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Karin's Note: Friday, May 4, 2012

Karin's Note:  May 4, 2012


- Cinco de Mayo at Monterey Court! 

 -Limberlost Family Park Celebration Coming Soon

-Ward 3 Neighbors’ Alliance Holds May Meeting

-Bat Night returns May 19th

-Pro Neighborhoods Hosting Free Code Enforcement Workshop

 -27th Annual Tucson Folk Festival

-Tucson Water Holds Meetings on Proposed Water Rate Schedules

-Did you know....


Dear Tucsonans,


My staff and I held a constructive meeting this week with the leadership from ParkWise. We have reached an agreement to address concerns raised:

  • ParkWise will work with the Mayor and Council over the coming 90 days to clean up some confusing or problematic sections of the parking code. The definition of “sidewalk area” and handling of parking in easements and rights of way (curbline to property line) must be cleaned up.
  • In the meantime, ParkWise enforcement actions will focus on safety issues: blocking of driveways or fire hydrants, cars parked against the direction of traffic along the street, etc.
  • We will include in an upcoming Study Session item a review of the process for notifying neighborhoods and issuing warnings prior to tickets. Many residents have grown used to “parking as usual” over years of time; a shift in approach requires good communication with the community.

ParkWise enforces the parking code across the entire City, as does TPD from time to time. Our work moving forward will help provide clarity, consistency and fairness.

I appreciate the responsiveness of ParkWise to the concerns several of you raised through my office. If you have further questions don’t hesitate to call us again. For those who have been issued recent citations, here’s some further information:

  • Check the bottom of the citation; most are marked WARNING citation, which means it is not a ticket and no fine will be imposed unless the parking infraction happens again and an actual ticket is issued.
  • If you got a warning and now have an actual ticket with a fine, those tickets are immediately transmitted by ParkWise to City Court and can’t be rescinded by ParkWise. You can challenge the ticket by contacting the Court per the instructions on the ticket if you believe you did not violate the Parking Code or have other grounds for a challenge.
  • For further information contact ParkWise at 791-5071 or my office at 791-4711.

Thank you again for alerting me so we can partner with ParkWise to deliver absolutely clear rules and even-handed enforcement citywide.


Mayor and Council will receive an update during Study Session on May 8th about the City’s work to step up enforcement and prosecution of vandalism by graffiti and our ongoing graffiti abatement program. I appreciate the committed focus of so many players to get a handle on the graffiti problem in our community. 

Copper Theft

I will be requesting a Study Session item on our May 22 agenda to deal with copper theft. We need to review how the City covers the cost of these thefts and our process for repairing damage, restoring service (mainly street and park lighting) and preventing future losses. We’ll also learn more about state legislation and if/how it can aid the City and private property owners hit by copper theft.


The first Mayor and Council Public Hearing on the Manager’s proposed budget for 2012-2013 will be held next Tuesday evening during our Regular Session at City Hall, 255 W. Alameda. To date Mayor and Council have identified key issues to address prior to final budget adoption:

  • We must have money designated in the budget for significant street repairs.
  • We must have a plan to stop the deficits in the Golf Enterprise ($1-$2M/year).


  • We must develop a multi-year transit plan to decrease fleet, liability, and other costs in the bus system.
  • We must review our compensation plan with our Labor Council and retirees, and apply any pay/benefit adjustments fairly

We continue our study of the overall budget proposal, and I look forward to hearing more from the public on Tuesday, via email or calls, or at future Public Hearings. Our goal remains to finalize and adopt the budget by June 5th.

Neon News

I want to thank members of my staff and City staff for working hard with the Historic Preservation Foundation, Pima Community College downtown campus, and members of the Oracle Area Revitalization Plan Citizens Committee to put together several great events last weekend to celebrate Neon history and its resurgence in our City.  So many partners have contributed to our success along the Oracle/Miracle Mile corridor, and we look forward to ongoing success with revitalization in that area!

Check out the cover of the current Zocalo Magazine, and the associated article of page 33 for Neon highlights:

The new historic neon sign display along Drachman is just one destination to enjoy over the coming weekend. We hope you’ll explore the events and information below as well.




Ward 3 Events:

-Cinco de Mayo at Monterey Court!  The Monterey Court Café and Studios hosts its grand Cinco de Mayo Celebration from 12 noon till 10:00 pm Saturday. Free and open to the public. Enjoy live music all day! Plus, the newly opened Monterey Café will provide a special and very tasty Cinco de Mayo menu. Featured lunch/dinner menus include stuffed quesadilla, carne asada, cuban ceviche, chiliquiles, fish or pork tacos with black beans & rice, and guacamole w/wo shrimp. Yum!  Live music includes… from12:00-3:00 Rafael Moreno and Descarga; from 3:30 to 6:30 The Johnies Rodriguez Band; and from 7 – 10pm the Pueblo Boyz featuring Juan Barrera and Oscar Fuentes. 505 W Miracle Mile. For more info visit

 -Limberlost Family Park Celebration – Saturday, May 12 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Limberlost Drive and North 4th Avenue. Join neighbors as they celebrate the completion of the shade sails and rubberized landing surfaces.  Many venues for children, i.e. face-painting, balloons—and the new, cooler and safer playground equipment.

- Ward 3 Neighbors’ Alliance MeetingWednesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Avenue. Topic: Enhancing Neighborhood/Business Connection – How businesses and neighborhoods can better support each other.

-Bat Night returns May 19thBack by popular demand, the Rillito River Project hosts the 5th Annual Bat Night, this time in the spring to mark the arrival of our nocturnal neighbors for their summer stay in Tucson. Free and open to the public.

Welcome the Bats to Tucson Saturday, May 19th at 5:00pm in the Rillito riverbed just east of the Campbell Avenue Bridge. This year, 140 students from Rio Vista Elementary School, led by nationally acclaimed choreographer Barbea Williams, will entertain the crowd with their very own Bat Dance… and teach us the Bat Dance too!  At sunset, watch 45,000 Mexican Free-Tailed bats fly out from under the Campbell Avenue Bridge to forage for food. Be a part of this growing Tucson tradition, the marquee event of the nonprofit Rillito River Project, dedicated to raising awareness of local environmental and ecological issues through art, performance, lectures and special events.  For more info visit


City Wide Events:

-PRO Neighborhoods Hosting Free Code Enforcement Workshop – Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. 320 N. Commerce Park Loop, Sentinel Building. Join Code Enforcement Administrator Teresa Williams for an overview of the neighborhood preservation ordinance and landlord accountability responsibilities. Free, reservations required. Please call 882-5885 or email Scott Lunn at

-27th Annual Tucson Folk Festival – Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6. El Presidio Park, downtown Tucson. Free admission. 130 acts on various stages. Noon to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday.

-Tucson Water Outreach Meetings for Proposed Water Rate Schedules.  Tucson Water is proposing to increase certain water rate components and fees. The following meetings have been scheduled and are open to the public: Tuesday, May 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 E. 36th Street. Tuesday, May 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Mission Library, 3770 S. Mission Road. Tuesday, May 17 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Miller-Golf Links Library, 9640 E. Golf Links Road. A public hearing is scheduled during the May 22 Mayor and Council meeting. Following the hearing, a vote is expected on whether or not to adopt a new water rate schedule. For more info: 791-4331 or


Did You Know…

…that Catalina Rotary Tucson is the first sponsor to step forward in support of opening City pools for the summer with their pledge of $25,000 to open Jacobs Pool?  If you’d like to support Catalina Rotary’s effort to make that happen, you can purchase $5 raffle tickets--winner will receive a $500 gas card. More information is available at the Ward 3 Council at 791-4711.

…that two Ward 3 neighborhood pools will “re-open” next month? Mansfield and Jacobs Pools are scheduled to open on May 30. In addition, Jacobs Pool will hold an opening celebration, sponsored by Catalina Rotary Tucson on Friday, June 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a barbeque and activities for children. On Saturday, June 2 from noon to 5:00 p.m. there will be an opening celebration at Mansfield pool with hot dogs and ice cream sponsored by the Mansfield Park Neighborhood Coalition. Much more info to follow!

…..Campbell Plaza is kicking off Summer on Saturday, May 12? Beginning at 9:00am you can enjoy sidewalk sales, radio remotes, music by Sam Hughes Elementary Choir. Sweet treats from several Campbell Plaza restaurants from 11:30am to Noon. 88-CRIME will provide summer safety tips. 2800 N. Campbell Avenue. More info: 326-3292.

….that the Cabrini NA will be launching a neighborhood beautification project with funding from ProNeighborhoods this summer? The focus will be on planting trees to provide shade and beauty along neighborhood streets, along with incorporating water harvesting practices. Lisa Shipek, Cabrini resident and Director of local non-profit Watershed Management Group, will lead a tour on Tuesday, May 15 at 5:30 pm to similar projects in nearby neighborhoods. To join her, RSVP to Meet at 3313 E. Monte Vista to carpool for the tour.