Karin's Note: Thursday, October 24, 2013

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


Dear Tucsonans,

Don’t forget the citywide election is happening now! All voters across the city can cast votes in each and every one of the three Ward races (many people think they can only vote in the race for their particular Ward VS all seats with contests). Everyone also has the opportunity to vote on Propositions 401 and 402.
Your ballots should be mailed by next Thursday (which also happens to be Halloween) or handed in at these locations on Election Day (Tuesday, November 5).

Department of Housing and Community Development
320 N Commerce Park Loop
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Morris K. Udall Regional Center
7200 E. Tanque Verde Road
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center
2160 N 6th Avenue
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

William Clements Recreation Center
8155 E. Poinciana Drive
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

El Pueblo Senior Center
101 W. Irvington Road
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Parks and Recreation Administration Randolph Park
900 S. Randolph Way
6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

**Tucson City Clerk Elections Center
800 E. 12th Street
Through November 4, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.,
or November 5 from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

**Note that the Clerk’s office is now taking ballots and will be through 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
The City’s election information booklet, further information on the two ballot propositions up for a vote, and a listing of the all the candidates is available at: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/elections 

Mayor and Council Meeting

At Tuesday’s Study Session I offered this memo to my colleagues related to SB1070-related policies and procedures at TPD and how TPD processes U-Visa affidavits, and this memo regarding public process concerns. Those topics were also the primary focus of comments offered during the evening’s Call to the Audience, and will be further discussed/acted upon at upcoming Mayor and Council meetings. I’ll keep you posted and I appreciate that everyone speaking out wants integrity and fairness upheld within all elements of local government. That will continue to be a central focus of my work.

Our next Mayor and Council meeting will be held Wednesday, November 6.


Ward 3 Events:

-Safe Harbor Final Meeting – Friday, October 25 from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Patrick Hardesty Center, 1100 S. Alvernon Way (Midtown TPD Substation, Alvernon and 22nd). This is the final of three public meetings regarding the recommendations being brought to Mayor and Council by the Safe Harbor Group, a group tasked by CM Uhlich and CM Kozachik to identify further policies, procedures and strategies the City of Tucson might employ to help businesses maintain their viability—and business corridors remain vital centers of commerce—during public construction projects like roadway improvements. All members of Tucson’s business community and all who are interested in helping Tucson businesses succeed, are welcome. Comments and recommendations will be incorporated into final report/recommendations to Mayor and Council.

-Campbell Avenue Enhancement Project – Public Meeting – Monday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. Ward 3 Council Office, 1510 E. Grant Road. Come view and comment on the 100% design plans before they’re sealed and sent to ADOT for funds release and then out to bid! This project, which came out of the advocacy of local business owners, neighborhoods and the Ward 3 office, will provide for upgraded sidewalks and pedestrian amenities up and down Campbell Avenue from Grant to Ft. Lowell. Groundbreaking expected in April; project completion in July, 2014. All interested parties are encouraged to attend to provide feedback about the plans and construction time table.

Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s):

-Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance – Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. 1st Avenue. Board Member elections will be held.

-Limberlost NA – Annual Meeting -Saturday, October 26 at 4:30 p.m. Limberlost Family Park (4th Avenue at Limberlost)

Citywide Events

-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.

-  Downtown Lecture Series on Happiness  - Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  October 30, November 6 and November 13 at the Fox Theater, 17 W. Congress. The UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences continues its first annual Downtown Lecture Series given by UA faculty exploring topics that shape our everyday lives. In this year’s series, faculty will investigate “Happiness” and present research from their diverse field of study, including
sociology, anthropology, psychiatry, philosophy, and integrative medicine which could help us to lead happier (and healthier) lives. More info: http://sbsdowntown.arizona.edu/

In addition, Pima County Library will also host weekly Happiness Community Conversations starting October 19.  Community Renaissance’s Partnership for Equity and Civic Engagement (PĒCE) will be facilitating the Conversations which are free and open to the public. We encourage participants age 10 and older, including seniors, to attend. The effort is in collaboration with the UA’s School of Behavioral Sciences (SBS).

The Library’s Happiness Community Conversations will be held on five consecutive Saturday afternoons. Conversations will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue, 520.594.5500. Other branch libraries may host similar Conversations which will be facilitated by PĒCE. Contact Community Renaissance (http://www.community-renaissance.com) or the Joel Valdez Library for an updated schedule.


Did You Know...?

…That Tucson Fire Fighters 18th Annual Chili Cook-Off will be Friday, November 1? Join in the fun from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm at El Presidio Park. This fundraiser provides food boxes and Christmas for children in the cancer ward at UMC.

…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. The City will have this program fully operational by November 11.

…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: www.ourfamilyservices.org or call 323-1708 X 416.

…that Monterey Court (505 W. Miracle Mile) has a “Fourth Fridays ARTWALK” at their Studio Galleries? Meet the artists, enjoy live music and light refreshments every 4th Friday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Next one is October 25! Miracle Marketplace artisan market every Sat/Sun  10am-8pm at Monterey Court, 505 W Miracle Mile. Local artists, psychic readings, and more.
New vendors always welcome.  Contact 207-2429 ex 2.