Karin's Note: Monday, February 2, 2015

Karin's Note: Monday, February 2, 2015
- See You at City Hall!
- Note from Staff
- Ward 3 Events
- Neighborhood/Coalition Meetings
- Citywide Events
- Did You Know?
Dear Tucsonans,
The Mayor and Council meeting will be held on Wednesday this week. We will get an update on the City Manager Hiring process in Executive Session (to review initial list of recommended candidates; several finalists will be advanced into a fully public process). In addition we’ll get an update from our Charter Review Committee as they prepare to offer us recommendations for proposed Charter Changes. Mayor and Council would then forward any chosen recommendations to the ballot for voter consideration.
I can’t overstate the importance of both the City Manager selection and Charter Review to our future as a City. We have a unique opportunity to select organizational leadership as well as to improve the structure of our governance. I will keep you posted on your opportunities to weigh in throughout these processes. I want to thank my appointees to the Citizen Committees as well: Donna Liggins and Jen Allen on the City Manager Citizen Input Committee and Tannya Gaxiola and Bonnie Poulos on the Charter Review Committee. Kudos and thanks as well to Martha Durkin, our Interim City Manager, for offering outstanding leadership for Tucson. Her knowledge, temperament, and strength are serving us well.
Here’s the link for our Wednesday meeting:   https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/mcdocs
I want to close with a note of congratulations to our new Assistant Fire Chief Laura Baker. She’s clearly earned the promotion. It’s heartening to know that our Chief Jim Critchley as well as many others in the department recognize the importance of advancing women and minorities into leadership positions. We’re a diverse city, and our organization ought to reflect that diversity at all levels as we seek to serve the public.
Thank you and have a great week,
See You at City Hall!
Mayor & Council – Wednesday, February 4th 12:00 pm
Study Session at 12:00 pm
Regular Session at 5:30 pm
Mayor & Council Agendas and Minutes: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/mcdocs
Charter Review Committee – Monday, February 9th 4:00 pm
• Entrée Topic:
Remaining Open Issues
Elected Official Salaries
            Campaign Finance
            Putting together overall package of recommendations
• Appetizer:
 Clean-Up Proposal from Staff
Note from Staff:
Council Member Uhlich is seeking Ward 3 residents to serve on Boards and Commissions. Contribute your expertise and represent your community on issues and policy in our city. We are currently seeking applicants and nominations for the following commissions:
  • Commission on Addiction, Prevention and Treatment
  • Climate Change Committee
  • Commission on Disability Issues
  • Metropolitan Housing Commission
Experience or expertise in the respective field that the commission addresses is preferred. Commission members must be registered voters living within Tucson city limits. Political affiliation is not a consideration.
If you are interested in being considered for appointment or would like to make a nomination, please contact Brianda Vilá-Henninger at 520-791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov. Visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/boards for more information about Boards & Commissions.
Ward 3 Events:
Tax Prep Available at the Ward 3 Office Starting February 3rd
We are pleased to announce that the United Way VITA program will once again be available at Ward 3 to help you prepare your tax return!
The United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is an excellent community service which provides free (free!) in-person tax preparation that particularly focuses on getting refunds and credits to low-income households. In 2014, the VITA Task Force of Arizona helped to return $21.7 million in federal refunds and credits to Arizona.
The Ward 3 VITA Site will be open on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm starting February 3rd and ending April 11th. The Ward 3 office is located at 1510 E. Grant Rd. Appointments not necessary – participants will be seen on a first come, first served basis. For more information, and if you have any questions, please call 520-791-4711.
Neighborhood/Coalition Meetings:
- Northwest NA – Wednesday, February 4th 5:30 pm at Mansfield Park Community Garden (meet near the southeast corner of the park)
- Cabrini CAG – Wednesday, February 4th 5:30 pm at the Solar Store 2833 N. Country Club
- Feldman’s NA – Thursday, February 5th 7:00 pm at 2833 N. Country Club
Citywide Events:
- Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase - January 31st - February 15th. Various Locations. For two weeks near the start of every year, Tucson becomes playground the world of international gem and mineral trading, buying, and bargains. This international marketplace of gems, minerals, fossils, beads, and jewelry-making supplies as well as museum exhibits and other treasures includes 40 different sites at hotels, special venues, and tents located across town.
- Healthy Heart Day 2015 - Saturday, February 7th 7:30am at University Medical Center 1501 N. Campbell Avenue. Join the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center for an interactive day of heart healthy information, screenings and activities. Start the day with a health fair, including free screenings for blood pressure, glucose, breathing assessment and medication consults with UA College of Pharmacy students. Browse heart-health information tables. Try tai chi and laughter yoga. Learn about the latest heart health updates from University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center experts. Cost: $35 per person. Special student rate: $15. Includes a light breakfast and healthy lunch. http://heart.arizona.edu/events/2015-02-07/healthy-heart-day-2015
- Health Fair Extravaganza! – Saturday, February 7th 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Tucson High School 400 N. 2nd Ave. Health Fair Extravaganza! offers kid’s flu shots, mobile health units, students performances, raffles, food trucks and more. You may also get help enrolling for health insurance. Free and open to the public!
- City of South Tucson 4th Annual Health Fair – Saturday, February 7th 12:00 – 4:00 pm at Tucson Greyhound Park 2601 S. 3rd Avenue. Come visit this free community event with your neighbors and be inspired for a year of wellness in 2015! Featuring free snacks, activities, bike repair, insurance information, a Kidical Mass group bike ride (from 12:00 – 2:00 pm), cooking, and more. All are welcome to attend!
- Chinese New Year Festival – Saturday, February 7th 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Tucson Chinese Cultural Center 1288 W. River Rd. Welcome 2015 – the Year of the Sheep! Chinese arts & crafts, games for kids, performances, and food for sale.
- Refugee 101 Info Night - Thursday February 12th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Room E23 at Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway Blvd. Learn more about refugees and their journey to resettlement on a global, national and local level. This is a great informational event with no necessary volunteer commitment. RSVP to Emily Oshinskie at volunteer@iskashitaa.org. Join this interactive workshop the 2nd Thursday of the month at the same time and place!
Did You Know...?
…what’s happening at the Donna Liggins Center?
  • Rodeo Break Camp will run on February 26th & 27th from 7:30 am - 6:00 pm.  Ages 5-14.  $2.00 per day per child.  Registration begins February 9th.
  • 3-on-3 Weekend Madness Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 14th from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm.  Ages 9-11, $5.00 per team, Registration deadline is February 27th.
  • It's never too late to start your New Year's Resolution - the DLC’s exercise/weight room is calling you!  Adults - $1.50 per day, $24.00 for three months or $88.00 per year.   Seniors 62+ $1.00 per day, $18.00 for three months or $66.00 per year.
Please call 791-3247 or check us out at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks for more info.  We hope to see you at the DLC in 2015!
that the United Nations proclaimed March 20th to be the International Day of Happiness and Tucson is making plans to celebrate this year? Communities around the world have joined this effort to recognize “happiness” as an important indicator of quality of life. This year a group of volunteers brought together by Anita Fonte and Kevin Walters have been working tirelessly to make March 20th the “International Day of Happiness – Tucson.” A variety of groups are planning activities for March 20th that will take place outside the Main Library at Jacome Plaza and at other venues throughout Tucson.
If your Neighborhood Association would like to learn more about this effort and perhaps sponsor activities within your neighborhoods, please contact the Office of Integrated Planning at 520-791-4675 or neighborhood@tucsonaz.gov. The presentation alone would be a good – and happy – social occasion around which to bring neighbors together. For additional information, visit the Do Happy Today website at http://dohappytoday.com/index.html