Karin's Note: Friday, October 5, 2012

-Plan Tucson to Hold Community Workshops

-Amphi Community Action Group Throw a Party!

- Future Neighborhood Meetings

-Mexican Baseball Fiesta Returns to Tucson this Weekend

- Movies in the Park

-Crime Free Multi-Housing Training

-Tucson Meet Yourself Is Next Weekend!

- Did you know....?


Dear Tucsonans,

The Mayor and Council Study session on October 9th is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. rather than our usual 2:00 p.m. start time so that we can fully cover a wide range of topics.  Some of the issues are highlighted below.   I’ve also included information about upcoming activities and events in the Ward and throughout the City.  I hope you will join us in some of these efforts.

Jobs and Investment

After several years of work to level the playing field for City incentives and development agreements, Tucson’s new approach has finally taken hold. Two proposals will be discussed at our October 9 meeting according to the following process adopted by Mayor/Council:

 1) Proposals are review by the City Manager’s Economic Development liaison

2)  City staff makes recommendation during Mayor and Council meeting, in full public view    

3) Review includes determination on whether the project would return more money to taxpayers than the amount requested, and a third party financial firm must certify those financial projections in a report paid for by the applicant

4) Mayor and Council take final action on incentives and/or development agreements once the public review, and the third party validation has been completed.

We’ve all heard the criticism that City government should operate more like a business. But the return on investment in these cases is owed to the public---City taxpayers—and cannot be carried out in a back room with a handshake. There was an era in Tucson when that drumbeat to be “business-friendly” led us dangerously close to forgetting how government must remain directly accountable to the community. Our honest framework also encourages investment because it offers a fair, open, competitive process. I look forward to reviewing these initial project proposals and believe we’ll leverage some notable investment in Tucson over the coming year.

Medical Marijuana

A colleague has asked that we revisit the City Zoning Ordinance associated with the Medical Marijuana law approved by Arizona voters in 2010. As it stands I believe we’ve followed the advice of the City Attorney and Tucson Police Department so that we can best comply with state statute and appropriately restrict cultivation and dispensary sites.

Transportation Improvements

The Regional Transportation Authority will present its approach to “Value Analysis” for major roadway projects on October 9. I have and will continue to ask that any budget adjustments resulting from these RTA reviews be presented to and approved by the full Mayor and Council before any contracts or budgets can be amended. My advocacy has extended beyond just the RTA plan to the full regional Transportation Improvement Plan. I became alarmed by a recent move to postpone improvements along Campbell Avenue (between Grant and Fort Lowell) and will work hard to insure that the City holds to the plans we have developed in partnership with residents and businesses across the community. While there may at times be legitimate reason to amend budgets/plans, it ought to be the exception and be handled at the Mayor/Council table rather than through staff committees or less transparent processes.

Upcoming Small Biz Workshops

Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received regarding the small business workshop we co-hosted with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber in August, "Business Model Basics," I am pleased to announce the continuation of the series.  We are collaborating with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber to put on the entire Business Modeling Strategies workshop series on the following dates: October 22nd, November 13th, December 5th, and January 17th. All workshops will take place at the Ward 3 Office, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.  The workshops will continue to be facilitated by business development advisor Bill Roach of the THCC, who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the matter, not to mention a passion for helping small businesses succeed. If you'd like to learn more about the series, or to RSVP, please contact my business liaison David Higuera david.higuera@tucsonaz.gov or 791-4711.

This hands-on Business Modeling Strategies workshop series will help small businesses and entrepreneurs in Tucson start and grow their businesses. In fact, one neighbor from Limberlost Neighborhood, Michael Ray, who participated in our initial workshop has already taken some of the concepts learned there to help him launch his new startup, the Nursetree Gardener's Arch. You can learn more about his startup, and view the innovative crowd-funding strategy at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gardenarch/developing-the-nursetree-gardeners-arch

Weekend Fun

I’ve been invited to throw out an opening pitch during the weekend Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta at Kino Stadium (more info at www.tucsonpadres.com).  Councilmember Fimbres in particular has worked hard to cultivate this exciting tournament and strengthen relations with communities and elected leaders throughout northern Mexico. The region represents our largest trading and tourism partner, so his work, along with Mayor Rothschild and the full Council, has important impacts on our local economy. Though I think I did o.k. playing third base on the Laverna’s Coffee Shop softball team fifteen years ago, let me apologize in advance if my opening pitch on Sunday ends up bouncing once or twice on the way to home plate. Regardless, I’m going to enjoy Vamos a Tucson and hope you do too!



Ward 3 Events:

- Plan Tucson - 5 Community Workshops in October.  Attend one of the workshops to see a presentation on possible ways Tucson could grow in the future, and to create alternative scenarios building on draft policies to guide land use, transportation and other City actions over the next decade. Plan Tucson goes to the voters on November 5, 2013. The days and times of the five Community Workshops:

Friday, October 5, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Community Resource Center, Sentinel Building, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop.

Saturday, October 6, 10:00 a.m. – Noon. El Pueblo Regional Center, Building 9, 101 W. Irvington.

Monday, October 8, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Westside Police Center, 1310 W. Miracle Mile

Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Palo Verde HS, 1302 S. Avenida Vega

Saturday, October 13, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Police Midtown Substation, 1100 S. Alvernon Way


-Amphi Community Action Group Throws A Party – Friday, October 19th in the Amphi Park, 510 E. Navajo. Free snacks and movie. 6:00 p.m. Movie begins at sundown. Event is s ponsored by Tucson Police Department and the Amphi Community Action Group. Great opportunity to meet your neighbors!


 -Upcoming Ward 3 Neighborhood Meetings:

TOPS – Tuesday, October 9th at the Westside Police Center, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. 5:30 p.m.

AGI/TNBC Task Force – Tuesday, October 9th at Emerge. 2425 N. Haskell. 6:00 p.m.

Mansfield Park Coalition – Wednesday, October 10 at Parkside Terrace Apartments. 2150 N. 4th Avenue. 6:30 p.m.


City Wide Events:

-Mexican Baseball – Thursday – Sunday, October 4-7. Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Tournament expanded to six teams, four from Mexico along with the San Diego Padres and the LA Dodgers Future Stars. Tickets available by calling 434-1367 or www.tucsonpadres.com

-Movies in the Park – Friday, October 5, Kennedy Park-3778 S. Mission Road (Ajo Way and Mission). Sponsored by Cox Communications and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, the activities begin at 4:00 p.m. with food booths, live music and activities for children. Movie begins at 7:00 p.m. – Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride.” Free admission. More info: www.SAACA.org

-Crime Free Multi-Housing Training – Thursday, October 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Patrick Hardesty Multi-Service Center, 1100 S. Alvernon. The Program engages owners, residents and law enforcement personnel in an effort to eliminate crime in rental properties, improving the quality of life throughout the neighborhoods. Important information for landlords, property owners, managers, tenants and neighbors. Training conducted by Tucson police and fire personnel and other experts, the seminar focuses on ways to keep drugs and other illegal activity off of your property. Free—registration required by October 9. Contact: Becky Noel, TPD’s Crime Free Multi-Housing Coordinator, at 837-7428 or Rebecca.Noel@tucsonaz.gov

-Tucson Meet Yourself – Friday – Sunday, October 12-14. Various locations through downtown Tucson. Three fun-filled days of music, food, folk art. This year, the AIDS walk will take place on Sunday morning, October 14 starting at Jacome Plaza as part of TMY. For a schedule of events: www.TucsonMeetYourself.org


Did You Know…?

…that the LUC (Land Use Code) Simplification Project is going to the Mayor and Council for a public hearing and consideration for adoption on Tuesday, October 9th at 5:30 p.m. at Mayor and Council Chambers, City Hall, 255 W. Alameda. You are welcome to attend and express your thoughts!

…that the Ward 3 Council Office Community Room has 4 Recycling barrels? The City of Tucson’s Environmental Services Department’s new “Know Where to Throw” program runs until November 3. Bring in your used plastic grocery bags, blue jeans, bike tires and garden hoses. These worn out items will be recycled into new products saving natural resources and landfill space. More info: www.knowwheretothrow.com

...that the last day to register to vote for the November 6 general election is October 9th? Early voting starts on October 11. You may request an early ballot until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October. 26. More information available at the Pima County Recorder’s Office at 724-4330 or: www.recorder.pima.gov/earlyreq.aspx

…that a public workshop/public hearing on the Tucson International Airport Noise Compatibility Study will be held next week? Wednesday, October 10 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. El Pueblo Regional Center, Building 9, Multipurpose Room, 101 W. Irvington Road. Open House format, you can drop in at any time. For more information about the study, visit www.tuspart150.com or contact Jordan Feld, Tucson Airport Authority Director of Planning, at 520-573-5115 or jfeld@tucsonairport.org.

 …That the City of TucsonTeam Up to Clean Up! Neighborhood Clean-up Program is expanding? Now available to incorporated homeowners’ associations and small, organized groups of  neighbors, the program offers free roll-off containers to assist residents who want to work together to clean-up their neighborhood.  The program is coordinated by the City’s Environmental Services (ES) and Housing and Development (HCD) Departments. More information about the program is available online. Residents can visit the ES web page at http://cms3,tucsonaz.gov/es/neighborhoodclean-upsor call ES Customer Service at 791-3171. Information for neighborhood associations is available on the HCD website at http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/hcd/neighborhood-clean-ups