Paul's Note: March 15th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, March 15th, 2019
 
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Events
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
City-Wide Events
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
Women Build
 
 
Council Member Durham checks out the first two-story home Habitat Tucson
has built located in the infill project at Minton Court.
 
In recognition of International Women’s Day, I had the pleasure of joining the many amazing Habitat for Humanity volunteers at their annual Women Build event. This year the volunteers turned their energy to Minton Court where Habitat Tucson is building nine new homes on Yavapai Road just west of Literacy Connects. I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who gave their time and energy to support the homeownership opportunities that Habitat Tucson fosters.
 
UA Community Partners
 
Earlier this week, I joined President Robbins and other local leaders to learn about how the UA is engaging in the 4th Industrial Revolution via applied research interwoven into the classroom environment and student life. To demonstrate this in action I had the opportunity to observe two different efforts at the UA that are responding to food insecurity on campus and providing promising agricultural innovations in an age of growing impacts from climate change.
 
Many of you have likely read about the student-driven UA Campus Pantry. I met Michaela Davenport, the student director of the pantry, who shared that they provide food to an average of 500 students per week.
 
 
Michaela Davenport, director of the Campus Food Pantry, and Council Member Durham.
 
In addition to getting food donations from individuals and various organizations and milk from Shamrock Farms, the pantry also receives food from the Community Food Bank. You can find out how and what to donate here.
 
However, while food insecurity is a very real issue on campus, the pantry is also mindful of the need to provide nutrient-rich foods. This means instead of handing a can of low nutrient green beans, the pantry aspires to have foods such as peanut butter, granola bars and fresh produce.
 
To achieve the availability of fresh produce in the pantry, Todd Millay, director of the Student Unions, began to work with students to develop a rooftop garden and source of food for the pantry. The garden is about 1,000 square feet and grows over 200 plants including bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers hydroponically.
 
The garden does not use soil but, rather, tanks comprised of the necessary mix of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. This design allows it to conserve nutrients and water and eliminates release of fertilizer into the environment. The greenhouse climate and irrigation control systems are wired for digital access. The team can monitor the level of nutrients in the tanks and make adjustments from their phones. Taken together, the garden utilizes technology that, according to President Robbins, demonstrate the 4th Industrial Revolution while simultaneously addressing food insecurity of students, staff and faculty.
 
UA Tech Parks
 
In another piece of UA-related news, the U of A has announced the hiring of Carol Stewart as the new Associate Vice President for Tech Parks Arizona. Since she moved here from Canada, I had the privilege of welcoming her to the desert last week at an event at the UA Tech Park at Rita Road. She brings with her an incredible wealth of knowledge, having developed one of Canada’s first tech parks from the ground up.
 

Council Member Durham with Carol Stewart, the new Associate Vice President for
Tech Parks Arizona. Welcome to Tucson Carol!
 
The UA Tech Parks are an important driver of local high-wage jobs in technology, optics and other cutting-edge fields. Check out the graphic below for more on the economic impact that Carol will be in charge of harnessing. Of particular interest to me is her plan to develop the UA Tech Park at the Bridges at 36th and Kino. It’s in Ward 5, but it’s a very exciting infill project with potential to be a huge employment center only minutes away from downtown and a short drive from Ward 3. You can find out more about the UA Tech Parks online at https://techparks.arizona.edu.
 
 
Tech Parks Arizona has a huge economic impact on our community, over $2 billion statewide!
 
SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair
 
In keeping with the high-tech theme, my husband and I attended the SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair last Friday night. SARSEF, which stands for Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation, is a great organization with the mission to give kids the tools they need to do STEM research. They particularly focus on student populations that are underrepresented in STEM fields, including women, students of color and those in rural areas.
 
One of their annual programs, the SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair, asks more than 75,000 students to create research projects and the top 1,800 projects are showcased at the TCC. I even got to pose for pictures with some Jedi before speaking with students about their research!
 

 
Council Member Durham and some Jedi pose at the SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair.
 
Sentinel Peak Open House
 
 
Lastly, Council Member Kozachik and I will host an open house meeting at the Ward 6 office about “A” Mountain. This will be a true open house in that there will be 5 stations and no one time in which we are speaking to a group at once. Additional City staff will also be present.
 
There will be another open house at the Ward 1 office. Times and dates for both are listed below.
 
Wednesday
March 20th
5:30 pm
Ward 1 Council Office
940 W Alameda
 
Thursday
March 21st
5:30 pm
Ward 6 Council Office
3202 E 1st St
 
Learn more about safety improvements in Sentinel Peak Park at https://bit.ly/2RWOS65
 
- Paul D.
 
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VITA
 
The United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program serves some of our community's residents who are most in need financially, with the average earned income of clients right at $20,000. Any person or household making $66,000 or less is eligible to use this service, so please spread the word between now and April 15. Tax preparation is free through this program.
 
The Ward 3 office at 1510 E Grant Rd hosts VITA every Saturday from 9 am-1 pm and it is first come first serve.
 
For other locations and information call (520) 903-9000.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Cody
 

 
Cody is a Turkish Angora mixed breed and the Pima Animal Care Center staff thinks that she is about 3 years old.  A longhaired Angora cat is not the source for angora sweaters, although her fur is certainly just as soft and beautiful. This natural breed takes their name from the city of Ankara in Turkey, which was formerly known as Angora. The first record of this breed dates from the 1600’s.
 
Because Cody has been at the shelter since January 12th, her adoption fees will be waived.
 
For more information about how to adopt Cody go to the PACC  website or visit Cody in person at 4000 N Silverbell Rd.
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
Jack and the Beanstalk: A Storyteller's Adventure
Saturdays & Sundays
March 9th-31st
5-8 pm
Valley of the Moon
2544 E Allen Rd
 
Valley of the Moon is hosting a spring show titled “Jack and the Beanstalk: A Storyteller’s Adventure.”
Adventure tours begin on the half hour from 5-8pm on Saturdays and Sundays beginning March 9th.
 
Tickets for adults are $10, students are $5 and children under 8 years and members FREE!
Tickets are available online at valley-of-the-moon.yapsody.com or at the box office during show times.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
SAMOS
Tuesday
March 19th
6:30-8 pm
Salpointe High School
1545 E Copper St
 
Mountain View
Thursday
March 21st
6-7 pm
Habitat for Humanity
3501 N Mountain Ave
 
Flowing Wells
Thursday
March 21st
6-8 pm
Ellie Towne Center
1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
 
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City-Wide Events:
 
Canine Walk for Cops
Saturday
March 16th
7 am registration
8 am walk
U of A Mall
 
 

 
Bring your dog(s) and join law enforcement officers and their canines for the 2019 Canine Walk for Cops on the University of Arizona Mall. The walk begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 16, and is approximately 1 mile. Registration is $20 and covers two walkers and one dog (add $10 for each additional dog). Check-in runs from 7-7:45 a.m. There will be police K-9 demonstrations beginning at 8:45 a.m. and free dog contests in several categories starting at 9:30 a.m. Visit the vendor booths for giveaways, goodie bags for dogs, and bandanas. Proceeds from the event will help all four police departments supported by the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation: Tucson Police, University of Arizona Police, Pima County Sheriff's, and Marana Police.
 

 
 For more on Canine Walk for Cops click on the link: http://bit.ly/2F4Gb50
 
City Launches Survey on “A” Mountain
 

 
The City of Tucson has launched a survey to better understand how and when our community uses Sentinel Peak Park (also known as “A” Mountain). The popular lookout point is enjoyed by pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists from throughout the region. Gates for the park road are currently open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm, and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. The City is looking to gauge the public’s interest in creating car-free times or days where access to the narrow road, which loops around and through the park, would be restricted to pedestrian and bike traffic. 
 
The survey can be found online in English https://bit.ly/2ScZNN1 or Spanish https://bit.ly/2SxXfoX through April 30th 2019. Later this month, volunteers will be conducting in-person surveys at the base of “A” Mountain. 
 
El Rio Health and Safety Fair
 

 
Code Enforcement Update Forum
Monday
March 25th
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Ward 6 Community Room
3202 E 1st St
 
Sponsored by Tucson Residents for Responsive Government (TRRG), the event will feature the Honorable Judge Thaddeus Semon, who presides over Tucson City Court Code Enforcement Hearings, and Director Carlos De La Torre who leads the City of Tucson Environmental and General Services Department which now includes the Code Enforcement Division.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Thrive in the 05
 

 
Call For Volunteers: Amphi Neighborhood Survey
 
Habitat for Humanity Tucson would like to survey the Amphi Neighborhood residents about their quality of life and Habitat needs your help. These surveys include a 20 minute interview and will include 350+ households.
 
 

 
Habitat is looking for a team of volunteers to knock on doors, interview and listen to the residents. The interviews will take place between March 16th-June 2nd on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am-2 pm. Register here to become a volunteer.
 
Donate to the Campus Pantry
 
 

 
To drop off donations, pull into the traffic circle in front of the Student Union and bring donations to the UA Info Desk.

The Info Desk hours of operation are:

• M-F: 7:30am-6:30pm
• Sat/Sun: 9am-5pm
 
More info can also be found online here: https://campuspantry.arizona.edu
 
Salvation Army Amphi Corps Community Center
 
The Salvation Army's Amphi Corps Community Center is a multi-purpose neighborhood center that serves the Amphi/Flowing Wells area located on Prince Road. Best known for their popular and affordable After-School Program and Summer Day Camp children’s programs, the Center also serves as a site for Community Food Bank food box distribution and Friday night teen activities.
 
The Center currently has 10 openings for the After-School Program for children in 1st grade through middle school ($50/month). If you would like to learn more please call (520) 888-1299 or visit the Center at 218 E Prince Rd.
 
TDOT Concerns
 
 

 
Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to TDOTConcerns@tucsonaz.gov.
Tucson Department of Transportation: http://1.usa.gov/18IdPf8
 
If you want an easier way to report, the City is using an app called SeeClickFix that’s free to download. You can download SeeClickFix Tucson to your mobile device to use it on the go, upload and send photos of your issue, and get email updates as it gets fixed.
 
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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.
 
Please "Like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMPaulDurham/
Please "Follow" us on Twitter: @CMPaul_Durham
 
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