Friday, May 3rd, 2019
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Events
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Did You Know?
Trip to the Legislature
I write frequently about various issues before the Arizona Legislature because policy made at the state level has significant impacts in our day to day lives as Tucsonans, including funding for roads and schools. A recent push to make lemonade the state drink may be an exception to that.
Since so much legislation at the Capitol in Phoenix affects Tucson, I joined our City of Tucson Intergovernmental Relations Director on a trip to speak with our representation in Phoenix this week. I met with a number of legislators who represent Ward 3, Pima County and even had a chance to speak with representatives from around the state. We have some very remarkable people representing this community and I’m thankful they’re willing to make the drive every week to serve.
State Senator Victoria Steele, Council Member Durham, City of Tucson Intergovernmental Relations Manager Andrew Greenhill and Ward 3 Chief of Staff Nick Mahon.
It was a whirlwind day, but one important theme ran through the day no matter who we spoke with: local control. We spoke with many legislators about two particular bills: SB1147 and HB2115. SB1147 would eliminate the ability of any city, county or school district to regulate the sale, marketing and use of any tobacco or e-cigarette product, even going so far as to prohibit any regulations about selling cigarettes next to a school. It’s the tobacco industry backed bill I mentioned in a previous newsletter.
HB2115 would prohibit any regulation of the rental housing market by cities to set minimum health and safety standards for rental units. And until there is a national or statewide law outlawing discrimination against LGBT people in housing, it would prohibit any city from setting its own rules against LGBT housing discrimination.
We also discussed transportation funding and ways to keep the legislature from sweeping HURF (Highway User Revenue Funds) funds away from their intended use to help maintain your roads.
Out of fear of leaving someone out, I won’t name all the great folks I spoke with, which included a few Republicans, but I would like to quickly highlight two meetings. I was able to congratulate Senator Victoria Steele, whose district includes much of Ward 3, on the bi-partisan passage of SB 1250, which makes it easier for victims of sexual assault to get Orders of Protection against harassers. I’ve thankful for her leadership on protecting victims of sexual violence.
Council Member Durham and Senate Minority Leader David Bradley
I was also able to meet with the highest-ranking Senate Democrat, David Bradley, who represents much of mid-town and eastside Tucson. He and other leaders in the Legislature are in the heat of discussing the state budget so I was very grateful for his perspective and willingness to listen to my concerns about transportation and school funding. Which brings me to…
Pima Community College Updates
On Friday of last week, I was happy to participate in PCC’s Futures Conference, along with well over a thousand professionals, community members, students and staff. At the conference participants gave feedback on four different long-term topics facing the College: 1) technology changes impacting the future of work and learning in Pima County; 2) doing more with less…or doing less with more?; 3) creating and supporting a diverse community of lifelong learners; 4) reimagining lifelong education. I was pleased to see so many give generously of their time and ideas in support of this great community institution.
In the near-term, I had the pleasure to meet Chancellor Lee Lambert and Libby Howell from Pima Community College this week to discuss plans for expansion and renovation of the buildings and programs at the Downtown Campus. The Downtown Campus, located in Ward 3, is in the process of transforming into an Applied Technology Center of Excellence featuring transportation technology, infrastructure and advanced manufacturing.
With the purchase and redevelopment of Tucson Inn and Fortuna Inn and Suites on Drachman St., Pima Community College can expand to meet the technological needs and workforce training for its students while providing training for employees at existing regional businesses. Through these efforts, PCC will be investing between $45-50 million in the surrounding area.
Those of you who know me, know that I consider education and workforce training to be cornerstones for a healthy and equitable society. This and other Centers of Excellence aim to prepare students for jobs in growing, local industries. I applaud PCC for thinking outside of the box and listening to the needs of students and employers. If they are as successful as I anticipate they will be, our region and residents will be the primary beneficiaries.
One of my most important asks from our legislative delegation was to include additional funding for Pima College in this year’s budget. As many of you will know, the Legislature eliminated state funding for Pima College in 2015. This year, the Governor has expressed support for one-time funding of $20 million for the PCC Aviation Technology Center of Excellence, located in Ward 5. Although it’s not in Ward 3, it’s an incredible program and asset to the City and I was proud to lobby for its inclusion in the state budget. Ultimately, I’d like to see annual funding restored for PCC, but that I am grateful that folks throughout the state understand the value PCC bring to the entire region.
Environmental Service Changes
At our last Council meeting, we voted to pick up recycling bins every other week rather than weekly. It wasn’t an easy vote and I understand those of you who are frustrated by this move. However, it will save us about $1.4 million annually and was a much preferable option than opting to eliminate recycling pickup as some cities have done. It’s important to note two facts: Environmental Services reports, under the current practice of weekly pickup, the majority of recycling bins are less than half full and any resident with greater recycling volume can request a free second recycling bin. To answer a question that many of you have, no changes will take place for the next several months. Recycling routes will need to be reworked and then a strong messaging campaign will be developed to make sure that you stay informed.
We were very clear at the table that we expect the Environmental Services Department to show us work they’ve done to cut costs, make pick-up routes and staffing more efficient and make any future changes in service a last resort. We’re also asking for a pilot program to see if composting can be financially viable in Tucson, which many of you contacted me about.
One change that may still be needed is to eliminate recycling of glass. That would save an addition $500,000 annually. Please continue to send me your thoughts on these proposals as they are discussed.
Celebrate Spring and Mother’s Day
Finally, I want to invite you to join me, my staff and the many residents and organizations that are part of the Thrive in the ’05 effort. We are hosting a Spring Festival and Resource Fair on Saturday, May 11 at the Richey School in the Old Pascua neighborhood and I hope you will join us. In addition to all the great activities for kids, we’ll have information on all of the limited-income programs available for your utility services and staff available to answer questions. We will also unveil our butterfly mural that is part of the Butterfly Effect program
. Bring a friend (or your mom) and join the fun.
- Paul D.
Pet of the Week
Did you know that Hershey’s makes 70 million Kisses every day, and enough annually to make a 300,000-mile-long line of Kisses? How about that eating chocolate can reduce the symptoms of stress, and eating dark chocolate every day reduces the risk of heart disease by one-third?
Chocolate is a 5-year-old Chihuahua mix. He’s just a little guy weighing in at about 10 pounds.
That’s almost as much chocolate as Americans eat per capita every year. It sounds like a lot when you put it that way.
Tons of kisses, stress reduction and better health are all benefits of having more Chocolate in your life. To meet Chocolate, head over to Pima Animal Control Center at 4000 N. Silverbell Rd. And to sweeten the deal, Pima Animal Care Center
is celebrating the Cinco de Mayo holiday by offering up a special adoption promotion. All pets four months and older will be $5 to adopt today, May 3, through Sunday, May 5.
The shelter will also be giving away raffle prizes for people who adopt a pet. Gift prizes include pet toys, treats, beds, and gift cards.
There are currently 405 dogs and puppies and 112 cats and kittens in need of forever homes. For those who want to help but can’t take on a pet full time, there is fostering. People can sign up for dogs, cats or bottle babies. The shelter also needs donations. Monetary donations can be given to the shelter’s official nonprofit partner, Friends of PACC.
Ward 3 Events
Balboa Heights Outdoor Movie Night
Balboa Heights Park
2536 N Castro Ave
First Saturday: May The Fourth Be With You, Always!
6:30 – 8 pm
Valley of the Moon
2544 E Allen Rd
Come celebrate all things Star Wars with us. Wear your favorite Star Wars themed apparel, from tee shirts to cosplay. Make Star Wars shadow puppets, and be a part of pop up shadow puppet shows. Create your own mini light saber. Add some science to fiction with some Star Stories from UofA Astronomy Club.
Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures Miniature Rummage Sale
9 am-4 pm
The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive
The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is having a Miniature Rummage Sale and it's going to be BIG!
Stop by the Rummage Sale and fuel your passion for miniatures... or ignite a new one with everything you need to take up the hobby. All proceeds benefit The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. This will be their biggest sale yet. Cash or check only.
The cost is free and open to the public. Museum admission not included.
BICAS Summer Camp
Classes for youth ages 8-12 and 13-18
Earn-A-Bike is a bicycle repair course in which youth ages 8 to 18 learn bicycle mechanics, practice tangible skills, build self-confidence, and earn a bike! Over the course of the program participants will overhaul a bicycle earning credit for their attendance and participation. At the end of the course students will demonstrate safe riding skills and take home their newly refurbished bike with a helmet and lock.
In pairs, students will work together to learn bicycle repair and repair each other’s bicycles. During this multi-session class youth develop problem solving skills, self-confidence, group and leadership skills, environmental awareness, and community appreciation.
Youth Earn-A-Bike is offered on a sliding scale from $25 – $200 per student.
Youth Earn-A-Bike Summer Camp 8-12 year-olds
Experience level: Beginner
Age Range: 8-12 years-old
Monday – Friday
June 3rd – June 7th
9 AM to 12 PM
5 Sessions – REGISTER HERE
Youth Earn-A-Bike Summer Camp 13-18 year-olds
Experience level: Beginner
Age Range: 13 to 18 years old
Monday – Friday
June 24th – June 28th
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
5 Sessions – REGISTER HERE
12th Annual Howling for the Hounds
11 am-4 pm
Hydraulic Repair & Supply
119 W Alturas St
Join the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for the 12th Annual Howling for the Hounds fundraiser, presented by Wolves MC Tucson! This year's biker event will be held at Hydraulic Solutions.
100% of the proceeds benefit HSSA and the homeless pets in their care. The event is attended by Tucson's best bikers with the biggest hearts! Stop by for your chance to WIN a 50" Smart TV, enjoy delicious food by Red Desert BBQ & Catering, a 50/50 raffle, enjoy live music and bid in a live auction!
The first 100 people through the gate will receive a FREE event shirt. Entry is only $20 and includes food.
Tucson Audubon Society Hosts Wednesday Field Trips at Sweetwater Wetlands
Every Wednesday, the Tucson Audubon Society hosts free field trips at Sweetwater Wetlands, 2511 W. Sweetwater Drive. Birders of all experience levels are welcome to see the variety of species that frequent the facility. Field trips begin at 6 a.m. Bring binoculars and a camera to view the exciting species in the area. Make sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and proper clothing for outdoors.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Barrio Blue Moon
140 W Speedway Blvd #100
The Drawing Studio
2760 N Tucson Blvd
Friends of Marty Birdman
Marty Birdman Center
2536 N Castro Ave
Good News Church
701 W Glenn St
Making Public Art Conservation Real: The City of Tucson's Public Art Collection
University of Arizona
Fred Fox School of Music
1017 N. Olive Road
Arts Foundation knows just how important public art is to our community: locals and visitors alike contact us regularly to tell us how much they love specific pieces, that they’d like to participate on a community panel to review public art, or that there is an issue with a beloved piece in their neighborhood.
That’s why we’re proud to present Making Public Art Conservation Real: The City of Tucson’s Public Art Collection
, a lecture on May 6, featuring Rosa Lowinger, Principal of RLA Conservation
, the firm which just completed an assessment of the City of Tucson’s public art collection and its maintenance needs. Learn more about the more than 100 pieces in the City’s collection, and hear what kinds of conservation needs are unique to our desert climate. Presented in collaboration with University of Arizona’s College of Fine Arts, Arts Foundation is pleased to offer this lecture which is free and open to the public.
Seating is limited, so please RSVP here
to learn more about how we can preserve our public art collection for future generations.
Prepare for the public art conservation lecture by checking out some of the great pieces in the collections of our region! Link: Public Art Map
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Humane Society of Southern Arizona Puppy Palooza
It's puppy season already!
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 lbs. 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!
Tucson Urban League Energy Plus Weatherization Program
Do you want to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your utility bills? Call Tucson Urban League at 520-791-9522 ext. 0 to schedule an appointment for your free home assessment.
Arts Foundation Event Sponsorship Program
Events in Southern Arizona are now able to apply for funding through the Arts Foundation's Event Sponsorship Program. This opportunity helps provide support to non-profit 501(c)3 organizations' arts-related events that are free and open to the public and serve the residents of Southern Arizona. For this round, sponsorships of $1,000 will be made for upcoming events taking place from July 1 to December 31, 2019. Examples of past sponsored events from Spring 2019 include the MOCA Tucson Five Minute Film Fest, Ajo Arts Weekend, and Bravo TSO by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
Event Sponsorship Program - Fall 2019
Application Closes: May 13, 2019 (11:59pm)
Fair Housing Survey
Pima County and the City of Tucson request your help and input in preparing Tucson's upcoming Five-year Consolidated Plan. Below please find a link to a survey regarding fair housing and housing discrimination in the Tucson area.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, your help is very much appreciated. Your comments are anonymous but will contribute greatly to our understanding of the challenges facing our community.
Please respond no later than May 15, 2019. Thank you for your input.
Link to the survey in English:
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 "Follow" us on Twitter: @CMPaul_Durham