Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham
Paul's Note - July 15, 2022
Posted July 15, 2022
City policy makers hear a lot about aging in place. Many older adults do better when they age in a neighborhood with friends and family nearby rather than in situations which tend to isolate them. The needs of citizens aging in place play a big role in recent changes in both housing and zoning policies.
COVID-19 showed many of us how much of an issue isolation can be. Also, living alone can be a challenge as a person gets older and needs to deal with expenses and chores.
Paul's Note - July 8, 2022
Posted July 8, 2022
Some new faces will be joining the upper ranks of the Tucson Police Department, and it means that you will be seeing new leadership at Operations Division East, the division that handles calls in most of Ward 2.
Assistant Chief John Strader has left his job at TPD to become a deputy county attorney. Both Captains Christopher Dennison and Monica Prieto (who was once a lieutenant in ODE) have moved to assistant chief.
Paul's Note - July 1, 2022
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Palo Verde Pool Opens June 29
Posted June 23, 2022
Paul's Note - June 17, 2022
Posted June 17, 2022
Many of you probably read about László Veres’s retirement from conducting the Tucson Pops Orchestra, a job he’d held for the last 30 years.
Paul's Note - June 10, 2022
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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 - May 6, 2022
Posted May 6, 2022
Posted May 2, 2022
Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday, May 2, in honor of Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Paul's Note - April 29, 2022
Posted 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 22, 2022
Posted April 22, 2022
Last October, I wrote about the concept of sanctioned camping. The idea is that the city has an area where camping by homeless folks is allowed, which means that there is one place to put resources for the homeless, moves many of them out of other locations and frees up the police to deal with homeless people who are committing crimes.
Ready, Set, Rec! for May
Posted April 20, 2022