Friday, August 17, 2018

UA Research Finds Workplace Bias Differs for Single vs Married Parents

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There are many differences women and men experience in the workplace, including benefits or penalties for parenthood.

Research has shown that mothers are penalized in the workplace as it is assumed that they are less focused or dedicated because of their children.

According to the UA, research has shown that mothers in the U.S. are subject to a net wage penalty of 5-7 percent per child and they are often placed in "mommy-track" jobs, characterized by fewer opportunities for career advancement and financial security.

Men, on the other hand, benefit at work once they have children, as they are viewed as the family breadwinner.

This phenomenon is known as the motherhood penalty and fatherhood premium. Researchers at the University of Arizona studied how this changes for married versus single parents.

UA Sociology doctoral student Jurgita Abromaviciute conducted an experimental study and found that when parents are not married, the motherhood penalty and fatherhood premium disappear.

Abromaviciute discussed her research in a UA press release.
"When a woman is known to be single and when she has children, then in addition to being a caregiver, she's also a breadwinner. So, in addition to caregiving, she now also has to provide for her family and she has no one to fall back on. My research shows that single mothers are not perceived as less competent or less committed than single childless women, and they are not less likely to be hired or promoted compared to their childless counterparts. In other words, while the motherhood penalty holds for married mothers, it disappears in the subsample of single mothers."
It is important to note that while single mothers do not suffer from the motherhood penalty, they also do not receive the fatherhood premium. However, neither do single fathers, research found.

"Single fathers, in addition to being breadwinners, are caregivers to their offspring," Abromaviciute said in a UA press release. "Likely, this triggers an assumption that they are more focused on their family than a married father might be, which eliminates the fatherhood premium."

When conducting her research, Abromaviciute asked 160 college students to evaluate job applications including resumes and notes from a human resources interviewer, for fake applicants with comparable experience all applying for an upper management position with a communication company.

The students were aware of the applicants' gender, whether they were married and if they had children.

"For the subsample of single mothers and single fathers, there's no premium or penalty," she said, "which suggests that marital status operates as a strong status cue that, combined with gender and parenthood status, leads evaluators to make assumptions about one's anticipated performance at work.”

Abromaviciute said that she hopes to continue her research with a broader demographic of study participants and across a broader representation of possible jobs. 

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18 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: August 17-19

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Friday, Aug 17

TGIF ’90s Spectacular. For every Friday in August, Casa Video is allowing you to relive the ’90s! Go back to a wonderful decade where we didn’t have any of the strife we have today; no unnecessary wars and no corrupt politicians. It was just technicolor tracksuits and Tamagotchis, all day every day. For this week’s party, they’re screening episodes of Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Step by Step and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, August 17. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.

Stand Up 101 Class Showcase + Carnival Diet. Students over at Tucson Improv Movement just spent six weeks honing their comedy chops, and they’re ready to show off their stuff. You’re not going to want to miss this opportunity to see what just a month and a half of classes can do to a person’s sense of comedic timing and ability to go with the flow. In addition, Carnival Diet, one of Tucson Improv Movement’s house teams, will take a suggestion and weave you a world that’s as weird and wonderful as a carnival—vomit-inducing rides, fantastical performances, fried miscellany and all. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. Tucson Improv Movement, 414 E. Ninth St. $5. Details here.

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WomanKraft Rummage Sale. You were probably looking for the perfect way to support the mission of validating and empowering women artists and other underrepresented groups this weekend, so we are pleased to tell you that there’s a perfect event for that—one where you can walk away having gained more than just a good feeling. This rummage sale has toys, decorations, art books, novels, household items, tools, records, furniture, a huge variety of art supplies… and the list goes on. Pick up the piece you’ve been looking for to complete your wardrobe, or to tie together the décor of your living room. Bring a friend! Come more than once! Just don’t miss out! 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18. No early birds, please! 388 S. Stone Ave. Details here.

Saturday, Aug 18

The Gaslight Music Hall Car Show. It’s that time of month again! This family-friendly event is the perfect opportunity to unwind in the midst of all this back-to-school stress. Listen to some old school tunes, check out some beautiful cars and talk to people who love cars as much as you do—or, if you’re not super, super into cars, talk to people who can teach you all sorts of cool things about cars. Of course, don’t miss the delicious, classic diner food being served up at the Gaslight Music Hall, because most experiences are made better with French fries. 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley, 13005 N. Oracle Road. Free. Details here.

College and Career Day at the Library. The period after graduating from high school can be pretty confusing. How do you make a resume? What do you put on a resume anyway? What the hell are you supposed to major in? How does financial aid work? Don’t worry, though: You’re not alone. The Joel D. Valdez Main Library is putting on this event full of college-and career-related workshops led by the Library’s Idea+Space staff, Pima Community College and Earn to Learn. Reps from ASU, NAU, UA,, Prescott College and the Metropolitan Education Commission will also be on hand to answer questions. The event is open to the public, so you don’t need to be a recent high school graduate to swing by and pick up some knowledge! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Free. Details here.

Flashlight Night at the International Wildlife Museum. Scientists have puzzled over the issue for decades, because there’s really no rhyme or reason to it, but most everyone agrees than any game becomes more fun when you’re playing it in the dark with flashlights. And kudos to the International Wildlife Museum for recognizing this with this night where you can hang out with reptiles and insects, take safari selfies, watch movies and participate in a spotlight scavenger hunt. Archery is available for ages 9 and up as well. Lights go out at 6 p.m., but feel free to come earlier if you want to see the museum with the lights on. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. $10 adult, $7 senior/military, $5 kids 4 to 12 and free for kids 3 and under. Archery is two bucks per person. Details here.

Yoga for Stronger, Healthier Bones. Yoga is supposed to make you feel stronger and more capable, but if you’re dealing with bone troubles like osteoporosis or osteopenia, then the varied weight distribution that comes with it might not sound too fun. But at this class, you’ll learn 12 poses to help enhance bone strength, and also exactly which poses to consider avoiding if you’re dealing with weakened ones. There will also be discussion about the benefits of yoga for bone density, balance, strength, range of motion, coordination, anxiety and fall prevention. Whether you’re brand new to yoga, or a yoga teacher looking for ways to better serve your students, you bone’t want to miss it. 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. The Yoga Connection, 3929 E. Pima St. $35. Details here.

Women & Money Masterclass. As a print publication, we’ve had our fair share of moments where we realized we had more month than money. And really, who couldn’t benefit from a YWCA-hosted class on how to create a realistic financial plan, to work with the money you have and to master the art of negotiating? This weekend is part two of this master class, and it’s called “Let’s Get Real About Money.” 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Aug. 18. Frances McClelland Community Center, 525 N. Bonita Ave. $60. Details here.

Sizzling Summer Nights. The last iteration of this beat-the-heat event at the Jane Hamilton Fine Art Gallery is upon us! Their philosophy at the gallery is simple: Yes, it’s absurdly, unreasonably hot, but, hey, at least the town has slowed down for the summer and the restaurants are less crowded. It’s the perfect time to take a deep breath and relax, then to head over to the gallery for some more relaxing, but with wine, music and food. Ahhhh, summer. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Jane Hamilton Fine Art Gallery, 2890 E. Skyline Drive, suite 180. Free. Details here.

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Cool Summer Nights at the Desert Museum. It’s time someone said it: Sometimes not even the nights are that cool during the Tucson summer. But you know what? Heading out to the Desert Museum is still worth it. This week at their “Creatures of the Night” event: live presentations from the Herpetology Department featuring venomous reptiles, two “glow & flow” yoga sessions offered by Tiffany Georgia from Tucson Yoga Studio (glow sticks will be provided!) and a photography workshop by Jay Pierstorff all about using flash correctly. Plus all the usual fun in the form of fine art exhibits, the stingray touch exhibit, docent presentations and the Packrat Playhouse. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. $22 GA, $20 seniors 65 and up, $9 kids 2 to 12, $18 military, $17 Arizona/Sonora residents. Details here.

Sorrytown. Reverbed-out guitars eviscerate silence. “Go away,” a dude urges, but the song drones on, jagged and un-attenuated, a relentless aural disaster. Sorrytown lifts the corners of the polite straight world and reveals the skittering, frenetic bugs underneath. “Everyone you know is somewhere you could never go,” Simeon Beardsley exhales, like Built to Spill sans tidy deductions. Heavy drums and bass push tunes forward, headlong into uncertainty, demanding to “know.” Then the answer comes—sonic booms and cathartic bass waves. There is no inner narrator, only a vast noisy void. “We have no reason to speak.” Heavy primal fucking and alienation ensue. If Reznor routinely dips a toe in this black pool, Sorrytown is a headfirst dive into the abyss. This is bleak and mighty and could only hail from the forsaken Las Cruces desert. With The Big Bad, Medvedi and Her Mana on Saturday, August 18. Cans Deli, 340 N. Fourth Ave. 8 p.m. $5. 21+. Details here.

Native Son. Ahead of the release of the remake, The Tucson Black Film Club is screening the original film adaptation Richard Wright’s classic novel. It tells the story of an impoverished black man taking the job of a chauffeur for a rich white family, where unforeseen complications arise. The screening will be held at the Dunbar African American Culture Center. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. 325 W. Second St. Details here.

The Greatest Showman Sing-Along. Yeah, who cares if the movie glossed over a lot of exploitation, the songs are a great time! Join The Loft and Loft Jr. for a special version of the musical with on-screen lyrics to the hit songs like “This is Me,” “Rewrite the Stars” and “The Other Side.” 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. 3233 East Speedway Blvd. $12. Details here.

Sunday Aug 19

5 Points Farmers Market. You can never have too many farmers markets! Especially farmers markets like Grassroots, which charges nothing for their farmers to sell goods. Head over to 5 Points for a heaping helping of food that’s local and sustainable. Try the organic produce! The antibiotic- and hormone-free meats! Even some baked goods and hot coffee from 5 Points to munch on while you shop! You’ll walk away feeling good—not only because you got up before noon on a Sunday, and not only because you’re going to fill up on foods that are good and good for you, but because you’re supporting local farmers. And that’s pretty dang cool. 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 (and every Sunday through Dec. 2). 5 Points Market & Restaurant, 756 S. Stone Ave. Free. Details here.

Valley of the Moon Historic Tours. If you don’t know much about how the Valley of the Moon got started, for now we’ll just tell you that it involved a Spiritualist preacher, a little girl sick with tuberculosis and about 800 sacks of cement. But we don’t want to spoil the story. Head over there this Sunday (or any third Sunday, really) to take a tour and go behind the scenes to learn about some of the history and stories behind this magical little corner of the world. 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Valley of the Moon Tucson, 2544 E. Allen Road. $5 adults, free for kids 12 and under with adult, members and teachers. Details here.

Oro Valley’s Got Talent Finale. This is it! After months of preliminary auditions and two rounds of semi-finals, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is upon us! The finals and awards for Oro Valley’s talent competition. Who will it be? Kelly Clarkson? Clay Aiken? That little girl with the yellow pants and the ukulele? Unless any of those people live in Oro Valley, then probably not. This is about homegrown talent, baby. And this is a really neat chance to step back and realize just how many of your neighbors are full of secret, impressive skills. First-place winner gets $1,000, and second place gets $500! 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. The Gaslight Music Hall, 13005 N. Oracle Road. $15. Details here.

Interfate. Phoenix is a hard, hot and shitty place to live and the boys of Interfate are nothing if not a product of their environment. The word “alone” is often purged from within, reinforced by the crash of a five-cymbal kit, pinned down by chest-crushing bass lines and shot through with whiplash guitars. “Our fates are intertwined.” The trio rails against confinement of the impoverished living under wide open skies, the loneliness of a burned lover forced to mill amidst millions of strangers, only wanting The One. More emo than angry, vocalist J-Money manages to find nuance in his belted outcries for help, and though there’s no new musical ground here, the band is dynamic enough to avoid whiffs of suburban generic. This is windows-down, sun-blazing, Red Bull-fueled gestalt that those turned off by plastic consumptive tripe will feel—head back, mouth open, fists pumping. Sunday, August 19 at House of Bards, 4915 E. Speedway Blvd. 7:30 p.m. 21+. Details here.

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Bar Cinema: Anime Arcadia.
 Sky Bar is throwing it back and keeping it wack with Anime Arcadia: a showing of the biggest and baddest animated robots battling it out. First, two episodes of the ’80s mecha series Armored Trooper Votoms. Then, the main feature Patlabor: The Movie. More ’80s Japanese robots blowing stuff up. What’s not to enjoy? Hosted by Batwings Photography. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. 536 N. Fourth Ave. Details here.

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Laughing Stock: Geek, or gangsta?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 4:22 PM

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In his hour-long video, Surrender to the Blender, Eric Schwartz is the first to joke about his four-eyed, shaved-headed tech support look. Then he takes off his glasses and, for just long enough, comes on like Channing Tatum with Justin Timberlake pipes.

He’s apt to throw in a little pop and lock for good measure as he’s vocalizing his own beat box. Later, he’ll lean like a cholo and convincingly cover some mariachi.

But the tech support image isn’t much of a stretch. Schwartz’s YouTube channel features two almost NSFW animated cartoons he made in 1993 with Dpaint (5meg) on a Commodore Amiga.
The channel now sports more than 40,000 followers for Schwartz’s fancies, from live shows to sketches, parodies and much more recent borderline NSFW animation made with 2018 technology. YouTube named him one of their NextUp Creators.

Schwartz also has been featured on the Tonight Show, Showtime, Comics Unleashed and BET. GQ India named him one of 5 International Comics You Must Watch, and he’s even been name-checked in Forbes magazine.

“My show encompasses multiple entertainment disciplines—stand up, music, video,” Schwartz says. “It’s so fun to perform. I have a good time; the audience has a good time. Those go hand in hand.”

Schwartz performs at Cans Deli at 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23. Advance tickets are $12, or $25 including a 7 pm meet and greet with Schwartz and openers Joey G and The Frank Show’s Kristine Levine. Reservations are via the Cans Deli Facebook page under Events.

Asked how his Tucson show might differ from his hour-long video, Schwartz ventured, “I think the Tucson show will be different because more people will be wearing shorts that they bought second hand and wore as they rode their bikes to the venue.”

Expect an evening of what Schwartz describes as, “a multi-cultural mix of music and comedy...with a hint of Bar Mitzvah.”

Eric Schwartz raps about Tucson!

Brew Ha Ha features Chris Thayer

Celebrating its status as Tucson’s second longest-running independent comedy show (the venerable Estrogen Hour boasts eight years running) this month’s Brew Ha Ha Comedy Showcase at Borderlands brewery promises a stellar lineup from 8 to 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20. Headlining Chris Thayer, the show features Phoenix comedians Eden Nault and Trejon Dunkley, and Lincoln, NE comics Jake Gardner and Hayley Rave.

A free beer is included in the $10 admission. Advance tickets are available via SquareUp on the Facebook event page,“Brew Haha Comedy Showcase Present: Chris Thayer!”

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Congressman Grijalva Receives Award for "Best Constituent Services"

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM

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Congressman Raul Grijalva received the first-ever “Democracy Award” for best constituent services from the Congressional Management Foundation, an organization based in Washington, D.C. that works directly with members of Congress to ensure that they are effectively serving the citizens of their districts.

Representative Grijalva and his staff were selected for this award out of 441 other congressional offices nationwide.

On Tuesday, August 14 Grijalva hosted a reception for the award at El Pueblo Neighborhood Center. The congressman received high praise at the event from his staff and the residents of Congressional District 3, but he insisted the recognition should go to his team.

“I’m very proud to be associated with this staff and having our office recognized as the outstanding office in Congress for taking care of people and helping them navigate all the things they have to confront,” Grijalva said during his opening remarks. “Those of us that are members of Congress, we get all the attention, good and bad, but the work of providing service to our constituency, that constitutes what the staff of the district does.”

One of Grijalva’s staff members, Alexandra Martinez, read a letter from a Tucson resident named Eric Lowe who couldn’t attend the event but greatly benefited from the services that Grijalva’s office provides.

Lowe, a former D.C. resident, was diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) after being exposed to severe toxic chemicals. His condition made it extremely difficult to tolerate normal working and living environments, so he moved to Arizona on doctors’ recommendations because of the supportive climate.

After relocating, Lowe found it extremely challenging to find suitable housing for his medical condition “due to the nature of most conventional building materials, pesticides and other chemical cleaning agents used in those buildings” and was “rendered effectively homeless” because of it. Grijalva’s office helped to expedite his Social Security disability payments, lawyer fees and full back payment. Lowe wrote that this was a “life-saving intervention at a time of absolute critical need.”
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On a similar note, David Goodman, another Tucson resident, took the stand to express how Grijalva continuously supports the veteran community and the adversities they face. While working at Fort McClellan, an army base in Alabama that housed chemical weapons before being shut down in 1999, Goodman was unknowingly exposed to toxic chemicals and suffered greatly from it.

He said the federal government refuses to acknowledge and take responsibility for the hazardous conditions. After a decade of attempts, bills that could prevent this kind of disaster in the future never make it to the House floor due to lack of support.

“Mr. Grijalva has supported [H.R.3666] for years, and has gone further than just co-sponsoring this bill,” Goodman said. “He has formally requested a committee to convene a hearing on this matter. I am here today as an Arizona district three resident, but more importantly, I am here as a proud advocate for those poisoned veterans across the country that are too weak to fight.”

In an interview after the event, Grijalva told Tucson Local Media that the biggest caseload his office sees is veteran affairs. He said his team helps veterans with “everything from disability to medical coverage, to taking general discharge and making it an honorable discharge, and getting them what they deserve for their time in service.”

“If we can help a person, we dig in, and if it’s an issue that we can’t help, we’re honest,” he said. “I think that helps the credibility of what these people do.”

Grijalva explained that because of his background is social service, his office is set up with a case management component, so they follow each case much like a social service agency. He believes that residents sometimes don’t realize his office is a close-proximity resource, and that him and his team work as advocates for the residents.

“Our district is unfortunately an underserved area, so we have to pump up the service that we do,” Grijalva said. “And the cases are many times very involved, very difficult, especially now with all the immigration stuff going on, it's particularly difficult to try to get people, try to remedy their situation because it’s harder to work with Homeland Security than it was in the past, they are much stricter on enforcement and less discretion and less compassion.”

However, he did give credit to the Tucson-based Veterans Administration and Social Security Administration for being a great help in his office’s ability to serve constituents. During the event, Grijalva and his staff members thanked the federal and state agencies that they work with on a daily basis: U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, Department of Veteran Affairs, Western Passport Center, Social Security Administration, Department of Education, IRS and foreclosure prevention services.

By utilizing these agencies along with his influence as a U.S. representative, Grijalva said he takes his ability to help people very seriously.

“We are advocates,” he said. “And I think if people see us not just as merely paper pushers but more importantly, once we take their case, we become their advocate.”

If you are a resident of CD-3, you can visit this website to learn about the specific services that Representative Grijalva’s team offers.

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Arizona Runner Up on Worst Highway Upkeep

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 3:22 PM

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Arizona ranks second lowest on highway spending per driver, only beat by Michigan, according to a new report by financial news site 24/7 Wall Street. The state spends an annual $239 per driver on state highways.

"While the article doesn't draw a direct connection between per capita spending and the quality of state infrastructure, it does demonstrate how poorly Arizona funds its transportation infrastructure," wrote Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry in a memorandum, highlighting the report.

He also wrote that the Pima County is still looking at ways to fund transportation needs and that the state gas tax would be the best source. The tax that everyone pays when they fill up their tank is meant to fund road repair. But the state has been sweeping those funds for years to cover other needs, like paying for highway patrol.

As well, Arizona's gas tax is below the national average, and the state hasn't raised it since 1991. In the interim, 44 other states have, according to The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a nonpartisan nonprofit.

Huckelberry wrote that he will continue to advocate for increasing transportation spending at local, state and national levels.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona Receives Funding for Youth Mental Health Programs

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The Southern Arizona chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness recently received a grant of $210,883 from the David & Lura Lovell Foundation to fund an initiative for reducing mental illness stigma in local youth.

This grant enables NAMI of Southern Arizona to expand stigma reduction education and advocacy for youth mental health statewide. The program also works to increase help-seeking for mental issues among youth ages 10 to 24.

“With suicide now the second leading cause of death for ages 10 to 24, we want young people to know they are not alone and there is hope for their future” said H. Clarke Romans, executive director of NAMI Southern Arizona. “Stigma is still the greatest deterrent to seeking help.”

This NAMI funding comes in addition to a recent block grant received from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The block grant is to bring an educational program called “Ending the Silence” to schools in Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Pinal Counties.

Since 1983, NAMI has worked to treat mental illness in a professional and medical fashion, stating, “These mental disorders are like any other medical condition; they are common AND treatable.”

Schools and other youth-serving organizations can contact NAMI Southern Arizona to request the 50-minute “Ending the Silence” presentation for their students by calling 622-5582 or emailing

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Town of Marana Developing Plans to Treat Contaminated Water

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 1:23 PM

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During a standing room only study session on Tuesday, Aug. 14, the Marana Town Council members said they support building water treatment centers in response to recent news of contaminated wells.

Marana residents who live in the affected residential areas have been asking the Council to treat the tap water ever since news broke last month of two types of contaminants exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency’s health advisory levels. Marana had been sending out mailers informing Marana Water users of the contaminants since December 2016.

The contaminants, PFAs and 1, 4-Dioxane are unregulated compounds that Marana Water staff found in the two separate water systems that feed Saguaro Bloom and Continental Reserve. These compounds have been found in water sources all over the country, including elsewhere in the Tucson Metro Region.

According to the EPA, the risk exposure for the dioxane health advisory level is one in one-million, over a lifetime. Adverse effects include kidney and liver damage. Marana’s levels go as high as two-and-a-half times the advisory level.

Marana Water Director John Kmiec said the EPA is due to release new standards for soil and groundwater contamination this fall, but there’s no guarantee they will meet their deadline. Arizona currently has no set guideline, but some states have set their own, which vary widely. For example, the EPA’s health advisory level for 1, 4 Dioxane is 0.35 parts per billion, but Alaska set their standard at 77 parts per billion and New Hampshire’s is 0.25.

Several town residents spoke at the meeting, expressing concern over the water and satisfaction that the Council seemed on board for treatment as soon as possible.

Saguaro Bloom resident Joyce Reid called the contamination a health hazard and said she’s “happy to hear that there may be some light at the end of the tunnel.”

Shawna Larsen, a cancer survivor, said the low odds of risk exposure are no comfort to her.

“I heard the presentation using the phrase ‘one-in-million chance,’” she said. “Well my chance is over. That already happened. So what I’d really like to be able to tell my coworkers is, ‘I live in Marana. They had a problem. They put in a treatment facility. It’s working great. They’re testing it consistently. And we’re really happy where we’re at. We’re living in our dream home.’”

Vice Mayor Jon Post was the first council member at the meeting to say he thinks the town should build the treatment plants, followed by a chorus of applause. As far as a funding source, he suggested that an additional sales tax might be an option.

“Just one-tenth of a percent for the town of Marana is $1 million a year,” he said. “It’s not even something that people that shop in Marana would even notice. But yet, it would be a revenue stream that would guarantee us quality water for our residents.”

Two water treatment centers, built around the contaminated wells, would cost about $13.5 million to build and then run for 20 years, about $1.5 million less than a previous estimate the town manager shared with Tucson Local Media.

Marana and other local jurisdictions, along with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, are continuing to investigate whether the contaminants came from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base or another source, but so far no definitive source has been identified.

Councilmember Roxanne Ziegler said she’s definitely in favor of treating the water but not fond of creating a tax to pay for it. She suggested holding off on capital improvement projects to divert funds to cover the treatment centers right away, and hopefully recover the funds in the future.

“I don’t want to play the blame game right now, but I’m all for fixing this and then going back and recovering what we can if indeed it was Davis Monthan or some other area,” she said.

The contamination levels in a number of the wells has dropped since the town began testing the water in late 2016, though a few have slightly increased. Kmiec said there’s no way to know if the wells that are dropping will continue that trend.

Marana Water looked at other options besides treating the water, but advised against them. One of those options is “water blending,” which happens when a contaminated system is connected with a clean system.

One such project was already in the design stages, connecting the water systems that serve Continental Reserve and the Twin Peaks area, for the benefit of optimal water usage rather than to dilute contaminants. It should be completed in the next two years. But Kmiec said Marana Water found the blending technique had a low effectiveness rate at bringing the contaminants down to and maintaining a comfortable level.

The Northwest Recharge, Recover, and Delivery System is another project in the works, to be constructed in 2023. It’s a joint pipeline project with Marana, Oro Valley and Metro Water to transport water that all three jurisdictions have stored by the Marana Airport.

Another option is looking at accessing Central Arizona Project water, but would take a considerable amount of infrastructure, treatment and precaution. Kmiec said because of these challenges, this option “quickly fell off the radar.”

Town Manager Jamsheed Mehta said the town staff will put together a proposal on how and when to build the treatment centers, which should be ready to present to council sometime in late-September to early-October.

Mayor Ed Honea said the council wants to see the treatment facilities happen as quickly as possible.

“We have to work on financing and everything else, but that is not the most important issue,” Honea said. “The most important issue is cleaning up the water, and we’ll figure out the financing down the road. It may be from three or four different sources.”

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AfroFusion Dance Class with Yarrow King and Live Drumming by Key Ingredients!

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