Friday, October 25th, 2019
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
City Wide Events
Did You Know?
After over a year, the Council finally adopted a Tobacco 21 ordinance on a 6-1 vote on Tuesday. I’m so thankful for the positive feedback our office has received on the ordinance. We could not have done this without tremendous community support.
Most importantly, I’d like to thank the students who testified at the meeting asking us to adopt this policy to protect their health and their classmates’ health. Some of the students who were there Tuesday had testified before the Council all the way back in August of 2018 about this policy. The students have demonstrated incredible commitment and dedication, coming to stakeholder meetings and giving interviews to local news outlets. When I look at them, I see Arizona’s future leaders.
Students from three high schools, health care advocates and allies celebrate after Tuesday’s vote. Council Member Durham is not pictured because the council meeting went another half hour after the T21 vote!
The ordinance will take effect on January 1 of 2020. There will be an education period and then we’ll begin to hold retailers who sell to underage kids accountable. I’ve asked for a staff report after a year to gauge what effect our enforcement is having on retailers, so we can make tweaks if necessary.
There have been reasonable concerns raised that the Legislature might take away our authority to regulate tobacco- something I know that cities across the state would fight tooth and nail- so I was excited to see Governor Ducey’s response to our ordinance: “If the City of Tucson makes a decision to raise the smoking age to 21, who am I to argue?” As I’ve said all along: stopping kids smoking isn’t a partisan issue.
This week the Council discussed how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels for heating, cooling and lighting as well as to power appliances in residential and commercial buildings in the city. Mayor Rothschild and I had put this on the agenda to get a better idea of how we can increase energy efficiency and identify energy efficiency as a priority for the city.
Staff from the Planning and Development Services Department and the Energy Office did a great job of guiding us through different policy opportunities. Those included approaches to address existing aging buildings, new residential and commercial developments as well as our own city facilities. As a Council, it seemed clear that we understand that the biggest impact we can have currently is by finding ways to incentivize or require energy retrofits on existing buildings. The map below helps to demonstrate the need.
There are quite of few options aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions for existing, new and city-owned structures that staff will be investigating between now and February 2020. A few of them that I am particularly interested in include permit fee waivers, rebates and low-interest loans for residential energy retrofits. As you know, I’ve been a strong advocate for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from city-owned facilities and the recent energy fund, which I championed, will be a very helpful tool to get us there. We also have opportunities to improve our new housing stock by taking seriously a request from the City of Tucson’s Commission on Climate, Energy and Sustainability to approve an EV-ready ordinance.
On Tuesday, Mayor and Council provided guidance to staff to undergo an analysis that would weigh the abatement potential per dollar spent on a host of potential options. In addition to the cost/impact analysis, staff will be reaching out to stakeholders to ensure we are adopting policies that will work to both support green businesses and improve the economic opportunities in Tucson while significantly moving the dial on climate mitigation with the urgency it requires.
The Drawing Studio
I had the opportunity to meet with the leadership of and tour The Drawing Studio. The Drawing studio is a gem of Ward 3, located at Tucson Blvd and Glenn St. They offer art classes for various experience levels and a variety of mediums and also offer classes targeted towards youth. The studio offers a program combining movement along with visual art to help address trauma, call ArtMoves.
One of The Drawing Studio’s programs is MEET the ARTIST. A unique event designed to highlight an artist’s life and the impact their art has had within their community and beyond. Moderated by local artist, sculptor and Ward 3 neighborhood leader, Curt Brill, these events enrich the understanding of the featured artists and their inspirations.
The site also includes room to expand and the studio has graciously opened to host the neighborhood association meetings for their neighborhood, Campbell-Grant.
The Drawing studio was founded in the early 1990’s by a group led by Andrew Rush as a support system for artists and art students outside traditional institutions. The effort grew and in the year 2000 the organization incorporated as a non-profit. Until 2015 The Drawing Studio was located in various places in and around the downtown area. They are now the location of the former Ted’s Country Store.
I would encourage you to visit their website at https://thedrawingstudiotds.org/ to review all of the classes and programs that they have to offer.
Ocotillo Oracle Clean Up/Events this Saturday
I want to thank the amazing volunteers who came out to participate in the Ocotillo Oracle neighborhood clean-up last Saturday.
Volunteers get ready to head out as part of the neighborhood clean-up effort.
I also want to thank Tucson Clean and Beautiful and Graffiti Protective Coating for supporting the clean-up and express my gratitude to Pima Community College Downtown Campus for hosting the clean-up staging area and their Workforce Development Team for volunteering.
We had a great team of neighbors that were able to join forces to clear out overgrowth in their alley and we were able to introduce neighbors to each other through the process. That's what these activities are all about. I thank all of our partners for making this a successful neighborhood clean-up.
And lastly, I would like to remind you that this weekend my office is hosting two very important events. First, I hope you’ll come and join me bright and early over in the Amphi neighborhood for a clean-up. As always, wear long pants, bring a water bottle and sun protection.
The PACC Vaccination Clinic at Donna Liggins Recreation Center is also on Saturday.
Pima Animal Care Center is teaming up with my office and City of Tucson Parks and Recreation staff to help pet owners in need of vaccines and microchips. The free clinic will be held on October 26th at the Donna Liggins Rec Center. It begins at 8:30 am and continues until the first 300 animals have been served.
On a final note, next Thursday is Halloween. If you plan on celebrating the holiday, please be careful of your surroundings. If you’re driving, watch out for little ones dressed as the Joker and if you’re all costumed up, make you to look both ways before you cross any streets. Have a great weekend and a Happy Halloween!
- Paul D.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. My office has been partnering with Emerge to help bring attention to the issue and provide resources for you or someone you know who may be experiencing domestic violence.
Check out all of the different activities that have brought awareness to our community of the sometimes invisible, stigmatized and deadly issue of domestic violence. Even though October is coming to an end there are still ways that you can Paint Pima Purple.
Sarah Launius, Kristin Woodall, Matt Kopec, Council Member Durham and Nick Mahon PaintingPimaPurple on Wear Purple Day, October 24th, 2019
Have you become more aware by something you have seen or read here? If you would like to do more, Emerge will be hosting a Domestic Violence 101 workshop on Monday, October 28th. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to recognize domestic violence signs and how to provide support to those living with abuse. If you are thinking about attending Emerge asks that you RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pet of the Week
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is offering a discount on adoption fees through the end of October. Not that you can put a price on unconditional love from a pet, but if you head over to HSSAZ by Halloween that price will be cut in half. That’s a screaming deal.
This is Pawl. He is a two year old Dachshund mix. He weighs ten pounds which is surprising because his heart is the size of Texas. He doesn’t want to freak anyone out but he thinks he just saw a ghost down the hall.
If you would like to come down to meet Pawl and explain to him how Halloween works, or would just like to find out more about him, call HSSA at (520) 327-6088 ext.173 or head right over to 635 W Roger Rd. Remember, his adoption fees are half off until Thursday.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Meeting Room
1510 E Grant Rd
Richland Heights East Annual Meeting
1990 E Prince Rd
Thrive in the 05 Community Conversation : Balboa Heights, Coronado Heights and Ocotillo Oracle Neightborhoods
Marty Birdman Center
2536 N Castro Ave
San Ignacio Yaqui
Pascua Neighborhood Center
785 W Sahuaro
St. Francis Shelter
601 E Ft Lowell Rd
Ward 3 Events
Haunted Ruins Rising – A Retro Experience at Valley of the Moon Don't miss out - Last weekend!
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. A band of mortal pilgrims will embark on an adventure throughout the Haunted Ruins. Join the search for the Golden Key to Happiness. Includes access to an area formerly closed to the public for decades.
You can buy tickets here: https://valley-of-the-moon.yapsody.com/event/index/467556/haunted-ruins-rising-a-retro-experience?fbclid=IwAR3TsMmzz2gL4Yhn1Z1nN5V_29xdTTH2fja9lVT2mzpdLLwuFeOcDNl0UQA
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
Members& Children 7 and under: Free
Wednesday, October 30th the Directors Cut will be performed and there will be a special, behind the stage show and tour. Admission: $20.00
For more information go to www.tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com.
#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 cleanup 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 and Movie in the Park.
PACC Vaccination and Microchip Clinic
8:30 am *Note time correction
Donna Liggins Center
2160 N 6th Ave
“The community wants these types of events,” said Director of Animal Services, Kristen Hassen-Auerbach. “We’ve seen huge turnouts at every vaccine and microchip clinic we have put together. Pet owners will often line up hours before they start.”
PACC will be giving free rabies vaccines, DHPP/FRCP vaccines, microchips, flea/tick medicine, and dewormer. A licensed veterinarian will be administering the vaccines. There is no set limit on the number of pets a single family can bring, but remember that dogs must be on leashes and cats need to be in carriers marked with the owner’s name, the cat’s name, and owner’s phone number.
“I’m excited to partner with PACC and the staff at the Donna Liggins Center to bring this free clinic to Ward 3,” said Council Member Paul Durham. “For the health of your pet and our community, I hope you’ll stop by and take advantage of the services PACC has put together.”
The outreach is part of the shelter’s ongoing efforts to support pet ownership in the community. Last year, the shelter licensed 80,687 pets and provided a total of 2,650 free microchips to Pima County residents at 100 outreach events.
Ribbon Cutting for New Silverbell Pump & Treat Facility
Silverbell Golf Course
3600 N Silverbell Rd
NW Corner of Parking Lot
I would like to join the City of Tucson’s Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) and Tucson Water in extending an invitation for the public to attend the ribbon cutting for the new Silverbell Pump & Treat Facility in Ward 3, and to celebrate the City’s newest water remediation facility that will help our community become more sustainable.
The site is located at 3600 N Silverbell Rd (by the Silverbell Golf Course). It features two Granular Activated Carbon units that will treat 1.4 million gallons of water a day contaminated by the closed Silverbell Landfill. Supporting infrastructure will pump this highly treated groundwater to Tucson Water’s nearby Sweetwater Recharge Facility for future use as reclaimed water for irrigation of parks and medians.
Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Kendra Hall at email@example.com.
Sugar Hill Happy Halloween Party
House of Screams
2150 N 4th Ave #5101
Open to the Parkside Neighbors
Thrive in the 05 Fall Fest & Resource Fair
10 am-1 pm
Nash Elementary School
515 W Kelso St
THRIVE in the 05 is a place-based, community-driven collaboration between Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction, Choice Neighborhoods, and Workforce & Economic Development projects in the Oracle Road and Miracle Mile area of the 85705 zip code. It is led by ASU School of Social Work's Office of Community Health, Engagement and Resiliency, City of Tucson Housing & Community Development, and Pima Community College.
THRIVE in the 05 Surveyor Training
October 30th November 5th
9-11 am 5:30-7:30 pm
ASU School of Social Work TPD Westside Police Station
340 N Commerce Park Loop 1310 W Miracle Mile
Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer for THRIVE in the 05? Do you want to gain or practice your research skills? Join the THRIVE team in an effort to survey households in the THRIVE in the 05 community.
Please RSVP and apply online or contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 884-5507 ext. 20609.
Must be 18 or older to survey; bilingual volunteers are especially needed.
Learn more and read the latest news at www.thriveinthe05.com.
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Open Studio Tours is coming to Ward 3
November 2nd & 3rd
10 am-5 pm
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. With two weekends of tours available, 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 digital map provided at ost.artsfoundtucson.org.
Plan to attend and support these 19 artists working and creating in Ward 3:
Alexandra Berger Clamons
More information about each artist listed 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
2000N 4th Ave
City Wide Events
Cyclovia en la Doce
9 am-3 pm
Cyclovia Tucson returns to South 12th Avenue this Sunday. It will extend from the Julian Wash Archeological Park at The Loop (West 39th Street and South 12th Avenue) to Mission Manor Park just south of Drexel Road. Cyclovia en la Doce provides 3.75 miles of car-free streets for you, your friends and family to explore unique neighborhoods, business districts, parks, schools, community treasures, delicious food and live music.
La Doce is the longest route to date, double the length of previous Cyclovia routes. Don’t know where to begin? Join the fun anywhere along the route. Use the free Cyclovia app to plan your fun by viewing a map of the route, a list of all the activities and entertainment, play Cinco for prizes and listen to the Herm & DJ Alias Cyclovia Spotify playlist.
If you do have to drive during the event, remember that roads will be closed off to vehicles. Beginning Sunday morning at approximately 7 am until 4 pm the following road closures will be in effect:
South 12th Avenue from 39th Street to West Veterans Boulevard
West Veterans Boulevard from South 12th Avenue to S. Liberty Avenue
South Liberty Avenue from West Veterans Boulevard to West Palmdale Street
West Palmdale Street from South Liberty Avenue to South 12th Avenue
South 12th Avenue from West Palmdale Street to West Mossman Street
TRRG Plan Update Meeting
10 - 11:30 am
Sentinel Building, First Floor
N. Commerce Park Loop off of N. Bonita
Rebecca Roupp will present on updating neighborhood and area plans.
8th Annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival
11 am-4 pm
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.
There are over 50 exhibitors committed to being at the Festival. Click here for a list of the great variety that you can plan on experiencing.
For more information, visit the Festival website www.envisiontucsonsustainable.org, and on Facebook at Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival for up-to-date details.
It’s not too late to volunteer. Especially for you early birds, before the Festival opens, to help with set-up and help exhibitors get set up. You can sign up on the website here, or to sign up, get more information or with questions, contact Paula at email@example.com.
Tucson Firefighters Chili Cook Off
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.
El Grupo Fall Fondo
Register today for the Fall Fondo and empower youth through bicycling.
You can also make a difference today by designating your Arizona Charitable Tax Credit to El Grupo
to support Fall programming.
For more information go to the El Grupo website.
Taste of the Desert Festival
10 am-2 pm
The Garden Kitchen
2205 S 4th Ave
Did You Know...?
Spotlight on Rivers
Screening of the Documentary Film Viva la Verde
The Screening Room
127 E Congress St
Arizona Rivers support precious habitat and groundwater supplies. The Verde River in Yavapai County is one of the most extensive remaining valley rivers which flow year round. In addition to providing important resource value, the Verde River is a destination for birders and kayakers and is respected and prized by many Arizonans.
Viva la Verde is a conservation film about the Verde River. Prior to the start of the film, local music duo, Febbo Fuentes, will present a program of river songs. Short intermissions during the film will feature presentations by filmmaker Hugh Denno, Jon Fuller, author of Verde River Elegy and Evan Canfield, project lead for the joint Pima County and Sonoran Institute leadership project “A Living River” which restores and monitors habitat ecosystems on the lower Santa Cruz River.
Denno’s goal is to empower audiences to take action that will ensure a healthy future for the Verde River and other southwestern rivers by utilizing practical strategies for water conservation. At every stage of its development, Viva la Verde has proven to be a very effective tool that successfully communicates the significance of our water resource choices and the precarious state of southwestern desert rivers. Denno will be in Tucson November 4 through 8, if there is an opportunity for a live interview about his efforts to promote watershed health in Arizona.
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United Way Volunteer Opportunity
Every year, United Way of Tucson recruits and trains volunteers to help local families prepare their taxes for free. For many clients served through United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), their tax refund is the biggest check they'll receive all year or a financial lifeline that helps them stretch their monthly budgets a bit further. United Way of Tucson is looking for volunteers to join their team this season.
VITA volunteers serve in a variety of ways including tax preparer, Spanish interpreter, greeter/document screener and intake specialist. No previous tax preparation experience necessary. United Way trains all volunteers and staff is available throughout the season to help you along the way.
To find out more and to sign up to attend an upcoming (October-December) orientation go to www.unitedwaytucson.org/joinvita. You can also contact United Way's volunteer manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call United Way at 520-903-9000 and tell the operator you want to learn more about volunteering with VITA.
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.
Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMPaulDurham/
Follow us on Twitter: @CMPaul_Durham