Karin's Note:  June 1, 2012

-Mansfield Pool Summer Kick Off Party

-Dodge Flower Neighborhood Cleanup

-CODAC Closet Grand Opening

-Tucson Pops Summer Concerts at Reid Park

 -Desert Museum Kicks Off Summer Saturday Evenings

-Did you know....

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Dear Tucsonans,

As my Council colleagues and I work to appropriately respond to serious concerns raised related to the protection of City employees and the standards of conduct for elected officials, my central focus, and that of my staff, remains addressing the City issues most important to our community.

Here are some highlights on our June 5 and June 12 agendas.

Budget

Adoption of the City’s 2012-2013 Budget is slated for June 5. You can review the draft under consideration by following this link:

http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/sites/default/files/budget/13book-op.pdf.

 I will be offering an additional motion outlining specifics for the five-year transit plan to be completed by our Transit Task Force. That plan, requested during our discussion and decisions on the 2012-2013 budget for transit, will help shape our transit system investments over the years to come.

ParkWise and Red Tag Ordinances

Mayor and Council will soon review the ordinances governing ParkWise and the issuance of Red Tags.

For ParkWise we need to be sure that rules and enforcement are clear and consistent, including agreements on warnings given prior to ticketing, parameters for tickets for parking in easements or right of ways, and the ins and outs of the neighborhood parking permits program (including how much permits cost and how revenues raised get reinvested into neighborhood projects/infrastructure).

Issues related to Red Tags include fine levels for first, second and subsequent offenses at particular properties and repeat offenses by individuals. This will require accurate tracking by TPD and data bases that flag repeat offenses by property address and by person.

The two items will first be discussed as Study items, with direction given by Mayor and Council for any changes to be adopted at future Regular Session meetings.

Swimming Pool Openings

I had the pleasure today of celebrating the Jacobs Park Pool opening with members of the Catalina Rotary Club and lots of children and families grateful to splash and swim on this heat-warning day. Thanks to Catalina Rotary’s initial commitment to raise funds for this pool, five others will also be open this summer through the generous gifts of other private companies. Hats off to Catalina Rotary, the Parks Foundation, our City Parks Department, Council Member Fimbres, and to everyone who has contributed to make the summer cooler and more fun in Tucson!

Thanks!

Karin

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Ward 3 Events:

-Mansfield Pool Summer Kick Off: Saturday, June 2, Noon to 5:00 p.m. Free hot dogs, drinks and games. 2000 N. 4th Avenue. Sponsored in part by the Mansfield Park Neighbors Coalition. More info: Cheryl at 837-4231.

-Dodge/Flower Neighborhood Cleanup – Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 a.m. Meet at Oasis Apartments (parking lot) at Flower and Dodge. Volunteers invited to stay for “tailgating” after the cleanup.

- CODAC Closet Grand Opening – Tuesday, June 5 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 3550 N. 1st Avenue, Suite 100. This new thrift store, managed by CODAC Behavioral Health Services, a nonprofit organization, features amazing prices and a great selection. Clothes, household items, furniture for sale. More info: 202-1750.

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City Wide Events:

 - Pops Concerts at Reid Park – Sunday evenings, beginning at 7:00 p.m. through June 17. Reid Park Band Shell, 1100 South Randolph Way.

 - Desert Museum Kicks Off Summer Saturday Evenings – Saturday, June 2 through August 25 at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney  Road. 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Special pricing, programs and cool evenings with nocturnal animals. More info:  http://www.desertmuseum.org/

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Did You Know…

that the City of Tucson is accepting applications for home repair funds? Homeowners within the city limits needing roof repairs, heating and cooling system replacements and structural, utility or certain repairs may apply for a grant and/or deferred loan ranging from $7,500 to $12,000. Applications for the Fiscal Year 2012-2014 Tucson Annual Residential Rehabilitation (TARR) Program will be taken via a lottery system to ensure that everyone submitting an application during the application period (5/16/12 through 6/30/12) has an equal opportunity for placement on the list. Applicants must be owner of the property and reside in it as primary residence. Income limits apply and the property must be free of delinquent liens. Call 837-5336 to receive an application by mail. Applications also online at:  www.tucsonaz.gov/fixhouse

that Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) has a Senior Program at the Donna Liggins Center, 2160 N. 6th Avenue? Nutrition Programs, Fitness, Arts and Crafts! To register call PCOA at 790-7262.

 …that Council Member Karin Uhlich is once again hosting a “Trim Your Energy Wasteline Workshop?” This is a free, 2 hour energy conservation workshop for homeowners sponsored by Tucson Electric Power, City of Tucson Ward 3 Council Office, and the Metropolitan Energy Commission. Next Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ward 3 Council Office, 1510 E. Grant Road. Space is limited so if you’d like to reserve a seat and learn how to reduce your energy bills, call Cheryl Rodgers in the Ward 3 office at 837-4231. Light refreshments will be served

that July 1-7 is “Independents Week” across the country? Communities will celebrate by “taking the pledge” to shop and dine locally throughout the week. For more information on local businesses, check out the links below:

Local First Arizona: http://www.localfirstaz.com/

Tucson Originals: http://www.tucsonoriginals.com/

Arizona Small Business Association: www.asba.com

Coming Soon—Ward 3 Council Office will sponsor a “Hazardous Waste” drop off at Mansfield Park on Saturday, July 21. Details to follow.