Karin's Note:  August 3, 2012

- Valley of the Moon Presentation

- Dodge/Flower “Clean & Beautiful”: A neighborhood clean-up

-Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance Meeting

- ParkWise Commission Hosts Two Public Hearings

- 2nd Saturdays Downtown

- Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival

- Did you know....


Dear Tucsonans,

The Mayor and Council will meet for both the Study session and the Regular Session next Tuesday August 7th at the Tucson Convention Center at 260 S. Church Ave.  There are several public hearings on the Regular agenda and we want to be sure that space is available for all those who are interested in participating in these hearings. As usual, the Study session begins at 2:00 p.m. followed by the Regular session at 5:30 p.m.  The public hearings and other key issues that we will address are noted below:

Main Gate Overlay District Public Hearing

Final recommendations from the Zoning Examiner will be considered which will set parameters for infill in the block bordered by Speedway, Euclid, Tyndall and First Street.

Red Tag Ordinance Public Hearing

Proposed revisions to our Red Tag (Unruly Gatherings) Ordinance are being considered and the Mayor and Council are seeking input through this public hearing. Potential changes include increasing the fine for first offenses and tracking offenses by individuals (versus property address only) so that persons involved in repeat red tags at different locations will be subject to higher fines.  

Fix Gun Checks 

I have been working since the spring of 2011 with survivors of the January 8 shooting to pursue reasonable measures that could better safeguard the public while upholding constitutional rights under the second amendment. My focus has been twofold: 1) improving the system already in place for background checks 2) reinstating restrictions on the sales of automatic weapons and ammunition. This Tuesday Mayor and Council will consider a resolution urging action at the federal and state levels regarding background checks.

You can read the full details for the above items as well as all other matters on the August 7 agenda by following this link: http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/mcdocs

Parkwise Commission Hearings

Per Mayor and Council direction on June 19, the ParkWise Commission will be holding two public hearings in August to allow the public to provide input on the topics of ParkWise's enforcement boundaries and the section of the City Parking Code that prohibits parking on sidewalk/pedestrian areas.   The public is welcome to offer input on other parking-related topics as well.

The two public hearings will be held on the West and East ends of ParkWise's primary enforcement area:

Wednesday, August 8 at 5:30pm

City of Tucson Community Services Center, Sentinel Building

Pantano and Santa Cruz Rooms (combined)

310 N. Commerce Park Loop


Thursday, August 23 at 6:30pm

Catalina United Methodist Church

2700 E. Speedway Blvd.

Room H-230, accessed from Treat Avenue, across from the church parking lot

The Commission will forward recommendations for Mayor and Council consideration in the fall.

Streets Work

Watch for street repaving of Oracle Road between Miracle Mile and Drachman, beginning August 13. The Mayor and Council continue to invest as much as possible in street repairs despite the tight budget.

Voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on a specific bond question this November that would dramatically speed up completion of street repairs needed across the City. The ballot language and more information about how to file an argument for or against the ballot question is available at:  http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/announcement/public-notice-nov-2012-election.


It’s hard to believe that school is back in session already! Thanks to the community campaigns like the Back to School Bash hosted annually by Councilmember Scott (which takes place tomorrow! - More information is available at http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/ward4), and supply drives such as Tucson Values Teachers (learn more at www.tucsonvaluesteachers.org), students and teachers will be better equipped for success. We hope you will consider contributing through these or other efforts to help local students thrive.





Ward 3 Events:

- Valley of the Moon Presents “The Monty Tale of King Arthur Python”- Friday and Saturday, August 3 and 4. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 2544 E. Allen Road. $3 admission, kids 13 and under are free. More info: 323-1331.

- Dodge/Flower “Clean & Beautiful”: A neighborhood clean-up -Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 a.m.  Participants will meet at the Oasis Apartments parking lot at the intersection of Flower & Dodge Blvd.  If you are free, come out and help your neighbors brighten the community.

 - Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance Meeting – Wednesday, August 15 at 6:00 p.m. Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Avenue. Topic: Safety and Security. More info: Marc at 881-4582.


City Wide Events:

 -ParkWise Commission To Host Two Public Hearings – Wednesday, August 8 at 5:30 p.m. City of Tucson Community Services Center, Sentinel Building, 310 N. Commerce Loop. Thursday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway, Room H-230m accessed from Treat Avenue. Public is invited to offer input on ParkWise’s enforcement boundaries and the City Parking Code prohibiting parking on sidewalk/pedestrian areas.

- 2nd Saturdays Downtown – Saturday, August 11 from 6:00 – 10:30 p.m.  Free, monthly event has street performers, food and arts vendors, outdoor movie, and kid’s area. More info: www.2ndsaturdaysdowntown.com

- Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival – Wednesday, August 15 through Sunday, August 19. Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway. Nature Expo involves history talks, animal exhibits, and family-friendly programs. More info:  www.TucsonAudobon.org/festival.

Did You Know…

  …that Tucson Clean and Beautiful’s August/September Newsletter is now posted online:


Of Special note is their “Back to School” campaign with Groupon. Give $10 or more through August 7 to help plant trees at schools:


…that the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) recently joined the social media world?   Visit the new Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tucson-Fire-Department/407730889258814), and  Twitter pages (https://twitter.com/tucsonfirepio),  or take a look at the “Do Something” public education campaign all of which are also available on TFD’s home page at /fire.  Thanks to Captain Baker and other department members who have dedicated their time so that we can stay in touch with all the important work of the Tucson Fire department.