Karin's Note:  April 13, 2012


-Balboa Heights Neighborhood Cleanup

-Jefferson Park Home Tour

-Town Hall Scheduled for Next Week

-1st Annual Vintage Vehicles on Stone Event

-Ward 3 “Tucson Means Business” Forum

-Neon Mile:  Sign Lighting and More

-Neon Mile:  5th Annual Historic Open House and Tour

-Tucson Artists’ Open Studios

-Access Tucson Community Media Presents:  "Our 1st Annual Celebrating Free Speech Benefit"

-Earth Day Festival at Reid Park

-Did you know....


Dear Tucsonans,

The idea that Tucson's residents and businesses hold different priorities must be challenged. Every day I hear the vast majority of people across all spectrums expressing similar values and concerns. We need a stronger economy and more jobs, a clean City with protected greenways and open spaces, a community with safe neighborhoods served by stores and restaurants nearby. Those goals do not conflict, they are mutually reinforcing.

That's why in Ward 3 we continue to work to bring residents and businesses together around a single, shared purpose: investing in our quality of life. On April 26th I will be hosting a "Tucson Means Business" Forum (see details below) to help local entrepreneurs and business owners cut through red tape, access resources they may not know about, and point the way toward greater prosperity. The forum is co-hosted by my Small Business Commission appointees, Katharine Kent and Karen Clifton. We will be joined by the Mayor, key City staff from all departments impacting businesses, and various private and public partners that offer invaluable business services from accessing loans and tax credits to workforce development and green building. Participating partners include the Small Business Administration, Microbusiness Advancement Center, Pima County One Stop, JobPath, MainStreet Business Assistance, and the Business Development Finance Corp, among others.

We will also be joined by representatives of the Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance. The Alliance not only seeks to bring neighborhood leaders together regularly to address shared concerns and priorities; they also aim to engage local businesses as neighbors and as a key ingredient in the quality-of-life formula. I applaud the Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance for working hard to strengthen the fabric of our community.

The dynamic in Tucson cannot be neighborhoods against businesses. The truth is everyone investing in Tucson--whether by owning a home, paying rent, running a business, or working in a job--all of us want a clean, safe, enjoyable, and prosperous City. With that goal as our common foundation we can work through the difficult choices and make the best possible decisions together.

The Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance meeting next Wednesday, April 18th will be a special Town Hall meeting with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild (see details below). The Mayor will provide an update on his 180 Day Plan for serving Tucson and then he'll open it up for questions and dialogue. This is part of the Mayor’s Town Hall series that he’s conducting across the City in every ward. All questions are appropriate. This is your opportunity to really dig in with the Mayor on his vision for Tucson and our shared goals and priorities. I hope you will participate.

Gatherings like the Mayor’s Town Hall and our Tucson Means Business Forum provide me and my staff with vital input as we help shape the City's priorities and budget for FY13. It is already clear that the public wants us to restore and preserve the basics first—road repairs and transit, police and fire, and parks and rec. I believe we need not only a balanced budget (in dollars and priorities) for next year, but also a three-year recovery plan that sets the course for us through 2015. We're already getting calls of appreciation as our City crews start to catch up on median maintenance and pothole repairs. We have much more progress to make on recharging all of our core services, and I'm confident we will.

Thank you,



Ward 3  Events:

-Balboa Heights Neighborhood Cleanup – Saturday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Meet at the Marty Birdman Center, 2536 N. Castro. Join the Ward 3 Council Office, City of Tucson Parks and Rec., Balboa residents and students from Carrington College and Job Corps as they beautify the neighborhood. Lunch provided. More info: Cheryl Rodgers at the Ward 3 Council Office, 791-4711.

-Jefferson Park Home Tour – Sunday, April 15 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. A dozen gardens will be open to the public focusing on water harvesting, xeroscape, sustainability and a tour of the historic Lester homestead. Owners and do-it-yourselfers will be onsite to talk about their yards and projects. Sponsored by The Friends of Jefferson Park and the Neighborhood Association, tickets for this fund raiser are $10, children under 12 are free and are available at Site #1, the International School of Tucson at 1701 E. Seneca. More details: www.jeffersonpark.info

-Town Hall with Mayor Rothschild and the Ward 3 Alliance – Wednesday, April 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Westside TPD, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. The collaborative Q&A event will address constituent concerns and opportunities for volunteerism. More info: Ward 3 Council Office at 791-4711.

-1st Annual Vintage Vehicles on Stone – Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Seven free classic car shows at Glenn and Stone Avenue in the Coronado Heights Neighborhood. Free popcorn, lemonade and door prizes included in the fun. Please consider bringing an item or two to donate, i.e. clothing, books, toys in support of the Beacon Group. More info: 622-5263 or www.beaconsvaluevillage.org

 -Ward 3 “Tucson Means Business” Forum – Thursday, April 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at TPD West, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich invites all current and aspiring business owners to attend this informational forum to learn more about available expansion loans for small businesses, free support services for those in RTA construction zones and how to become a vendor on the City’s Procurement list. City of Tucson department heads, including Procurement and Development Services will be in attendance along with Mayor Rothschild and representatives on the Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Commission. Light lunch provided by Blue Willow.  More info: Ward 3 Council Office at 791-4711.

-Neon Mile:  Sign Lighting and More - Friday, April 27 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Pima Community College, Downtown campus on Drachman. This celebration of the restoration and installation of four iconic neon signs salvaged from Tucson sites is a collaborative project of Pima Community College (PCC) and the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation with assistance from Ward III and City of Tucson staff.  Private donations paid for the restoration work. Event activities will include “flipping the switch” to light up the signs, classic cars, a sock hop, a mid-1900’s fashion show, kids’ activities, music, food, and more. The location of these signs on PCC property along Drachman will highlight the southern terminus of Historic Miracle Mile. 

-Neon Mile:  5th Annual Historic Open House and Tour - Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm.  Extending Friday night’s celebration of the Neon Mile (see above) this year’s event will be headquartered at the PCC Downtown Campus, and will include three lectures and 5 - 6 shuttle bus tour venues, including the early Evergreen Cemetery tour by Ken Scoville. More information coming soon, but if you would be interested in volunteering for this event, please call Linda Mehall at the Ward 3 office at 791-4711.


City Wide Events:

-Tucson Artists’ Open Studios – Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 140 artists, 80 locations to enjoy painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more. For map and info: www.tucsonopenstudios.com

-Access Tucson Community Media presents: "Our 1st Annual Celebrating Free Speech Benefit" - Wednesday, April 18th at 5:30pm to 7:30pm -
Cafe a la C’Art (Tucson Museum of Art Courtyard) featuring Arizona Daily Star’s editorial cartoonist, Dave Fitzsimmons and local humor expert, Robert Mac.  More info:  http://accesstucson.org/news/2012/03/dont-miss-this-celebration-buy-your-tickets-now/

-18th Annual Earth Day Festival – Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Reid Park, Country Club and 22nd Street. Live music, farmers market, alternative fuel vehicles on display and much more. More info: 206-8814 or www.TucsonEarthDay.org


Did You Know…

the University of Arizona’s Spring Fling is this weekend? From 4:00 p.m.to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, you can enjoy carnival rides, games of chance, food and a performance stage with live acts and bands.  For more information on entrance fees and parking: www.springfling.arizona.edu Hot line: 621-5610

…that April is Water Awareness Month?  Mayor Rothschild is asking Tucson residents to joining the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation as a way of showing your water awareness.  For more information, go to www.tucsonaz.gov/water/take-the-pledge, or www.WaterAwarenessMonth.com.

…that Catalina Rotary Tucson is the first sponsor to step forward in support of opening City pools for the summer with their pledge of $25,000 to open Jacobs Pool?  If you’d like to support Catalina Rotary’s effort to make that happen, you can purchase $5 raffle tickets--winner will receive a $500 gas card. More information is available at the Ward 3 Council at 791-4711.

…that Pima Community College is hosting a photographic exhibit:  “Jam Session: America’s Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World” at the downtown campus (1255 N. Stone Avenue) featuring jazz artists from the 1950s, 60s and 70s?  Opening reception is from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17. Exhibit tours, special talks on jazz in Tucson and music by the PCC Jazz Ensemble. The exhibit will be at PCC, 2nd floor lobby of the CC Building through May 25. Admission to the exhibit is free.