Steve K's Newsletter 03/02/20

 

Topics in this Issue:

 

That is the scene Holly McNally waded into as she was on her way home with her mom – from the Indianapolis hospital less than a week after having given birth to her new kid. She witnessed a truck driver in that mess who was on fire. People were standing taking cell phone videos when Holly told her mom to stop the car and let her out. One other man joined her. They not only saved the truck driver, but pulled him from a stream of fuel that was flowing from the wreck. It exploded just seconds later. Sometimes Being Kind is more important than that cool cell phone video you are after.

This little guy is floating through the lake in Central Park. Notice the plastic ring that is caught in his beak. Birders who saw him at first were thrilled to see it – he’s a Merganser, an uncommon visitor to New York.

But it became clear the ring was preventing him from eating. His mouth would remain open when he dived for food, allowing water to rush down his throat. You know that our Parks workers are jewels – so are the NYC Parks employees. They mounted kayaks to try to corral the duck to remove the ring. Their Kindness is worth a mention. And the dangers of irresponsibly discarded plastics in our water system also deserves a mention. I will write more below on our recycle program, but please understand the literal downstream effects of just tossing your trash in inappropriate ways.

Ann and I invited the City Manager to take a tour of Sister Jose’s Women’s Shelter last week. The woman who runs the place, Jean Fedigan, and her #1 Development person, Julee Dawson, could both warrant the Be Kind. Walking through the place and watching all of the volunteers doing the check-in, cooking, cleaning, and tending to the needs of the women is what gets the nod this week. Sister Jose’s touches the lives of 35 women per night, 365 nights per year. They offer programs to help address the specific needs each one brings in, and over time that work has resulted in nearly 150 women finding transitional housing. Each night they meet capacity. Sister Jose’s is trying to expand. If you would like to help in their work, check them out at www.srjosewomensshelter.org

Genna Update

You remember Genna. She wasn’t living in a shelter – she had a home, a child and a guy who lived there. The ‘guy who lived there’ was the father of the child. He is also the guy who shot and killed Genna one night. That night is now going on 8 years ago. I write about it again to let those of you who have followed the case along with me know that it has once again been delayed.

This was a cold case for the Pima County Attorney’s Office until a couple of years ago when the family and I got together and decided to dust off the evidence. Thanks to Ann’s Foundation helping with costs, we hired a guy to independently look at the files we had obtained from TPD. That fresh set of eyes affirmed what we and the family believed all along – that Genna was denied justice when the PCAO dropped the case back in 2012. 

Armed with the files, and the support of that independent investigation, we were able to convince TPD to re-present the case to the County. They took the case, indicted the killer on manslaughter charges, and now we are waiting, along with the family for the very slow wheels of justice to work on Genna’s behalf.

There was to be a “motion hearing” on March 16th. Sadly, it has been delayed once again, and the family continues to wait for our legal system to work. The new “motion hearing” is scheduled for June 8th. On June 26, we pass the 8-year anniversary of the shooting.

My office will continue to monitor the progress of this trial. The shooter alleges the killing was an accident – that while Genna and their 3 year old son were standing nearby, he was putting a grip on a glock that had a bullet in the chamber and a loaded clip inserted in the handle. He says the gun accidentally fired, killing Genna. In any community – Tucson, in particular – that cannot be ‘oops, sorry about that’, even if it happened in the manner being claimed. 

Currently, the trial is scheduled for later this fall. It is projected to be about a 1-week trial. That means there is a chance this will be brought to closure before Thanksgiving. I join the family in hoping for a real Thanksgiving gift this fall.

Animal Welfare

 

If you think those images reflect an appropriate way to treat animals, and that they are willing participants, you will not appreciate my thoughts on rodeo. In bull riding, bulls are provoked and often fitted with tight, painful flank straps, kicked with spurs and given electric shocks to generate the wild ride cowboys are after. In an effort to rid themselves of the torment, they’re often injured – and euthanized as a result.

Ok, some comments on local activities related to animal welfare. I write pretty often about the humane work being done by groups such as the Tucson Wildlife Center, Pima Animal Care, the Hermitage, Humane Society and other rescues. In the past week, there were two stories, one on the rodeo and another on Rillito Track. The rodeo story focused on which flags they fly in celebrating the event. That will likely become a topic of conversation in the days ahead. I believe the more basic issue being lost in that exchange is the inherently inhumane nature of rodeo events. Do you think those horses and bulls trying to throw off the rider are doing it out of some sporting consideration? When the cowboy wrestles the calf to the ground and ties his legs up, is the animal a willing participant in a sporting activity? 

“Mutton Busting?” That is training kids to do the same to a lamb. If asked, I will share my thoughts on the flag issue, but underlying it all is my belief the ‘sport’ is anachronistic and should go the way of putting dogs in a pit and watching them tear one another up.

Rillito Race Track celebrated its first fatality so far during the 2020 racing season. I have written about Mayor and Council approval of Off Track Betting licenses for local bars. It encourages the continuation of the sport – a sport in which animals are given drugs to hide injuries, which leads to break downs and fatalities. Remember Santa Anita last year?  They had over 20 horse deaths before the track was shut down indefinitely. Mayor and Council approved licenses for betting on horse racing even while that was going on. 

At Rillito on February 9th, a 12 year old horse suffered an injury at the ¼ pole and was “humanely euthanized” by the vet who was at the track. The people who run Rillito were the ones who convinced Mayor and Council to approve the licenses. Why? Because they are affiliated with the new UA veterinary school, so things will be great out at our local track. Yet, when I asked if they would ban the use of meds that mask injuries, they refused. 

The County lease for Rillito ends in June 2021. Many of us will be watching to see what changes the local horsemen will agree to prior to the Board of Supervisor’s action on whether or not to extend the lease again.

Recycling

Together, you have provided, and I have crushed, about 5,000 gallons of bottles. That has yielded about 500 gallons of sand. The crusher is a pretty simple machine. It has a 3hp motor that spins a cylinder that has about a dozen tungsten steel little hammer shaped tumblers. The tumblers ram the glass up against a steel screen, and the crushed glass falls through the holes in that screen into a bucket. It takes about three cases of champagne bottles, or about five cases of beer bottles to yield a 5-gallon bucket of sand. Things came to a halt over the weekend.

This is a picture of a brand new steel screen:

We ordered spare parts when we ordered the machine, so that screen is sitting in a box in my office. 

This is a picture I took of the screen that has been our partner in the crushing work so far:

After 5,000 gallons of glass, it wore through. You can see one of the tumblers at the bottom of the picture. That is what slams the glass up against what used to be the new steel screen – no mas. We have all of the spare parts. On Saturday when this happened, I contacted City staff and requested a General Maintenance Mechanic come by and replace the screens, tumblers and gaskets. It should not be a big deal – should be able to be done pretty quickly in the shop, and we’re back in action. It’s kind of a bummer, but it gave me a couple of spare hours to play guitar over the weekend instead.

Some other progress to report on the glass crushing program. But first, a little history.

Back in 2012, the City awarded our recycling contract to Hudson Baylor. It was a 15-year deal, so it runs through June 2027. That duration is legit – the contractor had to make a significant capital investments, so they needed time in the contract to recoup that investment.

In 2016, Hudson Baylor signed the remaining portion of their contract over to ReCommunity – a subsidiary of Republic Services. You see their trucks driving all over town. In making that assignment, the legal document says they assigned their “rights, duties and obligations” to ReCommunity. I wanted to see what the contract terms were and so last week did a little digging.

Before I share that with you, it is important to understand that I was interested in what each side in the deal was responsible for. We are being told that we cannot simply remove glass from the contract and start to handle it ourselves without first entering into a renegotiation of the deal with Republic. What I found says to me that we should not be entering that conversation with hat in hand. Hudson Baylor made some commitments specific to glass recycling. Republic took on those commitments when they were assigned the contract. They own them, and we should be holding their feet to the fire. 

Staff is suggesting that we should be paying Republic if we pull glass from the contract. I ran across a January 2011 exchange between City procurement and Hudson Baylor that suggests something different. In a normal Q&A that happens during contract negotiations, as a condition of being awarded the original contract, Hudson Baylor said this about their commitment to recycling glass:

 

It was more explicit than that. Earlier in that same exchange they committed to, “we will aggressively pursue recycling uses for the mixed broken glass fraction.” That is where they say they would develop those alternative markets. 

When I started the bottle-by-bottle crushing, I was hoping to convince City staff that we could create a legitimate secondary market for crushed glass in Tucson. It was interesting to see that our contractor had committed to do just that – on a commercial scale – back in 2011. They didn’t. With your help in supporting the garage program here at Ward 6, we have now shown that there’s community buy-in, and there’s a demonstrable local market for the crushed glass.

Should we be paying Republic if we pull glass from the list of commodities we collect curbside? I say ‘no.’ In the obligations they bought into, Republic concedes that pulling glass from the recycle process has financial benefits to them. This quote from one of the original Hudson Baylor documents: 

Now circle back up to the pictures of the worn-through steel screen on my crusher. Yes, if we pull glass from their operation, it will demonstrably save them money on operations and maintenance of their equipment.

One of the options the City Manager suggested we use the crushed glass for was to provide an alternative cover out at the landfill – to contain the pile of trash. Hudson Baylor-Republic also addressed that over 8 years ago. This section I pulled from a lengthy document that was a part of their original application process:

All of the current conversation we are having about secondary markets, new uses for the crushed glass, and using it as alternative cover at the landfill was addressed before we awarded them the contract. Staff is saying we should pay them if we pull glass from the deal? In fact, the contractor was supposed to be aggressively pursuing new markets – not me in my garage doing it. And not Staff writing them a check if we remove glass and use it in the community.

There is a clause in the agreement that addresses removing commodities from what is being collected. It’s really quite straight-forward, and is found in the last sentence in the paragraph:

We document the costs associated with collection, back out the cost savings, and someone writes a check. We are paying all of the costs. We are making Republic whole for all of the collection, separation, and hauling costs. It’s costing us $500K annually. I have asked why the contract is being administered in a way that seems to be weighted all in Republic’s favor, and ignores all of the commitments they made to work on creating the secondary markets, commitments that were made before the contract was awarded.

Staff has now suggested we set up scattered collection sites around town. One idea is to use our Neighborhood Recycle Centers, have you drop off your glass there, we collect it and take it out to the landfill. There, we’ll have a new commercial scale crusher and will ‘create’ the sand I’m now making in the Ward 6 garage – at a much larger scale. Last week I also met with leadership from Main Gate, 4th Avenue and Downtown Merchants. The goal was to identify more sites so we can begin this new operation of picking up glass, hauling it to our own facility and putting it to good use. The original contract gave us the right to use Neighborhood Recycle Centers as we see fit. This is language from the 2012 agreement:

I am told that discussions with Republic have begun. They need to be framed based on the obligations that were assigned to them based on commitments made by Hudson Baylor. It would be great to see Republic Services step up and be a part of a creative and progressive approach to the new world of recycling we find ourselves in. They certainly have that opportunity. What they should not have the opportunity to do is to charge us money for reducing wear and tear on their equipment, neglect obligations they made to pursue new markets, and ask us to write a check for taking on those burdens. 

I will let you know as things develop. In the meantime, continue bringing your bottles to the Ward office and be a part of the change you hope to see. Staff has the liberty to institute a pilot collection program. They have asked for some time to chat with Republic.

Next up / Plastics

At a recent Call to the Audience, a couple of young men came forward and spoke on the issue of plastic bags, and ‘reduce/reuse/recycle’ generally. We suggested they share their message with our friends up at the State Legislature – the ones who passed pre-emptive legislation on local plastic bag ordinances. The guys did a nice job of presenting, so I’m going to pass along to you the pledge they’re out promoting – sign onto some level of change in your own personal actions. I know I have plenty of room to up my own game when it comes to this topic.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

One final ‘Recycle’ add for this week – coming on Saturday, our Environmental Services folks will be hosting a Household Hazardous Waste collection event. This is not a free-for-all. For example, do not bring medical waste, syringes, explosives/ammunition, TVs or monitors; however, there are plenty of things you probably have in your cupboards or garage that cannot go into the recycle bin but that are fine for the HHW program. Here is a partial list that I pulled from the ES website:

For their complete list of both do’s and don’ts, the website address is https://www.tucsonaz.gov/es/hhw-list.

This Saturday you can use the Eastside Service Center (7575 E. Speedway) from 8am until noon. It’s free. You can also use Los Reales Landfill (5300 E. Los Reales Rd) Monday through Saturday from 8am until 4:30 pm on a regular basis. This is free to City residents, and comes with a $10 fee to non-City residents. In a pinch, you can always schedule a home pick up for $25. To do that, call 791.3171. It is all geared to helping reduce the contamination rate that is costing us $400K annually.

Remain in Mexico Policy

I have written several times about the misnamed Migrant Protection Protocols – the Remain in Mexico policy that the Trump administration imposed. The policy simply says that instead of using the well-established shelter facilities in Tucson to provide services to asylum seeking migrants, people present themselves at the border and are turned back to remain in Mexico while they await their turn in line to come and make a pitch in our court system. The conditions in which they are being housed in Mexico are dangerous and unsanitary. The conditions we have available here are just the opposite.

Last week the 9th Circuit Court supported a lower court injunction that prohibits the Remain in Mexico policy. It also tossed out the Trump policy of saying a person cannot apply for asylum if they did not arrive here through a legal port of entry. In doing so, the judges used some pretty elementary language. For example, the Remain in Mexico policy violates a “plain reading” of the law. Also, Trumps claims “border on absurdity.” Good for the judges.

I met last Friday with leadership from the Alitas Center staff. We talked about the now anticipated increases in migrants who will be dropped off at the Center by Border Patrol. We have the space. The County to its credit has made significant investments into the facility to ensure it is safe, secure, and welcoming. People are being fed, clothed, housed, and transportation to next of kin is facilitated. There is medical care offered 24/7. 

Many of you continue bringing donations to the Ward 6 office. Please keep them coming. Cold weather clothing and personal hygiene items are important. The Court ruling will result in increased numbers of asylum seekers, at least pending some review at the U.S. Supreme Court level. We join the thousands of migrants who have been served in thanking you for your continued support.

Shelter Health Protocols

At least 56 countries now have cases of the Coronavirus. Over 84,000 people have been infected, and more than 2,800 people have lost their lives. Last week I reached out to the Pima County Health Director and asked if he’d join us for a presentation on recommended protocols the health people are recommending if flu symptoms present themselves in any of the shelters we have scattered throughout Tucson. That is not just migrant shelters. We have many non-profits who offer overnight quarters to the homeless. Up above I wrote about the great work Sister Jose’s is doing. There’s Primavera, Gospel Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, and others. Each exists with the support of volunteers from around the community; and all take in people who may be medically compromised when they arrive. The close sleeping quarters lends itself to easily passing sickness around.

If you run a shelter, or if you are a volunteer at one, please join us on Wednesday, March 11th at 5:30pm in the Ward 6 Community Room. Dr. Francisco Garcia will be here to share some information on what we are seeing trending in Tucson and the region, and important information on steps you and your shelter should take when/if an outbreak occurs. 

All of us who have had any contact with shelters, the people they serve, and the volunteers who work in them want to ensure everyone who has committed to serving the needy are doing so in a safe environment. Dr. Garcia’s presentation is timely, and important. There will be plenty of time for Q&A as well. Thanks for what you do, and we hope to see you here on the 11th.

Census 2020

All of the people who are relegated to temporary shelter count in the 2020 census. So do the asylum seeking people we serve through the various shelters set up for that work; so do the homeless who are unfortunately not able to find shelter; and so do you and your family. 

Making sure we have a complete count in the upcoming census is a matter of preserving tens of millions of dollars that will go to provide services to the needy in our community. It is also a matter of securing our fair number of representatives in Congress. You can still get involved in the count activities. 

That phrase may be loosely translated as Be Counted. That is, Be Counted in the 2020 census. Coming this week there are a series of “Train the Trainer” sessions being offered to certify you as a Census Ambassador. You will get an overview of why the census is important, how the count is going to be conducted, and resources you will have available in order to play a role in the work. 

The training will take place on Tuesday, March 3rd from 1pm until 5pm at the El Pueblo Center (101 W. Irvington,) and on Thursday, March 5th from 4:30pm until 8:30pm at Pima College’s El Pueblo-Liberty Center (also at 101 W. Irvinton – building 7) .

You should register for these training sessions. To do that, email arodriguez@naleo.org. You can also look over the Hágase Contrar information by going to https://hagasecontrar.org. This is important, non-partisan work. Please do what you can to help ensure our region is fully represented.

TEP System Upgrades

TEP is currently going through a public process that will end up with an application in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) for an alignment of new power poles and a substation. They are increasing the service capacity to 138kV – a substantial increase in their ability to deliver uninterrupted power. The work will create a closed loop, connecting three transmission substations. One is out on the southwest part of town, another on the northwest side, and one by Banner UMC. 

The connections will involve the installation of new power poles. Nobody involved would deny the poles are pretty massive – up to 110’ height range, and up to 6’ in circumference at the base. Given the need to interconnect the three substations, the public outreach is intended to gather public input on proposed routes for the poles. 

I mentioned above that ultimately the ACC will decide on the route; and yet, the City will have a role in responding to a Special Exception zoning request. I have asked for a study session report on Tuesday in which TEP will give an update on where they are in the process, and City staff will describe what our role in the whole decision is. 

This map shows the various routes TEP is considering right now. It is all based on input they have heard during the public sessions.

If you look right in the middle of the map, you will see this image:

That is Euclid on the left hand side in yellow, Campbell on the right hand side in yellow, and the green part, in the middle, is the UA and Banner. A large discussion item during many of the public meetings is how they get to the substation located just north of Banner; and it’s is also where TEP will need some zoning grace from the City.

One issue some residents have asked to be considered, is to have TEP underground the utility lines. In response, TEP has been very upfront on the impacts – in terms of physical impacts during construction, the implications for downtime if outages occur following an underground installation, and the cost to do the initial installation work. This image shows the size of the trench that would be needed to accommodate underground lines. 

Typical open trench construction for undergrounding utilities:

Here is a photo of one of the trenches during construction. As you can see, what is being proposed is a major construction effort. TEP estimates the cost for installing the poles and lines, above ground, is about $1.5M per mile. To do it underground is north of $15M per mile. The cost for maintenance later on is equally disproportionate, and the downtime is days, not hours if an outage were to occur. Given all of that, as aesthetically preferential the underground work is, it is highly unlikely that will be the result approved by the ACC.

What I’m after at the study session is a very clear description of what the Zoning Examiner’s role is, the criteria on which he’ll make his recommendation, and what happens in the process following that. I will share all of that information with you, as well as what TEP has to say about upcoming public meetings.

This week’s Local Tucson item is a very cool event coming to the Children’s Museum Tucson. On Saturday, March 21st, Easter Seals Blake Foundation will host the All Abilities Day. It’s all about allowing young people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities to showcase their skills – and most importantly to allow the community to rally in support of their efforts.

The activities will run from 10am until 2pm. Of course, it’s free and everyone is invited. The greater the level of support the kids see, the better. Special Olympics will be there to demonstrate adaptive sports programming, and the National Parks Service will be there to show how they are working to make the Parks system more inclusive. The Children’s Clinic will be on hand to share what they’re doing with adaptive cheerleading, dance, swimming and other sports and activities. 

If you are a special needs parent looking for avenues to get your kid involved, we will have several parent groups on hand who are great resources for families like yours. It would be great to see you there. You can get more information through Annette Mather at amather@blake.easterseals.com. She is managing the event for the Foundation.

Autism-Friendly Park Downtown

There is another similarly cool event coming on Tuesday, March 10th at the Intermountain Center downtown. It is located at 401 N. Bonita. Intermountain Centers serve children with autism and other educational disability needs. On the 10th, they will be hosting an informational meeting for the public. They will also be looking for your ideas related to their autism-friendly park. It will be built in phases on their Bonita campus. The facility is co-sponsored by our City Parks Department and the event will run from 5:30pm until 7.

The park will have sensory play spaces for kids ages 2-5, and for older kids ages 5-12. There will be themed zones with sensory playscapes and other equipment geared towards kids with physical disabilities. They will have conceptual design ideas to share on the 10th, and will be looking for your thoughts and ideas on what’s being planned. How soon it gets fully built out is a function of funding, but knowing the scope and direction is what they need in order to really get the money piece moving. You can’t sell a vision without having one to share.

You can contact our events person in parks if you need more information on the plans at sierra.boyer@tucsonaz.gov

Pima County Summer Youth Program

One final “kids” item. If you have a youngster who’s at least 14 years of age, and you’d like to get them out from under foot for say 20-40 hours per week this summer, in a supervised setting where they will be paid to be out from under foot, the Pima County Summer Youth jobs program may be your ticket.

No, this isn’t my bride trying to make sense with our daughter – but it could have been, and might be you this summer if you don’t find an alternative. Pima County’s jobs program is for people (using the term advisedly) from 14-21 years of age. The work sessions generally run for 4-6 weeks. There will be a variety of jobs, and not everyone applying will be qualified for all of the jobs being offered. Participants will be paid $12 per hour.

If you are interested, you need to get your kid to the one-day ‘employability skills’ workshop. They will be taught good work habits and what employers expect from their workers – basic stuff. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 6th at 5pm. The application can be handled on-line, or have your kid check with a counselor at his/her high school. They should have the applications there, too. 

Call the program hotline at 724.9639 to get more information, or use this link: 

 Pima County Summer Youth 

Calls to Artists

The City, County and the Zoo each have some artwork they need to get done. Each has a separate Call to Artists, active through the Arts Foundation. If you are an artist, check into these opportunities.

• The City is starting work on Grant Road, phases 3 and 4. Those run from Swan, back west to generally around Country Club. The roadway design is still being finalized, so there are no pre-selected locations for the art. That means the artist/art team selected will work alongside Planners, as well as working through at least 3 public meetings to craft concepts that match what works with the roadway, and the interests of the public. This process is set to begin by May, and they are hoping to have the artwork installed by the end of 2021. Use this link to get the details - https://artsfoundtucson.org/call-to-artist/cta-grant-rd-phase-3-4-public-art-project/

The Reid Park Zoo is beginning work on their Master Plan. One early piece is the Flamingo habitat and changes to the zoo entry area. Later will be a play area and the Asia expansion. This second Call to Artists is for art connected with those projects. 

You will be working alongside the project architects, and will also be gathering input through public meetings. The Flamingo and entry work happens first, followed by the play and Asia work, so two different public outreach efforts. If you are an artist whose work needs to be shown indoors, don’t apply for this project. The zoo is outdoors and all of this art will be subject to the elements. 

Here is the link for the zoo work: https://artsfoundtucson.org/call-to-artist/cta-reid-park-zoo-master-plan-implementation-phase-i/

Finally, the Martha Cooper Library is expanding. There will be artwork associated with that project. This one is a Pima County project, but the Arts Foundation is also handling the Call to Artists. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the architect selection on March 17th. Once that’s in place, the planning begins. The artwork will be included in a planned patio that’ll be on the north side of the facility, and in the entry foyer area. So there may be parts of this that are indoors, and some that’s out in the elements. Use this link to get all of the application information: https://artsfoundtucson.org/call-to-artist/call-to-artists-pima-county-public-library-martha-cooper-library-expansion/

The Grant Road and Zoo applications need to be in by March 5th. The Martha Cooper application is due by March 20th. All of the applications are submitted online, so don’t ignore the information you find in those links.

Advance Directive Workshop

Our Family Services is right now taking reservations for the March 24th Advance Directive workshop we’ll be hosting in the Ward 6 Community Room. This is the presentation on how you file forms you will want in place when your family is sorting through end of life options on your behalf. What you don’t want is for the medical community to make those decisions without any notion of what your desires are. The workshop will cover all of what you need to have on file.

I’ve been suggesting to young people that they attend and at least get to thinking about this issue. If not for the conversations they should be having with senior parents, get the Directives in order ahead of any unforeseen accident that may result in your inability to participate and let your thoughts be known. Do you want feeding tubes, or other mechanical means to keep you breathing? If you cannot participate in the exchange with doctors, they will make those calls for you.

One group who cannot even sign the Directives is people suffering dementia. Katy Butler is the author of The Art of Dying Well. In it, she included some thoughtful comments about end of life decisions and dementia care. It goes a step beyond what you will get at the Our Family Workshop. If it’s information you feel you’d like included, bring this along with you and the Our Family folks will show you how to get it in your papers. You can find the whole article at this link:

https://theconversationproject.org/tcp-blog/with-dementia-more-is-needed-than-a-boilerplate-advance-directive/ 

What it includes is a list of considerations you want the medical folks and your family to honor if you get to the point at which dementia makes it impossible for you to argue on your own behalf. Things such as whether or not you want life-prolonging things such as pacemakers installed, do you want ‘comfort care’ meds only or medications that prolong things, do you want hospice, protocols for eating, and a whole lot of issues you will not be thinking about right now in your daily life. It’s really basic life stuff that won’t come to mind until you aren’t functioning well enough to address it on your own.

I encourage you to at least read through the information in the Butler link, and to register for the March Advance Directive workshop. You can reach Our Family at 520-323-1708.

Sincerely,

Steve Kozachik
Council Member, Ward 6
ward6@tucsonaz.gov

City of Tucson Services

The City of Tucson incorporated our 'city services cheat sheet' onto their main page. If you click "I Want To" on the city website (where you're reading this) you'll find information on many city resources, from contact numbers and emails for environmental services, water, how to report graffiti, codes, and more. We will continue to work with IT to keep this section updated, and the google doc distributed will no longer be updated as things change.  You are completely still welcome to contact us directly at the Ward office if you’d like some help navigating the system.

Events and Entertainment

Wed, Mar 4, beginning at 4:30pm

Women of Influence 2020, Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, 1100 W Pima Mine Rd, Sahuarita, AZ 85629

Southern Arizona is home to extraordinary women in varied leadership roles, and across the political spectrum. Whether serving in public office, running local chambers of commerce, heading up local corporations or working for change through the nonprofit world, women are giving their all to make Tucson a better place for all. It is a great privilege for Inside Tucson Business and Tucson Local Media to honor the women who make a difference in our community. 

A judging committee consisting of industry professionals will name the top three candidates in each category who will be announced as Finalists for the 2020 Women of Influence Awards.

A dinner and awards ceremony will be held on March 4, 2020 at the Desert Diamond Casino in Sahuarita. Tickets are now on sale at  http://2020woi.eventbrite.com.

Sat, Mar 7, 12:00 AM – Sun, Mar 8, 10:59 PM

Pima County Fair, Pima County Fairgrounds,11300 S Houghton Rd, Tucson, AZ

Event Times: Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket price allows entrance for both days. Kids 12 and under are free with a parent or guardian and do not require a ticket.

Mon, Mar 9, 12 PM, SAVE THE DATE!

Tucson Festival of Books​, http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

ONGOING...

Arizona State Museum, 1013 E University Blvd | www.statemuseum.arizona.edu

Arizona Theater Company, 330 S Scott Ave | www.arizonatheatre.org

Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S 6th Ave | www.childrensmuseumtucson.org

Fox Theatre, 17 W Congress St | www.FoxTucsonTheatre.org

Historic Fourth AvenueSee Facebook page for weekly events: https://www.facebook.com/events/2343613065903248/

Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St | hotelcongress.com

Jewish History Museum, 564 S Stone Ave | www.jewishhistorymuseum.org

Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd | www.loftcinema.com

Meet Me at Maynards, 311 E Congress St | www.MeetMeatMaynards.com
A social walk/run through the Downtown area. Every Monday, rain or shine, holidays too! Check-in begins at 5:15 pm.

Mission Garden, 946 W Mission Ln | www.missiongarden.org
A living agricultural museum and ethnobotanical garden at the site of Tucson's Birthplace (the foot of "A-Mountain"). For guided tours call 520-955-5200

Raices Taller 222, 218 E. 6th St | Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm | www.raicestaller222.com

Rialto Theatre, 318 E Congress St | www.rialtotheatre.com

The Rogue Theatre, The Historic Y, 300 E University Blvd | www.theroguetheatre.org

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 414 N Toole Ave | www.tucsonhistoricdepot.org

Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way | www.tucsonbotanical.org

Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church St | tucsonconventioncenter.com

Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N Main Ave | tucsonmuseumofart.org

UA Mineral Museum, 1601 E University Blvd | www.uamineralmuseum.org

Watershed Management Group, Living Lab 1137 N. Dodge Blvd. | www.watershedmg.org

Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson2130 North Alvernon Way | www.yumegardens.org