Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham
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.
We have opened pools on a limited basis this summer, but we still need lifeguards. If you know a young person who is interested in lifeguarding, please visit our jobs page at https://jobapscloud.com/tucson/. The starting salary is 12.15/hr and they are taking applications through June 20th.
Last week, I gave some reasons why I am skeptical about having the city participate in an extension of the Regional Transportation Authority. One fact I didn’t mention: the fact that many current RTA projects, particularly in the city, may not end up fully funded.
In 2006, the voters of Pima County passed a law enabling the creation of a Regional Transportation Authority, as well as a half-cent excise (sales) tax to pay for transportation projects. The current RTA expires in 2026, which means it will soon be time for the voters to re-authorize the RTA and the tax. Unless there are significant changes, I am opposed to reauthorization.
I think most of us are familiar with Habitat for Humanity, which is celebrating their 40th anniversary in Tucson this year. In fact, many of you aren’t only familiar but you may have actually volunteered with them given how many local employers have been supportive of the organization.
As many of you know, my colleagues and I adopted an alternative plan for zoo expansion on Tuesday. Back on March 9, we were tasked with approving an expansion plan that many in the community thought was ill considered, and my colleagues and I believed that the Reid Park Zoological Society hadn’t done an adequate job of engaging the public before bringing their plan forward.
The Tucson Police Department sent us some "frequently asked questions.” It included two that deal with mental health crises. This is particularly acute given the death-in-custody of Carlos Ingram-Lopez last year. Below is what they sent us, with some edits for style.
How are Tucson Police officers trained to deal with individuals in mental health crises?
At Tuesday’s meeting my colleagues on the council and I worked on three items having to do with our environment. We got an update on PFAS contamination in some of our wells, worked on the planning process for future green stormwater infrastructure projects, and discussed future code changes to accommodate electrical vehicles in new construction.
It seemed like it was winter just a couple of weeks ago, but temperatures are starting to climb already (it’s 81 as I write this). Like many of our recreational facilities, city pools have been mostly off limits due to COVID-19.
Some concerns about the recycling monitoring project have come back to my office. I wanted to talk a little bit about it.
Since the city has had curbside recycling, Environmental Services has had a number of educational campaigns about what should be recycled and what shouldn’t. This has included public information campaigns in local media and inserts in water bills to remind people. Unfortunately, this has not been working.
There are two pieces of good news for Ward 2’s older adult population.
On Monday, I attended the opening of twelve new pickleball courts at Udall Park. To tell you the truth, I didn’t know what pickleball was until I was approached by several local pickleball players a few years ago. They wanted more places in Tucson to play their sport.
My family has been deeply involved in the zoo for decades and I’ve been an advocate for the zoo and the role it plays in our community.
Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham and Tucson Parks and Recreation invite you to celebrate the opening of the pickleball courts at Morris K. Udall Park. The court renovations were completed using Tucson Delivers Parks + Connections voter-approved bond funds from the November 2018 election. The renovations included the conversion of four existing tennis courts into 12 standard-size pickleball courts.
Homebuilder Lennar, despite a year when just about every company large and small struggled, posted profits of nearly $3.5 billion. That’s a 24% increase over the previous year.