Paul's Note: Friday, January 17th, 2020

Paul’s Note
Friday, January 17th, 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 Tucson’s Urban Tree Canopy
 

 
On Saturday I joined Tucson Clean and Beautiful, volunteers and neighbors from Miracle Manor to plant 40 new trees in the Miracle Manor Neighborhood. I want to thank Tucson Clean and Beautiful for increasing our urban tree canopy to reduce the urban heat island effect. These plantings happen regularly and if your neighborhood wants to add additional trees then the Ward 3 office and Tucson Clean and Beautiful want to help you do it! If you’d like to volunteer at one of the neighborhood tree plantings then I encourage you to contact Tucson Clean and Beautiful at (520) 791-3109.
 
The State of the State
 

 
Council Member Paul Durham and Pima County Democratic Party Chair Alison Jones join Representative Dr. Randy Friese on the House floor for the State of the State speech.
 
As you no doubt know, Governor Ducey delivered his sixth State of the State address on Monday in Phoenix and on Tuesday in Tucson. I had the pleasure of attending the talk in Phoenix as a guest of Representative Dr. Randy Freise from Legislative District 9. I want to thank Dr. Freise and the other Tucson area legislators for their hospitality and their continued advocacy on behalf of Tucson residents.
 
While we had some indication going into the talk that the Governor would review some of his accomplishments over the past year, I was also listening closely to elements that might inform his budget which should be out today (Friday, January 17).
 
I for one was hoping for higher levels of funding to replenish HURF dollars for local road maintenance swept during the recession and higher funding for public education from pre-k through university. We didn’t quite get there, but we did hear Governor Ducey’s vision for some additional supports for public education. Those include waivers for low-income students to take advance placement exams and a program called “Project Rocket” aimed at supporting superintendents to turn failing schools around.
 
The devil will be in the details regarding Project Rocket as we all know Governor Ducey is fond of merit-based funding which too often further penalizes low-income schools. We got nowhere near to restore the funding levels before the recession or anything to create all-day kindergarten or reduce classroom sizes.
 
We also did not see a restoration of HURF funds swept during the recession. We did, however, learn that the only transportation infrastructure that the Governor intends to support is the completion of widening I-10 from two lanes to three between Tucson and Phoenix. This will include rebuilding a bridge over the Gila River. Improving I-10 is a benefit for Tucsonans who often have to navigate that stretch of highway, but we need to see state investment in local road repair.
 
Finally, there was cause for concern related to movements by the legislature and Governor to undermine local control. This was most clear in the Governor’s speech related to a potential ballot referral from the Legislature to amend the state constitution to prohibit jurisdictions from implementing what the Governor and his allies would deem as “sanctuary” policies. This is a solution in search of a problem that undermines Tucsonan’s self-governance. It’s a disappointing election-year political ploy, plain and simple.
 
Military Lounge
 
I had the pleasure to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated service members’ lounge at the Tucson International Airport. We heard from the new President and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority, Danette Bewley. Also on hand were members of the military and the donors and sponsors that made this project happen. The lounge consists of theater style seating, art, world clocks and snack options. 
 

 
MLK Jr. Day of Service
 
Please note that the Ward 3 Council Office will be closed on Monday, January 20th in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. January 20th marks the 25th year the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday will be celebrated as a national day of service. We will reopen at 9 am on Tuesday, January 21st.
 
For those who would like to join in the community events, the days leading up to the parade offer the opportunity to garner community over food, singing and inspiration. Monday starts with the parade to Reid Park. Walking begins at 8 am on MLK Way at the Bridges UofA Tech Park. The parade will end up at Reid Park where there will be a day full of celebration. Thank you to the NAACP Tucson Chapter for providing the flier below with more events and details.
 

 
Open House January 30th
 
Lastly, remember to mark your calendars for our annual open house on Thursday, January 30th from 5:30-7pm 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
 
Indica
 

 
Meet 5 year old Indica, a combination of Pit Bull and Border Collie who came to Pima Animal Care Center last week. She is unique in that because she is a mixed breed she was able to pick up some rare DNA in her ancestry that gives her a seal coat.  Seal coats are a mystery and not fully understood. At first glance a dog may look black but on closer inspection their coat changes to red or brown.
 
It’s no mystery that Indica is ready to go home. Come into PACC and go home with this good girl.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
 
Friends of Jefferson Park
Wednesday
January 22nd
5-6 pm
Ward 3 Meeting Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Jefferson Park NA
Wednesday
January 22nd
6-8pm
Ward 3 Meeting Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
 
Keep an Eye Out For These Upcoming THRIVE in the 05 Events!
 

 

 
 
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City Wide Events
 
SUN TRAN AND SUN VAN TO HOST JOB FAIR
SunVan
Saturday
January 18th 
9 am – 1 pm
Sun Van Administrative Office
3401 E. Ajo Way
 
If you are looking for a career in public transportation, Sun Tran and Sun Van invite you to attend a job fair to learn about and discuss current transit career opportunities in Tucson.
 
Sun Van Job Fair:
Sun Van will be hiring for the following positions:
· Drivers
· Human Resources Technician
· Full-time Phone Clerk
 
Saturday
January 18th 
9 am – 1 pm
Sun Van Administrative Office
3401 E. Ajo Way
 
 
Sun Tran Job Fair:
Sun Tran Tran is currently hiring for the following positions:
· Drivers
· Mechanics
· Payroll Technician
· Senior Accounting Analyst
 
Saturday
January 18th
9 am-1 pm
Sun Tran Administrative officce3920 N Sun Tran Blvd
(Prince/I-10 or take route 17)
 
Job seekers should bring their I.D. and resume to the job fair. To read the job descriptions, visit https://www.suntran.com/about_open.php or https://www.sunvan.com/employment.
 
Call to Artists at Tucson Sculpture Festival 2020 Sculpture Resource Center
 

 
Visit www.srctucson.com for details. Submission forms can be found on the Call-To-Artists link.
 
Celebrate Black History Month in February
Saturday
February 8th
4-6:30 pm
Cholla High School
2001 W Starr Pass Blvd
 
For Black History month you can celebrate community, collaboration and culture by checking out the step show at Cholla High School. You can purchase tickets at the door for the step show but you get a discount if you purchase online at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-pre-valentines-celebration-of-love-featuring-ms-ada-redd-austin-tickets-87919833589
 

 
 
Then you can head over to Dunbar Pavilion for the cool sounds of jazz singer Ms. Ada Redd Austin.
 
Saturday
February 8th
7-9 pm
The Dunbar Pavilion
325 W 2nd St
 
Get in the mood for love. To buy tickets contact Valerie Stanley 520-405-5826

 
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Did You Know?
 
Consumer Education Forum
Tuesday
January 28th
6 pm
Ward 6 Main community Room
3202 E 1st St
 

 
The Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau went on a “Road Tour” of towns and cities in Arizona and New Mexico late last fall to provide education to communities on FCC topics. On Tuesday, January 28th, the Road Tour reps will provide constituents with information and resources on telecommunication issues that affect their daily lives; including tips on avoiding telecommunications scams that continues to cost Americans millions of dollars each year. Topics that will be covered include:
 
  • Unwanted calls including robocalls and spoofing
  • Telephone billing issues including slamming and cramming
  • Protecting your smart devices from being lost or stolen
  • The ongoing broadcast transition and how broadcast TV stations in your area may be affected
  • How to file informal complaints using the FCC online Consumer Help Center.
 
Move Tucson: Delivering Mobility Choices
 

 
Stay tuned for the public launch of the Mobility Master Plan. There will be a kick-off event at the TEP Building at 88 E Broadway Blvd downtown on Wednesday, February 5th. The Transportation Department is excited and everyone is invited so bring friends and family and enjoy refreshments beginning at 5:30 pm and details will be revealed by speakers at 6:30 pm
 
Learn about the process, hear from the project team and find out how you can be involved in Tucson’s 20+ year transportation plan.
 
Please use the following link to RSVP: bit.ly/MoveTucsonLaunch
 
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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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