Paul's Ward 3 News and Updates
Friday, October 23, 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
Cooler temperatures are here and so is your weekly Ward 3 newsletter. Week in, week out, we have a lot of information to share with you.
First off, a big invitation to Ward 3 neighbors to participate in our upcoming virtual series on improving ways for you to communicate among your neighbors and the rest of Tucson. We will offer ideas and suggestions on how to increase your working knowledge of social media and electronic newsletters. We will have presenters, experts in their work, to share their know-how. The first of these sessions is Thursday, October 29 and the second is November 12, followed by more into 2021. Registration is required. Spread the word!
We also invite you to participate in one of two virtual workshops to get to know the P-CHIP program, on Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. The P-CHIP, a public participatory budget tool, will create a plan to invest in our city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. With your input, the plan will direct funding for homeless services, housing and neighborhood enhancements.
Lastly we have updates on city park re-openings and improvements, and we introduce you to the new branch manager at the Woods Memorial Library and the city’s first Urban Forestry Program Manager.
Parks and Recreation Reopening
On September 28, the City opened medium-sized ramadas and outdoor fitness stations that had been closed since April due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can now reserve a small or medium ramada by calling (520) 791-4873 or visiting the EZEEreg.com.
Groups should keep to 10 or fewer, and people should stay 6 feet away from anyone they do not live with, stay home if feeling sick, and follow all other CDC guidelines to keep safe.
Also, keep in mind that playgrounds have also reopened. Now that the weather is more pleasant please enjoy the amenities, but please be safe and mask up.
Parks and Rec is also beginning the process of opening sports field for competition. We expect to be able to share more on that soon.
Tucson Delivers – Proposition 407: Parks + Connections
On November 6, 2018, the City of Tucson voters approved Proposition 407, a $225 million bond package for capital improvements through general obligation bonds. The program will be implemented in three phases; 2019-2022, 2023-2025, 2026-2028.
The bond funds will be dedicated to improve City parks amenities, like playgrounds, sports fields, pools, splash pads, and recreation centers as well as connections, such as pedestrian pathways, bicycle pathways, pedestrian, and bicycle safety.
We wanted to share with you some of the before and after pictures of the first round of completed projects. Shade structures were added over the playground at four Ward 3 parks.
La Madera Park:
Woods Memorial Library
Ask Em Lane, “What is your favorite book” and Em’s answer will be, “Super Fudge,” citing a popular children’s book and part of a series of “Fudge” books by author Judy Blume. Reading was one of Em’s first passions.
“I was always an avid reader,” Em said. “My parents and my grandmother read to me a lot.”
So where did the books and quiet time lead this avid reader to? Em is the new branch manager for Ward 3’s Woods Memorial Library. He started as manager on Oct. 5, the same month he started with the Pima County Public Library 12 years ago.
Em brings a passion for making books available and for creating a safe place accessible for everyone to get reliable and unbiased information. And Woods Memorial, 3455 N. First Ave. on the southwest corner with Prince Road, is that kind of place. People are coming to the library which practices COVID-prevention protocols. Patrons, after having their temperature taken and wipe their hands, can use the computers and check out books but cannot browse the stacks. During a visit this week, the library was also functioning as an early voting polling station as well as a place where voters could drive into the parking lot to drop off their ballots into a secure box.
Em began his “book” career in a bookshop while attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, earning a bachelor’s degree. Em returned to Tucson, where he grew up, and by 2012 graduated with a master’s degree in Library Science from the UA. After being hired by the library, Em worked at various branches, including Woods Memorial two years ago.
“I’m very familiar with Woods Memorial,” Em said.
Truth be told, Em began his “library” career as a kid while browsing the stacks and checking out books from the Nanini Library on North Shannon Road. That’s where the reading magic lived. But one day, as a young library patron, Em received a frightening official letter from the library. The letter said Em owed the library a fine.
That experience lead Em — and the Pima Public Library — to drop overdue fines for young patrons. The library is meant to share books. The library is intended for patrons, young and otherwise, to return to the library, not to keep them away, Em said
“I don’t ever want a kid to be afraid of the library. We try at the library to reduce barriers.”
The libraries are “fine free” for all patrons. Em said there are no late fees for overdue items. Items that are overdue by 30 days or more will be considered lost, and you will be billed for them. If you return the items, we will clear the bill from your account, and you will not have overdue fines.
Em and staff will continue the mission of welcoming patrons to the library. While the COVID pandemic has made the task difficult, it has created opportunities and innovations, Em said the circulation numbers remain high. Pima Public libraries have made it easy for people to check out books online, go to the library and be handed the book — or books. “You can get books quicker than before,” Em added.
And because of the pandemic, it appears that more people want books to soothe their anxieties or to understand the pandemic in historical and social terms or simple escapism from the worries of the virus. Whatever the reasons, Em said, “People want books more than ever.”
Pandemic or no pandemic, Em said keeping Woods Memorial open is critical. More than ever.
“It’s a real necessary resource.”
Public Health Update by the Numbers
6 - Pima County and the City of Tucson are operating six regular clinics where you can get a free COVID-19 test.
4 - Pima County and the City of Tucson are hosting 4 pop-up COVID-19 testing sites between now and November 4.
48 – On average your test results from the clinics mentioned above will be returned to you in under 48 hours.
1,500 – In Pima County an average of 1,500 COVID-19 tests are administered daily.
50% - Approximately 50% of all tests are occurring at Pima County and City of Tucson supported clinics.
70-75% - ICU bed use is between 70-75% in Pima County which is exactly where our public health experts think it needs to be.
.7% - In the last ten days (10/12-10/21) the UA has performed 7,846 tests for staff, faculty and students, with 57 positives or a percent of positivity of .7%.
.9% - Of those 7,846 tests performed by the UA in the last ten days, 3,716 were of off-campus students with a percent positive rate of .9%.
18 – On Monday, October 19 there were 18 positive cases related to K-12 classrooms.
50 – Events with more than 50 people in attendance require review by the Pima County Health Department.
1,000 – Local health providers are preparing for a COVID-19 vaccine in the future. TMC and Banner will be the first to receive and administer these vaccines that will be available to the public. Hospitals must be able to commit to serving 1,000 people per day.
7.4% - Pima County’s current positivity rate is low compared to much of Arizona. Pima County Health Department credits good access to testing, tracing and generally good adherence to social distancing for these more favorable rates. As Arizona sees these numbers tick up across all age groups, Pima County and City of Tucson residents must remain focused on following public health best practices.
80% - Public health officials state that we must achieve 80% mask adherence in public spaces for a population driven reduction of spread to be achieved.
Don’t forget to #MaskUpTucson and protect yourself and your neighbors.
First Urban Forestry Program Manager
The City of Tucson’s ambitious plan to plant a million trees by 2030 received a boost last week with the hiring of the first Urban Forestry Program Manager. Nicole Gillett will support the Tucson Million Trees initiative and lead the development of an ongoing urban forestry program for the City.
“In her role, Nicole will play a crucial part in executing the massive tree planting, green infrastructure and restorative ecology goals set by the recently passed Emergency Climate Declaration,” said Mayor Regina Romero, who made the tree planting a major initiative when she was elected last year.
Gillett will serve in the City Manager’s Office where she will develop and lead the tree-planting effort on public and private property. In addition, Gillett, who previously served as a Conservation Advocate for the Tucson Audubon Society, will lead in revamping the City’s policies, programs, and practices related to the growth, care, and maintenance of the City’s urban forest. The overall goal is to create a climate-resilient and sustainable community.
“I am looking forward to working with Nicole on the Tucson Million Trees initiative and ensuring heat-vulnerable communities and low-tree canopy neighborhoods are served through strong interdepartmental and community alliances,” the mayor said.
With Tucson’s urban growth has come what has become known as the urban heat island effect because of the increasing amount of concrete and asphalt, and a significant lack of shade trees to help cool us down. The urban growth has left Tucson as one of the fastest warming cities in the country. The impact on us, according to a UA report, is that increasing temperatures add to rising "energy demand, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness/mortality, and water quality. Its effects have broad implications for public health and urban planning.”
Moreover with sustained increased temperatures, the spread of the COVID-19 virus is made easier. Residents in mobile homes, many of which are located in Ward 3, have a harder time keeping cool because of the inadequacy of manufactured homes to sustain cooler temperatures. Increasing urban temperatures hurt low-income families who live in residences with insufficient insulation and cooling, don’t have money to improve their living conditions, or workers who toil outside. Many residents in Ward 3 have been negatively affected and will increasingly suffer from rising urban temperatures.
Read our next story about tree planting projects in Ward 3.
Tree Planting In Ward 3
While Mayor Regina Romero has established the goal of planting more trees in our neighborhoods, Council Member Paul Durham, Ward 3 neighbors and their partners have been improving the Ward’s green canopy. Trees for Tucson and the Watershed Management Group are two of Ward’s principal partners.
This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, there will be a tree planting party in the RillitoBend neighborhood along Allen Street, said Catlow Shipek, policy and technical director, and a founding member of Watershed Management. And on Nov. 7, North Dodge is scheduled for a tree planting project with Trees for Tucson, said Tucson Clean and Beautiful Executive Director Katie Gannon.
“In support of Mayor Romero's Tucson Million Trees initiative, Tucson Clean & Beautiful/Trees for Tucson is bringing together volunteers to help plant free desert shade trees in neighborhoods with tree canopy of 10% or less,” Katie said.
If you think your neighborhood qualifies and you'd like to help organize a planting event for your neighborhood with Trees for Tucson, please email TFT@treesfortucson.org. If you'd like to volunteer to help plant trees on a Saturday morning, you can check up upcoming events at: https://tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/events. Also residents can purchase, low cost, shade trees to plant.
In the Flowing Wells neighborhood, the Watershed Management Group has conducted a number of tree planting and water harvesting projects with the neighbors. A future project will be a street-side basin and tree planting in front of the Flowing Wells Middle School that will help shade a bus stop and sidewalk along La Cholla.
In addition, Watershed is spearheading a Build Your Own Basin (BYOB) and Plant a Tree effort through local schools and churches. The idea is to provide a BYOB kit at low or no cost following participation in an educational activity so students and residents can implement a rain garden and plant a tree at their own home.
“We are in the early stages of the BYOD process and it will be great to start at Flowing Wells and with Ward 3,” Joaquin Murrieta-Saldivar, cultural ecologist for Watershed. “There are also great opportunities to integrate and collaborate with the million trees strategy from the City of Tucson.”
Ward 3 is a valuable leader and partner for the mayor’s million-tree project. Ward residents are indispensable. If you would like to get your neighbors involved, email the Ward 3 office or call 791-4711 and we’ll help you get connected and started.
Pet of the Week
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is sharing 9-year-old Envy once more. Envy has unfortunately been waiting for her forever family since June 2020. This sweet girl is older and is overlooked by many adopters due to her age. She is also nervous and living in the kennel for prolonged periods of time is not soothing to this old girl. She loves people and will do best in a calm and predictable home.
How can you help Envy? If you aren't in a place to adopt please SHARE Envy's video with your friends and family. Together we will find her the home she deserves! To learn more about Envy please call 520-327-6088, ext. 173.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Limberlost Family Park
Limberlost and 4th Avenue
Please bring a chair and mask
Social distancing will be practiced
*Please email Ward 3 no later than noon the day before meeting for login information
Ft Lowell/Country Club Safety Meeting
Links for the November and December meetings will be posted to the JP list serve and home page of jeffersonpark.info
Central Segment Safety Coalition
Ward 3 Events
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.
Sessions will touch on social media, e-newsletters, COVID-19 compatible events and inclusivity. The first session of the series will be an overview and will include brainstorming an open dialogue and the second will be a tutorial and information session on conducting and hosting digital meetings.
Please register for the session you would like to attend by clicking the link below the date. We look forward to seeing you virtually!
City Wide Events
Halloween Drive-Thru Event
Tucson Rodeo Grounds
4825 S 6th
(enter at 3rd Avenue and Irvington)
The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation is hosting a drive-thru Rollin' Haunt event this Saturday.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Parks and Rec has had to cancel many of its popular fall events, including the Boo Bash.
This event will be filled with lots of Halloween treats, fun costumes and characters, and photo opportunities.
Families are encouraged to decorate their cars to add to the Halloween spirit. All children present in the vehicles will receive a candy bag with contactless pick-up as they exit the event.
All participants must remain in their vehicles at all times and be alert for the safety of all staff and other participants.
**WHILE SUPPLIES LAST**
2020 Veteran Resource Seminar For Arizona Veteran Entrepreneurs
In honor of Veteran’s Day, the SBA Arizona District Office is hosting a FREE webinar to discuss Special Veteran Services and Programs.
Starting your business – Business Development Plan
Financing Your Business
SBA Loan Clinics – Special two-hour training classes held the first Wednesday monthly, covering the SBA loan process, eligibility, and approved lenders.
Growing Your Business – Funding for expansion
Contracting Opportunities – Service Disabled & Veteran Owned Businesses
Counseling – Veteran Business Development Officer, SCORE, SBDC, Women’s Business Centers and Veterans Business Outreach Center
Prepare for the webinar by ensuring you have the system requirements to run Microsoft Teams. For assistance, please refer to the instructions in this article:
For further assistance, contact email@example.com
Did You Know?
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Join us as we support Emerge! In spreading the word about domestic violence in October. Check out this calendar with an opportunity every day to bring more awareness to domestic violence. The highlights for the coming week include a video series with Sistahs/Queens group on Wednesday.
Ward 3 Ballot Drop Off Sites
Voters can drop off their ballots at various locations throughout the city and county. Here are two sites convenient for Ward 3 residents.
Recorder's Main Office, 240 N. Stone Ave.
Oct. 26-30, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
Oct. 31, 9 am - 3 pm
Monday, Nov. 2, 8 am - 5 pm
Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N 1st Ave., between Prince and Ft. Lowell roads
Oct. 26-30, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 am - 5 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am - 7 pm
Oct. 31, 9 am - 3 pm
Nov. 8 am - 5 pm
Drive up to outdoor tent, stay in your car, staff will get your ballot from you.
Call 520-724-4330 with questions, do not call the sites.
Council Member Paul Durham is on Social Media!
Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMPaulDurham/
Follow us on Twitter: @CMPaul_Durham