Ward 2 Councilmember Paul Cunningham
At this afternoon’s study session, we will be discussing changing the age at which tobacco products can be purchased from 18 to 21.
Restaurant Row on Tanque Verde has long been a destination for families, particularly from the East Side. Lately, though, we’ve had a lot of vacancies and business has been down for some of the businesses in the area.
The artwork of local, national, and international muralists is on display in the City of Tucson. A new map from the City's GIS team shows the locations of the murals and explains what they mean. Throughout these works, the region's natural landscape, heritage, and resilience are prominent. Mountain vistas and desert flora set the stage for defining events in the city's cultural history, such as the All Souls Procession and the capture of John Dillinger.
With school out, I’ve had more time to do “ride alongs” with some of our social service agencies. I wrote about going out with CHRPA a couple of weeks ago. This time, I went out with Pima Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program.
Both the City and Pima County help with funding the program in addition to $60,000 in private funding. The city distributes $50,000 from federal Community Development Block Grants to Meals on Wheels.
Badges and Backpacks: The Pima County Sheriff’s Department and Banner|Aetna will host Badges and Backpacks tomorrow, July 28, 8 am-noon, at the Tucson Convention Center Exhibit Halls, 260 S. Church Ave. Free backpacks and school supplies will be distributed. The event includes a health fair with immunizations and screenings.
Pima Community College is using a new Veterans Upward Bound grant to provide free services to help separating military personnel and veterans to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.
The College will receive a total of $1.319 million over the next five years under a TRiO grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
This weekend is the 4th Anniversary of the Sun Link Streetcar along with other great happenings. Make sure you know where to park for all of the activities in Downtown and all along the Sun Link Streetcar line. We have plenty of convenient parking available, making it easy to enjoy it all!
For more information on Streetcar Anniversary activities click here.
Weekend events include:
• 4th Anniversary of Sun Link Streetcar - FREE Rides and Concerts on board and in the districts (Saturday)
Governor Doug Ducey this morning directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset Friday, July 27, 2018, in honor of State Trooper Tyler Edenhofer who was killed in the line of duty from injuries related to a shooting.
Another State Trooper, Dalin Dorris, was critically injured during the tragic incident.
I spent some time volunteering with an organization called Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona, better known as CHRPA.
CHIRPA provides homeowners who are usually disabled or on fixed incomes with emergency and necessary home repair. The group was started by Mennonites in 1982 and quickly grew because of both the need in our community and the number of community members willing to give their services.
The Tucson Industrial Development Authority makes purchasing a home more affordable for local residents with its down payment assistance and mortgage tax credit programs.
Buyers whose annual income does not exceed $99,169 may receive up to 5 percent of their mortgage loan to help make their down payment under the Pima Tucson Homebuyer’s Solution (PTHS) program.
Since 2012, the Tucson IDA has helped more than 3,800 local families become homeowners in Pima County through the program. It helped 873 homebuyers in 2017 alone.
I visited our new 911 call center located on South Park Avenue. As you might now, we are in the final stages of reorganizing the way 911 calls are handled. One of the first steps to doing that was having a new department, Public Safety Communications, that would handle the work that was previously done by separately by sections of the Police and Fire Departments.
The work continues at Jesse Owens Park. Although I have been touting the amount of public money I was able to secure from impact fees and service line warranty funds to put into the park, we had a couple of reminders that it isn’t just all about the money.
Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), are scheduled to begin lowering manhole covers and water valve covers on Tanque Verde Road from Sabino Canyon Road to Kolb/Grant roads on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in preparation of an upcoming repaving project. The utility adjustments will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are scheduled to be complete in one day.