Steve K's Newsletter 10/21/19

Topics in this Issue:

To open this week, I want to give recognition to Alison Hughes. She has been serving on the Catalina Vista neighborhood association board for 35 years. Next month, she’ll pass that baton. The neighborhoods, and the City, have been well served by her work. We have lots of residents throughout the City serving in these sorts of volunteer roles. We at the Ward 6 office are grateful for their hard work – and in this case, we wish Alison only the best as she turns this page. 

Southwest Gas crews are working throughout the City – the work can be disruptive. This Be Kind is to recognize the courteous demeanor all of the National Pipeline crews have displayed while interacting with residents of the Catalina Vista neighborhood. I have heard reports of the same sort of experience from other midtown neighborhoods. So a thumbs up to ‘Junior,’ ‘Shorty,’ Alex, Austin, Jim, Enrique (the plumber), and all the guys they’re working with and supervising. They are representing NPL and SWG with professionalism.

  

That is dash-cam video from a Utah police officer’s car. The officer, Ruben Correa is reaching into a car that was stalled on a train track (the three small lights in the middle of the shot) trying to get the attention of a driver who had had a medical incident and passed out. The bright light to the left is a train coming towards them. Ruben pulled the unconscious guy out – and literally less than 2 seconds later the train crashed into the guys car.

That’s impact. You can barely see Ruben and the guy just feet down the hill. 

That is the result. Ruben’s comment was “that was a lot closer than I would like.” No kidding. Be Kind is not enough to express to him for his actions, and for all of our public safety workers who put their lives on the line every day.

Habitat for Humanity is looking for homeowners who need some help with minor home repairs. Landscape maintenance is also fair game. They are putting together an event called “A brush with kindness” in which they will send their crews out to 15-20 homes and tackle the work. There will be minimal costs involved – all based on income levels. The target groups are seniors, veterans and people who have disabilities and who may lack the ability to do the work themselves. If you know of people who may qualify for the help, please contact Shianna at 326.1217. She will then get in touch with the homeowner and get the process started. The Be Kind is for the Habitat teams throughout the City who step towards the needs of our neighbors. This brush with kindness event is just the most recent example of the great work they do.

Advance Care Planning

Monday, November 4th is right around the corner. Hard to believe. That is the evening we are hosting the workshop at Ward 6 from 6-8pm to address end of life ‘paperwork’. It’s so much more than just that – and it’s so key that you and your loved ones have it in proper order. Look back up at the Be Kind about the cop and the guy on the train tracks. It does not matter how old you are. “Stuff” happens, regardless of your age.

I am grateful to the folks at Our Family for taking the lead on this. In addition, the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership is joining in this workshop. It is free, and it is priceless

How do you plan to spend the final days of your life? Without planning, that decision will be taken out of your hands, and out of the hands of your loved ones. This is real stuff. Earlier this year I stood in the hallway at Banner UMC and argued with doctors about placing feeding tubes into my mom. Had I not been armed with the force of an Advance Directive, they may have prevailed. Like I say, this is real stuff – and it is about the dignity of you and your loved ones.

There are lots of tough conversations we must have. This is one of them. Ignoring it does not make it go away. The workshop will last 2 hours. It is all about honoring a life. I hope you can carve out time on the 4th and come take part in this event. Even if you have Directives in place, it might be worth thinking about revisions. 

Thanks to the Lovell Foundation and to Community Foundation for Southern Arizona for funding this work.

Also, having just experienced what I believe to have been some pressure on me to make decisions based not on my mom’s preferences, but on the religious leanings of the doctor I was dealing with, I’m sharing this form provided by my friends at Compassion and Choices. It spells out your wishes in the event hospital policies don’t align with your own – and you’re no longer in a position to (or have someone able to) fight for yourself.

Use this link to print out your full copy of that addendum:

https://compassionandchoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Directive_Sectarian_Healthcare.pdf

TEP Upgrades

In the 9/23 newsletter, I had this graphic:

It shows the outline of the area TEP will be working within as they connect 3 substations, and upgrade their service. As you can see, the work will cover a significant portion of central, west and the southwestern parts of Tucson. 

On Wednesday, 10/23 we are hosting one of TEP’s presentations on the planned work. The meeting will begin at 6pm. TEP representatives will be here to talk about the need for the work, and the factors they will consider when finalizing their plan for presentation to the Corporation Commission. Public input will be one of those factors.

 

Right now in the area bounded by the map, TEP offers 46 kV service. The work is to upgrade that to 138kV. To achieve that, they need to create a loop between substations. The route that work will take is what this meeting will be about. 

Come on the 23rd – it’s an important opportunity for you to express your thoughts.

UA College of Veterinary Science

Last week we received some very good news out of UA President Bobby Robbins’ office. The UA finally received approval from the American Veterinary Medical Association to open the College of Veterinary Medicine. The AVMA issued what’s called a Letter of Reasonable Assurance – essentially saying they’ve got confidence that the programs implemented will merit accreditation. That cannot occur until the first graduating class has been granted degrees. This is going to be the very first Veterinary school in the State. It will fill a significant void in animal care.

One of the great parts of the curriculum is that the students will be out in the field doing hands-on work with animals. In addition to many vets around town, they will be working side by side with the Reid Park Zoo staff, seeing the issues they face, and the modalities they offer. That should be a huge selling point to the accreditation group when we get to that point. 

With a rigorous schedule, the students will graduate in 3 years, not the typical 4. They will be in school year round, not following the typical UA academic schedule. Spending so much time actually in the field will give students a great chance to see if being a veterinarian is really what they want to do. Getting through it in three years will help fill some much needed slots that exist out in the workforce – largely in rural areas.

The 2023 class will be the time full accreditation happens. Lots of people have worked hard to get to this point. I’ve already shared my gratitude with President Robbins. By extension, and through this newsletter, the same to all who have had a part in this.

Escooters

Last week I gave some directions on how to report misparked escooters. Since the last newsletter I have had several of you report back to me on your experiences. The example below is, well…par for the course.

Per our ordinance (pilot program), the companies have two hours to address an issue. As you will see in the email I’ve copied below, this one is blocking the sidewalk in front of a Senior Housing Community. A person on a walker, or in a wheelchair will not be able to use the sidewalk. The text of the email that was sent at 9am reads as follows:

Oct 18, 09:00 PDT 

This is in PALO VERDE NEIGHBORHOOD, TUCSON AZ at 3131 E LEE. Where is this trip hazard located - in front of a Senior Housing Community. Being a runner, the only ones I've seen in our 1.25 sq mi neighborhood, are on the few & far between, almost non-existent sidewalks, parked illegally.

As you can see from the date stamp on the reply email, the company took over 6 hours to respond – not to fix the problem, but to respond to the email.

Your request (746580) has been updated. To add additional comments, reply to this email.

Jamie (Razor USA LLC) 

Oct 18, 15:12 PDT 

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Our field team has been advised of your concerns and has been dispatched to this location to retrieve the scooter. If we can be of any further assistance please let us know.

Thanks

Razor Share 

When I voted against the pilot program, my contention was that this would impact Ward 6 almost exclusively. I didn’t have in mind midtown, because I didn’t anticipate the scooter companies camping them away from the UA, 4th Avenue and downtown. Well I guess it’s a part of the early marketing program. I see them in 1’s and 2’s all over midtown when I’m out running, but as anticipated, most are along the streetcar route.

Staff is getting emails from merchants and residents. I know because I see them. The party line response is to thank the person, and to offer direction on how to report incidents such as the scooter shown in the picture above. As Shirley and I predicted, the enforcement of this is falling on people who are inconvenienced by the scooters. Contrary to our policy, getting the issues addressed is not happening in a timely manner. 

These scooters are parked in what is an otherwise “Permit Only” parking area in Ironhorse neighborhood.

Along, and around, 4th Avenue they’re seeing regular riding on sidewalks, underage riders, riders without helmets, riding double, and when mis-parked or broken scooters are called in, the response time is days, not two hours. We are not seeing stacks of the scooters as other cities have, but the complaints we are hearing are certainly ‘stacking up’.

Here’s some 4th Avenue clutter:

  

 All six of those are illegally parked. Merchants are doing the enforcement. It is not falling on the companies or City staff.

This is an example of the narrow sidewalks that are common along the streetcar route – exactly what I warned the rest of the non-Ward 6 Mayor and Council about before they approved this pilot program.

We are a month into the program. Bird and Razor contact information is:

Bird - 866.205.2442. You can also email them at hello@bird.com. For Razor - 833.527.8645. The Razor email is sharesupport@razorusa.com

Litigation I – DACA

The Trump administration is attempting to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That’s the one where recipients receive 2 year rolling deferrals from deportation. To be eligible, the person must have been brought to the U.S. as a child, before their 16th birthday, and prior to 2007. They need to currently be in school, be a high school graduate or have been honorably discharged from the military; and they must be under 31 years of age as of June 2012, and not be a felon.

These are the ‘dreamers’. Trump wants to end the program and ‘send them home.’ This is their home. 

So far, 109 Cities and Counties have filed friend of the court briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court to block the administration’s attempt to end the program. Last week, Tucson joined that group. I found this section of the brief pretty much tells the story of why we took our action:

DACA recipients can receive work visas. In the 7 years of its implementation, over 800,000 young people have applied for and received deferred action. The question before the Court is whether Trumps attempt to end the program is lawful. Why is this a City issue? Instead of paraphrasing, I will simply poach this statement from the brief and tell you that it is one with which I agree.

I will let you know how this all turns out. The Mayor and Council unanimously support being attached to this litigation.

Litigation II – Asylum Rule

We also joined another challenge of a Trump immigration policy. This one would have negatively affected the over 12,000 Central American asylum seekers we have been working with at the Benedictine. Here Trump is saying that if you have not tried to seek asylum in another country, and been denied, you cannot apply for asylum in the U.S. The case is pending in front of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. We are now listed as an amicus in support of asylum seekers.

I have written about this in the past several months, but given this current City action, it bears repeating. People seeking asylum are in fear for their lives. This Country is founded on principles that open our doors to such groups of people. Certainly, the stories we have heard from hundreds of the refugee guests we have served at the monastery – and now out at the Alitas Welcome Center – qualify: tales of rape, murder, extortion, dismemberment, and on and on. If you saw the Art of Asylum show we had in the Ward community room, you saw the stories depicted in the kids’ drawings. This isn’t made up stuff, and Trump wants to shut the door on people suffering those fears. This Mayor and Council support them, and we are now officially on board with this litigation.

There’s something about this lady in those two Amicus petitions to the Court. 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

One of the stories we have heard over and over from the women and girls who arrive at the Alitas Center is the extreme amount of domestic violence that occurs in Guatemala, Honduras and in El Salvador. I have written about it in previous newsletters. There was a similar account in last week’s Emerge DV email. It made the absolutely correct point that DV is a significant problem with indigenous women, it is under-reported, and it is under-prosecuted. 

I don’t generally send a bunch of kudos to our State Legislature, but in this case, they took a positive step. On May 9th of this year, they passed HB2570. That bill formed a study committee that will begin gathering data related to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Arizona. The data gathered will be reviewed and actionable steps will be adopted by the committee. It is made up of State Senators, State House members, tribal leaders, DV advocates, people who work in law enforcement and citizens. It is a step. Put the issue on the radar screen, get the data, identify how we can better address the issue, and implement. So in this case, good for the State for moving on this important topic.

Included in the Emerge update last week was this statement – embedded in the item related to DV and indigenous women:

We need your help. Support undocumented Indigenous women by learning about Prop 205, the citywide initiative to make Tucson a Sanctuary City. The initiative would codify law, including protections against deporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who call the police to report their abuse. 

The statement from Emerge leaves the impression that the City, and TPD by extension is actively deporting victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and that 205 will fix that. Here are a few facts – use them to make your own judgments on the validity of the statement.

Prop 205 contains this language in Section 17-83 (k)

So Prop 205 is saying that it will ‘hinder or obstruct’ an investigation into the listed crimes if we ask the immigration status of a person being detained for the crimes. They don’t bother to list the crimes. Here’s the list of crimes they want the protection for:

1) ARS 13-3551-3556; Sexual exploitation of children

2) ARS 13-3601; Domestic violence

3) ARS 13-3601.02; Aggrevated domestic violence

4) ARS 13-1404-1406; Sexual abuse; sexual assault; sexual conduct with a minor

5) ARS 13-1410; Child molestation

6) ARS 13-1417-1418; Continuous sexual abuse of a child; sexual misconduct by a behavioral health professional.

According to Prop 205, we hinder our investigation into any of those crimes if we ask the detainee their immigration status.

What are our police policies regarding victims and witnesses of crimes? Are we running around deporting them? I’ll just quote our TPD General Orders and you decide:

General Orders 2320 – Consensual Contacts

2322 -  Regarding status inquiries “ officers will not make such inquiries of victims or witnesses, since discouraging cooperation will likely hinder or obstruct investigations and can negatively impact overall community trust and confidence.”

We already recognize how asking status of victims and witnesses will ‘hinder or obstruct’ our criminal investigations. Prop 205 extends that notion to the detainees for the crimes listed above.

I, along with the City Attorney, Police Chief and City Manager are being sued for speaking out about Prop 205. We started that hearing last week. This newsletter simply offers you facts surrounding the Proposition. Learn what 205 says, and what the City’s policies are, then make your own decision at the ballot box.

On Wednesday, Emerge is partnering with the County Attorney’s Office in sponsoring a 1 mile walk through downtown to bring awareness to DV. If you plan on attending, gather at the main library at 5:30. It all begins there, and the walk will start shortly after that time. They’re asking you to wear purple in support of DV victims. If you have one, you could also wear a Justice for Genna shirt, regardless of its color. The library is located at 101 N. Stone.

TPD Staffing and 2019 Update

With TPD on the mind, I will share this update on how we’re doing with respect to staffing, and give some crime statistics. Chief Magnus sent out a comprehensive report last week that I am using to pull this information from. Continuing to recruit police and run academy classes through is one of my top priorities.

To that point, the Chief calls our ‘deployable’ staffing numbers a continuing ‘very challenging’ issue. By deployable, he means officers who have been through all the training and who can be sent out on assignments. Right now, we have 788 officers in that category. The good news though, is that we have 857 who are deployable, or who are somewhere in the training pipeline. We’ve hired 46 Community Service Officers – the folks you’re seeing doing a lot of the City Park patrols so we can keep the commissioned officers out on the street. Recruiting to police work is hard all over the country – Tucson is no different. It’s a significant focus of attention.

Response times are tied to staffing. The Chief provided a useful chart that shows we are doing well with Priority 1 and 2 calls. The less critical calls for service often get bumped down the call list before officers have a chance to get to them. How TPD responds is not ‘first called – first served’, so if you’re calling for something like noticing your bicycle is missing, that call will be subject to being overtaken by immediate emergencies several times before it’s responded to. It’s all important, but some are urgent.

These charts show summaries of our crime statistics, year to date. The red bar graph is the southside, green is west, blue is midtown and yellow is the east side. While the actual numbers are down compared to last year, I’m working with TPD and several midtown neighborhoods on some pockets where burglaries appear to be the ‘crime of the day.’ Knowing the hot spots allows TPD to strategically deploy resources. Calling 911 or the non-emergency line at your substation allows them to know where incidents are taking place. If you need the phone number of your substation, give us a call and we will help you find it.

   

All of our substations are now open until 10pm, M-F. They are averaging just under 130 calls each, per day. In response to the staffing challenges, not only do we now have CSO’s in the field assisting TPD, but our Code Enforcement staff has gone through a training process that’ll also take some burden off from the police in the field. 

Congratulations to TPD’s Street Level Unit for a successful bust of a group who was involved with the sale of large quantities of meth, heroin, and very likely cocaine. The operation was housed at a hotel near the Speedway/Alvernon area. Our K9 unit was involved and after making contact, 4 individuals were caught and arrested. Three of the 4 had felony warrants. Here’s hoping the County Attorney sees the importance of protecting the public and properly sentencing these guys.

Two areas I am particularly engaged with TPD on, are their Safe Place program and sex/labor trafficking. The Safe Place began with a focus on the LGBT community. It has now grown to anyone who finds himself or herself in an unsafe position and needs assistance. We will be dedicating the Ward 6 office in that program in the very near term. The sex/labor trafficking work is something we got involved with 5 years ago with Project RAISE. That is Responsible Alternatives to Incarceration for the Sexually Exploited. Hoping to build on that, last month I met with several representatives from TPD to renew the conversation on how we may more effectively address trafficking. It is taking place at multiple locations within the City limits. I will get back together with that group in the near term, and will be bringing some suggested tools to address trafficking to the Mayor and Council based on the discussion we’ll have.

There is a lot going on with TPD that you do not see in the news. We at the Ward 6 office appreciate the very responsive relationships we have developed with midtown leadership and officers. The relationships being established are key enforcement tools that are being nurtured through on-going meetings we are scheduling with residents, police, and our office. 

  

If you are out and about and see this couple, let TPD know. The guy is carrying a bag of things that shortly prior to this picture being taken were the property of a midtown homeowner. We would like to find it and return it to the person.

Genna 

Since Dylan Smith opened space in the Tucson Sentinel for my piece on Genna Ayup, I have had people stop me in the street expressing surprise – and anger – that the case is 7 years post-shooting, and there is still no appropriate resolution. There is now a hearing scheduled for November. At that time, we will learn for sure whether or not the County Attorney’s office is going to ask to include probation as a sentencing option. Look up my guest piece in the Sentinel and you will see the full background.

Last week I shared quotes from the TPD Incident Investigation that clearly refute the ‘story’ being told by the shooter. I also included data to refute the contention that accidental discharges of Glocks are a routine occurrence, and a ‘plausible’ way Genna was killed. There is a fundamental difference between an accidental discharge and ‘negligent’ discharge. That information is also contained in the TPD reports that have been given over to the County Attorney. I would expect them to know the distinction anyway, but now there is no question that it is clearly in the case file.

Accidental discharge of a weapon happens when, for example, you drop a gun and it fires or if the trigger catches on a piece of clothing or equipment causing the weapon to discharge. It is when a gun is fired and was not caused by any negligence, or any failure to follow established safety procedures. 

In Genna’s case, the shooter maintains that he was putting a grip on the gun (loaded, with a bullet in the chamber) and it accidentally fired, killing her. Much as he would like it to, that does not fall under the umbrella of being an ‘accident.’ That is negligence – best case.

Negligent discharges happen when the trigger of a weapon is pulled while it is being handled. Negligent mishandling of a loaded gun cannot be ‘oops’ in Pima County Superior Court. That is what this case is about.

It is also about the victims. Genna is clearly a victim, but the rest of the family are victims. I hear from them often. I see them at Gun Control rallies. I see them in court. For 7 years, they have carried this around. It is a stressor on their relationships, both within the family and with friends. At the last court hearing, the attorneys were hinting that media coverage may cause them to ask for a change of venue. The reality is that the media is not chasing this story. Since the killing happened, local TV stations have cycled through three sets of local reporters. Unless they bothered to read my piece in the Sentinel, none of them knows the history of this case, and the Star hasn’t had a piece on this case in weeks.

Good for the Justice for Genna volunteers who have placed signs and posters around town to keep this alive. We will see next month how successful their efforts have been.

Auto Emissions

There is a lot of good buzz going on related to the environment. I had a nice meeting last week with the founder of Climate Tucson. At their meeting here at Ward 6, they had about 20 people attend, many of whom represent other environmentally involved groups. Sustainable Tucson meets here – I am sharing information with a lady on the topic of ‘glass-to-sand’ recycling, and there are now new exchanges related to the broken model that’s in place to protect our water supplies. On Tuesday, we’ve got another in what has turned into a pretty regular study session agenda item related to solar, and the role the City plays in it. 

With all of that going on, I didn’t want us to lose sight of how we all can be a part of the solution simply in how we get around town. Transportation is responsible for a significant amount of the greenhouse emissions we live with in Pima County. It is the largest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S. 

I ran across a related article in the N.Y. Times recently. In it, they had an interactive map you can navigate to see how a particular part of the country has been doing in reducing – or not – auto emissions since 1990. I figured we would be doing pretty well. After all, we’re progressive Tucson, right?! Well, here is the screenshot of Tucson that I pulled from the map:

I get the ‘total emissions’ going up. That is somewhat a function of increases in population, but the ‘per person’ amount has also risen. We often hear that Tucson is a car-centric City. The data appear to validate that.

We are putting together a Complete Streets policy whose intent is to encourage changes in knee-jerk ‘get in the car to drive around the block’ behavior. It will have landscape amenities and biking infrastructure to serve as aids in changing how we make our transportation decisions. We are also working with Project for Public Spaces on using Broadway and the expansion of that roadway as an example of how we can design neighborhood-scale commercial so people can walk or bike to local restaurants, or other businesses. Each is a step – and based on the data, they are steps we clearly need to take in order to help people make better transportation decisions.

If you would like to look at the N.Y. Times article, and to check out how other parts of the country are doing on the auto emissions test, here is the link. See how your area compares.

Chili Cook-Off

This reminder – coming Saturday is the annual Fire fighters chili cook-off. It kicks off at 10am with a fun run. It is themed on Super Hero’s, and I’d expect to see all of my colleagues out dressed up accordingly. Later in the day though is when you hit the booths and test the chili. The fire fighters use the proceeds from this to support their Adopt a Family program.

Adopt a Family is the charity TFFA has established to provide food to families in need throughout the community, and as you can see in the photo, to get toys and clothing to kids and their families who may otherwise do without over the holidays.

That is what you’re supporting as you go from booth to booth and enjoy the chili options. It is a great cause, put on by a dedicated group of public servants.

Last week, Crystal and I joined Jonathan, along with Richard, Durham and Regina from the City Council, plus a few hundred more community members celebrating the work of Old Pueblo Community Services. They are this week’s Local Tucson item.

OPCS is a champion in the community, working under the umbrella of the “Housing First” model, getting people into homes as they sort through the other issues that may be holding them back. The issues run the spectrum – substance abuse, domestic violence, loss of employment, significant health issues, and on and on. Housing First says, get a roof over their head first, then work on the underlying causes.

Coming on Sunday, November 17th, OPCS is hosting their annual OPCS 5K run/walk. This year’s event will go to support their work with veterans. The event will begin at 7:30am at Ramada #10 in Reid Park. You can pre-register by going to www.helptucson.org. They do wonderful and important work with people who otherwise would be out on the street. Five kilometers is only 3.1 miles – you can do it. Use the fire fighters run as training – do them both and touch a bunch of lives.

TMC Get Moving Tucson

Finally, one more road race to let you know about. Coming this Sunday, the 27th, several streets in and around downtown will be closed for a portion of the day. The TMC Get Moving Tucson A-Mountain run will take place beginning at 6:15am. The road closures start at 5am.

Both West University and some of the downtown area will see closures from around 6am until 11am. The roads Ward 6 will see impacted include 6th Avenue from Broadway to Speedway, both 1st and 2nd Street from 6th Avenue to 1st Avenue, and Court and Meyer, and some areas around Jacome Plaza downtown. The West University roads should be open by 8:45 as the race progresses through the neighborhood.

This race is a benefit for Beyond Tucson, Team Hoyt Arizona (youth wheelchair athletes,) and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. In addition to the half-marathon, there’s a 5K, and a free Family Mile event. 

This timeline was provided by the race organizers – realize, it’s an estimate. If you need more information on the event, you can contact the race director Randy Accetta at 991.0733.

Sunday morning, October 27th – expect  2000 attendees

5:00 am start road closures

6:15 am: runner start A-Mountain Half-Marathon, heading through West University between 6:15 - 7:30

7:45 am: run/walk start for the 5k (impacting West University area from approx 7:45 - 9:00)

9:00 am: run/walk 1 mile for FitKidz and Costume Mile (impacted from approximately 8:30- 10:00 am)

11:00 am: full course open to traffic, except at the staging area, Church between Alameda and Pennington, which will remain closed until noon

 

Sincerely,

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

City of Tucson Services

Follow this link for 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.

Events and Entertainment

October 24, 2019 - November 9, 2019, various times and venues 

TUCSON GUITAR SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, http://www.tucsonguitarsociety.org/

Tucson Guitar Society presents its 11th annual international series of classical guitar performances, bringing the best of virtuoso talent, both established and new, to Tucson. Performances take place on the University of Arizona campus at Holsclaw Hall, a 200-seat venue with perfect acoustics for classical guitar  ( Nov. 6th at Centennial Hall and Nov. 9th at Grace St. Paul's Church). Please see website listed above for details and ticket availability.
Thursday, Oct 24 - 7:00 PM - Rovshan Mamedkuliev, Azerbaijan (Holsclaw Hall)
Sunday, Oct 27 -  4:00 PM - Beeston Competition (Holsclaw Hall)
Saturday, Nov 2 - 7:00 PM and Sunday, Nov 3 - 4:00 PM Duo Assad, Brazil ( Holsclaw Hall)
Wednesday, Nov 6 - 7:30 PM - European Guitar Quartet (Centennial Hall)
Saturday, Nov 9 - 4:00 PM - Tucson Guitar Society Orchestra (Grace St. Paul's Church)

Saturday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, free

ENVISION TUCSON SUSTAINABLE, Armory Park at 221 S. 6th Ave

The 8th Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival will take place this year on Saturday, October 26, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, at Armory Park, South 6th Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets in downtown Tucson. This is a free, family-friendly event that celebrates organizations and companies building a resilient future in our desert Southwest.

This year’s Festival is bigger and better than ever! Over 50 exhibitors will showcase their work and demonstrate useful ways we can incorporate sustainable practices in our own lives. There’ll be interactive and creative activities for all ages, short talks on resilience issues, and plenty of special features. You’ll find lots of electric cars to check out, 3-D printing in action, demonstrations of solar cooking in some very cool-looking solar ovens, and much more.

Local favorites GreenHeart Bakery and Enjoyabowls will be selling tasty food, and there’ll of course be musical entertainment. Stop by the Welcome table for a free “Why I Love Where I Live” sticker (because we all do love where we live!). Be sure to bring your refillable water bottle, with free refills courtesy of Water Street Station. And then cool off with a free snow-cone from Harmony Hospice.

So come to Armory Park -- take the streetcar, ride your bike (and use the bike valet), come by bus, or park for free downtown. And join us as we Put Sustainability at the Heart of Our Community!

Sunday, October 27, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m, free

SPOOKY KIDS HALLOWEEN, Haggerty Plaza, 316 N. 4th Avenue

A Spooky Kids Halloween is coming to Fourth Avenue this year! The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association invites you to head on down to Fourth Avenue for a safe and fun evening of trick-or-treating and entertainment. Walk the Avenue for treats and be sure to bring the family to Haggerty Plaza for music and candy! See you there!

Saturday, November 2, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m, free 

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP-OFF, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.

The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) collects household hazardous waste (HHW) at different locations around the city. 

The first Saturday of every month, city residents can drop materials off at the Eastside Service Center at 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. (turn north on Prudence to enter the drop-off line).

Be sure to check what is allowed in the program here: 

https://www.tucsonaz.gov/es/hhw-list

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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

Friends of Himmel Park, 1000 N Tucson Blvd | https://samhughes.org/friends-of-himmel-park.php

Weekly Saturday and Sunday mornings, weed-pull from 8 to 10 AM.                                                                             

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

Historic Fourth Avenue, See 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