Wednesday, June 25, 2008

KXCI Gets All Stonewall

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 2:38 PM

This Friday, June 27, KXCI celebrates Stonewall's 39th anniversary with a day of programming from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. On-air hosts and content all day will feature LGBT community members, LGBT artists, musicians with discussions on history and information about the local LGBT community and of course, Stonewall Day.

I had an opportunity to interviewed Harry Hay when I lived in Los Angeles in the early '90s. While he'd be quick to remind us now that Stonewall wasn't the beginning of gay pride, I'm sure he'd be at his local Stonewall Day celebration nonetheless.

From a friend's e-mail:

Spoken pieces include: Cathy Busha from the U of A’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Justin Naffzinger – President of Delta Lamba Phi (the gay fraternity at the U of A), Diane Stapleton – local entrepreneur and owner of Rainbow Planet, Jai Smith – creator of the ‘Walking Names Project’ (VERY interesting! ), Jason Cianciotto – the new Executive Director of Wingspan, Kat Beck – Vice President of Students Promoting Respect for Individuality Through Example (SPRITE), Kellie Olson from the Pride Law Alliance at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the U of A, Penelope Starr – Program Coordinator for Wingspan’s Senior Pride, Richard Di Russo – Coordinator for the GLBT Services division of the Pima County Library and...  Shari Goettel, James Scott Pignatella, and Bruce Cameron from Desert Voices. 


The day’s on-air hosts will be long-time KXCI DJ (and Membership & Outreach Coordinator) Randy Peterson from 7-10am on ‘Your Morning Brew’,  newly “minted” music mixer and wonderfully creative Jaime G from 10 til noon, Long-time KXCI host of ‘Broad Perspectives’ and the music mix Susie B from 1-3pm, and Mark Rosenbaum (host of ‘Jazz Sundae’) from 3 – 6pm on the ‘Home Stretch’.  (Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now will run at 12 noon, of course!)


Tune in June 27 to KXCI at 91.3 FM. For more info, go to:

Iskash*taa Refugee Harvesting Network Video Honored

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Iskash*taa: An Invitation to Community is one of five domestic videos to be shown at the White House Faith-based and Community Initiatives Innovations in Effective Compassion Conference on Thursday, June 26, in Wash., D.C. The film received an honorable mention in the "Portraits of Compassion" video contest.

Barbara Eiswerth, founder and coordinator of Iskash*taa will travel to the conference with two Tucsonan refugees from Somalia.

Iskash*taa is a grassroots organization that helps refugees rebuild their lives in the United States. The organization offers a variety of programs that help refugees use their knowledge and skills from their country of origin. Volunteers and refugees also work together to identify and harvest 30,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables from backyards and farms in Tucson and redistribute the produce to refugee homes and other organizations helping local families.

To view the video, visit 

For more information about Iskash*taa, visit

Gas Wars

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Okay, so I play this game....sort of.

I like to track the cost of gas at gas stations I pass by everyday. I think it gives me a true idea of how bad it is.

There are two stations by my house on the corners of Campbell and Prince: One is a Chevron, the other is a Catalina Market.

They are usually evenly matched pricewise. One day, Chevron is 2 cents lower and another day, the market is.

Well, last week, in the morning, Chevron was at $3.95. Catalina at about $3.87. By that afternoon, chevron had risen to $3.99! The other stayed the same. That was a 12 cent difference!

But then out of the blue, Chevron dropped back to the same $3.87.

Was that price gouging?

Also a question: How can gas sell for $3.79 on the far Northeast side and $3.87 by my house?

Is that price gouging?  

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Leal's Letter to Hein

Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 1:05 PM

You the Readers demanded it! Now here's a copy of the letter that City Councilman Steve Leal sent to City Manager Mike Hein calling for his resignation.

It's quite brief, so you might find it sketchy on the details.

June 18, 2008

Michael Hein

City Manager

Over time, I have lost the comfort level that I need for a viable working relationship with a City Manager.

Because of the significance of the issues at stake in our community it leaves me no choice but to ask for your resignation. I am, of course, prepared to follow and honor all the terms in your contract, and specifically the terms that relate to severance.

If you agree to submit your resignation, please confirm by signing below.

If this is not agreeable to you I will place your contract and its termination on the next Mayor and Council agenda.


Steve Leal

Councilmember, Ward v

Monday, June 23, 2008

Update: Council Split on Hein's Future

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 8:54 PM

Whether Councilman Steve Leal has the votes to force out City Manager Mike Hein out remains to be seen.

As noted earlier, Leal today called for Hein's resignation.

Mayor Bob Walkup said today that he was behind Hein “110 percent.”

Hein also has solid support with Democratic council members Nina Trasoff and Rodney Glassman.

But his support remains weak among the other three Democratic council members. Shirley Scott, who was unavailable for comment today, has been upset with Hein over police salaries, while Regina Romero has been critical of the city manager over the progress of downtown redevelopment.

Ward 3 City Councilwoman Karin Uhlich may prove to be the swing vote. Last week, Uhlich was critical of Hein over a proposal to raise bus fares by a quarter. Uhlich said that Hein’s budget had reduced the general-fund subsidy for the bus service by about $4 million, which was the same amount of money that the fare increase was estimated to bring in.

Uhlich said today that she hadn’t made up her mind about Hein’s future.

“I think I’ve been clear about my frustration about getting very basic information that’s essential to making good policy decisions,” Uhlich said. “And that is a serious concern that needs to be addressed. Whether or not that means Mike has to go—I haven’t made up my mind yet.”

Uhlich says she wants to have a meeting next week to decide Hein’s future “in as professional and orderly way as possible.”

Hein is on vacation and unavailable for comment, although one council aide said today that the city manager would be cutting his break short and returning to Tucson to meet with council members.

Walkup defended Hein’s job performance, saying the city manager had done a good job of working cooperatively with Pima County since he was appointed to the job in 2005.

“As a result of that, we’ve moved forward on more regional initiatives that are of great benefit to the community,” Walkup says. “I absolutely believe in Mike and what he has done. We need to shore up a couple of things, but in my opinion, every one of the things that council members have mentioned is fixable by sitting down and talking about it and implementing corrective action.”

Trasoff, who was elected alongside Uhlich in 2005, also praised Hein’s management of the city. She added that “there are communication issues that need to be worked through, but I am extremely hopeful that can be done.”

The call for Hein’s ouster comes as the city is facing a tough budget year. Sales tax revenues are below projections, state budget funds could still be cut and a slowing housing market has stalled many downtown revitalization projects.

Leal Wants Hein's Head

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 2:17 PM

City Councilman Steve Leal has asked for City Manager Mike Hein's resignation.

In a letter to Hein, Leal says that he "has lost the comfort level that I need to for viable working relationship with a City Manager."

The Ward 5 Councilman says he'll put the question of firing Hein on the next mayor and council meeting agenda if Hein doesn't quit.


Friday, June 20, 2008

National HIV Testing Day: Next Friday (June 27)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 11:55 AM

The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is participating in the 13th annual national HIV Testing Day on Friday, June 27. Testing is free and confidential. The testing procedure is an HIV rapid test that produces results in 20 minutes. Testing locations are below. Call 628-7223 or visit for info.

  • Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation

    375 S. Euclid Ave.

    8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • COPE Community Services

    101. N. Stone Ave.

    8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Native Images

    3045 N. First Ave. #A

    8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Luz South Side Coalition

    3819 S. Evans, Ste. 304

    5 to 8 p.m.

  • New Life Worship Center

    2568 Menor Stravenue

    5 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The New Issue: It's ALIVE!!!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 3:42 PM

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