August 14 APNA Board Meeting

Don’t forget! The Armory Park Neighborhood Association Board is having its monthly meeting Tuesday night at 7:00 PM at the St. Andrew’s Parish Hall at S 5th Ave and E 16th St. Come and hear what’s going on in the neighborhood, downtown, and in other neighborhoods that might affect us!

Here’s the agenda:

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Coffee with a Cop August 21!

Scan0001Join your neighbors and police officers for fun and conversation! No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood!

For any questions pertaining to the event, please contact the Operations Division West at 791-4467.

Sponsored by the Tucson Police Department.

Steller column: “Intimidation tactics by Tucson man spreading child sex-trafficking claims go unchecked”

Lewis ArthurTim Steller writing at the Arizona Star: ‘Over the years, many volunteers and homeless people have credited the Veterans on Patrol camp, at East 20th Street and South Jacobus Avenue, with doing good work and helping people, some of them homeless veterans, out of homelessness. City Councilman Richard Fimbres, who represented the area, credited the group with “helping the fringe veteran population that doesn’t trust the government.”

‘But the good work has often come with intimidation and an us-against-them mentality…

‘It raised alarms in nearby Armory Park neighborhood when the Veterans on Patrol group circulated a flyer this spring, one that has reappeared in recent weeks, saying that it planned to create neighborhood watch teams and also use a drone to monitor incidents in the neighborhood. Relations are testy enough that representatives of the neighborhood association where the camp is located are listed at the camp as banned from visiting.’

The full article is here: https://tucson.com/news/local/steller-column-intimidation-tactics-by-tucson-man-spreading-child-sex/article_587b5794-c48c-5b70-9713-1c9966b8a514.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

Barrio Historico Wins an Historic Appeal

Good news! Barrio Historico has won its appeal before Mayor and Council, rejecting a proposed townhouse development incompatible with its historic zone. (It’s Item #10 on the attached Legal Action Report.)

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“It was moved by Council Member Kozachik, duly seconded and PASSED by a roll call vote of 6 to 1 (Council Member Fimbres dissenting), to reverse the Planning and Development Services Department Director’s decision, grant the appeal and deny the HPZ application.

“Mr. Rankin noted that the basis of the motion, as provided in the Mayor and Council’s discussion, was that the application was not compatible with the purposes and standards of the HPZ and the applicable technical standards.”

May 22 Legal Action Report

Help for Homeless Neighbors

As downtown residents, most of us are familiar with the Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP). Their mission statement is: To be the catalyst for making Downtown Tucson the place people want to live, work, and play; where new ideas happen; and that is the economic development and cultural epicenter of the region. The ability to attract businesses and customers is an essential component.

One part of this effort is to minimize unpleasant experiences for downtown visitors. Unfortunately our large homeless population is often part of unpleasant experiences. DTP has taken a number of steps to discourage homeless people from making downtown public areas their home. One example is cleaning pavements in areas where people congregate overnight. The use of machinery and water spray makes the areas uncomfortable places to sleep.

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