-Household Hazardous Waste Collection

-6th Annual Bro-Fest

-Bus Rider Training

-Eggstravaganza at Mansfield Park

-Lend A Hand Yard Sale

-Future Neighborhood Meetings

-Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair

-El Rio Neighborhood Health and Safety Fair

-15th Annual Southern Arizona Procurement Fair

-NAMI Walk 

- Did you know....?


Dear Tucsonans,

In addition to working through options to balance the FY2014 budget, several items of interest have been addressed by Mayor and Council recently.

Community Banking

I am pleased that the Mayor and Council unanimously supported my motion on community investing. The motion calls for us to pursue a strategy for investing up to 3% or $5M of City funds in local banks and/or credit unions. It’s a first step, and it builds upon our knowledge that “local first” purchasing and investing can directly bolster economic development in our City. Staff will be outlining details so we can implement this modest step responsibly (in accordance with state guidelines) and join jurisdictions like the State of Arizona and the City of Phoenix in putting more of our money to work for Tucsonans. I want to thank Jim Hannley and the West Mountain Region of Credit Unions for providing me with initial thoughts on this proposal, the details of which will be finalized with broader input by Mayor and Council leading up to the start of the new fiscal year July 1.

Gun Safety

Councilmember Kozachik has offered another opportunity for us to consider that reinforces public safety. The Major Cities Police Chiefs Association recommends measures to ensure that people report lost or stolen firearms promptly. The Tucson Police Department indicates this would assist them in investigating crimes. Studies in Chicago and other cities have shown that many firearms used in crimes are lost or stolen; reporting data could expedite investigations and also protect individuals whose weapons have been lost or stolen if those weapons surface in a subsequent crime investigation. The City attorney is drawing up a specific ordinance for final consideration by the Mayor and Council in April.

In the meantime I have notified the full Arizona Congressional delegation as well as the Obama Administration that the Mayor and Council voted in support of the comprehensive package of reforms developed through Vice President Biden’s Task Force. Our federal lobbyists now track individual bills to be sure that, every step of the way the City of Tucson is on record in support of these reasonable measures to reduce gun violence. Let’s not forget that our community has demonstrated strong support for action ever since the first rally at the downtown library in March 2011 sponsored by fixgunchecks.org and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. I attended that rally alongside representatives of several southern Arizona Law Enforcement agencies (including TPD), survivors of the January 8, 2011 shooting, Homicide Survivors, and many faith and community leaders. As we work locally we cannot be distracted from engagement at the national level at this critical time.

Infill Incentive District

Our ordinance to encourage development and investment in the downtown/downtown gateways has been utilized in nine or so projects so far. Everyone agrees some important lessons have already been learned, so the Mayor and Council have opted to begin a review of the ordinance with the guidance of the Planning Commission and Development Services. There will be a public input process so pros and cons of any changes can be openly discussed and vetted from all angles before further review and potential adjustment by Mayor and Council.

Emergency Clause

Public comment has been received recently about the City’s application of the Emergency Clause in many of our resolutions and ordinances. It’s clear to me that we need to provide greater clarity about the implications of the clause. Use of the clause does not mean we adopt measures without going through the Open Meetings process or that we circumvent public scrutiny/input prior to adopting an item. It ­does mean that certain steps are not applied, specifically the steps of publishing notice of actions in daily or weekly newspapers and delaying the effective date of the action for 30 days.

The practice of inserting the Emergency Clause (i.e. not paying for publishing notices and enacting resolutions/ordinances immediately) has been in place for decades. That does not mean we ought to maintain the practice without addressing concerns raised. I am working with the City Clerk and City Attorney to prepare for a Study Session on this matter. In that session we need to share with the public: 1) the perceived rationale for the practices ongoing (cost savings alone?) 2) the parameters for the practice (for example the clause apparently is not applied in land use actions), and 3) options for altering the practice and the full implications of those options.

I’ll keep you posted as the item is scheduled on an Agenda for discussion, and I will want to hear your thoughts once we can present all the facts.

My staff has compiled more great information for you below. Have a great weekend.




Ward 3 Events:

-Household Hazardous Waste Collection – Saturday, March 23 from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. in the Feldman Neighborhood, corner of Park and Drachman (there will be a roll off!). No TVcathode ray tubes, please. This event is part of the University of Arizona Mortar Board clean-up.

-6th Annual Bro-Fest – Sunday, March 24 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Jacobs Park, Ramada #1. Fairview Avenue, between Prince Road and Miracle Mile. This fundraiser celebrates the lives of brothers Danny and Mikey Mack who died too young in separate vehicular accidents. A group of friends started this event 6 years ago to honor these special boys.   Last year proceeds were used to fully fund a Book Fair at Walter Douglas Elementary School along with contributions made to Graduation Night at Flowing Wells HS, Community Food Bank, Salvation Army and other worthy organizations. Live music, food, face painting, fishing pond, and raffles.

-Bus Rider Training – Thursday, March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. St. Luke’s Home, 615 E. Adams. This free training is focused on seniors and people with disabilities that need how to use the bus system to get from one place to another. Friendly and experienced Sun Tran drivers provide information on bus routes and answer all questions. Training includes an interactive ride on a Sun Tran bus. More info: 206-8881.

-Eggstravaganza – Saturday, March 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mansfield Park, 2000 N. 4th Avenue. Family fun, carnival games, egg hunts (starting with 4 years old and younger at 10:30 a.m.), food vendors…and of course, the Easter Bunny! Kids should bring an empty basket for the egg hunt. More info: 791-4873

-Lend A Hand Yard Sale – Saturday, April 6 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 1545 E. Water Street. This fundraiser helps LAH to work with seniors in many Ward 3 Neighborhoods. You may drop off items for sale beginning Saturday, March 30 until the sale.


Future Neighborhood Meeting:

Mt. View NA – Thursday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. Water of Life Church, 3269 N. Mountain Avenue

Hedrick Acres NA – Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. Mountain Avenue Church, 2848 N. Mountain Avenue. Annual meeting and election of officers.


City Wide Events:

-Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair – Friday-Sunday, March 22-24 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. North Fourth Avenue Business District. Free event with over 400 booths selling art and food lining Fourth Avenue. Don’t forget to visit the “brick-and-mortar” shops on either side of the festivities!

-El Rio Neighborhood Health and Safety Fair – Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway. Event is presented by the UA College of Pharmacy and El Rio Neighborhood Center. Free screenings for asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, hearing and vision testing. Goody bags, raffle prices and 50 exhibitors. Spanish translators available. More info: 480-246-7672

- 15th Annual Southern Arizona Procurement Fair – Friday, April 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Kino Sports Complex, 2500 East Ajo Way. “Swing for the Fences” with Davis-Monthan AFB, Pima County Procurement and the City of Tucson Housing and Development. Over 175 representatives from Federal, State and local procurement agencies will be present. There is no cost to attend this event. More info: Monica Dennis at 520-724-3807 or monica.dennis@pima.gov

-NAMI Walk   – Saturday, April 6 beginning at 7:00 a.m. Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. NAMI—the National Alliance on Mental Illness hosts this walk in honor of loved ones. Funds help to pay for educational programs, support groups, client support and community outreach. Free event, donations and fundraising encouraged. More info: 622-5582


 -Did you know…?

 …that the International School of Tucson is holding its 7th Annual International Day on Saturday, March 23? Food from around the world, activities for kids and entertainment. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The International School is located in the Jefferson Park Neighborhood, 1701 E. Seneca Street.

 …that the Ward 3 Council Office will be the site of Save A Life Foundation’s Continuous Chest Compression CPR Courses? The last Friday of the month (April 26, May 24, June 28 and July 26) from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. This one hour class will demonstrate the new method of CPR, increasing the number of compressions a responder should administer to victims. Cost to enroll is $10. Please contact the Save A Life Foundation at 623-8484 or online: www.savealifetfd.com  for more information and to register.

…that the City’s Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division is implementing a new system to improve efficiency and handling of constituents requests?  The department is encouraging constituents to either call 791-3154 or send an email to TDOTSR@tucsonaz.gov to report potholes and street issues.

….that Exercise Angel Thunder will be taking place between April 7th and April 20th.  The operation is a partnership of Davis Monthan and numerous other defense and health care organizations who train together as part of the largest personnel recovery exercise in the world.    The training exercise will mimic an earthquake that will be centered in the White Mountains, with search and rescue activities beginning there.  Tucson residents will be aware of the exercises on April 13th when trainees will fly ‘victims’ into UMC by helicopter between the ours of 8:00 p.m.  – 10:00 p.m.  Base representative anticipate that between 5 – 10 helicopters will land at UAMC during that time.    Questions or comments regarding the activity can be sent to DM public affairs office at 355wgpa@dm.af.mil