Friday, April 13th, 2018
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Events
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Did You Know?
Gil Peñalosa and 8 to 80
Gil Peñalosa’s energy and enthusiasm are contagious and his ideas are bringing new life to cities around the world. I heard him speak on April 6th to a group that included Mayor Rothschild and City staff, but he also appeared at the Rialto Theater and other events over a two-day period. If you saw him in person, thank you for taking the time. If you missed him, here is video of his presentation here in Tucson: https://youtu.be/-4KGFWcz9Cc
Gil organizes his ideas around one concept—cities should be enjoyed by and designed for people who are 8 years old and 80 years old, because if people ages 8 and 80 can enjoy a city, pretty much everybody can.
Imagine yourself at 80, maybe you no longer drive. You should still be able to be active and social, to walk or use public transportation to visit friends and travel to stores and services that you need for daily life. I’ll admit that I like cars (although I strongly prefer them to be electric), and I like the mobility they bring. But since cars became widespread, we have been building cities for cars, not people. Cars are inanimate objects that don’t need regular exercise and don’t have feelings. People do.
We have also engineered physical activity out of our lives. And we’ve seen the results in the form of increased rates of obesity and diabetes, for example.
The changes in our cities also affect our kids. They live far from their friends and their school and need to be driven many places they would decades ago have walked or ridden a bike. The result is similar—rising child obesity and declining life expectancy.
The closing line in a video on the 8-80 cities website sums it up: “We need to create cities that we can grow up in and we can grow old in.”
I’ve kept this article brief in the hope that everyone who gets this newsletter will read it. Gil had ideas that we can adopt now in Tucson or if we're already doing them, things we can increase—like safer crossings for people walking and on bicycles, more frequent car-free events like Cyclovia, transit-oriented development, protected (physically separated) bike lanes, getting bikes off of arterials with bike boulevards and others.
I want to thank Living Streets Alliance for leading the way in bringing Gil Peñalosa to Tucson, and other organizations like the City of Tucson, Technicians for Sustainability, the UA School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, AARP Arizona and others who helped sponsor Gil’s visit.
There’s a lot more information and video online. I’d suggest going first to https://www.880cities.org. And Gil listed several other sites in his talk: gpenalosa.ca, worldurbanparks.org, childrenandnature.org, AARP.org/livable, bernardvanleer.org/solutions/urban95 and visionzeroinitiative.com.
Police Forum in Ward 3 featuring Chief Magnus
Last Thursday, Chief Magnus and I held a forum where we discussed community policing and how to protect yourself from property crime. I appreciated the time the Chief took to speak with and take questions from Ward 3 residents about issues in their neighborhoods.
Property crime in Tucson is a difficult and challenging issue to solve, but the Chief discussed many ways we can protect ourselves. I was grateful that the Chief shared the story of how his backpack, containing a laptop and an iPad, was stolen from his car by an opportunistic thief who noticed the backpack and put a cinder block through his car window to snatch it. If the Chief had tucked the backpack under the seat or brought it inside, he would likely not have been a target.
Locking your car doors, hiding valuables and making sure your doors and windows are locked when you leave the house are important, simple measures you can take to protect yourself. As the Chief said last week, "We don't live in Mayberry anymore" and we have to make sure that we do everything we can to keep ourselves safe.
We also talked in depth about Neighborhood Watch programs. One of the best crime deterrents is a nosy neighbor and making sure that even a few people in your neighborhood are keeping a lookout and reporting suspicious behavior can make a big difference.
The forum demonstrated that Chief Magnus and I agree that the best way to reduce property crime is prevention and Neighborhood Watch programs need to be increased in number and inactive programs reactivated. Both the Chief and I are willing to commit personal and staff time to accomplish this.
TPD can provide help and contacts with officers with experience working your area to help get you started. A Neighborhood Watch can be part of your neighborhood association or a separate group as long as neighbors are looking out for each other. You can find out more at: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/police/neighborhood-watch.
Police Chief Magnus and Council Member Paul Durham
A Healthy, Hunger-free Future for Tucson
Last week I had the pleasure of joining Michael McDonald, the CEO and President of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, for a tour of their main facility and warehouse on South Country Club. I was impressed by how well the Community Food Bank team managed to do what, at times, can be hard to balance: 1) deliver a massive, well-rounded suite of programs to alleviate hunger and poverty; 2) practice respectful and heartfelt connections with the communities they serve. It was wonderful to see their work in action.
If you didn’t know, our Community Food Bank not only does food distribution, but it's also involved in a range of programs focused on food production, health education, culinary job training and civic engagement. As Michael explained it, beyond seeking to alleviate hunger, the Community Food Bank aims to combat the root causes of poverty and make a lasting change in the lives of Tucson residents.
We need an “all of the above” approach. A household in Ward 3 may need a food box to fill the gap each month and, through the Community Food Bank, they can also gain support in growing their own produce for example.
The effort to alleviate and reduce hunger is a massive undertaking in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Last year, the Community Food Bank supplied over 275,000 food boxes to 191,233 families and individuals including 40,079,664 pounds of fresh produce, 65% of which was distributed through school food pantries. The Food Bank relies heavily on private donations. Don’t forget, you can always contribute by bringing non-perishable items to the Ward 3 office. The most needed food items (in order of priority) are:
1. Peanut butter
2. Cereal and granola bars
3. Canned tomato products
4. Canned meat
5. Canned soups
6. Canned vegetables
7. Canned fruit
8. Rice and pasta
Council Member Durham and Michael McDonald, CEO and President of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Early Childhood Education
Last week Ward 3 staff and I attended the Early Childhood Education Leadership Summit hosted by the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in partnership with the Arizona Daily Star. This summit brought together many leaders from the education, business and policy sectors with the intention to identify avenues for providing quality early childhood education for as many area children as possible. Quality early childhood education for 3 and 4-year-olds is cost-prohibitive for many local families, coming in at an average cost of $836 per month for full-day care. Sadly, this means that many low to moderate income families are not able to access quality preschool, even when studies show that access to quality early education means children are three-times more likely to attend college and thereby help break the cycle of poverty.
While we brainstormed how eligibility could be defined, what entities could administer such a program, and how it may be funded, I did leave with added clarity on a few things. First, it’s going to take a lot more time and public dialogue to identify a path to ensure that our kids can access quality early childhood education. This is a big challenge, but the benefits far out way the effort or cost. Second, no one else is going to do it for us. We can’t wait for the state legislature to finally prioritize investing in equitable, quality education for all kids. We can and should build support and partnerships across all sectors—no single entity is going to make this happen. It depends on us! Third, we must build capacity through accessible training for quality early childhood educators and ensure that these, traditionally low-wage workers are fairly compensated for the important work they do.
On that note, I want to acknowledge that our brave K-12 educators continue to mobilize under the #REDforED banner. I support them and applaud their leadership and courage!
Council Member Paul Durham and Council Aide Matt Kopec
Honk if you support teachers!
Council Member Paul Durham and Holloway educator Sue Clark
Movers for Moms®donations benefiting Emerge!
Movers for Moms® is a nation-wide effort to bring comfort items to women in shelters across the country. Last year TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises collected more than 280,000 items! This year they are doing a pajama drive for Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. They are also in need of other items such as toiletries and personal care items, but their most critical need is for pajamas and slippers. The Ward 3 office has had an ongoing relationship with Emerge! for years and we are proud to offer our space as a donation site for this great program. Please feel free to drop off any donations before Mother’s Day here at the Ward 3 office, 1510 E. Grant Rd.
Council Member Paul Durham and the Ward 3 Staff support Emerge!
Humane Society of Southern Arizona Grand Opening
Did you know that according to the CDC owning a pet decreases blood pressure, decreases cholesterol levels, decreases feelings of loneliness and increases the opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization?
Last Saturday, I attended the public debut of the new Humane Society of Southern Arizona. It is a beautiful facility that houses the oldest and largest nonprofit in southern Arizona serving the homeless animal population. The HSSAZ has a broad range of programs and services that make up the foundation of this organization: spay & neuter clinics, vaccinations, microchipping and lost and found.
With this event I’d like to introduce a new addition to my weekly newsletter. I will be including a Pet of the Week. Keep your eyes open for what could be the next addition to your family.
Mayor Rothschild cuts the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the new HSSAZ site
Pet of the Week
This week it was hard to pick just one pet, so let me introduce two pets from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona who are available for adoption.
Miss Scarlet is a shy but sweet one-year-old girl looking for a home. Once she opens up she really loves attention. She will do best in a home that can give her ample time to adjust!
Apple Juice is a young American Bulldog mix. She is red in color with beautiful eyes. She is spayed, microchipped and current on her shots. She is great with other dogs and is looking for a home where she can reach her full potential as a love machine.
If you're interested in adopting Apple Juice or Miss Scarlet, or for more information, contact HSSAZ at (520) 327-6088, ext. 173 or go to https://hssaz.org/adopt/how-to-adopt/
- Paul D.
Ward 3 Events:
Artists and groups of all styles and experience levels are invited to work alongside Tucson Arts Brigade and residents of the historic Sugarhill and Jefferson Park Neighborhoods to transform neighborhood stories and turn them into murals. Join this festive annual celebration of murals, food, community, music and more!
Community members participating in the Bronx Wash mural project
Learn more at http://tucsonmuralartsprogram.blogspot.com/2018/02/artists-call-neighborhood-mural.html
Campbell/Grant NE Park Fest
Sunday, April 15th
2200 E Glenn St
Live music by Frank ‘n’ Steel. Tickets are $5 and admission includes hot dogs, chips and drinks. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Learn more at
Last Weekend for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Ward 3 Office
9am – 1pm
Ward 3 Council Office
1510 E. Grant Rd
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. United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s VITA program helps taxpayers access all tax credits for which they are eligible – including the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which has been recognized as the single most powerful tool to lift children out of poverty. Please bring a copy of last year’s tax returns and a photo ID.
Sacred Heart Church
601 E. Ft. Lowell
Discount & Benefits Fair
Saturday, May 19th
9 am-12 pm
Donna Liggins Center
2160 N 6th Ave
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Salpointe High School
1545 E Copper St
Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center
2160 N 6th Ave
Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Center
1661 W. Ruthrauff
Habitat for Humanity
3501 N. Mountain Ave.
Richland Heights East
1938 E. Kleindale
Amphi Neighborhood Stakeholders Meeting
Amphi High School Library
125 W. Yavapai Rd.
Bike-In Breakfast and TuGo ride with the Mayor
UA Mall just east of Old Main
Enjoy free breakfast items hosted by University of Arizona Parking & Transportation. Breakfast will be served starting at 7:45 to the first 100 attendees. The Mayor’s ride will leave at 8:10 am. It will wind through campus to the 5th Street Bike Hawk, through West University Neighborhood into downtown and along the Stone Ave protected bike lane. It will commence at City Hall no later than 8:30 am – a great route for a TuGo ride!
For a look at the events that are coming up in April go to the Bikefest website calendar https://www.bikefesttucson.com/events/2018-04/
Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Friday, April 20th
Thornhill Lopez Center
526 N. 4th Ave.
If you are between the ages of 13 and 24, come out and join us for games, activities, prizes, HIV testing, food and resources ALL FOR FREE!!
20th Annual Puttin’ on the Dog
Loews Ventana Canyon
7000 N Resort Dr.
Tucson’s Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 21st
Children's Museum Tucson
200 S 6th Ave
El Rio Reproductive Health Clinic
El Rio Health Center
101 W. Irvington
Thursday, April 26th
Patrick K. Hardesty Midtown Multi-Service Center
1100 S. Alvernon Way
Did You Know...?
Ride Transit to this Weekend’s Events
Public Transit Provides a Convenient and Cost-Effective Travel Option to Community Events
TUCSON, Ariz. – This weekend, Tucsonans can ride Sun Tran and the Sun Link streetcar to several events for a convenient and cost-effective transportation option. Events include:
Spring Fling: Friday, April 13th through Sunday, April 15th at the University of Arizona Mall
Tucson Roadrunners Hockey: Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th, 7:05 PM at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC)
University of Arizona Softball vs. UCLA: Friday, April 13th through Sunday, April 15th at Hillenbrand Stadium
2nd Saturdays: Saturday, April 14th, Downtown on Congress Street
Several Sun Tran routes serve the event areas and are an easy transfer to the Sun Link streetcar. Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and purchase a SunGO Ticket, load a pass or cash value to a new or existing SunGO card or download a ticket to the GoTucson Transit mobile app before riding.
SunGO Tickets can be purchased at any one of the 23 Sun Link streetcar stops, at a transit center ticket vending machine, at any SunGO Sales Outlet or on the GoTucson Transit app. Cash is not accepted once on the streetcar, so each passenger is required to have a SunGO Card or the GoTucson Transit app with a pass or cash value.
For trip planning assistance or additional information, call the Customer Service Center at (520) 792-9222 (for persons with hearing and speech impairments, call TDD: (520-628-1565).
Nominate Tucson to Receive a $20K Grant for a Local Park This Earth Month
Help get Tucson nominated for the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign. If our city gets the most nominations, one of Tucson's parks will receive a $20,000 grant for improvements. In its fourth year, the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign is a collaboration of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company to help fund local park improvement projects. When you nominate our city, you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes to win a GoPro Prize Pack. The city with the most nominations at the end of April will receive the funding. Parks inspire healthy living, help protect the environment, provide access to sports and bring people together.
Tucson Parks and Recreation: http://1.usa.gov/1ua6RJt
Meet Me at the Park (and nomination link): http://bit.ly/2HjvDzL
Tucson Parks and Recreation: http://1.usa.gov/1ua6RJt
Meet Me at the Park (and nomination link): http://bit.ly/2HjvDzL
TUGO Bike Share Free Trial for Bike Fest Month
In honor of Tucson Bike Fest Month, Tugo Bike Share will be offering a 7 day free trial pass during the month of April. In order to redeem the free 7-day trial pass, you will need to register with a credit card through the CycleFinder app. When the free 7-day trial ends, your plan will automatically renew at $18 per month unless you cancel – you may do so at any time. There is a limit of 1 per person.
Development Activity Map
Tucson's Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) would like to announce the availability of a new tool that enables the public to see active development projects within Tucson's jurisdiction. The Development Activity Map is an interactive tool that allows users to locate projects within a certain distance of a point or address, connect to more detailed information about projects in Property Research Online (PRO) and download customized tables showing basic project details. The main webpage describes the site, explains the types of projects included on the map and provides tools for using the map and interpreting the associated tables. Please check out this new tool and let us know what you think. Questions and suggestions can be sent to PDSDWebsite@tucsonaz.gov.
Food Donation Box in the Ward 3 Community Room
Food donations can be dropped in the Community Room box Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. The Community Food Bank welcomes your donations of nonperishable items, as one in four children in Arizona and one in 5 adults are at risk for hunger. Please join the fight against hunger and donate nonperishable items to help feed kids, families and seniors. Nonperishable food in plastic, cardboard or cans works best for transporting (glass can easily be broken). Thank you for making a difference with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona!
Council Member Paul Durham is on Social Media!
Ward 3 has created 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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