Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham

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Paul's Note - July 1, 2022

A few years ago, Environmental Services moved the neighborhood recycling center from Udall Park to the parking lot at the Ward 2 office. 

One of the main reasons for the move was that people were using the NRC to dump trash. Environmental Services reported that everything from couches to televisions to, in one instance, a dead cat. Needless to say, that is not appropriate.

Paul's Note - June 24, 2022

My office will be giving $20,000 to Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona.  CHRPA helps lower income residents with emergency home repairs as well as provides home modifications for people with disabilities. 

CHRPA started off in 1982 as a project by the local Mennonite community. They now serve 1,500 of our low income and disabled residents every year. 

Paul's Note - June 10, 2022

I want to thank all of you that attended the neighborhood legislature last week. With so much anger and nonsense in our politics, it was good to have a room full of citizens listening to each other and asking smart questions. I’m hoping to have one more later this year. My staff and I are discussing possible topics


I participated in a ceremony renaming the Rincon Police Substation on Golf Links after Erik Hite last week.

Paul's Note - June 3, 2022

I’ve long been an advocate for making neighborhood pools as available for Tucsonans, particularly young people, as possible. 

The trouble has always been funding. It took a long time for our budget to recover from the Great Recession, and one of the ways we saved money was by not opening pools and keeping limited schedules for the ones we opened. 

Paul's Note - May 27, 2022

I’ve mulled over what to say about the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Unfortunately, I’ve had to comment about mass shootings too many times while I’ve been in office, including one that killed and wounded several of my friends shortly after I was appointed to the council. 

I’ll leave the comments on this one to Steve Kerr, a person many of us in Tucson have admired for decades.  

Paul's Note - May 16, 2022

It is the middle of May and things are starting to heat up in Tucson. As most of you know, I am a teacher and I can tell you that the middle schoolers at Gridley are ready for summer break to start. Thanks to Tucson voters, this summer we have a lot of new facilities for our young people (and those of us who are older) to enjoy. We have new splash pads, covered courts, walking paths and so much more.

Paul's Note - April 29, 2022

Those of you that have driven to Las Vegas over the past few years, have seen signs along US 93 that say “Future I-11 corridor.” 

Improving that corridor to be an interstate highway makes sense. It will be able to better handle traffic between Phoenix and Las Vegas and communities in Utah. 

Paul's Note - April 8, 2022

Julius Holt, who was the long-time leader of Tucson Youth Football and an American Youth Football Hall of Famer, passed away Monday morning. 

I had some chats with him about how the city could work with TYF to make the program better for Tucson’s young athletes. His suggestions and help were a big part of the improvements we made to Jesse Owens Park, which have benefitted not only football players, but youth soccer as well.