Karin's Note:  June 15, 2012

- 42nd Annual Juneteenth Festival

- Ward 3 Neighbors’ Alliance Holds June Meeting

- Desert Museum Hosts Saturday Nights

- Tucson Fire Department Holds Swim Safety Event

- 15th Annual El Dia De San Juan Fiesta

- Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation Walking Tour

- PRO Neighborhoods Workshop on Leadership

-Did you know....

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Dear Tucsonans,

Thank you for continuing to take an interest in your local government and City services. Some key issues that we have been considering this month, and would appreciate your input on are summarized below: 

Street Repairs

A recent survey indicates that a solid majority of Tucsonans would be inclined to vote for a dedicated $100-$200 million bond exclusively for street repairs. Next week Mayor and Council will hold a Public Hearing (or call/email before Tuesday with your input!) to decide whether to refer the question to the November 2012 ballot.

Leading up to the meeting the City Manager’s office will be posting more information on the cost of either a $100 million or $200 million package which would help us catch up on repairs/maintenance that have gone unfunded during the economic downturn. We had an aggressive program in place through 2008, which was cut as revenues shrank and the state legislature diverted gas tax dollars from AZ cities in order to balance their own budgets.

You can check the city’s web site for more information in the coming days (http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/).  You can also see the materials we reviewed this past Tuesday at this link: http://www.tucsonaz.gov/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1046&doctype=AGENDA

Code of Conduct

Last week Mayor and Council unanimously directed the City Attorney to draft an ordinance that outlines a Code of Conduct for elected and appointed City officials. We’ll be modeling our Code on the City of Phoenix’s Code and will likely adopt a process to impose formal censure (requiring a super majority vote of Mayor/Council) as a remedy currently unavailable to us.   We recognize that only the electorate should choose their representatives and that the Mayor/Council is not a law enforcement entity. Yet our employees expect us to address problems that could affect their ability to perform their jobs, and the public expects us to appropriately protect the best interests of our City. We can’t fulfill that duty by sweeping issues under the rug or shrugging them off. Soon Tucson, like many other cities, will have in place an orderly and fair way of reinforcing accountability for City employees at all levels of authority.

Election Integrity

On Tuesday we also unanimously passed a Memorial taking a stand against the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Citizens United vs Federal Election Commission case. Tucson has a strong clean elections system that requires the timely disclosure of contributors to campaigns, including those backing Independent Expenditure Committees. By standing in opposition to this decision, people and organizations across the political spectrum have united to protect democratic elections from the overpowering flow of money. Judging from the feedback we received leading up to Tuesday’s meeting, as well as the huge turnout in favor of this action in Mayor/Council Chambers, it’s clear that Tucsonans recognize the importance of this issue to our nation’s future.  

ParkWise

I hope you will tune in to our Mayor/Council Study session next Tuesday (June 19) for our discussion on ParkWise.  Councilmember Romero and I scheduled this item so that we could hear from staff on current ParkWise issues such as enforcement priorities, staffing and costs vs revenues. The background material for this item is online now at:  http://www.tucsonaz.gov/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=932&doctype=AGEND.  As ever, I welcome all your thoughts. 

Karin

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Ward 3 Events:

-42nd Annual Juneteenth Festival – Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Donna Liggins Center, 2160 N. 6th Avenue. Live performances, dancers, Kidz zone, crafts and food vendors. More info: Sharif at 390-0155.

-Ward 3 Neighbors’ Alliance Meeting – Wednesday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m. Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Avenue. Topic: “Wellness – Integrative Resources for Better Health.”

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City Wide Events:

 - Desert Museum Hosts Summer Saturday Evenings – Saturday, June 16 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/

- Tucson Fire Department Holds Swim Safety Event – Saturday, June 16 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Old Pueblo Credit Union, 9725 E. Broadway. Family oriented event will provide information on pool safety along with a free climbing wall, Eegee’s, vendor booths and drawings for pool items.

- Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation Walking Tour in the El Presidio Historic District - Saturday, June 16 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Ken Scoville, local historian will lead the tour which explores one of Tucson's oldest neighborhoods tracing the transformation of the old pueblo from the Spanish Colonial Presidio to a elegant district of early Tucson mansions.  Space is limited to 25 and reservations are required; Free for Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation Members and 10.00 for non-members.  For reservation and payment please visit preservetucson.org   

- PRO Neighborhoods Workshop – Tuesday, June 19 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Santa Rosa Library, Room 103, 1075 S. 10th Avenue. Leadership, Empowerment & Our Stories. Beat the summer heat and acquire new skills. Multimedia workshop participants will learn the importance of telling their own stories. Open to youth and adults (ages 14 and up). Free, register by calling 882-5885 or email Scott Lunn: slunn@proneighborhoods.org by June 17.

- 15th Annual El Dia De San Juan Fiesta – Sunday, July 24. 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. West Congress Street, south side and west bank of the Santa Cruz. Free historic, cultural event celebrating the start of the monsoon season. Horse-back riders, procession, food and vendors. More info: 791-4040.

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Did You Know

…Pima County – Tucson Task Force to Reduce Underage Drinking is hosting a free workshop on Saturday, June 16? “Tip Line Training – Anonymous Tip Line to Report Underage Drinking and Over Serving” will be held at the Patrick K. Hardesty Multi-Service Center, 1100 S. Alvernon Way, presented by Lt. Mike Pryor, Tucson Police Department. Registration at 8:30 a.m. training from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. To register: acuinteriors@aol.com.

…Every Sunday game of the Tucson Padres’ is Military Appreciation night! All Veterans get two “FREE” tickets with some form of I.D. All games start at 7:05pm and gates open at 6pm. Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo way, Tucson FMI call (520) 434-1367.

...Coming Soon - Ward 3 Council Office will sponsor a "hazardous Waste" drop off at Mansfield Park on Saturday, July 21.  Details to follow!