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Karin's Note: Thursday, September 15, 2011

Karin's Note: September 15, 2011

 -Lend A Hand Yard Sale
-Ward 3 Neighbors’ Alliance Meeting
-Opa! Greek Festival 2011
-Passport Day in the USA
-Ride The Urban Loop
-National Day of Remembrance
-Did You know…


Dear Tucsonans,

The Mayor and City Council voted unanimously this week to launch the national search process for a new City Manager. The City Charter explicitly gives the Manager the authority and responsibility for the administration and operation of the City. The Mayor and Council set parameters for management by adopting the budget and broader policy directives (for example, Tucson Water can only deliver water in-keeping with the Water Service Policy and Area Map adopted by the Mayor and Council). We also hold the Manager accountable by identifying areas of deficiency and demanding plans for corrective action.

This boundary between management and policy power poses a unique challenge for Tucson governance; many people are more accustomed to a Mayoral form of government (through which an elected person holds the authority to manage, as well as to participate in setting policy with an elected Council). Contrary to our Charter, pressures can pull a Manager off task to expend effort to defending (or undermining) policy direction; just as pressures can tempt elected officials to micro-manage rather than shaping the bigger picture and taking the longer view.

As we move forward, we must keep the boundaries laid out in the Charter—our local Constitution--in mind. We can’t do our best for Tucson unless we fulfill our distinct, prescribed duties and unless we support a new Manager focused on doing the same.

Here is the link to Fire Chief Critchley’s most recent update on the 911 Communications Center:

 I applaud Chief Critchley for providing critical information to the public and devising specific steps to address technical, supervisory and work place categories of concern.  

Here is the link to the informational brochure prepared and distributed by Tucson Water to customers impacted by the new EPA standard for 1,4-Dioxane:

As well as a powerpoint presentation on the issue:

Mayor and Council have directed staff to proceed with construction of a treatment facility and to continue negotiating with partner entities (including the Department of Defense/US Air Force) for full reimbursement of the associated costs.

Tucsonans active in the oversight of the trichloroethylene (TCE) cleanup will provide guidance to Tucson Water and further opportunities for public information and input. For more information on the Unified Community Advisory Board (UCAB) or 1,4-Dioxane call 791-4331.

Exciting Redevelopment News
The Vista Sierra apartment complex just east of the Campbell/Ft Lowell intersection was a site of serious blight last year. Since acquired recently by Town West, the property has been secured and graffiti promptly abated.

I am pleased to share that last week Town West unveiled preliminary plans for redevelopment of the site, which should commence this fall given support expressed by stakeholders in the vicinity. I want to thank Bryan Eubank, Jim Horvath and Paul Reyes from Town West and community leaders Sandy Miller, Linda Wurzelbacher and Jane Coppola from Richland Heights East and all others who have helped to move this property from eyesore to positive infill. I also want to note that Gabe Zimmerman and Ron Barber from Congresswoman Gabriele Gifford’s office were instrumental in this success, as was George Pettit on my staff.

Please don’t forget another exciting redevelopment project in Ward 3, Monterey Court on Miracle Mile. Here’s the link to a recent article in the Tucson Weekly about the project:

Be sure to spread the word and support the revitalization of the Miracle Mile/Oracle Corridor!

Thank you,
Ward 3 Events

-Lend A Hand Yard Sale – Saturday, September 17 from 7:00 am to 1:00 p.m. 1545 E. Water Street. Items for sale may be dropped off on the 16th. More info:

-Ward 3 Neighbor’s Alliance – Wednesday, September 21 at Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. 1st Avenue. Mixer at 6:00 p.m. meeting begins at 6:30. Topic: Safety and Security for Neighborhoods.

-Tucson Greek Festival 2011- Thursday through Sunday, September 22-25. 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 3:00 – 11:00 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1145 E. Ft. Lowell Road. Music, food, entertainment for all. $3 admission fee. Lend A Hand Parking (fundraiser) at Carlos & Co. Parking Lot. More info:

Events City Wide

-Passport Day in the USA – Saturday, September 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Western Passport Center, 7373 E. Rosewood Street. This national outreach event provides passport information and will accept applications of US citizens on a convenient weekend day. Info on cost and how to apply is available at: or call 1-877-487-2778.

- Ride The Urban Loop – Saturday, September 24. 7:00 a.m. Meet on the Plaza south of Drachman Hall on UMC Campus (Helen Street/Warren Avenue). Connect 2 Tucson invited you to “Connect 2 river paths on 2 Wheels” and celebrate the linkup of the Santa Cruz and Rilllito River paths in support of More info:

-National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims Safety Fair – Sunday, September 25. Safety Fair from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Memorial Vigil from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. University of Arizona Mall. Safety Fair event will aid in empowering community to take a stand against violence and arm themselves with knowledge through education and access to services. Guest speakers will include Arizona General Tom Horne, Tucson’s own hero, Daniel Hernandez along with representatives from Ben’s Bells, Pima County Attorney’s Office, 88 Crime and the Christina Taylor-Green Foundation. More info: Homicide Survivors Office: 740-5729.


Did You Know…

That “National Night Out” will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 4th this year? The Ward 3 Council Office is tracking all the events going on in the Ward. If you haven’t called yours in yet, please call 791-4711, or email:  and we’ll make sure to publish your event.

That Thursday, September 22 is “Car Free Tucson” day? Leave your car at home and walk, bike or ride the bus to reduce congestion and support clean air. More info:

That OASIS offers classes for adults age 50 plus to learn, grow and connect? The Ward 3 Council Office has fall catalogues with a large selection of leisure classes that you may enjoy. Fees are reasonable. More info: or stop in at 1510 E. Grant for a free catalogue.

That Davis Monthan officials are conducting public scoping meetings for Operation Snowbird on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 27 and 28 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The public will be informed on what to expect from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and to gather public inputs to assist in properly defining the scope of the Environmental Process. Meetings will be held two locations: Sheraton Four Points, 1900 E. Speedway and Empire High School, 101701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way. For more info: 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office at 228-3378 or

That the Nature Conservancy is offering docent training classes for their rainwater harvesting demonstration site tours? The training course will run for 9 weeks on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. beginning on September 27 and ending November 22. Training will be at the Nature Conservancy’s office at 1510 E. Ft. Lowell. Call Dorothy Boone at 547-3437 or if you’re interested.