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Grand opening of Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th for LGBTQ Youth

SOUTHERN ARIZONA AIDS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES OPENING OF

THORNHILL LOPEZ CENTER ON 4TH

 “ The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is proud to announce the opening of Tucson’s newest youth center, the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th. To mark the grand opening, SAAF invites the community and media representatives to attend a Ribbon Cutting and Open House on January 18, 2018 from 11:30-1pm at the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th, 526 North 4th Avenue.

 The objective of the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th is to serve youth through programming, direct client services, and community engagement, with a direct focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth. The central program of the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th is Eon, a safe space for LGBTQ & allied youth. At Eon, youth can work on homework, access art programming through a collaborative with the Museum of Contemporary Art, participate in peer-to-peer education opportunities and harm-reduction, empowerment-driven programming. In addition to Eon, SAAF will collocate other youth programming at the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th in order to best serve the community.

 The center is named after Curtis Thornhill, originally from southern Arizona. Mr. Thornhill said: “I am very excited to be part of a project giving youth, especially LGBTQ youth, a safe space in southern Arizona. The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th will remind our whole community that our youth are loved and welcome.”

 SAAF’s Executive Director, Wendell Hicks, added: “SAAF has always been driven by transformative action. The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th will change and save the lives of many, many youths and I couldn’t be prouder of that.” Adam Ragan, SAAF’s Associate Director of LGBTQ Initiatives noted: “What started a couple years ago as a dream of a few in the community is now a reality. Youth will have a safe space to access programs, education, art, and most importantly, each other. We know the power of peer-to-peer programming can really impact the lives of youth for years to come.”

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Tucson Be Kind mosaic unveiling at Tucson City Council Chambers

“The speakers include Councilman Steve Kozachik and Jeannette Mare, someone from the Jewish History Museum, Black community, Muslim community, Bishop, Richard Elias (District 5 Pima County Supervisor), Sacred Space (contemplative), Mary DeCamp, Chief of Police Chris Magnus, LGBT community.” – per Steve K.  He is a 2 term Councilman representing Ward 6, and is up for re-election in Nov. 2017.

More from Steve’s 8/21/17 newsletter: “Through Jeannette Mare’s Ben’s Bells Project, Tucson is the epicenter of showing that we as a community are built on the ethos of kindness. M&C has demonstrated that through policy, such as adopting the Charter for Compassion.

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Women’s March in Tucson: “This is what Democracy looks like” (updated photos)

The estimate of the huge Women’s March in Tucson crowd that gathered this morning at Armory Park on S. 6th Avenue and marched to Jacome Plaza (in front of the Joel D. Valdez library) was about 15,000.  Lots of very creative signs went by, carried by people of all ages, children, elderly, even people with crutches and walkers…gay, straight, multi-racial, many with dogs, wagons, etc.  Every few blocks people were chanting “This is what Democracy looks like”.  Here’s some photos of today’s crowd.

Large crowd gathering at Armory Park, photo courtesy of George Girard

Crowd at Armory Park, courtesy of Kristel Foster

Women’s March proceeding west on Congress Street to Stone Avenue, photo courtesy of George Girard

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Watch AZPM interviews online – candidates for District 4 and 5 Pima County Supervisors

Interviewed on Arizona Public Media (AZPM, Channel 6 PBS) Metro Week yesterday were two challengers for the open seat for District 4 Pima County Supervisor, since long term Republican Supervisor Ray Carroll is retiring.  Republican Steve Christy and Green candidate Josh Riley were both interviewed.  Carroll has endorsed Christy for this seat.

Also interviewed were District 5 Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias (a Democrat who has served since Feb. 2002) and his Green Party opponent Martin Bastidas.  These interviews were conducted separately as well.

View this Metro Week show here:

https://www.azpm.org/

Districts 1 and 3 Supervisor races were covered in last week’s Metro Week show:http://blogforarizona.net/view-azpm-interviews-online-candidates-for-pima-county-supervisors-in-districts-1-and-3/

District 2 Supervisor Ramon Valadez is running unopposed.

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 8, 2016.

Ann Day Community Park dedication (photos)

Fitting re-naming of the 34 acre Northwest Community Park yesterday in memory of the late District 1 Supervisor Ann Day, who was killed tragically in a head-on car accident on May 7, 2016. MC District 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson spoke of her colleague Ann as a “cowgirl and can do person”, who loved parks, and had even helped a Maui couple donate a Make a Wish mesquite tree there at the park. She also said that Ann was “a true problem solver across party lines”. Day served on the Pima County Board of  Supervisors for 12 years(3 terms) , had retired in 2012.

This park is located at 7601 N. Mona Lisa Road (southwest corner of Magee and Mona Lisa Roads).

Ann Day’s daughter Jill Watters, son in law Justice of the Peace Adam Watters (Precinct 1), and their 3 children (Caitlin, Courtland, Cassandra) were in attendance.  The grandchildren led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

photo courtesy of Pima County

photo courtesy of Pima County

photo courtesy of Pima County

photo courtesy of Pima County

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Pima County Board of Supervisors votes to ban texting while driving

Pima County Bd. of Supervisors in a unanimous vote (5-0) today passed an ordinance to ban texting while driving a motor vehicle, effective within a month.  The ban however, still allows speaking on a cell phone. Here’s what the ordinance states:

“A person may not, while driving a motor vehicle on a highway, manually manipulate a handheld electronic device for any purpose other than to initiate, receive, or engage in voice communication.”

Penalties:

“A person who violates this section and is not involved in a motor vehicle crash is subject to a civil penalty of one hundred dollars ($100.00), plus any other penalty assessments authorized by law. D. A person who violates this section and is involved in a motor vehicle accident is subject to a civil penalty of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00), plus any other penalty assessments authorized by law.”

Exemptions are law enforcement and emergency personnel, bus drivers, while on private property, and while the vehicle is stationary.

Several persons (mostly bicyclists) testified in favor of this proposed ordinance brought forth by the Pima County Sheriff’s Dept.  Sheriff Chris Nanos spoke in favor of this proposal, as did LD 9 State Senator Steve Farley, who said he was the first to introduce this type of legislation in the Arizona House of Representatives 10 years ago. Apparently only Arizona and Montana have no state laws against texting while driving. Firefighter Brendon Lyons testified about being severely injured when hit by a “distracted driver” on Oct. 4, 2013. He showed a video of the accident and his long, painful recovery. He also brought in a mounted display of his shattered bicycle. Oro Valley Vice Mayor Lou Waters testified in favor as well, for the sake of “public safety”.

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