Karin's Note: Thursday, October 10, 2013

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


Dear Tucsonans,

Mayor and Council Meeting

This week the Mayor and Council clarified some provisions in the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance (we voted to review the part addressing commercial vehicle parking more closely before ratifying that).We also approved a new shopping cart retrieval program supported by the AZ Food Retailers Association and neighborhoods across the city. You can view the specifics here.

These and other modest steps help keep Tucson cleaner and prevent blight from taking root and spreading to the detriment of everyone.

2013 Election

Ballots for the citywide election will be mailed by the Clerk’s office on October 17th. The Clerk recommends mailing your ballot by Halloween, or you can turn your ballot in on election day (November 5th) at any of seven location. Information: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/elections

The City’s election information booklet is available at this link for further information on the two ballot propositions up for a vote and a listing of the candidates.


If you are a registered voter within Tucson, don’t forget cast your votes in each of the three Ward contests (Wards 3, 5 and 6).

Our next City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 22. In the meantime enjoy the crisp autumn weather and all our great City has to offer!





Ward 3 Events:

-Junk Vehicle Collection & Electronics Recycling Event – Saturday, October 12 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon.  Tucson Clean and Beautiful, in coordination with Ward 3 offers this opportunity to residents. The electronics recycling will take place in the west parking of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox church, 1145 E. Fort Lowell. Bring in your old, unused computers, copiers, phones, cables, stereo equipment and more. But please—no televisions!!  In addition, if you would like to schedule your junk vehicle pick-up (and receive $100) call Tucson Clean and Beautiful at 837-6834 to pre-register. You will need to provide your name, address and vehicle description. On pick-up day, you will turn over the notarized title to the vehicle.

-Special Olympics Fundraiser at Mr. K’s BBQ – Saturday, October 12 from Noon to 5:00 pm. 4911 N. Stone Avenue. Celebrate 2 years of business and donate to a great cause. Car show, Uof A Pep Band, Mariachi Milagro, booths and games. And of course, BBQ! More info: 878-6066.

-4th Annual Veterans and Business Conference – Friday, October 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Westside Service Center, Tucson Police Department, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. Keynote speaker, Paul A. Smiley of Sonoran Technology. Special thanks to all the veterans and service providers attending. This "Boots to Business” one-day conference includes testimonials from successful Veteran business owners. The free event is sponsored by the Microbusiness Advancement Center SBDC and includes lunch. Seating is limited. To register: 520-620-1241. More info? Email veterans.sbdc@mac-sa.org

- Lend A Hand Yard Sale Fundraiser – Saturday, October 19 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 1545 E. Water Street (just north of Grant Road). Here’s your chance to clean out the closets, sheds and garages and recycle all of those unwanted items. Items may be dropped off starting October 13 (court yard gates will be unlocked so items can be put inside during the week). If you have large items that need to be picked up, please call 323-9299 to make arrangements. For more information, contact Alan Adler at ahadler@cox.net or 909-5204.


Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s):

-Mountain First NA – Saturday, October 12 at 8:00 a.m. Mitchell Park (Mitchell at Mountain)

-Cabrini NA – Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. Vineyard Church, 1695 Country Club

-Mountain View NA – Thursday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m. Habitat for Humanity, 3501 N. Mountain

-Flowing Wells NA – Thursday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m. Ellie Towne Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff

-Richland Heights West NA- Annual Meeting – Saturday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m. 1502 E. Lind

-Prince Tucson NA – Annual Meeting – Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m. Rio Vista Natural Resources Park (at the Rillito River)

Citywide Events:

-Tucson Meet Yourself – Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13. This downtown Tucson extravaganza of cultural event boasts of 4 performance stages and 55 food booths. More info: https://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org


-Neighborhood Support Network Workshop and Training– Saturday, October 12 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. TMM Family Services meeting room, 1550 N. Country Club. Open to all members and interested neighborhood leaders. Theme of the workshop is “Taking Care of the Neighborhood.” The “Ask the Pros Panel” of experienced leaders will offer advice and insight on common problems facing many leaders as life in their neighborhoods unfolds. Following the panel discussion, small groups will be formed to allow more in depth conversation on topics. Send questions in advance of the workshop to Don Ijams (dsijams@gmail.com) or bring them printed out on a half-sheet of paper.

-Safe Harbor Business Assistance:  Feedback and Idea Workshops – Wednesday, October 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Fire Central, 300 S. Fire Central Place (across from the TCC), and Friday, October 25th from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at  Patrick Hardesty Center, 1100 S. Alvernon Way.  The Safe Harbor working group seeks input from RTA project affected businesses on proposed policies, procedures and strategies that the City could employ to help businesses maintain their viability during public construction projects.

-Court Night: You and the Law –Friday, October 25. Location is the Arizona Superior Court, 110 W. Congress. The Superior Court in Pima County and the Pima County Bar Association invite you to this free event offering two sessions: 4:00-5:30 p.m. and 5:45-7:15 p.m. Topics include child support issues, bankruptcy, probate matters, landlord/tenant issues and more. More info: 724-4200 or www.sc.pima.gov

- National Pharmaceutical Take Back Event – Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Tucson Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency are partnering to offer two drop-off locations for residents to bring unwanted or unused medications for disposal. (No needles, IV meds, glass containers or inhalers, please). The locations: TPD Hardesty Service Center, 1100 S. Alvernon and TPD Santa Cruz Substation, 4410 S. Park. More info: 791-5922.

Did You Know...?

…that you can now call 792-CITY (792-2489) to report shopping carts left behind in your neighborhood? Just select OPTION 5 and Environmental Services will take down the location information. The City Council voted unanimously to enact this new ordinance on October 8. Under the ordinance, retailers must retrieve their carts within 72 hours after the City notifies them. Ordinances in similar sized cities have proven effective in reducing abandoned carts on streets.

…that The City of Tucson and Pima County have an option for you to clean out your space while keeping hazardous materials out of the environment? Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides you no longer want? On Saturday, October 12, 2013, the Household Hazardous Waste Program 2nd Saturday Collection will be held at 4004 S. Park avenue from 8 a.m. to noon. Drop off of HHW is free for residents.
Accepted materials include: Automotive fluids, auto and rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products, and computer equipment ($2 for monitors without computer). The program only accepts materials generated in homes—no commercially-generated materials are accepted. More information is available on-line at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/es/household-hazardous-waste, by downloading the “my-waste” App or by calling ES Customer Service at 791-3171.

…that you can pre-order your holiday flowers and make a difference this season? Our Family Services is taking orders now for poinsettias. Your purchase will help to provide shelter and support to homeless children, youth and families and assist elders to live safely with dignity in their own homes. Order now for early December pickup. Online: http://www.ourfamilyservices.org or call 323-1708 X 416.

…that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month?  For more information check out the website at Emerge! http://www.emergecenter.org


…that Tucson Clean and Beautiful, through its Trees for Tucson program, is offering $8 desert-adapted trees for delivery to Tucson Electric Power customers’ homes? Fall is an excellent time to plant trees that will grow to shade your home and reduce electric utility costs. Information and application forms available: https://tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/trees-for-tucson/ or call 791-3109.