Paul's Note: Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Events
Ward 3 Neighborhood/Coalition Meetings
City-Wide Events
Did You Know?
Paul’s Note
Nogales Razor Wire Resolution

On Wednesday, Mayor and Council voted unanimously to support the Nogales City Council’s resolution objecting to the recent installation of razor wire on the American side of the border wall running through Nogales. I am thankful to those of you who took the time to contact my office or attend the meeting and have your voice heard.
The razor wire is unnecessary, ugly and dangerous. I’ve written about the importance of cross-border trade and tourism before. In Nogales, costumers and visitors from Sonora are also critical to the economic success of the city. Militarizing Nogales to look like the Berlin Wall is something we should all oppose. In my comments at the meeting on this issue, I decried the wartime, Iron Curtain tactics of our current border policy. I’ll continue to make my displeasure known to this administration and to the elected officials the city works with in DC.
There was an article in this morning’s Daily Star about the resolution. The article reported that in a memo to the city manager, Vice Mayor Fimbres and Council Members Kozachik and Romero had asked for the resolution nearly two weeks ago.
I’d like to correct the record. The memo by these three Council Members did not ask for the resolution. I joined with Mayor Rothchild in requesting the resolution and in putting it on the agenda for this week’s meeting. The memo described in the Daily Star was a unilateral action by those three Council Members objecting to the razor wire. That’s all. No request for a resolution from the Council as a whole.
From my general knowledge of the views of my colleagues on the Council, I believe that all of them would like to make their objections known to this country’s current policy regarding our border with Mexico. That was confirmed by the unanimous vote at this week’s meeting—to join with the Nogales City Counsel in objecting to the razor wire and requesting it’s immediate removal within the City of Nogales. The resolution of the Council as a whole was the better way to do this.
Rodeo Parade

Council Member Durham, Ed Stolfa, Chairman of the 2019 Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee, Council Member Fimbres, Vera Gallego and City Manager Ortega.
This Thursday, I rode in the 94th annual Tucson Rodeo Parade alongside three of my colleagues on the Council. Although it was colder than any of us would have liked, it was great to see so many Tucsonans enjoying a true Tucson original and celebrating our history and culture. Thanks to all who participated in this wonderful Tucson tradition.
Senator Sinema
The City Manager arranged a reception for newly elected Senator Kyrsten Sinema this week. The reception was aimed at ensuring that the City Council and city departments develop a close working relationship with our new senator in Washington.
I won’t agree with every vote Senator Sinema takes, nor with many other officials in Washington, but it’s critical that she understand Tucson’s priorities in D.C. Transportation, housing, public safety and veterans are just a few of the many issues that I deal with on a daily basis that all are affected by certain federal funding streams. At the reception Chief Magnus brought up the complex issues surrounding veteran’s homelessness at the intersection of mental health, criminal justice and drug addiction. Senator Sinema pledged to work with TPD, TFD and the local VA to make progress on the issue. I look forward to engaging her and her Tucson staff to make sure we’re well-represented in Washington.
- Paul D.
Pet of the Week

This is Raphael. He is a flame point Balinese and Domestic Mediumhair who is about 2.5 years old. Often referred to as the “longhaired Siamese,” the Balinese looks like an unlikely candidate for a hypoallergenic cat breed, but it is one of the few breeds that produce less of the Fel D1 protein than other cats, thus causing fewer allergic reactions in allergy sufferers.
He is currently at the PetSmart at Oracle & Wetmore. If you are interested in adopting him, please call the store at (520) 407-0146 for more information.
To see other animals available for adoption at Pima Animal Care Center go to their website at or better yet go down and meet your new pal in person at 4000 N Silverbell Rd.
Ward 3 Events
Jack and the Beanstalk: A Storyteller's Adventure
Saturdays & Sundays
March 9th-31st
5-8 pm
Valley of the Moon
2544 E Allen Rd
Voted best local fantasyland of 2018 by the Tucson Weekly, Valley of the Moon is hosting a Spring show titled “Jack and the Beanstalk: A Storyteller’s Adventure.” Unlike typical theater, you actually follow the storyteller through an adventure of interactive drama into the very heart of the fantasyland itself. Adventure tours begin on the half hour from 5-8pm on March 9,10,16,17,23,24,30, and 31.
Adults $10, students $5, children under 8 years and Members FREE!
Tickets are available online at or at box office during show times.
“A” Mountain Safety Meeting
Back in October there was a cycling fatality on “A” Mountain (Sentinel Peak). Residents of the “A” Mountain community had been attempting to make changes like lowering the speed limit and decreasing hours of operation since December 2017. The of traffic safety on Sentinel Peak Road is now being revisited.  After this tragedy there is a renewed urgency to make the road safer for people walking, hiking and cycling on this road.

On Thursday, March 21st I will be co-hosting a community discussion with Council Member Kozachik about possible changes that can be made to Sentinel Peak Road to increase safety and decrease the likelihood of having another incident like this one. Details about the location and time are pending.  
Please plan on joining us for this discussion. Community input will be considered and changes to increase road safety for all users will be forthcoming.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Campbell Grant
February 25th
6-7:30  pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 e Grant Rd
THRIVE in the 05
February 26th
5:30-7 pm
Nash Elementary School
515 W Kelso
 Old Pasqua
February 26th
6-7 pm
765 W Sahuaro
Barrio Blue Moon
SundayMarch 3rd
2-3 pm
St. Elizabeth’s
140 W Speedway Blvd #100
Grant Road Coalition
February 26th
6-8 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
Jefferson Park
February 27th
6-8 pm
Ward 3 Council Office
1510 E Grant Road
Country Glenn
March 3rd
5:30-6:30 pm
The Drawing Studio
2760 N Tucson Blvd
Friends of Marty Birdman
March 4th
5:30-6:30 pm
Marty Birdman Center
2536 N Castro Ave
March 7th
6-7 pm
Vineyard City Church
3150 E Fort Lowell Rd
March 7th
7-8 pm
St. Luke’s
615 E Adams
Hedrick Acres
Annual Meeting
March 14th
6:30-8 pm
Pizza Hut
2943 N Campbell Ave
City-Wide Events:
Watch a Hockey Game and Help Parks & Rec
Tucson Parks and Recreation and the Tucson Roadrunners are hosting a special Parks and Recreation Night at the hockey game this Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:05 p.m., as the Roadrunners face the Bakersfield Condors. Discounted tickets can be purchased online, with $2 of every ticket sold going to the Tucson Parks Foundation. There will also be Roadrunner Youth Jerseys given away for the first 1,000 kids (14 and under) through the doors.
Buy tickets:
Tucson Roadrunners:
Did You Know...?
Calling all H2O heroes
It’s time to kick off a new season for our Monsoon Squad. We are looking for volunteers to commit a couple hours per month to taking care of the public demonstration rain gardens at our local government offices and serve as water advocates to the Tucson community! Benefits of the program include educational training, free WMG field studies classes, rewarding work, and a lot of fun!
Watershed Management is committed to restoring Tucson’s watershed so that we can all enjoy flowing rivers year round! All the work you do with us will serve to educate the community and begin to restore our natural waterways. We look forward to working with you!
How to Report Transportation Concerns
Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to
Tucson Department of Transportation:
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