Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham
After talking about the accomplishments of the Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team in the last newsletter, it was pointed out to me that I failed to mention the women’s team and their amazing season.
The results of Thursday night’s game have left me a bit gutted. I know that many of you share my feelings.
First, a note to Coach Lloyd & staff: You returned Joy to Arizona basketball. For that our community of fans is grateful.
In coordination with the Presidential proclamation, Governor Ducey has ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset on March 27, 2022 to honor former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.
A member of my staff got to see close our fire department’s work close-up last night.
I recently gave you a general update on the progress of improvements to our Ward 2 parks thanks to the bond measure that you and your neighbors voted for in 2018. I’d like to give you some news on one specific project.
This is Rodeo Week in Tucson, a long standing sporting event in our community. This week, we saw another long-standing sports event which involves fifth, sixth and seventh grade athletes.
Roskruge classic is a 39 year tradition in Tucson. It is a middle school basketball tournament that is free to all kids who participate.
When I was growing up, my friends and I would stop by a store near the neighborhood for sodas and snacks. It was run by a Holocaust survivor named Walter Feiger.
Mr. Feiger was imprisoned at several labor and concentration camps in Poland during World War II before he was liberated by Soviet troops. His travels landed him in Tucson in 1970. He loved it here. He often said that Moses picked the wrong desert.
Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood and Tucson Clean and Beautiful are looking for volunteers for a planting party.
The event is on Sunday, February 20th from 10 am to Noon at the corner of San Francisco Boulevard and Torino Avenue.
We had two big transportation issues on the agenda at this week’s council meeting.
We’ve had three major disturbing incidents of vandalism in our ward over the last month, including two targeting schools this week.
We had vandalism to both maintenance buildings at recreational facilities at Jesse Owens Park, followed by arson at Tucson Country Day School this weekend and criminal damage and attempted arson at Kellond Elementary on Monday night.
Last year, we had a situation with a well site in the Palo Verde Park neighborhood. It was basically an empty piece of hardscape that was an invitation to illegal dumping. The fact that it was hard-packed earth also meant that rain would run off of it and damage people’s property. Still, the neighbors wanted it to remain open. They had used it as a dog run for years and wanted to keep it that way.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten some disturbing news about vandalism at Jesse Owens Park.
The maintenance compound at the park was broken into late last month and equipment and vehicles were vandalized. Later, a bathroom was also vandalized.
Happy New Year!
I’d like to announce a new member of my staff, Patrick Burns. Pat has previously worked for Mayor Rothschild and has already hit the ground running helping with grant applications. Welcome to the Ward 2 staff, Pat.
This will be the last time I write you a note before the Christmas holiday, so I wanted to take the time to wish all of you that celebrate a Merry Christmas and a joyful holiday season to all of you.
2022 is only a couple of weeks away; can you believe it?