Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham

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Paul's Note - March 24, 2023

I’d like to extend some congratulations to a Ward 2 resident that has been a friend to my office for several years. 

Community Service Officer Lori Oien has been working in TPD’s Midtown Division as the full-time PNI Community Resource Officer. She is featured in the division’s newsletter as March’s “Officer of the Month.” 

Paul's Note - March 3, 2023

I’ll admit that we have an unusual system for picking our mayor and council. We are the only city in the state the does so on a partisan basis and the only one I can think of anywhere that has primary by-ward and general election at-large. 

The important thing to remember about our quirky system is that the voters of Tucson chose this system and have re-affirmed it numerous times despite attempts to alter it. 

Paul's Note - February 10, 2023

The Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD), along with representatives from Housing & Community Development, Tucson Police Department and the Tucson Fire Department will be hosting an open house in each of the City’s six wards to present information about services available to residents and neighborhoods that support a clean community.

Paul's Note - February 3, 2023


It’s almost time for the Roskruge Cougar Classic. The annual basketball tournament for players between 5th and 7th grades will be held over the course of three weeks.

The tournament is in its 40th year. The first tournament, held in 1983, had only three teams and was staged on the concrete outdoor basketball courts at Roskruge Elementary near downtown. In the years since, the field has expanded and the tournament is played in air conditioned gymnasiums.

Paul's Note - January 27, 2023


I want to talk a bit about sports and history today. Actually, it’s really about Tucson sports history.

ESPN Gameday did a broadcast from McKale Memorial Center last weekend. In part, this was to witness a contest between the Wildcats and UCLA Bruins. However, the visit by “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” was appropriate because it comes only a few weeks before the 50th Anniversary of McKale. 

Paul's Note - January 13, 2023

My office has gotten a lot of questions about The Pit and its ordered closure by code enforcement officials.

For those of you who don’t know, The Pit is located at the corner of Pantano and 22nd Street at the location of an old gas station. The owners have agreements with several food truck operators and it amounts to a permanent version of those food truck roundups that occur around the city.

Paul's Note - December 30, 2022

As I send this to you on Friday morning, I have some good news for you. By the end of the day, southbound Kolb Road should be open at Speedway.

To summarize the last few weeks, in the early morning of December 12, a 24 inch water main suffered a catastrophic break that damaged the road. Water service was fully restored to the immediate area within days, but this was a problem for businesses in the area.

Paul's Note - December 9, 2022

Have you ever gone to an event where the person at the door has one of those little clickers to count people coming in? Well, we didn’t have one on Saturday for Disability Pride. I’ll only estimate then: we had a few hundred people come in and out of the event at Udall Park. 

I’d like to thank those of you that came out for showing up. It really was a fantastic day for both Tucson and our disability community.