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Regina's Update 3.28.11

Dear Friends:

Since November, my colleagues and I have been working with the City Staff and Labor Council Representatives reviewing different strategies for cost savings and revenue enhancing options.  We continue to discuss with City staff how we can prepare for the upcoming fiscal year.  I have listed below the City's Budget Calendar for Fiscal Year 2012 for your review.   I'm interested in your feedback; please send your comments to

Like spring flowers, the coming weeks will be blossoming with activities.   Listed are just a few events taking place in Ward I; I invite you to get involved.

Have a great week!

In Community,


In this update:

-Dates to Remember on the City's Budget Calendar
-Spring Greening Day
-Doing Business with the City of Tucson
-Run/Walk for Consuelo Aguilar Scholarship
-Plan Tucson Meeting Information

City of Tucson Budget Calendar- Fiscal Year 2012

April 5 and April 12, 2011                Study Session discussion of potential Fiscal year 2012 Strategic Work Plan projects.

April 26, 2011                                     Submission of the City Manager's Recommended Fiscal Year 2012 Budget to Mayor and Council and preliminary discussion.

May 3, 2011                                        Study Session discussion of Recommended Fiscal Year 2012 Budget.  Public Hearing on the Recommended Fiscal Year 2012 Budget.

May 10, 2011                                      Tentative Adoption of the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012.

May 24, 2011                                      Truth in Taxation public hearing on primary property tax levy.  Public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2012 budget as tentatively adopted.  Special Mayor and Council meeting for the purpose of final budget adoption.

June 7, 2011                                       Adoption of Fiscal Year 2012 property tax levies.

July 6, 2011                                        Approval of Fiscal Year 2012 Strategic Work Plan.

For more information please link to:

Fiscal Year 2012 Budget:

Budget Calendar:

Tucson Clean & Beautiful's Spring Greening Day
Spring fever got you itching to remove litter and buffelgrass from our scenic roadsides, to learn more about planting and caring for native trees, and to recycle your unwanted cell phones and used printer cartridges? Spring Greening Day is the answer!  Sunday, April 3 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Santa Cruz River Park at Starr Pass (next to Desert Survivors Nursery).  Contact Tucson Clean & Beautiful at (520)791-3109 or to sign up or for more information.

Who/What:  Tucson Clean & Beautiful's Spring Greening Day
Contact:  Tucson Clean & Beautiful at (520)791-3109 or
When:  Sunday, April 3, 2011 from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Santa Cruz River Park at Starr Pass (just west of Desert Survivors Nursery, 1020 W. Starr Pass Blvd.)

Doing Business with the City of Tucson
The Women's Business Center, a program of the Microbusiness Advancement Center (MAC), is offering a workshop on Doing Business with the City of Tucson.  Learn more about the Small Business Enterprise program and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.  The workshop is free but space is limited.  To register contact the MAC at 520-620-1241or visit .

Who/What:   Women's Business Center, a program of the Microbusiness Advancement Center (MAC)
Contact:  MAC at 520-620-1241or visit
When:  Tuesday, April 12, 3-5 p.m.
Where: 320 N Commerce Park Loop, Sentinel Building, Tucson, AZ 85745

Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 a.m. the Mexican American Studies Department will commemorate the life and work of Consuelo Aguilar by sponsoring a Walk/Run for the Consuelo Aguilar Scholarship. The Scholarship fund is administered by U of A's Mexican American Studies Department.  A University of Arizona graduate, Consuelo passed in February, 2009 at the age of 26 after bravely fighting an aggressive form of cancer.  Consuelo was active in the Mexican American Studies Department, and worked with school-aged youth in Tucson Unified School District's Ethnic Studies Department.  A $25 registration fee includes a t-shirt.

For a Registration Form, route map, and sponsorship information, go to:

Who/What:  Run/Walk for Consuelo Aguilar Scholarship
Contact:   Veronica Peralta at: 520-621-7551 or
When: Sunday, April 3, 7:30 a.m.
Where: U of A Mall Stage Area, just east of Old Main on the University of Arizona campus
Cost: $25 includes t-shirt

You're invited to the first public meetings for the preparation of a new general plan for the City of Tucson, which is being called Plan Tucson.  There are six meetings scheduled in April throughout the City.  Your opinion is important, please attend.  At each meeting, members of the City's Plan Tucson Core Team will explain what the purpose of a General Plan, why the City's 2001 General Plan is being replaced, and how you can be involved in shaping a plan that will help guide the City's future.


Tuesday, April 5, from 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room
101 N. Stone Ave.

Thursday, April 7, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Morris K. Udall Regional Center, Multipurpose Room
7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Tuesday, April 12, from 5:00 - 6:30 PM
William Clements Regional Center, Multi-Purpose Room
8155 E. Poinciana Dr.

Thursday, April 14, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Randolph Golf Clubhouse, Copper Room
200 S. Alvernon Way

Wednesday, April 27, from 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Westside Police Service Center, Multipurpose Room
1310 W. Miracle Mile

Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 - 11:30 AM
El Pueblo Regional Center, Building 9, Rooms A & B
101 W. Irvington Rd.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION about Plan Tucson, call 520-792-CITY (2489), email, or visit the website ( )