Karin's Note:  November 19, 2012

-Day-After-Thanksgiving Grease Collection/Recycling Event

 -Doolen/Fruitvale Holiday Flea Market

-El Cortez Neighborhood “Walking Workshop”

-Future Neighborhood Meetings

-Buy Local Day Party on 4th Avenue

-Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

-Social Media for Business 101

-Golden Spike Ceremony at Toy Train Museum

-Alliance of Construction Trades and “Wounded Warrior Project” Golf Outing

- Did you know....?

 

Dear Tucsonans,

Shop Local!

For several years now the Mayor and City Council have promoted spending at locally owned businesses. We have succeeded in awarding more City contracts and purchases locally, and we urge you to “spend local” throughout the upcoming holiday season. By now you’ve heard the reasons why shopping local makes a real difference for everyone:

  • Smaller, locally owned businesses create 80-85% of all new jobs in our Tucson economy
  • For every dollar you spend with a local business, over 73 cents gets reinvested here at home--that’s almost twice as much reinvestment as that generated by a dollar spent at a national chain
  • Local businesses help create a unique Tucson experience, drawing more visitors because we remain a City like no other

To learn more about the “shift local” movement visit Local First Arizona at http://www.localfirstaz.com .

While you’re out there, we also encourage you to direct special attention to areas under construction like the modern streetcar route and the intersection of Grant and Oracle Roads. Small businesses can be hard hit when inconveniences reduce their flow of customers. Your spending makes a big difference by helping offset losses related to construction activity.

Small Business Support

I recently partnered with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to offer a special series of workshops for small businesses here at the Ward 3 office. Twenty businesses have benefitted so far, and the next session will be held on December 5. The feedback from participants to date has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re pleased to have found one more way to promote economic success in Tucson.

Plastic Bags

Last week the Mayor and Council adopted some consensus recommendations from a working committee comprised of environmental and business groups in order to reduce plastic bag waste. The enhanced ordinance will reduce the consumption of single plastic bags and increase current recycling and education efforts by implementing an enhanced public/private educational awareness program.  Each Task Force partner agreed to take specific steps as part of the educational program.  The following link has more information:  http://www.tucsonaz.gov/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=954&doctype=AGENDA

Budget

Preliminary figures from the 2012 fiscal year (to be reviewed at our meeting tomorrow) indicate that revenues have begun to grow modestly as the economic recovery takes hold. I’ll continue to advocate that the Mayor and Council place greatest emphasis on our Charter-prescribed services (public safety, transportation, parks and recreation), sound management and balanced budgets for our enterprise programs (Water, Environmental Services, Golf), and long range fiscal strength (adequate reserves, limited General Fund debt service, etc.).

Last week we reviewed an initial draft of a five-year plan for the City’s transit system. All agreed that it identified some worst case scenarios that we can now tackle together as part of the 2014 budget process. Key steps like lobbying for the restoration of state transit funding and securing dedicated funding for the operation of the new street car (e.g., money for student passes from the University and area schools, etc.) will help close the gap. Given the passage of Proposition 409, we will also initiate the City’s aggressive multi-year plan for street paving with the bonds approved by the voters.

Thank You

Tucson remains a great community to represent and serve. I feel proud that people who live here care and contribute so much, and I am fortunate to work with many of you on the critical challenges we face.

As we all count our blessings this Thanksgiving weekend, please keep TPD’s Sergeant Robert Carpenter and his family in your thoughts as he continues to recover from a gunshot wound suffered in the line of duty.

Thanks,

Karin

Note: The Ward 3 Council Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday,  November 22 and 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. We will be open on Monday, November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Ward 3 Events:

-Day-After-Thanksgiving Grease Collection/Recycling Event – Friday, November 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Ward 3 Council Office, 1510 E. Grant Road. Sponsored by Pima County. Save our sewers and avoid plumbing problems! Bring in your cooking grease from your Thanksgiving dinner. The collected grease will be recycled into biodiesel. For more locations and information: www.pima.gov/wwm/programs.sos/

-Doolen/Fruitvale Holiday Flea Market – Saturday, December 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Country Club to Palo Verde, Grant to Glenn. Twenty-one (21) households will be offering furniture, appliances, crafts, baked goods, plants, garden-related gifts and art—even dog sweaters! Pick up vendor map at the Sparkman Butterfly Garden, 2645 N. Sparkman Boulevard at 8:00 a.m. No early birds, please. More info: 795-1512.

-El Cortez Neighborhood “Walking Workshop” – Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Donna Liggins Recreation Center, 2160 N. 6th Avenue, room 117. Join Living Streets Alliance and your neighbors for a walking workshop to explore opportunities of walking in the area. Living Streets Alliance is gathering data on neighborhood “walkability” to encourage improvement and participation. There will be group activities and an easy walk around the area. More info: www.livingstreetsalliance.org

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-Future Neighborhood Meetings:

 Keeling NA – Monday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. Cornerstone Church, 2902 Geronimo.

Samos NA – Tuesday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m. Salpointe High School, 1545 E. Copper.

Jefferson Park NA – Wednesday, November 28 at 7:00 p.m. Ward 3 Council Office, 1510 E. Grant.

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City Wide Events:

-Buy Local Day Party on 4th Avenue – Friday, November 23 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Next to Creative Ventures Mall (522 N. 4th Avenue). Local First Arizona invites you to kick off the “Buy Local Month” holiday shopping season during their annual Black Friday Sale. Free gift wrapping, gift certificates from local merchants and discounted shopping tokens. More info:  http://localfirstaz.com/news/local-first-arizona-holiday-shop-local-guide-tucson/

-Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair – Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sponsored by the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, this free event is held at Reid Park, 22nd and Country Club. More than 100 vendors from the southwest, including artists, photographers, potters, jewelers and more. More info: 837-8032.

-Social Media for Business 101 – Thursday, November 29 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Quincie Douglas Branch Library, 1585 E. 36th Street. Sponsored by Local First Arizona, this workshop is free and open to business owners in Tucson. You’ll learn how to grow a Facebook audient, market your business using social media and create interesting content that your customers will read. Space is limited -  RSVP to Deanna at 520-333-2073 or Deanna@localfirstaz.com

-Golden Spike Ceremony at Toy Train Museum – Saturday, December 1 at 11:30 a.m. Gadsden Pacific Toy Train Museum, 3975 N. Miller Avenue.  Event is celebrating the construction of more than 1,000 feet of track, completing the entire loop around the property. Ceremony is the interpretation of the Golden Spike ceremony that marked the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. More info: www.gpdtoytrainmuseum.com/largescale_progress.htm

-Alliance of Construction and “Wounded Warrior Project” Seeks Golfers – Friday, December 7 at the City Golf Course at Randolph Park. Annual tournament is a four-person scramble with shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. (Continental Breakfast at 7:00 a.m.) Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and ACT Scholarship Fund.  To sign up, fees and more information: www.actaz.net

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Did You Know…?

 …that  residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected this Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving?  All City of Tucson residential and customers with regular Thursday or Friday service will have their trash and recycling collection delayed by one day. Holiday collection schedules are available online at www.tucsonaz.gov/esd

that Trees for Tucson is offering TEP customers a discount off of shade trees purchased under their home shade tree program? You need to agree to plant the trees within 15 feet of the west, south or east side of your home. Order your trees before December 1st and pay only $6/tree, delivered. Applications online at www.treesfortucson.org or call 791-3109 to receive an order form. Trees are at least 3-5 feet tall and will be delivered in 6 weeks with instruction on planting and care.