Steve K's Newsletter 03/09/20

Topics in this Issue:

This Be Kind is for all of the volunteers who donate their time, and staff who work so hard in support of the critters out at Pima Animal Care Center (PACC). Last week they became the temporary home for seventy-two cats and kittens that were all found at the home of a hoarder out on the northwest side of town. The cats are all being checked out for health and well-being and will soon be placed up for adoption. If you’d like to go and check into adopting one or some of these cats, PACC is open Monday through Friday from noon until 7 pm, and on weekends from 10 am until 5 pm. They are located at 4000 N. Silverbell Rd. 

One note on that PACC item that is important to understand. Hoarding is not at all akin to the jerks who operate puppy mills. Those are run for profit. Hoarding is a behavioral disorder that is treatable. When involving animals, the hoarder is not driven by a desire to profit off from the conditions in which the critters are living. The two are much different in ‘kind.’

This is sort of a backhanded Be Kind. An employee at an Indiana Olive Garden Restaurant was fired last week. The Kindness is for the corporate people who showed her the door. They had a customer who demanded that the 16-year-old server who was taking care of them be replaced. You see, the server was black. They demanded to have a ‘non-black’ person take care of them. The manager complied and reassigned the young girl to a different location in the restaurant. To their credit, ‘corporate’ fired the manager who made that call.

I used to run a restaurant. That customer should have been invited to leave if she didn’t like who was taking care of her table. The incident is an example of why the current discussion about taking the Confederate flag out of local parades is unfortunately still a relevant topic.

When I was growing up in Michigan, we experienced tornados every year. Tucson has our ‘monsoon season.’ Back there we had ‘tornado season.’ It wasn’t uncommon to have one side of the street devastated, and the other side left untouched. I remember my mom driving home from a Tigers baseball game one evening as we watched a tornado off in the distance, making sure our paths of travel didn’t intersect.

Last week, Nashville had a deadly tornado. These are some images – note how the tornado track left some buildings untouched, but nearby was a wreck.

At least twenty-four people were killed. This young family perished together in the storm.

The Be Kind is for all of the many reports I have heard about neighbors helping neighbors. I’ve read of people offering strangers places to stay, stories of the work being done by volunteer neighbors helping clear the rubble, and stories of donations being provided to shelters serving those who are temporarily homeless. 

There are of course the obligatory donation scams. I’ve checked with some local Tennessee sources and have this information for you if you’d like to help out. The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties (UWRCC) is helping manage a relief effort. The UWRCC will work with neighboring United Ways and their local Red Cross to make sure 100% of the donations they receive are used for the relief effort. Contact our local United Way at 903-9000 and they will point you in the right direction if you want to get involved. 

Medical Protocols – Shelter Workers

Odds are, at some point Coronovirus will arrive in Tucson. We already have at least one in Pinal County. The Pinal case was ‘community spread,’ meaning they don’t know where the person may have come into contact with the germs. 

I’m sure the shelters in Tennessee are having to deal with the added sensitivities of caring for people in the wake of the storm, and the possibility of spreading disease. Please mark your calendar for this Wednesday at 5:30 and come to our Community Room for a presentation by Pima County Health Director Dr. Francisco Garcia. In addition, we have invited representatives from Tucson Medical Center (TMC) and El Rio Health Centers to participate. I’ve asked for them to speak to people who operate or who volunteer in our local shelters. But if you have general questions about Coronavirus (or the flu season generally) please come and take part. I know we will have management from at least one of our local shopping malls in attendance. This informational meeting is open to all. The more diverse the group, the more varied the questions and perspectives we will hear.

I was on Bill Buckmaster’s show (1030-AM, Monday through Friday at noon) last Wednesday and his first question was what the City is doing to prepare for the possibility of a local outbreak. Last week, I wrote that 56 countries have reported cases of COVID-19. Now that’s up over 60. And the number of fatalities is over 3,000. I would add that while those are big numbers, many in the medical community are suggesting some pretty calming, common sense approaches to our current situation. I agree with them.

The virus can cause symptoms that range from a mild cold to extreme pneumonia. It is very contagious. Yet, over 80% of the people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the world have had very mild infections. Those who are most likely to have complications are the elderly and people with other underlying medical conditions that compromise their systems.

Symptoms can range from fever, cough, shortness of breath, to severe pneumonia in one or in both lungs. I have had pneumonia twice. It’s no fun. This memo was issued late last week by the County folks. I appreciate their efforts to inform the people.

The virus spreads just like any other virus spreads. It’s why I lose my mind when people insist on being a hero and coming to work or attending meetings when they are sick. Coughing and sneezing out into the air spreads it. Keep a nice ‘social distance’ and you should minimize your risk. People are most contagious when their symptoms are at their peak, but they can still spread the virus before they show outward signs. What can you do to avoid catching/spreading it? The City Manager, in concert with Dr. Garcia, put out this list last week. Tell me which one isn’t simply common courtesy and common sense:

Tucson Fire is leading an inter-departmental planning effort that will update what’s called the City’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). This plan will dust off plans for telework/commuting policies that will allow certain City workers to work from home if things go south. The group will also update public postings of ‘how to stay healthy’ information, and what you should do if you do get sick. As well, added cleaning efforts are being put into effect so our very public spaces are getting the white-glove treatment while concerns are elevated. I have recommended to the City Manager that we place long term/temporary hand washing stations in some of the areas where we know there may be homeless and other public foot traffic. This is just one example of many that may help mitigate any spread of this, or other viral infections.

Join us on Wednesday, unless you’re sick. The information Dr. Garcia, TMC and El Rio have to share is important. The event is not intended to hype the issue, but has as its focus simply making sure people who are interacting with others and who may already be compromised from a health perspective understand the protocols being recommended for addressing issues for shelter operators, volunteers, and the general public.

You may check these links for the most current information related to regional and international responses to the virus:

Pima County Health Department – www.pima.gov/COVID19
Arizona Department of Health Services – https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html
World Health Organization – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

The Corona Stock Market

It seems that every time we have a national or an international health scare, the stock market tumbles. A financial guy I know shared a chart that shows not only those reactions, but how things eventually return to normal. It’s his ‘don’t panic and sell out’ message to conservative investors like me. But look at the chart -

I had forgotten some of those health scares. Note how over time, the market found its legs again. In eleven of the twelve examples, the sixth month change responded with an 8.8% gain, measured from the start of the epidemic. Over twelve months, that gain in the S&P 500 was over 13%.  So take heart, ride it out, and come hear from the health experts on Wednesday. I think it all falls under the ‘this too shall pass’ umbrella.

F-35 Environmental Impact Input

A reminder that on Tuesday, from 5:30 until 8pm, there will be a public meeting during which you can offer your input to the USAF related to basing decisions and the F-35. The meetings will be held at the TCC. There will be representatives from the Air Force on hand to guide you through the material, answer questions and show you how to provide your feedback. 

If, due to the current COVID-19 virus, you are concerned with going out into large crowds, you may still provide your feedback on the draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS) related to the F-35. This link will take you to the full EIS, and also give you directions on how to submit your on-line comments:

 www.afrc-f35a-beddown.com

E-Scooters

Unfortunately for Ward 6 residents, the scooter fad won’t pass for at least another six months. One other unfortunate point before I get into survey data is that e-scooters are not considered ‘vehicles’ according to the law. Therefore, you cannot be cited for Driving Under the Influence while scooting. Keep that nugget in mind as you read on.

                                  

You may recognize the guy on the left – Michael Dukakis riding in a tank. Well, not to be outdone, on the right is our esteemed Ward 3 Councilmember, Paul Durham, showing off his scooter skills. I’m happy to see he’s wearing a helmet. He is in the extreme minority. As well, nobody from City staff has yet explained how the Razor scooters, like what Paul is demonstrating his skills on, align with our own Code definition of an allowable scooter:

Seats on scooters are not ‘designed to be operated in a standup mode.’ Yet, as was shown in the most recent scooter vote, facts aren’t driving the decisions related to whether or not we retain the program.

The City participated in a survey that touched on various components of scooter riding. The purpose was to inform the Mayor and Council’s decision on whether or not to extend the scooter program on our City streets – and sidewalks. The Mayor and Council voted 6-1 to continue this mistake.

According to the results of the survey, this is the profile of a Tucson scoot: rides lasted about nine minutes and covered less than a mile. The majority of the rides begin around Happy Hour and peak out around 11 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. They occur on 4th Ave and University Blvd. Over half of the rides are for social reasons, or just to have fun. Only 2% of the riders were observed to have been wearing helmets. As much as the Mayor and Council and others would like to maintain the fiction that these things are saving the environment, the reality is that they’re being used to bar-hop on 4th Ave every weekend. 

Here are a few graphs to back up that profile. Which days of the week are most popular?

And time of day – let’s say Happy Hour begins around 5 pm?

And the purpose of the trip? Nothing wrong with socializing, or just having fun, but when you mix that with bar-hopping at 11 pm, after having been drinking for a few hours, and no requirement that you be wearing a helmet, that’s not a great set of facts for the Mayor and Council to be supporting while at the same time alleging we care about safety on the roadway. Or the sidewalk – 36% of the scooter riding was observed to be taking place on the sidewalk.

The surveyors saw only 2% of the scooting that included wearing a helmet. When asked, 71% of the riders said they never wear a helmet. There is no helmet-law, and even if there was, we don’t have TPD sufficient staffing to be chasing down scooters and riders without a helmet. It’s a factor to consider when you hear Mayor and Council talk about safety on our streets.

And where is all of this taking place? About 80% of it is in Ward 6. One staffer said it’s about half. One council member said she sympathized with me, but didn’t support my effort to stop this program. 

We have scooters for another six months, unless someone else on the Council brings the issue back for reconsideration. One of my colleagues says he wouldn’t support continuation of the program if people didn’t wear helmets. Another put on a charade before the last election saying he cared about 4th Ave. Then there’s the sympathetic one. With me, that’s four. We’ll see if any of them were serious.

Move Tucson

There are plenty of areas of agreement though when talking about mobility on and around our streets. Even on our sidewalks. Scooters just aren’t one of them.

The City is in the early stages of putting together a Mobility Master Plan. It is going to be a long-range planning tool that will help to guide where we place our transportation-related investments. The Complete Streets policies that are also under design will play into the whole master plan. The first phase of the Plan is done, and we would like your feedback on the direction it’s headed.

Well, maybe not quite that impressive, but on Wednesday, March 18th, City staff will host an open house where they’ll share the Phase I progress. The event will be held at the El Pueblo Senior Center, 101 W. Irvington Rd. It’ll run from 6 pm until 8 pm. Staff will have a short presentation at about 6:15, and then again at 7:15, so you don’t need to carve out the whole two hour window in order to get your input registered. 

Our roads and sidewalks are for everyone, and we want everyone’s input. If you need American Sign Language interpretation for this event, please contact Fernanda Quintanilla (837-6106) and she will help to make those arrangements.

More Mobility

Beyond is a series of activities that was started as a community statement of connection in the aftermath of the January 8th Safeway shooting. Gabe Zimmerman was an aide to Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. He was killed at the Congress on the Corner event. Gabe’s family spearheaded a series of community events in honor of their son. Those events grew into what is now the Beyond series. I want to share a couple of their activities with you, and invite you to explore all of what they have to offer beyond just the two.

Our office is working with Sundt Construction and the monastery project to get some of the landscaping that’s on the Benedictine site transplanted over at Mission Gardens. Beyond hosts a weekly Mission Garden walk that begins every Thursday at 5 pm at the Mercado San Agustin, and winds its way through Mission Gardens. It’s not a race. It’s an opportunity to simply get out, get some mild exercise, and see the sites over on our west side. Also included is the Santa Cruz River Farmer’s Market. They have live music and lots of food. By participating in the Mission Garden walk, you earn points towards discounts at the Farmer’s Market. It’s a no-lose proposition.

The second event is the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown. My bride is rehabilitating from her broken foot and plans on being at the June 6th Downtown 5K. In addition, there’s a 5K/10K event that begins at TMC on September 20th, and the October 18th 5K and Half-marathon. Each of these is hosted under the Beyond banner.  

Use this link to sign up for the Triple Crown:

REGISTER NOW!

To learn more about Beyond and all of the activities they support, go to www.beyond-tucson.org. It’s a lot more than just these two ‘mobility’ events.

Benedictine Construction

I mentioned above the work we’re doing with Sundt to move some of the Benedictine landscaping over to Mission Gardens. The work on the Benedictine site has started. 

We had a very good turnout for the pre-construction meeting we hosted last Monday evening. I have worked with the project manager Sundt has on this job during several UA construction jobs. She will do a great job being sensitive to the project schedule, budget and the concerns of the surrounding neighbors. It’s construction, so there’ll be some impact, but I believe the meeting produced some good contacts and cross-sharing of needs and desires.

One example is a concern raised to me by a guy who lives in Miramonte. The construction fences were installed on 2nd   Street, along Country Club. He asked me to check into sight lines for oncoming traffic. Thanks are due to our TDOT staff for running this one down. They visited the site, did an analysis of where north-bound vehicles were visible. This image is a part of their study.

With that they calculated speed/distance:

Armed with that information, they have asked the contractor to pull the fence back several feet. It’s a safety item that wouldn’t have been addressed without the question being raised, staff doing the legwork, and the contractor being a willing community partner and working to resolve the condition.

It is always amazing to me how construction begins with demo, like what’s shown in the picture I took above, and ends up with new buildings. This is an image of what the new construction will look like, from generally the same vantage point from which I took the picture:

Here are a couple more renderings of the ultimate finished product.

The construction is planned to take about twenty months. There has been no decision made at this point on what the new uses inside the sanctuary will be. Count on something commercial, but until investors see that zoning entitlements are locked in, they’re reluctant to commit to any given project. The project team is now in a position to chase uses with that rezoning process having been completed. 

I’ll continue to give periodic project updates so those of you who don’t pass by the place regularly can see the progress. I appreciate the sensitivity to the iconic nature of the site that’s being demonstrated by Ross, his design team and the contractors.

Recycling

Thank you to those of you who continue bringing your empty bottles to the Ward office for crushing. There is wide community buy-in into the idea of gathering glass and identifying secondary uses for it. One request please – 

I really cannot use your dirty dishes. 

Empty bottles of all sorts, but flatware won’t fit into the crushing machine. When we get the commercial scale crusher, and have identified the scattered City-wide sites, great. My machine is limited to bottles.

One timely meeting that’s coming this week is the Arizona Recycling Coalition (ARC) hosting a get-together, one part of which is to talk about options for glass recycling. The ARC is a non-profit that was formed to promote the whole ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ ethic. They operate not only in Arizona, but throughout the Southwest. Their members come from industry, the public sector, non-profits and the education community. Here’s the meeting notice that came out last week:

       

Our Environmental Services folks will be attending. If you would like to check out the group, their website is https://azrc.memberclicks.net/.  Last week I shared pictures of the then worn out glass crusher. City workers installed new parts and pieces and I’m back in business out in the garage. Please feel free to continue bringing your bottles by. Our General Services people now have the crusher on a regular 2-month maintenance schedule.

Finally, following the meeting I held with leadership from Main Gate, 4th Ave., and downtown merchants, staff was to put together an informational presentation that the group can use to present to the bars and restaurants in those areas. The goal is to identify good locations for placing bins, collecting glass on a more commercial scale than what’s now happening, and starting the process of expanding this program. We will have that Power Point ready to distribute this week. 

All of this is coming together. I’m grateful to those of you who are so actively supporting the change in how we’re looking at glass, and recycling in general.

City Budget

We’re losing over $3M annually in how we are currently managing our recycling program. That’s not the fault of our City staff, it’s a function of changes in the international recycling industry. It means we are going to have to make changes in how we handle the ‘reduce/reuse/recycle’ thought process in the City. You’ve been a part of that with the glass, and more is to come.

That’s a piece of the City budget discussions that are on-going. Each week we are getting an update on the needs of individual City departments. Once we’ve heard from them all we will be in a position to make decisions for the budget in its entirety. Until then, it’s just updates.

During the recent City budget retreat, Mayor and Council each listed our individual priorities. Those were combined into general categories. The categories are Climate action and resiliency, economic opportunities, having a safe community and things we need to enhance from the governmental/organizational level. Those are broad categories, so the City Manager and his staff are in the process of drilling down into each and integrating them with the needs being identified by the individual departments. For example, under the ‘safe community’ umbrella, we’ll see things such as increasing the number of commissioned public safety officers, more Community Service Officers, working on reducing non-emergency 911 calls, and upgrading our computer system to prevent cyber-attacks. Each of those will cost money. Each will be a part of our wholistic budget conversation.

In the past few years, as we’ve worked towards our presently structurally balanced budget, Mayor and Council established some areas in which we’ve already committed dollars. That list includes some of the items I just listed in ‘safe community’ list. We’ve committed over $2M to police recruitment, about $1M to fire recruitment, the wage increases and market adjustments we’ve given account for about $10M, and smaller scale items such as doing our part in maintaining the TCC, testing some electric buses and committing to the continuation of our specialty veteran’s court. All combined we’ve already got over $16M in that list, so the talks we are now having about adding new directions will have that in the background.

We expect to have one of our first broad-based study sessions on the budget at our next meeting. As I stated during the budget retreat, we cannot lose focus on our core responsibilities as we weigh the limited resources we have to work with versus a long list of needs.

Political Campaigns

In 2016, after the Trump campaign skipped out on a security bill for about $80K, and Sanders for about $44K, I asked Mayor and Council to adopt a new policy that ensures we are paid for the extra policing, and other event costs we are owed if a campaign uses the TCC for a campaign rally. We passed that new policy, so if any of the current candidates, for whatever office, come asking to use the TCC, we will estimate security and event costs, and get an up-front payment before booking the venue to them.

These campaigns raise hundreds of millions of dollars to run for office. The media tracks that part of the horse race. I don’t believe it’s right that local taxpayers should pay for added security when they come knocking and want to rent the TCC. I would take that a step further and include costs associated with any campaign rally, whether it’s in a park, or wherever we have to allocate extra police for security. I would, but I can’t. There’s that pesky thing called the law preventing expanding the policy to outdoor venues.

We operate the TCC as a proprietary operation. And it’s indoors. People can’t show up and effectively shut down the event by over-running it with hecklers. That’s the reason we are able to charge for security when that facility is being used. But the courts have already weighed in on jurisdictions trying to recapture costs when outdoor events are held in their area. It’s what’s called a “Heckler’s Veto” and it is grounded on protecting 1st Amendment speech rights.

The Court deemed fees that vary based on estimated costs for maintaining public order to be ‘content based’. This is one section of a case making that point:

The rationale is that if one group wants to hold a rally, another group could effectively shut down their speech right by showing up with a larger crowd. If the City anticipated that counter-protest and charged the first group with enough cops to be on site to ensure they could do their rally, that cost can become prohibitive, thereby allowing the counter-protesters to shut down the event. That’s where the term ‘heckler’s veto’ comes from. This is why we won’t be able to charge for security if a campaign wants to rent say the amphitheater at Reid Park. There are rental costs; added security just isn’t one of them.

I’m sure you’re enjoying all of the political ads running on the TV. What you won’t be doing though is paying for security if one of those campaigns wants to rent the TCC for a rally. If they have the money to buy time on the tube, they can pay for cops used in our venue.

TEP System Upgrades

We had the update from staff and TEP related to the plans for installing a new, upgraded power supply that will serve several areas of Tucson. I’ve shared this map before. It shows the broad outline of what parts of town will be affected by the work. It’s also shows those parts of town that will benefit from the new service.

The question isn’t whether the upgrades are needed. There are already parts of town that have occasional brownouts. And TEP confirms that midtown is at or nearing capacity. The issue that’s being studied is the location of substations and how transmission lines and poles will reach those locations.

I haven’t heard any controversy about the southwest and northwest substations. The elephant in the room is really the substation planned for just north of Banner UMC. This is from last week’s newsletter – the green blotch at the top of the image is Banner UMC, and where the substation is planned to be installed.

  

During the study session I asked what the Mayor and council’s role is in approving the project. Late this year, TEP plans on submitting three options for where the transmission lines will run. They will submit that to what is called the “Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee.” Really. That committee will make a final recommendation to the Arizona Corporation Commission. That body will make the final call. TEP hopes to be under construction in early 2022. And yet, the City will play a role in identifying the routes that will be presented to that committee. It’s the nature of that role that I wanted explained.

The Star ran a story on this last Saturday in which I was quoted as saying the substation ‘is what it is’ – a chunk of concrete. The questions people have are about the transmission lines. Well…sort of. What I said was that the substation is ‘ground zero’ for the issue. It is what it is – a utility encased in a chunk of concrete. The controversy exists on the route that’s used to reach ‘ground zero.’ And the question is what criteria the Mayor and Council may use in deciding whether or not to approve the zoning exemptions TEP will need to connect to the substation. 

The process they will go through is called a Zoning Examiner’s Special Exemption. For the substation itself, all they need to show is that the ‘chunk of concrete’ housing the equipment meets certain set back rules, doesn’t cause traffic issues, is a use allowed by the Code, and that there’s sufficient water and other infrastructure to support it. It’s pretty likely the location of the substation will pass those tests. The question that is a little less clear is when I asked, ‘what are the downstream effects we can point to in deciding whether or not to allow the Special Exemption?’ The Code also says that in order to grant the exemption, the Zoning Examiner (ZE) must find the project “does not adversely affect adjacent land uses or the surrounding neighborhood or that such adverse effects can be substantially mitigated through the use of additional conditions.” Those are the ‘downstream effects’ I was asking about.

Any rezoning can come with conditions. Mayor and Council have the authority to require certain added measures to mitigate impacts on surrounding areas. Examples from the Code include things such as hours of operation, limitations on signage, lighting, and landscape buffers. None of those really capture the concerns over running 110’ power poles through residential areas. We really don’t have much precedent to rely on for guiding how the zoning examination portion of this issue will evolve. Is it restricted to simply the location of the substation, or what ‘downstream effects’ are on the table for us to weigh in on? Our City Attorney is chasing down some more information on that piece for me.

So, there was quite a bit more than what the Star reported. The zoning examination process will eventually include a neighborhood meeting after serving notice to property owners within 300’ and neighborhood associations within a mile of the proposed substation. Then the zoning examination hearings, and if his decision is appealed, it would come to Mayor and Council. Given the time frame TEP wants to work within, those notices, meetings and hearings will be coming very soon.

Windshield Booting

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece on this program. It’s not really called a ‘windshield boot’ – it’s a Barnacle. This program is kicking off next week.

Starting on March 16th, Park Tucson will be applying one of these gizmos to the windshield of cars that are improperly parked, if the person who owns the car has two prior unpaid parking violations. Park Tucson has already sent letters to the list of people who are vulnerable, so getting having a third unpaid ticket, and the Barnacle, none will be caught off guard.

The program is intended to help the City capture the citations due, and not see them written off as uncollectable. It’s aimed at convincing people who think parking rules are for everyone else, just not them. That is not the case at all.

When an enforcement agent finds a violation involving one of the people on the list, they will contact the Park Tucson supervisor on duty. That person will in turn contact one of the four Tucson City Court representatives partnering on this for confirmation. A court date will be established right then, and the enforcement agent will place a sticker, along with the Barnacle, on the car advising the owner.

The average person affected by this program has over five unpaid tickets, and owes over $1,100. There are 667 people on the list. Combined they owe over $741K. 

This week’s Local Tucson item is your opportunity to apply for Grant money – either for Economic and Workforce Development, or for a Civic Event.

When I started doing this back in 2009, doling out General Fund money to ‘outside agencies’ was a yearly discretionary act by the Mayor and Council. It was very political. We instituted the Request for Proposal process that’s now in place. Through it we have a citizen committee reviewing applications and making a recommendation to Mayor and Council. That process is now open. Applications are due by April 15th and will apply to fiscal year 2021-2022.

You can look over the application form and download both the RFP for Economic & Workforce Development, and Special Events by going to www.ConnectTucson.com. The funds are limited and the competition is significant, so make sure your application is complete, and compelling.

And these guys have been a Local Tucson topic in the past – they get Honorable Mention this week.
Saturday, March 21st – another family friendly visit to the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum Silver Spike Jubilee event. The music begins at 9:30 am, and the celebration takes place at 10 am. This flyer has all of the relevant information. Given that the U.S. Cavalry Regiment Band will be on hand, I’m sure you won’t have to wade through any Confederate flags during the event.

Sincerely,

Steve Kozachik
Council Member, Ward 6
ward6@tucsonaz.gov

Events and Entertainment

Mon, Mar 9, 12 PM THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED, PLEASE SEE THE OFFICIAL PAGE FOR THE PRESS RELEASE MESSAGE:

https://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/?id=772

Tucson Festival of Books​, https://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

 

Sun, Mar 15, 10 AM – 12 PM

St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival of Tucson, Armory Park, Tucson

https://www.tucsonstpatricksday.com/

 

ONGOING...

Arizona State Museum, 1013 E University Blvd | www.statemuseum.arizona.edu

Arizona Theater Company, 330 S Scott Ave | www.arizonatheatre.org

Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S 6th Ave | www.childrensmuseumtucson.org

Fox Theatre, 17 W Congress St | www.FoxTucsonTheatre.org

Historic Fourth AvenueSee Facebook page for weekly events: https://www.facebook.com/events/2343613065903248/

Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St | hotelcongress.com

Jewish History Museum, 564 S Stone Ave | www.jewishhistorymuseum.org

Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd | www.loftcinema.com

Meet Me at Maynards, 311 E Congress St | www.MeetMeatMaynards.com
A social walk/run through the Downtown area. Every Monday, rain or shine, holidays too! Check-in begins at 5:15 pm.

Mission Garden, 946 W Mission Ln | www.missiongarden.org
A living agricultural museum and ethnobotanical garden at the site of Tucson's Birthplace (the foot of "A-Mountain"). For guided tours call 520-955-5200

Raices Taller 222, 218 E. 6th St | Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm | www.raicestaller222.com

Rialto Theatre, 318 E Congress St | www.rialtotheatre.com

The Rogue Theatre, The Historic Y, 300 E University Blvd | www.theroguetheatre.org

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 414 N Toole Ave | www.tucsonhistoricdepot.org

Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way | www.tucsonbotanical.org

Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church St | tucsonconventioncenter.com

Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N Main Ave | tucsonmuseumofart.org

UA Mineral Museum, 1601 E University Blvd | www.uamineralmuseum.org

Watershed Management Group, Living Lab 1137 N. Dodge Blvd. | www.watershedmg.org

Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson2130 North Alvernon Way | www.yumegardens.org