Paul's Note: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Paul’s Note
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019
 
Paul’s Note
4th of July
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
Roger Road
 
I am happy to report the first work in Ward 3 from the Prop 101 Tucson Delivers Better Streets program is coming soon! The upcoming repaving project will take place on Roger Road from First Avenue to Wilson Avenue.
 
Granite Construction, under contract with the Transportation Department, is scheduled to start work on this project in about two weeks. The work will begin with the lowering of manhole covers and water valve covers. Crews will then remove the existing asphalt and repave with new asphalt. Following the repaving, crews will raise the manhole covers and water valve covers level with the new asphalt. Work will take place Monday through Friday from about 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Repaving of the roadway is scheduled to be complete by mid-August, however crews will remain in the area until mid-September to complete curb work throughout the project. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.
 
Work will be conducted in two phases, with one way travel allowed in each phase. Westbound Roger Road travel will be closed for approximately two weeks while crews work on the north side of the roadway. Crews will then shift to the south side of the roadway closing eastbound travel on Roger Road for an additional two weeks. Electronic message boards will be in place to alert motorists of this upcoming work.  
 
You will see travel lane restrictions and access restrictions when heavy equipment is directly in front of a driveway. If you have any questions on the project, please call Public Information Officer Mike Graham at 837-6686.
 
As always please visit http://tucsondelivers.tucsonaz.gov/ to stay up to date with all of the Tucson Delivers projects.
 
GEICO Ribbon Cutting
 
On June 25th, GEICO cut the ribbon at their new Tucson headquarters at the Bridges. GEICO first opened its Tucson office in 2003 and currently has 1,500 local employees. The new building will enable them to hire 700 more people over the next few years.
 

 
GEICO President and CEO Bill Robert speaks at the ribbon cutting, joined by GEICO Regional VP  Michelle Trindade, Mayor Rothschild and Council Member Fimbres.
 
We were lucky to be joined by GEICO’s President and CEO Bill Roberts. He gave remarks along with Mayor Rothschild, GEICO Regional VP  Micheele Trindade and Council Member Fimbres. I was happy to learn during the ceremony that 80% of the building’s power will be provided by solar energy generated from solar shade structures for the building’s employee parking.
 
Congratulations to Council Member Fimbres and the Ward 5 team. The Bridges, located in Ward 5, is a great infill opportunity to create jobs, businesses and new homes minutes from the airport, downtown, the U of A and just a quick drive up Campbell Ave to Ward 3!
 
St. Luke’s Home
 
Last month, I had the opportunity to tour St. Luke’s Home, a non-profit assisted living community for low-income seniors located in Feldman’s neighborhood. The facility was built in 1918 as a tuberculosis sanatorium and includes a beautiful chapel designed by Josias Joesler. It was converted to an assisted living facility in 1980 and was renovated again in 2000 to its current capacity of 64 studio apartments.
 

 
The chapel at St. Luke’s Home, designed by Josias Joesler, serves as the meeting location for the Feldman’s Neighborhood Association in addition to housing religious services for residents.
 
St. Luke’s follows the “Eden Alternative Model,” which I learned is a model of elder communities that incorporates health, wellness, independence and dignity. For example, there is a residents’ council that meets regularly and is empowered to work with the staff to make the community as welcoming as possible. Throughout the complex, there is well-maintained plant life. A rose garden, trees in each courtyard and live house plants in the hallways. It’s a welcoming sanctuary for the residents, who greeted me warmly and invited me into their studio apartments.
 
Perhaps my favorite example of the Eden model at work at St. Luke’s is the house dog Rio. Rio dutifully followed me on my tour. The only places he’s not allowed are the kitchen and dining room (and he stopped at the entrance to the dining room while following me on the tour), but besides that he roams free and lives full time at St. Luke’s. You can learn more about the principles of the Eden model at https://www.edenalt.org/. St. Luke’s is the only Eden Alternative model home that is a non-profit and that serves low income elders.
 

 
St. Luke’s Home’s star resident Rio.
 
Thank you to St. Luke’s Home CEO Linda Hollis and Program Manager Sally Krommes for welcoming me and for being wonderful Ward 3 neighbors. You can learn more about their work at https://www.stlukeshometucson.org/.
 
Lastly, my office will be closed on tomorrow in observance of the 4th of July. It will reopen at 9 am on Friday, July 5th.
 
-Paul D.
 
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4th of July
 
Where to Watch Fireworks
 

 
Tucsonans have options when it comes to watching fireworks on July 4th.
 
You can watch the “A” Mountain display for free from the TCC parking lot. Park your car and take the street car to the TCC parking lot where there will be food trucks and music. Bring a chair. Fireworks start at 9:15 pm. 
 
You can also take the streetcar across the Santa Cruz River to the Mercado District. The MSA Annex will have live music, food trucks and an unobstructed view of “A” Mountain.
 
One of Ward 3’s largest parks is Mansfield Park. As nearby residents know, it’s also got a tremendous view of the fireworks on “A” Mountain. Bring a blanket and get ready for fun.
 
There will be another fireworks display at the Kino Sports Complex. The 4th Annual Diamonds in the Sky Celebration includes live music, food and fireworks after the baseball game. The cost is only $4, and kids 5 and under are free. Doors open at 5 pm.
 
Oro Valley, Marana and Sahuarita all have their own fireworks displays. For more details about times and locations click here.
 
Transit to “A” Mountain Events
 
Sun Link streetcar will run on a Sunday schedule; however, service will be extended until 11 pm for the “A” Mountain fireworks.
 

 
Fireworks and Your Pets
 
Fourth of July fireworks are anything but fun for pets. The loud noises can cause serious anxiety and stress in both cats and dogs. Last year Pima Animal Control Center took in over 400 animals in the week following the 4th of July. Take extra precautions to keep your pets safe. Play with them or take them on a long walk before the fireworks start to tire them out and keep them more calm. Keep them inside for the duration of the fireworks. Keeping a radio on for them helps, too. It’s a good idea to microchip your pet, and make sure your pet has an ID on them! They need to be able to tell people where they live in the event that they run away.
 
If your pet does run away, Pima Animal Care Center has a list of lost and found tips to help you reunite with your furry friend.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Smokey
 
 
Meet Smokey. He’s a black and chocolate Chinese Shar-Pei mix who has been at Pima Animal Care Center since June 23rd. Staff think that he is about 2 ½ years old. Smokey has had some time with a foster parent and this is what they had to say about him:
 
Smokey is a quiet guy, with the occasional bark or two. He is house trained and has nice manners. You can usually find him hanging out on the couch when it’s not playtime, and he sleeps on the floor beside the bed. He can be a bit shy around strangers until he has warmed up to them. He has played fetch with multiple young children, and gets along with almost all of the dogs he’s been introduced to (but he did get scared of a little Chihuahua). Smokey likes his tennis balls but loves to play with squeaky toys, especially the furry ones. He gets excited when it’s time for a walk, and settles in to a good pace in no time with minimal pulling on the leash. Smokey’s got a pocket full of commands that he is good at. He knows “sit,” “paw,” “other paw,” “lay down,” “come here” and “where’s your toy?”
 
Smokey is the whole package and you can bring him home without having to pay an adoption fee! Call or stop by PACC to meet him.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
 
Barrio Blue Moon
Sunday
July 7th
2-3 pm
St. Elizabeth’s
140 W Speedway Blvd #100
 
Country Glenn
Sunday
July 7th
5:30-6:30 pm
The Drawing Studio
2760 N Tucson Blvd
 
Alvernon Grant Initiative
Tuesday
July 9th
6-7 pm
Emmanuel Church
1825 N Alvernon Wy
 
Friends of Marty Birdman
Wednesday
July 10th
5:30-6:30 pm
Marty Birdman Center
2536 N Castro Ave
 
Miracle Manor
Wednesday
July 10th
6-7 pm
Good News Church
701 W Glenn
 
Cabrini
Thursday
July 11th
6-7 pm
Vineyard City Church
3150 E Fort Lowell Rd
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Sustainable Tucson 
Tuesday
July 9th 
6 pm
Ward 6 Council Office
3202 E 1st St
 
The Roof Over Our Heads

· 100,000 - the number of Tucson houses over 50 years old - Today

· 200,000 - the number of Tucson houses over 50 years old - in 10 years

· 80% - the percent of houses inside the incorporated City of Tucson that will soon reach the age (about 50) when repair costs often exceed many owners' ability to pay them.

Have you or anyone you know replaced your furnace, the ducting, the electrical service, or the water and gas pipes? Or, if the house was built in the 40s or 50s, the electrical wiring? If not, it is likely that within the next 15-20 years, you will have to replace them all. Your cost: $20,000 - $30,000. Maybe more.

Neither the City, County, State, nor Federal Governments can afford to pay the Trillions of dollars required to repair our old houses. (Nationally, there are 56 million homes that will be at least 50 years old within 10 years.) But it would cost several times that much to tear down and replace them. Even when adding maximum energy efficiency upgrades, it is cheaper to repair than to replace.

The July Sustainable Tucson meeting will explore the needs and opportunities for repairing our old houses. What needs to be done? How can we train thousands of people to do the work? And most importantly -- how do we pay for it?

Join us for this important discussion that will begin the conversation about the future for Keeping the "Roof Over Our Heads."

Schedule an RTA/PAG Update
 
The Regional Transit Authority wants to educate the public about the process of developing a new set of transportation investments to support our region’s long-term economic vitality before the current ones expire in 2026, and solicit feedback about community priorities. Pima Association of Governments’ Community Relations Specialist, Mindy Blake, is available to provide an update on the region’s transportation funding climate and what steps the RTA is taking to develop a plan for the future.
 
To schedule a presentation for your group or neighborhood association, please contact Mindy Blake at 520-495-1427, or mblake@pagregion.com. I think it’s important that Ward 3 priorities, be it road maintenance, better SunTran service or more bike lanes, are communicated early and often to the RTA if they expect Ward 3 residents to support the reauthorization.
 

 
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