Paul's Note: Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, August 2nd, 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
Low or No Emission Transit
I was extremely pleased when I heard that Tucson has received a $2.6 million grant for Low or No Emission Transit from the Federal Transit Administration. I actually found the grant and encouraged the City to apply.  The City of Tucson will receive funds to purchase electric buses with dedicated charging stations and provide maintenance and first responder training for the new technology. We will purchase at least three buses and we are hoping for four. Once the City orders the vehicles we expect them to arrive in about 12 months time. 

This is coming on the heels of the City’s electric bus pilot program. Starting in January the City will be leasing its first electric bus from GILLIG. GILLIG will also be providing our subsequent electric buses as well. The leasing deal will be for one year. Once the new electric bus arrives it is expected to have a range of about 3 hours. The first step in the program will be test on the bus on express routes which allow for the bus to be recharged during the middle of the day. After that, the bus will be deployed on regular routes. The goal will be to rotate the bus on as many routes as possible to allow for as many bus riders and drivers to experience it.
Carbon emissions from transportation account for a significant portion of greenhouse gases, so tackling the issue of clean and renewable transportation options is important. I am happy that TEP will be partnering with us to help with the charging infrastructure. TEP should also hit 30% of their energy generation from renewable sources by 2020.

GILLIG electric buses
Back to School Night with the Friends of the Marty Birdman Recreation Center

Beatrice Birdman assists local youth in selecting a new backpack for the school year.
Earlier this week the Friends of the Marty Birdman Recreation Center held their annual back to school night. Over 80 children attended the event and benefitted from all the great resources, including school supplies, backpacks, toiletries and haircuts. I want to thank the Friends and the Parks and Recreation staff at the center for their great work and acknowledge the resources from the Dunbar Barber College, Salvation Army, Tucson Water, TEP and Census at the event.
The Marty Birdman Recreation Center is a gem in the Balboa Heights neighborhood. Marty was a champion for his neighborhood and following the death of a child who was playing in the street he began working to develop the Balboa Heights Neighborhood Park and the Recreation Center. The center was later renamed the Marty Birdman Recreation Center.
For those of you who don’t know about the Friends of the Marty Birdman Center, they are great group of civic-minded neighbors who use their non-profit to support and expand children’s programming at the center. As they say, they are carrying on Marty’s legacy. Each year they fund KIDCO scholarship and field trips, movie nights and other activities for KIDCO participants at the center. With a median income of $13,300 in Balboa Heights, the Friends of the Marty Birdman Center provide critical assistance to neighborhood families so that area kids can participate in excellent programming.
I encourage you to get involved. Contact the Friends at or join them for their next meeting on August 14 at 5pm at the Marty Birdman Center, 2536 N Castro.
Thrive in the 05 Business Summit

Area business owners discuss the benefits and opportunities along the Oracle and Miracle Mile corridors as well as what they need to expand and thrive.
I had the benefit of welcoming approximately 50 participants to the first Thrive in the 05 business summit held on July 29. I also had the great privilege in participating in one of the small group discussions where area business owners reflected on what’s working along the Oracle and Miracle Mile corridors and what their vision is for the corridors and their business moving forward.

I want to thank Barbra Coffee, the City of Tucson’s Director for Economic Initiatives and the Thrive team for coordinating this event. I also want to thank the Tucson Metro Chamber for participating in the event as well as each of the businesses who took time out to help make sure we get this right.
Our team is currently distilling the information they heard from businesses and we will share what we learned and future steps at the Thrive in the 05 website. One area of concern that was pretty clear from the table conversations at the Business Summit is that many businesses have specific concerns related to crime. The Community Based Crime Reduction arm of our Thrive team is hosting a business meeting focused on crime reduction along those corridors on Thursday, August 15 from 5:30-7:30 at the Operation Division West Police Station at 1310 W Miracle Mile.
Park Clean-up
I had the opportunity to join TPD, Environmental Services and Parks and Recreation staff members this week for a major clean-up of Francisco Elias Esquer Park in Barrio Blue Moon. Our parks periodically need a little extra attention. While Esquer Park is regularly cleaned up by neighbors, this week’s effort was special.

Council Member Durham joins a great team of city employees from TPD, Environmental Services and Parks and Recreation for a recent park clean up.
Not only did we have multiple departments working together to address needs in the park, the park was redesigned to follow CPTED practices (or Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). This meant that the tree canopy was raised a bit higher, low vegetation was thinned out and furniture was realigned to provide neighbors and city staff a clear line of sight through the park. In addition to changes related to CPTED, the park received some fresh mulch at the playgrounds. 
I want to thank our city employees who stepped up to make this happen. I also thank the many neighbors who came out to offer appreciation to these city employees while they were on the job—we value your feedback.
-Paul D.
Pet of the Week

The idea that black cats bring bad luck may be a total myth, but all of the superstitions surrounding black cats have a real effect on finding them a home, giving these kitties some of the lowest adoption rates out of all furry felines.
Meet Yoyo. The staff at Pima Animal Control Center think she is about 2 years old. She weighs only 6 ¾ pounds and has the most expressive golden eyes, a beautiful contrast to her velvety fur. She would love to debunk the myth of the black cat for you and show you just how lucky you will be if you bring her home with you.  
For details on how to bring this gorgeous girl home with you click here.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Barrio Blue Moon
August 4th
2-3 pm
St. Elizabeth’s
140 W Speedway Blvd #100
Country Glenn
August 4th
5:30-6:30 pm
The Drawing Studio
2760 N Tucson Blvd
August 8th
7-8 pm
St. Luke’s
615 E Adams St
Ward 3 Events
Humane Society of Southern Arizona's Family Fun Adoption Night
August 2nd
5– 8 pm
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona
635 W Roger Rd

HSSA Main Campus Adoption Center at 635 W. Roger Rd. will have special extended hours from 5-8 pm on Saturday only. This is a FREE family fun event that will have a face painter, refreshments, prize wheel, raffle, Hand in Paw Kids Club educational pets, and Pet VIP comfort pets (including a mini horse named Cinnamon!).

Meet available pets including puppies, kittens, dogs, cats, and amazing seniors! Check back in for special event adoption fees!

RSVP now at

August 10th
10 am-1 pm
Literacy Connects
200 E Yavapai Rd

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
City Wide Events
Ward 5 Presents the 8th Annual Kidz Expo & Back to School Event
10 am-2 pm
Arizona Bilingual Newspaper
101 W. Irvington Rd. Building #3A

The 8th annual Kidz Expo & Back to School event is this Saturday. It is sponsored by the Mexican Consulate of Tucson. They will provide textbooks in Spanish for all grades. It’s so important for children to have access to learning and practicing two languages. Don’t forget to stop by their booth for free textbooks!
¡Nuestro 8vo Kidz Expo & Back to School es este sábado. ¡Nos gustaría agradecer a uno de nuestros increíbles patrocinadores, el Consulado de México en Tucson! ¡Proporcionarán libros de texto en español para todos los grados! Es muy importante que los niños tengan acceso al aprendizaje y la práctica de dos idiomas, ¡no se olviden de pasar por su puesto para obtener libros de texto gratuitos! Sábado 3 de 10 am-2 pm at El Pueblo Activity Center!
Native American Family Wellness Day
August 3rd
9 am-3 pm
Pascua Yaqui Wellness Center
5305 W Calle Torim

Join the Tucson Native American community at the annual Native American Family Wellness Day. There will be food, games, prizes and Dwayne Manuel, On’k Akimel O’odham artist, will be giving the keynote speech.
Did You Know...?
Buy a Qualified Clothes Washing Machine and Get a Rebate
Tucson Water’s Single Family Residential Clothes Washer Program will rebate customers $200 when they purchase a high-efficiency clothes washer based on the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) residential clothes washer specifications. These clothes washers save water and energy. At the time of purchase, the applicant must be a single family residential water customer of Tucson Water with an account in their name and the water turned on at the service address where the clothes washer is installed. Rebate payments will be issued as a credit on a customer's utility bill.
Follow the link below to learn more about the program.
Single Family Residential Clothes Washer Program:
Tucson Water:
Volunteer to Help a Pet In Need
Pima Animal Care Center encourages those with extra time to consider volunteering. Help is needed with laundry, dishes, clerical duties, walking dogs, and more. Follow the Pet Connection video link below for more information.
Pet Connection video from the City of Tucson:
City Primary Election August 27th
The August 27 Primary Election is being conducted as a vote-by-mail election by the City Clerk's Office.  If you have any questions regarding this upcoming election, call the office of the City Clerk Elections -- Support Services at (520) 791-3221.  There is also information on the City of Tucson website:
Nonprofit Library
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Monday - Thursday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Nonprofit Library provides services and resources that benefit the local nonprofit community. Library staff is available to help and provide access to resources during open hours.

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