MAYOR'S 10,000 TREES CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES TOMORROW - At a press conference tomorrow at Tucson Electric Power's downtown headquarters, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will announce the launch of his 10,000 Trees campaign. The campaign is a project of the Mayor's Urban Forestry Working Group in partnership with Trees for Tucson and TEP. It challenges Tucsonans to plant 10,000 trees in Tucson--at homes, businesses, and on public property--by the end of 2014. The Mayor's press conference will be followed by the planting of a tree.
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: PROPOSED SHOPPING CART ORDINANCE - At their regular session next Tuesday, M&C is expected to vote on a proposed ordinance for the regulation of abandoned shopping carts. The proposed ordinance is based on input from a task force created by M&C to study the issue. The Task Force was comprised of representatives from neighborhoods, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, City of Tucson, Pima County, Chamber of Commerce, and businesses. It met four times over the last six months. Under the proposed ordinance, the City would begin impounding abandoned carts. Owners of abandoned carts would be required to pay a $30 per cart fee in order to retrieve them. M&C memo here, text of proposed ordinance here.
VAMOS A TUCSON MEXICAN BASEBALL FIESTA RETURNS TODAY - The third annual Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta begins today at Kino Stadium. The event features the best teams in the Mexican Pacific Baseball League, including the Caribbean World Series Champs Hermosillo, the Mexican Pacific League Champs Obregon and Cuilcan; as well as the LA Dodgers, and Kansas City Royals, who will be sending some of their instructional players to participate. It begins tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $6 to $15.
REMINDER: 12TH ANNUAL PREVENTION CELEBRATION THIS AFTERNOON AT FREEDOM PARK - Today from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., Parks & Rec will host the 12th Annual Prevention Celebration. The free event, which aims to encourage healthy living without the influence of drugs and alcohol, is sponsored by 4R Communities Alliance, Our Family, and Gospel Rescue Mission. Last year, it attracted over 1000 people and 60 exhibitors. Event highlights include resource exhibits, dinner, jumping castles, a cakewalk, and numerous kid friendly activities. Everyone who attends will be entered into a raffle event promoting local businesses. Attendees are asked to bring two cans of food to donate.
NEXT WEEKEND: TUCSON MEET YOURSELF TURNS 40 - Tucson Meet Yourself is an annual celebration of the living traditional arts of Southern Arizona's and Northern Mexico's diverse ethnic and folk communities. Each October, the three-day event features hundreds of artisans, home cooks, dancers, musicians and special exhibits that celebrate and honor beauty in all its diverse, informal, and everyday forms. Next weekend, on October 11, 12, 13, Tucson Meet Yourself will celebrate its 40th anniversary in El Presidio Park.