April 11, 2013


A Message from Vice Mayor romero


Dear Friends and Neighbors:


As an avid movie lover it is my pleasure to welcome back the 22nd Annual Arizona International Film Festival. The Festival’s opening night event is on Friday, April 12 from 6-9 p.m. at the Grand Cinema Crossroads at Grant & Swan features the Cinema Hop, a tribute to the 50’s with swinging music, jive dancing, root beer floats and more. 


The Film Festival screens films from throughout the globe April 12-28 at four locations.  Films to be screened include Escaramuza: Riding from the Heart, Indian Dreams, Tucson’s Heart and Soul: El Casino Ballroom, and Summer League. Grab your favorite movie munchies and a friend and go!  For more information visit the website at www.filmfestivalarizona.com


PS-  My office has a limited number of free passes for two to the Cinema Hop, the Festival’s Opening Night event.  Please contact my office at (520)791-4040 or email ward1@tucsonaz.gov with the subject line “Festival Tickets”.  Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis.


In Community,


Regina Romero



Do you like to walk? Is your neighborhood missing a segment of sidewalk? Is the sidewalk covered with weeds or debris, or maybe the sidewalk is in disrepair?


The Pima Association of Governments (PAG) wants to know more about the pedestrian issues from the public and identify solutions to increase walking.   Throughout April, PAG is offering an online survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PAGwalkingsurvey or www.PAGregion.com to collect information needs that will be evaluated as part of the development of a new regional pedestrian plan.  The purpose of the plan will be to:

• Emphasize the importance of walking as a mode of transportation

• Help our region to better understand pedestrian needs

• Set regional pedestrian improvement goals and targets

• Identify priorities for pedestrian improvements and investments.

Walking is good for your body, improves air quality, and helps build community.  Your participation in the survey  will help in the planning.  For more information, contact Patrick Hartley at phartley@PAGregion.com




The Tucson Arts Brigade’s 4th Annual Water Festival honors our region’s most precious resource with a celebration that integrates art, science and culture.  The Water Festival seeks to raise awareness, promote stewardship, conservation, and foster creative expression. 


Activities include an Exhibitor Fair, Performances, an Art Show, Kids Activities, a 3-mile Walk for Water from 8-9 a.m., Speakers, Workshops, and “The Vibe” Live Art Happenings.  For more information contact  the Water Festival at (520)623-2119 or visit the Festival website at www.waterfestivaltucson.org .



Join Watershed Management Group (WMG) and the Ward I Council Office as we transform a barren parking lot into a water harvesting and native shade oasis! If you get thirsty, we’ll have refreshments.


When: Wednesday, April 24, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where:  Ward I Council Office, 940 W. Alameda St.


Advanced registration is required.  For more information or to register, contact Joe Silins, at jsilins@watersehmg.org , (520)396-3266 x4. or                                                                    www.watershedmg.org/calendar-tucson



Don't forget it’s Water Conservation Month and the National Mayors Challenge for Water Conservation is on!


Tucson is in first place now, but we need you to make a conservation pledge. Visit http://www.wylandfoundation.org/mywaterpledge/ to sign up. Let’s show the nation Tucsonans know that every drop counts!  Thanks to the Mayor, CH2M Hill, Rainbird, Tucson Water and the Wyland Foundation for bringing the Clean Water Mobile Learning experience to Ward 1's Mary Bell McCorkle Academy of Excellence K8 School. It is a great hands-on learning opportunity .  The kids and adults loved the mobile experience!



The City’s Tucson Water website is a great resource for general information about water and our community.  Visit Tucson Water at http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water to do any of the following and more:

¨ Pay your Tucson Water Account.

¨ Learn more about how to conserve water.

¨ Download educational information for teachers and students about water and conservation.

¨ Learn about how the City utilizes reclaimed water.

¨ Become informed about our region’s water quality.




This weekend come and see the creative process live and in action at the Tucson Artists’ Open Studios Tour. 


Tour open studios, talk to artists, and learn about their work.  There will be demonstrations and a variety of work for sale.   Studios are open city wide, April 13-14 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a complete list of participating artists and studios visit www.tucsonopenstudios.com Printed listings and a citywide guide map is available in the April issue of Zocalo Magazine.



The 11th Annual Fiesta Grande will kick off this Saturday, April 13 with a 9 am parade along Grande Avenue. 

Grande Avenue from St. Mary’s to Speedway will be packed Saturday and Sunday with food, rides, games, car shows, arts and crafts and entertainment from Gertie and the T.O. Boyz, Conjunto Fear, Sonido, The Tucson Pride Showcase, and much more.  Come celebrate with your friends and neighbors. 


Funds raised will support scholarships and other programs for Westside residents.  For more information visit the Fiesta Grande Facebook page.



The Arizona Department of Transportation has put out its tentative five year program, which looks at major projects and capital improvements over the next five fiscal years. The State Transportation Board will consider all public comments received by May 17th.


In the larger jurisdictions of Phoenix and Tucson, the metropolitan planning organization works to prioritize funding allocations for projects within the region. I hope constituents will take some time to look over the plan and request that improvements to Interstate - 19 be classified as a priority. This heavily utilized corridor has seen low levels of investment over time, and the safety and congestion issues need to be made a priority. Suggestions made in the PAG comments section will go straight to our regional partners to address the improvements we need to see. Please make a comment today!


· Attend and comment at the public hearing Friday, April 12, 9 a.m. at the Pascua Yaqui Justice Center, Albert V. Garcia Auditorium, 7777 S. Camino Huivisim, Building C.  

· Email: FiveYearProgram@azdot.gov

· Online comment form: http://www.azdot.gov/fiveyearprogram/

· Telephone: 855-712-8530

· Print and mail the comment form: ADOT 5 Year Program, 1655 West Jackson, MD 126F, Phoenix, AZ 85007


City ofTucson Resource Directory – 792-CITY (2489), www.tucsonaz.gov


Business Licenses and Information: 791-4566, www.tucsonaz.gov/business

City Manager’s Office: 791-4204

City Attorney: 791-4221

City Clerk and City Council Agendas: 791-4213, http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/mcdocs

City Prosecutor: 791-4104

Code Enforcement: (520) 791-5843, Report violations online http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/hcd/code-enforcement

Community Services: 791-4742

Convention Center: 791-4101

Courts Administrator: 791-4189

Disability Transportation and Services: 791-5409

Downtown Tucson Partnership: 837-6504

Environmental Services (Trash, Household Hazardous Waste, Brush and Bulky), 791-3171

Elections: 884-8683

Event Equipment Rental: 791-5909

Fire Department: 791-4828

Graffiti, 792-2489 – Graffiti@tucsonaz.gov                     Graffiti on State Property? Call 388-4200

Housing and Community Development: 791-4171

Illegal Dumping: (520) 791-5843

Neighborhoods – Form one? Request a free rolloff? Call 791-4605

Neighborhood Watch - Police Department Community Services Officer – 837-7241

Parks and Recreation: 791-4225

Parking Tickets: 791-4216 103 E. Alameda St. Pay by phone: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/cwp/

Planning and Development Services Director: 791-5612

Police (Non-Emergency), 791-4444 – Police Emergency - 911

Pothole Reporting, 791-3154, tdotstreetstrafficmaint@tucsonaz.gov

Procurement: 791-4217

Recycling, 791-5000, http://maps.tucsonaz.gov/zoomtucson/

Senior Citizens Services: Pima Council on Aging – 790-7262

Sewer (Pima County), 740-6609

Small Business Enterprise Program: 791-4593

Street Lights (report outages - give pole number or address by the light pole)

            791-3154 – tdotstreetstrafficmaint@tucsonaz.gov

Tucson Clean and Beautiful (adopt a park or street to cleanup), 791-3109 – Jean Hickman

Transportation and Street Maintenance – 791-3154, report potholes, etc. tdotstreetstrafficmaint@tucsonaz.gov

Voting district? Find your elected officials by entering your address  http://maps.tucsonaz.gov/zoomtucson/

Water Department Customer Service: 837-2026