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Cunningham: Time to dump neighborhood recycling centers

We will be closing the over-taxed Ward 2 recycling center over the next two months. The others around town may be closing as well. ... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Building Interstate 11 through Avra Valley not a sensible option

Building I-11 through Avra Valley would mean more costly suburban sprawl far away from where existing jobs and services are, along with environmental disruption, disturbing a wildlife corridor and the rural lifestyle of residents, and potential contamination of Tucson's water supply.... Read more»0

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Cunningham: More 'housing first' investments a better choice than 'sanctioned camping' for Tucson's homeless

We have many disused old motels here in Tucson, so we have an opportunity to buy more properties like the Wildcat Inn. If we’ve got a million and a half dollars to spend, I’d much rather buy one of those that spend it on a temporary solution such as a sanctioned camping area.... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Tier 1 water shortage for CAP means Tucson needs to prepare

For years, the alarm has been sounding about water levels in Lake Mead. Well, the water level is now low enough to trigger a Tier 1 shortage. Tucson has developed a great conservation ethic. Still, we need to get ready for some tough times to come and there is more that needs to be done. — City Councilman Paul Cunningham... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Recent monsoon rains show importance of water harvesting

"It’s a good week to talk about rainwater and its importance as a potential resource for Tucson. Fifteen years ago, the city put in policies to encourage water harvesting — an inch of rain in Tucson means 327,000,000 gallons of water." — City Councilman Paul Cunningham... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Tucson residents pay too much, have too little say to re-up RTA

We may, as a city, be better off implementing our own sales tax for transportation and mobility projects. It will give us more flexibility to address our needs, such as road repair, and do it in a way that’s more reflective of our values as a community. — Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Why I named my son 'Lute'

My youngest son's name is Lute, after our coach who just passed away. I wanted him to have a strong Tucson name. One that embodied wisdom, compassion and class. ... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Tucson needs more police-review resources

Tucson's Independent Police Auditor has quietly been doing a marvelous job these past years. It's time for us to give him the tools to do that job even better, to increase transparency and accountability. ... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Questions need to be answered about death of Ingram-Lopez

Councilman Paul Cunningham: In the wake of learning of the death of Carlos Ingram-Lopez, questions about training, equipment and procedures need to be answered. There are calls we don't necessarily need to send a police officer to.... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Skeptical about Tucson cutting impact fees

My fear is that if we reduce impact fees by up to 25%, we will never have the capacity to build another park in the city limits, no matter how much our needs continue to grow. ... Read more»0

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Cunningham: I-11 is a boondoggle that doesn't benefit Tucson

The proposed Interstate 11 west of Tucson is a boondoggle that doesn't benefit our city and doesn't benefit our neighbors in Pima County (unless you happen to be a real estate speculator).... Read more»4

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Cunningham: East Side crime cut in half

After hitting a peak in July 2018, Part One crimes (including murder, assault, robbery and burglary) have decreased by over 50 percent. Operations Division East had 74 burglaries last March, while this year, we only had 35 reported. Grand theft auto also declined during that period. ... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Initiative intimidation rips heart out of Arizonans' right to pass our own laws

This week, we heard the news that two citizen initiatives will not be on the state ballot. Whatever your thoughts on these particular proposals, we will be denied a discussion and the right to vote for or against them. ... Read more»0

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Cunningham: More clinics needed to combat opioid addiction; oversight needed

The state Department of Health Services estimates that we had nearly 8,600 cases of opiod overdose in the last year, and that 1,382 Arizonans died due to opiod abuse. Many folks that want to get off of opiods here in Arizona cannot find programs. ... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Learn from out-of-control conspiracy rumors about 'child sex camp'

There are so many things that disappoint me about how this has emerged. I understand how a reporter, just like a regular citizen, would get scared when they hear allegations about sex trafficking. I just wish a little more care was taken in evaluating the source that this information came from. I hope this is something they have learned from. ... Read more»0

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Cunningham: Pumping Tucson water an expensive, uphill process

Tucson Water rates will be going up. You need to be told why. The simple answer is, we live in a desert and we don't have much water. Getting water from the Colorado River — 334 miles away, downhill — is expensive. In a sense, you aren't paying for water so much as the power and infrastructure it takes to get it to your house.... Read more»0

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