Pauls Note: Friday, September 11, 2020

Paul's Ward 3 News and Updates
Friday, September 11, 2020
News and Updates
Pet of the Week                 
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
Did You Know?
Ward 3 News and Updates
The Ward 3 team has prepared this newsletter for you today on my behalf. Given the holiday weekend, it’s shorter but still a substantive newsletter. Before getting into important updates on the recent Census 2020 developments, the recent passage of the Climate Emergency Declaration and the upcoming Ward 3 Voter Registration Drive-Thru event, I want to share a statement I sent yesterday to my colleagues on Mayor and Council.
Dear Colleagues,
I write to inform you that I will step back from my duties on a temporary basis starting immediately. I do so in order to recover from a recent injury and to ensure that I can properly support my husband, who is undergoing aggressive treatment for terminal cancer.
This has been a challenging time for both of us. Thank you for the support that you have offered to our family.
In the meantime, my office will continue to be available to each of you and Ward 3 constituents.
Paul Durham
Tucson City Council, Ward 3
I will stay connected with my office staff even during this temporary leave to ensure that issues important to the Ward and my constituents will be addressed. In the coming weeks, please continue to follow these weekly updates from my staff and feel free to reach out with any issues that you need help with (, 520-791-4711).
Register to Vote or Update Your Registration
Please join the Ward 3 team next Saturday at the Donna Liggins Center for our Voter Registration Drive-Thru.
We have special procedures in place to limit contact and keep you safe. Please come and join us and let your friends, family and neighbors know. Need a reminder or an easy way to share the event with others? Access our Facebook event here.
Climate Emergency Declaration
We made history! On Tuesday Mayor and Council unanimously adopted the Climate Emergency Declaration that Council Member Durham and Mayor Regina Romero, championed to improve our city’s environmental sustainability into the future.
The declaration sets a goal of carbon neutrality by 2030 and commits the city to creating and putting to work a 10-year Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. A key component is that our plan will focus on equity and fairness with an emphasis on the most vulnerable in our city -- people of color, Indigenous communities, low-income individuals and families, our neighbors with disabilities, and the unhoused. All too often these groups of residents are disproportionately hurt by the negative health consequences of climate change.
“With record-breaking temperatures, increasingly dry summers, and historic wildfires, the need to act boldly to combat climate change and build resiliency in our city has never been more apparent,” Mayor Romero said. “My gratitude goes to young members of our community from the Arizona Climate Coalition and Sunrise Tucson who have led on this issue and approached me at the beginning of the year on the need to declare a climate emergency.”
Photo courtesy of the Arizona Daily Star
The climate declaration is ambitious as it is bold. It puts our city on a road to improved quality of life and increased jobs that come with upping our climate infrastructure. Our move will align the city’s efforts with the Paris Agreement and the Green New Deal, and direct all municipal departments to prioritize climate and sustainability solutions that are focused on residents.
Some of those priorities include using more efficiently locally produced energy, conserving water, a massive tree-planting program to give our air greater “lung capacity,” reduce use of fossil fuels and to incorporate green infrastructure in designing buildings, home and landscaping.
To do nothing will have dire consequences, said Diana Liverman, a Regents Professor in the School of Geography, Development & Environment at the UA, a leading climate change researcher, and member of the UN Earth Commission.
She told the City Council at its meeting that key research has found the globe is warming including our region. The impacts are already very serious with heat waves, fires, water scarcity, droughts, crop losses and damage to wildlife and forests.
She said that “even half a degree more of warming will significantly increase the damage from climate change and undermine development and economies around the world.”
Tucson and Phoenix were the third- and fourth-fastest-warming cities in the United States over the past 48 years, an analysis of weather data by Climate Central. Tucson was among 10 cities whose average annual temperatures rose more than 4 degrees over that period.
Another speaker, Kyle Kline, a student at the University of Arizona and an organizer with Arizona Youth Climate Coalition, urged the council to take action. The climate crisis affects everyone and Tucson’s communities of color are impacted the most, he said.
“Youth across the globe made a claim for our future,” he said.
Liverman said that research and lived experiences show that marginal groups are hurt more. They live in more vulnerable areas and rarely included in the decision-making process.
She also told the Council that increasingly businesses realize that climate change will harm businesses. The business community understand that climate change is a risk to their operations and they know there are opportunities if they adapt to sustainable practices.
The action on Tuesday is critical step forward. But it is just a first step toward establishing resiliency and realistic goals which we will take seriously. The city has the capacity and capabilities to work toward an equitable and far-reaching climate plan which will benefit us all.
Census 2020
We’re coming down to the wire, Ward 3. If you and anyone you know have not participated in the Census 2020 count, please do so. It’s important, in many ways, for you, for your family, for your community. For every person counted in the Census, that means more federal money, which are the dollars you pay in taxes, comes back to Tucson. That money will pay for much needed public services and public education.
Census workers are knocking on doors asking people who did not respond earlier to fill out the Census. But you don’t have to wait for that knock on your door. You can do your part by filling out the Census on your mobile phone, computer or tablet. It is safe and secure and easy by calling 1-844-330-2020 or go online at
So far an estimated 63 percent of Tucson residents have responded on their own. We don’t yet the percentage of residents that are being contacted by Census workers who have until Sept. 30 to complete the count.
Now you may read or heard news reports that a lawsuit was filed against the federal government to extend the counting beyond September 30. The plaintiffs who sought the extension included the Navajo Nation, the Gila River Indian Community, civil rights groups, individuals, and local governments.
A federal judge did issue a temporary restraining order until a court hearing is held on Sept. 17th. At that time, the judge will consider the plaintiffs' request for a court order that would require the Trump administration to continue counting through the end of October.
Mayor Regina Romero and the Tucson City Council have expressed support for a full, fair, and accurate census count. Moving the deadline back to October 31 would assist those efforts in Tucson and across Arizona, said Andrew Greenhill, the city’s Intergovernmental Relations Manager.
But friends, we cannot afford to wait for the outcome of the lawsuit or for a Census worker to ring the doorbell. It’s important to be counted now and you can by calling the telephone number above or going to the website. Your neighborhood and community are counting on you.
Pet of the Week
Besides reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation, especially during a worldwide quarantine, pets provide many health benefits including reducing stress. Guinea pigs make great pets for those of you who don’t have a lot of space for a larger animal.
Take Berry and Chocolate. They are besties and would be happy to keep you company! If you could take them both together they could give you double the fun!
To meet these to cuties, log on to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s website or call the shelter at (520) 327-6088. 
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Keeling Desert Park Cleanup
September 12
8 am
245 E Glenn St
September 15
6:30-8 pm
Zoom – email for link
Ward 3 Events
Voter Registration Drive Thru
September 19
9-11 am
Donna Liggins Center at Mansfield Park
2160 N 6th Ave
Did You Know?
Mask Donation Site
The Ward 3 Council office is now a donation site for Tucson Mask Share. Tucson Mask Share is an organization of donors distributing masks to partners that serve people who cannot shelter-in-place because they are accessing public services or living in homelessness.
You can donate masks Monday-Friday from 10 am-3 pm or call 520-791-4711 to make arrangements to drop off your donations.
Council Member Paul Durham is on Social Media!
Ward 3 has Facebook and Twitter pages so you can keep up with the 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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