Karin's Note: Friday, April 24, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, April 24, 2015
 
- Ward 3 Events
- Volunteers Needed!
- Citywide Events
- Did You Know?
 
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
Charter Change
 
Our Citizen’s Committee has offered their specific recommendations now for referral to the ballot by Mayor and Council. We will further our discussion on May 5 at Regular Session, focusing specifically on the items that would improve governance. I hope you will let me know your thoughts on the Committee’s recommendations as we work toward shaping the questions to be put before Tucson voters in November. Here’s the full report:
 
Budget
 
The City Manager’s recommended budget is now available for your review and input:
 
On page 8 of the PDF, you will see the schedule we will be following to move toward adoption of the final budget.
 
A vast majority of increasing expenses in our budget tie to key infrastructure and capital investments in transportation (implementation of the road bonds and transit system requirements), as well as increasing pension and health insurance costs.
 
Regional Transit Planning
 
Between now and June, the Pima Association of Governments and City of Tucson will develop priorities for transit planning and investment. Here’s the link to facilitator and expert Jarrett Walker’s report in advance of the planning sessions:
 
As you can tell, this process can move us past reactive and crisis-driven decision-making. I am confident we will ultimately develop a reasoned set of criteria—shaped locally through a public process—to guide any changes to services/routes, fares/passes, and future system-wide investments. In that way we can insure that transit increasingly fulfills an integral role in our overall urban and regional transportation network.
 
Best Breakfast in Tucson
I mentioned last week that I’d be hosting the Dine Out for Safety breakfast at Mother Hubbard’s on Wednesday. I didn’t know that Mother Hubbard’s was recently named as one of the ten best diners in the country by Men’s Health magazine this month (http://www.menshealth.com/americas-best-diners/). They got that right! Check out Mother Hubbard’s as soon as you can, because it truly offers great recipes and cooking you will not find anywhere else. Want further proof? Janet Seidler (founder of Blue Willow) was there enjoying breakfast. Thanks to her and her husband, and to the restaurant full of diners, for their generous support for CODAC/Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault. And remember Ward 3 is home to at least two of the best breakfast spots in our valley, Mother Hubbard’s and the Blue Willow!
 
Dear Arizona
 
To our state elected officials: Thank you for granting me and thousands of other lesbian/gay residents the right to marry in October, then denying us the right to serve as foster parents or adoptive parents in February, then granting us the right to parent through fostering or adoption this week. How touching.
Seriously, the back and forth over the past six months has done nothing but undermine the security of a whole lot of families and children. It’s also cemented the state’s reputation for bigotry and further crippled Arizona’s ability to attract decent jobs (because by now all major employers get the fact that discrimination only loses them their best talent and lots of customers).
 
It’s clear that as a City we’d better continue to set ourselves apart by welcoming and promoting diversity. We have a track record we can be proud of, and that will be crucial over the coming years as we seek to grow our base of jobs, opportunity, and security for everyone.
 
Dear Tucson
 
It’s clear from the happenings throughout the City this week and every week that we have a whole lot to appreciate…thanks Tucson!
 
Have a great weekend,
 
Karin
 
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Ward 3 Events: 
 
- Roll-Offs! –  Friday, April 24th - Sunday, April 26th at various locations in Ward 3. Roll-offs can be found in several neighborhoods throughout the ward this weekend - it's a great opportunity to get rid of any bulky stuff that won't fit in your trash can. You'll find the dumpsters in the following locations:
                 - Cabrini (3100 Block E. Monte Vista)                      - La Madera (2700 Block E. La Madera)
                 - Campbell-Grant (1900 Block E. Spring)                  - North Dodge (3700 Block N. Monte Vista)
                 - Country Glenn (2500 Block N. Treat)                      - RHENA (3500 Block N. Wilson)
                 - Dodge Flower (2500 Block N. Dodge)                     - Rillito Bend (2500 Block E. Allen)
                 - Doolen-Fruitvale (2600 Block N. Sparkman)                     
               
Roll-offs are available for public use, we just ask that you help your neighborhoods and Environmental Services by using them correctly:
  • Open the door and walk your stuff to the back
  • Do not dump your stuff over the side in the middle or front
  • Place only allowable items in the roll-off (e.g. green waste, furniture, scrap metal, appliances)
  • If the dumpster is full, don’t pile it on. Contact ES at 791-3171 and they will try to get an empty one on-site.
Contact the Ward 3 office at 791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov with any questions. For more info on roll-offs and collection policies, check out https://www.tucsonaz.gov/es/neighborhood-cleanups
 
- Amphi Movie Night! – Friday, April 24th 5:30 pm at Amphi Park. Bring your friends and family for this annual free event put on by the Amphi Community Action Group and TPD! The movie will start at sundown but before that you can get a free booster seat, Diabetic testing, and bicycle helmets. The Amphi High band will also be joining at 6:00 pm to kick off the event. Enjoy free popcorn and Eegee’s – just remember to bring a blaket or chair for yourself! For more info, please call 595-5445.
 
- Slam Into Spring: Slam Poetry Workshop with Logan Phillips - Saturday, April 25th 3:00 – 4:30 pm at Woods Memorial Library. Want to write daring poems and learn to perform them in front of a cheering crowd? Come explore the dynamic art of spoken word poetry with internationally-recognized performance poet Logan Phillips, author of Sonoran Strange and co-founder of the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam. Poets of all ages and experience levels are welcome to this safe space––writing and slamming a poem is easier than you might think. Give it a try!  
 
- CGT Bike Ride from Blue Moon to Keeling – Sunday, April 26th 8:00 – 11:00 am starting at Blue Moon Garden 1501 N Oracle Rd. This ride will start at our Blue Moon Garden (1501 N. Oracle Rd. located behind Tucson House) and continue on to Mansfield Garden followed by Keeling garden and back to Blue Moon. For a full calendar of Bike Fest Events, see this calendar. Contact Jessica Paul at Jessica@communitygardensoftucson.org for more information.
 
- W3NA Strategic Meeting – Sunday, April 26 1:00 – 5:00 pm at St James United Methodist Church 3255 N Campbell Ave. On April 26th, the W3NA will take a very important next step forward as they begin to develop their strategic direction. During this Strategic Meeting, participants are invited to begin a dynamic facilitated process where they will have the opportunity to discuss and prioritize how Ward 3 Neighbors can have a more meaningful impact in Ward 3, and further relationships to solve problems and plan for the future. This will be a time for Ward 3 Neighbors to get focused, organized and on the same page as they more forward. Everyone is welcome, encouraged and invited to attend regardless of your “formal” position. The more people participating, the stronger the strategic direction will be. Your input is important. Please respond to slm949@gmail.com if you think you can join.
 
The Invisible Theatre’s Pastime Players – Monday, April 27th 7:00 pm at Doolen Middle School 2400 N. Country Club Rd. Invisible Theatre's Pastime Players has grown into a prototype of innovative arts education that focuses on ability rather than disability.  Exceptional education students at Doolen have been working with the Invisible Theatre’s artistic staff throughout the year and will showcase their program with The Me Inside of Me, a musical that celebrates ability. Come see this wonderful show and support local students. No reservations necessary – bring the whole family! For more information, visit http://www.invisibletheatre.com/Education/Pastime_Players/pastime_player...
 
- Keeling Clean-up Day! – Saturday, May 2nd 7:30 am – 12:30 pm starting and finishing at Cornerstone Fellowship 2902 N Geronimo. Council member Uhlich is teaming up with the Keeling Neighborhood Association and Graffiti Protective Coatings to help clean-up graffiti in Keeling. We are looking for 20 – 25 volunteers to help, so please contact us if you can join for this fun event! Breakfast, lunch, tools and other supplies will be provided for volunteers. Contact the Ward 3 office at 791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov for more info or sign-up to volunteer at Keeling Clean-Up Day!
 
Karma Harvests - Saturday, May 2nd at 9:00 am. Join Iskashitaa for “1st Saturday Karma Harvest” for some good karma! If you are unable to make it to the Wed/Fri harvests, this is an awesome opportunity to come out with your family, friends, school or organization and help pick seasonal produce! To receive harvest announcements, contact Chloe Sovinee-Dyroff at 440-0100 or harvesting@iskashitaa.org
 
- Amphi Graffiti Cleanup – Saturday, May 16th 7:00 – 10:00 am starting at Literacy Connects 200 E. Yavapai. The Ward 3 Council Office is joining the Amphi Community Action Group for a neighborhood graffiti cleanup! Snacks, water and tools will be provided. Roll-offs will also be available to take care of any discarded furniture, green waste and other bulky refuse. Please contact the Ward office at 791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov for more info.
 
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Volunteers Needed!
 
Community Gardens Work Parties
 
Earth Day Work Party
April 25 8:00 – 11:00 am
St. Demetrios Garden, 1145 E Fort Lowell Rd.
Contact the volunteer coordinator at mhart92@email.arizona.edu for more information.
 
Blue Moon Work Party
April 25th 9:00 – 11:00 am
Blue Moon Community Garden, 1501 N Oracle Rd.
 
Midtown Police Seeking Volunteers
 
The Midtown Police Division is looking for a group of ten volunteers to assist with Logistical, Administrative, and/or Community Based assignments!

Volunteers will be subject to an application process and background check. Certain assignments may require more scrutiny in terms of background checks. If you are interested in assisting ODM in its mission, download and complete the volunteer application at the following website:

https://www.tucsonaz.gov/police/police-assist-group.

Once you complete the application, drop off the completed application at the Patrick Hardesty Midtown substation located at 1100 S Alvernon Way. ODM command staff will review the application and make their selections. Candidates are likely to be called to interview with members of our staff. Those who are selected will be sent to a background investigation. Even if you are not selected by ODM, there may be other areas of opportunity within Tucson Police Department as a whole.
 

Neighborhood Graffiti Cleanups
 
The Ward 3 Council Office is looking for 20 – 25 volunteers to help with couple of graffiti and neighborhood cleanups in the month of May! We currently have one scheduled for Keeling on May 2nd and another for Amphi on May 16th. Please contact the Ward 3 office at 520-791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov if you can join!
 
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Citywide Events: 
 
- Pima County Fair - Now - April 26th at 11300 S. Houghton Rd. The 104th annual Pima County Fair at Pima County Fairgrounds promises 11 days of old-fashioned fun. Spend the day with family and friends enjoying attractions, motorized events, concerts and staged entertainment, prize-winning animal exhibits, and finger-licking fair food. Explore carnival rides and midway games for thrill-seekers of all ages and sizes. Take the youngest to Kiddie Land, a separate area with easy-going carnival rides, pony rides, an animal petting-zoo, kid-friendly science and agriculture exhibits, and more. Browse displays by many of Tucson's finest artists, crafters and bakers offering some of the finest homegrown crafts around. Discover gem and mineral displays and other educational exhibits. For daily highlights, go to: http://www.pimacountyfair.com/concerts-events.
 
- Historic Preservation Foundation Home Tour Presents: Josias Joesler – Saturday, April 25th  9:00 am - 3:00 pm Various Locations. Join the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation for an exceptional 2015 Historic Home Tour Featuring the Romantic and extraordinary design of Tucson’s most famous and celebrated architect of the 20th century: Josias Joesler. This tour is a rare opportunity to venture inside some of Joesler’s best homes and experience the design that has defined Tucson style for generations. Explore the legacy of Tucson’s architecture. Tickets are $40.00 each. Joesler’s homes are scattered throughout Tucson with concentration in the Old Catalina Foothills. The tour is self-directed with docents at each home. https://preservetucson.org/event/historic-home-tour-2015
 
- TRRG Annual Meeting - Saturday, April 25th 12:00 pm at the Ward 6 Community Room 3202 E. First St. Join Tucson Residents for Responsive Government for their Annual Meeting! It will begin with an Appreciation lunch and at 1:00 pm, participants will be lead in a workshop from OIP and TRRG to define three basic Keys to Collaboration: Setting Goals, Partners in Participation and Group Organization. Possible opportunities for City of Tucson - TRRG cooperation will be considered at the conclusion. Visit https://tucsontrrg.org/ for more info.
 
- 10,000 Years of Eating in the Southwest - Saturday, April 25th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on the Arizona State Museum Lawn, University Blvd. Visit Iskashitaa’s table and enjoy live music and specialty dishes that highlight traditional Southwestern foods.  Come out and engage with your community and university and learn about food and eating in the Southwest! Interested in volunteering at this special event? Email Melissa at information@iskashitaa.org or call 440-0100.
 
- Tamalada Celebration Benefit for Mission Garden and Jardin Etnobotánico de Oaxaca – Tuesday, May 5th 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Mercado de San Agustin 100 S. Avenida del Convento. The Tamalada is a native maize tamale “graze around”, with music by Aztral Folk, and release of the May/June edition of Edible Baja Arizona. Cost is $25 per person and tickets include 2 tamales, rice, beans and aguas frescas.
Alcoholic drinks and other food will be available for purchase. This event is a benefit for Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace, Mission Garden and the Jardin Etnobotánico de Oaxaca as part of the 1st International Seed Library Forum, being held in Tucson May 3rd – 6th. For more information on the 1st International Seed Library Forum, please see: www.garynabhan.com
 
- Neighborhood Leadership Institute - Saturday, May 9th 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Pima County Housing Center 801 W Congress St. Energize your neighborhood organization! Join for this series of workshops on topics that will help you strengthen your neighborhood leadership. This round of the institute will focus on engaging community youth, succession planning and reports from the trenches. Reserve your place today! Call 724-6769 or email leslie.nixon@pima.gov. There is no registration fee for designated representatives of neighborhood groups. $50 for other registrants.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
…the latest update on the Grant Road Repaving? Yesterday and today, crews from Granite Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, have been milling and repaving Grant Road from Santa Rita Avenue to Campbell Avenue. On Tuesday, April 28th and Wednesday, April 29th, crews will mill and repave the Grant Road intersections at Dodge Boulevard, Alvernon Way and Columbus Boulevard. To lessen the impact on the traveling public, this work will be done at night from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. At least one travel lane in each direction at the intersections will be maintained during this work.
 
The exact start date of the milling and repaving work on Grant Road from Campbell Avenue to Country Club Road has not yet been determined, but the work should begin in mid May.

The above schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or equipment malfunction. The traveling public can expect delays when driving, bicycling and walking in the work area. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone.

 
that next week, thousands of area K-8 students will participate in the inaugural ApROLL Bike & Walk to School Challenge, as part of the new Safe Routes To School Tucson program? The Challenge, which will take place from April 27th to May 1st supports all participating schools by providing rewards and incentives for students who walk and bike to or from school during the week. LSA, in partnership with the City of Tucson, kicked off the Safe Routes to School Tucson Program in 2014 to encourage more children and families to walk and bike. This school year, the program has been working closely with four pilot schools organizing fun and informative events for kids, such as bike repair clinics, family-friendly bike rides, and bike rodeos. Blenman Elementary and Laguna Elementary are a couple schools in our area that will all lead special “walking school buses” next week as part of the ApROLL Challenge. Parents, teachers, and students are encouraged to walk together along predesignated routes on the following dates:
 
Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 am - Blenman Elementary will meet at Treat & Edison and Bella Vista Townhomes at 3201 E. Seneca (two separate routes)
 
Thursday, April 30, 7:15 am - Laguna Elementary will meet at Kain & Diamond and Flowing Wells District Park at 5510 North Shannon Road (two separate routes)