Paul's Note: Friday, October 11th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, October 11th, 2019
Paul’s Note
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
City Wide Events
Did You Know?
Paul’s Note
PSE Archery
I’ll bet that you didn’t know that some of the best bows used by target shooters and hunters around the world are manufactured right here in Ward 3. This week I had the opportunity to tour PSE Archery, which is celebrating its 50th year in business manufacturing bows and archery equipment. They were founded in Illinois but moved to Tucson in 1982, where they’ve been located on Fairview ever since.
They employ more than 160 people in Tucson at a 27 acre facility that includes high tech manufacturing, corporate office space, a target range and a pro shop. PSE Archery was founded by Pete Shepley, who was an engineer by training but had a passion for archery. Fifty years later, he’s still CEO and they are the largest privately-owned archery equipment manufacturer in the United States.
Council Member Durham and PSE Archery CEO Pete Shepley hold some of the latest models for sale at their pro shop.
The facility is very impressive. They manufacture almost all their products in-house and in Tucson. Like a lot of business owners I meet with, the talked about the difficulty of finding skilled labor like machinists. On the tour, I was joined by Teresa Noon who heads PCC’s workforce development efforts in the 85705 zip code through our Thrive in the ’05 team. It’s critical that PCC, along with JTED and UA, graduate students with skills employers need to place them. I’m hopeful that PCC can be a future partner with PSE to help get more local community college students employed in high-skill jobs after graduation.
At their corporate headquarters on Fairview, they operate a pro shop with a kids summer camp, archery lessons from a world-class instructor and private venue space. You can learn more about what PSE is all about at
Randolph North Golf Course
Some of you have probably heard that a recent Mayor and Council meeting had an agenda item in executive session about the possibility of the City of Tucson partnering with the University of Arizona to upgrade the Randolph North golf course. The usual purpose of an executive session item is for the Mayor and Council to receive legal advice. While by law I can’t go into too much detail, I can tell you we received preliminary information on what a potential partnership would entail. After the executive session the Mayor and Council passed a motion offered by Council Member Cunningham that included this language:
“Randolph North, including any redeveloped version of Randolph North, must remain an affordable public municipal golf course. Any and all improvements to Randolph North shall be for the purpose of establishing a world-class municipal golf facility that provides for an NCAA and professional tour-quality golf experience for the public and for the UA Golf program.”
I want to add that I will be an advocate for ensuring that any changes that may occur go through a public process and that all stakeholders get a chance weigh in. The potential partnership with the U of A to upgrade and modernize the golf course, while reducing turf and water consumption, is exciting, but I will also be looking to make sure that any changes are also in the best interests of the City.
Solar Energy Update
This week the Council discussed a myriad of solar initiatives at the request of Mayor Rothschild and me. We asked staff to come with some ideas about how the City of Tucson can make solar more accessible in the community, as well as additional opportunities for the City of Tucson to develop even more solar generation as we rely more heavily on renewable energy for city operations.
We identified some additional approaches and we’re having a follow up to this conversation at the next meeting on October 22nd with staff from the Planning Development Services Department. I anticipate we will probably see more activity in the coming months. I’ll be sharing more about that in future newsletters. I do, however, want to provide a quick update on the current solar installation efforts.
As you may recall, one of my first actions as a Council Member was to propel the City of Tucson to install solar photovoltaic systems throughout TEP jurisdiction before then continuing into TRICO territory. We are nearly finished with the installations in the TEP service area. This summer an additional nine sites were completed.
The nine sites were:
• El Pueblo Park (195 kW) with 82 covered parking spaces
• Randolph Center (269 kW) with 79 covered parking spaces
• Public Safety Training Academy (324 kW) with 264 covered parking spaces
• Westside Substation (620 kW) with 256 covered parking spaces
• Fire 20 (77 kW) with 26 covered parking spaces
• Ward 1 (10 kW) with three covered parking spaces
• SunVan (365 kW) with 145 covered parking spaces
• Crime Lab (784 kW) with 268 covered parking spaces
• Clements Center (491 kW) with 180 covered parking spaces

Currently, eight projects are underway. These include:

• Archer Recreation Center
• TOPSC Bldg 10 (517 kW)
• TOPSC Bldg 6 & 7 (236 kW)
• Fire 21 (50 kW)
• Ward 3 (13 kW)
• Ward 2a (15 kW)
• Ward 2b (15 kW)
• Ward 6 (14.5 kW)
I'm very pleased that we have added 3.2 MW since the beginning of the summer just from those nine completed projects. When we are all finished, we will have added solar generation at 46 sites and 13.7 MW within TEP jurisdiction. Next, we will work on developing our TRICO service area sites, and you'll see more about that in future newsletters as well. My personal goal is to get the City of Tucson to run on 100% renewable energy.
-Paul D.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We’re partnering with Emerge to help raise awareness to the issue and the resources available if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence.
Emerge is sharing stories about domestic abuse that often go untold every week this October. You can read this week’s story and other information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month here. This week, Emerge is highlighting the sometimes invisible issue of domestic violence victims dying by suicide. They also have tips for the friends and families of victims of domestic violence to provide support for those who may be suffering from depression. It’s important to know warning signs and where to turn for help.
Keep an eye out for more updates, including Wear Purple Day on October 24th.
Pet of the Week
Harley Quinn
October 26th is National Pit Bull Awareness Day. What can you do to raise Pit Bull awareness? Become a Pit Bull owner and be an ambassador for the breed. What does that look like? Correct myths and misinformation when you hear it. At any opportunity, inform and educate . Showing the world that gorgeous pit bull smile. Be a responsible owner.

Harley Quinn, or Harley for short, would love to help you become an ambassador for Pit Bulls! She is a beautiful example of a Pit Bull and showing off that Pit Bull smile will be easy with her walking by your side. Harley has been with Pima Animal Care Center since December 2018. She is currently in foster care, and her caretakers report that she is “super fun!”
Make a difference in this girl’s life, get ready to meet your new best friend and email to learn more about Harley to set up a meet & greet.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Keeling Desert Park cleanup
October 12th
8 am
Keeling Desert Park
245 E Glenn
October 15th
6:30-8 pm
Salpointe High School
1545 E Copper St
Miracle Manor
October 16th
6-7 pm
Good News Church
701 W Glenn
Flowing Wells
October 17th
6-8 pm
Ellie Towne Center
1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
Ward 3 Events
Haunted Ruins Rising – A Retro Experience at Valley of the Moon
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the end of October
Valley of the Moon
2544 East Allen Street
Tours start every 20 minutes.
Fridays: 6:00 pm, last tour begins 8:20pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 5:00 pm, last tour begins at 8:20pm
Adults: $10.00
Students: $5.00
Members& Children 7 and under: Free
Sunday, October 13th American Sign Language Student Interpreters will be available.
Wednesday, October 30th the Directors Cut will be performed and there will be a special, behind the stage show and tour. Admission: $20.00

Travel back in time as we journey through the enchanted land of Valley of the Moon in this play that was originally performed in 1976 and is now being presented by an all-volunteer cast and crew of Valley of the Moon. A band of mortal pilgrims will embark on an adventure tour throughout the Haunted Ruins. Join them as they search for the Golden Key to Happiness and learn the value of kindness. Includes access to an area formerly closed to the public for decades.
More information at
Ocotillo Oracle Clean Up
October 19th
8:30 am
Meet in Pima Community College Downtown Campus Parking Lot (next to Drachman) for coffee, snacks, tools and team assignments.

For more information or to RSVP call Sarah Launius at the Ward 3 office, 520-791-4711.
Community Hate Crimes Forum
October 19th
10 am-12 pm
Come out and join the TPD detectives in the Street Crimes Interdiction Unit. SCIU investigates hate and bias crimes. On October 19th the squad will be having a Hate Crimes Presentation. They will review local laws and how they handle these crimes.
Once the presentation is over the detectives will open the floor to the audience and answer questions or concerns about these issues in the community.
This is the first of what will become a series of different presentations on hate and bias presented throughout the city. This event is open to anyone in the community who is interested. Attendance for this presentation requires registration at the following link:
FYI: There will not be discussion of any current or ongoing cases.
BICAS 30th Anniversary Party
October 19th
6-10 pm
2001 N 7th Ave
Come celebrate 30 years in Tucson with BICAS with food, music, art and history.
#WeAreAmphiCoalition Neighborhood Events
Come to Literacy Connects at 200 E Yavapai for any or all of the events planned on Saturday, October 26th. Join your neighbors in a neighborhood clean up that will begin at 8 am. This will be followed by a Resource Fair at 10:30 am, and then at 5 you can head over to Amphi Neighborhood Park at 510 E Navajo Rd  for the Amphi Neighborhood Spooktacular.

City Wide Events
Palo Verde Zombie Walk 2019
October 12th
4-6:30 pm
Palo verde Park
425 S Mann
“Bullying & Workplace Bullying” Free Talk
October 13th
1:30-2 pm
The Screening Room
127 E Congress St
Bullying is a repeated, health-harming mistreatment and is a violent scourge in our society. Have you been bullied? Chances are someone you know has. You’re invited to a free talk about the signs of bullying and what you can do to stop it.
Follow the links below for more information:
Boo Bash at Lincoln Park
October 19th
4-7 pm
Lincoln Park soccer fields
4325 S Pantano Rd
Parking available at William M. Clements Center, 8155 E Poinciana Drive, and Pima Community College – East Campus

Tucson Parks and Recreation and Pima Community College East Campus present Boo Bash at Lincoln Park, a fun-filled night of tricks and treats. Come enjoy carnival games, trunk-or-treat, a costume parade and more. The costume parade will begin at 6:30 pm.
This event is free and open to the public.  
Special thanks to the sponsors who helped make this event possible including Pyramid Federal Credit Union, Pima Community College, Fast Med, Barbizon, Whataburger and Macaroni Kid.
Food will be available for purchase from these vendors: Cody Coyote Kettle Corn, Gernoimo’s Revenge, Bemo’s Ol’ Joe’s and Pin-Up Pastries.
For more information, visit the event Facebook page Boo Bash
El Grupo Fall Fondo
October 27th

Register today for the Fall Fondo and empower youth through bicycling.
You can also make a difference today by designating your Arizona Charitiable Tax Credit to El Grupo
to support Fall programming. Click here to donate today.
For more information go to the El Grupo website.
Youth On Their Own First Ever Fall Brunch 2019
November 3rd
10 am-1 pm
Charro Vida
7109 N Oracle Rd

8th Annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival
October 26th
11 am-4 pm
Armory Park
221 S 6th
Celebrate Tucson’s sustainable community at this free, family-friendly event, showcasing organizations and companies building a resilient future in our beautiful desert Southwest.
Attendees can plan on finding ways to get involved personally and to share ideas and experiences. There’ll be information-packed short talks on key resilience topics, and lots of opportunities to learn about sustainable practices that you can put into action in your own home and the community. Topics will include gardening, composting, water harvesting, recycling, solar for the home, localizing our economy, living in harmony with urban wildlife and much more.
For more information, visit the Festival website, and on Facebook at Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival for up-to-date details.
Tucson Firefighters Chili Cook Off
October 26th
10 am-8 pm
Reid Park Bandshell
900 S. Randolph Way

This event is open to the public, it is a free event with food and beverage for purchase. There will be live music all day, a kidzone with sponsors handing out candy to trick or treaters, kids and adult costume contests with amazing prizes, plenty of fun all day as well as 24 themed chili booths build and run by the regions firefighters. It is all kicked off with a super-hero themed fun run for the Greater Purpose Project.
Did You Know...?
Check Your Mailbox For Your General Election Ballot
The Tucson City Clerk's Office mailed ballots to voters yesterday for the vote-by-mail City of Tucson general election on November 5th. The deadline for voters to return their voted ballots by mail is Oct. 30, to allow enough time for them to arrive by Election Day. Meanwhile, some voting locations will be open to cast or drop off ballots in person on Election Day. Voters will be selecting candidates for mayor, Tucson City Council offices in Wards 1, 2, and 4, and deciding the fates of a couple of ballot propositions.
City Clerk's Office - Elections:
The Choice is Yours publicity pamphlet (PDF):
Tucson Police Department Halloween Costume Drive
Please donate gently used Halloween costumes by October 25th
Drop off is at Operations Division West
1310 W Miracle Mile

Cyclovia Tucson: Call for Volunteers
Cyclovia Tucson will return to South 12th Avenue with ¡Cyclovia en La Doce! on Sunday, Oct. 27. Started in 2010, Cyclovia gives people from all over Tucson the chance to enjoy great weather, see neighbors, friends, and get a little exercise – all on city streets that will be closed to car traffic and open to walkers, joggers, cyclists, skaters and all other forms of people-powered movement. Intersection volunteers are needed to help reroute traffic and residents away from the event. Sign up for a morning (8:30 a.m.-noon) or afternoon (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) shift. Groups of six or more can work with Tucson Police and Tucson Transportation departments to manage the flow of Cyclovia traffic at busier intersections. There are also other opportunities to get involved and help out at the links below.
Volunteer sign-up:
Cyclovia Tucson:
College Access Services Available to Students, Families, and School Counselors

Check out the new services available through the Regional College Access Center:
  1. Live Chat at RCAC: The Virtual College Advising service is available! We have 4 college interns who are serving as Virtual College Advisors and they are available to chat on Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  1. College Days at RCAC: Effective, Friday, October 5, we will provide space for Pima, UA, NAU, ASU to have advising hours at the RCAC.
  1. FAFSA Frenzy: The 2020-2021 FAFSA is open and we are out in the schools helping counselors with FAFSA nights. In addition, Gina is offering FAFSA workshops to high school counselors to help train more people on the FAFSA completion and verification processes; and we have individual appointments available for the various circumstances that need special attention.
  1. Advise AZ AmeriCorps: We have two college students serving as AmeriCorps members to support the RCAC’s outreach work in the schools and community.
  1. AZ Serve AmeriCorps: We have 25 high school seniors who are serving as Peer College Coaches helping their peers complete college admission applications, provide information on FAFSA completion, Scholarship Searches, and in the spring, will be providing information on college next steps.
Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum

The Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum is a volunteer run non-profit organization located in Ward 3.  The museum has been in its current location, 3975 N Miller Ave, since 2001.
The GPD Museum has an open house on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from September through May. Admission is free to the public. Donations are accepted and sales from the gift and hobby shop cover expenses.
Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual "Polar Express Night" on Saturday, December 7th, 5-8 pm. 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 there were close to 800 guests, and more are expected this year.
Check out their website at to learn more and plan your visit!
Tucson Clean & Beautiful To Host E-Waste Collection
October 12th
8:00-11:00 am
The Episcopal Church of St Matthew’s
9071 E Old Spanish Trail
Directions: Enter on Blacksburg
Please follow signage for exiting on to Old Spanish Trail
Items that will be accepted:
Christmas lights
Computers - remove hard drives if you wish to keep, Laptops, Monitors, Printers, Network cards, Routers, Hard Drives, Floppy and CD - ROM Drives, Copiers, Fax Machines, Telephones, Test equipment, Wire and Cable, Power Supplies, Circuit Boards, Video Game Equipment, Calculators, Typewriters, Stereo Equipment, Printer Cartridges, Credit Card Machines, Flat screen televisions, Microwaves, etc. (No large, appliances accepted)
CRT televisions collected for $20.00 fee.
Cell Phones being collected for Emerge
For more information please call 520-791-5000 or
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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