Paul's Note: Friday, November 22nd, 2019

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Friday, November 15th, 2019
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Pet of the Week                   
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
City Wide Events
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Paul’s Note
Southern Arizona Automatic Aid Agreement
Last week, Tucson Fire Department joined with Golder Ranch Fire District and Northwest Fire District to formally launch a partnership years in the making. The three fire departments, which serve a combined 770,000 residents, created a shared dispatch system that ignores jurisdictional boundaries to respond to emergency calls as quickly and appropriately as possible.
This map shows the three departments taking part in the Southern Arizona Aide Agreement and the fire stations in each department.
Right now, even if a Tucson Fire station is closer to a fire in Casas Adobes they don’t automatically respond, Northwest Fire responds. If a 911 call for service lists an address near the border of the City of Tucson and Northwest Fire, both departments will dispatch units and create redundancies.
With this agreement, the nearest appropriate fire resource will be deployed to each 911 call regardless of jurisdiction. That means that if TFD personnel at Station 8 (near Prince and Oracle), which has been listed as one of the busiest fire stations in the entire nation, are called to a major fire or medical incident residents in the area can still call 911 and receive an excellent response time. For example, if necessary, fire personnel will automatically be dispatched from the Northwest Fire Station in unincorporated Flowing Wells to assist City of Tucson residents if no nearby TFD personnel are available.
Above is a close up of roughly the Ward 3 boundaries abutting unincorporated Pima County and Marana. You’ll notice that if you’re a resident of Ward 3 who lives at Silverbell and Goret, west of I-10, the nearest fire station is in the Northwest Fire District.
Congratulations to Chief Chuck Ryan and Chief Joe Gulotta for their work on this. Chief Ryan spoke about responding to the September 11th Terror Attacks in Northern Virginia. Large-scale incidents like that require all hands on deck, no matter which department emergency personnel hail from. Putting procedures in place now will help all 770,000 of us if a disaster occurs.
We’ll be closely monitoring the agreement as it goes into effect. Our hope is that the change will measurably reduce the average response time. Cost savings are not the main driver, but hopefully an added benefit is savings associated with having two agencies respond to a call.
Budget Update: First of Many
Tucson formally adopts a budget each June, but if you pay attention to my newsletter, you’ll know that Manager Michael Ortega, CFO Joyce Garland and the Council spend many hours before June discussing the budget in detail. On Tuesday, we received the 1st quarter projections for Fiscal Year 2019/2020 in preparation to begin to discuss the Fiscal Year 2020/2021 budget with the new Mayor and Council.
I’m happy to report that our budget is meeting projections. Last year’s budget ended on a higher note than we expected and the first quarter of this year’s budget is just slightly in the black. As all of you who remember the Great Recession know, city revenues are incredibly volatile. Steady financial management now will help us prepare for the next recession. So although things look good today, we’re doing our best to prepare for a rainy day. There will be more conversations over the next few months and I’ll be sure to include you.
Weekend Events
Members of my staff and I were happy to partake in three neighborhood events over the last weekend.
On Saturday I attended the community unveiling of the parklet adjacent to the new basin just north of the new Banner Hospital. Banner and the adjacent Jefferson Park planned a permanent tribute to the University of Arizona ROTC Polo Team and the UA Quonset huts, which were demolished with the building and expansion of the hospital and College of Medicine.
In the first part of the 20th century, the area was home the ROTC horse stables and polo grounds. After World War II the area was turned into housing for veterans with Quonset huts. A Quonset hut inspired ramada, polo pony sculpture, and benches have been installed. 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.
New art and seating in the parklet in Jefferson Park.
At mid-day Sunday Matt Kopec in my office attended the annual picnic in the park hosted at Conner Park by the Campbell Grant neighborhood association. It was a beautiful day with many neighbors attending and meeting each other. The pot luck style included veggie burgers, hummus and much more. Congratulations on a great community building event!
The Drawing Studio hosts the Country Glenn neighborhood meetings.
Sunday evening I attended the Country Glenn annual meeting hosted at The Drawing Studio. Turnout was excellent. In addition to updates that I provided we heard from Environmental Services about the recent changes to the recycling program. Tucson Water also provided an update on recent well upgrades. In addition, Tucson Water has also recently been replacing and upgrading neighborhood water mains that have been in place since the 1950’s. While during construction the work can be somewhat disruptive, the end product has delivered much increased reliability for system users. 
Congratulations to the new officers who were elected!
Jonathan & Shirley
This week was the last Mayor and Council Meeting for Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Vice Mayor Shirley Scott. On Thursday, we held a celebration honoring them and their service to Tucson.
Shirley was first elected to the Tucson City Council in 1995. Over the next 24 years she guided the growth in Ward 4. Over his eight years as Mayor, Jonathan has helped Tucson bounce back from the Great Recession, invest in roads, parks and public safety and put the educational needs of our community at the forefront of the public discussion. 
I very much enjoyed serving alongside these leaders and learned and shard much from and with them. I wish them the best.
Marty Birdman Center Thanksgiving
I had the pleasure this Thursday of joining the Friends of the Marty Birdman Center and the Center staff for their annual free Thanksgiving meal. Typically the meal hosts the families of KIDCO participants as well as area residents.
Council Member Durham joins Friends of Marty Birdman members and Center staff.
I always appreciate having the opportunity to chat with constituents at events like this one—when it’s casual rather than problem-driven. I had a great conversation with a single father who shared with me why KIDCO is so important to his and his daughter’s lives. Without that afterschool program and the confidence that he feels in the Marty Birdman Center staff, their lives would be turned upside-down.
I want to give thanks to the amazing staff at the Marty Birdman Center and the Friends of the Marty Birdman Center who work tirelessly to improve the lives of children in the Balboa Heights neighborhood and surrounding area. They are an amazing team and I’m honored to be able to support their efforts.
Happy Thanksgiving!
I wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m grateful to serve as your Council Member and for the opportunity to serve our community.
The Ward 3 Council Office will close at noon on Wednesday, November 27th and reopen Monday, December 2nd. If you start your Christmas shopping over the holiday, I hope you’ll consider shopping local. You can check out the 4th Avenue Merchants Association specials at:
- Paul D.
Pet of the Week

Pumpkin is a 2 year old Shar-Pei mix. She is full grown but still has a playful puppy personality. She wants to share that she will be thankful from now until forever if you come down to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for a meet and greet with her. Bring the family and save some room in the back seat so that she has a place to sit when you take her home with you.
Do you want to learn more about Pumpkin? The knowledgeable adoption counselors at HSSA would love to chat with you and tell you more. Staff at the Humane Society recommend all members of the family (including dogs!) come in to meet Pumpkin. For more information please call 520-327-6088, ext. 173.
Take a look at all of the events happening in December with the Humane Society. Visit to find out more.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Country Club/Ft. Lowell Safety Meeting
November 25th
6-7 pm
St. Frances Cabrini Church
3201 E Ft. Lowell
Campbell Grant
November 25th
6-7:30 pm
Ward 3 Meeting Room
1510 E Grant Rd
November 25th
7-8:30 pm
Cornerstone Fellowship  Church
2902 N Geronimo Ave
Grant Road Coalition
November 26th
5-6:30 pm
Ward 3 Meeting Room
1510 E Grant Rd
Central Segments Safety Coalition
November 26th
6:30-8 pm
Ward 3 Meeting Room
1510 E Grant Rd
Thrive in the 05 People & Education Transformation Team
November 26th
4:30-6 pm
Donna Liggins Center
2160 N 6th Ave
Barrio Blue Moon
December 1st
2-3 pm
St. Elizabeth's Health Center
140 W Speedway Blvd #100
December 5th
7-8 pm
St. Luke’s
615 E Adams St
December 5th
6:30-7:30 pm
St. Francis Men’s Shelter
601 E Ft. Lowell
Ward 3 Events
Esquer Park Community Planting
November 23rd
9-11 am
1415 N 14th Ave

Neighbors are invited to the Esquer Park planting party to help get the plants, provided through a grant from Tucson Clean & Beautiful, into the ground. You are welcome even if you don’t want to dig in the dirt! There will be donuts and coffee and plenty of opportunities to mingle with your neighbors.
Roger Rd Pop-Up Park
November 23rd
10 am-2 pm
Living Streets Alliance (LSA), in partnership with Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and Wheat Design Group, have announced how they will temporarily transform an underutilized public space along Roger Road into a pop-up park on Saturday. Neighbors are invited to stop by the wide median-like space on the northwest side of Roger Road and Fairview Avenue (by the Quik Mart) to enjoy the space and the offerings, and share their local knowledge and expertise with the project team to help guide the project design. The free event will feature a park with native plants, patio furniture, and all-ages games and activities to help envision how the area can be transformed into an inviting green space.
Free coffee, hot cocoa and donuts will be offered while supplies last to make it a leisurely visit for neighbors and a free bike repair station will be set up to assist area residents who need to get their bicycles fixed. Hotdogs will be available for purchase from the adjacent Cisco’s hotdog cart.
TDOT plans to add sidewalks, enhanced crossings, landscaping, and other walkability improvements to Roger Road between Oracle Road and Romero Road. This project is part of the voter-approved Tucson Delivers Strong Connections (Proposition 407) Program that will provide 128 miles of safety and mobility improvements to connect Tucsonans to parks, schools, transit opportunities and shopping centers. More information on the project can be found here.
Neighborhood Orientation & Refresher
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.
Polar Express Night at Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum
December 7th
5-8 pm
Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum
3975 N Miller Ave
The 2nd annual "Polar Express Night" is around the corner. Free to the public, the museum will be decorated for the holidays, Santa & Mrs. Claus will be in the Caboose, and the "Polar Express"
movie will be shown on the outside wall of the museum. Last year almost 800 people attended, and more are expected this year.
The museum is located in the industrial area between Flowing Wells High School and Flowing Wells Junior High School.
Visit the website at
City Wide Events
Black “Fur-Day”
November 29th
10 am-5 pm
Pima Animal Care Center
4000 N. Silverbell Road
On Black Friday this year you 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. 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.

Reid Park Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair
Saturday & Sunday
November 30th -December 1st
9 am-4 pm
Gene C. Reid Park
920 S. Concert Place (22nd Street and Country Club Road)
Park at Country Club/22nd

Start your holiday shopping at the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in Reid Park. This free event will draw in more than 160 vendors from all over the Southwest, ranging from artists, crafters, photographers, painters, potters, jewelers, and more. This fair has become a tradition for many holiday shoppers for more than 30 years.
Stroll through the park and visit artists with their colorful fused glass and mosaics, wind chimes, walking sticks, painted gourds, and teacup bird feeders. Discover an artist's original work in painting, photography, clay, wood and fiber. If you are looking for something cozy, this is the place for quilts, knit scarves and fragrant handmade soaps and lotions. Complement your holiday shopping list with the unique hand-painted sunglasses, handcrafted pens, stuffed toys, pet clothes, accessories, gourmet treats, and so much more. While enjoying the fair, be sure to stop for food and refreshments available for purchase from local vendors.
When: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Gene C. Reid Park, 920 S. Concert Place (22nd Street and Country Club Road)
Cost: Free
Contact: Call 520-791-4877 for more information
Visitors are encouraged to use the Concert Place entrance from Country Club Road for ample free parking.
25th Annual Parade of Lights and Festival
Saturday, November 30th
4:30 pm
Jácome Plaza
101 N. Stone Ave.
Free to the public

The Downtown Tucson Partnership is proud to announce the Mister Car Wash 25th Annual Parade of Lights & Festival! The Parade of Lights & Festival is Downtown Tucson’s premier holiday event, celebrating the spirit of the holiday season and Tucson’s unique culture.  The parade is Saturday, November 30, 2019.
Schedule for Saturday, November 30th
  • 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm Live Entertainment | Jácome Plaza
  • 5:30 pm Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony | Jácome Plaza
  • 6:30 pm Parade of Lights starts
  • 7:30 pm Dancing Under the Lights: Santa Pachita
Free Streetcar Rides – ALL DAY – Small Business Saturday – Shop Small
Did You Know...?
5 Minute Transportation Survey
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is conducting a survey to seek public input on guiding principles drafted by the RTA's Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC will consider the guiding principles as they identify projects to develop a future 20-year regional transportation plan.
The committee will be charged with weighing the value of regional benefits of proposed projects vs. the estimated construction costs to meet the budget. After the committee prepares a draft plan, they will continue to seek broad public input during the plan review process - prior to making a final recommendation to the RTA Board.
The current RTA plan and special taxing district's half-cent sales (excise) tax - both voter-approved in 2006 - will expire in June 2026.
Please complete the survey by Friday, December 13, 2019. Thank you!
December Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The City of Tucson's Environmental & General Services Department collects household hazardous waste on the first Saturday of every month at the Eastside Service Center at 7575 E Speedway Blvd. In December it will be on Saturday, December 7th from 8 am-12 pm.  When dropping off, be sure to turn north on Prudence Rd to enter drop-off site.
To see what you can bring for disposal and what you can't bring go here:
Items that you can dispose of include batteries, cleaning products and electronics.
If you bring batteries, please separate them out by type.
Please do not bring medical waste, dried paint, ammunition, explosives, or CRT monitors.
For more information go here:
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, December 5th, 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, the request by Thursday, November 28th.
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