Karin's Note: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Karin's Note: Thursday, July 10, 2014
-Ward 3 Events
-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)
-Citywide Events
-Did You Know?
Dear Tucsonans,
Transit Talk
Tomorrow evening offers us a pivotal opportunity to discuss the future of transit for our region. I am proud to be co-sponsoring a forum featuring guest speaker Jarrett Walker from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the downtown TEP building at 88 E. Broadway. I hope you’ll consider joining us.
Jarrett Walker is a leading public transportation planner, having consulted on major transit planning projects around the world.  He is also a skill facilitator of community dialogue and an author of the book Human Transit:  How Clearer Thinking About Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives
Partnering sponsors of the event include:  UA’s Drachman Institute, Tucson Bus Riders Union, core-BaNC, Arizona Transit Association, Sun Tran, Tucson Department of Transportation, Tucson Electric Power, Living Streets Alliance, Southern Arizona Transit Advocates, Downtown Tucson Partnership, and UA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Design. 
It’s high time we recognize the central role that transit can and should play in the future of the Tucson region. Our transit investments will help us accomplish key goals, from environmental protection to economic vitality and equity, but only if we make informed decisions and take strategic action now.
On a related note, Tucson will be celebrating the launch of streetcar services throughout the week of July 21. I reached out to former colleague Nina Trasoff with the hope that she could join me at some of the events; however she will be out of town. I want to acknowledge her and former Mayor Bob Walkup’s integral role in securing federal funding for the project, along with Congressional Representatives Raúl Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. State Senator Steve Farley has also been a champion of this effort from the earliest advocacy/planning stages. We shouldn’t forget the planting of seeds and the steady, difficult toil involved in cultivating and ultimately harvesting the fruit. In this case, the contributions of my fellow elected officials will be in my mind throughout the week. They deserve great credit and thanks. If you have the chance, I hope you’ll echo that gratitude.
Safety and Security
This week Mayor and Council provided further policy direction to our police department on the implementation of SB1070. We know we will be challenged and likely sued, either for failing to fully comply with SB1070 or for violating the civil rights of people by carrying it out. I and other colleagues made it crystal clear that, given that dynamic, we want to do everything in our power to protect the constitutional and civil rights of people in Tucson. I also reiterated facts most of us know by now: close to half of all immigrants are legal, naturalized citizens. Of the other half, many immigrants are legally here on student visas or work visas or have secured other forms of legal residency. The immigrant population is also incredibly diverse (I noted that Councilwoman Shirley Scott is a naturalized citizen from Canada; I am a first generation American speaking English as my second language). The danger of enforcing SB1070 in a manner that in any way disproportionately targets Latino/Latina residents creates the specter of unfair treatment which our community, rightly, will not tolerate. Just as African Americans have historically faced much higher rates of questioning, arrest and conviction across the country, all Latinos/Latinas face intense consequences due to the misguided mandates of SB1070. I am proud of Tucson and our Mayor and Council for recognizing the harm that differential treatment causes to all of our residents. I know the Police Chief and City Management will follow through with us to place the public’s safety and well-being above all other considerations moving forward.
We also passed a Memorial urging the President and Congress to allocate resources needed to respond to the influx of primarily Central American immigrants, mostly women and children, and to pursue humane immigration reform. Catholic Community Services and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona have been leading our community’s relief and volunteer response locally. Contact Catholic Community Services at 520-670-0853 to donate or 622-2801 ext. 7111 to volunteer.
As always, my staff and I have compiled some event and general information below. Hope you find it of interest.
Have a great weekend,
Ward 3 Events:
- Tucson Talks Transit with Jarrett Walker - Friday, July 11th 5:00 pm at Tucson Electric Power Company 88 E. Broadway.  Jarrett Walker, one of the leading national experts on public transportation, is coming to town in July to talk transit. Mr. Walker is an international consultant in public transit planning and policy, known for his work on educating stakeholders about the choices that transit requires, building clear consultation processes, and helping organizations form coherent and implementable transit goals. Co-sponsored by the Ward 3 City Council Office, the Drachman Institute, Living Streets Alliance and more. The public lecture begins at 6:00 pm, but there will be a reception and information from local transit groups beginning at 5:00 pm. http://www.livingstreetsalliance.org/event/tucson-talks-transit-with-jarrett-walker/
- Navajo Wash Clean Up - Saturday, July 12 7:00 - 9:00 am. Join your neighbors in the monthly care of the green space at the northwest corner of Mountain and Hedrick. Call Loraine at 327-7587 for more info.
- Raising the Roof for Youth On Their Own’s 11th Annual Charity Bowling Tournament & Silent Auction – Saturday, July 12th 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Golden Pin Lanes, 1010 W. Miracle Mile. Arizona Roofing Contractors Association hosts this fundraiser to support Youth On Their Own (YOTO), an organization dedicated to helping homeless youth graduate from high school. Festivities at the event include three games of tournament bowling, shoe rental, lunch, a goodie bag, event T-shirt, a prize lane featuring prizes such as bicycles and electronics, a raffle and a silent auction. The theme is “Super Heroes,” and costumes are welcome. The cost for registering a team is $300 per team (six bowlers per team). If you can’t attend the tournament, you can consider buying a raffle ticket. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and you need not be present to win. To make a donation for tournament prizes or for more information, registration or raffle tickets, call Allied Building Products at 795-7663.
- Pawsitively Cats 4th Birthday Party – Sunday, July 13th 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club 4001 North Country Club Rd. Pawsitively Cats, a cage-free, no-kill shelter for adoptable and special needs rescued kitties, is celebrating its fourth birthday and the rescue of more than 1,600 cats and kittens with games, prizes, raffles and live music. Free admission and parking. Donations of canned Friskies pate’ style food gratefully accepted!
- Food Truck Roundup at La Madera Park – Thursday, July 17th 5:30 – 8:00 pm at La Madera Park  2700 E. La Madera. Tucson Food Truck Roundup helps independent chefs do what they love to do: cook great meals in their motorized, mobile kitchens, or fullsize trailer. Invited mobile kitchens gather several times a week, in one place, at different locations, so that you can sample their innovative menus with your family and friends. Join in on the feast next Thursday when they stop by the La Madera neighborhood! Food Truck Roundup will be at the La Madera Park, on the green grass, under the pine trees with The Zany Beaver, Haus of Brats, DC Jumbie Latin Caribbean, Jackie's Food Court, Vina Baguette Vietnamese Sandwiches, Pin UP Pastries, and Bella's Gelato. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/690120517733219/
Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meetings:
- Amistades Substance Abuse Coalition - Thursday, July 10th 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center 1660 W. Ruthrauff Rd
-Mountain/1st NA – Saturday, July 12th at 9:00 am Mitchell Park, 1060 E. Mitchell
-Mountain/1st CAG – Saturday, July 12th at 10:00 am Mitchell Park, 1060 E. Mitchell
-Samos NA – Tuesday, July 15th at 6:30 pm Salpointe Trophy Rm 1545 E Copper St.
Citywide Events:
- Cinema La Placita West Side Story Thursday, July 10th 7:30 pm at La Placita Village 110 S. Church Avenue. It’s Cinema La Placita’s 15th season showing classic movies outdoors in downtown Tucson! Showing this week is West Side Story, the classic musical about two young New Yorkers who fall in love, despite being from rival gangs. Released in 1961, the film’s stars include Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno. $3 admission includes all the popcorn you can eat and goes directly toward funding the series. More info at http://www.cinemalaplacita.com/
- 2nd Saturday Downtown – Saturday, July 12th downtown from 5:30 – 10:30 pm. Join your neighbors and friends at 2nd Saturday Downtown! The main stage on Scott Avenue just south of Congress Street features an eclectic mix of music and dance performances. A free concert also takes place on the roof of the Pennington Street Garage, 100 N. Scott Avenue; and, at 5:30 pm, a family-friendly film is shown in the kids area in the historic train depot. Jazz fusion, African, hip-hop and soul music are featured in La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave. Street activities include mimes, buskers, stilt-walkers, living statues, car clubs, food trucks and vendors. Visit http://www.2ndsaturdaysdowntown.com/schedule for the entertainment schedule and site map this Saturday!
- Ice Cream Showdown – Saturday, July 12th 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Maynards Market & Kitchen 400 N. Toole Ave. Welcome to the first inaugural Ice Cream Showdown hosted at Maynards Market. The prestigious competition is open to creameries throughout Arizona and takes places in conjunction with National Ice Cream Month. Tickets are $10 which gives guests 10 tasting tickets. Ticket holders are allowed to purchase additional individual tasting tickets for $1.  A portion of ticket sales will go to The Ben’s Bells Project.  The winners are chosen by attendees and the three categories are: Best Overall Ice Cream, Most Inventive, and Kids Choice.  Bonus: The free film at the Historic Train Depot that night is Frozen. http://maynardstucson.com/kitchen/events/
- Urban Agriculture Meeting in Spanish/Reunión sobre Agricultura Urbana en ESPAÑOL - Miércoles 23 de Julio, 5:30 – 7:00 pm El Pueblo Regional Center, Senior Center Building 101 West Irvington Road. Está cordialmente invitado a asistir a una reunión que se realizará en ESPAÑOL para discutir las Revisiones Propuestas a los Reglamentos de Agricultura Urbana de la Ciudad de Tucson. Quizás usted ya esté al tanto de estas propuestas: el gobierno de la Ciudad de Tucson está actualizando sus reglamentos de zonificación relacionados a la agricultura urbana, en particular animales de granja pequeños, granjas urbanas, mercados de agricultores sobre ruedas, y huertos comunitarios. La Ciudad de Tucson ya ha sostenido dos reuniones públicas para explicar lo que se está proponiendo y el por qué, y para tomar nota de comentarios.
Este mes, la Ciudad de Tucson, en coordinación con el Banco Comunitario de Alimentos del Sur de Arizona (Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, en inglés), llevará a cabo una reunión pública en español, en la que se presentará información sobre las revisiones propuestas, a fin de dar mayor oportunidad de participación a aquellos residentes de Tucson que tienen interés sobre el tema. Después de una presentación, en varias mesas de trabajo con facilitadores que dominan el español, los asistentes podrán compartir sus comentarios y sugerencias, y hacer preguntas. Actividades para los niños estarán disponibles y refrigerios serán proveídos.
Los comentarios recibidos por parte del público serán utilizados por personal del gobierno de la Ciudad de Tucson para hacer revisiones a la propuesta. Una vez completadas las revisiones, se presentarán al público en general antes de su revisión formal por parte de la Comisión de Planificación y el Alcalde y Cabildo. Si tiene preguntas sobre esta reunión o necesita mayor información, por favor comuníquese con Becky Flores al (520) 837-5013 ó María Gayosso al (520) 837-6972.
Did You Know...?
. . . that Vida Nueva has reopened in the North Dodge neighborhood? This reconstruction project of Intermountain Centers for Human Development provides community-based individualized services to at-risk populations, in this case low-income Tucsonans with mental illness. So far 22 residents are receiving independent living support at Vida Nueva, thanks in part to help with the heavy lifting from the Tucson Utility Contractors Association, Maryann Beerling from Compass Affordable Housing, who organized a day of community service and over $25,000 worth of earth moving, The Architecture Company, and the Hazen Family Foundation.
Work is currently underway to establish a community garden (thanks to Tucson Electric Power employees who built six raised beds). As we move toward more temperate weather, if you're able to donate plant stock or gardening tools or materials, please contact Judith Anderson in the Ward 3 Council office (837-4232 or judith.anderson@tucsonaz.gov). Bedding, dishes and other household items are also appreciated.
Kudos to Intermountain and all the volunteers who have labored to make this apartment complex an asset to our community. Congratulations, Vida Nueva, and welcome home to Ward 3!
For more information about Intermountain, visit their website at www.ichd.net.
that hiring is underway for the new shelter in our ward that will house migrant children? Southwest Key currently has over 200 job openings at its new shelter on Oracle Road. The company is looking to hire for numerous positions, including cooks, case managers, teachers, and more. Many of the positions available require that the employee be bilingual in Spanish and English and have previous childcare or case management experience. The shelter will house unaccompanied minor children, mostly from Central American countries, who crossed into the United States and are in the custody of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Visit https://jobs-swkey.icims.com/jobs/intro to learn about the opportunities available and apply.
…that Project Mariposa is in need of volunteers as well as donations of clothes, food and other supplies?  There has been a significant increase in the incidence of groups of women and children from Central America being detained at the border, processed by ICE, and then released at the Greyhound station in Tucson to join family in the U.S. while awaiting deportation hearings. Typically groups of about 30-40 arrive at the station daily. There is a huge need for help receiving and providing services for these groups. Catholic Community Services has been leading the effort and is seeking volunteers (especially Spanish speakers) as well as donations of the following items:
Food/Drink: bottled water, Gatorade, Pedialyte, Cup of Ramen noodles, granola bars
Toiletry Items (travel-size): toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair combs/brushes, deodorant, lotion, hand sanitizer, sanitary pads, chapstick
Baby/Child Care Items: diapers (sizes 3 and 4), diaper cream, wipes (travel packs), child-size socks and underwear, coloring books, crayons, pencils
If you can contribute, donations are accepted at Catholic Community Services at the north entrance of 140 W. Speedway, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. For information on volunteering, contact 622-2801 ext. 7111.