Paul's Note: Friday, September 7th, 2018

Paul’s Note
Friday, September 7TH, 2018
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  • Pet of the Week
  • Ward 3 Gem
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
Dockless Bikes and Electric Scooters
 
Cities across the U.S. are struggling with an invasion by dockless bicycle and dockless electric scooter companies. Some of these companies make it their practice to invade a city with several hundred or more devices before the city can react by establishing reasonable regulations regarding their operation.
 
I am proud to report that due to quick action by City staff, Mayor and Council voted unanimously at this week’s meeting to take the first step in the development of pilot program for these devices. Three departments formed a working group (the Department of Transportation, the City Attorney’s office and the City Manager’s office) to study the issue and prepare a draft ordinance for Mayor and Council consideration.
 
In general, I support these devices for the reasons I’ll discuss below, but there are certain problems that must be dealt with by reasonable regulations if serious disruption to the rights of others and safety concerns are to be avoided or at least kept to a minimum.
 
The dockless bikes and electric scooters can be parked in places that interfere with pedestrian traffic. They can pile up in other places where they interfere with car and bicycle traffic as well. The right approach, and the approach some other cities have taken that has worked well, is to pass a requirement that the dockless bike and electric scooter companies can operate only if they have a permit. The ordinance we passed this week contains this requirement, as well as penalties imposed on the companies for noncompliance.
 
It also requires the Director of Transportation to develop a proposed pilot program for dockless bicycles and electric scooters. The pilot program will need to be approved by Mayor and Council. That will give the City time to select companies to participate in the pilot program and develop other regulations related to the pilot program.
 
Why are dockless bikes and electric scooters good things? They can replace cars for distances too long to walk, they are clean and can help us reduce carbon emissions by reducing car trips. They also democratize transportation options and permit these devices to serve outlying areas, low income neighborhoods and other areas less likely to be served by the present docking station-based Tugo bikeshare program.
 
In general, I support dockless bicycles and electric scooters, but it is also important to have time to develop reasonable regulations to avoid the many problems they can cause. The ordinance we passed at this week’s meeting gives us this time.
 
E-Bikes
 
We also approved at this week’s Mayor and Council meeting an ordinance (effective immediately) updating Tucson’s rules relating to electric bikes (e-bikes) to reflect changes in state law. (I discussed this in my newsletter of Friday, July 13th  https://www.tucsonaz.gov/ward-3/news/pauls-note-friday-july-13th-2018) Council Member Kozachik joined me in sponsoring this ordinance and I want to thank him for his support as well as other members of the Council. I worked closely with Andy Bemis and Krista Hansen with TDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee, and I want to thank them for their expert help.
 
The ordinance keeps in place the existing prohibition on anyone under the age of 16 from piloting an e-bike (though they can ride as a passenger on an e-bike designed to carry a passenger, a tandem for example). It also keeps in place the existing requirement applicable to all bicycles for riders under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. And to encourage safe riding on multi-use paths, it requires all bicycles on multi-use paths to yield the right-of-way to  pedestrians and horses, slow to 10 mph when passing and communicate to the pedestrian or equestrian before passing.
 
Prop 407 Information Session at Ward 3 Office
 
I’d like to invite all of you to attend a special event at the Ward 3 Office on September 20th at 5:30 pm. The City of Tucson Parks Director, Brent Dennis, and other senior city staff who helped put together the Proposition 407 Bond will be giving an informational presentation on what Prop 407 means for Tucson and Ward 3. They will have maps, data and plenty of time to answer individual questions you may have about what’s included in the bond package. Please mark your calendars and be sure to attend this important event to find out how the park in your neighborhood will benefit from Prop 407. 
 

 
Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant
 
I want to acknowledge the team at Housing and Community Development. This past Wednesday they learned that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has funded a $1.3 million Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant focused along the southern Oracle corridor in Ward 3. Included in the $1.3 million is $950,000 for “action activities” which, according to HUD, can include activities such as: adaptive re-use of vacant property into community gardens, pocket parks, or farmers’ markets; neighborhood beautification, place-making and community arts projects; façade improvement programs; fresh food initiatives; and gap financing for economic development projects.
 
When I was in D.C. last December, I had the opportunity to convey the importance of this grant to the Arizona Congressional Delegation. At that time, I shared how the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant could serve as a catalyst for redevelopment in the area. Congratulations to Sally Stang and the team at Housing and Community Development for this opportunity to do community-based planning. The Choice grant sets us up to leverage those dollars into positive community and economic development along the corridor. Thank you to all the City staff, neighborhood association leaders, Congressman Grijalva and Congresswoman McSally, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the many others who supported this grant proposal.
 
Grand Road Improvement District (GRID)
 
The Grant Road Improvement District (GRID) was approved by the Mayor and Council at this week’s meeting. The GRID is an Urban Overlay District (UOD) which is an area of optional zoning that allows regulatory flexibility to property owners in exchange for meeting certain requirements intended to further the goals of the Grant Road Community Character & Vitality Corridor Vision:  Oracle Road to Swan Road. I am happy to see the land use component, the GRID, move forward as we are nearing completion of Phase II. The GRID will help facilitate redevelopment along the corridor while remaining context sensitive to the existing neighborhoods.
 

Map of the Grant Road Improvement District.
 
Since the fall of 2015, City staff has conducted an extensive public outreach program to develop the GRID. We built upon the lessons learned from existing overlays such as the Infill Incentive District and Main Gate District and with input from stakeholders. The GRID, which runs from Oracle Road to 1st Avenue, is intended to be a pilot tool for what could potentially be used along other similar transportation corridors throughout the City.
 
Free Gun Locks at Ward 3
 
Preventing gun violence has been and will continue to be an issue of utmost importance to our community. Research tells us that every year, too many children are injured or killed by firearms, including in homicides, suicides and unintentional accidents. If you have a gun in your home, please store it properly. To help with the storage, we have free gun locks at Ward 3 from the Pima County Attorney’s Office. Please come by and pick one up if you have unlocked guns in your home.
 

At the Ward 3 office we have copies of the handout above in English and Spanish to go along with the free gun locks.
 
SW Key Update
 
As you know, last week my office coordinated a tour of the Southwest Key facility that houses minor children nearly all of whom were apprehended crossing the border as unaccompanied minors. Vice Mayor Fimbres, Council Members Romero and Cunningham and Supervisor Bronson joined me for this important step toward greater transparency at the facility.
 
To continue this effort, Supervisor Bronson and I will have follow-up meetings with the leadership at the Southwest Key Facility so that we can do all we can to ensure that children housed in Tucson are provided the safety and dignity that they deserve. I will keep folks updated as these conversations occur.
 
- Paul D.
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Pet of the Week
 
Liberty

 
My name is Liberty and I am a young female shepherd mix. Like most shepherds, I would do well with plenty of walks, hikes, treats and games. I am currently at the Humane Society for Southern Arizona and I look forward to meeting you and your family so that you can fall in love with me and take me home with you! As is true with all dogs adopted from HSSAZ I am spayed and up to date on all of my shots. In addition, all dog adoptions include:
 
~Internal and external parasite treatment
~Microchip identification with lifetime registration
~Initial vaccinations include distemper/parvovirus, intranasal bordatella (kennel cough)
~Free visit to a veterinarian of your choice
~HSSA identification tag
~Rabies vaccination for dogs 3 months of age & older
~Bag of Dog Food
 
For more information on how to adopt me or any other animal at HSSAZ, follow this link https://www.adoptapet.com/pet/22584189-tucson-arizona-shepherd-unknown-type-mix
 
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Ward 3 Gem
 
Valley of the Moon
 
Do you believe in fairies? George Phar Legler did. George decided there should be a place where everyone could express their imagination and “heal the mind and spirit,” so Valley of the Moon was born. Construction began on the park in 1923.
 

 
Valley of the Moon is a whimsical non-profit volunteer-run park that is opened up to the public for free on the first Saturday of every month.  Historical tours are offered on the third Sunday of each month. Details vary according to season and activity. They also offer a variety of special events, including theatrical fantasy adventures.
 

 
With the assistance of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, Valley of the Moon was declared a Tucson Historic Landmark by the Mayor and Council in 2015. This designation provides regulatory protection for the Valley of the Moon. As a city Historic Landmark. Valley of the Moon cannot be developed as anything other than “an enchanted story book land.” Valley of the Moon is located at 2544 E Allen Rd and is this week’s Ward 3 Gem.
 
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Ward 3 Events: 
 
Master Gardeners Cool Season Vegetable Gardening
Wednesday
September 12th
5:30-7 pm
Woods Memorial Library
Large Meeting Room
3455 N 1st Ave
 
The Master Gardeners are back with a new season of helpful information and advice for your desert gardening projects!
 
Vegetable gardening in Tucson is different! Our seasons are different, our soil is different, even our sunshine is different from other places. Learn how to grow all kinds of edible plants for your family during the cool fall and winter seasons.
 
Wanted! Enchanted Fairy Land Interpreters For the next 2018 Docent Training Program
 
Do you love the Valley of the Moon and want to learn about its history and share your love with others? They are now accepting applications for the next 2018 Docent Training Program. Docents are trained volunteers who are excited to share the history and enchantment of Valley of the Moon with visitors. They interpret Valley of the Moon by telling the story of its founder, construction, historical impact and current day impact and activities. Visitors to the park will come away enriched by a greater understanding and appreciation of Valley of the Moon. Docents help make the visitor experience unique, fun and educational.
 

 
To apply please attend the Prospective Docent Meet & Greet Orientation
Saturday
September 8th
9:30-11:30 am
Valley of the Moon
2544 E Allen Rd
 
 
Classes are Saturdays, September 15th, 22nd, & 29th, 2018 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
 
Visit www.tucsonvalleyofthemoondocents.com for more information.
 
 
Bicas Call for Artists

  
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Alvernon/Grant Initiative
Tuesday
6-7:30 pm
September 11th
2200 N. Dodge
 
Richland Heights East
Wednesday
September 12th
6:30-7:30 pm
3301 N Wilson
 
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City-Wide Events:
 
Refugee Info Night
 

 
 
Sustainable Tucson Monthly Meeting
Tuesday
September 11th
Doors open 5:30 pm. Program starts 6:00 pm
Ward 6 City Council Office
3202 E 1st Street
 
SHADE FOR TUCSON
 
One of the simplest and most pleasing ways we can adapt to climate change, while mitigating its effects, is to reforest our world. Globally, trees are dying off. But cities across the country are working to reverse this trend. Tucson is one of those cities. The goal: a shade canopy of 20% (we are currently at 8%) by 2030.
 
At this Sustainable Tucson meeting, you can learn about the Shade for Tucson campaign, led by a network of non-profits who are reaching out to businesses, government agencies, and community groups to join in this massive effort. After brief presentations, leaders in this campaign will engage in conversation with all present as we envision and plan for the planting and care of one million trees across the city. Panelists include Tom Ellis, Executive Director, Tucson Clean and Beautiful; Katie Gannon, Program Director, Trees for Tucson; Kendall Kroesen, Community Outreach Coordinator, Mission Garden; and Tanya Quist, Director, UA Campus Arboretum.
 
September is Fall Free Pima County Falls Prevention Month
 
Falling or fear of falling ranked as the top concern among older adults in Pima County in 2016. Join Pima Council on Aging at one of several FREE events to learn more about how to prevent falls!
 
This is a part of a larger effort to promote awareness of falls prevention throughout Pima County. Mayor Rothschild declared September as Falls Prevention Awareness Month.
 

 
The falls prevention event closest to Ward 3 is on
Thursday
September 13th
9-11:30 am
Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center
1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
 
 
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Gun Safety
 
Gun locks are available at the Ward 3 office FREE OF CHARGE thanks to the Pima County Attorney’s Office. Come anytime during our hours of operation and get your free cable gun lock.
 

 
Follow this link to find out more about gun safety: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/fire/gun-safety
 
City of Tucson’s Park Tucson Announces Car Share Program
 
The City of Tucson and Park Tucson are partnering with Zipcar to bring car-sharing to Downtown Tucson for the first time through a one-year pilot program. One Zipcar vehicle, which is now available for use, will be parked in a designated parking space in front of the Historic Train Depot off of Toole Avenue near Fifth Avenue.
 
Zipcar will give a convenient “on-demand” alternative to drivers in downtown Tucson. Access is available 24/7, with rental by the hour or the day, on a self-service basis through Zipcar’s mobile application. Every reservation comes with gas, insurance, maintenance and a parking spot. Plus, each Zipcar takes up to 13 personally owned cars off the road, leading to a cleaner, greener city.
 
The Zipcar location is convenient nearby hotels, apartments, student housing and employment centers in the Downtown and Fourth Avenue business and arts districts, as well as neighborhoods such as Armory Park and Iron Hourse. The new downtown Zipcar will also be near other forms of transit such as the Amtrak station, the Tugo bikeshare station, the Rondstadt Transit Center and Sun Link Streetcar.
Zipcar is very easy to use, just download the app or go online to zipcar.com/tucson and set-up a membership account. There are accounts for individuals, students and businesses.
 
Public Input on Master Plan
 
Reid Park Zoological Society and the City of Tucson have updated the Master Plan for Reid Park Zoo that was completed in 2014 to add the exciting features that were authorized by voters in the November 2017 election for the Future of Your Zoo. This process has included input from City leadership, Zoo staff, Board members, Zoo members and guests, and national experts in the zoological community. The master plan can be viewed at https://reidparkzoo.org/future/ and we welcome your feedback.
 
We are also offering presentations about the Master Plan. Our theme is ‘Bigger Spaces. Smiling Faces.’ This theme reflects our focus on larger habitats for our animals, and wonderful features for our visitors as families will be able to play in the treetop playground, feed lorikeets in the new aviary, and see Siamangs swing from the air when they visit Reid Park. Most important of all, our guests will learn about these animals and what they can do every day to protect these amazing creatures and our planet for generations to come.
 
Upcoming Zoo Update Master Plan Presentations for the General Public
 
Saturday, September 8th at 2pm
Wednesday, September 12th at 5pm
Wednesday, October 3rd at 5pm
 
Attendees must RSVP and will be given instructions with their RSVP on the location of the presentation in the Zoo. Zoo admission is complimentary for attendees. RSVP to Melissa Mendibles, 520-881-4753 or mmendibles@reidparkzoo.org.
 
Artist Registration Now Open
 
We are proud to announce that the Open Studio Tours have been approved for funding from the City of Tucson and Pima County! Registration for all artists is available now through September 23.
 
Please choose the application that aligns with your studio or exhibit location. If you are an artist looking for a studio to participate in, note that on your submitted application.
 
If your location will have multiple artists, each artist much register individually or their information will not be included in marketing.
 
As a reminder, each year requires a new application and applications from previous years are not used.
 
 
 
 
Open House for Proposed Sun Tran Route Changes
 
Sun Tran is hosting meetings for public comment.
 
Public input is sought on proposed changes to Sun Tran Route 15. Two open house events will be held for the public to meet Sun Tran staff and provide feedback.
 
The proposed changes include adding intermittent service to the Tucson Marketplace at the Bridges on Kino Parkway, as well as making service intermittent at Eastland St. to Country Club Rd., as shown in the attached map.
 
Public Open House Events:
 
Thursday
September 6th
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Quincie Douglas Library
1585 E. 26th St.
(Take Route 2)
 
Tuesday
September 11th
5-6 pm
Tucson City Council - Ward 5 Office
4300 S. Park Ave.
(Take Route 25 or Route 11SB to Laos)
 
Representatives from Sun Tran will be available at the public open house events to provide information, to receive comments and feedback regarding the proposed changes to Route 15, as well as answer questions and concerns the public may have on other transit-related topics.
 
For more information on Sun Tran’s proposed changes, visit www.suntran.com. If members of the public cannot make a meeting and have a comment, they may call Sun Tran’s Customer Service at (520) 792-9222 or email suntraninfo@tucsonaz.gov. For requests for reasonable meeting accommodations call (520) 206-8881 at least five days prior to meeting. Comments will be accepted through September 18th.
 
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Council Member Paul Durham is on Social Media!
 
Ward 3 has created 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.
Please "Like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMPaulDurham/
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