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Karin's Note: Friday, March 23, 2012

Karin's Note:  March 23, 2012


-Blue Moon Community Garden Celebration

-International School of Tucson Hosts Event

-Eggstravaganza Coming in April

-Jefferson Park Home Tour

-Town Hall Scheduled for April

-1st Annual Vintage Vehicles on Stone Event

-Ward 3 “Tucson Means Business” Forum

-Neon Mile:  Sign Lighting and More

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

-2nd Annual Tucson Glass Festival

-City of Tucson and World Wildlife Fund Host Summit

-Did you know...


Dear Tucsonans,

City Budget

The Mayor and City Council will be discussing the FY 2012-13 Budget as well as the status of the overall Regional Transportation Plan package at our meeting next Tuesday. Given the horrible condition of our streets, the continued loss of millions of dollars of state funding for both streets and transit, and other pressing financial challenges (including the required City/County match dollars needed for RTP projects), we must openly explore any and all options for funding a comprehensive street/median repair and maintenance program for Tucson. I am hearing loud and clear from City residents that that is the number one priority at this time, and have heard most of my colleagues express the same sentiment.

Our revenues have begun to grow again at a modest pace. This is good news.  At the same time we must continue to apply strict discipline and resist the temptation to invest added revenues in anything beyond the very basic, core services called out in the City charter: streets/transit, public safety, and parks/recreation. Until we can all point with pride to our top-notch service delivery in all three of those areas (and in our environmental service and water utilities), we should keep our focus and our investments there. I will keep you posted as we identify and explore options for achieving our shared goals.

Legislative Updates

We received good news this week related to the City’s Water Service Map and Policies. The Arizona Supreme Court has refused to review the Arizona Court of Appeals ruling in favor of the City of Tucson in the Painted Hills case. That means the City has prevailed in litigation on this matter. I have often pointed to the significance of our Water Service Map and Policies, which stemmed from a comprehensive and transparent community- driven process sanctioned by both the City and the County. I initiated that process in partnership with County Supervisors Elias and Bronson in 2008. I will continue to do everything in my power to uphold the resulting framework, which moved us from demand-driven expansion to responsible water stewardship.

While we have prevailed in the courts, we remain under attack in the state legislature. If you have not done so yet, please contact the Governor and members of the State Senate to urge that they reject HB2416. The bill targets Tucson and seeks to reverse our progress toward sound water management.

I hope the state legislature will turn its focus to matters that would advance the interests of all Arizonans. One bill that comes to mind is the Multimedia Productions Incentive Bill, which could create a great economic boost statewide. So while you’re on the line to the Governor and State Senators urging against HB2416, you could add a request that they support HB2127.

Lastly, I hope you’ll stop by the Blue Moon Community Garden Celebration this Saturday (see details below).  As one of the catalyst projects recommended through Oracle Area Revitalization Project, the garden is a result of broad community collaboration, and many hours of hard work.  A special thanks to Gina Chorover with the City’s Housing and Community Development Department for her dedication shepherding this project to completion.    




Ward 3  Events:

-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.

- 6th Annual International Day – Saturday, March 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. International School of Tucson, 1701 E. Seneca. An interesting, diverse and tasty event with new forms of entertainment and games from around the world. Countries from around the world will be represented. Fun filled afternoon—don’t forget your lawn chairs!

-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:

-Town Hall with Mayor Rothschild, Vice Mayor Uhlich and the Ward 3 Alliance – Wednesday, April 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Westside TPD, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. The collaborative Q&A event will address constituent concerns and opportunities for volunteerism. More info: Ward 3 Council Office at 791-4711.

-1st Annual Vintage Vehicles on Stone – Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Seven free classic car shows at Glenn and Stone Avenue in the Coronado Heights Neighborhood. Free popcorn, lemonade and door prizes. Please consider bringing an item or two to donate, i.e. clothing, books, toys in support of the Beacon Group. More info: 622-5263 or

 -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 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 a.m. to 12:00 pm.  Extending Friday night’s 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.


City Wide Events:

-2nd Annual Tucson Glass Festival – Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24. Sonoran Glass Art Academy invites you to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement. Local artists will provide lectures, demos and an exhibition on how modern day glassmaking was born. 633 W. 18th Street. Cost is $10/day or $25 for all three days. More info:

-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


Did You Know…

…there will be street closures for events this weekend? For the Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair, beginning Thursday, March 22 at 1p.m. through Sunday March 25 at midnight, Fourth Avenue will be closed to traffic between University Boulevard and Ninth Street. On Sunday, March 25, Race for the Cure from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. will see closures of westbound 22nd Street from Alvernon Way to Country Club, north and southbound Country Club from 22nd Street to Broadway and eastbound Broadway from Country Club to Alvernon.

…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. Contracts will be awarded for a one-year period beginning on July 1, 2012. Materials/applications are available at

 …this is the last weekend 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

…that Pima Community College is hosting a photographic exhibit:  “Jam Session: America’s Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World” at the downtown campus (1255 N. Stone Avenue) featuring jazz artists from the 1950s, 60s and 70s?  Opening reception is from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17. Exhibit tours, special talks on jazz in Tucson and music by the PCC Jazz Ensemble. The exhibit will be at PCC, 2nd floor lobby of the CC Building through May 25. Admission to the exhibit is free.

…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  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).

…Trees for Tucson program is a great option for residents to receive low-cost shade trees to help beautify their home and improve our community's environment, while providing long-term financial savings as the trees grow and reduce air-conditioning usage. Trees for Tucson, a program of non-profit organization Tucson Clean & Beautiful, provides these low-cost trees for planting at homes throughout much of the Tucson metropolitan area. Tucson Electric Power customers may receive desert-adapted shade trees delivered to their home for $8.00 each, if they agree to plant the trees within 15 feet of the west, east, or south side of the home. To obtain an application form, visit or call (520) 791-3109.