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Karin's Note: Friday, March 16, 2012

Karin's Note:  March 16, 2012

-Jefferson Park Holds Stormwater Workshop

-Shred-it Event This Saturday!

-Next Ward 3 Neighbors’ Alliance Next Wednesday

-Blue Moon Community Garden Celebration

-Eggstravaganza Coming Soon

-Jefferson Park Home Tour

-Town Hall Scheduled for April

-Ward 3 “Tucson Means Business” Forum

-Neon Mile:  Sign Lighting and More

-Neon Mile:  5th Annual Historic Open House and Tour

-St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

-Third Annual Cyclovia Tucson

-Solar Power 101

-City of Tucson and World Wildlife Fund Host Summit

-Did you know...

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Dear Tucsonans:

Since we don’t have a scheduled Mayor and Council meeting next week, I thought I would take this opportunity to focus on several pressing legislative issues.    

Water Legislation:

Unfortunately, HB2416 “Water and Wastewater; Denial Prohibited,” passed out of the Senate Water Committee on Wednesday on a 4-2 party line vote, despite continued strong opposition from the City of Tucson Water Department and the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA), which represents municipalities across the state.  It was amended to include language that attempts to ensure it applies only to the Painted Hills parcel in Pima County, but nonetheless, its impact would extend well beyond this parcel of open space and this failed land deal. If passed, it would set an incredibly dangerous precedent.

Bottom line is this: Tucson’s water stewardship has been and should remain in the hands of the people of Tucson and not be undermined by powerful special interests trying to work around us in Phoenix.  Changing our Tucson/Pima County carefully crafted water laws for the benefit of one risky land deal is terrible public policy.

There are just two opportunities left to kill this dangerous bill, on the floor of the Senate or with the Governor’s veto.  Make your voice heard:

Urge Governor Brewer to VETO HB2416 if it reaches her desk. Use her comment page here: http://azgovernor.gov/contact.asp. Or you can call her Tucson Office at (520) 628-6580.

Urge Southern Arizona Senators to vote NO when it reaches the Floor:

Sen. Gail Griffin, Cochise County and Marana: 602-926-5895, ggriffin@azleg.gov

Sen. Al Melvin, Saddlebrooke, Oro Valley, Foothills: 602-926-4326, amelvin@azleg.gov

Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford, Tucson: 602-926-5835, ocajerobedford@azleg.gov

Sen. Paula Aboud, Tucson (Democratic Whip): 602-926-5262, paboud@azleg.gov

Sen. Linda Lopez, Tucson: 602-926-4089, llopez@azleg.gov

Sen. Frank Antenori, Tucson (Republican Whip): 602-926-5683, fantenori@azleg.gov

Some points you may wish to include when you comment:

  1. This bill defines where Tucson must serve water, without regard to the infrastructure necessary to serve the property, or the water resources available;
  2. As a result of this bill, the City may not have water resources available WITHIN THE CITY because those resources will have been obligated to developers OUTSIDE the City.
  3. This bill is special legislation for the benefit of one risky land deal gone bad. It is terrible public policy.
  4. If the City of Tucson cannot determine where it serves water, it could eventually find itself in violation of Arizona’s Assured Water Supply rules and could lose its designation. This would jeopardize all local development, and the City’s ability to determine its future. 

Copper Theft Legislation:

I know that copper theft (and copper wire theft disabling street and parks lighting) continues to harm our City greatly. We have been supporting action at the state level through HB 2395 (read summary via this link):

http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/50leg/2r/summary/h.hb2395_03-05-12_houseengrossed.doc.htm&Session_ID=107

The bill is moving through both the House and Senate, so please let your legislators know your views on this critical issue in Tucson!  I am also working closely with City staff to better understand the magnitude of this issue in our City, and how we can get a handle of the impacts.  

As you can see in the events listed below, there are many exciting things happening in Ward 3 over the next month.  Thanks for all the volunteers who are working with us to make these events happen.  We’ll see you out and about. 

Karin 

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Ward 3  Events:

-Jefferson Park Holds Stormwater Harvesting WorkshopSaturday, March 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by greening the neighborhood! Meet at 1448 E. Edison (at Vine) in your work clothes, wearing a hat and sunscreen. Turn a barren right of way into a shady, wild habitat for walkers and bikers. More info: joanchall@yahoo.com

-Shred-it Event in Ward 3 – Saturday, March 17 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Jacobs Park, 3300 N. Fairview Avenue. Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich and Constable Bennett Bernal invite you to bring documents you wish to have destroyed. First box is free, second box $5 or make a donation to Gospel Rescue Mission or Lend-A-Hand. More info: 791-4711.

-Ward 3 Neighbors’ Alliance Meeting – Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Avenue. Topic: Growing vegetables in your back yard.

-Blue Moon Community Garden Celebration – Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The Garden is located southwest of the Tucson House, near Drachman and Main. Grand opening, ribbon cutting with Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich, Mariachi music, refreshments and tours of the garden. For more information about becoming at gardener at this location, contact Gene Zone at 326-0458. More event info: Gina Chorover at 837-6946 or the Ward 3 Council Office: 791-4711

-Eggstravaganza! – Saturday, April 7th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Donna Liggins Center, 2160 N. 6th Avenue. Egg hunts, games and lunch. More info: 791-3247.

-Jefferson Park Home Tour – Sunday, April 15 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. A dozen gardens will be open to the public focusing on water harvesting, xeriscape, sustainability and a tour of the historic Lester homestead. Owners and do-it-yourselfers will be onsite to talk about their yards and projects. Sponsored by The Friends of Jefferson Park and the Neighborhood Association, tickets for this fund raiser are $10, children under 12 are free and are available at Site #1, the International School of Tucson at 1701 E. Seneca. More details: www.jeffersonpark.info

-Town Hall with Mayor Rothschild, Vice Mayor Uhlich and the Ward 3 Alliance – Wednesday, April 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The collaborative Q&A event will address constituent concerns and opportunities for volunteerism. More info: Ward 3 Council Office at 791-4711

 -Ward 3 “Tucson Means Business” Forum – Thursday, April 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at TPD West, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich invites all current and aspiring business owners are urged to attend this informational forum to learn more about available expansion loans for small businesses, free support services for those in RTA construction zones and how to become a vendor on the City’s Procurement list. City of Tucson department heads, including Procurement and Development Services will be in attendance along with Mayor Rothschild and  representatives on the Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Commission. More info: Ward 3 Council Office at 791-4711.

-Neon Mile:  Sign Lighting and More - Friday, April 27 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Pima Community College, Downtown campus on Drachman. This celebration of the restoration and installation of four iconic neon signs salvaged from Tucson sites is a collaborative project of Pima Community College (PCC) and the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation with assistance from Ward III and City of Tucson staff.  Private donations paid for the restoration work. Event activities will include “flipping the switch” to light up the signs, classic cars, a sock hop, a mid-1900’s fashion show, kids’ activities, music, food, and more. The location of these signs on PCC property along Drachman will highlight the southern terminus of Historic Miracle Mile. 

-Neon Mile:  5th Annual Historic Open House and Tour - Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Extending Friday’s nights celebration of the Neon Mile (see above) this year’s event will be headquartered at the PCC Downtown Campus, and will include three lectures and 5 - 6 shuttle bus tour venues, including the early Evergreen Cemetery tour by Ken Scoville. More information coming soon, but if you would be interested in volunteering for this event, please call Linda Mehall at the Ward 3 office at 791-4711.

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City Wide Events:

 - St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival – Saturday, March 17. Festival opens at 10:00 a.m. at El Presidio Park, 160 W. Alameda. Live Irish music, entertainment, food and merchandise vendors. Downtown parade begins at 11:00 a.m. at Stone and Pennington. More info on events and street closures: www.tucsonstpatricksday.com

- Third Annual Cyclovia Tucson – Sunday, March 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Ride your bike, walk, run or skate the five mile loop and enjoy attractions and good food along the way. This car-free event winds from Armory Park south to 34th Street along 4th and 8th Avenues. More info: www.cycloviatucson.org

- Solar Power 101 Workshop - Wednesday, March 21st from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.at the Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Rd. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will continue the program, which was started by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. This will be the first Solar Power 101 workshop since Rep. Giffords' resignation from Congress.

-City of Tucson and World Wildlife Fund Host Summit – Saturday, March 31, from 3:00 – 7:15 p.m. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Avenue.  The Power to Prepare Tucson, a summit to ready our communities for a changing climate invites all community leaders and residents to help shape our response to a Changing Climate. Light dinner will be provided. To RSVP to this free event: /ocsd/powertoprepare. More info: 791-4675

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Did You Know…

…the City of Tucson is soliciting competitive proposals for the delivery of eligible economic development programs and services offered by non-profit organizations? Approximately $500,000 will be available from the City of Tucson General Fund for Fiscal Year 2013. Proposals are due via email or hand-delivery (no fax or mail) by 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2012. A pre-proposal meeting will be held on March 20 at 1:00 p.m. in the Rillito/Sabino meeting rooms at 320 N. Commerce park Loop in the Housing and Community Development Department, Sentinel Building. Contracts will be awarded for a one-year period beginning on July 1, 2012. Materials/applications are available at www.tucsonaz.gov/edrfp

 …there are two weekends remaining to enjoy thoroughbred horse racing at Rillito Park? Through March 25, with a post time of 1:00 p.m. get out and enjoy the fun. More info: 293-5011 or www.rillitodowns.com

…a Women’s Expo Shopping Event will take place on March 17 and 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Tucson Expo Center, 3750 E. Irvington Road. Free admission. Info provided on fitness, healthcare, nutrition, fashion. More info: www.womensexposhoppingevent.com

… there’s a website to assist gardeners based on your zip code? A “what-to-grow calendar” is available at www.sproutrobot.com

…that the Ward 3 office continues to house Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – Hours: every Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon (through April 17) at the Ward 3 Council Office, 1510 E. Grant Road. Volunteers will assist low and moderate income individuals and families to complete their 2011 taxes. For more information or additional locations and hours of operation: 1-800-352-3792 or www.unitedwaytucson.org/vita.  Please remember to bring picture I.D. for taxpayer and spouse (if applicable), original Social Security card for each family member, proof of income, including W2 and 1099 forms, documentation of deductible expenses, account and routing numbers of checking and savings accounts for direct deposit of funds, and prior year tax return (if possible).