Paul's Note: Friday, June 14th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, June 14th, 2019
 
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Events
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
City Wide Events
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
“Harden the Target” and Property Crime Prevention
 
Everyone who lives in Tucson knows someone who has been a victim of a property crime, or has been a victim themselves. We all need to take common sense precautions to avoid becoming a victim.
 
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, June 27th at 6pm at Tucson Police Operations Division West at 1310 W Miracle Mile. TPD Chief Magnus and his staff will discuss ways to “Harden the Target” and protect yourself from property crime over the summer. There will also be representatives from surveillance and alarm companies present with information about their products.
 

 
PCC and TuSimple
 
On Thursday, I attended the announcement of the creation of the Autonomous Commercial Truck Driver Certification Program, a first of its kind program at Pima Community College. The program was developed in partnership with TuSimple, a self-driving truck company headquartered in San Diego but with over 100 local employees and plans to hire 500 more. TuSimple recently acquired the status of “unicorn,” which is economic development speak for when a private company reaches a billion dollars in valuation.
 

 
As I’m sure many of you have read about, self-driving cars and trucks are currently being tested throughout the country. This is inevitably going to lead to disruption to the trucking industry and serious concern for folks whose jobs may disappear. PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert’s response to that is to help provide truckers an opportunity to “upskill” to newer, better paying jobs in the evolving trucking industry.
 
PCC’s program, which is unique worldwide, will prepare graduates for careers working with emerging autonomous vehicle technology. They will learn skills in electrical systems, computer hardware and traffic management. This program will be a great asset and will give Tucsonans a leg up to compete in this new market. Congrats to TuSimple and PCC on their partnership!
 
U of A Health Sciences Innovation Building
 
On Tuesday, I had the privilege of meeting with U of A Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Dr. Michael Dake and touring the soon to be open Health Sciences Innovation Building, near Banner UMC. The building itself is gorgeous, inside and out. It will offer space for simulated situations for soon-to-be doctors, nurses and other medical professionals as well as small team learning spaces and classrooms. It’s clear that UA’s medical programs will continue to be world class.
 

 
A rendering of the U of A Health Sciences Innovation Building, which will open to med students later this summer.
 
In addition to checking out the new building, I heard updates about UA’s Health Sciences strategic planning and the state of medical education. Dr. Dake explained that although technology is changing the health field, serious challenges remain. For example, since 2001, the lifespan of the richest 5% of Americans has increased 8x more than the poorest 5%. The shortage of primary care physicians is also a serious concern, especially in underserved communities.
 
In 2018, the UA’s average medical school student had about $180,000 in debt upon graduation. While I know it may be hard to empathize with someone who’s is about to take a six-figure job as a doctor, that debt burden creates an added incentive to go into more lucrative specializations or to set up a practice in a big city or wealthy suburb. That won’t help solve the life expectancy gap between the richest and poorest Americans.
 
That’s one of the reasons the UA’s College of Medicine is moving forward with help to lower the debt burden on its graduates, encourage them to stay in state and go into needed fields like Family Medicine. You can learn more about the Health Sciences strategic plan online at https://uahs.arizona.edu/uahs-strategic-plan.
 
Groundworks
 
This week Logan Greene visited our office to discuss a new non-profit venture that he and the team of artists, musicians and educators at Groundworks have undertaken. Groundworks is a youth-driven community arts space in Tucson with a vision of helping kids’ love of art, in whichever form, thrive. I am happy to report that they are strongly considering locating in Ward 3! I am excited about the prospect of having another great organization in our Ward. Giving children a safe place for artistic and creative expression is very important for cognitive development and character building. Arts also add diversity, vibrancy and culture to our community. Opening art up to youth can last a lifetime.
 
You can visit their website here and read about the effort in a recent Arizona Daily Star article here.
 
-Paul D.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Summer Solstice
 

 
Meet Summer Solstice, a 2 ½ year old American Bulldog and Dogo Argentino mix.
 
At the summer solstice, the Sun travels the longest path through the sky, and that day therefore has the most daylight. In the Northern Hemisphere the solstice lands on June 21st. That is just enough time for you to get down to Pima Animal Care Center and bring Summer Solstice home with you to celebrate the longest day of the year. Bring more sunshine into your life and adopt now.
 
If you need more incentive to bring home a bundle of unconditional love, here is a coupon good for the adoption of pets 4 months or older from PACC. This includes Summer Sostice! Click this link to download the coupon.
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
Parks and Recreation Summer Pool Parties
 
The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation are hosting pool parties at six pools in June and July. There will be games, music and snacks located outside the pool entrance, with a pool inflatable (if pool size permits) and water games in the pool. Mansfield Pool right here in Ward 3 kicked off the festivities this week.
 
Parties will be taking place at the following pools:
 
June 19th – Catalina Pool, 2005 N Dodge Blvd
June 26th – Kennedy Pool, 3700 S Mission Rd
July 10th – Palo Verde Pool, 355 S Mann Ave
July 17th – El Pueblo Pool, 5100 S Missiondale Rd
July 24th – Purple Heart Pool, 10050 E Rita Rd
 
Visit the Bookbike at the Tucson House
Wednesday
June 19th
9:30–10:30 am
Tucson House
1501 N Oracle Rd
 
The Bookbike gives out free books, library cards, and information about library and literacy programs, as well as bike maps and information about bicycling events.
 
Visit the Bookbike at the Tucson House on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
 
English Conversation Club
Wednesday
June 19th
1:00–3:00 pm
Woods Memorial Library
3455 N 1st Ave
 
Improve your language skills in speaking, reading and writing in a no-pressure, fun-to-learn setting. Receive tutoring in basic English. Individuals or small groups are welcome and materials are provided.
This service is suitable for adults and teens.
 
For more information click on this link English Classes & Learning
 
Library Night Out at Old Pascua Village
Wednesday
June 26th
3:30 –7:30 pm
Richey Resource Center
2209 N 15th Ave
All are invited and it’s FREE
 

 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Flowing Wells Estates Neighborhood Watch
Saturday
June 15th
4-5 pm
Old Times Kafe
1485 W Prince Rd
 
SAMOS
Tuesday
June 18th
6:30-8 pm
Salpointe High School
1545 E Copper St
 
 
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City Wide Events
 
Tucson Juneteenth Festival
Saturday
June 15th
10 am-9 pm
Tucson Arena & Tucson Convention Center Exhibit Halls
260 S Church
Free admission
 

 
The 154th anniversary of our country's Juneteenth celebration happens in 2019. Celebrations in Tucson and around the USA aim to increase knowledge and appreciation of the roles, achievements and contributions of African Americans to our society and pay tribute to this important milestone in our nation's history -- the annual commemoration of the end of slavery, when our nation finally and truly became "the land of the free" (on June 19th, 1865). Enjoy historical presentations and exhibits, music and dance, arts, crafts and food vendors, at Tucson Convention Center. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
 
Groundworks Fundraiser
 
Saturday
June 22nd
7:30 pm
191 Toole
 

 
Groundworks is a nonprofit community arts space for youth coming to Tucson, AZ. They offer classes, workshops, events and an all-age venue so that Tucson's creative youth can showcase their talents in a positive, accessible environment. Currently they are securing a building and need funding to help build their stage. Join Groundworks at 191 Toole on June 22nd to see some of what their team is going to be doing in the community and become a part of the progress!
 
Friends of the Pima County Public Library Community Book Sale
Saturday
June 22
8 am–2 pm
2230 N. Country Club, 1/2 block south of Grant
 
 
Are you looking for a great read? Support the Library and grow your personal collection by coming to the Friends of the Pima County Public Library Book Sale.
 
Shelves of books, records, videos, audiobooks, and more are waiting for you. Choose from over 70 categories of books, which have been carefully curated and arranged, so that you can find exactly what you're looking for.
 
Be sure to check out the Best of Friends room for collectible, gift-quality, and unusual selections.
The Members' Sale will be held the weekend before this community sale. You can become a member and get two weekends of book-buying joy!
 
Community sales are held monthly. The stock changes all the time, so each month is a new sale!
 
Live Music at Lunchtime in Jácome Plaza.
 
The Downtown Tucson Partnership presents live, local performances each Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, in Jácome Plaza, in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Ave. Grab lunch from your favorite downtown spot or food truck, bring a friend or some coworkers, and enjoy the free lunchtime tunes. The concert series runs through July 2nd. For a schedule of performances, please visit the link from the Downtown Tucson Partnership: http://bit.ly/2EU8ALT
 
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Did You Know...?
 
League of Women Voters Assists Runs Elections for HOA’s and Neighborhood Associations
 
Does your organization have elections?  If so, your elections must be above reproach.  Don’t take the risk of having your voting procedures challenged as being biased or fraudulent, especially during contentious times.
 
The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, a non-partisan, non-profit organization, is the perfect third party to help you.  They offer a variety of services at very reasonable rates.  They can produce your ballots, work the polls, count your ballots, or administer entire elections – all customized to your needs.  They have experience in elections for unions, city employees and civic associations, and homeowner associations.
 
Conduct the best elections possible with the knowledge, historical reputation, and experience of the League of Women Voters.  Their fees for these services are determined by the complexity of the elections and the number of personnel required.
 
For more information or to set up an appointment for customizing the needs of your elections, call the LWV office at 520-327-7652.
 
Aid to Asylum Seekers
 
You can touch the lives of migrant families arriving in our community through your donation to Catholic Community Services.
 
Donate online. Monetary donations are needed and appreciated.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at alitas@ccs-soaz.org or 520-591-6390. 
 
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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/
Please "Follow" us on Twitter: @CMPaul_Durham
 
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