Paul's Note: Friday, April 19th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, April 19th, 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
Tobacco 21 Updates
Last month, the American Heart Association and CityHealth, a non-profit working to promote healthy communities, commissioned a poll to ask voters in Tucson and Pima County what they thought of raising the tobacco sales age to 21. The results were staggering: voters overwhelmingly approve the change by over a 2 to 1 margin. This poll is yet more evidence that the educators, doctors and advocates pushing this are right: Tucson wants to protect its kids.
When I first brought this issue to Mayor and Council last year, I told folks this was a popular, bipartisan and effective way to improve the health of kids in Tucson. Some people told me I was crazy. But in the last year since we started this conversation, the political ground underneath us has shifted dramatically.
When I first had a conversation with folks about doing this, people told me the legislature would never let Tucson raise the age to purchase tobacco products and my office fielded a lot of angry calls from people who sell tobacco products saying we’d put them out of business. Now, Republicans in the state legislature are pushing Tobacco 21 statewide, the maker of JUUL (of which Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris, owns a 35% stake) has come out in favor of raising the tobacco sale age and just this week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Tobacco 21 a top priority.
Cigarette manufacturers aren’t supporting Tobacco 21 out of the goodness of their hearts, but to protect their bottom lines. They know regulation is coming, especially regulation to combat the explosion of teen usage of e-cigarettes, and they’re trying to get out ahead of it. The same companies that denied that cigarettes caused cancer are now seeing the light -- their marketing strategies lead to youth addiction. It’s time for Tucson to join the 12 states and more than 450 cities and counties covering about 30% of the total U.S. population that have already put the health of their kids first. Tucson’s next. Stay tuned.
I would like to thank our talented team at Parks and Recreation who put together a wonderful EGGstravaganza this year, along with the first responders who let the kiddos get an up close view of the fire truck. We had blue skies and a lively crowd of over a thousand attendees. Thank you to all the folks that came out to partake in this great event. See everyone next year!
Council Member Paul Durham addresses the crowd.
Literacy Connects Celebration

This week I was pleased to join Betty Stauffer, the executive director of Literacy Connects, to celebrate the renovation of the former church sanctuary into a theater workshop space for the Stories That Soar! program. In addition to now having all of Literacy Connects programs headquartered in the Amphi neighborhood, this new space will allow Stories That Soar! to launch an after school program for neighborhood middle schoolers.

I look forward to seeing this new project in action. I also got to see a Stories That Soar! performance for the first time this week and was very impressed. For those of you who don’t know, Stories That Soar! take stories that school children write and bring them to life through theater. These are powerful, funny and sometimes sad pieces that offer a great glimpse into the joys and challenges facing our children and gives the child authors the chance to see the importance of their ideas.
Stories That Soar! actors bring to life a child’s story of mermaids who are encountered by pirates
Literacy Connects is a great asset for the Amphi neighborhood and the Ward 3 community. Keep up the great work, Literacy Connects!
Tucson Named 3rd Best City in American for LGBTQ Americans to Retire
Last week, Tucson was named the 3rd Best City in America to retire to for older LGBTQ Americans by They cited our amazing weather, dining, services for older adults and history of welcoming the LGBTQ community.
I was particularly proud that they cited that Tucson was the first city in Arizona to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents and city workers, which we did in 1999. We’ve come a long way in the last twenty years. I’m grateful that Tucson is making it on lists like this.
Shred-It Tomorrow!
Lastly, I’m hosting a Shred-It event with Constable Bennett Bernal tomorrow at Sacred Heart Church at 601 E. Ft Lowell from 8 until 10. Post tax day, I think it’s time for us all to do some spring cleaning. We ask that if you have more than one box to shred, you make a $5 donation to Lend A Hand Senior Assistance for each additional box.
-Paul D.
Pet of the Week
Meet Sunday. Sunday has two different colored eyes. Heterochromia means "different (hetero-) colors (-chromia)”. Usually the term is used to describe the condition where a dog has different colored eyes. The shelter doesn’t know how old Sunday is but with a lot of love and things like brushing his teeth daily and watching what he eats his life expectancy increases.
Like all pets adopted from Pima Animal Care Center, Sunday will come spayed or neutered, with age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip and a free vet visit. A $19 licensing fee will apply. PACC is located at 4000 N. Silverbell Rd, open Monday through Friday, 12-7 pm and 10 am-5 pm on the weekends. To find out more about adopting Sunday, go to the PACC website.
Ward 3 Events
Free Community Classes for Amphi Residents
April 24th
5:30-7 pm
Literacy Connects
North 1 Classroom
200 E Yavapai
Join Habitat for Humanity Tucson in the Amphi Neighborhood to learn about how to protect your finances and your home. Topics covered include home mortgages, pay day loans, hiring for home repairs, auto loans and credit card offers. Each participant will receive materials and a list of organizations that can help protect them from predatory lending.
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
May 3rd
6-9 pm
Balboa Heights Park
2536 N Castro Ave
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Campbell Grant
April 22
6-7:30 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
Community-Based Crime Reduction Community Meeting
April 22
5-7:00 pm
Nash Elementary
515 W Kelso
We want to work with community members in the Miracle Mile/Oracle Area community to explore opportunities to improve the safety, health and well-being of their neighborhoods. Snacks and childcare available!
Grant Road Coalition
April 23
6-8 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
Central Segments Safety Coalition
4th Tuesday of every month
6:30-7:30 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd 

Neighborhoods: Mountain First, SAMOS, Jefferson Park, Catalina Vista, Campbell/Grant, Sugarhill, and Hedrick Acres. 

Jefferson Park
April 24
6-8 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Team Meeting(s)
April 24
4-5:30 pm OR 6-7:30 pm
Nash Elementary
515 W Kelso
Help guide and implement the Choice Neighborhoods planning process. People, Housing and Neighborhoods working groups will meet to discuss initial data findings. Two duplicate meetings will be held. Choose the time that works best for your schedule.
Dodge Flower
April 27
2-3 pm
Catalina Heights Church
2741 N Dodge Blvd
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:
For donation drop off locations and any questions call (520) 248-6882
Did You Know...?
Girls’ Jazz Music Intensive
June 3rd-20th
9 am-12 pm
Pima Community College Center for the Arts, West Campus
2202 W Anklam
Statewide Public Meetings for I-11 Corridor
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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