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Paul Cunningham
Ward 2 Council Member

Party: Democrat
Term Expires: December 7, 2015

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April 16, 2014

Case Park Tree Inventory: The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with the University of Arizona's School of Natural Resources and the Environment and Gridley Middle School to perform a tree inventory of Case Park. Representatives from the Parks and Recreation Department and the University will give in-class presentations to a class of fifth graders on the importance of urban forests, how trees contribute to communities and how inventories aid in keeping trees healthy. On April 22 and 24, students will perform a sample inventory of the trees in Case Park, learning how to communicate scientific and math principles. The information gathered by the students will then be used by the City to analyze economic and environmental value of the trees.

For more information please contact Cori Dolan, Program Coordinator at

April 3, 2014

Ward 2 Open House: Just a reminder that next Wednesday, April 9, is the Ward 2 Open House featuring Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. Find out more information here.

March 17, 2014

Tom Quesnel: Mayor Rothschild is requesting that we fly our flags at half staff, in honor of Tom Quesnel, TFD investigator that passed away from cancer.  This notice begins today, 3/17, ending at sunset on Friday, 3/21.  Funeral services are pending.

March 14, 2014

First Responders Recognition and Response to Autism Training: On a daily basis, police officers, fire fighters and other first responders encounter a multitude of individuals in emergency situations. Just as each emergency differs from the next, so does the individual involved, especially in regards to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In response to community concerns, the Tucson Alliance for Autism is offering training for both First Responders and Teens/Young Adults with ASD.

First Responders Training- First responders will learn how to recognize and interact with people with ASD and how to balance their own safety needs with that of the individual with ASD. This training will outline some verbal and nonverbal strategies first responders can use when interacting with a person with ASD and other cognitive delays. In addition, it will provide medical and physical precautions recommended for use during physical stabilization, medical emergency or arrest.

When:   Thursday, March 27, 9am – 12 noon
Where:  Alice Vail Middle School, 5350 E. 16th St.
Registration Limited

Promoting Safe Interactions with the Police-This training is geared toward teens and young adults with ASD, along with their parents, caregivers and teachers. This training includes viewing scenes from the educational film “BE SAFE”, a video modeling tool that teaches safe behaviors when interacting with police, fire and other first responders in a variety of situations.

When:  Thursday March 27, 6 – 8:30pm
Where:  Alice Vail Middle School, 5350 E. 16th St.
Registration Limited

To register or more information, please contact the Tucson Alliance for Autism 520-319-5857March 13, 2014

March 13, 2014

Tucson Police to share more of their "typically unseen" work: The Tucson Police Department is using its Facebook and Twitter pages to highlight some of the work it does that often goes unnoticed by the public. In a posting on Facebook, TPD says it "will be highlighting Department related events, activities, and providing more crime prevention information; but most notably will be our effort to highlight the work typically unseen by the public. We intend to achieve this by highlighting arrests or efforts of department members on incidents that would not necessarily ever rise to the level of a typical press release." TPD is introducing the hashtag #TPDebrief on Twitter, meaning more information will be linked on Facebook.

You can follow the police on Facebook or Twitter.

March 10, 2014

New maps of The Loop available on-line: The latest maps of The Loop are available in print and online.

If you want to know what’s new on The Loop and where you can go that you couldn’t go before, you’ll want a new Loop map.

Did you know you can now travel on The Loop:

  • Five miles between La Cañada Drive and Tangerine Road?
  • Between Sweetwater Drive and Camino del Cerro and get to Sweetwater Wetlands on the east side of the Santa Cruz River?
  • Between the Santa Cruz River Park at Silverlake Road/29th Street and Kino Sports Complex and Kino Environmental Restoration Project on Ajo Way?

You can pick up a new map at the Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program office, 201 N. Stone Ave., 5th floor; Pima County Communications Office, 130 W. Congress St., 1st floor; Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, 3500 W. River Road; Pima County Public Library branches; Visit Tucson, 100 S. Church Ave.; or local bike shops.

You can see the new map online on The Loop web page or The Loop on Facebook.

Pima County has been developing The Loop around metro Tucson with links to Marana, Oro Valley, and South Tucson for residents and visitors on foot, bikes, skates, and horses. When completed, The Loop will total 131 miles and connect the Rillito, Santa Cruz, and Pantano River Parks with the Julian Wash and Harrison Greenways.

February 14, 2014

Emergency Water Line Work: Tucson Water crews will be performing emergency water line work which may cause lower-than-normal water pressure for some customers in parts of east Tucson. This water line needs to be replaced as a result of nearby construction activity.

Work is to begin immediately. It is not known how long repairs will take.

The area affected is Tanque Verde / Wrightstown Roads on the north; Sarnoff Road on the east; Pima Street on the south; and Camino Pio Decimo on the west. Customers in this area may notice reduced pressure, but continue to have water service.

Motorists may see additional work crews near the area of Tanque Verde and Wrightstown Roads and are asked to exercise additional caution while driving to help ensure worker safety.

February 7, 2014

Houghton Road Project Open House: The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) invite you to attend an open house for the Houghton Road: Broadway Boulevard to 22nd Street project. This project is part of the overall plan to improve Houghton Road from Tanque Verde Road to Interstate 10. The open house is scheduled for February 25th at Pantano Christian Church (1755 S Houghton Road) from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Click here for details.

January 31, 2014

Empty Shelter Challenge: From our friends at the Pima Animal Care Center:

Pima Animal Care Center is thrilled to announce that we’ve been selected to join an elite group of 50 shelters across the country in competing for a total of $600,000 in prize grants!
It’s not going to be easy so we’re going to need your help to meet our goals in the 2014 ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.
At a minimum, we have to save 300 more cats and dogs during the months of June, July and August than we did over those same months last year. If we do that, it means a guaranteed $5,000 that we can put to critical shelter needs.
Last year, during those three months, we saved 3,600 pets. But we decided to be ambitious and go for the big prizes – up to $100,000 - for the shelter that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved. Those resources would help us treat more animals with medical needs and help increase our spay/neuter capacity.
We’ve set our goal at 5,000 pets adopted from June through August. During the entire year of 2013, we saved 12,400 animals, so you can see what a record-breaking summer we’ll need to accomplish that goal. But the community inspired us to think big. You’ve helped us grow our live release rate from 55 percent two years ago to 75 percent so far this fiscal year.
We can’t help but believe the energy, interest and passion you’ve shown so far will carry us through. And considering that there are more than 380,000 households in Pima County, we have to think there is capacity to help us get another 1,400 pets in homes than we did last summer.
Watch our website and Facebook page for upcoming adoption specials and for ways to help. And thank you for your support so far in helping us with our goals!
Learn more about the challenge online at

January 27, 2014

Claire Weeks - Terra del Sol Park: We had the renaming ceremony on Monday and it was a wonderful event. Great to be there with Claire, her family as well as Councilmember Scott, who Claire worked with for years.

After the ceremony, Terra del Sol resident Frank Davidson and I cleaned up grafitti in the neighborhood wash.

January 9, 2014

Claire Weeks - Terra del Sol Park: The re-naming of Terra del Sol Park will take place on January 27, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. The park will be re-named after Clair Weeks. Clair Weeks lived in the Terra del Sol neighborhood for many years and has been very active in the community. In addition, she served as the president of the Terra del Sol Neighborhood Association for 18 years and made many achieved efforts with neighborhood and park improvements.

January 2, 2014

Mayor Rothschild asks Tucsonans to ring bells January 8: Mayor Rothschild asks Tucsonans to ring bells January 8 at 10:10 a.m. in remembrance of the 19 who were killed or wounded on January 8, 2011. The mayor will ring the bell at Fire Central (300 S. Fire Central Place, Tucson, AZ 85701) 19 times in remembrance of the six who were killed - Christina-Taylor Green, Dorothy "Dot" Morris, Judge John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard and Gabriel "Gabe" Zimmerman - as well as the thirteen who were shot but survived, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Congressman Ron Barber.

"Tucsonans will never forget that day," said Mayor Rothschild, "but it is more important that we never forget the victims. Those we lost contributed greatly to this community, and are greatly missed."

Reid Park Lion Cubs Lion cubs born December 23, 2013!: On the morning of December 23, a Zoo Keeper heard tiny vocalizations coming from the “cubbing den” of female lion “Kaya.”  Kaya had given birth overnight, and the following day it was confirmed that five cubs were born, but one did not survive. All four cubs are gaining weight, but veterinary staff remains concerned about one male who has slow weight gain and appears weaker than the others.

Click here for the full story.

December 20, 2013

CWC2 Joshua B. Silverman: Governor Brewer has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset tomorrow, December 20, 2013, in honor of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Two Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Arizona.

CW2 Silverman was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom when he and five other soldiers died in a helicopter crash on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, in Now Bahar, Afghanistan. He had been assigned to the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kansas.

The Governor will again order that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on the day of CW2 Silverman's interment. Arrangements are still pending.

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has ordered that flags at city buildings be lowered as well. Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.

December 18, 2013

Holiday Trash Pick-up and Closures: The Christmas holiday will be observed on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 and the New Year’s Day holiday will be observed on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Trash and recycling will not be collected on Wednesday of the holiday weeks. City of Tucson residential and commercial customers with regular service on Wednesday through Friday will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day. Holiday collection schedules are available online at or if you have a smartphone, download the free ‘my waste’™ App to have access to all collection schedules.

The Los Reales Landfill will be closed on December 25, 2013 and January 1, 2014. For landfill information call 791-5151.

City offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 and January 1, 2014, however, customers may leave a message for City of Tucson Environmental Services at 791-3171 or submit a service request and they will be contacted no later than the next business day. Customer service representatives will be available on Saturday, December 28, 2013 and January 4, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. if residents experience any collection problems on that day.

December 17, 2013

Stuff the bus:


December 6, 2013

President Nelson Mandela: In accordance with President Obama's proclamation, flags at all state office buildings should be lowered to half-staff today, Friday, December 6, 2013, until sunset on Monday, December 9, 2013, in memory of Nelson Mandela. 

Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.

November 22, 2013

John Salazar to ride in the 31st Tour De Tucson: John Salazar, legally blind by 1996 and diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004, will ride 42 miles this Saturday, November 24th.

John Salazar is a shining example of a person that endures and perseveres despite being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and having undergone two cornea transplants;  thanks to organ and tissue donors through Donor Network Of Arizona. John continues to inspire others with  his resolve and refuses to be defined by his limitations; accomplishing numerous bike rides throughout Arizona.

Sponsored by Health Choice Insurance Company, an Affordable Health Care insurance group, committed to the health and wellness of our community,  supported by Mariachi Inspiracion De Tucson, and REA Media Group.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Governor Brewer has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Friday, November 22, 2013 in observance of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has also ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at city buildings.

November 19, 2013

Latest report about plastic bag use: The latest report on plastic bag use in our community is available. Participating retailers reported nearly 52 million plastic bags had been given out in the latest reporting period. The good news is 71 tons of plastic bags have been recycled. You can read the full report here.

October 17, 2013

Saguaro National Park Reopened Today: Some good news from our friends at Saguaro National Park:

Saguaro National Park is pleased to announce that it has reopened to visitors today, following the federal government shutdown due to a lapse in appropriations.

"We are happy to be back working to serve the American people and welcoming visitors back to their park," according to Darla Sidles, Superintendent of Saguaro National Park.  "We are proud to be a member of the Tucson community and grateful to again contribute towards the prosperity and rich history of this unique region."

Both district gates were opened early this morning welcoming early hikers, walkers and bicyclists.  All internal roads, including the Cactus Forest Loop Drive in the Rincon Mountain District (east) and picnic areas, including Signal Hill in the Tucson Mountain District (west) are open for use.   All trailheads and trails are also open for visitors.

The Rincon Mountain Visitor Center (east) and Red Hills Visitor Center (west) are open from 9am to 5pm.  As usual, the park will close to vehicle traffic at sunset tonight and will reopen regular time tomorrow. We will work with our education partners to reschedule as many cancelled education programs for Tucson classrooms as possible.   Ranger led programs will resume this weekend as scheduled.

Please visit for additional information or call the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center at 733-5153 or the Red Hills Visitor Center at 733-5158.

We are glad to be back.

Violet Turaco Chicks Hatched at Reid Park Zoo: The City’s Reid Park Zoo has announced the hatching of two baby violet turaco chicks. Both of the parents took part in incubating the two hatchlings for about 25 days. The chicks were born with black and brown feathers. This species of bird can be found in Central Africa in a variety of habitats. In the wild, the birds have a crown of red feathers on their head, purple feathers on their body and a bright orange and yellow beak. Zoo visitors can now see these birds up-close in the Flight Connection walk-through aviary.

KVOA has the story.

October 16, 2013

Household Hazardous Waste:


October 11, 2013

Volunteer Drivers needed: Do you have one morning or afternoon a month available to help are seniors stay connected with our community? By volunteering for iTNGreaterTucson to drive seniors and younger adults with visual impairments wherever they need to and want to go, you are opening ‘more than car doors’ for fellow Tucson area residents. Ask about our unique volunteer benefits, too. For more information call Kathy Wilson at 520-209-1645, email  or visit our website at

Septmeber 30, 2013

City Launches Small Buisness Assitance Line: The City of Tucson Office of Economic Initiatives announces the launch of the Small Business Assistance Line. The phone line has been created with a focus on Tucson's small business entrepreneurs, acknowledging their value in our community's economy and to strengthen their capability, survivability, and ultimate success. The phone line will help small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs navigate the City's departments, programs and personnel through a one-stop shop to allow them more time to focus on growing their business and less time calling city staff in different departments. The Small Business Assistance Line - 837-4100 - is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is available in both English and Spanish.

September 23, 2013

October Special Programs at Saguaro National Park Rincon District: Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this fall that explore the park’s wonderful natural and cultural history. This listing is also available on the park’s website, or visit them on Facebook. Interpretive programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Program schedules are subject to change; call the visitor center (733-5153) for updates or reservations.

October 4, 11, 18, 25, 3:00 pm - History is a Work in Progress Presentation

Join us in the visitor center auditorium to explore the almost forgotten names of people and places from the late 1800's in the area of the Rincon Mountains. Wheelchair accessible

October 5, 19, 26, 11:00 am and 6, 20. 27, 3:00 pm - The Changing Cactus Forest Presentation

Join us in the visitor center auditorium to see the changes that have come to the Cactus Forest in the 80 years of Saguaro National Park and to think about what the next 80 years will look like. Wheelchair accessible

October 5, 12, 26, 3:00 pm and 13, 20, 27, 11:00 am  - Meet the Hohokam Presentation

Come meet the early inhabitants of Saguaro National Park in this auditorium presentation. Discover what their life was like here. What did these people use for food, shelter, and clothing? Wheelchair accessible

October 1, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 10:00 am - All About Saguaros Presentation
Join a park naturalist in the visitor center lobby to delve into the life of a saguaro cactus. Wheelchair accessible

October 24, 7:00 pm -  Star Party Illustrated Program & Activity

Join park naturalists for an introduction to astronomy and a look at the desert night sky. Telescopes and binoculars will be available.  Reservations required. Call 733-5153. Wheelchair accessible

September 18, 2013

Grizzly Crossing to Open at Reid Park Zoo: Grizzly Crossing, a brown bear exhibit at Reid Park Zoo, will open this Thursday. A breakfast
celebration will be held at 7:30 a.m. Guests will enjoy a continental breakfast (including salmon and berries, of course) as Zoo Supervisor, Leslie Waters, will share the story of the two orphaned grizzly bear cubs’ arrival. The group will then welcome bears into their new habitat at 8 a.m. Tickets to the Bear Breakfast are available at The exhibit will remain open for the public at 9 a.m.


This Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. the Zoo will host a “Greet the Grizzlies” event. Grizzly Crossing will be open to the public with crafts, games, and activities to celebrate the bears’ arrival. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and introduce guests to this new species for Reid Park Zoo. The event is FREE with regular admission to the Zoo.

The two orphaned grizzly bears, Ronan and Finley, arrived from Montana in July. The brother and sister yearlings were estimated to be approximately 18 months old at the time of rescue. They were removed from the wild because they were learning dangerous behaviors from their mother – and were considered a public safety hazard. The Grizzly Crossing habitat, which used to house polar bears, was
modified for the grizzly bear species, including the addition of shallow water areas and a running stream.

“Our staff has worked diligently to create a dynamic habitat for these bears and get them settled in. We are honored to help rescue them,” says Jason Jacobs, Zoo Administrator. “We look forward to sharing the bears’ story with guests -- an important message about how humans and wildlife need to coexist.”

Thursday, September 19th 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
Thursday, September 19th 8 a.m. Grizzly Crossing Exhibit Opening
Thursday, September 19th 9 a.m. Zoo open and grizzly bears on exhibit
Saturday, September 21st 9 a.m. – Noon Greet the Grizzlies event

Photos of Ronan and Finley can be found at

September 16, 2013

Flags at half-staff for Navy Yard victims: Mayor will act in accordance with the President’s Proclamation and Governor Brewer request to have flags lowered to half-staff from September 16, 2013 until sunset on Friday, September 20, 2013, in honor of the victims of the tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard.

September 15, 2013

Record Number of New Jobs, Businesses in Downtown Tucson: Downtown Tucson has seen record development over the past sixty months, recently hitting the milestone of over 150 new businesses and private projects in the heart of the city. Downtown is helping to lead Southern Arizona economic recovery, with thousands of new jobs created and increased sales tax revenue being reinvested in the community. Local small business owners and high-tech industry projects comprise a majority of this investment.

According to data recently compiled by the Downtown Tucson Partnership, the city center has seen 34 new restaurants, 27 retail shops, 12 new art and cultural projects, 14 offices, nine health and wellness centers, at least nine high-tech businesses or business incubators, eight housing projects,six bars or nightclubs, five bakeries, two coffee shops, two salons, two schools, one craft brewery, one entertainment venue expansion and one hospitality renovation since 2008.

September 13. 2013

POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony: A Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the 755th Aircraft Maintenance hangar at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base at 9 a.m. Sept. 20.

The POW/MIA remembrance guest speaker will be a former POW Mr. John Swett. He was captured and detained during World War II while serving in Germany. Swett was a Corporal assigned to the U.S. Army's 106th Division, H Company, 423rd Regiment, 3rd Platoon when he was captured. His camp was liberated by General George S. Patton's Third Army on April 2, 1944

September 11, 2013

U.S. Navy helicopters and D-M units conduct joint training: Starting Sept. 12 three U.S. Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters will emporary train here and develop skills necessary to support our nations defenses. The MH-60S airframe is similar to the HH-60 Pave Hawk, which is stationed here.

The MH-60S are coming from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 out of Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif.

The MH-60S crews will be participating in joint training with A-10 Thunderbolt squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here.  The training scenarios will take place in southern Arizona's many outstanding military training ranges and will give the units a chance to test their skills and strengthen joint operations between the military services. The  MH-60S are slated to train here until Sept. 20.

Streetcar 101: The first streetcar has arrived and is being tested:

Tucson News Now

September 10, 2013

TFD to hold 9/11 Ceremony: On September 11, 2013, TFD will hold a short ceremony to remember those lost on September 11, 2001. The commemoration will consist of the following:

1. 0845 hours - lower the flag from full staff to half staff.
2. 0846 hours - Communications will sound a single tone, followed by a short message and moment of silence.
3. After the moment of silence, return the flag to full staff.

TFD personnel will stand at attention near their workplace's flag and park their apparatus in front of their firehouse.

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