Karin's Note: Friday, May 16th, 2014

Karin's Note: Friday, May 16th, 2014

-Ward 3 Events
-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)
-Citywide Events
-Did You Know?

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Dear Tucsonans,

 
 
Great Weekend of Work
 
We had such a heartening turnout for our cleanup/action day in Amphi on Saturday! Over sixty volunteers, including groups from Refugee Focus, COPE Behavioral Health, AmeriCorps, Carrington College, and Tucson Arts Brigade, worked hard to abate graffiti, pick-up litter, and remove curbside discarded furniture. Special thanks to GPC, Rose Taulton, Constable Bennett Bernal, TPD, Parks & Rec, the Amphi CAG and Amphi Neighborhood Association, as well as BK’s Carne Asada & Hot Dogs, Beyond Bread, and eegee’s for their generous food donations. And special thanks to my staff, Brianda, Matt, Judith and Tamara, for coordinating such a high-impact and celebratory day!
 
Budget Work Coming
 
You’ve heard many of my thoughts on the budget already, starting with my community notes early this year. I’ve tried to emphasize a few points:
 
1) Our bureaucracy needs reorganizing, including the elimination of some management and administrative positions, to be sure the share of money going into direct services is not overwhelmed by indirect expenses.
2) All of our employees and labor unions have given greatly to get us through the tough times. The City’s labor contracts, comparative market data, and annual compensation plans have been publicly posted and unanimously approved by Mayor and Council year after year. Changes oughta be negotiated openly and in good faith during the coming year.
 
3) Our investments should be centered in core services, city governmental functions, and goals. Public Safety, Transportation, and Parks & Recreation (along with Water and Environmental Services) have been scrutinized closely to offer the best possible services to the public. Outside partnerships, which have already been cut 45-75% over recent years, should not be gutted; sometimes our goals and functions can best be met through those partner groups, including improving the quality of life and economy in Tucson (e.g. workforce development, anti-poverty programs, crime and violence prevention programs, public access television programming, arts, and cultural enrichment).
 
This week we learned that the unemployment rate in Tucson has decreased to 5.5% after peaking near 10% in 2008/2009. We’re ending fiscal year 2014 in the black and addressing long term issues, like moving steadily toward full funding of the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System and our self-insurance fund.
We’ll be finalizing the budget over our upcoming meetings on May 20th and June 3rd. I look forward to hearing more from you and other community members as we work through our choices to adopt the best balance we can.
 
Have a great weekend,
 
Karin

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Ward 3 Events:

 
- 3rd Saturday Art Fair - Saturday, May 17th 4:00 - 8:00 pm at Many Hands Artist Cooperative 3054 N. 1st Ave. MHAC is a group of local Tucson artists and artisans working, teaching, showing and selling their wares. Gourd art, hand-made jewelry, ceramics, watercolors, photography and more decorate this ever-changing space. Many of the members offer classes in their disciplines; please call for information or come in and talk with the artists. The Fair will include visiting artists as well as Courtyard artists. Learn more about Many Hands at www.manyhandscourtyard.com
 
- State of the Ward – Wednesday, May 21st 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Woods Memorial Library. Join City Manager Richard Miranda, Ward 3 City Council Member Karin Uhlich, and your neighbors for this annual update on Ward 3! Bring your questions and insight as we discuss accomplishments, current projects, and plans for the future.  Brought to you in partnership with the Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance. For more information, please contact the Ward 3 office at (520) 791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov. We hope to see you there!
 
- Tucson Water Rainwater Rebate Educational Session – Thursday, May 22, 2014, 2:00-5:00 pm Ward 3 Office 1510 East Grant Rd. WMG's Tucson Water Rainwater Harvesting Rebate educational sessions will include a brief tour of water harvesting features on site, an introduction to rainwater harvesting, information about the rebates, and a design process.  Please bring a map and / or drawings of your site, with measurements of any impervious surfaces (roof, patio, driveway, street, etc.) you wish to harvest from. The more information you can bring, the better, including where water flows on the property.  Online mapping resources will be provided in your confirmation email.  Register and learn more at http://watershedmg.org/calendar-tucson
- Amphi Movie Night – Friday, May 23rd 7:00 pm at Amphi Park 510 E. Navajo Rd. Come enjoy popcorn and a movie with your family and neighbors! The Amphi Community Action Group and Tucson Police Department are hosting this year’s Movie Night in the Park. The movie will start at dusk. The event is free and open to the public. Be sure to bring a blanket or chairs!
 
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Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meetings:
 
- Cabrini NA – Tuesday, May 20th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Vineyard City Churches 1695 N. Country Club
 
- Samos NA – Tuesday, May 20th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Salpointe Trophy Room 1545 E. Copper St
 
- Doolen-Fruitvale NA – Saturday, May 24th at 8:00 am at the Sparkman Butterfly Garden, between Bermuda and Flower in front of the TEP substation
 
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Citywide Events:
 
- Commemorative Tree Dedication – Friday, May 16th 10:00 am -11:00 am at River - Garden of the Families, 2500 S. Pantano Pkwy - Tucson Clean & Beautiful, in cooperation with the City of Tucson and Pima County, announce the dedication of 27 commemorative trees along the Pantano River Park. Each tree to be dedicated has been purchased by Tucson area residents, honoring friends and family. The dedication ceremony will include a reading of the names for which trees have been dedicated, and names inscribed at the nearby Children’s Memorial Garden. At the conclusion of the ceremony attendees are invited for a brief walking tour of the newly dedicated trees. Contact BJ Cordova at Bj.cordova@tucsonaz.gov or (520) 837-6832 for more information.
- The San Ysidro Festival – May 17th 9:00 – 11:30 am at 946 W. Mission Ln. The Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace invites you to the San Ysidro Festival, the Día de San Ysidro Labrador Traditional Tucson Farmers Festival. A celebration of our fields and farmers, the festival includes mariachi music, tasting of Pozole de Trigo, presentation by folklorist “Big Jim” Griffith, community procession from the San Agustín Mission site to Mission Garden, and wheat harvesting. Hear the AZPM piece at https://radio.azpm.org/p/azspot/2014/5/15/35428-san-ysidro-festival/ or check out Edible Baja Arizona http://www.ediblebajaarizona.com/reviving-a-tucson-tradition
 
- Fed by Threads Flagship Store Grand Opening – Saturday, May 17th 12:00 – 6:00 pm at 350 E. Congress. If you think feeding food-insecure Americans is important, supporting fair-wage manufacturing jobs for Americans, reducing our carbon footprint, and/or supporting positive body image especially for women and girls but guys too, then come for Fed By Threads Flagship Store Grand Opening on the famous Congress Street near Hotel Congress and Gio Taco! Fed By Threads feeds 12 emergency meals via Food Banks like Community Food Bank per item they design and sell – they just crossed 137,928 emergency meals fed to food insecure Americans.  Join the Grand Opening to enjoy snacks, drinks, some live music, and a fabulous time. Bring a friend or two! More information at http://fedbythreads.com/.
 
- Minor Mutiny Summer Bash – Saturday, May 17th 2:00 – 5:00 pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art 265 S. Church Ave. MOCA's teen program, NEXT: Minor Mutiny is excited to present Minor Mutiny Summer Bash! Join us for an afternoon of games (including giant bubbles and giant jenga), DC Jumbie food tuck, art installations and activities.  Bring a t-shirt for live screen printing by Tanline Printing!  Live music from The Lemondrop Gang, Acorn Bcorn, Danie Enriquez, Jonica Butcher and DJ Lingos. Curated and produced by the Mutineers, the Bash will be fun for all ages.  Come celebrate the cultural producers of tomorrow! FREE for all.
 
- AIDS Candlelight Memorial – Sunday, May 18th 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Himmel Park. The 32nd International AIDS Candlelight Memorial will be commemorated worldwide on this day. This year's local event will include a multi-faith blessing; performances; a moment of silence; reading of the names of those lost to HIV/AIDS; and a symbolic candle lighting. Free and open to the public. More information at http://www.candlelightmemorial.org/
 
- Best of Stories that Soar! – Monday, May 19th 4:00 – 7:30 pm at Temple of Music and Art 330 S. Scott Ave. Best of Stories that Soar! is a fun-filled, family-friendly event celebrating the amazing powers of children’s imaginations, literacy and the performing arts. Showcasing audience favorites from every school STS! visited this year, both Best of STS! shows are guaranteed to be an out of this world adventure! You’ll find zany characters as well as touching life stories; from silly to scary, sweet to serious, there is something for everyone!  Join Literacy Connects, and watch the magic unfold! $5 children/$10 adults. http://literacyconnects.org/stories-that-soar/professional-theatre/best-of-stories-that-soar/
 
- Free Pet Wellness Clinic for 100 Patrons at PACC – Wednesday, May 21st 9:00 am – noon at Pima Animal Care Center 4000 N. Silverbell Road.  If it’s time for your pet’s distemper, parvo and rabies vaccinations, come on down to PACC on May 21st for a free vaccine and wellness clinic! The first 100 patrons will receive diagnostic testing and vaccines to keep their pets healthy. Visit http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=90482 for more details.
 
- Southern Arizona’s Largest Construction  Expo – Wednesday, May 21st 11:00 am - 6:00 pm at the Hotel Tucson 475 N. Granada Ave. The Alliance of Construction Trades presents the seventh annual Southern Arizona’s Largest Construction  Expo. The Event is open to the public and has FREE Admission, Parking and Educational Seminars, one being “How to Pick the Right Contractor”. The Expo features outside displays of heavy equipment, trucks, vans, cranes, forklifts, rental equipment companies, etc and inside over 100 exhibitors showcasing material suppliers, bidding technology, lien & bonding companies,  marketing strategists  and many more exhibitors. For attendee or exhibitor details information go to www.actaz.net or call ACT at 520-624-3002 or email at subs@actaz.net.
 
- Special Meeting on the Future of Rillito Regional Park - Wednesday, May 21st 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road. Pima County and Pima County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bronson, District 3, invite the public to a special meeting about the future of Rillito Regional Park. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss and receive input on the bond package for the regional park. The County is proceeding with utilizing 2004 bonds to make improvements at Rillito Regional Park. Three soccer fields will be constructed in addition to restrooms, parking, improvements to develop a detention basin for Rillito Racetrack Wash to minimize flooding of properties and public highways, and other ancillary park elements. To make room for the fields, three barn structures – one of which has been condemned and not used for several years – on the west side of the racetrack will be demolished, and the remaining newer  barn structures relocated to the east end of the track. In addition, the County continues to work toward a permanent location for a public farmers market with year-round utilization. There are no funds available for any additional improvements. Rillito Regional Park continues to offer a diversity of uses for the community and tourists. Events, festivals, farmers markets, soccer and horse racing remain options for the existing facility.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
…that Valley of the Moon was featured this week on Arizona Public Media? Valley of the Moon is a unique area located in the Prince Tucson neighborhood of Ward 3.  Built in the 1920s for the purpose of appealing to the imagination of children and of bringing relaxation for visitors to the site, Valley of the Moon hosts fun activities for kids and adults, such as storytelling and singalong campfires. Upcoming events include Movie Night on June 7th and a production of Young Frankenstein in July (they are currently looking for cast members!). Listen to the story at https://radio.azpm.org/p/kuaz-featured/2014/5/15/35383-old-pueblos-world-of-magic-and-fairy-tales/ or visit http://www.tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com/ to learn more!
 
…that Pima Animal Care Center will be competing in the National ASPCA Challenge and needs your help? The goal of the three month long Furball Fiesta is to ensure that, through adoptions, rescues, and returning stray pets to their owners, 5,000 pets will have a second chance at happiness, love and plenty of hugs. The $100,000 grand prize is much needed by PACC, our community’s largest and only open-admission shelter, to help support the nearly 24,000 pets they take in every year. PACC is especially looking for business partnerships. Here are just a few ways you can help: post Furball Fiesta flyers, share the news on social media, sponsor adoptions at the shelter, or donate a gift card to adopters. For more information or ideas, visit http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=87001 or contact Karen Hollish at 243-5984/karen.hollish@pima.gov
 
… that it’s National Small Business Week? The United States is celebrating National Small Business Week this week, and the City's Small Business Assistance Line is available every weekday to answer your questions. The phone number is (520) 837-4100. The City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answers all calls and can provide assistance in both English and Spanish. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives, along with 21 new business incentives, streamlined permit processes and more, to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly.
Read more about the Small Business Assistance Line: http://1.usa.gov/1lxR1kn 
Small Business Administration: http://1.usa.gov/1jh2N3A
 
…that the Tucson Police Department is seeking Teen Volunteers? TPD is recruiting teenagers for its Police Explorer program. Among other things, Explorers help with certain events, fingerprinting kids at the Back to School Bash, and taking kids shopping during the annual Kids and Cops Christmas. An orientation meeting will be held this Saturday, May 17th, at TPD headquarters, 270 South Stone Ave., from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Applicants are required to attend the meeting in order to continue in the application process. The program is open to teens at least 14 years old and have completed the eighth grade.. Applicants also must have maintained a "C" average in school and not have any felony or misdemeanor arrests or convictions.
From TPD Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1esjxOr Tucson Police Explorers: http://bit.ly/1jowZE8
 
…that Cox Movies in the Park starts on June 6th?  Movies in the Park has grown to be a community favorite across Pima and Cochise Counties. Cox invites area residents to bring a blanket or lawn chair and join for a free movie along with popcorn, soda, food vendors, live music, jumping castles, balloon twisters, and arts and crafts exhibits from area non-profits. All concerts begin at dusk at Reid Park, Demeester Performing Arts Pavilion, 900 S Randolph Way. Admission is free! Visit http://www.saaca.org/Cox_Movies_in_the_Park.html for more details.