Karin's Note: Monday, June 17, 2013

-Karin’s Note
-Ward 3 Events
-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)
-Citywide Events
-Did You Know?


Dear Tucsonans,

Plan Tucson

On July 9 staff will bring to Mayor and Council the final redraft of Plan Tucson for us to consider referring to the November ballot. Information on the process leading up to July 9, and further opportunities to provide your input are available at:  http://www.tucsonaz.gov/pdsd/plan-tucson.
From what we heard last week during the Public Hearing, concerns raised from many segments of the community can likely be addressed through final, modest adjustments to the format and text of the Plan. The document is general and does not prescribe formal policy direction. The outline prepared through Tucson’s two-year public process should reflect broad agreement across our community on overarching priorities and strategies that can help guide our future work. Clearly our community will remain engaged at every step of implementation over the coming years if the Plan is approved by voters in November.

Thanks to Nicole Ewing-Gavin, Rebecca Ruopp, and the entire staff team for coordinating such an extensive public process and for synthesizing the range of comments and feedback received over the two-year period. The Planning Commission and staff suggested that we take more time rather than adopting the draft last week. I am confident we’ll see responsive revisions in the version presented to us on July 9.

Civil Unions

Tucson’s Civil Unions program will be voted on during Regular Session tomorrow evening. The drafted ordinance is now online at: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1127&doctype=AGENDA.  I have received many comments in support of this step, which mirrors the ordinance recently adopted by Mayor and Council in Bisbee. I think adoption will mark another proud day in Tucson’s history as we take action to sustain our legacy of nondiscrimination and inclusion. Join us if you can. 

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church needs our support

Many of you saw the recent article in the Arizona Daily Star about the devastating fire that the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church suffered last month.  (See full story at http://tucson.com/news/local/fire-heavily-damages-tucson-s-st-demetrios-... )   Even more of you probably know the church by attending its fabulous annual Greek Festival.   In an effort to address some of its losses, the church plans to hold a fundraiser this summer, and they need our help identifying a venue for the event.   The ideal fundraiser dates for the Church are:   July 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 30 or 31.   With our monsoon season likely to be in full swing at this time of year, the Church is seeking an indoor venue, as well as one that can accommodate 1000 people.  Tucson Jazz Society is already onboard as a major sponsor, with Bill Cantos planning to be the headliner for entertainment.   If you or someone you know can help St. Demetrios find a place to gather for this event, please contact Father Earl at his office at 888-0505, or feel free to contact Cheryl at the Ward 3 office at 791-4711. 


Ward 3 Events:

-Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance Meeting – Wednesday, June 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Woods Memorial Library, 3455 North First Avenue. Program includes updates from Pima County Board of Supervisors representatives from Districts 3 and 5.

-Property Research Workshop – Tuesday, June 25 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Ward 3 Council Office, 1510 E. Grant Road. Are you seeking information about a particular property within the Tucson city limits? Using the search tools at the user-friendly website call Property Research Online (PRO), you can locate virtually any property on a map, get information about its ownership, determine the status of any permits that have been applied for, access the records of the Pima County Assessor’s Office and efficiently retrieve other information as well. Johanna Kraus, GIS Analyst from the City’s Department of Planning and Development Services will teach participants how to get the most from this versatile tool. Follow this link to take a preliminary look at PRO: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/PRO/pro/devactionsrch.jsp  The workshop is free, but space is limited. Call Judith Anderson at the Ward 3 Office, 837-4232 or Judith.Anderson@tucsonaz.gov to register.

Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s):

Cabrini NA – Tuesday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. Vineyard Church, 3150 E. Ft. Lowell
Keeling NA – Monday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. Cornerstone Church, 2901 N. Geronimo
Dodge/Flower NA – Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. Emerge! 2425 N. Haskell
Jefferson Park NA – Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m. Ward 3 Council Office, 1510 E. Grant
Amphi Community Action Group – Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m. 240 W. Navajo

Citywide Events:

-Mayor and Council Public Hearings – On Tuesday, June 18 during the Regular session of the Mayor and Council there will be three (3) public hearings on the following topics:  1. Amending City Code Relating to Changes in Residential and Commercial Collection and Disposal Fees and Services; 2. Proposed Options for the Alternative Expenditure Limitation; and 3. An Intergovernmental Agreement with Pima County for the Rillito Regional Park.  The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at 255 W. Alameda, and the hearings are expected to start at approximately 6:30 p.m.  For more information on each of these items, see the attached link:   https://www.tucsonaz.gov/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1127&doctype=AGENDA

-Neighborhood Infill Coalition Workshop – Saturday, June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Ward 6 Council Office, 3202 E. 1st Street. The Coalition invites all interested City of Tucson residents to this discussion on gaining a more meaningful voice in governmental decision making. RSVP appreciated—email: William.altaffer@azbar.org or beekerr2@netzero.net if you’d like to attend.

-16th Annual El Dia de San Juan Fiesta – Monday, June 24, Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Join in the festivities to kick off the monsoon season. There will be a procession, live music, dance and food. More info: 665-8618.

-Marriage Equality Play “8” Coming to Tucson – Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Avenue. This play, written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (“Milk” and “JEdgar”) demystifies the debate around marriage equality. Using the actual court transcripts and interviews from the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8, the play shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play reading. “8” is being produced by the Arizona Theatre Company and directed by Matthew Wiener. Fred Duval is the Executive Producer. The play benefits the American Foundation for Equal Rights, Wingspan, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Alliance Fund and the U of A Office of LGBTQ affairs. Join in and see some familiar faces—Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Council Member Karin Uhlich are in the cast. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling ATC Box Office at 520-622-2823.

-Did you know…?

…..the City of Tucson Planning Commission has established a subcommittee to revise the Infill Incentive District section of the Unified Development Code?  The IID Revision Subcommittee has issued an invitation to the public to participate in this process.  If you have concise, specific proposals for text amendments, you are welcome to attend their next meeting, on Monday, June 17, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, in Basement Room C at 201 N Stone Ave.  For background information on the overlay zone, visit the Planning & Development Services website at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/pdsd.  For other information, contact Jim Mazzocco at (520) 791-5550.

…that Sun Tran is rolling out the new “SunGO” smart card fare payment system effective Sunday, June 30? There will be an Open House for riders to have an opportunity to ask questions and pick up additional information. The Tucson meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 25 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Other meetings will be held in Marana and Oro Valley. More information available; http://www.suntran.com/sungo_information13.php

…that Tucson Village Farm (located at the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at 4210 N. Campbell Avenue) is a seed-to-table program that connects young people to a healthy food system, teaches them how to grow and prepare fresh food and empowers them to make healthy life choices? On June 18th the U-Pick market will be open from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for families to come to the farm and harvest their own food. Food is sold at market prices and proceeds go towards “Farm Camp” scholarships. More info at 520-626-5161 or check out their Facebook page.

..that the Nonviolence Legacy Project is offering an Advanced Youth Nonviolence Institute from June 24th to July 3rd? This Institute certifies middle and high school students to present nonviolence training programs in schools, churches and other youth-serving organization. Classes will be at the El Rio Adult Learning Center, 1390 W. Speedway and run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More info available at 991-6781 or nvlp@cultureofpeacealliance.org

…that Tucson Water customers are being warned about a phone scam? Customers have complained that they’ve been contacted by phone and asked to provide information to prevent termination of their water service. Callers falsely represented themselves as Tucson Water employees, asserting that customer payments were past due and attempting to obtain payment information. Fernando Molina, Tucson Water Public Information Officers said “We do not initiate outbound delinquency notification by phone calls—we only call customers if they have initiated contact with us to address other issues they are trying to resolve.” If you have any questions about your account and status of service, call Tucson Water Customer Service at 520-791-3242.