Paul's Note: Friday, December 14th, 2018

Paul’s Note
Friday, December 14th, 2018
 
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Events
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
City-Wide Events
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
New Additions to Ward 3 Gardens: Thank you Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society!
 
After the installation of our new water harvesting landscaping with Watershed Management Group last week I’m excited to announce two new additions. We were gifted rescued saguaros from members of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society and the Pima County Office of Sustainability and Conservation Native Plant Nursery. Thomas Staudt and Jessie Byrd are on the Board of Directors of the TCSS and when they heard that we were in the market for some cactus to adorn our new gardens, Thomas delivered and planted them the very next day. Jessie works for the Pima County Office of Sustainability and Conservation with the Native Plant Nursery.  It is through this program that we received our new cacti.
 

Thomas Staudt poses in the WMG parklet at Ward 3 with one of our new saguaros.
 
The TCSS Cactus Rescue Crew saves cacti and other native plants that would otherwise be destroyed during the development of Arizona real estate. Often, many viable and transplantable native plants are simply cleared away with other desert vegetation during construction. Since 1999, TCSS has completed 410 rescue operations with volunteers putting in 31,555 hours and saving over 90,254 native plants. Plants are sold to the public at various sales throughout the year. These sales recover the cost of Arizona Department of Agriculture permits and raise funds to further their educational efforts.
 
The Pima County Office of Sustainability and Conservation works to promote a sustainable and livable community and the conservation of Pima County’s natural and cultural resources by promoting the environmental, social and economic well-being of our region.  Their office has a program at the Native Plant Nursery that will donate saguaros that need new homes to public spaces such as parks, parklets, chicanes, roundabouts and more.
 
The Ward 3 office is grateful for the opportunity to work with these organizations to both promote sustainability and beautify our little corner of Tucson.  Thank you Jessie and Thomas!
 

Thomas Staudt planting a saguaro at Ward 3 facing Grant Rd. Keep your eyes out for it the next time you drive by!
 
For more information on both of these programs please follow the links below:
Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society: http://www.tucsoncactus.org/
Pima County Office of Sustainability and Conservation: http://webcms.pima.gov/government/sustainability_and_conservation/ 
 
Drought Contingency Plan
 
Like many of you, I have been following the negotiations on the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) for Arizona as part of the Colorado River Lower Basin DCP. This week the Colorado River Water Users Association is meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Tucson Water delegation-including Ward 3 Aide, Sarah Launius-are busy working with our partners to foster collaborative and proactive management of the Arizona Water Bank and use of the Colorado River. It goes without saying that the DCP has been the overwhelming theme of the conference this year.
 
As you likely are aware, historically low-levels of snowpack in the Rockies are contributing to less water in the critical Colorado River which provides water to the Upper Basin states (Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico), the Lower Basin States (Arizona, Nevada and California), the Ten Tribes Partnership and Mexico.
 
The DCP is intended to guide the Colorado River users to a reduction in the amount of water they pull from the Colorado River. The Upper Basin has recently agreed to a DCP but the Lower Basin, particularly Arizona and California, are still working out the details necessary before a plan can be finalized. In Arizona, a successful DCP means protecting water levels in Lake Mead which requires reducing the amount of water pulled from the lake and transitioning users off of the Colorado River in a stepped fashion.
 
Last week, Tucson’s Mayor and Council voted unanimously to direct Tucson Water Director, Tim Thomure, to provide written support of the preliminary DCP which was presented to the Arizona Steering Committee on November 29 (find an overview of the proposal here). These negotiations have been ongoing for two years and Arizona currently has the bulk of a plan that was drafted collaboratively to help transition our state toward a drier reality in the Colorado River Basin.
 
While Arizona is very close to finalizing their DCP, time is running short. Critical details still must get clarified and then the Arizona Legislature must sign off on the DCP. I know Tucson Water leadership continues to seek collaborative solutions and I commend Director Thomure for his role on the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan Steering Committee to reach the preliminary DCP. There’s a lot riding on this deal coming together and I encourage you to pay attention and contact your Arizona Legislators to support a collaborative DCP that keeps water in Lake Mead.
 
Parade of Lights
 
This Saturday, my husband and I will ride in one of the floats in Downtown Tucson Partnership’s Parade of Lights. We had a great time last year and I look forward to another great event. If you go, give us a wave. You can find the parade route and more information about DTP’s Holiday Events online at https://www.downtowntucsonholidays.org/.
 
- Paul D.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Chief
 

Chief is a happy 2-year-old German Shepherd mix waiting for his new home. For more information about Chief go to the Pima Animal Care Center website here!
 
Help Homeless Pets During the Holiday Season
 
The third annual PACC Holiday Pet Supply Drive, sponsored by Pima County Public Library, is underway. From now until December 23rd, you can drop off donations at any library location. For a list of needed supplies, pick up a wish list at your nearest library or visit the PACC website linked below. Donors also can find items on PACC's Amazon Wish List. For more information about the drive, call (520) 594-5275.  
 
Donate to PACC: http://bit.ly/2QMUSSp                
Pima County Library: http://bit.ly/2UBsIsw
 
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Ward 3 Events: 
 
Free photos with Santa
Saturday
December 15th
9 am-12 pm
HabiStore
935 W Grant Rd

 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Flowing Wells
Thursday
December 20th
6-7:30 pm
Ellie Towne Center
1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
 
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City-Wide Events:
 
 
24th Annual Parade of Lights & Festival
Saturday
December 15th
Downtown Tucson
 
Festival in Jácome Plaza begins at 3 pm
Parade begins at 6:30 pm
 
Carondelet Health Network and The Downtown Tucson Partnership are proud to welcome the community to celebrate the holiday season in Tucson with the 24th Annual Parade of Lights & Festival!
 
 
 
The parade will proceed starting from the intersection of Church Avenue and Alameda Street throughout the core of downtown, weaving through the illuminated trees and buildings.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Health Insurance Deadline
 
Enrollment in the Federal Health Exchange Marketplace, which began Nov. 1, will close on Dec. 15 in the two-thirds of states that use the federal exchange. Read more about that here.
 
City Seeks Commission Members to Review and Recommend salaries for Mayor and Council
 
The City of Tucson is accepting applications for the Citizen’s Commission on Public Service and Compensation, a panel that reviews and recommends appropriate salaries for the Mayor and Tucson City Council. This is a two-month appointment. Seven commission members are appointed by the City Manager and are selected from among Tucson’s diverse economic, environmental, racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. Commission members must be registered voters living within Tucson city limits. They cannot be employees of the City of Tucson, nor a parent, sibling, spouse, child, or dependent relative of an officer or employee of the City. The seven members must be appointed and in office by January 15th, 2019. They will meet and provide a recommendation to the City Clerk’s Office by March 15th, 2019. The Commission’s salary adjustment recommendations may be placed on the November 2019 election ballot.
 
Please follow the link http://bit.ly/2Eh6fvj  for further details and instructions on how to submit a nomination by December 28th at 5 pm.
 
Free Booklet: 2018 Status and Quality of the Aquifer
 
Tucson Water’s 2018 Status and Quality of the Aquifer booklet documents 20 years of groundwater recovery since a 1998 report reflected overdraft and subsidence. Gains such as using renewable water and implementing conservation programs have helped achieve water reliability. The free booklet documents these and other strategies that can ensure a reliable water future.
 
For a free booklet by postal mail, email pico@tucsonaz.gov  and provide your name, postal address, and zip code.
 
There is a pdf copy of the booklet at: http://bit.ly/2zbjjij
The Tucson Water website is at: http://bit.ly/2KfOFHw
 
Did You Know You Can File A Police Report By Phone?
 
There has been some confusion regarding the telephone number to use when you wish to file a police report on non-emergency incidents. The correct number is 791-4444. After calling this number, you will have the opportunity to select the option to file a non-emergency report. 
 
The staff at the Alternate Response Callback (ARC) unit cannot dispatch officers to non-emergency events. So, if the incident is a crime against a person (for example, DV, robbery, sexual assault) or one where a Department member should respond (for example, in progress events, the suspect is present or at a known location, the event requires evidence collection) then the caller should dial 911.
 
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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.
 
Please "Like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMPaulDurham/
Please "Follow" us on Twitter: @CMPaul_Durham
 
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