Pauls Note: Friday, January 15, 2021

Paul's Ward 3 News and Updates
 
Friday, January 15, 2021
 
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Ward 3 News and Updates
 
As we begin a three-day weekend, Monday we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a day of national service. In this week's newsletter, we learn about a small group of Amphi High School students who, along with their adult leaders, are engaged in Tucson's Nonviolence Legacy program. They are learning the principles of nonviolence to make positive change. As the CDC moratorium on evictions gets closer, we've got more information about evictions and what you can do if you are facing one. Learn about Pima County's vaccination efforts and the City of Tucson's new glass recycling program.
 
Following Martin Luther King
 
Alan Perez is a 17-year-old senior at Amphi High School and an advocate of making good trouble through nonviolence.
 
He and several of his schoolmates are following the footsteps of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who bravely championed the arc of justice through nonviolence before he was gunned down in Memphis, Tenn., nearly 53 years ago this April. Perez is involved with the Nonviolence Legacy Program, a youth-centered effort that aims to steer his peers and others to achieve social justice through nonviolence, peace and respect.
 
“I became involved to create a positive change not only for myself but for the sake of future generations as studying history led me to observe that nonviolent change led to positive societal and political changes worldwide,” Alan wrote.
 
Hassan Clement, one of the project’s adult leaders, said, “We are helping people to be empowered,” adding that the Legacy project is helping young people to become leaders of peaceful change in their homes and schools. “Now is the time to be a nonviolent leader.”
 
 
The Legacy Project, which began in Tucson in 2008, is rooted in the words, actions and leadership of MLK, who emerged from an Atlanta Baptist pulpit in the mid-1950s to become the leading and inspiring voice of the civil rights movement. He was 39 years old when he was assassinated. Monday, Jan. 18, is a national holiday in honor of MLK and a day that many people devote to a day of service.
 
Using King’s moral strength and clarity, the participants in the Nonviolence project are learning how to use King’s tenets on how to resolve conflict without using violence. The overarching aim is to institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence.
 
“The only antidote to violence is nonviolence,” said Fred, a former state prison correctional officer and counselor who, along with Hassan, guide the students toward embedding nonviolence philosophy into their daily thinking and practices.
 
 
Andrea Martinez was a junior at Pueblo High School when she realized she needed to do something in her community. But she wasn’t quite sure what. Then in the summer of her junior year, in 2013, she attended a panel discussion on justice and equality where she heard a leading voice from the national Legacy project. The words spoken that day inspired Andrea.
 
That summer she attended a two-week training program and since then, after graduating from Pueblo and from Seattle University where she majored in Humanities for Leadership and Psychology, Andrea has committed herself to promoting Kingian nonviolence principles to young people who can play key, positive roles.
 
“Their voices are not heard,” she said about the exclusion of young people in public debates and discussions. By adopting and practicing nonviolence, Andrea said, young people can speak up and speak out.
 
“Nonviolence is an active voice. It is not passive,” she said, echoing King’s words. “It’s necessary to be in conversation with one another.” Currently, Andrea works as the Restorative Practices Facilitator for the Tucson Unified School District.
 
Alan wholeheartedly endorses the Kingian philosophy.
 
"Nonviolent protest is not only effective but courageous, a quiet antithesis to what the broader society tells you. Also nonviolence encourages you to take mental health seriously because a troubled mind can lead you down to self-harm both physically and emotionally,” Alan wrote in response to our questions.
 
Presently, Hassan, Fred and the Amphi students are creating a poll to distribute to Amphi High students. The goal is to ascertain the students’ concerns, sentiments and goals. Based on the results, the Legacy Project intends to recruit a larger group of students to work on addressing some of the issues found in the poll.
 
While the goal of the Legacy Project is to guide and develop Amphi students to become leaders, Hassan said the students, who have already stepped forward, do not have to wait.
 
“They are leaders right now.”
 
Understanding the Eviction Process
 
Evictions continue to be a major fallout from the Corona virus with little protection for tenants. In order to understand the eviction process we asked Presiding Pima County Constable Kristen Randall to provide a step-by-step understanding of what occurs in the eviction process.
 
In what manner is an eviction notice given?
A family is first notified about their eviction when they receive their 5-day (nonpayment), 10-day (material breach) or 30-day (nonrenewal) notice from their landlord. After this period of time, the landlord can file for an eviction hearing, and the tenant will be served an Eviction Summons and Complaint 2-7 days prior to their hearing. After the hearing, they might not receive any other notification about their upcoming eviction. Some constables choose to give a warning notice but this is optional.
 
Once notified what is the next step?
My recommendation is to communicate to the landlord. If it is nonpayment, try to tell your landlord what is going on and offer a partial payment plan. Seek rental assistance. If it is a breach of the lease, find out if it is something that can be resolved. After that, I always tell tenants to go to their court hearing. This is where you can tell your side of the story and find out more information about the eviction. If the judge rules in your landlord’s favor, use the time granted by the court to start packing up and finding a new place to live to avoid the stressful situation when the constable knocks on your door.
 
What are the options to delay or avoid eviction?
Right now there are a few options to delay or avoid your eviction. The CDC has a limited hold on some evictions, but the tenant needs to fill out a form for the landlord. Give the landlord a copy as soon as possible and keep a copy. Follow the requirements in the CDC letter, such as applying for rental assistance and requesting a partial payment plan. Keep records of these actions. Some judges are granting evictions because tenants did not follow guidelines in the CDC order.
 
If eviction cannot be delayed or postponed, how many days does the resident/s have?
As long as the eviction is not for criminal activity, the court generally grants six days after the hearing for tenants to pack and make other arrangements. After that time if the tenant hasn’t vacated the property, the landlord can file for the eviction order and bring it to the Constables Office. The eviction can be scheduled anywhere from 1-3 days after receipt of the eviction order.
 
When eviction day comes and the resident/s are in the dwelling, how does eviction occur?
This depends a lot of who the constable is and how they manage their evictions. Typically, when the constable shows up they will search the building for pets and other residents, and serve the tenant with court paperwork. The tenant is given 5-10 minutes to grab a few essential items while the locks are being changed. They are told they cannot come back to retrieve their belongings unless they’ve made an appointment with the landlord.
 
What are the options after eviction?
Everyone’s situation is unique, which means the options following an eviction can vary. Generally, a tenant must first have a plan where to go next. They have to consider what they will do with their belongings. Statute requires a landlord store tenants’ possessions for up to 14 days following an eviction, and the tenant has the right to make an appointment to return to the property for one full business day to retrieve their belongings. After this they will have to overcome the barriers of having an eviction on their record, which could make finding new housing more challenging. The Pima County Housing Center staff can help residents identify housing options for their unique situations. The number is 724-2460. Center staff have helped families overcome barriers to housing with their knowledge of what’s available. Residents can call 211 for assistance and referrals for other support programs. Lastly, they can always call the Constables’ office at 724-5442 and speak with our staff who are more than happy to help direct people to resources.
 
Vaccination Efforts
 
Many of you are watching with interest to see how the vaccine will roll out in Tucson. Please know that our Pima County Health department is working diligently to implement an accelerated distribution plan and that additional information is coming out regularly.
 
Keep reading for the latest and information on that plan and where to go or watch for how to register to be vaccinated.
 
Timing of roll-out:
Locally, we are transitioning from Phase 1A to 1B beginning today.
 
 
When you can get vaccinated:
Now as you likely know, Phase 1A prioritizes vaccines for health care workers and individuals living in long-term care and assisted living facilities. The graphic below, courtesy of Pima County Health Department, explains who is eligible under sub-phases 1B, 1C as well as phases 2 and 3.
 
 
The number of Pima County residents covered under the 1B phase are likely between 275,000-325,000 individuals.
 
Vaccine Distribution:
The County, City, UA, UMC and TMC are partnering to set-up points of distribution (PODS) in Tucson.
• Two large PODS -- UMC Banner North and TMC -- are 100% deployed and already providing vaccines to medical workers.
• Four additional PODS are in development (Banner South, Tucson Convention Center, University of
Arizona, Rillito Park)
 
o “Kino” Banner South will launch January 15. This site along with the hospitals mentioned above will cater to individuals who are 75 years or more old.
o TCC will launch January 15. This site will cater to protective service occupations.
o University of Arizona will launch January 19. This site will cater to educators including childcare workers.
o Rillito Park will launch sometime in February with details still in development.
 
Registering for the Vaccine
If you are included in Phase 1A or 1B.1a or 1B.1c, you can learn how to register for a vaccine here. If you anticipate being eligible under other subphases--for instance, if you are 75 years or older—we strongly recommend checking this website once or twice a week.
 
Glass Recycling
 
Starting Feb. 21, glass will no longer be accepted in the blue bins. Instead glass will be collected at drop-off sites across the city including our existing Neighborhood Recycling Centers as well as additional sites. In Ward 3, two of our locations for glass recycling will be the Mansfield Park Neighborhood Recycling Center (2000 N 4th Ave) and the Westside TPD Substation (1310 W Miracle Mile). 
 
Glass Recycling Locations
 
 
An example of the special glass recycling bins that will be located at Neighborhood Recycling Centers and other sites.
 
By removing glass from curbside collection, the City of Tucson will reduce processing costs at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF, AKA our recycling facility), while implementing a community-wide glass collection program that keeps glass for reuse locally. The reuse of glass locally provides the City with more program control, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
 
The Environmental and General Services Department is hosting virtual town halls for residents to learn more about the reuse program and why this decision was made. The town halls are open to the public and will be over Zoom. The remaining town hall is on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 @ 6:30 p.m. Register here.
 
Drop-off sites will open in February and information will be mailed to all EGSD customers. Glass containers dropped off should be empty, clean, and dry, with lids and caps removed. There is no need to remove the labels. 
 
Starting Feb. 21, 2021, here is what will be accepted in the blue barrel program:
 
Plastic bottles, jugs, and containers
Paper 
Cardboard
Aluminum/tin cans
 
Anyone with questions can email EShelp@tucsonaz.gov or call 791-3171. 
 
 
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Pet of the Week
 
 
 
Little Chip. He’s six years old but you may mistake him for a kitten because he’s just a little guy and he has a personality to match. Or you may mistake him for a walrus because of his long whisker mustache. But make no mistake this guy is as sweet as can be and is ready to come home with you!
 
You can find Chip at Pima Animal Care Center.
 
To adopt Chip, please submit an adoption survey and schedule an appointment using the link found in the survey confirmation email. Please email pacc.adopt@pima.gov with questions.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood and Coalition Meetings
 
Samos
January 19
6:30-8pm
Zoom email BamMillerTucson@yahoo.com for link
 
Flowing Wells
January 21
6 pm
Zoom
 
 
Ward 3 Events
 
Ward 3 Neighborhood Series
 
 
Registration is now active for the next two sessions. Please join at the links below.
 
January 21 at 5:30pm
Session 6: E-Newsletters
 
February 4 at 5:30pm
 
COVID-19 Testing Event
Saturday
January 16
1-5 pm
Christopher Columbus Park
4600 N Silverbell Rd
 
 
 
Blacklidge Bike Boulevard Town Hall
Wednesday
January 27
6pm – 7pm
Online
 
 
 
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City Wide Events
 
MLK Community Events
 
 
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Did You Know?
 
VITA
 
Start the New Year off right and save some money this tax season! If you made $66,000 or less last year, you do not have to pay to file your taxes. Starting on February 1st, United Way of Tucson's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program can help you file for free. Mindful of the COVID-19 pandemic, United Was is teaming up with GetYourRefund.org to provide free, online, one-on-one tax assistance from real, live IRS-certified tax preparers. VITA tax preparation saves taxpayers an average of $250 per return. The program helps taxpayers access all tax credits for which they are eligible – including the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
There are three ways you can get your taxes done for free:
 
-GetYourRefund.org – taxpayers can connect with VITA volunteers online
-In-Person Assistance – limited in-person assistance is available at select sites
-DIY Self-Prep Software – online services for those who feel confident in filing on their own Click here for more information.
 
City Closed for MLK Day
The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday will be observed on Monday, Jan. 18. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers with collection on any day Monday through Friday will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day. 
 
Holiday collection schedules are available online at www.tucsonaz.gov/esd or if you have a smartphone, download the free Recycle Coach App to have access to all collection schedules.
 
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Follow us on Twitter: @CMPaul_Durham
 
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