April 12, 2013

-Karin’s Note

-Ward 3 Events

-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)

-Citywide Events

-Did You Know?


Dear Tucsonans,

Mayor and Council spent the majority of our time at Tuesdays’ meeting discussing a range of topics related to the City budget for Fiscal Year 2014, and I am looking forward to the Manager’s official submission of Budget Recommendations at the upcoming Study Session next week.  The Study session starts at 2:00 p.m. next Tuesday, and his submission is scheduled as the first item on the agenda.  I will keep you posted on what comes from that discussion. 

As deliberation continues at the national level on ways to reduce gun violence, I want to highlight an important event taking place tonight here in Tucson.  Organizing for Action, along with partner organizations including Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action, Tucson Community Against Gun Violence and Arizonans for Gun Safety, are sponsoring a "We Have not Forgotten Community Action and Candlelight Vigil" TONIGHT, Friday, April 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the Cañada del Oro Christina Taylor Green Memorial River Park, 7649 N. Shannon Road. The event is a continuation of ongoing efforts to demand that Congress act now by passing universal background checks.  Special guests expected at the event include survivors Pam Simon and Lisa Kiser, as well as Gabe Zimmerman's mom, Emily Nottingham, and others. 

I appreciate hear from many Tucsonans on this issue, and overwhelmingly the message continues to be that our City should do whatever we can to enact reasonable measures to improve gun safety. I hope you can join us tonight to stand for these common sense measures.  



Ward 3 Events:

-Jefferson Park Annual Home Tour and Silent Auction – Sunday, April 14 starting at 11:00 a.m. at the International School at 1701 E. Seneca.  This year’ event is a celebration of the Historic Designation for the neighborhood and will include food trucks, craft tents, a silent auction, a plant sale and more! For a description of events and photos, go to the Jefferson Park website at www.jeffersonpark.info.

-Ward 3 Small Business Peer Support Mtg. – Tuesday, April 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., this group meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Ward 3 Council office at 1510 E. Grant Rd.  For more information, contact David Higuera at 791-4711.

Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance – Wednesday, April 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Wood Memorial Library, 3455 N. 1st Ave.  Topic:  Conflict Resolution -   Dr. Kirk Emerson, Professor of Practice in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, will lead a workshop about managing cross-organizational conflict. Learn about your own conflict style, assess the culture of conflict within your own organization, and explore constructive avenues for anticipating, preventing and transforming conflict across organizational boundaries. For more information:  Marc at 881-4582.


Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s):

Cabrini NeighborhoodMonday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. at 3526 E. Ft. Lowell Road

SAMOS Neighborhood -Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Salpointe High School, 1545 E. Copper

Flowing Wells CoalitionThursday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Ellie Towne Community Center at 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road

El Cortez NeighborhoodThursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Parkside Terrace Apartments at 2150 N. 4th Ave.


City Wide Events:

- National Library Week: Food for Fines - Sunday April 14 through 24.   Pay $1 of library fines with an item of donated food item (unexpired and non-perishable, please) up to a total of $10.  All food will be given to the Community Food Bank.  For more information, call 791-4010 or go to http://library.pima.gov/

-Household Hazardous Waste Collection – Saturday, April 20th from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Midtown Neighborhoods will hold an their 18th annual Household Hazardous Collection in the north parking lot of Himmel Park, 1st Street east of Tucson Blvd.  It’s a great opportunity to get rid of all kinds of things that cannot go into the landfill including:  automobile fluids, fluorescent lamps, engine oil filters, paint products, batteries, solvents, pesticides, and much more.  RISE Equipment Recycling Center will also be participating in the collections with collections of electronics.  For more information, contact benapresident@gmail.com

-Get Outside Club – Thursday, April 25th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., the Ironwood Tree Experience staff, teen mentors and volunteers are inviting community members for a free 1-hour urban naturalist discovery walk.  All those who are interested should meet on the South bank of the Rillito River Walkway at the Campbell Road bridge (north side of Trader Joe’s parking lot). Look for the Get Outside Club sign.  All nice people with nice dogs are welcome!


 -Did you know…?

that April is Water Awareness Month?  During April, water providers throughout Arizona are promoting public awareness about the availability, reliability, and quality of this precious resource.  Details about activities and events ranging from Tours of Tucson Water facilities and the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, to information about Earth Day and the Water festival and can found at  http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/wam.  Be sure and take a look. There's something for everybody.

…that April is also the month for BIKE FEST? Throughout April, enjoy a wide range of events, prizes and giveaways brought to you by the Living Streets Alliance - Tucson’s Annual Celebration of life on two wheels! Here are just a few of the festivities planned for the month of April:

  • The Commuter Challenge - For the entire month of April: Register via the Bike Fest website at http://www.BikeFestTucson.com.
  • April 14 - GABA Spring Bike Swap
  • April 20 - New Belgium’s Golden Globes - Beer & Film Tour at the Fox Theater
  • April 20 - GABA Bike to the Zoo
  • April 21 - El Grupo’s Bicycle Scavenger Hunt
  • April 28 - Cyclovia Tucson - a new route through mid-town Tucson!

For more information, please call Ann Chanecka at 837-6691 or Karen Rahn at 837-6584.

 … there is an upcoming Cyclovia event to put on your calendar? Sunday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the ride connects neighborhoods and businesses—in Ward 3! For more information and to volunteer: www.cycloviatucson.org

 …that the Ward 3 Council Office will be the site of Save A Life Foundation’s Continuous Chest Compression CPR Courses? The last Friday of the month (April 26, May 24, June 28 and July 26) from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. This one hour class will demonstrate the new method of CPR, increasing the number of compressions a responder should administer to victims. Cost to enroll is $10. Please contact the Save A Life Foundation at 623-8484 or online: www.savealifetfd.com  for more information and to register.

…that the City’s Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division is implementing a new system to improve efficiency and handling of constituents requests?  The department is encouraging constituents to either call 791-3154 or send an email to TDOTSR@tucsonaz.gov to report potholes and street issues.

….that Exercise Angel Thunder will be taking place between April 7th and April 20th.  The operation is a partnership of Davis-Monthan and numerous other defense and health care organizations who train together as part of the largest personnel recovery exercise in the world.    The training exercise will mimic an earthquake that will be centered in the White Mountains, with search and rescue activities beginning there.  Tucson residents will be aware of the exercises on April 13th when trainees will fly ‘victims’ into UMC by helicopter between the hours of 8:00 p.m.  – 10:00 p.m.  Base representative anticipate that between 5 – 10 helicopters will land at UAMC during that time.    Questions or comments regarding the activity can be sent to DM public affairs office at 355wgpa@dm.af.mil.