Karin's Note: Friday, September 5, 2014

Karin's Note: Friday, September 5, 2014
 
-Ward 3 Events
- Community Support Needed
-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)
-Citywide Events
-Did You Know?
 
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
My staff and I worked with some great volunteers during our monthly neighborhood cleanup. We filled two huge roll-off dumpsters with abandoned furniture, brush, and trash. You can see the KVOA news story featuring volunteer Bill Halvorson and Constable Bennett Bernal here:
 
 
We’ve been strategizing to figure out how neighborhoods can be better served across the City within the budgetary and staffing constraints faced by our service departments. I will be asking Environmental Services to consider an approach that I think will be fair to neighborhoods citywide and manageable within the department’s resources.
 
Right now, every neighborhood (or group of ten or more property owners) can request that a roll-off be placed at a location for filling by neighborhood/area volunteers. ES then removes the full container the following day (or Monday after a weekend cleanup). Currently the program is request driven. The cycle of placement and removal helps to prevent overflow wildcat dumping that happens next to permanently located roll-offs over time (ask any business or apartment complex facing that dilemma).
 
My proposal would be for ES to add a scheduled placement/removal of some roll-offs in each neighborhood once or twice per year, staggered with the area’s pre-scheduled brush and bulky services. If a neighborhood gets brush and bulky at the end of March and August, roll-offs could be slated for a weekend in June and November.
 
By offering the service proactively (versus as requested) cleanups would likely be sustained citywide and neighborhood would be relieved of the added burden of notifying and organizing neighbors (the roll-off dates/locations could be noted on the brush and bulky cards already mailed to city residents.
I’ll be raising this idea with Environmental Services and the City Manager. Because it is budget neutral (it falls within the parameters of the eight roll-offs offered per year per neighborhood) it may not require Mayor and Council approval, however I will ask for a Study Session item in October to make sure ES, residents, and my colleagues have the chance to shape the proposal/service.
 
Knowing the dedication of residents across Ward 3 and Tucson, I have no doubt that roll-offs placed would be filled with junk left curbside by irresponsible people. In the last few months, our team has been able to clean up eight neighborhoods and fill seven roll-offs now with eight volunteers (me, my staff. plus three) and three pickup trucks for each cleanup morning. Tucson Clean and Beautiful and many others will likely top that if we offer the chance!
 
Child Safety
 
The Governor’s CARE Team has issued a report and recommendations aimed at improving Child Protective Services in Arizona. The headlines have faded. It’s on all of us to be sure change happens.
 
 
I have advocated that the mission of the new, cabinet-level agency created by the Governor be clarified in the statutes. As the report notes, “The first responsibility of this Agency is child safety. Once a child’s safety has been verified, ensure the child’s well-being and permanency in a stable home, in-home, in-kinship, or in-care, and provide the requisite services to achieve that goal…Align state statutes and Agency culture, practices and operation to ensure this mission is upheld.” After the November elections I will be working with state legislators to be sure the statutes are appropriately revised to enact these and other key reforms.
 
I also want to alert you to a new partnership between the Girl Scouts and the YMCA related to child safety. Their goal is to get 5% of southern Arizona adults trained to help recognize and prevent child sexual abuse. It’s online and you can learn more at this link:
 
 
Will you join me in participating? And please help me think of ways to best promote this partnership. I’ll be looking for your thoughts and will keep promoting the program until that 5% goal is met!
 

Mayor & Council Meetings Next Week

Town Hall Thursday on City Manager Recruitment Process

            Mayor and Council will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor and Council Chambers of City Hall, 255 West Alameda. The purpose is to invite public comments on the process we'll use to select the next city manager.

I continue to hope for strong public input in this process, especially now in the beginning stages when we're identifying the qualifications and strengths we seek and drafting the posting. The final selection will ultimately rest with Mayor and Council, but it will best be made with public participation. The process itself will have far-reaching implications for Tucson’s future, so I welcome your thoughts and encourage you to get involved.

And don't forget to check out the agenda for the regular Mayor and Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 9:

https://www.tucsonaz.gov/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1262&doctype=AGENDA.

 
A Note of Congratulations
 
The League of Women's Voters of Greater Tucson has named Sue DeArmond, secretary of Prince Tucson NA, as the recipient of this year's League Member of the Year award.  As Voter Service Chair, Sue is working hard in this election year to increase the number of registered voters in Tucson before registration closes on October 6. If you'd like to help, send her an email message at ssdearmond@gmail.com or through the League at 520-327-7652.
 
Early ballots will be mailed out Oct. 9th and the general election is on November 4th.
 
Have a great weekend,
 
Karin
 
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Ward 3 Events:
 
-  Amphi Home Football Game - Friday, September 5th 7:00 - 9:30 pm at Friedli Field 125 W. Yavapai Rd. Come out and support the Amphi High School football team as they take on Cholla High School. Amphi Passport Members get in for $2.00. Go Amphi!
 
- Pie Party at Rain Crow Gallery – Saturday, September 13th 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Rain Crow Gallery 204 W. Grant Rd. Eat Pie, Drink Coffee, Buy Art - Be Happy. Rain Crow Coffee Roasters and Rain Crow Gallery are hosting their first Pie Party. Homemade pie, fresh roasted coffee and fine local art and local treasures all in one night! Taste the new shipment of coffee including the new Farm Gate line. https://www.facebook.com/events/172179346315359/?ref=22
 
- Humane Society Free and Low-Cost Dog Vaccination Clinic – Saturday, September 20th 7:00 – 9:30 am El Rio Health Center 340 W. Prince Rd. Bring your canine companions to get a free DAPP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus) vaccine! Low cost Rabies shot ($13) and Microchipping ($15) are also available (cash only). No appointment necessary! For more info, visit www.hssaz.org. And don’t forget that the Humane Society is offering free spay and neuter surgeries for dogs in the 85705 area at their low-cost spay & neuter clinic on Kelvin Blvd. Call 881-0321 to schedule an appointment.
 
- 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.
 
- 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. Visit http://www.caahw.org/index.htm
 
- 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!
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood/Coalition Meetings:
 
-The Oracle Project Steering Committee (TOPS) – Tuesday, September 9th at 5:30 pm TPD Westside substation, 1310 W. Miracle Mile
 
- Campus Community Relations Committee (CCRC) - Tuesday, September 9th 6:00 – 8:00 pm at UA Student Union Ventana Room (4th floor).  For the agenda and other information, go to http://ccrc.arizona.edu/
 
-Alvernon/Grant Initiative (AGI) – Tuesday, September 9th at 6:30 pm Emerge! 2425 N. Haskell
 
- Amistades Substance Abuse Coalition - Thursday, September 11th 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center 1660 W. Ruthrauff Rd
 
-Mountain/1st NA – Saturday, September 13th at 9:00 am Mitchell Park, 1060 E. Mitchell
 
-Mountain/1st CAG – Saturday, September 13th at 10:00 am Mitchell Park, 1060 E. Mitchell
 
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Community Support Needed!
 
Tucson Clean and Beautiful is seeking community volunteers to adopt parks, streets, washes, and other available public areas on an ongoing basis! This is our community - let's clean it up!
 
There are over 700 sites available for adoption!
 
What does “adopt” mean?
 - Your group agrees to clean ‘your’ site up (remove litter and debris) once a month!
 - Tucson Clean & Beautiful provides supplies such as litter grabbers, gloves and bags!
 
Who can adopt?
 - Groups of at least five individuals commit to monthly cleanups.
 - A permanent sign recognizing your group will be placed at the adopted site and Tucson Clean & Beautiful will celebrate your first six months with a ceremony!
 
Why do this?
 - We can make Tucson better with everyone’s participation!
 
Adopting a park allows groups to show pride in their community. It is set up for groups to visit the chosen park on a regular basis to pick up litter and perform other tasks to help keep the park clean.
 
Adopting a street or traffic circle allows groups to take an active role in the appearance of neighborhoods by transforming a litter strewn and weed infested area into a clean area.
 
Adopting a wash allows groups to free the washes of litter so that these corridors are clear for wildlife and prevent flooding.
 
Make a meaningful, long-lasting contribution to Tucson. Adopt a park, street, or wash today!
 
To become a part of Tucson Clean and Beautiful’s environmental stewardship efforts and for more information visit https://tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/, email adoptapark@tucsonaz.gov or call 791-3109.
 
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Citywide Events:
 
- Writing From Life Salon with Meg Files – Friday, September 5th 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Southside Presbyterian 317 W. 23rd St. Some of the best stories, essays and poems come from the mysteries and truths of one’s own life. But how do you write the truth and still stay in the family will?  Join Owl & Panther for a two-hour, Poets & Writers sponsored, workshop with Meg Files that offers strategies to face the inhibitions and fears that block you from exploring your strongest writing material. Workshop held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm ($10.00). Reading & Signing 8:00 – 8:30 pm with light refreshments (free). RSVP at owlandpanther@hopifoundation.org
 
- NeighborhoodLIFT – Friday – Saturday, September 5 – 6th 10:00 am – 7:00 pm at Tucson Convention Center Halls B & C 260 S Church Ave. Consumers who have a goal to become a homeowner won't want to miss the event, sponsored by Wells Fargo in collaboration with local non-profit organizations. At the event, prospective homebuyers can find out if they qualify for the down payment assistance program and reserve funds for 60 days – even if they haven't yet found a property. Information about home and renovation financing, homebuyer education and virtual home tours will also be available. For more information or to sign up for a tour of the event please call: Dave Howell, Director of State and Local Government Relations at (602)378-1894 or Pat Nie, Community Development Representative at (505) 765-5132.
 
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection - Saturday, September 6th 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastside Service Center 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. Do you have unused or expired prescription medications but not sure what to do with them? The Tucson Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW) and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department are sponsoring a medicine collection event along with the monthly HHW collection this Saturday. Prescription and over-the-counter tablets, capsules, liquids, and creams will be collected.  Metal or glass inhalation bottles, syringes, and epi-pens will not be accepted.  For safety and confidentiality reasons, any items turned over for collection cannot be returned.  Drugs from commercial organizations are not accepted.  The service is free. Visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/es/household-hazardous-waste for more detail on what is accepted.
 
- Cats 4 PACC – Saturday, September 6th 9:30 – 11:00 am at 4000 N. Silverbell Rd. Bear down and adopt a shelter pet! UA Athletics is teaming up with Pima County Animal Care Center for this exciting adoption event. Have your picture taken with Wilbur, Wilma and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne, get amazing Wildcat-themed prizes and UA giveaways, and adopt a cat or dog for free if you wear Wildcat gear or show your CatCard. Your new friend will also get some UA swag of their very own! To learn more, visit webcms.pima.gov/government/pima_animal_care_center/
 
- Free Health Screenings for Refugees – Saturday, September 13th at TIARC 4228 E. Grant Rd. Suite 4-B. Free health clinic day for refugee youth and adults. The services offered for free include wellness checks for people of all ages, physical examinations for school sports, basic vision screening, and information about other resources in the Tucson community for refugee families. Interpretive services will be provided to patients during check-ups on an as-needed basis. There will also be light refreshments! This community event is sponsored by the Refugee Resettlement Program, VISTA Day of Service and the C. U. P. Program with the University of Arizona, School of Medicine. To RSVP or ask questions, please contact Malini Chauhan at mchauhan@email.arizona.edu.
 
- Annual 9/11 Day of Arts Service – Saturday, September 13th 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at 29th & Columbus. Join Tucson Arts Brigade for this annual Day of Arts Service! Paint over tags, clean the Inside the Overpass mural, plant, weed, and embellish existing artworks. For more info, contact 520-623-2119 or info@tucsonartsbrigade.org.
 
- Neighborhood Leadership Institute - Saturday, September 13th 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 West Congress. This training will include lunch and is free of charge for representatives of Pima County neighborhood associations and community groups which focus on neighborhood issues. Residents who attended our January 2014 training are invited to attend this session, as new topics will be presented. Feel free to distribute the flyer at https://neighsupport.net/files/NLISep14Flyer.pdf to other interested persons or groups. Contact
Leslie Nixon at 520-243-6769 or Leslie.Nixon@pima.gov to register.
 
- Familia es Familia – Tuesday, September 16th 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Southside Presbyterian Church (Kiva Room) 317 W. 23rd St. Puertas Abiertas, the ACLU and Why Marriage Matters AZ co-sponsor a community conversation with civil rights leader Dolores Huerta on Latino support for the freedom to marry for LGBT couples and how you can be a part of the effort.. Visit www.acluaz.org for more details.
 
- START: A Glass Art Experience – Thursday, September 18th 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Tucson Museum of Art 140 N Main Ave. Join TMA and the Sonoran Glass School for an educational evening exploring the Museum's galleries, various glass processes, and Make Your Own Glass Art Experiences featuring Sonoran Glass School at the Tucson Museum of Art! Be inspired by TMA's exhibitions and permanent collections, watch torchworking demonstrations, and participate in a hands-on warm shop workshop making mosaic tiles or fused glass plates. RSVP to Marianna at MPegno@TucsonMuseumofArt.org to reserve space.
 
- 13th Annual Prevention Celebration – Friday, September 19th 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Freedom Park 5000 E. 28th St. This free community event for all ages will provide food, entertainment, a jumping castle, exhibitors, prizes and more. Celebrate youth being above the influence of drugs and alcohol! Please consider bringing canned food to donate to the Community Food Bank. Call 520-323-1708 X145 for more information.
 
- Celebrate International Day of Peace with Peacemakers – Sunday, September 21st 3:00 pm at the Loft Cinema 3233 E Speedway Blvd. Join Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and local volunteers from Words of Peace Global to celebrate United Nations International Day of Peace in Tucson. The event will kick-off with a proclamation from the mayor and proceed with a screening of Peacemakers, which presents a dynamic discussion between Prem Rawat, respected and internationally recognized speaker on the subject of peace, and Jeremy Gilley, filmmaker and founder of Peace One Day. Free admission!
 
- Stand-up to Stop Violence IV – Sunday, September 21st 7:00 pm at the Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St. David Fitzsimmons once again displays his hilarious master of ceremonies skills at Comedy for Charity’s amazing variety show. With standup performances by Headliner Bill Dawes, Feature Acts Jill Bryan, Elliot Glicksman and Suzie Sexton; music by LeeAnne Savage, Janee Starr, and Hope Sullivan; dance by Dancing in the Streets AZ, and juggling by Green Jelly Bean Entertainment, the audience will experience an unforgettable night of entertainment. The proceeds of the event will provide money for victims of violence and violence prevention. This year’s beneficiaries are Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and Dancing in the Streets AZ. A Hollywoodesque event, Lifestyle Live will be interviewing guests on the Red Carpet. Tickets at https://foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com/
 
- Wingspan Cocktail Party Update – Thursday, September 25th 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Marriott University Park 880 East 2nd Street. Join Wingspan for a special event to share exciting updates about Wingspan and its future as part of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF). This is a free event and anyone who has an interest in finding out more about the future of Tucson's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center is welcome to attend. SAAF will also be announcing the new date for the Annual Wingspan Dinner! Appetizers will be served and a no host bar will be available. Please RSVP to Fred Rodriguez, SAAF Development Associate, at (520) 547-6099 or frodriguez@saaf.org no later than Friday September 19. http://saaf.org/about-saaf/wingspan-programs-and-affiliates/
 
- 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.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
that CreateIT is hiring mentors for the new teen media space at the Main Library downtown! The job description is broad and will allow the library to hire for several different roles, but as an example, the team at the Main Library is looking for mentors to work with teens in their new space, including teaching artists, makers, tinkerers and engineers who love working with youth, who are interested in fostering interest-driven programming and creating innovative programming with teens and the community. Types of programs the library hopes to foster include but are certainly not limited to: music production; video production, computer programming, game development, graphic design, digital photography, robotics, animation…the list goes on. If this is you or someone you know, please make the connection. The job is open for application through 9/12.
 
that groups, neighborhoods, and individuals 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 slm949@gmail.com to find out where to mail your check for $25.