Steve K's Newsletter 4/3/17

Topics in this issue...

Half-Staff
Grant Road Attempted Burglary
State Legislature Budget Forum
City Budget
Health Care Forum
SAHBA Coffee
Honors College Update
Water Update
More Water
Puppies
Broadmoor/Broadway Neighborhood Arts Event
Earth Day at the Children’s Museum
Local First
Thanks to the Gootter Foundation
Events

Half-Staff

At a Cincinnati night club last week, guys smuggled guns inside and began shooting – always great to mix guns with alcohol. One person was killed and 15 were wounded. Authorities are now looking for motives, and also looking into security protocols at the door of the bar. By way of reminder, some in our State Legislature are still recommending we allow concealed carry in bars in Arizona so we can have wild, wild West shootouts going on when the police show up on the scene.

I’m not going to load up on incidents this week. Instead, I’ll promote an opportunity for you to get involved with the local gun violence effort. Gun Violence Prevention Arizona (GVPA) is organized locally by Peggy Wenrick. This week, they’re hosting a get-together in Ward 6 for advocates to talk about some of the gun legislation being pushed this term in Phoenix.
 
The meeting will take place this Thursday, April 6th in the West Room at the Ward 6 Office. They’ll gather from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. They would like you to RSVP ahead of time so they have a sense of how many folks to expect. To do that, please call 609-4048.

I’ve worked with this group several times. If you go, you’ll meet some very committed people, and you’ll hear about legislation we’re seeing headed our way from the State.

Grant Road Attempted Burglary

Know this guy? If you see him around your midtown neighborhood, let the police know. We have him on video trying to break into a house on Grant Road between Campbell and Tucson Boulevard.

 
Home security video cameras are valuable tools. So are neighborhood watch programs, and Nextdoor is also a great way to stay up-to-date with crime going on in your area. In this case the guy was unable to get in, but he was caught on video trying.

Don’t be a victim of convenience for jerks like this. Lock you house and car, and stay connected with your neighbors.

State Legislature Budget Forum

As you’re likely aware if you read these newsletters, protecting our local gun safety policies is a constant fight with the State Legislature. Let’s add to that: some of our budgetary challenges come from battles over the state budget. Reductions in our Highway User Revenue Funds (HURF) affect our ability to maintain medians, roads, and other rights-of-way. The state has changed the manner in which sales taxes are collected. The net result will be a reduction in revenue to us, and a delay in getting the money into our accounts. They’ve swept Lottery funds as well, another hit to our budget. Beyond that, funding for education is directly tied to the state budget, and as we see changes to the federal health care laws, the state will have budgetary decisions to make related to continuing funding for expanded Medicaid.

At a forum on campus next week, members of the Democratic leadership will present their own budget plan and priorities. Here’s the information on when and where:

Saturday, April 8th, 2017
12:30 p.m. registration, 1:00 p.m. forum
University of Arizona, Modern Languages Building, Room 350
1423 E. University Blvd, Tucson  85721

Modern Languages is right next to the Administration Building, just north of the mall. There’s a parking garage a block away.

If I hear of a budget forum put on by Republicans, I will share that with you, too. But this is the only public outreach I’ve seen related to what’s coming our way in the state budget package. I hope to see you over there on the 8th to hear the discussion.

City Budget

Last week, we held the first of what will be several city budget study sessions. Last year, for the first time since the recession, we passed a structurally balanced budget from an operational standpoint without using one-time fixes or just pushing debt down the road. As a result, we enter this fiscal year’s budget talks in much better condition than previously. We’ll still face a deficit, but it’s manageable. We’re on the right trajectory.

We need to climb out of an approximately $9M hole to balance the upcoming fiscal year’s budget. We know the cost of our health insurance will increase. We know our public safety pension costs will increase, in large part due to litigation following an illegal change in the benefits the State Legislature adopted a few years ago. We’ll have some one-time expenses related to software purchases, and we need to purchase some police and fire vehicles ahead of the Prop 101 vote you’ll be making on May 16th. It’s not the huge hole we’ve seen in the past, but it’ll take work again to balance.

We aren’t talking about increasing taxes or fees to achieve that balance. Internal consolidations will restructure how we do business, and hopefully we can negotiate mutually beneficial agreements with Pima County to save both of us money. Those deals will relate to the courts, I.T., public safety, and possibly some changes in parks. The goal is more efficient regional government at a lower cost.

We will still have to sort through our big ticket items. That will include taking a long-term look at our health plan, how we fund transit, and at our non-public safety pension obligations. Each of those has its complexities, but each deserves a serious look so we don’t have to come back each year just treading water financially.

Right now our talks are based on projections. Once the state fixes its budget, our own projections will change in response. But we’re orders of magnitude better-positioned than we have been in the past several years. That’s good. It means we’ll soon be able to begin focusing on expanding services, not contracting them any longer. We need to better fund our code enforcement efforts, graffiti remediation, and parks maintenance, among other areas that directly impact quality of life. That’s why getting to a structurally balanced budget has been such a priority for me since I began doing this back in 2009.

Health Care Forum

Last week, Congress decided to avoid voting on a loser of a health care bill. They’ve continued negotiating changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a less public manner. Because it was such a major part of political campaigns for the past year plus, I believe they are highly likely to come back with a bill that makes fundamental changes to “Obamacare.”

Before the non-vote, we decided to hold a forum on the impact of the proposed changes. We will continue with the forum because the ongoing negotiations are being conducted with hardliners who didn’t feel the initial round of changes went “far enough.” When they come back with a new bill, expect something equally, if not more troubling than the first.

Plan on joining us at Temple Emanu-El on April 20th for this informative and important panel discussion on health care. Nobody can say health care legislation has no impact on them or their families.

One of the mantras since the non-vote has been “wait to see Obamacare collapse,” at which point everyone will see the alleged wisdom in the changes that were proposed. What has not been widely discussed is how the administration can accelerate problems with the ACA through some quiet administrative changes.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is cited in the ACA over 1,400 times. The references often say “The Secretary shall” or “The Secretary may.” Congress writes the bills, but implementation is given over to federal agencies such as HHS. With the flexibility embedded in the word “may,” HHS and the administration can do a lot. They could pull advertising that promotes enrollment, or administratively change what’s required to be included in coverage – for example, remove requirements for ‘marketplace’ plans to cover contraception or offer free co-pays – thus making coverage less attractive.

The HHS could drop a lawsuit left over from the Obama administration and thereby decrease subsidies for about half of the marketplace enrollees. Administrative changes can also alter the coverage mandate people now face, changing who is required to enroll.

There are limits to what HHS can do, but to the extent that several options exist for making changes to the ACA without any Congressional input, there is uncertainty in the insurance marketplace. That will increase premiums – it’s how the market responds to uncertainty.

Another impact on health care that’s less often talked about is how gun violence affects the industry. Stanford University released a study which estimates that initial inpatient hospitalization costs from firearm-related injuries averaged $730M annually between 2006 and 2014. Hospitals were forced to absorb some of that in the form of uncompensated treatment, and other portions were paid for with public dollars through Medicaid or Medicare. That figure doesn’t include follow-up visits, rehabilitation, long-term care costs, losses from quality-adjusted life years, or productivity losses related to the gun injuries.

Come and participate with the panel on the 20th. It’s still a timely and necessary community conversation.

SAHBA Coffee

I was happy to accept an invitation to join SAHBA last Wednesday for a noon luncheon discussion. As you can see from the photo, we had an overflow crowd for what was a wide-ranging series of topics. I think the overarching theme, though, was how we continue the positive economic momentum we’re seeing in both the city and in the region.

In the course of our meeting, we covered the successes we’re seeing on the east end of downtown, the potential for west side development, and our renewed and positive relationships with both Rio Nuevo and the County. I spent time promoting the development of the Sonoran Corridor, as I often do. I continue to be a strong advocate for the County Board of Supervisors to place a single-shot question on a regional ballot proposing bond money to accelerate the development of that region. It won’t happen this year, but could in the next couple.

We also talked about the development we’re seeing along Broadway – at least the development we hope to see now that Rio has the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) under contract. PPS is a group based out of New York that has successfully created destinations all over the world. I know from the meeting we had with them last week that their VP Meg Walker sees tremendous potential in the Sunshine Mile.

You’ll be seeing her around during our upcoming public presentations.

If you go to the PPS website, you’ll see this sort of description of their work:

Our Approach
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Our pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.

The placemaking we discussed will include retail opportunities. If Rio is investing, they have to show a sales tax component. This proposed student housing development planned for Park and Broadway is the antithesis of the node, incubator model PPS will be discussing with the community.

I’m sorry to see this important corner end up student housing, but the property owner is selling, and the project can be built without any rezoning or need for variances from our codes. To their credit, Landmark initially reached out for public input, but they’ve decided to stick with what code allows, so this segment of Broadway will not benefit from any of the PPS creativity.

But this segment, between Cherry and Warren Ave., is one I talked about with the PPS folks when we met.

If we can get a win here, it may set a great example of what can be done at other ‘nodes’ along the Sunshine Mile.

All of that aside, the SAHBA meeting – including the Broadway piece – was positive, with a focus on continuing to expand our tax base through good and appropriate retail development. One lost opportunity isn’t going to define either the remainder of the Sunshine Mile or the successes we’re seeing throughout the region.

Honors College Update

The Arizona Board of Regents discussed this item during its meeting last Thursday. However, they did so in Executive Session, so it is unclear what was covered or decided. They did sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) related to the development of the student housing project. There’s still a ground lease to be crafted, so the fine points of the arrangement have yet to be finalized.

It’s clear from the MOU that American Campus Communities (ACC) will be kept whole from a financial standpoint. It accounts for ACC’s development costs, and even includes non-compete language to protect them should the UA sign on with a competing housing developer in a way that hurts the revenue stream from the project. That’s typical in the private sector. I’m not sure how it works with the State Gift Clause, though.

ACC will lease UA property, but it will build and manage the project alone. One piece of this that’s different than what was expressed in the public meeting held a week ago is that the proposed opening date isn’t until 2019, not next year. If they went through the rezoning process, as I’d like to see them do, it’d still be tough to hit their new target date. But having pushed it a year already makes it clear there’s some level of convenience factor being considered in how this is being put together, and not a matter of kids being without places to live. Jonathan and I partnered with the UA on promoting homes around campus. We know there’s available stock if there’s a willing buyer or renter.

The City Attorney will of course look at the agreement to see that “city interests” are fairly protected. I would capture under that phrase the interests of those living around the proposed project. If it goes ahead as planned, it will also be a lost opportunity – an opportunity to engage the public and develop a project that fits more appropriately with the surrounding area. As with Landmark, ACC’s student housing is incompatible with what’s around it. But it may end up moving ahead without any controlling public involvement.

The UA promoted other student housing through a request for proposals (RFP) it solicited a few years ago. Cadence was the only project built as a result of the RFP. Cadence is downtown. It pays property taxes, and it went through all the necessary city reviews. As I pointed out at the public meeting last week, if a deal such as the one proposed for ACC had been put into effect for Cadence, neither of those things would have been true.

Last Tuesday, the Star ran a guest piece I wrote. It pretty much sums up the concerns I share with many others. Here’s that op-ed. We won’t know any more until the MOU is reviewed by the City Attorney and the Ground Lease agreement has been finalized.

The University of Arizona has nearly completed the final draft of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a private student housing developer, American Campus Communities to build a new Honors College on the outskirts of campus. Standing alone, the new facility would be a wonderful addition to the university. To the extent we can recruit high-performing students to campus, we’re a stronger institution and the entire community benefits. The Honors College being consolidated into a single facility is a concept worth pursuing.

It is the form of the agreement with American Campus Communities and the UA that has caused significant and legitimate concern, from both the residents who live in areas surrounding campus, and also by Tucson city officials. Who better than one who wears a hat in each ring — the UA as an employee, the surrounding area as a homeowner, and the city as a member of the City Council — to suggest that a broad community dialogue is needed before the MOU is finalized.

American Campus Communities owns land adjacent to campus. The UA owns an adjoining lot. The city block those two parcels comprise is the planned home for the new Honors College. So far, so good. But the MOU being crafted will transfer ownership of the ACC portion to the state, the result being the removal of the project from any public rezoning process that would normally occur. It is through the rezoning process that the public expresses its voice with respect to the way the development is designed. Removing the property from private ownership allows the development to ignore any constraints related to size, density and massing that are controlled by city zoning. And the resulting project would be exempt from paying property taxes.

In short, the transfer of ownership to the state means it can build whatever it wants, wherever it wants, and any project built under this model is exempt from supporting the tax base of the region.

City zoning regulations protect the community from development taking place in a random manner throughout the city. Every property owner, regardless of where the property is located, benefits from the public process built into any proposed zoning change. It provides certainty that property owners will be included in decisions related to how growth occurs and how that impacts their own investments.

If the MOU is finalized, it establishes a model by which the state, or presumably other public entities, can buy up private land and ignore zoning regulations that exist in the area as long as what they’re building fits under the purview of their “educational mission” or public purpose. It’s eminent domain by memorandum of understanding.

To be sure, ACC will be fairly compensated on an annual basis for its role in managing the Honors College.

While it may not be receiving monthly rent checks as it normally would, there will be some means by which it will made whole for its role in the project.

If that financial sleight-of-hand is legal, it strains ethical sensitivities.

I’ve worked on campus since 1988. I hold two degrees from the UA. I care deeply about the reputation and image it holds in the wider community. I’ve also owned a home a mile from campus for approximately 30 years. Preservation of the integrity of residential neighborhoods is also important on a personal level. And as a member of the City Council, I am sensitive to the importance of respecting the public processes by which the area is governed.

The MOU now nearing completion between the UA and ACC constitutes a template for development that nobody in good conscience can embrace. By taking the development through its proper public process, the reputation of the UA is preserved, surrounding neighborhoods get a seat at the table, and the well-established protocols by which development occurs in our community are honored.

Water Update

Well, more like a snow update. But you’ll get the connection.

This graph shows how far above average California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains are in the water content of their snowpack. And I thought snow was just white water waiting to melt. It’s more complicated than that – read on.

One of California’s most important water supplies comes from Sierra snowmelt. So why is that a Ward 6 issue? Recall back to my many reports on the water level in Lake Mead and its impact on the declaration of a shortage on the Colorado River. Snowmelt from the Sierras is a factor in that equation. And what happens on Mead and the Colorado impacts our local water security. It’s not at all a stretch.

Knowing with some level of accuracy how much snow has accumulated up in the mountains is important information for water planning. I’ve written a bunch about how the basin states and Mexico are working together to come up with a Drought Contingency Plan (DCP). Last year, the experts were predicting about a 50% chance we’d see a shortage declared on the Colorado this year. That got everyone working hard on the DCP.

Then it started snowing. And snowing. Check out these comparative aerials. They show the difference between this year, and the same area just two years ago.

NASA has a mapping project they call the Airborne Snow Observatory. They measure the depth of snowpack and the amount of water present in the snow. In the pictures, the white areas had a meter (just over three feet) of snow on the ground in March. Up in the high mountains this year, they had tens of feet deep of snow. Back in ‘15, almost none of the mountain range had snow built up that thick. If you compare the lower areas, it’s clear some of that area had virtually no snowpack in ‘15, whereas now it’s covered.

The snow observatory project started in 2013. NASA takes laser impulses from an airplane flying above the Sierras, and based on how long it takes for the pulse to bounce back, they can tell how much water there is in the snow, and they can create very accurate topographical maps. Those are being used by water planners to chart the course for distribution of water, and more importantly to chart the course for how we approach our future water security. The DCP, for example.

Everybody should be thrilled with the snowpack we see in the photos. It’s great news for the Colorado, and great news for our short-term water supply. But it’s not anything we should count on as we plan longer-term strategies to securing our water future. I share this here because in the past few weeks I’ve read several articles indicating the water planners working on the DCP and other regional strategies have taken their feet off the pedal and are basking a little in this good news related to the Sierras. We won’t have a shortage declared on the Colorado next year or likely the year after. But eventually, we will.

I like to include some items I hope people will learn from – as I do when I run across things such as this NASA project. I also hope some of you will take the information and use it to advocate with policymakers. In this case, the message is that while we’re all pleased to see this short-term reprieve, there’s no reason anybody who’s involved with water planning should ‘take five’ on the issue of working toward regional drought contingency solutions.

Last week, the State of Arizona, the City of Phoenix, and a private foundation signed onto an agreement with the Gila River Indian Community. They’ll partner to build a series of underground water storage facilities on reservation land. It’ll provide a way for the tribe to store some of its CAP allotment and either recharge it back into the aquifer or keep it available for times when Lake Mead faces a shortage and we’re all asked to not take our full entitlements. The deal is a good step. But it’s a step, not a solution.

We nearly had a DCP drafted before the November election. From an environmental and regulatory standpoint, the change in administrations has resulted in multiple fundamental changes in direction.

Agree or disagree with the full range of changes, we in the Southwest cannot ignore long-term approaches to making sure we have enough water.

I will continue to urge that the Ducey Water Augmentation Council branch out to include serious conservation-minded groups in its planning. Please join me in that.

Last week in the CAP’s news blast, there was an article about how California water managers are bemoaning that short-term increases in water supply may cause prices to come down. There appears to be some movement away from the conservation measures everyone was working on for fear of backlash from ratepayers who are asked to fund water savings projects while also seeing no immediate shortage of the commodity. That’s short-term thinking.

And for the record, our Tucson Water leadership is fully committed to working hard on the DCP and assuring a secure water future for Tucson.

More Water

Take one minute and watch this trailer.

No, I’m not over the fact that the UA didn’t make it to the Final Four. And no, that’s not a busted bracket. It’s a graphic from the winning Water Innovation Challenge entry from the Southwest Water Campus, whose members include Pima County Wastewater, Tucson Water, Marana Water, the UA, and many others. On Wednesday, April 12th during a reception at the Fox, the Southwest Water Campus entry into the Challenge will be on display. In short, the team is working with brewers to produce craft beers with purified wastewater to introduce the public to the potential for using wastewater as a consumable.

Throughout Arizona, there are over 130 wastewater treatment plants. The research into potable reuse is gaining steam, and those plants may one day become keys to preserving our groundwater supply. The event on the 12th will run from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. It’ll be capped off with a 30 minute screening of the film Groundwater, promo’d in the trailer above.

The Fox is located at 17 W. Congress. The event will be free and open to all who want to come and see this interesting work and the important film. If you look at the list of sponsoring participants at the bottom of the flyer, it’ll be clear this is a fun but for-real event.

Puppies

Taking a break from the meaty stuff. My friends at the Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare (PAAW) and in the puppy world generally have an invitation for you if you’re looking to add a member to your family.

 This expo will take place at the Tucson Expo Center, 3750 E. Irvington Rd. It’s an annual mega-adoption event. Throughout the day, there will be exhibitions from law enforcement K9 units, the Arizona Border Collie Rescue group, shelters, pet-related vendors, vets, and boarders. The goal of the day is to place pets into new loving homes.

Admission and parking are free, but please leave your pets at home.

You may have recently seen some media reports about surrounding jurisdictions cutting ties with Pima Animal Care Center. Those moves will necessarily place an extra burden on local shelters and rescues. That makes events such as this even more important than they have been in past years.

The Expo Center is on Irvington between Palo Verde and Alvernon. You can access it from an exit on I-10. I join the organizers of this event in encouraging you to adopt, don’t shop retail. The work being done in shelters and through rescue groups throughout the region is where the heavy lifting is happening. Please support them by supporting this event.

Broadmoor-Broadway Neighborhood Arts Event

You’ve seen chalk messages drawn on sidewalks. When tasteful, they can be expressions of welcome and inclusiveness. In the Broadmoor-Broadway case, they were poetry. For a while beginning back in 2014, they had some regular ‘poets’ sharing their work on sidewalks throughout the neighborhood. Now they’re taking the shared poetry a step further – and inviting other neighborhoods to join with them.
 
The neighborhood was just awarded a stArt grant by the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona – the same group I partnered with for our arts forum last weekend. The grant will fund a pilot Poetry Mailbox – Urban Poetry Pollinator – in BBVNA. The idea is similar to the free little libraries many neighborhoods have. In this case though, people are encouraged to take a poem/leave a poem. The goal is to use the ‘mailbox’ as a way to share the arts in the form of poetry, across the neighborhood, and between neighborhoods.

The box was just installed, and they’re planning a dedication ceremony to which you’re invited. It’ll take place on Saturday, April 15th from 10am until 11am. Find Treat and Broadway (half way between Tucson Blvd and Country Club) and head south on the Treat walkway to just north of the Arroyo Chico bridge in BBVNA. During the dedication, Tucson Poet Laureate TC Tolbert will be joined by other local poets in sharing some of their work.

And if you can’t make the dedication, head over from time to time and take part in the spontaneous cross-pollination of the arts this is intended to foster.

Earth Day at the Children’s Museum

And the following Saturday, April 22nd, the Tucson Children’s Museum will host the 23rd Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival. The event will run from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. There will be free admission to the museum all day.

The Earth Day event will include a variety of eco-friendly exhibits and hand’s on activities. The theme of course is protecting the planet. That message will be delivered with booths and activities touching on air quality, invasive plant species, alternate transportation modes – pretty much any topic that fits under the umbrella of the Earth Day theme.

While they last, there will be free bike helmets given out by the Pima County Bike/Ped program. And to encourage biking to the event, there’ll be bike valet parking.

If you’d like to be an exhibitor you need to register at tucsonearthday.org by April 7th. They could also use some volunteers – same website, or call them at 329-0711.  It’s great to see the collaboration between the Earth Day celebration and the wonderful work the Children’s Museum staff does on a daily basis. This’ll be a fun and educational event for kids of all ages.

Continuing that same theme, this week’s Local Tucson item is the Rincon Heights Neighborhood’s upcoming bike fest activities. They have two scheduled for this month.

On Saturday the 8th at 4:00 pm, there will be an all-comers ride – destination is Isabella’s Ice Cream over on 4th Ave. The short ride will begin at 9th Street, just west of Campbell, and they’ll ride straight over to Isabella’s from there. This is for kids, adults – anyone who likes biking, ice cream, or both.

Then on Thursday, April 20th at 7 pm, a ride of a different flavor will take place. This one’s the RHNA brewery ride. Better to leave the kids out of this one. The starting point is the same as the Isabella ride – 9th Street, just west of Campbell. The riders will stop at Tap & Bottle, move on to Crooked Tooth Brewing Co., and end at Public Brewhouse. Don’t forget to bring a light for this ride.

Good events sponsored by the Rincon Heights folks, advocating for biking, and support of our local businesses.

Thanks to the Gootter Foundation

This picture is of the 4th Avenue Street Fair first responder unit. Note that they’re wearing mobile AED devices. They were donated to the event by the Steven M. Gootter Foundation.

The Fair had a total of 19 units on site throughout the event. Each of them was there through the generosity of the Gootters. If you’ll recall, the family lost their son to a sudden death cardiac event. Since then, they’ve been dedicated to ensuring no other family suffers that loss. Our own public safety departments have benefitted from the donations, which means the entire community benefits.

Thanks to the Gootters for this very kind and valuable public outreach. They epitomize the goodness that permeates our city.

Sincerely,

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

Events and Entertainment

Dine Out for Safety
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Dine Out. Make a Difference. Meet your friends and family at one of the many participating local restaurants on Wednesday, April 19th and a portion of your bill will be donated to the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA) to provide support services for survivors of sexual assault. The list of participating restaurants is continuously updated at www.DineOutForSafety.org.

Spring Open Studio Tours

Heart of Tucson Art Studios
Saturday April 8, and Sunday, April 9 | 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Join artists and explore a total of 29 studio locations on the Heart of Tucson Art (HoTArt) Spring 2017 Open Studio Tour. Visit with artists, watch demonstrations, share refreshments, and spend a couple of days seeing why mid-town Tucson has become a real arts destination. For studio locations, artists’ names, and images of their work, please visit the HoTArt website: http://www.heartoftucsonart.org/2017-spring-ost-artists.html.

The Axle Studio Tour
Saturday April 8, and Sunday, April 9 | 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
301 W 4th Street

Artists at the new Axle Studios in downtown Tucson will present their work for the very first time in the new Axle Building! Adam Lundquist, Partner of Southwest Urban Realty and Development, will be giving tours of the building. Refreshments will be served.

Sam Hughes Neighborhood Home Tour
Sunday, April 9, 2017 | 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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 and gardens, music and art, a lecture by Senator 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. Information at tickets at: http://samhughes.org/home-tour.php.

Ongoing…

Mission Garden, 929 W Mission Ln | www.tucsonbirthplace.org
A living agricultural museum and ethnobotanical garden at the site of Tucson's Birthplace (the foot of "A-Mountain"). For guided tours call 520-777-9270.

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

Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way | www.tucsonbotanical.org
“Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” Exhibit, October 10, 2016 – May 31, 2017

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
"Snaketown: Hohokam Defined" Exhibit, through July 1, 2017

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 | www.TucsonMusuemofArt.org
“Body Language: Figuration in Modern and Contemporary Art,” February 25, 2017 – July 9, 2017

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.