Paul's Note: Friday, May 24th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, May 24th, 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
Center of Opportunity

Mayor Rothschild speaks prior to the ribbon-cutting at the new Center of Opportunity.
Last Friday I was able to tour the new Center of Opportunity at the former Holidome on S. Palo Verde. The facility will open on June 3. It is a collaboration anchored by Gospel Rescue Mission and La Frontera with additional on-site service providers including El Rio Medical Clinic.
As I’ve shared before, the Center of Opportunity aims to provide a full-suite of wrap-around and supportive services to support people experiencing homelessness. The intention is to have medical, dental and behavioral health services as well as job placement and child care on-site. La Frontera will also be providing access to long term housing next to the campus.
When it opens in June, the center will be able to serve approximately 300 people. This is a significant addition to the constellation of services available to our neighbors who experience homelessness and substance abuse.
Learn more about the Center of Opportunity here and a big congratulations to the many partners involved in this project.
Anti-Choice Legislation: Local and National
With the recent change to the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court, a number of states have passed new, extreme anti-choice laws. The most infamous is Alabama’s law, which outlaws abortion entirely except in cases which the life of the mother is at risk. This includes a total ban on abortion care for women who are victims of rape. These laws are patently unconstitutional. I also think they take away a woman’s fundamental right to self-determination of her own body.
These laws are explicitly designed to challenge Roe v. Wade and ask the new Supreme Court majority to overturn or modify existing precedent. Frankly, it’s a scary time to be a woman in America.
I bring this up for two reasons: I’m proud that Tucson is home to the Planned Parenthood Southern Arizona Regional Health Center. Because of the already onerous restrictions that Arizona places on these clinics, we house the only clinic serving southern Arizona. Women come from Benson, Nogales, Sahuarita and a dozen other cities and towns to get the care they need in Tucson. I’m thankful for Planned Parenthood’s presence in Tucson and I’ll stand with them as long as their doors are open.
The second reason is scarier. If Roe (and the subsequent precedent of Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992) is overturned or substantially curtailed, the legality and regulation of abortion care could fall entirely up to the states. For those of us who support a women’s right to choose, we have to be more vigilant than ever of the power of the Arizona legislature to curtail this right.
Just this week, anti-choice activists in the legislature introduced bills (SB1547 and HB2759) to allocate $2.5 million to a non-profit organization to, among other things, “support child birth as an alternative to abortion.” Money that could be spent on schools, roads, healthcare or housing would be set aside for a non-profit with a clear political agenda. If you’re so inclined, you can contact your legislators and tell them you can think of a better use of $2.5 million.
AZ Legislative Budget Update
Things in Phoenix are moving at lighting speed around the state budget and changing by the hour. I’m writing this Thursday evening and by the time you read this the Legislature may have already voted on the budget. But as of this moment, it’s unclear if the Republican majority has the votes. There’s some money for Tucson’s priorities, like funding for K-12, HURF and PCC, but not enough.
Representative Cano, who represents a big chuck of Ward 3 in Legislative District 3, posted this update Wednesday morning. I don’t think I can summarize it any better than he did:

Memorial Day
The Ward 3 office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27th. I’m spending Friday morning with Council Member Fimbres and others at the Southern Arizona VA hospital passing out cards to veterans from local school kids. It’s an honor to spend time with folks who gave so much for our county.
I wish you all a safe holiday weekend and hope you’ll take a few moments to reflect on those who died while in service in the Armed Forces.
-Paul D.
Pet of the Week

This white and orange tabby’s name is Mystery. Mystery is just a little guy weighing in at 4.5 pounds which is quite diminutive considering his mature age. The Pima Animal Care Center staff thinks he may be around 10 years old, and you know what that means—His adoption fees are waived!
Mystery is currently in foster care. His foster family reports that Mystery is goofy and will soak up all of the attention that you send his way. He gets along great with other animals, especially dogs. If he didn’t purr you might just mistake him for one!
If you would like to meet him to take him home with you just email the Pima Animal Care Center foster coordinators at
Find out more about how to adopt a pet and browse other pets available for adoption on the PACC website.
Lastly, this Saturday, PACC will bring some adorable dogs that are available for adoption.  Adoption fees will be waived for dogs 4 months and older, though a $19 licensing fee still applies for adult dogs.
Annabell’s Attic Adoptions
May 25th
10 am-2 pm
Annabell’s Attic
6178 E Speedway Blvd
Ward 3 Events
Weeding ‘n’ Eating
May 27th
7 am until finished
N Treat Ave chicanes at E Sylvia St

Join the Grant/Glenn neighbors for some neighborhood beautification on Memorial Day. They will be providing maintenance to the chicanes on N Treat Ave between E Grant Rd and E Glenn St. BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) for coffee and donuts.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Old Pascua San Ignacio Yaqui Council
May 28th
6-7 pm
785 W Sahuaro
Grant Road Coalition
May 28th
5:30-6:30 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
Central Segments Safety Coalition
May 28th
6:30-8 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
City Wide Events
Arizona Air National Guard to perform Memorial Day F-16 flyovers
The Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing based at the Tucson International Airport is scheduled to conduct F-16 Fighting Falcon flyovers on Monday, May 29th, for Memorial Day events. Two jets will fly over the following locations:
Memorial Day Parade and Service at Tucson Estates Park, Tucson-9  am
Memorial Day Service at East Lawn Palms, Tucson-9:05 am
Memorial Day Service at South Lawn Cemetery, Tucson-9:10 am
Memorial Day Service at Green Valley Mortuary, Green Valley-9:15 am
Memorial Day Ceremony at Purple Heart Park, Tucson-10 am
The 162nd Wing conducts flyovers at Air Force-approved patriotic events.  The men and women of the Arizona Air National Guard are proud to serve our nation and state, and equally proud to perform the solemn mission to honor the service of those who have died serving our nation.
Pre-Fireworks Microchip Clinic
June 1
8-10 am
Arizona Beer House
150 S Kolb

Oury Pool Re-Opening
June 8th
12-8 pm
Oury Pool
655 N Hughes St

Oury Pool will be open to the public and Barrio Anita Neighborhood Association will be hosting a Grand Re-Opening to celebrate.  

There will be free games, raffles, prizes and hot dogs (while supplies last). Borderlands Theater will produce a Tardeada with live music and there will be an information table hosted by BANA with a sign-up sheet to receive emails to keep you informed of upcoming events and meetings. T-shirts will be for sale to help fund future neighborhood clean ups and events.
Movies in the Park
Free admission
Reid Park’s DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center
900 S Randolph Way

Did You Know...?
Memorial Day Holiday Trash & Recycling Collection Service Changes
Memorial Day will be observed this Monday, May 27th. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers with regular collection on any day Monday through Friday will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day. The Los Reales Landfill will be open.
Holiday collection schedules are available online at or if you have a smartphone, download the free Recycle Coach™ App  to have access to all collection schedules.
City offices will be closed this Monday, May 27th, however, customers may leave a message for Customer Service at 791-3171 or by submitting a service request at and they will be contacted no later than the next business day. Customer Service will be available on Saturday,
June 1st, from 8 am - 3 pm.
Sun Tran SummerGO Youth Pass
Unlimited rides with a SummerGo Youth Pass begins this week. Visit a Tucson Parks & Rec center to buy  a pass. Passes are valid until August 1st.

Free Dental Care For Vets
Thousands of veterans will receive free dental care on Saturday, June 8, when Aspen dentists and their teams from more than 450 offices across 39 states open their doors for Aspen Dental’s 6th annual National Day of Service.
Interested veterans need an appointment to receive care and should call 1-844-AspenHMM (1-844-277-3646) to find a participating practice in their community and schedule an appointment in advance – space is limited and appointments are filling-up fast!
Aid to Asylum Seekers
You can touch the lives of migrant families arriving in our community through your donation to Catholic Community Services.
Asylum seekers are individuals and families who
•             Have been released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Border Patrol
•             May travel to join family members already in the United States
•             Are awaiting an immigration hearing
The CCS staff and volunteers at Casa Alitas give families a safe place to rest, rehydrate, eat, and care for their children.  They provide a change of clothes, hygiene items, and a chance to wash up.
How you can help:
Donate online. Monetary donations are needed and appreciated.
Bring your donations to Catholic Community Services at 140 W Speedway Blvd, Suite 130 or to any Ward office.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at or 520-591-6390. 
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