Pauls Note: Friday, November 6, 2020

Paul's Ward 3 News and Updates
Friday, November 6, 2020
News and Updates
Pet of the Week                 
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
City Wide Events
Did You Know?
Ward 3 News and Updates

We know many of you have been waiting anxiously for news that will significantly effect our community. Luckily for you, we've got some great updates and Ward 3 spotlights for you this week (just kidding--we know you join us with anticipation for the outcome of the election). However, herein you'll find a much-loved Ward 3 Gem at S&K Market, updates on important climate change mitigation policies, traffic calming opportunities for neighbors, rental assistance and recycling. We also have information on how to register for the next two sessions of our neighborhood communication and engagement series and all the great community events happening in Ward 3 and beyond. 

As you carry-on with life over the coming week, please continue to be smart, safe and compassionate.

Ward 3 Gem
There is a large, colorful mural on the wall of S&K Market in the Miracle Manor neighborhood. It is a 10-year-old iconic mural with various representative images of the rich history of this small niche in Ward 3. But more than a mural, it was a seed that helped launch Tucson’s mural movement over the recent years.
“This mural...initiated the city-wide mural movement. When we started almost nobody wanted murals,” said Michael Schwartz, the mural artist whose name is painted in the lower left corner on the north-facing wall of the market at 2520 N. 15th Ave. But really, he added, the mural’s creators were many people, young and old, from the neighborhood. The mural emerged from an extensive intergenerational, after-school series of workshops and interviews.
“People voted on every single element in that mural. The neighbors literally cast ballots,” he said. “I acted as the lead artist and painted their mural.”
At the core of the mural is more than paint on a brick wall. It is about community engagement and cultural development, and building community identity in the neighborhood bounded by Miracle Mile on the north, Grant Road on the south, Oracle on the east and Fairview on the west.
The mural project began in early September 2009. It was one of five demonstration art projects sponsored by the Tucson Arts Brigade. The Miracle Manor Neighborhood Association proposed the mural and it was developed and created in collaboration with the Youth Empowerment Services Network. It was completed in April 2010.
The images in the mural include the sign for the Ghost Ranch and Lodge Restaurant, whose sign was designed by artist Georgia O’Keefe and El Rey, both which represent the smattering of small motor lodges that had sprung up on Miracle Mile and Oracle Road, the northern entrance to Tucson, before the coming of the freeway. There is John Wayne on the big screen of the now-gone Biltmore/Miracle Mile Drive-in theater and E. C. Nash Elementary School, opened in 1960 and named after the first superintendent of the Amphitheater School District. And there is a neighbor looking out from her window admiring the birds, a rabbit, oranges on a tree, flowers. The image is reflective of the area’s early rural character. The mural is topped off with fluffy bunny-shaped clouds soaring above purple mountains and a radiating sky.
"Back in the late 1940s and early '50s when the neighborhood was being developed, residents who still lived here from that time offered up information for the history of the neighborhood," said Marsha Quinn, in a story in the Arizona Daily Star, published on Oct. 22, 2012. Quinn, a neighborhood resident who was involved in the mural project, added, "We really wanted to have the mural be meaningful to the neighborhood, and the seniors really had a lot of input."
Some of those neighbors involved in the project were Henry and Alicia Garcia, Sandi Mittelstaedt, Mickey Ethington, Dee Brunner, Gene Dickens, Mario Gonzalez, Oscar Bojorquez, Kathy Johnson, according to the Daily Star story.
The project’s history and creation is collected in this internet site.
For Chankiry Chhang, owner of the S&K Market for the past 17 years, the mural has been nothing but positive.
“It was better than a blank wall,” he said as he admired the mural Thursday afternoon. He has had no problems with graffiti on the mural. He said that people from outside the neighborhood come to the store to admire it and take photos of the mural. “Everybody comes,” he said. “It makes me feel proud.”
Blue Bin Refresher Course
With the holidays coming up, the amount of trash and recyclable items goes up. There are more packages and wrapping paper, more bottles and cans, more of everything it seems like. This is a good time to remind everyone about what to put in your trash bins and what to put in your blue recycle bins.
Our friends at the Environmental and General Services Department produce videos for its Facebook page to help residents understand the importance of separating trash and recyclable materials. When trash is put in the recycle bins it creates disposal problems and adds to the cost of the process. Environmental Services estimates that 30 percent of what people put in the blue recycle bins is trash.
When you toss recyclable glass, cardboard and paper into the trash, that adds extra waste and shortens the lifespan of the landfill. Here is a partial list of what you can recycle: plastic bottles, jugs and containers (look for the recycle symbol on the bottom), corrugated cardboard, newspaper, paperboard, magazines and catalogs, steel, aluminum and tin cans, and printing and writing paper.
Remember to rinse recyclable cans, containers, jars and bottles, and DO NOT put plastic grocery and garbage bags in your blue barrel — EVER!
Here is a useful list of recyclables. Print it out and put it somewhere as a reminder.
Please use your blue or the large recycle bins at selected places around town. And if you observe someone throwing in contaminated material into a blue bin, don’t hesitate to report it to Environmental Services at 791-3171.
Someone recently polluted a large blue bin at Mansfield Park. This dirt and green waste is not recyclable.
And coming soon, the department is teaming up with Tucson Clean and Beautiful to host a collection event that will kick off America Recycles Week. The event is Nov. 14, from 9 am to 1 pm, in the parking lot at 4004 S. Park Ave. The event is free.
At the event, crews will be collecting electronic waste, documents for shredding, and textiles. The event is a contactless, drive-thru event and masks are required. People dropping off items for recycling/shredding will be asked to stay in their vehicle, and a volunteer will take the items. We’ll have more information in next week’s newsletter.
Neighborhood Webinar Series
The Ward 3 office is hosting a series of webinars designed to help neighborhoods and their associations build capacity and functionality in a world where the games have changed due to COVID-19.
We had a great first session of our neighborhood series. We hope to have the video posted soon. Thank you to everyone that came out and participated. We really enjoyed “seeing” and hearing everyone.
Sessions will touch on social media, e-newsletters, COVID-19 compatible events and inclusivity. The first session of the series was an overview of the series. The second will provide best practices and a tutorial on conducting and hosting digital meetings.
The second session is Thursday, November 12 at 5:30 pm. You can register for that here.
Our third session will feature stories of success from Tucson neighborhoods who have successfully used communication to engage with their neighbors. You can register for that session here.
Rental/Utility Assistance
In last week’s newsletter we provided instructions on how households could protect themselves against eviction if they have suffered a loss of income or increase in expenses related to COVID-19. In order to do so, households must demonstrate that they have sought rental assistance. This week we will share some of the paths available to seek assistance.
Pima County’s Community Action Agency is administering both Pima County and State of Arizona Cares Act dollars for rental assistance and eviction prevention. If you are falling behind on your bills, don’t wait to seek out assistance. Funding for the program is set to expire on Nov. 30. Both tenant and landlord/property owner must complete an application and submit the required documentation. The program allows landlords, property owners, or tenants to initiate the application process online at the link below or by calling (831) 292-4308 or apply online.

Eviction Prevention funds are also available through the City of Tucson. These funds become available for individuals who are actively in the eviction process. Referrals of specific households facing eviction come from the Pima County Constables during the five-day notice that they provide to residents. To be eligible, households must be experiencing a loss of income or increase in costs related to COVID-19.

Mortgage assistance is also available through the City of Tucson to assist homeowners within city limits who are behind on their mortgages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Homeowners must have a pre-foreclosure notice or a foreclosure scheduled. The program provides $3,000-$5,000 per homeowner to assist in mortgage payments. Payments will be verified and paid directly to the mortgage loan servicer and will include fees incurred due to nonpayment of mortgages. These funds are only available until Dec. 31, and income limits apply. Call (520) 318-0993 (ext. 114), or email for more information and eligibility requirements.
We will continue to bring you updates on additional resources available to households and small businesses in future newsletters—including the many non-profits who are providing one-time FEMA assistance for utilities and rent.
Speed Humps
On Tuesday, Mayor and Council took action to permanently implement the neighborhood speed hump pilot program. This program allows neighborhoods to access deeply subsidized speed humps. Here's how it works: Each of the six City of Tucson Wards will have access to 5 speed humps annually at $500 each. Speed humps cost the City of Tucson $5,000 each. Mayor and Council took action to make this a permanent program and, therefore, make traffic calming more accessible to more neighborhoods.
Council Member Durham has been a strong advocate for this program and we are eager to work with Ward 3 neighborhoods to participate. For Ward 3 neighborhoods, please contact your representative in the Ward 3 office so we can begin to identify the needs for speed humps in the Ward 3. We will work with the neighborhoods to prioritize the order of speed humps being installed based on safety concerns and will work with our neighborhoods with less resources to make sure you are not locked out of participating in the program.
Arizona Moves Toward 100% Carbon-Free Energy by 2050
In all the election news, a very important Arizona policy decision was largely missed: the Arizona Corporation Commission finally took action requiring that Arizona utilities reach 100% carbon-free energy by 2050 and that 50% of that energy come from renewable sources by 2030. This is a critical step to ensuring that Arizonans are able to mitigate climate change.
Council Member Durham worked with Mayor Romero earlier this year to pass a resolution calling on the ACC to take this important step. More recently he and Mayor Romero championed the passage of the City of Tucson’s Climate Emergency Declaration. This Declaration was also shared with the Corporation Commissioners to further encourage them to act swiftly. Congratulations to the Commissioners for taking this critical step.
Pet of the Week
Pomfry and Sprout are bonded sisters at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. They are Lionhead rabbits which is a breed that can resemble a lion or sometimes sport New Wave hair do’s. Because they are bonded these two girls should be adopted together. To find out more about how to bring these two cuties home go to the HSSAZ  website and while you’re there fill out an adoption application.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Sugar Hill Mansfield Park Meet Up
November 8
4-6 pm
SE Corner Mansfield Park
(Near Community Garden)
North Dodge
November 9
6-7 pm
Alvernon Grant Initiative
November 10
6-7 pm
If you would like to attend the November Zoom AGI meeting, send an email to
No later than Tues. Nov. 10, at noon.
Ward 3 Events
Lend A Hand Plant Sale
Saturday & Sunday
November 7-8
1544 E Copper
8 am-12 pm
Lend A Hand is hosting a desert plant, cactus and succulent sale in the SAMOS neighborhood. All proceeds go to keeping the Lend A Hand work going.   
Lend A Hand is a nonprofit network of volunteers who assist seniors by providing services that help them remain independent and age in place. For more information you can go to their website here.
Tree Planting: North Dodge Neighborhood
November 7
9 am
Copenhagen Showroom
South Parking Lot
3660 E. Fort Lowell Rd
Help increase our city’s tree canopy and build strong communities by volunteering to plant trees! Tree planting is fun for all ages, and volunteers always leave with a sense of accomplishment knowing they’ve had an impact that lasts generations. Please wear close-toed shoes and bring along a refillable water bottle (to reduce plastic waste). They will supply all necessary tools, gloves, and filtered drinking water.
Safe Shift Estate Sale
November 14
2801 E. Grant Rd.
One day estate sale
One Day Estate Sale of Patty Vallance, who quietly served Tucson and the fire-service community as a volunteer, supporter and behind-the-scenes fundraiser for various non-profit organizations.
The Greater Tucson Fire Foundation’s mission is to assess and respond to unmet needs of the greater Tucson firefighter community by facilitating access to health and wellness resources while recognizing firefighting culture and heritage.
Live Theater Workshop Drive-In Theater
November 6-15
7pm Friday & Saturday
5pm Sunday
About the venue: The show will be performed on our outdoor drive-In stage and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car while tuning into the LTW radio station—or you can wear masks and tailgate or sit in lawn chairs in front of your car—in the new LTW theatre campus parking lot at 3322 E. Fort Lowell Rd. in Tucson. Enjoy pre-ordered snacks, too!
City Wide Events
Turkey Trot Grab 'n Go Bag
November 10
9-10 am
Randolph Recreation Center
200 S. Alvernon Way
Come and pick up a fun activity bag from Tucson Parks and Recreation on Nov. 10 from 9-10 am (or until the grab bags are gone) at Randolph Recreation Center. The bags are best for ages 3-6. Parents can drive up to the East parking lot by bldg. 2 beginning at 9 am. Please stay in your car and wear a mask.
60 available, first-come, first served.
For questions call 520-837-8130
Drags for Paws
November 14
Screening Room
127 E. Congress
Enjoy this all ages show featuring 15 outstanding performers! Seats are limited so don't wait to purchase your $20 tickets to see this show live. Proceeds from this show we will be donated to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona! If you choose not to attend the live show to see 15+ outstanding performers and special guests, you can stream LIVE for FREE at
Did You Know?
VITA is going virtual. 
In tax season 2019, amid Covid-19, United Way of Tucson partnered with the non-profit organization Code For America to facilitate VITA through their web-based platform, Get Your Refund ( They will continue to use this platform to serve VITA taxpayers in a safe and accessible way while maintaining the structure of the traditional VITA process.
VITA needs volunteers, so if you or someone you know would like to help taxpayers who use VITA services this is the opportunity for you to help out. No experience is necessary, VITA will provide all of the training and you can volunteer online from home. Go to the VITA website to volunteer today.
Samos Resident Authors Book on Tucson History
Interesting but little-known stories of the small settlement on the banks of the Santa Cruz River are contained in a new book: Historic Tales of Territorial Tucson 1854-1912 written by David Devine.
The book is now on sale. You can now get a copy for less than the list price of $21.99, while also making a contribution to the Samos Neighborhood Association. If you order directly from the author, he will contribute a portion of the sale to the Samos Neighborhood Association.
If you have questions or would like to order a book, contact Dave Devine at 325-2108 or
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