Karin's Note: Friday, October 7, 2016
Ward 3 Events
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Did You Know?
Thank you to so many of you across Ward 3 for hosting and attending all the National Night Out/GAIN events on Tuesday evening. I was pleased to join folks in Balboa Heights, Hedrick Acres, and Richland Heights East. I appreciate that Chief Magnus and many TPD officers and command staff were out and about all evening with neighbors as well. My staff also joined Vista del Monte and Feldman’s/Northwest neighborhood for their gatherings and Amphi had a very successful event on Thursday in partnership with Make Way for Books. The events are a testament to the devotion of Ward 3 residents to serve as good stewards of their corners of city and world.
At Balboa Heights Park I had the chance to surprise a longtime neighborhood advocate, Jane Baker, with the announcement that we are joining many of her neighbors in Balboa Heights to rename the area Splash Pad in her honor:
I’ll be bringing the proposed dedication to Mayor and Council for consideration soon and we’ll hold another gathering in Jane’s honor to officially name the park splash pad The Jane Baker Splash Pad. Kids and families in the area have long deserved this sweet amenity and thanks to Jane’s decades-long efforts and advocacy for resources, they can enjoy that as well as a safer and improved neighborhood overall.
It’s not just National Night Out/GAIN where TPD has been making appearances in our ward. On the 22nd, I hosted a Meet & Greet with Chief Magnus which many of you attended. The Chief and Captain Eric Kazmierczak spoke in depth about current initiatives underway in the department to continuously improve their service and be a part of the communities they serve. TPD is working on better accountability and accessibility (e.g. a neighbor from Keeling asked how they could find out who their officers are), targeting high-level drug dealers, property crime and traffic issues, and partnering with community service providers (for prevention and to get folks the resources they need). You’ll also see a lot of new initiatives underway, such as Safe Place for members of the LGBTQ community.
To paraphrase Chief Magnus, the problems we see most frequently in our communities are often not just problems that police can solve alone. A big part of this is asking for your involvement and reporting what you see in your neighborhood. I encourage you to also keep your eyes open for events that TPD is hosting and make sure to invite TPD to your events and neighborhood meetings. I got to stop by Miracle Manor’s neighborhood basketball tournament and picnic at Jacinto Park the other weekend and just missed two officers from Westside Division joining in on the basketball, not to mention Lt King answering a barrage of questions about his work from the many curious kiddos in the park. I look forward to seeing more of this type of engagement between our ward and the many men and women who work for the city we love.
It’s great to see two programs piloted through the Ward 3 office being widely implemented now through Environmental Services. One is the neighborhood roll-off program whereby an unlimited number of roll-offs can be placed as requested by neighborhoods so cleanups are easier (no runs to the landfill) and orphan waste (like furniture dumped curbside) can be more easily removed. The second is the mailed notices program. In the past a report of a code violation (e.g. excessive weeds) would trigger a visit by an inspector who would issue a Notice of Violation. Through the mailed notices program the first step is now to reach the owner with word that a complaint has been received and that an inspector will visit the property (violation to be issued if weeds not removed by then). The pilot Ward 3 initiated found that many property owners address the issue before the inspector arrives. That result will mean the issuance of far fewer Notices of Violation for the inspectors to issue, track, and re-inspect for enforcement. It’s also an acknowledgement that many people, once they are aware of a concern, will address it. We’ll save some resources and that will ultimately enable us to reinvest to improve code enforcement overall.
Mayor and Council Meeting
Investing in Tucson
At our Study Session this week we reviewed the City Manager’s recommendation for two questions to refer to City voters in 2017: 1) a half-cent sales tax for the capital needs of police, fire, and continuing road paving (May 2017 special election) and 2) a continuation of the property tax investments in capital needs, specifically for our Parks and Rec facilities and for sidewalks and other connectivity needs (crosswalks, greenways, etc.). For this question we are looking at the November 2017 general election. Please review these materials and share your thoughts with me:
We’ll continue reviewing and refining the Manager’s recommendation at the Mayor and Council table and through widespread community dialogue.
Ronstadt Transit Center Development
During the evening session we also adopted a pre-development agreement for the Ronstadt Center:
I offered a motion to direct staff to complete a final development agreement with Peach Properties not later than the second meeting in January 2017, or outline an alternative approach to advance the development in-keeping with parameters set through the RFP process held during 2015. I’m confident we can work with Peach properties to pull together an agreement that will move the project forward.
114 & 124 E Broadway
Following our discussion in Executive session regarding the sale of 114 & 124 E. Broadway, the Mayor and Council passed a motion to solicit proposals for offers that are a minimum of 2 million dollars and with the condition of preserving the historic facade. Watch for this RFP.
More on Broadway
I met with Demion Clinco and Bob Vint this week and we reviewed ideas for historic preservation and land use along Broadway between Euclid and Country Club. I know that the land use planning approach, recently presented to us by Planning and Development Services Director Nicole Ewing-Gavin, is in large part consistent with the thoughts and concerns expressed by Demion and Bob. Many of the hopes (limiting the loss/demolition of historic structures and preserving the character of the area) seem to me consistent with the Resolution that Mayor and Council adopted in June 2015. See Resolution and related attachments at the following links:
There are creative ideas that I think we should discuss soon (especially since Nicole will be leaving her job with the City in December), and I’m glad to see that Council Member Fimbres requested a study session conversation about Broadway in the near future. One concept, for example, would pull public sidewalks in front of businesses rather than building a parallel sidewalk to those structures by the roadway. This could save money and increase the flow of customers into those businesses. It’s a creative approach that could inform future infrastructure investments in other areas (Campbell Avenue comes to mind) and would prevent Tucson from falling into the “let’s do it as we always have” trap. Ideas and transportation preferences have evolved significantly over the last decade, and one thing I love about Tucson is that we seek cutting edge solutions, rather than ‘the same-old-same-old’, to move our City forward.
On Saturday Kore Press launched the Unsilencing Anatomies/An Open Assembly project. Throughout the month of October talks and lectures, medical art exhibits, story-telling, and an experiential journey on the streetcar, UnSilencing Anatomies is inspired by Monica Ong's Silent Anatomies book (Kore Press 2014). The activities will draw on graphic and poetic materials from both Ong's book and local cultures and histories, to engage people and inspire them to share unheard or forgotten stories of their bodies, voicing the pains and pleasures of the community through reflective, interactive and creative experiences. I'm particularly excited that exhibits of Monica Ong's medical ephemera, broadsides, artist book and altered vintage medicine bottles will be on display the whole month of October at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W River Road in Ward 3. The full listing of events can be found at: korepress.org.
I am proud to sponsor this project and to support Kore Press as one of the last remaining feminist literary presses in the nation. Its publishing of original works that have received national recognition is something that Tucson can take real pride in. I hope you'll get an opportunity to attend some of its offerings.
A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a Shred-It service along with Constable Bennett Bernal at Sacred Heart Church in the Amphi neighborhood. It was the busiest we’ve had and I’m happy to announce that Lend-A-Hand Senior Assistance was able to raise over $1100 from your donations. Lend A Hand provides a lot of services to seniors in our ward (and is always looking for volunteers, by the way). You can learn more about them at http://www.lahseniorhelp.org/. As for Shred-It, we’re planning to host another free service on January 14th at Woods Library (as a part of their Freecycle Post-Holiday Swap). Stay tuned for more info toward the end of the year.
In addition to the highlights compiled by the Ward 3 staff below, I wanted to draw your attention to this news:
Congratulations and gratitude to the Tucson Botanical Gardens, adjacent to Ward 3 and in the heart of the City, for bringing a nationally acclaimed exhibit from New York to Tucson, and for giving us all the chance to enjoy the vision and artistry of Frida Kahlo!
Have a great weekend.
Ward 3 Events:
Valley of the Moon Presents – Sleepy Hollow
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Nights in October 6-8:30pm
Valley of the Moon, 2544 E Allen Rd
This October your family is invited to Valley of the Moon to experience The Case of Sleepy Hollow, an interactive theatrical walking adventure through Tucson's historic fairytale land! Generations of Tucsonans have been amazed and enchanted by the magic of Valley of the Moon and this October you can make it your tradition, too. Tickets are available online and at the gate. Tickets are limited, so reserve yours online soon!
General Admission: $10
Members and Kids 7 and under: FREE!
Coffee With the Cactus!
Saturday, October 8th 9-11am
Navajo Wash Park (NW corner of Mountain & Hedrick)
Join your neighbors to do trash pick-up and some light trimming and weeding in the Navajo Wash Park. Tools are provided! Stop in anytime to help out, or just to say "Hi" and meet your neighbors!
Friends of Marty Birdman Center Yard Sale
Saturday October 8th, 8am-3pm
319 E. Kelso St.
Join Friends of the Marty Birdman Center for their annual yard sale! Gently used furniture, household items, children’s clothes and toys will all be available.
Friends of Marty Birdman is a 501(c)3 that works on preserving the life and legacy of Marty Birdman including supporting youth activities at the Marty Birdman Center in Balboa Park. Scholarships for the recreation and program fees at the Center are available through the group for children who live in Balboa Heights, Keeling and the Coronado Heights neighborhoods.
For more info on the yard sale or to get involved with Friends of the Marty Birdman Center, contact Ed at 909-0120
Mud Slinging Day
Saturday October 8th, 8am-12noon
Valley of the Moon, 2544 E Allen Rd
Adobe expert David Yubeta will lead volunteers in making adobe bricks and mending walls. There will also be important grading work done. Volunteers are asked to wear work gloves and clothes and bring a refillable water bottle.
Rainbow Storytime – The Family Book by Todd Parr
Wednesday October 12th, 10:15-11am
Pima County Public Library's LGBT Services Committee invites families of every kind to Rainbow Storytime for stories, flannel boards, songs and crafts. Please join for fabulous fun and to enjoy The Family Book from an all-time favorite author, Todd Parr!!
Caridad Community Kitchen Opportunity
Thursday October 13th, 10am-12noon
Love to cook? Interested in becoming a chef? Apply to join the Caridad Community Kitchen Culinary Training Program and learn how to cook professionally for restaurants and caterers. Representatives will be at the library to accept applications and talk about the program.
Boot Camp for New Dads
Saturday October 15th 9am-12noon
Are you a Dad-to-be? Join other dads-to-be, a new dad with a baby, and a skilled group leader for a three-hour workshop designed to help you be ready for anything your new baby may bring!
Boot Camp for New Dads is a men-only environment, where no topics are off limits. Expectant dads
will emerge as confident, on-the-job fathers knowledgeable in all things parenthood, from holding and diapering newborns to supporting new moms. Snacks will be provided! Please register online at https://pima.bibliocommons.com/events/57be0e27d78a580100e2a0dc .
Geodesign Collaboration Leadership Summit: Poverty
Thursday and Friday October 27th-28th, 9am-4pm
University of Arizona
Summit participants will actively program a surplus parcel in a Tucson Ward 3 neighborhood that is adjacent to public housing for a NetZero development. Teams will not only address the design needs but affordable housing, "green" job opportunities, food security, and community linkages must also be considered. Participants will also be asked to "think BIG" on policy and potential funding that would make this exercise a reality. Experts in energy, climate resilience, and healthy communities will inform participants on cutting edge techniques and best practices being applied locally and across the United States. Registration Opens October 10th, cost is $30. For more information contact: Iris Patten at email@example.com
Save a Life Community CPR Classes
Heartsaver CPR/First Aid Tuesday, November 1st, 10am – 3pm
BLS Healthcare Provider CPR Thursday, November 3rd, from 10am – 2pm
Ward 3 Community Room 1510 E. Grant Rd
Save A Life is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Tucson Fire Department dedicated to providing CPR and First Aid training in Tucson and surrounding communities since 1979. Initiation of CPR provides oxygenated blood to vital organs specifically the brain and heart muscle. Without CPR a patient quickly deteriorates into biological death resulting in irreversible brain damage. The degree of brain damage is directly associated with the time it takes to restore blood flow to the brain. Learn CPR! Save A Life is proud to serve our outstanding community! $25 cash or via PayPal. For more information visit http://www.savealifetfd.com/index.html or call 520-623-8484.
Town Hall on Stopping Housing Discrimination against Older LGBTQ Adults
Monday November 14th 1:30-4:30pm
Donna R. Liggins Center, 2160 N 6th Ave
Council Member Uhlich, SAGE, and PCOA invite you to learn about what is being done to stop housing discrimination against older LGBTQ adults and how you can help. Join us for a community discussion presented by a collaboration of organizations committed to ensuring equal treatment for all. Free admission and light refreshments will be served. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Mountain First Ave Saturday October 8th 9am, Mitchell Park, 1100 E Mitchell
Alvernon-Grant Initiative Tuesday October 11th 6pm, Church of the Brethren 2200 N Dodge
Country Glenn Tuesday October 11th 6:30pm, The Drawing Studio, 2760 N Tucson Blvd
Richland Heights East Monday October 17th, 1990 E Prince Rd
Samos Tuesday October 18th 6:30pm, Salpointe HS Trophy Rm, 1545 E Copper St
Mountain View Thursday October 20th 6pm, Habitat for Humanity, 3501 N Mountain Ave.
Flowing Wells Thursday October 20th 6pm, Ellie Towne Center, 1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
Richland Heights West Annual Meeting Saturday, October 22nd 10am, 1525 E. Lind
Jefferson Park Wednesday October 26th 6pm, Ward 3 City Council Office, 1510 E Grant Rd
Tucson Meet Yourself
Friday October 7th – Sunday October 9th
Get ready for lots of food, entertainment, and culture in Downtown Tucson this weekend at Tucson Meet Yourself. The annual celebration recognizes traditional arts of Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico and their diverse ethnic and folk communities. The three-day event begins Friday at 11 a.m. and runs through Sunday (follow link below for hours). The festival features hundreds of artisans, home cooks, dancers, musicians, and special exhibits that celebrate diversity. You can easily reach downtown via the Sun Link streetcar from points along the University of Arizona, 4th Avenue, and the Mercado District (west of Interstate 10). Tucson Meet Yourself: https://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/
Free Spay/Neuter Event
Friday October 7th – Sunday October 9th
Los Ranchitos Elementary School, 2054 e Ginter Rd.
The second annual MASH (Mobile Animal Spay/Neuter Hospital) Clinic Weekend is a collaboration of animal welfare organizations, individuals, businesses, and others working together to provide free surgeries and vaccinations for pets. Vaccinations only will be provided during surgeries. Registration for dogs begins at 7am Friday Oct. 7th and Saturday 8th. Registration for cats is Sunday Oct. 9th at 7am. You can bring a cat to the dog days, but only if you bring a dog, too. Dogs are not allowed on Sunday. Follow the link below to reserve your spot at the clinic. Ward 5 City Council Member Richard Fimbres is a co-sponsor of the event.
MASH Clinic Weekend Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/48hrMASHclinicTucson/
Sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4aafa829a5ff2-mash
MASH Clinic Weekend Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/48hrMASHclinicTucson/
Sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4aafa829a5ff2-mash
Community Sale – Friends of the Pima County Public Library
Friday October 14th- Monday October 17th, 9am-3pm
Friends of the Pima county Public Library, 2230 N Country Club Rd
The vision of the Friends of the Pima County Public Library is to celebrate and promote a literate community by supporting and funding enhancements to library programs and services provided by the Pima County Public Library.
Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival 2016
Sunday October 16th, 11am-4pm
YWCA, 525 N Bonita
This year’s 6th annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival is set for Sunday October 16, 11 am - 4 pm. We're back at the YWCA, 525 N Bonita Ave., which is a great location for sharing ideas and information, for showcasing products and skills, and for helping the community learn about opportunities to get even more involved in local sustainability actions. It’s a family-friendly event, and it’s free of charge.
Rights Restoration Workshop
Tuesday October 18th, 3-6pm
Pima County Public Defender’s Office, 33 N Stone Ave
The Lily Shafer Rights Restoration Project presents free workshops for people with Arizona or Federal convictions. The workshop is intended for people who have already completed their sentences. Please bring all paperwork regarding your conviction.
Contact Alonzo Morado (520) 882-5383 or email@example.com
Emerge! Voices Against Violence - Celebrate & Support Survivors
Thursday October 20th, 7am to 7pm
Emerge Voices Against Violence Site, 4101 E. 22nd Street
Join Emerge! at Voices Against Violence. Be a part of the Emerge! Clothesline Project and Wear Purple Day photo booth. There will be Tours of Voices Against Violence, food trucks on-site from 11am-2pm, live broadcasts with local radio stations and a donation drive for Starting Over Supplies. You can also show your support by booking an appointment to get a purple hair extension for $10 at Salon Nouveau anytime in October! (Salon Nouveau will also match your donation).
Saturday October 22nd, 9am-2pm
Kino Stadium, 2500 E Ajo Way
Local businesses, nonprofits, government and the faith community come together to give of their time and resources to help those in need. The world can be a frightening place for those who are struggling, homeless and in need of the necessary resources for survival. They are malnourished, uninsured, lack
basic goods like clothing and hygiene items, and don’t have access to dental and medical care. Hope Fest was created as a community outreach program to help less fortunate families in Tucson in their time of need. Hundreds of volunteers come together to help make a difference in people’s lives.
Hope Fest will have its annual “Pack the Park” donation drive. We are asking for donated items; gently used clothing, hygiene items, canned food, diapers and stuffed animals to be dropped off at Kino Stadium from 7am until 7pm. Hope Network, Inc. is a local non-profit organization and is the organizer of Hope Fest that provides help to Tucsonans with the basic necessities of life.
Saturday October 22nd, 4-7pm
Abraham Lincoln Park Soccer Field, 4325 S Pantano Road
The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department and Pima Community College East Campus present the Halloween Boo Bash at Abraham Lincoln Park, a fun-filled night of tricks and treats. Come enjoy a haunted hayride, entertainment, temporary tattoos, carnival games, trunk-or-treat, and a costume contest! The Halloween Boo Bash is FREE, but donations are accepted.
Sunday October 30th, 10am-3pm
Bike, walk, skate and dance your way through unique neighborhoods, business districts, parks, schools, and more along an entirely new Cyclovia midtown route! The new route will connect Miramonte, Palo Verde and Garden District neighborhoods in central Tucson to businesses, parks, schools, and other attractions like the Tucson Botanical Gardens. For the first time ever, a portion of North Alvernon Way will be entirely closed to car traffic between East Grant Road and East Seneca Street, and will instead be filled with tens of thousands of people moving and playing in car-free streets. The map of the new route can be seen at https://www.livingstreetsalliance.org/. Visit https://www.cycloviatucson.org/ to learn more about Cyclovia and all you can do to participate, volunteer, contribute, and otherwise get involved!
All Souls Procession Weekend 2016
Saturday November 5th – Sunday November 6th
The Procession of Little Angels, Children’s Altar, and Personal Altars Vigil will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturday, November 5 at Armory Park. The All Souls Procession & Finale Ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 6. Participants will gather at 4:00 to start lining up. The Procession will begin at 6:30 PM. The Finale Ceremony will take place at the lot east of the Mercado San Agustin after the bulk of the Procession arrives at the Finale site—usually at approximately 8:30.
Did You Know...?
Did You Know...?
TPD Launches Safe Place
TPD has just kicked-off a new program called Safe Place, to provide safe and secure spaces for LGBTQ community members to go if they've been the victim of an anti-LGBTQ related crime, including harassment. TPD is starting with businesses downtown, asking them to display a rainbow police badge decal on their windows and agree to let people stay inside until police respond, so that suspected perpetrators can be held accountable and hate crimes can be reduced in our community. The department has been working with the group Tucson Pride, launching the program last weekend during the group’s annual pride events. Check out KVOA's recent piece on this program at: http://www.kvoa.com/story/33308282/tpd-rolls-out-safe-place-in-downtown. More info on Safe Place at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/police/What_is_TPD_Safe_PlaceFINAL.pdf
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Council Member Uhlich is joining Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse to ask members of the Tucson community, especially men, to support survivors of domestic abuse. Several events will be taking place throughout the month, including Wear Purple Day on October 20th. City Hall will be displaying purple lights throughout the month and COT fleet vehicles will have bumper stickers in support of domestic abuse victims.
Pima Animal Care Launches Pet Support Hotline
Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) has a new Pet Support Center hotline that offers residents the resources they need to keep their pets and schedule admission appointments for strays and healthy pets they want to surrender. Three PACC staff members will run the hotline 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. The number is (520) 724-7222. A $149,350 grant from PetSmart Charities made the Pet Support Center possible. Read the news release: http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=303945
Sign Up for a Free Water Audit to Save Water and Money
Water efficiency is more than just conserving a resource. Tucson Water’s Zanjeros are specially-trained water efficiency experts who have performed thousands of comprehensive inventories of home water use that helped customers lower their water bills. Learn more about your home’s water-using fixtures, water meter, plumbing, irrigation, and more. Request an appointment by calling (520) 791-3242 or emailing TW_CustomerService@tucsonaz.gov. Tucson Water Zanjero Program: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/request-audit
The Donna Liggins Center is Still Collecting Donations of Candy for Boo Bash!
Boo Bash is Parks and Recreation’s annual Halloween extravaganza, providing families across the city with a fun, free night of trick-or-treating, games, and more (details above). But we need your help to collect enough candy for the hundreds of costumed kiddos who will be there! The Donna Liggins Center team is currently collecting donations of bags of individually-wrapped candy to provide for the event. The Liggins Center is located at 2160 N. 6th Ave. (on 6th Ave. just south of Grant Rd). Every bag of Dots, Snickers and Pulparindos helps - keep your dentist happy and donate today!
LED Lighting Installation Continues in Ward 3
Crews will start working Sunday on main roads between Speedway, Stone, Swan, and River to replace existing streetlights with modern energy efficient LED. Crews will work two shifts, 8 am to 4 pm and 7 pm to 5 am. Approximately 18,400 streetlights across the city will ultimately receive LED lights with dimming capabilities. M&C approved the LED Roadway Lighting Retrofit Program in February this year to save the City about $2.6 million in maintenance over ten years and $180,000 a month on electrical costs due to an expected 70% reduction in energy consumption. The new lights will also improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.