Paul's Note: Friday, May 10th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, May 10th, 2019
 
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Events
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
Solar and Energy Conservation at City Facilities
 
At the Council meeting this week, Carlos De La Torre, director of the Environmental and General Services Department, and Michael Catanzaro, City of Tucson energy manager, provided an update on the solar installations that are going in at City of Tucson sites. As you can see below, in the last year we have installed 10 new solar photovoltaic systems and another 36 are on the way. And because of the way we are financing the installations, there is no upfront cost to taxpayers and we begin to realize savings on our utility bills the first day they’re installed.
 

 
As I shared with my colleagues on Tuesday, these additional 46 sites will increase the total installed solar capacity on City of Tucson sites by 254%! But we can’t stop there if the City of Tucson wants to be able to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
 
That’s why I motioned on Tuesday (the motion was seconded by Council Member Romero) to have staff come back to Mayor and Council with a framework and implementation plan for creating a Green Energy Fund. 
 
This fund would allow the city to reinvest energy cost savings from projects like energy efficiency retrofits or installation of solar photovoltaic systems back into future energy efficiency projects. I am glad that my colleagues on Mayor and Council voted unanimously to support this effort and I look forward to the study session, in approximately three months, when the Council will have the opportunity to create the Green Energy Fund.
 
Todd Harris Sports Complex and the Cele Peterson Rose Garden
 
At our last meeting in April, there were two items on the consent agenda (the collection of non-controversial items we vote on without debate, like the last meeting’s minutes) that are worth retelling. They didn’t make it on the news, but they should have.
 
Sargent 1st Class Todd Harris was Tucson local who grew up playing little league baseball on the Eastside. He graduated Sahuaro High School in 1992 and was an All-State football player. He enlisted in the Army in 1998 where he served with distinction, including receiving five Army Commendation medals, four Army Achievement medals, five Army Good Conduct medals and the National Defense Service medal.
 
Sgt. Harris lost his life in Afghanistan in 2010 during Operation Enduring Freedom. In recognition of the life he lead, the Golf Links Sports Complex will be renamed the Todd M. Harris Sports Complex. It was moving to hear from Council Member Paul Cunningham, who played ball with Sgt. Harris, speak about how he was a great, hometown guy. I hope that kids playing at the Todd Harris Sports Complex will learn about his life and sacrifice.
 
Cele Peterson is a name that many of you may recognize. Her list of accolades is pretty long, even considering she lived to be 101. Cele owned clothing stores back in the day and was known to be a Tucson fashion icon, or so I’m told. She founded Casa de Los Niños and the Tucson Children’s Museum and was very involved in the local arts scene, including with the Arizona Opera and Arizona Theater Company. She passed away in 2010, leaving a legacy of caring for the community. A legacy anyone who knows her children will be well aware of. The Council unanimously voted to rename the Reid Park Rose Garden to the Cele Peterson Rose Garden. It’s a well-deserved recognition and I hope you'll all find time to visit and stop and smell the roses.
 
Asylum Seekers Update
 
Last week, I had the opportunity to tour the Benedictine Monastery with Council Member Kozachik and later attend a press conference in the sanctuary with Mayor Rothschild and representatives from the Pima County Health Department, Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona and St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church. It was a beautiful backdrop.
 

 
Pastor Bart Smith of St. Mark’s, Theresa Cavendish of Catholic Community Services, Marcy Flanagan of the Pima County Health Department and Council Member Kozachik listen to Mayor Rothschild give remarks at the press conference Friday morning.
 
The influx of migrants from Central America is non-linear. When I toured the facility last Monday, there were only a few families waiting for buses that would take them to their friends and family across the country. More arrived in the following days and more are expected in the coming week.
 
I’d like to take the time to note that the Benedictine Monastery is owned by Ross Rulney and his development partners. They are rezoning the property in order to build apartments on the grounds, as many of you know from news reports. While that public process is ongoing, Ross is giving the monastery to Catholic Community Services rent-free and paying for all utilities. That is an incredible act of charity that I’m sure the nuns who previously inhabited the monastery would be proud of.
 
Come this summer, Ross is scheduled to begin construction on the new project and the services being provided to migrants will have to move to another location. More likely, a few other locations because the Monastery has greater capacity than likely replacements. Ross can’t be commended highly enough for allowing the use of the monastery: the nature of the location helped crystalize our local understanding of the humanitarian nature of the asylum seeks mission. Tremendous kudos also goes to Steve K for brokering the whole situation.
 
But now that the Benedictine will be off the table at the end of July, other folks in the community will have to step up to fill the need. Those conversations are ongoing now.
 
One group that has stepped up is the Jewish Foundation of Southern Arizona. An anonymous donor is matching all donations to migrant relief up to $25,000. Donations can be made on their website at https://www.jfsa.org/, which also explains how to earmark your donation.
 
Social Innovation in Amphi Neighborhood
 
 
Council Member Durham addresses UA Students at the Social Innovation Forum.
 
I had the pleasure of sharing some thoughts with a great group of UA undergraduates who have been working in the Amphi neighborhood with Professor Brian Mayer. These students were tasked with developing potential solutions to respond to concerns raised by Amphi residents. My staff and I heard some great ideas—some more actionable than others. A few of the proposed projects include a community garden, weekly sports games at the park or neighborhood schools and an on-going neighborhood clean-up effort.
 
I thank these students for their service to the Amphi neighborhood and to the City of Tucson. Hands-on work to identify pathways for positive change and building a sense of community in neighborhoods is a critical component to improving quality of life.
 
Traffic Safety
 
As I have written in the newsletter many times before, traffic safety is a major concern of mine. High school student Joana Sendino and well-known community member Daniel are two of many recent examples of horrific pedestrian fatalities. In 2014, there were 39 traffic fatalities. Last year there were 69. More than just statistics, these are people with loved ones left behind.
 

 
At the Council Meeting this week we were provided with a 5-year traffic safety plan being worked on in conjunction with both TDOT and TPD. The plan centers around five strategies: Evaluation, Engineering, Education, Encouragement and Enforcement. Each strategy has multiple components with year by year goals to achieve them. I would encourage you to review the presentation we received at the Mayor and Council meeting, which includes the plan itself. You can do so here.
 
Many of my colleagues offered their suggestions about the issue. As I have written before, I am strong supporter of complete streets, the bicycle boulevard master plan and protecting all users of our public roads. TDOT is moving forward with creating a mobility master plan to combine all of the different modes and goals we have as a City. No matter if you walk, bike, take public transit or drive, getting across town shouldn’t involve risking your life.
 
Congratulations to Sandy Elder
 
Finally, I wish to send my congratulations to Sandy Elder who retired last week after 25 years of service to Tucson Water.
 
 
Sandy Elder checking out critical Tucson Water infrastructure.
 
Just a couple months before his retirement, The Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) recognized Tucson Water Deputy Director Elder as the 2019 Professional Manager of the Year in Water Resources.
 
Sandy was a great person to work with and his knowledge and experience have been a great benefit to our city. Thank you, Sandy!
 
-  Paul D.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
ODEN
 

 
Oden is a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois. The Belgian Malinois (pronounced MAL-in-wah) is a medium-size Belgian shepherd dog that at first glance resembles a German Shepherd. According the American Kennel Club, “this smart, confident and versatile dog is a world-class worker who forges an unbreakable bond with his human partner. To deny a Mal activity and the pleasure of your company is to deprive him of his very reasons for being.”
 
Malinois can compete in dog agility trials and in dock diving, flyball, herding, obedience, showmanship, and tracking events, and are one of the most popular breeds used in protection sports such as the Schutzhund. Just look at Oden. You can see in his eyes that he is just waiting for you to tell him what to do.
 
To learn more about Oden click here and to find out more about how to adopt at Pima Animal Care Center click here.
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
Thrive in the 05 Spring Festival and Resource Fair
 

 
New BICAS Classes
 

 
Brake & Gear Clinics $25
 
 
New BICAS Classes!
For beginner-intermediate students ages 12 +
A one-day class in a special topic to give more practice and hone your skills. 
 
Brake Clinic
Thursday, June 11th
4 PM to 7 PM

Gear Clinic
Thursday, May 23rd
4 PM to 7 PM

REGISTER HERE

 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
AGI
Tuesday
May 14th
6-7 pm
Emmanuel Church
1825 N. Alvernon Way
 
CCRC
Tuesday
May 14th
6-8 pm
University of Arizona
Ventana Room
4th Floor
 
Mountain View
Thursday
May 16th
6-8 pm
Habitat Tucson
3501 N Mountain Ave
 
Flowing Wells
Thursday
May 16th
6-8 pm
Ellie Towne Center
1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
 
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City Wide Events
 
New Artwork Debuts at City Hall
Tuesday
May 14th
4:30-6:30 pm
City Hall
255 W Alameda St
10th Floor
 
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and City Manager Michael Ortega, in coordination with Arts for All, present a new art exhibition at City Hall. Arts for All, Inc. is a local nonprofit (that is located in Ward 3) which provides accessible education, training, and experiences in the arts to children, particularly those with special needs. Work by 10 artists will be displayed in the Mayor's Office and City Manager's Office. The exhibition includes abstract pieces, paintings, and drawings. The public gallery opening and reception will take place Tuesday, May 14. Light appetizers will be provided by Roma Imports. The exhibit will be on display through December 2019.
 
Arts for All, Inc.: http://bit.ly/2LAE0Nk
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Aid to Asylum Seekers
 
Tucson still has asylum seekers being released into the community and will continue to in the foreseeable future. Our local social service organizations, and Catholic Community Services in particular, have really stepped up and done an amazing job at taking care of these families and they need your help to keep going.  Here’s how you can help through Catholic Community Services:
 
Donate online. They need and appreciate your monetary donations.
Donate travel, personal, or other items.  Bring your donations to:
 
Catholic Community Services
140 W. Speedway, Blvd., Suite 130
 
The Benedictine Monastery
800 N Country Club Rd
 
Ward 6                                                                  Ward 3
3202 E 1st St                                                         1510 E Grant Rd
 
And any of the other Ward offices
 
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact them at alitas@ccs-soaz.org or 520-591-6390. 
 
$2 Swim Lessons Return to Tucson This Summer
 
The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department, in partnership with the American Red Cross Aquatics Centennial Program, will offer $2 summer swim lessons for the first 1,400 people (ages 6 months to 17 years) who qualify for the Discount Program.
 
Find out if you qualify by viewing the Discount Program at the link below or by calling (520) 791-4877.
 
City residents who already are qualified for the Discount Program can register online, beginning May 9, at the link below. If not pre-qualified, you must apply in person at any recreation center or administration office prior to registration. For those who don't qualify, swim lessons will be $15 per session. Lessons are offered in four, two-week sessions, with eight lessons per session during June and July. There are 20 pools throughout the city that will be open from May 30 through July 31.
$2 Swim Lessons: http://bit.ly/2WuohQW
Register for Parks and Rec classes and swim lessons: http://bit.ly/2sV2wLf
Discount Program: http://bit.ly/2Hrtbqe
Tucson Parks and Recreation: http://1.usa.gov/1ua6RJt
 
Humane Society of Southern Arizona Spay and Neuter Program
 
Spring is puppy season.
 
Let HSSA Spay or Neuter your new pup during the month of May. Male and female puppies between 3 months and 9 months of age and less than 40 pounds will pay a $15 co-pay, plus a $5 mandatory e-collar fee. (Excludes brachycephalic, cryptochid, and hernia repair) In-heat or pregnant fees may apply.
 
Appointments and funding are limited. Call 520-881-0321 to schedule your puppy's appointment today!
 
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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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