Karin's Note: Friday, September 11, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, September 11, 2015
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • Community Spotlight
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Dear Tucsonans,
Sun Tran Update
While each member of Mayor and Council has been vocal with regard to the urgency of resolving the Sun Tran strike, on Wednesday we voted to reinforce formal direction to the management company. That direction included 1) applying all funds available within the adopted transit budgets toward resolving the strike and 2) restoring full service immediately through good faith negotiations and resolution with their employees.
The Teamsters and Transdev/PTM (the management company) got back to the table yesterday. They better stay there 24/7 until transit services are fully restored for our community.
Grant Road Corridor Vision
Mayor and Council also unanimously adopted the Vision for the Grant Road Corridor. The document is the result of many hours and hard work by the Grant Road Task Force and our Office of Integrated Planning. My motion included only one clarification to the more than 60-page document that kept the Vision for the central sections of the corridor more general and still in-keeping with input from the public and the overarching guidance from the Task Force.
You can read the full Vision document at this link: 
Auto Mall Annexation and Comcast Facility
Very soon we expect that the Auto Mall off of North Oracle will be annexed into the City and Ward 3. The Auto Dealers involved have been enthusiastic about the move, and I applaud the work of our Annexation staff (especially Mike Czechowski and Jay Lasher) as well as Mayor Rothschild for helping to negotiate this positive outcome. Ultimately the annexation will add roughly $2M per year to City coffers and improve services to the businesses and residents in the area.
Also in this vicinity, Comcast will be investing $10 million at its new Customer Services Center location at 4690 N Oracle Rd. Over the next four years, the Center will employ at least 1000 people with an average pay of $35000 per year, including 40 management positions paying $55000 – 65000.
Red Light Cameras
Police Chief Villaseñor gave Mayor and Council the latest information on traffic injuries and fatalities where the City has red light cameras in place. Highlights include a 70% reduction in accidents at the eight monitored intersections from 2006 to present. The Chief also noted that in order to sustain a similar level of traffic safety/enforcement without the program, approximately 160 additional officers would need to be assigned to the intersections. I’ve always been an advocate of the program because it reduces injuries and fatalities and does so with tools that free up our officers so they can focus on other critical work that keeps our community’s safety. See the Chief’s full presentation here:  https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/police/Traffic_MC_PowerPoint_for_Sept_9_Revised_1.pdf
September 11th
I visited the September 11th Memorial in New York this summer. Water streams in singular strands from the edges of the bannisters into a vast, glassy pool and then drops in solid sheets into a small central, square well that seems bottomless. It took my breath away.
I know we’ll all pause to remember the horrific attacks perpetrated against our country on September 11th, 2001. I hope we’ll also recall the heroism of first responders and so many others on that day, as well as the resolve expressed across the nation to stand together, resisting fear and persecution with unity and pride.
Ward 3 Events: 
Watch Bats Tonight!
Friday, September 11th sundown
Campbell Avenue Bridge (Campbell Ave. at the Rillito River)
Bat enthusiasts can learn more about the lives of Mexican free-tailed bats and watch as hundreds of bats emerge from their daytime roosts under the Campbell Avenue Bridge over the Rillito River. Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation is offering the bat viewing today at sundown at 4200 N. Campbell Ave. Naturalists and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions, and family-friendly activities also will be offered. For more information, please call (520) 724-5220.
Read the news release: http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=218565
The Drawing Studio Day of Discovery
Saturday, September 12th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Drawing Studio 2750 N Tucson Blvd
If you might like to take your first art class, if you might like to pursue a new medium, if you’ve heard a particular artist is a really good teacher, then try it! Join the teaching artists of The Drawing Studio for a day of discovery. Choose up to four mini-classes from a wide variety of offerings. $20/half day, $30/whole day.
Big Read - Poe Movie Screening
Saturday, September 12th 9:30 – 4:30 pm
Woods Library
In honor of the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read program, join Woods Library for an all-day screening of several classic films, most starring America's favorite creepy actor, Vincent Price!
Poe-themed features may include The Tell-Tale Heart (c2000) and The Pit and the Pendulum (1961). Snacks will be provided!
Community Mental Health Arts Show Public Reception
Tuesday, September 15th 5:00 – 6:30 pm
CPSA Training Center 2502 N. Dodge Blvd
Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA) will be hosting the 16th Annual Community Mental Health Arts Show, from September 16th – 19th.  All art featured is by children and adults receiving behavioral health services, or people employed in the behavioral health system. The show will be open to the public and free of charge. For more information, visit http://www.communitypartnersinc.org/transition/  
Parks & Recreation Master Plan Public Meeting
Thursday, September 17th 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Donna Liggins Center 2160 N. 6th Ave.
We know that parks matter to you and invite you to tell us more! The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department has been gathering information for an exciting new five-year master plan. Now the department wants to hear about the types of programs, facilities and services that matter most to you. A series of community-wide open houses, held in every ward, will allow you to communicate what you appreciate about city parks and what programs and services you would like to see added. Your input will help prioritize goals for the next five years.
We encourage everyone to participate in this important process! In case you can’t make it on the 17th, check out https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks/masterplan for the schedule of meetings taking place throughout the city as well as more information and opportunities for input. Questions? Email parksmasterplan@tucsonaz.gov.
Equinox Solar Potluck
Saturday, September 19th noon - sunset
Valley of the Moon 2544 E. Allen Rd
Citizens for Solar is a local, all-volunteer non-profit whose goal is to encourage the use of solar power through education and solar cooking.  Their annual Solar Potluck is the longest continuously running annual solar event in the world! The Solar Potluck is an all day, family-friendly event open to the public.  Numerous solar cooks, with a wide variety of solar cookers, hand out solar cooked food all day long.  There will also be exhibitors, guest speakers and musicians throughout the day.  The days ends with a solar potluck dinner – a solar cooked feast! Come out and cook, or bring a dish or beverage to share, and your own plate and utensils. Alcohol is not permitted. Entrance into the Equinox Solar Potluck is free. Visit www.citizensforsolar.org and for more information, contact Bruce Joseph at 520-258-8540 or chair@citizensforsolar.org
St. Demetrios Greek Festival
Thursday – Sunday, September 24 – 27th
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 1145 E. Ft Lowell Rd
Take a trip to Greece with this annual celebration! Enjoy folk dancing, a market including Greek groceries, folk art, and gifts, as well delicious fresh pastries, spinach pies and gyros. The church will also be open for a tour where you can learn about the Greek Orthodox religion. Special rates for seniors, $3.00 for adults ($6.00 for a four-day pass), children and active duty military are free. Visit http://stdemtucson.org/event/2015-tucson-greek-festival/ for festival times and other details.
Swingin' on the Moon: Compose a Poem to the Moon
Saturday, September 26th 2:30-4:00pm (tickets will be at desk beginning at 3:00 pm)
Woods Library Large Meeting Room – Space is Limited
Write a poem inspired by music and the light of the moon!  Woods Library is celebrating International Observe the Moon Night during the month of September.  We will listen to music that has been written about the moon to get you in the mood. Tony Luebbermann, poet and University of Arizona Poetry Center docent, will lead the workshop. There is a limit of 20 for this workshop.
Please call 594-5445 to register for the program.
Saturday, September 26th 8:00 – 11:00 am
Sacred Heart Church 601 E. Fort Lowell Rd
Vice Mayor Uhlich and Constable Bennett Bernal invite you to our annual autumn Shred-It event! Get your documents securely shredded onsite. First two boxes are FREE! Drive-thru service and only $5 donation to Lend-A-Hand or Emerge! for each additional box. Call 520-791-4711 or email the Ward 3 office ward3@tucsonaz.gov for more info. Special thanks to the Amphi Community Action Group for their partnership in promoting this event!
Celebrate the Season: Tucson Poverello House Annual Celebration
Sunday, October 4th 5:00 pm
Most Holy Trinity Parish 1300 N. Greasewood Rd
Join Tucson Poverello House for a warm evening of camaraderie and support in celebrating their seventh year providing daytime hospitality to homeless men in our Northwest neighborhood. The event is always planned for this time of year in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis, which is celebrated around the world on October 4th.  Enjoy music by Mariachi Milagro, Jose Serrano and Estela Garcia. You can learn more about the event and register to attend at https://tucsonpoverello.com/
Cyclovia Tucson
Sunday, November 1st 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
What is Cyclovia? A Spanish word signifying the temporary closure of a network of streets to cars so that they become “open” to people! During Cyclovia anyone can enjoy 5 miles of car-free city streets for walking, biking, and all-out fun. Enjoy the autumn midtown route featuring our very own 4th Ave and Fontana bike boulevards! Volunteers needed – check out https://www.cycloviatucson.org/ for more info and route maps!
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Mountain/1st NA & CAG
Saturday, September 12th 9:00 – 10:00 am
Mitchell Park
Samos NA
Tuesday, September 15th 6:30 pm
Salpointe Trophy Rm 1545 E Copper St
Mountain View NA
Thursday, September 17th 6:00 pm
Habitat for Humanity 3501 N. Mountain Ave.
Community Spotlight:
November Ballot Educational Forums
Tucson Residents for Responsive Government (TRRG) will be sponsoring three educational forums to inform the public about the processes by which the Charter Changes (Props 403 & 404), Salary Recommendation (Prop 405) and Bond Proposals (Props 425-431) were placed on the November ballot and what these propositions mean to you as citizens and members of our community.
  • Wednesday, September 30th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Ward 2 office, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd
  • Tuesday, October 6th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 E. 36th St.
  • Wednesday, October 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Ward 6 office, 3202 E. 1st St.
The forums will be presented by members who served on the citizen committees, with opportunities for the public to ask questions. All residents are welcome to attend.
City-Wide Events: 
West Branch Clean-up hosted by Midvale Park – Volunteers Needed!
Saturday, September 12th
7:30 am to 11:30 am
Grijalva Elementary School 1795 W. Drexel Road
The Midvale Park Neighborhood Association is partnering with Council Member Regina Romero, Supervisor Richard Elías, community members and many more to conduct a coordinated cleanup of the West Branch of the Santa Cruz River, area washes, and easements. All volunteers are to meet at Grijalva Elementary School Cafeteria at 7:30 am for breakfast and cleanup location assignments. Free food will be offered to all participating volunteers for breakfast before the cleanup and for lunch after the cleanup at Grijalva school. Volunteers are still needed to help with this event. Please confirm participation by contacting Joe Miller at 419-8814.
Love Your Pup, License Up!
Saturday, September 12th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ward 6 Council Office 3202 E. 1st St.
The City of Tucson, Pima Animal Care Center (PACC), and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona are teaming up to kick off Tucson’s “Love Your Pup, License Up” campaign with a special licensing event. Late fees will be waived, but regular fees apply. Free rabies vaccinations will be available on site from 10 am - noon (dogs must be at least 3 months old). If you already have a valid rabies renewal certificate, bring it to the event. There also will be dog goodies and a raffle. Parking is available at Century Link, directly west of the Ward 6 Office. For more information, please call (520) 791-4601.
Second Saturday Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Saturday, September 12th 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd.
Do you have old, unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program offers a quick, easy, and environmentally-conscious option for disposing of your non-commercial, household-generated hazardous waste materials, free of charge.
They will be holding a collection this Saturday, September 12th, as well as the 2nd Saturday of every month. Accepted materials include: Automotive fluids, auto and rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products. Additionally, Rise Inc. will be collecting computer equipment ($2 for monitors without a computer and $10 for each television). For more information visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/es/household-hazardous-waste, download the “my-waste” App, or call ES Customer Service at (520) 791-3171.
Owl & Panther 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, September 12th 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave
Owl & Panther (OP) celebrates 20 years of service to Tucson's refugee community! All are welcome to join at this family friendly event. The evening will feature an exhibit of artworks by OP participants, live music by Entre Peruanos, poetry readings, a silent auction and light fare. Tickets are $35. Children & Refugees may attend Free. Check out the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/428903000635468/ or contact Abby at owlandpanther@hopifoundation.org for more info.
2nd Saturdays Downtown
Saturday September 12th 5:00 to 10:30 pm
Congress Street from Toole Avenue to Church Avenue
2nd Saturdays is a family-friendly music festival held downtown every 2nd Saturday of every month. Congress Street is full of activity from Toole Avenue & Congress west to Church Avenue & Congress. There are music, food vendors, street performers and much more. Admission is free. Some of the downtown businesses offer specials or schedule their own entertainment. Many of the vendors and sponsors have drawings during the evening. The scene along the Sun Link Streetcar downtown route is always exciting. Hop on at any stop along the Sun Link corridor to be part of 2nd Saturdays. The Kids' Area at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 414 N. Toole Ave., offers interactive fun for the kids and a free movie designed to delight all ages. http://www.2ndsaturdaysdowntown.com/
StartUp Weekend
September 12th – 14th
CoLab Workspace 17 E Pennington
STARTUP WEEKEND is a global challenge that takes place in cities all over the world - like here in Tucson! Entrepreneurs will come together and turn an idea into reality over one weekend. http://www.up.co/communities/usa/tucson/startup-weekend/4232
Light the Night! Bike Light Giveaway
Tuesday, September 15th 6:00 pm
Intersection of E. University Blvd & N. 3rd Ave.
In support of safe, visible, and lawful bicycle riding, the City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and Pima Association of Governments (PAG), in partnership with Living Streets Alliance, will begin the 2015-2016 “Light the Night” bicycle safety campaign with a bike light giveaway! University of Arizona mascot Wilbur the Wildcat will be helping to hand out light sets to passing bicyclists in need. Failure to have proper lighting equipment on a bicycle can result in a $184 traffic fine.
Once Upon a Creek: The Sabino Story
Thursday, September 17th 5:30 – 7:30 pm
WMG's Living Lab & Learning Center, 1137 N Dodge Blvd
You're invited to join Watershed Management Group at the Living Lab & Learning Center for Once Upon a Creek: The Sabino Story. You can help write a new story for Sabino Creek—one of abundance and year-round flowing waters. You'll be treated to a display of Sabino Creek photos and memories, food trucks, and family-friendly activities. Come out and share your love of flowing desert rivers with our growing community. RSVP online at https://watershedmg.org/event/once-upon-creek-sabino-story
Guatemala – Una Exhibicion de la Cultura
Friday, September 18th 1:oo -  9:00 pm
100 N. Stone Ave Suite 109
The Guatemalan Consulate in Tucson invites you to join for an exhibition of Guatemalan indigenous art to commemorate Guatemala’s Independence Day. For information call (520) 398-6912 or constucsonlegal@gmail.com
Thriving in the Sand – 14th Annual Prevention Celebration
Friday, September 18th 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Freedom Park 5000 E. 29th St
Thriving is a state of being where prospering and flourishing is a function of everyday life - a challenge in the desert. Our Family Services' Prevention programs empower people to do just that! In collaboration with the 4R Community Alliance (4RCA), Our Family Services is celebrating the 14th Annual Prevention Celebration, themed Thriving in the Sand at Freedom Park in Tucson. Please join OFS, and hundreds of Tucsonans, in celebrating! You will enjoy foods from the different cultures in our community, entertainment by talented young people, and opportunities to connect with the community in healthy ways! For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/thrivinginthesand
El Rio Theatre Project Presents: Love’s Labour’s Lost
September 18th – 20th, 24th – 27th, and October 1st – 4th at 7:00 pm
Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheatre, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd.
Free, suggested $5 donation
The El Rio Theatre Project presents its 9th annual Shakespeare in the Park with William Shakespeare's “Love’s Labour’s Lost”. In this exuberant romantic comedy youthful idealism gets derailed by love. The
King of Navarre and his buddies have plans to immerse themselves in their studies swearing off less civilized pursuits — namely girls. After the Princess of France arrives with her ladies on a diplomatic
mission, the young men’s hearts melt along with their brainy resolve. Playful pranks, witty wordplay and moony wooing give way to more serious matters that reveal the cost of real love. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket, and the whole family, and enjoy an evening of theatre in the park. For additional information call 791-4353 or visit our website at http://tucsonshakespeareinthepark.org/.
DES Job Fairs
Plus 50 Job & Career Resource Fair
September 25th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Pima Community College West Campus 2202 W. Anklam, Tucson
Tucson Career Expo
September 30th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
River Park Inn: 777 W. Cushing St., Tucson
Whether you're looking for that perfect job, that perfect employee or information on an industry or workforce, several job fairs are planned throughout Arizona during the month of September. Employers and job seekers are invited to attend. Job seekers are reminded to dress for success and bring several copies of your resume. Employers and job seekers, be sure to also check out the free tools and services on AZ Job Connection and let Arizona work for you.
The Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation presents Tucson Modernism Week 2015
Friday, October 2nd - October 10th
Various locations
The celebration will feature a series of amazing lectures, tours, parties, exhibits and events highlighting Tucson’s Mid-century Modern design and architecture throughout the city. This year, Tucson Modernism Week highlights the work of architects: Nicholas Sakellar, Sylvia & William Wilde, Arthur Brown and Louis Coon whose work shaped the city in the post WWII era with special lectures, building highlights and tours. https://tucsonmod.com/#home
Rights Restoration Project
Tuesday, October 13th 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Pima County Public Defender’s Office 33 N. Stone Ave. 10th Floor Conference Room
Your past doesn’t determine your future. Restore your rights and set aside your conviction with this free workshop for people with Arizona and Federal convictions. This workshop is intended for people who have already completed their sentences. Please bring all paperwork about your conviction.
Questions? Contact Alonzo Morado at 520-882-5383 or amorado@primavera.org
League of Women Voters Local Candidate Forum
Tuesday, October 13th 6:30 pm
Temple Emanuel, 225 N. Country Club Rd.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson is sponsoring a city council candidate forum for this year’s election. The candidate turnout is looking good with all six candidates attending. Perhaps that's because the League's forums have always been the gold standard for live, face-to-face discussion among candidates to offset the canned sound bites that can dominate a political season. This year the League is inviting you to identify the issues you care most about. Send your questions to Shirley, 326-3018 or smuney2k@yahoo.com, including contact information for follow-up questions. You'll also have a chance to bring up your afterthoughts from the audience at the forum on October 13th.
Did You Know...?
City Tax Amnesty Program in Full Swing
The City of Tucson is offering the business community a Tax Amnesty Program. This rare opportunity allows Tucson business owners to submit delinquent sales tax or license fees without penalty and reduced interest on delinquent balances. This is also an opportunity for unlicensed Tucson businesses to get licensed without penalty. The amnesty period began last Tuesday and will run through the end of next month. During the last Tax Amnesty Program in 2009, 598 businesses participated. Please visit the link below to learn more about the eligibility requirements for this year's program.
Read the news release: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/media-releases/Tax_Amnesty_Program_2015.pdf
PAG Launches New Bike App for Tucson!
It's easier than ever to get around on your bike with PAG's new Tucson Bikeways mobile app! Pima Association of Governments has launched a new mobile app to help you navigate the city by bike. View your GPS location, enhanced bike routes, bike boulevards, shared-use paths, and more! Tucson Bikeways available on both Google Play and Apple App Store. Visit http://www.pagnet.org/tabid/1102/Default.aspx for more info.
Expanded Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Program for Your Home or Small Business, and for Curb Cuts
Tucson Water has offered rebates of up to $2000 to single-family residential customers who install qualifying rainwater harvesting systems since 2012. This program has now been expanded to include curb cuts, designed to direct water flow from the street into curb-side water harvesting basins, as a qualifying feature. Small businesses with a single water meter not exceeding 3/4" in size also now qualify for the same rebate!
To become eligible for Tucson Water’s Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program, applicants must attend a free, three-hour workshop. The workshop will cover:
  • rainwater harvesting methods and best practices
  • rebate requirements
  • how to distinguish between passive and active rainwater harvesting systems
  • learn about permits and requirements for the curb cut rebate
  • how to develop a project plan. Participants are encouraged to bring a basic site plan sketch or bird’s eye view of their property to work on
Sign up for a free rainwater harvesting class! Check out the class schedule at www.pimasmartscape.org, call SmartScape at (520) 626-5161 or register online. Classes are popular so register today. To learn more about Tucson Water’s Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program or to determine if your small business qualifies, visit: www.tucsonaz.gov/water/rwh-rebate or call (520) 791-4331. Harvest rainwater – it’s good for the environment and for your plants, trees & garden!
TPD Awarded $1 Million Grant to Test Previously Untested Sexual Assault Kits
The Tucson Police Department was as an awardee of the 2015 Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program to begin on October 1, 2015. Although the Tucson Police Department does not have any untested sexual assaults kits where the suspect is "unknown" to the victim, they do have 800 to 1000 untested kits that will be tested where the suspect is "known" to the victim. Their goal is to gain investigative leads to solve cases with unmatched DNA. The department will receive $1,038,000.00 over two years to test previously untested sexual assault kits.
To Bond or Not To Bond - That is the Question!
On Saturday, September 19th, the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson will present a free program about the upcoming bond election. These proposals will affect all residents of the County, and it can be confusing to have so many on the ballot at once. The meeting will begin with a half-hour meet-and-greet gathering at 9:30 am in the lower level meeting room of the Joel D. Valdez Library. There is free parking in the underground garage of the library.
At 10:00 am, the program will begin with a PowerPoint presentation about the development of the bond package and the seven propositions that will be bundling the measures. This will be followed by a panel including County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez; Pima County Deputy County Administrator Tom Burke addressing tax and financial aspects of the proposals; local attorney Larry Hecker, chair of the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee speaking in support of the package; and Bond Advisory Committee member Joe Boogaart, spokesperson for Taxpayers Against Pima Bonds, speaking against the bond package. Members of the audience will be able to ask questions of the speakers.