Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham

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Recycling Changes

The City of Tucson’s Environmental & General Services Department (EGSD) will change residential recycling collection from every week to every other week beginning the week of Sept. 30. The day of the week for a customer's recycling collection will not change. A bill insert with a map and schedule is included with September utility services statements. Each resident will also receive a direct mail piece listing their collection schedule and map. Seven open public meetings will take place this month.

Paul's Note - September 13, 2019

The Arizona Daily Star ran a feature this weekend on families that are in Section 8 housing that are facing losing their homes as landlords turn away from wanting tenants that use the program.

There are a number of reasons why this is happening, and they run the gamut from the way the program has been administered at the federal level to the lack of affordable housing stock despite the amount of new development we’ve had in recent years.

Sun Tran unveils City of Tucson's first electric bus

Sun Tran, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and the City of Tucson are hosting a demonstration of Sun Tran’s first Zero-Emission Battery Electric Bus at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18. The public and news media are invited to view the demonstration on 12th Street between South Scott and South 6th Avenues, located behind TEP’s downtown headquarters at 88 E. Broadway.
The following speakers will present at the demonstration:

Paul's Note - September 6, 2019

Our Summer months are not our strongest time for tourism in the Old Pueblo, but it does give us a chance to assess where we are as a destination.

Visit Tucson made a presentation last week on lodging performance, basically, how many nights are people staying in Tucson hotels and how much are they spending on those rooms. The numbers look good for us.

Interestingly, the three measures that the industry uses, occupancy, average daily rate and revenue per available room, has remained stagnant nationwide. Tucson’s numbers in those categories are projected to grow.

Paul's Note - August 30th, 2019

As I’ve written before, the officers of Tucson Police’s Operations Division East (also known as Team 4), which covers all but a handful of neighborhoods in Ward 2, have adopted new tactics to fight crime on our side of town.

They have been very effective. If you look at what are called Part 1 crimes (homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny from motor vehicles and auto theft), they are down significantly. This past July, there were 202 Part 1 crimes reported. In July of 2018, there were 389. That’s nearly a 50% decrease.

Arizona Symphonic Winds - Fall Concert Series

The Arizona Symphonic Winds under music director and conductor László  Veres, along with Tucson Parks and Recreation, brings you a series of free Fall concerts on Saturday evenings. All concerts begin at 7 pm at  the László  Veres Amphitheater at Udall Park, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd, just east of Sabino Canyon Road. Bring a comfortable folding chair & your picnic dinner. Best seats available before 6:30 pm.

This year's schedule:

Paul's Note - August 23rd, 2019

Probably the most fraught issues I have to deal with in my office are anything having to do with development and zoning. Neighbors get very concerned, and rightly so, when they hear about a new subdivision or commercial center in their area. I try to work with developers and neighbors, but as you’ll see, I can’t always be an advocate.

Paul's Note - August 16, 2019

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about city’s Finance Department. It wasn’t a department that many of you were familiar with and I was glad to be able to get information to my constituents about it.

This week, I want to tell you a bit about the Parks and Recreation Department. It’s definitely higher profile than finance, and the work they do gets a great deal of support from all of you. The fact that we passed Proposition 407 last year is a great demonstration of that.

Paul's Note - August 8, 2019

I am a strong believer in citizen participation. I wanted to let you know that there are some opportunities coming up to learn and participate.

Pima Association of Governments (PAG), in partnership with the City of Tucson, invites you to attend one of two open houses to review a draft Long-Range Regional Transit Plan. In the fall of 2018, the City and PAG held public meetings and conducted online and in-person surveys about transit. After technical review of all public comments, this draft plan was developed.

City Seeks Volunteers for Complete Streets Coordinating Council

The City of Tucson is looking for volunteers to participate in the Complete Streets Coordinating Council, a new public committee that will help guide transportation investments over the next 25 years. The role of this committee will be to review transportation projects, ensure our streets are meeting the needs of everyone and help the City engage other members of the public about transportation matters.

Paul's Note - August 2, 2019

Last week, I gave a rundown on city departments and I said that I would profile different departments over the next few weeks.

I made a bit of an error when I gave the list. I mentioned the Finance Department. It’s not called that anymore. It is now known as the Business Services Department.

The name change isn’t cosmetic. The department is a newly organized entity that took over the functions of the old Finance and Procurement departments. Human Resources has to remain separate by provisions of the charter, but they are considered under the Business Services “umbrella.”