Paul's Note: Friday, July 12th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, July 12th, 2019
 
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
 
Pascua Yaqui Land-in-Trust Application
 
You may have seen reports in the local press about a new casino coming to Tucson. These reports don’t paint the whole picture. I think it’s important to understand the deeper context to the action that the City Council is taking because it will affect Ward 3.
 
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Old Pascua, there’s a Yaqui barrio in Ward 3 near just south of Grant Road a little east of I-10. Yaqui people have been living there for at least a hundred years, though the Yaqui people have been in Northern Mexico and Southern Arizona for many, many generations before that. They operate ceremonial grounds, at which they celebrate their Easter Celebrations, a neighborhood center and a museum.
 
Old Pascua, despite its connection to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, is City of Tucson land. The Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council is embarking on a process to ask the Bureau of Indian Affairs to “put the land into trust.” “New Pascua,” which refers to the area of tribal land just southwest of Tucson, is land that was put in-trust in the 60’s. This is a legal process that has the result of the federal government putting land aside for a tribal government to have sovereignty over. It’s also an incredibly lengthy process. The last time the Pascua Yaqui put land in trust, it took the federal government a decade to give them approval.
 
At Tuesday’s Council Meeting, we voted to bring a formal Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to a vote next month that would formalize the City of Tucson’s support for the Tribe’s application to put the land-in-trust and set parameters for how the City and the Tribe will work together going forward.
 
If the land-in-trust application is approved by the federal government, the City will be made financially whole by payments in lieu of taxes so we don’t lose revenue, the Tribe will assume responsibility for the maintenance of the roads and TPD will continue to patrol and maintain their good relationships in the Old Pascua neighborhood.
 
Right now, there are no plans for a casino on the land. Any development on the site is years into the future. Once the land is put into trust, the Tribe may decide to pursue a gaming facility, services for tribal members, expansion of the ceremonial grounds other forms of economic development.
 
This agreement lays the groundwork so that if a casino were to be built, the Tribe will give the City of Tucson 3 months’ notice before they formally move forward with a Tribal Resolution and at least one additional year to review the development plans and negotiate changes based on any impacts to the city of Tucson, including any financial impacts.
 
The decision to move forward on any developments rests with the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council and Chairman Valencia. This is a government-to-government negotiation between the City and the Tribe and I support their right to develop the land as they see fit, as long as the provisions of the agreement are met by both parties. It’s a fairly complicated and unique process, so don’t hesitate to contact the Ward 3 office if you have questions or comments on the proposed agreement.
 
River Road
 
I am happy to inform you about another upcoming road improvement project in Ward 3. We have an upcoming repaving project that will take place on River Road from Oracle Road to First Avenue, within the city limits.
 
Granite Construction, under contract with the Transportation Department, is scheduled to start work on this project in about two weeks. The work will begin with the lowering of manhole covers and water valve covers. Crews will then remove the existing asphalt and repave with new asphalt. Following the repaving, crews will raise the manhole covers and water valve covers level with the new asphalt. Work will take place Monday through Friday from about 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. One lane of travel will be maintained in each direction. This repaving project is scheduled to be complete by the beginning of September. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.
 
You will see travel lane restrictions and access restrictions when heavy equipment is directly in front of a driveway. If you have any questions on the project, please call Public Information Officer Mike Graham at 837-6686.
 
After the work on River Road is complete the section of Runway Drive from Gardner Lane to Prince Road will be repaved by the same crew.
 
I am excited to see the package of arterial roads in Ward 3 move forward. I hope you saw in a recent newsletter about the work on Roger Road. I would again like to extend my thanks to the voters of Tucson for supporting Prop 101 in May of 2017.
 
As always please visit http://tucsondelivers.tucsonaz.gov to stay up to date on any of the Tucson Delivers projects.
 
ICE Raids
 
There have been a lot of news reports regarding President Trump’s initial declaration that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would undertake massive, nationwide deportations and then the administration’s delay of those raids. On Thursday, the New York Times reported that the raids are not only back on, but they will begin on Sunday. No matter the validity of the President’s latest threats, these types of reports send chills through our immigrant communities in Tucson.
 
Regardless of the back-and-forth on this with the Trump administration, I know many Tucsonans are thinking about what is at stake. Throughout the discussion of raids, ICE has indicated they would target at least 2,000 families in major cities across the nation. It is presumed that at least one member in each of these families has an outstanding order of removal issued by an immigration judge or, in the case of an expedited order of removal, by a Customs or Border Patrol agent. We also know that ICE officials have made it clear that so-called “collateral” deportations may occur if other undocumented immigrants are on the scene.
 
What does this mean for Tucson? Well, it means that many of our residents, including many mixed-status households, are likely feeling worried for their loved ones and neighbors. I want you to know that there are local resources available to learn how to best protect yourself and your loved ones. I encourage those of you who are worried to be sure to reach out to your friends and neighbors and ask how they are feeling about this and identify if there are supports you can provide.
 
Solar Installs
 
I’m pleased to inform visitors to the Ward 3 office that their usual parking preferences may be temporally unavailable for a very good reason. Beginning on July 18 and ending approximately August 19, the west-side of the Ward 3 parking lot will be fenced off to allow for the installation of a solar photovoltaic shade structure.
 
You may recall that one of my first acts as a City Council Member was to push for the City of Tucson to identify all possible City-owned sites within TEP’s service area for solar photovoltaic (SPV) installations. As a consequence our Energy office has identified 46 new sites for SPV. This specific site is just one—and one of the smaller ones—that will generate approximately 12 kW.
 
I ask that you please park on the east-side of the building, or on Vine (without blocking any driveways), during our construction phase. We are excited to see these developments being completed and if you see our team at work be sure to tell them they are doing a great job!
 
-Paul D.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Juno
 

 
Juno is a 2 year old Oriental Shorthair. He weighs about 7 ½ pounds and you can find him chilling in the Sunshine Center at Pima Animal Care Center.
 
Oriental Shorthair cats are similar to Siamese cats but they come in a wide range of colors. In fact, they are reported to come in more colors and patterns than any other breed. They are also reported to be among the smartest (if not THE smartest) of all cat breeds. These intelligent cats enjoy interaction, stimulation, play time and are naturally inquisitive by nature, even more so than your typical cat. If that isn’t enough to entice you to bring Juno home with you, consider that Oriental Shorthair cats are also hypoallergenic!
 
Bring this coupon with you and Juno’s adoption fees are waived. There has never been a better time to get down to PACC to bring home your new feline friend.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
 
Keeling Desert Park Cleanup
Saturday
July 13th
8-10 am
Keeling Desert Park
245 E Glenn St
 
North Dodge
Monday
July 15th
5:30-7 pm
AGM
3544 E Ft Lowell Rd
 
Mountain View
Thursday
July 18th
6-7 pm
Habitat Tucson
3501 N Mountain Ave
 
El Cortez
Thursday
July 18th
6:15-7:15 pm
Donna Liggins Rec Center
2160 N 6th Ave
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
Thrive in the 05 Business Summit
Monday
July 29th
5-7 pm
Pima Community College
Downtown Campus
Amethyst Room
1255 N Stone Ave
 

 
Friends of Marty Birdman Center Back to School Extravaganza
Monday
July 29th
5-7 pm
Marty Birdman Center
2536 N Castro Ave
 
Free backpacks, school supplies, hygiene products and haircuts for school aged children (K-12)
 
Please pre-register by Monday, July 22nd. Registration is limited to the first 100 children.
 
Call (520) 791-5950
 
Self-Guided Tours, Weekly Birding Trips at Sweetwater Wetlands
 
Tucson Audubon Society offers weekly field trips at the Sweetwater Wetlands and birders of all experience levels are welcome. Join Luke Safford every Wednesday for an easy walk through the Sweetwater Wetlands to see waterfowl in the hundreds, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome!
 
Start times are as follows:
November-February: 8 am
March-April: 7 am
May-August: 6 am
September-October: 7 am.
 
For more information, contact Luke Safford at 520-209-1811 or at lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org.
 
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City Wide Events
 
Warrior Women - Free Outdoor Screening at San Xavier Co-Op Farm
Friday
July 12th
7:30-9 pm
San Xavier Co-op Farm
8100 S Oidak Wog
 

 
Through the figure of Lakota activist and community organizer Madonna Thunder Hawk, this inspiring documentary traces the untold story of countless Native American women struggling for their people’s civil rights.
 
Ward 4 Back to School Bash with Council Member Shirley Scott
Saturday
July 13th
8-11 am
William M. Clements Center
8155 E Poinciana Dr
 
Join Ward 4 Tucson City Council Member Shirley Scott and her staff for the 19th annual Back to School Bash. A 20th-anniversary celebration of the Clements Center will follow. This year's event will include free breakfast (eggs, sausage, pancakes), free stuffed backpacks (quantities limited), raffle prizes, booths, a bloodmobile, and grand prizes (bikes, tablets, and laptops). You must be present to win, and the last ticket for raffles will be given at 10 am. The party won't stop at 11 am, because this year Parks and Recreation staff is also hosting a William M. Clements Center 20th-anniversary celebration right after the bash, from 11 am-3 pm. There will be free swimming, inflatables, games, food vendors and weight room orientation every hour.
 
For questions, please call the Ward 4 Office at (520) 791-3199.
Back to School Bash: http://bit.ly/32iogTq
Ward 4 Council Office: http://bit.ly/2xC23BA
William M. Clements Center: http://bit.ly/2froMXV
 
Pima County Sheriff’s Department and Banner Aetna Host Badges & Backpacks
 

 
Saturday
July 13th
8 am-12 pm
Tucson Convention Center  Exhibit Halls
260 S Church Ave
 
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department and Banner Aetna are hosting Badges & Backpacks. There will be 2,000 free backpacks and school supplies distributed on a first-come, first-served basis for children who are present and enrolled in grades K-12. This year’s event includes a health fair featuring immunizations, dental and vision screenings, and cooking demonstrations. There will also be a safety station with fingerprinting, bicycle and helmet safety, stranger danger, and gun safety. Local recreation organizations will provide on-site activities and resources for youth. Free parking will be available in Lot B at the TCC.
 
Badges and Backpacks: http://bit.ly/2LWuCzo  
Banner Aetna: http://bit.ly/2LPyoxj
Tucson Convention Center: https://tinyurl.com/yyubf6xq
 
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Did You Know...?
 
TCB is Accepting Proposals for Tucson Water's Neighborhood Scale Stormwater Harvesting Grant
Tucson Clean & Beautiful wants to help turn your neighborhood’s stormwater problems into beautiful, functional neighborhood resources with a grant from Tucson Water. Proposed projects must be on public property within the City boundaries, and must harvest rainwater and incorporate trees and vegetation. Due August 16th, 2019. Click HERE for info or to apply.
 
Flandrau Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11
 
For a full week from Saturday, July 13th to Saturday, July 20th (the anniversary day of the moon landing), Flandrau will offer special shows and host special events to commemorate the historic moon landing 50 years ago. The week kicks off with Hello Moon Night on July 13th and culminates with One Giant Leap Day! on July 20th.
 
To learn more and to find the schedule of events go to the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium website at https://flandrau.org/news/2019/07/flandrau-celebrates-50th-anniversary-apollo-11.
 
Free English Classes for Adults
 
International Learning Center of Tucson is offering ESL classes for adults starting July 17th
Every Wednesday & Thursday
8:30 am-10:30 am
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
For more information contact Steve Knittel at 520-257-1161 or ilctuc2019@gmail.com
 
Applications Being Accepted for Watershed Management Group Docents
 
What is a WMG Docent? Docents are Watershed Management Group's volunteer ambassadors perform duties like giving tours of WMG’s public demonstration site, tabling at outreach events, data collection and monitoring, rain garden care, administrative tasks, Spanish translation, Latinx community engagement, and assisting visitors at the WMG Welcome Center.
 
To find out how you can become a member of the team at Watershed Management Group click the following link https://watershedmg.org/learn/your-living-lab/docent
 
Volunteer with Pima County Attorney’s Office Victim Services Division
 

 
Schedule an RTA/PAG Presentation For Your Group or Neighborhood Association
 
The Regional Transit Authority wants to educate the public about the process of developing a new set of transportation investments to support our region’s long-term economic vitality before the current ones expire in 2026, and solicit feedback about community priorities. Pima Association of Governments’ Community Relations Specialist, Mindy Blake, is available to provide an update on the region’s transportation funding climate and what steps the RTA is taking to develop a plan for the future.
 
To schedule a presentation for your group or neighborhood association, please contact Mindy Blake at 520-495-1427, or mblake@pagregion.com. I think it’s important that Ward 3 priorities, be it road maintenance, better SunTran service or more bike lanes, are communicated early and often to the RTA if they expect Ward 3 residents to support the reauthorization.
 

 
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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.
 
Please "Like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMPaulDurham/
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