Tuesday, October 30, 2012


TUCSON BOULEVARD EAST WARWICK CASTLE LANE OVERPASS Council Member Richard Fimbres and the City of Tucson invite the public to join them in dedicating the “Welcome to Tucson” wall mural on Tucson Boulevard and the East Warwick Castle Lane Overpass. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. on the west side of Tucson Boulevard, just under the pedestrian overpass. This mural was made possible through the efforts of 80 volunteer employees of McDonald’s Restaurants who worked for four hours and donated $6,000 to the art project. The volunteers partnered with Tucson Clean & Beautiful, the Tucson Arts Brigade, Esperanza School and the Cherry Avenue Neighborhood Association. This beautification project is a continuation of targeted cleanup and beautification projects on key corridors throughout the City, working under the City Manager’s Clean City Committee. Previous projects were at Irvington and Tucson Boulevard and Grant Road and I-10. Residents planning on attending the dedication may park at the Esperanza School.

Bring Back the Splash - Finalist for Common Ground Awards


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Health and Safety Fair - Oct. 20

The Ward 5 Office is spearheading a Health & Safety Fair this Saturday, October 20th from 9-1 PM @ Ocotillo Learning Center @ 5702 S. Campbell Avenue.  The fair will provide Car Seats, Booster Seats & Bike Helmets to the families of Ocotillo Learning Center.  We have teamed up with the Tucson Fire Department & Tucson Police Department to teach classes. With a grant from the Tohono O'odham Nation we were able to purchase the car seats, booster seats & bike helmets.

CM Fimbres, CM Romero, CM Cunningham and Mayor Rothschild will be there, as well as a representative from the Tohono O'odham Nation, and the Sunnyside Unified School District.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


TUCSON,Ariz.- Sun Tran, KGUN 9 News, and Sam Levitz Furniture have partnered to sponsor a one-day “Stuff-the-Bus” event benefitting EMERGE! Center Against Domestic Abuse.  The event, which will be held on Friday, October 19, helps promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  A Sun Tran bus will be located at Sam Levitz Furniture’s eastside location at 100 North Pantano Road.  Donations will be accepted from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Those who wish to contribute are asked to donate the following needed items: used cell phones, grocery store gift cards, new towels, baby wipes and diapers.  Additionally, any cash donations will be matched by the Arizona Lottery up to $10,000.
“Sun Tran employees are happy to participate in this event to benefit individuals and families in crisis in our community,” said Sun Tran General Manager Kate Riley.  “The donations collected will help meet the basic needs of those in the program while they focus on healing.”
Sun Tran is operated by Professional Transit Management (PTM)/Veolia and under contract with the City of Tucson.  With more than 600 employees, 40 fixed routes and a fleet of 243 buses, Sun Tran’s mission is to work together to improve the community’s quality of life by providing safe, efficient, reliable customer-focused public transportation.


City of Tucson Parks and Recreation and Pima Community College East
Campus present, Zombies in the Desert, Saturday, October 27, from 4-7
p.m. at William Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Dr. A fun filled
night of tricks and treats. Cost is $3 per person, all ages are welcome
and children one year and younger are free. Children under the age of 12
must be accompanied by an adult. The fee includes: admission wristband,
haunted house, hay ride, entertainment, carnival games, story telling,
art projects and costume contest. Food will also be available for

Co-sponsors of the event include: Pima Community College, Dulceria
Funland, Buckelew Farms, Peter Piper Pizza, Funtasticks, and Wendy’s.

For more information please call the Center at 791-5787

Saturday, October 6, 2012

F. Ann Rodriguez has been one of the leaders in the fight to keep the Cherrybell Post Office and processing center open. She has filed formal complaints, both written and verbal to the U.S. Department of Justice as well as the U.S. Postal Service about this decision, since this would adversely effect the vote by mail process for which she helped institute in Pima County, as well as the process used by other counties in the State of Arizona. F. Ann also sees the bigger picture with the potential decision and the negative consequences of closing Cherrybell for Tucson and Southern Arizona, something she included in her complaints and efforts. Since taking office in 1993, the Pima County Recorder, F. Ann Rodriguez modernized the Recorder’s Office through computer technology and system upgrades for immediate and precise retrieval of important documents. This includes digitizing all the historical records prior to statehood that are on film and microfiche and digitizing old maps and deed books beginning in the early 1900’s into our computer system. F. Ann initiated the legislation that was passed into law for citizens to be on the Permanent Early Voting List. This law was implemented in 2008 to allow any registered voter in the State of Arizona to sign up and automatically receive vote-by-mail ballots for all elections. As of July 1, 2012 the Permanent Early Voting List has been requested by 271,333 Pima County registered voters. This represents 58% of all the registered voters in the entire Pima County. Although the Permanent Early Voting option is very popular, F. Ann has established early voting sites strategically located throughout Pima County so that those voters who wish to vote in person, but still vote early may have that opportunity. So when you receive notices to vote early for a specific candidate, remember the person who helped to initiate this process, F. Ann Rodriguez. Cast her vote for her and visit her website http://www.rodriguezforrecorder.com/. Photo To donate to her campaign, go online tohttp://www.rodriguezforrecorder.com/ or make a donation to: Rodriguez for Recorder, PO Box 6006 • Tucson AZ 85703.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

El Pueblo Center Update

POWER AT EL PUEBLO ACTIVITY CENTER SCHEDULED TO BE SHUT OFF MONDAY, OCTOBER 8TH Parks and Recreation administration has been advised that the power for the activity center on the El Pueblo campus at 101 W. Irvington Rd, will be shut off from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, October 8, 2012, due to an electrical circuit upgrade that is vital to the main power supply. KIDCO will be relocated to the other buildings for the afternoon. For more information please call the West Park District at 791-5909.

Plan Tucson Meeting Schedule

The City of Tucson is revising its General Plan (as must be done every ten years), which addresses areas such as land use, transportation and infrastructure, and other City actions. In order to create a Plan that addresses citizens' needs and concerns, Plan Tucson has been hosting workshops, presentations, and other events to gather citizen feedback that can be plowed back into the Plan, which will then be presented to the voters. Note that while this is similar to what Imagine Greater Tucson has been doing, they are two distinct processes. Workshop schedule: (A) Friday October 5, 1:30 - 3:30 PM, Community Resources Center, Sentinel Building, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop 85745 (B) Saturday October 6, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, El Pueblo Regional Center, Seniors Center, 101 W. Irvington Road 85714 (C) Monday October 8, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Westside Police Service Center, Multipurpose Room, 1310 W. Miracle Mile 85705 (D) Wednesday October 10, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Palo Verde High School, Cafeteria, 1302 S. Avenida Vega 85710 (E) Saturday October 13, 9:30 - 11:30 AM, Police Midtown Substation, Multipurpose Room, 1100 S. Alvernon Way 85711 Since we will all be impacted to some degree by the resulting General Plan, try to attend a workshop and ensure your thoughts and ideas are part of the data inputs. More info at http://m.tucsonaz.gov/plantucson

ADOT I-19 Update

*Guardrail work on northbound Interstate 19 south of Tucson Wednesday* The Arizona Department of Transportation will close the left lane of northbound Interstate 19 between Esperanza Boulevard and Duval Mine Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, for guardrail repair. The schedule is subject to change due to a variety of reasons, including weather, availability of materials, and mechanical difficulties. ADOT advises drivers to proceed through or near work zones with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

President Obama to Establish César E. Chávez National Monument has been created.

*President Obama to Establish César E. Chávez National Monument* On October 8th, 2012, President Obama will travel to Keene, California to announce the establishment of the César E. Chávez National Monument. Years in the making, the monument – which will be designated under the Antiquities Act – will be established on the property known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), or La Paz. The La Paz property is recognized worldwide for its historic link to civil rights icon César Estrada Chávez and the farm worker movement. The site served as the national headquarters of the United Farm Workers (UFW) as well as the home and workplace of César Chávez and his family from the early 1970’s until Chávez’ death in 1993, and includes his grave site which will also be part of the monument. “César Chávez gave a voice to poor and disenfranchised workers everywhere,” said President Obama. “La Paz was at the center of some of the most significant civil rights moments in our nation’s history, and by designating it a national monument, Chávez’ legacy will be preserved and shared to inspire generations to come.” From this rural headquarters in the Tehachapi Mountains of Kern County, California, Chávez played a central role in achieving basic worker protections for hundreds of thousands of farmworkers across the country, from provisions ensuring drinking water was provided to workers in the fields, to steps that helped limit workers’ exposure to dangerous pesticides, to helping to establish basic minimum wages and health care access for farm workers. The National Chávez Center, in consultation with the United Farm Workers of America, the César Chávez Foundation and members of César Chávez’s family, offered to donate certain properties at La Paz to the federal government for the purpose of establishing a national monument commemorating César E. Chávez and the farmworker movement. This designation will represent the culmination of a process that has been underway for several years. The César E. Chávez National Monument will encompass property that includes a Visitors’ Center containing César Chávez’s office as well as the UFW legal aid offices, the home of César and Helen Chávez, the Chávez Memorial Garden containing Chavez’s grave site, and additional buildings and structures at the La Paz campus. The monument, which will be managed by the National Park Service in consultation with the National Chávez Center and the César Chávez Foundation, will be the fourth National Monument designated by President Obama using the Antiquities Act. He previously designated Fort Monroe National Monument in Virginia, a former Army post integral to the history of slavery, the Civil War, and the U.S. military; Fort Ord National Monument in California, a former military base that is a world-class destination for outdoor recreation; and Chimney Rock, which is located in the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado, and offers a spectacular landscape rich in history and Native American culture. First exercised by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 to designate Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, the authority of the Antiquities Act has been used by 16 presidents since 1906 to protect unique natural and historic features in America, such as the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients. ### Spanish Translation *El Presidente Obama establecerá el Monumento Nacional a César E. Chávez* El día 8 de octubre de 2012, el Presidente Obama viajará a Keene, California, para anunciar el establecimiento del Monumento Nacional a César E. Chávez. Este monumento, que lleva varios años en proyecto y será designado bajo la Ley de Antigüedades, se establecerá en la propiedad conocida como Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, o La Paz. La propiedad de La Paz está reconocida en todo el mundo por su conexión histórica con el ícono de los derechos civiles César Estrada Chávez y el movimiento de los trabajadores agrícolas. Este lugar ha sido la sede nacional de la Unión de Trabajadores Agrícolas (UFW, por sus siglas en inglés) así como la casa y centro de trabajo de César Chávez y su familia desde principios de la década de 1970 hasta el fallecimiento de Chávez en 1993, e incluye su tumba, que también será parte del monumento. El Presidente Obama comentó que, “César Chávez les dio una voz a los trabajadores pobres y despojados en todas partes. La Paz fue el punto de partida de algunos de los movimientos de derechos civiles más significativos en la historia de nuestra nación y, al designársele como monumento nacional, se preservará y se compartirá el legado de Chávez para inspirar a las generaciones futuras”. Desde esta sede rural en las Montañas Tehachapi del Condado Kern en California, Chávez desempeñó una función clave para lograr las protecciones básicas para cientos de miles de trabajadores agrícolas en todo el país, desde disposiciones que garantizaban que se les proporcionara agua potable a los trabajadores en los campos, hasta medidas que ayudaron a limitar la exposición de los trabajadores a pesticidas nocivos, hasta ayudar a establecer los salarios mínimos básicos y acceso a cuidado médico para los trabajadores agrícolas. El Centro Nacional Chávez, en consulta con la Unión de Trabajadores Agrícolas de América, la Fundación César Chávez y miembros de la familia de César Chávez, ofreció donar ciertas propiedades en La Paz al gobierno federal con el fin de establecer un monumento nacional para conmemorar a César E. Chávez y el movimiento de los trabajadores agrícolas. Esa designación representará la culminación de un proceso que lleva varios años en movimiento. El Monumento Nacional César E. Chávez comprenderá propiedad que incluye un centro de visitantes que contiene la oficina de César Chávez así como las oficinas de ayuda legal de UFW, la casa de César y Helen Chávez, el Jardín Conmemorativo Chávez que contiene la tumba de Chavez, y otros edificios y estructuras en el recinto de La Paz. El monumento, que estará bajo la administración del Servicio Nacional de Parques, en consulta con el Centro Nacional Chávez y la Fundación César Chávez, será el cuarto monumento nacional designado por el Presidente Obama bajo la Ley de Antigüedades. Él designó previamente el Monumento Nacional Fort Monroe en Virginia, una antigua posta del ejército que fue integral a la historia de la esclavitud, la Guerra Civil, y las Fuerzas Armadas de EE.UU.; el Monumento Nacional Fort Ord en California, una antigua base militar que es un destino de clase mundial para recreación al aire libre; y Chimney Rock, que está ubicado en el Bosque Nacional de San Juan en el suroeste de Colorado, y ofrece un panorama espectacular repleto de historia y de cultura americana nativa. La autoridad de la Ley de Antigüedades, que fue ejercida por primera vez por el Presidente Theodore Roosevelt en 1906 para designar el Monumento Nacional de Devils Tower en Wyoming, ha sido usada por 16 presidentes desde entonces para proteger las características naturales e históricas exclusivas en EE.UU., tales como el Gran Cañón, la Estatua de la Libertad, y el monumento Canyons of the Ancients en Colorado.


The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation would like to invite you to ceremony and unveiling of the Mike Dawson field dedication sign at Bristol Park. Who: Family and friends, neighbors of the Barrio Centro will remember Mike Dawson and his legacy as football player for Tucson High, the U of A Wildcats, and the National Football League (NFL). What: Unveiling of the new dedication sign for the Mike Dawson field at Bristol Park. When: Saturday, October 13, 2012 – 3:00 p.m. Where: 1720 S. Bristol Avenue Additional: Mike Dawson was raised in the Barrio Centro and grew up Information: playing football at Bristol Park. He passed away in 2008. He will always be remembered for his career and accomplishments in football.