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Cunningham: Texting while driving will now get you pulled over

At this week's mayor and City Council meeting, my colleagues and I voted to make texting while driving a primary offense. Six months ago, a new ordinance came into effect making it a secondary offense, meaning that you could only be cited if there was an accident or another violation. ... Read more»0

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Cunningham: You can be Nazi or you can be American. You can't be both

From Councilman Paul Cunningham: "You can be Nazi or you can be American. You can't be both. The endorsement of any form or portion of Nazi ideologies is a betrayal of American values. As Americans, we have the responsibility of being aware who we stand shoulder to shoulder with."... Read more»2

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Cunningham: Planning for heat emergencies

What happens in Tucson during a heat emergency? Temperatures soar, our electrical grid breaks down due to both weather conditions and the fact that everyone has got their air conditioners on full blast and boom…the power goes out, and goes out for a while.... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Junk forces city to dump some recycling centers

Because some of our more irresponsible neighbors have been using neighborhood recycling centers as dump sites, the city now must shut some of them down.... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Rainwater harvesting incentives need to flow to low-income residents

Tucson Water offers a rebate program for customers who install rainwater harvesting systems, but these rebates have not been taken advantage of by many of our lower-income neighbors. 400 residents of the Foothills, who don't even live in the city, have taken advantage of the rebates. In Ward 5, which encompasses many of our city's more stressed neighborhoods, only 43 residents have used the rebates.... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Not lovin' McDonalds rezoning doesn't mean NIMBYs run amok

There has been a lot of criticism of the Tucson City Council not approving the McDonald's on 22nd and Alvernon last week. I'd like to explain a little bit about why this happened.... Read more»2

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Cunningham: Face drought with water policies that reinforce conservation ethic

We've all seen the news coming out of California. The governor there has imposed restrictions on all 400 water agencies that serve that state and mandated a 25 percent cut in urban water usage. Here in Tucson, we have a strong conservation ethic, and one of my goals as a councilman is to make sure our water policies reflect and reinforce that. ... Read more»0

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Cunningham: City facing choice of raising rates or cutting Sun Tran service

The most vexing issue at Tuesday night's City Council meeting was whether to get rid of the economy fare for Sun Van. It was something I expressed some misgivings about for the last few weeks. We all know the cliché about good intentions. This proposal came about for a good reason: we did not want to raise the rates of Sun Tran riders, but we still asked Sun Tran to find a way to get more revenue.... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Can TCC 'dare to be great'?

Most communities of similar size to Tucson have superior facilities. If we choose not have a facility at all we risk the gem show and potentially a drop in hotel occupancy. This leaves us with the questions; should we have a Tucson Convention Center? What do we do with the existing TCC? What to do in a 'dare to be great' situation?... Read more»0