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This Week In Ward 1 8/5/13


School is back in session and we’re getting back into the swing of things after a busy summer.  We won’t slow down the pace- we’ve got a week full of activities and events.  Here is a sample of what is going on in Ward I. 

In Community,


-8/7/13 Menlo Park Parents Guaranteed Ride Home Program
-8/8/13 Tucson Means Business Ward I Southside Forum
-8/9/13 Deadline for Pima County Bond Survey
-8/10/13 Literacy Fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at El Pueblo Activity Center
-8/10/13 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection at El Rio Neighborhood Center

Menlo Park Parents Guaranteed Ride Home Program
On Wednesday, August 7 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Ward I Council Office we will enroll parents of former Menlo Park families that rely on public transportation. We’ve coordinated with Pima Association of Governments (PAG), and TUSD to sign up parents that rely on public transportation to participate in the Guaranteed Ride Home Program. 

The Guaranteed Ride Home is a PAG program which enables participants to receive free taxi service when a personal/ family emergency or unexpected overtime arises and regular transportation is not available. Anyone who bikes, buses, walks, or carpools to work at least twice a week qualifies for up to four vouchers a year.

The taxi vouchers we print will help get former Menlo Park families to Maxwell. This will ensure all families, regardless of transportation means, will be able to get to your child’s new school in emergency situations.  For more information, please contact the Ward I Council Office at (520)791-4040 or

Tucson Means Business Ward I Southside Forum
Ward I Tucson Means Business Forum is this Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the El Mezquite Salon de Eventos, 7130 S. Nogales Hwy.  Our lunch time event will introduce the new southside Police Captain George Rodriguez, offer presentations and updates on area improvements, and networking.  Habra servicios en Español.  Previous Forums have been a great opportunity for making connections and communication.  Free coffee and refreshments courtesy of South Side Business Coalition.  RSVP is required.  For more information or to RSVP your participation contact my office at or (520)791-4040.

Feria de la Lectura/Literacy Fair
We're proud to partner with the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson and the Pima County Public Library for 5th Annual Bilingual Literacy Fair, Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at El Pueblo Activity Center, 101 W. Irvington Rd. All attendees will receive free Spanish language books, backpacks, and children can enjoy educational activities.  Activities include a children's play, arts and crafts.  For more information contact the Ward I Council Office at (520)791-4040 or .

Pima County Bond Survey
Due to high levels of interest, the deadline for residents to complete the Pima County bond survey online has been extended to August 9.

Voter-approved bonds are one of the most important ways we finance and build important community projects in Tucson and across our region. Voters in Pima County (of which Tucson voters are more than 50 percent) have consistently and wisely supported regional projects for affordable housing, neighborhood reinvestment and open space, and I have been working hard to get projects in Ward 1 included as well. The citizen-led bond advisory committee has a very important and difficult job and they have asked the public to offer opinions on which projects should be included in the election, now scheduled for the general election in November 2014. The survey will only be available until August 9- please take a few minutes to vote!

Ward 1 projects
S. 12th Avenue Cultural and Culinary Corridor
Sentinel Peak Park (A Mountain)
Murrieta Park Improvements
Kennedy Park Improvements
Oury Pool and Festival Space
Art of the American West - Tucson Museum of Art
Tumamoc Hill Area Regional Visitor Center
Dunbar Auditorium
Urban Greenways City of Tucson
City of Tucson Sports Field Lighting
El Paso and Southwestern Greenway
Riverpark Acquisitions and Development

HHW Collection in Your Neighborhood!
Last month, the Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW) made changes to provide residents with easier access to its services. HHW consists of waste that can harm people, animals, and contaminate groundwater if not properly disposed, such as car batteries, solvents, paint, cleaners, antifreeze, and other household products.

The Second Saturday Outreach Collection events are now held in a different neighborhood each month. The previous collection site on Irvington is now closed. The next event, Saturday, August 10, will be held at El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd., from 8:00 a.m. - noon. First Saturday collections will be held monthly at the Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd., from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. For a list of future collection locations, check our schedule (

Home Pickup Program
Residents within Tucson City Limits who cannot reach one of our HHW Collection Sites may schedule a $25 home pickup. To schedule a pickup date or for more information, call ES customer service at (520) 791-3171.

Questions, comments, concerns
For further inquiries, call customer service or visit You can also download the MyWaste app to your smartphone, which keeps users informed of curbside collection days, HHW collection events, and more (