Ward 2 Councilmember Paul Cunningham
Is it April already? Yes it is, and you know what that means.
The tax filing deadline is Monday, and if you haven’t filed, there is still time to get help from United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA).
Last week, County School Superintendent Dustin Williams announced an initiative to combat vaping among Southern Arizona teens. The campaign, called Real Deal on Vaping, will use social media to help combat peer pressure. A recent survey said that 47% of area teens have tried vaping.
Last year, we had the fourth hottest summer on record. All indications are that we will continue to have more days of triple digit temperatures that will start earlier and earlier.
The organization Building Resilient Neighborhoods and Physicians for Social Responsibility are offering workshops on the topic for neighborhoods.
The workshop is called the Extreme Weather Challenge the mission of the workshop is to help Southern Arizonans to prepare for extreme heat and other weather-related emergencies.
Saguaro National Park is offering a summer Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program to teens, ages 15-18. YCC is an 8 week youth employment program for teenagers consisting of three main components: conservation work, environmental education and outdoor recreation.
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is seeking a teaching artist for the 2019 PAG Summer Youth Public Art Project to design and produce artwork with community youths. This year's project is a pedestrian overpass located on 22nd Street in Tucson, across from Palo Verde High School with the theme, "Bridging the Community". We would love to see artists from all of Southern Arizona apply for this teaching artist opportunity. The budget for the project is $25,000 and would occur and be completed during the summer of 2019.
I’ve been getting questions about the status of the planned Fry’s on 22nd and Houghton. There has been some confusion since Fry’s has closed a few stores in town and cancelled plans to build others. I had my staff contact Kroeger’s, Fry’s parent company, to find out what the status of the 22nd and Houghton location is. We got a response from Dennis E. Barr, the company’s director of real estate:
A contractor for Southwest Gas is scheduled to begin pipeline improvement work on North Kolb Road between East Sunrise Drive and North Sabino Canyon Road on Monday, April 1.
The construction will begin at Kolb Road and Sunrise Drive and proceed south toward Sabino Canyon Road, with crews working Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the beginning of the project schedule. Work hours will begin earlier when daylight hours are longer.
The Palo Verde Park Neighborhood Association is hosting Park Fest 2019 on Sunday, March 24, 3-6 p.m., at Palo Verde Park, 425 S. Mann Ave. There will be four stages of live music, food trucks, and lots of fun. Click here for more information.
A common refrain is “government should be run like a business.” If that’s the case, the next question should be, what business would sell its most valuable assets for prices set nearly 150 years ago?
That may seem like an odd question, but it’s pretty much what our federal government does with public lands when a mining operation wants to open up there.
According to the 1872 Mining Act, a claim (basically an assertion of a right to mine) can be made on a certain types of public land and the federal government will charge you the lofty price of $5 per acre.
As many of you read in the Star, we worked on some regulations for dockless scooters. These are motorized scooters that can be rented for short trips. I got to use them on a trip to Southern California last year. Not only were they convenient, but riding one meant I wasn’t using a car, gasoline or taking up a parking space.
From our friends at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base:
Nearly 120 local people with disabilities or special needs will be brought to the flight line Friday, March 22 – the day before Davis-Monthan AFB’s Open House begins to watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds practice their routine.
The event, dubbed “Heroes Day,” was organized to accommodate members of the local community who would enjoy the Open House demonstrations but might not be physically able to deal with the extensive walking and huge crowds.
The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Tucson Parks and Recreation will host their annual Health Fair at El Rio Neighborhood Center this month. This fair will focus on providing free health services and health information to members of the Tucson community by offering screenings for osteoporosis, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, breathing, vision, and medication reviews. Activities will include face painting and a hand sanitizer activity. This event is free and open to the public. Spanish translators will be available.
I heard some good news from one of the city’s Washington lobbyists, Tracy Tucker, this week: we are only one step away from owning Udall Park free and clear.
Morris K. Udall Park was built in 1982, and came about after a land exchange between the city and the Bureau of Land Management. The exchange was supposed to be finalized through subsequent legislation. For a variety of reasons, it never happened.
With over 300 open work orders for asphalt maintenance, the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will add more personnel to its asphalt crews this week to fill potholes on City streets.
Last Friday’s rain and snow caused an increase in the number of potholes on City streets. About 25 staff from TDOT’s Streets Maintenance Division will focus on filling potholes on City streets; nearly triple the amount of staff filling potholes on a typical day.
In colder parts of the world, you'll often see wanna-be daredevils plunge into some near-frozen lake as part of a "Polar Plunge." Yes, it's not as cold here, but we can still do that, especially if it's for a worthy cause.
On Saturday, March 9th, Special Olympics Arizona will host its 11th Annual Tucson Polar Plunge. Special Olympics athletes, families, friends and fans will all be "Freezin' for a Reason" in support of athletes living in southern Arizona.