Karin's Note: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
The next meeting of Mayor and Council (and Karin’s last) will be held November 21st
. You can view the associated agenda and materials at this link: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/mcdocs
. Paul Durham will be sworn into office December 4th
We’re embracing this time of transition at the Ward 3 office by working to insure a seamless transition of service to the public. Both of us are grateful that all of the current Ward 3 staff—Matt Kopec, Judith Anderson and Nick Riley—have agreed to stay on board over the coming months.
While Tamara Prime (former Ward 3 Chief of Staff) continues her service to the region through her work at the Pima Association of Governments, Nick Mahon will enter service to Tucson as the incoming Chief of Staff.
As you know, constituent service and a strong and capable Ward Office staff can make a real difference in the effectiveness of service and representation. We have both heard steady, positive feedback on the performance of the Ward 3 staff, and believe that this continuity will serve Tucsonans well.
Thank you Matt, Judith and Nick, and also new Nick!, for your commitment to serve, and advocate for, the people of Tucson!
As always, please let our team know your thoughts.
Ward 3 Councilmember
Ward 3 Councilmember-Elect
Ward 3 Events:
Monthly Movie: Everything, Everything
Friday November 17th, 3pm
Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N 1st Ave
Free movie featured at Woods Memorial Library. Plot: A young woman falls in love with the boy next door. Not that big a deal, right? Except she is a captive in her own home due to her being pretty much under house arrest her whole life: held captive by diseases and microbes that could kill her. She can't leave her house and the young man can hardly stand to stay in his. What can they do?
Running time 96 minutes. Rated PG-13
Dog Vaccination Event
Saturday December 2nd, 1-3:30pm
Jacobs Park, 3300 N Fairview
Sponsored by Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich and Constable Bennett Bernal. Dogs will receive a free rabies vaccine. Distemper/Parvo vaccinations will be available for $12. Dog licensing will also be available for an additional fee. This is a dog only vaccination event. Dogs must be three months or older for rabies vaccination. All dogs must be on leashes or in pet carriers. Please bring prior vaccination and spay/neuter records if available. There will be a 150 dog limit, please be prepared to wait in line with your dog. For more information call (520) 881-0321
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Mountain View Thursday November 16th 6pm, Habitat for Humanity 3501 N Mountain Ave
Flowing Wells Thursday November 16th 6pm, Ellie Towne Center 1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
Samos Tuesday November 21st 6:30pm, Salpointe HS Trophy Rm 1545 E Copper St
Keeling Monday November 27th 7pm, 2902 N Geronimo
Grant Road Coalition Tuesday November 28th 6pm, Ward 3 City Council office 1510 E Grant Rd
Jefferson Park Wednesday December 6th 6pm, Ward 3 City Council office 1510 E Grant Rd
Samos Tuesday December 19th 6:30pm, Salpointe HS 1545 E Copper St
Third Thursday at MOCA
Thursday November 16th, 6-8pm
MOCA, 265 S Church Ave
Join MOCA Tucson for an evening of music & screenings with local cumbia band Vox Urbana and artist Wesley Fawcett Creigh. Vox Urbana will be creating music from interviews with immigrants; these transnational narratives merge Latin-based sounds with a rich variety of electronic textures. MOCA will be screening new work by Wesley Fawcett Creigh in collaboration with MOCA Tucson Youth Programs, Pima Community College Border Cultures class, and Ondrea Levey’s Art Appreciation class at Tucson High School. This project is an experiment in intergenerational art-making and an examination of how these 3 groups view and understand the complexities of living near the U.S./Mexico border. Wesley Fawcett Creigh organizes these visual, written, and audio responses into a video animation to engage and expand public awareness of the effects the border has on the greater community. MOCA Tucson will be open for FREE to the public from 6pm-8pm every Third Thursday. These themed nights will feature different performances, music, and art making activities, as well as a cash bar.
For more information please visit www.moca-tucson.org
Tucson’s Tugo Bike Share Launch and Ride
Friday November 17th, 12 Noon- 2pm
Kick off 12:30pm, Catalina Park, 900 North 4th Avenue.
Tugo Bike Share is seeking volunteer cyclists to pedal the bikes from Catalina Park to various docking stations in the Downtown and University areas. The launch will include a ride-out at approximately 1 p.m., led by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. The local radio station, KRQ/93.7 will provide music. There will be light refreshments during the event. Tugo Bike Share is a network of bicycles and stations designed for short, one-way bicycle trips. Tugo will launch on Friday with 35 stations and over 300 bicycles. Can’t make it to the ride-out? You can still try out the bikes and ride free! To increase awareness, Tugo Bike Share will, with the generous support of Caterpillar, provide Free Ride Tuesdays for the entire month of December. This means that every Tuesday, people can take a bike for 30-minute ride segments for $0. SAFETY NOTE: All volunteer riders are encouraged to bring their own helmets to the ride-out. Helmets will not be provided at the November 17 launch event.
Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
Saturday and Sunday November 25th-26th, 9am-4pm
Reid Park, 22nd St and Country Club Rd
The Tucson Parks and Recreation department presents the annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair in Reid Park. Come get a jump on your holiday shopping. This free event will draw in more than 140 vendors from all over the Southwest, ranging from artists, crafters, photographers, painters, potters, jewelers, and more. This Thanksgiving weekend fair has become a tradition for many holiday shoppers for more than 30 years. Stroll through the park and visit artists with their colorful fused glass and mosaics, wind chimes, walking sticks, painted gourds, and teacup bird feeders. Discover an artist's original work in painting, photography, clay, wood, and fiber. If you are looking for something cozy, this is the place for quilts, knit scarves, and fragrant handmade soaps and lotions. Complement your holiday shopping list with the unique hand-painted sunglasses, handcrafted pens, stuffed toys and puppets, pet clothes, accessories, gourmet treats, and so much more. While enjoying the fair, be sure to stop for food and refreshments available for purchase from local vendors. Visitors are encouraged to use the Concert Place entrance from Country Club Road for ample free parking.
Contact: Call 791-4877 for more information
Did You Know...?
Grant Rd Improvement Project Phase 2
The traveling public can expect delays when driving in this work area. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone. If you have any additional questions or comments, please call the Grant Road Information line at (520) 624-4727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bike Share Coming to Tucson
A new transit program is coming to Tucson. The tugo bike share program will bring in 330 bikes to be used in and around downtown and the University of Arizona. The basic daily rate will be $8 for unlimited rides during the day, but the bikes will need to be parked every 30 minutes at one of 36 stations to avoid additional fees. Tugo kiosks will accept major credit cards, and users will be able to buy daily, monthly, and yearly passes. A cash option also will be available through pay stations at participating retailers. An app, Cyclefinder, also will be available for use when the program launches. Watch the Tucson 12 video linked below to learn more about the program.
Watch the Tucson 12 video: http://bit.ly/2hfNKuS
Tugo website (coming soon): https://tugobikeshare.com/
Tucson Police Department Gets Body-Worn Cameras
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) recently received 300 body-worn cameras as part of the voter-approved half-cent sales tax, Proposition 101, now known as Tucson Delivers. Watch the Tucson 12 video linked below to see TPD thank taxpayers for their support, and learn more about how your tax dollars are being spent.
Watch the Tucson 12 video: http://bit.ly/2xBeX1b
Tucson Delivers: http://bit.ly/2wHgF3C
Tucson Police Department: http://1.usa.gov/1YcQrfv
City to Launch Second Mural Program
The Mayor and Tucson City Council have accepted a $30,000 grant from the Tohono O'odham Nation to launch a second mural program in the downtown area. The City is hoping to get donations to expand the program. The first effort, in partnership with the Tucson Arts Brigade, saw eight murals painted by local artists as part of a program to beautify downtown, add visual interest, attract residents and visitors to the area, and reduce tagging.
Tucson Mural Program: http://1.usa.gov/24fJTyp
Fourth Avenue Commercial Historic District on National Register of Historic Places
Due to the efforts of numerous local historic preservationists, Tucson's unique North Fourth Avenue is now recognized nationally for its history and architecture. The new National Register Historic District includes 50 contributing properties that date between 1903 and 1967. Fourth Avenue represents one of the first continuously viable commercial areas outside of Downtown Tucson. Notable architecture includes a variety of early 20th century urban forms. More information about Fourth Avenue and all of Tucson's National Register districts may be found by following the link below.
National Register Historic designations: http://bit.ly/2ziVuXA
Set Up a Utility Services E-Bill Account
Go paperless with a Utility Services eBill account. Set up your own secure, password protected account and get electronic notification of your statement and payment due date. You also have the option to click to pay. The eBill service also includes Tucson Water’s monthly newsletter and any inserts mailed to customers. You can send an email directly to Customer Service from the website if you have billing or account questions.
Sign up for eBill account: http://bit.ly/2xACT4F
Tucson Water: http://1.usa.gov/1uo8uPh
City’s CFO Wins Regional Award
City of Tucson Chief Financial Officer (CFO)/Assistant City Manager Joyce Garland won the Inside Tucson Business award for CFO of the Year in Government/Education the 2017 Executive Excellence Awards at Desert Diamond Casino. Garland is responsible for the management and oversight of the City's structurally balanced $1.43 billion budget, including long-term planning, investments, and debt. She also oversees the City's departments of Human Resources, Procurement, Pension, Internal Audit, and Information Technology.
Tucson Earns Perfect Score in LGBT Equal Rights Survey
The City of Tucson earned a score of 100 in the latest survey about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equal rights. The sixth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), compiled by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute, examined the laws, policies, and services of municipalities, rating them on the basis of how they affect LGBT people who live and work there. Some of the categories include non-discrimination laws, municipal employee benefits, anti-bullying policies, city involvement with the LGBT community, and local governments' relationships with the LGBT community. Phoenix and Tempe also earned perfect scores in the survey.
From the Arizona Republic: http://bit.ly/2z88Wx5
Read the full MEI report: http://bit.ly/2h6kgCK
City Wins Diversity Award
The City of Tucson's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (OEOP) is the recipient of the 2017 Diversity Award from the Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) and Arizona Society for Human Resource Management (AZSHRM). The award was presented at the DLA’s 16th annual Conference and Awards Luncheon in Phoenix. The special statewide award, recognizing the inclusion and diversity initiatives of a nonprofit or government entity, was selected among numerous nominations and was a first for the City of Tucson. City OEOP Director Rebecca Hill submitted the nomination to recognize the “One City, One Team” inclusive culture and diversity training mandates under the leadership of City Manager Michael Ortega. The DLA has been working since 2001 to transform the culture of Arizona and cultivate an inclusive community. AZSHRM represents seven local chapters and is the trusted resource to engage, educate and advocate for HR professionals.
Endangered Red Panda at Reid Park Zoo
The public recently got its first glimpse of a winter visitor at Reid Park Zoo. Visitors on Saturday were able to see 7-year-old Princess Lily for the first time. In the next three weeks or so, a male red panda will join her in the habitat until they move to their permanent home in Utah in March. Red pandas are not related to giant pandas or foxes. They are their own group. If you missed Princess Lily over the weekend, watch the Tucson 12 video linked below to see her and learn more about the red panda species.
Tucson 12 video: http://bit.ly/2iS6GQd