Paul's Note: March 1st, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, March 1st, 2019
 
Paul’s Note
VITA
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Events
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
City-Wide Events
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
Thrive in the '05
 
My staff and I have attended a number of meetings these past two weeks as part of the Thrive in the '05 effort. Thrive in the ’05 is the overarching name used for multiple efforts focused along the Oracle Corridor from Speedway to Miracle Mile. These include the Community-based Crime Reduction efforts led by Dr. Mary Ellen Brown at the ASU School of Social Work here in Tucson and the Tucson Choice Neighborhoods effort that the City’s Housing Department is spearheading as well as the implementation of findings from the Urban Land Institute’s Daniel Rose Fellowship focused on adaptive reuse strategies along the corridor. There is a lot happening with each of these components and the Thrive in the ’05 effort has been front and center for the Ward 3 staff and me.
 
I want to focus on some of the recommendations presented by the Community-Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) team this week at the Tuesday community meeting at Nash Elementary and close with an invitation to participate in the process.
 
On Tuesday, the CBCR team presented some recommendations for strategies that we can adopt to respond to “hotspots” in the area. A hotspot in this context is a physical location (perhaps an intersection or city block) with a high number of violent crimes reported over the last 5 years. In addition to TPD data, the team is also analyzing emergency medical calls and overdose data. Our team is still analyzing this data but we suspect they will identify two to three hotspots within the Oracle Corridor.
 
Community members living and working in the area are helping the team identify place-based strategies to transform those hotspots. Some of the options presented on Tuesday include:
  • You Can Too!
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
  • Yes! (Youth Empowerment Solutions)
  • Community Resiliency Model
  • Business Owner Coalition
You Can Too! is a project of TPD Officer Ashley Covarrubias that provides non-enforcement, ongoing engagement between police and children or youth based at local schools over the course of 12 weeks. CPTED is exactly what it sounds like. A number of studies demonstrate that design can support or hinder criminal behavior and a sense of safety. These may include things such as lighting, access control, maintenance and visibility. YES! is an example of youth leadership development that aims to develop relationships and capacity to create community change. The Community Resiliency Model is a skills-based stabilization program that individuals can learn and then share with their social networks to track their nervous system. Okay, this one was a little challenging for me to fully understand but here’s what I gathered. It is based on trauma-informed care and can be used to help each of us to calm ourselves while developing personal resiliency to be able to understand and balance our nervous systems so that we are not just reacting but able to shape our interactions for the better. The Business Owner Coalition is self-explanatory and I know that many businesses are already talking to each other and working with my office to address needs within the Thrive in the '05 area. A formal Business Owner Coalition would be a great extension of these efforts.
 
Community members will approve one, or some combination, of these strategies at the next two monthly meetings. I want to thank all the residents, businesses and service providers engaged so far and welcome others to join us for the next CBCR meeting on Wednesday, March 27 at 5:30pm at Nash Elementary School.
 
For a general update on the entire Thrive in the ’05 project, please plan to attend the public meeting for Thrive in the ’05 on Monday, March 25 at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus in the Amethyst Room at 6pm. To learn more, check out the Thrive in the ’05 website.
 
BIO5
 
 
Council Member Durham and Wilbur Wildcat celebrate
the cutting-edge science happening at the Bio5 Institute.
 
On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to check out the work happening over at the UA’s BIO5 Institute. The “5” in Bio5 refers to the interdisciplinary research happening at the institute across the core disciplines of Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy and Science. In practice, this means faculty and students from more than 20 departments are collaborating to innovate breakthroughs in biology and technology to respond to some of our most pressing needs.
 
For instance, on Wednesday I met with some researchers at the Bio5’s Biomedical Device Prototyping Service, the office that helps to design, produce and refine medical devices for market. Researcher Brett Stanton told me about the artificial pancreas that Bio5 researchers are developing—that was pretty cool especially considering I was there with a Type 1 diabetic who eagerly asked how far along they are and when they might have it out to market (the answer was approximately 2-3 years).
 
Later I spoke with Scott DeRigne, an engineer in the prototyping office, about a specific frequency of green light that Bio5 researchers are testing. This green light frequency has reduced pain for individuals living with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain, including many who rely on opioids to deal with their pain. Apparently sitting with the green light one to two hours a day can effectively manage pain. While we were discussing this innovation, I did get to soak up about 15 minutes worth of the green light and it seemed perfectly nice to me.
 
If you’d like to learn more about Bio5, I recommend that you visit ScienceCity at the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend or attend one of the ongoing public educational events hosted by Bio5 such as the Ecosystems Genomics Seminar Series or Resilience and Independence in Aging Speaker Series. There is much to explore and many great resources right in our backyard at the Bio5 Institute.
 
TFD Awards
 
 

Brittney Spangle, TFD Employee of the Year with Interim Chief Joe Gulotta.
 
One of my Council Aides, Matt Kopec, attended the Tucson Fire Department awards ceremony this morning. It was a privilege to be a part of the ceremony that honored the brave men and women of TFD.  These first responders take their responsibilities seriously, strive for excellence and often go above and beyond. Families and friends were on hand for the ceremony and the pride that they had for their loved ones was clear. Thank you to everyone for your dedication!
 

 
Captain Joseph Noriega, TFD Firefighter of the Year with Interim Chief Joe Gulotta.
 
Asphalt Maintenance
 
Asphalt maintenance is another word for pothole repair. Last week’s rain and snow caused an increase in the number of potholes on City streets. TDOT has received over 300 work orders to address potholes and because of that the City almost tripled the amount of staff filling potholes. This week crews worked 10 hours a day to reduce the number of pothole work orders. I would like to thank our TDOT Director, Diana Alarcon, and the team at Streets Maintenance for helping to keep our streets more drivable (and bikeable) and ultimately safer.
 
 
If there are potholes in your neighborhood, please report them! It helps the City to better prioritize staff and resources to know what concerns are coming from neighborhoods. To report a pothole, or any other transportation-related issue, please call (520) 791-3154 or email tdotconcerns@tucsonaz.gov and have the address or nearest intersection handy so they can pinpoint the location.
 
- Paul D.
 
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VITA
 
United Way's VITA sites have been up and running for about a month now, and volunteers have helped more than 950 Tucson residents and their families file tax returns, bringing back more than $1.3 million in federal tax refunds alone. Of the total refunds, nearly $566,000 of the money coming back to our community through this program are a direct result of the Earned Income Tax Credit, our nation's most potent public assistance program that provides a much needed financial cushion for families struggling to make ends meet.
 
This 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.
 
The Ward 3 office at 1510 E Grant Rd hosts VITA every Saturday from 9 am-1 pm and it is first come first served.
 
For other locations and information call (520) 903-9000
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Citrine
 

 
Citrine is a 3-year-old Pit Bull Terrier who is showing off his blep skills. A blep is when a dog pokes his tongue out due to tiredness, forgetfulness or playfulness and it often is only a small portion of the tongue. Citrine's blep is a 12/10.  Because he has been waiting more than 2 weeks for a family at Pima Animal Control Center his adoption fees are waived!
 
To meet Citrine, go down to Pima Animal Care Center at 4000 N Silverbell Rd or click here to find out more about adopting a new addition to your household.
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
National Association of Women in Construction Piano Bar Meet & Greet
Sunday
March 3rd
Habitat for Humanity Tucson
3501 N Mountain Ave
 

 
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:
 
Barrio Blue Moon
Sunday
March 3rd
2-3 pm
St. Elizabeth’s
140 W Speedway Blvd #100
 
Country Glenn
Sunday
March 3rd
5:30-6:30 pm
The Drawing Studio
2760 N Tucson Blvd
 
Friends of Marty Birdman
Monday
March 4th
5:30-6:30 pm
Marty Birdman Center
2536 N Castro Ave
 
Cabrini
Thursday
March 7th
6-7 pm
Vineyard City Church
3150 E Fort Lowell Rd
 
El Cortez
Thursday
March 7th
6:15 pm
Donna Liggins Recreation Center
2160 N 6th Ave
 
Feldman’s
Thursday
March 7th
7-8 pm
St. Luke’s
615 E Adams
 
Keeling Desert Park Cleanup
Saturday
March 9th
8 am
245 E Glenn St
 
Hedrick Acres
Annual Meeting
Thursday
March 14th
6:30-8 pm
Pizza Hut
2943 N Campbell Ave
(Campbell/Blacklidge)
 
Limberlost
Saturday
March 23rd
1-3 pm
Limberlost Family Park
4255 N 4th Ave
 
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City-Wide Events:
 
11th Annual Tucson Festival of Books
Saturday & Sunday
March 2nd & 3rd
9:30 am-5:30 pm
 

 
Tucson Festival of Books 2018.
 
More than 300 authors and over 135,000 attendees will fill the University of Arizona Mall on Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd-3rd, for the 11th annual Tucson Festival of Books. There will be entertainment, readings, book signings and exhibits filling the 2-day event.
 
TRRG Code Enforcement Update Forum
Monday
March 25th
6:00-7:30 P.M.
Ward 6 Community Room
3202 E 1st Street
 
The Tucson Residents for Responsive Government are hosting a forum on Code Enforcement issues. The speakers will be 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. Joining them at the front table will be Deputy Director Pat Tapia, Public Information Officer, Cristina Polsgrove from Environmental Services and Supervisor Martin Romero and Tucson Code Management Assistant Laurie Pumphrey from Code Enforcement.
 
Refugee Seminar
Friday
March 1st
7:30 pm
Temple Emanu-El
225 N Country Club Rd
 
Mark Hetfield, President & CEO of HIAS will be speaking on the topic "Welcoming Refugees: Learning from the Past, Rising to the Moment." With him will be a survivor of the Kindertransport. For more information go to the website: https://www.tetucson.org/shabbat-across-america
 
Mark is known in the refugee community to be an expert on refugees and asylees. HIAS has taken a progressive and pro-active stand on what is happening at the border.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Ride Transit to Festival of Books
 
The Sun Link streetcar and Sun Tran buses will have regular weekend service to provide a convenient and cost-effective travel option to the Tucson Festival of Books taking place March 2nd & 3rd from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
 
Several Sun Tran routes and Sun Link stations serve the University of Arizona campus and are only a short walk to the festival.
 
Sun Link stations include:
 
· University Boulevard/Tyndall Avenue
· 2nd Street/Olive Road
· 2nd Street/Highland Avenue
· 2nd Street/Cherry Avenue
 
Sun Tran Routes include:
 
· Routes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 15
 
Passengers have several options for traveling to and from the event. SunGO Tickets can be purchased at any one of the Sun Link streetcar stops, a transit center ticket vending machine, any SunGO Sales Outlet, or on the GoTucson Transit app. A SunGO ticket or pass is valid on Sun Tran and Sun Link.
 
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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/
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