Karin's Note: Friday, July 17, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, July 17, 2015
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • Community Spotlight
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Dear Tucsonans,
As you may know, our new City Manager Michael Ortega officially assumed his duties on July 1st. My staff and I have spent considerable time with him this week, acquainting him with Ward 3 as well as key policy and service priorities (in the Ward and across the City) that have come into focus for us during our decade of service.
I have two observations from this period of “orientation”.
First, I am proud of the dedication and competence of the Ward 3 staff. Tamara, Brianda, Matt and Judith helped shape a half-day agenda for our time with Michael, and put a lot of thought into how best to be sure he understood matters of concern-- not just through our words-- but through a Ward tour and specific impacts/examples that demonstrated the challenges we raised.
Second, I am confident we have hired the right person for the job. Michael is smart, energetic, seasoned, and steady. I and my staff look forward to working with him. We want his help to further eradicate blight, inspire infill and business investment, and shape future City budgets with core service needs in mind. We also want him to understand the history behind the City and Region’s responsible stewardship of our water, transit and historic resources, as well as our economic development strategies to harness Tucson’s competitive strengths (border proximity, diversity, entrepreneurship/small business, our natural environment, etc.).
As Michael gets settled, I am thankful that Martha Durkin will continue to serve in the City Manager’s office as part of the team helping Michael, and Tucson, to succeed.  We have all been well-served by Martha’s interim leadership.
The next Mayor and Council meeting will be held on August 5th. We’ll share the link to the agenda and associated materials in advance of that.
In the meantime enjoy the monsoon season and please stay safe as the waters flow.
Ward 3 Events: 
Campbell Avenue Streetscape Enhancements Pre-Construction Open House
Thursday, July 23rd 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Ward 3 Council Office, 1510 E. Grant Rd
Join for an open house with TDOT staff and Pima Paving to learn about the planned Campbell Avenue improvements: meet and talk with the Construction Team, find out about the schedule and traffic impacts, and talk with RTA’s MainStreet Business Assistance representatives.
The project includes pedestrian improvements, infill sidewalk, concrete pavers at street corners, landscaped medians, raised planters and more.
Questions? Contact Alfred Zuniga at Alfred.zuniga@tucsonaz.gov
Free Ward 3 Community Wide Movie Nights
Fridays through August 7th 7:30 pm at St. James United Methodist Church, 3255 N. Campbell
Join for a movie for the whole family. Bring chairs or a blanket to sit on. Free popcorn!
Iskashitaa Food for Thought Potluck
Wednesday, July 22nd 6:00 pm at St. Francis in the Foothills UMC 4625 E. River Rd
Come participate in a night of community building as refugees share traditional dishes from their home countries! Use a family recipe and bring a dish to pass to feed 6- 8 people. RSVP to Stephanie at 440-0100
Mountain View Farmer’s Market
Every Wednesday 3:00 – 5:00 pm at 3306 N. 1st Avenue (just south of Boondocks)
Fresh local eggs and produce from the Mountain View neighborhood! SNAP/WIC soon accepted!
Interested in vending? Contact Bill Crouse at 237-9078
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Samos NA Tuesday, July 21st 6:30 – 8:00 pm Salpointe Trophy Room 1545 E. Copper
Jefferson Park NA Quarterly Meeting Wednesday, July 22nd Ward 3 Council Office 1510 E. Grant Rd
Community Spotlight:
RISP-Net Back to School Clothing Drive
The Refugee Service Provide Network is seeking donations of new socks and underwear for not only refugee students, but area school clothing banks more broadly. Many families rely on school clothing banks to get supplies, uniforms, clothes and undergarments for their students. Sizes suited to children and adolescents are needed.
Bring your donations to Brianda at the Ward 3 City Council Office or contact Jacquie Villa-Baze to pick-up donations at 838-5617. You may also bring them to the RISP-Net meeting on Tuesday, July 21st from 12:00 – 1:30 pm at Nottinghill Apartments 2660 N. Alvernon Way.  
Support Literacy at Keeling Elementary
Reading Seed is partnering with the Amphi School District to pilot a new version of our program focusing intensively on kindergartners at Keeling Elementary. New volunteers are needed to help these kindergartners develop a lifelong love of reading. If you have two hours each week during the school year to help develop the love of reading in a child, we need you!
Several summer training dates are available. Click for more information or to register for training. If you have questions, please contact Lisa O'Meara at 882-8006 ext. 294 or via email.
Volunteer with Sister Jose Women’s Center
The Sr. Jose Women’s Center of Tucson is dedicated to the care and nurture of homeless women within our community. The women receive food, clothing and shelter in a safe and respectful environment. Sr. Jose was featured this week in the Tucson Weekly article Dignity. Sr. Jose can’t run without an amazing crew of community volunteers! If you are interested, please contact (520) 909-3905.
  • help create a safe, caring, supportive environment
  • provide guests with supplies
  • serve lunch
  • provide laundry assistance
Volunteer Qualifications:
  • Women 18 years old or older
  • Because they serve a vulnerable population, completion of the compliance package of the Diocese of Tucson is required.
Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm,
(During the hottest months of summer, day hours are extended to 4:00 pm)
City-Wide Events: 
Cox Movies in the Park Presents: Frozen
Friday, July 17th 5:30 pm at DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 S. Randolph Way
Are you looking for some family-friendly entertainment this evening? Movies in the Park, a Tucson summer staple since 2003, returns tonight to Reid Park with a free showing of Frozen at dusk. Residents are invited to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the movie. Pre-movie events begin at 5:30 pm with live music, jumping castles, balloon animals, and arts and crafts exhibits. Popcorn, soda, and food truck vendors also will be available for an additional charge.
Public Meeting on the Ronstadt Development
Wednesday, July 22nd 5:00 pm Tucson Convention Center 260 S. Church Ave
The City of Tucson is hosting a public meeting on the two proposals for the Ronstadt Transit Center Joint Development Project. The Alexander Company/Oasis Tucson and Peach Properties each will present a design concept for mixed-use, multi-modal development to be located on the 4.7-acre downtown site.
Please join for the opportunity to learn about the proposals, ask questions, and provide written comments! A final development agreement will need to be approved by Mayor & Council.
Free Sun Link Ride Day!
Saturday, July 25th
Sun Link celebrates its first anniversary on July 25th with free rides all day! Enjoy a special concert from KXCI as well as events and specials from merchants along the route.
Sun Link opened to the public last year on July 25th with about 17,000 riders during its opening day and 60,000 over the first three days of service. Since the launch of the streetcar, about 1.1 million passengers have enjoyed the ride! Visit Sun Link at http://www.sunlinkstreetcar.com/
Back to School Bash
Saturday, August 1st 8:00 am – noon William Clements Center 8155 E. Poinciana
Mark your calendars for Council Member Shirley Scott’s annual party for school, before school! Get free backpacks, school supplies, and pancake breakfast, plus enjoy a fantastic raffle, great vendors, fun toys, and much more! Plus the Clements pool will be free!
Tour WMG’s Living Lab & Learning Center
Watershed Management Group is offering free tours at their Living Lab & Learning Center in central Tucson! Joaquin Murrieta will guide you, highlighting rainwater-harvesting features, composting toilets, our food forest, the solar power system, and more. Register online for the August tour. And tell a friend!
Did You Know...?
Register by July 27th to Vote in the City Primary Election
July 27th is the deadline to register to vote in the City's August 25th, 2015 Primary election. Visit https://servicearizona.com/voterRegistration to register to vote online.
If you want to vote by mail in the November General Election, make sure you are on the Permanent Early Voter List. This will be a combined city-county election, so city voters will not automatically get a mail-in ballot. You must be on the PEVL! https://www.recorder.pima.gov/pevl
Contact the Pima County Recorder's Office at (520) 724-4330 with any questions or for more information https://www.recorder.pima.gov/regvote
Weigh-In on Transit in our Region
Please share your voice to help PAG prioritize future investments and multimodal infrastructure options for our region as we develop the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan. http://gismaps.pagnet.org/RTPEngage
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!
Waitlists Open for Public Housing
The City's Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is accepting wait list applications for public housing programs, including the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.
All applications must be completed online through the application portal at https://tucsonlive.secureportaln.net/PHAHome/Index.aspx and will be accepted until further notice.
For further information, assistance in applying, or oral interpretation in a language other than English call 791-4742. More info on COT Public Housing Programs at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/hcd/6-3-2015_FINAL_legal_ad.pdf.