Paul's Note - September 30, 2022

I’d like to start with a reminder about Disability Pride Day, which is coming up on December 3. 

Chris Desborough from my office has been spearheading this effort and he and other staff members have worked hard at getting support from both community organizations and businesses. 

The event will be at Ward 2’s Udall Park and seeks to promote and celebrate the talent, skills, and expertise that exists within this often marginalized and underrepresented group and will feature performances by individuals with disabilities, accessible and inclusive activities for families, informational sessions on various aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act and a resource fair for families and community members to explore. 

For more information, you can contact Chris at my office at 520 791-4687 or email

Also keep in mind that we are having a meet and greet with our Tucson Fire Department Chief, Chuck Ryan. Ryan has been our chief for 3 years following time as a contract instructor at the National Fire Academy, a career at the Fairfax County (Virginia) fire department and, believe it or not, as an attorney. 

The meet-and-greet will be at my office at 7575 E Speedway on Wednesday, October 26th from 5:30 to 6:30. 

The Princess Bride celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. It is one of my favorite movies and one that I can enjoy with my whole family. I know that is true of a lot of you too and you all wish for an opportunity to see it again. 

As you wish... 

Saturday, The Loft Cinema, Ward 2 Council Office and The Palo Verde Park Neighborhood present The Princess Bride in a free screening on Saturday October 1st at Palo Verde Park (425 S Mann Avenue). Fun with games for the kids starts at 6pm. The movie begins at 7pm. Prizes for the most outstanding pirate or princess costumes. Food trucks Blacktop rill and Fat Noodle will be serving food. Please bring a chair or blanket – no seating will be provided. 

On Saturday, October 22, from 9 am – 2 pm, the Tucson Police Department in conjunction with Toys for Tots will be hosting a community drive-thru toy distribution event in the Geico parking lot at 3500 South MLK Way (near Campbell between 36th St and Ajo Way).  During this event, we will be giving away over 15,000 toys to families in our community.  The toys mostly range through the age of 14, but all are welcome and no prior registration is needed.