Karin's Note: Friday, May 1, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, May 1, 2015
- Ward 3 Events
- Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
- Citywide Events
- Did You Know?
Dear Tucsonans,
Welcoming Upstarts        
I use the term Upstarts intentionally because Startup companies are often founded by Upstarts (which the dictionary defines as “nobodies” and “outsiders”). Last week I mentioned how important it has been and will continue to be for Tucson to stand apart in Arizona as a city that harnesses diversity as a strength. Again we’ve received affirmation that our culture of inclusion, as well as our economic development blueprint, pays off.
Wallethub.com just highlighted Tucson as the best city in Arizona to start a business. That’s a distinction earned by our whole community, with the efforts of local government contributing. Years ago the Mayor and Council shifted Tucson’s mindset from the “how can we compete for the biggest companies” to “how can we build upon our greatest strengths”. Among those strengths: proximity to the border, an outstanding University, and a progressive climate to attract and retain creative entrepreneurs.
“Tax credits and other incentives are nice to have, but if your city is not vibrant and does not value diversity, in all of its forms, you will have an uphill battle in building a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem." That’s just one of the quotes from the cadre of Wallethub experts involved in rating cities for their Startup climate.
To be sure, lots of factors need to be cultivated to build on Tucson’s budding success. We’re fortunate to have:
  • a network of “angel investors” providing seed capital to startups,
  • real estate developers incorporating shared workspaces and incubators in their projects,
  • the UofA’s intentional strategy to move innovation to the market through the Tech Launch initiative, 
  • community and elected leaders who have long recognized our cross-border relations and infrastructure as integral to a healthy border economy,
  • kindred advocacy and leadership protecting our gorgeous and unique natural environment,
  • the risk-taking necessary to spark vibrancy downtown and beyond in the urban core.
So let’s continue to celebrate the essence of Tucson, conveyed so spot-on by Visit Tucson in its promotion of tourism (which ultimately “brands” our City in the minds of travelers, entrepreneurs, and anyone else paying attention). Check out Visit Tucson’s “Free Yourself” campaign:
They didn’t create this Tucson brand, they effectively captured the spirit we’ve chosen for our community time and again for many, many decades. That spirit pays off by enriching the quality and the fabric of our lives here together. And it’s paying off as we continue to grow prosperity for all of our residents.
Governor Ducey at the University of Arizona
I’ve been invited to attend the luncheon featuring Governor Ducey on the campus of the UofA today. I am anxious to hear his thoughts on the one factor undeniably vital to the economic success of Tucson and our entire state: education. Wallethub repeatedly emphasized access to an educated workforce in its rankings; so does every other economic development index I’m aware of. I do not know how the Governor expects to strengthen educational opportunity while slashing the budgets of school districts, Universities, community colleges and technical education programs such as JTED. I’ll be listening closely because we absolutely must work together to improve access to quality education across the City and state. We can’t exclude anyone—“outcasts” or “upstarts” or “nobodies”—those unexpected geniuses who by now we ought to expect to shine as the future’s best innovators and entrepreneurs.
Our Family
I attended Our Family’s Annual Luncheon yesterday, and was heartened by the breadth and depth of the work they do for us. Their efforts touch the lives of children and elders and span the gamut from mediation and conflict resolution to supportive housing and senior companion services. I hope you’ll support Our Family and learn more about them here: www.ourfamilyservices.org.
Next Week
Check out the Mayor and Council Meeting Agenda for next week at this link:
I asked that we discuss the Good Governance elements of the Citizen Charter Committee’s recommendations ASAP (that’s on Tuesday’s agenda), and I hope we can move steadily toward referring items to the November ballot for your consideration.
Also take note of two other items which will be discussed at the Mayor and Council Study session, followed by a Public hearing during the Regular session in the evening.   These are:  1. the ongoing review of the City’s FY 2016/17 Budget, and 2. a review of COT draft plans for FY 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan which guides much of the City’s efforts regarding Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Human Service, and Neighborhood Revitalization.  
The Weekend
Yup, it’s packed again! I’d be grateful if you’d join me in Ward 3 for the Keeling Neighborhood Cleanup Day tomorrow. Special thanks to the Keeling Neighborhood Association, GPC, Eegee’s and Beacon Group for helping make the event possible. I’ll also be saying thanks to one of Ward 3’s stand out community leaders Joan Daniels for her tireless effort on historic preservation, and I will join residents of the Richland Heights Neighborhood at their annual picnic tomorrow evening.
Hope your days are as great as my Saturday will clearly be!
Ward 3 Events: 
- Keeling Clean-up Day! – Saturday, May 2nd 7:30 am – 12:30 pm starting and finishing at Cornerstone Fellowshop 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!
- Rainwater Garden Installation Workshop – Saturday, May 2nd 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at IST 1702 E Seneca St. On Saturday, May 2nd, The International School of Tucson (IST) and Jefferson Park Neighborhood are recruiting volunteers for a rainwater garden installation workshop, at the IST – 1702 E Seneca St., from 8 am to 1 pm. Please bring a hat, sunscreen, hard shoes, and elbow grease. Children welcome! For more info: Joan Hall, joanchall@yahoo.com
- 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
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection – Saturday, May 9th 8:00 am – noon at Mansfield Park 2000 N 4th. The 2nd Saturday HHW Collection event is scheduled for Mansfield Park on May 9th! Household Hazardous Waste, or HHW, are products labeled toxic, danger, poison, flammable, etc. These are potentially harmful to people, pets and the environment. They should never be poured down the drain. So what should you do? If you are like many residents, you don't want to throw these materials away but aren't sure what to do with them. They usually sit stored in a garage or shed. The Tucson HHW Program is available to all residents. Through the HHW Program, residents can drop off their materials and they will be safely recycled, reused, or disposed of properly.
- 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.
- Transit Visioning Workshops – May 13th, 19th, and 21st at PAG 1 E. Broadway Blvd. What’s your transit vision? Pima Association of Governments will host three Transit Visioning Workshops, open to the public, to identify and discuss transit priorities to guide regional efforts in transit planning and investments. The input from these workshops will help to guide development of a regional transit vision to inform the development of PAG's 2045 Regional Transportation Plan and future regional planning processes. The workshops will be held at PAG, 1 E. Broadway Blvd., in the Santa Rita Conference Room on the 4th floor on the following dates:
May 13 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
May 19 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm
May 21 – 9:00 to 11:00 am
For background information, the following report was prepared by transit planning consultant, Jarrett
Questions regarding the workshops may be directed to Katharine Hardy or Patrick Hartley at
Please RSVP to Katharine Hardy two days before the workshop. Hashtag: #TransitVision
Pima Association of Governments (@PAGregion) is an association of local, state and tribal governments with a mission to build consensus among its members and the public on regional planning for transportation, energy, watershed and air quality. Please visit www.PAGRegion.com or www.facebook.com/PAGRegion for more information.
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings: 
- Cabrini CAG - Monday, May 4th 5:30 - 7:00 pm at the Solar Store 2833 N Country Club Rd
- Northwest NA - Wednesday, May 6th 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the ramada by the community garden in the SE corner of Mansfield Park 2000 N 4th Ave.
- Feldman's NA - Thursday, May 7th 7:00 pm at St. Luke's Home 615 E. Adams
- Mountain/1st NA - Saturday, May 9th 9:00 am at Mitchell Park
Citywide Events: 

- Spring Bazaar – Saturday, May 2nd – Sunday, May 3rd 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at Mercado San Agustin 100 South Avenida del Convento. Get ready for Mother’s Day, Graduation or summer travels with this top-notch Bazaar. This highly juried show provides a little bit of everything for everyone and supports local makers and small businesses. Brunch and Shopping is not a bad way to spend a day! http://mercadosanagustin.com/event/spring-bazaar/

- 9th Annual Tucson Folk Festival – Saturday, May 3rd noon – 10:00 pm and Sunday, May 4th 11:00 am -9:00 pm. Centered in Downtown Tucson at El Presidio Park. Over 140 acts featuring 400 hundred musicians not only from Tucson and Arizona, but also from across the Nation. This year there are two headliners on the Plaza Stage with local ties to the community: The Sonoran Dogs and Run Boy Run. Hans Mayer will headline The Children’s Show on the Patio Stage on Sunday in addition to performing on the Plaza Stage on Saturday. Admission is free, visit www.tucsonfolkfest.org for more info.

Did You Know...?
…that you can now enroll your student in  Ballet Folklórico Xóchitl? Ballet Folklorico Xochitl is a talented group of students based in the Balboa Heights neighborhood who love to dance and perform for public and private events. Many of the dances are traditional Mexican Folkloricodances from regions such as Sinaloa, Colima, Vera Cruz, and Oaxaca. Students are taught under the direction of AntoniaMaria Chavez who has danced Folklorico since she was in kindergarten and taught Folklorico dance at two local schools. Students who grow up to be teachers are a perfect example of passing a tradition on to future generations. Practice is on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at 244 W. Kelso #3. Contact AntoniaMaria Chavez at 609-4100 or Monica Parker at 444-4033 for more information.
…that Mayor & Council unanimously adopted a Resolution to support the Charter for Compassion? The Charter for Compassion is a global movement motivated by the ancient and universal “golden rule” to treat others as you would like to be treated. Internationally, communities have been committing to demonstrating how compassion can have a measurable impact on community life and on the well-being of all members of a community, with evidence mounting that compassion is an essential ingredient in building and maintaining thriving, healthy, resilient, and innovative enterprises, institutions, and communities. Check out the Charter for Compassion and sign-on at https://www.charterforcompassion.org/.