-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)
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I am pleased that the Manager’s formal budget recommendation has moved toward addressing key concerns raised by the community and Mayor/Council. Since the framing of what’s on the table varies widely in media reports and from Council offices, let me provide my take on it. First, the layoffs proposed are an unfortunate but necessary process to eliminate positions that can no longer be justified given the 23% reduction in our workforce. It’s unrealistic to think that vacancy management alone will responsibly shape our City bureaucracy. The changes would be called for regardless of budget challenges, in order to stay true to the promise that we as a local government are spending taxpayer dollars effectively and efficiently. Duplicative or excessive management and administrative costs can’t be justified, nor can any top heavy agency profess to be prioritizing services to the public. It’s a tough truth to face, but we’re charged with using dollars to provide outcomes not to guarantee that every position in the City will be sustained regardless of what’s best for Tucson.
Ward 3 Events:
- The Invisible Theatre’s Pastime Players – Monday, April 28th 7:00 pm at Doolen Middle School 2400 N. Country Club Rd. Invisible Theatre's Pastime Players has grown into a prototype of innovative arts education that focuses on ability rather than disability. Exceptional education students at Doolen have been working with the Invisible Theatre’s artistic staff throughout the year and will showcase their program with The Me Inside of Me, a musical that celebrates ability. Come see this wonderful show and support local students. No reservations necessary – bring the whole family! For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1j9Kl7K
- Amphi Action Day - Saturday, May 10th 8:00 am - 1:30 pm at Amphi Park 510 E Navajo Rd. Help out with this great neighborhood event! Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Council Member Karin Uhlich and Graffiti Protective Coatings (GPC) are teaming up to help us abate graffiti and clean-up refuse in the Amphi neighborhood. We are looking for 30 volunteers from the community to help. Breakfast and t-shirts will be provided as well as lunch at the wrap-up celebration in the park. Please contact Brianda or Matt at 520-791-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign-up to volunteer. Volunteer groups registered by the 27th get their logo on the event t-shirt.
Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meetings:
-Northwest NA – Wednesday, May 7th at 6:00 p.m. Donna Liggins Recreation Center, 2160 N. 6th Avenue
- Tucson Glass Festival IV: Young @ Art – Saturday, April 26th from 9:30 am – 10:00 pm at Sonoran Glass School, 633 W. 18th St. Young @ Art is a fun and affordable event where kids, families and the general public explore the glass arts through exciting demonstrations and experiences. Watch glassblowing demos, create glass art through free activities, win prizes, and watch as glass artists transform three children's desert-themed drawings into professional works of 3D glass art throughout the day. Only $5 to attend. Proceeds benefit SGS Youth Education Programs. Visit www.sonoranglass.org for more info.
- National Prescription Take-Back Initiative – Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at TPD Eastside Service Center 9670 E. Golf Links and TPD Westside Service Center 1310 W. Miracle Mile. The Tucson Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will again partner to bring the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative to the citizens of Tucson on Saturday, April 26, 2014. During this event, the public will be able to bring unwanted or unused medications to either of two drop-off locations, where they can be turned over to members of the Tucson Police Department for disposal. This service is being provided for free, and is anonymous - no personal information will be collected from citizens turning over medication for disposal.
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