Paul's Note: Friday, March 13th, 2020

Paul’s Note
 
Friday, March 13th, 2020
 
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week                   
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
 
Paul’s Note
 
National League of Cities Conference
 
This week I had the pleasure of attending the National League of Cities Conference in Washington D.C.--that is also why you are receiving a more abbreviated note this week. The NLC conference always draws representatives from numerous municipalities to learn together and advocate for their cities on Capitol Hill. Interestingly, there were signs indicating that it was a “no handshake conference.”
 
There were a number of insightful sessions addressing issues that Tucson is grappling with. One that particularly impressed me was on One Water. I’ve written about that concept before in the newsletter but, sufficed to say, this approach offers a means to not only better conserve our fresh water supplies but also to do so with an intention toward affordability and greater community resiliency.  You may also know that Tucson Water continues to develop a One Water long-term plan that will build off of the One Water approaches currently embraced locally such as our use of reclaimed water for irrigation and our water recharge projects at CAVSARP and SAVSARP, the Sweetwater Preserve, Santa Cruz Heritage Project and soon to be at the South Houghton Area Recharge Project or SHARP, among others.
 
City of Tucson staff as well as the Mayor and Council, benefit greatly when we can learn from best practices elsewhere. The National League of Cities gatherings are one of the many ways we do this so as to seek better policy solutions for the residents of Tucson. I look forward to working with the City Manager and others to implement some of my learning from the trip.
 

 
Council Member Paul Durham and Arizona Democratic Representative Ann Kirkpatrick
 
Perhaps most importantly, I had the opportunity to present the concerns of Ward 3 residents to our Arizona Congressional Delegation. I shared my concerns regarding emerging contaminants, PFAS, in our groundwater and reiterated a request from Mayor and Council for federal assistance to respond to that damaging pollutant. I urged our Arizona Delegation to advocate for more federal support for road infrastructure and support for the electrification of our Sun Tran fleet and for support for a future Bus Rapid Transit line along Oracle or Stone that would connect the Ronstadt Transit Center to the Tohono Tadai Transit Center and to the Tucson International airport, among other issues.
 

 
Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema and Council Member Paul Durham
 
Maintaining open lines of communication with our Congressional Delegation, as well as their support and ability to advocate on behalf of Tucson, is critical for improving the quality of life for Tucsonans.
 
2020 Arizona Primary
 
On a related note, it is now too late mail back your ballot, if you still have it, for the 2020 Presidential Preference Election. Not to worry because you can still take it to any polling location on Election Day, Tuesday, March 17th, and drop it off. If you need help find your polling location, please visit the Pima County Recorder's website and enter your address or call the Pima County Recorder’s Office at (520) 724-4330.
 
City of Tucson Response to COVID-19
Importantly, yesterday the City of Tucson took decisive action to keep our community safe. The City of Tucson is coordinating with local, state, and federal partners to monitor the presence of COVID-19 in our region to prevent the spread of the virus.
The data shows us that if we act quickly to eliminate the potential for spread that our community will be less impacted by COVID-19. The following City of Tucson changes are immediate and will last through the end of March, at which point we will re-examine our policies:
 
● Tucson Water will suspend shutoffs and late fees for customers who are delinquent.
 
● All public meetings and City-sponsored gatherings where the public is invited are suspended. This includes events scheduled in the Ward 3 Community Room. Ward 3 staff will be reaching out to each of those groups that utilize the space to support remote offerings.
 
● Out of an abundance of precaution, The City of Tucson recommends that events with an expected attendance of at least 50 individuals be postponed.
 
● The City will not issue special event permits with an expected attendance of 50 persons or more.
 
● All out-of-city travel for employees on business is suspended.
 
● All meetings of Boards, Committees, and Commissions are suspended.
 
● All city employees who handle in-person payments will be issued gloves for their protection and protection of the public. Electronic payments are encouraged for all City transactions, as cash payments may be suspended in the future.
 
● We are looking at telecommuting options for essential staff across the City.
 
● If an employee is sick and uses all their accrued sick and vacation leave and comp time, they will be allowed to go up to 104 hours negative in their leave bank and still get paid. That leave payback will occur over time.
 
● Family Medical Leave may be used to care for family members.
 
City leadership will continue to monitor the situation and adjust course as necessary.
As with any other illness, please remember that sticking to the basics can go a long way; washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home if you’re not feeling well will help keep yourself and those around you healthy. I encourage you to visit the Pima County Health Department website where they post daily updates and have recommendations for how to keep you and your family healthy. You can also call the Pima County COVID-19 hotline at 1-844-542-8201. 
 
Be Kind, not a Bully
 
Before I sign off, I want to share a helpful message. Many of us watch with concern as some prominent politicians have behaved poorly, ridiculing their political opponents and even colleagues. I find sometimes even adults need to hear important messages like those that Brooks Gibbs shares below. I hope you will find it helpful for dealing with bullies in your life. Especially in times like this, we need to focus on supporting each other to be our best. To echo our good friends at Ben's Bells, be kind to one another. 
 
 
 
- Paul Durham
 
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Pet of the Week
 
 
 
Dapper Dan lives up to his name! With those eyes and that grin he’s sure to win you over. Dan is a 2-year-old German Shepherd Dog (GSD) mix who weighs in at about 45 pounds and he would like you to know that he is ready to go home! Pima Animal Care Center.
 
For more information about Dapper Dan or any other animal at PACC email: PACC.Adopt@pima.gov or better yet, go down and meet this good boy in person at 4000 N Silverbell Rd.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
 
Keeling Desert Park Cleanup
Saturday
March 14th
8-10 am
Keeling Desert Park
245 E Glenn
 
Samos
Tuesday
March 17th
6:30-8 pm
Salpointe High School
1545 E Copper St
 
Mountain View
Thursday
March 19th
6-7 pm
Habitat Tucson
3501 N Mountain
 
Flowing Wells
Thursday
March 19th
6-8 pm
Ellie Towne Center
1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
CANCELLED
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
Free Food Available at Mt Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
Saturday
March 14th
8-10 am
Mt. Calvary
226 E Lester St
 
Every 2nd Saturday of the month through May 2020 food is distributed at Mt Calvary Baptist Church. Bread and produce donations provided by Interfaith Community Services. Future dates include April 4th and May 9th.
 
Youth Earn-A-Bike Spring Class
March 25th-May 13th
4-6 pm
BICAS
2001 N 7th Ave
Ages 8-13
 
 
Register NOW for an 8 week bicycle repair course. Gain confidence in problem solving and mechanics, meet new friends, practice safe riding skills, and bring home your very own refurbished bicycle, helmet, and lock!
 
Register online at https://bicas.org/classes/youth-earn-a-bike/  or in our shop at 2001 N. 7th Ave
 
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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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