Paul's Note: Friday, January 10th, 2020

Paul’s Note
Friday, January 10th, 2020
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
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Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
January 8th Memorial
 
On Wednesday, I joined a group of Tucsonans to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the January 8th, 2011 shooting. At 10:10 in the morning, a bell was rug for each of the victims. Survivors and family members of victims were in the audience and it was moving to be in community with them as we honored the memory of those whose lives were cut short.
 

 
Former Congressman Ron Barber, a survivor of the shooting, addresses the crowd.
 
The event was held in the courtyard of the historic Pima County Courthouse, from which we could see the construction zone where a memorial is being constructed. The plan is that next year, on the 10th anniversary of the tragedy, that we mark the anniversary at the newly unveiled memorial.
 
As with every year that we mark this occasion, the speakers celebrated first responders and heroes of that day, honored the victims, spoke about how the city came together in the wake of the tragedy and commented on the work still to be done to stop more mass shootings.
 

 
Above is a rendering of the memorial, currently under construction, adjacent to the historic Courthouse.
 
E-Scooters
 
I opposed Council Member Kozachik's motion at December’s meeting to end the 6-month e-scooter pilot program after only three months for several reasons. Among the reasons was to give TDOT a chance to meet with the scooter operators to see if they can address the issues of improperly parked scooters, sidewalk riding, two-up riding, underage riding, and finding ways to increase helmet use.
 
At the Council meeting this week Bird and Razor have returned with plans to attempt to address these issues. The stakeholders from 4th Ave and the surrounding neighborhoods will work to indentify shared parking zones. Bird and Razor will require riders to take an end of trip photo to ensure the scooter is properly parked. The operators will provide free helmets for any user that requests one.
 
Bird and Razor have also worked to geofence areas that are impacted by special events such the Winterhaven Festival of Lights and the 4th Ave Street Fair.
 
One suggestion I have is to increase fees to the scooter operators to pay for increased TPD enforcement of sidewalk riding, double riding and other issues.
 
I believe in data-driven decisions. Only by allowing the 6-month pilot program to be completed can we make a data-driven decision whether to make the keep the e-scooters in Tucson or remove them. I also want to give TDOT a chance to complete a survey that will establish several things, including the number of car trips replaced by e-scooter trips. Like anything new, it will take time to get all the issues ironed out.
 
Please visit this web-page https://www.tucsonaz.gov/bicycle/e-scooter-pilot-program. This web page has all the information about how to report improperly parked e-scooters. The City and the e-scooter are collecting and keeping data on usage and any problems, so please report when you see something.
 
Recognition of a Ward 3 Champion
 
I want to acknowledge the dedication and service of a community advocate and educator who left us too soon. Maureen Hazlett passed away peacefully in her home on New Year’s Day. The Ward 3 team and I extend our condolences to Maureen's family and we join the many people who are grieving the loss of this faithful friend.  
 

 
Maureen was a champion for the Amphi Neighborhood, where she lived and raised her family. Her volunteerism took many forms but the one that I certainly associate her with is her advocacy for the creation of the Amphi Neighborhood Park. Over the years she has built connections amongst various organizations and groups to improve the park. The photos above are all taken from events and clean-ups that Maureen helped to organize at the Amphi Neighborhood Park.
 
I want to recognize Maureen for her leadership and service to our community. I know this sense of service is shared by her family, including her daughter Jocelyn who continues to serve as the Amphi Neighborhood Association’s Vice President.
 
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, January 18 at 11am at the Sacred Heart Parish located at 601 E Ft Lowell Rd.
 
End of Year Stats
 
Every year, City of Tucson departments compile statistics of the work they accomplished the previous year. I’ve listed a few of the 2019 highlights below. I’m grateful for the staff of every department and their work to keep our city moving forward.
 
TUCSON WATER:
• Provided service to more than 234,000 accounts (732,000 customers)
• Delivered 25.3 billion gallons of potable water
• Peak usage day: 114.7 million gallons on 6/27/19
• Average daily usage: 83.5 million gallons
• Issued rebates to 6,845 customers
• Saved 52.1 million gallons of water due to rebate/incentive programs
• Education programs reached nearly 45,000 students and more than 3,000 adults
 
TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION:
• 6,822 memberships sold or renewed
• 2,799 KIDCO program participants
• 1,313 youth and teen program participants
• 1,534 Senior Olympic participants
• 239 Special Events applications processed
 
TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT:
• Dispatched to 87,801 emergency calls (75,589 medical, 12,212 fires, HazMat, technical rescue, other)
• Average response time: Medical 5 minutes, 27 seconds: fire 5 minutes, 33 seconds
• Number of existing building inspections: 7,688
• 66 Safety Day/Adopt-A-School presentations to 5,226 2nd & 3rd grade students
• 200 fires investigated
 
TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT:
• 300,000 calls for service (approximately 820 per day)
• 534 individuals who possessed small amounts of drugs or drug paraphernalia were deflected into treatment rather than jail
 
TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT:
• Crack sealed and fog sealed roads in 15 neighborhoods (39.33 lane miles)
• Repaved 151.76 lane miles of road
• Installed 40 new bus shelters
• Filled more than 58,300 potholes
• Installed 25 speed bumps and five traffic circles
 
TRANSIT SERVICES DIVISION:
• Sun Tran buses operated 9,531,976 miles
• The Sun Link streetcar served its 5 millionth rider in October 2019
 
ENVIRONMENTAL & GENERAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT:
• Collected 414 million pounds of trash
• Collected 70 million pounds of recyclables
• Disposed of more than 704,000 tons at Los Reales Landfill
• Cleaned up more than 30,000 sites with graffiti
 
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT:
• 10,480 permit applications
• 9,529 permits issued
• 93,454 building inspections; 2,544 being Remote Video Inspections
 
ECONOMIC INITIATIVES:
• 3,144 jobs created
• 10,363 jobs retained
• Six annexations for a total of 323 acres annexed
• 40 new business relocation and/or existing business expansion projects in the pipeline
 
BUSINESS SERVICES (RISK MANAGEMENT):
• 3,968 employees received OSHA/City-required safety training
• 1,186 incident/accident investigations
 
BUSINESS SERVICES TAXPAYER ASSISTANCE:
• 47,298 licenses managed/renewed
• 17,199 taxpayer phone calls answered
 
HUMAN RESOURCES:
• 462 new employees in calendar year 2019
• 340 recruitments and more than 14,000 applications reviewed
 
Open House January 30th
 
Lastly, please mark your calendars for our annual open house on Thursday, January 30th from 5:30-7pm here at 1510 E Grant Rd. It’ll be a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and ask questions of my staff and me. We hope to see you there.
 

 
- Paul D.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Mr. Charlie Jinx
 

 
Meet Mr. Charlie Jinx. He is a distinguished, 8 ½  pound Chihuahua who came into Pima Animal Care Center on New Year’s Day. Help make his New Year brighter by bringing this guy home today. His beautiful white mask can tell you a lot of stories from the past 12 years. And because he’s (a wee bit) over 6 years old his adoption fee is waived! 
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
 
Keeling Desert Park Clean Up
Saturday
January 11th
8-10 am
245  E Glenn
 
Alvernon Grant Initiative
Tuesday
January 14th
6-7 pm
Emmanuel Church
1825 N Alvernon
 
Mountain View
Thursday
January 16th
6-7 pm
Habitat Tucson
3501 N Mountain Ave
 
Flowing Wells
Thursday
January 16th
6-8 pm
Ellie Towne Center
1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
Trees for Tucson Shades Miracle Manor in January 2020
Friday
January 11th
9 am
 
Residents of Miracle Manor are eligible for up to two free low-water-use shade trees per home. Trees will be planted with the help of volunteers on Planting Day on January 11th, 2020 starting at 9 am.
 
Call 791-1309 if you need assistance, or email Randall@treesfortucson.org  
 
Usted y sus vecinos son elegibles para dos árboles de sombra, Gratis! Los árboles serán plantados con la ayuda de voluntarios 11 de Enero a las 9 am.
 
Llame al 791-1309 si necesita asistencia o mande un email a Randall@treesfortucson.org.
 
Crisis Intervention Training
 

 
Have you ever wanted to help someone in crisis, but weren’t sure what to say or what to do? If you would like to learn how you can attend sessions for six weeks that will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning February 11th. Training classes are held twice a year. All interested participants must attend an information session.
Keep an Eye Out For These Upcoming

 
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City Wide Events
 
Community Resource Fair
Saturday
January 11th
10 am-1 pm
LDS Church
105 N Norton Ave
 
Organizations representing the City of Tucson and Pima County, nonprofits, hospitals, education, and faith-based institutions will be hosting a community resource fair Saturday, Jan. 11th. Those attending can learn about resources for employment and career training, housing and transportation, family services, tax assistance, health, and more. The event is free.
 
For more information, call Tom Crockett at (971) 599-3833.
Facebook page: http://bit.ly/36B9Nnd
 
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Did You Know?
 
Broadway-Euclid Ave to Country Club Rd Project Update Meeting
Monday
January 13th
5:30-7 pm
First Assembly of God
1749 E Broadway Blvd
 
The City of Tucson Transportation Department and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) invite you to attend a project update public meeting for the Broadway improvement project from Euclid Avenue to Country Club Road.
 
Information will be available on the upcoming construction schedule, landscape and streetscape designs, public art and more. Attendees can meet with representatives from the City of Tucson, RTA as well as the project team to discuss details for the improvement project. A brief presentation for the project will take place at 5:45 p.m.
 
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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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