Paul's Note: Thursday March 29, 2018

Paul’s Note
Friday, March 29th , 2018
  • Paul’s Note
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Cesar Chavez Day
The City of Tucson will observe Cesar Chavez Day on Friday, March 30th. Please note that the Ward 3 office will be closed. Cesar Chavez was born in Arizona (March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) and was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. Chavez worked for access to safe drinking water and medical benefits for farmworkers, a union contract that banned pesticide exposure and to end sexual harassment of women in the fields.
I helped celebrate Chavez's legacy this week by attending a benefit for Chicanos Por La Causa's Community Schools program at which my colleague Council Member Regina Romero was honored and spoke. CPLC's Community Schools are a great embodiment of the strengths we associate with Cesar Chavez, one of which is located right here in Ward 3.

Council Member Durham with (from left) Deputy TPD Chief Kasmar, Chief Magnus, Mayor Rothschild, Mayoral Aide Pat Burns, Council Member Romero and City Manager Ortega.
Tucson Metro Chamber

This week I sat down with Amber Smith, the new President and CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber. We talked about our shared priorities for high-skilled jobs, workforce training and education and smart development in Tucson. Although we both know we won't agree on everything, it's important that we're on the same team to make Tucson a great place to live and work.
April is Bike Month in Tucson! Bikefest is a program of Living Streets Alliance and is Tucson’s annual celebration of life on two wheels. Did you know that Tucson recently ranked third out of 12 comparable U.S. cities in its bicycling infrastructure capacity? As of 2017, it has 1.8 miles of bike infrastructure per square mile, twice as much as Phoenix! Come out and enjoy our bike friendly city in April and participate in the many events that are planned.  Some of the highlights this year are Cyclovia on April 8th and the Bike-In Breakfast and TuGo ride with the Mayor on April 19th. Enjoy free breakfast items hosted by University of Arizona Parking & Transportation. Breakfast will be served starting at 7:45 am on the UA Mall just east of Old Main to the first 100 attendees. The Mayor’s ride will leave at 8:10 am. It will wind through campus to the 5th Street Bike Hawk, through West University Neighborhood  into downtown and along the Stone Ave protected bike lane. We’ll arrive at City Hall no later than 8:30 am – a great route for a TuGo ride! For a look at the events that are coming up, go to the Bikefest website calendar

Poverello House
Last year there were roughly 1,500 people in Pima County who were homeless. This figure has decreased for the last two years and Council Member Richard Fimbres and many wonderful organizations in Tucson are working to ensure housing and support services are available to continue to reduce homelessness. In the interim, the Ward 3-based, Poverello House offers a respite for homeless men including access to showers, washing machines and meals.
Poverello House opened nine years ago in the Northwest neighborhood of Ward 3. This small, historic bungalow serves as a day shelter for a rotating group of 12 men. Last week I went to Poverello House and met with the volunteer staff and the men who were relaxing in the courtyard or watching TV together. I also had the benefit of discussing the work of Poverello House in Ward 3 with Jeanette Arnquist and “Brick” Wall.

Poverello House volunteers “Brick” Wall and Jeanette Arnquist with Council Member Paul Durham
I want to thank all the Parks and Rec staff members and all the sponsors that made the 19th Annual EGGstravaganza a success. It was fun to see the kids participating in the Easter egg hunt and the families enjoying all of the activities and games.

Community Policing Forum: Strategies for Reducing Property Crime in our Community
Please do take note of a very important and what I expect will be a very informative discussion with Chief Magnus, myself and Ward 3 residents. We'll discuss how to prevent property crime and the benefits of community policing in Ward 3. Please join us on Thursday, April 5 from 6-7:30 pm at the West Division Police Station, 1310 W. Miracle Mile.
 - Paul D.
Ward 3 Events: 
Community Policing Forum: Strategies for Reducing Property Crime in our Community
Thursday, April 5th
6pm – 7:30pm
TPD West Division
1310 W. Miracle Mile
Tucson Police Department Chief Chris Magnus and Council Member Paul Durham will be discussing the role of Community Policing in Tucson and ways to protect you and your family from property crime. Please mark your calendars.
Campbell/Grant NE Parkfest
Sunday, April 15th
1pm - 4pm
Conner Park
2200 E Glenn St
Live music by Frank ‘n’ Steel. Tickets are $5 admission includes hot dogs, chips and drinks. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Learn more at
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program returns to Ward 3
February 3rd – April 14th
9am – 1pm
Ward 3 Council Office
1510 E. Grant Rd
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program through United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona provides FREE, quality tax preparation from IRS-certified preparers to individuals and families earning up to $66,000 annually. United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s VITA program helps taxpayers access all tax credits for which they are eligible – including the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which has been recognized as the single most powerful tool to lift children out of poverty. Please bring a copy of last year’s tax returns and a photo ID.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Thursday, April 5th
St Luke’s Chapel
615 E. Adams St
City-Wide Events:
Pinwheels for Healing
Saturday, March 31st
10am – 12pm
Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center
2329 E. Ajo Way
April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month and to kick off the month of bringing awareness to this critical issue the Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center (SACAC) will place 1,415 blue pinwheels in front of their building, the color and symbol of child abuse awareness and to represent the 1,415 children who were seen at the Center in 2017. This event is open to anyone in the community who wants to support the year-round efforts of SACAC in helping children who have been abused or neglected.
Gen Silent: A Documentary
Saturday, March 31st
2pm – 4pm
The Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway Blvd
Join Senior Pride and the Pima Council on Aging for this documentary on members of the Silent Generation. For more information call 520-284-9334.
"NO! The Rape Documentary" with Director Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Tuesday April 3rd
Film at 7:30pm
Director and Local Leaders Dialogue at 9:15pm
The Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway Blvd
Take Back the Night along with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, the EMERGE! Center Against Domestic Abuse and the UA Consortium on Gender-Based Violence kick off April Sexual Assault Awareness month by bringing Director Aishah Shahidah Simmons for a screening of her film, “NO! The Rape Documentary”. Facebook:
Humane Society of Southern Arizona Grand Opening
April 7th
11am - 3pm
635 W. Roger Road
2nd Annual Survive Well: Living with Cancer Symposium
Saturday, April 7th
7:30am – 4pm
Westin La Paloma
3800 E. Sunrise Dr
The Symposium, hosted by TMC and the Mayo Clinic, is free and open to cancer survivors and their loved one, family member and caregivers. The website with more information and registration is:
Salute to Centenarians
Friday, May 4th
TMC Marshall Conference Center
5301 E. Grant Rd
Do you know someone who has been on this earth 100 years? Let’s celebrate their life!  Call Jan Baker at (520) 790-0504 or email, to submit the individual’s name by Friday, March 9th, for local citizens age 99 and over.
Did You Know...?
Tucson Police Department Accepts Another State Grant
The Tucson Police Department recently received a $95,000 grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure work zone safety. The grant will be used to enforce violations such as speeding, distracted driving, alcohol/drug impairment and other infractions that occur around various work/construction zones within Tucson. Approximately 100 deployments will be scheduled day and night at different work/construction zones throughout the remainder of 2018.
Tucson Police Department:
Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety:
Development Activity Map
Tucson's Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) would like to announce the availability of a new tool that enables the public to see active development projects within Tucson's jurisdiction. The Development Activity Map is an interactive tool that allows users to locate projects within a certain distance of a point or address, connect to more detailed information about projects in Property Research Online (PRO), and download customized tables showing basic project details. The main webpage describes the site, explains the types of projects included on the map, and provides tools for using the map and interpreting the associated tables. Please check out this new tool and let us know what you think. Questions and suggestions can be sent to
Calling All Artists! Neighborhood Mural Festival April 13th-15th, 2018
DEADLINE: Monday April 2, Midnight
Artists and groups of all styles and experience levels are invited to work alongside Tucson Arts Brigade and residents of the historic Sugarhill and Jefferson Park Neighborhoods to gather stories and transform them into murals. Join us for this festive annual celebration of murals, food, community, music and more! Learn more at
Food Donation Box in the Ward 3 Community Room
Food donations can be dropped in the Community Room box Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. The Community Food Bank welcomes your donations of nonperishable items, as one in four children in Arizona are at risk for hunger, and one in 5 adults. Please join the fight against hunger and donate nonperishable items to help feed kids, families and seniors. Nonperishable food in plastic, cardboard or cans works best for transporting (glass can easily be broken). Thank you for making a difference with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona!
Council Member Paul Durham is on Social Media!
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