In today’s message from Council Member Karin Uhlich:

-Karin’s Note: April 29, 2011
–Neon Miracle Mile: 4th Annual Historic Open House & Tour
-Free workshops at Woods Library
-Historic Home Tour in Jefferson Park
-Ward 3 Neighbor’s Alliance Meeting
-Tucson International Mariachi Conference
-League of Women Voters Moderator Training
-Free Social Media Bootcamp
-Public Hearing on City Budget
–Adopt a Park, Street or Wash
-Summer Parks and Rec signup starts NOW

Karin’s Note: April 29, 2011

Dear Tucsonans,

As I look toward the weekend two things are in the front of my mind.  The City Manager presented his Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 at Tuesday's Mayor and Council meeting. It holds closely to the framework I proposed in March: no rental tax, advertising tax or business license fee increases; cuts to Police and Fire in-keeping with the Police and Fire Chiefs' recommendations, additional cuts that protect other core services such as Parks and Recreation and Transit. See Proposed Budget at: I want to be sure you are aware that the Public Hearing on the budget  will be held during Mayor and Council meeting next Tuesday, May 3rd. Public hearings are held during the Regular Sessions, which start at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 255 W. Alameda.  Many of you have already been engaged with us, as we've spent months navigating through detailed budget discussions leading up to this point, but if you haven't had a chance to weigh in please join us at the public hearing. 

Secondly, I hope to see you all at the 4th Annual Historic Miracle Mile Open House and Tour tomorrow (April 30th)!   Once again, my office had the pleasure of collaborating with the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, the Gateway Business Alliance, members of the Oracle Area Revitalization Project, and numerous other area residents and businesses to organize this event.  Activities through the day include: guided walking tours; illustrated talks featuring several well-known Tucson historians; shuttle rides to view rehabilitated properties in the area; and more (see full details in events section below)! The revitalization is featured in this week's Arizona Spotlight segment on KUAZ:

The rebounding of The Miracle Mile and Oracle Corridor demonstrates that, even during the economic downturn, we have kept our focus on improving the quality of life and the environment for commerce in Ward 3 and across Tucson. That progress is worth celebrating.

Have a great weekend.




Ward 3 Events

-Neon Miracle Mile: 4th Annual Historic Open House & Tour – Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 2:00 p.m. College Place, 1601 N. Oracle Road. Speakers, tours of historic motels including the newly renovated Ghost Ranch Lodge. Free to the public. More info: or call Linda Mehall at the Ward 3 office: 791-4711. Volunteers needed for this fun, interesting event!!

-Woods Memorial Library Offers Two Free Workshops – Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, University of Arizona law students provide free service to guide you in the right direction for legal advice. At 1:00 p.m. join photographer Steve Renzi to “Shoot Like a Pro” with practical tips and techniques covering nature, landscape and portrait photography. Woods Library is located at 3455 North 1st Avenue.

- Jefferson Park Historic Home Tour and Festival – Saturday, May 7th from noon to 6:00 p.m. Tour the Annie Lester House at 1225 E. Lester. Tickets available at the gate: $10 adults, children under 12 free with adult. Live music, raffles, refreshments. Ticket proceeds benefit the historic nomination of Jefferson Park. More info:

-Ward 3 Neighbors’ Alliance Meeting – Wednesday, May 18 at Wood’s Memorial Library – 3455 North 1st Avenue. Council Member Karin Uhlich will be available to meet with constituents beginning at 5:30pm. Mixer at 6:00 followed by meeting at 6:30pm. Tucson Water representatives will speak about water rates.


Events City-Wide

-40th Anniversary of the Tucson International Mariachi Conference – Tuesday, April 26 through the 30th. Open air free concert from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday at the Civic Center Plaza. Concerts. Other activities include a Student Showcase on Thursday, the Espectacular Concert at TCC on Friday, and both Mass at St. Augustine’s and the Fiesta Garibaldi at Kino Stadium on the 30th. For tickets and info:

-League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson (LWVGT) Offers Free Moderator Training – Saturday, April 30 at 9 a.m. at the Sam Lena Library, 1607 S. 6th Avenue (at 26th Street). This is good training for all interested parties in this election year. If you plan to attend, please leave a message at so enough materials will be available. The LWVGT is a non-partisan organization.

-Free Social Media Bootcamp – Monday, May 2 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. 320 N. Commerce Park Loop, Sentinel Building. In conjunction with the Office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, presented by MAC—Micro-business Advancement Center. For more info and to register:

-Public Hearing on Recommended Budget for FY 2012 – Tuesday, May 3 at the regular session of Mayor and Council Meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. City Hall, M&C Chambers, 255 W. Alameda.


Did you know….

That you can adopt parks, streets, washes and other available public areas? Tucson Clean and Beautiful is seeking community volunteers to commit to monthly cleanups. Community organizations and businesses with a minimum of 5 interested members can apply to adopt a site. Many community groups are eligible, including civic associations, schools, neighborhood associations, religious, military and scout groups. For more info visit email or call 791-3109.

The Parks Department Summer Programs Guide became available Monday, April 18, 2011. There is online registration at (or through phone system at 573-3933) for City of Tucson residents beginning on Friday, April 29 at 6 am for the following programs: InBetweeners, Sports Camps, Jr. Leadership and Therapeutic Recreation. KIDCO registration begins Saturday, April 30 at 6 am either online or via phone also. Non-city Residents begins on
Wednesday, May 4 at 6 am. Contact Registration Services at 791-4877 or go to for more information.