Steve K's Newsletter 09/30/19

Topics in This Issue...


Friday, I was invited to speak at The Giving Event held at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Earlier this past summer, I wrote about the quilting event that was taking place. Last week was the finale – Quilt for a Cause auctions and sells their homemade works of art, and the proceeds go to support research in breast cancer and other women’s cancer issues. Their work is beautiful, and their spirits are certainly worthy of a Be Kind in the newsletter. On Friday, my bride and I were on hand as they donated financially to St. Elizabeth’s, El Rio, Bagit, and the Arizona Oncology folks. The work will continue spreading Kindness through beauty, and in the process touching lives all over the region.

Ann and Richard Roati had a nice chat during our Benedictine Bounty event. Lots of Kindness shared throughout the room as people from all over town showed up to get a taste of what the nuns have nurtured for decades. As construction will begin before the end of the year, we wanted to make sure the history of the place finds a home in peoples’ back yards throughout the City. Many thanks to the Iskashitaa folks who came and shared their wonderful story of how they support refugees in Tucson to all who came by to get their little piece of history.

And kudos to the Indiana State trooper who responded to a call about a person who had lost consciousness. He arrived at the mini-van parked on the side of the road where the call had come from, only to find a 5 year old little guy who was not breathing. He applied the Heimlich maneuver – an item popped out of the kids mouth and shortly after he regained consciousness. The trooper’s Kindness and quick action saved the life. 

If you Google “Heimlich maneuver” a quick primer/refresher will pop up. It might be worth reviewing while it’s on your mind.

El Rio Golf

In yesterday’s Star, Tim Steller wrote a piece about the El Rio Golf/Grand Canyon University issue that took place a few years ago. In it, he said I was "skeptical" and a "possible no" vote. The truth is that I was totally opposed to it, made that clear in numerous newsletters and quotes in the Star, and felt from the start that we were being sold a bill of goods by GCU. 

Tim wrote that there were some deal points on the table. They are said to have included a 50-year ground lease, with the City receiving $257,961, and that we would waive construction taxes and permit fees. We were also said to have proposed a 'dorm fee' to pay for upgrades to Joaquin Murrieta Park. 

Not one of those deal points was ever presented to the full Mayor & Council. Steller says they were uncovered through a public records request. I don't know who made the offer, but Mayor & Council were never asked for our input on it as a full body.

What I was saying throughout the discussion was that GCU was telling their shareholders one thing, but making a much different pitch in the local media. For example, they were proposing a $170M investment, largely for capital infrastructure in the form of dorms and classrooms. To their shareholders, they were saying they would remain a commuter school and wouldn't need to invest their money in the dorms; and that any costs would be spread out over 10 years. They were pitching locally that they were bringing in jobs that would pay in excess of $50K. To their shareholders, they were saying they would keep the high paying administrative functions such as HR and Payroll in Phoenix, taking advantage of efficiencies that way. Local instructors would therefore largely be adjunct. While they were saying the deal would put the property back on the tax rolls, they were actively lobbying the State Legislature to get their own tax status changed so it would stay off the tax rolls. 

TREO and others were happy to suggest the M&C blew it by not grabbing such a lucrative deal. It was never presented in the way Steller indicated, and in fact, GCU never went forward with any major expansion as they were pitching in the Tucson local media. What they did do in Tucson was to open a small satellite campus that you can find over on Campbell, just south of Prince. It is very likely what they had in mind all along. As Tim said, let's let the issue drop with a thud. If others were working a deal in quiet, they can own that, but the Mayor & Council were never presented a 50 year ground lease as was suggested, and I was never placed in the formal position of rejecting any such thing. Thud.


Volunteers in the Justice for Genna campaign had these signs printed up and have posted them around town in public rights of way. I was asked if I’d post one at the Ward 6 office, and of course I immediately agreed. They simply state facts – and offer a Facebook contact in case you’d like to check for yourself.

I’ve written a lot about this case. I’ve written a lot about gun violence generally. In Tucson and Pima County of all places, this is an area in which we should be embracing the message that irresponsible handling of a weapon, that results in the death of another, deserves a stronger response from our judicial system than probation – 7 years after the fact. 

The date for the plea hearing is set. If you care to weigh in, write Judge Butler at 110 W. Congress, Tucson – 85710. And if you’d like to see background on the case other than what I’ve written, go to their Facebook page at

My office engaged this issue over 2 years ago. Before the end of this year we should know an outcome. Before the end of next week it’s too late for your voice to be heard.

Why should we send a strong message about gun violence? 

That figure is only shootings in which 3 or more people were killed, not counting the shooter. If you add gun killing in which fewer than that lost their lives, the number is in the hundreds for this summer alone.

In San Jose, the cop who investigated the scene in which a guy killed 4 members of his wife’s family said “it could have been any neighborhood in any town.” True enough – more than half of the mass killing suspects last summer had a family or romantic tie to at least one victim. Like the teenager in Alabama who killed 5 relatives, or the dad in Iowa who killed his wife and 2 school aged sons, or the Oklahoma guy who shot and killed his wife and step kids. It’s getting so commonplace that the term ‘familicide’ has caught on among law enforcement. 

The National Institute of Justice (for Genna?) just held a conference titled “Men who murder their families; what the research tells us.” Seriously! There was a seminar on it. One of their panels reported that among the 408 homicide-suicide cases they studied, 91% of the killers were men, and 88% used a gun. They studied 12 cities and found that intimate-partner violence had taken place in 70% of them.

While studying the killings, the researchers did find a very clear pattern:

    Shooting – Mourning – A Call for Change. 

I’d add hearing politicians send their thoughts and prayers.

Tucson can lead by example. In Genna’s case the facts clearly support prison. If the County Attorney’s office sells the case as a plea, they get to ‘claim victory’ for having won a conviction, while Genna, the family and the community watch the miscarriage from the sidelines. 

There’s a group called Sandy Hook Promise. They joined the back-to-school advertising barrage by putting this together: a harrowing ad being released on Wednesday

Write your letter to the judge if this stuff matters to you.

Development Incentives

When I started doing this back in 2009, we didn’t have a package of incentives to help attract private investment. At least it wasn’t in any comprehensive package that our economic development team could use in making a ‘pitch.’ Through the work of the Mayor & Council, we now have a list of over 20 incentives we can use in given circumstances to help get projects off the ground. 

A couple of caveats since I can already hear some people saying we shouldn’t be “giving away taxpayer money.” One – we’re not. We’re bound by the State Constitutional gift clause that very clearly says we cannot give an incentive to a developer that exceeds the tax value that comes back to the City. We do an independent, third party economic analysis on projects to assure we’re acting within the bounds of State law. The taxpayers are the beneficiaries. 

The second caveat is that when we started putting this package together back in 2010, we were on the immediate heels of a recession, and downtown development was virtually dormant. The situation called for our taking the initiative to help attract private dollars into our economy. I believe we’re now at the point where we need to take a fresh look at some of the incentives, possibly scale them back, or consider using them as tools to partner with the development community in helping to provide public goods that we need.

At our last M&C study session I raised this issue, offering several possible areas we can enlist private development in providing public goods. Still included will be the economic analysis – we don’t want to sink projects – but where the numbers make sense, we can and should look at changing the way we offer incentives.

One example is called a Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET). It’s where we offer a property tax abatement for a period of time to help the project get established. These are not entitled incentives – they are discretionary for Mayor & Council. They are, therefore, the perfect vehicle to introduce some of the options I proposed last week. Some of those might include tying the incentive to some component of public parking, or affordable housing in their residential units, or rents aimed at attracting local businesses, paying a living wage, or other options. Our City Manager’s office is going to put together some ways this idea might be implemented. They’ll have something back to us in the near future. 

This isn’t about stopping development. It’s about recognizing that we’re somewhat removed from the recession, development is happening, and we should change the conversation to one in which that development is helping us address some of the public needs the City still faces.

Energy Sustainability Revolving Fund

At our last study session, we also gave approval for setting up a fund that will be used to implement energy conservation policies throughout our City facilities. It makes a lot of sense – use the money we’re saving from having installed energy saving measures and invest it to fund more of the same. 

Invest a little – save a little – reinvest a little. Before long, we’ve made a significant environmental difference.

Our Environmental Services staff has used some energy performance contracts to get this ball rolling. For example, we’re saving money from having recently installed LED lamps in streetlights. We have some large solar projects that I’ve written about in recent newsletters. At my office we’ve got new LEDs, auto on/off lights in the restrooms, and have solarized our electricity. All of that, everywhere we’re doing it across the City will yield savings in both energy consumption, and cash.

Our Energy Office will identify projects to reinvest in. Those may include more lighting upgrades, water efficiency work, buying alternative fuel vehicles, and tightening up the weatherization in many of our buildings. We gave approval to start the fund with $500K. That’s the estimated savings we’ve already realized through the solar work we’ve done. 

Leading by example – and walking the talk. Congratulations to City staff for being so proactive in proposing this Fund. It’ll pay off for generations.

Recycling Messaging

I’ve written a lot about the struggles we’re having keeping our recycle program whole financially. It’s in about a $5M annual hole. Some of that is changes in the international market. Some is contamination. Some is operational inefficiency. And some is simply that people aren’t ‘bought into’ the whole notion of why we should recycle.

A wonderful lady named Joy shared a study with me last week that I think is important for us as a City to embrace. It’s all about how we message the importance of recycling. We do the basics – captured in this sort of graphic:

You’ve seen the prompts. Recycle. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do. 

The Conversation is the academic journal that conducted the study. They report that about 75% of the waste we produce is actually recyclable. We recycle only 30% of it. And our local experience is that about 28% of that is contaminated. Those figures show a lot of room for improvement.

The study suggested, and validated that by simply changing the “why should I recycle?” message, we may get more people to recycle what is otherwise going into the waste bin. With 3 different groups of research subjects, they changed the messaging from what you see above (the control in the study) to messages like these:

In one, they’re showing how say a plastic bottle may end up being reused in that same form – reincarnated into the same item. In the other graphic it shows how for example a can may end up helping to build a bicycle. Or paper could help to produce a guitar. 

The results of the study showed that, compared to the control message, research subjects were significantly more inspired to recycle after having seen how their can or bottle might actually end up being used. They also tried the messaging during some tailgate events. In that part of their research, those tailgaters who got the transformational message recycled about half of their waste. Those who got the control message recycled about 20%. 

My mantra continues to be simply waste reduction. But for that waste we do produce, recycling it in a clean manner is clearly better than sending it to the landfill. I’ve shared the research with our City Manager. I’m hopeful you’ll be seeing changes in how the City messages the importance of recycling as we go through the process of retooling how we do it in Tucson.

Water Contamination

One product we do not want ‘recycled’ into our water system is the firefighting foam used at DM and the Air National Guard out at TIA. I’ve written a lot about the AFFF foam, and how we’re in litigation against 3M and other product manufacturers. I also believe the State and Feds need to pony up and pay for containment and remediation of our water well system. Last week I connected with a guy who was able to validate my contention that those groups have routinely treated the stuff in a highly irresponsible manner.

This is an aircraft hangar. Note the big square things mounted on the wall. Those are fire suppression ‘sprinklers’ – they deploy the foam. Annually the systems are to be tested. I spoke to one of the people who both helped build the systems, and who took part in the testing. 

In this shot you can see as the foam begins to be deployed during the test. Note the worker standing in front watching. He’ll be back in this sequence at the end. When I asked the guy I spoke with if they took safety precautions during the testing, he said they did not, and that they ‘played around in the stuff, getting it in my mouth and all over.’

The hangar fills up to about a 4’ level with the AFFF. When it gets to a certain level, they let water run onto it to help dilute the concentration. That diluted toxic mess is allowed to go down drains…

And to flow outside of the hangar where it ends up in our soil system.

I must admit that I didn’t believe the workers actually ‘played around’ in the stuff, but I went on-line and easily found a video from a company advertising the wonders of their sprinkler system. This is one of the closing images:

For over 4 decades, the manufacturers of AFFF have known it’s toxic. We’re suing them. The levels of PFAS out by DM are 1,300 parts per trillion. Out at the Air Guard unit at Tucson International Airport they’re over 11,000. The EPA standard for a health advisory is 70. So why is the guy in the picture having fun?

Science Day to educate the judge in our lawsuit comes next week. Then we’re off to the races on this.

Pot Initiative

I received word last week that an initiative has been filed, the goal of which is to place on the 2020 State ballot a chance for voters to approve or reject the notion of recreational use of pot. The group pushing for it has until next July to gather just over 237,000 valid signatures and if they do, you’ll vote on the question.

The initiative is called “Smart and Safe Arizona”. I’ll share the first two Sections of the Initiative – they give the very general overall high points (sorry) of what they hope to get on the ballot.

There’s a fund being set up in which proceeds from the fees and penalties generated by the sales will go to support a variety of public, and some not-so-public services. Those are spelled out in the Initiative as well. They include $15M for a teacher’s academy, $10M for addressing public health issues such as teen suicide, maternal mortality and ironically, substance abuse. In addition there’s $10M for highway safety programs such as reducing impaired driving, $4M to help people have their criminal records for certain drug related crimes expunged, and a $2M “social equity” fund to help low income people get into the pot sales business. There’s some talk right now that the way this Initiative is written gives a leg up to people who are already in the business. This fund is intended to ease that criticism.

Some of the language in the Initiative is very vague. It’ll be interesting to see the debate as this unfolds on what it will mean in practice. One example relates to the fees the State can charge someone to register as a pot seller. In Section 36-2855 it says the applicant will pay “a nonrefundable fee that is reasonable and related to the actual cost of processing applications.” It doesn’t say who breaks the tie if there’s disagreement on what ‘reasonable’ means. 

Another example relates to driving while impaired. It says a person can be found guilty “only if the person is also impaired to the slightest degree.” The Initiative does not attempt to define ‘slightest degree.’ And a cop may not use the odor of pot in a vehicle as “reasonable articulable suspicion of a crime.” I guess that falls under the category of “Officer, we were driving by this van and they were smoking so much weed that the smell just wafted over into our car.”

The Initiative allows possession by people 21 years or older of an ounce or less of pot. It allows cultivating up to 6 plants for personal use in your home, or a dozen plants if two or more people over the age of 21 are living together there. The penalties include civil fines of $100 for a first offense, and they increase up to becoming a Class 1 Misdemeanor for a 3rd offense. 

And there are restrictions on what a City can do in regulating how the Initiative is implemented. Those include things like some zoning rules we can put into place, restrictions on signage, delivery-service, and ‘time, place and manner’ of where testing facilities can go. Similar to the medical marijuana rules, we have limited jurisdictional authority.

This may be going to the ballot, so I cannot use this newsletter to take a position. And to be honest, I haven’t formed one, yet. First though, the group needs to gather quite a few valid signatures. I’ve met with some of their representatives and they know they’ve got a high bar to shoot for – and they’re out beginning that work now that the Initiative has been filed.

Three Development Items

Sunshine Mile Tour

First, this quick reminder that coming this Saturday is the Sunshine Mile tour. It’s a self-guided tour sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the Southern Arizona Chapter. The real intent is to show how we’re in the process of planning preservation and place-making in at least 3 distinct sub-districts along the Sunshine Mile. That work is taking place under the guidance of Project for Public Spaces and Swaim and Associates.

The tour will touch over 25 storefronts. It will run from 2pm until 5pm, starting at 2631 E. Broadway. They’re charging for the event and donating the proceeds to design excellence work awards that’ll be given out at the UA College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. 

UA Master Plan

And on a similar development note, the UA planning consultant will host an open house in which they’ll give a preview of their progress in putting together a master plan for growth. Ayers Saint Gross was involved in the last master plan exercise and they’ve been hired to take on this update.

The open house is free, but you have to register so they know what to anticipate. The seating is limited so please sign up, don’t just show up. Use this link to both familiarize yourself with where they are in the process, and to RSVP for the October 7th neighborhood open house. It’ll run from 6pm until 7:30pm. You can visit to learn more. 

Welcome Broadway PAD

Welcome Broadway is the planned area development rezoning taking place on and around the former Volvo site – Broadway, near Euclid. The bid was awarded to the same group who currently owns Welcome Diner. Their zoning examiner hearing is coming up next week.

You’ll have to pick-and-choose what to attend because the zoning hearing will take place at the same time the UA Master Plan update is going on. The development is a mixed use, commercial/residential project that’ll go in approximately across the street from The Mark student housing.  If you want to see and/or comment on what they’ve got planned, the zoning examiner hearing is in M&C chambers on October 7th beginning at 6pm.

Three Road Safety Items

Your Headlamps

Check out this graphic. 

It shows a distance comparison between standard halogen headlamps (what you probably have) and new xenon ones. First I want to be clear that I’m not advocating you go out and upgrade to the xenon. They emit a blue light that our astronomers have issues with. My point here is to be aware of two things – one, the age and therefore the quality of your headlamps. All kinds of headlamps age – and the lenses get a film over them. That degrades your ability to see pedestrians, bicyclists and other cars. A few hundred feet is the stopping distance when you’re going 30 mph, or slower. You can see how each style of headlamp performs. It supports my contention that we should be lowering speed limits – and we should have a 5 mph lower speed after sundown.

The second point is vulnerability of peds when coming from your left. Notice on the image that in both headlamp types, the light is emitted more efficiently directly in front of, and to the right of the car. Keep that in mind if you’re crossing a street at night. If you’ve got a car coming, and you’re on their left, there’s a better chance you are not going to be seen than if you were on their right hand side. We’re all in this together – when out walking, walk defensively. 

You might want to consider replacing your headlamps and lenses if you haven’t done so since you bought your car. As with anything, they lose their efficiency over time. That’s a safety issue.

TPD’s Look Out For Each Other

This graphic was adapted from a mural you can find over on the 1600 block of S. 6th. The artist is Marty Johnston. In an effort to get our mutual attention, and to save lives, TPD has put together a YouTube video using it that you should watch as a reminder.

The PSA is titled “Look out for Each Other.” You can find it at .  
In the on-going effort to make our roads safer, TPD is suggesting the video be shared through social media, at schools, Cyclovia, and any other ways you can think of to simply get the word out. As I said in the section on headlamps, we’re all in this together.


For quite a while, we have been going back and forth with some of our TDOT staff over the issue of proper safety treatment of crosswalks. The City adopted an across the board policy of not replacing painted crosswalks, except at signaled intersections and some other limited areas after we repave a section of roadway. For people who have grown used to the location of their neighborhood crosswalks, their elimination was jarring. I agree.

The question is how to preserve safety, not assume we’re going to get people to walk an extra half of a mile to find a crosswalk, and achieve those goals in an affordable manner. The manual on traffic control devices suggests an engineering study be done before simply repainting lines away from a traffic control device. TDOT staff has looked at how other jurisdictions handle this as a matter of policy and are recommending that we model our approach based on how the City of Portland does it as a guide.

When making the decision on what treatment to implement, several factors come into play. One of course is cost. Others include daily traffic volume, width of the street, posted speed limits, and whether or not there’s a median for pedestrian refuge. This chart shows how those factors may give some direction on the sort of treatment we’d most likely consider:

Three options we have in the tool kit now are HAWK’s, Baby HAWK’s, and the rapid flashing beacon. They each have a different application. Until recently, we weren’t even engaging on this variety of options, so thanks to the current TDOT staff and director for advancing this dialogue. 

You’ve seen HAWK’s (High-intensity Activated Crosswalk). 

If we could afford them, they’d be the option of choice all over. Pedestrians operate them and cars see the flashing yellow, followed by the red light stopping all traffic. They are easy to enforce, since the red light means exactly what it does at an intersection – stop. They cost between $200K and $300K, all in. It’s not just the lights we’re paying for. There’s money for new wiring of the area, new mast arms, and the other gear needed for a complete install. They’ll certainly continue to be a topic of our conversation, and yet there are other possibilities we’re already talking about for other crosswalk locations.

Here’s the Baby HAWK:

You can see on the inset, that this is a solar operated unit. In terms of cost, the main difference between these and their ‘senior partner’ is the cost for undergrounding electrical components. The Baby HAWK system runs closer to $65K. It’s still pedestrian activated, and it still stops cars with the solid red light. Staff is evaluating how they have worked in other jurisdictions before jumping into this technology with both feet. Assuming they are performing well, they would be a wonderful addition to our mix.

This is called a Rapid Flashing Beacon. I’ve advocated for them to go in alongside painted crosswalks when we’ve eliminated them at locations where everyone agreed pedestrians were going to cross, but we don’t have $200K or 6 months to wait. 

They’re used on streets of 4 lanes or less, where speeds are 35mph, or less. The cost is close to $30K. The downside is that they do not have a solid red light – just the flashing yellow to alert drivers that a pedestrian is crossing. So if you are using one of these, be alert that cars may still blow through without stopping.

Staff is putting the finishing touches on our Complete Streets manual. It should be ready for prime time by Christmas. It’ll include some of these kinds of roadway treatments, in addition to how we address the areas outside the curb lines. It is all a part of Mayor & Council working to reduce the pedestrian fatality rate, and at the same time – as with Sunshine Mile – enhance the pedestrian experience when walking or visiting some neighborhood scale businesses alongside the road. Ahead of that, here are some tips TDOT sent out to us last week – all good to keep in mind whether you’re on foot, or you have your foot on the gas pedal. And with school back in session, they might be good to share with your kids who walk or bike to school.

When Walking: 

1. Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals. 
2. Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right. 
3. If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross. 
4. Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen. 
5. Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night. 
6. Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment. 

When Driving: 

1. Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility. 
2. Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather. 
3. Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk. 
4. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the cross-walk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too. 
5. Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see. 
6. Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 
7. Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street. 
8. Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present 

And I’d add this one more – This time of year the sun is rising and setting nearly directly in line with our east/west streets. While you’re commuting in the morning and evening, you may be doing so under conditions where it’s difficult to see clearly. Slow down and keep a special eye out for pedestrians, bikers, and other cars. Thanks to our TDOT folks for passing along that reminder.

Coming this Friday is the 26th annual huge fund raising event held out at the Zoo. It's my Local Tucson item for this week.
ZOOcson is where they invite over 2 dozen local restauranteurs to come and share samples of their food. In addition, there are auction items, music, and cocktails. One of the auction opportunities is to shadow the zoo veterinarian for a day – which would be an amazing, and probably heart-rending experience. At least it would be for we animal lovers.

This is their 21 and older event. It’ll run from 6pm until 9pm. Even though it’s in the evening, the zoo staff will have some of their live critters out playing their ambassadorial role. You’ll probably find me hanging around where this is happening. You can find all the information by going to the zoo website at It’d be great to see you there.

Toy Train Operating Museum

You may have had some small HO scale trains when you were growing up. You had nothing like what they’ve got out at the Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum (GPD). This graphic is just one example of what they have on display:

They have a full exhibit room that includes these HO scale displays, plus larger scales, up to and including some you and your kids can ride on. It’s a 6,000 sq/ft facility that’s a hand’s on experience for visitors. It’s one of our not-so-well-known local gems.

They’re a not for profit group that’s operated solely by its local members. You can find them at 3975 N. Miller. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday’s from September through May they host a community open house where admission is free. They do accept your support through donations and their gift shop.

If you’re in the mood to go back in time a little and show your kids the sorts of toys you used to play with – and see them on a scale you probably have not imagined, give the GPD a try. Their website is

One special event they have coming is their Polar Express Night – Saturday, December 7th from 5pm until 8pm. It’s their holiday event, complete with the Claus family on hand. Might be a ‘mark the calendar’ activity to plan on now.

Pinecrest Park 

A part of the Phase 1 Prop 407 work will be upgrades to Pinecrest Park. It’s located sort of in between some Ward 6 neighborhoods – 4870 E. Fairmont. There’s new play equipment, shade structures and other amenities being planned. Ahead of the work, we are working with our Parks Department and taking a survey to ensure the plans meet the needs of the park users. Being in a kind of no-man’s-land, we’re using this link to get your feedback:

Our Parks folks are also posting the survey on their website, and have reached out to some of the surrounding neighborhood leadership through Facebook and other contact avenues we’ve shared with them.

The deadline for replying is October 9th, so if you live in the area and have thoughts on what’s being proposed, please let us know ahead of that date.

City of Tucson Services

Starting this week, I’m going to add a link to the newsletter each week. It includes contact information you might need from time to time to access all sorts of City services. You’ll find Environmental Services, Tucson Water, how to report graffiti, some Tucson Codes, and a bunch more. You are completely still welcome to contact us directly at the Ward office if you’d like some help navigating the system, but there will be times you just want to make a call on your own. We’ll update this list as things change, but it’ll now be a regular feature in the weekly newsletter. All of us at the Ward 6 office hope this is a useful tool for you.  LINK TO RESOURCE SHEET HERE


Steve Kozachik
Council Member, Ward 6

Events & Entertainment

Williamsburg Oils Lecture – Demo

​Saturday October 5, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop
218 E. 6th Street

Free event with pre-registration at:
(520) 881-5335 or (please include your phone number in registration)

Once again, Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop has teamed up with GOLDEN paints to present a free GOLDEN Lecture-Demo! Facilitated by Phil Garrett, this is a Williamsburg Oils two-hour educational presentation that covers topics essential to oil painting. During this event, attendees will learn about sizes & grounds, using oil over acrylics, pigment grind, color properties, oil mediums, varnishing, solvent-free painting practices, and health & safety! You will also get the opportunity to do several short hands-on exercises that explore the palette of paint textures due to variations in pigment grind. Learn how pigment load can affect opacity, transparency, brilliance or muting of color. Compare the range of blacks and highlight useful neutrals and finish with a simple way to do a solvent-free clean up. Each attendee will receive a color chart, product literature, and a small box of oil paint samples to take home.

Mexican Baseball Fiesta

October 3 – 6
Kino Sports Complex 2500 E Ajo Way, Tucson
See website for information and times.

What goes better than baseball and Sonoran hot dogs in Tucson in October? The excitement of Mexican baseball at the Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta at Kino Sports Complex. Favorite pro teams from Mexico's Pacific League (the MLB of Mexico) face the Kansas City Royals Future Stars over four days of double-headers. Family-friendly festivities include music and live entertainment in Spanish, wacky mascots on the field and fans dancing in the stands. There are Tucson-style stadium food vendors (Sonoran hot dogs, tacos and tortas) and food and drink promotions.

The 2019 participating teams include Naranjeros de Hermosillo, Yaquis de Obregón, Águilas de Mexicali, Mayos de Navojoa, Cañeros de Los Mochis, and Tomateros de Culiacán. Fierce team rivalries are all in good fun. Also playing are the Future Stars of the Kansas City Royals, who send their best young prospects to this tournament—a tribute to the level of baseball the Fiesta provides on both sides of the border. The Arizona Wildcats will not be participating in the 2020 tournament due to a schedule conflict, but UA Baseball expects the beloved college players will be back soon.

15th annual Tucson Film and Music Festival

Oct 4 -6
The Screening Room 127 E Congress
See website for times and admission

In the heart of the Southwest resides a dusty old pueblo full of musicians, filmmakers and bars. For the past 100 years, Tucson, Arizona has long been the backdrop for the likes of John Dillinger, Lalo Guerrero, Pete Martinez, Linda Ronstadt , the Dusty Chaps, Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia, Green On Red, R. Carlos Nakai, Al Perry, Max Cannon, Howe Gelb, Calexico to name a few. To celebrate the artistic talent that has emerged from Tucson, Upstairs Film hosts a festival that celebrates the great independent film and music in the Southwest.

The Tucson Film & Music Festival launched in 2005, with a premiere screening of the Tucson music scene documentary High and Dry, and the 20th anniversary of the Club Congress, the longest running nightclub west of the Mississippi. 40+ local bands, many of whom were reuniting for the first time in years played the Labor Day weekend festivities and a new festival was born.
And so it began – a weekend in sunny downtown Tucson, Arizona.  Now filmmakers have the opportunity to connect to an diverse southwest Arizona audience in the old Pueblo of Tucson.


Arizona State Museum, 1013 E University Blvd |

Arizona Theater Company, 330 S Scott Ave |

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

Friends of Himmel Park, 1000 N Tucson Blvd |

Weekly Sunday morning weed-pull from 7 to 9 AM.                                                                             

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 |