Karin's Note: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Karin's Note: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
  • A Note from Staff
  • City Spotlight
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • Community-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Dear Tucsonans,
Police Chief Selection
Tomorrow you can hear from the top candidates identified by the City Manager for consideration as Tucson’s new Chief of Police. The Mayor and Council’s City Police Chief Appointment Advisory Committee will interview finalists through the day and the public is also invited to attend a Meet and Greet with the final candidates from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort (3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd). Meetings will also be held with City staff, TPD personnel and others as the City Manager prepares his recommendation. Mayor and Council will hear his thoughts and vote on the appointment sometime in November or early December.
The Advisory panel includes a broad cross section of community representation. I appreciate the service of our appointees to the panel: Jen Allen, former Executive Director of the Border Action Network, and Angela Wallace, Second Vice Chair of the Tucson NAACP as well as Chairperson of their Youth and College Committee. My colleagues and I recognize that the selection of our Police Chief has enormous implications for the entire community and the officers and commanders capably serving the TPD. I’ll be listening carefully as the range of people involved and invested in community security share input.
Here are the links to the job posting, agenda for the Advisory Committee meeting, and resumes of the candidates:
Sharing Tucson’s Water Success
This week I have been participating in a national convening on water called ‘The City Upstream and Down: How Integrated Water Resource Management Can Help Cities Manage Water Resources Sustainable” with groups such as American Rivers, Mayors Innovation Project, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, and the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread. I’m honored to be taking part in the discussion and will be sharing some of Tucson’s success story, as well as bringing back lessons we can apply in the future.
My thanks to Nicole Ewing Gavin of Tucson Office of Integrated Planning (and also a key leader on the region’s City/County Water/Wastewater study and plan), Amy McCoy (a local expert from Ecosystem Economics and current CWAC member), Tamara Prime (Ward 3 Chief of Staff and our lead on water resource issues), and Catlow Shipek (Watershed Management Group). They pulled together information for me to share at the meeting. They will no doubt play a key part with the City, County and others as we pursue a “one water” approach. The goal will be to continue planning collaboratively with all area jurisdictions (including the Flood Control District, area Native nations, cities/towns, area water utilities, and all user groups) to build upon Southern Arizona’s reputation of sound water stewardship.
Mayor and Council Meeting
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 4. Here’s the link to the full agenda:
You’ll see that “homelessness” ordinance will be discussed during our Study Session. I’m on record as highly reluctant to believe more laws on the books will do anything to help alleviate the suffering of homeless people or the stress that neighborhoods and businesses experience as the numbers of homeless people congregating in any particular area increase. We already have many, many ordinances that the police can enforce to attack behaviors rather than attacking unhoused individuals who have basic human needs like eating, sleeping, bathing, and relieving themselves. New laws don’t change facts, nor can they eliminate behaviors borne of necessity. The best we can do, I think, is be sure that the needs of homeless people are better met in a manner that preserves the well-being of our entire community. I applaud Councilmember Richard Fimbres and his staff for working tirelessly to bring people together for planning and action with that goal in mind. I’m also grateful to Brianda on my staff for being in every room where this challenge is discussed in order to advocate for real solutions and against measures that read well on the books but don’t change things on the streets.
Note from Staff:
Just a reminder that tomorrow, Thursday, October 29th, is the deadline to mail in your early ballot to ensure they are received by Election Day on November 3rd.
If you’re unable to mail your ballot in time, you can drop it off Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at one of the Pima County Recorder’s Office’s three early-voting sites:
  • 240 N. Stone Ave.
  • 6920 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite D
  • 6550 S. Country Club Rd.
You can also drop off your ballot at any polling place on Election Day!
City Spotlight:
Sunday, November 1st 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
What is Cyclovia? A Spanish word signifying the temporary closure of a network of streets to cars so that they become “open” to people! During Cyclovia anyone can enjoy 5 miles of car-free city streets for walking, biking, and all-out fun as a part of the Banner – University Medical Center “Tucson Tandem” Weekend. Enjoy the autumn midtown route featuring our very own 4th Ave and Fontana bike boulevards, lined with all sorts of free activities, entertainment, food trucks, live music, and more! Volunteers needed – check out https://www.cycloviatucson.org/ for more info and route maps!
Ward 3 Events: 
The Haunted Ruins: A Witch's Quest
October 28th – 30th 
Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Rd.
Continuing a Tucson tradition that stretches back 40 years, Valley of the Moon will present the Haunted Ruins for the last weekend of October. The 35-40 minute walking theatrical adventure winds through Valley of the Moon following the tale of a young witch who has come here to solve a big problem. Adventures start every 20 minutes from 6:00 pm to 8:20 pm; Saturday and Sunday early show at 5:40 pm. Kids 15 and under enter free; $10 for ages 16 and up. More details and tickets available online at http://www.tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com/.
BJ’s Ward 3 Neighbor’s Alliance Fundraiser
Wednesday, November 4th 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
BJ’s Restaurant 4270 N. Oracle Rd.
All day November 4th, enjoy a meal at BJ’s on Oracle and support the Ward 3 Neighbor’s Alliance, an organization of folks in Ward 3 collaborating to improve the quality of life in our community. Simply print the flyer, bring it with you to BJ’s for lunch or dinner, dine-in or take-out on November 4th and BJ’s will donate 15% of the food sales to W3NA, funding the continuation of their efforts benefitting Ward 3. Contact the Ward 3 Neighbor’s Alliance at slm949@gmail.com for a copy of the flyer.
PCIC Education Talk
Monday, November 4th 6:00 pm
Amphi Middle School
Join Pima County Interfaith Council and the Amphi MS PTA for a discussion about the current crises in funding for public education and what we as a society can do about it!
Tucson LGBTQ Community Building and Programs Forum
Thursday, November 12th 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Donna Liggins Center 2160 N. 6th Ave.
A Coalition of community members and supporters of the Tucson LGBTQ community are hosting a Community Forum to discuss current and future programming needs of the LGBTQ community. Vice Mayor Uhlich and Catherine Tornbom of Our Family Services will be the moderators of the conversation.

This three-hour Forum will include a presentation from SAAF updating the community on the status of the Wingspan programs they acquired last year and other developments they are working on. Status updates from other LGBTQ serving organizations and groups in the Tucson area will also be shared, on some of their current priorities and goals. Facilitated discussions will gather the wisdom of the LGBTQ community on what needs are being met and unmet in our LGBTQ community and some concrete ideas on how to address them. The final portion of the Forum will be to focus on potential areas of action the community would like to engage in further.

The small group discussions will be facilitated by the Center for Community Dialogue, a program of Our Family Services. The Center helps Southern Arizonans have meaningful conversations on important issues in a skilled, civil and respectful way where everyone’s voice can be heard.

The results of the conversations will be made available to the public as well as to the City of Tucson GLBT Commission and other organizations and agencies that address LGBTQ needs in Southern Arizona.

Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this Forum and feel free to invite your friends, family and colleagues to attend!

Facebook event info at https://www.facebook.com/events/539110102909206/

Community-Wide Events: 
Viva La Loca Food Festival
Saturday, October 31st 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Rillito Park 4502 N. 1st Ave.
As part of Banner University Medical Center’s Tucson Tandem weekend, the Viva La Local Food Festival showcases more than 25 of Tucson’s top restaurants, 60+ farmers market vendors, local beer and wine, and local music on the East Field at Rillito Park. Admission is $6, and kids under age 12 enter free. Festival goers can shop Baja Arizona’s finest farmers market and conveniently store their fresh purchases at the complimentary Veggie Valet before exploring the mecca of restaurants.
With all plates, wines, and beers priced at $5 each, the event encourages attendees to sample and share a wide variety of culinary offerings while enjoying a festive atmosphere complete with live music.
For those who choose to ride their bike to the festival, conveniently located along The Loop shared-use path, Living Streets Alliance will provide complimentary, full-service bike valet. For more information on Viva La Local Food Festival and to purchase tickets in advance, visit http://www.vivalalocalfoodfest.com/#about.
Heart of Tucson Art Midtown Studio Tour
Saturday – Sunday, October 31st – November 1st 11:00am – 5:00pm 
An energetic and dedicated group of midtown Tucson artists came together for the first time this fall to create Heart of Tucson Art. Their first studio tour will take place this weekend, free and open to all. Check out the website: http://www.heartoftucsonart.org/. Click on each artist's name to go to his/her page for images of artwork, artist's statement, and more. Printable maps are available on the website.
The Humane Society’s Sweat for Pets: Walk, Run & Roll
Sunday, November 1st 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
University of Arizona Mall 1200-1900 E. University Blvd.
Join the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s first annual “Sweat for Pets: Walk, Run & Roll” and show your support for our hometown animal shelter! Bring your well-behaved canine companion, your friends, family, strollers welcome! We’re suggesting each walker donate $1 as part of our UA team’s contribution to the Humane Society, though not required to participate. All ages are welcome!
Tucson Walk to End Alzheimer's
Saturday, November 7th 9:00 am
University of Arizona Mall
The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter is inviting southern Arizona residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, we’ve mobilized millions to walk against this devastating disease. This is a defining moment in our journey to a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Today, more than half of all Americans know someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Soon, no one will be left untouched. We must act now to change the course of this epidemic. Register today for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at University of Arizona Mall in Tucson. Registration and entertainment begin at 7:30 am, with the Walk commencing at 9:15 am. In addition to the main Walk, participants will enjoy local entertainment, exercise and education updates on Alzheimer’s care and research, programs and supportive services, as well as a special tribute to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. To start or join a team today, visit http://TucsonAlzheimersWalk.org/. To learn more about disease and available resources, call the local Alzheimer’s Association office at 322-6601.
LGBTQ Aging Issues Community Dialogue
Thursday, November 12th 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Abrams Public Health Center 3950 S. Country Club Rd. Suite 100
You’re invited to share your ideas, concerns and hopes for improving the lives of Arizona’s LGBTQ+ elders. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lgbtq-aging-issues-community-dialogue-tickets-18787058598 or by phone with Serena Worthington at (773) 508-1048.
Coffee with a Cop
Thursday, November 12th 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Starbuck's, 4811 E. Grant Rd
Midtown TPD will host their last Coffee with a Cop event of the year. The one-on-one conversations at these gatherings have proven to be stimulating for both the police and community members who participate.  How often do we really get the chance to have a crisis-free encounter (and a latte) like this?
Did You Know...?
City Initiative to Restore Neon Signs
Recognizing the value of local neon signs, the City's Historic Preservation Office has allocated $125,000 to restore some of these iconic landmarks. To be eligible for the program, owners of blighted signs apply for Historic Landmark Sign designation, agree to keep the sign up for at least 10 years and pay 25 percent of repair costs. The Hacienda Motel (two signs), Riviera Motor Lodge, and Casa Linda Motel signs currently are being restored under the program. "It's a part of our history that's really unique," said Preservation Lead Planner Jennifer Levstik.
PAG Open Houses Set for Early November for Public Feedback on Regional Transportation Projects
Every four years, Pima Association of Governments updates its long-range regional transportation plan and seeks public comment. Draft details of the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan will be available for review during open houses scheduled next month throughout the region:
4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4
Randolph Golf Course Clubhouse
600 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson
4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9
Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library
Large Conference Room
7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13
Joyner-Green Valley Library
Large Conference Room
601 N. La Cañada Drive, Green Valley
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19
University of Arizona
Student Union, Kiva Room
1303 E. University Blvd., Tucson
For more information about the draft 2045 RTP, please visit www.PAGregion.com
Road Recovery Fog Seal Program Resumes This Week
Several streets are undergoing pavement preservation through next Tuesday. The work is part of the five-year, $100 million Road Recovery bond program that City voters approved in 2012. Fog Sealing is the application of a thin layer of asphalt emulsion that helps cover small roadway imperfections, cracks, or other small voids and seals the existing asphalt to preserve the roadway. Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will work from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am, but will keep at least one lane of travel open in each direction. The affected roads this week are:
  • Golf Links Road – Kolb Road to Mann Avenue
  • Golf Links Road and Wilmot Road Intersection
  • Wilmot Road – 29th Street to Nicaragua Drive
  • 22nd Street – Alvernon Way to Swan Road
Volunteer to Help Residents Prepare Income Taxes
The United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is asking for volunteers to help in its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides free tax preparation to low-to-moderate-income Arizonans. Volunteers are needed to serve as greeters, interview specialists, interpreters, and tax preparers during the 2016 tax season. No experience is necessary, and there will be free training. You can apply at the volunteer link below.
Volunteer with United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScPbejd8IL7A5RNJo1JW02Id0FagecXG4Ig_uhWMKxloPIspw/viewform?embedded=true
VITA: http://www.unitedwaytucson.org/Vita
City of Tucson Tax Workshops Resume This Week
Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (Sales) Taxation by attending the Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. The contracting workshop will be from 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. Questions will be answered and written materials will be available. Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained. You should bring a calculator and a pencil to the free workshop. To reserve a seat, please email Taxpayer-Education@tucsonaz.gov or call (520) 791-4681. When you make your reservation, please explain the activities and subjects which you are interested in reviewing.
Read the news release: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/media-releases/Tax_License_Workshop_Oct._2015.pdf