Pauls Note: Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Paul's Ward 3 News and Updates
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
News and Updates
Pet of the Week                 
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
City Wide Events
Did You Know?
Ward 3 News and Updates
This week's Ward 3 newsletter will be a condensed version because of the Thanksgiving holiday. As we have in the past, we continue to wish you and those close to you healthy and safe times. Awareness of the threat of the COVID-19 virus should be at its highest as the rates of infection and hospitalization rise rapidly. This week's newsletter has other reminders: the neighborhood engagement series continues next week on Dec. 3. And city services, with the exception of emergency services, will be closed tomorrow. Be well. Be safe. Mask up.
COVID-19 Update
As of Wednesday, Arizona reported 310,850 positive coronavirus cases. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 37,518 cases are in Pima County (up 532 from Tuesday). There have been 6,524 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona (9 reported Tuesday), and 679 of those occurred in Pima County. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website, that includes information for businesses, residents, and more. The site is updated as information evolves.
Food Bank of Southern Arizona
These last couple of months City of Tucson employees have had the opportunity to volunteer at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Ward 3 Chief of Staff, Sarah Launius, was able to join the hundreds of volunteers this Tuesday at the Kino Stadium. Among the volunteers were organized groups from faith and education communities, individuals volunteering for their first time and long-time Food Bank volunteers who serve multiple times each week. The volunteers include young adults to individuals in the seventies and every age in between.
On Tuesday, we even had a special appearance by Senator-elect Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords who loaded cannisters of rice into the trunks of cars for Food Bank participants.
On Tuesday alone, Food bank staff anticipated providing food to over 3,000 households. It is an impressive, outdoor operation.
We wish to thank the amazing volunteers, staff and National Guard Service Members who keep this effort going. We encourage you to volunteer or donate as you are willing and able.
Turkey Giveaway
Volunteers were getting into the holiday spirit last Saturday at the Donna Liggins Center where 1,000 turkeys were given away to families from around the city.
The Housing and Community Development department hosted the event and United Healthcare provided the turkeys.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Series
Thank you to everyone that has participated in the Ward 3 Neighborhood Series. The first two sessions are now online and you can view them here.
Registration is now open for our next two sessions
Proposition 407
Roger Road Pedestrian Safety & Walkability Virtual Town Hall
Join the virtual town hall meeting to learn about the Roger Road Pedestrian Safety & Walkability Project and provide your input. You can join the event online or call the number below.
Thursday, December 3
6-7 pm
Join Online:
Call-in: (213) 293-2303 and enter conference ID: 578 376 780#
The Roger Road Pedestrian Safety and Walkability project will provide complete and connected sidewalks on both sides of Roger Road from Oracle to Romero, enhanced street crossings, street lighting, and landscaping for shade.
Treat Avenue Bicycle Boulevard
The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) is planning new street improvements to Treat Avenue from the Rillito River to the Aviation Bikeway for a total of six miles, connecting to five parks, three greenways, and six schools. The Treat Avenue Bicycle Boulevard is part of the voter-approved Proposition 407 Tucson Delivers Strong Connections Program that will expand the citywide low-stress biking and walking network.
The project team has incorporated community input from previous outreach opportunities into the project design plans. Join DTM staff at this virtual event to learn more:
Tuesday, December 1
6-7 pm
Join Online:
Call-in: (213) 293-2303 and enter conference ID: 829 989 082#
For detailed information on this project, please visit the project website:
In November 2018, City of Tucson voters approved Proposition 407 Tucson Delivers Parks and Connections, a bond package to fund improvements to parks and construction of new bicycle and pedestrian routes. Over 50 connectivity projects will be built as part of a planned citywide network to improve connections to schools, parks, libraries, stores, and other destinations.
Pet of the Week
Shelter Staff made the following comments about Zeus:
"I absolutely love snuggling in bed, on the couch, or anywhere my person will let me." - Zeus

Zeus had a break in a foster home that taught us that he is a couch hippo and very devoted to his person. Here is what Zeus's foster had to say about him: "He's fun to play with and loves his version of ball. He loves long walks and hikes, even though he gets worn out and needs a nap afterward. He's so excited to see you when you get home from work. He loves to show you his toys and knows to chew on his bone. He loves to eat, dog food included- never seen a baby so excited to get fed! He's such a happy boy when he's at home and he loves to meet new people and go places."

Zeus is potty-trained, loves to hike, swim, play ball, go new places, meet new people and most of all he loves to nap! He is eager to please and eager to learn new things. In PACC play group, Zeus gives appropriate greetings and is tolerant of the other dogs, but he may prefer to be your one and only.

Zeus is currently in a foster home but is available for adoption! If you are interested in adopting him, please email
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Sugar Hill
December 2
6-7:30 pm
Phone: 1 602 753 0140
Meeting ID: 918 2578 9221
Ward 3 Events
Live Theater Workshop
“Having Our Say” opens as 103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany welcome us into their home in Mount Vernon, New York. As they prepare a celebratory dinner in remembrance of their father’s birthday, they take us on a remarkable journey through the last hundred years of our nation’s history.
November 20 - December 6, 2020
Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm
Sundays at 5 pm
Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Enjoy this outdoor performance at LTW’s new location - 3322 E Fort Lowell Rd. Tune into the LTW radio station to hear the story from the comfort of your own car. You can also bring your mask and lawn chairs and sit outside of your car or in the tailgate.
To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242
or buy tickets online
City Wide Events
Open Studio Tours Goes Online
Open Studio Tours Online, taking place November 27 through December 6, will serve as a free, temporary hub for the community and local artists to connect. Southern Arizona artists register and share their artistic processes, virtually open their studio spaces, and sell their artwork directly to the community in a collective space.
Open Studio Tours Online runs from November 27-December 6, 2020, with the goal that visitors will consider supporting the local art community when purchasing gifts for the holidays. For more details about the event, visit
Did You Know?
Santa and his elves would like to add some sparkle to a child’s holiday season through the "Santa's Calling" program, courtesy of Tucson Parks and Recreation. The special child(ren) in your life, between ages of 4 and 8, will have an opportunity to speak with Santa and listen to his elves hard at work. All calls will be attempted on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 8-9. If the North Pole receives too many requests for two nights, Thursday, Dec. 10, will also be used. In order to receive a call, you'll need to fill out a form and mail it (900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ 85716), or you can email The request must be received by Monday, Dec. 7.
Read the announcement 
Tucson Parks and Recreation
In order to stem the spread of COVID-19, every person in the City of Tucson over 5 years old is required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in public. It’s for both your protection, and to keep others safe. In the video linked below, Tucson city leaders show why they wear masks. People can spread COVID-19 before they ever show symptoms, or even if they don't have symptoms. Masks should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, and be able to be washed and dried in a machine without damaging the mask or changing the shape. For more tips on masks and other COVID-19 information, follow the links below.
Don’t Forget the Trash!
The Thanksgiving Day holiday will be observed on Thursday, November 26. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Thursday. Trash and recycling collection service for Thursday and Friday will be delayed by one day.
The Los Reales landfill will be closed on Thursday only, which means Household Hazardous Waste will not be available either.
Holiday collection schedules are available online here.
Receive a Rainwater Harvesting Grant and Loan
Interested in collecting rainwater on your property to shade your home, grow your garden, and support water conservation efforts in Tucson? For limited-income Tucson Water residential customers, SERI provides a no-interest loan for you to pay for your rainwater harvesting system over time. For those who qualify, SERI additionally offers a grant. SERI will act as your liaison and assist you with the full program process. This program is in partnership and funded by Tucson Water. To get started register for a rainwater harvesting online workshop at  and for inquiries please email
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