Karin's Note: Thursday, August 1, 2013


-Ward 3 Events
-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)
-Citywide Events
-Did You Know?


Dear Tucsonans,

I hope you all will join me tomorrow morning at the Grand Opening of Old Pascua Museum and Yaqui Culture Center (see details below).    The following paragraph, highlighting some of the area and museum history, is taken from written material put together by the Director of the Museum, Guillermo Quiroga.

The Pascua Yaqui Community of Old Pascua, the original Pascua Village, dates back to the early 1920s when Yoeme families congregated from smaller settlements in Southern Arizona on land set aside for them by a generous benefactor. Using available materials the people of Pascua built the first San Ignacio de Loyola Capilla and were free to practice centuries old traditions. For over 90 years, despite several attempts to relocate, remove, and assimilate, the Old Pascua community has endured and remains one of the most traditional enclaves of Yoeme in all Arizona. Starting in 2013, the Old Pascua Museum and Yaqui Culture Center now will celebrate and honor those first residents and leaders, the Maehtom, Capitanim, Kopariam, Kiyohtim, Monaham, Pahkolam, Yoyo’otuim; those who have instructed later generations on the importance of Yaqui traditions and culture and their place in the world view. The site of the new museum is a home built in 1926 by one of the earliest residents of Old Pascua, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Under the direction of the City of Tucson Historic Preservation Office, the home was completely remodeled while preserving its unique architectural features. The Museum will feature over 5,000 artifacts, photos, and artwork as well as offer educational, cultural and community programs in the historical Old Pascua Village.  The Old Pascua Museum and Yaqui Culture Center is located at 856 West Calle Santa Ana, Tucson Arizona 85705 and operated under the auspices of the San Ignacio Yaqui Council of Old Pascua Village, Inc., a 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to the public. 

For more information contact:  Guillermo Quiroga, Director at 520-884-8527(office) or 520-990-5949 (cell)

Please come celebrate the success of this sweet project, and the historic and cultural significance of its surrounding community. 

Jobs and the Economy

This week Entrepreneur Magazine chose Tucson as a “Hot Spot” and “Emerging Hub” in the nation:

It’s yet another affirmation that our local economy can continue to grow good-paying jobs through the innovation and collaboration that have been our focus.

Check out the Business Resources page on the City of Tucson website by going to the following link: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/business.  Through our Office of Economic Development we’re clearly getting the word out and making impressive progress.

Training remains an important part of the equation. The success of the Joint Technological Education District (equipping high school students with tech skills), programs like Job Path (preparing workers for available jobs in health care, aerospace and other high-wage fields), and our world class University insure that we’re creating pathways out of poverty for more and more Tucsonans as our economy strengthens and grows.

Council Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 6. You can view the agenda and background materials at this link:  https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/mcdocs
Thanks for staying invested and involved in your City!



Ward 3 Events:

-Grand Opening of Old Pascua Museum and Yaqui Culture Center – Friday, August 2. Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Museum is located at 857 W. Calle Santa Ana. The Community of Old Pascua is the original Pascua Village and dates back to the early 1920s. The site of the new Museum is a home; the “Matus Meza” home built in 1926 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Under the direction of the City of Tucson Historic Preservation Office, the home was completely remodeled while preserving its unique architectural features. There are over 5,000 artifacts, photos and artwork. The Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is open to the public. More info: 884-8527

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, August 28th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at TPD West, Council Member Uhlich invites you to "Transportation 101: How Transportation Planning and Funding Works in our Community.”  How many of your tax dollars go to support transportation, and how much of that comes back to our region?  How do Tucson, Pima County, and PAG plan for future roadway improvements, bike boulevards, greenways, our shared mass transit system, or maintenance of our current transportation assets? Get answers to these questions and more, at the Ward 3 sponsored Transportation 101. Key City and PAG/RTA leaders will be on hand to answer your questions and hear your thoughts.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 21 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Ward 3 4th Annual  Shred-It Event! This year’s event will be at Mansfield Park, 2000 N. 4th Avenue. First box is free, and subsequent boxes are $5 each and/or donate to our non-profit partners, Lend A Hand and Boys and Girls Club of Tucson. More information: Ward 3 Council Office, 791-4711.

Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s):

Dodge Flower NA Cleanup—Saturday, August 3 at 7:30 a.m. Oasis Apartments, corner of Dodge and Flower

-Northwest NA - Wednesday, August 7 at 6:00 p.m. Donna Liggins Recreation Center, 2160 N. 6th Avenue

-Hedrick Acres NA – Saturday, August 10 at 7:00 a.m. Navajo Wash (meet at the NW corner of Mountain and Hedrick)


Citywide Events:

- Sunset at Sentinel Peak (A Mountain) – Thursday, August 1 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Sentinel Peak Park, 1000 S. Sentinel Peak Road (at I-10, go west on Congress toward Silverbell, left on Cuesta—up the hill). Kick off to Tucson’s Birthday Month. Ribbon cutting for new park improvements at the Park, Tucson’s largest natural resource park.

-Tucson Modern Streetcar Design Charrett Follow-up Meetings – The City of Tucson invites all property owners, residents, businesses, neighborhood representatives, developers and U of A stakeholders to participate in a series of follow-up meetings related to the Tucson Modern Streetcar Land Use Design Charrettes that were held in January. The purpose of these meetings is to provide information regarding proposed strategies being developed to help the community achieve the vision for the Modern Streetcar Focus Area.
The meeting schedule is as follows:

Meeting 1: West University & 4th Avenue Business District (Central Segment)
Monday, August 5th 6:00 PM
Main Library, 101 N Stone Ave., Lower Level Meeting Room

Meeting 2: Eastern Terminus & Main Gate
Monday, August 12th 6:00 PM
University of Arizona Student Union, 1303 E University Blvd., 2nd Floor - Kiva Room

Meeting 3: Downtown Entertainment Districts & Downtown Cultural/Convention District
Monday, August 19th 6:00 PM
Public Works Building, 201 N Stone Ave., Basement Conf. Rm. C

Meeting 4: Western Terminus -- Mercado District and Menlo Park
Monday, August 26th 6:00 PM
Location: Public Works Building, 201 N Stone Ave., Basement Conf. Rm. C

Questions about the meetings can be sent to The Planning Center: info@azplanningcenter.com


-Did you know…?

…that El Rio Community Health Center and Pima County Health Department are hosting their final back-to-school immunization events this Saturday? Vaccinations are for children ages 5-18 who need their shots for the upcoming school year. The vaccinations are free for families who do not have health insurance. Those with insurance will need to bring their insurance cards. There will also be free dental and vision screenings. The first 80 children at the event will receive a free backpack.  Location:
Saturday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Roy Drachman Clubhouse, 5901 S. Santa Clara Avenue.

…that the City of Tucson Public Housing Program is accepting applications for various Public Housing Waiting Lists? Beginning Wednesday, July 31 at 10:00 a.m. for Tucson House at 1501 N. Oracle Road (studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments) and Wednesday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m. for 1-6 bedroom units on various unrestricted general occupancy lists. More info and assistance call 791-4742.

Applications accepted until further notice. To apply go to: https://tucsonlive.secureportaln.net/PHAHome/Index.aspx

…that the City is launching a trial to improve the Code Enforcement process?
Worried about the negative effect on whole areas when individual properties are persistently neglected, neighborhood leaders have been asking for the enforcement timeline to be tightened up.  Presently it can take 4 or 5 months to get a property owner to cut down overgrown weeds.  (We have to remember that the whole enforcement process is complaint-driven.
Here’s what’s new.  Code Enforcement Administrator Teresa Williams has announced a 6-month trial period, effective immediately, during which the initial response time to address the seven common code violations listed below is cut from 30 days to 10 days.

• Overgrown weeds and grass
• Dead vegetation
• Accumulations of trash & debris
• Graffiti
• Excessive storage in the front yard
• Junked or inoperable vehicles
• Oversized vehicle(s) parked on property

The trial period is necessary to assess the impact on inspectors’ ability to keep up with the accelerated re-inspection schedule on top of the existing schedule for all other violations.  In addition, each of the 18 Code Enforcement inspectors will spend 4 hours a week removing illegally posted handbills.

Two further ideas have been proposed for consideration.
1.  In addition to the complaint-driven system, periodically Code Enforcement  would conduct well-advertised proactive sweeps of  particular areas, perhaps in conjunction with Brush & Bulky collection periods

2. Monies recovered through re-inspection fees and liens placed on violating properties would be returned to the Code Enforcement budget rather than the general fund.