-Karin’s Note

-Ward 3 Events

-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)

-Citywide Events

-Did You Know?

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Dear Tucsonans,

State Progress

I want to begin by thanking the Metropolitan Pima Alliance and in particular their task force combating metal theft. I joined with them recently to urge passage of state legislation that would help curb metal/copper theft and this week Governor Brewer signed that legislation into law. We all recognize the widespread impacts of metal and copper theft across our community. Darkened lights along our streets and sports fields, vacant and even occupied buildings stripped of HVAC and plumbing parts; the loss to public and private sector entities has been enormous. The new legislation (HB2262/SB1107) will help restrict the market for stolen metal/copper which should in turn lower rates of theft.

I’m also pleased that the Mayor and Council voted unanimously last week to support Governor Brewer’s push for Medicaid expansion. Extending coverage to uninsured Arizonans matters not only to those in need of healthcare, but also to providers across the healthcare industry. Talk to any hospital, physician, nurse, or health aide; and in fact talk to employers, teachers, and your neighbors. This opportunity to provide coverage for thousands of additional people has earned widespread support. But that doesn’t mean the legislature will concur with the Governor. Please be sure to weigh in during this important debate by contacting your state representatives, senator and the Governor before budget deliberations wrap up for the year.

Activating Tucson

Last weekend’s Cyclovia event through Ward 3 turned out some 15,000 people! We’ve heard overwhelming positive feedback from participants, neighborhoods, and area business owners. Thanks go to Cyclovia Coordinator Kylie Walzak, and the many volunteers and groups, for providing information, treats and encouragement all along the route. It’s clear that more and more Tucsonans want to enjoy bicycling as a favorite method of commuting and exercising. Our expanding network of bike boulevards and other investments will reinforce that trend (and the great ranking Tucson recently received from the American Lung Association as one of the cities with cleanest air quality in the nation!).

Our movement to become a standout community for soccer at all levels has also progressed. Pima County has embarked on exciting plans for the creation of a major league soccer complex in the Kino Stadium area. We’re doing our part in partnership with local soccer clubs to expand access to fields for youth across the Ward as well. The project at Doolen School proceeded recently, and offers one way for you to directly offer your support (see details below). It’s partnerships like these that will enable Tucson to leverage public and private resources for the best returns on investment for everyone.

Thank you Nancy and Gordon

This evening I am heading to a celebration in honor of Nancy Bissell and Gordon Packard, the cofounders of the Primavera Foundation. I moved to Tucson in 1993 to join the staff of Primavera. The mission of the organization is to address poverty and homelessness, and since Gordon and Nancy started the effort in the early eighties it has evolved to provide an extensive array of shelter, housing, employment, advocacy programs.

Primavera holds true to the inspiration and spirit Gordon and Nancy offered in the very beginning. No fewer than one third of the paid staff have experienced homelessness, and more than two thousand volunteers join the cause annually by providing meals, counseling, and other services at all of Primavera’s sites. That model brings people together like no other. I’ll be forever grateful to Gordon and Nancy for their mentoring and friendship. Tucson’s a better place no doubt thanks to them.

 

Have a great weekend,

Karin

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Ward 3 Events:

-Amphi Community Action Group Spring Movie Night – Friday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. (movie starts at sundown). Navajo Park (‘Amphi Park’) at 510 E. Navajo Road.  This is a FREE event for all ages. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. More info: 520-297-0702.

- Sparkman Butterfly Garden Potluck – Saturday, May 4. Planting begins at 8:00 a.m. Potluck from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. On Spark between Bermuda and Flower. All invited, bring a dish (OK to show up for potluck only). Sandwiches and drinks provided, need side dishes, dessert, fruit. More info: Cathy at 881-5880 or Halen: hgarfinkle@earthlink.net

- Neon Mile - 6th Annual Historic Miracle Mile Open House and Tour  - May 10 starting at 5:30 p.m. at Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café at 505 W. Miracle Mile.  In its 6th year, the event will highlight the historic significance of the area with particular attention to the contribution of neon.  Tour the historic gardens of the Ghost Ranch Lodge, listen to presentations, take a flashlight tour of the Evergreen Mortuary, and celebrate the 1st anniversary of one of Miracle Mile’s newest gems—Monterey Courts.  For more information contact the Ward 3 office at 791-4711 or go to www.preservetucson.org and click on News & Events.

-Two Public Hearings Scheduled for “Plan Tucson” – Wednesday, May 22 at City Hall, 255 W. Alameda at 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 29 at Westside Police Service Center, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. Final public hearings for citizens to express their opinions before the Plan goes to Mayor and Council. 

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Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s):

Coronado Heights NA – Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. Glenstone Village Apartments Community Room, 2835 N. Stone Avenue.

Friends of Mansfield Park – Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Parkside Terrace, 2150 N. 4th Avenue.

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City Wide Events:

-3rd Annual Firefighter’s Ball – Saturday, May 4 at 5:00 p.m. (silent auction, dinner at 7:00 p.m.). JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard. All proceeds benefit Tucson Firefighter’s Charities. Information and tickets: 907-4932 ortfdmedicman@aol.com

- 28th Annual Tucson Folk Festival – Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5. Noon – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. This free event, sponsored by the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association boasts 500 of the best musicians in the southwest. Five stages in downtown Tucson-El Presidio Park, Tucson Museum of Art, La Cocina/Old Town Artisans.

- The Alliance of Construction Trades (ACT) 6th Annual Construction Expo – Wednesday, May 15 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Hotel Tucson, 475 N. Granada. The Expo features over 100 exhibitors and is open to all residential and business owners with construction needs. More info: 624-3002.

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 -Did you know…?

..that Watershed Management Group has partnered with the Primavera Foundation to train a crew of Primavera Works laborers to maintain green infrastructure sites.  Right now they also have some funding to pay the crew to clean up neighborhood sites that have fallen into disrepair. If you'd like to request a clean-up, follow this link to provide information about the site: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XCTLB86

 DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MAY 3. 

Priority will go to sites installed by Watershed Management Group, but they are committed to distributing the funds throughout the community.  For more information, contact Tory Syracuse at 396-3266 or tsyracuse@watershedmg.org

 

...that the Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new hotline to respond to questions regarding services and resources available to women veterans? Benefits (exactly the same earned by their male counterparts) include health care and pharmacy, education benefits, disability compensation, home loans and more. Hotline: 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636). Online: www.benefitsva.gov

 

….that everyone can contribute to the collaborative soccer field project at Doolen Middle School?

“With seed money from the Shootout, we have been able to create a community effort,” said Curt Cannon, who serves as the volunteer Director of Operations with Fort Lowell Soccer Club.   “While the Soccer Club did the ground work and will fund the majority of the project with proceeds from the Tucson Association of REALTORS™ Shootout,” he said, “Pima County Junior Soccer League, Tucson Mountain Soccer Football Club, TUSD, the City of Tucson, and private donors have all contributed to make this project a reality.”

Council Member Uhlich agrees.  “Our scarce resources must be better managed, and this kind of collaboration demonstrates how we can succeed by working together as a community."      

If you would like to participate, you may make a donation to the Fort Lowell Soccer Club and mail it to Curt Cannon, 8074 E 7th street, Tucson 85710. The Club is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit that will send you a donor acknowledgment letter to submit with your taxes.

The fields are expected to be ready for play in time for the 2014 Tucson Association of REALTORS Shootout next January.  The tournament kicks off Tucson’s busy tourist season and generates over $3 million for local businesses each year.