Karin's Note: May 25, 2012
-Spring Arts and Crafts Fair
-Jacobs and Mansfield Pools Hold Re-Opening Parties
-“A Hero’s Salute” Concert
-Tucson Pops Summer Concerts at Reid Park
- Pro Neighborhoods Hosts Workshop for Neighborhood Associations
-Did you know....
The Mayor/Council meeting agendas for May and June include several items that I have requested in response to concerns raised by Ward 3 residents:
This week the Police and Transportation Departments offered an overview of their aggressive efforts to address copper theft citywide. The crime is hitting public and private property owners hard. The Metal Theft Reduction and Apprehension Plan (MTRAP), led by Lt. Chad Kasmar from the Tucson Police Department, includes an interdepartmental approach. Water, Parks, and Transportation departments are also actively involved in the effort, as well as the Pima County Attorney's Office and many community stakeholders. Some program highlights include:
- A major emphasis of MTRAP is communication and intelligence sharing, so that TPD can effectively identify and target the offenders (many of whom they believe are repeat offenders) and arrest them with enough proof that will stand up in court.
- TPD is working closely with the Pima County Attorney's Office to make sure these cases are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and that offenders found guilty face steep jail terms.
- TPD has created a new crime classification for Larceny-Copper Theft which allows them to track these crimes very specifically.
- All TPD officers have now gone through training on the specifics of copper theft, including key theft targets like backflow valves and A/C compressors, and how to document these thefts utilizing the new crime classification.
- Leads Online, an information database that went live in January of 2012, allows for easier tracking of the sales of stolen metals. Current law requires the mandatory participation of licensed metal recyclers to input information pertaining to the item scrapped, the individual scrapping the materials, to include photographs and ID, into the Leads Online System. This is the same system now being used by the Arizona Attorney General's Office and many local law enforcement agencies around the state.
- MTRAP will be rolling out a public education campaign in the coming months, so the public can be vigilant and report suspicious activity more readily and easily.
You can see the full powerpoint presentation on the Ward 3 website under “News and Information” located at http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/ward3. I am very pleased that TPD has been able to make two large scale apprehensions since MTRAP went live in March. I am also confident that the combined prevention and enforcement approach will help reduce incidents of copper theft that has swept our valley and, in fact, the State and Country.
A key point made during the presentation was the importance of tips provided by businesses and residents. If you suspect copper theft in progress or notice multiple lights out in your area, call 911 to help us connect the dots that lead us to the culprits.
On June 19 Mayor/Council will begin a review of the parking ordinance at my, and Councilmember Romero’s request. We want to be sure that enforcement standards are clear and consistent (a concern that has been raised regarding parking in curb-to-lot line rights of way in particular). As an enterprise handling significant money and managing key assets, we must also be certain ParkWise has strong oversight within the bureaucracy and by Mayor/Council.
Red Tag Ordinance
Ward 3 has worked with Ward 6, a group landlords and homeowners recently to review the Red Tag Ordinance. The group has suggested modifications to the ordinance which will be discussed during Mayor/Council Study Session on June 5. Recommendations include increasing the initial red tag fine from $100 to $500. In addition, individuals receiving a red tag citation would be subject to the increasing fine levels for any subsequent violations (currently only property addresses are tracked for repeat offenses within a 180 period, with those owners/occupants then subject to the increasing fine levels). We will continue outreach to students, landlords, homeowners and others interested in this issue leading up to that meeting.
In the future it will also be important to review the Red Tag Ordinance as it applies in Mixed Use areas such as downtown. Balanced infill will include bringing more retail/commercial spaces and residential spaces side-by-side. We can and should be proactive in anticipating a different set of needs/criteria for that configuration while keeping strong protections for intact neighborhoods.
In closing, the Memorial Day holiday holds particular poignancy as so many men and women currently serve us in harms way around the world. We pause to remember those lost in service, and also to let all active service members and their families know that we recognize their sacrifices, the risks they have taken in answering the call to service, and that we hold them in our thoughts.
I wish you all a safe Memorial Day weekend.
Ward 3 Events:
-Spring Arts and Crafts Fair – Saturday, May 26th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church, 3269 North Mountain Avenue. Unique items, food court, free raffles. More info: 879-6800.
Jacobs and Mansfield Pools in Ward 3 Hold Summer Kick off Parties–
Jacobs Pool: Friday, June 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free barbeque and activities for children. 1010 W. Lind Street. Sponsored in part by the Catalina Rotary Tucson.
Mansfield Pool: Saturday, June 2, Noon to 5:00 p.m. Free hot dogs, drinks and games. 2000 N. 4th Avenue. Sponsored in part by the Mansfield Park Neighbors Coalition. More info: Cheryl at 837-4231.
City Wide Events:
- “A Hero’s Salute” from Arts Express – Monday, May 28, 3:00 p.m. at Crowder Hall on the U of A Campus at Park and Speedway. Concert honors the men and women of Tucson who have served in the military, first responders and public servants. Featuring the Arts Express Chorus and Brass Quintet. Free to the public, donations appreciated. For tickets and information: 520-319-0400 or www.arts-express.org
- Pops Concerts at Reid Park – Sunday evenings, beginning at 7:00 p.m. through June 17. Reid Park Band Shell, 1100 South Randolph Way.
- Pro Neighborhoods Hosts Workshop – “Back to Basics for Neighborhood Associations” Thursday, May 31 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sentinel Building, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop. Roundtable discussion with Anna Sanchez from the City of Tucson, Members of the Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance, Alvernon Grant Initiative and Pro Neighborhoods representatives. Learn how to get your neighborhood engaged, attract leaders and love where you live! Free, but registration required. Call Scott at 882-5885 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat.
Did You Know…
...that residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, May 28th due to the Memorial Day holiday. All City of Tucson customers will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day during the holiday week. Holiday collection schedules are available online at www.tucsonaz.gov/esd
…that the City of Tucson is accepting applications for home repair funds? Homeowners within the city limits needing roof repairs, heating and cooling system replacements and structural, utility or certain repairs may apply for a grant and/or deferred loan ranging from $7,500 to $12,000. Applications for the Fiscal Year 2012-2014 Tucson Annual Residential Rehabilitation (TARR) Program will be taken via a lottery system to ensure that everyone submitting an application during the application period (5/16/12 through 6/30/12) has an equal opportunity for placement on the list. Applicants must be owner of the property and reside in it as primary residence. Income limits apply and the property must be free of delinquent liens. Call 837-5336 to receive an application by mail. Applications also online at: www.tucsonaz.gov/fixhouse
…that Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) has a Senior Program at the Donna Liggins Center, 2160 N. 6th Avenue? Nutrition Programs, Fitness, Arts and Crafts! To register call PCOA at 790-7262.
…that Council Member Karin Uhlich is once again hosting a “Trim Your Energy Wasteline Workshop?” This is a free, 2 hour energy conservation workshop for homeowners sponsored by Tucson Electric Power, City of Tucson Ward 3 Council Office, and the Metropolitan Energy Commission. Next Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ward 3 Council Office, 1510 E. Grant Road. Space is limited so if you’d like to reserve a seat and learn how to reduce your energy bills, call Cheryl Rodgers in the Ward 3 office at 837-4231. Free gifts and light refreshments will be offered to all participants.