Paul's Note: Friday, August 16th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, August 16th, 2019
 
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
City Wide Events
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
6th Avenue Dog Park
 
This Saturday, after about two months of closure, the 6th Ave Dog Park will reopen with enhancements. Improvements include an upgraded irrigation and drip system with new sprinklers and solar irrigation controller, removal of dead trees with new trees planted, added area lighting, new picnic tables, benches, sod, pea gravel, and decomposed granite. We were able to construct these improvements with Service Line Warranty funds (only available for capitol improvements in parks).
 

 
 I would like to thank all the employees at Parks and Recreation for all their hard work and to the park users who brought the condition of the park to our attention. We worked in close coordination with many users and stakeholders of the dog park to ensure a positive park experience for both people and dogs alike.
 
 
Please join us for the ribbon cutting this Saturday, August 17th, at 9am at the park.
 
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Survey
 
My colleagues on Mayor and Council and I will discuss a proposed Green Stormwater Infrastructure fee on September 4. This $.75-$1.50 fee will achieve multiple objectives. First, it will expand our green stormwater infrastructure to reduce flooding on neighborhood streets by capturing stormwater through infrastructure such as water harvesting basins, swales, chicanes, curb cuts, bump outs, dry wells, etc. This is critical for us as a city if we are going to more fully and effectively steward our water resources.
 
The second major factor here is that we plan to target areas with high urban heat island impacts to ensure that stormwater infrastructure, such as basins, will grow and increase arid-adapted vegetation and tree canopy and reduce heating. As became far too clear to me while I was campaigning, shade trees in this city are too often limited or non-existent in the lower income neighborhoods in Ward 3. There is a clear correlation here between urban heat island impacts and median income/home ownership within a neighborhood. We have to do better and this program will help to get us there.
 
Another factor that I think expands on the ability to get green stormwater infrastructure where it will have the biggest impact is that the Green Stormwater Infrastructure fee would fund maintenance of existing neighborhood level infrastructure as well as new infrastructure. Currently more transient, and often lower income, neighborhoods can have a hard time participating in the neighborhood programs that have traditionally supported this type of green stormwater infrastructure to say nothing of the fact that we want all of our green stormwater infrastructure to be attractive and contribute to quality of life across the city. This program would allow us to reach new areas of the city and ensure appropriate maintenance throughout.
 
City staff created an online survey to collect public input on the proposed Green Stormwater Infrastructure program and fee. The results of this survey will be shared with me and the rest of Mayor and Council. Please let us know what you think.
 
 
VOTE!
 
Citizen participation in our democracy and is incredibly important. The City of Tucson has a municipal election this year and primary election is August 27th. If you have not mailed back your ballot yet, please do so by Wednesday, August 21st. Also, there will be seven voting centers open on Election Day:
 

 
If anyone has any questions you can call the City Clerk’s office at (520) 791-3221.
 
-Paul D.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Bear
 

 
Senior dogs at shelters need homes just as badly as younger dogs. Many older dogs were once owned and loved by someone. There are many reasons why they might have been given up and abandoned in a shelter, including allergies, death of a guardian, a new baby, loss of a job, a move or change in a work schedule. A perk of adopting a senior dog is most older dogs are potty-trained and have mastered at least the basic commands like sit and stay. Another bonus to adopting a senior dog is that because older dogs have a greater attention span than puppies, they are easier to train. The Washington Post reported in a 2017 article that more people are adopting older dogs.
 
Which brings us to Bear. Pima Animal Care Center staff think Bear is about 10 years old. He is a beautiful chocolate and white Newfoundland mix who came in to PACC on August 12th.  As always, pets who have been waiting more than 2 weeks for a family, and pets over 6 years old have their adoption fees waived, so when you are ready to bring Bear home, all you will have to pay is his license fee of $20.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
 
Flowing Wells Estates Neighborhood Watch
Saturday
August 17th
4-5 pm
Old Times Kafe
1485 W Prince Rd
 
SAMOS
Tuesday
August 20th
6:30-8 pm
Salpointe High School
1545 E Copper St
 
Esquer Park Design Workshop
Wednesday
August 21st
9-10:30 am
Tucson House
Lizard Lounge
1501 N Oracle Rd
 
TPD Division Advisory Committee
Wednesday
August 21st
6-7:30 pm
West Side Substation
1310 W Miracle Mile
 
Thrive in the 05 Fall Festival Planning
Friday
August 23rd
3-4 pm
Nash Elementary
515 W Kelso
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
6th Avenue Dog Park Ribbon Cutting
Saturday
August 17th
9am
6th Avenue Dog Park
2055 N 6th Ave
 

 
Free English Classes for Adults
 
International Learning Center of Tucson is offering ESL classes for adults
Every Wednesday & Thursday
8:30 am-10:30 am
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
For more information contact Steve Knittel at 520-257-1161 or ilctuc2019@gmail.com
 
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City Wide Events
 
Clear the Shelters
Saturday
August 17th
10 am – 5 pm
Pima Animal Care Center
4000 N Silverbell Rd
 

 
Pima Animal Care Center will be cutting adoption prices to help people find their new best friend. On August 17th, all pets that are at least four months old will have waived adoption fees in honor of PACC’s participation in the nationwide “Clear the Shelters” campaign. A standard $20 licensing fee will apply to adult dogs.
 
PACC is planning several events for the “Clear the Shelters” day including a canine fashion show, giveaways, food trucks, and demonstrations from Friends of PACC’s Transforming our PACC (TOP) Dogs project, a group that provides training and enrichment for PACC dogs with behavioral needs.
 
For more information visit their event page.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Late Night Sun Link Schedule
 
With more students back in town, Sun Link streetcar has resumed its late-night service schedule. On Thursday, the streetcar began the new schedule. It is now running until 2 am Thursday through Saturday, throughout the University of Arizona Fall 2019 Semester until December 14th.
 

 
The new schedule does not change hours of operation from Monday through Wednesday, which will continue to operate from 7 am-10 pm and Sunday from 8 am-8 pm.
 
The late-night service schedule will be effective until December 14th, 2019, when the UA semester ends for winter break.
 
Students can purchase from a wide range of pass options for unlimited rides on Sun Link, and Tucson’s regional transit system, which provides easy and economical access to campus, off-campus housing, shopping, restaurants, and more.
 
A 1-Day SunGO Ticket can be purchased for $4.50 at any one of the streetcar stops, or riders can purchase a SunGO Card online or at any sales outlet to add cash value or load a pass. The GoTucson Transit mobile app can also be downloaded to pay for a Single Boarding Fare, 1-Day, 3-Day or 30-Day Pass.
 
Each passenger is required to validate their fare by tapping their SunGO Card or Ticket on the farebox, or showing the GoTucson Transit app to a fare enforcement officer when boarding the streetcar.
 
For additional Sun Link information visit www.sunlinkstreetcar.com, or for trip planning assistance, call the Customer Service Center at (520) 792-9222 (TDD: 520-628-1565).
 
Complete Streets Coordinating Council
 
The City of Tucson is looking for volunteers to participate in the Complete Streets Coordinating Council, a new public committee that will help guide transportation investments over the next 25 years.
 
Applications are being accepted now through Friday, August 23 at 5 p.m. Those interested in being a member of the Coordinating Council can get further information and fill out an application at the following link: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/tdot/complete-streets-tucson.
 
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Council Member Paul Durham is on Social Media!
 
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