Paul's Note: Friday, April 12th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, April 12th, 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
 
Take Back the Night
 

 
On Wednesday, my staff and I attended the Take Back the Night 2019 event held at the San Xavier Co-op Farm in the San Xavier District in the ancestral village of Wa:k. I want to thank the organizers of this event for creating a space for healing and acknowledgement of sexual violence and to honor missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (#MMIWG).
 
At the event survivors of sexual violence shared their stories. Hundreds of Tohono O’odham members, Yaqui members and Tucson area residents attended and held a healing space for survivors. Thank you to all who made this event happen, to those who came to support and to those who shared their stories.
 

 
I also want to acknowledge the effort of my colleague and friend Arizona State Senator Victoria Steele in guiding our state to take a more proactive role in mitigating violence directed at Indigenous women and girls. Senator Steele introduced S1253 which establishes a study committee on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls to develop policies to reduce and eliminate violence in Arizona.
 
Such a committee is the first, and must not be the only, step to change the statistics demonstrated in the image from the Urban Indian Health Institute above. The bill is moving along well and I hope to see it enacted.
 
“No Promo Homo” Law Repealed
 
In what may be a first for my newsletter, I’d also like to congratulate the Legislature on a second matter. On Thursday morning, Governor Ducey signed into law a repeal of Arizona’s law prohibiting teachers from “promoting” homosexuality, sometimes called the “No Promo Homo” law.
 
Among other things, the law explicitly prohibited sex ed teachers from saying that there was any possible way to practice safe sex as a gay person. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that LGBT youth need to learn about safe sex too and I’m very grateful this law was repealed.
 
It was a wonderful week to watch this move through the legislature. After years of activism from LGBT folks in Arizona, and leadership from many long-time legislators including Martin Quezada from Phoenix, who had introduced an identical bill for years, the straw finally broke when the new Superintendent of Schools Kathy Hoffman forcefully came out for repeal and received support from an unlikely ally: Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Governor Ducey, to his credit, even called it “common sense legislation.” Kudos to the bipartisan group of legislators, including almost every legislator from Tucson, who supported this repeal.
 
French Legion of Honor Awarded
 
On Thursday, Council Member Fimbres and I were honored to attend the presentation ceremony for the French Legion of Honor Medal to WWII veteran Private First Class Margarito S. Ramirez. PFC Ramirez was born in Cochise County and enlisted in the US Army in 1942, at the age of 21. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and earned a Purple Heart later that year fighting in Germany. Now, at the age of 99, he was awarded the Chevalier dans l’Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur by the Government of France in recognition for his service in the fight for the freedom of France.
 

 
Council Members Durham and Fimbres present certificates to PFC Ramirez celebrating his Legion of Honor award. The Legion of Honor Medal can be seen pinned on his jacket.
 
The Consul General of France in Los Angeles pinned the Legion of Honor Medal on PFC Ramirez at the American Legion Morgan McDermott Post 7 in downtown Tucson. He spoke movingly about the shared history of the French and American militaries from the Battle of Yorktown to the War in Afghanistan. It was a privilege to be part of the ceremony. CM Fimbres presented him with the Medallion of Hope and I read a certificate of appreciation from the Mayor’s office. PFC Ramirez also started an incredible legacy of service in his family with one son, two grandsons, one great-grandson and one great-granddaughter all serving in the US Army.
 
UA Women’s Basketball
 

 
On Saturday, the U of A women’s basketball team won the WNIT (Women’s National Invitation Tournament), besting 63 other teams in the tournament. Huge congratulations to the team and Coach Adia Barnes.  The crowd at McKale was 14,644 strong, which set a new attendance record for women’s basketball for the entire Pac-12 Conference. I’m glad Tucson holds that record.
 
20th Annual EGGstravaganza
 
Lastly, Ward 3 is happy to host the 20th annual EGGstravaganza at Mansfield Park. This free, communitywide event is about having family fun and is expected to attract more than 2,000 of Tucson’s youth. Family friendly activities will include music, games, inflatables, prizes, egg hunts and the Easter Bunny. There will also be an adaptive egg hunt area for children with disabilities. A variety of foods will be available for purchase through local vendors. Hope to see you there.
 
- Paul D.
 
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National Mayors' Challenge for Water Conservation
 

 
Tucson is taking part in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation which runs throughout the month of April, which is Earth Month. We are in it to win it, so help keep Tucson number 1 in water conservation by taking the pledge to conserve.
 
There are many things we can do to save water in the home, at work, and in our community. Taking the pledge gives you some examples, such as repairing leaks, saying no to plastic straws, planting drought-tolerant plants, and walking, biking or taking the bus more often.
 
Make a pledge to save water. It’s free and only takes a minute. Pledge to conserve water and energy during Earth Month, and you can win $3,000 toward your annual utility bills and hundreds of other prizes. Let’s win this, Tucson!
 
Watch Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild's video about the challenge here.
 
UPDATE:
Tucson is currently in 1st place among cities of its size. Help keep us in the lead and if you haven’t already pledge to save water now.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Domino
 

 
Worldwide, 75% of all cats are black and white. Because they are so common they are often overlooked by many people when choosing a cat. Tuxedo patterned cats on average spend more than ten days longer in cat shelters awaiting adoption than cats of different coloring. They are also significantly more likely to become strays so unsurprisingly make up the majority of the world’s feral cat population.
 
Don’t let Domino be another statistic. He’s been waiting at Pima Animal Care Center for a family since March 28th, 2019. Because it’s been more than two weeks since his arrival to PACC, his adoption fees are waived. Make this weekend the one where you bring home a new best friend. 
 
Visit the PACC website here for more information and then head over to meet Domino at 4000 N Silverbell Rd.
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
20th Annual EGGstavaganza
 
Saturday
April 13th
10 am-1 pm
Mansfield Park
2000 N 4th Ave
 
 
Egg Hunt Times:
Ages 2 and under: 10:30 am
Ages 3-4: 11 am
Ages 5-7: 11:30 am
Ages 8-12: 12 pm
(Bring your empty basket for the hunt)
 
For more information go the Tucson Parks and Recreation event website at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks/announcement/eggstravaganza-2019.
 
Barrio Blue Moon Driveway Sale
Saturday
April 13th
8 am – 12 pm
 

 
It’s easy to walk or drive through the neighborhood and see what’s for sale or to give away. Stop by Barrio Blue Moon this Saturday!
 
Shred-It
Saturday
April 20th 
8-10 am
Sacred Heart Church
601 E Ft Lowell
 

 
Free Community Classes for Amphi Residents
Wednesday
April 24th
5:30-7 pm
Literacy Connects
North 1 Classroom
200 E Yavapai
 
The first of four community education classes designed for Amphi residents is titled You can protect your finances when you know what to ask.
 
Join Habitat for Humanity Tucson in the Amphi Neighborhood to learn about how to protect your finances and your home. This class will educate participants on the concept of predatory lending and things to look out for in the loan process. Topics covered include home mortgages, pay day loans, hiring for home repairs, auto loans and credit card offers. Examples of predatory lending will be illustrated. Each participant will receive materials and a list of organizations that can help protect them from predatory lending.
 
25 spots are available in the class. Sign up online at www.HabitatTucson.org/classes
 
Refreshments will be served and childcare will be available.
 
Contact Anna Jackson for more Information at (520) 326-1217 Extension 228
 

 
Balboa Heights Outdoor Movie Night
Friday
May 3rd
6-9 pm
Balboa Heights Park
2536 N Castro Ave
 

 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
SAMOS
Tuesday
April 16th
6:30-8 pm
Salpointe High School
1545 E Copper St
 
Miracle Manor
Wednesday
April 17th
6-7 pm
Good News Church
701 W Glenn St
 
Flowing Wells
Thursday
April 18th
Ellie Towne Center
1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
 
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City-Wide Events:
 
Lend A Hand Yard Sale
 
 
Friday & Saturday
April 26th & 27th
7 am-1 pm
Benedictine Monastery
800 N Country Club Rd
 
Lend A Hand is a Neighbors Care Alliance program under Pima Council on Aging that is located in Ward 3. Their goal is to help seniors and people with disabilities stay in their homes by providing free services to seniors in 12 central neighborhoods.  Volunteers provide all of the Lend A Hand services!
 
The free services offered by Lend A Hand include transportation, errands, phone calls, friendly visits, senior socials, exercise classes, delivery of produce, food boxes, and incontinent supplies, simple home maintenance and yard work.
 
Accepting donations until April 21:
 
Drop off furniture, household items, electronics (except old TVs), tools, books, CDs, clothing, etc. at the following locations. You may want to call to first to coordinate your drop off:
 
817 E Glenn St
Carport 
505-8982
 
1635 E Lind Rd
Follow the signs
370-1306
 
1545 E Water St
Courtyard
427-4532
 
3646 N Prince Village Pl
Porch
323-2142
 
All proceeds from the yard sale will benefit Lend A Hand Senior Assistance.
 
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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 are taking place now through June 2nd on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am-2 pm. Register here to become a volunteer.
 
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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.
 
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