Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham
I got some feedback that my newsletters haven’t been very exciting lately. I get that. My staff and I have been trying to play it down the middle with all of you during this crisis, and that sometimes means that these notes to you can be a bit boring, “boilerplate” as one of you said. I’ve had to put aside a few of the issues that excite me the most while our city deals with the crisis, and I’m confining most of my communication with you to just the basic information that we need while we deal with this.
Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), will begin a crack seal/fog seal program on various roadways throughout the City. The improvements are associated with the voter-approved Prop 101 Tucson Delivers Better Streets Program.
They tell me that a US Marine never really retires, but they have been known to retire from other occupations.
Judge Michael Pollard served as a Marine in Vietnam and never forgot to keep serving, particularly when it came to serving his fellow veterans. Pollard took the lead in creating many of the city’s specialty courts. Our city’s specialty courts have both reduced recidivism and kept people from being incarcerated.
It might be hard to remember with everything else going on, but it is census month. Filling out the census is crucial for our community. Every person that doesn’t fill out the census means a loss of $1,979 for our region, according to the Pima Association of Governments.
Remember that it's census time. Please make sure to fill out the form. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials have come up with a list of common questions and answers:
I did not respond to the 2020 Census on April 1, 2020. Is it too late to participate?
Supervisor Richard Elías passed away last Saturday. He wasn’t just another politician, but a true friend to all of us that love this community. We have had our differences, but I never for a second doubted his commitment to this city’s culture, environment and most of all its people.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has confirmed that even people who typically do not file a tax return will need to file to receive an economic impact payment. Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax but must still file a return with the IRS. The IRS is developing a simplified form that should become available very soon.
Here is an excerpt from the IRS website:
As our community continues to navigate this crisis, I just wanted to remind you that my staff is still working remotely as the office is closed until further notice. We will do our best to answer your questions and address your concerns.
The Ward 2 office will be closed until April first or until further notice. This is being done not only for the well being of my staff, but for members of the public who come to our office. We’ve also closed our meeting rooms.
We know that many of you will still have questions about city services, so my staff if still on call. We will be checking messages on the main number, 791-4687. They will also be following up on any emails to Ward2@tucsonaz.gov as well as any emails to their individual accounts.
The City has setup a public information hotline to answer questions regarding City service interruptions and closures as a result of our response to COVID-19. This hotline is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The City of Tucson’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facilities will be closed to the public effective immediately. The 1st Saturday collection event originally scheduled for April 4, at the Eastside Service Center at 7575 E Speedway Blvd. has been canceled in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.
These actions are being taken as a precaution to protect the public and personnel.
The City of Tucson is actively working with local, state, and federal partners monitoring the presence of COVID-19 coronavirus in our region and implementing policies and actions that will supplement those being taken by other local jurisdictions to prevent the spread of the virus. As a part of this effort, Tucson Parks and Recreation will be taking the below steps to protect employees and the public.
Below is the statement that Mayor Romero released last night about the precautions that the City is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For the latest updates, you can check the Pima County Health Department's Twitter feed or Facebook page.
I want to take a moment to share with you the actions that I am taking to address the serious public health risk that COVID-19 presents to our community.
March 11-13, 2020
Grand Luxe Hotel, 1365 W Grant Road, Tucson
Wednesday, March 11
9 am - 2 pm - Veterans Resource Fair
Open to all veterans