Karin's Note: Thursday, September 20, 2012

 

-  Opa! Greek Festival Starts Today

- Car Free Tucson 2012

- Premiere Jazz Festival at Monterey Court

-7th Annual People of Color Resource Fair

- Sparkman Butterfly Garden Clean-up

- Hedrick Acres Neighborhood “Meet & Greet”

- Guided Bike Ride in Keeling Neighborhood

- Mansfield Park Community Garden Dedication

- Future Neighborhood Meetings

- TPD Hosts Prescription Drug “Take Back” Program

- Walk to End Alzheimer’s

- Did you know....?

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 Dear Tucsonans,

Here are some items of note from the Mayor and Council meeting last night:

Transit

As our Citizen Transit Task Force prepares a five-year plan for the system, we took the opportunity to reaffirm several parameters including explicit direction to prevent any charge for transfers. Most bus riders need to transfer at least once to get from Point A to Point B, so charging for transfers would have the effect of essentially doubling the bus fare for those trips. At the same time, we continue to work on a plan that generates more money at the farebox by getting more riders on our buses.

Tucson’s transit system already rates favorably against other systems across the country. We tend to have lower costs per passenger mile, and while other cities of Tucson’s size recover roughly 18% of their system costs from the farebox, Tucson already collects over 23% from fares. We have a good system that we can enhance to become a great system, and the five-year plan will aim us toward achieving that goal.

Broadway Corridor

Councilmembers Kozachik and Fimbres offered a motion for the Broadway Corridor project that will strengthen the voice and role of the Citizens Task Force that is developing the specific plan for the area. Planning a roadway corridor like this wisely takes into account traffic patterns and projections, all modes of transportation active along the route (auto, transit, bicycle, pedestrian), and the adjacent homes, businesses and open spaces impacted. The Citizens Task Force shaping the Grant Road Corridor came up with innovations that addressed key concerns/impacts (for example, Michigan intersections which reduce intersection impacts, narrow pedestrian crossings, sustain traffic flow; and capacity design that can accommodate transit expansion over time).  I anticipate the same will come through the process regarding the Broadway Corridor.

Land Use Code

In the summer of 2008 the Mayor and Council initiated a process to streamline Tucson’s Land Use Code. We knew it would take four to five years, but we also recognized that the framework in place since the early 1990’s had evolved into a complex maze no longer serving our City’s needs.

This week our staff brought the draft Unified Development Code to Mayor and Council. It has been vetted by many stakeholders and has been forwarded to us through unanimous votes of the Planning Commission. The next step is a Public Hearing before Mayor and Council on October 9. Having Chaired the Committee that started this ball rolling in 2008, it’s gratifying to see concrete results on the horizon. My thanks to the community leaders (including Planning Commissioners) and City staff so instrumental in moving Tucson forward.

Business Support Update

Based on the positive feedback we received from business owners who participated in our joint business modeling workshop last month with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, I am pleased to announce that my office is collaborating with the Hispanic Chamber to co-host the entire pilot "Business Puzzle Solutions" Workshop Series this fall and winter!  All workshops will be facilitated by Bill Roach of the Hispanic Chamber, and each will build on the one before.

We are still working on exact dates, but are planning to hold the workshops once per month, beginning in mid to late October.  They will be open to all who participated on August 28th, plus any other local business owners or entrepreneurs who would like to participate. The Hispanic Chamber, which is in the process of building this innovative business development series, will be offering it to us at half cost.  More info to come shortly as plans are solidified!

On a final note, I'd like to extend my personal thanks to US Navy Captain and NASA Commander Mark Kelly, Tucson's favorite astronaut and husband of our beloved former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, for his initiative in securing a spectacular community honor for Tucson today, the fly over of Space Shuttle Endeavor as she makes her way to retirement in Los Angeles.  Shuttle Endeavour's last mission, STS-134, was commanded by Mark last spring, and marked the second to last mission of the Space Shuttle program.  What a great site to see her in the skies above Tucson!

Karin

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Ward 3 Events:

- St. Demetrios Greek Festival – Thursday – Sunday, September 20-23. 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road. Greek food, drink, music, dance lessons, Greek market, children’s activities and tours of the church. $3 admission fee. More info: 888-0505 or www.stdemtucson.org. Volunteers Needed!

- Car Free Tucson 2012 – Friday, September 21, 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. Take a bus, ride a bike, walk or share a ride! Sun Rideshare will host a food station at the bus stop at 4th Avenue at Sahuaro (Mansfield Park). Stop by for a muffin and juice and meet some new friends. More info: Ruth Reiman at 792-1093 or sunrideshare@pagnet.org

- Premiere Jazz Festival at Monterey Court – Friday evening through Sunday, Sept 21-23. The event features Grammy Award winner Odeen Mays and more than a dozen local jazz, salsa and drum ensembles. Monterey Court Studio Galleries, 505 W Miracle Mile (at Oracle). For more details go to http://www.montereycourtaz.com.

-7th Annual People of Color Resource Fair - Saturday, September 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00p.m.at the Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center located at 2160 North 6th Avenue.  This festival, focusing on the promotion of health and wellness among people of color and the medically underserved of Southern Arizona, features FREE entertainment, food, giveaways, resources, health screenings, face paintings, and more!

- Sparkman Butterfly Garden Clean-up – Sunday, September 23 starting at 8:30 a.m. Sparkman Boulevard, south of Bermuda Street in the Doolen-Fruitvale Neighborhood. Crew will be there with refreshments. If you’d like to help, just show up and dig in!

- Hedrick Acres “Meet & Greet” – Tuesday, September 25 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Mountain Avenue Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 2848 N. Mountain Avenue. This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors.

- Guided Bike Ride in Keeling – Saturday, September 29 beginning at 8:15 a.m. Meet at the Keeling Desert Park on Glenn, west of Fontana. Participate in a safety class and bike ride on the boulevard.  Snacks, water, helmets (if needed) and bike locks will be provided for participants. Sponsored by “Keeling on the Move” in conjunction with the Keeling Neighborhood Association.

- Mansfield Park Community Garden Grand Opening – Sunday, September 30 at 8:30 a.m. 2000 N. 4th Avenue (near basketball court). Light refreshments will be served. Come and enjoy a beautiful fall morning with your neighbors.

 - Upcoming Ward 3 Neighborhood Meetings:

            Flowing Wells Neighborhood Association – Thursday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m.  Ellie Towne Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff.  Council Member    Karin Uhlich will be a guest speaker.

            Mountain View Neighborhood Association – Thursday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. Water of  Life Church, 3269 N. Mountain Avenue.

            Dodge Flower Neighborhood Association – Tuesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. Emerge meeting room, 2425 N. Haskell.

            Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association – Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. Ward 3 Council Office, 1510 E. Grant Road.

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City Wide Events:

 - TPD Hosts Prescription Drug “Take Back” Program – Saturday, September 29 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Locations will be at two police substations—Midtown Substation at 1100 S. Alvernon and Southside Substation at 4410 S. Park Avenue. This drug collection is for prescription pills only. Good way to dispose of those old, unused, unwanted prescription drugs—much better than disposing them in the water supply! More info: Lt. Dietsch at 837-7434.

-Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Saturday, October 13. 7:30 a.m. registration, walk begins at 9:00 a.m.at Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way. Start or join a team today! Info at www.tucsonalzheimerswalk.org or call the Alzheimer’s Association at 322-6601.

 

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Did You Know…?

…that National Night Out is Tuesday, October 2nd?  We’re keeping a list of what our neighborhood associations plan to do for this Annual event. If you haven’t given us your information, please call the Ward 3 Council Office at 791-4711 or send to: ward3@tucsonaz.gov

… You can help send some very deserving, hard-working young people in Ward 3 to Nationals?! The Flowing Wells High School Pulse Dance Company has qualified to compete in the largest and most prestigious National Dance Team Championship in the country.  This will be the twelfth year that FWHS has participated in this competition, broadcast nationally on ESPN. It’s a great honor and FWHS Pulse Dance Company is one of only five teams representing Arizona in the competition.  The cost of competition is very high, and these deserving young people need your support to ensure they can participate.  If you’d like to make a sponsorship donation, please make your check out to “Flowing Wells High School- Pulse Dance Company,” and mail to: Flowing Wells High School, c/o Dance Teacher Marquez Johnson, 3725 N Flowing Wells Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705.  Questions? Call Ms. Johnson at 520-696-8071.

 …That the City of Tucson is expanding their “Team Up to Clean Up! Neighborhood Clean-up Program? Now available to incorporated homeowners’ associations and small, organized groups of  neighbors, the program offers free roll-off containers to assist residents who want to work together to clean-up their neighborhood.  The program is coordinated by the City’s Environmental Services (ES) and Housing and Development (HCD) Departments. More information about the program is available online. Residents can visit the ES web page at http://cms3,tucsonaz.gov/es/neighborhoodclean-upsor call ES Customer Service at 791-3171. Information for neighborhood associations is available on the HCD website at http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/hcd/neighborhood-clean-ups

…that October 7 – 13 is National Fire Week?  Tucson Fire Department has identified the Top Ten significant causes contribution to fire loss in our community. In addition, Tucson Fire Prevention would be happy to schedule a home safety inspection to assist you in identifying potential issues at your residence. Call 791-4501. More info: http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/fire/announcement/prevent-accidents

…that on the November ballot, Tucson voters will have an opportunity to consider Proposition 409, which will allocate $100 million in General Obligation Bond funds to improve the condition of City streets? Bond funds will be used to restore, repair and resurface streets inside the Tucson city limits. The public is invited to learn more about Proposition 409 at one of three open houses:

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Randolph Clubhouse, 600 S. Alvernon Way

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Quincie Douglas Recreation Center, 1575 E. 36th Street

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Udall Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road

For more information on the bond program, visit www.tucsonaz.gov/streetbonds or call 791-4204.