Paul's Note: Friday, June 7th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, June 7th, 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
Tucson Delivers
In May of 2017 (Prop 101) and in November 2018 (Prop 407) voters in the City of Tucson approved programs to deliver better streets, a safer City, strong connections and great parks. I am grateful of the trust that community has placed in us. Now I am happy to share with you the new website for the Tucson Delivers program. This website is designed to give everyone comprehensive information for all four sections of the program. You will be able to learn about any project that interests you, track schedules and review financial information.

The website includes interactive maps that allow anyone to see any project and view its status. Below you can see an upcoming project to reconstruct a portion of Roger Road in Ward 3, as just one example.

Also included is in the website are equipment orders for both the Police and Fire Department. You can track to see what has been programmed, ordered and deployed. Below you can see that TPD’s body worn camera have hit the streets!

A part of our commitment is to be transparent with your tax dollars. We earned your trust when these programs were approved by voters and we want to keep it. To that end, the website contains updated financial information collections and expenditures that anyone can review. Below is an example of the Safer City program revenues and expenditures.

There is much more information to be found on the website, including links to the original ballot language and the Citizens’ Oversight Commissions that have been tasked with ensuring the voter approved mandates are carried out.  I hope you will visit and explore the website yourself. I would like to thank the City Manager’s Office for making the website a reality. Please visit if you’d like to know what projects are planned in your neighborhood.
Census 2020 is coming!
On Wednesday I hosted the first meeting of the Ward 3 Census Complete Count Committee (CCC). I want to thank the twelve members who were able to join us. The Ward 3 CCC is comprised of neighborhoods that are historically undercounted and service organizations, including St. Luke’s Home, CODAC, International Rescue Committee and Lend A Hand, who serve typically undercounted populations. Our committee will continue to grow so if your faith community, service organization or neighborhood wasn’t able to make it this week, we hope you’ll join us moving forward (give us a call at 791-4711 for more details).

Census Partnership Specialist Emily Verdugo and Council Member Paul Durham greet Ward 3 CCC members.
Here’s what everyone needs to know about Census 2020:
  1. $675 billion dollars from the federal government are distributed based on Census data.
  1. Census data determines the number of elected representatives and redistricting.
  1. School District boundaries and the amount of funding school districts receive are based on Census data.
  1. Census data is confidential and identifying information is not shared across federal departments.
  1. Census 2020 will be the first digital Census. Households will receive a mailing where they can go on line to compete the Census and with information to complete the Census over the phone.
For each of these reasons, it is critical that your friends, neighbors and coworkers know that the Census is coming up and how important it is to be counted. If you want to know how complete your neighborhood’s count has been, visit this cool online Census map.
There are legitimate concerns regarding the Trump administration’s move to add a question about citizenship. Even while this continues to be litigated, we must be prepared for the question to be included and be smart about our outreach. As I understand it, even if someone opts to not answer that question but completes the remaining information, their household will be counted.
It’s up to each of us to get the word out; Census 2020 is coming!
Summer Meal Program
On Monday of this week Matt Kopec, an aide in my office, attended the kick off press conference and party for the Amphitheater Public Schools “Summer Meal” program at Amphi Middle School. The “Summer Meal” program is federally funded and offers students healthy meals, including fruits and vegetables. To help kick things off, TPD Bomb Squad and SWAT were on hand to give kids a look at their equipment and answer questions and TFD did a wet down (where a ladder truck extends its ladder and pours down water allowing kids to play and cool off).
In the Ward 3 area of Amphi about 87% of kids qualify for free or reduced lunch. During the school year kids are able to eat breakfast and lunch, but sometimes making sure that students are eating a healthy and nutritious diet can be challenging. In response, from June 3rd to July 26th, the district is offering free breakfast and lunch at six locations to kids 18 years and younger.
Here is an infographic with the dates and times.

Adults may also purchase lunch for $3.75 and breakfast for $1.75 at the Amphi locations. Please share this information with anyone who may need it.
TUSD is also offering the “Summer Meal” program throughout their school district. The schools that are participating include: Doolan Middle School 2400 N. Country Club Rd, Cragin Elementary School 2945 N. Tucson Blvd and Davidson Elementary School 3950 E. Paradise Falls Dr-- all located in Ward 3. Please visit their site for more information
Flowing Wells High School at 3725 N Flowing Wells Rd offers the “Summer Meal” program as well and it runs through July 11th. They are serving breakfast from 7:00 am - 8:15 am and lunch from 10:50 am – 12:00 pm Monday through Thursday.

Attendees of the press conference include Jim Burns, Amphi Public Schools Director of Facilities and Operations; C.J. Karamargin, Office of U.S. Senator Martha McSally; Matt Kopec, Amphi Public Schools Governing Board Member; Mayor Jonathan Rothschild; Todd Jaeger, Amphi Public Schools Superintendent; State Representative Mark Finchem; Brandon Martin; and Vicki Cox Golder, Amphi Public Schools Governing Board President
LGBTQ Pride Month
Lastly, I’d like to wish everyone a happy LGBTQ Pride Month. Every June, we celebrate the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising that marked a turning point for gay rights in America. This year marks 50 years and I think we should all be proud of how far we’ve come as a country since then.

Mayor Rothschild reads a proclamation declaring June LGBTQ Pride Month in Tucson along with
Council Member Durham and Thom Goodrich (back to camera).
I’d like to especially thank Thom Goodrich, a member of the City of Tucson’s GLBT Commission, who spoke at the meeting to remind us that we are also marking the anniversary of the murder of Richard Heakin, who was fatally beaten outside of a gay bar in June of 1976. Richard was visiting Tucson from his native Nebraska when the incident occurred.
LGBTQ people, especially folks in the transgender community, continue to face the threat of violence for expressing who they are. The Human Rights campaign keeps track of violent acts against transgender men and women, and the list for 2019 is already unconscionably long: We’ve come a long way since Stonewall and the murder of Richard Heakin, but not far enough.
-Paul D.
Pet of the Week
Choco is an 8 year old Main Coon mix who is looking to shower a new friend with lots of love and adoration. Maine Coons are the largest domesticated felines in the world, able to grow up to four feet in length. The breed is characterized by their gentle nature and their fabulous fur, which can easily be mistaken for a scruffy beard.
It is Pet Appreciation Week and what better way to celebrate than by rescuing a pet that has been waiting for a new home? To find out how to adopt Choco or any other pet from Pima Animal Care Center go to their website and be on your way to a life full of love.
Ward 3 Events
2019 Pima County Housing Center Home Ownership Fair
June 8
9 am - 1 pm
Tucson Association of Realtors®
2445 N. Tucson Blvd.

Own a home or looking to buy your first home? The Pima County Home Ownership Fair has everything you need to know, all under one roof. It's sponsored by Pima Federal Credit Union.

The annual event offers resources for current homeowners and new homebuyers. Come meet with HUD certified counselors and credit experts as well as realty professionals, lenders and housing advocates from non-profit agencies; sit in on workshops on mortgages, refinancing, budgeting and credit repair; and check out dozens of exhibitors. Plus, do-it-yourselfers can enjoy home improvement demonstrations from Lowe's and get energy saving tips from Tucson Electric Power.

Bring the whole family with fun activities for the kids, including "meet n’ greets" with McGruff the Crime Dog and Pete the Beak!

Free admission and parking. Refreshments and prize drawings throughout the day!

Mayra Armenta
Pima County Housing Center
Phone: 520-724-2460
Email: Mayra.Armenta@Pima.Gov
BICAS Brake Clinic
June 11th
4-7 pm
BICAS Classroom
2001 N 7th Ave

Do you want to learn how to safely work on your brakes?  Decide which braking system is best for you? Join BICAS for this 3 hour workshop to practice with their materials or bring your own bike for optional assisted work time following demonstrations. REGISTER HERE
Pool Party at Mansfield Pool
June 12th
5-7 pm
Mansfield Pool
2275 N 4th Ave

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 will kick off the festivities next week.
The other 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
Library Night Out at Old Pascua Village
June 26
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Richey Resource Center
2209 N 15th Ave
Free. All ages.

It's a Library Night Out, with a special premiere screening of MOLLY OF DENALI, at the Richey Resource Center, in Old Pascua Village in Tucson (near Grant Rd and I-10).
Molly of Denali is the first nationally distributed children’s series in the United States to feature a Native American lead character.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Keeling Desert Park cleanup
June 8th
8-10 am
245 E Glenn St
Alvernon/Grant Initiative
June 11th
6-7 pm
Emmanuel Church
1825 N Alvernon
Friends of Marty Birdman Center
June 12th
Marty Birdman Center
2536 N Castro Ave
Miracle Manor
June 12th
6-7 pm
Good News Church
701 W Glenn
City Wide Events
Free Swim and Recreation This Summer
The City of Tucson invites kids ages 17 and under to beat the heat at City pools and recreation centers for free this summer. Throughout June and July, youth will pay no admission fee at 13 City of Tucson Parks and Recreation centers during open recreation hours. Due to other center programming, ages 12-17 are permitted after 2 pm and ages 7 and up are permitted after 6 pm. A list of participating recreation centers can be found at
Youth also can swim for free at 19 pools during recreational swim and family swim hours. A fee will still be charged at the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center pool. Fees are $2 for adults (18 and over) and $1 for youth (17 and under). A map and hours of City pools can be found at
Celebrate the Reopening of Oury Pool
June 8th
1-5 pm
Oury Pool
655 N Hughes St
City of Tucson Ward 1, Housing and Community Development, Tucson Parks and Recreation, the Tohono O’odham Nation and Barrio Anita Neighborhood Association invite you to celebrate the reopening of Oury Pool with free popsicles, open swim and other activities throughout the day. Everyone is welcome.
The pool will be opening for summer swim and lessons from now through July 31st. Pool hours are Sunday-Thursday from noon-6 pm
For any questions contact Sierra Boyer at or 520-837-8032
Borderlands Theater Presents Barrio Stories Tardeada in Barrio Anita
Tardeada en Barrio Anita in conjunction with the grand re-opening of Oury Pool.
Did You Know...?
Sun Tran To Host Transit Job Fair
June 8th
10 am-3 pm
Sun Tran Administrative office
3920 N Sun Tran Blvd

Job seekers should bring their I.D. and resume to the job fair. To read the job descriptions, visit and
Free Summer Meals for Kids
The Summer Food Services Program for Children provides free weekday breakfast and lunch during the summer break to children 18 and under. Parents and guardians are invited to eat with their children at a cost of $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch (exact change requested). The meals are served in school cafeterias or in designated eating areas of the non-school sites. The program runs until July 17th, but no meals will be served on July 4th.
Dates of service and meal times vary by location and are subject to change. Click on the following link for more information and a list of times and locations
Sun Tran SummerGO Youth Pass

Unlimited rides with a SummerGo Youth Pass have begun. Visit a Tucson Parks & Rec center to buy a pass. Passes are valid until August 1st.
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 or 520-591-6390. 
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