Paul's Note: Friday, November 30th, 2018

Paul’s Note
Friday, November 30th, 2018
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Events
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
City-Wide Events
Did You Know?
Paul’s Note
Fallen Marshall
On Thursday evening, U.S. Deputy Marshall Chase White was killed in the line of duty in Ward 3. He was serving a felony warrant when the suspect shot and killed him. Tucson Police and other law enforcement officials responded and the suspect is now in custody. The investigation, conducted by TPD and other law enforcement agencies, is on-going, but we know that over the past few months the suspect had repeatedly threatened violence against TPD officers and others.
My heart breaks for Marshall White, his wife and children and the entire law enforcement community. Every day a TPD or any law enforcement officer puts on the uniform they take a risk and we should not forget that. I’m grateful for the men and women in uniform in our town, but especially today for those who persist in the face of this tragedy. Flags are at half-mast at Ward 3 and across Arizona in Chase White’s honor today.

Old Pueblo Trolley and Transit Museum
I had the opportunity to tour the Old Pueblo Trolley and Transit Museum this week.  Gene Caywood, President & CEO, was gracious enough to show me around all of the displays, the museum and the machine shop. The Transit Museum has buses and streetcars that served Tucsonans going back to the early 20th century. One component of the museum’s mission that I was excited to see is the program to bring in students to get hands on experience restoring and refurbishing buses, which gives them skills going forward. It is clear that the Old Pueblo Trolley and Transit Museum is a labor of love and I would encourage you to experience it for yourself. The address is 250 E. 36th Street and their website is

Council Member Durham with Gene Caywood, President & CEO.
Sugar Hill: Where life is sweet

The Arizona Daily Star’s November 24, 2018 column by Ernesto Portillo.
While I knew it was coming, I was still pleased to read Ernesto’s piece this last Sunday on the Sugar Hill neighbors and their neighborhood association. Our regular readers know that Sugar Hill residents voted to change their official neighborhood association name from Northwest to Sugar Hill in October.
Read Neto’s column to learn more about how Sugar Hill neighbors are charting new paths together that draw on their collective histories.
Choice Neighborhoods Gears Up
This past Wednesday and Thursday, my staff and I attended multiple meetings with representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as they conducted a site visit. If you missed my previous newsletter item on Choice you can find it here.
We are just gearing up and the response from residents has been positive. On Wednesday evening I joined many of you for the first community stakeholder meeting. We learned about the neighborhood, housing and education transformation teams and started to identify some areas of commonly identified strengths and opportunities.
As shown in the map below, Choice Neighborhoods focus area is bounded by Speedway Boulevard on the south, Stone Avenue on the east, Miracle Mile on the north and I-10 on the west. note that the area includes the eastern side of Stone Ave. and the northern side of Miracle Mile.

There will be many more of these meetings and I encourage residents in the Choice area to be involved. While the grant supports us in developing a plan, we also have money to invest in neighborhood improvements starting in late 2019 and into 2020. These projects will be identified through sessions like the one that was held on Wednesday. Stay tuned here for future announcements.

Alison Miller and Council Member Paul Durham.
Additionally, I recommend that you learn the face of our new Choice Neighborhood Lead Planner, Alison Miller, pictured above. If you live in the Choice Neighborhoods focus area, you will want to know Alison and my Council Aide, Sarah Launius. Each of them is available to help you get involved in the project. And as the process continues, we will ask you to get involved. 
Expanding Passive Water Harvesting at Ward 3 Office
I know the term for basins and berms to catch rainfall is “passive water harvesting.” It didn’t feel very passive this morning as I and staff from the Ward 3 office worked with Watershed Management Group and volunteers to dig basins and create berms to catch rainfall to support existing and new plants.
We’re not done yet, and I’ll provide a more complete report next week. Essentially, we’re expanding the passive water harvesting from the south side of the building to the north side along Grant Road.
Unfortunately, we encountered caliche when digging one of the basins and had to use a jackhammer to get through it. I don’t have caliche where I live, so this was my first experience with it. Now I understand why everyone hates it so much.

Emma Stahl-Wert and Council Member Durham 

- Paul D.
Pet of the Week
Mac is a young Domestic Shorthair tabby male and just one of many pets at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona waiting to be adopted.
Did you know that all orange cats are tabbies? Mac shares his good looks with the likes of Morris, Garfield, Tigger and Hobbes. Like them, Mac can be gregarious and will make a great companion for the lucky person who comes to HSSA to take him home. He is great with both cats and dogs!
For more information on how to adopt Mac visit the HSSA website. 
Ward 3 Events: 
Monterey Court Holiday Artisans Fair
December 19th
10 am-4 pm
Monterey Court
505 W Miracle Mile

Free photos with Santa
December 15th
9 am-12 pm
935 W Grant Rd
Gingerbread Build
December 8th
10-11:30 am or 12-1:30 pm
Brother Johns
1801 N Stone Ave
Build a gingerbread house and support Habitat for Humanity!

Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Rillito Bend Annual Meeting
December 1st
10 am-12 pm
Northminster Presbyterian Church
2450 E Fort Lowell Rd
Barrio Blue Moon
December 2nd
2-3 pm
Esquer Park
1331 N 14th Ave
Country Glenn
December 2nd
5:30-6:30 pm
The Drawing Studio
2760 N Tucson Blvd
Sugar Hill
December 5th
6-7 pm
Donna Liggins Center
2160 N 6th Ave
December 6th
St. Luke’s
615 E Adams St
City-Wide Events:
Arizona National Guard Muster
December 2nd
9 am-3 pm
Kino Veteran’s Memorial Stadium

The men and women of the Arizona National Guard will assemble at the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium to honor the service and sacrifice of all Arizona veterans and pay tribute to the 100-year anniversary of the end of WWI. Muster is a time-honored National Guard tradition that dates back to 1936 when America’s first colonial militia assembled in Salem, Massachusetts to culminate their years of service fighting overseas.
The Arizona National Guard has brought back the tradition, which they plan to host every four years as a community event. They are inviting the public to join us for this rally and formation, free of charge, and stay to enjoy the vendor expo, live music, car and motorcycle show, military and public service static displays, family activities and a flyover.
Improved Brush & Bulky Collection Program to Make Tucson cleaner and Safer
December 5th
5:30-7:30 pm
William M. Clements Recreation Center
8155 E. Poinciana Drive
The City of Tucson’s popular Brush & Bulky collection program is about to get better!
Some of you have already attended the presentation about Brush & Bulky Plus. For those that have not, find out more about what’s coming with Brush & Bulky Plus starting in 2019 by attending the last of three community meet-ups that the Environmental Services department will hold along with Tucson police, fire, transportation, water and Tucson Clean & Beautiful on Wednesday, December 5th.
This meeting will provide the opportunity for residents to learn about services being added to help make Tucson neighborhoods cleaner and safer – and help our City team better understand what needs attention in your neighborhood.
Did You Know...?
The next Mayor and Council meeting will be on Tuesday, December 4th. Regular session starts at 5:30 pm following an afternoon study session. There is always a short call to the audience before the business portion of the meeting. Council chambers are located downtown at 255 W Alameda. The agendas for the meetings are posted online at
Senior Olympic Festival Registration Underway
Tucson Parks and Recreation presents the 35th annual Senior Olympic Festival, January 7th-February 3rd at several venues throughout Tucson. The festival is a celebration to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older. Some of the events include volleyball, bowling, bridge, racquetball, basketball shoot, pickle ball, archery, golf, tennis, horseshoes, badminton and more.
Entry fees vary by event. You can register (link below) through January 4th. More than 2,000 people are expected to participate in the competition.
Senior Olympic Festival registration:
Senior Olympic Festival:
Tucson Parks and Recreation: 12 video of Senior Olympic Festival:
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