Karin's Note: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Karin's Note: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
 
-A Note from Staff
-Ward 3 Events
-Community Support Needed
-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)
-Citywide Events
-Did You Know?
 
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
Special Meeting Thursday
 
Just a reminder that we will hold a public meeting Thursday evening regarding the qualifications and attributes our community seeks as we hire a new City Manager. The Mayor and Council previously discussed a process for recruitment and selection on June 17th, June 30th and August 5th. On June 30th, the Mayor and Council selected Bob Murray and Associates to serve as the executive search firm to assist in the recruitment process.
 
We want to hear your thoughts and priorities, so if you cannot attend this week always feel free to call or email with your input. The session details follow:
 
TOWN HALL: Inviting Public Comments Regarding the Recruitment of a New City Manager
Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 5:30 PM
In the Mayor and Council Chambers at City Hall, 255 W. Alameda
 
More information about the proposed recruitment profile and process (as presented to Mayor and Council on August 5) is available at:  https://www.tucsonaz.gov/sirepub/cache/2/bdicpk4wk0s0qswqk0tq0v1k/636893609102014033056422.PDF
 
Tuesday Mayor and Council Meeting
 
Impact Fees
 
Yesterday Mayor and Council moved forward with the Impact Fee process by approving the underlying study and fee ceilings that will be brought back to us in ordinance form for adoption. We’ve heard from builders and developers that a phase-in of any increases would be desirable (current proposal a delay of implementing increases until June 2016). That question will be addressed again when the Mayor and Council review the ordinance. In my comments at the meeting I said I felt it important not to delay action any further. I hear from the vast majority of Tucsonans that growth ought to pay its way toward the infrastructure needs across the city. It’s debatable whether the impact fee approach as it stands (particularly as it has been revised by the state legislature) offers the best source/calculation for generating revenue. As that conversation unfolds it is incumbent on us to work within the framework we have and continue making vital capital investments in transportation, parks, and public safety facilities.
 
Homespun Lodging
 
It is no secret that more and more households now make any extra space that they have available for rent to tourists and other guests. Our Small, Minority and Women Owned Business Commission and Visit Tucson note that up to 20% of folks traveling to Tucson now stay in this network of “homespun lodging” options. Yet hotels and bed and breakfasts collect sales and bed taxes on their revenues, while many of the “informal” host households do not. Cities like Portland and Austin have done some work to level that playing field, and yesterday Mayor and Council asked that our staff do research on best practices that have evolved. In many arenas, a robust “sharing” economy has emerged from the economic downturn. Folks are renting out their cars when not in use, picking up some cash by selling garden produce, and inviting guests to rent rooms or guesthouses.
 
This discussion echoes some themes and research I learned when I attended a UN International Labor Organization convening in 2002 on the global “Informal Economy”. Much of what was discussed had to do with weighing the pros and cons of regulating and “formalizing” economic activity (in some nations up to 80% of the base economy at that time was regarded as “informal” vs formal/regulated). It raises points of interest relating to fairness (shouldn’t all pay the same taxes on an activity?), liberty (what I do with my home is my business), safety (do customers know they may not be insured in private establishments), integrity (what if I get ripped off by an unlicensed outfit?) and costs (why can’t travelers take some chances if they choose to in order to pay less?). I’ll be advocating that we seek a balance so a basic floor is established to level the field (e.g. fairness in taxation and disclosure to consumers) without insisting that we draw all of this emerging activity into a fully regulated arena. We need to establish clear definitions and boundaries for the “formal” vs “informal” activities we’re addressing, and allow for healthy community dialogue to find that right balance.
 
Medical Marijuana
 
It’s legal, and we’ve been monitoring implementation of the law across the state. It became clear that our restriction on the size of cultivation sites in industrial zones was set too low, so last night we moved to align our guidelines with those developed in Phoenix and other cities. Patients in Tucson deserve the same access at comparable prices as patients across the state. This step will help assure that.
 
Annexations and Economic Development
 
By 8 pm last night we all seemed a bit foggy, but we also recognized very clearly the significance of the airport area annexations advanced at our meeting. The area could hold extraordinary potentials for diverse and significant job generators in transportation/logistics, aerospace, manufacturing and beyond. In the afternoon we adopted the map and incentives to create a new Global Economic Development District as well as a comprehensive economic development strategy that can open avenues for federal funding for Tucson. I applaud all of my colleagues for working so proactively together to assemble the right package for future job growth for our region.
 
While those are some highlights from our meeting, we had a packed agenda. Please review our materials (and posted action summaries) at the Mayor and Council website or let my staff and I know what issues are on your mind.
 
Thanks,
 
Karin
 
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A Note from Staff:

Graffiti Task Force

On March 17th, the Mayor and Council received an update on the status of graffiti abatement and enforcement in the City. At that time it was clear that additional focused attention was needed, prompting M&C to ask for the Graffiti Task Force to be reconvened. Since then, the Task Force, comprised of law enforcement, abatement personnel, neighbors, and other community stakeholders, has been working toward an updated plan that includes abatement and enforcement, as well as an education and prevention campaign to continue to address the challenges. A final recommendation will be presented to the Mayor and Council in the fall. If there are questions and/or comments on this topic, please let me know at Matt.Kopec@tucsonaz.gov or 520-791-4711.

Matt Kopec, Council Aide
 
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Ward 3 Events:
 
- Pie Party at Rain Crow Gallery – Saturday, September 13th 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Rain Crow Gallery 204 W. Grant Rd. Eat Pie, Drink Coffee, Buy Art - Be Happy. Rain Crow Coffee Roasters and Rain Crow Gallery are hosting their first Pie Party. Homemade pie, fresh roasted coffee and fine local art and local treasures all in one night! Taste the new shipment of coffee including the new Farm Gate line. https://www.facebook.com/events/172179346315359/?ref=22
 
- High School Premier Night at Doolen – Tuesday, September 16th 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Doolen Middle School 2400 N. Country Club. Doolen is hosting TUSD High School representatives to discuss their schools and the various program options for your Eighth Grader!
 
- Amphi  High School Homecoming Football Game & Carnival -  Friday, September 19th 7:00 pm at Amphi High 125 W. Yavapai Rd. Join Amphi as they celebrate their annual school carnival and the football team takes on Palo Verde HS!
 
- Humane Society Free and Low-Cost Dog Vaccination Clinic – Saturday, September 20th 7:00 – 9:30 am El Rio Health Center 340 W. Prince Rd. Bring your canine companions to get a free DAPP vaccine! Low cost Rabies shot ($13) and Microchipping ($15) are also available (cash only). No appointment necessary! For more info, visit https://hssaz.org/. And don’t forget that the Humane Society is offering free spay and neuter surgeries for dogs in the 85705 area at their low-cost spay & neuter clinic on Kelvin Blvd. Call 881-0321 to schedule an appointment.
 
- St. Demetrios Greek Festival – Thursday – Sunday, September 25 – 28th at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 1145 E. Ft Lowell Rd. Take a trip to Greece with this annual celebration! Enjoy folk dancing, a market including Greek groceries, folk art, and gifts, as well delicious fresh pastries, spinach pies and gyros. The church will also be open for a tour where you can learn about the Greek Orthodox religion. Special rates for seniors, $3.00 for adults ($5.00 for a four-day pass), children and active duty military are free. Visit http://stdemtucson.org/event/2015-tucson-greek-festival/ for festival times and other details.
 
- People of Color Resource Fair – Saturday, September 27th 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Donna Liggins Recreation Center 2160 N. 6th Ave. The Coalition for African American Health and Wellness presents a resource fair to promote healthy living and improve the overall quality of life for African Americans and medically underserved residents in the Tucson community. Visit http://www.caahw.org/index.htm
 
- Celebrate the Season: Tucson Poverello House Annual Celebration - Sunday, September 28th 6:00 pm at the Barrio Brewery Restaurant 800 E. 16th St. Join Tucson Poverello House for a warm evening of camaraderie and support in celebrating their six year anniversary. Poverello House provides daytime hospitality to homeless men. The event is always planned for this time of year in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis, which is celebrated around the world on October 3rd.  You can learn more about the event and register to attend at https://tucsonpoverello.com/.
 
- National Night Out at Balboa Park – Tuesday, October 7th 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Marty Birdman Community Center 2536 N. Castro Ave. Join this free event to thank Balboa Heights Neighbors for their continued support in keeping our neighborhoods safe! Enjoy a movie night, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, activities, and entertainment from Mariachi Inspiracion, Arts for All, and Ballet Folklorico Xochitl. See you there!
 
- Iskashitaa Refugee 101 Info Night – Thursday, October 9th 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Catalina United Methodist Church 2700 E. Speedway Blvd (Room E23). Are you interested in learning more about the refugee population in Tucson? Come learn more about refugees, their native countries, and the journey to resettlement. Learn what Iskashitaa does in the community and how to volunteer. Anyone who wants information can attend and attendance does not commit you to serve. Please email volunteer@iskashitaa.org to RSVP.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood/Coalition Meetings:
 
- Amistades Substance Abuse Coalition - Thursday, September 11th 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center 1660 W. Ruthrauff Rd
 
- Mountain/1st NA – Saturday, September 13th at 9:00 am Mitchell Park, 1060 E. Mitchell
 
- Mountain/1st CAG – Saturday, September 13th at 10:00 am Mitchell Park, 1060 E. Mitchell
 
- Cabrini NA - Tuesday, September 16th at 6:00 pm Vineyard City Church 3150 E Ft Lowell
 
- Samos NA – Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30 pm Salpointe Trophy Rm 1545 E Copper St.
 
- Mountain View NA – Thursday, September 18th at 6:00 pm Habitat for Humanity 3501 N Mountain
 
- Flowing Wells NA - Thursday, September 18th at 6:00 pm Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center 1660 W. Ruthrauff Rd
 
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Community Support Needed!
 
Doolen Students Need Uniforms – Doolen Middle School is in need of new or lightly used uniforms for students who cannot buy their own. They are looking for collared shirts (polos or oxfords) in gray, burgundy or white as well as pants, shorts, and skirts that are navy or khaki. Logos not permitted. Sizes should be appropriate for youth ages 10 - 14. Please consider donating! Items can be brought to the front office at 2400 N. Country Club.
 
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Citywide Events:
 
- Free Health Screenings for Refugees – Saturday, September 13th at TIARC 4224 E. Grant Rd. Suite 4-B. Free health clinic day for refugee youth and adults. The services offered for free include wellness checks for people of all ages, physical examinations for school sports, basic vision screening, and information about other resources in the Tucson community for refugee families. Interpretive services will be provided to patients during check-ups on an as-needed basis. There will also be light refreshments! This community event is sponsored by the Refugee Resettlement Program, VISTA Day of Service and the C. U. P. Program with the University of Arizona, School of Medicine. To RSVP or ask questions, please contact Malini Chauhan at mchauhan@email.arizona.edu.
 
- Annual 9/11 Day of Arts Service – Saturday, September 13th 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at 29th & Columbus. Join Tucson Arts Brigade for this annual Day of Arts Service! Paint over tags, clean the Inside the Overpass mural, plant, weed, and embellish existing artworks. For more info, contact 520-623-2119 or info@tucsonartsbrigade.org.
 
- Neighborhood Leadership Institute - Saturday, September 13th 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 West Congress. This training will include lunch and is free of charge for representatives of Pima County neighborhood associations and community groups which focus on neighborhood issues. Residents who attended our January 2014 training are invited to attend this session, as new topics will be presented. Feel free to distribute the flyer at https://neighsupport.net/files/NLISep14Flyer.pdf to other interested persons or groups. Contact Leslie Nixon at 520-243-6769 or Leslie.Nixon@pima.gov to register.
 
- TUSD School Community Partnership: SCPC Representative Orientation – Monday, September 15th 6:00 pm at Tucson High Magnet School Cafeteria 400 N. 2nd Ave. The School Community Partnership Council (SCPC) is a volunteer group of parents and staff from TUSD schools. The purpose of SCPC is to facilitate communication between each school community, the District, and the Governing Board. SCPC welcomes your involvement! All meetings are open to the public. Childcare and interpretation services are provided at all meetings. For languages other than Spanish, please contact us at scpcsecretary@gmail.com.
 
- Tucson Immigrant Welcoming Task Force - Monday, September 15, 2014 6:00 pm at the Sam Lena Library, 1607 S. 6th Ave. Join the Tucson Immigrant Welcoming Task Force, Derechos Humanos, and the Tucson Immigrant Workers’ Project for this important community conversation on immigrant women workers. The forum will include a presentation of the report Out of the Shadows: Shedding Light on the Working Conditions of Immigrant Women in Tucson as well as a panel of women workers, community advocates and stakeholders discussing current working conditions and policy solutions. Light snacks will be provided. For more information about meeting, please call (520) 791-4593 or email to tucsonimmigrant@tucsonaz.gov
 
- Familia es Familia – Tuesday, September 16th 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Southside Presbyterian Church (Kiva Room) 317 W. 23rd St. Puertas Abiertas, the ACLU and Why Marriage Matters AZ co-sponsor a community conversation with civil rights leader Dolores Huerta on Latino support for the freedom to marry for LGBT couples and how you can be a part of the effort. Visit www.acluaz.org for more details.
 
- START: A Glass Art Experience – Thursday, September 18th 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Tucson Museum of Art 140 N Main Ave. Join TMA and the Sonoran Glass School for an educational evening exploring the Museum's galleries, various glass processes, and Make Your Own Glass Art Experiences featuring Sonoran Glass School at the Tucson Museum of Art! Be inspired by TMA's exhibitions and permanent collections, watch torchworking demonstrations, and participate in a hands-on warm shop workshop making mosaic tiles or fused glass plates. RSVP to Marianna at MPegno@TucsonMuseumofArt.org to reserve space.
 
- 13th Annual Prevention Celebration – Friday, September 19th 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Freedom Park 5000 E. 28th St. This free community event for all ages will provide food, entertainment, a jumping castle, exhibitors, prizes and more. Celebrate youth being above the influence of drugs and alcohol! Please consider bringing canned food to donate to the Community Food Bank. Call 520-323-1708 X145 for more information.
 
- Health & Safety Fair - Saturday, September 20th 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd. Tucson Parks & Recreation and the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy are pleased to host their annual free Health and Safety Fair at El Rio Neighborhood Center. This health fair will focus on providing free health services and health information to members of the Tucson community by offering screenings for asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, hearing, vision, medication reviews and confidential Hepatitis C and HIV. ACCESS Arizona Smiles will be there with their dental mobile to provide dental exams for children. There will also be activities for children including bike helmet fitting, obstacle course, jumping castle and face painting. Moreover, there will be a vendor expo, raffle prizes, guest speakers, food trucks and more! This event is free and open to the public. Spanish translators will be available. Joe Cedillo, Tucson Parks and Recreation Joe.Cedillo@Tucsonaz.gov or call 520-791-4683
 
- Ironwood Tree Experience Open House - Saturday, September 20th 5:00 to 7:00 pm at ITE Urban Field Station 439 N 6th Avenue, #187. Learn about and join ITE's exciting Youth Membership Program and EcoPrograms for ages 12- 18! See what's new at the ITE Urban Field Station. Meet ITE Staff and learn how youth can explore their community through experiences in nature! Contact Eric at 271-5748 or eric@ironwoodtreeexperience.org if you have any questions. Enjoy beverages and light hors d'oeuvres made with native, local and organic ingredients!
 
- Celebrate International Day of Peace with Peacemakers – Sunday, September 21st 3:00 pm at the Loft Cinema 3233 E Speedway Blvd. Join Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and local volunteers from Words of Peace Global to celebrate United Nations International Day of Peace in Tucson. The event will kick-off with a proclamation from the mayor and proceed with a screening of Peacemakers, which presents a dynamic discussion between Prem Rawat, respected and internationally recognized speaker on the subject of peace, and Jeremy Gilley, filmmaker and founder of Peace One Day. Free admission!
 
- Stand-up to Stop Violence IV – Sunday, September 21st 7:00 pm at the Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St. David Fitzsimmons once again displays his hilarious master of ceremonies skills at Comedy for Charity’s amazing variety show. With standup performances by Headliner Bill Dawes, Feature Acts Jill Bryan, Elliot Glicksman and Suzie Sexton; music by LeeAnne Savage, Janee Starr, and Hope Sullivan; dance by Dancing in the Streets AZ, and juggling by Green Jelly Bean Entertainment, the audience will experience an unforgettable night of entertainment. The proceeds of the event will provide money for victims of violence and violence prevention. This year’s beneficiaries are Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and Dancing in the Streets AZ. A Hollywoodesque event, Lifestyle Live will be interviewing guests on the Red Carpet. Tickets at https://foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com/
 
- Wingspan Cocktail Party Update – Thursday, September 25th 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Marriott University Park 880 East 2nd Street. Join Wingspan for a special event to share exciting updates about Wingspan and its future as part of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF). This is a free event and anyone who has an interest in finding out more about the future of Tucson's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center is welcome to attend. SAAF will also be announcing the new date for the Annual Wingspan Dinner! Appetizers will be served and a no host bar will be available. Please RSVP to Fred Rodriguez, SAAF Development Associate, at (520) 547-6099 or frodriguez@saaf.org no later than Friday September 19. http://saaf.org/about-saaf/wingspan-programs-and-affiliates/
 
- Mulcahy YMCA Fiesta de los Niños – Saturday, September 27th 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Mulcahy YMCA 5085 S. Nogales Highway. Celebrate children, families and Hispanic Heritage Month with Mulcahy YMCA! Featuring arts & crafts, Mexican cuisine, and raffles, as well as a car, bike and truck show. Enjoy performances by MexTucson Ballet Folklorico, Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson, Mariachi Sonido de Mexico and Mariachi Pumas from Roskruge MS. For more information, please call Leticia at 520-838-0963.
 
- National Prescription Take-Back Initiative - Saturday, September 27th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Westside Service Center Midtown Sub-Station 1100 S Alvernon Way and Tucson Police Department South Sub-Station 4410 S Park Ave. The Tucson Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will again partner to bring the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative to the citizens of Tucson.  During this event, the public will be able to bring unwanted or unused medications to either of two drop-off locations, where they can be turned over to members of the Tucson Police Department for disposal.  This service is being provided for free, and is anonymous - no personal information will be collected from citizens turning over medication for disposal.
 
- Iskashitaa and Imagine No Malaria Benefit Concert - Saturday, October 4th 7:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 1431 W. Magee Rd. Don’t miss this incredible concert featuring Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey, Jean-Marie Mutore from Burundi, and more talented artists from the Tucson community. Tickets are $10 minimum donation and will benefit Iskashitaa Refugee Network and the Imagine No Malaria Fund.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
about a new, fun, and exciting activity starting up at the Donna Liggins Center this month? Pickleball!  If you have not seen or heard of Pickleball, check it out. It's a blast!!
 
What is Pickleball? Pickleball is a cross between badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. Pickleball was created with one thing in mind: fun. It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you're five, ninety-five or somewhere in between.
Where? Donna Liggins Center  2160 N. 6th. Ave.  791-3247
When? DLC will be offering open Pickleball Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 to 3:00 pm starting September 23rd.
How much? $1.50 for adults 18-61, $1.00 for youth 17 and under and seniors 62 and over.  Quarterly and annual passes are also available.
 
** PS**  DLC also has a weight room, computer lab, game room, basketball courts, senior programs, meeting space, room rentals for parties, and much more!  Go check them out!
 
that CreateIT is hiring mentors for the new teen media space at the Main Library downtown! The job description is broad and will allow the library to hire for several different roles, but as an example, the team at the Main Library is looking for mentors to work with teens in their new space, including teaching artists, makers, tinkerers and engineers who love working with youth, who are interested in fostering interest-driven programming and creating innovative programming with teens and the community. Types of programs the library hopes to foster include but are certainly not limited to: music production; video production, computer programming, game development, graphic design, digital photography, robotics, animation…the list goes on. If this is you or someone you know, please make the connection. The job is open for application through 9/12.
 
that groups, neighborhoods, and individuals can now join the Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance 501(c)3? For dues of $25 per year, a Ward 3 neighborhood can join W3NA and funds donated to W3NA can be disbursed to those member groups. All neighborhoods in Ward 3 are invited to join, even those that have non-profit status of their own or that don't have plans to request donations. The money that W3NA raises will be used to offset operating costs of the organization, such as corporation fees, bank fees, legal advice, and mailing thank you letters to donors. If your neighborhood or group would like to join W3NA to take advantage of their nonprofit status, or just to support the organization, please contact Sandy Miller at slm949@gmail.com to find out where to mail your check for $25.