PICTURE ROCKS DIGEST
Vol. 5, No.3                                                                   April 2007
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Welcome to the Picture Rocks Digest, a free newsletter about issues and events in the community. The print version of this all-volunteer publication is distributed at area businesses and community sites. If you have calendar events or news items, or if you would like to be added to our email list, please contact us at PictureRocksDigest@comcast.net.

The Picture Rocks Digest is a publication of Citizens for Picture Rocks, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(4) civic organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the community. Citizens for Picture Rocks meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road. The next meeting is April 17, 2007. Everyone is welcome to attend — membership not required, but highly recommended! 


CITIZENS FOR PICTURE ROCKS

Regular Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m.
Picture Rocks Community Center
5615 N. Sanders Road
Free and open to all area residents

Featured Guest: Mimi Villafane, Trico Electric Cooperative
Learn about solar power and Trico’s low-income energy assistance program.

2008 County Bond Proposals
With millions of dollars on the line for Picture Rocks
in a proposed 2008 Pima County bond election,
area residents can help shape County priorities.
Information and forms, and a map 
showing proposed park and Community Center improvements,
will be available at the April 17 meeting.

Next Month’s Meeting, May 15
Tentatively scheduled: Pima County Victim Witness Program (see story below).



PIMA COUNCIL ON AGING COMING TO PICTURE ROCKS

Speaking to the March 20 Citizens for Picture Rocks meeting, Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) representative Abbie Stone said that the Council would be working with the Picture Rocks Community Center to make sure that older residents have access to programs and tools that can help them. Ms. Stone said she expected to be at the Community Center two or three times a month and wanted to learn what senior resident needs were.

Current PCOA programs include the Ambassador Program in which volunteers take a six-hour training, attend monthly update meetings and help residents-in-need find the services and information they want. The Neighbors Care Program creates or strengthens volunteer caregiver programs to help seniors remain independent and in their home as long as possible.

Abbie Stone of PCOA

Abbie Stone of the Pima Council on Aging
described senior assistance programs

Mileage and insurance reimbursement is available for volunteers. Also, volunteer attorneys are available to provide advice on elder law issues. A $15 per half-hour donation is suggested and a screening call is required.

For more information, call Abbie Stone at 790-0504, or PRCC Director Wanda Crawford at 682-7166, to find out when PCOA will be in Picture Rocks.



LAST CALL FOR BUSINESS LISTINGS IN COMMUNITY DIRECTORY
 
Working with a PRO Neighborhoods grant, Citizens for Picture Rocks is moving to complete a local business and services directory. Local businesses we know about will receive a listing without charge; a $10 donation is requested for a business card ad.  To make sure your business gets listed, email Kaitlin Meadows at paloma@dakotacom.net, or call Albert Lannon at 622- 3561.



LAW ENFORCEMENT-COMMUNITY MEETING URGES COOPERATION

Meeting with incoming Tucson Mountain District Commander Lt. Scott Martin, representatives from Citizens for Picture Rocks and local schools agreed that we all wanted good community support for good law enforcement, according to CPR Vice President Greg Mattison. The community can help school-age children develop a more positive relationship with the Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers.



ADOPT-A-ROAD CLEANUP MAY 12 -- VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!

The next biannual Adopt-A-Roadway cleanup will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2007, meeting at 8 a.m. at the Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road. Three sections of local road will be worked; tools were provided by a PRO Neighborhoods grant, the County Department of Transportation provides safety vests, trash bags and pickup, and lunch is provided at a generous discount from the Minit Market Subway. Donations for Picture Rocks Pride t-shirts and caps pay for the food and drink. For more information, or to volunteer, call Jan Pekelder, 682-7122.

Picture Rocks Pride cap

This spiffy new Picture Rocks Pride cap can be yours for a $6 donation.
Caps will be available at the April 17 meeting and the May 12 Adopt-A-Roadway cleanup.
Donations help pay for lunch for the cleanup volunteers.




PICTURE ROCKS GROWING...

Plans were unveiled last month for a 6.5 acre Picture Rocks Business Center to be constructed near the corner of Picture Rocks and Sandario Roads. Proposed are a restaurant and laundromat, offices, a bank and taco stand. Turn lanes will be developed for access to the complex from Sandario Road. The project plans to use a high-tech septic system. Also in development is an 80-acre housing project with 65 site-built houses planned for the Rudasill-Tula Roads area.



MARANA SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET OVERRIDE
ELECTION ON MAY 15


Information pamphlets and sample ballots for the proposed Marana Unified School District budget override have been mailed to area residents. Note that polling places for this election are different than the locations for general elections. The location of your polling place is listed on the pamphlet mailed to you. Early ballots are available by calling the Pima County Recorder's Office at 740-4330 and must be requested by May 4. For a copy of the informational pamphlet, click here.



CRIME VICTIMS HAVE RIGHTS: USE ‘EM OR LOSE ‘EM

In 1990, Arizona voters passed Proposition 104, a ballot initiative that amended the State Constitution, providing for a Victims’ Bill of Rights. In 1991, the Arizona Legislature passed statutes to define and implement the rights accorded to victims of crime under Article II, Section 2.1 of the Arizona Constitution. These rights impact the victim at every stage of the criminal justice process.

The Pima County Attorney’s Office and Victim Witness Program provide information on the rights of crime victims established by law and rules of court.  See the Pima County Attorney’s website, http://www.pcao.pima.gov/vicwit.htm for more information.

AUTOMATIC RIGHTS INCLUDE:

1) To be advised of all victim rights and how to assert them;

2) To information on the availability of crisis intervention, medical and emergency services, information on victim assistance programs and domestic violence resources;

3) To be advised of the date, time and location of the initial appearance or arraignment if a suspect is arrested or cited;

4) T be provided the police report number, if available, and if the case has been submitted to a prosecutor’s office, information on how to contact that office;

5) To be notified if the prosecutor declines to file charges, and notice of what charges are filed;

6) To have your home address and employer’s name and address withheld from the defendant and his representatives;

7) To refuse an interview with the defendant and anyone working on the defendant’s behalf;

8) To be present at any court proceeding at which the defendant has the right to be present;

9) To name an appropriate support person, who is not a witness, to accompany you to any interview, deposition or court proceeding;

10) To have the Court provide appropriate safeguards to minimize contact between you and the defendant;

11) To be heard at any proceeding concerning release of the accused person, a plea agreement, and sentencing (except for some death penalty limitations);

12) To speak with the pre-sentence investigator before the sentencing, to give a sentencing recommendation, and to read the pre-sentence report when it is available to the defendant;

13) To have the Court order restitution, and to receive that restitution promptly;

14) To leave work (if eligible) to attend scheduled legal proceedings in accordance with A.R.S. 13.4439).

RIGHTS YOU MUST REQUEST:

1) To confer with the prosecutor about a decision not to proceed with a prosecution, dismissal of the charges, pretrial diversion programs, and any plea or sentencing ne-gotiations, and at any hearing regarding the release of the defendant, and to confer with the prosecutor prior to trial;


2) To request the prosecutor assert any right to which you are entitled;

3) To receive a copy of the conditions of the suspect’s release from custody;

4) To be given notice of the release on bond of the suspect;

5) To receive notice of all court proceedings at which the defendant has the right to be present;

6) To the return of your personal property taken during the investigation, and if the property cannot be returned, be advised of the reason;

7) To be advised of the sentence imposed upon the defendant;

8) To be given notice of any post-conviction release or appeals proceeding;

9) To be given notice of any hearing in which release from prison is being considered, the right to be present and heard at that hearing, and to be advised of the result;

10) To be advised of the earliest possible release date of a prisoner sentenced to the Department of Corrections (if the sentence exceeds six months), and notice before the release of the prisoner or, if the prisoner has died, notice of the death;

11) Notice of any probation revocation disposition or probation termination proceeding, or any modification of probation which will substantially affect your safety or the probationer’s contact with you, or which will affect restitution or the probationer’s incarceration status;

12) To be notified, upon request, of the escape and re-arrest of the accused or convicted person (this includes a person placed by court order in a mental health treatment agency).

CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAM

An Arizona resident who is the innocent victim of a crime that caused physical harm or extreme mental distress MAY be eligible for limited financial compensation for out-of-pocket crime-related expenses, including medical costs, funerals, counseling and work loss. Victim Compensation does not pay for property loss or repair, crime scene clean up, attorney fees, copying fees, pain and suffering, or victimization of person serving a sentence. For more information, call the Pima County Attorney's Office at 740-5525.


ARIZONA 2-1-1
By Laura Douglas
Public Information Officer, Arizona Division of Emergency Management

March’s unseasonably warm temperatures and two wildfires in Prescott signal the beginning of Arizona’s 2007 wildfire season. As these and other emergencies and disasters develop throughout the state, all residents can rely on a single resource to get consistent updates around the clock.

Arizona 2-1-1 (www.az211.gov) is the state’s official resource for providing timely and accurate information about what residents need to do to protect their homes and their families during emergencies. The website provides critical information, such as evacuations, shelters and road closures, along with updates on the unfolding incident.
2-1-1 was launched in June, 2005. Since then, the website has had tremendous success and growth in reaching out to Arizona’s residents to keep them informed. The website provides ongoing updates to other emergencies as well, such as floods, monsoon rains, hazmat situations, Amber Alerts, water crises, etc. Emergency information is posted from all agencies that respond to a single event.
 

“The 2-1-1 website is really a one-stop shop for information,” said Judy Kioski, Lead Public Information Officer for the Arizona Division of Emergency Management. “During an emergency, there are always several agencies that need to get information out to the public. This website allows them to do that, so that residents can take protective measures.”

In addition to the website, a 2-1-1 emergency call center is activated during state-declared emergencies. This call center was activated last June for the Brins Fire in Sedona. Arizonans can dial 2-1-1 or 1-888-GO-TO-211 to listen to recorded updates about a breaking emergency or to speak with a live operator who can provide additional information. During the Brins Fire, the call center received nearly 14,000 calls. An additional 38,000 people visited az211.gov for ongoing updates.

During non-emergency times, residents can still dial 2-1-1 or 1-888-GO-TO-211 to access recorded messages about how to best prepare for seasonal emergencies, like wildfires, floods, winter storms, and the flu.

The next step for 2-1-1 involves developing permanent call centers around the state, so that residents can dial 2-1-1 to get the information they need on a 24/7 basis. Those call centers are currently in the planning phase.

In addition to the breaking emergency events, Arizona 2-1-1 Online is a valuable resource for preparedness information. The website posts several bulletins on how to prepare yourself, your home and your family for a disaster.

“Anyone can learn what goes into building a disaster kit, learn how to create a defensible space around their home to prevent wildfires, or learn how to prepare for an evacuation,” said Kioski. “It’s all listed on az211.gov.”
For more information on Arizona 2-1-1, contact az211@azdema.gov.

(Article courtesy of 
Kathy Duff-Stewart, Chief, Picture Rocks Fire District, 12121 W. Picture Rocks Rd., Tucson, AZ 85743; Phone 520-682-7878; Fax 520-682-0421.)


The Picture Rocks Digest is compiled and written by Albert V. Lannon
(email: bluemoon@dakotacom.net; phone 622-3561)
with formatting and miscellaneous alterations by Karen J. Zopf (email: PictureRocksDigest@comcast.net)
and print copy distribution by Jim Pethe.



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