday
March 25th
6-7 pm
Pima Community College
 
Campbell Grant
Monday
March 25th
6-7:30 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Keeling
Monday
March 25th
7-8:30 pm
Cornerstone Fellowship Church
2902 N Geronimo
 
Grant Road Coalition
Tuesday
March 26th
6-6:30 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Central Segments Safety Coalition
Tuesday
March 26th
6:30-8 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Thrive in the 05 CBCR Community Meeting
Wednesday
March 27th
5:30-7 pm
Nash Elementary
515 W Kelso
 
Jefferson Park
Wednesday
March 27th
6-8 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
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City-Wide Events:
 
Free Legal Help Available Next Week
 
The Arizona Superior Court in Pima County, in partnership with the Pima County Bar Association, will host the free Spring 2019 Court Night event on Tuesday, March 26th, at the Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W Ruthrauff Rd. Local attorneys will answer basic legal questions in two sessions (4-5:30 pm and 5:45-7:15 pm) in the areas of family law and probate/guardianship/conservatorship law. The court’s Law Library and Resource Center will offer information and tips for self-represented litigants. The office of the court clerk also will provide information about a host of services, including passport applications, marriage licenses, and access to legal records. The Arizona Attorney General's Office will be on hand to help attendees with the ins and outs of child support modification and enforcement. Spanish-speaking interpreters will be on-site, and other language services are available on request. For more information, call (520) 724-4200, email communityrelations@sc.pima.gov or visit the link for
Arizona Superior Court in Pima County at http://bit.ly/2gmGhgh
 
Code Enforcement Update Forum
Monday
March 25th
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Ward 6 Community Room
3202 E 1st St
 
Sponsored by Tucson Residents for Responsive Government (TRRG), the Code Enforcement Update Forum will feature the Honorable Judge Thaddeus Semon, who presides over Tucson City Court Code Enforcement Hearings, and Director Carlos De La Torre who leads the City of Tucson Environmental and General Services Department which now includes the Code Enforcement Division.
 
Cesar E. Chavez March
Saturday
March 30th
 

 
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Did You Know...?
 
Call For Volunteers: Amphi Neighborhood Survey
 
Habitat for Humanity Tucson would like to survey the Amphi Neighborhood residents about their quality of life and Habitat Tucson needs your help. These surveys include a 20 minute interview and will include 350+ households.
 
Habitat Tucson is looking for a team of volunteers to knock on doors, interview and listen to the residents. The interviews will take place between March 16th-June 2nd on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am-2 pm. Register here to become a volunteer.
 
 
 
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is hosting a Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, March 30th from 10-11:30 am at our office located at 2020 N Forbes Blvd Suite 102. Interested volunteers may RSVP here https://goo.gl/forms/sBHdktmd6ALgZ3j23
 
More information may be found online at https://www.madd.org/arizona/event/volunteer-orientation/
 
City Launches Survey on “A” Mountain
 
The City of Tucson has launched a survey to better understand how and when our community uses Sentinel Peak Park (also known as “A” Mountain). The popular lookout point is enjoyed by pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists from throughout the region. Gates for the park road are currently open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm, and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. The City is looking to gauge the public’s interest in creating car-free times or days where access to the narrow road, which loops around and through the park, would be restricted to pedestrian and bike traffic. 
 
The survey can be found online in English https://bit.ly/2ScZNN1 or Spanish https://bit.ly/2SxXfoX through April 30th 2019. Later this month, volunteers will be conducting in-person surveys at the base of “A” Mountain. 
 
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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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