Karin's Note: Friday, September 28, 2012
- Guided Bike Ride in Keeling Neighborhood
- Mansfield Park Community Garden Dedication
-National Night Out in Ward 3
-Plan Tucson to Hold Community Workshops
- Future Neighborhood Meetings
- TPD Hosts Prescription Drug “Take Back” Program
- Movies in the Park
-Crime Free Multi-Housing Training
- Did you know....?
The 2012 election is just around the corner and, as you know, the ballot will be long given the national, state, and local offices and issues at stake. I urge you to take the time to vote all the way through the ballot so your voice will count at all levels moving forward.
The League of Women Voters has released their informational pamphlet regarding initiatives on the ballot. Here’s that link: www.lwvaz.org. I respect the League and appreciate their commitment to offering nonpartisan, fact-based materials for voters. I also respect the current Chairperson of the League here in Tucson, my former City Council colleague Carol West. Thank you Carol, and the entire League leadership team (and members) for serving us so well here in Southern Arizona.
A key local question on the ballot this year will be the whether City voters want to authorize the City to issue bonds to repair and resurface our streets. In June, the Mayor and Council voted 6-1 to give local voters that option because all of us recognize the importance of rebuilding basic infrastructure which has eroded during the recession (due to state budget cuts as well as a very tight City budget). As my colleague Council Member Kozachik noted at the time, $100 million over a five year term “will not get to all of the problem areas, but it’s a serious start and a statement that we agree with prevailing voices that repairing our transit corridors has to be job 1 for this governing body.” In voting no, Councilmember Fimbres noted his desire to exhaust any and all possible options for finding the millions needed before putting the question to our voters and issuing bonds.
I think voters should have the choice to pass bonds restricted to street repairs, and ask you to take the following points into consideration when making up your mind:
*The City had to suspend our multi-year street repair plan from 2008-2012 due to state budget cuts, including gas-tax “HURF” revenues, and severe reductions in City revenue.
*Demands from the public and the Mayor/Council for strong fiscal accountability have led to aggressive oversight of all departments (including Transportation) by City Manager Richard Miranda.
*All expenditures of Bond Funds would be monitored by a Citizens Bond Oversight Committee in addition to Mr. Miranda and the Mayor/Council. The Committee would meet in public and issue regular reports on the progress of the road work.
*Bond funds will be contracted out to private sector companies to perform the road work, creating good private sector jobs during the five-year program.
*Current low interest rates could stretch the impact of our bond dollars.
*Delaying repairs now would raise the cost of those repairs and resurfacing in the future.
*Basic infrastructure matters to our overall economic development effort and our quality of life.
*A dedicated funding source for streets would help us accelerate infrastructure repairs while also making progress on other core service goals (e.g. police/fire staffing levels and park and recreation services).
There’s no denying that Tucsonans have felt let down by their City government over the years. Rio Nuevo became mired in politics and backroom deals and a number of City employees have recently, finally been disciplined or fired for wrongdoing that should have been tackled years ago.
I share that sense of anger, frustration, and disappointment over mistakes made, and I’ve worked hard since 2006 to reinforce accountability at every opportunity: proposing the formation of a Citizens Audit and Performance Commission in 2008, a group which now actively reviews departmental spending and digs into areas of concern; demanding transparency and action from our City Managers and working to find someone, like Mr. Miranda, who does not shy away from needed reforms and corrective action; and working with you, the Mayor/Council and my staff to insist on an ever-improving City government.
The decision on the issuance of street repair bonds now lies in the hands of Tucson voters. No matter what the outcome, my work to strengthen transparency and accountability will continue, as will my focus on the core services needed to build an even better Tucson.
Ward 3 Events:
- Guided Bike Ride in Keeling – Saturday, September 29 beginning at 8:15 a.m. Meet at the Keeling Desert Park on Glenn, West of Fontana. Participate in a safety class and bike ride on the boulevard. Snacks, water, helmets (if needed) and bike locks will be provided for participants. Sponsored by “Keeling on the Move” in conjunction with the Keeling Neighborhood Association.
- Mansfield Park Community Garden Grand Opening – Sunday, September 30 at 8:30 a.m. 2000 N. 4th Avenue (near basketball court). Light refreshments will be served. Come and enjoy a beautiful fall morning with your neighbors.
- National Night Out in Ward 3 – Tuesday, October 2. Four Neighborhood Associations are holding events this year: Balboa Heights, Feldman, Northwest and Richland Heights East. If interested in getting more information, please call the Ward 3 office at 791-4711 or contact the Presidents of these Associations for further information.
- Plan Tucson - 5 Community Workshops in October. Attend one of the workshops to see a presentation on possible ways Tucson could grow in the future, and to create alternative scenarios building on draft policies to guide land use, transportation and other City actions over the next decade. Plan Tucson goes to the voters on November 5, 2013. The days and times of the five Community Workshops:
Friday, October 5, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Community Resource Center, Sentinel Building, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop.
Saturday, October 6, 10:00 a.m. – Noon. El Pueblo Regional Center, Building 9, 101 W. Irvington.
Monday, October 8, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Westside Police Center, 1310 W. Miracle Mile
Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Palo Verde HS, 1302 S. Avenida Vega
Saturday, October 13, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Police Midtown Substation, 1100 S. Alvernon Way
- Upcoming Ward 3 Neighborhood Meetings:
Coronado Heights Neighborhood Association – Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. Glenstone Community Building, 2835 N. Stone Avenue.
City Wide Events:
- TPD Hosts Prescription Drug “Take Back” Program – Saturday, September 29 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Locations will be at two police substations—Midtown Substation at 1100 S. Alvernon and Southside Substation at 4410 S. Park Avenue. This drug collection is for prescription pills only. Good way to dispose of those old, unused, unwanted prescription drugs—much better than disposing them in the water supply! More info: Lt. Dietsch at 837-7434.
-Movies in the Park – Friday, October 5, Kennedy Park-3778 S. Mission Road (Ajo Way and Mission). Sponsored by Cox Communications and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, the activities begin at 4:00 p.m. with food booths, live music and activities for children. Movie begins at 7:00 p.m. – Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride.” Free admission. More info: www.SAACA.org
-Crime Free Multi-Housing Training – Thursday, October 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Patrick Hardesty Multi-Service Center, 1100 S. Alvernon. The Program partners owners, residents and law enforcement personnel in an effort to eliminate crime in rental properties, improving the quality of life throughout the neighborhoods. Important information for landlords, property owners, managers, tenants and neighbors. Training conducted by Tucson police and fire personnel and other experts, the seminar focuses on ways to keep drugs and other illegal activity off of your property. Free—registration required by October 9. Contact: Becky Noel, TPD’s Crime Free Multi-Housing Coordinator, at 837-7428 or Rebecca.Noel@tucsonaz.gov
Did You Know…?
…that Davis Monthan AFB has extended the public comment period for the draft Environmental Assessment concerning Operation Snowbird until October 4? The extension allows citizens more time to analyze the proposal to implement National Guard Training Plan 60-1 supporting Operation Snowbird. The Air Force has also provided a Spanish translation—both versions are available at the Quincy Douglas Library, 1585 East 36th Street and the Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library at 4355 East Call Aurora. Questions should be directed to DMAFB Public Affairs: 520-228-3406.
….that the SlaughterHouse is ready to get you in the Halloween mood with the best Haunted House in Arizona? The SlaughterHouse opens this weekend with their four new haunted houses for the season. Yes, it's in the old Farmer John's Building at 1102 W Grant Road. And no, you've never seen anything like it. The four haunts range from scary to "Holy Crap!" -- Not for the faint of heart. Parking lot is west of the building; access from Flowing Wells Rd. Here are the details:Friday September 28: 7pm-10pm: Soft Opening: FREE Event for anyone who "Likes" their Facebook Fan Page at "SlaughterNation." Everyone will receive 2 tickets to go through any 2 haunts they choose. DJ will be playing. Concessions available. Saturday September 29: 7pm-11pm: 2 for 1 Night available for anyone. Everything open. You can buy tix for one haunt, more, or all. More info: http://slaughterhousetucson.com
…that Architecture Week is September 29 – October 7th? “Canstruction” at Park Place Mall, 20th Annual Architecture & Home Tours, Walking and Biking Tours and Cool Exhibits. The Southern Arizona Chapter American Institute of Architects invites you to join in the fun. More info: www.aiasouthernarizona.org or 520-323-2191.
… that The Flowing Wells High School Pulse Dance Company has qualified to compete in the largest and most prestigious National Dance Team Championship in the country. This will be the twelfth year that FWHS has participated in this competition, broadcast nationally on ESPN. It’s a great honor and FWHS Pulse Dance Company is one of only five teams representing Arizona in the competition. The cost of competition is very high, and these deserving young people need your support to ensure they can participate. If you’d like to make a sponsorship donation, please make your check out to “Flowing Wells High School- Pulse Dance Company,” and mail to: Flowing Wells High School, c/o Dance Teacher Marquez Johnson, 3725 N Flowing Wells Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705. Questions? Call Ms. Johnson at 520-696-8071.
…That the City of Tucson “Team Up to Clean Up! Neighborhood Clean-up Program is expanding? Now available to incorporated homeowners’ associations and small, organized groups of neighbors, the program offers free roll-off containers to assist residents who want to work together to clean-up their neighborhood. The program is coordinated by the City’s Environmental Services (ES) and Housing and Development (HCD) Departments. More information about the program is available online. Residents can visit the ES web page at http://cms3,tucsonaz.gov/es/neighborhoodclean-upsor call ES Customer Service at 791-3171. Information for neighborhood associations is available on the HCD website at http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/hcd/neighborhood-clean-ups
…that October 7 – 13 is National Fire Week? Tucson Fire Department has identified the Top Ten significant causes contribution to fire loss in our community. In addition, Tucson Fire Prevention would be happy to schedule a home safety inspection to assist you in identifying potential issues at your residence. Call 791-4501. More info: http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/fire/announcement/prevent-accidents