Paul's Note - December 27, 2019

I’ve been beating the drum, or maybe the cistern, for water harvesting for my entire time on the council. Many of you know that the landscaping at my office is fed by a water harvesting system and I’ve always been looking at ways to encourage water harvesting in new developments around town.

Tucson Parks and Recreation dedicated a garden just outside of their office this month that will also utilize water harvesting. The garden, called the Sonoran Desert Rain Garden, will serve as a memorial space for employees and their families.

Plants in the garden will be irrigated by a “passive” water harvesting system. That’s a fancy way of saying that it will be watered by runoff from their parking lot. This is done by laying out the garden to take advantage of water flow from curb cuts.

Photos of the garden have been posted at Parks and Recreation’s Flickr Page:

More gardens and landscaping done this way doesn’t only save groundwater, but it minimizes flood damage and creates more greenery to cut down on our “heat island” effect. It also can mean a rebate on your water bill. For more information on that, visit


In case you haven’t heard, we are hosting a bowl game!

The Nova Arizona Bowl will be on New Year’s Eve (that’s Tuesday) and will feature the University of Wyoming Cowboys and the Georgia State University Panthers. Not every city gets to host a game between bowl-eligible college football teams and this gives us an important opportunity to showcase our city.

Kickoff is at 2:30 and there are still tickets available. Visit for more details.


If you can’t go to the game, you can still take part in the festivities. The University of Arizona New Year’s Eve Downtown Bowl Bash will take place in Downtown Tucson on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Sun Link streetcar will offer free rides from 8 a.m. New Year’s Eve until 2 a.m. New Year’s Day sponsored by the Center for Neurosciences. For more information on the University of Arizona New Year’s Eve Downtown Bowl Bash, please visit:

For the safety of the traveling public and pedestrians, the following streets will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, until approximately 7 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020:

Toole Avenue from Congress Street/Fourth Avenue to Pennington Street

Fifth Avenue from Congress Street to Toole Avenue

Message boards will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming closures. Motorists driving in the area may experience traffic delays associated with this event, so please plan accordingly. The traveling public should use caution when driving, bicycling or walking in this area. Please watch for event participants, obey all traffic control, and watch for detour signs.


Keep in mind that next Tuesday (December 31), my office will only be open from 8 am to noon, and will be closed on Wednesday.

Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on either Wednesday, and customers with Wednesday-Friday collections will have their service delayed by one day. The Los Reales Landfill will be closed on both holidays.

Have a happy and safe New Year.