Karin's Note: Friday, November 14, 2014

Karin's Note: Friday, November 14, 2014
-Note from Staff
-Ward 3 Events
- Neighborhood/Coalition Meetings
-Citywide Events
-Did You Know?
Dear Tucsonans,
In addition to the month-to-month work of governing, the public counts on the Mayor and Council to take the long view. In our budget we must find balance annually and we must also address underlying, structural deficits to assure strong fiscal health for decades to come.
Right now we have an important opportunity to take the long view about the structure and functioning of our local government. The Charter outlines how Tucson government functions, covering pretty much everything: elections; parameters for executive personnel hiring/firing; the balance of duties and powers spread between the City Manager, Mayor, and Council; and tax and service mandates.
The Citizens Charter Review Committee, comprised of dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers, has begun work to evaluate our City Charter. They need your input to identify what, if anything, is broken and how best to propose fixing it (via options that must be ratified by the voters). See the information included below to learn more about the Charter Review Committee’s deliberations.
We all want to be sure we’re forwarding items worthy of voter consideration that are most likely to improve the accountability and service afforded to the public by our City government. I will advocate that Mayor/Council forward the Committee’s prioritized recommendations to the voters beginning in 2015.
In the meantime, the Mayor and Council agenda and associated materials for our meeting next Tuesday have been posted here. Please be sure to alert me to your thoughts on any of the items.
Thanks and have a great weekend,
Our Charter Review Committee is seeking your input and participation!
The Charter Review Committee will be meeting twice monthly through April and we strongly encourage you, our neighbors in Ward 3 and the city, to be a part of this process. You can participate in the call to audience during the meetings or submit your comments in writing to the City Clerk’s Office by email at cityclerk@tucsonaz.gov or by mail to 255 W. Alameda, Tucson, AZ 85701.
The next Charter Review Committee will be Thursday, November 20th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at City Hall 255 W. Alameda. The introductory topic will be Civil Service Protection and the main topic is Council Membership and Elections. If you cannot make this one, consider joining one of the meetings scheduled in the coming months (same time, same place):
Monday, December 15th
Thursday, January 8th
Tuesday, January 20th
Monday, February 9th
Thursday, February 19th
Agendas past and present as well as audio recordings of meetings are posted at the Charter Review Committee page on the COT site at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/boards?board=120. Tucson Residents for Responsible Government (TRRG) has shared the list of topics under review at https://tucsontrrg.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/reviewtopics100614.pdf and has additional information and details on their City Charter Review Page: https://tucsontrrg.org/activities/archive-of-trrg-projects-and-activities/city-charter-revision-committee-process-and-education-2014/. Also, check out this excellent article by committee member Diana Rhoades, published in Zócolo magazine this month, that eloquently outlines some of the history and issues surrounding the charter (see page 7): https://issuu.com/zocalomagazine/docs/zocalo_magazine_november_2014
Feel free to contact our office with any questions at ward3@tucsonaz.gov or 520-791-4711. We look forward to seeing you at the meetings and hearing from you during this process!
Note from Staff:
Please join us in offering congratulations to RillitoBend, a neighborhood in our ward that has a lot happening right now.  Never heard of it?  RillitoBend, located in the beautiful curve of the river that lies roughly between Flanwill and Wilson, used to be called Prince Tucson.  Residents voted unanimously to change the name at their annual meeting a couple of weeks ago.
At that meeting they also presented progress reports on 10 ongoing projects including a meditation garden, a labyrinth, a Little Free Library, three traffic calming plans, water-harvesting gardens, Beat Back Buffelgrass Day, Neighborhood Watch events, and the Harry Potter blockbuster at Valley of the Moon. Then they shared a potluck feast.
On behalf of all of us who know what it takes just to organize the annual meeting: kudos to the neighbors of RillitoBend. We wish you great joy in the place you care for so well.
Judith Anderson, Council Aide
Ward 3 Events:
- Refugee Thanksgiving - Saturday, November 15th 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 400 E. University Blvd. Come join all of your refugee friends for an unforgettable Thanksgiving meal. Celebrate a yummy feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and more! Call Iskashitaa at 440-0100 or email Emily Oshinskie at volunteer@iskashitaa.org to RSVP and volunteer to drive our refugee friends! All ages welcomed!
- Lend A Hand Thanksgiving Luncheon – Tuesday, November 18th 12:00 pm at 2848 N. Mountain. Join Lend A Hand and seniors in our community for a delicious Thanksgiving luncheon! All are invited to share and support this wonderful organization. For more info and transportation, call 520-248-6882.
- Public Health Nurse Visit – Tuesday, November 18th 2:15 – 6:15 pm at Woods Library. A Public Health Nurse from the Pima County Public Health Department will be available to assist library customers with their health-related questions such as their current blood pressure and where to find low-cost health care resources in Pima County.  This is a drop-in service.
-Grant Road Open House – Wednesday, November 19th, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at Tucson Association of Realtors 2445 N. Tucson Blvd. The public is invited to attend a Grant Road Widening Phase II design open house being hosted by TDOT and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). There will be a brief presentation by the project team at 5:45 p.m. and staff from the Office of Integrated Planning will discuss amending the Major Streets and Routes Plan (MSRP) to reflect the Grant Road widening alignment from Oracle Road to Swan Road that was approved by the Mayor and Council on January 13, 2009. Staff will be available to answer questions regarding the MSRP and the amendment process.

Phase II of the Grant Road Widening is from Stone Avenue to Park Avenue. At this time the design is 60 percent complete. Phase II construction is scheduled to begin in late 2015.

At the public open house staff from HDR, Inc. will be available to answer questions about the Grant Road Widening Phase III and Phase IV projects and City staff will also provide information on an upcoming pavement rehabilitation project on Grant Road and the Columbus Wash Drainage Improvement Project. For more information on the Grant Road Widening Project please call 624-4727 or visit www.grantroad.info
- Tucson Boulevard Multi-Use Path Open House – Wednesday, November 19th 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Holaway Elementary 3500 N Cherry Ave. TDOT invites you to an Open House to provide information for the Tucson Boulevard Multi-Use Path. The project area encompasses Tucson Boulevard between Prince Road and the Rio Vista Natural Resource Park. Area residents, property owners and business owners are encouraged to attend. You can expect to meet the Contractor and TDOT representatives to discuss the construction schedule and traffic controls for the upcoming project.
- Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance – Wednesday, November 19th 6:00 pm at Woods Library. Join the Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance for a program presenting neighborhood and community resources! Information will be presented that any neighborhood could benefit from. For more information, check out their new website at http://w3natest.doodlekit.com/!
- Literacy Connects Open House - Thursday, November 20th 4:00 – 7:00 pm 200 E. Yavapai. Join Literacy Connects for an Open House at their new 200 E. Yavapai Road in Amphi! Tour
their offices, library and classrooms, and see what the future holds for the other half of the facility yet to be renovated. Check out the latest updates from Literacy Connects in their current Fall 2014 newsletter at http://literacyconnects.org/img/2014/11/Literacy-Connects-Newsletter-Fall-2014.pdf
- WMG Mesquite Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, November 23rd 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at 1137 N. Dodge Boulevard. “Have Your Shade and Eat It Too” at Watershed Management Group’s 1st Annual Edible Shade Mesquite Pancake Breakfast! Watershed Management Group (WMG) invites you to celebrate the bountiful food and shade of our region’s native and desert-adapted edible trees. Come enjoy local mesquite pancakes and more as you explore sustainability practices in action at WMG’s Living Lab and Learning Center. Admission is free, with pancakes available for $2 each or three for $5. All proceeds will benefit Watershed Management Group’s educational programs. For more information, visit https://watershedmg.org/article/whos-hungry-our-edible-shade-mesquite-pancake-breakfast-back and “join” the event on the WMG Facebook page at www.facebook.com/watershedmg.
- 2014 Day-after-Thanksgiving Grease Collection & Recycling Event - Friday, November 28, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Ward 3 City Council Office 1510 E. Grant Rd. Do your part to wipe out grease and save our sewers! Just a little bit of cooking grease, if poured down the drain, can clog your pipes, force costly repair bills, and even cause raw sewage to backup into your home.  There’s an easy solution for your Thanksgiving cooking: pour your grease into a container and take it to the Ward 3 office. The collected grease will be recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner burning fuel than regular diesel. If you are unable to make it out on the Day-After-Thanksgiving, you can always recycle your grease at one of the year-round at locations that the County provides. Many thanks to Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department and their community partners for providing this service!
- Ruthrauff Basin Management Plan Open House - Thursday, December 4th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center 1660 W. Ruthrauff Rd. Please join the Pima County Regional Flood Control District and the City of Tucson for an open house for the Ruthrauff Basin Management Plan. This project will identify flood areas and drainage problems as well as develop a plan for cost-effective solutions to reduce or manage flooding in the project area. For more information about the project, visit http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=158694.
- METRO Center Winter Festival – Saturday December 6th 12:00 – 4:00 pm at St. James UMC 3255 N. Campbell Ave. The METRO Center is hosting a holiday fair to celebrate the season! Visit St. James on December 6th to enjoy some hot chocolate and popcorn as well as shop for baked goods, art and gifts! There will be Christmas activities for kids and a jumping castle as well. If you are interested in being a vendor at the event, please contact Pastor Bob Holliday at 403-4758 or pastorbobh@comcast.net.
Ward 3 Neighborhood/Coalition Meetings:
- Annual  Richland Heights West NA – Saturday, November 15th at 10:00 am 1502 E. Greenlee, between Cherry and Vine, on the South side of the street
- Samos NA – Tuesday, November 18th at 6:30 pm Salpointe Trophy Rm 1545 E Copper St.
- Mountain View NA – Thursday, November 20th at Habitat for Humanity 3501 N Mountain
Citywide Events:
- 9th Annual Family Festival in the Park - Saturday, November 15th 10 am - 2 pm at Reid Park, 22nd and Country Club (west of the Zoo). Tucson Parks and Recreation Department presents the 9th Annual Family Festival in the Park. This free community-wide event is about having family fun and a terrific opportunity for Tucson Parks and Recreation to showcase programs and activities offered to the community. This year, Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, so please bring a donation of canned goods to the festival to help support its cause. The Tucson Breakfast Lions Club will be offering free vision testing for children and accepting donations of your old prescription eye-glasses. The Lions Club will also offer a free pancake breakfast to kids and those that donate a pair of prescription eye-glasses.
- Buy Into Tucson Business Fair – Saturday, November 15th 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Mercado San Agustín 100 S. Avenida Convento. Join Good Neighbor Ventures for an exhibition of small and medium size businesses coming together to promote economic development in Tucson. Take advantage of a great opportunity to network as well as discover new products and services that Tucson has to offer. Admission is free and the fair includes live music, food and vendors. For more info, contact 520-512-5740.
- TRRG: Improving Code Enforcement in Tucson – Saturday, November 15th at 1:00 – 4:00 pm Ward 6 Office 3202 E. 1st St. A TRRG town hall co-sponsored with Neighborhood Support Network with special guest Michael Wyneken, COT Code Enforcement Interim Administrator. Focus on Process Improvement and Opportunities for Citizen Input and Support. More info at https://tucsontrrg.org/
- 10th Corazón de Justicia Awards Dinner – Saturday, November 15th 6:00 pm at El Casino Ballroom 437 E. 26th St. Coalición de Derechos Humanos is pleased to announce their 10th Corazón de Justicia Awards Dinner. They will honor 11 Tucson activists who have demonstrated their “heart of justice” through their work in the community to make Tucson a more just and equitable place for all of us. Live music and dinner as they dance the night with cumbia/ska band Santa Pachita! Featuring live music by Santa Pachita. Tickets at $35. Visit http://derechoshumanosaz.net/
- VelociPrints Art Show and Tweed Bike Ride – Saturday, November 15th from 4:00 to 9:00 pm at the Mercado San Agustín, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. The 4th Annual VelociPrints art show features the works of artists from around Tucson inspired by the freedom and fun of two-wheeled mobility. Benefitting Living Streets Alliance, the show will include entertainment by DJ Herm Gúzman as well as refreshments from Borderlands Brewing Company and Blu a Wine & Cheese Stop. These businesses plus Transit Cycles will donate 10% of all sales from the night to LSA. The event is also an opportunity to collect cans or jars of donated food (peanut butter especially requested!) which will be delivered to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Everyone who brings an item for donation will receive a commemorative bike pin.
To celebrate the event, Bike Fest Tucson, a program of LSA, will host a tweed-inspired costume bicycle ride leaving from the University of Arizona’s Old Main building around 5:00 pm and taking a meandering, casual-paced ride to the west side, culminating at the Mercado San Agustín. Participants are encouraged to dress up in tweed, evoking the historic images of early bicycle riding men and women. Visit https://www.livingstreetsalliance.org for more info.
- Viva La Local Food Festival – Sunday, November 16th 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at Rillito Park. Viva la Local is the largest Heirloom Farmers Market and food festival! Viva La Local Food Festival celebrates the joyous local flavors of Baja Arizona. Food, drink, farmers market, music, and more. Proceeds benefit Heirloom Farmers Markets' initiatives. Store your fresh purchases with the Veggie Valet while you visit your favorite local restaurants, wineries and breweries. $4 Admission (12 & Under FREE) and free Parking & Bicycle Valet. http://www.vivalalocalfoodfest.com/
Did You Know...?
that public support is needed for projects under review during the next Pima County Bond Advisory Committee on Friday, November 21st? The Pima County Bond Advisory Committee is meeting next Friday to discuss Parks and Recreation projects. Members of the community are encouraged to join the meeting and show their support for these projects which will improve our existing assets in the City and County. The meeting starts at 8:00 am and is being held at the River Park Inn - 350 S. Freeway.
The project that will directly impact our ward is the Jacobs Park Recreation Center. Citywide projects under consideration at this meeting include the Adaptive Recreation Center Expansion, Urban Greenways and Regional Sports Fields and Lighting.
The agenda is posted at http://webcms.pima.gov/common/pages/UserFile.aspx?fileId=174737. You can review the County Administrator's memo on this subject at http://webcms.pima.gov/common/pages/UserFile.aspx?fileId=174746.
…that the Parks and Recreation Spring Program Guide is now available? Tucson Parks and Recreation’s Spring 2015 Program Guide and Class Catalog has arrived and copies are available for pick up at all Parks and Recreation Department facilities as well as at the Ward 3 office and the Family Fun Fair this Saturday in Reid Park!

The Program Guide contains complete information on leisure classes, KIDCO after-school, aquatics, sports programs, registration and the Discount Program. In addition, the 64-page booklet contains valuable information on other programs and services, including the Departments recreation, senior, and fitness centers, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson City Golf courses and swimming pool locations. Also, find a complete listing of lifeguard training certification courses.

Registration will open on Saturday, November 15th for City residents and Monday, November 17th for non-City residents. All leisure class listings are available for registration by using EZEEreg on-line at: www.ezeereg.com. Please see the program guide for registration information and deadlines.

For questions or more information on registration or programs, contact Registration Services at 791-4877. Have you taken a class with us? Tell us how we are doing by taking our survey at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks/surveys.


…that the City is seeking input on a possible public bike share system? The City of Tucson is exploring the feasibility of implementing a bike share system and is seeking input from the public.
The City has launched an online survey and a WikiMap to solicit comments. The online survey allows the public to weigh in on the proposed program, while the WikiMap helps identify specific locations for stations. The WikiMap allows users to suggest a station, “like” or “dislike” an already suggested station, or add a comment on any suggested station location. All suggestions and comments will be reviewed by project staff and used to help determine where bike share is most feasible in Tucson.
Bike share is a public transportation system where subscribers have access to a network of bicycles through automated, self-service kiosks located throughout the community. More than 30 cities in the United States have existing bike share systems. The City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is working with the national bicycle planning firm Toole Design Group to develop a system that would work best for Tucson. A funding and implementation plan is also being developed as a part of the current study.
For more information and to access the WikiMap and survey visit: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/bicycle/tucson-bike-share.
that crack sealing is underway on several streets in our ward and city? Under the Street Bonds Road Recovery City-Wide Crack Seal Program, Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co (contracted by the TDOT) has begun crack sealing several roadways throughout the City of Tucson. The work is scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, November 26th. Crews will be working Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm each day. This work is part of the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery. During this work, travel lane restrictions will be in place, however at least one lane of travel will be maintained. For more information and a full list of the areas impacted, visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/street-bonds or call (520) 837-6686. Here are areas in our Ward that will benefit from the program:
Fort Lowell Road - Oracle Road to Country Club Road
Campbell Avenue - Prince Road to Fort Lowell Road
Country Club Road and Fort Lowell Intersection
Stone Avenue and Fort Lowell Intersection
In addition, crews from TDOT Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division are crack sealing Miracle Mile from Romero Road to Oracle Road. Crews are working Monday through Friday, 9 am to 2 pm each day. The work is scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, November 19th. At least one travel lane in each direction will be maintained during this work. The traveling public can expect delays when driving in this work area.  Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work area!