Karin's Note: Friday, January 31, 2014
-Ward 3 Events
-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)
-Did You Know?
Last night I attended the local forum on Child Protective Services held at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. I am grateful to the Center and the other partner organizations that pulled the event together: Child and Family Resources, Arizona Child Care Association, United Way, the Parent Connection, Children’s Action Alliance, Southern AzAEYC, Make Way for Books, and Easter Seals. I also appreciate Judge Pat Asher and the legislators that were in attendance including: Former Senator Linda Lopez, Senator Landrum Taylor, Senator Farley, Senator Bradley, Representative Steele, Representative Wheeler, Representative Gonzales, and Representative Orr.
As the Arizona Daily Star reported more than 150 people showed up to share their input (http://tucson.com/news/local/kids-and-families-must-come-first-tell-southern-arizona-lawmakers/article_f14d4816-c629-5211-b547-969a4e4be86c.html). I will continue to engage in this revamping of vital services at the state level, and view it as a prime example of how we must all insist that broken governmental services be fixed. It needs to happen with CPS, and it needs to happen in local government, too.
Locally, we are continuing our budget discussions with a look at staff’s proposed budget process during the Mayor and Council Study Session next Tuesday February 4th which starts at 12:30 p.m. Both the Study Session and Regular Session meeting materials can be found online at: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/mcdocs.
As I have noted in the past, I wholeheartedly support the City Manager’s message that we can and must reorganize our massive organization to deliver services better with less in order to truly bring the budget into balance for the long run. So this week, I continued my budget scouring and number-crunching with a focus on that goal. I will be laying more details about my budget thoughts in the coming weeks.
I hope to see you at the Chinese New Year celebration happening tomorrow at the Chinese Cultural Center, or elsewhere in the community this weekend.
Ward 3 Events:
-5th Annual Tucson Sculpture Festival – Saturday, February 1 Opening Reception from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. The Art Gallery, 1122 N. Stone. The art will be on display there and at the Sculpture Resource Center, 640 N. Stone Sunday through February 15. Both galleries will be open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All events are free, proceeds from the sale of art will benefit BICAS, who will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary and raising money to get their own building.
-Steampunk: A Mechanical Moment at Valley of the Moon – Saturday, February 1 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. 2544 E. Allen Road. Break out your penny farthings, steam cars, cogs and gears for this first ever Steampunk gathering at Valley of the Moon! Challenge your partners in a deadly match of Tea Dueling, see the Belly Dancing of the famous Lykiskya, and shop the Steampunk.
Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s):
-Limberlost NA—Wednesday, February 5 at 4:30 p.m. Las Candelas, 401 E. Limberlost
-Northwest NA—Wednesday, February 5 at 6:00 p.m. Donna Liggins Recreation Center, 2160 N. 6th Avenue
-Feldmans NA—Thursday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. St. Luke’s Home, 615 E. Adams
-The Oracle Project Steering Committee (TOPS)—Tuesday, February 11 at 5:30 p.m. TPD Westside substation, 1310 W. Miracle Mile
-Alvernon/Grant Initiative (AGI/TNBC)—Tuesday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. Emerge! 2425 N. Haskell
-Campus Community Relations Committee (CCRC)—Tuesday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. U of A Student Union.
-60th Annual Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase – February 1 through 16 at over 50 venues throughout Tucson, with the finale held at the Tucson Convention Center between Feb 14 and16. Over 55,000 people will be in town for this event. Best way to get around? Gem Ride! This free shuttle system connects convenient parking with the shows around Tucson. Hop on or off the shuttle at any of the 29 stops on 4 routes. 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Routes and info: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/tdot/news/city-tucson-provides-free-gemride-shuttles-connecting-gem-show-vendors-and-visitors-gem. For more general information on the showcase, please visit https://www.visittucson.org/visit/events/featured-tucson/tucson-gem-mineral-fossil-showcase
-Proposed Entertainment District Boundaries Open House - February 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 310 N. Commerce Park Loop, Sentinel Building. For more information, or to get a copy of the proposed boundaries emailed to you, please contact Camila Martins-Bekat, at City Economic Development Office at (520) 837-4078 or email her at Camila.Bekat@tucsonaz.gov.
-Sustainable Tucson Meeting – “Is Your Neighborhood Ready for Climate Change?” – Monday, February 10 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Joel Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone. Free lower level parking off Alameda. Speakers from Pima County Public Health, Neighborhood Support Network, Building Resilient Neighborhoods group.
- Tour of the Los Reales Landfill and the ReCommunity, Inc. Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) – February 14 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Tour participants will meet in the upper level parking lot at 4004 S. Park Avenue. The tour is not for children younger than age, and is available on a first come basis. To reserve a seat, call ES at 791-3175 by Tuesday, February 12, 2014. More information is available in the “Did you Know” section below.
-32nd Annual Peace Fair & Music Festival – Saturday, February 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Reid Park Bandshell. This year’s theme: Climate Justice. Free event with live music, food, entertainment and activities for children. More info: 445-4110 or www.TucsonPeaceCalendar.org
Did You Know...?
… that Tucson Water Pay-By-Phone System Will be Unavailable Saturday, Feb. 1? Electrical power to Tucson Water’s main office will be interrupted on this day. Because of this scheduled work, the main Customer Service phone lines at (510)791-3242 and (800)598-9449 will not be available to access the utility’s pay-by-phone system. Callers will likely hear a busy signal. Customers will still be able to access the utility’s website and send e-mails, because servers for those are housed in another location.
…that last year Cyclovia Tucson's two events drew 25,000 people? Participants poured out into the streets to reconnect with neighbors, explore the city, dance together, and meet new people. This year there will be two Cyclovia events as well -- on Sundays April 6th (through South Tucson) and November 2nd (through Ward 3), both from 10 am to 3 pm. More info: https://www.cycloviatucson.org/get-involved/participate-2/. You're invited to participate! If you have questions or need more information, or if you'd like to take part in the planning, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
…that Pima County’s Department of Transportation is offering free bike safety classes through February? Free helmets and bike lights, U-locks available to attendees. To learn more: http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=54575 or register at 243-BIKE (2453).
…that the City of Tucson Environmental Services Department (ES) is offering a tour of the Los Reales Landfill and the ReCommunity, Inc. Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)? Participants will get a ‘behind the scenes’ view and learn how ES operates the landfill and how recyclables collected in the blue barrels are sorted and marketed. The first stop will be the ReCommunity recycling facility which opened in July 2012. This state-of-the-art facility has allowed ES to accept an expanded list of materials for recycling due to technology built into the equipment used for sorting materials. At the Los Reales Landfill, participants see how ES handles household hazardous waste and hear how construction of the landfill cells protects groundwater. Those on the tour will also see landfill operations and learn how methane gas generated at the landfill is used as a renewable energy source. Tour participants will meet in the upper level parking lot at 4004 S. Park Avenue on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. The tour will be complete by 12:15 p.m. Those who join the tour should wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, hats and sunscreen. Drinking water will be provided. The tour is not for children younger than age 14. The tour is available on a first come basis. Show your love by booking your honey and yourself for a tour of the landfill. To reserve a seat, call ES at 791-3175 by Tuesday, February 12, 2014.
…that the City of Tucson Economic Initiatives staff has been working on finalizing the "Downtown Entertainment District." Currently, certain types of liquor licenses such as those for Restaurants and Hotels/Motels are able to locate next to any church or school throughout the City. House Bill 2596 (2010) allows for Cities, on a case by case basis to approve the location of additional types of liquor licenses only if they are located in an Entertainment District. Public outreach was done in 2010 and 2011, and staff is reactivating the process with an Open House to gather final stakeholder input in regards to the proposed boundaries. The Open House is scheduled for Feb. 5, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 310 N. Commerce Park Loop, Sentinel Building. For more information, or to get a copy of the boundaries emailed to you, please contact Camila Martins-Bekat, at City Economic Development Office at (520) 837-4078 or email her at Camila.Bekat@tucsonaz.gov.