Ward 2 Councilmember Paul Cunningham

Paul's Note - December 14, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a general overview of the planning and zoning process. It can get confusing, but one of the things I touched on was the Planning Commission.

The Commission is not always involved in re-zonings, only those where a neighborhood or area plan has to be amended. In some cases, however, a new zoning or a certain sort of development can’t happen unless the neighborhood plan is revised.

Support Rincon/University Jazz Ensemble

Rincon/University High School is proud to announce that our Jazz Ensemble has the prestigious honor of being selected and invited to perform at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, December 18-21, 2018. After a rigorous audition/application process, the 17 member Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jeff Marchant, has been selected out of hundreds of applicants. The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference is over 70 years old and will have more than 17,000 attendees from more than 30 countries.

Breakfast with Santa

Have Breakfast with Santa at Udall Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd., on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 8-10am. Cost is $5/person. Enjoy breakfast, an art project, and a story and picture with Santa. Must register at Udall by Dec. 3. Call 791-4931 for more information.

Paul's Note - November 21, 2018

We finished up another successful El Tour de Tucson this weekend. As with every large event in our city, from the Gem Show to the All Souls Procession, we get a couple of complaints about traffic congestion and general disruption around town. It’s understandable. We got a note from Richard DeBernardis, the founder and director of El Tour de Tucson, that addressed some of the complaints as well as some of the benefits of this event.

Here’s what most people don’t know about the Tour:

United Way Looking for Income Tax Assistance Volunteers

The United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) provides free tax preparation services to local individuals and families. Volunteers are needed to help low- and moderate-income Tucsonans get their taxes done, helping them save money on preparation fees and avoid predatory lending practices. Volunteers also greet clients and manage VITA tax preparation sites. No previous experience in preparing taxes is necessary. Orientations are scheduled for Nov. 29, Dec. 1, and Dec. 8.

MADD Seeks Volunteers

The Southern Arizona office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) currently has many volunteer opportunities available. A volunteer orientation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, 3:30-4 p.m., at 2020 N. Forbes Blvd., Suite 102. At the orientation, you will be able to review all available opportunities and go over the volunteer application and background check form (if applicable). Some of the opportunities include court monitoring, outreach volunteering, victim impact panels, and serving on a planning committee for Walk Like MADD events.

Paul's Note - November 16, 2018

For both Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Ward 5 councilmember Richard Fimbres arranges for local school children to write thank you cards for patients at our local Veterans Hospital. He’s been doing this for eight years. This year, Tucson students made 4,700 cards. Together with a group of colleagues and friends, Richard hand delivers those cards to vets and staff.

Members of my staff have gone on these visits, and this year the group included outgoing Clerk of the Court Toni Hellon and South Tucson Vice Mayor Herman Lopez, who, like me and Richard, is a US Army veteran.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Nov. 24-25 at Reid Park

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department presents the annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair in Reid Park. Come get a jump on your holiday shopping. This free event will draw in more than 140 vendors from all over the Southwest, ranging from artists, crafters, photographers, painters, potters, jewelers, and more. This Thanksgiving weekend fair has become a tradition for many holiday shoppers for more than 30 years. 

Paul's Note - November 2, 2018

Words fail me when I think about the violence that occurred this weekend. Mayor Rothschild managed to sum up how I felt in his comments at the Jewish Community Center on Monday night. Here is a part of what he said:

After the assassination of President Kennedy, President Johnson urged the nation to “turn away from the apostles of bitterness and bigotry … and those who pour venom into our nation’s bloodstream.”

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