The Mayor Likes Neighborhoods

To the Editor,

Regarding "There Goes the Neighborhood" (Sept. 4): Mayor Bob Walkup and the City Council have a number of achievements in the area of neighborhood protection and enhancement over the last four years:

· The Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance establishes minimum safety and health standards in neighborhoods.

· The Slum Abatement and Blight Enforcement Response Team. The city is cracking down on slumlords more than ever before.

· Opposition to southside liquor license applications in areas where there are already too many liquor sales. Yolanda Herrera and other members of the Southside Neighborhood Association Presidential Partnership have led the way, and the mayor and council have supported them.

· Partnership with the Sonoran Institute to form a Community Design Academy. Educational and other resources showcasing Tucson-friendly building techniques and designs will be made available to developers and neighborhoods.

· Mayor Walkup and a majority of the City Council voted to support the "Big Box Ordinance" which maintains high standards and strict requirements on large retail establishments in areas adjacent to neighborhoods.

· In addition to the downtown neighborhood improvements, Mayor Walkup has used some of his Back to Basics and 2000 Park Bond dollars to fund street lighting projects in high-crime areas in Ward 3, a transportation project in the Dietz Neighborhood in Ward 4 and an improvement to the Sam Hughes Neighborhood water tower in Ward 6.

This year, Mayor Walkup is using Back to Basics and bond monies to improve the Menlo Park neighborhood and two Ward 5 southside parks.

Finally, Yolanda Herrera endorsed Mayor Walkup's re-election. This information should have been included in the article since the endorsements of other neighborhood activists were noted.

--Valerie Greenhill
Communications director, Walkup 2003

Can't We All Just Get Along?

To the Editor,

Thanks, Jimmy Boegle, for the Editor's Note on the Mexican gray wolves ("Wolf Redux," Aug. 28). You are correct in stating the reintroduction program is not going anywhere, especially with hateful words between environmentalists and ranchers. We definitely need to work together.

My guess is the public is frustrated that the program has taken so long to succeed--and has it really succeeded? I have not seen any increase in the Mexican Wolf population.

It is truly sad there is so much opposition against the Mexican wolf reintroduction.

Like I said before: You cannot rule on what lives and what dies just because it gets in the way of your livelihood. If that is the case, who is next?

--Kitlyn Rescinito

How Dare You Not Like My Scene!

To the Editor,

Since nobody in town (mainly the press) seems to care about the electro scene and writes totally wrong info about the genre, here is my concert review/corrections about Delerium.

First of all, they were far from boring like Stephen Seigel's article previewing the show at City Limits predicted ("On the Bandwagon," Soundbites Sept. 4). Second, they are not gothic, and they are only slightly New Age in their music style. They are a moody, world-beat, space-music type of electronica that definitely defies type-casting!

The Delerium and the recent Human League show are the two best shows I've seen in town since God knows when, and the packed crowds, I'm sure, would agree with me.

If someone doesn't know jack about a band, then it's better not to write anything about it and give that assignment to someone more knowledgeable about the subject.

--Charles Den-Baars

Don't Ignore Sonora

To the Editor,

I came to Tucson 20 years ago, because I'd lived in Mexico and wanted to remain close to the culture. But I might as well have moved to Michigan considering the number of people I've found here who share my interest.

We Tucsonans isolate ourselves so much that one almost never sees a news report about Sonora unless it has to do with smuggling. My hunch is that allowing the poverty that pervades life in Nogales to even enter our consciousness is too intimidating for most who live luxuriantly on this side of the border.

Thanks to The Weekly for making the lives of these workers a little more real to the people here ("On the Other Side," Sept. 11). As the great American industrialists abandon workers who make $7 a day for Chinese workers who make $7 a week, I can only hope that more helping hands will show up with the realization that these hard-working, industrious families need our support now more than ever.

--Stephanie Jackter

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