Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham
Paul's Note - September 17, 2021
Posted September 17, 2021
The City of Tucson and Pima County’s Eviction Prevention Program, administered by the Community Investment Corporation, got some recognition this week from local media.
Paul's Note - September 10, 2021
Posted September 10, 2021
I often mention climate change in my notes to constituents, and each time I do, someone writes to me taking issue with my bringing it up. Sometimes, it’s to deny that there is climate change; sometimes it’s someone who is mad that I mentioned it at all.
Paul's Note - Sept. 3, 2021
Posted September 3, 2021
Anyone who has lived in Tucson for more than a few years knows about our monsoon season. Last year’s monsoon season was, well, a bit less than what we would expect. August is typically our wettest month at just a shade under 2.5 inches of rain. We only had 1.6 inches of rain the entire monsoon season in 2020, running from mid-July to September.
Paul's Note - August 27, 2020
Posted August 27, 2021
Yesterday, the COVID-19 dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) showed 239 new cases and 1 new death here in Pima County. The now fully approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine offers the surest protection against a virus that continues hospitalizing and killing those who aren’t vaccinated. Full approvals of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are expected in the near future. There are many places in Tucson to get tested and to get vaccinated.
Paul's Note - August 20, 2021
Posted August 20, 2021
After a summer layoff, Ready, Set, Rec! vans will be in city parks once again, starting with Ward 2’s own Palo Verde Park.
Paul's Note - August 13, 2021
Posted August 13, 2021
For years, the alarm has been sounding about water levels in Lake Mead. Well, the water level is now low enough to trigger a Tier 1 shortage.
Paul's Note - August 6, 2021
Posted August 6, 2021
There have been several new greenway projects in Tucson. There is one coming up here in Ward 2 that you’ll have a chance to weigh in on.
Paul's Note - July 30, 2021
Posted July 30, 2021
On August 9th, you’ll see something new on the streets of Tucson: cars with the “Barnacle.”
The Barnacle will replace the old boots that the police and parking enforcement would put on impounded vehicles. An officer or parking agent will put a sticker on the window with a hearing date and the device, a large yellow cover that prevents vision out of the driver’s side window, will be placed on the car.
Paul's Note - July 23rd, 2021
Posted July 23, 2021
Monday night, Jesse Owens Park hosted the West Coast Ballislife Crew. Ballislife barnstorms the country challenging local players to play basketball at local courts. 1500 people showed up to the event.
Among the players were nationally known figures on the “streetball” circuit such as international slam dunk champion Kenny Dobbs and former Harlem Globetrotter Tor’i “Bionic” Brooks.
Paul's Note - July 16, 2001
Posted July 16, 2021
It’s a good week to talk about rainwater and its importance as a potential resource for Tucson. As of this week, 2021’s monsoon total (1.64 inches) has already passed the total for the entire 2020 monsoon season (1.61 inches). Despite the flooded streets and occasional downed tree, we Tucsonans appreciate the relief that monsoon season can give us.
Paul's Note - July 9, 2021
Posted July 9, 2021
One of the calls my staff deals with increasing frequency is the presence of homeless people. Unfortunately, with the economic shock of the last 18 months, our homeless population has increased significantly.
Paul's Note - July 2, 2021
Posted July 2, 2021
Arizona voters passed Proposition 207 last November by an overwhelming margin. The most talked about provision of the new law is that recreational marijuana is now available, although regulated. There was another part of the proposition, however. That dealt with expunging the records of people with marijuana convictions. This makes so much sense. If people are making money off of marijuana as a legitimate business, why should people who got convicted years ago still suffer the consequences?
Paul's Note - June 25, 2021
Posted June 28, 2021
There is a third public safety service in our community, one that makes the work of the Fire and Police Departments possible. When you need service and call 911, you reach one of the employees of the Public Safety Communications Department (PSCD), which was formed in 2017. A couple of members of my staff made a visit to the center last week.
Paul's Note - June 18, 2021
Posted June 18, 2021
For Fathers Day, I wanted to tell you a bit about my father, Senator George Cunningham.
I grew up in a politically active family with governors and judges coming by the house, so it would probably surprise a lot of you that I wasn’t that interested in politics when I was growing up. I was well into adulthood when I first started following in his footsteps and becoming active in the community and sought elected office.
Paul's Note - June 11, 2021
Posted June 11, 2021
Last August, the Pima Council on Aging was awarded a federal grant to support dementia specialized supportive services for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias and their caregivers. They will be rolling out these programs over the coming weeks and months, and I’ll keep you up to date on them. You can also check their website, pcoa.org.