Paul's Note: Friday, November 15th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, November 15th, 2019
 
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week                   
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
City Wide Events
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
PCC Groundbreaking
 
You’ve read before about the exciting Advanced Automotive Technology Center of Excellence under development at the Pima Community College Downtown Campus. I am very happy to say that the groundbreaking happened this Thursday.
 

 
I was very happy to join with PCC Board President Demion Clinco and PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert (pictured above) in celebrating this important milestone.
 
The center will open in the spring of 2021. This new center of excellence will focus on innovative automotive technologies including EV and autonomous vehicles. PCC is closely partnering with manufacturers and local dealers to create a seamless learning to work pipeline.
 
In addition to being a game-changer for skilled trades’ workers in Tucson, it is also a game-changer for the surrounding area and the Thrive in the 05 efforts. Below you can see the greater area where the center will be located. That tall building in the background is Tucson House and that yellow building is the former Fortuna Inn that PCC now owns. The Fortuna Inn will be demolished. This area along Oracle and Speedway will see significant investment into our future workforce for the area.
 

 
Chancellor Lee Lambert addresses a large crowd of staff and supporters.
 
And here’s what the finished product will look like.
 

 
Rendering of the future Transportation Center of Excellence.
 
It’s always exciting to see relevant educational services expanded. This particular development, as well as PCC’s adaptive reuse of older hotels along Drachman Street, is very exciting and I hear a great deal of enthusiasm from many neighbors. I’m looking forward to that first incoming class who will go through their entire automotive training in this innovative center of excellence.
 
“Gold Medal” Policies
 
This week CityHealth, a national nonprofit that advocates for cities to advance the health of their residents through evidenced-based policymaking, released their annual report of the 40 largest cities. In the report, they gave Tucson two “Gold Medals” for policies we adopted in the last year: Tobacco 21 and our Complete Streets Ordinance.
 
The Complete Streets Ordinance, approved this February, formalizes a new approach to transportation planning that takes into account every user of the streets. That means bikers, pedestrians, transit users and drivers are all at the table when we decide how to move our transportation network forward. It’s a big step forward for Tucson and one that’ll make a real impact as we move into the future together. Our goal is to make the streets safe and accessible for every member of the community.
 
The Tobacco 21 policy we adopted last month, which will take effect on January 1st of 2020, also received a gold medal. In order to qualify for the medal, it also had to take into account vaping products, which our ordinance does. In keeping with CityHealth’s mission, T21 is an evidenced based way we can make our entire community healthier.
 
I am thrilled that the positive steps Tucson is taking are getting well-deserved national attention. You can learn more about CityHealth and the other policies they advocate for at https://www.cityhealth.org/.
 
Sugar Hill Block Party
 
I had the pleasure last week of presenting a City of Tucson certificate of recognition to the family of Lillian Ross. Lillian Doucet Ross came to Tucson in 1942 with her husband Thomas H. Ross, Sr. and one child Thomas H.  Ross, Jr. They would eventually settle in the Sugar Hill neighborhood where she raised 11 children, including 3 sets of twins. Since her passing in 1999, her service and generosity has continued to benefit the neighborhood. 
 
Paul Ross receiving a certificate of recognition on behalf of Lillian Ross at Sugar Hill Block Party 2.
 
Mrs. Lillian Ross hosted annual Easter eggs hunts at Mansfield Park—a tradition that lives on through the Eggstravaganza. She is also remembered for hosting pool parties early on after Mansfield pool was built—a practice that continues and will hopefully expand with the help of the Sugar Hill coalition.
 
Mrs. Ross helped to start the Mansfield Summer Festival in the early 70s. This festival is remembered as having food, games, live music and dancing. The annual Sugar Hill block party signals a continuation of these important neighborhood spaces hosted by and for residents.
 
She was also instrumental in getting the former Northwest Neighborhood Center going and helped to bring even greater vitality to the center and Mansfield Park by bringing neighborhood activities into the space.
 
Mrs. Ross has left a lasting impact on this neighborhood. Her spirit lives on every time you see children flying kites, playing basketball, swimming or running in the park! That is why the Sugar Hill coalition hosted the 2nd Annual Block Party as a tribute to Mrs. Ross and why it was my honor to present the certificate to her family.
 

 
Mayor Rothschild, Mrs. Mary Jane Woodard, Council Member Durham, Paul Ross and Kevin Woodard.
 
I want to thank all the Sugar Hill neighbors who helped to make this event happen and to the many community members and City of Tucson employees who supported the effort. Kevin Woodward of the Sugar Hill Coalition deserves special recognition for getting the annual block party going and providing scholarships and supplemental programming for neighborhood children who use Mansfield Park and the Donna Liggins Center. I also want to thank Lt. James Wakefield of Tucson Police Department, Captain Jonathan North of Tucson Fire Department as well as Joshua Litz, Denise Waddy, Jennifer Gonzalez, Dawnee Moreno and Glenna Overstreet of the Parks and Recreation Department. We appreciate your support and the good work you do in our community.
 
DACA
 
On Tuesday the Supreme Court heard arguments from the Trump administration on why they should be allowed to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program implemented by the Obama administration in 2012. An estimated 20,000 DACA recipients live in Arizona. Obviously, the outcome will be decisive for these 20,000 bright, young Arizonans until we successfully pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship for these young adults and their families.
 
The City of Tucson filed an amicus brief, along with 108 other cities and counties, in the United States Supreme Court. The arguments presented in the brief include both the public safety and economic hardships that would be caused by the termination of the program as well as arguing against the legal authority of the Trump administration to rescind the program.
 
 
This page of the Amicus Brief signed by the City of Tucson and 108 other jurisdictions articulates clearly the moral and economic necessity of preserving DACA.
 
The court is likely to issue their decision in late June 2020.  I will be watching this closely and, while the early assessment based on the discussion in the hearing appears to suggest the Justices may rule in favor of the Trump administration, I am cautiously hopeful that this case will lead to meaningful action from Congress.
 
- Paul D.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Duke
 

 
This good looking boy is Duke. He would like you to take note of the black mask around his eyes. It matches his black nose and the black spots on his ears. He would also like you to know that he is ready to meet his new BFF and come home for the holidays. The shelter staff at Pima Animal Care Center thinks Duke is about 5 years old. Duke can’t confirm this but he can tell you he looks younger than his age and is wiser than a dog who is twice his age (whatever that may be).
 
If you are looking for Black Friday deals, head to Pima Animal Care Center. For “Black Fur-day,” the shelter is waiving adoption fees for any pet older than 4 months with black fur. The deal is good for any pet with black fur, even just a black spot. The prices for other pets have been reduced by 50%. A $20 licensing fee will apply to dogs.
 
Duke would like to take this opportunity to remind you that his awesome mask and matching spots make him eligible for Black Fur-day. You can read more about the event further down in the newsletter.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
 
Flowing Wells Estates Neighborhood Watch
Saturday
November 16th
4-5 pm
Old Times Kafe
1485 W Prince Rd
 
Country Glenn Annual Meeting
Sunday
November 17th
5-7 pm
The Drawing Studio
2760 N. Tucson Blvd.
 
SAMOS
Tuesday
November 19th
6:30-8 pm
Salpointe High School
1545 E Copper St
 
#WeAreAmphi Resident Meeting
Monday
November 18th
5-7:30 pm
Literacy Connects
22 E Yavapai
North 1 Classroom
 
#WeAreAmphi Resident Meeting
Tuesday
November 19th
6:30-8 pm
Salpointe High School
1545 E Copper St
 
Thrive in the 05 Housing Transformation Team Meeting
Tuesday
November 19th
4-6 pm
PCC Downtown Campus
Amethyst Room (CC 180)
1255 N Stone Ave
 
Refreshments will be provided. There will be activities for children and youth.
 
Thrive in the 05 Business Forum
Tuesday
November 19th
6-7:30 pm
PCC Downtown Campus
Amethyst Room (CC 180)
1255 N Stone Ave
 
Friends of Marty Birdman Center
Thursday
November 21st
5-7 pm
Marty Birdman Center
2536 N Castro Ave
Please RSVP! Call 791-5950 for more information.
 
Jefferson Park
Thursday
November 21st
6-8 pm
Ward 3 Meeting Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Mountain View
Thursday
November 21st
6-7 pm
Habitat for Humanity Tucson
3501 N Mountain Ave
 
Flowing Wells
Thursday
November 21st
6-8 pm
Ellie Towne Center
1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
Banner Community Parklet Unveiling!
Saturday
November 16th 
2-4 pm
Enter off N Campbell Ave
See Map
 

 
The Banner Community Parklet is now completed! A Quonset hut inspired ramada, polo pony sculpture, and benches have been installed as a permanent tribute to the UA Polo team and the UA Quonset huts. Children from the International School and Blenman School created art which now is copied onto the metal of the quonset ceiling and creates shadows of their work on the concrete. Additionally, the children's polo pony interpretations are etched into the backs of benches dedicated to each neighborhood. Adjacent neighborhoods, Banner personnel, and city officials have been invited on the 16th to celebrate this neighborhood jewel.
 
5th Annual Youth Performance Showcase
Sunday
November 17th
3:45-4:45 pm Workshops
5-8 pm Showcase
Monterey Court
505 W Miracle Mile
 

 
Free Water Harvesting/Going Green Class
Tuesday
November 19th
5:30-7 pm
Literacy Connects
200 E Yavapai Rd
 

 
Learn about water harvesting (whether you rent or own your home), pollution prevention, community risk reduction, and other programs at a free Water Harvesting and Going Green class at Literacy Connects.  
 
The community education class is hosted by Habitat for Humanity, the Sonora Environmental Research Institute, and Wells Fargo. Dinner is provided and childcare will be available. Please RSVP at the link below.
 
For questions, call Anna Jackson at (520) 326-1217, ext. 228.
Water harvesting class info and RSVP: http://bit.ly/33Q41N8
Sonora Environmental Research Institute:http://bit.ly/2We9Mny
 
Esquer Park Community Planting
Saturday
November 23rd
9-11 am
1415 N 14th Ave
 

 
Neighborhood Orientation & Refresher
Tuesday
December 3rd 
5:30-7 pm
Ward 3 Meeting Room
1510 E Grant Road
 
Please join Ward 3 staff and Rebecca Ruopp, the City of Tucson's Neighborhood Engagement Specialist, for an overview of neighborhood services and some of the lesser known resources available to neighborhood associations. We'll hear from other neighborhood associations about their best practices and provide a short training on how to run an effective neighborhood meeting.
 
This event is perfect for existing neighborhood association officers as well as interested neighbors who would like to learn more about how neighborhood associations work, support their neighborhood association or serve as an officer in the future. Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.
 
 
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City Wide Events
 
Family Festival in the Park
Saturday
November 16th
10 am-2 pm
Reid Park
22nd and Country Club (west of the Zoo)
 

 
Cigna and Tucson Parks and Recreation present the free 14th annual Family Festival in the Park on Saturday, November 16th at Reid Park. Activities include a carnival, games, crafts, disc golf, a golf clinic, demonstrations of leisure classes, and a variety of entertainment. Reid Park Zoo will have $1 admission and the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center is hosting an afternoon of free swimming with an inflatable obstacle course. Volunteers will be giving tours of the Reid Park Rose Garden. A variety of foods will be available for purchase through local vendors.
 
Please bring donations of canned goods to the festival to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
Follow this link for more information: https://go.usa.gov/xpZSm
 
5th Annual Humane Society of Southern Arizona Sweat for Pets
Saturday
November 16th
8:00 am: Registration Opens
8:30 am: Warm Up
8:30 am - 2:00 pm: Beer Garden,  Geico Fun Zone, Vendors, Activities + More! 
8:50 am: Line-Up
9:00 am: Walk/Run Starts
North Kino Sports Complex
2500 E Ajo Way
 

 
Join the Humane Society of Southern Arizona's fifth annual Sweat for Pets: Walk, Run & Roll on Saturday, November 16th
 
Come see how Kino Sports Complex is transformed into a dog friendly oasis featuring a kids fun zone, vendor and sponsor booths, food trucks, a beer garden and a sniffing good time for all the four-legged pals.
 
Whether you build a team, walk alone or walk virtually, all proceeds from this fundraising walk save the lives of homeless animals in your community.  Last year HSSA hosted over 750 participants and 400 dogs!
 
Black “Fur-Day”
Friday
November 29th
10 am-5 pm
Pima Animal Care Center
4000 N. Silverbell Road
 
Shoppers looking for a good deal on Black Friday this year can head to Pima Animal Care Center. For Black “Fur Day,” the shelter is waiving adoption fees for any pet with black fur, ages four months and up. This deal is good for any pet with black fur, even just a black spot (Don't forget Duke!) Customers might also notice new black spots showing up on pets that previously didn’t have them. The prices for other pets have been reduced by 50%. A $20 licensing fee will apply to dogs.
 
PACC is closed on Thursday, November 28th to observe Thanksgiving.
On Black Fur Day PACC plans to have a DJ, a food truck, and a bunch of giveaways throughout the day. Adopters can spin a wheel to win items like leashes, food, treats, calendars, and toys. The store in the lobby will also be handing out free pet tags for all adopted pets.

All pets adopted from PACC come spayed or neutered, with age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip, and a free vet visit. People who are interested in adopting a pet can look for them online or visit them in person at 4000 N. Silverbell Road. PACC’s normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 12-7 pm or 10 am-5 pm on the weekends.

 
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Did You Know...?
 
Santa's Calling 2019
 

 
Santa and his elves would like to add some sparkle to a child’s holiday season through the "Santa's Calling" program, courtesy of Tucson Parks and Recreation. The special child(ren) in your life, between ages of 4 and 8, will have an opportunity to speak with Santa and listen to his elves hard at work. All calls will be attempted on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3rd & 4th. If the North Pole receives too many requests for two nights, Thursday, Dec 5, will also be used. In order to receive a call, you'll need to fill out a form and mail (900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ 85716) or email to SantasCalling2019@tucsonaz.gov, the request by Thursday, Nov. 28.
 
 
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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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