Karin's Note: Thursday, June 6, 2013

 -Karin’s Note

-Ward 3 Events

-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)

-Citywide Events

-Did You Know?

Dear Tucsonans,

Our Future

Because we always focus together on how can we do better as a City, we sometimes fail to pause and celebrate what we have accomplished -- the good news. The harsh economic downturn surely reinforced that tendency.

Yet we’re turning the corner and our economy has begun to recover. Unemployment has dropped from 10% to under 7%, trending back toward the pre-bubble level of 5%. And while the headlines ran that Tucson ranks #6 in the nation for high poverty, economist Marshall Vest of the University of Arizona rightly corrected that notion at a briefing yesterday. He noted “That’s not true…”He said the 2011 American Community Survey shows the percentage of the population living in poverty is 20.4 percent in Tucson, ranking the City 105th among micro and metro areas.”
Both Vest and the Arizona Daily Star this week urged that we stop harping on the negative in the following links:



As we all learn in life, our mantras can become self-fulfilling prophecies. Restating what’s wrong and bad can reinforce whatever those shortcomings may be, even making it harder for the positive to take root and flourish.
I think we can and must admit the challenges that lie ahead and that far too many families still struggle in Tucson just to make ends meet. The more we recognize the promising trends taking hold here—from job growth to training opportunities—and the more we commit to pulling together for even better outcomes, the better off our City will be in the short and long term. I’m grateful for the thousands of Tucsonans who contribute whatever they can toward that end. Those ideas and efforts add up to our promising future.

Grand Canyon University

Efforts to identify potential sites continue in Tucson and the region for the proposed Grand Canyon University campus. It’s unfortunate that El Rio became the focus of that dialogue so early on, rather than the identification and vetting of several options worthy of consideration. The City, TREO and other jurisdictions remain engaged in this effort, and Grand Canyon continues to express the strong desire to establish a presence here.

Any agreements involving City land would be subject to full compliance with our local laws (including nondiscrimination ordinances) and must demonstrate that the benefits outweigh any incentives offered as part of a lease, sale, and/or development agreement. I continue to hear overwhelming support for pursuing this additional educational institution for our community (GCU has garnered support from Pima College, the University of Arizona and many others in the field of education). I will keep you posted, and invite you to share your thoughts with me on this matter as well.


Ward 3 Events:

-Hedrick Acres NA Cleanup – Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 a.m. Navajo Wash Cleanup—meet at the NW Corner of Mountain and Hedrick. Bring water, rakes and sunscreen. Trash bags provided!

-Toy Train Museum Open House – Sunday, June 9 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Gadsden Pacific Toy Train Museum, 3975 N. Miller Avenue. Toy trains of all sizes. Free to the public, donations appreciated. More info: 888-2222.

-43rd Annual Juneteenth Festival – Saturday, June 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Donna Liggins Center, 2160 N. 6th Avenue. Free all day fun event—“At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality the Journey Continues.” Come and enjoy live performances, arts and crafts, food vendors, historical presentations and exhibits. Free hot dogs and drinks at noon. More info: 271-2742.

-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.


Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s):

Oracle Project Steering Committee (TOPS) – Tuesday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. at TPD Westside substation, 1310 W. Miracle Mile

Alvernon Grant Initiative (AGI/TNBC) – Community Law Enforcement Task Force -Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Emerge! 2425 N. Haskell

Friends of Mansfield Park – Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. Parkside Terrace Apartments, 2150 N. 4th Avenue

Citywide Events:

-2nd Saturdays Downtown – Saturday, June 8. Downtown Tucson, events from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Monthly free event showcases, music, performances, food. More info: http://www.2ndsaturdaysdowntown.com/

-Edible Baja Arizona Magazine Launch Party!  - Saturday 8 June 7-9pm at MOCA, 265 S. Church Ave.  Come to the official launch party of Edible Baja Arizona with a block party celebrating local Tucson musical and culinary talent.  Edible Baja Arizona is a new bi-monthly food and culture publication that celebrates the joys of eating locally, explores the rich food heritages of this region, and advocates for the importance of rebuilding our regional foodsheds.  The Block party will include musical performance by Vox Urbana and tunes spun by DJ Matt McCoy;  A mini food truck roundup with Planet of the Crepes, Kadooks, DC Jumbie and Twisted Tandoor and ice cream by Isabella's Ice Cream; and beverages provided by Borderlands Brewing Company and Dos Cabezas Wineworks. The block party will also be the first opportunity for the public to get a free copy of the publication. Free for all.

-World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Thursday, June 13 from 10:00 – 11:30 a..m. Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road.  Elder abuse is an international problem, largely under-recognized and under-reported. This comprehensive lecture “My World..Your World..Our World – Free of Elder Abuse” is presented by Doug Clark, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona. Part of the SAFEE Program (Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation of the Elderly). This free event invites the community to attend. No registration is required.

-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. Procession, live music, dance, food. More info: 665-8618.

-Did you know…?

…that the Bookmans at 1930 E. Grant is a place to enjoy classical guitar on Sunday, June 9? From 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. enjoy the sounds of Luciano Marazzo.   In addition, the stores have a summer program for kids. More info: http://bookmans.com/content/bookmans-summer-kids-events-have-begun

…..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/planning-commission-infill-incentive-district-subcommittee.  For other information, contact Jim Mazzocco at (520) 791-5550.