Thursday, September 30, 2010


City departments will be closed for nine days throughout FY 2011

Many City departments will be observing nine days of closure, or alternative methods of scheduling to meet the required 72 hours of unpaid furlough for all employees during Fiscal Year 2011.


Saturday, October 2, from 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m..
The event features food and refreshments from many Tucson restaurants as well as live entertainment. All proceeds benefit Reid Park Zoo and its programs.
Feast For The Beasts is open to those ages 21 and over. For general admission and VIP ticket information, click here.

Proposed Core Services Tax Informational Town Hall, Oct. 6

Vice Mayor Shirley Scott will host an informational town hall in Ward IV to discuss the proposed Core Services Tax on Wednesday, October 6, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Empire High School Auditorium, 10701 Mary Ann Cleveland Way.

Tucson police get $12.3 million grant to hire 50 officers

The Tucson Police Department will receive a $12.3 million federal stimulus grant to pay the salaries of 50 officers, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced today.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Catch the Change Train - October 13!


OCTOBER 13, 5:30 P.M.







Sunday, September 26, 2010

No on Prop. 107

Proposition 107 is part of a national campaign against affirmative action programs that aim to open education, social services and workplaces to women and minorities.

It is being driven by a California man, Ward Connerly, who has pushed this legislation in other states.

The Arizona Daily Star urges a "no" vote.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

October 13

Please mark your calenders, to attend a GOTV event at Rigo's Restaurant, on October 13, 2010, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.  This is a very crucial time in our state and we need strong leadership, to guide us through these very tough economic times.  More to come on this great event.

Come join the Change Train!!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ward 3 Core Tax Town Hall, September 27

Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich will be hosting a town hall meeting, Monday, September 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Ward 3 Council office, 1510 E. Grant Road.

The topic will be Proposition 400, the proposed core tax measure on the November 2 ballot.

For more information, call the Ward 3 Council office, (520) 791-4711.

Ward 2 Town Hall Tonight!

Council Member Paul Cunningham will host a Town Hall on the upcoming November Ballot Initiatives. Please attend to learn and ask your questions about the Prop 400 Core Services Tax ballot measure and Prop 401 Charter Change ballot measure.

Date: September 23
Where: 7575 E. Speedway, Eastside City Hall
Time: 6:00 pm

99 Great Ways to Save Money: Save on Anything, Cut Costs Tips - AARP Bulletin

99 Great Ways to Save Money: Save on Anything, Cut Costs Tips - AARP Bulletin

Diferentes maneras de ahorrar - AARP Bulletin

Diferentes maneras de ahorrar - AARP Bulletin

Bridges Project Costco Update - It Is On The Way!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Alice Eckstrom Scholarship Dinner, 9/24

When community activist Mary Alice Eckstrom died in March, there was one less person working for the common good of Tucson, one less person who made an effort to improve the lives of others through education.

But her family and friends refuse to let her valiant spirit remain quiet. A scholarship fundraising dinner will be held Friday so that others can follow Eckstrom's community footprints.

The Mary Alice Eckstrom CelebraciĆ³n de la Comunidad- the Celebration of the Community - will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kino Recreation Center at 2805 E. Ajo Way, near South Country Club.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Andrei Cherny as Arizona's Next Treasurer

“We can make safer investments that are going to get a better rate of return and at the same time help our own state’s economy create jobs and get off this economic floor – especially in areas like solar and some of these industries of the future where Arizona really needs to start leading before we get completely left behind. ”

In the September 13 Arizona Illustrated debate, Andrei Cherny spoke passionately about our need for a State Treasurer who will stand up for people who play by the rules, stop out-of-control government spending and fight to create jobs in Arizona. Pointing out that Arizona has plummeted from first to dead last in the nation for jobs, Andrei called on Arizonans to elect a Treasurer who is ready to “start doing things differently—because what we’re doing right now isn’t working.” 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Yes on 400 Coalition Update

Yes on 400 Coalition Unites Police, 
Firefighters and Community Leaders

Tucson’s economic crisis is real. A diverse coalition of community organizations and citizens want to Keep Tucson First when it comes to safety, quality of life and economic development and has formed to support Proposition 400, a half-cent sales tax increase that will raise $40 million a year for five years. The temporary tax was recommended by an independent committee that spent two months analyzing the budget and previous cuts. The funds will be dedicated to city departments for public safety, parks and recreation and transportation, including street maintenance and graffiti removal. The funds will be audited by an independent citizens commission.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tucson Ward Five Report Card

September 13, 2010

Councilman Richard Fimbres reflects; cites accomplishments, but worries drastic cuts are coming.
Richard Fimbres grew up in the ward he represents. He graduated from Tucson High School, Pima Community College and The University of Arizona. He’s a U.S. Army Veteran, and spent 20-years with the Pima County sheriff’s Department. He directed the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety under Janet Napolitano, and has served on the Pima Community College governing board since 1997. Fimbres was elected to the Tucson City Council in November 2009. We asked him about his accomplishments since he took office. We also talked about the city’s budget problems and the image of the city council.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a closer look at Tucson’s newest city council members. On September 20th, we’ll hear from Paul Cunningham, from Tucson’s eastside Ward 2. On the 27th, we’ll interview Steve Kozachik from Ward 6.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Help Eva Carrillo Dong for the SUSD Board, Sept. 15

Help Eva Carrillo Dong in her effort for the Sunnyside School District Board this Wednesday, September 15 at Rigo's Restaurant, from 5 to 7 PM. Good fun, good food for a good person.

My Update and Upcoming Transplant - Mary Leonardi Kuchar

Ok folks this is it.  Mary Leonardi Kuchar sent an update earlier this evening and she does the chemo and transplant next week.  She has done so well that I have faith she can kick this in the butt, but I'm also scared for her.  Please, please, please keep her in your prayers.  I know many of you do have her in prayer.  Let's not forget Jim too.  He will be facing Mary's dark days with her and will be a part of her recovery process also.  God bless all of you and until the next update.....

Monday, September 13, 2010

From Pastor Josie Santiago

Here are the invocation remarks delivered by Pastor Josie Santiago at the Operation Homefront event, Saturday, September 11 at Reid Park.

Josie Santiago

The Choice Is Yours - Nov. 2


The City of Tucson is holding a Special Election on November 2
The Office of the Tucson City Clerk has published an informational pamphlet for the Special Election on November 2, that includes:
  • Official voter information
  • A sample ballot
  • Instructions to vote

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Today we lost our dog Chyna after thirteen years of faithful and loving service. She was a great companion very loving. Because of her size and reputation of the breed you would of thought she was very mean, but she was not. She passed in her sleep and now is up there with my Dad playing.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Register to Vote

Monday, October 4, is the deadline to register to vote for the November 2 general election.

To register to vote, go online at

Quincie Douglas Library Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

On Saturday, September 11, the Quincie Douglas Library is celebrating its five year anniversary.

Celebrate five fantastic years with carnival games, face-painting, and live performances. Also, come take a tour of the new Library Annex, where free literacy services will begin to be provided in the coming months.

The Quincie Douglas celebration and Annex tours will take place from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Quincie Douglas Library (1585 E. 36th St.)

August Permits Total $12 Million

The City of Tucson Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) has completed the reviews and issued more than 42 permits from August 1-31, 2010.  The total projected dollar valuation is more than $12 million that will benefit the Tucson economy.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tucson Freedom Walk 2010 - Sept. 11

Tucson - Freedom Walk 2010 - On this same day throughout the country citizens will gather to participate in Freedom Walks.  The act of walking together as a nation is unique in design and execution, uniting our citizens behind a commitment to never forget the lives we lost in the attacks on our country.

Tucson Convention Center Furlough Day Wed., Sept. 8

The Tucson Convention Center facilities and Ticket Office will be closed on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. Tucson Convention Center furlough days will not always mirror the Citywide furlough schedule in an effort to better serve its clients and events.

Monday, September 6, 2010

On this Labor Day

More than ever before, this is a time to honor Arizona's working men and women.  Times are tough, and many are working harder than they ever have, with less to show for it.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

What Is At Stake On Nov. 2

With only days until early voting for the election, the rhetoric from the far right just keeps reaching new lows. Aside from how misguided and conservative they are, the Tea Party talking points and Glenn Beck's lectures have shown us one thing: What's at stake this November 2nd.