Vice Mayor Paul Cunningham
As my staff and I were getting last week’s update ready to post, I heard the news of the death of Judith Blair. I was able to get a sentence or two up, but her work in our community deserves a lot more than that.
Judith was a Tucson transplant (a word I choose with good reason), coming here when her son Joseph played basketball for the Wildcats. She grew to love our community and stayed after Joseph became a professional player.
You all have turkeys to defrost so I’ll keep things short. This week, I’m thankful that I have a wonderful family: my wife, my sons and two magnificent parents. I’m also thankful that I get to serve the people of a city that I love for another four years.
Tucson’s struggles aren’t unique, but we have faced our challenges while in ways that other communities haven’t. I’ll take some credit for that, but credit also goes to all of you as citizens and taxpayers. Thank you.
The Thanksgiving Day holiday will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 28. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Thursday. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers with regular collection on Thursday and Friday will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day.
Our six-month “pilot program” with e-scooters began in September, and there is already a move to end it early.
Count me among those who’d like the program to continue.
We don’t see e-scooters much on the road here in Ward 2. The layout of our neighborhoods and the lack of clear pedestrian centers means that they aren’t as practical as they are in central Tucson.
Chuck Ford passed away last week. He ably represented the residents of Ward 4 for two terms from 1979 to 1987.
My family and his shared meals together and I golfed with him occasionally. What was always great about speaking to him was his relentless positivity about our community. He knew we had problems, but he loved Tucson and Tucsonans.
Before I begin, I need to talk a little about the election. I am grateful that you and your neighbors chose to give me another term on the city council. There is a lot of work we need to do together, and by together I mean with you as constituents and with my two new colleagues, Nikki Lee and Lane Santa Cruz as well as my longtime colleague and our next mayor, Regina Romero. Congratulations to all three for earning the support of our city.
Cigna and Tucson Parks and Recreation are proud to present the 14th annual Family Festival in the Park.There will be games, prizes, face painting, crafts, inflatables, and class demonstrations. Reid Park Zoo will have $1 admission (funds going to the Reid Park Zoo’s Conservation Fund), and the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center will host free swimming with an inflatable obstacle course. Volunteers from Friends of the Reid Park Rose Garden will be giving tours of the garden during the event.
My office has been fielding calls about two large possible developments about Houghton Road. In addition to having questions and concerns about the details of these projects, we are getting many calls asking about the process. Almost a year ago, I wrote a piece explaining the basics about how rezonings work. I’ve reprinted it below.
Tucson Parks and Recreation and Humana present the 36th annual Senior Olympic Festival. This festival is a celebration to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older. Events include volleyball, bowling, bridge, racquetball, basketball shoot, pickleball, archery, golf, tennis, horseshoes, badminton, and so much more. Opening ceremonies will be held Friday, Jan. 10, from 1-3 p.m. at Udall Park Amphitheater.
City of Tucson Parks and Recreation and Reid Park Zoo invite the public to participate in a discussion regarding the future of Gene C. Reid Park and the Reid Park Zoo master plan.
The public can stop by the open house to obtain information on park improvement projects slated to be completed with the Tucson Delivers Parks + Connections 2018 bond funds. Park projects include a new splash pad, new playground, improvements to the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, and improvements to the walking path.
If I had to rank the subjects of the calls my staff gets the most often at my office, numbers one and two are rezonings and transportation issues. I’m not sure which comes out on top, but those are by far the things that occupy most of the time here at the office.
Our Transportation Department is responsible for maintaining roads, sidewalks and our general streetscape in Tucson. They also maintain many of our washes.
Sentinel Peak Park, "A" Mountain, will be closed to all vehicular traffic on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, for the TMC Get Moving Tucson “A” Mountain Half-Marathon and 5K and to allow the University of Arizona to light the "A" to kick off homecoming week. The park will reopen on Monday, Oct. 28, at 8 a.m., with no restrictions.
In 1881, 22 citizens of Tucson met at the Gem Tavern to organize Tucson's volunteer fire company. They selected Jack Boleyn, who owned a dry goods store, as chief. The company had 22 buckets, 6 axes, 9 picks and 2 shovels. Within two years, the city funded a regular (and better equipped) fire department and kept Boleyn on as chief.
27 people have served as chief since Boleyn's time. Number 28 was pinned on Monday, Chief Chuck Ryan.
The City of Tucson’s Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) collects household hazardous waste (HHW) at different locations around the city. The first Saturday of every month, city residents can drop materials off at the Eastside Service Center at 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. (turn north on Prudence to enter the drop-off line) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for free. The next collection date is Saturday, Nov. 2.