Karin's Note: Friday, November 1, 2013

Karin's Note: Friday, November 1, 2013


-Ward 3 Events
-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)
-Citywide Events
-Did You Know?

Dear Tucsonans,


This morning I attended the dedication ceremony for the new World War II Veterans Memorial unveiled in Armory Park. Councilmember Richard Fimbres and his predecessor Councilmember Steve Leal worked hard to bring the project to fruition. The installation fulfills the dream set out by the late Gilbert Quintanilla, a World War II veteran and Connie Harris, his wife.   After their passing, this effort was continued by their daughters, Mary Quintanilla Sample and Kellianne Harris-Candelaria. Many veterans and their families were in attendance including World War II veteran and former Tucson Mayor George Miller. I hope you will take time between now and Veterans Day to visit the Memorial, directly across from the downtown Children’s Museum. Thanks to Councilmembers Fimbres and Leal for providing Tucson with such a beautiful monument and reflection of our community’s gratitude to military service men and women.

Good Governance

I have been following up on concerns raised over the City’s handling of Freedom of Information Act requests from the public as well as our use of the Emergency Clause which triggers immediate implementation of items enacted by Mayor and Council. While it may be that the City has been operating according to some practices for a decade or more, I think the concerns raised have merit and need to be resolved. My memos on these two topics are available on this Ward 3 website at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/ward-3.

I will continue to advocate that 1) the City stop contesting the payment of plaintiff’s legal fees when those plaintiffs prevail in court and a judge finds the City did not release public records that should have been released under FOIA and 2) that the City stop routinely attaching the Emergency Clause to our enacted items and be sure we afford the public full published information and all challenge opportunities afforded under the City Charter. Both of these steps may have some costs associated. I would argue that we can minimize those costs and that the costs are far outweighed by the importance of taking concrete action to strengthen transparency and accountability in local government.


Our community has clearly suffered harm under SB1070. Mayor and Council will be discussing the ill effects of the state legislation and sorting through potentials for reducing that local harm.

At the same time dialogue on comprehensive immigration reform is reopening at the federal level. Action by Congress holds the best promise for stopping the negative impacts of our failing immigration system. Here are the details:


Monday, November 4, 6:30 p.m.
Berger Performing Arts Center
Arizona School for the Blind and Deaf
1200 W. Speedway, Tucson AZ

Free Admission


The Office of the Mayor, Tucson, Arizona
The American Immigration Council

Purpose:  To educate and inform the public as to the status of immigration reform legislation being considered by the U.S. Congress.
This will be an opportunity to analyze U.S. Senate Bill, S.744, with the legislation presented or being considered by the U.S. House. 

Also for discussion will be projections for the inevitable conference bill and the White House response.  The Symposium will not have a debate format but an opportunity to be informed as to the content of the expected multiple pieces of legislation and any unresolved negotiations that may exist on November 4.  There will be presentations by three very distinguished authorities on immigration from Washington, D.C. followed by discussion with a response panel and written questions from the audience.

Jeanne Butterfield, Special Counsel with the Raben Group
Marshall Fitz, Director, Immigration Policy at American Progress
Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director, American Immigration Council

Moderator, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
Congressman Raul Grijalva   Congressman Ron Barber
Chairman Peter Yucupicio, Pascua Yaqui Tribe
Chairman Ned Norris, Jr., Tohono O’Odham Nation
Mayor Adriana Z. Badal, Bisbee, AZ Mayor Danny Ortega, Jr., Douglas, AZ
Mayor Arturo R. Garino, Nogales, AZ

I applaud the Mayor for convening this discussion and for working with the Council and our community to address local concerns until meaningful national action has been achieved.

November 6 Meeting

At next Wednesday’s Mayor and Council meeting we will be discussing next steps for handling the operating deficits in our City’s Golf Enterprise. We will also get an update on the potential of tapping state reimbursements for some of our Van Tran services as a new transit revenue source. You can view the entire agenda and associated materials at this link: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/mcdocs
Thanks and have a great weekend,



Ward 3 Events:

-27th Annual Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games – Friday, November 1 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. 1st Avenue . Activities include fire dancing, music, vendors and competitive games. For tickets and info: http://tucsoncelticfestival.org/

Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s):


-Northwest NA – Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m. Donna Liggins Recreation Center, 2160 N. 6th Avenue
-Amphi NA – Wednesday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m. 240 W. Navajo
-Feldman’s NA –Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. St. Luke’s Home, 615 E. Adams

Citywide Events


- Tucson Fire Fighters 18th Annual Chili Cook-Off - Friday, November 1 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm at El Presidio Park. This fundraiser provides food boxes and Christmas for children in the cancer ward at UMC.  Don't miss it!


-24 Annual All Souls  Procession – Sunday, November 3 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Route starts on North Sixth Avenue (at 6th Street) and ends at Mercado San Agustin, 200 S. Avenida del Convento. Everyone is welcome to participate in this unique Tucson tradition. More info: http://allsoulsprocession.org/

-Pima Council On Aging Art Auction – Friday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. People Creating Orignal Art. Armory Park Senior Center, 220 S. 5th Avenue. Fundraiser to benefit PCOA. Live and silent auctions, entertainment, light refreshments. More info: 790-0504


-  Downtown Lecture Series on Happiness - Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m  November 6 and November 13 at the Fox Theater, 17 W. Congress. The UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences continues its first annual Downtown Lecture Series given by UA faculty exploring topics that shape our everyday lives. In this year’s series, faculty will investigate “Happiness” and present research from their diverse field of study, includingsociology, anthropology, psychiatry, philosophy, and integrative medicine which could help us to lead happier (and healthier) lives. More info: http://sbsdowntown.arizona.edu/

In addition, Pima County Library will also host weekly Happiness Community Conversations starting October 19.  Community Renaissance’s Partnership for Equity and Civic Engagement (PĒCE) will be facilitating the Conversations which are free and open to the public. We encourage participants age 10 and older, including seniors, to attend. The effort is in collaboration with the UA’s School of Behavioral Sciences (SBS).

The Library’s Happiness Community Conversations will be held on five consecutive Saturday afternoons. Conversations will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue, 520.594.5500. Other branch libraries may host similar Conversations which will be facilitated by PĒCE. Contact Community Renaissance (http://www.community-renaissance.com) or the Joel Valdez Library for an updated schedule.


Did You Know...?

…that all voters across the city can cast votes in each and every one of the three Ward races? Many people think they can only vote in the race for their particular Ward versus all seats with contests. Everyone also has the opportunity to vote on Propositions 401 and 402. You may bring your ballot to ANY of these locations on Election Day (Tuesday, November 5).

Department of Housing and Community Development
320 N Commerce Park Loop
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.


Morris K. Udall Regional Center
7200 E. Tanque Verde Road
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.


Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center
2160 N 6th Avenue
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

William Clements Recreation Center
8155 E. Poinciana Drive
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

El Pueblo Senior Center
101 W. Irvington Road
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.


Parks and Recreation Administration Randolph Park
900 S. Randolph Way
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.


**Tucson City Clerk Elections Center
800 E. 12th Street (South of Broadway, between Euclid and Park)
Through November 4, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.,
or November 5 from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

**Note that the Clerk’s office is now taking ballots and will be through 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.  Also, the City’s election information booklet, further information on the two ballot propositions up for a vote, and a listing of the all the candidates is available at: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/elections


…that you can now call 792-CITY (792-2489) to report shopping carts left behind in your neighborhood? Just select OPTION 5 and Environmental Services will take down the location information. The City Council voted unanimously to enact this new ordinance on October 8. Under the ordinance, retailers must retrieve their carts within 72 hours after the City notifies them. Ordinances in similar sized cities have proven effective in reducing abandoned carts on streets. The City will have this program fully operational by November 11.
…that Monterey Court (505 W. Miracle Mile) has a “Fourth Fridays ARTWALK” at their Studio Galleries? Meet the artists, enjoy live music and light refreshments every 4th Friday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Next one is November 22! Miracle Marketplace artisan market every Sat/Sun  10am-8pm at Monterey Court, 505 W Miracle Mile. Local artists, psychic readings, and more.  New vendors always welcome.  Contact 207-2429 ex 2.