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Karin's Note: Friday, June 29, 2012

Karin's Note:  June 29, 2012

- Independence Week Kick Off Press Conference

- Desert Diamond Casinos & City Partner for July 4th Fireworks

-Did you know....


Dear Tucsonans,

Community Improvements

Next week I’ll be highlighting many of the improvement projects my office has participated in alongside area residents and businesses. It’s hard to imagine what strength and beauty would be lost in our City were it not for committed groups and residents who focus on making Tucson a better place.

Some infrastructure projects of note in Ward 3 will also make a difference. Construction at the intersection of Oracle and Grant begins soon, and the median on Grant just east of I-10 is being transformed from a concrete pad to a landscaped island (thanks to Tucson Clean and Beautiful and the City Manager’s Clean City initiative!). Combined with the Mayor and Council’s commitment to invest $20 million of your money into street paving and repairs over the coming year, TPD’s coordinated initiative to reduce graffiti, and the efforts you and your neighbors directly undertake every week in your corner of the community, we’re all seeing a better Tucson reemerge!

Expanded Recycling

Kudos to the Department of Environmental Services for expanding the City’s recycling program to accept all plastics (except those darn plastic bags). You can learn more by going to or by calling 791-5000. Just as we have worked to advance more sound water policies and planning, Tucson has also been on the forefront of promoting recycling (let’s not forget we’re home to nationally recognized innovations to REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE such as Freecycle and Buffalo Exchange). Thanks for doing your part to reinforce Tucson’s proud legacy as an eco-friendly City.

Public Safety

Tucson Police Department Chief Villasenor and his Command Staff have been reaching out in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on SB 1070 to stress key points:

  • Further judicial decisions are anticipated, so TPD will be holding to its model of community policing for our community
  • That model relies on trust between TPD and all people in our City, so the Chief wants to insure that victims of crime and witnesses of crime do not hesitate to contact TPD for protection and to provide information
  • TPD will continue holding community meetings and updating the public as more guidance on this matter comes from the US Department of Homeland Security and the courts

The Chief’s leadership on this reflects the positions taken by the Mayor and Council. Most recently in May of this year I brought forward the Arizona Accord for Mayor and Council consideration. I am pleased that we unanimously signed on to the declaration of guiding principles on immigration, which is now very broadly supported across Arizona:




FEDERAL SOLUTIONS Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. Government & other countries, not Arizona and other countries. We urge Arizona’s congressional delegation, and others, to lead efforts to strengthen federal laws and protect our national borders. We urge state leaders to adopt reasonable policies addressing immigrants in Arizona.

LAW ENFORCEMENT-We respect the rule of law & support law enforcement’s professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code.

FAMILIES -Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that would unnecessarily separate families. We champion policies that support families and improve the health, education and well-being of all Arizona children.

ECONOMY- Arizona is best served by a free-market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. Arizona’s immigration policies must reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state.

A FREE SOCIETY - Immigrants are integrated into communities across Arizona. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history & spirit of inclusion. The way we treat immigrants will say more about us as a free society and less about our immigrant neighbors. Arizona should always be a place that welcomes people of goodwill.

Independents’ Week

This week the Mayor and Council, in partnership with Local First Arizona,

proclaimed July 1-7 as Independents’ Week. We urge all Tucsonans to shift as much of their spending as possible during the week to locally owned businesses. Remember that directing your dollars in support of local shops and restaurants creates three times the economic impact for our community. That means more potential jobs and homegrown prosperity for Tucson.

We’ll be launching the week on Monday with a press conference at the Running Shop at 3055 N Campbell Ave. The Ward 3 staff and I will keep you posted on our stops with local businesses during the week. We’re also looking forward to working with the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce over the coming months as they intensify their own work in support of small, locally-owned businesses to reinvigorate Tucson’s economy.

Independence Day

Thanks again to the support and partnership of Desert Diamond and the Tohono O’odham Nation, we’re all invited to celebrate on Wednesday July 4th by viewing fireworks from the Tucson Convention Center downtown. Chairman Ned Norris and the entire Tohono O’odham Tribal Council and Nation deserve our sincere appreciation for stepping in several years ago, at the request of myself and former Mayor Walkup, when City funding could not be sustained for the fireworks celebration. They’re willingness to continue underwriting the event is a gift to us all.

GO Cats!

Finally, I want to join the chorus of proud Tucsonans in saying Congratulations to the Arizona Wildcats Baseball team and Coach Andy Lopez on a remarkable year and a well-earned National Championship! They played with such heart and determination, and it was a total team effort. Great pitching, great defense, and great hitting top to bottom....absolutely fantastic.  Congratulations to Coach Lopez on being named National Coach of the Year, and to the Wildcats for a remarkable post-season in which they not only went 10-0, but also outscored their opponents a combined 88 to 28. Impressive!

Again, Go Cats! – Just one of the many things that makes Tucson unique and special!


Note: Beginning Monday, July 2, Summer Hours for the Ward 3 Council Office will change from Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to Monday –Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Ward 3 Events:

-Independence Week Kick Off Press Conference – Monday, July 2nd at 9:00 a.m. at the Running Shop, 3055 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 153.  Come out and join Council Member Uhlich as she supports Local First Arizona’s annual summer campaign to encourage Arizonans to shine the spotlight on locally owned, independent businesses across Arizona. 


City Wide Events:

- Desert Diamond Casinos and City of Tucson Partner for our Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration – Wednesday, July 4th, starting at approximately 9:15 p.m. “A” Mountain. Viewing available at the Tucson Convention Center, Parking Lot B (free parking for the evening). TCC’s Food and Beverage Department will be selling refreshments from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Other free parking locations are: 22nd Street at Interstate 10, Mercado West End Dirt Lot, City/State Parking Garage at 498 W. Congress. More info: 837-6686.


Did You Know…

  …the Tucson Homeless Connect event is coming up on July 27? This event provides goods and services to help the homeless get back on their feet. If you’d like to make a contribution to this event by donating new items (sunscreen, hygiene products, flip flops, etc) or cash donations, please contact Kim Fitch at 382-0602.

…Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Ward 3 "Wipe Out Graffiti Day"

July 14th. Breakfast, lunch and free t-shirts will be provided. For more information, or to sign up, please contact Cheryl Rodgers in the Ward 3 Council Office. 791-4711 or 837-4231

...Coming Soon - Ward 3 Council Office will sponsor a "Household Hazardous Waste" Drop Off at Mansfield Park on Saturday, July 21.  Details to follow!