Paul's Note: Friday, January 24th, 2020

Paul’s Note
Friday, January 24th, 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
 
Changes at Ward 3!
 
This week we welcomed Ernesto Portillo to our Ward 3 team. Ernesto is a Tucson native with deep roots and many of you may be familiar with his work as a local reporter. He will become Ward 3’s Thrive in the 05 liaison to many neighborhoods and important stakeholders in the Oracle and Stone Corridors. We’re thrilled to have him join our team and hope you’ll stop by our office or next week’s open house and say hello.
 

 

Ernesto Portillo with Council Member Durham, his aide Sarah Launius and a Teacher from Ace Charter School

Sadly, next week we will bid farewell to Nick Mahon, the outgoing Chief of Staff. Nick has been at Ward 3 since my first day in office and has brought a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm to the office. He will be sorely missed, but we are excited for him to join his boyfriend in Colorado. I wish him the best. I am excited to announce that Sarah Launius, who has been an aide in the office for the last two years, will take over as Chief of Staff on February 1st.
 
MLK Day March
 
 
I joined with hundreds of Tucsonans in celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday. Phone by Rebecca Sasnett / Arizona Daily Star
 
Thank you to the many hundreds of people who joined in commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual march this Monday. It was a beautiful morning for a march and a time to reflect on the ongoing fight for civil rights, voting rights and economic justice. The arc of the moral universe is not bending toward justice fast enough and it’s all of our duty to speak up on the side of justice.
 
Meet Bella, the New Reid Park Zoo Jaguar
 
 
Last week, I attended an event in honor of Bella, the new jaguar who joined the Reid Park Zoo late last year. She is a gorgeous 10-year old from Akron who was moved to Tucson in part because she was experiencing allergies in Ohio. She is a beautiful animal. We hope she'll be much more comfortable in Tucson. 
 
I hope you’ll get the opportunity to visit the Reid Park Zoo and welcome Bella to Tucson. You can plan your visit at https://reidparkzoo.org/.
 
Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops

Also last week, the Loft hosted a free screening of Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops, an HBO documentary that follows two officers in the San Antonio Police Department’s mental health unit.  The award-winning documentary makes clear what all of us already know- police are often called to situations at which men and women are experiencing a crisis and could potentially do harm to themselves or others. Officers Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro are specially trained in how to interact with people experiencing a crisis and can help deescalate the situation and divert people to treatment. Joe Smarro was on the panel after the screening.

At the conclusion of the screening, a panel discussion was held that included representatives from the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Banner-UMC, and our very own Tucson Police Department Mental Health Support Team (MHST). It was an important discussion on our community’s response to the concerns raised in the documentary.
 
Our MHST team was established in 2014 with the express purpose of decreasing the number of incarcerated individuals with mental illness by connecting them with treatment, providing early intervention or following up after a moment of crisis. I’m proud that Tucson is at the forefront in a new and proactive approach to policing and treating people who suffer from mental health issues. Training officers how to deescalate situations doesn’t just keep them and the public safe, it also helps protect the person experiencing a crisis. Sargent Jason Winsky was on the panel after the screening. 
 
There’s more work to be done locally and nationally to ensure everyone who needs treatment for mental health gets it, but conversations like the one at the Loft help push the boundaries of what we can accomplish together. Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in the discussion.
 
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, meet our new aide, Ernesto Portillo and ask questions of my staff and me. We hope to see you there.
 
 
- Paul D.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
June
 
 
June is ready to go home. She is a big girl weighing in at over 10 pounds. The Pima Animal Care Center caregivers think that she is about 5 years old. She is very observant as you can tell by her piercing golden eyes, and she can see that there is a forever home in her future.You can help make that a reality.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
 
Country Club/Ft Lowell Safety Meeting
Monday
January 27th
6-8 pm
St Frances Cabrini Church
 
Campbell Grant
Monday
January 27th
6-7:30 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Keeling
Monday
January 27th
Cornerstone Fellowship Church
2902 N Geronimo Ave
 
Grant Road Coalition
Tuesday
January 28th
6-7:30 pm
Ward 3 Council Office
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Central Segments Safety Coalition
Tuesday
January 28th
6:30-8 pm
Ward 3 Council Office
1510 E Grant Rd
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
Invasive Stinknet Learning Clinics
Thursday
January 30th  
10 am-2 pm
Prince/I-10
Go west on Prince over the I-10 overpass to the end of the road.
Turn right, then take the first right in front of the Kenworth facility.
 
 
Arizona Native Plant Society is sponsoring on-the-ground Stinknet (Oncosiphon piluliferum) learning clinics at the most infested location in Tucson at Prince/I-10. Come learn how to identify the plant and what you can do about it.
                         
Freecycle at Woods Library
Saturday
January 25th
2-4 pm
Woods Memorial Library
3455 N 1st Ave
 
What should you do with that unused item that’s just gathering dust in your home? Swap it! This is your chance to swap out things that are in good
 

 
Central Segments Safety Meeting
Tuesday
January 28th 
Ward 3 Meeting Room
1510 E Grant Road
 
Sergeant Winsky will speak on mental health.
 
Sergeant Winsky will speak to nearby neighborhoods of Jefferson Park, Mountain/1st, Samos, Sugar Hill, Hedrick Acres, El Cortez, Keeling, and Catalina Vista. on their mental health team, park safety/outreach program, and what to do in case of a crisis. Then, as the eyes and ears of our neighborhoods, the will residents will share concerns with TPD. Following the meeting, residents will have the opportunity to speak individually with TPD.
 
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City Wide Events
 
Clothing for the Community
Saturday
February 8th 9 am-1 pm
BICAS
2001 N 7th Ave
Buffalo Exchange is hosting a fundraiser benefiting BICAS, Tucson's nonprofit bicycle education center. Everything will be $1 so get there early and find that perfect shirt or shoes.
 

 
Celebrate Black History Month in February
Saturday
February 8th
4-6:30 pm
Cholla High School
2001 W Starr Pass Blvd
 
You can check out the step show at Cholla High School and then over to Dunbar Springs for the community events that will be taking place. There will be a stephead show and then Miss Ada Redd will get you ready for Valentine’s Day with her jazz.
 
Tickets can be purchased 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
 
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Did You Know?
 
Home Buyer Workshop
Tuesday & Thursday
January 28th and 30th
17 N Linda Ave
 
Pima County Community Land Trust is offering a Homebuyer Workshop (2 part series). Learn how to save money for a down payment for a mortgage so that you can live in your own home. Dinner will be provided. Space is limited so RSVP now to Rosie@pcclt.org  or call 520-603-0587 x100
 

 
Need Extra Cash?
 
Help your neighborhood get counted to ensure that you and your neighbors are included in the 2020 Census and make up to $2640.
 
 
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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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