Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham


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Paul's Note - 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Paul's Note - May 28th, 2021

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. 

Paul's Note - May 21st, 2021

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. 

Paul's Note - May 14th, 2021

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. 

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