Paul's Note: Friday, November 8th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, November 8th, 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
 
Election Results
 
Thank you to everyone who participated in the democratic process and most especially to all the candidates who threw their hat in the ring. Congratulations to Mayor-elect Romero, Council Members-elect Santa Cruz and Lee and to my returning colleague Council Member Cunningham. I look forward to working with all of them to continue to move Tucson forward.
 
Proposition 205 failed at the ballot box by a significant margin. As I told many groups, both before and during the Prop 205 campaign: my door is always open to anyone who has ideas on how we can better project the rights and safety of all members of our community, regardless of immigration status. Our commitment- and my commitment- to welcome refugees, asylum seekers, DACA recipients, undocumented families and anyone else seeking to make a better life in Tucson continues.
 
Also on Tuesday, Mayor and Council salary increases were defeated. I wasn’t holding my breath. The Charter mandates that we explore salaries every two years so it is likely that you’ll be hearing more about that issue in 2021.
 
In news you may not have noticed, Flowing Wells and Amphi School districts passed their overrides by large margins! Kudos to both districts. Unfortunately, the Sunnyside School District override was defeated by a narrow margin.
 
Medical Respite Center
 
Last week I had the great pleasure to attend the community campaign kickoff by the Catholic Diocese of Tucson to build a medical respite center for the homeless. The event was held at the Jewish Community Center. The current plan is to build a $5.2 million 15,000 square feet center for men and women on the campus of the El Rio Cherrybell Health Center near 22nd Street and Kino Parkway. The respite center is slated to open in February 2021.
 

A rendering of the proposed medical respite center, which will be located at the El Rio Cherrybell Health Center.
 
Catholic Community Services and El Rio Health Center are partnering to move this project forward. The programmatic role this center is designed to fill is to provide a safe place for people to recover from surgeries, illnesses and injuries that would otherwise have nowhere to go. The respite center will provide a safe and sanitary environment for individuals to help prevent secondary infections, reoccurring treatment and readmission to hospitals. Housing and other wrap around services will be available for patients at this pet-friendly facility.
 

 
Council Member Paul Durham and Most Reverend Gerald Kicanas, Bishop Emeritus of Tucson.
 
Bishop Emeritus Gerald Kicanas began working on this project years ago. A 32-member community task force was formed that included leaders from area shelters, veterans’ groups, health insurers and various Tucson neighborhoods. The task force concluded that nearly 1,500 homeless adults each year failed to receive appropriate follow-up care. This respite center is designed to help fill that need in our community and keep vulnerable people safe, healthy and out of emergency rooms. The average length of stay in the center is expected to be 30-45 days, with about 350 patients a year. 
 
PACC Vaccine Clinic
 
In late October, I had the opportunity to partner with the Pima Animal Care Center to bring a fantastic event to Ward 3’s Donna Liggins Center. PACC holds free vaccine and microchip clinics a few times a year and it is always angling to find spaces that can hold several hundred pets at once.  My office is lucky enough to work with the Donna Liggins Center in the Sugar Hill Neighborhood, and with their help we decided DLC was an ideal location. The center’s staff was very welcoming, despite several hundred pets taking over half the center for the morning.
 
 
Council Member Durham and Council Aide Kristin Woodall pose with the superstar PACC staff.
 
About 400 cats and dogs showed up and at one point the line snaked around the parking lot. The professional, gracious staff at PACC did a great job keeping things moving. Pet owners were treated to several vaccines for cats and dogs, a look over by the vet team, microchips and collars, all at no cost. My two cats, Tux and Rudy, both got updated shots and microchips!
 

 
Council Member Durham and his cat Tux prepare to get vaccines and a microchip from PACC staff.
 
The PACC clinic was one of the most fun events I’ve been a part of since I’ve been on the Council. Many thanks to our fantastic Parks and Rec staff, the Pima Animal Care Center staff and volunteers and everyone who came out to the event. We hope to bring this event back to Ward 3 next year- stay tuned.
 
Sugar Hill Block Party
 

 
One of many murals in and of the Sugar Hill neighborhood.
 
This Saturday, November 9th from 4-7pm, I'll have the pleasure of joining the Sugar Hill Coalition and the Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association for a block party at Mansfield Park. This has turned into a great annual event and this year residents will not only enjoy each other’s company but they’ll also get to enjoy the Arizona Mustang Cruisers car show, the Pima County Library bus, enjoy KC style BBQ by Tee & Cee and participate in activities from BICAS and TPD as well as performances by local artists. In this final category, I understand Mayor Rothschild will be reading his poetry on the stage. I’m looking forward to celebrating with residents of Sugar Hill this Saturday. Please join me.
 
Veterans Day
 
The Ward 3 office will be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day. I hope you’ll take a moment to thank those who served and those who continue to serve. Have a great holiday weekend.
 
- Paul D.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Bella Trix
 
National Black Cat Day, which falls on November 17th, is rapidly approaching so making Bella Trix the Ward 3 Pet of the Week was a no brainer. National Black Cat Day is celebrated to decrease the stigma that stems from the myth that black cats are bad luck. That myth is said to contribute to the historically low adoption rate of black cats. It must not be working because according to a poll taken by users of the app SKOUT a majority of people weighing in believe that black cats are actually good luck. In addition to fewer people believing black cats are bad luck, 75% of the respondents who identified as cat owners said that they have currently or in the past owned a black cat. Of those same 75% of cat owners, all of them said they would adopt a black cat again.
 

 
Bella Trix came in to Pima Animal Care Center just last week. She is a fluffy medium hair gal who weighs in at over 12 ½ pounds. She is only 1 ½ years old and cats at that age, while they may be considered full grown in size, still have many kitten-like qualities.
 
The Domestic Medium Hair breed is a good match for first-time cat owners, any cat loving family and families with children and other pets. This breed is known to be active, playful, energetic and docile which contributes to their adaptability.
 
Click here to find out more information on how to bring this gorgeous golden-eyed girl home with you in time to celebrate National Black Cat Day next weekend.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
 
Keeling Desert Park Clean Up
Saturday
November 9th
8-10 am
Keeling Desert Park
245 E Glenn St
 
Alvernon Grant Initiative
Tuesday
November 12th
6-7 pm
Emmanuel Church
1825 N Alvernon Way
 
Friends of Marty Birdman
Wednesday
November 13th
5:30-6:30 pm
Marty Birdman Center
 
Miracle Manor
Wednesday
November 13th
6-7 pm
Good News Church
701 W Glenn St
 
Amphi
Thursday
November 14th
6:30-7:30 pm
St. Francis Shelter
601 East Fort Lowell Road
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
MOUNTAIN-FIRST NEIGHBORHOOD’S 4TH ANNUAL PORCH FEST
Sunday
November 10th  
1-4 pm
 

 
A: 1061 E Alta Vista
1-2 pm Andrea Eckhart Gypsy inspired originals, guitar and electric viola
2-3 pm Joe Peña duo Rock, blues—of Greyhound Soul
3-4 pm Dakota Williams and the Message Original Gritty Rock with a sixties tinge
 
B: 1111 E Mitchell St KIDS PORCH !
1-1:30 pm & 2-2:30 pm Bruce Phillips Children’s musician and entertainer
 
C: 2671 N Santa Rita Ave
1-2:30 pm Dash Pocket Americana band that has been together and playing around Tucson for 10 yrs
2:30-4 pm The Enchanters Original and traditional chants from around the world set to rocking tunes
 
D: 2651 N Santa Rita Ave
1-2:30 pm Moonshine Old-timey string band music
2:30-4 pm Mesquite Shade Classic rock harmonies
 
E: 2666 N Fremont
1-2:30 pm The Speedway Brothers Semi-acoustic playing country & oldies with a bluegrass slant
2:30-4 pm Dan Mangas Band Acoustic country rock with a few classic rock and originals
 
F: 2601 N Fremont
1-2:30 pm Impromptu Mixture of classic rock, from 60-70's (Tom Petty, style)
2:30-4  pmMethod to the Madness Alt-rock 4 piece; classic to alt-fusion with gypsy, Spanish and blues
 
G: 2563 N Santa Rita Ave
1-2:30 pm Kristie Cunningham: Singer. Songwriter. Snappy dresser. Smart aleck. Performing a mix of genre-crossing originals and covers
2:30-4 pm Jimi O’Odham Classic rock and blues guitar “sounds of the southwest”
 

 
Food: Black Market BBQ, EnjoyaBowls and Frozen
Delight - food trucks in Mitchell Park (Center)
Drinks: Come grab a cold one at the tent in the park
Toilets: Located at 1010 E Mitchell, next to porch C
 
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Open Studio Tours is continuing in Ward 3
South Tour
November 9th & 10th
10 am-5 pm
 
Open Studio Tours is a free, self-guided tour presented by the Arts Foundation that gives the public a peek inside the creative work spaces of artists from various disciplines. Artists working in Ward 3 will be featured during both the North and South Tours. Visitors are able to see the skill and creativity that goes into work being created in their own neighborhoods. The hope is that visitors will discover artists and map out their own tour of open studios using the fantastic interactive digital map that can be found here: ost.artsfoundtucson.org.
 
Plan to attend and support the artists working and creating in Ward 3. More information about each artist can be found here: ost.artsfoundtucson.org
 
Follow this link to view the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/828858767533060/
 
Sugar Hill Block Party 2
Saturday
November 9th
4-7 pm
Mansfield Park
2000N 4th Ave
 

 
#WeAreAmphi Resident & Coalition Meeting
Monday
November 18th
4-6 pm
Literacy Connects
200 E Yavapai Rd
 

 
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City Wide Events
 
Pima Community College Thanksgiving Food Basket Donation Opportunity
 

 
The Pima Community College (PCC) SSE210 Community Organization & Development Fall Semester class, in collaboration with the PCC Foundation and the PCC Aztec Resource Center and Food Pantry (ARC) is proud to host the inaugural Thanksgiving Food Basket Giveaway on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the PCC West Campus in Tucson, Arizona. This event will support PCC students who currently utilize the ARC food pantry during the holiday season.
 
We are asking our community to consider making a tax deductible donation or adopt a Pima student and their family for $25 this Thanksgiving. Donations may be made with a credit card online at: http://www.pimafoundation.org/aztec-resource-program/
Why donate to the PCC Thanksgiving Food Basket Giveaway?
• 56% of Community College students are food insecure.
• 52% of Community College students are housing insecure.
• The ARC program serves over 500 PCC students each month at the West and Desert Vista Campus locations.
• The ARC program provides over 1200 pounds of food (with a value of $2000) and at least 150 hygiene and household items (valued at over $750) to PCC students every month.
• Donations to the ARC program provide direct support to PCC students through the efforts of student volunteers and staff/faculty.
• 100% of funds raised will go directly to provide food for PCC students and their families.
 
Donate to ARC today through the PCC Foundation with a credit card online at: http://www.pimafoundation.org/aztec-resource-program/ or by calling (520) 206-4646 or by check made payable to the PCC Foundation with Memo “ARC Program-Thanksgiving.”
 
Thank you for your generosity and for supporting the Social Services Community Organization & Development class and the ARC Food Pantry!

Contact Rachael Lord, SSE Faculty, with any questions or concerns rlord@pima.edu.

 
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Did You Know...?
 
Veterans Day Holiday Trash & Recycling Collection
 
Trash and recycling will not be collected on November 11th, 2019 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their collection delayed by one day. The Los Reales Landfill will be open.
 
Holiday collection schedules are available online at www.tucsonaz.gov/es or if you have a smartphone, download the free Recycle Coach™ App to have access to all collection schedules.
 
City offices will be closed on Monday, November 11th; however, customers may leave a message for Customer Service at 791-3171 or submit a service request at www.tucsonaz.gov/esd and they will be contacted no later than the next business day. Customer Service will also be available on Saturday, November 16th from 8 am-3 pm.
 
Remember to make sure your blue barrels have no plastic bags, food waste, or yard waste inside, but only clean recyclable material. To see a list of what we accept go to www.tucsonaz.gov/recycle
 
City Vendor Cleans Bus Stops
 
Advision, a vendor under contract with the City of Tucson, is responsible for making sure bus stops are clean and maintained. There are more than 1,700 Sun Tran bus stops in the service area and Advision is responsible for power washing (when necessary) and removing litter, including cigarette butts. If you see overflowing trash cans, litter, bugs, vandalism, graffiti, or homeless camps at a bus stop, call (520) 292-6200 to report the location. You can also email cmarino@advisionoutdoor.com or dbrowne@advisionoutdoor.com and include pictures if you wish.
 
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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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