Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham
One of Tucson’s unique and most popular events is on tap for Sunday, the All Souls Procession.
The downtown procession started in the 1990s and has grown to an event that 150,000 people participate in. It’s tied to local traditions about remembrance of folks who have passed away.
My office hosted a meet and greet with Charles Ryan, our chief of the Tucson Fire Department this week.
Remember that our meet and greet with our Tucson Fire Department Chief, Chuck Ryan is next Wednesday. Ryan has been our chief for 3 years following time as a contract instructor at the National Fire Academy, a career at the Fairfax County (Virginia) fire department and, believe it or not, as an attorney.
My staff tracks proposed new developments for me. There are big ones that make the news, the three proposed for the Agua Caliente and Tanque Verde Valleys, for example. These are long processes that often involve negotiations between neighbors and developers.
Coach Roland LaVetter passed away last week. He had a shelf full of honors coaching basketball at both Pueblo and Rincon-University High Schools. He was such a well-respected coach (a two-time state champion, by the way) that Lute Olson brought him in for his early basketball camps.
He was also my coach and teacher.
I’d like to start with a reminder about Disability Pride Day, which is coming up on December 3.
Chris Desborough from my office has been spearheading this effort and he and other staff members have worked hard at getting support from both community organizations and businesses.
My colleagues and I haven't made the final decision on what will happen to transit fares after the period of free fares ends on December 31. The discussion isn’t just among members of the council. My staff has had regular meetings with Sun Tran users and we’ve been holding listening sessions with Sun Van riders. I also met with Patrick Robles, the student body president of the University of Arizona, to discuss the concerns of students who are one of the major users of both Sun Tran and Sun Link.
We are giving Ward 2 residents a chance to hear an update from Chief Ryan about your Tucson Fire Department. Time for questions and comments will be included, light refreshments will be served.
The meet-and-greet will be at my office at 7575 E Speedway on Wednesday, October 26th from 5:30 to 6:30.
I got a note from my friend László Veres. Although he recently retired as the conductor of the Tucson Pops Orchestra, he is still conducting and directing the Arizona Symphonic Winds. I am very happy that he will continue to entertain Tucson and the Ward 2 community.
There is a proposed development in Ward 2 that has been getting a lot of attention lately. It is at the Northeast corner of Tanque Verde and Houghton. I wanted to share some background and some of my thoughts on this proposal.
Sometimes individuals in our community have needs and challenges that our various departments and agencies are just not well suited to addressing. Sometimes an individual might have problems that require the assistance of multiple agencies or departments. Sometimes an individual just needs a little bit more focused care than others. That’s where our new Community Safety, Health and Wellness team comes in.
Last week, I gave a mention of a couple of parks projects that are either recently completed or are pending in Ward 2 parks. I wanted to give you a complete rundown of all the parks projects in Ward 2.
Back in 2018, you and your neighbors passed Proposition 407, also known as Tucson Delivers Parks and Connections. This $225 million bond package goes to capital improvements. The money goes to improving city parks, including pools, splash pads and ball fields, as well as connections like walking/bicycle paths and pedestrian/bicycle safety improvements.
It’s already August, can you believe it? It’s a new semester for me and I hope it’s a productive school year for all of you that have kids.
Those of you that have come into the office have probably met my staff member Chris Desborough. In addition to his North London accent, you might have noticed that he is visually impaired. He’s done a lot to educate me and the rest of the staff on disability issues.