Vice Mayor Paul Cunningham


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Paul's Note - August 7th, 2020

While I’m aware that there are varied thoughts on what role our police department plays in the community, recently, a local news report regarding officer attrition in the Tucson Police Department left the wrong impression. The response from Chief Chris Magnus, sent to council offices earlier this week, is below. I want to reiterate that I am committed to bringing in more academy classes and expanding our community service officer program.

Paul's Note - July 31, 2020

John Lewis passed away last week. I could just call him a congressman from Georgia, but we all know he was so much more than that. He was one of our nation’s most important moral leaders of the last sixty years. He wasn’t just a talker: he spent his young life being jailed and beaten for the simple right of people to vote. A documentary about his life called “Good Trouble” is still available for streaming from the Loft Theater’s website.

Food Bank Needs Volunteers

Since March 24th, members of the Arizona National Guard have been helping pack food and to help with distribution.  Since the Guard orders are beginning to expire, the Food Bank urgently needs volunteers to assist in distribution.  Know that distribution is outdoors and they drop pallets 6 feet apart to comply with social distancing.

The Food Bank is seeking groups to sign up to volunteer from 6:30am-10:30am at Kino Sports Complex to help distribute food to their clients.  The dates available at this time are August 6, 11,13, 18, 25 and 27th.

Paul's Note - July 24, 2020

It’s been a rough summer for Tucson with COVID-19, the Bighorn Fire and our ongoing discussion about the role of the police. With all of that in the news, I missed the passing of a great Tucsonan and a wonderful human being, Walter Feiger.

Walter was born in Kraków, Poland in 1927 and. He lost his father shortly after the German invasion in 1939. Soon after, his family was moved to a Jewish ghetto called Chrzanów. Eventually, he was sent to a labor camp and eventually to a camp called Sakrau.

Paul's Note - July 17, 2020

My office has been inundated with literally hundreds of emails from citizens with concerns and questions about funding levels and the future of the police department. These emails cover the full range spectrum of community feeling on public safety issues. I thought it would be helpful to give you my official statement on the current budget discussion:

Tucson Food Share

Tucson Food Share was created by Food Not Bombs Tucson, a loosely organized collective of Tucsonans who come together out of empathy and respect for all of our neighbors. Tucson Food Share feels honored to share food freely with anyone who wants it, regardless of their appearance or life circumstances. Most of their food is generously donated by local grocers and farmers who support this mission.

NOTE NEW HOURS!

Pick-up: 

600 N 4th Ave

Mask Up Tucson

This Saturday, July 18, from 7-10 a.m, the Mayor and Tucson City Council are holding the citywide Mask Up Tucson Free Mask Distribution Event. The event will be held at six locations throughout the city, one location in each Ward, and will be an opportunity for community members to obtain washable face coverings for themselves and their families.

Paul's Note - July 3, 2020

Brent Davis, who is a friend and once served as your Ward 2 councilperson, posted on Facebook this week that he has tested positive for COVID-19. He is doing okay: asymptomatic and quarantining at home. I’m glad for that, but I know it could be a whole lot worse.

In case you needed another reminder, Coronavirus is serious and real. Limit your time out of the house. If you must be out in public, wear a mask and practice distancing. And, if you have any symptoms, stay home. As I said a couple of weeks ago, this is not only for your safety, but the safety of others.

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Paul's Note - June 26th, 2020

There are a lot of things to talk about this week, and I want to get to as much of it as possible. I am really concerned about our local hospital capacity.  Please stay home as much as possible, always wear a mask & wash your hands often. Please support our neighbors whose homes are in danger of burning down in the Bighorn wildfire. 

Paul's Note - June 19, 2020

The restrictions that prevented local governments from implementing their own rules on masks were lifted this week. Mayor Regina Romero quickly used the opportunity to issue an order that Tucsonans wear masks in public when social distancing is not practical.

I support the order.

I’ve heard from a few of you who object to the order. I’d like to talk about a few of the arguments I heard and tell you why I find them less than compelling.

Paul's Note - June 12, 2020

Unfortunately, Arizona is now among the places where COVID-19 is spreading the fastest. We were warned about this, and it is one of the reasons why I pushed so hard to use a portion of CARES Act money for a testing and plasma program.

My colleagues and I have adopted a strategic plan to use the CARES Act money. The $95 million federal allocation will be spent on things from support for small business to aid for families that are facing eviction due to economic dislocation.

Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility Initiates Operation Splash

Protecting the traveling public on City streets during Tucson’s summer thunderstorm season is the objective of the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility’s (DTM) Operation Splash campaign. As weather patterns shift to bring moisture into Tucson, crews from DTM’s Streets Maintenance Division have delivered barricades to hundreds of dip crossings throughout the City.

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