Karin's Note:  Thursday,  August  30, 2012


- Dodge/Flower “Clean and Beautiful”   

-  Stuff the Bus Clothing Drive

- Task Force to Reduce Underage Drinking Hosts Training

- Science Sundays at Children’s Museum

- 16th Annual Labor Day Picnic

-   Did you know....


Dear Tucsonans,

We’ve held several meetings recently at the Ward 3 office that might be of interest to you.

Container Housing

Over fifty people attended our first discussion regarding “shipping container housing”, which made its debut in Tucson recently on North Mountain Boulevard. The panel of presenters included: Ernie Duarte, City of Tucson Development Services Director;  Debra Blake of the State of Arizona Department of Fire, Building and Life Safety; and Mountain Boulevard project developers Jason Anderson and Ashton Wolfswinkel.

Support for the Mountain Avenue house was expressed by several people at the meeting who believe it offers a potential model for more affordable, interesting and sustainable (green) construction. Specific concerns regarding the new house were also raised and were addressed by the panelists. According to both Mr. Duarte and Ms. Blake, the project has met all City and State laws and regulations currently in place that govern “modular” (aka “factory-built”) housing.

Our meeting offered some focal points for future consideration:

Safety—while it seems that the containers used for the Mountain Avenue project were screened for previous uses/cargo, apparently no provisions exist to prevent the use of containers exposed to hazardous toxins that could pose health and safety risks.

Design—while City regulations require that manufactured housing facades reflect the style of housing in and around a site, no such guideline is in place for “modular”/”factory-built” housing.  Some in attendance want to pursue this concern while others expressed support for the more modern and unique look for container housing.

Placement—currently City zoning allows this type of housing in all residential zones. Some have suggested it would be desirable to prohibit such structures in certain zones. This step will require review by the City Attorney prior to further deliberation in a public process.

My staff and I will follow up with attendees and appropriate City/State agencies to provide further information on container housing and the above issues. Any proposed changes to City/State regulation will be weighed in public processes, so I’ll be sure to let you know how you can add your thoughts during any deliberations.   

In the meantime here are a few web sites you can visit for examples of shipping container housing:



Small Business Workshop

Twenty local entrepreneurs joined us at the Ward 3 office on Tuesday evening for a workshop I co-sponsored with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce entitled  “Create and Expand Your Business”. The goal of the two hour session was to introduce attendees to a business modeling system that, when applied, allows businesses to save money and improve profits.  Those who attended gave us feedback that the time was well spent and the knowledge gained both valuable and practical.

Slaughterhouse/Sentinel Peak Nano-Brewery

I have long suggested that the crossroads near Grant and I-10 hold tremendous promise for economic development. But what would help spark activity at an abandoned slaughterhouse? Well, just ask Matt Gordon, Jeremy Hilderbrand and Bobby Sutton. I’ve held two meetings with these three entrepreneurs who have crafted an exciting vision for the property that includes an outdoor performance venue, indoor events/filming sets (surely you know about the nation’s scariest haunted house there, right?), and soon a new microbrewery. http://azstarnet.com/entertainment/music/plans-brewing-for-old-meatpacki...)."> (http://azstarnet.com/entertainment/music/plans-brewing-for-old-meatpacking-plant/article_fbaf753f-4799-5fe3-ac07-c8985809eb28.html). 

 Staff and I are helping the team sort through liquor licensing, and code/zoning questions to help them succeed. This location is buffered by industrial zoning on two sides, Grant Road on the south (across from commercial zoning) and the railroad tracks and I-10 to the west. I have no doubt that, over time, the site will draw national acclaim. And, yes, that mural on the wall of cattle and cowboys definitely stays!

Landlord Accountability and Red Tags

My staff and I have also been working to sustain progress on the Landlord Accountability Program (which tracks and takes aggressive action against properties that generate excessive calls to code enforcement and/or TPD) and Red Tags (holding individuals and landlords responsible for unruly gatherings that disrupt neighborhoods). I will be sharing more information on these two efforts in my next note.


As I requested several months ago, ParkWise has held public hearings to gather input on potential changes to the city’s residential parking ordinance and associated enforcement approach. The ParkWise Commission and staff will present recommendations to the Mayor and Council soon.

September 5 Council Meeting

Mayor and Council will provide the City Manager with direction on our contract with the Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc.—TREO. We’ll also discuss TPD staffing levels, an ordinance proposed by Councilmember Kozachik related to noise on construction projects, and the City’s progress toward saving substantial money by utilizing “Pcards” to accrue rebates and discounts, as advocated by Councilmember Fimbres.

You can view our meeting agenda and materials at this link:  http://www.tucsonaz.gov/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=940&doctype=AGENDA

Employee Accountability

I applaud the City Manager for aggressively pursuing accountability across all City Departments. He has made it clear that he will pursue appropriate steps to discipline and even terminate employees for wrongdoing. The vast majority of City employees work hard and value the public’s trust. They, along with the full Mayor and Council, want “bad apples” sorted out so we can provide the best in service to you and to earn your trust.  News of recent action taken in the Transportation Department highlights that Mr. Miranda embraces the Mayor and Council’s direction for accountability in City Government. You deserve nothing less.

Thanks for staying in tune and involved,


Note: The Ward 3 Council Office will return to normal business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., beginning Tuesday, September 4.


Ward 3 Events:

-Dodge/Flower “Clean and Beautiful” – Saturday, September 1 at 7:30 a.m. Join your neighbors for an “hour of power” cleanup. Meet at Oasis apartment parking lot at Dodge and Flower.

- Stuff the Bus Clothing Drive – Saturday, September 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Amphi High School Parking Lot (1st light south of Stone and Prince). The Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation in partnership with the Amphi Foundation presents the “Amphi Clothing Bank Drive.” Please bring your tax deductible donations and enjoy a day of fun and refreshments.

- Task Force to Reduce Underage Drinking Hosts Free Liquor License Training – Saturday, September 15, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. TPD Operations Division West, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. Staff from the AZ Department of Liquor License and Control, Tucson Police Department, City of Tucson’s City Clerk and City Attorney’s offices and Pima County-Tucson Task Force to Reduce Underage Drinking will be on hand to answer questions. Learn the liquor license application process, Red Tag Ordinance and more. To RSVP, send name, phone and email address to Yolanda Herrera, acuinteriors@aol.com or call 991-3307.


City Wide Events:

-Science Sunday – Sunday, September 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Avenue. Hands-on science fun with animals, physics, math and lasers. $2 admission.  More info: 792-9985.

 -16th Annual Labor Day Picnic – Monday, September 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Reid Park Band Shell, 1100 S. Randolph Way. Sponsored by Pima Area Labor Federation, this event features free food, musical acts, dancers and exhibits. More info: 388-4139.


Did You Know…

…..The Labor Day holiday will be observed on Monday, September 3, 2012.  Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day during the holiday week. Holiday collection schedules are available online at www.tucsonaz.gov/esd

….The Los Reales Landfill will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 3, 2012. City offices will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2012, however, customers may leave a message for Environmental Services Customer Service at 791-3171 or submit a service request at www.tucsonaz.gov/esd and they will be contacted no later than the next business day. Customer Service will be available on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m


 …that the Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc. and the Jefferson Park Neighborhood have received a $3070 grant from PRO-Neighborhood to organize a symposium for neighborhoods?  Registration will be open to all inner-city neighborhoods and information will be posted to the Jefferson Park website: www.jeffersonpark.info or you can call Joan Daniels at 323-2165, 300-1980 (cell) or email: jdchama@msn.com. The planning committee is actively seeking participation by as many urban neighborhoods as possible.