Ward 2 Council Member
Term Expires: December 7, 2015
Paul Cunningham’s Bio
December 6, 2013
President Nelson Mandela: In accordance with President Obama's proclamation, flags at all state office buildings should be lowered to half-staff today, Friday, December 6, 2013, until sunset on Monday, December 9, 2013, in memory of Nelson Mandela.
Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.
November 22, 2013
John Salazar to ride in the 31st Tour De Tucson: John Salazar, legally blind by 1996 and diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004, will ride 42 miles this Saturday, November 24th.
John Salazar is a shining example of a person that endures and perseveres despite being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and having undergone two cornea transplants; thanks to organ and tissue donors through Donor Network Of Arizona. John continues to inspire others with his resolve and refuses to be defined by his limitations; accomplishing numerous bike rides throughout Arizona.
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John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Governor Brewer has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Friday, November 22, 2013 in observance of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has also ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at city buildings.
November 19, 2013
Latest report about plastic bag use: The latest report on plastic bag use in our community is available. Participating retailers reported nearly 52 million plastic bags had been given out in the latest reporting period. The good news is 71 tons of plastic bags have been recycled. You can read the full report here.
October 17, 2013
Saguaro National Park Reopened Today: Some good news from our friends at Saguaro National Park:
Saguaro National Park is pleased to announce that it has reopened to visitors today, following the federal government shutdown due to a lapse in appropriations.
"We are happy to be back working to serve the American people and welcoming visitors back to their park," according to Darla Sidles, Superintendent of Saguaro National Park. "We are proud to be a member of the Tucson community and grateful to again contribute towards the prosperity and rich history of this unique region."
Both district gates were opened early this morning welcoming early hikers, walkers and bicyclists. All internal roads, including the Cactus Forest Loop Drive in the Rincon Mountain District (east) and picnic areas, including Signal Hill in the Tucson Mountain District (west) are open for use. All trailheads and trails are also open for visitors.
The Rincon Mountain Visitor Center (east) and Red Hills Visitor Center (west) are open from 9am to 5pm. As usual, the park will close to vehicle traffic at sunset tonight and will reopen regular time tomorrow. We will work with our education partners to reschedule as many cancelled education programs for Tucson classrooms as possible. Ranger led programs will resume this weekend as scheduled.
Please visit www.nps.gov/sagu for additional information or call the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center at 733-5153 or the Red Hills Visitor Center at 733-5158.
We are glad to be back.
Violet Turaco Chicks Hatched at Reid Park Zoo: The City’s Reid Park Zoo has announced the hatching of two baby violet turaco chicks. Both of the parents took part in incubating the two hatchlings for about 25 days. The chicks were born with black and brown feathers. This species of bird can be found in Central Africa in a variety of habitats. In the wild, the birds have a crown of red feathers on their head, purple feathers on their body and a bright orange and yellow beak. Zoo visitors can now see these birds up-close in the Flight Connection walk-through aviary.
October 16, 2013
Household Hazardous Waste:
October 11, 2013
Volunteer Drivers needed: Do you have one morning or afternoon a month available to help are seniors stay connected with our community? By volunteering for iTNGreaterTucson to drive seniors and younger adults with visual impairments wherever they need to and want to go, you are opening ‘more than car doors’ for fellow Tucson area residents. Ask about our unique volunteer benefits, too. For more information call Kathy Wilson at 520-209-1645, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.itngreatertucson.org.
Septmeber 30, 2013
City Launches Small Buisness Assitance Line: The City of Tucson Office of Economic Initiatives announces the launch of the Small Business Assistance Line. The phone line has been created with a focus on Tucson's small business entrepreneurs, acknowledging their value in our community's economy and to strengthen their capability, survivability, and ultimate success. The phone line will help small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs navigate the City's departments, programs and personnel through a one-stop shop to allow them more time to focus on growing their business and less time calling city staff in different departments. The Small Business Assistance Line - 837-4100 - is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is available in both English and Spanish.
September 23, 2013
October Special Programs at Saguaro National Park Rincon District: Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this fall that explore the park’s wonderful natural and cultural history. This listing is also available on the park’s website, or visit them on Facebook. Interpretive programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Program schedules are subject to change; call the visitor center (733-5153) for updates or reservations.
October 4, 11, 18, 25, 3:00 pm - History is a Work in Progress Presentation
Join us in the visitor center auditorium to explore the almost forgotten names of people and places from the late 1800's in the area of the Rincon Mountains. Wheelchair accessible
October 5, 19, 26, 11:00 am and 6, 20. 27, 3:00 pm - The Changing Cactus Forest Presentation
Join us in the visitor center auditorium to see the changes that have come to the Cactus Forest in the 80 years of Saguaro National Park and to think about what the next 80 years will look like. Wheelchair accessible
October 5, 12, 26, 3:00 pm and 13, 20, 27, 11:00 am - Meet the Hohokam Presentation
Come meet the early inhabitants of Saguaro National Park in this auditorium presentation. Discover what their life was like here. What did these people use for food, shelter, and clothing? Wheelchair accessible
October 1, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 10:00 am - All About Saguaros Presentation
Join a park naturalist in the visitor center lobby to delve into the life of a saguaro cactus. Wheelchair accessible
October 24, 7:00 pm - Star Party Illustrated Program & Activity
Join park naturalists for an introduction to astronomy and a look at the desert night sky. Telescopes and binoculars will be available. Reservations required. Call 733-5153. Wheelchair accessible
September 18, 2013
Grizzly Crossing to Open at Reid Park Zoo: Grizzly Crossing, a brown bear exhibit at Reid Park Zoo, will open this Thursday. A breakfast
celebration will be held at 7:30 a.m. Guests will enjoy a continental breakfast (including salmon and berries, of course) as Zoo Supervisor, Leslie Waters, will share the story of the two orphaned grizzly bear cubs’ arrival. The group will then welcome bears into their new habitat at 8 a.m. Tickets to the Bear Breakfast are available at reidparkzoo.org. The exhibit will remain open for the public at 9 a.m.
This Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. the Zoo will host a “Greet the Grizzlies” event. Grizzly Crossing will be open to the public with crafts, games, and activities to celebrate the bears’ arrival. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and introduce guests to this new species for Reid Park Zoo. The event is FREE with regular admission to the Zoo.
The two orphaned grizzly bears, Ronan and Finley, arrived from Montana in July. The brother and sister yearlings were estimated to be approximately 18 months old at the time of rescue. They were removed from the wild because they were learning dangerous behaviors from their mother – and were considered a public safety hazard. The Grizzly Crossing habitat, which used to house polar bears, was
modified for the grizzly bear species, including the addition of shallow water areas and a running stream.
“Our staff has worked diligently to create a dynamic habitat for these bears and get them settled in. We are honored to help rescue them,” says Jason Jacobs, Zoo Administrator. “We look forward to sharing the bears’ story with guests -- an important message about how humans and wildlife need to coexist.”
Thursday, September 19th 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
Thursday, September 19th 8 a.m. Grizzly Crossing Exhibit Opening
Thursday, September 19th 9 a.m. Zoo open and grizzly bears on exhibit
Saturday, September 21st 9 a.m. – Noon Greet the Grizzlies event
Photos of Ronan and Finley can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/reidparkzoo/sets/72157635565191691/.
September 16, 2013
Flags at half-staff for Navy Yard victims: Mayor will act in accordance with the President’s Proclamation and Governor Brewer request to have flags lowered to half-staff from September 16, 2013 until sunset on Friday, September 20, 2013, in honor of the victims of the tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard.
September 15, 2013
Record Number of New Jobs, Businesses in Downtown Tucson: Downtown Tucson has seen record development over the past sixty months, recently hitting the milestone of over 150 new businesses and private projects in the heart of the city. Downtown is helping to lead Southern Arizona economic recovery, with thousands of new jobs created and increased sales tax revenue being reinvested in the community. Local small business owners and high-tech industry projects comprise a majority of this investment.
According to data recently compiled by the Downtown Tucson Partnership, the city center has seen 34 new restaurants, 27 retail shops, 12 new art and cultural projects, 14 offices, nine health and wellness centers, at least nine high-tech businesses or business incubators, eight housing projects,six bars or nightclubs, five bakeries, two coffee shops, two salons, two schools, one craft brewery, one entertainment venue expansion and one hospitality renovation since 2008.
September 13. 2013
POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony: A Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the 755th Aircraft Maintenance hangar at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base at 9 a.m. Sept. 20.
The POW/MIA remembrance guest speaker will be a former POW Mr. John Swett. He was captured and detained during World War II while serving in Germany. Swett was a Corporal assigned to the U.S. Army's 106th Division, H Company, 423rd Regiment, 3rd Platoon when he was captured. His camp was liberated by General George S. Patton's Third Army on April 2, 1944
September 11, 2013
U.S. Navy helicopters and D-M units conduct joint training: Starting Sept. 12 three U.S. Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters will emporary train here and develop skills necessary to support our nations defenses. The MH-60S airframe is similar to the HH-60 Pave Hawk, which is stationed here.
The MH-60S are coming from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 out of Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif.
The MH-60S crews will be participating in joint training with A-10 Thunderbolt squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here. The training scenarios will take place in southern Arizona's many outstanding military training ranges and will give the units a chance to test their skills and strengthen joint operations between the military services. The MH-60S are slated to train here until Sept. 20.
Streetcar 101: The first streetcar has arrived and is being tested:
September 10, 2013
TFD to hold 9/11 Ceremony: On September 11, 2013, TFD will hold a short ceremony to remember those lost on September 11, 2001. The commemoration will consist of the following:
1. 0845 hours - lower the flag from full staff to half staff.
2. 0846 hours - Communications will sound a single tone, followed by a short message and moment of silence.
3. After the moment of silence, return the flag to full staff.
TFD personnel will stand at attention near their workplace's flag and park their apparatus in front of their firehouse.