Steve K's Newsletter 12/10/18

Topics in this issue...

Maynards to the Moon

If you follow the space program run by NASA, I am sure you join me in being amazed at the great successes it displays. I shared with UA President Robbins last Thursday evening what a great week it was for the UA role in space exploration with the Osiris Rex coverage. Not only do they get to their goal, they can pretty much predict when that will happen.

We should be able to do the same with our Moonwalk. Back in October, we passed the 100,000-mile mark. Since then the mileage totals have been:

  • 10/29 – 104,247
  • 11/05 – 110,960
  • 11/13 – 120,948
  • 11/19 – 130,412
  • 11/26 – 136,573
  • 12/03 – 142,625

That is about 6,400 miles per week. This week the team is at about that same pace. Here is the MMM forecast to touchdown. Our goal is 238,000 miles. We are 90,000 miles short. Assuming our 6,400 miles per week, we’ll be there in 14 more weeks. That is St. Patrick’s Day.

Watch for us to plant this on the moon, right next to Neal Armstrong’s American Flag.

You can still register and take part at this link: www.meetmeatmaynards.com. Every week the number of people involved grows.

Be Kind 

Continuing this week on the theme of giving opportunities during this holiday season, Sun Tran is hosting this year’s “Stuff-the-Bus” holiday toy drive on this Friday, December 14th.

In partnership with iHeartMedia, they are gathering new, unwrapped toys for kids aged 1 through 12-years-old. They will also take cash donations at the Walmart that is located at Speedway and Kolb if you don’t have time to shop. They are taking those donations from 6am until 6pm on the 14th  of December. The goal of course is to touch as many lives as possible. If you would like more information on the program, contact Pat Richter, Sun Tran Director of Marketing & Communications, at 206.8810 or by email at pat.richter@tucsonaz.gov. You can also visit the Sun Tran website at www.suntran.com.

The Palo Verde Neighborhood Association is collecting canned food again this year that will help the work of Youth On Their Own students. They have four different drop-off locations in the neighborhood:

  • 3458 E. Bellevue
  • 1902 N. Winstel
  • 3416 E. Waverly and
  • 1640 N. Country Club. This site is limited to M-Th from 8am until 4pm, and Fridays from 8:30am until 10:30am.

In addition to canned food, you can bring things like Peanut Butter, Granola Bars, and packaged and unopened foods that will last through the holiday season. Also accepted are things like school supplies, hygiene products and flip-flops. If you prefer to make a cash donation, send it to PVNA Holiday, 3230 E. Seneca, 85716. For more information, email at paloverdena@gmail.com.

A group of local Tucsonans is working together to save dogs from euthanasia by taking in the adoptable pups from local shelters. When PACC and other shelters can no longer keep one of their dogs, Tucson Cold Wet Noses steps in and helps to find a home. Many of their dogs are seniors – tougher to find homes for them than the ‘everybody loves me’ puppies. Please help their work, either through a donation or by taking in one of the many dogs they have available. To learn more about their work, go to www.tucsoncoldwetnoses.com. Since many of the dogs they take in have medical needs, the cash donations largely go to help fund those expenses.

Half-Staff

Add Tire Shops to the list of places where shootings take place. In Memphis, Tennessee last week, a disgruntled former employee visited his former employer with a gun. In minutes after having entered the tire store, he shot and killed two former co-workers. The 36-year-old shooter is in custody.

A 44-year-old man shot and killed his 34-year-old wife, and then turned the gun on himself, taking his own life. His son heard the shots from a nearby bedroom, called 911, and was the first on the scene to find his parents. There are two kids living in the home – Merry Christmas, kids. Love, Dad.

Another domestic violence killing took place in Patrick County, Virginia. In this one, the bodies of the husband and wife were found inside their house as firefighters were putting out a blaze. Authorities are still sorting out what they believe to have taken place, but indications are that the fire was an attempt to cover up the murder/suicide.

Wouldn’t it be nice if for one week I couldn’t find any of these reports? Sadly, that is not likely to happen any time soon so I will continue shining a light on the gun violence that’s epidemic in our country.

That will come as unwelcome news to the gun guys who seem to troll this newsletter. I know that only because every now and then I find it quoted in a gun magazine or a gun on-line report. That happened last week when guns.com ran a piece in which they took exception to my calling for the city to buy from and sell guns to socially responsible gun dealers. Here is a little of what they had to say:

“Gun dealers who manufacture AR15s or similar firearms for the commercial market, sell magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds to civilians, or fall short of supporting universal background checks, would be at a disadvantage when bidding on contracts for Tucson police if city council member Steve Kozachik gets his way.

‘Many gun dealers, and probably the guy who yelled out from his car at me last Thursday morning may not like these realities, but AR’s don’t belong in civilian hands,’ said Kozachik in a newsletter. ‘Their ‘parent’ weapon is designed for warfare, not city streets.’

The proposal, set for a Dec. 4 council meeting, would request those selling guns or accessories to city agencies complete a questionnaire on policy questions to determine, in Kozachik’s words, if they are a ‘socially responsible gun dealer.’

Besides the proposed guidance in city firearm contracts, Kozachik wants even more sweeping measures such as requiring gun buyers to take out liability insurance when they purchase a firearm and the mandatory posting of health warnings in stores that sell guns. All of which could see serious issues when Arizona state preemption law comes to play.”

I am quite familiar with the state pre-emption on certain gun related issues. We won’t cross that line. Yet, we are not totally without opportunities to address gun safety in our community.

They got the study session date wrong – it will be on 12/18. I had it moved as I work on those legal details with the city attorney. One guy commenting on the article justifies the sale of AR15 style weapons to civilians because Homeland Security says they’re ‘the most useful for self-defense’, and that they’re loved by ‘citizens of the USA.’ Well, that must just settle the whole issue. Oh, and when was the last time you read a story about a guy using an AR15 in self-defense as opposed to mass murder at a concert, movie, school or any of the many other examples that are far too common.

More news on this after the study session on the 18th.

K9 Officers

A final addition to public safety:

After last week’s piece on K9 dogs and the work involved in retraining them, I spent some time outside McKale talking about the issue with some of the handlers and, of course, visited with Toby and Lady while talking to the guys.

They told me that the sniffing dogs can indeed be retrained – and that it is a lot of work. But given the cost of buying one of the dogs to begin with, and the work that goes into the initial and on-going training, they’d much rather invest in the dogs they’ve begun the relationship with than to start fresh. Hopefully that bodes well for keeping some of the drug-sniffers off the unemployment lines as more and more jurisdictions change pot laws and take that out of the menu the pups are tracking.

They are family to the human officers who train and work with them.

Water Security

From appearances in the media, it sounds like the state and affected stakeholders are making good progress towards a Drought Contingency Plan. Locking in legislation on some guidelines for protecting our rights to Colorado River water is probably our most urgent need as a community right now. Another is assuring that the water we are serving is clean. The result of recent tests performed by Tucson Water confirms that the water we are delivering is safe.

We didn’t just arrive at ‘safe to be consumed’ by accident. You know I fully support the litigation against 3M and other manufacturers of PFC’s – the contaminant that we now have to address in our groundwater. The military is also named in lawsuits around the country. Cleaning up the mess they have all created is a big lift. It is Tucson Water staff performing that lift, that has resulted in assurances we are delivering a safe product.

Nevertheless, the costs associated with the efforts to achieve that end should not be borne by the utility – which is to say, by the ratepayers. That is what the litigation is all about.

We have been operating two treatment facilities for years: Tucson Airport Remediation Project (TARP), and Advanced Oxidation Plant (AOP). They were put into place to take care of contaminants introduced into our system by the Air Force and some private employers. Litigation against them was successful in funding the construction and operation of the TARP and AOP treatment facilities, but neither of them was constructed with the intent, or with the built-in ability to specifically treat for PFC’s. Yet, those emerging contaminants can be eliminated from the water we are serving by what is called a Granular Activated Carbon filter. Those are, in fact, a part of the AOP treatment facility.

For you visual learners, here is a graphic that shows where the GAC filters are positioned in the AOP facility:

As with any filter, when it is saturated with the compounds it is intended to capture, the filter loses some of its effectiveness. We saw that with the GAC filters at the AOP center. For PFC’s, the EPA limit is 70 parts per trillion concentration. Our internal goal is 18ppt. With the newly replaced GAC filters, we are seeing levels of around 7ppt. Therefore, they are working. What we saw though, were levels back in 2016 that bumped around 60ppt. Still below the Federal limit, but above our own much more conservative goal.

This graph shows how the PFC levels have varied over time.

The important line on the graph, for following the PFC vs the EPA standards, is the solid orange line in comparison to the dotted red line. The fluctuations in ‘outflow’ levels are likely due to the GAC filters becoming saturated.

Knowing that, Tucson Water is again changing out the filters at the AOP. Remember the graphic above showing where they are in that facility? They are the last line of defense in terms of cleaning up the water we are serving from those facilities. There are eight GAC vessels in the AOP. Over the next 9 weeks, we will be changing out one filter per week in order to ensure an outflow that continues to be well below our standard and far below that of the EPA. The filters are sent to a disposal site on the east coast – one of a limited number of locations that can legally dispose of Superfund site waste material.

None of the costs associated with this work should be coming out of your checkbook. All of it should be paid for by the people who are responsible for the contaminants. The litigation is in play, and we will continue to absorb (and keep a record of) all the costs necessary to make sure the water coming into your home is clean and safe. We will sort out the financial remedy through the lawsuit.

More Help From Tucson Water

About this time of year, my bride goes nuts over the way I wrap our pipes on the outside of the house.

It is kind of a fashion statement in the neighborhood, if I do say so. Despite her reaction, Tucson Water would applaud. In fact, here is a snippet from their recent community note on getting ready for winter:

  • Insulate your pipes. Use foam or wrap insulation to protect exposed pipes, faucets, bibs, and valves from freezing. Temporay insulation (towels, blankets, newspaper, etc.) is better than nothing. Inspect existing insulation, especially in areas exposed to elements. Seal all areas that allow cold outside air to get in where pipes are located.

The operative word is “towels.”

In addition, Tucson Water suggests that you winterize your irrigation system and insulate its main shut-off valve. If you have garden hoses hanging outdoors, remove them and store them inside. When we get below freezing during the night, consider a slow drip from a faucet served by outside pipes to relieve pressure that may build up if the pipe begins to freeze.

These links have Tucson Water tips, and some bi-lingual videos that walk you through more of the TW winter prep tips. Or, I can loan you a towel.

Tucson Water Winter Prep Tips website: http://1.usa.gov/1PKDEwB
Protect Your Plumbing video (English): http://bit.ly/2BbUAgB
Proteja sus Tuberias (Spanish): http://bit.ly/2BV3zQo

Political Campaign Costs

During the last presidential election cycle, taxpayers in Tucson paid nearly $150K in campaign related costs for visiting candidates. I believe those dollars should have been paid by the candidates. Last week, Paul Cunningham and I brought an item to the Mayor & Council that will put in place guidelines to ensure that happens in the future.

First let us be clear – I understand we are not going to intentionally create unsafe conditions either for candidates or for the public, and we’re not in a position to restrict speech by imposing security levels that exceed what would normally be needed. Groups’ mass protests and heckling, done to intentionally increase security costs to levels intended to drive away candidates, won’t work. In the interest of public safety and free speech, we will have to cover those costs.

We will collect reasonable fees and hard costs that apply to campaign events held within our facilities. That is what this is about.

Political campaigns for national office raise – and brag about – obscene amounts of money. That money is intended to cover legitimate campaign expenses. When a candidate rents the TCC, the campaign pays a rental fee, pays for any services we have to provide in managing the facility, and should pay for security related to monitoring the event. We did not get all of that covered last year.

The idea is to require up-front payment of anticipated costs. We can settle out once the actuals are known. By getting some cash up front, we know we will not be left holding the bag after the campaign moves onto another city. Jurisdictions all over the country suffered cost absorption throughout the last campaign – and I would guess this has been the norm forever. It needs to change.

All of our civic events pay the costs associated with related staging and security. Our legal team will amend our TCC policies such that political campaigns will no longer be allowed to treat Tucson taxpayers the way we have just witnessed. The dollars we save will not balance our budget, but they belong funding our needs, not those of partisan political campaigns.

Greyhound Racing Lacks Integrity

While I believe that header to be true, this statement was validated at the recent Arizona Symposium on Racing. Thoroughbred Daily News covered the event. In an article posted on December 4th, they reviewed the keynote address given by Jack Anderson, the Director of Sports Law Studies at the University of Melbourne.

Anderson focused on race fixing. He stated, “In most areas, the United States is ahead in commercialization of sports, but behind the world in regulating integrity in racing.” In fact, integrity is essential to both maintaining public confidence in a given sport, and to attracting corporate sponsorships needed to keep it afloat. As he said, “If the game is already fixed, why keep score? That is not sport. That is the WWE. If the game is fixed, why sponsor it? Nothing corrodes the commercial base quicker than corruption.”

I was gratified to read that the lack-of-integrity dots he connected were to greyhound racing. He cited the recent vote in Florida (see previous newsletters) that effectively phases out greyhound racing in that state and may serve as a precursor to seeing the same nationwide. Here is his money line:

“There is only one dog track left in London, formerly the heart of the sport. In Ireland, dog racing is virtually a TV gambling sport. And we know what has happened in Florida.”

A couple of years ago, I worked with many of the local animal welfare advocates in uncovering the sleazy way greyhound racing was operated in Tucson. Even if they could have cleaned up the doping, that would not have been enough to satisfy those of us who cared deeply about the track conditions, kennel conditions and how the dogs were abused. Seeing the industry being called out for the many ways it lacks integrity puts the frosting on the cake. Whenever I see someone out walking a greyhound, I am grateful to those who worked hard to get Tucson Greyhound Park shuttered.

Pancho Villa

This is the statue of Pancho Villa that is sitting in Veinte de Agosto Park downtown. It was a gift from the Mexican government back in the summer if 1981. Governor Bruce Babbit was joined by several hundred people in the unveiling ceremony. You’ve probably driven past it and didn’t give it a second thought.

Now, the conservative legal group Judicial Watch is trying to get it removed.

First, let us be clear. Pancho Villa was no saint. He led an attack on Columbus, N.M. in 1916 in which many Americans were killed. U.S. General Pershing pursued him into Mexico and after nearly a year of unsuccessfully trying to catch him, gave up and came home. Villa was assassinated in 1923 in Chihuahua, Mexico and was an idol of people in Mexico, but was also guilty of numerous raids in which many people were killed.

That is Pancho. Now, a little about Judicial Watch. If you look at their website, you will see the bias they bring to the table. They’re all about Hillary and corruption, having an issue with the military granting a waiver for a Muslim man having a beard, draining the swamp, and joining the chorus about what they call the ‘witch hunt’, trying to connect the Trump campaign with Russia. They have a special section on immigration and the Mexican border. Coming to Tucson and to try and make an issue of the Pancho Villa statue, in place for over 3 decades, is in their wheelhouse.

To initiate the process, Judicial Watch has sent a letter to the chair of the Arts Foundation asking that the process of ‘deaccession’ of the statue begin. They are saying we should de-accept the gift. Why?

In their letter, Judicial Watch cites “sustained and overwhelming public objection to the Villa statue”. It is, in a word, laughable. There is neither sustained nor overwhelming public objection to the statue. They also maintain that there should have been a wider public process back in 1981 when it was accepted, and that by its presence in Veinte de Agosto Park, it constitutes a public safety issue because people have to cross the street to look closely at it.

They are simply trying to manufacture a controversy for political reasons which do not exist.

We have a process for considering deaccession. As our public art manager, the Arts Foundation is the correct starting point. Judicial Watch has waited a sufficient amount of time to raise the concern. Here is the language in our process that governs when a complaint can begin to be considered.

Procedurally, if one or more of the criteria outlined in our policy applies to the request, the Public Art committee is to set up a subcommittee to consider the request. That committee is to have arts professionals, curators, and conservators – up to seven members along with two city staffers from departments related to the issue. I suppose that would be Parks since it is sitting in a city park. Here is the list of criteria we have in place that guides deaccession requests:

If none of these reasons applies, the request can be tabled. If the Public Art Commission feels one of the 10 does apply, they can form the subcommittee. I believe that none of them apply, but let’s play it out and assume they form that group.

When considering the deaccession request, the subcommittee can hold a public hearing. Eventually, they make a recommendation to the full Public Art Commission, who makes a recommendation to the Parks Director, who can then punt it to the City Manager, who can punt it to M&C. Alternatively, the process can include “fewer than all” of those steps.

I wrote a guest piece for the Arizona Star suggesting that the timing of the hype given to the migrant caravan was for maximum impact on the mid-term elections. The asylum seekers were used for political reasons. I believe the same to be true of this frivolous attempt by Judicial Watch to create a controversy in Tucson where none exists. When have you seen demonstrations in opposition to the Pancho Villa statue? When did you last see any media coverage about the alleged ‘sustained and overwhelming objection’ to its presence?

If the Art Committee would like to avoid messing with this, I would invite them to send it straight to M&C. I think the safe betting line is that when all this is over, Pancho is still sitting on his horse in Veinte de Agosto Park.

Parade of Lights

I am not sure if the upcoming Parade of Lights rolls directly past Pancho, but it will be close. This year, I’ll be joined in the parade by both Crystal and Melissa from the Ward 6 staff. We will be riding Tugos. Several members of our partners with Living Streets Alliance will also be riding.

The parade is this coming Saturday, December 15th. It begins at 6:30pm, but people begin lining the streets a couple of hours ahead of that. To help you get there, the Streetcar will be running free of charge all day on Saturday, courtesy of the Downtown Tucson Partnership, and Pima Community College. If you ride Sun Link, get off at the Stone or Church stops and you can walk a couple of blocks to the parade route.

There are also garages located within walking distance of the parade. Those include:

  • Plaza Centro, located at 345 E. Congress St. 
  • Depot Plaza, located at 45 N. 5th Ave. 
  • Pennington Street, located at 110 E Pennington St. (entrance off Scott Ave.)
  • City-State, located at 498 W Congress St. 

There are surface parking lots on Toole, Franklin, 7th and Pennington. So you have many easy ways to get downtown to see the parade.

With the Streetcar being free that day, you can stop at shops along Main Gate, 4th Avenue, downtown or over at the Mercado, do some shopping, have something to eat and drink, and then head to the parade. There are a lot of options for this weekend. I hope to see you along the parade route.

Development Option – CBA

The city offers development incentives when qualified development projects are presented to us. Much of our toolkit was put into place during the recession about 8 years ago. It has borne fruit – check out downtown and you will see the results. Now that the recession is ended, and we have some good momentum going, we are taking harder looks at what level of incentives are needed to catalyze development. In the meantime, community groups are forming to do their own negotiating with developers on certain sensitive projects. That recently occurred with the controversial Union on 6th mixed use development.

The tool used is called a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). It has to be negotiated between a developer and a formally recognized bargaining entity – a 501c or some non-profit that has the legal authority to cut a deal. The idea is that if objections exist against a certain project, a CBA can be negotiated that will include conditions easing some of the objections in exchange for support for the project by the bargaining group. For the Union project, that group is the newly formed Historic Fourth Avenue Coalition (HFAC.)

The HFAC is made up of representatives of surrounding neighborhoods as well as merchants who run shops along 4th Avenue. Together they worked for several months with the development team and arrived at some deal points sufficient to avoid their formally objecting to the project. Some of those include things like added landscaping, funding for traffic/parking mitigation work, local businesses in the retail part of the project, use of local artists on murals, involvement in framing marketing materials for the residential component of the project, and on-going communication between HFAC and the project management once its built. We have not had a CBA placed into effect in any of the former downtown projects, so seeing this collaborative work is novel, and could form a template for future projects.

The Union project has requested a tax incentive called a GPLET. While some of the members of HFAC continue to have philosophical objections to the use of a GPLET generally, the CBA only goes into effect if the GPLET is approved and if the project design is not appealed. The approval of the GPLET is governed by a financial evaluation tied to the Constitutional Gift Clause to ensure we are not giving greater benefits than the project will return to taxpayers. That analysis is right now in process. We should get those results in January.

I credit both sides for the hard work they invested along the way in crafting this CBA. It does not ease all the heartburn some people have over the project, but it was collaborative, which is how successful public policy evolves. I will be very much surprised if any of the people who have been involved in coming to agreement on these terms now change their minds and come forward with new demands that are not a part of what was mutually agreed upon when all the parties were in the same room talking.

Metro Chamber Hiring Event

At the end of October, a hiring event took place that went under the radar screen. The Tucson Metro Chamber deserves credit for pulling Veterans and college students together in front of multiple employers. The result was nearly 70% of the participants in the Job Fair moving onto the second round of employment interviews.

The event focused on hiring for aerospace industry positions. That is one reason they had such great success with Veterans. Based on the post-event employer surveys they ran, the Chamber learned that of 50 total interviews conducted in a 4-hour open house, 30 were invited for follow-ups and 4 people were offered jobs on the spot.

They also ran a survey measuring the satisfaction of both employers and job seekers – nearly everybody was satisfied with how the event was managed, the on-line registration process and the way they worked to match potential workers to potential employers. I am already in talks with the Chamber on possibly hosting a similar job fair later next year. You will see plenty about it in the newsletter when things get booked.

Nova Home Loans Bowl

Also known as the Arizona Bowl, the teams are announced for this year’s game. Coming from the Sunbelt Conference is Arkansas State (8-4) and from the Mountain West is Nevada (7-5). The game will be held on Saturday, December 29th, with an 11:15am kickoff.

From a city and Visit Tucson perspective, we are excited to once again host incoming out-of-town guests in our local hotels and serve them at our local restaurants, as they also visit our local entertainment options. Many will be coming for several days, likely arriving the day or two after Christmas. CBS will televise the game and give people on the snowy east coast some nice sunny mountain visuals to feast upon.

The bowl game is a fundraiser for local non-profits. By going to www.novaarizonabowl.com you can learn about sponsorships and volunteer opportunities. Of course, you can buy tickets from that same website. This is the 4th year of the event, and we are grateful to Nova Home Loans for catching the vision and serving as the necessary title sponsor.

Hands Free Tool

Since February, we have had a hands-free driving ordinance in place as a primary offense. Last week I gave some data related to the enforcement of the ordinance. This week I am sharing a tool with you that will help keep you in compliance. The idea was shared with me by my daughter – a young mom who joins the vast majority of the rest of us hoping people pay attention to the road when they are behind the wheel.

The tool is an app called Do Not Disturb While Driving. You can use it with an iOS11, or later. Your phone senses when you might be driving and prevents notifications.

There are a series of steps for turning it on and off. When it is on, if someone sends you a text, they receive an automatic reply letting them know that you are driving. If they feel the message is urgent, the sender can let you know that so you can pull over and read their message. Passengers can still use their phones by simply tapping the “I’m not driving” tab.

 

You can also activate the app for your kids’ phones. There are steps you can program in that enables some specific restrictions on the phone’s use. You can create a “Parent Passcode” and set the Do Not Disturb While Driving message. Pretty cool – if you would like to check into the app, go to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208090. It falls under the category of ‘what’ll they think of next.’

Local First 

For this week’s local Tucson item, I want to invite you to support our local comedy scene. I was pleased to help facilitate bringing many of the clubs and talent together to begin a collaborative comedy marketing effort. The real driver in the work is local comedian Linda Ray. Her work has kept the initiative going.

We have a rich local comedy scene. There is now a non-profit alliance of the talent called Comedy Alliance of Tucson, CATcomedy520. They post a complete local comedy calendar weekly on their website, and on their Facebook page.

Check them out – you will find just how diverse our comedy talent is in Tucson. There is Improv, storytelling, clean comedy, comedy films and plays staged by live theater companies. The shows are here in Tucson, out in Vail, up in Marana – all over the region. Next month, from January 27th through February 2nd, the Alliance is hosting their first Comedy Crawl. It will take place in the downtown area, along 4th Avenue, and over on Broadway at Laff’s. The capstone show will be the family-friendly Como Se Dice on Saturday, February 2nd. You don’t have to wait until then for your comedy escape. Check them out at www.catcomedy520.org, or on their Facebook page CATcomdey520. We can all use a laugh from time to time. They are a great group and I hope you find ways to support their work.

Sincerely,

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

Events and Entertainment

THE METROPOLITIAN EDUCATION COMMISSION POSTER CONTEST

The Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC) is proud to announce that the 23rd Annual Goal One: Graduate!/Meta Numero Uno: Graduar!  Poster Contest is underway! 

Attached is information and submission guidelines for the 2019 contest, which outlines how elementary, middle and high school students can participate. We appreciate your help in distributing the poster contest information to potential participants as in past years, particularly the school art departments

One piece of artwork will be selected representing each educational level and the three student winners will receive the following contest prizes:

  1. Elementary School - $100.00
  2. Middle School - $100.00
  3. High School - $100.00

The winners will be invited to attend, and given special recognition at, the Metropolitan Education Commission’s Crystal Apple Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Desert Diamond Hotel & Casino, 7350 S. Nogales Highway. 

Poster entries are due by 5:00 p.m. on FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019.  Entries can be mailed or dropped off between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the: Metropolitan Education Commission, Santa Rosa Recreation Center, 1010 S. 10th Avenue Tucson, AZ  85701

24TH ANNUAL PARADE OF LIGHTS & FESTIVAL

December 15 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Carondelet Health Network and The Downtown Tucson Partnership and are proud to welcome the community to celebrate the holiday season in Tucson with the 24th Annual Parade of Lights & Festival!

Saturday, December 15th, in Downtown Tucson
FREE Tucson Streetcar Rides all day long sponsored by Pima Community College.

Parade of Lights begins at 6:30 PM – view the parade route at DowntownTucsonHolidays.org

Festival in Jácome Plaza begins at 3 PM – Carondelet Family Fair, live music and entertainment, 35 tons of fresh snow and sledding hill sponsored by Tucson Roadrunners, and local food vendors.

Thank you to our additional support sponsors City of Tucson, Arizona, I. Michael and Beth Kasser, HSL Asset Management LLCTucson Electric PowerUniversity of Arizona and The Heath Team NOVA Home Loans.

DowntownTucsonHolidays.org

BREW HAHA COMEDY SHOWCASE PRESENTS: 3 YEAR CELEBRATION! @ BORDERLANDS BREWERY

December 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Brew Haha at Borderlands Brewery is Tucson’s longest running independent comedy showcase. It features nationally tour headliners as well as local talent.

This Month we are brining back some of our favorite headliners from the past year!

When: December 17th

Where: Borderlands Brewing Company (119 E. Toole)

Tickets: Only 5 dollars!

Lineup:
Adam Bathe
Leslie Barton
Mike Enders
Pauly Casillas
& MORE!

Hosted by: Matt Ziemak and Rory Monserat

Ongoing…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St | hotelcongress.com

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

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

Arizona State Museum, 1013 E University Blvd | www.statemuseum.arizona.edu
Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry & Fiber Art July 17, 2017 - December 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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