Karin's Note: Friday, August 7, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, August 7, 2015
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • Community Spotlight
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
Two Public Servants Lost
 
I was very sorry to learn about the tragic loss of Tucson Police Officer Isaac Rosario this past Saturday. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and TPD. It has been heartening to hear of the outpouring of support and kindness surrounding the family and the department in this difficult time. Folks who want to help can find more information at https://www.tucsonpolicefoundation.org/.
 
My heart also goes out to our Fire Department and the family of Tucson Fire Paramedic Joseph Nilson, whose life was memorialized last weekend. We are forever grateful for his years of dedicated service to our city and community.
 
Transit
 
As you likely know, Sun Tran bus drivers/mechanics are out on strike. The system logs thousands of boarding each day when in service; the limited service in place during the strike will leave many people hurting: workers, families, employers, businesses, schools and more.
 
The work we’ve done to adjust services over the coming year in partnership with the Pima Association of Governments will lead us to a healthier system better serving even more riders. In the meantime I know many people (including myself) have urged the transit management company to find a resolution to get us past the short term stalemate.
 
I hear lots of positive feedback every week about our bus drivers and all who serve Sun Tran. And transit will play an increasingly vital role in the health and economy of our region for decades to come. I share the hope that we do not lose sight of the progress we’re making toward offering the very best we can to everyone who provides or relies upon Sun Tran service.
 
Police Chief Search
 
Our Citizen Advisory group for the Police Chief recruitment/hiring process has helped to develop the posting for the position. You can read it here:
 
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My staff and I will keep you posted as the public has opportunities to participate during the interviewing and selection process to come.
 
Mayor and Council Meeting
 
You can view materials on the items we addressed at our meeting this week here:
 
 
The two water items (9 and 10 on the August 5th Regular Meeting agenda) were continued, mainly because my colleagues and I had many questions about how the Water Services Administrative Review Board addressed the specific appeal on the agenda as well as the recommendations for amending their processes as we move forward.
 
During Call to the Audience we heard concerns about the Sun Tran labor dispute, as well as Tucson Electric Power’s proposal to the Arizona Corporation Commission that would retroactively apply their solar buyback rate, if approved in 2016/2017, back to June of 2015. I and other colleagues have written directly to the ACC to ask that they go on record rejecting the retroactivity of any buyback rate change. Otherwise the solar installations sector will freeze up as building owners wait for the uncertainty and financing implications to be resolved. Tucson’s proud to have earned our Solar City designation; and we recognize that the solar sector holds extraordinary promise for job creation and environmental benefits for our region. I hope the ACC goes on record soon confirm they will not entertain any requests for retroactive action.
 
Have a great weekend,
 
Karin
 
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Ward 3 Events: 
 
Pima County Natural Resources Nature Night: Bats in Flight Friday, August 7th 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Rillito River Park, 4200 N. Campbell. Discover the fascinating lives of Mexican free-tailed bats and watch as hundreds of bats emerge from their daytime roosts under the Campbell Avenue Bridge over the Rillito River. Pima County naturalists and volunteers provide information and family-friendly activities.
 
Navajo Wash Clean-Up Saturday, August 8th 7:00 - 9:00 am. Join your neighbors for the care of our green space at the Northwest corner of Mountain and Hedrick. Stop by and see what’s growing! Please call Loraine at 520-327-7587 if you have any questions.
 
Public Hearing on Special Events Wednesday, August 12th at 5:30 pm at the Tucson Police Department Westside Service Center, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. The City of Tucson is in the process of revising the way we all do special events. A public hearing on these changes will take place. You can read the proposed application at http://www.downtowntucson.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Special-event-draft-application7.23.15.pdf and check out the website being developed by the City to help provide additional information about this process at http://www.tucsonaz.gov/business/special-events. If you cannot attend the meeting on August 12th, please email your comments on the draft application and website to Greg Jackson greg.jackson@tucsonaz.gov, or call 837-8011 by August 14th.
 
Taking on Water Issues: Past, Present and Future Wednesday, August 18th 6:00 pm at Woods Memorial Library.  Here in the desert, water is our most valuable resource. How much longer will we have enough water for everyone? Be sure to attend this program of the Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance to find out how you can make a difference. The program includes presentations by three organizations - Tucson Water, UA Department of Hydrology, and Watershed Management Group. Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be provided.
 
Amphi Middle School/Prince Elementary Resource Fair Thursday, August 20th 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Amphi Middle School 315 E. Prince Rd. Amphi Middle School hosts a resource fair during the AMS and Prince open houses! Families are invited to wander through the fair as they tour campuses and visit classrooms. Last year approximately 250 families visited the fair to learn about community services and connect with community resources. There is no fee to participate and picnic-style tables and benches are provided. Parking can be found in front of both campuses and on the east side of the AMS campus. The cafeteria is located between the two campuses.
 
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Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Mountain/1st NA & CAG Saturday, August 8th 9:00 – 10:00 am at Mitchell Park
 
The Oracle Project (TOPS) Tuesday, August 11th 5:30 – 6:30 pm at TPD Westside Station 1310 W Miracle Mile
 
Alvernon-Grant Initiative (AGI) Tuesday, August 11th Emerge! 2425 N. Haskell
 
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Community Spotlight:
 
Muslim Community Center of Tucson Free Clinic Saturday, August 8th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at 5100 N. Kevy Place. No insurance is necessary – free and open to all! Professional practicing doctors offer physical exams, chronic disease management, hypertension diabetes and obesity screening, urine analysis, pregnancy testing, referral services, pediatric services and more. Walk-ins welcome. These free clinics will continue to take place every 2nd Saturday of the month from July 2015 to April 2016.
 
Food Stamp Application Assistance (SNAP) Monday, August 10th 11:30 am - 2:30 pm Woods Memorial Library Lobby. Let an employee from the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona help you apply for SNAP ("food stamps" or the government nutrition assistance program), AHCCCS (health care) and TANF (cash assistance). To find out what documents you will need, please call the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at (520) 882-3314.
 
Free Spa Day at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Tuesday, August 11th 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at 2331 E. Adams St. Free and open to everyone! Aveda Institute, Happy.org and Whole Foods partner with Grace St. Paul’s to provide haircuts, makeovers, manicures, scalp massages, aromatherapy, and more!
 
Primavera Summer Water Drive During these hot summer months, water is crucial to that in need in our community. To help combat this need, Whole Foods Market is holding a water drive to benefit the Primavera Foundation. Stop in to any Tucson Whole Foods locations, now through August 15th, and donate a case of Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water and Crystal Geyser will match your water donation, up to 100 cases of water! Contact Kim at 308-3116 or ktalerico@primavera.org
 
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City-Wide Events: 
 
Warrant Amnesty Day
The City of Tucson will open its court building on Saturday, August 7th, giving people a weekend day to clear up outstanding warrants. There will be two courtrooms available at Tucson City Court, 103 E. Alameda, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The goal of Warrant Day is to resolve the warrant and possibly close cases in warrant status. If you want to see if you have a warrant, you can follow the link below. Tucson City Court: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/courts/tucson-city-court Search for warrants: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/courts/court-defendant-search
 
2nd Saturdays Downtown
Visit Downtown Tucson tomorrow and enjoy live music, a movie, street performers, restaurants, street vendors, and gallery shows. Starting at 6:30 pm, the main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical performances. You can use the Sun Link streetcar to move easily through the downtown area. 2nd Saturdays: http://www.2ndsaturdaysdowntown.com/
 
Mermaids Unite Downtown
Tomorrow's the day mermaids, pirates, jellyfish, and other sea creatures will be washed ashore on downtown's pop-up beach on the MLK Lot at North Fifth Avenue at East Congress Street, and at Fourth Avenue’s Haggerty Plaza, 316 N. Fourth Ave. The "Return of the Mermaids" event begins with a mermaid arts market at 11:00 am at 50 N. Fifth Ave. There will be music, dancing, and artists showcasing a variety of mermaid artwork and accessories. The parade begins at 7:30 pm at Haggerty's Plaza. The parade starts an evening of family-friendly activities, featuring face painting, crafts, games, island music, and mermaid dancers. Return of the Mermaids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Return-of-the-Mermaids-1451290071808709/timeline/
 
Live Music on Streetcar
Ride the Sun Link streetcar and enjoy the KXCI Presents: Sun Link Summer in the City Concert Series, a live concert inside a streetcar. The series features concerts through the end of the month. The next concert will take place tomorrow night, featuring music from Laura and the Killed Men. Passengers can attend the concert by boarding the streetcar at the stop at Avenida del Convento and Congress (across from Mercado San Agustin) at 7 p.m. The concert streetcar number will be announced tomorrow on Sun Link’s social media and website linked below. All passengers must have a valid SunGO card or ticket to board Sun Link. Riders without passes are encouraged to purchase a SunGO 1-Day Ticket before the event to help avoid wait times. The ticket can be purchased for $4 at any of the streetcar stops or the Ronstadt Transit Center downtown.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Limited Sun Tran service during strike, effective 8/7/15
Because of a labor dispute, Sun Tran’s drivers, mechanics, and fuel island attendants are on strike, but Sun Tran is currently offering limited weekday service on Routes 3, 8, 11, 16, 18, 25 and 29 between approximately 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. Updated maps and schedules are attached and posted at http://suntran.com and at the transit centers.
  • Route 3 -- 6th St./Wilmot
  • Route 8 – Broadway
  • Route 11 – Alvernon
  • Route 16 – Oracle/Ina
  • Route 18 – South 6th Avenue
  • Route 25 – South Park Avenue
  • Route 29 – Valencia
Transit services that are not affected by the strike include Sun Van, the Sun Link streetcar and Sun Shuttle, neighborhood transportation service serving Marana, Oro Valley, Catalina, Sahuarita, Green Valley, San Xavier, Ajo, Rita Ranch and Tucson Estates. We also have a list of transportation alternatives available on our website.
Sun Tran will add service on additional routes as more drivers become available.
It is not known how long the strike will last, but Sun Tran will keep you updated with any service changes through on our website and the local media.
 
Buy A Qualified Washing Machine and Get a Rebate!
Tucson Water’s new Single Family Residential Clothes Washer Program will rebate customers $200 when they purchase a CEE Tier 2 or Tier 3 clothes washer. High efficiency clothes washers save water and energy. Certain conditions apply for the rebate, so please follow the link below to learn more about the program. Single Family Residential Clothes Washer Program: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/clothes-washer-rebate
 
What’s Happening at the Donna Liggins Center
First, there will be four Leisure Classes for the little ones: Sports for Tots and Potpourri of Sports on Saturdays, and Making Funny Animals and Yummy for the Tummy on Tuesdays. Registration begins 8/16.
Second, the DLC will be hosting Schoolzout Camps for participants ages 5-14, from October 12th - 16th  and December 21st – 31st. Registration for the Fall Session will begin 9/28 and Winter Session on 11/30.
Register online at https://online.activenetwork.com/Tucson/Start/Start.asp. "In person" registrations will not be taken.
Last but not least, the DLC will be closed for their annual deep cleaning from August 24th through the 29th.
As always, feel free to contact the DLC if you have any questions at 791-3247!
 
Community Gardens of Tucson Logo Contest
Help Community Gardens of Tucson design a logo that represents their community of gardeners!
Because their gardens are all throughout Tucson, they want to make sure the Tucson community is represented in their logo!  This year they are celebrating CGT’s 25th year in Tucson and think it's time to spruce up the logo!
Submit your logo design by September 15th to match the mission and community of CGT. Finalists will be selected by their board and the winner will be voted on by CGT gardeners. Your art will be on beautiful, made-in-America Fed By Threads t-shirts, used to adorn CGT's swag, publications and website for years to come. Check out their website for inspiration and the guidelines! www.communitygardensoftucson.org
Logos can be submitted to admin@communitygardensoftucson.org. In addition to being recognized for their design, the winner will receive a CGT gift basket that will include a selection of garden goodies as well as a set of 4 tickets to The Loft Cinema!
 
Homestay program seeking families to host international students coming to UA
Host families are compensated up to $500 per student every 4 weeks (4-week minimum commitment).
Requirements:
1. You live within 40 min. from UA by public transportation.
2. You are able to greet the student at the Tucson Airport.
3. You must be approved via a home visit.
4. You provide a furnished private room for a student and partial board (2 meals per day)
Apply online at www.azhomestay.com. Look at the top of page for the words "Becoming A Host" and you will be contacted as soon as your application is received. A referral fee is available ($30 per referral if your referred family becomes an actual host family).
 
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