Karin's Note: Friday, September 26, 2014
- A Note from Staff
-Ward 3 Events
- Community Support Needed
-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)
-Did You Know?
Safety and Security
At our Mayor and Council meeting yesterday we were once again confronted by the toll that SB1070 and failed federal immigration policy take on Tucsonans. SB1070 leads many residents in our community to fear TPD as an arm of immigration enforcement. That in turn makes all of us less safe and secure. We debated at length how best to assure parents and students that TPD School Resource Officers will not inquire about immigration status in their role promoting safety on school grounds. We also unanimously passed a resolution urging that the specific federal immigration/deportation case of Rosa Robles (and the many other cases so much like hers) be closed so she can leave sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian Church and reunite with her husband and her two sons.
I am particularly frustrated by the fact that so many Tucsonans, Latinos and Latinas, experience life being treated as “suspects”. So too do African Americans, particularly African American men. I continue to urge the City Attorney to identify avenues for divorcing ourselves from SB1070. I do not buy the notion that we can be compelled (by the state or any other jurisdiction) to enforce a law that can clearly lead us into disparate treatment of people based upon their race/ethnicity. I want our day in court to say “we will not enforce a law that we believe puts us at imminent risk of violating the constitutional rights of some of our residents” (i.e. those most likely to be “suspected” of being undocumented immigrants). I also continue to urge that we actively intensify our work to insure that TPD better reflect the full diversity of Tucson. We must employ more minorities and women at all levels of the department if we hope to sustain the strong trust and credibility required for effective community policing.
It’d be far too convenient to act as if TPD holds the blame for any or all of this. Truth is TPD is our department charged with keeping us all safe and secure. Any erosion of community relations makes their work more difficult, and in fact puts our officers at greater risk. I will continue to pursue options for challenging SB1070 and reinforcing diversity as well as trust in TPD. As Chief Villasenor nears retirement and we recruit new departmental leadership over the coming year, these two concerns will be among those foremost in my mind.
History and Culture
Mayor and Council had the opportunity to learn more about the County’s proposed investment in the downtown historic and cultural features planned for the west side. Up to $18 million would be included in the future bond question to build a regional visitors center that could complement the mission gardens and other elements in the immediate vicinity. Mayor and Council voted to move ahead with the study on the proposal. While it’s tough to address these kinds of projects in isolation, because the bond question will ideally include many other vital parks needs in the City, there’s also no denying that the land involved has extraordinary historic and cultural significance as the birthplace of Tucson. The public sector investment will no doubt draw private investment and create a destination point for locals and visitors alike.
Parkwise, known now as Park Tucson, presented their plan for rates as well as new technology to Mayor and Council. I am pleased that the technology being pursued will integrate with the huge investment recently made in our transit technology; ideally the Sun Go card will work for transit and parking in the future. You can learn more about the Park Tucson plan by reviewing the associated materials here:
I supported the plan with the caveat that the Mayor and Council, not the City manager, should retain the authority for setting rates moving forward. Integrating all of our transportation systems—transit, parking, bicycle/pedestrian amenities, and auto routes—is essentially and can’t be accomplished unless we develop a more systemic and holistic approach in our planning through the Mayor and Council and public processes. The next meeting of Mayor and Council will be on Thursday, October 9th.
Water and Environmental Services Updates
We have confirmed now that Tucson Water has revisited several of the problematic practices being implemented to collect account deposits. I applaud Tucson Water staff for their receptivity to public feedback. Tucson Water has also agreed to bring future proposals forward for vetting prior to implementation.
Environmental Services has agreed to work with the Ward 3 team on developing a plan for Mayor and Council consideration during the upcoming budget process that would expand roll-off services for neighborhoods across the City. To the credit of ES, they want to make roll-offs more readily available in a manner that is equitable and convenient, and within their budgeted resources. As my staff and I have worked with volunteers on monthly roll-off cleanups, through the summer, we think we can help come up with a plan that will meet those objectives and, most importantly, help remove blight and junk from city neighborhoods. I’ll keep you posted as we frame the proposed program for consideration.
Thanks and have a good weekend,
Notes from Staff:
Please join us on Saturday, October 4th for The 7th Annual Historic Miracle Mile Event: An Opportunity to Experience & Explore Tucson's Forgotten Modern Highway
Information and Historic Lectures at Pima Community College Downtown Campus
Visit the information booth in the parking lot off Drachman, between Oracle and Stone. Pick-up your free program guide, Historic Miracle Mile self-guided driving brochure, and kids coloring sheets and crayons. Enter a free raffle to win a magnet of one of Tucson’s iconic neon signs (drawings every half hour).
Enjoy a series of historical talks at 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm that include The 1950’s: Population Growth, Sputnik & Downtown Developments, The Desert Museum: Past and Present, and A Guide to Appreciating Neon Signs of the 40’s, 50’s, & 60’s.
Historic Ghost Ranch Lodge
From 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, visit the Historic Ghost Ranch at 801 W. Miracle Mile to learn about the award-winning rehabilitation of this local landmark, designed by renowned architect Josias Joesler. Check out the iconic neon Ghost Ranch sign with the skull logo that was designed by artist Georgia O'Keefe and tour the famous Desert Cactus Garden, home to the largest Boojam Tree in Arizona.
Grab lunch at the Monterey Court café at 505 W. Miracle Mile as they feature a special Miracle Mile menu! Site tours to learn about the former motel and its transformation will take place from 2:00 to 3:00 pm and kids can enjoy a special activity learning about the science of neon from noon – 3:00 pm. Stay around for live blues music by The Coolers from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.
Tamara Prime, Chief of Staff
KaBOOM! Community Built Playground at La Madera Park
On September 17th, we joined Parks & Recreation, Lend a Hand Senior Assistance, Humana Inc. and organizers from KaBOOM! to kick off design plans for a one-of-a-kind, multi-generational playground to be built at La Madera Park on November 1st. Many thanks to the community members who participated, to JP Industries for going above and beyond so that we could host this meeting in their conference room, and to Humana for their generous contribution to make this project possible.
The customized playground will be primarily funded by Humana (a leading health and well-being company) and is being created with the drawings and input of the community collected during the Design Day. You can find pictures from the Design Day on the Parks & Rec Flicker account at www.flickr.com/photos/tucsonpics/sets.
Per Parks & Rec, removal of the current playground equipment at La Madera Park is scheduled for September 30th and October 1st. The playground will be demolished and the area will be fenced off and will remain that way until build day. On October 2nd and 3rd the sand and dirt will be removed from the fall zone area. An event page has been set up at https://www.facebook.com/events/801842059867295/ where you can get updates and follow the progress of the project.
The big day for the build will be Saturday, November 1st and we are looking for 200 volunteers to gather at La Madera Park and build the playground in one day. There will be plenty to do, including cement mixing, assembly of the playground and fitness equipment, installation, painting and more. We are also looking for adults who can help lead activities (arts, sports, fitness, games – you name it) for youth and seniors at the event. Please contact us at email@example.com or 791-4711 if you can help!
Brianda Vilá-Henninger, Council Aide
Ward 3 Events:
- St. Demetrios Greek Festival
– Thursday – Sunday, September 25 – 28th
at 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 ($5.00 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.
- Mountain/1st Alley Cleanup – Saturday, September 27th 7:00 – 10:00 am at the alley behind 2660 N. 1st Ave. The Ward 3 office is teaming-up with TPD and Mountain/1st neighbors to tackle some of the refuse and weeds in this alley! Can and help out if you can. Contact Brianda at 791-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Blue Moon Community Garden Work Day – Saturday, September 27th 8:00 – 10:00 am at the Blue Moon Community Garden 1375 N. 13th Ave. Help our neighbors in Barrio Blue Moon to maintain the beautiful community garden!
- People of Color Resource Fair – Saturday, September 27th 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Donna Liggins Recreation Center 2160 N. 6th Ave. The Coalition for African American Health and Wellness presents a resource fair to promote healthy living and improve the overall quality of life for African Americans and medically underserved residents in the Tucson community. The resource fair will offer free health screenings, food, and kids’ activities, as well as presentations on topics of health and wellness, including suicide prevention and caregiver self-care. It will also be a location to drop off used eyeglasses. Visit http://www.caahw.org/index.htm
- Shred-It at the People of Color Resource Fair – Saturday, September 27th 10:00 am – noon at the Donna Liggins Recreation Center 2160 N. 6th Ave. We are teaming up with the Coalition for African American Health and Wellness to provide free Shred-It services during the People of Color Resource Fair! Bring your unwanted documents to the Shred-It truck from 10:00 am – noon and they will be securely destroyed on site. The first two boxes are free and a $5 donation to benefit Emerge! is requested for each additional box. For more information, contact the Ward 3 Council Office at 520-791-4711 or email@example.com.
- Celebrate the Season: Tucson Poverello House Annual Celebration - Sunday, September 28th 6:00 pm at the Barrio Brewery Restaurant 800 E. 16th St. Join Tucson Poverello House for a warm evening of camaraderie and support in celebrating their six year anniversary. Poverello House provides daytime hospitality to homeless men. 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 3rd. You can learn more about the event and register to attend at https://tucsonpoverello.com/.
- 15th Annual Community Mental Health Arts Show – Tuesday, October 7th 5:00 – 6:30 pm at the CPSA Training Center at Plaza Arboleda 2502 N. Dodge Rd. Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA) will be hosting the 15th Annual Community Mental Health Arts Show, from October 8th – 11th, 2014. Are you interested in submitting artwork for the event? Entry forms are now available! Art may be submitted 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 and entry forms, please visit:
- National Night Out at Balboa Park – Tuesday, October 7th 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Marty Birdman Community Center 2536 N. Castro Ave. Join this free event to thank Balboa Heights Neighbors for their continued support in keeping our neighborhoods safe! Enjoy a movie night, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, activities, and entertainment from Mariachi Inspiracion, Arts for All, and Ballet Folklorico Xochitl. See you there!
-GAIN with the Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance – Wednesday, October 8th 6:00 – 8:00 pm at St. James United Methodist Church 3255 N. Campbell. GAIN or Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods is an annual event designed to unite neighbors and communities to help create safer neighborhoods. Join Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance for a big multi-neighborhood gathering that will include TPD officers, Tucson Fire Department, music and a jumping castle for the kids. Last year, the first year this event was held at St. James, there were 80-100 participants. Help make this year even bigger by joining and getting the word out!
If your Ward 3 neighborhood would like to join the GAIN celebration and have a table with information, please contact Pastor Bob Holliday at 403-4758 or firstname.lastname@example.org and he will work with you to make arrangements for a space to be available.
- Refugee 101 Info Night
– Thursday, October 9th
6:00 – 8:00 pm at Catalina United Methodist Church 2700 E. Speedway Blvd (Room E23). Are you interested in learning more about the refugee population in Tucson? Come learn more about refugees, their native countries, and the journey to resettlement. Learn what Iskashitaa does in the community and how to volunteer. Anyone who wants information can attend and attendance does not commit you to serve. Please email email@example.com to RSVP.
- Lend A Hand Yard Sale – Saturday, October 11th – Sunday, October 12th 7:00 am – 1:00 pm at 1545 E. Water St. Please come to this yard sale to benefit Lend A Hand! LAH serves Seniors in several Ward 3 neighborhoods, providing them with free services such a light housekeeping, rides to the doctor, companionship, and more. Services are dependent upon donations and the funds they raise at events like this! They would also appreciate donated items for the sale. To donate items, contact Jane Hoffmann at 323-9299.
- Emerge! Domestic Abuse Workshop - Monday, October 13th. Emerge! offers a free domestic abuse workshop to the community. This three-hour workshop provides a thorough overview of domestic abuse, including the dynamics of power and control, effects of abuse on children and how to help. If you are interested in attending, please contact Emerge! via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Sarah Jiménez-Valdez at 520-795-8001.
- Free Bike Repairs! – Saturday, October 18th 9:00 am – noon at Keeling Desert Park 245 E. Glenn Street. Get your bike all ready for Cyclovia! The autumn edition of Cyclovia will be rolling right through Ward 3 on November 2nd via the 4th Avenue and Fontana Bike Boulevards. In preparation, PAG & GABA are teaming up for free bike repair at Keeling Desert Park. Drop in anytime between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm on October 18th to get your bike fixed up and ready to ride for Cyclovia. This event is made possible by Cyclovia sponsors: Greater Arizona Bicycling Association and Pima Association of Governments. More info at https://www.cycloviatucson.org/2014/08/cyclovia-tucson-november-2nd/
Ward 3 Neighborhood/Coalition Meetings:
- Hedrick Acres NA – Tuesday, September 30th 6:30 – 7:45 pm at the Church of Christ 2842 N Mountain
- W3NA Board – Thursday, October 2nd 6:15 – 8:00 pm at Woods Library 3455 N 1st Ave
- Feldman's NA – Thursday, October 2nd 7:00 – 8:00 pm at St Luke's 615 E. Adams
Community Support Needed!
Blue Moon Community Garden needs 8 - 10 volunteers to help once a month to maintain the landscape!
Blue Moon is a large, beautiful public garden in between Tucson House and Esquer Park that includes a butterfly garden, ramada with picnic tables, rainwater harvesting system, and community garden beds. Many of the gardeners are seniors and could use a hand tackling some of the more challenging weeding, pruning and other maintenance that needs to happen around the garden. If you can help, please contact Brianda at 520-791-4711 or Brianda.email@example.com
Lend-A-Hand needs neighbors to lend a hand at the Greek Festival this weekend!
LAH is hosting a parking lot for the Annual Greek Festival Sept 25th
. They have a corner at Ft. Lowell and Mountain which needs volunteer staffing to collect $5 parking fees that will benefit LAH. They are looking for people to help out for 2 to 2.5 hr on the following days and times: Sept. 26, from 5:00 – 11:00 pm, Sept. 27 from 4:00 – 11:00 pm, and Sept. 28 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. Please volunteer if you can for this very worthy organization or pass the request along to a friend or neighbor who might be able to fit it into their schedule and do some good deed for our Senior neighbors. You will get an orientation from the volunteers on site to help with parking, instructions to the bathrooms, instructions to the festival, etc. To volunteer, please contact Michele Brubaker, Volunteer coordinator, 248-6882 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance is seeking donations and help for its 2014 GAIN celebration on October 8th! If you would like to assist by getting donations from local businesses - bottled water, soda, hot dogs, buns, door prizes, and gift certificates or by helping organize the event, please get in touch with Pastor Bob Holliday at 403-4758 or email@example.com
- Mulcahy YMCA Fiesta de los Niños – Saturday, September 27th 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Mulcahy YMCA 5085 S. Nogales Highway. Celebrate children, families and Hispanic Heritage Month with Mulcahy YMCA! Featuring arts & crafts, Mexican cuisine, and raffles, as well as a car, bike and truck show. Enjoy performances by MexTucson Ballet Folklorico, Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson, Mariachi Sonido de Mexico and Mariachi Pumas from Roskruge MS. For more information, please call Leticia at 520-838-0963.
- National Prescription Take-Back Initiative - Saturday, September 27th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Westside Service Center Midtown Sub-Station 1100 S Alvernon Way and Tucson Police Department South Sub-Station 4410 S Park Ave. The Tucson Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will again partner to bring the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative to the citizens of Tucson. During this event, the public will be able to bring unwanted or unused medications to either of two drop-off locations, where they can be turned over to members of the Tucson Police Department for disposal. This service is being provided for free, and is anonymous - no personal information will be collected from citizens turning over medication for disposal.
- TRRG City Manager and City Charter Workshop – Saturday, September 27th 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Ward 6 office 3202 E. First St. Tucson Residents for Responsive Government (TRRG) is hosting an exciting workshop with Martha Durkin, our acting City Manager, who will be on hand for the first half of the program in a question and answer session to talk about what exactly our City Manager does and how that office affects our lives. The second half of the workshop will be a presentation by two community members about the role and history of the City of Tucson Charter and the workings of the recently appointed Charter Review Committee. Knowing who the appointees are and what changes might be proposed is an important issue that has the potential to affect how the City functions in the future. If you want more information about TRRG, please visit their website https://tucsontrrg.org/
- Take A Walk In My Shoes Community Art Exhibit Opening Reception - October 3rd 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the YWCA of Southern Arizona 525 N. Bonita Ave. Children that have lived in abusive homes often times find it difficult to talk about their experiences. On behalf of these children, Emerge! invites you to Take a Walk in My Shoes, a show of art created by children. Sponsored by the YWCA, the reception is open to all! The exhibit will remain open October 3rd – 13th during YWCA business hours. From October 14th – 31st the exhibit will be at the office of Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias, located at 130 W. Congress.
- PCOA Art Auction 2014 – Saturday, October 4th 6:00 – 10:00 pm at Artifact Dance Project Studio 17 E. Toole Ave. Over 50 of Tucson’s artisans and crafters have donated original artwork to exhibit and be auctioned at this Pima Council on Aging event in conjunction with E. Toole Avenue Art Walk! The festive evening will feature a silent auction from 6:00 to 7:30 pm celebrating local art, jewelry, custom gift baskets and more. Two live auctions will start at 8:00 pm, one of original artwork by local artists and one representing five feature artists. Visit www.pcoa.org for more information.
- Iskashitaa and Imagine No Malaria Benefit Concert - Saturday, October 4th 7:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 1431 W. Magee Rd. Don’t miss this incredible concert featuring Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey, Jean-Marie Mutore from Burundi, and more talented artists from the Tucson community. Tickets are $10 minimum donation and will benefit Iskashitaa Refugee Network and the Imagine No Malaria Fund.
- Rock the Vote – Friday, October 3rd 6:30 pm at the UA Mall (outdoors in front of the Student Union). Free concert featuring Aloe Blacc, Tyler Ward, & Luna Aura. Aloe Blacc's hits include The Man and Wake Me Up, and the students say he'll appeal to audiences of all ages.
- Candlelight Vigil for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding - Wednesday, October 8th 6:00 ‐7:00 pm at the Cancer Survivors Plaza, Reid Park (22nd & Lakeshore Lane). Mental illness affects everyone. Every year, regardless of race, age, religion or economic status, mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in five adults and one in 10 children across the United States–that is nearly 60 million Americans. Recovery is possible. Faith communities can play a significant role in the healing process by bringing solace and a sense of wholeness. Learn all you can. Do all you can. Take action. Speak out. Advocate. Open to the public, people of all faiths welcome. There will be a short candle lighting ceremony. Please RSVP to NAMI Southern Arizona 520‐622‐5582.
Did You Know...?
…that groups and neighborhoods can now join the Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance 501(c)3?
For dues of $25 per year, a Ward 3 neighborhood can join W3NA and funds donated to W3NA can be disbursed to those member groups. All neighborhoods in Ward 3 are invited to join, even those that have non-profit status of their own or that don't have plans to request donations. The money that W3NA raises will be used to offset operating costs of the organization, such as corporation fees, bank fees, legal advice, and mailing thank you letters to donors. If your neighborhood or group would like to join W3NA to take advantage of their nonprofit status, or just to support the organization, please contact Sandy Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out where to mail your check for $25. Visit their new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Ward3Neighbors to get meeting updates and information.
…that the City is seeking comments on possible changes to our Charter? Tucson's Charter Review Committee is asking for public comments as it reviews and make recommendations regarding possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. Comments will be accepted through 2015, and potential amendments to the City Charter may be on the Nov. 3, 2015 City ballot. All comments should be made via email to the City Clerk’s Office, email@example.com.
…that the Rillito River north bank segment of The Loop will be closed from Monday, September 29th through Friday, October 3rd, for installation of a restroom? Loop users are encouraged to use the south bank path during the construction project. The restroom is part of the improvements Pima County is making in the southeast corner of Rillito Regional Park for a farmers market! For more information, please contact George Kuck at 520-877-6100 or George.Kuck@pima.gov.
…that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? There are over 12,000 domestic violence calls to 911 in Pima County each year. CPSA is partnering with Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse to sponsor Paint Pima Purple, a campaign to raise awareness about domestic abuse in our community. People from all over Pima County will be wearing purple clothes or ribbons on October 17th, 2014, in support of this campaign. Learn more at paintpimapurple.org/.
… the University of Arizona is launching a semester-long campaign focusing on voter registration, education and mobilization? The goal of Our Voice, Our Vote is to get students involved in the midterm elections. For more information, see this article from the UA Daily Wildcat: http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2014/09/asua-campaign-educates-students-about-election-issues. Students can register at residence halls and on the Mall from now until Oct. 5th and participate in early voting at the ASUA station from Oct. 9th to 31st.
…that Sunday Evening Forums are returning at the Fox Theater? Long-time Tucsonans may recall the small salon-style gatherings that started at the UA in 1947 and by 1984 had become one of the largest community forums in the nation. See http://www.sundayeveningforum.com
Next weekend SEF returns: October 5th, 2014: Sunday Evening Forum presents singer Linda Ronstadt in conversation with her longtime friend Jeff Haskell, musical director of the Tucson Jazz Orchestra. Fox Theater, 17 W. Congress St. Free. Box office opens at 4:30 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm, interview starts at 7:00 pm.