Pauls Note: Friday, February 28th, 2020

Paul’s Note
Friday, February 28th, 2020
 
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
 
Increasing our number of Tucson Police Officers
 
Last week I attended the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Centers (SALETC) Basic Recruit Class 19-3 graduation. For those unfamiliar with SALETC, commonly referred to as the “Academy,” it is the entity where aspiring police officers receive job-related instruction.
 
Last week the Basic Recruit Class 19-3 graduated following 22 weeks of training. These 29 recruits will now return to their respective agencies. These include Pima Community College Police Department (1 graduate), Sahuarita Police Department (3 graduates), University of Arizona Police Department (2 graduates) and the Tucson Police Department (23 graduates).
 
 
Chief Magnus congratulates graduate Angelica Romo.
 
The Tucson Police Department graduates will now move into the Field Training Officer program for a total of 17 weeks. During this time they will be assigned with a field training officer as they continue the training process. Upon successful completion of the Field Training, they will begin serving the community directly as a deployable, individual officer.
 
For those of you who watch the numbers of our TPD officers, we currently have 846 sworn officers and 814 deployable officers. Chief Magnus’s goal is to reach 950 deployable officers—one which I support based on the feedback I hear from my constituents. We have a way to go to reach that goal. Mayor and Council, along with Chief Magnus, have worked strategically to stem the loss of trained, experienced officers to attrition. Progress has been good to date. Mayor & Council is supporting TPD to hire more new officers to help us grow as opposed to merely keeping pace with the loss of TPD officers leaving for retirement.
 
This graduating class will be followed by another Academy class staring on May 25. Training new officers as well as expanding our community service officers is part of a strategic effort to ensure that our police department is able to respond quickly and effectively to the calls they receive from Tucson residents.
 
Sugar Hill
 
Sadie Shaw is a young woman on a mission. Her purpose is to record the old memories of long-time residents of the Sugar Hill neighborhood, a historically African-American community in Ward 3.
 
Sadie, whose family roots are in the neighborhood, is president of the Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, whose boundaries are Grant Road, First and Stone Avenues, and Lee Street. Sadie has embarked in an oral history project, documenting the personal narratives of residents who have witnessed the changes in Sugar Hill.
 
In addition to interviewing Sugar Hill residents, Sadie is interested in documenting the oral histories of long-time residents who live in nearby neighborhoods in the 05 zip code area: Ocotillo Oracle, Old Pascua, Barrio Blue Moon, Balboa Heights, Keeling, Miracle Manor and Coronado Heights. If you are interested or know of someone who is, please contact Sadie at sugarhillsadie@gmail.com. Here’s a link to the oral history project.
 
For many years the city’s official name for Sugar Hill was the Northwest Neighborhood. But about two years ago Sugar Hill residents began to reclaim its Sugar Hill name and identity, an effort that I supported. Sadie and Kevin Woodard, a member of the Sugar Hill Coalition, a group made up of former Sugar Hill residents living outside the neighborhood led the effort
 
The effort to reclaim the neighborhood’s identity and history includes a series of murals painted on the cement-lined Bronx Wash on Linden Street. Another series of murals on Sixth Avenue were painted by residents with support from the Tucson Arts Brigade. Here’s a link to a 2018 story in the Arizona Daily Star written by Ernesto Portillo who now, to my benefit, has joined the Ward 3 Council Office.
 
If the soul of the Sugar Hill neighborhood is its residents, the Donna R. Liggins center at Mansfield Park is the heart of the neighborhood. I supported the city’s park improvement bond Proposition 407, which voters approved in 2018, to invest $225 million in the city’s parks and recreation centers. The Liggins center will undergo $3 million worth of improvements and renovations in 2026. But before that the center’s cooling and heating system will be upgraded.
 
And speaking of Mansfield Park, I invite you, your family and friends to the 21st annual EGGstravaganza, Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park, 2000 N 4th Ave. It’s a free community-wide, family event which will include music, games, prizes and egg hunts.
 
Street Ambassadors
 
The City of Tucson is preparing a city-wide transportation master plan known as Move Tucson that will create a mobility blueprint for the City’s future in a rapidly-changing world. For more information on Move Tucson, visit the website at movetucson.org.
 
The best way to improve a street is to get out there and get people talking about it. Street Ambassadors will play a crucial role in demystifying the public process, gathering community concerns, and directly communicating those concerns to officials and decision-makers. Street Ambassadors help to amplify a diversity of voices to ensure that our streets are safe, accessible and equitable. Street Ambassadors will engage people from their community in the transportation planning process to bring local voices to the Move Tucson initiative by acting as trusted peers to community members.
 
The program includes a four-month, March-June, program commitment. Activities will include, but are not limited to, collecting survey and handing out information at community events. Please plan to contribute 2-3 hours a week, whenever is convenient for you, for 12 weeks, to gather feedback from local residents in your community. There will be a required Street Ambassador 101 training on Saturday, March 14 from 9:00 AM - Noon. 
 
Street Ambassadors will receive a stipend for the four-month program. There will be ten spots available through the nomination application process. I believe it is critical that we have strong representation from Ward 3 neighborhoods.
 
The Department of Transportation and Mobility is looking for people who are comfortable approaching people, familiar with a targeted area of the community, represent diverse demographics and geographic areas, preferred bilingual and passionate about mobility. No transportation planning background required.
 
Please help us recruit the best team by nominating people that you think would be strong candidates for the Street Ambassador program by sharing the link to the nomination form https://bit.ly/2Hfbrjo
Nominations Due by Sunday, March 1.
 
F-35
 
The U.S. Air Force has made available for public review and comment a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed F-35 program. The Draft EIS identifies Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base as the Preferred Alternative with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), Homestead Air Reserve Base, and Whiteman AFB as Reasonable Alternatives. The Draft EIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts that could result from the proposed mission and flight operations of the F-35.
 
The Draft EIS is available for you to review on the internet: www.AFRC-F35A-beddown.com.
 
You are invited to a public hearing to learn about the F-35. The public hearing will be on March 10, at 5:00 PM at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 South Church Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701. The U.S. Air Force is encouraging everyone to participate in the EIS process by attending the public hearing and providing comments. Comments can be submitted via the internet at the website above, via email to HQAFRC.F-35.EIS@us.af.mil or at the public hearing. Please submit comments by March 31.
 
 
- Paul Durham
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Farrah
 
 
Meet Farrah, a beautiful 4 year old Shih Tzu mix who is at Pima Animal Care Center. She just arrived last Saturday so she will be ready to come home with you tomorrow, February 29th. What a great way to celebrate Leap Year 2020!
 
For more information about Farrah or any other animal at PACC email: PACC.Adopt@pima.gov or better yet, go down and meet her in person at 4000 N Silverbell Rd.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
 
Barrio Blue Moon
Sunday
March 1st
2-3 pm
Tucson House
1501 N Oracle Rd
 
Campbell Grant
Sunday
March 1st
4-5 pm
The Drawing Studio
2760 N Tucson Blvd
 
Cabrini
Thursday
March 5th
6-7 pm
Vineyard Church
3150 E Fort Lowell Rd
 
Amphi
Thursday
March 5th
6:30-7:30 pm
St Francis Men’s Shelter
601 E Ft Lowell Rd
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
One Water Tucson Ward 3 Community Event
Saturday
February 29th
10 am-12 pm
Donna Liggins Rec Center
2160 N 6th Ave
 
Tucson Water is preparing a new long range plan for the first time since 2004, based on a nationally recognized, integrated approach to water resource management known as “One Water.”
 
Surveys, workshops, webinars and public events will help the One Water planning team better understand conservation priorities, scenario planning and the value of water from the perspective of various types of customers and water users.

For more information: https://www.onewatertucson.com

 
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City Wide Events
 
Peace Fair and Music Festival
Saturday
February 29th
11 am-4 pm
Armory Park
220 S 5th Ave
 
Tucson’s 38th Annual Peace Fair is free and open to the public. The Peace Fair is the largest gathering of Peace, Justice and Environmental groups in the region.
 
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Did You Know?
 
Street Ambassadors
 
 
About the Program:
  • Four-month (March-June) program commitment.
  • Activities will include collecting surveys, handing out information at community events, etc.
  • Required Street Ambassador 101 training (Saturday, March 14th | 9:00 am-Noon).
  • After training, plan to contribute 2-3 hours a week, whenever is convenient for you, for 12 weeks, to gather feedback from local residents in your community.
  • Monthly Street Ambassador Team Meetings – dates/times to be determined by availability of the group.
  • Street Ambassadors will receive a stipend for the four-month program. There will be ten spots available through the nomination application process.
Who Should Apply?
  • We are looking for people who: are comfortable approaching people, familiar with a targeted area of the community, represent diverse demographics and geographic areas, Spanish speaking (preferred), and passionate about mobility.
  • City of Tucson residents who want to increase their understanding of transportation and mobility in order to improve their communities and like to engage with the public. No transportation planning background required- just enthusiasm, curiosity, and interest!
  • We especially welcome and encourage applications from people living in areas of concentrated poverty; communities of color; people with disabilities; seniors and aging population; people who walk and bike as their primary mode of transportation; transit-dependent people; youth; and immigrant populations or people whose first language isn't English.
 
Please help us recruit the best team by nominating people that you think would be strong candidates for the Street Ambassador program by sharing the link to the nomination form https://bit.ly/2Hfbrjo
 
Procedure For Reporting Bus Stop Cleanliness
 
Sun Tran is responsible for oversight of the contractor required to maintain and clean the 2,200 bus stops in the Tucson area. Sun Tran will work with the contractor to ensure the stops are powerwashed when necessary and free of litter, including cigarette butts. If you see overflowing trash cans, litter, bugs, vandalism, graffiti, or homeless camps at a bus stop, call (520) 792-9222 to report the location. You can also email SunTranInfo@tucsonaz.gov and include pictures if you wish. All requests will be documented by Sun Tran to ensure proper follow-up takes place.
Sun Tran: http://bit.ly/1mZ71Jl
 
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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.
 
Follow us on Twitter: @CMPaul_Durham
 
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