Steve K's Newsletter 3/13/17

Topics in this Issue

Last week in Bemis, Tennessee a guy shot his “girlfriend” to death, and then fled the scene. Police found him shortly thereafter having shot himself to death. We know the data show when there’s a gun in the house of a domestic violence victim, the end is statistically more likely to be death than if no gun is present in the home.

Similarly, in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, a guy and his “significant other” are now both dead as a result of a shooting, followed by an apparent suicide. Quoting the report, “Investigators believe the man shot the woman and then turned the gun on himself.”

In Titus County, Texas there are three dead and one wounded in what police are describing as a shootout involving multiple weapons. The suspect strangled his grandfather, kidnapped his cousin, and the shootout happened during the chase. One big happy family.

The Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a non-profit that gathers data on gun violence. The NRA successfully lobbied Congress so the CDC cannot collect gun data. According to the GVA, there have been over 2,700 gun deaths in the U.S. so far in 2017. Last week, our State Legislature moved a bill forward through committee that will make a business owner liable for damages if a shooting occurs in their business and they have a “No Guns Allowed” sign posted. And yet, if the owner allows guns on the premises, he or she may not be held liable. If you’d like to lobby your State representative on the bill, its number is SB1159.

Pullover Protocol

Remember this sticker?

I still have some available at the Ward 6 office if you’d like to come by and get one to hang on your visor. It’s the TPD set of guidelines outlining the behaviors they’d like to see if or when you’re pulled over. The goal is to make traffic stops as safe as possible for everyone involved.

Last week, the AP reported that the North Carolina legislature is moving on a bill that would require students in Driver’s Education courses be taught proper pullover protocols before they’re issued a license. A similar bill was adopted in Illinois last year. Mississippi, New Jersey and Rhode Island are moving in the same direction.

Across the nation, people are working on how to minimize the tension that exists when police and citizens encounter one another out on the road. Working with Mike Humphries from St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church and Susan Gamble from Santa Teresa Tile Works, we put these stickers together ahead of this legislative activity. Happy to do it – and it’d be nice to see something move through our State Legislature that addresses gun safety instead of the dangerous bills they seem intent on passing.

Stop in anytime and grab some of our stickers. The recommendations are common sense safety tips provided by TPD.

Border Patrol - TPD Incident

And while TPD is the issue, I want to correct the record that appeared in the press related to an incident that occurred last week involving the Border Patrol and our police department. The press ran with information that was misleading and just plain false.  I’ll point out the misinformation here.

A week ago, there was an incident in which Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) requested TPD’s involvement in a search for one of its escaped prisoners. The result of the incident was Border Patrol trying to make it appear as though TPD had bailed out on its responsibility to help in an investigation ‘for political reasons.’

The very short message is that the Border Patrol lost control of its own prisoner, misrepresented the nature of the person who had escaped in order to get TPD involved, and then everyone in their agency who was involved – from their union rep up through the command staff – failed to correct the misinformation.

Here are the first questions that need to be asked: if this was really a dangerous person, why did Border Patrol just assign a single officer to guard him at the hospital? Why wasn’t the suspect in handcuffs, and why wasn’t the officer in the room with him at all times? Why was the officer left without any two-way radio communications with his agency? None of that happened. The prisoner walked out of the hospital while the officer was simply not paying attention.

If this had truly been a dangerous felon running around midtown, as was intimated when TPD finally got the call, the level of surveillance given by CBP at the hospital would have been a significantly different than what they provided.

When TPD got the call at a bit after 5:00 pm, the Border Patrol agent ‘in control’ of the prisoner had not seen him leave the hospital or noticed which direction he was headed. He had also spent 15 to 20 minutes riding around the hospital parking lot in a golf cart with a security guard trying to see if the guy had decided to hang out there. Nothing in how CBP handled this indicates they considered the guy they were transporting to be dangerous. And yet, the call to request TPD’s involvement left quite the opposite impression.  Eventually, Border Patrol had its own air unit assisting, but since the agent on site never had a two-way radio, it was flying blind.

TPD responded with our own air unit, K-9s, and 17 officers. Based on the description of the escapee, that level of response was appropriate. Based on the reality of how Border Patrol treated the level of danger he presented, it was clearly excessive. Border Patrol placed the citizens of this community in danger by misrepresenting the level of threat this guy presented, causing TPD to have to pull resources off from other incidents we would have otherwise been chasing down. They also caused us budgetary issues since we held staff onto overtime to assist.

Given all of that, the inaccurate claim by the Border Patrol union representative that TPD refused to assist completely lacked any basis in truth. When a small protest related to immigration and Border Patrol began forming at Banner, Border Patrol agents advised us that they were moving their command post over to our Westside TPD substation. That’s five miles from the hospital. By that time, we had 30 calls holding since we had indeed been assisting. We told them that the incident was turning political, that we didn’t have the resources to manage a protest on our property that was nowhere near the scene, and that we were redeploying our officers to legitimate Tucson resident calls.

Border Patrol accused TPD of refusing to assist for political reasons. Based on the accurate set of facts, it is clear that we neither refused to help, nor did we pull out for political reasons. And by engaging the involvement of a Congressional representative in the middle of the night, it was clearly CBP who did its best to politicize the incident, covering up their own mismanagement of how it was handled.

The current political climate has gotten uglier by the week, largely due to the heightened rhetoric we sadly continue to hear. Threats to religious communities, desecration of cemeteries, a series of executive orders that are continually being challenged in court – what we don’t need is a law enforcement agency that failed to properly manage a prisoner transport misrepresenting the facts surrounding the incident and negatively impacting the ability of our police department to manage public safety in our own city.

Taking the high road, this statement was issued by TPD:

If there is law enforcement activity going on in your neighborhood and you’d like to get information on its nature, the best way to do that is to call 911 and ask to have the on-duty supervisor or lieutenant contact you as soon as they are available. If they’re involved in the incident management, you won’t get the call immediately, but they’ll get to you as soon as possible. And don’t worry about your call interrupting a real emergency that the operator might be trying to address. They’ll ask you the nature of your own emergency and then you will be placed on a ‘non-emergency’ hold for a short time until they clear the other calls – then will get your information.

Nike Hijab

I thought this would be a nice place to drop in this item. Nike, responding to a growing market demand, is introducing a hijab to its product line. As more Muslim women compete in athletic events, the added offering seems to have a gained a niche audience.

(Photo Credit Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)This is Ibtihaj Muhammad. (Photo Credit Lucy Nicholson/Reuters.) She wore a hijab under her mask when she fenced for the United States at the Rio Olympics. During the 2012 Summer Games, Brunei, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia each sent women to compete. Egypt had a contingent of 37 female Olympians. It was the largest number the country had entered since 1912.

Nike’s Pro Hijab is coming out next spring. They test marketed it with athletes from the United Arab Emirates and Dubai. It wasn’t until 2014 that the international soccer governing body, FIFA, lifted its ban on ‘religious headgear’ so women could compete with cover. The basketball governing body, FIBA, still has a ban. They’ll vote on whether or not to drop it in May.

I run every morning. I must say I see quite the variety of running gear out on the streets. If this lady – Manal Rostom – jogged past me some morning, I’m not sure it’d be cause for alarm. Here’s hoping the Olympics and international sports bodies get it right. (Photo Credit Vivienne Balla/Nike)

Military Families – Deportation

Last week, I wrote about the Trump administration’s decision to place family members of service men and women in jeopardy of being deported while a spouse was serving overseas. That was done through the elimination of the Parole in Place program initiated at the Department of Defense’s request and put into place by Homeland Security back in 2013. Last Monday, the administration issued a new executive order related to refugees and immigrants. Embedded in the middle of it is this statement:

(b)  Exceptions.  The suspension of entry pursuant to section 2 of this order shall not apply to:

(vi)   any foreign national who has been granted asylum; any refugee who has already been admitted to the United States; or any individual who has been granted withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention Against Torture.

I’ve read through the whole new executive order, and this language is as close as it comes to rescinding the deportation of military family members. If you know of anyone who may be in danger of losing their Parole in Place status as a result of the first order, I’d recommend you get your Congressional representative involved to check. The EO issued last week rescinded the first one, but it totally failed to address the issue of military families specifically.

Private Prisons

Continuing a common thread, many of you know the State of Arizona spends excessively to support the private prison industry. The contracts Ducey has in place contain the perverse incentive to lock people up and keep them imprisoned. It’s how the companies running the prisons make their money.

Last week during our study session, we had a lengthy review of how Tucson City Court is working to counteract the tendency to simply populate jails with inmates. Keeping non-dangerous people out of jail, and thereby allowing them to continue working and keep their families together, is a more rational and ethical approach to dealing with criminal justice than simply locking people up.

Tucson City Court has several programs – and is expanding them – specifically intended to help people avoid getting caught in a cycle of imprisonment that keeps them from every really putting their lives back together. Services such as weekend and evening warrant courts, screening people for release after booking, and home detention are ways we’re working to keep our jail population down and help people get their lives together.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has a long history of working to educate policymakers and the public on the sensible alternatives to incarceration that exist. Their work is a strong statement in opposition to simply writing contracts that subsidize private prisons. On Tuesday, March 28th they’ll host an event downtown at La Cocina to promote their work. This flyer has all the specifics:


Caroline Isaacs and her group at AFSC do a great service in this work. I’ll be dropping by on the 28th and hope you can as well to show your support for what they do.

Arts Event at Ward 6

Here’s a reminder that we’re joining forces with the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona to make a pro-arts statement. The Trump administration has proposed significant reductions to budget of the National Endowment for the Arts. That will impact local arts groups. It will also send a message of values, a message we reject. The event we’ll be hosting on March 25th is intended to showcase what Tucson has to offer in the arts world.

Whether you sing, do poetry, paint, dance, or write plays – whatever falls under the ‘arts’ umbrella – come and share your voice with us in a 4 to 5 minute presentation on the 25th. We’ll begin at 10:00 am, and we’ll go until we’re done.

We’re asking you to register with the Arts Foundation so we can build some modicum of a schedule into the day. To do that, email them at info@artsfoundtucson.org. They’ve already sent out a call to artists and are getting people signed up. The deadline for joining as a presenter at the event is March 18th – we need time to pull the details together.

Even if you don’t plan on presenting your work, it’d be great to have you come and support the message. The theme is Tucson – People, Politics and Culture. It’s a celebration, not a protest, so if you come, bring that spirit in the door.

Investment in Tucson

In addition to supporting the arts as an investment in who we are, we’re also asking you to let us know if you’ll support a half-cent sales tax increase to invest in public safety and road repairs. That question is coming to a May 16th special election ballot. You’ll see it as Proposition 101.

This is an election – you must be registered to vote if you want to take part in the decision. There are several easy ways to do that.

If you have a valid Arizona driver’s license, you can register through the ADOT motor vehicle division website. This link will walk you through that process: https://servicearizona.com/webapp/evoter/selectLanguage.

In the alternative, you can always go to the Pima County Recorder’s website (https://www.recorder.pima.gov/regvote) and register online there. Choose whichever way works for you – if you don’t register, others will make the decision for you on the 16th.

The half-cent question will be a change to our City Charter. We’re capped right now at a two-cent sales tax. We’re asking for permission to increase that by one half cent for the next five years. That addition will yield approximately $50M annually. Those new dollars will buy police and fire vehicles, equipment needed by both agencies, and some remodeling and consolidation of the police and fire stations. In addition, we will continue the road repairs that have been taking place with the current Prop 409 bond money. We’re investing $20M annually in road repair right now. This sales tax will keep that same amount flowing for another five years.

Hard to believe, but it is March already. May is just around the corner. If you want a voice in this investment question, use one of the easy voter registration options I’ve linked. We also have mail-in voter registration forms that you can pick up here at the Ward 6 Office.

There’s also a City Council election coming this fall. I’m running for re-election. So is Richard, and there’s an open seat in Ward 3. The primary is in August. Registering for the May special election will carry over to our election later in the year. I hope you plan on participating in both.

La Placita

La Placita was built as a part of the still-controversial urban renewal project that took place downtown over 40 years ago. The owners at HSL Properties believe that the space is functionally and architecturally obsolete. They have several demolition permits in place and plan on taking down most of the buildings and replacing them with market-rate housing. They have committed to saving three historic structures: the Samaniego House, the Flin Building, and the Stables. Lucinda Smedley has a nice write-up in this month’s Trend Report on our new adaptive reuse ordinance. It would be great to see these three buildings make use of those opportunities.

As a part of that project, HSL has requested a tax incentive called the Government Property Lease Excise Tax abatement (GPLET).

Squeezed into the little green-painted offices over at La Placita is the elephant in the room of this whole discussion. HSL also owns the Hotel Arizona, the vacant eyesore sitting on the north side of the TCC. People are asking why we should give an incentive to the owner while that property sits empty. It’s a legitimate question – but is only one of the questions we should be weighing as we decide whether or not to kickstart the La Placita project with a tax abatement.

Another pertinent question is whether La Placita passes the state Gift Clause test for even considering the GPLET. We are prevented by law from giving incentives that exceed the level of return the taxpayers will get. We’re spending your money, so that’s a totally fair bar to set. In the case of La Placita, the direct benefits to each side make it a very close call. After adding the indirect benefits, though, the taxpayers are about $1M to the good.

The other important question we should be asking is whether the project “needs” the incentive, or if the developers simply want it to increase their own investment profits. Nothing wrong with profit, but we’re dealing with taxpayer money, so ours is a different calculation than what a bank in the private sector needs to assess.

In order to get to that second answer, I’ve asked to see a report from lending institutions that shows how ‘soft’ our downtown market is for market-rate housing. We’ve seen a bunch of investment in the downtown core since I started doing this over seven years ago. There will come a turning point when the momentum we’re seeing is sufficient to sustain more development on its own, without tax incentives. My question of the City Manager’s office is whether we’ve reached that tipping point yet, or if we still need to incentivize these projects.

We approved putting lease terms together, assuming the GPLET will be included. Between now and the time we vote on that final lease agreement, I’ll be looking at the investor reports to see if the GPLET is a necessary component to make the La Placita project go. If it is, I will support the incentive. If it’s not clear that without it the project wouldn’t happen, I won’t.

La Placita will become an approximately 340,000-square-foot rental apartment site with just under 250 units to rent. We’ve been told the rent will be in the neighborhood of $950 per month. It will also have on-site parking and some retail amenities like restaurants and a coffee shop. All totaled, the project will to invest about $30M construction dollars into the site, bring 500 new residents into the downtown core, end up with about 50 new service sector jobs to support the final product, and yield new sales and property taxes to the city. All of that will be nice to have. The question I’m weighing is whether we will still get it without having to use your money to catalyze the project.

It would be dishonest to suggest that I wouldn’t be weighing this calculation as closely as I am if it weren’t for the fact that the owner of the property has a large vacant building sitting a stone’s throw from La Placita, and the same owner is in the news on a pretty regular basis for investing hundreds of millions of dollars in other housing projects. The issue becomes the condition of the downtown Tucson market. Will lending institutions roll the dice on this level of project investment without a government tax boost or not? I’m looking for that answer. It’ll drive how I vote when the final lease comes back to us.

UA Student Rec Center

A final construction-related update is largely of importance to the Rincon Heights Neighborhood. They’re immediately south of the UA student recreation center. But if you travel around the campus area, you should also know it’s going on.

The UA is remodeling some of the interior spaces at the rec center. Construction is beginning, and it’ll continue through summer. While the actual work will all take place inside the building, the contractors (Lloyd Construction – also building the AC Marriott Hotel downtown), will set up a lay-down yard outside the facility. That staging area will impact pedestrians on the south side of the rec center on 7th street. Here’s a map showing how the detour will work:

In addition to the work downtown, Lloyd has done several jobs on campus, so they’re aware of the importance of directing contractor traffic away from the interior of the neighborhood.

The UA point person for community concerns is Melissa Dryden. You can reach her at mdryden@u.arizona.edu.

Sun Tran Frequent Transit Network

Last year, we began the process of putting a Frequent Transit Network (FTN) into place for the fixed route Sun Tran system. The routes identified as a part of that network will offer service every 15 minutes or less between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. This map shows the entire network:

That may be a little clunky to decipher, so here’s a list of the routes contained in the FTN:

Route 4 – Speedway (to Kolb)
Route 6 – Euclid/N 1st Ave
*Route 7 – 22nd Street
Route 8 – Broadway (to Wilmot)
Route 9 – Grant
Route 11 – Alvernon (to Ajo)
Route 12 – 10th and 12th Ave
Route 15 – Campbell
Route 16 –Oracle (to Tohono Transit Center)
Route 18 – S. 6th Ave
*Route 34 – Craycroft and Ft. Lowell
Sun Link Streetcar

We’ve added two new routes to the network this month. I’ve placed an *asterisk by each of them. Both are shown on the map, so if you’re travelling by bus in midtown, you’re likely to be close to one of our 15 minute routes. It’s worth a check when planning your outings. You can find the complete route listing online at www.suntran.com. We’ve got a good supply of the hard-copy guides here at the Ward 6 Office. They’re also available at libraries, and at some of the major malls around town.

Coming up at a study session, we’ll be talking about some of the promotional fares and marketing efforts that are now in the works. One will be a three-day pass pilot program. Staff will be suggesting we implement it for the six months of August 15th through February 15th. That’ll grab the start of both UA semesters this year as well as the Gem and Mineral Show in ‘18. I guess I was asleep at the wheel, because I thought we had already begun offering this option. Coming soon, though.

One promotional fare that we have started marketing is the $5 bonus you get if you load $20 onto your SunGo card. The way this was rolled out, you have to use the $20 within 45 days, and then call or email Sun Tran to get the extra $5 manually added. I said the map above might be a bit clunky. This way of offering the extra fare bonus certainly fits that term.

I see no reason for a 45-day deadline for using the initial $20 investment into the system. It also seems like adding the extra $5 at the time of purchase simplifies the whole transaction. With the way this has been rolled out, you can also only take advantage of the bonus once every 45 days. I don’t recall our having placed any of the restrictions we’re seeing onto the policy when it was adopted last fall. I’ll be asking that we lift the 45 day constraint and let people realize their bonus at the time they initially load the cards. And if a person uses the $25 in fares in a week, let them reload and go for it again. If we’re trying to promote the system, let’s make it easy and attractive to access the promotional fares.

Here’s a final add on transit. Last year, based on low ridership, we cut back on the hours the streetcar was running on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. I supported the reduction at the time because ridership data didn’t support the money we were spending on the late night and early morning hours. Due to pressure, largely coming from the UA and some merchants along the route, we resumed the regular hours for a trial run. The idea was that the people who had advocated that we put the longer hours back into place would market them, and when we saw the ridership data increasing as a result, we’d have a basis for continuing the longer hours. This is the schedule that’s in place right now, based on our having resumed the long hour schedule:

The ridership has not increased in those extended, added hours. As a result, on May 14th staff plans to go back to the shorter hours for weekends. Once they’re finalized, I’ll post them in the newsletter. I understand some of the UA Parking and Transportation folks are still opposed to the cutback. It’d be great to continue those late hours if the groups who want the streetcar to run during times when ridership is low would write us a check for the operating costs associated with the hours in question. Not having seen that offer, I’ll be supporting the reduced hours once again. I don’t think we should have resumed the full schedule to begin with. Having tried it and seeing the ridership still doesn’t justify the longer hours only validates that position.

Garden District Porch Fest

We’ve had several Porch Fest events scattered throughout Ward 6 neighborhoods in the past couple of years. This is where neighbors commit their porch or driveway to people who are willing to share some music with passersby. If you’re a strummer or singer who flies solo or if you’re part of a band, now’s the time to sign up for the Garden District event.

This one will take place on Sunday, April 2nd from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. There will be food trucks scattered throughout the neighborhood. Local musicians will play, and you can either stroll around to hear a variety, or camp at one house and just enjoy the tunes there.

This is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event. The boundaries of Garden District are Speedway to Grant and Alvernon to Columbus, and the event will be concentrated in the northwest quadrant. To get more information on the event, check out their webpage at thegardendistrict.org. I know they’re still looking for some musicians, and if you live in the neighborhood they can still use a few porches/driveways.

If the UA doesn’t make the Final Four in basketball, I’ll be playing at one of the houses from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. It’ll be fun to share – but it’d be even more fun to watch the ‘Cats play for a National Championship. I guess that puts me in a no-lose situation. I’ll share the address if the UA doesn’t make it to that final spot in the tournament brackets.

Ring-Tailed Lemurs

Those guys’ names are Elm and Oak. They’re lemurs. They weigh about 6 pounds each. You can’t see their tails, but they’re longer than their bodies. Elm and Oak are brothers, but from different moms. I’m going to let Chelsea Barber explain all of that, and show you which is which. She thinks I’m a fool because I call these guys monkeys. She’ll also explain that in this Reid Park Zoo, Channel 12 video: http://bit.ly/2mNtu8j.

Ya, okay. So you can see these prosimians out at the zoo on your next visit. They’re just two of the many active residents you’ll encounter when you go. This being spring, with nice temperate days and high-season for our winter visitors, you’ll have lots of good company.

When I run past the zoo in the early morning, I always hear the gibbons howling, and more often than not I hear the elephants doing whatever it is you call their sound. I’ve taken my nine-month-old grandson and my 91-year-old mom. Both had a great time, so I know that no set demographic that determines who’ll have fun at the zoo.

The zoo has real and significant capital needs. We chipped away at helping to fund some of those during our last budget cycle. We have more to do. The Tucson Zoological Society is gathering signatures for a ballot question, and we’ll be talking about non-resident fees to help when we get to our budget talks later this spring. All of that’s important – but none of it impacts your enjoyment of your time out there when you go.

Here – clip this and slip it in your glove-box so you’ll always know when it’s a good time to pop in for a visit:

There’s an animal tie-into this week’s local Tucson item, but it’s not about lemurs.

Last week the son of “Mr. An” (Kwang C. An) opened his own restaurant in the downtown core. MiAn’s Sushi & Modern Asian Cuisine is now up and running on the ground level of the TEP building at 88 E. Broadway.


(Photo Credit: Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star)

It’s in the TEP space, but it’s open to the public. Okay, full disclosure – I’d prefer to play with and watch animals than eat them. But I know being a vegetarian isn’t for everyone, so Bin An deserves some pub for rolling the dice on his new space downtown. I appreciate his trust in the momentum we’re seeing, and his willingness to set up shop in the heart of the downtown activity.

MiAn’s will be open for lunch at 11:00 am during the week, but later on weekends.

Hours
Mon    11:00 am - 10:00 pm     
Tue    11:00 am - 10:00 pm     
Wed    11:00 am - 10:00 pm     
Thu    11:00 am - 10:00 pm     
Fri    11:00 am - 11:00 pm     
Sat    3:00 pm - 11:00 pm     
Sun    3:00 pm - 10:00 pm    

Give them a call at 882.3001 if you’ve got questions. And give them a try. I’m very happy to welcome another member of the An family to join in the successes we’re seeing downtown.

Sincerely,

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

Events

ADA Transition Plan Public Meetings
Please join us to hear about and provide input on the development of the City of Tucson’s ADA Inventory and Transition Plan. We will provide an overview of the information we have gathered so far and then seek public input on the criteria to rank the locations as well as request public input on locations they are concerned about. Locations and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 2 to 4 p.m. | Ward 1 office - 940 W. Alameda St
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 10 a.m. to noon | Ward 3 office - 1510 E. Grant Rd
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | 2 to 4 p.m. | Ward 2 office - 7575 E. Speedway
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 10 a.m. to noon | Ward 5 office - 4300 S. Park Ave
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Ward 6 office - 3202 E. 1st St
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 2 to 4 p.m. | Ward 4 - 8155 E. Poinciana Dr.

2017 Historic Preservation Awards - Call for Nominations
Each year the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission (T-PCHC) recognizes individuals, firms, groups, and/or organizations that have demonstrated their interest in, or contribution to the preservation, conservation, or interpretation of local history, architecture, or historic preservation in Tucson or Pima County. For more information, please refer to the 2017 Awards Program Description and Nomination Form. For an electronic form that you can submit it via email, please contact Ana Juarez, Ana.Juarez@tucsonaz.gov and she will send you a Word version of the application form. Nominations must be received by Noon on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Building Resilience by Building Community
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | Doors open 5:30 for networking. Program starts 6 pm.
Ward 6 Office, 3202 E 1st St.

The March Sustainable Tucson General Meeting will explore some of the ways that Tucsonans are working together to build community and resilience in our daily lives. Currently scheduled to present are the following groups: Food Resilience Project, Pima Council on Aging’s Neighbors Care Alliance, Building Resilient Neighborhoods, Community Food Bank’s Garden program, Changemaker High School, and Watershed Management Group. Join us to explore what we need to do to make Tucson a more Resilient and Sustainable community. www.sustainabletucson.org

Cyclovia: Route Map Posted
Sunday, April 2, 2017 | 10 am – 3 pm
This spring Living Streets Alliance is bringing it on home; connecting back to the heart of downtown Tucson, with a modified route connecting the Tucson Museum of Art to the House of Neighborly Services in South Tucson. Check out the revamped route and new activity hubs here. Learn more, sign up to volunteer, or donate at www.cycloviatucson.org.

PlacesForBikes Survey
In fall 2017, PeopleForBikes will publish the first PlacesForBikes city ratings: a data-driven system identifying the best U.S. cities for bicycling and rewarding those that are improving the fastest. Part of creating the new "great bike cities" list involves community members completing a short survey about their perceptions of biking in Tucson. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and share it with your friends and family who bike in Tucson.  The more people who complete the survey by April 15th the better! www.peopleforbikes.org/placesforbikes/pages/city-rating-system

Sam Hughes Home and Neighborhood Tour
Sunday, April 9, 2017 | 12 pm – 5 pm
This popular walking tour of a midtown historic neighborhood contiguous to the University of Arizona has been conducted approximately every other year for decades. This year's tour features 10 residences, music and art, a talk by Sen. Steve Farley about Mid-Century Modern homes here in Tucson, new and/or interesting businesses, and other points of interest in the one square mile historic neighborhood bordered by Campbell Ave. and Country Club Road and Speedway Blvd. and Broadway Blvd.
Price: $25       Ticket Information: www.samhughes.org