Friday, September 27th, 2019
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
City Wide Events
Did You Know?
This last weekend I was excited to attend an information session hosted by the Tucson Department of Transportation about the Treat Ave and Third Street bike boulevards. The projects use neighborhood streets to expand our citywide low-stress biking network by creating north/south and east/west routes to jobs, neighborhood destinations, schools, and parks.
Attendees of the info session were treated to a mobile bike repair clinic and ice cream while they talked with TDOT staff about the project.
These projects are identified in the City of Tucson Bicycle Boulevard Master Plan
and funded by Proposition 407
, a bond package approved by voters to fund improvements to parks and construction of new bicycle and pedestrian routes. The goal of bicycle boulevards is to create safe infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists, calm traffic and provide safe road crossings.
The project team seeking input about the designs elements as these projects go to design and construction. TDOT is hosting a few more information sessions along the route and there is also a survey option. There are two more meeting scheduled at Himmel Park, 1000 N Tucson Blvd on October 5th
and Swanway Park 4800 E 1st St on October 19th
.Please visit this link to learn more https://3rd-treat-bike-boulevards-cotgis.hub.arcgis.com/
As you have likely figured out, Tucson is often looked to as a model for smart water conservation and management. One of the main approaches that drives how Tucson Water and Mayor and Council can think more holistically about water resources and management is a concept known as “One Water.”
Earlier this week I received a very nice definition from our team who is working on the One Water elements of our forthcoming long-term plan for Tucson Water. That definition is:
One Water is an integrated planning and implementation approach to managing finite water resources for long-term resilience and reliability meeting both community and ecosystem needs.
Undergirding the One Water approach are notions of equity, climate resilience and inclusionary planning and governance. Our recent creation of the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Fee and Fund is a very good example of a One Water approach. I have written a good deal about that and encourage you to read our 9/6/19
newsletters for more detail.
Sarah Launius, a Council Aide in my office, and I have been working through what additional opportunities the One Water approach could hold for Tucson. Last week, Sarah participated in the One Water 2019 Summit hosted by the US Water Alliance in Austin, Texas. As part of the Tucson delegation, Sarah joined employees from Tucson Water, Tucson Department of Transportation, the City Manager’s office and Ward 6.
Part of the City of Tucson delegation to the US Water Alliance Summit
They participated in a number of conversations related to water quality, access for low income residents and climate mitigation and have returned with some best practices from other jurisdictions. I know our team also returned feeling very encouraged about the SHARP (South Houghton Recharge Project) and Santa Cruz River Heritage recharge projects as excellent examples of One Water—by allowing water to have multiple cycles through the system while producing co-benefits. Below you can see an info graphic that depicts the One Water cycle in Tucson.
We also know that we will need to continue to be vigilant in testing for emerging contaminants all the while working to replenish our watershed. We’ll do this better using rainwater and stormwater harvesting, rejuvenating riparian areas through recharge projects and building a more resilient water supply. These are the big goals that I will be working toward along with our leaders at Tucson Water.
Nurses Strike at St. Joe’s and St. Mary’s
Last Friday, I joined nurses striking at St. Mary’s and St. Joe’s in the first strike of registered nurses in Arizona history. They joined nurses in several other states in a 24-hour walk out demanding better working conditions and safe patient ratios. As someone who paid their way through college as a union retail clerk, I was happy to join them on the picket line. Nurses are the heart of patient care, and they deserve a fair contract now.
Council Member Durham addresses striking nurses outside St. Mary’s Hospital.
Last week, the Ward 3 office was represented at an event hosted by the Islamic Center of Tucson and the Muslim Students Association at the UA called Salam, which means peace in Arabic. I’m sure many of you saw news reports of incidents of harassment and vandalism toward the Islamic Center of Tucson, particularly from the student housing towers that border the ICT. After those who were identified as sources of the trouble from the towers were swiftly evicted, this event was a way to unite and come together to discuss the situation and learn more about each other.
I was very happy to hear that staff from some of the student housing towers came and partook in the event. They joined staff and students at the UA, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, nearby neighbors, members of the ICT, staff from TPD’s hate crimes unit, Council Member Kozachik and Mayor Rothschild. The attendees were treated to a delicious meal, good coffee and conversation about how we can foster a welcoming community throughout Tucson.
Nick Mahon, who attended from my office, sat in between a UA graduate student who grew up in Bahrain and a Tucson native who graduated from the UA and joined TPD. They both spoke effusively of their love for Tucson and their time at the UA. Thanks to the ICT for putting on the event and showcasing what Tucson is all about.
Save the Date: Ward 3 Hosting Free Vaccination Clinic
October is Pet National Pet Wellness Month and the Ward 3 office is hosting Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) for a free vaccination clinic at the Donna Liggins Recreation Center located at 2160 N 6th Ave.
The event will place on Saturday, October 26th starting at 8:30 am, continuing until the first 300 pets are served. They’ve run out space within minutes of opening at other free clinics, so plan to be there early. We’ll share more information as it gets closer, but for now mark your calendars if your cat or dog is in need of the rabies vaccine, DHPP (for dogs) and FRCP (for cats).
Pet of the Week
Solomon is a 4 year old Rottweiler mix with handsome brindle socks and ears. He just arrived to Pima Animal Care Center and doesn’t want to get too familiar with PACC. Instead, he would love to move on quickly to his forever home. If you have any questions about Solomon you can call PACC at (520) 724-5900 or better yet, come down and meet him at 4000 N Silverbell Rd.
If you are out and about this weekend, PACC will at Tucson PRIDE with dogs available for adoption. They will be at Reid Park on Saturday, September 28th from 12-4 pm. Adoption fees will be waived for dogs 4 months & older and a $20 licensing fee still applies to adult dogs.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Donna Liggins Center
2160 N 6th Ave
615 E Adams St
Ward 3 Events
Tucson Greek Festival 2019
September 26th - September 29th
St. Demetrio’s Greek Orthodox Church
1145 E Fort Lowell Rd
St. Demetrio’s Greek Orthodox Church hosts its popular annual Tucson Greek Festival with a wider variety of foods, drink, and entertainment. The festival includes wonderful Greek music groups and the award-winning Pan Athenian Dancers. The Greek Market offers a wide variety of pastries and breads, a selection of Greek cheeses, hummus, olives, spices, jewelry, art, clothing and other collectibles and cookbooks.
Lend A Hand will be using the parking lot at the northeast corner of E Ft. Lowell Rd and N Mountain Ave for parking for Greek Festival attendees. This is a fundraiser for Lend A Hand and there is a suggested donation of $5 per vehicle. It is a short walk to the festival, about 1.5 blocks.
Balboa & Coronado Heights Neighborhoods Clean Up Day
Balboa Heights Park
2536 N Castro Ave
Free Shred-It Event for Beacon Group
8 am-11 am
308 W Glenn St
Drive west on Glenn, turn right onto Balboa, then enter the parking
lot. Once you drop off, exit left onto Laguna then right onto Oracle.
Donations to Beacon Group are encouraged.
National Night Out
Balboa Park/Marty Birdman Rec Center
2526 N Castro Ave
Barrio Blue Moon Potluck and Officer Vote
BICAS 30th Anniversary Party
2001 N 7th Ave
Come celebrate 30 years in Tucson with BICAS with food, music, art and history.
City Wide Events
Barrio Hollywood 4th Annual Family & Friends Art Show
El Rio Neighborhood Center
1390 W Speedway Blvd
National Coffee With a Cop Day
4821 E Grant Rd
Please come and help TPD celebrate this day. Join your neighbors, introduce yourself and chat with the police officers on site over coffee.
Did You Know...?
9 am-3 pm
On Sunday, October 27th from 9 am-3 pm for “Cyclovia en la Doce”, providing 3.75 miles of car-free, care-free city streets for Tucsonans of all ages to enjoy.
The S 12th Ave route extends 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.
The route connects locally owned small businesses featuring some of Tucson’s best Mexican food, schools, community centers, places of worship, parks and neighborhoods. More than one hundred different activities will line the route, concentrated around 5 activity hubs. Participating local restaurants will welcome guests with expanded outdoor seating for the day.
To read more about the events and attractions that will be at Cyclovia go to the website here
THRIVE in the 05 Community Partners Invited to Participate in Fall Festival
Your organization is invited to join THRIVE in the 05 as a community partner during our annual Thrive in the 05 Fall Festival at Nash Elementary School at 515 W Kelso on Saturday, November 2nd
from 10 am–1 pm. The Fall Thrive in the 05 Festival is free to the surrounding community and features food, games, music, performances, community partner booths, and much more. Being a THRIVE Partner means your organization has the opportunity to set-up a booth and share your organization's resources and/or engagement opportunities that will help our community members THRIVE! We anticipate youth and families from the surrounding neighborhoods will attend this event, so we encourage each booth to include an interactive game, activity, or educational demonstration and/or a give-away item.
Please plan to bring your own tables, chairs and shade structures.
Please complete the online RSVP
form or call 206-7031 to RSVP.
KXCI Youth Education Program offers Fall Break Youth Broadcasting Camps
KXCI is building upon its popular summer Youth Broadcasting Classes to offer classes during Fall Break.
This year’s Fall Camps will take place the week of October 7th with morning camps for kids 9-12 and afternoon camps for youth 13-16. The camps will be repeated the following week, starting on October 14th. Camps run Monday through Thursdays from 9 am to noon for youth 9-12 and 1 pm to 4 pm for youth 13-16. The students will go live with their playlists on Sunday afternoon immediately following their camp. Classes cost $150 per session with a limited amount of scholarships available.
KXCI has historically offered Summer Broadcasting Camps to young community members. Youth Broadcasting camps are hands-on classes where students receive an introduction to broadcast equipment and rules, music appreciation and selection, creating music sets, reading station announcements and learning how to talk about the music they love.
KXCI is a diverse, independent, and community-based radio station serving Tucson and Southern Arizona. Founded in 1983, KXCI is committed to connecting the communities of Tucson and Southern Arizona to each other – and the world – with informative, engaging, and creative community-based programming. More than 35,000 listeners tune in to the station each week over the air and online. KXCI plays music from all genres and eras, as well as informative, locally-produced mini-programs, provided by 75-plus volunteer DJs and on-air hosts.
Countdown to Every Other Week Recycling Begins
The City of Tucson’s Environmental & General Services Department (EGSD) is switching residential recycling collection to every other week beginning this coming Monday, September 30th
. Currently residential recycling is collected every week, but starting Monday, it will be collected every other week.. To view an interactive map that will provide a wide range of information including your recycle day along with what can be recycled you can click this link: http://bit.ly/2MtGGfj
Volunteer at Tucson Meet Yourself
The Tucson Meet Yourself festival, October 11th
, is recruiting volunteers. Opportunities include set-up (begins October 8th
), beverage distribution, merchandise assistant, donation collection, stage assistant, volunteer registration, and more. Volunteers may choose the shift and day preferred based on availability. An email sent to those who register will contain links to a video and handbook about the volunteer experience. Click on the links below for more information.
Volunteer registration: http://bit.ly/2lYIn8E
Tucson Meet Yourself festival: http://bit.ly/2OReuE0
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