Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham

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Environmental Services Notice

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday holiday will be observed on Monday, January 21, 2019. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers with regular collection on any day Monday through Friday will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day. The Los Reales Landfill will be open.

Stuff-the-Bus at Dorado Golf Course

Sun Tran is once again partnering with HSL Properties and KGUN 9 News for the “Stuff-the-Bus” food drive, benefiting the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. The food drive will help restock items at the food bank that many families still rely on following the holidays.

You can help "Stuff-the-Bus" Friday, January 18, from 6 am to 6 pm at Dorado Golf Course, 6601 E Speedway Blvd (between Wilmot and Kolb). It's along Route 4 for those of you that want to ride the bus.

Paul's Note - January 4, 2019

It’s time for Tucson’s annual Senior Olympic Festival. It’s the 35th year that Tucson Parks and Recreation has put this festival to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older.

This year’s “headquarters” for the festival will be Udall Park, which will also be hosting the opening ceremony at the amphitheater.

Sun Link Extends Hours on New Year's Eve

On New Year’s Eve, Tucsonans can count on Sun Link to be the designated driver and provide a safe ride while they ring in the New Year at venues along the streetcar line. Sun Link will extend service hours on Monday, December 31 until 2 a.m. for those celebrating within the districts, including Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and Mercado District.

Streetcar service will run on a Sunday schedule on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with service every 20 minutes. Regular Sun Link service hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2.

Paul's Note - December 28, 2018

I’m keeping this week’s newsletter short given our holiday schedule. Still, I’d like to give a shout out to the firefighters at Tucson Fire’s Station 9, which serves the area around Craycroft and 22nd Street.

Some of you may have caught the story on KGUN over the weekend. 96 year-old Clarence Ellquist fell off a ladder while doing work in his yard. Firefighters responded and he was treated for a concussion and a nasty cut.

Tucson Department of Transportation Initiates Operation Freeze

Beginning at approximately 1 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2018, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will initiate Operation Freeze in preparation of freezing overnight temperatures. Operation Freeze is put into place to make sure City bridge decks are free of ice and safe for motorists to drive over.

Saguaro National Park Accessible to Public during Government Shutdown

During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads and trails at Saguaro National Park will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Saguaro National Park, including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities or roads maintenance. Both Visitor Centers are closed.

Paul's Note - December 21, 2018

This is the last newsletter before the Christmas Holiday. Thank you all for supporting me and my office for this past year. Blessings to all of you and your families. 

Keep in mind that we will be closing at noon on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

Also, my office has tickets to the NOVA Home Loans Bowl. The game will be at at Arizona Stadium on Saturday, December 29 at 11:15 am. This year’s game will feature Arkansas State and the University of Nevada.

If you’d like to pick up tickets, come by any time next Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Saguaro National Park Changes Entrance Fee to Address Infrastructure Needs & Improve Visitor Experience

On January 1, 2019, the entrance fees at Saguaro National Park will increase by $5. Visitors will notice that the 7-day private vehicle entrance fee at Saguaro National Park will go up from $15 to $20, 7-day motorcycle entrance fee will rise from $10 to $15, individual entrance passes for pedestrians and bicyclists will increase from $5 to $10, and the Saguaro Annual Pass will increase from $35 to $40.

Paul's Note - December 14, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a general overview of the planning and zoning process. It can get confusing, but one of the things I touched on was the Planning Commission.

The Commission is not always involved in re-zonings, only those where a neighborhood or area plan has to be amended. In some cases, however, a new zoning or a certain sort of development can’t happen unless the neighborhood plan is revised.