Two Neighborhood Elections

At the last APNA meeting (11/14), two important neighborhood organizations held elections to fill positions on their boards of directors. Outside of the scheduled APNA meeting, the historic board (APHZAB) elected three individuals by acclamation. Here are their names (and their category of membership): Michael Means (property owner), Steve Grede and Patrick O’brien (both are subject matter experts). They will join the board on the approval of Mayor and Council, expected within a month. The board will elect its officers at the next meeting. Continue reading “Two Neighborhood Elections”

Home Tour Recap

home-tour-logo-e1508457997230Home tour organizer, Anne Cooper, has published a summary of  the 2017 tour. There were 59 homeowners and supporting volunteers who made the tour possible. She estimates that there were 350 paid ticket sales but there are donations still coming in. If you would like to donate too, just go to https://ArmoryParkTucson.org/donate/. As of 11/15, total revenue amounted to $7,012. From that total, expenses (about $500) must be deducted. Of the final net amount, 75% will be donated to Neighbors Feeding Neighbors.

The revenue and support of a worthy cause are important but for me not the most important benefit of the tour. Bringing so many neighbors together to work for a common cause and reminding all of our historic heritage is the greatest reward. All of us who opened our homes, volunteered as supporters or spruced up our sidewalks were enriched by the experience of working with our neighbors.

Armory Park is such a great place to live.

 

City Elections

Here is what our Ward 6 councilmember, Steve Kozachik, had to say about the city election:

“I thanked people in the “Be Kind” section for calling out congratulatory comments as we pass on the street or out on the Loop. As I hope you know, last Tuesday we held citywide elections. Three council seats were up for grabs, plus a few ballot measures. I’ll share the final tallies here. Continue reading “City Elections”

Thanks Volunteers

Another excellent home tour is just behind us and it would not have been possible without the contribution of many neighbors. Those who opened their homes allowed their neighbors and others to see more of the historic structures that help make Armory Park so special. Volunteer docents made it possible for many of us to open our homes to visitors. Even more, the tour showcased the sense of community that makes this a wonderful place to live. Continue reading “Thanks Volunteers”

Many Years of AP Home Tours

I’ve been browsing through the Arizona Daily Star archives trying to learn more of the early history of Armory Park. Since we are about to have another home tour, that is a subject I decided to research.

The oldest tour I found was in May of 1975. The Star Article had this to say, “Armory Park began its flourishing career in the 1880s with the arrival of the railroad. It is “a showplace” for the evolution of architect styles of that era, according to Robert Giebner University of Arizona associate professor of architecture.” Continue reading “Many Years of AP Home Tours”

The Horse Race

 

The media loves the financial horse race. Who has raised the most money is an easy story to write, but it doesn’t have a nickels worth to do with Tucson Values and what the candidates stand for.

Malala Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Prize winner in history. She stood for a woman’s right to get an education and was shot doing so. She once said, “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

I am not taking campaign donations. No horse race story there. The story is asking you to donate the funds you would otherwise have given to my campaign to a nonprofit, a local group that is a “powerful voice” in this community.

My staff and I have worked on behalf of trafficking victims, refugees, and the homeless. I’ve been steadfast on issues like gun control and animal welfare. Each of those categories has a series of nonprofits that need your financial support.

Don’t just “take the money out of politics.” Shift it to a group that’s working on behalf of the underserved. You won’t get any glossy flyers sent to your home that are “Paid for by Vote Steve K.” You won’t see any factory finished signs cluttering our intersections “Paid for by Vote Steve K.”

But I hope you’ll react to the needs around us. Take the political money and turn it into productive money. Then let the media know. It’d be a more interesting story than looking into campaign check books.

Tucson values nonprofits in need. I’m asking you to help them during this campaign season. Your donations become that powerful voice speaking a message that matters.

Sincerely,
Steve Kozachik
Tucson City Council, Ward 6

Ballots are in the mail now for this all-mail election.

Houghton East Has Lessons for Armory Park

Earlier this month I attended a Zoning Examiner hearing for a large Fry’s store, gas station and other stores in the Houghton East neighborhood planning area. The community was annexed into the city with a detailed and restrictive neighborhood plan as a precondition. The debate is about whether the project complies with the neighborhood plan. This was a rehearing because the first one did not include sufficient  notice. Continue reading “Houghton East Has Lessons for Armory Park”

APHZAB Gives Useful Feedback

At its October meeting, our historic board had one informal review to consider. Informal reviews are offered to help those who propose projects in our historic zone to avoid design problems at an early and hopefully less expensive point in their project’s development. This is what was posted in the Legal Action Review: Continue reading “APHZAB Gives Useful Feedback”