Karin's Note: Thursday, July 3, 2014

Karin's Note: Thursday, July 3, 2014
 
- A Note From Staff
-Ward 3 Events
-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)
-Citywide Events
-Did You Know?
 
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
Preventing Blight
 
Last Saturday my staff and I spent the early morning hours filling up four huge roll-off containers with abandoned furniture and junk left curbside in several Ward 3 neighborhoods. We had the help of more than ten volunteers and three pickup trucks. Many thanks to Constable Bernal, Linda Drew, Bill Halverson, Tom Gibbons, Steve Conley, Patricia Orr, Kate Fox, Vivian Price, GaleAnn McNelly, Bam Miller, Kevin Dahl, and Eric Ferguson, (and any others that I may have missed in the shuffle) for joining in the ambitious cleanup; thanks also to my staff members Brianda, Matt, Judith and Tamara for being so ready to roll up their sleeves in service to the community.
 
We have decided to offer this service once a month (rotating to neighborhoods throughout the Ward) to do our part directly to improve Ward 3 and the quality of life for our residents. I have also initiated discussion with our Environmental Services Department to explore if/how we as a city could expand brush and bulky or “orphan waste” services to stay on top of this aspect of neighborhood blight. I will update you as I move that conversation to a Mayor and Council agenda for public input and action. In the meantime let Brianda in my office know if you want a good workout and a great sense of accomplishment by joining us for upcoming cleanups!
 
Preserving Beauty
 
At our Mayor and Council meeting this week, we voted unanimously to endorse the use of County Bond Funds (allocated for City open space) toward the purchase of the pristine Painted Hills open space on the eastern front of the Tucson Mountains.  You might recall that those rolling hills covered with majestic saguaro had been slated for development until the Mayor and Council refused annexation and water service in an attempt to preserve the land as open space. Our decision was challenged in court and Tucson prevailed. That victory unequivocally affirmed the city’s power over our water resources (when and where to provide water service). It also saved the Painted Hills.
 
I applaud Council Member Romero and her involved staff members (Diana Rhodes and Mac Hudson) for providing courageous leadership on this. Council Member Cunningham (and Katie Bolger on his staff) also contributed at a critical juncture in the process to keep us bold and on track. I also thank Tamara Prime and Holly Lachowicz from my staff who have been instrumental in our great strides on water and environmental stewardship. Our legal team led by Chris Avery and Mike Rankin also deserve kudos. Most importantly, community leaders from the Tucson Mountains Association and the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection advocated effectively every step of the way to protect Painted Hills. They’ve offered all of us a great gift that will benefit future generations beyond words.
 
City Manager Search Process
 
Mayor/Council also agreed to engage an Executive Search team in the multi-phase process for recruiting candidates and selecting a new City Manager. I have advocated strong public input especially in the beginning stages (drafting the posting and list of qualifications/strengths sought) and final stages (forums with the finalists and input on final selection). The decision will clearly rest with the Mayor and Council, and will best be made with public participation. Along with our decisions on allocating resources (budget, water, etc.), this decision will clearly have the most far-reaching implications for Tucson’s future. I welcome your thoughts.
 
Our next meeting of the Mayor and Council will be on July 8th starting at 2:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 255 W. Alameda.  The meeting materials are available for your review at http://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/mcdocs.
 
Have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday weekend,
 
Karin
 
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A Note from Staff:
 
On Friday, June 27th I went out with a TDOT pothole repair street crew. We tackled some of the pothole problems along Grant Road. TDOT has implemented a fairly new process for filling potholes, called Chip Seal. It involves spraying a layer of emulsion into the pothole and then a layer of gravel (chips) on top and then repeating until the pothole is filled. This new process is faster and the results have shown durability. I learned that even though this process is quicker, filling potholes is still time-consuming, but with money from the 2012 $100 million road bond more streets are getting surface treatments, meaning that more time is being freed-up for our crews. Please, when you encounter our TDOT crews working, slow down, be alert, and maybe offer thanks for their hours of labor in the summer heat.
 
Happy Independence Day,
 
Matt Kopec
Ward III Council Aide
 
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Ward 3 Events:
 
- Marty Birdman Center Independence Day Barbeque – Thursday, July 3rd 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Marty Birdman Center 2536 N Castro Ave. Join your neighbors from Balboa Heights for this 4th of July celebration! Event starts at 5:00 pm and dinner will be closer to 6:00. Enjoy music, a jumping castle, games, a baloonist, prizes and lots of food. TPD and local businesses will be participating as well. It will be a great time and there may be a chance of rain!
 
- Valley of the Moon First Saturday: Mermaids and Pirates! - Saturday, July 5th 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Valley of the Moon 2544 E Allen Rd. Celebrate the return of Valley of the Moon’s Mermaid Odette! Come dressed as a Mermaid, Merman or Pirate for a free prize. All can enjoy a Moon Stroll and the Craft Table. Feel free to bring a picnic. As always, First Saturday at Valley of the Moon is free.
 
- Save A Life Heartsaver CPR & First Aid Course – Wednesday, July 9th  9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Ward 3 City Council Office 1510 E. Grant Rd. Save A Life is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Tucson Fire Department. The Heartsaver CPR Course is designed to teach CPR and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction to all lay rescuers, particularly those who are expected to respond to emergencies in the workplace. Although the course may be used to teach CPR to all lay rescuers, it is specifically designed for lay rescuers who are required to obtain a course completion card --- a credential --- documenting completion of a CPR course. All rescuers are trained in adult, infant and child CPR and foreign-body airway obstruction $25.00 fee -  PayPal or cash only. http://www.savealifetfd.com/home.html
 
- Tucson Talks Transit with Jarrett Walker Friday, July 11th 5:00 pm at Tucson Electric Power Company 88 E. Broadway.  Jarrett Walker, one of the leading national experts on public transportation, is coming to town in July to talk transit. Mr. Walker is an international consultant in public transit planning and policy, known for his work on educating stakeholders about the choices that transit requires, building clear consultation processes, and helping organizations form coherent and implementable transit goals. Co-sponsored by the Ward 3 City Council Office, the Drachman Institute, Living Streets Alliance and more. The public lecture begins at 6:00 pm, but there will be a reception and information from local transit groups beginning at 5:00 pm. http://www.livingstreetsalliance.org/event/tucson-talks-transit-with-jarrett-walker/
 
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Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meetings:
 
-The Oracle Project Steering Committee (TOPS) – Tuesday, July 8th at 5:30 p.m. TPD Westside substation, 1310 W. Miracle Mile
 
- Amistades Substance Abuse Coalition - Thursday, July 10th 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center 1660 W. Ruthrauff Rd
 
-Mountain/1st NA – Saturday, July 12th at 9:00 am Mitchell Park, 1060 E. Mitchell
 
-Mountain/1st CAG – Saturday, July 12th at 10:00 am Mitchell Park, 1060 E. Mitchell
 
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Citywide Events:
 
- Cinema La Placita Rebel Without A Cause Thursday, July 3rd 7:30 pm at La Placita Village 110 S. Church Avenue. It’s Cinema La Placita’s 15th season showing classic movies outdoors in downtown Tucson! This week features Rebel Without A Cause, the 1995 film about a rebellious young man with a troubled past who finds friends and enemies when he comes to a new town. Starring James Dean and Natalie Wood. $3 admission includes all the popcorn you can eat and goes directly toward funding the series. More info at http://www.cinemalaplacita.com/
 
- “A” Mountain Fireworks Celebration – Friday, July 4th  9:15 pm. Residents may enjoy the “A” Mountain fireworks show from the Tucson Convention Center’s Parking Lot B (off Cushing Street between Granada and Church Avenue) or Parking Lot C (off Granada between Broadway Boulevard and Cushing Street). There will be food vendors (burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, refreshments and a beer garden) available between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Other viewing locations include the lot at 22nd St. & the Interstate 10 frontage road as well as Ward 3’s own Mansfield Park.
 
- Mental Health Community Forum – Monday, July 7th 6:00 pm at Temple Emanu-el 225 N. Country Club. Ward 6 City Councilmember Steve Kozachik is hosting a Mental Health Community Forum addressing the topic both legislatively and from a service provider standpoint. The panelists include Congressman Ron Barber, State Representative Victoria Steele, State Senator Dave Bradley, NAMI E.D. Clarke Romans and Pasadera Network E.D. Chuck Burbank. Each has extensive experience in various aspects of the mental health field. The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding will share a short program on Mental Health Safe Space to open the forum.
 
- Shakespeare in the Park Auditions - Tuesday, July 8th and Wednesday, July 9th starting at 6:30 pm at the Randolph Arts Center Auditorium, 200 S. Alvernon Way. The El Rio Theatre Project will be holding auditions for their fall production of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Actors are asked to bring a two-minute classic monologue, or be prepared to cold read selections from the script. This production, under the direction of Michael Givens, will run for 11 performances during the last two weeks of September and the first weekend in October at Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheatre. For additional information please call Michael Givens at 791-4353.
 
- Crime Free Multi-Housing Training – Thursday, July 10th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Patrick J. Hardesty Multi-Service Center, 1100 S. Alvernon. All neighbors are welcome to attend this important seminar. When destructive tenants operate out of rental property, neighborhoods suffer. We all know that. Crime Free Multi-Housing is a solution-oriented program that partners property owners, residents, and law enforcement to eliminate crime in multi-housing properties.  In some complexes it has cut neighborhood crime by 70%.  Even if you don’t have a lot of multi-unit housing complexes in your community, you can learn a lot about landlord accountability from this free training presented by the Tucson Police and Fire Departments. To register for the July 10th class, contact Becky Noel at Rebecca.Noel@tucsonaz.gov.  Visit http://police.tucsonaz.gov/police/crime-free-multi-housing to learn more about the program. The last training for 2014 will be on October 9th.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
that hiring is underway for the new shelter in our ward that will house migrant children? Southwest Key currently has 272 job openings at its new shelter on Oracle Road. The company is looking to hire for numerous positions, including cooks, case managers, teachers, and more. Many of the positions available require that the employee be bilingual in Spanish and English and have previous childcare or case management experience. The shelter will house unaccompanied minor children, mostly from Central American countries, who crossed into the United States and are in the custody of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Visit https://jobs-swkey.icims.com/jobs/intro to learn about the opportunities available and apply.
 
…that you can save money while supporting local business this weekend through Local First Arizona? Present a Golden Coupon at participating local restaurants, shops and service providers to get 20% off your order. Participating businesses in Tucson include Antigone Books, Many Hands Artist Cooperative, Fed by Threads, Tucson Botanical Garden, and many more! Valid through Sunday, July 6th. Check out the full list and get your coupon at http://localfirstaz.com/independents-week/index.php. Go local!
 
…that you can make a difference in the lives of a youth who have committed a minor offense by volunteering with the Community Justice Board? The Pima County Attorney’s Office is looking for volunteers who would enjoy guiding youth to make positive life choices, helping youth gain insight about their actions, and working with community members in a team setting. The Community Justice Board is a Pima County Attorney’s Office diversion program that provides an alternative to traditional prosecution. Volunteers work with first or second time youth offenders on holding them accountable and building on their assets. For more information about the Community Justice Board Program or how to become a volunteer, please call (520) 740-5611 or visit http://www.pcao.pima.gov/communityjustice.aspx.
 
…that the Metropolitan Pima Alliance is seeking applicants for its annual Common Ground Awards?  These awards recognize community leaders, projects and events that have demonstrated successful collaboration for the overall benefit of the community.   MPA is looking for collaboration that falls outside the normal workplace processes and engages groups that may not typically work well together:  governmental departments, neighborhoods, businesses, charitable or nonprofit organizations.  Nominations will be received between July 1st and August 1st at commonground@mpaaz.org or via mail: PO Box 2790, Tucson, AZ 85701. Finalists and winners will be revealed at the annual Common Ground Awards ceremony on December 5.  For more information, visit http://mpaaz.org/about-us/common-ground-nominations
 
how to find answers about City services? Are you looking for a job in the City? Do you need to know how to pay your water bill? How do you request a police report? The answers to these questions and more are available on the new Tucson Answers website. You can search topics or browse categories to get you the answers you need. The site is an example of open source code developed by city governments and non-profit organizations to be adopted and re-used by other cities at no cost. In this case, the site is modeled after a similar site created jointly by the City of Honolulu and Code For America. Tucson Answers also is available via a widget on the City of Tucson's main website.
Tucson Answers website:
http://answers.tucsonaz.gov/
City of Tucson main website: http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/
Code for America apps for cities and citizens: http://www.codeforamerica.org/apps/