Karin's Note: Thursday, July 25, 2013

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

Dear Tucsonans,

Jobs and the Economy

It’s great to see recent news coverage of two key elements in the Mayor and Council’s economic development plan: Trade with Mexico and Incubators for Entrepreneurs.

Mayor Rothschild recently traveled with a strong delegation to Mexico City to ignite action that will create jobs through international partnerships and investments. You can read the Arizona Daily Star's coverage here.

In addition several new collective/cooperative spaces that provide a platform for innovation and business startups are opening downtown, including Gangplank, Connect, Maker House, Xerocraft Hackerspace, the Toole Avenue Hive, and Rocket Hub. The emerging “Innovation District” sets the stage for exciting job growth spurred by local entrepreneurs.  Check out this recent article to learn more!

There’s no doubt Tucson has unique strengths to build upon. Our proximity to the border and outstretched hand to our partners in Mexico, our reenergized downtown and stunning natural environment, our diverse base of talent and our progressive values will all be key to sustainable job growth over the coming decades.

We continue to draw national and international attention, not only for what’s new here but also for our protection of our unique historic, cultural, and environmental assets. We’re poised to grow our economy by leveraging the precious gifts we have.  !Viva Tucson!

Have a great weekend,



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 Pascua Yaqui 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” 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, join us for "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 Transportation 101. Key City and PAG/RTA leaders will be on hand to answer your questions and hear your thoughts.



Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s):

-Keeling NA – Monday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. Cornerstone Church, 2902 N. Geronimo

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


Citywide Events:

-Fosters to the Rescue Pet Event – Saturday, July 27 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Windmill Inn Suites, 4250 N. Campbell Avenue. This free community event is hosted by the organization “No Kill Pima County.” 20 local animal rescue organizations as well as the public are invited to participate with the goal of attracting more foster homes for dogs and cats. Light refreshments, short presentations, plus a fundraising raffle. More info: https://www.nokillpimacounty.org/

- 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 Charrette that was 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 the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee is looking for your input to help prioritize the projects to be included in the 2014 County Bond package?  Potential projects encompass economic and workforce development, transportation, parks and recreation, arts, affordable housing, historic and open space preservation and more.  You can vote for your top priorities – overall and within each category – at this link: www.pima.gov/bondsurvey. Deadline is Aug. 2nd

…the last day to register to vote in the City of Tucson’s August primary is Monday, July 29? The Ward 3 office has registration forms, or you can register online here or print out this form (PDF) and mail it in.

…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.  For an explanation of the current process from complaint to resolution, contact Judith Anderson at 837-4232 or judith.anderson@tucsonaz.gov.)

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.

Let us know what you think by contacting Judith (837-4232 or judith.anderson@tucsonaz.gov.)


…that El Rio Community Health Center and Pima County Health Department are hosting two more back-to-school immunization events? 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 each event will receive a free backpack. Locations and dates:

Saturday, July 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  at Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse, 2585 E. 36th Street.
Saturday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Roy Drachman Clubhouse, 5901 S. Santa Clara Avenue.


…that Tucson will be hosting a Climate Change Conference focused on public health and climate adaptation in September?  The following guest article by Susan Waites has more details:

Conference:  Climate Smart Southwest:  Ready or Hot? – By Susan Waites

We have all been hearing lots about climate change.  Have you ever wondered if climate change will affect us here in the Southwest?  Have you ever wondered if climate change will affect you and members of your family personally?   Here’s an opportunity to find out.  You can attend this conference focused on public health and climate adaptation coming up Friday and Saturday September 20th and 21st.  The conference is being sponsored by the Physicians for Social Responsibility and 35 other local and national organizations.

To kick off this community event there will be a free talk by Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology at New York University and the author of the bestselling book Heat Wave:  A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, about the July 1995 week long triple digit heat wave that took over 700 lives.  Dr. Klinenberg will give his talk Friday September 20 from 7 to 8pm at the TEP Unisource Building Conference Room, 88 E. Broadway in Tucson.  While this event is free and open to the public, you please RSVP as space is limited.  You can do so by going to the conference website http://www.psr.org/chapters/arizona/climate-smart-southwest/.

On Saturday September 21 the conference itself will take place from 7:30am to 5:30pm at the Tucson Convention Center.  The cost is just $35 ($15 for current students) which includes a free buffet lunch and free onsite parking at the TCC.  The morning of the conference will be dedicated to hearing nationally and internationally known speakers present information about climate change and emerging health problems, food security, mental health, and about how we can educate our children, build neighborhood resilience, and address cross cultural issues as we adapt to climate change.  In the afternoon conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in workshops to prepare and respond to the challenges posed by climate change.  To register for Saturday’s events go to http://www.psr.org/chapters/arizona/climate-smart-southwest/.

The Climate Smart Southwest Conference will be a unique opportunity to learn how climate change will affect you and your family.  Best of all, you’ll learn what you can do be prepared and help yourself and your loved ones meet the challenges we will face with a changing climate.  For more information, go to http://www.psr.org/chapters/arizona/climate-smart-southwest/.  If you need more information, please contact Dr. Barbara Warren at bwarre01@gmail.com