Steve K's Newsletter 10/28/19

Topics in this Issue:

Alex Correas was walking his dogs through a parking lot near Houston when he was struck by lightening. Three people were driving by and heard the boom – then saw Alex on the pavement. The 3 administered CPR until paramedics arrived. Alex’s heart had stopped. The Kindness of the three people who stopped helped to save his life. You have a 1 in 15,300 chance of being hit by lightning. Alex was the 1. And yes, his dogs escaped without harm.

The Central American asylum seeking migrant community is off the local news scene. Many of you, though, understand that they’re still coming through our City, and the need for donations continues. 

This Be Kind is for the many of you who continue bringing food, clothing, hygiene products and kids toys to the Ward 6 office for us to pass along to the workers at the Alitas Welcome Center. And for Alitas volunteer Sherrie who comes by every week to sort and organize the roomful of donations. Thanks for not forgetting this very vulnerable group of people.

Last weekend I had the chance to share some music on both Saturday and Sunday in both Feldman’s and Garden District neighborhoods. Given how hectic and stressed things can get, being able to just focus on some tunes was very nice. During the two sets I recognized neighbors from Garden District, Palo Verde, Sam Hughes, Peter Howell, Jefferson Park, and Feldman’s neighborhoods. I’m sure there were more, but I was, well, focused. Your combined Kindness in coming to be a part of the events is certainly worth noting. My bride stuck around for all 4 hours – even with her broken foot. She deserves a special Kind mention.

Advance Care Planning

We are a week away from the Advance Directive workshop. Our Family is partnering with Arizona End of Life Care Partnership to bring this important evening to you. We’re hosting it here at Ward 6. 

It does not matter what age you are – you are not too young or too old to have this conversation and fill out these forms. Alex Correas did not expect to be hit by lightning. I’ve been hit by a car 5 times while riding my bike. Ann Charles broke her neck when falling down stairs in a double decker bus. None of that was planned – all could have been much worse. We all need to make end of life decisions and fill out these forms.

Please join us Monday, 11/4 at 6pm here at the W6 community room and hear what the Our Family folks have to say. There is no cost involved, and it may save you a ton of heartburn later on.

I shared this additional form with you last week. My friends at Compassion and Choices have it on their web site. It ensures your wishes are what are honored, and not the beliefs of people in a health care position if you should become incapacitated and end up in their care.

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

Please give us a call at the Ward office if you’re planning on coming so we can let Our Family know what to expect in terms of bringing supplies. Our number is 791.4601.

Prop 205 

Last week we conducted a deposition and reviewed documents/tapes relative to the lawsuit filed against Rankin, Ortega, Magnus and I over Prop 205. Make your own decisions on how to vote. These facts came out during last week’s court proceedings. 

Late last year, the proponents of 205 were making the rounds to see how several of us felt about the Proposition. Knowing that the City Attorney was preparing a memo to M&C to provide the facts related to the impacts of 205, they set up a meeting to talk with Mike Rankin and gain his perspective. In their meeting with the City Attorney, they secretly taped the 2 hour conversation. Even if that’s legal, I believe it’s unethical. 

Last week, when they admitted to having taped the meeting, we obtained a copy of the tape. Also, one of the proponents was deposed. I’ve read through all of that material.  Here are just a few facts I gleaned from reading the transcript of the tape and the City’s filing on the case.

One part of the Proposition has to do with the criteria TPD is allowed to consider when determining probable cause to check somebody’s immigration status. This section of our response to the Court covers that issue:

Another section of Proposition 205 exempts detainees of certain crimes from having their immigration status checked. I’ve shared what those crimes are in other newsletters. Generally, they include things like child molestation, domestic violence and similar offenses. This section of our Court response explains the viewpoints on that part of 205:

I agree with Peard when he says they went too far.

You’ve read about 205 ending our ability to carry out joint operations with federal agencies unless those agencies sign a Memorandum of Understanding that limits their enforcement authority within the City limits. This section of the response to the Court clarifies that ALL federal agencies (FBI, DEA, BATF, U.S. Marshals, Secret Service…) are included.

When asked, they were unable to offer any examples where a federal agency signed such an agreement.

One of the bases for my being drawn into the lawsuit is their allegation that I have urged people to vote one way or another in this newsletter. I’m allowed to state my voting preference in public settings – and have, and will continue to do so – but not in the newsletter. When asked about that, this is what was said during deposition:


Finally, it was authentic of the attorney who helped to draft the Proposition to give TPD credit for being a stand-up agency when it comes to treatment of immigrants. The fact is that we sat down with the ACLU and Peard to craft TPD policies that are called General Orders. There are about 9 pages of them, all dedicated to how we treat immigrants. This is Peard’s statement about TPD:

Vote based on facts. Thanks.

Roadway Safety

Another item related to public safety is our roadways. In past newsletters, I’ve advocated for an expansion of our use of ‘Protected Left Hand Turn’ traffic controls signals. Specifically, at major intersections where we have a history of left turn collisions. The international data is incontrovertible – Protected Left’s are the safest intersection management tool out there.

Protected Left is where you don’t make your turn until the green arrow goes on. That doesn’t happen until all of the through traffic gets a red light. The left hand turn then becomes the only traffic movement happening in the intersection. Cars, buses, bikes and peds are all yielding to the left hand turners. We have it in place at Campbell and Speedway. The argument against it is that it takes a little longer on your commute. The argument in favor is that it saves lives.

I’ve gathered this list of our top 10 intersections for left turn collisions. This data is for the past year. The top 5 are near, or above 2 per month. I’ve asked that we move forward with installing Protected Left signals at each of those intersections. TDOT is reviewing what would be involved. The result would certainly be a reduction in crashes.

1) Nogales/Valencia-28
2) Miracle Mile/Flowing Wells-25
3) Craycroft/Golf Links-21
4) Oracle/Wetmore-20
5) Tanque Verde (Grant)/ Kolb-20
6) Oracle/River-18
7) Wilmot/Broadway-17
8) Wilmot/22-16
9) Grant/Craycroft-16
10) Kolb/Broadway-16

City wide, left hand turns make up more crashes than any other cause of roadway collisions. There were over 1,800 of them around town in the past year. We don’t have the data for where people were focused during these crashes, but one possible factor could be distracted driving – texting/use of cell phones. Since March 2018, TPD has issued over 10,000 citations for violating our ban on the use of cell phones while behind the wheel. People are still violating the law. TPD is citing them. Some are likely captured in the left turn crash data.

Be safe out on the roads, regardless of how you are travelling. What you see in the photo above happens in a split second – and the impacts last a lifetime.

New HAWK Device

Work began today on a new HAWK pedestrian device that will be installed at 22nd Street and Belvedere. The work will take place between 9am and 3:30pm, M-F. Throughout the work there will be one lane of travel open in each direction at all times. The project should be completed by the end of November. The work is being paid for through the ½ cent RTA tax. We at the Ward 6 office are grateful to TDOT for moving this project along.


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

These photos reflect Bird and Razor’s response 11 hours after they were first called into the companies.

Could property and business owners simply move the scooters when they encounter them in the way? Of course. But when Bird and Razor were selected for this pilot program, the deal was that they’d have someone ready to respond to calls, and to address messes like what’s shown in the pictures within 2 hours. Otherwise, we’re supposed to be collecting fines from the company involved. Last week I was advised that we will now start keeping a record of Bird/Razor responses. Evidently we’re not collecting the fines that are built into the ordinance.

I get calls and emails all week about these things. As Shirley and I predicted when we voted to oppose starting down this path, the impacts will be in Ward 6, and generally along the streetcar route.

This photo was sent to me – and technically, those scooters are legally parked. An artistic element added to that homeowner’s landscaping. 

Not all of what’s sent my way represents legal ‘parking’, though. For example, this would be a citable offense if it was a car. It’s citable being a scooter, too, but my wild hunch is that no citation was issued.

This one I simply call ‘dumb, and dumber’ – showing zero sensitivity to how anybody else using that sidewalk will get past the scooters.

…and dumber

This photo shows how the Razor folks failed to respond within their 2 hour window – and then some. It’s the same group, parked in exactly the same place they were during daylight.

In this picture, the scooter ‘parked’ closest to the street is technically legal. The one on the inboard side is not leaving 48” of clear space – a figure that would matter to you if you happened to be in a wheelchair.

And the same 48” issue here.

We’re a month into the pilot. Let the companies know, let me know, and let TDOT know if you see situations that need to be addressed. Here’s the Bird/Razor contact information again:

Bird - 866.205.2442. You can also email them at For Razor - 833.527.8645. The Razor email is

Also let TDOT know at

Cunningham asked me if I was getting calls. He should read my newsletter. I’m sure someone in his office will pass this along. At some point this pilot program will be brought back for reconsideration. All of the impact are in Ward 6, which should come as no surprise to any of us.

Contacting TPD

A large portion of Ward 6 is the area immediately surrounding the UA campus. Within those neighborhoods are a number of female students living alone or with female roommates. As a dad who once had a young girl living in those conditions, I empathize with the concern parents feel for their safety.

Last week, a guy contacted us and had questions about how to contact TPD, either in an emergency or for more routine issues. He’s a parent of a co-ed and he lives out of state. He wanted to know about calling 911 from out of state, or simply contacting our non-emergency officers during the day. Very good questions.

The non-emergency number for TPD Midtown is 520.791.4253. There’s someone there from 8am until 10pm, 7 days per week. If all of their call takers are busy, the call will roll over and ring simultaneously at the other 3 substations. Someone will answer – and in the unlikely event everyone is busy, it goes to voicemail and you’ll get a call back.

Calling 911 from out of state is as easy as calling 911 from Tucson. If you’ve got parents or friends living elsewhere, and you want them to be able to assist you in case of an emergency, the process is exactly the same as it would be if they lived across the street from you here. Tell them to call their own 911 line – when the call is answered, they simply tell their 911 operator the location of the emergency (Tucson, Arizona, and the address). The out of state 911 operator will then route the call to our 911 system. It’s all part of the inter-connected nationwide emergency call system, set up so all you have to remember - no matter where you’re calling from - is 911. 

I’m grateful to Captain Matt Ronstadt for sharing the information on the 911 process. I learn something every week doing this stuff.

Dusk Music Festival

Speaking of contact information – the Dusk Music Festival is coming to Armory Park again. We hosted it in the street by the Children’s Museum last year. There’s no escaping the fact that it’s loud, and it will cause some traffic impacts. The event producers have worked with surrounding neighbors and businesses in an effort to mitigate those effects. It was my recommendation to staff that we not hold the Festival in this location – they’re giving it one more chance to see if things go any better this time around.

The Festival will take place in Armory Park on Saturday and Sunday, November 9th (2pm until 11pm) and 10th (2pm until 10pm.) The park will be closed from the 7th through the 11th for set up/break down of the event.

On Thursday and Friday, you’ll be able to pass through the perimeter of the park on either 12th Street/6th Avenue, or 13th Street/6th Avenue. But the park closes down on Saturday and Sunday. At that time, use 14th Street to get across 6th Avenue. 

If you have questions or concerns even during the event, call 214.2339 or email at I believe the organizers have done a really good job of reaching out to the surrounding residents and businesses. I also believe the Festival is out of scale for this location.

4th Avenue

Some of the clutter you see in the escooter images above are from on and around 4th Avenue. The Fourth Ave Merchants Association (FAMA) just completed funding a $10K grant and hired local architect Corky Poster to submit their application to be named on the National Historic Register. The scooters aren’t helpful – but we do have some tools in place intended to support historic preservation and the character of the Avenue. 

Last week, Cunningham asked for a study session item that was I guess intended to explore how we are indeed protecting the Avenue. There has been some recent large scale development in the area, so the conversation is timely.

We have in place 3 significant tools that, individually and combined will continue to direct development that’s scaled to the area. The caveat is that any developer can use the existing zoning which allows up to 75’ in height right on the frontage of 4th Ave. The packages we’ve put into place are intended to create incentives to scale that down.

The Infill Incentive District (IID) has been a work in progress for literally over a decade. It wasn’t until we updated the IID a couple of years ago that we built in provisions requiring design reviews that include representatives from FAMA and the surrounding neighborhoods, and in those reviews incorporated the ability to recommend ‘special conditions'. Those can include things such as vehicle reduction plans, noise mitigation, traffic impact analyses, shadow studies and even behavioral management plans when residential (student) components are included in the development. We also excluded student housing from some of the areas around the Avenue. 

The IID specifies design elements that include streetscape design standards, pedestrian scale development, development transition standards and bulk reduction. All of that may sound foreign, but it all speaks to providing incentives to ensure development matches the existing scale of the Avenue. Developers using the IID cannot demolish, or make changes to existing buildings that will get them de-listed from the Historic Register. While we cannot compel developers to use the IID (the recent Partners on 4th Ave did not) we have other tools we can use to achieve scale and preservation.

One of those tools is the Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET.) I know Paul was concerned that we’re issuing too many of those. My perspective is that if we’re not being aggressive enough, it’s not in issuing them, it’s in tying conditions to them. Every GPLET is given at M&C discretion. Therefore, we can tie preservation, scale and character as conditions of approving them. We can even get down into design elements such as lighting, streetscape and street furniture – aesthetic elements. That’s not just for 4th Avenue, but for any development that’s requesting this form of incentive. The market is changing. The conditions we can attach to incentives may need to change as well.

The final tool, though not one M&C can directly engage in negotiating, is how we handle other discretionary incentives, which can lend some leverage to the groups who are in that negotiating process. Part of the reason Cunningham brought this item to our study session is because when M&C approved the GPLET for Partners on 4th, they effectively removed that bit of leverage from the group who was negotiating the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with the developer. 

A CBA is an agreement between the developer and a non-profit group. It can include pretty much any conditions the two sides agree to. When Union on 6th signed a CBA with the Historic 4th Ave Coalition, they had things such as financial contributions to the neighborhood, traffic analyses, and elements related to streetscape. Those are all items that could be attached to a GPLET, or even to conditions of a rezoning if a developer isn’t asking for financial incentives. Together, these tools may be used by the various players to protect and preserve the character of the Avenue.

The conversation was a good refresher for those who may not have remembered how each of these development tools interact with each other. The issue of preservation is really a Ward 6-centric concern. These data make that point:

When I bring the scooter pilot program back for reconsideration I’ll be looking for the same level of concern over character of the Avenue as was displayed when this study session was brought. If we’re wanting to protect the Avenue and other historic sites in and around downtown, clearing clutter of all sorts needs to be a part of that dialog.


Last Tuesday, we approved our local ordinance for increasing the age at which you may buy tobacco or vaping products within City limits. The policy will kick in at the first of the year. The legal age will move from 18 years old to 21. 

We will likely get a pre-emptive bill coming at us from the State. That hasn’t stopped us in the past from leading by example (they did it with our texting while driving law, too) and it won't stop us this time. 

The goal of our change is to prevent early addiction to nicotine. The data is clear; the vast majority of smokers began when they were teens. We are addressing a public health issue.

We’ve all heard it – “if you’re old enough to serve in the military, you should be old enough to smoke.” I don’t recall hearing the people making that claim also calling for us to drop the age for drinking to 18. You cannot ‘serve’ alcohol until you’re 21. And I don’t want to see 18 year olds going out and buying military style assault weapons like AR15s for their personal use, even though the military will be training them on how to fire them on the Afganistan battlefield. Like I said – this is about the public health of our youth.

We will charge a $300 annual permit fee to any retailer who sells tobacco products or vaping supplies. That money will fund our enforcement efforts. It’s just enough to make about 1x per year trips out to each of the retailers selling the stuff. Reducing the fee, as was being proposed when we voted on this, would only reduce the number of times we can do enforcement checks. 

If you get your permit, a first offense will bring a $500 fine. A second offense within 36 months of the first will bring a $750 fine, plus a 7 day suspension of your ability to sell the products. The penalties increase from there.

If you try to game the system and simply don’t get the license, a first offense will bring a $1,000 fine. A second offense for selling without a license brings a $1,500 fine and the retailer will not be eligible to apply for a license to sell the products for 6 months. The penalties escalate from there.

This would have been better if the County had joined us. But ours was a principled position in support of our young peoples’ health. The County can still do the right thing and adopt a similar measure. Or they can wait to see what the State does and let them dictate policy for Pima County. The M&C isn’t inclined to follow that path.


So far, nobody prosecuting or investigating Genna’s case seems to think there was any domestic abuse going on. These statements come from the police reports I have – and so does everyone else involved in the prosecution of this case:

Neighbor 1 – “my son and I were leaving for dinner, approximately quarter to seven, and we had heard squealing and screeching and just a lot of commotion going on” – “The screaming stopped so when I came almost to their property line here, the screaming had stopped so I figured everybody was just playing. As I was driving by I looked over to wave at them and it appeared to be a gentleman, or a, there, it was a body, on the ground with something kneeled by him.”

Neighbor 2 – “he said, do you hear this going on across, he said you know, can you see what’s going on or hear what’s going on, it’s been going on for a while. And I could hear screaming, a bunch of crying and uh…I saw flashes like maybe somebody chasing someone, or running around in the house.”

The police file includes photos of clumps of Genna’s hair that had been pulled out, a broken wine glass, a hole the size of a fist by the front door, and the location of the body about 6’ from where that activity had occurred. She had a bruise on the side of her face.

If you hear or see what these neighbors observed, please call 911.


Throughout October, I’ve shared thoughts and suggestions from the folks at Emerge, all related to addressing domestic violence. As DV Awareness Month ends, the worst thing we could do would be to stop being aware. Please jot down this phone number – 795.4266. It’s the 24/7 DV hotline. You do not need to be a victim to call it. If you know victims and want advice, call it. If you feel you may be an abuser and want help, call it.

The most common question I get about DV is simply, ‘why doesn’t she just leave?’ Domestic abuse is a complex set of conditions – reliance from a financial standpoint, needing a home, undeserved shame, maybe substance abuse, or just wanting to keep the relationship together. This graphic speaks to that question:

One of the sad realities of domestic abuse is the suicide rate. Fear, and feeling there’s no way out can lead to that result. This graphic speaks to that reality:

If you suspect a friend or loved one is being abused, make yourself available as a trusting resource. If you’re unsure how to engage – call the hotline. But don’t just ignore it. 

Water Security

When I write under that heading, it’s generally an update on our PFC contamination lawsuit against 3M and other product manufacturers. The judge in that trial held ‘Science Day’ last week. We had 3 staffers attend. The purpose of the Day was to educate the judge on the science behind the chemicals. 

During the hearing, the product manufacturers tried to downplay the toxicity of their product. I’ll write more when I get more details on how they tried to dance that dance, but given that 3M has settled an $850M suit for contaminating water in the State of Minnesota, it’s difficult to give much credence to them now saying the stuff is safe. They moved pregnant women off their assembly lines over 4 decades ago – they knew.

We are not serving groundwater that’s contaminated with PFC’s. The vast majority of the water we serve is CAP water, not water coming from our well field. Coming throughout the month of November though, CAP is planning to do some maintenance on their system. That will create an outage on their supply. You won’t be without water – we’re slowly ramping up our central well field and will serve water from that during the CAP outage. That transition will be slow and gradual, so you likely won’t see any difference. If you have any questions though, call us, or contact the Tucson Water emergency number at 791.4133. Their regular customer service line is 791.3242.

We have been shutting down wells when our testing has uncovered amounts of PFC’s at or above 18 ppt. The EPA health advisory level is 70 ppt. Last week I spoke at length with a staffer from the Sanders campaign and explained this whole nation-wide mess. What we need is for the EPA to establish a legal maximum contamination level so Superfund money can begin to flow. Until then, we fight the fight against the manufactures – and possibly the DOD and State if it comes to that. We will not serve you tainted water though. Even during the CAP maintenance period.

TEP Substation Upgrades

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is going to upgrade the power generating capacity of their midtown substations. The perimeter of the work expands beyond just midtown, but much of the work will take place around the UA campus. On the map below you can see the site called “Planned UA North Substation.” That is where TEP has determined to be one of their load centers, and therefore the location of the upgraded power station.

The work is necessary because of the age of the existing transmission infrastructure. As demand has grown, TEP recognizes the need to keep pace. The upgraded system will be less prone to outages during storms or power surges.

The final decision on where the lines and poles will be located will come from the Arizona Corporation Commission. Ahead of that, TEP is gathering public input on their proposed routes. The goal will be to connect the three substations shown on the map. It’s the route that connection will follow that’s up for public input.

We hosted one public meeting here at the Ward 6 office last week. It was very well attended. The input included people expressing a preference for undergrounded lines, preservation of historic resources, concern over the size and height of the new poles (135’ tall), and some talk about the benefits/need for the upgrades. You can still offer your input. Here are the 4 ways to let TEP know your preferences.

a)    Snail mail to PO Box 711, ATTN: Kino-DMP, Mail Stop RC131, Tucson 85701-0711
b)    Email to
c)    Go to the TEP website at and fill out the on line comment form
d)    Call at 833.523.0887
During the presentation, it was made clear that if residents in a particular area want the transmission lines underground, they will need to form a taxing district and will be charged for the difference in cost between above and below ground utilities. The rough estimate given was about $1M per mile for above ground, and about $10M per mile for underground. There are additional concerns over how the undergrounded utilities would be accessed for maintenance, and in case of outages. The trenches involved would likely be in the 20’ wide range, which would also mean significant impacts on roadways during construction. I share this to put the undergrounding request into perspective. It will be costly.

Get your thoughts in to TEP. What they need to hear are your ideas relative to a proposed route for the lines. They’re in the early stages of gathering input. The final decision isn’t expected to be made by the ACC until about this time next year.


This week’s Local Tucson item is…well, this guy, and his buddies:

It’s the time of year for coyote pups to be exploring their new surroundings. That means an increase in quantity of coyotes, plus some changes in behavior. You know, protective moms and Alpha dads. In the past couple of weeks we’ve had reports of pets being killed, and sightings of multiple coyotes packing together in several midtown neighborhoods. Crystal and I met with AZ Department of Game & Fish (G&F) and neighbors on site last week and came away with some good information you should keep in mind during this season.

We’re getting close to Halloween, and with several midtown neighborhoods seeing some of our urban wildlife in increasing frequency, G&F has agreed to do some hazing again. The intent is to convince the animals that being close to humans isn’t a good idea. It is not to injure the coyotes.

Last week during our meeting, some of the residents expressed surprise that there are coyotes in the urban core. Here’s the reality: most midtown neighborhoods have travel corridors in the form of alleys and easements, if not arroyos. Many also have nice, lush vegetation, which means good, secluded habitat. I also see rabbits all over the place. Add to that the fruit from the hundreds of date palms and fan palms, and you’ve got ready food sources. Access routes, food and shelter. That’s the reality – we are not going to get rid of urban wildlife. What we can do is follow some tips that make co-existing safe.

Loud noises may not scare them away completely, but it will increase the distance they feel comfortable being near to humans. Whistles, banging on a metal pan or other jarring noise will be effective. If you have your dog out for a walk, keep the leash close – don’t let the dog wander 25’ away, even though it’s still on leash. Spotlights scare them away from setting up shop in your easement. We’re experimenting with a motion light in one alley where we know they’ve denned. G&F made it clear that you have the right to hire a private company to come out and trap/relocate/release if you have them around your yard. They also made it clear that they are where you’re seeing them for a reason – food, water and shelter. G&F suggests addressing the attractants or you may just end up with a new pack if you trap and relocate the one you have now.

Halloween is coming. Pumpkins on the ground will attract urban wildlife. But there’s safety in numbers. The increased pedestrian activity on the 31st should keep any coyotes away while you have the kids out trick-or-treating.

Two Court Items

Tucson City Court is going to transition some of their I.T. processes from its current in-house approach to joining a records system maintained by the Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Courts. It’s about how on-line payments and other record accessing operations will take place once the change-over is complete.

During the switch, in order to facilitate the work, City Court will be closed on Friday, November 1st. Their on-line services will not be available from November 1st through the 3rd. Some limited services will be back up and running on the 4th. There’ll be some other changes such as changing the email domain name, but mainly this is about making it easier for you to access payments and records.

Another item related to the Court system is an upcoming open house being presented by Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors. That group has a network of sites scattered not only in Arizona, but nationwide. They provide free or low-cost legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. The JFON attorneys meet with clients in churches, community centers, and wherever scheduled appointments are booked.

On Thursday, November 14th, from 2pm until 5:30pm, AZJFON will be showing off their new facility. It is located at 1130 E. Bilby Rd.  The event will be an informal drop-in during which you’ll have the chance to speak one-on-one with their new Executive Director, attorney and other staff and board members. The need for these kinds of services is not going away any time soon. If you know of people who have immigration-related legal questions, this open house would be a good resource for them to check out.


Steve Kozachik
Council Member, Ward 6

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

Open Studio Tours 
Presented by Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
Saturday, November 2 & Sunday, November 3; Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10

The Fall Open Studio Tours is one of the largest self-guided tours of artist studios and creative work spaces in the region. Taking place over two weekends in November, it showcases artists, musicians, and other creatives who have working studio spaces to open to the public. Presented by Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (formerly TPAC) for more than a decade, Open Studio Tours supports and promotes local artists who work and exhibit in Tucson and Pima County in order to strengthen our shared cultural community. Studios North of Grant Road will be open the first weekend; studios South of Grant Road will be open the second weekend. 

Find out more & view the map here:

The 30th Annual All Souls Procession 2019
Sunday, November 3; 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Photo by Kathleen Dreier

The All Souls Procession is perhaps one of the most important, inclusive and authentic public ceremonies in North America today. Today we find ourselves organizing well over 150,000 participants on the streets of downtown Tucson for a two-mile long human-powered procession that ends in the ceremonial burning of a large Urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes of the public for those who have passed.
Myriad altars, performers, installation art, and creatives of all kinds collaborate for almost half the year to prepare their offerings for this amazing event. The All Souls Procession, and now the entire All Souls Weekend, is a celebration and mourning of the lives of our loved ones and ancestors.

For more on the intentions, spirit, history, and meanings of the Procession, you can look at our history, videos, and our blog (all on For questions that are not answered here, you can look at our FAQs ( You can also download the All Souls Mobile App for reference during the Procession. Rough guide and logistical information below and here:

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with Multiple Tucson Events
Every year, Tucson families celebrate the lives of deceased loved ones on the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. There are many places to celebrate around Tucson:

Barrio Viejo
124 W. 18th St. Tucson, AZ 85701
Friday, Nov 1, 4 - 9:30pm
Join residents of Barrio Viejo Elderly Housing to experience the true history and meaning of Día De Los Muertos combined both Catholic and Indigenous traditions. Enjoy traditional mexican food, enter for raffle prizes, and visit the neighborhood alters. For more information visit:

Pima Community College West
2202 W. Anklam Road, in the Santa Catalina Building. 
Friday, Nov. 1, 4:30-8 p.m. 
An evening of dinner, dancing and crafts will explore the pre-Hispanic roots of Día de los Muertos. Pima Community College's Native American Student Association is inviting local students to participate in an altar-making contest. The event is free, but bring canned goods to donate to the campus food pantry. For more information on how to participate, visit:

Funeraria del Angel South Lawn and South Lawn Cemetery
5401 S. Park Ave. 
Saturday, Nov. 2. It's an all-day event, but the procession and movie will happen later in the day as the sun goes down. 
Families gather at the cemetery to adorn graves and remember their loved ones. There's an altar-building contest, a procession, food vendors and a screening of "Coco."  Event is free. For more info: Call 520-294-2603.

Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum
196 N. Court Ave. 
Altars will be on display Saturday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 3.
Guests can also visit the altars honoring veterans and ancestors of families who participated in the display. Cost is free with general admission, $5 for adults, $1 for kids ages 6-14 and free for kids 5 and younger. For more info, visit:


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

Fox Theatre, 17 W Congress St |

Historic Fourth Avenue, See Facebook page for weekly events:

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 |