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Karin's Note: Friday, October 12, 2012

Karin's Note: Friday, October 12, 2012


Karin's Note: Friday, October 12, 2012

-Plan Tucson Community Workshop

-Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance Meeting

-Amphi Community Action Group Throws a Party!

-Shred-It Tucson Event Coming in November

- Future Neighborhood Meetings

-Tucson Meet Yourself 

-SAAF’s 24th Annual AIDSWALK 

-Pride on Parade and Pride in the Desert

-Lights On Afterschool Event

-2nd Annual Sustainable Festival

- Did you know....?


Dear Tucsonans,

I want to start my note by applauding the Tucson Police Department (TPD).  With several murders committed in Tucson in recent weeks, TPD has been successful in swiftly identifying and apprehending the suspects, a testament to their capacity and commitment to keep us all safe.

Throughout Ward 3 and our City, residents play an important public safety role as well.  Community partnerships with TPD to prevent crime, to share information, and to collaborate in crafting broad anti-crime initiatives have had measurable impacts. Campaigns against meth, graffiti, metal theft, prostitution, underage drinking and domestic violence have mobilized thousands of people in constructive work to safeguard our community. Here in Ward 3, regular meetings of the Alvernon/Grant Initiative, the Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance--which now hosts quarterly public safety briefings---, the Oracle Project (TOPS), and over thirty neighborhood associations provide a fabric of awareness and activism that counters all types of crime.

High-profile incidents of violence cause alarm and concern. We all want to be sure that perpetrators will be caught and convicted. We can all be grateful that every single day we have dedicated public safety employees, and so many Tucsonans involved in efforts that support TPD. We watch out for one another and our neighborhoods. While crime may never be entirely eliminated, we can certainly take heart in the many ways crime has been reduced as a result of community engagement. Thanks for any of the ways you contribute to that cause. 

Speaking of community engagement, don't miss out on the final Plan Tucson Community Workshop of the fall, to see a presentation on possible ways Tucson could grow in the future and share ideas about alternative growth scenarios (see Events below). Make your voice heard.  The final Plan Tucson general plan, incorporating your input over dozens of meetings and workshops, will go to the voters on the November, 2013 ballot. 

Finally, I'd like to end with a note of personal gratitude for the impressive advocacy of Angel Fuentes, a fifth grader at Nash Elementary School, who pulled me aside at the National Night Out event at Marty Birdman Center last week. When we spoke Angel noted his concerns regarding our three city transit centers -- in particular, the fact that the information booths are no longer staffed as they had been in the past. Angel rides the bus every day, often with his grandmother to help her take care of her daily duties, and offers an invaluable perspective on this issue. He has raised critical questions and offered creative solutions, and I have directed my staff to work closely with Angel and the Sun Tran administration to address the concerns he has raised and come up with a path forward.  It is an understatement to say how impressed I am with this young man. Though Angel is still 7 or 8 years away from being old enough to vote, he already is showing the kind of civic engagement that makes our community so strong. Thank you, Angel.




Ward 3 Events:

- Plan Tucson – Final Community Workshop in October.  Attend the final workshop to see a presentation on possible ways Tucson could grow in the future, and to create alternative scenarios building on draft policies to guide land use, transportation and other City actions over the next decade. Plan Tucson goes to the voters on November 5, 2013. The day and time of the final Community Workshops:  Saturday, October 13 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Police Midtown Substation at 1100 S. Alvernon Way.

Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance Meeting – Wednesday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. 1st Avenue. During meeting there will be an important discussion and gathering of input on next steps/direction of the Alliance. More info: Marc at 881-4582. Please RSVP to:

-Amphi Community Action Group Throws A Party – Friday, October 19th in the Amphi Park, 510 E. Navajo. Free snacks and movie starting at 6:00 p.m. Movie begins at sundown. Event is sponsored by Tucson Police Department and the Amphi Community Action Group. Great opportunity to meet your neighbors!

-Shred-It Tucson Event – Saturday, November 3 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon at Jacobs Park, 3300 N. Fairview Avenue. Bring in your important papers that need shredding—first box is free, 2nd is $5 with donations going to Gospel Rescue Mission and Lend-A-Hand. More info: Ward 3 Council Office, 791-4711.


 -Upcoming Ward 3 Neighborhood Meetings:

Richland Heights East Annual Meeting – Monday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. Peniel Church of Christ, 1990 E. Prince Road (in the church hall, entrance on east side-Olsen Avenue).

Cabrini NA – Monday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. St. Francis Cabrini Church, 3201 E. Presidio Road.

Samos NA – Tuesday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m. Salpointe Catholic High School, 1545 E. Copper Street.

Flowing Wells NA – Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. Ellie Towne Center, 1670 W. Ruthrauft Road

Mountain View NA – Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. Water of Life Church, 3269 Mountain Avenue.



City Wide Events:

-Tucson Meet Yourself – Friday through Sunday, October 12-14 at various locations through downtown Tucson. This annual event includes three fun-filled days of music, food, folk art and more.  For a schedule of events:

-SAAF’s 24th Annual AIDSWALK  — Sunday morning October 14, 2012 at 8:00 am at the Joel D. Valdez library, within perimeter of Tucson Meet Yourself footprint in downtown Tucson. The event will culminate in the ritual unfolding of NAMES Quilt Panels.  This year's goal is to have 6,000 walkers and raise more than $150,000 to help support programs and services of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. 

-Pride on Parade and Pride in the Desert -Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Noon in Armory Park.  The 35th Annual Pride in the Desert Festival will take place at Armory Park on 13th Street. This year the events focus on being LOCAL. Not only is it moving downtown, it is filling the stage with only local entertainers. Come see them shine all in one place! NOTE:  The Parade will kick off at 11:00 a.m. on 6th Avenue between 18th Street and 12th Street.

-Lights On Afterschool Event – Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park.  The City of Tucson Parks KIDCO program is taking part in the 13th Annual National Lights on Afterschool event promoting the continued need for after school programs in the Tucson community. Come, bring a blanket and relax while enjoying singing and dancing performances by KIDCO stars.  Event is free with food available for purchase.

-2nd Annual Sustainable Festival – Sunday, October 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Reid Park. Free, great for all ages. Event is fully solar powered, booths and fun activities for all. More info: or (520) 289-4149


Did You Know…?

…that the Ward 3 Council Office Community Room has 4 Recycling barrels? The City of Tucson’s Environmental Services Department’s new “Know Where to Throw” program runs until November 3. Bring in your used plastic grocery bags, blue jeans, bike tires and garden hoses. These worn out items will be recycled into new products saving natural resources and landfill space. More info:

 …that the Valley of the Moon, at 2544 E. Allen Road, hosts a “Haunted Ruins Halloween Adventure” Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October? Tours leave the gate every 30 minutes. $8 adults, $5 children 8-13 of age with younger ones free. Sunday nights get 50% off admission with donation of two cans of food for the Community Food Bank. More info: 323-1331.

 ….that this weekend Downtown Tucson will be the host of several exciting events? Tucson Meet Yourself, 2nd Saturdays Downtown, Pride in the Desert, Tucson Aids Walk, Disney on Ice just to name a few! Don’t worry; there are a lot of places to park:

…that Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is trying to get individuals to register for free, 20 hour training on how to respond to any catastrophe. The CERT Train the Trainer class (to become a CERT instructor) is scheduled here in Tucson November 16-18 (Friday-Sunday) on the University of Arizona campus. Target audience is local and county emergency management, fire, law and EMS personnel, but is open to everyone that has completed CERT basic training. You may obtain an application at:   You will also need to register online at More information available at (602) 542-7077.

….that the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is calling on the public to provide your input on a major Passenger Rail Corridor Study regarding alternatives for linking Tucson and Phoenix.  They want to know what you think of the seven alternatives that have been selected for further study, including six different passenger rail alternatives and one bus rapid transit alternative. You can learn more here:  Also, ADOT reps will be at Tucson Meet Yourself all weekend with info on this study, so look for their table and make your voice heard!