Category Archives: Community

City Council Dem candidates at Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club meeting

Saturday Sept. 9, at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Rd.  Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club drop in meeting.

Hear from the 3 Democrats running for City Council in Tucson:  Retired attorney Paul Durham, winner of the Democratic primary in Ward 3; Ward 5  2-term Councilman Richard Fimbres (running unopposed in the Primary and General); and Ward 6 2-term Councilman Steve Kozachik.

Paul Durham

 

Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres

Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik

 

 

Durham has an opponent in the General Election – Independent (former Republican) Gary Watson, Captain of a NW fire station.  Kozachik is facing off with Republican architect Mariano Rodriguez, and Green candidate Mike Cease, Chair of the Green Party of Pima County.

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Trump Ends DACA: Will Congress Save Dreamers?

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Undocumented workers and students protested at the DNC in 2012. (That’s me in the turquoise dress before the cops told me to move.)

Our country’s most ill-prepared president just lobbed one of our country’s stickiest problems into the court of the country’s least effective Congress, ever. What could go wrong? The dreams of nearly one million young people.

On Sept. 5, 2017, Attorney General and long-time anti-immigration advocate Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s decision to rescind President Obama’s executive order that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Implemented five years ago, DACA was supposed to be a stop-gap measure to shield children and young adults, who were brought to the US illegally as minors by their parents. The plan was that Congress would move on immigration reform while DACA protected these young people from immediate deportation.

Roughly 800,000 young adults under DACA could face deportation if Congress fails to act within the next six months. The crux of the problem is that DACA was created because Congress shirked its duty on meaningful immigration reform. For 16 years, Congress has failed to pass any immigration reform– let alone comprehensive reform, which is sorely needed. Even the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) — which outlined a path to citizenship for Dreamers– has died a bipartisan death in Congress multiple times, since it was originally proposed in 2001.

Will Congress have the guts to save the Dreamers now?

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Speak Up Pima County

Pima County Bd. of Supervisors meets tomorrow September 5th,  at 9 a.m., 130 W. Congress St. on the first floor. Agenda online:

https://pima.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=552209&GUID=E15D76B2-8B74-4089-9D76-6A670372E6C9

Go to our Calendar listing for more info on Supervisor Ally Miller’s recent remarks, and the agenda items regarding them.

Any member of the public can speak at Call to the Public, item # 7.

Labor Day Picnic at Reid Park

“The 21st Annual Labor Day event will take place on September 4, 2017 at Reid Park in Tucson, AZ. Activities are scheduled to take place between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, with details forthcoming as they emerge.
Labor Day gives us a unique opportunity to emphasize the importance of unions and the good we do for the community during a time when workers need all the support they can get. This year’s event theme “The Workforce of the Future” reflects the changing dynamics of the workforce and will feature a classic car and motorcycle show with vehicles provided by Door Slammers Car club and union members. Please join us!”

“PALF’s FREE Labor Day event. Pinatas are in the house as well as ingredients for the Peanut in the Pie contest. New this year is the JTED Student Choice award for the Classic Car and Motorcycle Show.
Special shout out and thanks to IBEW 1116 and IBEW 570 for donating 2 children’s bicycles for the Labor Day Raffle. Tickets are $1.00 each at our Labor Day event. #LABORDAY #winabike #celebratelabordayandthecontributionsofallworkingpeople”

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2017 City of Tucson Primary Election results

Only 2 contested primaries to report on tonight from City of Tucson Elections  in Ward 3 (Democrats) and Ward 6 (Greens):

Ward 3 Council  (Democrats). Open seat as Councilwoman Karin Uhlich is stepping down after 3 terms.

Felicia Chew  1703   32.09%

Paul Durham  2416  45.52%

Tom Tronsdal  1177  22.18%

(to face off with Independent Gary Watson in the General. No Republican or Green in this race).

Ward 5 Council  (no primary, 2 term Councilman Democrat Richard Fimbres is  unopposed, as well in the General)

Fimbres:  2583

Ward 6  Council (Green Party)

Mike Cease  51  63.75%

Michael Oatman 26  32.5%

(to face off with incumbent 2 term Councilman Democrat Steve Kozachik and Republican Mariano Rodriguez in the General Election on Nov. 7, 2017)

Kozachik:  5384

Rodriguez:  1537

More info:  https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/elections

Congratulations to the winners, Paul Durham and Mike Cease.

KXCI Community Radio to unveil new studio in Hotel Congress

For Immediate Release
KXCI 91.3 FM UNVEILS NEW HOTEL CONGRESS STUDIO OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE AND “LOAD THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS” PARTY DURING HOCO FEST
Press contact: Kurt B. Reighley | (206) 890-2492 | eltoro@kxci.org
On Labor Day weekend, KXCI Community Radio unveils its new studio in Hotel Congress, with an open house and “Load the Library of Congress” party, Saturday, September 2, and Sunday, September 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Members of the public are encouraged to come explore the station’s new downtown facility, and help build the Congress studio’s music collection by donating a new or gently-used copy of a favorite CD or album.
As part of the grand opening festivities, the afternoon drive time show The Home Stretch will broadcast live from the KXCI Hotel Congress studio during HoCo Fest, Wednesday, August 30 through Friday, September 2, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
“We’ve been working towards this dream of opening a studio in the heart of downtown for over three years now, and I’m thrilled to finally be open for business,” says KXCI Executive Director Cathy Rivers. “This studio will allow the KXCI community and Tucson visitors to get even closer to the music, podcasts and mini-programs that make our community radio station so special. It will also create more opportunities for special broadcasts, out-of-town guests, and additional in-studio videos.” 
“This partnership is a great fit, because Hotel Congress and KXCI are both committed to nurturing our music community,”adds David Slutes, Entertainment Director for Hotel Congress. “Being able to see that on-air DJ – right at street level – offers tangible evidence of how crucial music is to Tucson, and the new studio adds something special to the vitality of downtown.”
This new auxiliary studio is located in the Hotel Congress lobby, directly across from the Copper Room, with windows looking out on Congress Street. Just steps away from both Club Congress and the Rialto Theatre, the convenient location will allow KXCI to welcome more touring musician to the airwaves.
“KXCI is the heartbeat of Tucson,” says Joey Burns of Calexico. “The addition of the KXCI studio at historic Hotel Congress will enable even greater connections between audiences and artists, like live performance broadcasts, special videos, and more in-depth interviews. As a community, it feels like we’re turning a corner, and it’s exciting to see – and hear – KXCI growing as a part of that.”   
The new studio was designed by Tucson firm Baker + Hesseldenz, with an emphasis on showcasing the tradition of independent radio, while also complementing the Hotel Congress aesthetic.
“We wanted to create a space that felt dark, cool, and comfortable, in homage to radio and recording studios of the ’50s and ’60s,” says Scott Baker. “And since people will be watching the on-air talent and guests, we brought in an element of theater as well.”
“This is perfect timing for KXCI,” adds Mary Ann Hesseldenz.“We live in such a visual society now. People today want – and expect – a fuller experience, and the increased visibility of KXCI downtown can help them reach a new generation of listeners.”
About KXCI
Founded in 1983, KXCI is an independent radio station committed to connecting the communities of Tucson and Southern Arizona to each other – and the world – with informative, engaging, and creative community-based programming. More than 35,000 listeners tune in to the station each week over the air and online. KXCI plays music from all genres and eras, as well as informative, locally-produced mini-programs, provided by 70+ volunteer DJs and on-air hosts. For more information, please visitwww.kxci.org.
About Hotel Congress
Open since 1919, the historic Hotel Congress is downtown Tucson’s longest continuously-operated business. This cultural vortex offers 40 vintage-style guest rooms, the award-winning Cup Café, the world-renowned Club Congress music venue, and more. Every year Hotel Congress hosts a full slate of events, including Dillinger Days, Agave Heritage Week, HOCO Fest, a New Year’s Eve Gala and The Nightmare On Congress Halloween celebration. With almost 100 years in Tucson, there is a story in every detail of this downtown gem – if only the walls could talk.
KXCI Community Radio | 520-623-1000 | KXCI.ORG