Karin's Note:  April 19, 2012

-1st Annual Vintage Vehicles on Stone Event

-Ward 3 “Tucson Means Business” Forum

-Neon Mile:  Sign Lighting and More

-Neon Mile:  5th Annual Historic Open House and Tour

 -Valley of the Moon “Peter Pan Days”

-Earth Day Festival at Reid Park

-2012 Historic Home Tour-El Encanto

-Pro Neighborhoods Hosting Free Code Enforcement Workshop

-Did you know....

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Dear Tucsonans,

Next week the City Manager will present his FY13 budget recommendation to Mayor and Council. He and staff have provided us with a framework and have answered many questions since last month.

As I have noted before, a key priority for us will be to take action on the need for widespread street repairs. Funding that will mean choosing from a range of options that I will outline for you after next week's meeting. In the meantime I hope you'll let me know your thoughts on a few of those options: a specific City general obligation bond for voters to consider to fund street repair and maintenance; a partnership with the Regional Transportation Authority and/or the County to designate more regional funds to City street repairs; or refinancing transportation debt to free up $10-12M this year, which would have to be repaid in future years.

Shaping our budget requires that we prioritize according to our community’s needs and values.

I have been an advocate for transit investments and a strong opponent of raising bus fares in FY13 when there are other savings to be had both in the transit budget and the General Fund.  Recently, I challenged City management over the ongoing General Fund cost to sustain our Golf enterprise as well (already over $1.5M subsidy this fiscal year). While I know we cannot simply abandon our golf courses, Mayor and Council gave direction several years ago to manage golf in a break-even manner. That hasn't happened. At a time when proposals come forward to raise bus fares and our streets continue to crumble, I think we must hold the line on expenses that rank lower on the priority scale. We expect to hear more on this at next week's meeting as the Manager works with us to bring our budget into alignment with the vital interests of our residents.

Also, please check out the information from Tucson Water on water rate scenarios: http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/sites/default/files/water/docs/fy_2013_proposed_waterrate_schedules.pdf

Public meeting schedule, allowing you to voice your opinion on these scenarios before the May 22, Mayor and Council meeting:

http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/sites/default/files/water/public_outreach_for_rates.pdf

Thank you for letting me know your thoughts as we move forward, and please review the information below on upcoming events as well!

Karin

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Ward 3 Events:

-1st Annual Vintage Vehicles on Stone – Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Seven free classic car shows at Glenn and Stone Avenue in the Coronado Heights Neighborhood. Free popcorn, lemonade and door prizes included in the fun. Please consider bringing an item or two to donate, i.e. clothing, books, toys in support of the Beacon Group. More info: 622-5263 or www.beaconsvaluevillage.org

 -Ward 3 “Tucson Means Business” Forum – Thursday, April 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at TPD West, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich invites all current and aspiring business owners to attend this informational forum to learn more about available expansion loans for small businesses, free support services for those in RTA construction zones and how to become a vendor on the City’s Procurement list. City of Tucson department heads, including Procurement and Development Services will be in attendance along with Mayor Rothschild and representatives on the Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Commission. Light lunch provided by Blue Willow.  More info: Ward 3 Council Office at 791-4711.

-Neon Mile:  Sign Lighting and More - Friday, April 27 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Pima Community College, Downtown campus on Drachman. This celebration of the restoration and installation of four iconic neon signs salvaged from Tucson sites is a collaborative project of Pima Community College (PCC) and the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation with assistance from Ward III and City of Tucson staff.  Private donations paid for the restoration work. Event activities will include “flipping the switch” to light up the signs, classic cars, a sock hop, a mid-1900’s fashion show, kids’ activities, music, food, and more. The location of these signs on PCC property along Drachman will highlight the southern terminus of Historic Miracle Mile. 

-Neon Mile:  5th Annual Historic Open House and Tour - Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm.  Extending Friday night’s celebration of the Neon Mile (see above) this year’s event will be headquartered at the PCC Downtown Campus, and will include three lectures and 2-3 shuttle bus tour venues, including the early Evergreen Cemetery tour by Ken Scoville.  More info: www.tucsonhistoricpreservationfoundation.org If you would be interested in volunteering for this event, please call Linda Mehall at the Ward 3 office at 791-4711.

-Valley of the Moon “Peter Pan Days” – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 27, 28 and 29. 2544 E. Allen Road.The park will be set up with a “Peter Pan” theme with volunteers playing characters and performing for the audience. Tours run from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. with tours starting every 30 minutes. Free for children 7 and under, $5 for those 8-13 and $8 for adults. More info: 323-1331 or www.tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com

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City Wide Events:

-18th Annual Earth Day Festival – Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Reid Park, Country Club and 22nd Street. Live music, farmers market, alternative fuel vehicles on display and much more. More info: 206-8814 or www.TucsonEarthDay.org

-2012 Historic Home Tour – Saturday, April 21 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation invites you to tour six landmark properties of Tucson’s Golden Age in El Encanto. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at http://www.tucsonhistoricpreservationfoundation.org/event/el-encanto-home-tour

-PRO Neighborhoods Hosting Free Code Enforcement Workshop – Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. 320 N. Commerce Park Loop, Sentinel Building. Join Code Enforcement Administrator Teresa Williams for an overview of the neighborhood preservation ordinance and landlord accountability responsibilities. Free, reservations required. Please call 882-5885 or email Scott Lunn at slunn@proneighborhoods.org.

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Did You Know…

…that April is Water Awareness Month?  Mayor Rothschild is asking Tucson residents to joining the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation as a way of showing your water awareness.  For more information, go to www.tucsonaz.gov/water/take-the-pledge, or www.WaterAwarenessMonth.com.

…that Catalina Rotary Tucson is the first sponsor to step forward in support of opening City pools for the summer with their pledge of $25,000 to open Jacobs Pool?  If you’d like to support Catalina Rotary’s effort to make that happen, you can purchase $5 raffle tickets--winner will receive a $500 gas card. More information is available at the Ward 3 Council at 791-4711.