Steve K's Newsletter 05/28/19

Be Kind 

A woman named Karen sold her apartment in New York City and had the $420K proceeds from the sale in a check in an envelope. The money was to be her down payment on a new house. She accidentally left it lying on the table at a restaurant where she ate. The waiter tracked her down and returned it to Karen. She was thrilled. The man certainly deserves more than a Be Kind mention.

I was reading a piece on animal conservation recently and it included this picture of an elephant in Kenya. My bride, little girl, and I travelled there on a game safari a while back and saw hundreds of elephants, among lots of other wildlife just wandering around their natural habitat. As noted in the subtext on the photo, elephants are just one of over a half-million land species threatened by the loss of their habitat.

This Be Kind is for my friends at the Tucson Zoological Society for the great work they do in support of international animal conservation. They are also the ones who are now managing the Reid Park Zoo. One of their big fundraisers is the Brew at the Zoo, coming on June 15th. Look for it at

Emerge has a lady named Narda working in their housing support unit. She helps domestic violence survivors find housing, and then goes the added step of helping them find furniture and household items once they move into their new place. Realize that these are, more often than not, single moms who have been through some very tough times. Narda works to help them find a safe and soft landing. If you have furniture items you can donate to the Emerge housing unit, please let me know and I will get you in touch with them. Narda deserves a big Be Kind hug for her work.

On a related note, I have shared in past newsletters some national hotlines related to issues surrounding domestic violence. The one I am sharing this week is the national suicide prevention lifeline. It is for anyone who may be contemplating suicide – or for family members/friends who are concerned about loved ones. Please mark down this number and web address and share it with those who may need it.


Local First

For this week’s local Tucson item, I am pitching a fundraising event we will be having over at the Benedictine. We have found that many of the migrants appreciate music. I am joining with Caroline Ragnone from the Global Chants Initiative and we will be sharing a couple of hours of music. I will open with some familiar cover music, and then Caroline will share some interactive chants, accompanied by Miguel Molina. He is a Peruvian man who plays the pan flute.

The work we are doing at the monastery is all funded through the good will of the community. Our event guarantees any donations people bring will go 100% to the continuing work we are doing. Please join us at 6pm on Friday, June 28th in the monastery chapel. I will have more details coming, but want to get it on your calendar now so you can come and sing – and donate.

We have seen some pretty high numbers of guests in the past week at the Benedictine. The needs continue. I mentioned rosaries last week. Thank you to those who have answered that call. We can use even more. Here is a list of some very specific items we have run low on.

I toured a woman from La Paloma Academy through the monastery last Friday. She commented on how very appreciative the people are; smiles on faces and gracious attitudes. She is right. Thanks for the giving you have done. A recent NYT article on what these families are enduring had this photo that was taken on the bus one of our migrant guest families was on:

They leave the monastery with a travel bag outfitted to help them reach their destinations. What we cannot predict is Greyhound overbooking busses, late arrivals and missed connections. The family the reporter was tracking followed this route to get from Tucson to Nashville.

Over 1,600 miles and 85 hours after having left Tucson, they finally arrived. That does not count the time they spent on the road while making their way from Guatemala through Mexico.

Come and take part on the 29th. Both financial and in-kind donations are needed.

Wear Orange Event

We have got the details worked out now for the June 9th Wear Orange event. It is another event you should mark on your calendar. As a reminder, this is the gun safety event held annually across the nation. The ‘orange’ tie-in is that’s the color hunters wear as a safety measure. It is now the basis for speaking out against gun violence.

Pastor Bart Smith and his congregation at St. Marks will host this year’s event. The movie that will be shown is based on the Parkland school shooting. Sadly, there continue to be school shootings… and theater shootings, church/synagogue/mosque shootings, drive-by shootings – we just have a culture in which they are commonplace.

Please come on the 9th at 5:30pm – the opening is some centering music, then the movie and discussion. I wish this issue was going away, but we all know better. Join us in advocating for action.

Neighborhoods and Planning

Last week I invited Tucson Residents for Responsive Government (TRRG) to come and report on work they have been doing out in the community. Last year the city manager asked them to look into Neighborhood Plans, and how neighborhood associations viewed them. Tuesday was that report-out.

Neighborhood associations are registered with the city when they form. Being registered entitles them to certain notifications of zoning changes, an annual newsletter and some other incidentals. Not all parts of the city have active neighborhood associations (NA’s). For example, this is Ward 6:

The shaded areas represent where NA’s are formed and are active. Each has its own Neighborhood Plan. We have 42 of them in W6, comprising 73% of our land area. If you toss in Area Plans, that jumps to 97% of the land area in W6. Clearly, the interaction I have with them is considerable. They are a very important voice in how I do this job.

Other Wards do not have as many active NA’s. Here are the numbers. I am only including area covered by Neighborhood Plans in these data, not Area Plans.

  • Ward 1 – 25 NA’s comprising 56% of the ward.
  • Ward 2 – 14 NA’s comprising 38% of the ward.
  • Ward 3 – 28 NA’s comprising 65% of the ward.
  • Ward 4 - 11 NA’s comprising 31% of the ward.
  • Ward 5 – 21 NA’s comprising 24% of the ward.

Each of those percentages jumps a little when you toss in Area Plans, but I am more focused on Neighborhood Plans. They are the documents the city puts its stamp on as planning guides. They are the granular policy statements that neighborhoods put together in order to guide development that preserves the character of their, well, their neighborhood.

Before I get into why the item boiled into some controversy it is important to stipulate the reality that everybody who lives in an urban setting lives in a neighborhood. Everybody has some tipping point at which they would say “not in my back yard” to some development. I get tired of hearing the tag “nimby” used in a pejorative. Everybody will fight to preserve their investment, so we all qualify for that label at some level.

I will not get into the ‘zoning weeds’ except to say that there are NA’s scattered across the city who do not feel their Plans are being respected to the degree they should when determining whether or not a given development complies with their Plan. Our Uniform Development Code uses that word – “comply” – numerous times. Yet, the application of the UDC has resulted in a very different standard; that is, ‘does a given development generally conform to the terms of the Plan?’ Neighbors want to know what that means. I am a neighbor. So do I. You are a neighbor. So should you.

A Phoenix zoning case is used to demonstrate what general conformity might mean. In that case, the Phoenix City Council approved a development that included a 500’ tall building. The associated Neighborhood Plan provided guidance that 250’ was the standard for conforming to the general character of the area. The Council approved the development, was sued, and the court decided in favor of the City Council. The court said that considering all of the guidelines offered in the Plan, the totality of them taken together in the context of the project proposed generally conformed to the Plan. The fact that the height of the building was two times what was ‘allowed’ in the Plan was only one of many factors considered. I have a real hard time explaining to my neighbors how 250’ = 500’ = complies with. We are told that the specific modifies the general, not the reverse. That does not appear to be the case if this court decision is going to be our prevailing standard.

The TRRG folks produced a report that contains some comments – gleaned from a survey they conducted – that express widespread frustration at how the city applies Neighborhood Plans. Comments such as “It’s time to put residents’ concerns ahead of developers’ profits” and “Neighborhoods are resources for the city, too. They should support us as partners in the efforts to improve and strengthen our communities.” Given the way Plans are used in zoning decisions, the TRRGers are concerned that neither the General Plan, Neighborhood Plans, nor the UDC are being applied properly. They want greater attention paid to the policies written into Neighborhood Plans. The Metro Chamber saw the TRRG report and sent in a letter that expresses a decidedly different opinion.

The Chamber letter contains statements such as the TRRG report produces an “us vs. them mentality,” and it suggests our General Plan is a “graduation from a neighborhood-centric, parochial mentality.” That sounds pretty ‘us/them’, to me.

My hope is that we can bridge what appears to be two fundamentally different perspectives. I do not believe anybody is suggesting that zero development is the goal, and I also don’t believe anybody is saying that all development should move forward.

There is a middle ground in there somewhere. In fact, during our study session I said that every member of the Metro Chamber lives in a neighborhood. They should join TRRG. Short of that happening though, I have reached out to both groups (not “sides”) and have offered to facilitate a meeting in which we sit and explore the areas of commonality. I think we will get there – and I am hoping that in the process we will find avenues to draw development guidelines into Neighborhood Plans that do not end up sources of controversy and disagreement – litigation – but that are respected as standards intended to preserve the character of peoples’ neighborhoods.

Development can take place within appropriate parameters.

Every piece of property in the city has an existing zoning entitlement. Neighbors must understand that. As we have seen with the Benedictine, those entitlements may allow uses that are totally out of line with the terms of an existing Neighborhood Plan. Working together, we modified the original Benedictine proposal to the point that there now appears to be widespread (not universal) support for the direction it is headed. What TRRG is after is help from the city, and the involvement of many voices in crafting Plan updates that will be honored, and that reflect the values and character they want to preserve in a given area. I am hopeful that our first meeting will be a catalyst for subsequent meetings headed towards that goal.

More Neighborhood Activity

Kris Yarter from Garden District shared this sign that might need the touch of a grammarian:

You will see below that not all of my test scores were always stellar, but I think I could find room for some punctuation in that sentence somewhere. Now Kris is a science teacher, so I suspect she is totally fine with it written as it is.

The neighborhood issue? Please clean up after your dogs when you take them for walks in our parks, or around your neighborhood.

Central Business District

Under the umbrella of ‘there is appropriate development,’ last week we gave direction to staff to move forward amending our Central Business District (CBD) boundaries. It is within that boundary where the city offers certain development incentives. They may be offered as long as the given project passes what is called the ‘Gift Clause’ test.

State law mandates a few things related to a CBD. It must be an area that qualifies based on economic blight. It must be a contiguous area, and it may not exceed 2.5% of the city land mass.

Our current CBD makes up only 1.4% of the city. It is primarily located in our downtown core. About five years ago, people who had seen how some of the tools allowed within a Central Business District helped in the revitalization of Phoenix approached me. We worked with our legal team and M&C adopted both our CBD, and some of the tools. They have helped quite a bit kick starting some projects downtown that may otherwise not have been financially viable. Drive downtown and you will see the results.

To be clear, our taking those steps is not a function of any one single member of the M&C ‘leading’ on the issue. We have moved forward as a team, and we are making great progress.

The Gift Clause test simply says that a project must return to the taxpayers more financial value than the value of the incentive. We have been offering eight-year property tax abatements when a project’s financial rewards to taxpayers exceed the lost tax revenues. If a project cannot pass that test, it does not get the incentive. We are not giving away taxpayer money.

Successful cities have vibrant downtowns. We are seeing ours develop. I am proud to have been a player in that process. With that happening M&C decided to expand the boundary of the CBD, so now the incentives we are using to spur development downtown can be used outside of that small area. This map shows where we are expanding the District.

The existing District is outlined in green. The new blue areas outside of the green box are where we are hoping to see new growth using the financial incentive tools that will now be available. Of particular note for me is the expansion of the CBD up through a portion of the Sunshine Mile. We will have multiple small buildings that will be preserved, each with the potential of being adaptively reused for new businesses. Given their scale, a small financial boost might make-or-break them. We saw it work downtown – I expect we will see success revitalizing that stretch of Broadway.

I reported last week on the progress Rio Nuevo is having with public outreach, and the Project for Public Spaces concept work. All that remains the development focus. Now, with an expanded CBD map, we are putting into place a new tool that will further help the revitalization of the area.

Areas in Wards 1, 3 and 5 are also benefitting from this change.

Complete Streets Council

We are making progress on the implementation of the Complete Streets policy. That will eventually be a set of design guidelines for how we manage and develop our roadway projects. Instead of simply being pavement management, the policy will incorporate context, multi-modes of travel, and a consideration of what is happening outside of the curb lines. Complete streets, not just streets.

As a part of this new policy, we will be setting up two support committees. One is called the Complete Streets Coordinating Council (CSCC), and the other is the Technical Review Committee (TRC). They will have differing, but overlapping missions.

The CSCC will be composed of 21 members. The citizens serving on the Council will represent a diverse cross-section of skill sets, and the community. For example, some will bring a safety focus, others an accessibility focus, land use, economic development, transportation, and mobility. The group will oversee the formation of the design standards, and eventually will monitor the implementation of the CS policy. They will also be ambassadors in the public for the policy, able to express the various pieces of it, and the reasons behind our having adopted the design standards.

The TRC will be composed of several city department heads, each bringing their own unique perspective to roadway, transportation, and land use issues. Nothing I have seen specifically identifies who will make up the group, but it makes sense to have at the least our TDOT director, Planning, Police, Fire, someone from Legal, and the City Manager’s office. There may be more, but the goal is to get a broad view of what happens when roadway and adjacent land uses are designed so the counsel provided by both the TRC and the CSCC is solid and thorough.

The members of the CSCC will be made up of one each from M&C (7), one from the city manager, and 13 from our TDOT director. Those 13 will be one each from the Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Bike Advisory Committee, Transit Task Force, Park Tucson Commission, and then the remaining nine will be chosen from recommendations received from an ad hoc committee Diana Alarcon (TDOT) will be forming. Whew…big group, and here is where I take issue with some of the early planning.

First, let me make clear that I am really not disagreeing just to be disagreeable. While going through my mom’s stuff after she died, I came across my “Pupil Progress Report” from 1966 – I was in 5th grade. Mrs. Withnell wrote “Steve seems to work hard and seems to understand, but his test scores have not been very good. His attitude toward authority has been bad. He prefers to argue rather than do what he is told. His attitude may have affected his attainment. I am quite sure he can do better.” Ya, well while that might be my history, my objections here I believe are based on some valid points.

During our study session in which we were talking about the various skill sets we would want on the CSCC, I suggested we use people from the BAC, PAC, TTT and Park Tucson Commission. I am glad that we are. However, a part of what is now being proposed is that we dissolve each of those four commissions when we create the CSCC. I am opposed to doing that.

I understand the value in having a holistic, multi-modal focus for this Complete Streets effort. Yet, those commissions work on some unique and other-focused issues. Bus rates, 4th Avenue metering, speed limits and how other jurisdictions are addressing bike accessibility. We have some people on each of the commissions who have invested a ton of time and effort studying the variety of topics they discuss. Dissolving them is not at all what I intended when I suggested we poach a member from each to work with the CSCC. I will be advocating that we retain each of those four commissions, even as we move forward with this Complete Streets program.

We should have the draft policy back to us around early fall. I am hoping to see that minor change – major if you are one of the commissions being proposed for the chopping block – so I can fully support what will be in front of us.

Environmental Items

Last week I shared concerns over changes we are about to see the EPA move ahead with. The changes involve removing groundwater contamination from the purview of the Clean Water Act. The novel idea is that if somebody pollutes our groundwater, the feds turn a blind eye when it comes to sanctions that attach to the Clean Water Act. All the CWA is concerned with is surface water contamination, even if the polluted groundwater percolates up and contaminates a lake.

On the heels of that, last week I ran across a few articles that should be of concern. One comes from the Peninsula Clarion up in Montana. It seems they are living with the impacts of an open pit copper mine that closed in 1982. It left behind a toxic lake that contains an estimated 50 billion gallons of water. That lake has polluted their groundwater (not a problem for the EPA under their new rule) which has seeped into some of their surrounding lakes and streams (also not a problem if the contamination started with the groundwater). Here is a photo of that toxic lake perched right next to a surface lake.

According to the EPA, if the toxins first reach groundwater, even that proximity to the otherwise clean surface lake does not implicate the Clean Water Act.

Now they are considering a new pebble mine up in the same area of Montana. It will create a pit filled with 61 billion gallons of toxic water. It is close to a place called Bristol Bay where salmon runs fuel the economy. Not if the fishing industry dies from the mine-related toxins getting into the water.

Why is this in my newsletter? Well, let us bring it a little closer to home. If you read this newsletter even semi-regularly, you should know that we are fighting in court against the manufacturers of PFC’s, 3M and other companies. We have wells that have excessive levels of those chemicals and we have had to shut them down. We received a report last week that we are spending in excess of $12 million dollars so far to treat the pollutants. That treatment is successful, but we (you) should not have to foot that bill. Are we alone?

No. Another story came through last week from The Air Force Times. The New Mexico Attorney General is suing the Department of Defense to close a public lake that is located on Holloman Air Force Base due to PFC pollution. They have found PFC levels ‘dozens of times higher’ than what the EPA allows. It has polluted their groundwater (remember – not a problem under the EPA interpretation of the Clean Water Act) and New Mexico is moving towards litigation against the feds. Connect the dots. A new EPA rule that may exempt any CWA connection; I suspect New Mexico will find some other legal avenue to claim damages, but not based on the Clean Water Act if the EPA gets its way.

The same thing is happening up around Colorado Springs. The Air Force Academy is close by. There is significant PFC contamination; to the point the veterans are now calling it “agent orange 2.0.” This is a generational problem. The chemicals do not dissolve and disappear, even over decades.

Last Thursday, the Star ran an article in which it was announced that Rosemont Mine will begin excavations next month. These will be archeological test digs. In July, they plan on starting to dig the actual ‘water supply wells’ in Sahuarita. Several groups have filed for an injunction to try to prevent that from happening. We will know in June whether or not the judge stops the drilling, or if he allows it to move forward.

This waterfall of news related to how our government and industry are working together with an eye on the immediate jobs that will be created, but with a blind eye towards the environmental damage that will follow is perplexing. I suppose if your company is located in Canada, like the Rosemont parent is, your perspective is on your own bottom line, not the impacts on local groundwater, rivers and streams. However, if you are local, you ignore those impacts at your own risk.

I try to give regular updates and new perspectives on our 3M litigation. It is far too easy to find articles from Montana, New Mexico, Colorado, and Sahuarita, each of which, when added together simply leave me speechless. (I guess that is not true – I just wrote another 500 words about it.) You write, too – your federal delegation – and demand to have your rights, and those of your children protected.

At this point it is important to remind you of the great work Tucson Water is doing to ensure the water you are being served is safe. About 90% of what we are delivering is not Well Water – it is Central Arizona Project water. We are saving our groundwater for a time when the CAP supply/costs become untenable. We have treatment plants in place – and last week we approved expanding them at a cost of over $10M. That is money 3M and others will need to reimburse us for. But the treatment facilities are already pulling 3M’s pollution out of what is being served. The EPA health advisory level is 70 parts per trillion for PFOS and PFOA. The water coming out of our treatment plant is less than 4ppt. Here is a graph showing our levels:

We have reserved the right to eventually include the DOD in our claims. For now, it is the product manufacturers. Either way, the PFC issue is gaining steam across the country. We were up in the front of the line in staking our claim for compensation.

TEP and City of Tucson Electric Rates

All of our city facilities use some amount of TEP for our electric power. There are hundreds of separate ‘accounts’ covered under that city umbrella. Each one is treated in the same way individual houses along a street are; separate meter – separate bill. We voted last week to give the city attorney the authority to weigh in on having that changed.

There is a payment option called aggregated metering. It simply says that if there is a large customer, aggregating all of its individual charges under one account could possibly yield a different electric rate. A rate based on the totality of the bill, not pulling them apart and treating them as individual accounts. The process we would use to try to reduce the cost is called a ‘buy-through tariff.’

Under a buy-through, we would have the ability to solicit other electric providers to see what they would charge us as a provider for our aggregated usage. If we find that others would be charging us less than the rate TEP is charging, we would have the right to those lower rates with Tucson Electric Power. Our city staffers have estimated we would save around $1M annually under the aggregated metering process. We could use that money to further invest in solar or other renewables.

We would prefer simply to negotiate the rate with TEP than have to force that confrontational process. The authority we gave to our legal staff is to intervene in the upcoming TEP rate case if we cannot come to some agreement outside of that. I asked why TEP was not amenable to bundling our accounts under an aggregated system and was told they feel it is an administrative burden. That administrative burden is worth a million dollars to the taxpayers. I think they can find a way to play ball.

The city uses just under 200 million Kilowatt Hours of electricity per year. TEP is talking about a 7.8% rate increase. That is the $1M. Aggregating our accounts is a matter of fairness to you. I am hopeful we resolve this without having to go the Corporation Commission route.

TUGO Update

Also on the environmental front is our bike share program. TUGO is in its second full year of operation. The folks running it for us are generally pleased with how things are going. No doubt, they would prefer the ridership numbers were higher, but the rollout has gone well, and memberships are solid.

Our operator for the program is Shift Transit. They keep data showing how many rides, how long the average rides are, and which docking stations are most heavily used. In this first table, you can see that there have been nearly 40,000 trips taken since the program rolled out. Most of those are from people buying a pass at one of the stations, but you also see we have got over 1,200 people riding on long-term memberships. That is like a season ticket. Having it makes hopping on board really convenient.

Right now, there are 330 bikes spread among 36 different docking stations that are located in 13 different neighborhoods. I snipped the top ten stations from the data Shift provided. You can see there is a lot of interest and ridership around campus, even over to the Himmel library. I have asked them to look into adding a station at the W6 office. During their next review, that will be considered.

We are experiencing some very moderate temperatures so far this spring. This is a great time for you to give TUGO a try. To learn more about how that works, check out their website at, or check at any of the 36 docking stations. Each one has very user-friendly information, right alongside the neatly parked bikes.

National Heat Awareness Day

This is a graphic I took from OSHA’s Heat Awareness Day material. That day is coming Friday, May 31st. With temperatures rising, it is time we all be aware of the heat and how it can have fatal affects if we are not careful.

Thanks to Barbara Warren from the Arizona Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility for sharing the material with me. I have passed it onto our city manager to make sure all of our city employees who are working outdoors this summer are being asked to do their work in safe and healthy ways. However, the same is true of all local employers – and the same is true for all of us. When it is hot, hydrate. Do not leave kids, the disabled, or pets in cars. Find shade. Wear sunscreen. Wear a hat. Limit strenuous activity when the temperatures rise.

All of the local weather reporters have their ‘Ice Break’ contest – predicting when temperatures will hit 100 degrees. In 2018, the first toddler death, from being left in a car with the windows rolled up, occurred in February. Please understand the effects of heat in our climate. It does not need to be triple digits for it to be dangerous.

For more information on OSHA’s heat awareness program, go to

On the topic of city workers, we are hiring. Our Environmental Services department has several vacancies for Equipment Operators. The work pays between $32K and $53K annually. These are the employees you see driving the large haul trucks around collecting waste. They serve an important role in keeping our city clean and presentable, and it is respectable, honest work.

Here is the job description. Please contact the city Human Resources department at for all of the application information.

Swim for Free

On the heels of talking about extreme heat, it is only fair to share our free swim program. If you are a kid 17 years or younger, you can swim for free at 13 different city rec centers. There is regular programming happening at the centers, so the free swim starts at 2pm for kids ages 12-17, and at 6pm for kids ages 7 and up. To find out the locations go to

There will also be family pool parties scheduled from 5pm until 7pm at six different pools, one in each council Ward of the city. Those parties will run in June and July. They will include the swimming of course, but also games, music and snacks. These are intended to get families out together and build community in our neighborhoods.  Everyone is welcome to crash another neighborhood’s party. Here are the dates and locations of each pool that will be involved:

Pool Party Dates and Locations:

  • June 12 – Mansfield Pool, 2275 N. 4th Ave.
  • June 19 – Catalina Pool, 2005 N. Dodge Blvd.
  • June 26 – Kennedy Pool, 3700 S. Mission Road
  • July 10 – Palo Verde Pool, 355 S. Mann Ave.
  • July 17 – El Pueblo Pool, 5100 S. Missiondale Road
  • July 24 – Purple Heart Pool, 10050 E. Rita Road

These are some steps we are taking to help bring people together. They go hand in hand with the changes we have implemented in block party permitting.


Steve Kozachik
Council Member, Ward 6

Events & Entertainment


June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


In this program, you’ll learn how to choose the right native and non-native species of edible trees–trees that produce fruits, nuts, seeds or pods–for your site, and how to plant, care for and harvest them.

Presented by Ann Audrey of the LEAF Network

The LEAF Network is a community-based organization with the mission to Link people with the benefits of edible trees and support edible trees with people’s stewardship.​ They use the term edible trees to describe native and nonnative trees that produce fruits, nuts, seeds and pods that suit human tastes. ​


June 3 @ 8:30 am - June 7 @ 3:30 pm


$275/child members

$8/day aftercare for children picked up by 5 pm

Live Tucson’s History at the Presidio Museum’s Summer Camp!

Become an early inhabitant of Tucson and experience history: hands-on!

For Children Aged 6-12

Children will make:

  • Adobe bricks
  • Tin ornaments
  • A family tree and personal family crest

Participants will enjoy:

  • Calligraphy
  • Gardening
  • Grinding corn by hand
  • Presidio era games

Kids will learn about:

  • Tucson’s multi-cultural history
  • Their ancestors
  • Their natural surroundings

June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm with aftercare available

Register at


June 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Our Dry Summer Market highlights artists and entrepreneurs from around the city, accompanied by live music from Natalie Pohanic (, as well as drink and food specials in the AC Lounge:

$4 Drafts: Wine, Beer, Cocktails
$5 Margaritas
$6 Glass of Spanish Cava

*Each drink will be accompanied by a tapas plate of your choice: Traditional Meatball with Ricotta & Basil, Papas Bravas, Mediterranean Olives

Our 2019 series of City Markets celebrates the five distinct seasons of the Sonoran Desert with (5) Markets, each honoring the season in which it takes place:

[PAST] Winter // December to early February // Feb. 9
[PAST] Spring // Late February to April // April 13
Dry Summer // May + June // June 8
Summer Monsoons // July to early September // Sept 14
Fall // Late September to November // Nov 9

*This event is free and open to the public.

Enjoy our FREE Dive-In Movie Night at the rooftop pool directly following the City Market!


Arizona State Museum, 1013 E University Blvd |

Arizona Theater Company, 330 S Scott Ave |

Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S 6th Ave |

Fox Theatre, 17 W Congress St |

Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St |

Jewish History Museum, 564 S Stone Ave |

Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd |

Meet Me at Maynards, 311 E Congress St |
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 |
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 |

Rialto Theatre, 318 E Congress St |

The Rogue Theatre, The Historic Y, 300 E University Blvd |

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 414 N Toole Ave |

Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way |

Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church St |

Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N Main Ave |

UA Mineral Museum, 1601 E University Blvd |

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

Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson2130 North Alvernon Way |